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Call to continue supporting good causes in Norfolk

Call to continue supporting good causes in Norfolk

Published by KLFM
8:20am 2nd June 2020.

We're being asked to continue supporting charities and organisations who are helping vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak in Norfolk.

As lockdown measures begin to change, charities and organisations are still calling for more support to help vulnerable people through the crisis.

Working in partnership with the Norfolk Resilience Forum to respond to acute need, Norfolk Community Foundation is appealing for people to keep donating to its Covid-19 Community Response Fund, to help to get vital funding to frontline charities.

Claire Cullens, Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Foundation said:

"The generosity of Norfolk's residents and businesses has enabled us to reach our first target of £1 million to deliver an unprecedented level of support to our local charities and organisations but, in order to reach everyone with this network of support, we need donations to continue.

"It is these front-line organisations that are working hard to make sure vulnerable people are receiving food, and feeling connected and supported, at a time when so many are fearful. These very charities, who work so hard to help others, also need help themselves. Loss of income has left many concerned about their future. Help us to help them survive and keep our communities strong."

Ceri Sumner, spokesperson for the Norfolk Resilience Forum, said: 

"With the easing of some lockdown measures, we must not forget some of our most vulnerable residents, who will have to remain 'shielding' for quite some time.  Loneliness caused by isolation can affect people's mental health and we need to remind ourselves that voluntary services are still on the front-line, tackling these issues, and they need our support more than ever."

An organisation that has benefited from the Covid-19 Community Response Fund is West Norfolk Befriending.  They are being supported to expand their service offering companionship to older people living in West Norfolk who are struggling, whilst 'shielding' and unable to see family and friends.

The charity usually offers a face-to-face befriending service, with volunteers visiting isolated older people in the area but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these visits have had to be put on hold. Instead, volunteers are staying in touch with everyone they support by telephone; however, there is now even greater demand, with many more older people in the area in urgent need of companionship.

Pippa May, Chief Executive Officer at West Norfolk Befriending said:

"The extra funding has made a wonderful difference, because we have been able to help more isolated older people during this difficult time.  It's a real opportunity for West Norfolk Befriending to develop, as an organisation, to use telephone befriending - we've not done this before. Without this money, we would not have been in a position to do this, to work differently and to work with more people.  We can't sing the Fund's praises enough."