Voluntary Norfolk supports volunteers, community groups, charities and social enterprises. We also deliver a range of health and wellbeing services in partnership with the voluntary, public and private sectors. Our vision is for connected, resilient and compassionate communities where people work together to improve lives.
Carers Voice works to ensure that the voice of carers is heard and listened to in the design and delivery of support and services that affect them. Carers can often be at risk from social isolation and loneliness due to their caring responsibilities and finding it problematic to secure support for their cared-for making it difficult for them to leave their homes. Through regular meetings, we give carers a platform to interact with other carers and professionals to discuss and use their shared experiences to improve the services and support their needs. We also run free events for carers to attend across Norfolk to give them a break from their caring responsibilities and a chance for carers to socialise with other carers who may be in a similar situation to them.
Since it was launched in 1981, Centre 81 has built up a vast amount of experience of working with people with physical, sensory and other disabilities, and we have a reputation for encouraging and helping members to develop their abilities, enjoy themselves and become more independent.
DIAL Great Yarmouth is an independent charity providing information and advice to disabled and vulnerable residents across the Borough of Great Yarmouth since 1985. We provide specialist advice and support on all aspects of the benefits system including help to complete complex benefit claim forms through to support at Tribunals. DIAL also has fully qualified Money and Debt advisors who help and support people who have financial issues by providing budgeting support, setting up of manageable repayment plans, and liaising with creditors. Our knowledgeable staff are able to provide information and advice on a wide range of issues including housing, other support services and much much more.
Future Radio is the community radio station for Norwich and broadcasts 24 hours a day on FM, DAB and online. Broadcasting for over 15 years, with 42,000 listeners a month and over 23,900 followers on social media, Future Radio is one of the largest and most established community radio stations in the UK. We bring people together from across cultural divides to form a collective voice of the community. As part of the charity Future Projects we provide training programmes and work in partnership with other charities to deliver projects to improve education, skills and opportunities in our communities.
Harleston Information Plus is a local charity working to support people to be independent, achieve their full potential, and actively participate in the community. The charity has a voluntary management board made up of local people and with the help of around 40 volunteers provides services and support to over 6500 people each year. Our services include Harleston community information centre, a local jobs club, work skills training programme, lifelong learning opportunities and regular social activities.
Home-Start Norfolk is dedicated to helping children, changing lives. We offer support and practical help to parents with young children across Norfolk. Home-Start Norfolk offers a unique service, recruiting and training volunteers – who are usually parents themselves – to visit families at home who have at least one child under 5 to offer informal, friendly and confidential support.
The KindaKafe on Castle Meadow in Norwich is the flagship venue belonging to the Missing Kind Charity, now managed by social enterprise Pop Up Enterprises CIC. We are a community cafe, selling home-cooked veggie and vegan food, with a ‘pay-it-forward’ scheme. Offering volunteer opportunities, community support group meetup facilities and events, we are focused on tackling loneliness and isolation. We regularly host a range of community groups in our spacious building. You can find details of the groups that meet here on Meetup or by checking out What’s On. We have an active user network and have firmly established ourselves as an inspirational hub for local kindness.
Opening Doors is a user-led organisation run by people with learning disabilities for people with learning disabilities. We recognise that people with learning disabilities often lack the confidence, income and support they need to get out and about. As a result, they often experience loneliness and social isolation leading to low self-esteem and physical and mental ill-health. We help by running friendly self-advocacy groups, office skills sessions, drop-ins and other groups and sessions where people with learning disabilities can come along to learn new skills, meet new people, make new friends and become better connected in their local community. All our groups and activities are free to join and new people are welcome at all times.
St Martins Housing Trust helps homeless people, and those at risk, by offering them a hand up. We nurture their self-esteem and trust in other people. We empower them to make positive choices. To some, we are a lifelong solution. To others, we are a stepping stone to rebuilding their lives. St Martins is a local charity and we have supported people in Norwich and Norfolk for over 40 years. St Martins works as a part of the broader movement in Norwich and the surrounding area. We work with other voluntary organisations, housing associations, community and church groups to raise awareness of homelessness as one of the principal contributors to social exclusion.