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If you would like to bring people in your community together, why not apply for a Better Together grant? Grants of up to £200 are available to individuals or community groups in Norwich. Great Yarmouth, South Norfolk and parts of Breckland to pay for activities which reduce loneliness or social isolation.
The application process is very simple and our team of Community Development Workers can help your plan and organise your activity and apply for the grant.’
One community which has benefited from a Better Together grant is Sprowston in north-east Norwich, which organised a litter pick around one of their new housing developments followed by a social event.
The grant was used to pay for litter picking resources including high-vis vests, litter-pickers and disposable gloves, promotional material as well as provisions for a community barbecue.
‘’A group of 30 people took part and over the course of the afternoon we picked up 13 bags of mainly plastic waste from the green spaces and fringes of the Manor Park area.’ report organisers Reverend Philip Harvey and Reverend Andy Bunter. ‘At the end of the litter pick a talk was given by a representative from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust about ways residents can assist local wildlife and insects and then we all got together for a well-earned barbecue.’
This was a successful way to bring people together with both environmental and social benefits. ‘People said that the event provided a good opportunity to meet residents from around the estate and that they are looking forward to the next one.’ Philip added.