The coronavirus national emergency means that we all need to pull together to help those in need. There are individuals and families in need of help because of self-isolation and other people who are ready to volunteer their time or experience.
As the local authority, we are coordinating the efforts of local volunteers based in each community to ensure practical help is focused on those who need it the most and to ensure that nobody is forgotten or overlooked.
Helping you, help your community
We have seen the incredible will there is among us to help each other out during this extraordinary time, with vast numbers of people offering their time and resources to help others. There are a number of ways people can get involved:
Our partners in the voluntary sector are working with us to recruit volunteers for a county wide effort to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.
If you would like to volunteer, or know more about this, please contact Voluntary Norfolk.
A number of people are coming together to form groups with the sole purpose of helping out those most vulnerable residents in the local community.
You can see if your local area has a mutual aid group by visiting the Covid-19 Mutual Aid website.
If you are part of a group which is supporting people local to you, please register your details on this website.
NHS Volunteer Responders is a group that will carry out simple, non-medical tasks to support people in England who have been asked to shield themselves from coronavirus because of underlying health conditions. They will be used by healthcare professionals to make sure people who are highly vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) are able to stay safe and well at home.
We are working alongside all of these volunteers to ensure that help is given to our most vulnerable residents and give thanks to everyone who is contributing to this.
If you would like to volunteer in any of the above ways during this time, please take time to read the advice on the Government website about keep safe when helping others.
Grants for charities and community groups
Working with the Norfolk Community Foundation, we launched a Norfolk Appeal Fund, which is directed to charities on the front line of caring for people across the county. This fund helps us to support the people in our county who need it and is critical to our collective response.
There are grants available for Norfolk charities and community groups:
- Covid-19 Community Response Fund: grants of up to £1,000 to support vital community projects as they respond to exceptional challenges over the coming months. Find out more and apply.
- Covid-19 Local Resilience Fund: expressions of interest are invited from charitable organisations in the county able to evidence their potential to alleviate specific needs/gaps directly resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, as identified by the Local Resilience Forum. Grants of up to 10,000 are available and up to £25,000 will be considered for exceptional projects. Find out more.
If you would like to donate to the Community Response Fund you can do this online or by post to: Covid-19 Response, Norfolk, Community Foundation, St James Mill, Whitefriars, Norwich, NR31TN. Cheques should be made out to Norfolk Community Foundation.