It’s 2020 and we are living in difficult times at the moment. For some, it’s harder than for others, and Christmas is a good time to think about other people.
This post was originally published in 2018 and we’ve updated it for this year. There are many charities that need help, but this post will focus on specific needs at Christmas time.
Here are a few suggestions for how you and/or your little ones can help others this Christmas, but please get in touch with any other ideas you have, or add them to the Norwich Mumbler Chat Group thread and I’ll add them on.
Thank you in advance.
Demand has gone up significantly at Norwich Foodbank. There’s a great new video on their website which explains what has happened to the business over this past year. Have a look and see at all the changes they had to make due to Coronavirus.
Norwich Foodbank has now moved onto a delivery only model and they are are currently well served by volunteers. However, they do still need help with neighbourhood and community collections and food donations.
How you can help: Perhaps when you are ordering food, you can think about putting together a Christmas box for Foodbank, see what they need the most here Norwich Foodbank
Leeway : White Ribbon Campaign 2020
Leeway is a charity which provides advice, support and information to any adult or child experiencing domestic abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk.
This year we have moved our White Ribbon campaign online. The white ribbon is a symbol of the international movement for the elimination of violence against women and girls.
How you can help; This year we are encouraging you to decorate a white ribbon, this can be with glitter, paint and any craft materials to make it as unique as you like!
We then ask that a picture of your design is sent to us by Friday 4th December for us to judge the winner… who will win a £30 voucher. Entry is a minimum donation of £3, to enter please email- email@example.com and we will send your template over so you can start your design.
The annual Christmas Giving Tree Appeal at the Waterstones branch in Castle Street is still taking place this year.
The tree is decorated with dozens of tags, each representing a child and the book they would like to receive at Christmas. Customers wishing to support the appeal can buy the books which will be wrapped and sent to the children time for Christmas.
How you can help: email the shop on firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your number. Someone will call you and arrange a purchase for the giving tree.
Open Christmas is for anyone who is alone or homeless on Christmas Day. It’s completely free at St Andrew’s Hall,
Organisers are determined it will go ahead this year in some form.
Volunteers: we can only accept volunteers who are able to wear a face covering.
“ We hope the event can go ahead. It will be outside “The Halls” under marquees, providing a drop-in style soup kitchen meal from 12 noon to 2pm. There will be one team of volunteers from 10am -3pm. Tasks will be assigned on the day. This is dependent on government restrictions.
We hope to deliver bags of non perishable food and festive items to guests who would be unable to go to “The Halls”.
How you can help: We need drivers and escorts to deliver these food bags.
Keep an eye on the website for current information.
“We have continued all through the lockdown, and have had to fill gaps left by the disappearance of the Salvation army stall. We have had more requests for community hampers than we could ever possibly fulfil, but we are trying.”
Times are very hard for everybody at the moment and for us, well this year has been the hardest yet. So PLEASE think about making a small donation, either via our wish list or our PayPal account, just £1 a month would make a huge difference to us.
How you can help: We have an Amazon wish list which includes sleeping bags, thermal underwear, hats and gloves,please consider donations.
A Norwich charity delivering Christmas kindness; annually providing food hampers to those having a tough time in Norfolk. Volunteer, donate or nominate!
“We do want to run Basket Brigade this year as we know that more than ever there will be a need for our baskets. However, given the almost daily changes in laws and guidance, we can’t be sure exactly what we’ll be ableb to achieve.
Which means that we’re not going to open nominations or registering to volunteer yet. Please watch this space, we’ll do all we can to run Basket Brigade in 2020.”
Friend in Deed is a Norfolk based charity that creates friendship across generations through various intergenerational schemes. It aims to reduce loneliness and promote kindness.
How you can help: Children and families can help to support older people in care homes, including those living with dementia in many ways. During December, we’ll be posting ways to help reduce loneliness by sending hand made Christmas cards, letters etc. Keep an eye on our Facebook page to take part.
East Anglian maternal mental health Charity “Get Me Out The Four Walls” wishes to help the inpatients of Kingfisher MBU by giving them something special to enjoy over the Christmas period. The Mother and Baby Christmas Box campaign was launched at the end of October and will be providing 30 boxes to the MBU throughout December for inpatients on the ward.
The boxes will be filled with little treats for both Mum & Baby to ensure that their first Christmas together can be memorable.
A Pair of Fluffy Socks for Mum Toiletries/Beauty products Gnaw Hot Choc Shot Festive Story Book for Baby Festive Cuddly Toy/Rattle for Baby Adult Colouring Book & Felt Tip Pens for Mum Christmas Memento
The Charity are calling for the public to donate whatever they can afford to the cause. The cost of one box (£15) is an alternative to sending Christmas cards to family and friends. All donors will instead receive an E-Card which they can forward to their Christmas card list not only wishing them a Merry Christmas but also sharing news of the good cause they have donated to.
Volunteer We’re always looking for volunteers to help us run the charity and make our fundraising activities successful. If you have some spare time and would like to get involved, or if you’d like to help at our fundraising events, please email email@example.com
Raise Money We rely on donations to fund our work – many supporters choose to raise money by undertaking sponsored activities, such as sporting events or skydives! If you would like to raise money for us by taking part in a sponsored event, you can set up a page on our fundraising site at: