There are many charities that need help, but this post will focus on some of the specific needs of our local charities 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 we’ll add them on.
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 or two. Have a look and see at all the changes they had to make due to Covid.
Norwich Foodbank has now moved onto a delivery only model and they are currently well served by volunteers. However, they do still need help with neighbourhood and community collections and food donations.
Food donations can be made at the Foodbank Warehouse, Unit 14, Henderson Industrial Units, Ivy Road (off Bowthorpe Road), Norwich, NR5 8BF – open Mon, Thurs and Fri 9-1pm (excluding bank holidays).
Leeway is a charity which provides advice, support and information to any adult or child experiencing domestic abuse in Norfolk and Suffolk. Here are the ways in which they would like your support this Christmas:
As a quick reminder to supporters, we are looking for new/unused toys, games and board games, arts and craft materials, toiletries and gift sets, as well as chocolates, biscuits and selection boxes.
Alongside our Christmas Campaign, we also have a CrowdFunder page set up where supporters can donate money to enable us to buy presents.
The closing date for drop-offs is 17th December, with full information about the Campaign available on our blog.
Raise Money as You Shop
There are a few sites where you can raise money for Leeway as you shop at no extra cost to you! Leeway receive a percentage of your total spend from the retailer and many of the platforms have several well-known high street and online brands signed up.
EasyFundraising is one of the sites that Leeway are signed up to and it is really simple to get started and raise money for them.
Simply follow the link to their Easy Fundraising page and click “support this cause” – you will then be prompted to sign up, which is totally free.
Once signed up, you can raise money for Leeway whilst you shop at places like eBay, Argos, M&S and much more!
Amazon runs its own scheme to raise money for charities as you shop on their site called Amazon Smile. To raise money for Leeway, all you have to do is visit https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ and sign-in to your Amazon account as you would normally do so.
You will then be asked which charity you would like to support. Search for Leeway in the search box and then click to select to choose Leeway. You will be redirected to the main Amazon page where you can search and buy items as you normally would.
With EasyFundraising and Amazon Smile, Leeway receives a percentage of what you spend directly from the retailer – meaning it comes at no extra cost to you!
The annual Christmas Giving Tree Appeal at the Waterstones branch in Castle Street is taking place again for 2021.
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: simply visit the Waterstones store on London Street in Norwich, pick a tag from the tree and buy the book named on the tag.
Volunteers: Please note that this year Norwich Open Christmas can only accept volunteers who are able to wear a face covering. Volunteer applications for 2021 are still open, please visit https://www.norwichopenchristmas.org.uk/ for details.
The People’s Picnic Christmas Street Feast
Every Tuesday & Saturday at 7:30pm we serve wholesome home-cooked meals and other food to the homeless & hungry of Norwich.
How you can help: “We are asking for those able to buy a small gift to do so through our Amazon wishlist or to donate through PayPal and we’ll buy something for someone who needs.”
DIY non-profit organization. On-street soup kitchen and support for homeless/hungry/rough sleepers.
Unfortunately, their unit was broken into recently and some of their kit and both donations of food and money were stolen. You can donate to their GoFundMe page to help to replace some of these items, or purchase an item from their Amazon wishlist.
As well, this December, The Norwich Soup Movement is hosting a very exciting Christmas Makers Market at The Shoe Factory. “We’re looking for stallholders to sell their wares at our festive market, if that sounds like something you’d be interested in, details on how to apply are below. We’re open to anyone – jewellery, prints, plants, food, booze, anything you make!
There is only a limited number of spaces available, so please don’t be disheartened if you’re not selected this time, we plan on doing this again in the future.”
To apply to the Norwich Soup Movement Craft Market, email@example.com, popping ‘Market Application’ in the subject line, with the following information: your name, your pronouns, your business name, a description of what you make, price range of your products, 5 Photos of what you make (please make sure these are good quality as we may post them on social media for marketing), your social media/online shop/website links, your email address, if different to the one you’re emailing from.
Market info: Friday 3rd December, market open 17:00-22:30. Makers able to arrive and set up from 14:00. Market venue:The Shoe Factory, NR3 3AF Stall Cost: £20, all going to The Norwich Soup Movement.
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.
They are always on the look out for children and babies to get involved with intergenerational visits. To find out more about volunteering your family’s time and get involved, visit:https://www.friendindeed.org.uk/volunteering
Get Me Out The Four Walls offers peer support and informal social meets for parents and carers living in Norfolk and Suffolk to overcome social isolation. These meets are organised by a team of volunteers and ambassadors.
“We rely solely on receiving funding and donations to continue the work that we do. To donate to the charity, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org”
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: