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Freebridge are once again delighted to have agreed to provide £6,000 in funding through the Freebridge Community Fund, to ten local groups who are making a positive difference to residents and the communities they live in across West Norfolk. 

The annually available funding supports community groups through awards of up to £1000 for projects that have a positive impact within West Norfolk that either promote health and wellbeing, the environment, support residents in some way, or bring communities together.

A judging panel of Freebridge tenants and employees met last week to look over the applications that had come in over the last couple of months, and were pleased to confirm the following groups were successful in their bids:

  • The Big Heart & Soul Choir, who received funding towards re-starting their singing groups that closed because of the pandemic.

  • The Downham Dementia Support Association, who received funding towards re-opening their Dementia Café later this year, which helps support those diagnosed with the condition and their care givers.

  • Family Action, who received funding towards continuing to provide therapeutic gardening and horticultural sessions for people experiencing poverty, disadvantage, and social isolation.

  • 4th All Saints King's Lynn Brownies, who received funding towards new equipment to support some of the activities they have planned.

  • The Pandora Project, who received funding towards supporting some of the activities within their 'Open the Box' recovery programme, which helps women and children in West Norfolk affected by domestic abuse.

  • West Norfolk Riding for the Disabled Association, who received funding towards supporting their attempts to diversify the services they offer by adding further activities to those they already provide.

  • Steel Bones, who received funding towards recruiting and training new volunteers in the area to help build a community to support amputee families live life to the full.

  • West Norfolk Carers, who received funding towards putting on some extra sports sessions for some of the young carers they work with who have faced additional pressure and extra responsibilities caring for family members during the pandemic.

  • Castle Acre Coronation Bowls Club, who received funding towards upgrading their toilet facilities, including a new disabled WC, at their community bowls club that's been running since the 1950s, and

  • West Walton Village Hall, who received funding towards supporting the set-up of a computer club for older people.

Sophie Bates, Freebridge's Director of Customer & Communities said: “The Freebridge Community Fund is a fantastic opportunity for us to help support some of the brilliant charities and community groups that work in the area, who in turn support our customers and the wider West Norfolk. 

“Our vision at Freebridge is to support a better West Norfolk and it's clear to see that the various projects that the Fund will be helping this year do just that.

"Freebridge has always been a community minded landlord aspiring to do more than just provide homes, and one of the key objectives in our new five-year strategy is to create "homes, communities and local spaces to be proud of".

"The Community Fund plays an important part in helping us work towards this objective and we're delighted to be supporting the various projects and activities being run across the borough.” 

Norfolk Community Foundation manages the fund on Freebridge’s behalf. Any community or voluntary group wishing to find out more about the Freebridge Community Fund can visit www.norfolkfoundation.com/Freebridge-Community-Housing-Fund telephone 01603 623958 or email jennybevan@norfolkfoundation.com

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