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Community groups and schools

Opportunities to host services 

Would you like to help people in your community to lead a healthier lifestyle.  From hosting a cookery lesson or stop smoking course to distributing vitamins or condoms, there are lots of ways for your organisation to get involved.  Explore the list of opportunities below to find out more.

Become a C-Card distribution point and encourage young people to use condoms consistently and correctly.

The Your C-Card scheme is a confidential service enabling young people aged 13 – 24 years to access free condoms in their local area quickly, easily and without embarrassment.

A young person who wants to join the Your C-Card scheme will undergo a short private consultation with a practitioner which will include a condom demonstration and an explanation of how the scheme works. Once a young person has registered and received a C-Card, they can go to any C-Card point and receive a supply of condoms on presentation of their card, no questions asked.

Lots of agencies and services are involved, including the integrated contraception and sexual health (iCaSH) service, youth support service, schools and colleges, children’s centres, youth charities, GP practices, pharmacies, and many more.

If your organisation would like to discuss becoming become a C-Card registration or condom issue point, get in touch by calling 01603 226666 or emailing

Become a chlamydia test kit distribution point and encourage young people to get checked for the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) for males and females in the UK.

If your organisation has regular contact with young people aged 15 to 24, you might like to consider becoming a chlamydia testing kit distribution point.

The kits are available to all young people aged 15 to 24 in Norfolk. Young people take the kits home to do the test and post off their urine samples themselves, so all you need to do is put the tests somewhere they can be easily picked up.

If your organisation would like become a chlamydia test kit distribution point, get in touch by calling 01603 226666 or emailing

Do you work at a Healthy School?

Schools play a key role in supporting the health and wellbeing of children and young people.  Education and health white papers recognise how schools can help children and young people to become happier, healthier and more ready to learn and achieve their full potential.

As such, schools throughout Norfolk are encouraged to become recognised Healthy Schools.  This means they’ll be supported to make their school as healthy as possible, engaging not just the children and their teachers, but also parents and governors. It encourages things like healthy food policies and promotes healthy lifestyle messages being incorporated in school curriculum.  The process is needs-led and can support the school development plan in striving for continual improvement.

A Healthy School promotes physical and emotional health by:

  • Providing accessible and relevant information
  • Supporting pupils and staff to develop the understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their health
  • Creating a health promoting environment where pupils and staff are encouraged and enabled to make healthy choices

The Healthy Schools Team is on hand to support schools in the Norfolk area, offering practical approaches to improving health and wellbeing outcomes.  For more information call 01603 221810.

Help members of your community to become smoke free.

Smokefree Norfolk and the Great Yarmouth Stop Smoking Service offer specialist stop smoking advice and support to smokers from across Norfolk who want to quit. Every year the services help thousands of people to give up smoking successfully.

Specialist stop smoking advisors work with smokers who are ready to quit, finding what works best for them; offering everything from intensive support, group sessions, one-to-one appointments, drop-in sessions and workplace advice and support. 

Specialist advisors are available to work with ‘priority groups’ including:

  • Patients in hospital and those who are about to undergo surgery
  • Pregnant women and young mothers
  • Smokers at risk (patients who have diabetes, heart disease and/or stroke, lung problems, and orthopaedic conditions)
  • Mental health patients
  • Routine and manual workers

If you'd like to discuss hosting stop smoking sessions at your organisation, please email

Help your community to master the basics of healthy, tasty home cooking with The Joy of Food.

The Joy of Food is a community cookery scheme designed to help individuals to increase their confidence in the kitchen and to produce day to day, cheap and healthy home cooked meals from scratch.  Free classes are available for anyone from teenagers through to pensioners, regardless of ability levels.

During the course, attendees learn basic cookery skills including food preparation, different cooking methods and simple nutritional advice.  Groups are kept small to ensure a positive and supportive environment in which to learn.  All food and equipment is provided and everyone gets a free recipe book to take home at the end.

Classes are led by a team of friendly community based volunteers and generally run over four or five weekly sessions.  We’ll travel to virtually any location and are happy to tailor the courses to individual needs, for example cooking for families, individuals on small budgets or to assist with weight loss programmes.  We also have experience in delivering courses to diverse ethnic and cultural groups and those with special educational and physical needs.

If you are interested in hosting a Joy of Food course, please call 01603 638485 or email

Enthusiastic about cooking? Become a  Joy of Food Trainer

We’re always keen to hear from anyone interested in becoming a a Joy of Food Trainer, whether you are an enthusiastic home cook or fully qualified chef!

You’ll need to be: 

  • Enthusiastic about cooking meals with simple ingredients and techniques.
  • Willing to prepare and taste different types of foods.
  • Positive about healthy eating and promoting good nutrition.
  • Committed to working with people from their local communities.
  • Patient and able to encourage others who have very little cooking experience.
  • Able to offer the time to attend training and then to deliver cooking courses.

All expenses are covered, and full training will be given.

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