Community groups, schools and workplaces

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. See the 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 norfolksexualhealth@tht.org.uk

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 norfolksexualhealth@tht.org.uk

The Healthier Options Norfolk (HONOR) Award is a way for catering outlets to show that they have taken steps to offer healthier options on their menu.

Receiving an HONOR Award demonstrates your commitment to the wellbeing of the people you cater for. You don't have to radically alter your menu to be eligible – just introduce some small changes that provide healthier alternative options to help reduce obesity and heart disease.

Caterers can do this in a number of different ways, for example offering a choice of boiled or mashed potatoes as alternatives to chips, extra vegetables in servings, fruit based desserts and wholemeal bread choices with sandwiches.

Food can also be prepare in healthier ways by reducing salt, trimming fat from meat before cooking, substituting unsaturated fats for saturated fats and allowing customers to add as much or as little as they wish of sauces, dressings and fat spreads.

The award is currently operated by Breckland Council, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, Norwich City Council and South Norfolk District Council and open to all types of catering establishments including pubs, hotels, restaurants, takeaway outlets, workplaces, sandwich bars, school and hospital dining rooms. You will need a hygiene rating of three or above to apply. Successful food businesses will receive a certificate, window sticker and inclusion on the map of participating venues here on Norfolk's Living Well.

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 smokefreenorfolk@nchc.nhs.uk

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 joyoffood@norfolk.gov.uk

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.

Thriving Workplaces is the new Norfolk Healthy Workplace provider from April 2017. We firmly believe a healthy workforce to be a thriving workforce. This is not just in terms of health but also in terms of efficiency and culture.

We will be working with businesses across Norfolk to help influence your approach to Workplace Health. All our services are FREE and include:

  • Company and Workforce Health Checks
  • A Strategic Diagnostic Tool to assess Health and Culture in your workplace
  • Signposting to key partners who can provide healthy lifestyle solutions for your workforce
  • Provision of Healthy Workplace Toolkits
  • Advice and Guidance towards achieving the National Healthy Workplace Wellbeing Charter
  • Workplace Health Champion Training
  • Provide relevant training opportunities to create a healthier, happier workforce
  • Support to create strategic plans for Health & Wellbeing in the workplace

Perhaps you don’t think it’s for you? Well… Did you know?

  • Each year 140 million working days are lost to sickness absence in the UK, costing UK businesses an estimated £29 billion.
  • Presenteeism – attending work while sick – is valued at an average cost to employers of £605 per employee per year, due to reduced productivity.
  • The financial cost to British business of mental ill health is estimated at £26 billion per year.
  • Smokers sick leave and smoking breaks are estimated to cost UK business £8.7 billion per year.
  • High staff turnover can incur huge recruitment and training costs, on top of lost revenue while new employees reach full productivity. Source: British Heart Foundation

How do I get involved?

Thriving Workplaces is keen to hear from all businesses around Norfolk who would like additional support to promote and instigate a healthy working environment and ethos throughout their workforce.

We look to work with the business from top to bottom and will be seeking partners from a wide array of sectors to support, who can guarantee strategic buy in.

The service launches on 1 April 2017 and we are already receiving applications of interest. To get in touch please email: emma.staplehurst@thrivetribe.org.uk.