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Quality Awards - Summer 2018


Quality Mark Plus Winners - Summer 2018

Based at Thorpe Road, Norwich, this is a training company which hosts and facilitates Meet Up Mondays meetings at their base in Thorpe Road and across Norfolk. There are also some Tuesday Groups. Groups are free to attend and open to all. Designed to enable lonely people to have a risk free meeting with a cuppa, a friendly face and something to eat.

Actively encourages staff to volunteer – and support Benjamin Foundation, The Missing Kind, Headway, Big C, Musical Keys, Nelsons Journey and Marie Curie. They host events, volunteer and donate expertise.

Organisation dedicated to working towards Sheringham achieving full dementia-friendly status from Alzheimer’s Society. Runs large number of activities and schemes dedicated to supporting people living with dementia – carers, families etc. Has involved significant work to connect and make links with community institutions, businesses and support agencies. Includes local schools, GPs, Patient Participation Groups, dementia training for 35 local businesses and organisations delivering local activities. Developed and launched an online directory of local services.

Long standing community transport organisation providing a specialist minimbus service service for people with disabilities or limited mobility. Helps people at very high risk of social isolation and loneliness from remaining connected with their family, friends and many forms of social interaction.

Also arranges dedicated events and activities during the year

Recently received grant funding from East of England Co Op to tackle loneliness. Funding is helping to subsidise the cost of more trips and activities for passengers across the year.

Runs weekly dedicated intergenerational events with Friend In Deed (Quality Mark Plus winner), Norwich School, Drayton Schools and the local shops.

Two staff are assigned to specifically tackle loneliness. Housekeeper provides knit and natter events. Maintenance Man runs men’s activities.

New business in a rural location, striving to become village hub. Recently opened a little shop at the pub, created a play area and running monthly free social events for residents.

Quality Mark Winners - Summer 2018

Provides a range of homecare services on a minimum one hour visit model – this enables staff to put greater emphasis on providing companionship and helping people better connect with their communities.

Long standing volunteer-run community care group (since 1978). Runs a vibrant Call-In Centre in the village with a host of different sessions – from luncheon clubs, painting sessions, coffee mornings, craft sessions etc. Fund raise to help provide transport to luncheon club. Known to social services who will contact the team if there is need in the community.

Mobile bowls-type sporting activity which can be played sitting down – so ideal for people with disabilities and limited mobility. Provides a sociable and rewarding activity for people at high risk of social isolation and loneliness.

Weekly club which brings people together around a common interest in history, archaeology, and heritage and with the aim of improving people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Community hub providing wide range of employment, education and volunteering opportunities and support services for vulnerable and or socially excluded people. This includes long term unemployed, people recovering from alcohol, drug and mental health issues.

Staff allowed one paid day off a year to volunteer.

Recently taken over the community café.

Online florist business which provides groups and charities with hands on flower arranging sessions – mainly using home grown produce. Promotes activities on social media – eg sessions at local care homes.

Daytime touring arts programme dof workshops and performances, for older people in Breckland. Events in libraries, village halls, museums etc.

Aimed at people of retirement age of older and those living alone. Transportation can be arranged to help those who may struggle to attend.

Extremely wide range of community services includes Four Villages Good Neighbourhood Scheme, day and evening events, Men’s Shed (looking to build an extension workshop). Ran a Sunday Lunch in Oct 2017 to celebrate Silver Sunday – national event to tackle loneliness. Community transport arrangements available.

Honorary Quality Mark Winners - Summer 2018

The BBC Radio Norfolk and Eastern Daily Press have been recognised for their ongoing support for the 'In Good Company' campaign and their commitment to no one in Norfolk spending a day alone if they don’t want to.

They have featured a number of our other Quality Mark winners in features and played an active role in encouraging everyone from businesses to individuals to join the campaign.

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