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Freebridge Community Housing supports seven special causes with Community Fund


Freebridge Community Housing has donated £5000 to seven community groups who are making a difference across West Norfolk through the Freebridge Community Fund.

Community groups which promote health and wellbeing, the environment, support residents or bring communities together can apply for up to £1000 for projects that have a positive impact within West Norfolk.

Representatives from this year’s successful groups were invited to lunch with the judging panel made up of staff and tenants as well as Andy Walder the Chairman of Freebridge’s Board and had the chance to share their charities cause and the plans they have for the donations.

This year the recipients of funding were:

  • 4transform - who received £750 towards supporting volunteer costs and utility bills
  • Age UK Norfolk - who received £500 towards the costs of the Telephone Befriending service
  • Hanseatic Union - who received £650 towards purchasing laptops to support community members with training
  • King’s Lynn Men’s Shed - who received £1000 towards the costs of insurance and utility bills
  • Sing Your Heart Out - who received £400 towards holding a number of additional singing sessions
  • South West Norfolk Youth Opportunities Project - who received £700 towards providing a dedicated space for young people aged 11 to 16 at the Swan Centre in Downham Market, and
  • The Garage Trust Ltd - who received £1000 towards the costs of running a series of music workshops with the King’s Lynn Festival to get more young people interested in producing music.
  • Andrew Frere-Smith from the King’s Lynn Men’s Shed said “We would like to express our sincere thanks to Freebridge for the grant to King’s Lynn Men’s Shed. The money has paid for our insurance and towards the cost of our utility bills and has meant we have been able to focus on our workshop and so opened sooner than we expected. We now have a wonderful Shed and are attracting new members every week.”

    Andy Walder, Freebridge’s Chairman, also met with the charities, said “The Freebridge Community Fund provides very real help for some of the many community groups doing much-needed work in the area, and reflects our vision of supporting a better West Norfolk. It was good to meet with the representatives from the various charities that were successful with grants this year, and to get the chance to hear about the really great work they are doing and the positive differences they are making to local people’s lives.” 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

    Pictured: The Freebridge Community Fund.

    Pictured: Representative's from this year's successful groups.