Norfolk Community Foundation

Increasing volunteering and tackling isolation in the community through the Know Your Neighbourhood Fund.

We’re working with Norfolk Community Foundation through the UK Government Know Your Neighbourhood Fund to renovate six community spaces over 18 months in Great Yarmouth, all with the aim of increasing volunteering and tackling isolation in the community. Projects benefitting sports or physical activity are match-funded by Sport England. See what we’ve been up to so far below.

Since 2022, thanks to support from the likes of UK Community Renewal Fund, Orbit Housing and Norwich Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL), we’ve refurbished 29 community spaces in Norfolk, including grassroots sports clubs like Norwich Lads Boxing Club, Holt Youth Project and transforming the newly reopened Gorleston Community Hub, enabling over 250 volunteering experiences for young people in the county.

Norfolk and Suffolk Islamic Mission

Our first project saw us work with the Norfolk and Suffolk Islamic Mission, a local charity based at the Masjid-At Tauweed – the first mosque built in Great Yarmouth and the surrounding areas over 20 years ago. We’ve modernised the kitchen area and redecorated rooms in their community space, to make it a more welcoming space for those coming to pray, to be with others and take part in community activities.

More on this project here

“I am constantly talking to anyone who will listen about what a fabulous win-win opportunity this is. I was so lucky to have had an introduction to your organisation – I hope the committee are able to make full use of the new kitchen areas and decoration work.”

Dr Sarah Flindall, Clinical Lead Mental Health and Social Prescribing, Great Yarmouth and Northern Villages

Shrublands

Shrublands is a valuable community hub providing numerous services and activities for the community, including a food bank, walking football, badminton, gardening and support for young carers – a well loved and used meeting place for a number of groups. We’ve redecorated the space to make it a more welcoming, calm space to improve the wellbeing of those using the space for various reasons, and to encourage more to do so.

Rabbit Hutch, Caister

The venue is a vibrant hub for a number of groups, several football teams including walking football, cricket, bowls, with a good cafe on site to serve the groups and the local residents. We’ve helped to continue their growth and financial stability, by redecorating four changing areas to enhance the user experience, with a more welcoming environment for to invite more people to play sport.

Community Spoon, Caister

Another valued community hub where various groups meet including football teams, parents and toddlers, as well as providing meals for the elderly, here we’ve given their external facia a refresh, to spruce up the space to make it as inviting as it can be to serve the community.