Cash grants for north Norfolk groups helping elderly and vulnerable in winter

PUBLISHED: 16:01 27 January 2014 | UPDATED: 16:01 27 January 2014

Clare Barter, Victory Housing Trust chairman

Clare Barter, Victory Housing Trust chairman


Four community groups in north Norfolk which provide services to help elderly and vulnerable people have received a total of £20,000 from a new fund set up by Victory Housing designed to help those facing hardship during the winter months.

The Victory Housing Winter Wellbeing Fund was set up at the start of the winter to support groups working to help people in their local community delivering activities that help to reduce isolation for older and disabled people, provide hot meals or warm clothing, as well as helping vulnerable people access local services.

The grants made from the fund are:

Voluntary Norfolk: £10,000 towards running its Volunteer Befriending Service supporting many elderly and disabled folk.

Age UK Norfolk: £5,000 to help fund its Good Companions Club social club at Sheringham providing a hot meal, activities and companionship

Friday Club (formerly Holt and district Day Centre) in Holt: £2,000 towards the cost of transporting its members to the centre.

Heritage House Caring Group in Wells also received £3,000 towards the cost of a new ambulance to transport elderly people to its day centre.

Victory chairman Clare Barter said older people stayed indoors more in the cold winter months, leading to social isolation and loneliness.

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