New city census to map Norwich’s ‘community spirit’

Grapes Hill Community Garden, where the community has created a garden oasis on the doorstep of Norw

Grapes Hill Community Garden, where the community has created a garden oasis on the doorstep of Norwich city centre. Photo :Steve Adams.

A new census aims to create the first comprehensive map of 'community spirit' in Norwich, to pinpoint how the city council can better support those who give up time to help others.

Norwich has more than 200 community clubs and groups, dozens of which regularly meet at the city's 20 plus community centres.

But councillors are keen that those organisations and the volunteers who run them get as much support as possible from the city council.

That's why they have launched a consultation which aims to establish exactly what is going on in the city and what part the city council can play to empower people to make a difference to their communities.

The study is being conducted by Norwich City Council's scrutiny committee, which is made up of councillors from the three political parties represented in the city.

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Lucy Galvin, Green councillor for Wensum ward and chair of the committee's task group said: 'People are what make this city work. Social capital is how that happens - it is how we all work - and play - with each other to get things done.

'We want to find out how the council can work better with all citizens to build this spirit. We have looked at all sorts of other councils and organisations and will be making recommendations to cabinet.

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'We're looking to hear from everyone in the city. Please go online and fill in the quick survey - even if - especially if - you don't do voluntary work. This is a unique chance to be part of how the council works with and for its people.'

There are two surveys. One is for individuals and the other is for groups. They can be found at The closing date is Thursday, January 29.

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