Show You #lovewestnorfolk Through Volunteering

One way in which people can show their love for West Norfolk is through volunteering.

This is the message from Community Action Norfolk, a leading charity which supports the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Norfolk.

Community Action Norfolk, which is a key partner in the #lovewestnorfolk campaign, says that there are over 1,000 voluntary and community sector organisations currently based in the West Norfolk CCG area, some 600 of which are registered charities.

Which means that West Norfolk benefits from an abundance of volunteers who are making a difference to many good causes – as well as numerous more opportunities for volunteering.

Jo Maule, Locality Manager for Community Action Norfolk said: “West Norfolk is blessed with hundreds of home-grown voluntary organisations that do amazing things to show their love for West Norfolk.  Every person who volunteers in our community helps make sure it is a great place to live for as many people as possible.

“To these local heroes we want to say a huge thank you.  Through this fantastic campaign we would also love to see more local people pledge to show their love for West Norfolk through volunteering, however much time they are able to spare.”

In West Norfolk, about 8% of the population in the Borough of Kings Lynn and West Norfolk engage in voluntary work, meaning that many people are already involved with good causes in the community.

Jo added: “Volunteering is hugely beneficial – both to the charity which is able  to access the skills and knowledge and support which the individual is providing, and to the volunteer who can learn new skills, meet new people, and really feel that they are making a difference in their community.

“People in West Norfolk have always shown such generosity with their time. If anyone is thinking about how they can show their love for West Norfolk, we would highly recommend volunteering.”

Anyone wishing to know more can find information about local volunteering opportunities locally on the Ask Lily volunteering page: http://asklily.org.uk/kb5/westnorfolk/cd/community.page?communitychannel=8  Further information about opportunities across Norfolk and support is also available from Voluntary Norfolk https://www.voluntarynorfolk.org.uk/volunteering/

Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway Support Love West Norfolk Campaign

Renowned designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway have got behind the Love West Norfolk campaign.

The couple, who were the founders of famous fashion brand Red or Dead, now run Hemingway Design, delivering varied work in urban design, furniture, fashion, interiors, exhibitions, and the arts.

Wayne and Gerardine have links to West Norfolk, having worked with Freebridge Community Housing on the Hillington Square redesign in King’s Lynn. The estate is undergoing a dramatic transformation, offering modern, high quality homes.

Wayne and Gerardine said: “We have thoroughly enjoyed our years working on the re-imagining of Hillington Square in Kings Lynn. We have got to know the beautiful town and always get a warm welcome. We have even started to enjoy that long train journey from London and all the lovely towns it passes through as you approach Kings Lynn”.

Stephen Fry backs West Norfolk

Writer, actor, presenter, and comedian Stephen Fry has lent his support to a new campaign which celebrates West Norfolk.

The renowned broadcaster, famous for work such as QI, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, Blackadder, Jeeves and Wooster and Peter’s Friends, amongst many more, is a former student of the College of West Anglia, and retains a house in the area. Of West Norfolk, he said:

“If Norfolk is the secret jewel of England, then West Norfolk is the secret jewel of Norfolk. Beauty, hills, character, glorious towns, villages and countryside, hills! country pubs, funny, fabulous people, hills! seaside, lavender, hills!

“Ok, I lied about the hills. But there are slopes and rises to the ground that almost amount to hills. Truly.”

Mr Fry’s comments come after the Love West Norfolk campaign launched at the beginning of January.

The campaign, which aims to increase pride and aspiration in the area, is offering people the opportunity to share what they love about West Norfolk in a range of ways, including through social media and events. The purpose is to publicly celebrate all that West Norfolk has to offer, and find out what makes West Norfolk so special – feedback which will help to influence how the area is promoted in future.

Love West Norfolk Campaign Launches

A new campaign celebrating all that West Norfolk has to offer has launched.

‘Love West Norfolk’ aims to create pride and aspiration within the local area and give people a voice on what they believe makes the area so special.

The campaign is being headed up by key community leaders, including the Chief Executive and Leader of the Borough Council, and the Chief Executives of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the College of West Anglia, Freebridge Community Housing, Community Action Norfolk, and the Clinical Commissioning Group. It is also supported by Norfolk County Council.

Through Love West Norfolk, people will be able to share their views on what they love about the area via social media and events. Companies will  also be getting involved and will be running consultation and engagement activities for employees and customers to share what they think sets West Norfolk apart.

The leaders behind the campaign explained why the Love West Norfolk campaign is so important:

Councillor Brian Long, Leader of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk said: “I so often read that King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is a ‘hidden gem’, with beautiful coastlines, stunning rural villages and a wealth of history and heritage.  Now it’s time west Norfolk stopped hiding its light under a bushel.  It’s time for us all to start showcasing the wonderful things that west Norfolk has to offer. It’s time we all realised how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful, vibrant place.  It’s time to stop taking for granted what we see every day and time we all started telling the world why west Norfolk is such a great place.”

Tony Hall, Chief Executive of Freebridge Community Housing and Chair of West Norfolk Strategy Group which brings all the leaders together said: “West Norfolk is a fantastic place to live, work and play in. I hope this initiative will remind everyone what a fantastic area it is and encourage people to apply for jobs or consider setting up businesses here”.

David Pomfret, Principal/Chief Executive, College of West Anglia added: “I love West Norfolk because of its wonderful countryside and coastal areas, heritage and historical architecture.  However, above all else, I opted to work in West Norfolk and stay in West Norfolk because of the passion and commitment of local business leaders to work together to make a positive difference.”

And here’s how people can get involved:

  • Follow and get involved via the social media channels, Twitter: @LoveWestNorfolk Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LoveWestNorfolk/ Instagram: love_west_norfolk Tell us what you love about West Norfolk using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk
  • You can also share your pictures of West Norfolk across our social media channels using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk And we will soon be announcing details of a photography competition.
  • Share your views on what you love about West Norfolk via the website lovewestnorfolk.co.uk You will also find latest news here.
  • Get involved in Love West Norfolk day on 14th February, an opportunity to celebrate West Norfolk across social media. During the day, we want you to share your views, your pictures and your stories about West Norfolk using the hashtag #lovewestnorfolk
  • We are also looking for good news stories and case studies which we can share. If you would like to get involved, please contact us via one of our social media channels.
  • Come along to one of the community consultation events which will be taking place in King’s Lynn, Downham Market and Hunstanton, dates of which will be confirmed shortly.
  • If you are a business, charity or organisation operating in West Norfolk, you can get involved too and we have a toolkit and resources available. Please get in touch via our social media channels.
  • In March, there will also be a very special event for schools, allowing young people to get involved as well.

At the end of March 2018, all the feedback and ideas generated during the campaign will be collated. A report will then be produced for the leaders to determine how to promote and market West Norfolk regionally and nationally.