Category Archives: Norfolk

Free bus rides help Norwich Foodbank deliver service

Norwich Foodbank has teamed up with Bus operator First Eastern Counties to make sure that people are able to pick up their emergency three-day food parcels with a free bus ride.


People who need to use foodbanks sometimes walk long distances with heavy shopping bags as they can’t afford public transport.

To address the issue, First Bus has developed a partnership with foodbank national charity the Trussell Trust, which already operates in the Midlands and Essex.

Now First Eastern Counties has linked up with Norwich Foodbank to offer bus journey vouchers, which can be used by people needing help from the foodbank and the volunteers who work there.

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Mental Health Watch: What’s changed a year since our campaign launched?

 Are people with mental health problems in the region getting better treatment than they were this time last year?

That was our hope more than 12 months ago when this newspaper launched a campaign to improve the under-performing mental health services in Norfolk and Suffolk.

A crucial aim was to end the stigma of people suffering from mental health problems and raise awareness of the issues.

Our Mental Health Watch campaign has highlighted the struggles of the region’s mental health service, the Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT), as well as its progress and successfully campaigned to save a mental health helpline from closure.

But how have things progressed in the past year?

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New dementia support service opens in Cromer

 A new telephone service aims to help people find out what support is available to them when a relative is diagnosed with dementia.

Launch of a new dementia friendly hub for North Norfolk run by Laura Lodge from Danbury Lodge dementia unit at Halsey House, Cromer. Resident Ray Lawrence with Laura Lodge and Tammy Bacon (daughter) PHOTO: Nick Butcher

The scheme, which was launched at Danbury Lodge, in Cromer, yesterday, will give people the opportunity to speak to someone for advice.

It is hoped that the service will benefit carers who struggle to use the internet, individuals living with dementia and local businesses.

Laura Lodge, head of the dementia unit, said: “I think there is a big demand for this, especially in our local area. The idea came from carers who said that when a loved one is diagnosed with dementia, they don’t know who to talk to or where to get advice from.”

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