Category Archives: Norfolk

Project aims to make a Norfolk Town Dementia friendly

New project aims to make Swaffham a dementia-friendly town

Don Saunders is the new manager of the Iceni Partnership in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt. Don Saunders is the new manager of the Iceni Partnership in Swaffham. Picture: Ian Burt.

Monday, April 15, 2013
7:00 AM

A new project hopes to bring together businesses, charities, care homes and youth groups to make Swaffham a dementia-friendly town for the increasing numbers of people with the condition. A meeting last Thursday came up with aims that include creating dementia-friendly buildings, training town centre businesses in how to help those affected, creating reminiscence packs at the library and holding music and sing-a-long sessions.

The groups already involved also plan to co-ordinate current services that are already offered in the town, to increase awareness of what is in place and identify gaps in current provision.

£5.5m DOH fund to improve hospice facilities across the East of England

Norfolk Hospice gets go-ahead after Government cash boost for care

ANDREW PAPWORTH Thursday, April 11, 2013
9:33 AM

A new hospice designed to meet Norfolk’s growing need for end-of-life care has today been given the green light thanks to a £510,000 government grant.

The money, part of a £5.5m Department of Health fund to improve hospice facilities across the East of England, means The Norfolk Hospice, Tapping House can now confirm it will go ahead with its long-awaited multi-million pound facility near the A148 at Hillington.

Richard Shaw, chief executive of the charity, said the new site is needed to meet the county’s ever-increasing demand for palliative care amid warnings that many people are not getting the care they need.

Autism-Friendly Panto Performance Confirmed

Theatregoers with special needs and their families are getting the chance to attend a special performance of the pantomime.
Producers of this year’s Norwich Theatre Royal festive spectacular Cinderella have given the green light to a relaxed performance at 5.30pm on Wednesday January 15 next year.
While the show itself will be the same as the rest of the performances, there will be a number of special facilities specifically for theatre-goers with autism, their families and friends, and anyone else who prefers to attend a more relaxed show.
These include:

  • A more relaxed atmosphere meaning patrons can move around, and enter and leave as they wish through the show.
  • A break-out room where patrons can take a break from the show.
  • The auditorium lights will remain on a low-level throughout the performance
  • A specially-extended interval of 30 minutes