The January Cause for the Month changes yearly and is suggested by a church member and agreed by the Church Meeting. The member suggesting the cause is responsible for the publicity.
In January 2021, the cause is:
COMMUNITY ACTION NORWICH
This is the charity based at and run by New Hope Church in Lakenham (which incidentally is the building which used to be Lakenham United Reformed Church).
The following information comes from their website: https://www.communityactionnorwich.co.uk/
“The charity Community Action Norwich was formed in 1999, as an umbrella organisation for the social outreach work of a local free church based in the Lakenham area of Norwich. This church had been working in the community for 10 years before Community Action Norwich was formed. Lakenham has approximately 19,000 residents, and according to local authority tables, is listed as the third highest priority area in the city in terms of social deprivation and need.
Daily we are dealing with issues surrounding family breakdown, poverty, crime, drug and alcohol misuse and isolation of older people. A charitable trust was formed to enable us to be better equipped to meet the challenges and take the opportunities which were opening to us. …..
During this time of Covid-19 regulations we have had to adapt and modify the care and services we offer. This does not mean we have decreased our work and the people we are impacting, but rather that we have found different ways to connect with those we regularly help, and new ways to help new people……
Meals on Wheels: Our day centre provides a two course hot meal for over 55’s twice a week, but whilst many in this vulnerable category are sheltering, we are continuing to make sure they continue to receive a hot, home-cooked meal twice a week. Our cook prepares the main meal and desert on site and then our volunteers deliver the meals to our clients ……
Exercise: We provide space for people to exercise
Social Prescribing …this has continued during this time helping people sort out their taxes, collecting and delivering medication and shopping, phoning and visiting vulnerable adults and ,providing space for people suffering from mental health repercussions as a result of the lockdown.
£50 would provide a month of services during lockdown “