We now have a number of our groups running virtually, we have been so impressed with the determination and perserverance of women who are not comfortable with technology who are now confidently using zoom and other social media platforms. It's taken some time to overcome teething issues but it's been so lovely to see so many smiling faces and the peer support networks back in action. We have managed to lend some women the technology to allow them to be part of our virtual groups where they have not had the equipment or WiFi at home. We are looking for additional funding or support to allow us to be able to bring the groups to more women who don't have internet access at home. We are still offering telephone support and posting activities and well-being packs to keep in touch with those that either don't have the internet access or don't wish to use it.
We have been really busy since the start of the lockdown, with support being offered 7 days a week. Norfolk Community Foundation have kindly awarded us a grant to be able to do this. They have funded the purchase of additional mobile phones, a laptop and printing and postage of well-being packs. Without this grant we wouldn't have been able to do this as all our previous work was delivered face to face. We have had to adapt very quickly to an online way of working and we are very grateful to Norfolk Community Foundation for enabling this to happen quickly.
We have been invited onto Radio Norfolk to talk about how we have adapted our support since lockdown. It's been a busy time and we know that the current situation is bringing with it a lot of uncertainties. We have seen an increase in contact and so we are currently available 7 days a week via phone or social media and have created well-being packs with activities to keep you busy as well as self-care advice and coping strategies that we have been posting out.
We are pleased to be working with East Coast College's Norfolk Community College to be offering support to women aged over 25 who have been out of work for six months or more.
The Get Crafty group have been producing some fantastic Christmas crafts that they are planning to give to friends and family as girts or to decorate their houses. We have some of these beautiful books available for a £5 donation from our hub.
What a busy day it has been, and one that has been looked forward to by our volunteers and women for the past couple of weeks. They have done a fantastic job of decorating the place, it looks very sparkly and festive!
Great news this week! Our popular "Get Crafty" group will be running weekly from now on. It has been such a success that fortnightly is just simply not enough! We have been overwhelmed at the talent within the group and also at the determination to learn new skills from scratch.
We are taking referrals for our Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit course. This is an excellent course for women who have experienced domestic abuse in their past and are still feeling the impact. The feedback from the course has been that it has really helped to process some of the feelings that were left behind as improving self esteem and confidence.
We have been busy preparing to have a stand at Tribe Norfolk, a beautiful local festival of music and celebrating all things Norfolk. If you are going, please come and say Hi. We will have some of our postcard sized prints for sale as well as making little boxes of positivity.
Tonight we were lucky enough to be invited to the launch of a new National Lottery game in London, it was certainly an experience. We are thankful to the lottery for funding some of our Future You courses.
This is Jo being interviewed about our project.
The "Get Crafty" group is proving to be very popular, it's a lovely chilled social evening. It's running on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday's of the month.
We are excited to be launching a new evening craft group called "Get Crafty". This is following feedback that they would like activities to do in the evening as this is when most services are not open and they feel most isolated. No experience or skills necessary, there will be a variety of crafts to have a go at as well as refreshments and friendly faces. Just £2 per week.
Last week we had a visit from the incredibly talented Ruthie Collins, she is doing a fantastic project here in Great Yarmouth.....
Would you like to try your hand at creative writing in a safe, supportive environment with other women? Help celebrate inspirational women, nominated by the Great Yarmouth community? Champion a woman you know or admire? Writer Ruthie Collins is offering a free story writing workshop to women in Great Yarmouth to improve literacy, confidence and wellbeing – in partnership with Great Yarmouth Library, Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the National Centre for Writing, original projects, and Harbour Radio. Stories will be shared in an exhibition in June at Great Yarmouth Library.
The workshop is part of Yarmouth Mysteries, an Arts Council England funded project supporting Ruthie Collins while she writes her novel, Doing Up Cleopatra in Great Yarmouth, while helping residents try their hand at creative writing. Doing Up Cleopatra has two lead female characters from Great Yarmouth, plus features women artists throughout history – with a lead female detective.
School children from St George’s Primary School have also been writing mystery stories for the project, featuring ‘treasure’ given by residents in Great Yarmouth – places, objects and parts of the community that they love the most.
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4/3/19 Who doesn't want one of these mugs? Not only do they have beautiful artwork from the incredibly talented Emma_lc_art but they raise valuable funds for us to be able to support more women on our project in Great Yarmouth.
Pleased to be able to facilitate this worthwhile course soon. If you are interested in attending* or know someone who would benefit please get in touch.
*Attendance on course is subject to an initial assessment.
Or if you would like this delivered at your organisation, please get in touch to find out costs.
Excited to be attending this event. Inspiration and cake, what could be better. Come along if you are local to Great Yarmouth.