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Norwich voluntary sector hub becomes a reality as charity moves in

PUBLISHED: 17:41 24 April 2014

Brian Horner, chief executive of Voluntary Norfolk, with Christine Futter, operation business manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support.

Brian Horner, chief executive of Voluntary Norfolk, with Christine Futter, operation business manager for Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support.

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A charity’s vision of a voluntary sector hub in the heart of Norwich has moved a step closer as it welcomes new tenants.

Not-for-profit company Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support has taken offices at Voluntary Norfolk’s headquarters at St Clement’s House in Colegate.

When Voluntary Norfolk moved from its Pottergate base in October 2013, it had ambitions of turning the building into a centre where voluntary and community organisations, charities and not-for-profits could benefit from working together.

The building is already home to Norfolk Community Law Service, which moved in in December, and, with the arrival of Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support from Sheringham, the charity’s wish has become a reality, said chief executive Brian Horner.

“We are delighted that Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support has decided to join us here in the middle of Norwich.

“Three community-focused organisations operating from a single building will give the sector real critical mass in this part of the city and we are confident that efficiencies, greater collaborative working, and real public benefit will follow from our close proximity.

“Voluntary Norfolk’s own not-for-profit social enterprise, Charity BackRoom, and our suite of meeting and training rooms are additional sector resources here at St Clement’s House, so we are sure that our voluntary sector hub has a great deal to offer Norfolk’s charities and the communities that they serve.”

Denise Denis, chair of Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support, which supports care providers, said: “We are delighted to make this move into the city. We feel that our new location will greatly benefit the care sector as our offices are so central and so easily accessible.”

Charities and not-for-profit organisations already have a strong presence in Colegate, with the 4Women Centre just a few doors along providing a base for support and learning services for women.

Voluntary Norfolk has teamed up with the Norwich Evening News to recruit volunteer befrienders, who visit vulnerable and isolated people of all ages across the city.

To find out more about the scheme, or other Voluntary Norfolk opportunities, call 01603 614474.

Do you have a story about a charity’s success? Email mark.shields@archant.co.uk

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