Cromer

Team is still here to care

Just Regional
Jun 28, 2024 2 mins read

Four years after the demands of lockdowns and a global pandemic set its wheels in motion, Cromer Cares is still going strong.

The charity was originally set up to help those who were isolating and needed food and medicine delivered. But as more and more needs were uncovered, it took on more tasks – including helping with vaccinations.

More than 200 volunteers got involved, and once covid-19 was less of a priority, they started helping many other residents in need through ill-health, disabilities, social care needs and economic hardship.

The tasks carried out by them now include transport to medical appointments and they also work alongside groups such as foodbanks and the Community Larder.

And with many people reluctant to ask for their help, volunteers also keep an eye out for anyone who might need their assistance.

Working with North Norfolk District Council – and inspired by a similar project in Leeds – Cromer Cares launched its Beds for Children project to provide beds and bedding for youngsters who might not otherwise have them.

And there is always support for households needing help with heating and energy.

But the area they are most in demand for is transport to medical appointments.

Volunteer drivers can carry out more than a dozen journeys between Cromer and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital every week.

The service can also point people towards other agencies that can help with all sorts of issues.

With a core group of around 15 trustees and volunteers, the charity also helps people in 21 villages surrounding the town, including East and West Runton, Southrepps, Northrepps, Felbrigg, Aylmerton, Overstrand and Sidestrand.

 

For more information, and to offer or ask for help, call 01263 686999 or email community@cromer-tc.gov.uk

 

 

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