Voluntary Norfolk was started in 1969 as the Norwich Organisation of Active Help (NOAH), a service to match volunteers to voluntary organisations. From this simple model of support, delivered from a caravan that toured the county, we have grown and developed to provide a wide range of services which improve the health, wellbeing, connections, skills and employability of thousands of people in Norfolk each year.
Support for the Voluntary Sector
We help over 300 grass-roots organisations find the volunteers they need to deliver their services and activities and we support over 2,000 volunteers to find volunteering opportunities, helping them develop skills, knowledge and to make connections in their community. We offer information, training, advice and support to voluntary groups and we have a specialist support service, Momentum, for groups working with young people. We are a voice for the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise) sector, promoting the activities and impact of charities and community organisations while raising awareness of wider issues affecting our sector.
We deliver and develop volunteer services for Clinical Commissioning Groups, Norfolk County Council and other health and social care providers to help address social and healthcare challenges including an ageing population and physical, digital and social isolation. We directly recruit and manage over 700 volunteers who undertake a variety of roles in healthcare and community settings, helping people manage long-term health conditions, providing a support role to healthcare professionals and transporting people to and from hospital appointments.
Health & Social Care Services
Voluntary Norfolk delivers and manages health and social care services in partnership with community and voluntary groups and public and health care bodies. We are the lead partner in the Carers Matter Norfolk service and its sister service for Young Carers and Families providing practical and emotional support for Norfolk’s 100,000 unpaid carers. We also lead the Better Together service which addresses the health impacts of loneliness and social isolation. In April 2019 we took over the management of Norwich’s SOS Bus which looks after the health, wellbeing and safety of people visiting Norwich’s pubs and clubs on Fridays and Saturday nights.
In partnership with community and public sector organisations, we work with local residents to improve their health, wellbeing and employability, harnessing their strengths, skills, interests and passions. We are one of the main partners in Neighbourhoods that Work, led by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, which works with residents, communities and partners to increase community resilience. In Norwich we run a Digital Inclusion programme which enables residents to develop the skills, capabilities and confidence to access online services, support and activities. We have recently been awarded funding to lead another partnership in Great Yarmouth, Freshly Greated, which aims to increase engagement with the arts among groups of people who are currently least likely to get involved as either audiences or creators.
Employment & Skills
Our Employment & Skills Team support those who are furthest from employment, helping them make the most of their skills and strengths and to take advantage of employment, volunteering and training opportunities. As part of the Norfolk Community College they offer 1-2-1 mentoring, training, volunteering and work placements, as well as specialist support and advice around wellbeing, debt and benefits.
CBR Business Solutions
CBR Business Solutions is the trading arm of Voluntary Norfolk, providing HR services, DBS checks and Payroll services to over 200 charities and businesses across the country. Operating profits from CBR Business Solutions provide a vital source of unrestricted income for Voluntary Norfolk helping us carry out our work supporting people and communities across Norfolk.
We employ over 70, mainly part-time, members of staff, working in locations across Norfolk.
Our turnover is in excess of £2million per annum with funding coming from public sector, health and statutory bodies, from grants, membership fees and from our traded services.
Voluntary Norfolk is a Registered Charity (number 1112017) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (number 5616120).
We have an elected Board of Trustees and our Chair of Trustees is John Archibald, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Board Director of Flagship Group.
Our headquarters are located at St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BQ.
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Location: St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich