Below are all the charities supported by the shop this year. All will have cards in the shop in St Peter Mancroft, and there's a screenshot of their front page on their websites, and a link to their sites.We have asked them for 100 words explaining what they are and what they do.
Click the charities' "100 words" to go to their website.
Remember ALL money taken goes to the charities!
As well as funding research into Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s Society helps those suffering from the disease and their carers to cope with and manage the effects and symptoms of it with personalised support that truly meets their needs.
By investing in ground-breaking research we seek to find better ways of treating and caring for people with dementia.
Amnesty International is a global organisation, campaigning for Human Rights for all. Founded in London in 1961 it now has 7 million members who campaign and write letters to publicise abuses by authorities of those Rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
"What are Human Rights? Human Rights are like air: until they're taken away you don't know what you have. You only realise how necessary they are once the air is taken away from you:"
The Norwich Amnesty Group meets monthly: we campaign by writing letters, often to international government officials, urging them to address their illegal actions.
is a Norwich based progression day service for adults with learning disabilities in Norfolk.
We encourage our members to gradually take on responsibilities and support them to learn about expectations in the real world.
This is achieved through offering a wide range of groups, which help individuals to speak up, build confidence and develop friendships with others.
The groups we offer also enable members to develop their independence skills around shopping for, preparing and cooking meals, managing money, being part of the wider community and developing work skills.
Alongside the groups we run, we offer supported employment opportunities; housing services and travel training programmes.
Big C - Norfolk and Waveney's Local Cancer Charity
At Big C Cancer Charity, we see first-hand the impact cancer has on individuals, families, and communities. Since 1980 we’ve been dedicated to supporting thousands of people affected by cancer in Norfolk and surrounding counties.
We can offer support for anyone affected by cancer, wherever it’s needed through our Support and Information Centres, Community Hubs, Support Line and Virtual Centre, whether that’s 1:1 sessions, family counselling or support groups.
Through our Centres, funding research projects at Norwich Research Park, purchasing medical equipment for local hospitals and our education programme, we make a direct difference to the lives of local people.
Call our Support Line: 0800 092 7640
At Break we provide support for vulnerable children and young people on the edge of care, in care and moving on from care.
We give these children, young people and families the time, support, and care they need to achieve their full potential. Whatever a child’s start in life, we believe that with the right support there is no limit to what they can achieve. Through innovation and lifelong relationships, we are transforming futures and changing lives. Whenever the help they need is missing, we are there for them.
For more information go to www.break-charity.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re passionate about making Norfolk a better place for everyone to live, work and enjoy.
As the population of Britain expands, the unique, tranquil, attractive and uncrowded landscapes that Norfolk offers become increasingly important national assets. CPRE Norfolk believes that by planning our future, taking a balanced approach to growth, satisfying the needs of all of us who live and work in Norfolk, protecting our economic future and making sure jobs and the right housing is available at every level, we can ensure the protection of our environment as well as our future prosperity.
For more information go to www.cprenorfolk.org.uk
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Family is at the heart of everything we do at EACH.
We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and support their families across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Our service are tailored to meet the needs of both the child or young person and the individual family members we support.
EACH is a lifeline to so families through the most unimaginably difficult time – helping them to make memories that will last forever.
Find out more about EACH at www.each.org.uk.
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA)
is a charity providing life-saving critical care 24 hours-a-day, 365 days-a-year by air and road.
From road traffic collisions to cardiac arrests to medical emergencies, our specialist doctors, critical care paramedics and pilots bring the advanced skills, equipment, and medicine directly to you or your family, in the fastest time possible.
Covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk, we bring hope to the most seriously ill and injured people in East Anglia.
Since our launch in 2000 we have attended over 36,500 missions.
The Friends of Norwich Cathedral
aims to support the conservation, maintenance, repair and improvement of the fabric of the building and furnishings of Norwich Cathedral.
The Friends of Norwich Cathedral is an independent charity, founded in 1930, to be a network of supporters of Norwich Cathedral and to help maintain its fabric.
Guide Dogs helps people living with sight loss to live the life they choose by providing Guide Dogs, mobility aids and mobility training. Guide Dogs also has a wide range of services for children and young people including CustomEyes books, tailor-made to suit a child’s eye condition; assistive technology; grants; specialist play and study support; a UK-wide programme of family events; and provision of Buddy dogs helping children foster a sense of responsibility and companionship.
Please refer to our website for more information: www.guidedogs.org.uk
Hospice Ethiopia UK
Was formed over 10 yrs. Ago by a group of professionals involved in Palliative Care at the Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich. The only hospice care in Ethiopia ( population in excess of 100,000,000,!) we fundraise to educate, support and extend the scope of care available from a base in Addis Ababa. From a hospice struggling to survive, we now have doctors, nurses and other professionals bringing palliative care into the hospitals and outreaching into towns and cities further afield while also caring for an ever increasing number of patients in the Addis Ababa area.
John Aves Education Project (JAEP)The project financially supports young people from Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp in Bethlehem to study for an undergraduate degree at their local universities. JAEP was set up in memory of Revd Canon Dr. John Aves, an Anglican priest in the Norwich Diocese, who was living and volunteering in Dheisheh at the time of his unexpected death in January 2004.
· To date we have financially supported over 70 young people to study for an undergraduate degree
· Raised over £453,000
· Visited the area many times to spend time with the students and their families
offers support to women who have been affected by, or are at risk of, breast cancer and who are facing breast reconstruction as a result of having a mastectomy.
At an exceptionally difficult time, we offer women and their families support through our network of volunteers and local groups, giving them the opportunity to talk to other women in similar positions. We provide information, advice, a ‘show and tell’ experience, and other financial and practical help.
LIVABILITY John Grooms Court, Norwich
John Grooms Court is a residential home in Sprowston Road, Norwich where twenty-five mainly young people with disabilities live in their own flats.
Money raised through card sales helps the local Friends group provide financial and practical help to the residents including furnishing, transport, outings and treats.
The home is run by national Christian based charity Livability formed in 2007 from two 19th century charities John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society.
Livability is the charity committed to enabling people with disabilities to live the life they want to live.
The Matthew Project
empowers young people and adults to overcome drugs, alcohol, and mental health issues so they can live their lives more fully, including specialist services for both family members impacted by others’ substance misuse and for veterans.
Our dedicated and experienced teams of caring professionals make a difference across Norfolk.
Our Next Steps Recovery Hub in Norwich provides a place of community, learning and belonging.
Our specialist veteran service operates across East Anglia.
provides emergency food and toiletries to local people in crisis. All who receive our services our first assessed and then referred using a voucher system by a care professional or agency (such as Age UK, housing associations and councils, Social Services, debt charities, etc). The voucher is then exchanged for a 3 day, non perishable, nutritionally balanced food parcel. The foodbank is supported by over 180 volunteers across the office, warehouse, 10 distribution centres, school holiday clubs and supermarket collections.
Norfolk and Waveney MIND is your local mental health charity.
Our ambition is to ensure that no one has to face poor mental health alone and with the right support and resources anybody can create a life that feels meaningful to them.
We support the people of Norfolk and Waveney with their mental health and wellbeing through our network of wellbeing centres, talking therapies, residential programmes, social groups, specialist programmes and mental health training. From prevention support to crisis support, wherever you are on your mental health journey, we are here for you.
Whether it’s you needing support, someone in your family, a friend or a work colleague, we are here for you.
Call 0300 330 5488
NSPCC / Childline
The NSPCC provide a wide range of services to help keep children safe in Norfolk.
In 2022/23, we estimate that our Childline volunteers delivered around 2,500 counselling sessions to children in Norfolk.
Some of these children are going through the toughest time of their lives.
They face issues such as mental/ emotional health, suicidal thoughts and feelings and challenging family relationships.
6,117 children took part in our online Speak Out Stay Safe programme in schools and we are once again running workshops in Norfolk schools.
The NSPCC provide child protection training, support for families and information for other professionals.
Oxfam is a global movement of millions of people who share the belief that, in a world rich in resources, poverty isn't inevitable. In just 15 years, extreme poverty has been halved.
15 more years and we can end it for good.
Oxfam’s work empowers women, grows vegetables, fills classrooms and builds wells.
The first charity shop appeared in Britain in 1948 when Oxfam opened a space in Oxford to sell donated items to raise money, and we have been selling donated goods, fair trade gifts and coffee ever since.
Priscilla Bacon Hospice
Thanks to the generosity of people and organisations from Norfolk and beyond, the building work on the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge has been completed and the new Lodge opened its doors to patients in September this year.
The Priscilla Bacon Hospice Charity remains committed to enhancing the experience of patients and their loved ones by supplementing the core services funded and delivered by the NHS.
We continue to fundraise to provide a comprehensive bereavement service, equipment, enhanced catering, patient and family transport, maintain the beautiful gardens and aim to introduce services such as art and music therapy.
We will also support research, education and training to improve care at the new Priscilla Bacon Lodge, across Norfolk, and beyond.
The RNLI has one aim, to save live at sea.
There are some 4800 lifeboat crew members at more than 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland.
The RNLI started the lifeguard service in 2001 and patrols over 220 UK and channel island beaches.
The charity relies on the crucial efforts of Volunteers, Crew Members, Safety Officers, Fundraisers and the Generosity of supporters to keep the charity afloat.
Need a free, non-judgemental listening ear? We all do at times.
Samaritans is here 24/7 on the phone or by email for just that – and we won’t tell you what to do.We’ve been around in Norwich for 58 years offering support to those that need us – but we’re also active in the community.
We train prisoners to listen to their peers, as well as give talks to schools, universities and community groups about the vital work we do – and the value of a good natter and cup of tea!
Call: 116 123
Save the Children
exists to help every child get the chance of the future they deserve.
In the UK and around the world we make sure children keep safe, healthy and learning.
With children, for children, we change the future for good.
St Edmunds Society
offers vocational training opportunities to vulnerable young people.
For many, the chance to gain trade related qualifications, as well as the attitude necessary to achieve sustained independence, can be a turning point in many young people’s lives.
We support young people aged 11-25 who have struggled in mainstream education, many of whom are vulnerable, have Special Educational Needs, been excluded from school, or simply not in education, employment or training (NEET).
The impact is significant, as we build positive aspirations and an increase in self-worth and self-esteem, removing barriers to learning, to allow the students to achieve accredited trade related qualifications.
People sleeping rough need a roof over their heads.
They need a warm bed, and we provide that.
But they also need a reason to get out of it in the morning.
St Martins helps people experiencing homelessness, and those at risk, by offering them a hand up.
We nurture their self-esteem and trust in other people. We empower them to make positive choices.
To some, we are a lifelong solution. To others, we are a steppingstone to rebuilding their lives.
St Martins is a local charity and we have supported people in Norwich and Norfolk for over 50 years.
St Peter Mancroft Church
The church stands in the heart of Norwich, as a place of sanctuary and welcome for the city community and for thousands of visitors throughout the year.
St Peter Mancroft supports music, the arts, and bell-ringing, encouraging in particular young people to develop their talents.
The church also works in partnership with other charities to serve some of the most needy members of the community, as well as providing a spiritual anchor-point for the city as the Civic Church.
We are a small vibrant charity based in Norwich where adults with learning disabilities receive the education, training and support they require to fulfil their potential.
Our students are supported to develop life skills through tutor led workshops and activities, such as cooking, art and craft, horticulture, media, enterprise, employment, health and wellbeing.
Each session has numeracy, literacy, communication and positive relationship building embedded within them.
In 2021 we launched our Enterprise Project, selling prints, cards, tote bags and t-shirts created using our students’ artwork.
The Enterprise Project provides opportunities for interaction with the public, as well as helping develop communication skills and confidence in dealing with money.
We continue to strive to ensure visually impaired people are able to live independent and fulfilled lives through our individual support, community hubs, organised activities, equipment and specialist housing.
On average, more than 4,000 visually impaired people are supported by us each year but with now over 35,000 people in Norfolk with some degree of sight loss, our work is needed more than ever.
Through the purchase of our Christmas cards we are able to continue this vital work.
Thank you for your support.