100 words
describing 2020's charities

100 Words

describing each  Charity that sold cards in the shop

What they are, and what they do

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.

Big C - Norfolk and Waveney's Local Cancer Charity
Every year more than 8000 people in Norfolk and Waveney are told the news that they have cancer, and many more are living with the effects every day. Since 1980 Big C has been dedicated to the fight against cancer and today we help the thousands of people affected, across our county, while working to improve future outcomes. Our work focuses on four key areas - supporting people affected by cancer, funding world-class local research into cancer, providing vital medical equipment and facilities in the county’s main hospitals and educating local people about cancer for the future.

Break
is a Norfolk based charity, providing support across East Anglia for 50 years.
We aim to make life better for vulnerable children, young people and families, because we believe that every child and young person needs a home where they feel safe and loved, so they can grow in confidence and look to the future with hope.
That is why we work tirelessly to help young people in care and moving on, children and young people with disabilities, children at risk, and families in need of support, finding a way through difficult times and opening the door to brighter tomorrows.
www.break-charity.org 

Citizens Advice, Norfolk
Norfolk Citizens Advice is an independent, local charity offering free, confidential, impartial advice and information on a wide range of subjects.
We can offer advice and information to help if you have problems with debt, money, benefits, housing, employment issues, immigration, health, family, education and consumer issues.
Our offices are based in Norwich, North Walsham, Great Yarmouth, Fakenham, Wymondham, Attleborough, Dereham, Watton and Holt. We also have several outreach locations around Norfolk. For further information please visit our website www.ncab.org.uk

Community Sports Foundation
We help over 38,000 people every year achieve their goals through sport, supporting some of the most disadvantaged, disabled and talented people across Norfolk. The Foundation's vision is to help people achieve their goals by delivering quality, innovative services through football and sport.
To allow us to work with more participants we have built The Nest, this will be our new multi-purpose community hub in Horsford.
When completed, it will feature an indoor sports hall, a gymnasium, a floodlit 3G football pitch, and classroom facilities, in addition to the renovation of the clubhouse, installation of residential ‘bunk boxes’, and the relaying of seven grass football pitches, which was completed in 2018.
In order to make this exciting vision a reality, we have launched a public fundraising campaign – #BuildTheNest – to raise the £2.5m we need towards the total project cost of £9.4m.

East Anglian Air Ambulance
exists to save lives by delivering highly skilled doctors and critical care paramedics by air or car to seriously ill or injured people in the region. Covering the counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk we are tasked an average of eight times a day. We fly two H145 helicopters that allow us to get anywhere within our region in 25 minutes. We receive no regular government funding. Needing to raise over £12million a year, we are a life-saving charity that is only kept airborne thanks to our incredible supporters.

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)
We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and support their families.
When time is short, we help families make the most of their precious time together and create memories that last forever.
More than half of our care and support is delivered in the family home and community, in surroundings familiar and comfortable for the family.
Our hospices aren’t just about end of life care; they’re often very happy and fun places, where young people can live life to their full potential. Our hospices are places where families feel safe, at home and where they can spend quality time together; enabling parents to be parents not caregivers.

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.

Guide Dogs 
ambition is for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full; by providing Guide Dogs; mobility aids and mobility training. Plus 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 which help 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 about 8 years ago by a group of professionals involved in Palliative Care at the Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich. The only Hospice in Ethiopia ( population 100,000,000 !) we fundraise to educate, support and extend the scope of care available, currently only in the Addis Ababa area. From a Hospice struggling to survive, we have become their main donors. We now have doctors, nurses and other professionals trained and interested in palliative care. As our name becomes more widely known, we attract more interest: i.e. The Norwich Diocese Lent appeal in 2017 raised £46,000 to buy and help maintain a four wheel drive vehicle to enable Hospice at Home care to expand. 100% of all donations goes directly to the charity.

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 achieved
• Charitable status and so can claim gift aid
• Raised over £310,000
• Financially supported 31 young people to gain an undergraduate
degree.
• Visited the area eight times

Keeping Abreast
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
This residential home in Sprowston Road, Norwich provides accommodation in their own flats for around 25 mainly young disabled people.
Funds raised from card shop sales goes to the local Friends Group who provide financial and practical support to the home.
It is run by Livability, a national charity with a Christian ethos, President the Archbishop of Canterbury, formed in 2007 by joining two 19th century charities, John Grooms and Shaftesbury.
It is committed to enabling people to live the lives they want to live by providing a wide range of community-based services.

The Matthew Project
has been helping people live fuller lives, free from drug and alcohol misuse for more than 35 years. The charity has a Christian ethos, and is based in Norfolk. We provide support to young people, veterans, professionals, people in recovery, and the family and carers affected by substance misuse. Because of the Covid crisis we need your help more than ever to raise funds so that we can continue supporting our service users. Thankyou

Norwich foodbank
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.

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.

Samaritans, Norwich
Samaritans' vision is that fewer people die by suicide.
Norwich Samaritans is a local charity offering a free, confidential, 24-hour listening service to persons in Norwich and the wider UK, for anyone who is going through a difficult time. We offer this via phone, email, SMS and face-to-face visits. Whatever you’re facing, we are here to listen.
We also support two local prisons by training prisoners to offer emotional support to peers. Out in the community, we deliver talks in Norwich schools, universities and community groups to encourage a better understanding of suicide, and the value of expressing feelings.

Save the Children
works in 120 countries including the UK. Save the Children fights for children every single day. We do whatever it takes to make sure they survive, get protection when they’re in danger, and have the chance to learn. Save the Children believes every child should be able to make their mark on their world, and help to build a better future for us all.

St. Martin's
Rough sleepers need a roof over their heads. They need a warm bed. And St Martins provides that. But they also need a reason to get out of it in the morning. St Martins helps homeless people, 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 stepping stone to rebuilding their lives. St Martins is a local charity and we have supported homeless people in Norwich and Norfolk for over 40 years.

Vision Norfolk (formally NNAB)
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. As there are 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.

Thank you to all of those who have supported us so far.
We will be closed for the lockdown period but hope to reopen as soon as we can in December at St Peter Mancroft.
You can contact the individual charities who may be able to supply cards - see our 'Links' page to go to them.

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Did you know...
Every penny goes to the Charities
The shop is entirely run by volunteers - an army of them!
Everything else is covered by donations or fund raising - because that would take from the money we donate to the charities.
We rely on being offered a shop for free in central Norwich. 
0% comes out of the running costs for organising it or setting it up.  
We even pay the credit/debit machine card fees out of separately raised funds