Charity summit hailed a success

It was standing room only at the Priory Centre in Great Yarmouth as representatives gathered for my charity summit this morning. A key networking event for local charities, it included invaluable advice from both the Norfolk Community Foundation and the Big Lottery Fund.

In my opening remarks, I praised the work of the numerous charities across the constituency. Whether it is a high profile local cause raising millions for their project or a smaller group of volunteers organising a weekly activity, these charities are making a difference to so many people’s lives. This was a great opportunity for me to say thank you for their hard work and commitment.

I was overwhelmed by the response, with over 120 people attending on the day. What is most encouraging is that despite the harsh economic climate, people are determined to continue the work they undertake.

Louise Botwright, the founder of JUMP, a mentoring project for young people, gave an insight in to the challenges she faced in starting her charity. Commenting on the large turnout, Louise said, “It was excellent to see so many charities together, networking and sharing ideas. Everyone was positive about finding new ways of working.” When asked about the challenges facing local charities, she continued, “Finding funding at the moment is a big challenge that we all experience. Another is the lack of communication between all the different organisations and agencies providing services to local people. This summit will help provide new contacts and hopefully break down some of those communication barriers.”

4th November 2011