Our aim is to support one local community project and one international project during the first six months of the club’s year. As we become established as a club, members will be able to nominate local and/or international charities which we can support for the remaining six months of the club’s year.
We may raise funds though bucket collections, charity auctions or a fancy dress pub crawl. Members can take the lead in deciding the best way to raise funds and awareness for each charity. By Year 2 we will be able to determine the needs of the local and international community and organise our own projects.
For Year 1 both of the charities outlined below will visit the club and tell us how we can help them. This may not be through raising money, it could be through our publicity or putting our professional skills to good use.
Norwich Mind is a local branch of the national mental health charity Mind, who work to promote mental wellbeing and support those with mental illnesses. From fundraising, to educating, to providing free services, they work throughout Norwich and the surrounding area to help break the taboo and stigma surrounding mental health issues.
Some of their services include ‘Omnia’, a residential rehabilitation programme, ‘Outreach’, a support system for mental health sufferers in their own homes, and Complementary Therapies for those with mental health issues. Norwich Mind is partly supported by national Mind. However, most of their income is reliant on fundraising and grants.
Norwich Mind will speak at the club to tell us more about their work and will offer us mental health training sessions.
Asha Nepal works with young women and children in Nepal who have suffered from the worst social evils – trafficking into the sex trade, physical and sexual abuse, gender and caste discrimination – as well as those who are at severe risk of abuse or being trafficked.
Asha Nepal offers them a safe, nurturing home and an education, to allow them to rebuild their lives and re-enter society. They care for around 100 children, mostly girls aged 6 to 18 years, plus some boys aged 6 to 11. They also support the mothers through their outreach programme.
Their founder, Peter Bashford, will visit the club to tell us more about their work.