Welcome to the December edition of the 
Imagine Norfolk Together newsletter for King's Lynn

Imagine Norfolk Together is a Joint Venture between the Diocese of Norwich and the Church Urban Fund.
Our aim is to support churches and community groups in their engagement with the local community so that together we can grow in relationship, strength and capacity to meet life's challenges.


In the last newsletter I mentioned that Churches Together were considering how best to respond to the significant increase in rough sleepers in King's Lynn. I am pleased to report that things have progressed well. We opened King's Lynn Winter Night Shelter on Friday 1st December. We had 9 guests on Friday and 8 on Saturday. We are sure it won't be long before we reach our capacity of 15 guests. Each person is provided with a bed, dinner, breakfast and a chance to relax. Thanks to our partners the Purfleet Trust, the night shelter can be held at their centre in St. Ann's Fort each Friday and Saturday until March 31st. Through grant funding we have been able to employ Joanne Dowen as the project coordinator and we hope to have an assistant in post later this week. We also have a team of 40 volunteers and hope eventually to have 60. If you are interested in being a volunteer please contact Joanne Dowen -

You will see below that we also have a vacancy for a part time assistant coordinator for Friday night. Do please spread the word.

On Friday 24th November, we took part in the Church Urban Fund's Sleepout Challenge. We raised £1000 for the night shelter and some very helpful publicity from the local radio stations and newspapers.

On the theme of homelessness, I have included the Church Housing Trust guide 'How to Help Homeless People' and in the Community News are the venues offering a free community lunch on Christmas Day. Please pass this information across your network.

For those who enjoy digging below the surface, you can find the Joseph Rowntree report on 'UK Poverty in 2017' and a free day conference on Modern Slavery on 27th January. Look for the link to the online booking .

I hope you find this newsletter helpful. I would love to have any feedback and suggestions as to how it could be improved.

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King’s Lynn Churches Together are seeking a
King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter
Assistant Co-ordinator
Temporary, part-time 10 hours per week
Salary £10 per hour
This is an exciting new role managing the night shelter on Friday nights and providing support to approximately 15 homeless people and volunteers.
The role is available immediately and runs until 31 March 2018.
For full details or to apply contact Kevan Crane at


Community Lunches on Christmas Day

There will be a free Christmas Day Lunch from 12pm at Mary's Kitchen on London Road which is next to the Catholic Church, near Merchants Terrace. This is for clients of Genesis Housing, the Purfleet Trust and any homeless people who do not use either service. Drop in on the day, no ticket required.

There will also be a free Christmas Day Lunch for anyone who is homeless from 1.00pm - 3.00pm at the Scout Hut, Portland Place, South Lynn, PE30 5NA. Entry by ticket only.
Tickets available from Lucy Shaw at the Purfleet Trust.

St Faiths Church in Gaywood is also hosting a 
Christmas Day Lunch and social from 12 noon to 4.00pm. There is no charge but  due to limited places it is essential to book your place by phoning Rev. Julie Boyd 01553 770952. Transport is available for those needing it.


KLARS has changed its name to ACCESS – Supporting migrants in East Anglia
KLARS stands for Kings Lynn Area Resettlement Support and offers support to migrants from Eastern Europe and elsewhere, with offices in King’s Lynn and Wisbech. They have chosen a name that is more meaningful to clients, stakeholders and the wider community. Therefore, they are now called -ACCESS –supporting migrants in East Anglia.

The service, and commitment to helping migrant families get the most from living in the UK, remains the same.
See the new website


Hanseatic Union - new timetable

Hanseatic Union are offering support through a lottery funded project to help individuals move closer to employment - this can be through helping with CV etc. but also just by helping to make friends and build confidence. We have staff with various languages.  We offer a parent and toddler group for support with English skills, free ESOL classes on Saturday mornings with a crèche/kids club attached, free trips with families, support with translation and help accessing local services....

For more info contact Julie on
or Gintare on call on 07960250114/07960250085
Find us on facebook - hansos unija  or message jess at hanseatic through facebook.


Churches Together in King’s Lynn
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018
Thursday 18th to Thursday 25rd January 2018.
Theme: That all may be free; The Caribbean experience of Slavery, Colonialism and Liberation
based on Exodus 15.
Thursday 18th January: North Lynn Methodist Church, Losinga Road, PE30 2DH
Revd Andrew Maguire 12.30-13.00hrs.
Friday 19th January: Salvation Army, Wellesley St, King’s Lynn, PE30 1QD
Major Barbara Jeffery: 12.30-13.00hrs
Saturday 20th January: The London Road Methodist Church, King’s Lynn  PE30 5PU
Revd Catherine Dixon 12.30-13.00hrs

Sunday 21 January: St John the Evangelist, Blackfriars Road, King's Lynn, PE30 1NT

Led by Revd Becca Rogers; preacher Andy Moyle, 17:00-18:00hrs


Monday 22nd January: Church of the Annunciation, London Rd, King’s Lynn, PE30 5HQ
Revd. Peter Rollings: 12.30-13.00hrs
Tuesday 23th January: King’s Lynn Christian Fellowship, The King’s Centre, Wellesley St, King’s Lynn, PE30 1QD    Andy Osborne. 12.30-13.00hrs
Wednesday 24th January: The Gateway Church, 99c High St. King’s Lynn PE30 3BS
Pastor Andy Moyle: 12.30-13.00hrs
Thursday 25th January: The London Road Methodist Church, King’s Lynn PE30 5PU

The Clewer Initiative
Norwich Slavery Summit

A free day conference providing up to date information about modern slavery.
Input from the police and the Gangmasters& Labour Abuse Authority
Saturday 27th January, 10.30 - 2.30pm
Witard Road Baptist Church
Witard Road
Book your place:

Modern Slavery briefing note

Project Aidant is a nationally coordinated activity targeting the threat of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery. 
An example: Polish nationals
National data highlights that the number of Polish nationals being referred for support due to this type of exploitation remains significant. The majority are referred for labour exploitation but other exploitation types include domestic servitude and sexual exploitation.
How can I assist?
Be aware of some of the indicators of modern slavery and human trafficking: 
  • Those being kept as slaves might have their movements restricted
  • They may appear injured and malnourished
  • They may have a lack of belongings; e.g. their passports and ID have been taken from them to stop them having freedom to leave and work elsewhere.
  • They may wear the same clothes every day.
  • They may avoid making eye contact and be reluctant to talk to strangers.
  • They may not know their home or work address

What should I do if I suspect someone to be a victim of modern slavery?
If you think someone is in immediate danger you should call 999 to report it.
If there is no immediate threat then you can report to Police via
Alternative routes to support are the Modern Slavery helpline
(0800 0121 700) or The Salvation Army (0300 303 8151). Any other information that you think may be relevant can be provided in confidence for creation as intelligence by sending an email to

If you are part of a statutory organisation, please ensure you report your concerns to your safeguarding lead.

You can access the full report by clicking on the Church House Trust logo below .

West Norfolk Housing Advice

Full day on Mondays to Thursdays at the BCKLWN offering advice about any aspect of housing. The service is your first port of call for any clients with a housing issue. Simply get your colleagues to complete the simple 1 page referral form available from or call 01553 223113 and make a referral over the phone.
The client will be contacted and will be offered advice and/or given up to 4 appointments to sort the issue out. If that is not sufficient, we will then refer the client on to the most appropriate agency in the partnership. The agencies in the partnership are listed below.
If further specialist support is needed we will refer the client on to:

Stonham Home Stay
Works with people who need longer term support to manage or maintain their housing or have more complex housing difficulties
Norfolk CAB
Provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting people’s lives whatever problem they face; money, benefit, housing or employment problems.
Telephone: 03444 111 444
Shelter King’s Lynn Debt and Welfare Benefits Advice Service
We can deal with creditors and set up repayment plans
We can help you manage arrears and deal with insolvency, bankruptcy and Debt Relief Orders
We can help you understand and apply for benefits you are entitled to
If you want to be debt free or you are a Universal Credit customer – we can provide personal budgeting skills and advice
 We can assist and signpost you in job searches and returning to work.
Telephone: 0344 515 1860
Home - Shelter England

Purfleet Trust
Specialist support for people who are street homeless in Kings Lynn
01553 767829


Christians Against Poverty

CAP Debt Centre  link to the website giving details of free help to anyone who feels weighed down by debt, including help with a Money Course, Job Club and release group to help break free from life-controlling habits. Alternatively call 0800 328 0006 to arrange an appointment or home visit.

Comvida Money Help

Comvida are a not for profit organisation teaching Financial skills, such as budgeting and money saving, as well as showing people how to deal with tricky issues like debt. We operate in Kings Lynn and West Norfolk and we teach groups of people as well as hold one to one private sessions. We're all about taking back control and showing people that with a little help and guidance you can not only balance your budget but pay off your debts (if you have any) and put a bit aside for a rainy day. Best of all the service is totally free!
For more information or to refer someone for help please contact us on 07415 041512 or e-mail us at

YouTube on Universal Credit


DWP have posted a you tube training video that shows an introduction to Universal Credit

Supermarkets Supporting the Community

The below excerpts are all copied from individual websites, please visit each one for further details. There may well be further good work being done in which case any omission is unintentional.
East of England Co-op – free Fairtrade tea
“Maybe you’d like a supply of tea for a regular event you’re running, like a support group or weekly activity? Or perhaps you’re holding a one-off event like a coffee morning or a fete? Either way, we might be able to provide you with a free supply of Co-operative Fairtrade 99 Tea.”
Tesco - community champions
“Community Champions act as ambassadors for Tesco within their area, working to ensure that we are a great neighbour that can bring genuine benefit to the local community. They work with their Store Manager and other shops in the region to shape how Tesco can get involved in local community events, providing support where it is most needed, and help keep our customers and colleagues up to date with the most recent activity.
We have over 500 Champions across the business, primarily in our large format stores. If customers or colleagues would like to meet their local Community Champion to discuss how they can get involved with supporting a local event they can use the email details on the spreadsheet below, or pop in to their local store.”
Morrison’s - funding
“The Morrison’s Foundation provides grants towards projects undertaken by registered charities. If you're seeking funds for such a project, click on the below link to start your application. We believe that good projects come in all shapes and sizes so we're not limiting how much you can apply for, though we do ask that your project benefits people's lives in the UK.”
Lidl partners with Neighbourly
“Lidl UK has announced the launch of their national food redistribution programme and support of #FundAFridge in partnership with Neighbourly. This will see all Lidl stores across England, Scotland and Wales donating food surplus to local food charities helping to feed people in need, equalling up to 2 million meals a year.”
Asda - Community champions
“In some of our bigger stores we can provide space, including meeting rooms, for local groups to use. And they welcome charities and other local groups to raise funds in store or collect donations for food banks and other good causes.
Waitrose – partner volunteering
“Building on the successful Community Matters model, we launched Community Matters Partner Volunteering in May 2012.  Local causes can now bid for 'Partner time' as every year we set aside a budget for each store to invest in volunteering. Our stores are also able to facilitate customer volunteering to build closer relations in our communities by advertising vacancies where we support causes under Community Matters.”

Marks and Spencer’s – donations
“If you have a request for a donation to a charitable organisation, these are often made through our local stores who have a small, limited budget and focus their support towards issues that are important to their local community. So visit your local store and ask to speak to a manager. “
Sainsbury’s - donations
All our stores also have a local charity they support throughout the year. Please click here (Opens New Window) for more details about your stores local charity. They also have a small budget for making donations of raffle prizes or vouchers and can sometimes help with events in store such as bag packing.  Contact your local store (Opens New Window), by phone only, for more information.

West Norfolk Employment Fund


The West Norfolk Employment Fund has been established to help young people in the West of Norfolk to set up or grow their own business with a grant of up to £10,000

Grants can be used to meet start-up costs, assist with developing new products or services, to procure professional services to support and develop the business to undertake training and skills development or the acquisition of capital equipment

Applicants are asked to complete a form which should be submitted with an outline business plan including details of their business, product and market and the predicted growth opportunities that will result from the investment.

An independent panel comprising committee members from a number of West Norfolk Businesses will review applications for grants

If you would like to discuss making an application please contact Graham Tuttle CEO on 01603 623958

Visit the Norfolk Community Foundation website for more information

UK Poverty 2017, from the Joseph Rountree Foundation highlights that overall, 14 million people live in poverty in the UK - over one in five of the population.
Read the full report.

 Citizens Advice Volunteers

Can you give some time to help others? Norfolk Citizens Advice has opportunities for volunteers to continue its outreach and fixed base services in Norfolk.
Last year more than 240 of the charity’s trained volunteers helped 20,000 people deal with matters such as debt, benefits, relationship break-up and employment issues face-to-face. The information and advice provided is free, confidential, impartial and independent. Volunteering at Norfolk Citizens Advice is different because you’ll be learning all the time, meeting like-minded volunteers and helping someone who needs assistance.
There are vacancies for: advisers, trustees (in particular a treasurer) and receptionists.
For an application form and more details email Emma or call 01603 273116.
Find out more about
Norfolk Citizens Advice.


Museum Digital Collections Volunteers

The digital collections volunteers at Lynn Museum are currently digitalising our collection of Walter Dexter drawings. Volunteers meet 10am-1pm every Wednesday throughout the year and on Thursdays 10am-1pm from April to October.

If you’re interested in being a digital collections volunteer, or would like more information, email or call us on 01553 775001.

I would love to hear from you to discuss any of the following things:
  • How you are getting involved in your local community, and any good news stories about the difference this is making
  • Events you are running, which welcome the local community 
  • If you would like more information about the Church Urban Fund and what they do
  • If you would like to know more about running a 'Know your Church, Know your Neighbourhood' group in your church
  • If you would like me to visit your church, church meeting or group
  • Applying for Church Urban Fund or Dreams & Visions grants
  • Anything you would find useful in future editions of this letter
  • Just to say hello!


Andrew Frere-Smith
t: 07949 964932
facebook: Imagine Norfolk Together in Kings Lynn
twitter: @INT.KingsLynn 

Thank you for your support and prayers through this busy year. May I wish you a lovely, restful break and a very happy Christmas!

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