Established in 1994, we are a charity which operates in Norfolk and Suffolk. We bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence by supporting people through the challenges that life may bring them, including homelessness, childcare, bullying and abuse.
Our staff team is over 200 strong and each person plays their part in helping around 2,000 children, young people and families each year.
We are driven by the needs of the community and, in addition to our core services , we also provide furniture stores and our social enterprise, Ben's Workforce.
How We Started
Our charity had a sad beginning with the tragic death of Benjamin Draper in a motorcycle accident in 1992. His parents, Richard and Vanessa, wanted to create something special to celebrate his life and set up The Benjamin Foundation in his name in 1994.
To begin with it was just Richard delivering youth services in North Norfolk and now, more than twenty years later, we have grown to help people of all ages right around Norfolk and, since 2016, in Suffolk too.
In April 2015 Mustard TV interviewed Richard Draper when we moved into our new Norwich offices. It was also a time to reflect back on our charity's journey and Richard spoke about that too in the video. We are grateful to Mustard TV for letting us use this interview, which you can see at the bottom of this page.