At The Benjamin Foundation, we have been carefully considering the implications of the Covid-19 (also known as Coronavirus) for the people who use our services, staff and volunteers and continue to follow the latest advice and guidance from the UK Government. Our teams are dealing with this unprecedented situation with their usual dedication and care. We appreciate all efforts in keeping everyone involved with The Benjamin Foundation informed and safe.

We are committed to taking every step possible to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our staff, volunteers and the people who use our services, therefore we encourage everyone to continue to check the GOV.UK website for the very latest public advice.

As a result, there are some temporary disruptions to some of our services:

(Updated 26th March 2020)

Meet Up Youth and Community Centre, Thetford: 

Meet Up will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 18th March. Staff will be in touch with service users as appropriate, but you can also check the Meet Up Facebook page for updates.

 

Young Carers Groups: 

Boom! Young Carers (Watton and Stalham) – all groups will cease until government advice changes and social distancing and isolation is lifted. Our Norwich group launch will be delayed and no longer take place in May.

The Benjamin Foundation Young Carers Services in partnership with Carers Matter Norfolk – all groups will cease until government advice changes and social distancing and isolation is lifted. Face to face 1:1 support for young carers will also cease. We will continue to offer support to the young carers through emails, phone calls and text messages.

More info: boom@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

 

Library Link Activity Zone: 

Sessions are not running.

More info: angela.teague@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

 

Social Action North Norfolk:

A reduced service is running. A Support Worker will be in touch.

More info: angela.teague@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

 

Youth West Youth Clubs in West Norfolk:

Our Youth West Youth Clubs in Hunstanton and North Creake are closed temporarily.

More info: angela.teague@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

 

Butterflies Emotional Wellbeing Service:

Sessions have been cancelled at all venues.

Remote support is available – please contact Michael Rooke for more information: michael.rooke@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

 

Childcare at Ditchingham Day Nursery, Kidzone and Town Tots – North Walsham, and Dussindale DAB:

Ditchingham Day Nursery, Town Tots, Kidzone and Dussindale After School and Breakfast Club will be closed as of Wednesday 1st April.

Ditchingham Day Nursery: 01986 895091

Dussindale After School and Breakfast Club: 07774 338150

Town Tots and Kidzone: 01692 407012

teresa.moate@benjaminfoundation.co.uk

 

Housing and Homelessness Accommodation Services:

Continuing as normal but no external visitors.

 

Norwich, Dereham, Holt Furniture Stores and Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds Re-use Shops:

In line with the latest Government advice regarding COVID-19 and social distancing, our Norfolk Furniture Stores and Suffolk Re-use shops are closed until further notice. Please check our social media for pages for updates.

 

Head Office, 23-27 St Andrews Street, Norwich

With teams currently working remotely, our Head Office is closed.

info@benjaminfoundation.co.uk will continue to be monitored during this time.

 

Thank you to everyone for their support and understanding during this challenging time. We look forward to resuming our full service to bring hope, opportunity, stability and independence to local people as soon as possible.

Links to helpful resources

We understand that this is a very difficult and challenging time. With that in mind, please see the links below to websites which may be of help and support:

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