Charity representatives with Simon Smith, vice chairman of Freebridge’s board.

Freebridge Community Housing has donated £5,000 to seven community groups helping to make a difference in West Norfolk.

Donations of up to £1,000 are made through the Freebridge Community Fund every year to support groups which promote health and wellbeing, the environment, support residents or bring people together. 

This year’s successful groups were invited to lunch with Simon Smith, vice chairman of Freebridge’s board, alongside the judging panel made up of Freebridge employees and tenants.

 The recipients this year were: 

• West Norfolk Deaf Association, £655 towards running a number of deaf awareness sessions for local organisations

• South West Norfolk Youth Opportunities Project, £500 towards the purchase of furniture at the main centre

• Downham Market Arts, £750 towards helping the group establish themselves in a new location

• King’s Lynn Winter Night Shelter – who received £1,000 towards providing clean laundry to their guests

• Pandora Project, £750 towards helping support their annual domestic abuse conference

• Woodcraft Folk, £750 towards setting up a new Woodcraft Folk group at the Discovery Centre 

• North End Trust, £595 towards making space available for community groups.

Tracy Mahoney, service manager at the Pandora Project said: “We are delighted to receive funding from Freebridge Community Housing towards our annual domestic abuse conference for professionals. 

“This event is very popular with local agencies and offers the opportunity to learn more about the support available for women and children affected by domestic abuse while promoting a more joined up approach to working. We are delivering workshops, speakers and networking and through backing from our sponsors the event is free for agencies to attend.”

Norfolk Community Foundation manages the fund. Visit for details.