Can you help us provide meals for homeless people in Norwich?
We launched our #givingback initiative in 2019 to thank Norfolk for supporting us. Our aim is to spread love and support throughout our amazing county. When we launched this project our aim was to bring local lonely people together during the festive season with a free meal and gifts.
It's time to extend this project to support those in need throughout the year and this year we start by Supporting "Norwich Homeless Support" by raising money so they can purchase meals for the homeless in Norwich.
We want to show people we are thinking of them and they are not alone!
We hope this initiative will grow and that other restaurants and local business owners will join us to make Norfolk even more special! We are here to support you with a focus on community projects to help prevent loneliness.
Jorge, Owner & Manager, Jorge's Restaurant
Everyone matters and deserves to eat & drink
For many people, the last year has been a terrifying and isolating year. Many people across Norwich have found themselves struggling to stay well and warm, now imagine how scary that must be without a home and no one to support you? Sadly homelessness is a reality for some local people & Norwich Homeless Support is dedicated to supporting them in the following ways:
10 Bed Homeless Coach which can house upto ten people from the streets.
Weekly Lunch Feeds
Community Food Bank
We have committed to providing a meal for the homeless once a month, but that's really not enough! We would like to ask for your support to help us raise money for the charity Norwich Homeless Support so they can provide FREE meals for homeless people in Norwich.
Norwich Homeless Support
10Bed Homeless Coach l Weekly Lunch Feeds l Community Food Bank l Advise Centre
10Bed Converted Coach which can house upto ten people from the streets.
We Walk the city centre with our buggies and hand out packed lunches with hot/cold drinks and other essential items twice a week from 1st March we will be out five days a week at lunch times.
We deliver food parcels to those in the community needing a bit of help, we mainly focus on the rural areas where a service is not already in place.
Our offices our only a five minute walk from Norwich City centre and our team of volunteers are on hand to act fast and get to those who require help or needing essential items.
£4 - will buy a packed lunch for a homeless person.
£12 - Buys three packed lunches for the homeless.
£20 - Buys a week of packed lunches for the homeless.
Scroll down and find out how you can help us!
If you are unable to support us by purchasing a gift then please share this page and our social media posts to help spread the word!
Thank you for your support, if you have any questions or can help please call Eleanor on 0780 644 1856.
Jorge & Eleanor
Why support Norwich Homeless Support?
"We beleive that having a home is not an entitlement, it is a RIGHT"! No one should go without food or drink!
In collaboration with Norwich Homeless support, we are are raising money so they can provide weekly lunches for the homeless in Norwich. The currently go around Norwich with their food buggies two days a week and plan to increase this to 5 days a week in March.
How can you help?
You can gift a meal or a week of meals for a homeless person in Norwich. Here is how:
On our takeaway ordering system you will see we have added two options allowing you to purchase meals for the homeless.
1. Buy a meal for a homeless person in Norwich for £4
2. Buy a week of meals for a homeless person in Norwich for £20
Simply add the meals you would like to gift to your takeaway order and 100% of your gift will go to the charity allowing them to increase their lunch service from 2 days a week to 5 days.
You can also gift money to our dedicated giving back PayPal account with any value (small or large) using the email firstname.lastname@example.org (Please use the reference "Norwich Homeless"
How can you help us?
The Benjamin Foundation currently supports 150 young homeless people across Norfolk. Our aim is to have enough hampers to gift each young person. We are looking for:
1. Local supermarkets to gift us the items required for each hamper. This can be from multiple stores. Can you introduce us to a local shop that can help us?
2. We require 150 large-sized gift bags to package the items.
3. 150 Christmas Cards - Are you a local gift shot, can you donate some cards to us?
All items will be received to our kind neighbours at Pivotal House where they will be prepared and guaranteed before being sent to the Norwich Head office for The Benjamin Foundation
What will each hamper contain?
We would like to fill the hampers with some festive treats. Here is our list of items
1. Vasaline Lip therapy Aloe Vera 20G
2. Hair Conditioner 500ml
3. Hair Shampoo 500ml
4. Skin Hydrating light moisturiser
5. Large gift bag to pack items in
6. Apple stollen 200G
7. Sweet & salted popcorn
8. Pretzel cracker mix 250G
9. Crisps 150g
11. Instant coffee
12. Box of Chocolates
13. Biscuits in Christmas tin
(No alcohol items please)
Each hamper costs about £22 to produce
If you can help please call Eleanor on 0780 644 1856
Can I purchase a hamper for a young person or make a hamper for you?
YES Please! Thank you for your generosity!
1. To purchase a gift hamper please send us £22 pounds (The cost of 1 hamper) or the amount you would like to contribute via our designated "Giving Back" PayPal account. You can send your payment via PayPal to
(This PayPal account is only used for this giving back event) Please transfer payment by Tuesday 15th December)
2. If you would like to make your own hamper please deliver it to: Pivotal (Att. of TBF) Pivotal House, 5 Orford Yard, Red Lion Street Norwich, NR1 3TB by Wednesday 16th December. (No Alcohol items)
Read about our 2019 #givingback event with Age UK.
On the 16th December 2019 we provided a free 3 course Christmas meal for 24 guests who suffer with loneliness around the festive period.
The event was free to attend and included gift hampers from Tesco, decorations from John Lewis, tickets from the Theatre Royal, a visit from Viva Voce Choir who dazzled us with Christmas carols, and adorable cards handmade and delivered by Falcon Junior School. This was a real community event with everybody involved volunteering their time and services including our staff who kindly offered their time to run this event with us! -- it was truly a testament to the giving nature of Norwich and our neighbourly spirit.
Next year we want to go even bigger and expand this concept to multiple restaurants and charities. As a community, we can make this a Norwich-wide event that truly focuses on the giving aspect of Christmas time. Let’s give back to those in need of extra care around the festive season.
Over 20 suppliers gave their time for free, helped on the day, gifted the food or present to make this event possible. If we all work together and give something small, together those small things add up to make a truly amazing event!
STILL NOT SURE?
We need to support each other right now. Our Giving back event had a really positive impact for guests that attended last year. Read about our 2019 event, view the photos & video below!
Photos of our Giving Back event 2019
Jorge’s Charity Event
Christmas is a time celebrated by many and creates lots of happy memories however we understand that some people dread it, they feel alone and depressed. On the 16th December 2019 we put on a free 3 course Christmas lunch for 24 people that were selected by our chosen charity Age UK.
BACKGROUND… it all started back in Portugal
We relocated from Portugal almost 3 years ago; back to Norwich (Eleanor's home city). In Portugal we started a program through our photography company (Santos Photography) – called #givingbacktothelocalcommunity. The aim was to provide help, teaching programs and free incentives & events. Together with the support of other local companies we put on a series of events that enhanced & offered experiences that would not usually be possible for citizens of the local community.
Whilst we realise these events won't change the world we are certain they do bring joy and love to those that participate. Sometimes just knowing that someone cares and is prepared to offer what they can is enough to make someone's day or week.
After our 1st Birthday bonanza in November 2019 we thought it was time to launch Jorge’s Restaurants first #givingback event for our chosen charity Age UK. We are so excited to have launched our first #givingback event in Norfolk and in December 2020 we are looking forward to our 2nd!
We are absolutely delighted with the positive and kind responses we have received from the local community to help support this event! Thank you to everyone who has supported this event and helped to make it a success!
Thank you for photographing the events
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Thank you for helping us with the event logistics & receiving all gifts for both charities, it was a huge task and we are so grateful for your help and support.
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Tesco Extra Great Yarmouth
A massive thank you to Cherri of the Tesco branch in Gt Yarmouth for their generous gift of 24 gift hampers! 17 of these will go directly to to young people supported in by The Benjamin Foundation in Gt Yarmouth.
This is the second year Cherri and her team have supported our giving back and we are immensely grateful for their support.
Address: Pasteur Rd, Southtown, Great Yarmouth NR31 0DW
Norwich Accommodation Agency
Thank you for your generous gifts donations & helping us to spread the word about this Giving Back project.
Norwich Accommodation Agency was established in 1985 and we are now the longest running letting agency in Norwich. We have a wide range of specialist skills and experience in property management, allowing us to provide a comprehensive and professional client centred service. 100% of our time is devoted to letting and managing residential properties in and around Norwich.
Contact James Whittaker | | 01603 611145
Tesco Express Westlegate, Norwich
Thank you so much to Shaun & Tesco Westlegate (just round the corner from Jorge's). We are very grateful for your contribution of items for hampers for The Benjamin Foundation.
Pop into to your local Tesco Extra, in the heart of the city and close the bus station. It's a smaller store but stocks a large selection of goods.
Address: 2-8 Westlegate, Norwich NR1 3LJ
Norwich Door to Door
Thank you for distributing the Age UK gifts. We are so greatful for your support for the 2nd year running. Your logistical help makes everything run smootly.
Norwich Door to Door offers fully accessible mobility bus transportation with affordable fares, for independence, equality, safety and security to the Greater Norwich area. Their mission is to enable social inclusion and enhance quality of life for people with severe mobility problems on low income in Norwich and districts through transport. We are very grateful to Norwich Door to Door who are sponsoring transport to and from our event
OUR FUTURE GOAL
This is the first of our #givingback events in Norfolk. We hope that next year
other restaurants will join us and together we can create a big
annual event helping many local charities.
Wan't to participate next year?
0780 644 1856
2-3 Orford Yard, Red Lion St, Norwich, NR1 3TB
Jorge’s is a modern Portuguese restaurant tucked away in Orford Yard, just off Red Lion Street in Norwich. Find us opposite Debenhams, to the left of John Oliver’s hairdressers and Barclays Bank.
If you want to make a booking for more than 6 people please contact
Jorge direct by phone or Email
Our On-line booking system is NOT available
to book a table for today after 11:30am
To check availability for today please ring Jorge
on 01603 764441 MOB: 07375 037479.