Tackling Festive Loneliness as a Community
It’s not just Santa that can give a festive gift to someone who really needs it... Norwich may be the City of Stories, but it is also a city of givers.
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.
How can you help?
Are you a restaurant that would like to participate next year?
Can you provide gifts or vouchers for days out?
Can you support by donating money?
Can you help with event coordination?
Would you like to nominate a charity?
Want to get involved?
Please contact Eleanor: 07806 4418566
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!
Monday 16th Decemeber 2019
1:15pm: 3 Course Dinner
2:30pm: Falcon Junior School to deliver hand made cards and gifts
2:50 – 3:00pm: Raffel
3:00pm – Tea & Coffee service with Bolo Rei
3:15 – 3:45: Music
3:45: Gift Baskets & Leave
Game sausage crockets
Spinach and cheese crockets
Turkey & Roast beef
Roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, stuffing, chipolata sausages,
Cauliflower cheese & vegetables
“Bolo Rei” (Traditional Portuguese Christmas Cake)
with a glass of Port wine
Drinks: Red & white wine, Soft drinks
About Age UK
Age UK Norwich are dedicated to making this city a great place to grow old. For 75 years they have promoted the needs of older people, their families and carers by offering essential support and services.
They tackle poverty and hardship, provide respite care and reduce loneliness which, doctors tell us, can be as harmful to life expectancy as smoking fifteen cigarettes a day.
Although Norwich was voted the UK’s happiest place to work, it was also voted one of the loneliest, especially for older people. The Age UK outreach services help to combat this loneliness by providing company and someone to talk to through our befriending programme, and facilitating clubs and groups to help keep older people active and socialising.
They also offer vital information services with a team of trained welfare advisors giving expert, friendly advice from money and legal matters to household bills and health issues. And, their Marion Day Care Dementia Centre provides much needed support and respite for carers.
Age UK already reach over 30% of the local population aged 50 and over but with the continuing growth of the aging population, around 7,000 people in Norwich living below the poverty line and one in ten telling their GP they are lonely, our work and the services we provide are still needed more than ever.
· 20,000 people in Norfolk are frail or slowing up in older age. More are depending on assistance with personal activities or mobility.
· Half of over 75’s live alone
· One in ten older people tell their GP they are lonely – which, doctors tell us is as harmful to life expectancy as smoking 15 cigarettes a day
· Nearly 2% of the population of Norwich are living with dementia – and many of the city’s companies struggle to cater for their needs
· £5000 could help give 150 lonely older people someone they can talk to, with a month of weekly befriending visits from Age UK Norwich to improve their physical and mental health.
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!
Norwich Door to Door
Thank you for providing the transport for our guests
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
Thank you so much to KNP Litho for sponsoring the printing of stationery and promotional materials for this event!
For over 30 years we’ve helped our clients reach their targets through offering expert advice and delivering integrated solutions across print, Direct Mail, large format, event branding, signage, point of sale and corporate branded goods.
We know you need a print partner you can trust, so we deliver what we say we will, when we say we will, how we say we will. It’s helped us build a reputation for outstanding quality and reliability. And with everything on-site, clients experience a cost-effective, seamless process.
KNP, Lamdin Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 6NU
Thank you so much to Emma Harvey of MDesign for sponsporing the stationery and flyer designs for this charity event!
John Lewis Norwich
Thanks for providing the decoration
No event is complete without beautiful decoration! We are so greatful to John Lewis for providing decoration and Christmas crakers for this event!
Thank you Tim & Erica at Café Pure for offering 4 x £25 gift cards for our Age UK Norwich raffle; these can be spent at Café Pure, St George’s, St George’s Street, Norwich, NR1 1AB
Do pop in and see them, they have a fantastic Café in Norwich with lots of delicious treats!
https://www.facebook.com/cafepurestgeorges/ | 01603 627599
Many thanks for gifting the vegetables for this event
Barsby Produce are a family run business that has been serving the East Anglian region with top quality fresh produce for over Fourty years
During this time we have seen our core customer base move towards the catering industry.
Thank you for gifting a theatre ticket to each of our guests so they can continue to enjoy social events in Norwich.
Norwich Theatre Royal is the most successful theatre in the East of England with over 400,000 visitors annually and 400 performances, ranging from the best of West End shows from big musicals to great dramas, alongside dance, comedy, family shows, opera and music. As a registered charity we also outreach to thousands of local young people and adults each year across our training courses in theatre skills; educational visits/workshops; and work within the wider community.
Norfolk Knitter & Stitches
Norfolk Knitter & Stitches
Many thanks for making beautiful gifts for our guests
Norfolk Knitters and Stitches support so many charities from orphanages and families abroad to small projects at home making items to donate to charities. Age is no barrier - members range from the young to some well over 100. Their get togethers are very social with members meeting for drinks and cake whilst making beautiful items! Get in touch if you are interested - there's room for everyone!
Falcon Junior School
Thank you to Falcon Junior school to making beautiful Christmas cards to give to each of our diners
Falcon Junior caters for children from age 7 to 11 and is north of the historic city of Norwich. We are a happy, thriving and successful school with strong links with the local community. The life of our school is driven by a desire for academic achievement, combined with a nurturing ethos, that ensures every child is valued no matter what their starting point or background.
We want to give our children an exciting curriculum that makes learning irresistible, therefore developing a love of learning that will continue with them throughout their future school experiences and lives. An essential ingredient for this to happen is teamwork. We view education as a joint venture, involving everyone: children, parents/carers, staff, Governors and the wider community.
http://www.falcon.norfolk.sch.uk/ | 01603 441417
Thank you to Miguel at Casa Leal for providing the wines for this event.
Specialists in premium Portuguese wines. It selects and promotes wines from all wine-producing regions of Portugal, constantly in search of novel, exciting wines, from both young and established wine makers. We believe that the combination of unique grapes and climate makes Portuguese wines seductively original, with an exceptional selling potential
https://www.casaleal.co.uk | 07957 572 957
Thank you to Cleveleys Foods for contributing to funds towards the meat.
Cleveleys is an independent family run business, established in 1962. We provide the catering industry with the finest quality products at competitive prices, and the highest standards of customer service.
We are constantly listening to the needs of our customers, and now provide over 1,000 products including fresh meat and poultry, home smoked hams, pates and terrines, and a comprehensive dry-goods and delicatessen range.
http://www.cleveleysfoods.co.uk/ | 01986 782241
Thank you to Vera for buying gifts & gift bags.
"We should bring Christmas to our day, every day! We should help and look after each other. That is what I believe".
Vera runs a family childcare setting in Dereham, since 2011. RainbowPot Nursary look after children from 7 months to 12 years old. They have passion and believe that kindness is the secret!
Visit Facebook Page @Rainbowpot Nursery | 01362 695 967
Life Advice Norfolk
Thank you for helping us with the event logistics.
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Whether you need mortgage cover to protect your family, or income cover to protect your lifestyle, we’ll make sure you have the right insurance policy for your needs.
We are able to search all the insurance providers to find you the best deals, and with more than twenty years life insurance experience, we can offer you a very knowledgeable yet friendly and personal service.
07398 243 052 | email@example.com
Viva Voce Choir
Viva Voce Choir
Viva Voce Choir
Thank you to Viva Voce for singing at this event
Viva Voce Singers are a Norwich-based chamber choir of around 25 singers. Winners of the 2011 BBC Radio Norfolk Choir of the Year, they have recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a varied and extensive repertoire but specialise in Renaissance and contemporary music with members, some of whom joined the choir at its inauguration, ranging from their 20s to their 70s, and from all around the county.
Thanks to Keeley for providing copywriting for our flyer to promote next years charity event!
Comet Copywriting is a copywriting company based in Norwich. We find a way to make words to do the heavy lifting – so you don’t have to. Offering a range of copy tailor-made to each client, Comet Copywriting is pen-at-the-ready to write its way out of your problem and find you a solution.
07342 179694 |
CAN YOU HELP?
If you are able to contribute to this event please contact Eleanor
0780 644 1856
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.