Can you help us tackle festive loneliness in 2020?
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. Our aim is to bring local lonely people together during the festive season. Sadly this year we can't provide a free meal and get together due to covid guidelines but we still 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
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.
In 2019 over 20 local companies offered their time and services free of charge, to put on an amazing free event including a 3 course Christmas meal, free gifts and entertainment for 20 elderly people from Norwich. This year we have to adapt and comply with covid regulations and make sure we can run the event in a safe way but whilst still spreading some Christmas cheer to our local community. However we can't do it alone, we really need your help to make this event a success.
This year we are supporting two charities
1. Age Uk Norwich. We are organizing a gift drive and as many Christmas cards as possible created by local school children.
2. The Benjamin Foundation: Support young homeless people across Norfolk: Our aim is to gift 150 hampers.
We are running out of time and all items need to be quarantined to make sure they are safe before being delivered.
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 Age UK?
No one should have no one this Christmas
In collaboration with Age UK Norwich, we will be putting on a very special Christmas Gift Drive as part of the #givingbacktothelocalcommunity initiative to help those who are lonely or isolated.
For many older people, this year has been a terrifying and isolating year. We were already facing a loneliness epidemic but, as a result of the pandemic, this crisis has intensified, and this winter will see hundreds of older people in Norwich struggle to stay well and warm as they face spending Christmas alone – some for the first time.
How can you help? Support our Gift Drive
We want to spread some Christmas cheer to some of the most isolated and lonely older people in the city and give out gifts to keep them warm this winter – but we need your help.
Just head to our Amazon Wish List and, whilst you’re doing your Christmas shopping, why not pop a cosy blanket or a hot bottle in your basket, or even a cheeky hot chocolate treat?
We’re working hard to tackle loneliness and isolation in Norwich, and to make sure every older person is warm and well. Help us be there for them.
(Please transfer your donation to and use the reference "Age UK Norwich"
Our neighbours at Pivotal have kindly offered to receive all the gifts for us and allow us to prepare and isolate all the packages before they are sent out for delivery!
Last year Falcon Junior School delivered cards to our elderly guests during their Christmas Lunch, this year Falcon Junior School along with Sparhawk Infant school will be helping us again by making Christmas Cards that will be sent out along with the Christmas Gifts.
More 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.
Give a Chrismas Gift hamper to a homeless person in Norfolk
About The Benjamin Foundation
The Benjamin Foundation is a local charity which helps people across Norfolk and Suffolk to deal with some of the challenges that life throws at them. Their work brings hope, opportunity, stability and independence to local children, young people and families.
Working to prevent local youth homelessness, they provide a safe home and support to over 100 vulnerable young people age 16-25 every night. Which is over 40,000 safe nights every year. They empower the young people to build their resilience, confidence and life skills – like cooking, shopping and managing their money. They also support young people to find training, education and employment so they can leave their housing and homelessness services to forge successful, independent lives.
The Benjamin Foundation says: “Like everyone, 2020 has presented us with so many challenges. Our frontline teams are continuing to do an amazing job to support local young people, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, which is why this year more than ever we are so grateful to Jorges Restaurant for your support. Thank you.”
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
Life Advice Norfolk
Thank you so much for your donation & for once again supporting us to help spread the word and connecting us with people that can make a real difference to this project. Your generosity is really appreciated!
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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.
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Sparhawk Infant School
Thank you to Sparhawk Infant School for making beautiful Christmas Cards.
At Sparhawk we offer a caring environment and aim to give your child the very best start to their education. We believe it is the early years of a child’s education that lay the foundations for life. We are a dedicated team- staff, governors, parents and families; united together to strive for best in everything we do!
Paul Macro Photography - Landscapes
Thank you for gifting us 20 beautiful Norwich Calenders for Age UK Norwich.
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Falcon Junior School
Thank you to Falcon Junior school to making beautiful Christmas cards.
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
MT Daniels Carpentry
Thank you so much for your kind donation Matty!
M.T. Daniels Ltd produces high quality carpentry and joinery. We undertake heavy structural work to repair listed buildings or fine quality, bespoke, solid wood cabinetry, whatever the project we create solutions which exceed expectations. Our team are fully qualified heritage skilled joiners. We use a blend of modern and ancient woodworking skills to suit any application from laying floors, fitting kitchens, hand cut roofs, staircases, cabinets, bespoke wardrobes and cart sheds to repairing structural oak framed buildings.
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Sainsbury's St Stephens
Thank you to Vicky & her team for donating items for our treat hampers for The Benjamin Foundation.
Orange Fox Electrical
Thank you for your kind donation Dan & Karen!
Orange Fox Electrical provides a responsive and competitive commercial and domestic electrical service with attention to detail. The family-run electrical business based in Norfolk offers a complete service. If you’re looking for Norwich electricians who provide a 5* service they are the electricians for you!
Thank you for designing our awarness flyers
Emma is a talented Graphic Designer, she has done all the branding work for Jorge's and we can't recommend her service enough, she is brilliant!
Thank you so much for giving us snacks and treats for The Benjamin Foundation
Buy Wholesale Vegan, Fairtrade, Organic & Gluten Free
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Central School of Dancing
Thank you for helping us spread the word about this project
Central School has provided a sound and broad foundation for thousands of young dancers, singers and actors since 1973. In this caring and nurturing environment, the children are able to be challenged, to flourish and move their careers on to greater things. Many students graduate to further vocational training and are now performing in the West End, Europe and worldwide.
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.