More youth groups at the Discovery Centre, a network of community champions, and skills and training courses are just some of the activities that Freebridge Community Housing offers for North Lynn.
The West Norfolk Housing Association has made commitments under its North Lynn Community Plan, which aims to improve the region’s economy, society, environment, health and wellbeing.
The plan was developed with the local community after Freebridge conducted consultation and engagement last October. This included a special event at the Discovery Center as well as a survey that resulted in over 250 responses.
The consultation revealed that residents of North Lynn enjoy living in their neighborhood because of its proximity to downtown, and they feel the priorities for where they live are safety, cleanliness, and peace and quiet.
Now, together with its partners, Freebridge has incorporated feedback from the consultation and engagement to help inform the community plan that aims to make improvements in North Lynn.
Anita Jones, Managing Director, explained: “Our aim over the next five years is to build a better future in West Norfolk, which means supporting strong and sustainable communities.
“This includes working in partnership with other stakeholders and agencies to understand the needs of the different communities in which we work and prioritizing targeted activities that can make a difference.
“That’s what the North Lynn Community Plan is all about. Through the plan, we have suggested actions that we can implement with our partners to deliver meaningful and meaningful benefits to the community.
“I want to thank everyone who added their voice to the consultation and helped shape the plan for North Lynn.”
One of the recommendations highlighted in the plan is to work with partners to implement a range of low-cost food programs, as evidenced by the recently launched Food for Thought program.
Delivered by Lily and supported by partners including Freebridge, the program includes 12 weekly sessions designed to help residents cook healthy, nutritious meals. Sessions take place at the Discovery Center and will cover dinners, home-cooked snacks and low-calorie cooking, among other topics in the coming weeks.
Councilor Sam Sandell, Cabinet Member for People and Communities, said: “The sessions, based at the North Lynn Discovery Centre, will offer a wealth of information on how to cook healthy, tasty food without breaking the bank.
“You’ll take away skills that will help you cook on a budget, find cheaper supermarket swaps, cook ‘fake’ healthy meals, and learn how to make meals go further.”
The activities outlined in the North Lynn Neighborhood Plan will be carried out over the coming years and outline one way in which Freebridge works to support communities.
Anita Jones added: “We want to support all the communities where we operate and we are looking for different ways to do that.
“In addition to Community Neighborhood Plans, which we will also produce for other areas as needed, we spend time in local communities during our Out and About Impact Weeks, lending a helping hand where we can. .
“We will be hosting our next Community Impact Week in North Lynn next week which will include visiting customers’ homes, cleaning up litter and providing assistance to our customers where we can. If you see us in the area, be sure to come say hi.
“We are here for our customers and our communities and we want to make a difference in West Norfolk.”
• Anyone wishing to register for the Food for Thought sessions can do so by contacting [email protected]