Local Services

Volunteer drivers needed in your area

The non-emergency patient transport service in Norfolk is a partnership between ERS Medical and Voluntary Norfolk, providing transport for patients living in Norfolk to hospitals throughout East Anglia and beyond. Our volunteer drivers provide an essential service, transporting up to one hundred patients to their destination each day.

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Paul Minchin (photo left), our Volunteer Driver’s Representative for the Breckland area has been volunteering with the service for many years and says “I have always enjoyed meeting people and talking to them and I also enjoying driving – this role is absolutely ideal. In my role as a rep, I want to ensure that drivers are comfortable in their volunteering and will help any driver with any problem.”

We would love to hear from caring, calm and reliable individuals with their own car. We are always keen to hear from volunteers happy to go above and beyond the usual, by taking on early morning appointments for patients needing dialysis, and appointments in London. All expenses are reimbursed, and training and support is provided. Please call Jules on 01603 883860 or email [email protected] for more information.

Any South Lopham resident in need?

SOUTH  LOPHAM  ESTATES  CHARITY

(Registered Charity No. 221724)

Part of the purpose of this charity is to give modest sums of money (say up to £100 – but could be increased in appropriate cases) to residents of South Lopham who have a specific financial need.

We are particularly interested in helping young people with the expenses of education and training, including travel.

Other applications for consideration could include (a) anyone suffering as a result of a bereavement or an unforeseen setback; or (b) problems or expense as a result of illness in the family such as travel to a hospital or care home; or (c) to assist any resident who has insufficient disposable income to enable him/her to enjoy the occasional treat; or (d) any other cause which the Trustees consider deserving.

If you believe that you or someone in your family may qualify for such assistance would you please contact the Secretary Keeley Chapman on 01379 687985 for further details and a simple application form for completion.

If you are aware of any other resident in specific financial need please let the Secretary know so that we can approach that person to see if we can help.

Please be assured that all applications will be treated sympathetically and with complete confidentiality.

Issued on behalf of the Trustees

In Case of Emergency – Know Your Grid Reference

To help the Emergency Services get to you as quickly as possible in an emergency, particularly in rural areas it is good practice to have the grid reference for your home clearly displayed next to your telephone.

You can print out and use this Grid Reference Card (PDF document opens in a new window) and enter your address and Grid Reference to keep by the telephone.

To find out your Grid Reference you can use www.gridreferencefinder.com to find your house on the map and get the grid reference.

Please help friends, relatives or neighbours who don’t have access to the internet by completing a Grid Reference Card for them.

If you need assistance please contact the webmaster, Parish Clerk or any of the Parish Councillors who will be happy to help.

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Norfolk County Council have published a leaflet with information, advice and contact numbers to help Norfolk residents be prepared for unexpected emergencies such as flooding, power cuts etc.  To download and print a copy click here (PDF, opens in new window).

Free family advice and guidance

Norfolk Family Information Service (FIS) is Norfolk County Council’s online, telephone and face-to-face service providing support to families with children aged 0-18 or 0-25 for those with additional needs.

Information on offer includes:

  • Advice on choosing and paying for childcare
  • Details of out-of-school clubs and holiday play schemes
  • Help for families of children with additional needs
  • Activities and advice for young people
  • Support for mums, dads, lone parents and parents to be

www.norfolk.gov.uk/fis | 0344 800 8020 | [email protected]

A new way to contact your police

Norfolk Constabulary has introduced a new telephone number for people who want to talk to the police about non-urgent issues.

Instead of ringing the current switchboard number of 0845 456 4567, people should dial 101.

The introduction of 101 in Norfolk is part of a nationwide initiatlve which will see all forces adopting the number by the end of the year.

For more information on the new non-emergency phone number click here.

For more information about the Norfolk Constabulary visit their website (opens in a new window).

Alternative Transport – Where can I get to?

Provides information on alternative methods of transport on demand.

You will be surprised just how much is on offer and how flexible it can be, so why not try and see where you can get to.

Tel: 0344 800 8020