Dereham Aid Centre

December 20, 2023

A Merry Christmas to Everybody! A Happy New Year to the World (CHARLES DICKENS)

At Dereham Aid Centre, we would like to thank our wonderful community for the continued support that enables us to make meaningful impact on the lives of people living in and joining our vibrant and inclusive Town. The sense of community spirit here in Dereham is phenomenal, and every day we meet the most amazing people with the biggest hearts.

To us, being part of this amazing community is like Christmas every day!

The Centre exists to support those living in and joining our community with what they need the most.

What we do on a day to day basis continues to evolve as the world around us changes.

We started back in 2022 when a call to action came from Ukraine. It all started with a small donation trolley in Morrisons headed to Ukraine and what happened next blew us away! Queues of people donating items (warm coats, baby food, nappies) that filled a convoy of lorries going to the front line.

When we asked Dereham for support, you answered, in your thousands!

This year alone you might be interested to know that Dereham Aid Centre has supported:

And behind our doors, what do we do??

  • We meet, greet, listen and provide wellbeing support
  • We fundraise
  • We signpost to essential local services
  • We teach English lessons and employability workshops
  • We provide essential items, from clothing to furniture and bedding, to toys and even a violin, bicycles and more

And we come together as a community of diverse people over lunch, a cuppa or at one of our organised social events. We do whatever it takes to ensure people living in and around Dereham have what they need to live, work and thrive. And in doing this, we are enriching Dereham with some of the most incredible people we’ve ever known; teachers, students, barristers, artists, engineers, chefs, farmers, doctors, scientists.

We are open Wednesdays and Fridays (10 – 3). People who use the centre meet regularly and form a unique community, supporting each other. They would like the centre to be opened more often.

Can you help?

Contact the centre to become a volunteer and help more people to benefit from the incredible range of projects they run.

In a very short time, the centre has helped over 600 families across Norfolk and volunteers have organised an incredible range of events and fund-raisers to continue to provide support for more families.