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Norwich project seeks people with practical skills

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Good with your hands or skilled at a practical trade? Have a heart for people seeking to get into work? If so, Seven Cs Community Project invites you to join in its vision.

Seven Cs has always had a unique culture. It was founded by Lorie Lain-Rogers as a small Christian charity to support vulnerable people, especially those with a dependency. Men and women would rediscover motivation as they joined Lorie on a range of practical tasks, from whitewashing the inside of a church, to carving plaques for a pilgrims’ way, or redecorating a hall.

Now under the coordination of David Hutchison, Seven Cs has retained the feel of a community project. There has always been the sense of camaraderie and mutual support which comes from a close-knit team, as people turn their skills to sanding a seed box, or mending a bicycle or working outside on an allotment or a garden.

The aim of the project has stayed the same: to offer a helping hand. Through our service clients have the opportunity to gain new skills and develop new interests. Our holistic support helps overcome a range of barriers to recognising and achieving personal goals. The willingness and commitment of volunteers is a key element to helping people build their self-confidence and make positive lifestyle changes.

A little over a year ago, Seven Cs came under the umbrella of the Matthew Project, which added a level of professional support for the treatment of drugs and alcohol. Recently a recovery worker was attached to the project, and relationships are being built with Norfolk Recovery Partnership.

The project already has a small group of general support volunteers who can work alongside clients. As it moves into a new chapter, it is now seeking volunteers who can teach any practical skills. Previous experience supporting vulnerable people is an advantage.

The project is aiming to widen the range of activities available. We are therefore looking for people who could provide one-off workshops or activities such as photography, healthy cooking, embroidery, art, music, carving or outdoor activities such as cycling, walking, and conservation.
We would also welcome input from qualified counsellors, or counsellors-in-training, who would be willing to give one-off counselling sessions.
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To visit the project or arrange an informal talk about these opportunities please contact the project coordinator, David Hutchison on 01603 920250 or

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