Cromer Methodists call school poverty meeting
Revd Sharon Willimott, superintendent of the North Norfolk Methodist Circuit, has instigated a meeting for members and supporters of the Cromer schools cluster to talk about pupil poverty.
The aim of the meeting is to identify practical ways they can help support families in the local community following revelations about pupil poverty in Norfolk. This follows a report in local media which found schools were laundering children’s uniforms and cutting their hair to support families hit hard by welfare cuts.
The schools cluster includes Cromer Academy, Sidestrand Hall, Cromer Junior, Gresham Village School and Nursery, Northrepps Primary, The Belfry Primary in Overstrand, St Mary’s Endowed Primary and Suffield Park Infant and Nursery.
Rev Willimott called the meeting following discussions with Will Campbell, a parent support advisor in Cromer. Cromer Methodist Church already holds a community clothing bank which provides clothes for children and adults, and has washing and drying facilities available for the public to use. Their Community Matters café operates two days a week and has dished up an estimated 15,000 meals in the six years it has been running.
The meeting for the Cromer schools cluster will take place at Cromer Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 3 at 7pm and is open to all.
Read more about the Community Matters café here.
This is based on a story that first appeared in the Eastern Daily Press.
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