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Discover Downham’s Create & Thrive project awarded £4,250 for creative workshops throughout 2023





A heritage society has been handed more than £4,000 to put on a series of creative workshops throughout the year.

Discover Downham’s Create & Thrive project has been awarded £4,250 to host the sessions for both adults and children.

The funding came via the Norfolk Community Foundation through the West Norfolk Lives Fund with the aim of teaching new skills, improving existing ones, and improving mental wellbeing in the town.

Discover Downham has been handed funding to provide a series of creative workshops throughout the year
Discover Downham has been handed funding to provide a series of creative workshops throughout the year

Discover Downham collects, archives and displays artefacts, maps and documents - and is entirely run by volunteers .

Marion Batt, a trustee for the society, said: “Discover Downham runs many events for the local community each year and this fantastic grant means we can hold a broader range of workshops for more age groups.

“Creativity, learning and making focuses the mind and to leave a workshop with something tangible gives a great lift to your wellbeing.”

Claire Cullens, chief executive of the Norfolk Community Foundation, added: ‘Norfolk Community Foundation is delighted to support this much needed project that will make a real difference in the community.

“We wish them every success with their work.’

Discover Downham’s museum runs a variety of fundraising events such as quiz nights, coffee mornings, tabletops and talks - and also hires out space to community groups.

The centre pays rent and has a full repairing lease , but strives to be self supporting through the range of fundraising events that are held.

Members are now glad that the grant will enable the centre to produce a series of workshops this year, with full details to be announced soon.



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