Never a dull moment with The Matthew Project Charity!

Good evening all. We hope you've found somewhere cool to relax on this scorcher of a day!
It's the end of the month, so what better time than now to do a round up of our latest news. It has been a busy month and there's lots ahead. Grab yourself a cuppa and read on... and don't forget to share our news where you can

The highlights...
george and volunteers
Our Positive Activities Engagement Worker George has been busy organising summer holiday outreach work for young people across Norfolk. With the help of volunteers from our Recovery Support Programme, he has put together 800 themed packs full of activities, to be hand delivered every week in August. Each theme will be accompanied by a video on our YouTube channel (please subscribe) and is endorsed by Russell Martin, former Norwich City captain! Search the hashtag #TMPSummer2020 to find out more
It was great to meet the team at West Norwich Helping Hands this week who are working alongside Norwich Food Bank, The Henderson Trust and Earlham Parishes on the west Norwich FISH project. They were meeting their community, sharing stories and laughter while distributing food parcels. These included a flyer about our services to ensure anyone needing our support can get in touch. It's brilliant to be collaborating with such awesome local organisations and we look forward to more work with them moving forwards
You heard it here first. On Friday 23rd October, Jack Mollicone is running his first ULTRA MARATHON - an incredible 134 km's along the famous Norfolk Coastal Path, in aid of The Matthew Project. He has set himself a fundraising goal of £10,000 which is going to take some doing. There will be more information available in the coming weeks, but you want to donate now click here and help #getjackto10k
More news for this week...

Volunteer opportunities

As you can imagine, it's been a little tricky to offer any 'in person' volunteer work during lockdown. But as things ease and we become more creative in our approach, a number of volunteering opportunties have arisen as follows:

Digital Befriender
To enhance our services during lockdown and in the near future we are providing much of our support online and so we are looking for volunteers who are happy to communicate with young people and/or adults using social media. This may include video calls (preferably Microsoft Teams but possibly Zoom), texting and phone calls). This could be an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to gain experience in social care, education or mental health

Fundraising Team
We are looking to build a team to support our fundraising activities. Tasks may include:
- Organising fundraising events of your choice within the local community
- Encouraging people to join in
- Ensuring events are run in line with Health and Safety and Safeguarding policies and procedures
- Sharing ideas and successes to inspire and support other Community Fundraisers
- Working with the Fundraising Team to engage community, organisations and businesses

(Next Steps) Bike Maintenance
We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in bicycle repair

(Next Steps) Building Trade Skills
We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in building trade skills for enjoyment and/or to college entry level

(Next Steps) Mechanical Repair
We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in engineering for enjoyment and/or to college entry level 

(Next Steps) Upholstery & Furniture Repair
We are looking for volunteers to support Next Steps Recovery Hub members to learn new skills in upholstery/furniture repair for enjoyment and/or to college entry level

All Next Steps postions enable our recovery support programme members to increase their confidence, make a positive contribution to their own ongoing recovery and the wider community and increase their employability.
The Recovery Hub will be open 7 days a week so activities can be during the day, evening or weekends. No group work experience is necessary but you do need to be able to encourage everyone to join in and feel comfortable

If you are interested in any of the above positions, please contact Sarah Nunn on 07810 656690
or email

Introducing Dr Julie Smith

There are always things to feel thankful for and plenty of good going on if you look hard enough. But we've all experienced a difficult time and mental wellbeing is of the upmost importance
Dr Julie Smith is a Clinical Psychologist, online educator, blogger, and owner of a private practice in Hampshire, England. She has devoted her career to learning everything she can about adult mental health and the intricacies of the human mind
She has created a series of videos available on social media and we highly recommend taking a look. She breaks down topics in layman's terms, with ways to help yourself feel better. They are particularly popular with young people, so if you or someone you know are struggling right now, do take a look
To finish...

In the coming weeks we'll be announcing news about forthcoming events as we have lots planned. In the meantime, it's vital for us to continue supporting our community and raising funds for us to do so. Please remember to take a look at the ways you can help us without spending money and stay tuned to our social media channels for further updates

Have a lovely weekend and stay safe

Best wishes from all the team at The Matthew Project x
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