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Norwich Notes - community currency

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Norwich Notes – the city's first local paper-based community currency – is set to be launched in spring 2019!

Norwich Notes logo

The currency has been developed by Norwich City Council, working with a range of partners, to support organisations and groups to be better resourced to offer great volunteer opportunities in key neighbourhoods within our city.

Norwich Notes will be awarded as a 'thank you' to people prepared to take new steps into volunteering in their community.

The basic principle of this new community currency is that for every one hour spent, volunteers will receive one Norwich Note, which can then be spent on doing an activity of their choice for an hour – options will range from an hour of table tennis through to attending a lunchtime concert.

Supporting physical activity

In November 2017, Norwich City Council was one of 32 successful bids to Sport England and awarded £150,000 of lottery money to fund a three year project called Active Hours.

The aim of our Active Hours project is to improve the wellbeing of residents through physical activities. These physical activities will include traditional sport and things like outdoor conservation work or health walks. We are currently working with local organisations and community groups to increase the local offer of physical activities, and the volunteering opportunities that exist to support these.

A key tool for growing the volunteer resource to support these physical activities is the introduction of a community currency – Norwich Notes.

Volunteers will be able to earn Norwich Notes by taking new steps in volunteering for a partner organisation to support physical activities to take place in their community.

Supporting a physical activity can range from directly delivering a session, through to designing or delivering posters, serving refreshments to participants or completing desk-based tasks.

Is your organisation or group interested in becoming a partner?

We are currently signing up a range of partners where volunteers can ‘spend’ their Norwich Notes on time-based activities – whether these are an hour at a gym, attending a concert, taking a course or receiving a service for an hour. 

The project target is to recruit a network of 20 partner organisations working to create volunteer opportunities for 300 new volunteers and 50 volunteer mentors.

If you are an organisation or community group interested in working with us to develop more physical activities in the community or can offer activities that our volunteers can spend their Norwich Notes on, we’d like to hear from you.

Email us at community@norwich.gov.uk