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Giving Back

As a social enterprise, East Coast Community Healthcare exists to add value to the lives of local people, not to make a profit. All our surplus resources are reinvested in our services and in the communities we serve.

New Kit for Waveney Jaguars

The Waveney Jaguars football club will be scoring goals in style thanks to new kit provided by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).
The social enterprise, which provides NHS community health services across Norfolk and Suffolk, has given the under 12’s team £750 to pay for sports kit and training jackets.

Free event to support people with Parkinson’s

ECCH held a free event which brought together local charitable and healthcare services in order for those with Parkinson’s and their carers to have access to the full range of organisations which can support them.


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ECCH helps ‘kick start’ local young people’s careers

Young people were invited to join a government-funded work placement scheme with ECCH to help them start their careers.
The Kickstart scheme, which launched in autumn 2020, was designed for 16–24 year olds in receipt of Universal Credit, matching them to paid work experience placements with local employers so they can gain skills, boost confidence and gain the tools needed to enter employment.

Defibrillator training for Suffolk village

Members of a Suffolk community received vital life-saving training when ECCH helped them learn how to use the defibrillators in their village.


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ECCH donates to Christmas party for local children

East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has donated to the Children's Diabetic Committee for Great Yarmouth and Waveney to help them host a Christmas party. The charity-funded committee provides support, guidance and a listening ear to children and parents affected by diabetes 

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Local school given playground project boost by ECCH

Warren School in Lowestoft, which caters for children with complex needs and learning difficulties, has received a donation towards a new sensory playground from East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH).


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Local charities receive funding

East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) has donated thousands of pounds to three local charities to further their work in our communities.


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ECCH Research Award

Research by East Coast Community Healthcare into the impact of warm homes on people’s health and wellbeing has won the organisation a prestigious award.

The social enterprise, which provides NHS services in Norfolk and Waveney, was awarded the RISE (Research, Innovation, Sustainability and Enterprise) award for Social Value by the Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design Society at a special event in Kesgrave.


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ECCH Change Makers’ Beach Clean Ups

Staff from East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) weren’t afraid to get their hands dirty in a bid to clean up some of their favourite local beaches.

Teams took part in two litter picks at North Denes Beach in Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft Beach after finishing a day’s work at the social enterprise which provides NHS community health services across Norfolk and Waveney.


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Partnership with The Prince's Trust

For the past three years we have organised Get into Healthcare programmes in partnership with The Prince’s Trust. These have seen unemployed young people from Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft join us to undertake a mixture of classroom learning and practical experience which could help them get a foot on the career ladder.

All of them have successfully obtained a Care Certificate at the end of their course - a qualification all NHS health and social care support workers require to prove they are equipped with the knowledge and skills to provide safe, compassionate care.


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Residents receive lifesaving training

Residents of Somerleyton in Suffolk received defibrillator and CPR training from ECCH so they will be better equipped to cope if someone in the village suffers a heart attack.

Claire Diggins, a member of ECCH’s Out of Hospital team in Lowestoft, felt a defibrillator would benefit the rural community and spoke to Somerleyton Parish Council about its potential benefits. As a result, the Somerleyton Award charity bought a defibrillator which has been installed outside the village hall. Claire then spoke to ECCH trainer Simon Drewett who agreed to provide training for villagers free of charge.


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Defibrillator donated to Bungay running club

ECCH donated a new defibrillator to a local running club after one of their members collapsed at an event.

Bungay Black Dog Running Club had been planning to purchase one of the life-saving machines when the emergency incident highlighted their importance. Ladies captain Alice Kirk, who works for ECCH’s Health and Safety Team, asked if the organisation had any spare defibrillators the club could buy and ECCH offered to give them one instead.

Gifts to Waveney Children's Centres

We gave 250 presents to Children’s Centres in Lowestoft and Waveney after staff had a bumper Christmas collection.

They donated toys for the under-5s in special boxes posted at all ECCH’s bases in Norfolk and Suffolk. An online giving site was also set up for monetary donations and the social enterprise matched the amount raised and bought more presents to add to the pile.

The Children’s Centres made special requests for musical instruments, sensory toys, books and building blocks. Once all the gifts were gathered together, teams from ECCH’s Children’s Services Directorate wrapped every one. They were distributed at Children’s Centre Christmas parties across Lowestoft and Waveney.  

Training pupils to save lives

Our specialist trainers have been working with pupils from Caister Academy to teach them how to save lives in an emergency.

The Academy is the first school in the area to take part in a free session aimed at training young people resuscitation techniques, use of a defibrilator and how to treat anaphylaxis in case they should witness someone having a heart attack or severe allergic reaction.

Free Safeguarding Training for Beccles Gym

Coaches and volunteers at the Beccles Royales gymnastics club were given free safeguarding training by our specialists so the club can ensure the best possible care and support is on offer should club members ever need it. 

ECCH also supported Beccles Royales when they moved premises to their base at Ellough Industrial Estate. The social enterprise, which uses all its surplus resources to benefit local communities, provided a van and staff to move the club’s equipment. Staff also donated money towards flooring in the new gym.

Swimming Club Sponsorship

ECCH sponsored Great Yarmouth Swimming Club to enable it to stage a series of galas for young swimmers and thereby encourage children and young people to exercise.

The £450 we donated went towards staging three events at Great Yarmouth High School pool and the Phoenix Pool in Bradwell. It included paying for swim caps, medals and certificates for the competitors who are all in their Learn to Swim and Pre-Squad groups.

Supporting vulnerable people

Collection points were set up across ten ECCH sites so staff could take part in our ‘Fill a Rucksack’ campaign to help vulnerable and homeless people in the Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth area.

They donated backpacks and items to fill them such as clothes, food, toiletries, torches, thermal blankets and flasks.

All the items collected were given to the charity Access Community Trust which supports homeless people with housing, health, education and employment.

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