Working in the community: helping make community work
What is Community Works?
Community Works is the volunteer service run by Diss Christian Community Church. Launched in September 2007, Community Works serves the communities of Diss, Harleston and the surrounding villages. The primary objective is to help those in need where help is not necessarily easily available elsewhere and which will assist them towards a better quality of life and in so doing to help create working communities. Help is usually offered in a range of situations to those referred by our partner care professionals.
We offer assistance across South Norfolk and North Suffolk supporting people or communities who lack the resources to help themselves. Support may be offered to those such as the elderly with no family nearby; those being rehoused from homelessness or supported accommodation; single parent families; the sick or disabled with no supportive networks.
Our areas of operation fall into two main categories:
Good quality furniture and household essentials are donated by members of the community or business partners and are recycled out to those being rehoused or judged to be in need by care professionals.
We are always looking for good quality donations and would be pleased to accept the following items:
Tables and chairs
Chests of drawers
Beds, bunk and sofa beds
Pots and pans
Cooking dishes and trays
We can only accept new small electrical equipment because of the regulations concerning PAT Testing. Larger items also take more space than we have available. But, we would be delighted to receive new kettles or toasters and would encourage anyone willing to donate to add one to their weekly shop.
Our strap line is: If it is clean, in good condition and something that you would be pleased to accept as a gift yourself, then we would be pleased to give it as a gift to someone else.
We can only accept upholstered items if there is a label attached showing they comply with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire Safety) Regulations.
Beds have to be in very good condition with no rips, tears or stains and have a fire label sewn on referring to BS7177.
We love unusual items too, so if in doubt, give us a call.
Community Works occasionally takes on a larger scale project for a local community, Housing Association or Residents’ Group. Examples of work undertaken include litter clearance, a new planting scheme on Fitzwalter Road, decorating the Diss Park Pavilion, laying a new path at Harleston Primary School and painting the Taylor Road Residents' Association Meeting Room.
Working on the new path at Harleston Primary
DC3 Community Works partners closely with Waveney Foodbank.
Want to know more?
To receive help, find out more, or to offer your time, skills or a donation of some kind, please contact Community Works by calling the Co-ordinators, Adrian or Rosemary Roy, on 07938 005999.
A very welcome donation of decorating equipment to Community Works from the Saffron Community Foundation