Norfolk Clubhouse - In Kind Direct

Homepage

Catalogue

Case Studies

Norfolk Clubhouse

Norfolk Clubhouse is a charitable social enterprise operating in the Norfolk area and is just one of the 320 Clubhouses worldwide. The organisation focuses on providing a sustainable place for adults who are living with mental health difficulties to be supported, as they work on regaining a sense of wellbeing and work on developing their lives in the wider community.

Like many organisations in our network, Norfolk Clubhouse are interested in being more sustainable and are keen to carry out their day-to-day operations in ways that are friendlier to the environment, which has led them to introduce a variety of sustainable initiatives. June, the founder, explained how they reuse the packaging from their In Kind Direct deliveries:

“We use the In Kind Direct packaging, if possible, for our craft sessions and recycle the cardboard by making it into decorative objects or other useful objects for our craft fayres. For instance, we upcycled some cardboard packaging to make a card holder to display our members’ homemade cards and decorative objects, such as Christmas decorations.”

In addition to finding creative and engaging ways to involve their members in their eco-conscious activities, they also take action to be more mindful of their environmental impact in other ways. They prioritise sourcing products from In Kind Direct without plastic packaging, they’ve set up an Eco-Hub and a compost bin that they use to recycle food waste from their cookery sessions to enrich their beds of herbs, and they use paper bags for the hygiene packs that they put together.

Norfolk Clubhouse are an excellent example of how organisations can incorporate sustainable practices that don’t cost the earth into the work they carry out every day, and including your community in this work can be incredibly beneficial. As June put it, “We are member led so pursue projects which our members are interested in developing so that they can grow their skills and confidence, and hence improve their mental health and lives”.

“We use the In Kind Direct packaging, if possible, for our craft sessions and recycle the cardboard by making it into decorative objects or other useful objects for our craft fayres. For instance, we upcycled some cardboard packaging to make a card holder to display our members’ homemade cards and decorative objects, such as Christmas decorations.”