We are passionate about strengthening local communities. As well as being there for our customers when they need us, we are committed to extending our impact and working together to tackle the challenges our communities face every day.
Our board has agreed a policy allowing our staff to take up to eight hours a year paid time off work to volunteer for a good cause subject to operational requirements. With thousands of volunteering hours on offer, we hope we can make a real difference over time.
We are also committed to improving the health of the communities we serve. Norse Catering is a Gold Food for Life provider, recognising our use of organic produce, ethical and environmental friendly food, locally sourced ingredients and steps taken in providing healthy, well-balanced menus. Our school menus team and nutritionist in Norfolk have achieved a 25% reduction in in sugar content in Primary School recipes.
Norse is delighted to sponsor Norfolk ProHelp, a network of professional firms that offer pro-bono services to community organisations in need of support.
Norfolk ProHelp provides approximately £150,000 of support to the voluntary sector each year, with Norse companies offering expertise in a number of areas including business planning and HR.
In Devon, Norse has bought a pedal powered ‘Smoothie Bike’ to support our commitment of the development of healthy lifestyles.
The bike has already attended 25 events in primary schools, secondary schools, public libraries and community events clocking up over 150 miles in the process.
The Group also works with the Theatre Royal in Norwich to provide sponsorship which gives disadvantaged children and young people access to live theatre by providing subsidised tickets and travel via local schools.
In the five years since the programme launched, almost 21,000 children and young people aged 7 to 19 years and around 1500 teachers and support staff attended performances.
For many of the children and young people, it has been their first visit to a theatre, and they have been able to experience some of the country’s best programme of dance, musicals, drama and pantomimes. The Norse investment has helped the theatre increase access to high quality arts and cultural experience for nearly 130 Norfolk schools.
The Group was awarded the In Good Company Quality Mark Plus in February 2018 for its work tackling loneliness in Norfolk. Judges gave the Norse application a Plus mark, which is only given to organisations going the extra mile beyond their day-to-day work.