Please note that our office phone number is no longer functioning - mobiles, emails and letters are the best way to contact NEAD staff at present. After the end of October staff will cease to work for NEAD and will not be contactable. Thank you.
At the end of October 2015 NEAD (Norfolk Education & Action for Development) will shut down after 42 years of schools and public education around global issues and global citizenship.
NEAD is best known for achieving Norwich’s Fair Trade City status – and running The World Shop on Exchange Street to showcase Fair Trade produce when lesser known and available. NEAD has also grown Black History Month and Refugee Week events (and work on such issues outside those time-periods, of course!), run workshops, classroom activities, multi-school celebrations of multi-culturalism, arranged visits from Global Voices and lent resources to schools to aid learning.
NEAD has always sought to do education differently, to amplify lesser heard voices which illuminate our links and responsibilities to the wider world, from within Norfolk.
NEAD’s goal to ‘work locally for global justice and equality’ has achieved the EDP’s Educators of the Year award (for We Are Norfolk: West - Community Cohesion learning and events across West Norfolk) and various Norwich City Eco-Awards (for a crop-growing African garden project at Parkside Special School and World on The Street activities with UEA). Few Norfolk and Suffolk schools have not participated in NEAD activities or benefited from the team’s signposting skills and resources; free online, or from a resources library (now incorporated at UEA). Several other groups have grown from NEAD’s work, including Labour Behind the Label and Banana Link – which highlight inequalities in trade systems and workers’ rights.
More recently NEAD has worked on the ethical issues around environment and social opportunity – working alongside The Broads Authority to develop communication and employability skills through engaging with our unique local Broads eco-systems. This has been another way to explore the similarities and differences between Norfolk and ‘less economically developed’ countries – and how we affect each other. The particularly popular Eco-Team Challenge, Grow Your Own Future and Windmill Project have seen young people boost team-work, confidence, benefit their local community and gain work opportunities, whilst gaining GOLD Norfolk Youth Awards, for voluntarily taking part and making a difference.
Like many smaller charities, NEAD has suffered as a result of changes in national and local funding and education strategies. Last week, trustees reluctantly made the decision to close the organisation rather than compromise the quality of its work through further cost-cutting measures.
Chair of Trustees Richard Bearman said:
“We had got to the point where further reductions in core staff hours were unrealistic; the recent lack of success for 2 major lottery bids made it pretty clear we couldn’t continue. I am very sorry we will have to make our remaining staff redundant, but hope that their experience gained with the organisation will be beneficial for the future wherever they end up”
NEAD Manager Kaja Holloway said:
“It’s very sad that at a time when issues around migration are so prevalent, organisations like NEAD which seek to aid understanding and tolerance are struggling to survive. NEAD was the only remaining global learning centre in the East of England and will be much missed by the many schools, youth and community groups we have supported over the years.”