For Communities

NCW works with and for communities to develop and encourage a creative relationship with books, words and ideas. We believe that a life lived with words leads to greater confidence, better mental wellbeing, enhanced connection and a more involved sense of community.

Community and people are a huge part of Dragon Hall’s story – from the medieval merchant traders to the Victorian slum dwellers, to our many and varied visitors and participants today. It’s imperative that National Centre for Writing is a welcoming space where people can meet and engage in creative activity that is relevant and meaningful to their lives. We aim to do that by creating opportunities to hear and share each other’s stories, of those who lived in Dragon Hall throughout its history, and from those who will walk through its doors today and tomorrow.

Learning and participation are core to NCW’s work and nurturing a connection between writing and participants from a range of backgrounds and lived experiences is central to our mission.

Stepping Into Dragon Hall

In 2024, we are launching a free programme of exploration and creative making activities, sessions and events in our spaces and studio for families, children and adults.

As part of this work, Dragon Hall is now open to the public. Join us on Sundays 10am – 3pm throughout February and March.

Check our What’s On to see what’s coming up.

To learn more about ‘Stepping Into Dragon Hall’, please click here.

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New! Volunteer with NCW

We are seeking friendly, enthusiastic volunteers to support our heritage programme and work with local communities.

Volunteering is a great way to connect with Norwich as a City of Literature and help others to enjoy our city’s past and future literary heritage, books, words and ideas.

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Our Approach

We work closely with and for our local communities to build engaging, creative programmes, with storytelling and story-making at their heart. Priority groups are children, young people and families, older people, and refugee, asylum seekers and migrant communities.

Operating from Dragon Hall, settings across the city and via online, we deliver a range of programmes devised in collaboration with participants, with their priorities at the forefront.

Sometimes these activities are aimed at a specific group across several weeks (A Life Written). Sometimes they are drop-in in nature and serve a broader community (Stories from the Quarter and our collaborations with New Routes).

Whatever the format and whoever the participants, these activities always celebrate and explore writing as a vehicle for wellbeing, enjoyment, connection, confidence-building, and pleasure. 

Support our work with communities

100% of your donation will help children, young people and people from diverse community groups developing skills, wellbeing and better futures through writing.

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