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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 20 April 2018

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 20 April 2018 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

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In This Issue: Job Opportunities Learning and Education Assistant, Norwich Theatre Royal

Norwich Theatre Royal is recruiting a Learning & Education Assistant to lead on our Work Experience and Creative Careers programme. The ideal candidate will have experience of working with people, and the ability to assist us in delivering exciting and inspirational arts activities for children, young people and adults.

For full details please visit our website at

Salary £17k
Closing Date 3rd May 2018
Interview Date 9th May 2018

Stage Manager, Sheringham Little Theatre

Experienced professional Stage Manager required for Sheringham Little Theatre Summer Rep. Season - 12th July - 8th September.  Weekly pay £400 plus £105 weekly subsistence /travel

Please submit CV and covering letter to by 18th May 2018

Adult and Informal Learning Officer, Norwich Castle Museum

£23,866 - £25,463 per annum (Scale G)
37 hours per week
Fixed term contract until 31 March 2022

This is an exciting opportunity to join a busy and successful museum learning team.

You will be responsible for the development, coordination, administration, delivery, promotion and evaluation of high quality informal Visitor Programmes and other Adult Learning Programmes for Norwich Castle, Strangers’ Hall and the Museum of Norwich.

You will work creatively under the direction of the Norwich Learning Manager to increase visitor numbers and income generation, remove barriers to learning and participation and ensure that opportunities are inclusive and accessible to all.

To view further information regarding the vacancy please click here
Closing date: 2 May 2018

Norfolk Museums Development Officer, Cromer Museum

£15,570 - £16,600 per annum (Scale H)
22.2 hours per week
Fixed term contract until 31 March 2022

SHARE Museums East is the Regional Museum Development Programme for the East of England, funded by Arts Council England (ACE). SHARE resources and brokers development opportunities for museums across the region and supports them to deliver against ACE’s five Strategic Goals of Excellence, Audiences, Resilience, Leadership and Diversity, and Children and Young People.

An enthusiastic and self-motivated person is required for the role of Norfolk Museums Development Officer, working with independent museums in the county to support their professional development and organisational resilience. You will provide advice, support and workforce development to museums across the county. They will also work closely with Museums Norfolk, the representative organisation for museums in the county, to raise the profile of Norfolk museums with the public and stakeholders; and to develop partnerships and projects between museums and other bodies including arts, heritage and tourism organisations.

You will have a track record of working in or with museums and heritage organisations and be confident in working with trustees, volunteers and paid staff. You will have an awareness and understanding of the Museum Accreditation Scheme; experience as a Museum Mentor would be useful. You will demonstrate awareness of relevant established sector guidelines, legislation, policies and procedures, and show understanding of how these will impact on future training and development needs. You will have excellent communications skills and be - to chair meetings, lead groups, and facilitate training events. You will be good at managing detail and working projects through to a successful conclusion; experience of preparing funding applications is essential.

For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy, please contact Jamie Everitt, Regional Museums Development Manager, on 07778 506885 or email

To view further information regarding the vacancy please click here
Closing date: 29 April 2018

Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Shirehall Museum Norwich

£15,824 - £16,871 per annum (Scale H)
22.12 hours per week
Temporary contract to cover maternity leave

The Norwich Castle fine art collection specialises in British art from the 16th century to the present day. It includes an important collection of modern and contemporary art in a variety of media.

The Curator of Art (Modern and Contemporary) will play a key role in the delivery of a range of projects initiated by the permanent post holder which are planned for next year. These include New Geographies a partnership project with nine arts partners across the Eastern region, liaising with the Outset and Kettle’s Yard on the Fig Futures programme of exhibitions and acquisitions, curating a collection display of work from the modern and contemporary collection and managing existing and upcoming acquisitions.

Other duties will include maintaining relationships with relevant external agencies and partners such as the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, East Anglia Art Fund, the Arts Council and Tate. They will be contributing to the Art Department’s section of the NMAS website, and contribute to NMAS’ social media activity with reference to current exhibitions and events. You will undertake general and financial management and administration of temporary display and exhibition projects, as well as the development and production of display materials and/or lectures and gallery talks relevant to the above projects, liaising with the Display, Learning and other Departments. You will also assist in the day to day management of the permanent modern and contemporary art collections at Norwich Castle as needed.

Relevant experience in a museums or gallery environment is essential. You will have relevant experience of working on multiple exhibition projects, of working with living artists and with external partners, and have a clear understanding of exhibition loans, budgets and related administration. This post requires a high level of self-motivation and excellent communication and organisational skills.

To view further information regarding the vacancy please click here
Closing date: 29 April 2018


£39,992 to 47,722 per annum
Full time

You will join a dedicated team of academic staff who support the Creative Skillset Ticked accredited BA (Hons) Film & Moving Image Production course and its award winning students. The main emphasis of this role is to enhance the delivery of studio and location film production skill across the four years of the undergraduate provision. The role requires an understanding of delivering and developing innovative learning and teaching strategies at degree level and a commitment to enhancing the student experience and promoting student employability. As a Senior Lecturer you must be a strong team player and demonstrate excellent skills in team-working, organisation and management.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate substantial professional industry experience ideally with drama direction experience and strong production and post-production skills. The ability to support students in a range of moving image and sound contexts in relation to a variety of applications would be advantageous, as would the ability to teach at Masters Level.

Closing Date: Monday 7th May 2018
Interview Date: Friday 18th May 2018

Set & Prop Maker aka Twiggler in the Park, BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative family adventure park based in Hoveton, Norfolk. With magical treehouses, exciting play structures and a hint of intriguing characters, BeWILDerwood brings a unique experience to the Norfolk Broads.

Open to learning about our magical world of Twiggles & Boggles and the park’s brand aesthetic, the successful candidate will have a passion for helping stories come to life using a variety of materials and processes…and just a sprinkle of magic. Working as part of a small team, you will be tasked to design and produce durable set pieces for the park and props for our storytelling sessions and seasonal events. Based in a shared workshop, experience of using materials such as wood, fabric, paint and sculpting materials will be hugely beneficial. You must be able to work to briefs and deadlines, as well as think creatively on your feet; no day at BeWILDerwood, and no task, is ever the same!

This role would suit a recent graduate, or someone looking to make use of, or expand their skill and stretch their imagination.

Starting Salary – circa £18-£20k per annum dependant on experience
This is a permanent, full time role that requires a flexible approach to hours and days worked and a willingness to travel irregularly as required.

Closing Date – Sunday 22rd April
Interviews – w/c 30th April

For further information or an informal chat about the role, please contact Emma Ewins, Events & Story Manager on 01692 633033 or visit


An introduction to what funding is available to support artists and practitioners to deliver arts projects, programmes and create work. Looking at Arts Council, trusts & foundations, and local council support.. This session will be delivered by Adam Taylor.

COST: £10
BOOKINGS: 01603 283382

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) for Museums and Galleries with Naomi Korn

10am – 4pm, 14 May 2018
The King’s Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH

£30 Museums Norfolk members/£50 non-members. Includes lunch and refreshments.

Suitable for museums/galleries and other cultural organisations
New GDPR legislation about how you collect, store and handle personal data will affect your museum or organisation. Naomi Korn, one of the UK’s leading experts on data protection, copyright and licensing, will give clear and practical advice to ensure you are meeting your legal requirements. She’ll cut through all the jargon to explain what you need to do and why and you’ll also be able to get answers to any tricky questions or specific issues you’re struggling with.

This event is organised by Museums Norfolk therefore the focus in on museums and galleries. However, it is also suitable for other cultural organisations which face many of the same issues.

Once you have registered for the event If you have any specific data protection issues you want to ask then you can email them direct to Naomi Korn (please say you are attending the Museums Norfolk training on 14 May) and she will answer them on the day.

Booking and payment at  There will be a fee of 15p per ticket.

• Introducing Data Protection in museums and galleries
• GDPR – the changes
• Managing personal data
• Preparing for the GDPR – what you need to do now
• Finding solutions to data protection issues

Venue and Parking
Conference Room 2 at The King’s Centre on King Street, Norwich which is only 5 minutes walk from the train station.

Car parks: The nearest are at Rose Lane, Rouen Road and Castle Mall.
There is no on street parking on King Street and please be aware that there are bollards just beyond the King’s Centre and it is not a through-road.

Organised by Museums Norfolk, charity no. 1161645. If you have any queries please contact

New Perspectives on Participatory Arts

Two-day conference - Tuesday 22 May & Wednesday 23 May 2018
Elizabeth Fry Building, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7AF 

This FREE conference, organised by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, seeks to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by and emerging from funded research projects across Connected Communities as well as more widely in the fields of community and participatory arts. One of the programme’s eight strategic focuses has been around participatory arts—this is an opportunity for those involved to share their work and thoughts with other project teams and communities. 

Speakers include:

  • Professor Helen Nicholson, Royal Holloway, University of London, co-author of The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre and co-ed. Critical Perspectives on Applied Theatre, Principal Investigator on AHRC CC project Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Place
  • Steve Pool, Sheffield-based visual artist, community artist, researcher, as well as AHRC CC project Co-Investigator, and Artist in Residence on Imagine project.

A full Conference Programme is available here.

Book a place on Eventbrite here.

turn the page Artists Symposium

9.30am-5.30pm - May 24th 2018
The Forum, Norwich

We are delighted to announce Tom Sowden and Rosie Sherwood as the keynote
speakers for the inaugural turn the page Artists Book Symposium. With two exciting
panels the symposium will cover subjects as broad as the book as a journey, the
collaborative space of the book, book arts in libraries and the architectural space of the

Tickets for the symposium are available now.
Option A: Standard Symposium Fee- £65
Option B: Concession Symposium Fee (For students and unemployed- proof will be
required)- £30

For full details, including the full line up and to download the registration form please visit our website

Adapting Business for Dementia Conference

Friday 18 May 2018, 9am – 3pm 
Stage Two at Norwich Theatre Royal
£10 per person

Does your business need help and advice on being more dementia-friendly?

As part of Creative Matters: Caring for Dementia this May, Norwich Theatre Royal, in partnership with Age UK Norwich, is hosting a one day conference for local businesses on May 18.

How can businesses in Norfolk adapt to the growing needs of people with dementia among their customers and workforce?

The conference will feature a series of informative and interactive workshops to support businesses and employers enhance their policies and procedures with practical advice to help those affected by the condition.

It will include sessions on the importance and implementation of specialist staff training with experts from law firm Clapham and Collinge, and Riverside Leisure Centre. Age Space Norfolk, Re Assure and Home Care will share examples of how to support staff living with or caring for those with dementia, and Norwich Airport and Age UK Norwich will talk about adapting physical environments to improve experiences for customers with the condition.

Those speaking during the conference include Professor Eneida Mioshi from the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia who has carried out extensive research into the nature of dementia across multiple countries, Susan Ringwood who is the chief executive of Age UK Norwich, and Daniel Burgess from Norwich theatre company All-In Productions, one of the county’s Dementia Champions.

Click Here for full details of the day's programme and to book tickets.

For more information on further events held over our Creative Matters Dementia Season this May check out 

Exploring Your Community Conference 2018 at Norfolk Record Office.

NEW DATE Saturday 12 May 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm

Are you a member of a local history group? Do you want to find out about local history projects, and using technology in archives? Join us for our third annual conference.

This year will include:

  • Workshops on using social media, oral history and digitization
  • A talk from Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH), charitable partner of NRO.
  • Short talks by attending groups wishing to share their current project.
  • Display space for your group or project. 
  • Networking lunch included. 
  • Attending groups receive a voucher for a half price group or research visit to NRO. 

If you would like to book a slot for a talk, or a display space, please email the Education & Outreach Team on 

Tickets are £10 and places are limited, please book at or call 01603 222599. 

Artists & the Arts in Placemaking,18 April, London 

This event will share examples of artist led approaches to engaging with place through temporary interventions and will also focus on local authority initiatives to work with communities. The Place Alliance is particularly keen to attract local government officers to the conference and the Minister for the Arts, Michael Ellis MP, will be attending.   Tickets cost just £10 and you can find out more about the programme and book your place here.

StartEast Network Jam

Designed to offer hands on, practical workshops around business development
Network jams are active, fun, informative and free to join!

The StartEast Team and advisors will be here throughout the day delivering focused sessions and offering advice and guidance.

To be a member of StartEast you must enter through one of these events. Sign up here.

April 26, 2018, SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers APPLY TO TAKE PART IN THIS SCRATCH NIGHT on 1st June 2018!

Do you have an exciting new idea for a piece of performance? Are you struggling to find the space and support you need? All-In Productions wants to help give a platform to great new art, and to support the development of local performance companies. By teaming up with The Garage and we are proud to present #ScratchNights. Apply now for a chance to take part in our scratch process..

All-In productions and The Garage can give you..
• FREE SPACE- 5 days of rehearsal space worth over the value of £1000 in the performance hub that is The Garage Norwich.
• ARTISTIC MENTORING – Our brilliant Artistic Director will be on hand to give you advice and feedback throughout your time with us.
• MARKETING WORKSHOP – Join our programming and Marketing team for a 1 to 1 tutorial on how to get the most out of advertising your show.
• PRODUCER MENTORING- We can give you guidance on anything from your budgets to writing your funding bids.
• PERFORMANCE OPPORTUNITY – As part of your time with us, you will share what you have been working on in our Scratch Night. This will be fully teched in our 113 seat studio theatre.
• AUDIENCE FEEDBACK- After the show we will be hosting a feedback event with the audience. This is a fantastic chance to see what the audience thought and to get ideas on how to develop your piece further.
• MONEY! – The company’s taking part in the scratch night, each take home an equal split of 100% of the box office taking.
• LASTLY.. -You will be starting a valued relationship with a small scale programming venue.

So what are you waiting for… Apply here for any of our scratch night events.  Applications close on 30th April 2018

Do you want to perform at the Royal Norfolk Show?

The Royal Norfolk Show will take place at Norfolk Showground on the 27th and 28th of June 2018. Any acts can apply for a 20 minute performance slot. To apply, send an example of your act (YouTube, SoundCloud, etc.) to by 9th May and specify your preferred date.

Call for artists

Inspired by Becker Annual exhibition of Contemporary art. 3 to 5 August (Delivery 2nd August).
Highly successful show attracts work from artists who find inspiration in some element of the work of Harry Becker, responding in their own style.
Click on ‘APPLY’ to download information and application form.

Closing date: April 30th.

The Arts Directory

The Arts Directory provides artists, performers, makers, festivals and producers a profile and contact service – a great way to profile your talents or search for others to collaborate and work with across Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and beyond.

Creating a profile is completely free and helps building working relationships, supports artists to promote their work and organisers to programme their events. 

The Arts Directory is part of Making Waves Together, a wider partnership project led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council, and funded by the national Great Place Scheme, which is seeing communities and organisations in both areas work together to boost the cultural offer and drive cultural re-imagination as a way of supporting success in the seaside towns.  Great Places has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

You can register for The Arts Directory here


Pavilion Dance South West and partners are bringing together forward-thinking programmers, producers, promoters and managers who are interested in presenting dance performances in theatres, festivals, museums, galleries, and many other unusual places and spaces. 

At events held around the country, we are offering a supported opportunity to meet artists and creatively develop new ideas and opportunities for presenting dance.

  • Share/see/hear examples of how to sustain and develop audience relationships
  • Discuss how venues can have early communication with artists about the work they are making.
  • Share your experiences of dance touring and work together to make it better
  • Have frank discussions about what works and what doesn’t
  • Discuss how work can fit in your spaces and places
  • Find out how your venue/ events can support artists to achieve better touring possibilities
  • Consider how can we work together to make sure it all makes sense, for artists, programmers and audiences

What is Surf The Wave?

Surf The Wave is a major dance project that aims to fundamentally change dance touring in the UK. This three-year project runs from October 2017 to August 2020, taking a longer term approach to talent development, networking and showcasing. 

What is involved? 

We are inviting presenters and promoters to attend 2 x 1-day events in their own region as part of the Artist as Entrepreneur intensive programme of development. Whereas artists and producers will attend for two days, presenters and promoters are invited to attend on the second day of each intensive, which will involve opportunities to meet, exchange and develop relationships with artists and companies from all over the UK. The programme will include guest speakers, panel discussions, open space sessions and networking opportunities focusing on four key themes:

  • Concept
  • Quality
  • Communication
  • Sustainability

The Artist as Entrepreneur events will take place in the South East as follows:

20th April - South East Dance, Brighton
17th October - Dance East, Ipswich

What is the offer?

Attending presenters will receive

  • A bursary to cover travel & accommodation costs
  • All meals and tickets to performances (if performances are programmed with the event)
  • An opportunity to pitch for Surf Generator financial support to develop a project with an artist/company whose work you’re interested in
  • Subsidised delegate places for the UK Dance Showcase in Bournemouth & Poole, 16th – 19th May 2019
  • An increased network to support further programming opportunities

Please note, we will try to accommodate as many presenters as possible but we have a limited number of bursaries and limited space available. If you work independently and require further financial support to attend, please let us know.

Is this for me?

We are inviting expressions of interest to participate in the Surf The Wave Artist as Entrepreneur programme. We would like to hear from presenters who can commit to both dates in their region and work in any of these contexts:

  • New to dance programming and want to know more
  • Programme 1 or 2 dance pieces a year, but would like to do more
  • Programme in any context including small and mid- scale venues, rural touring, museums, galleries, festivals & outdoors
  • Regularly programme dance but want to develop stronger artist and audience relationships

Expression of interest:

If you would like to get involved, please email an expression of interest with brief information about your venue and current dance programme to Eloise Tong, Surf The Wave Coordinator, at

Vist their website for further information:

Eighty-five percent of Surf the Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Further support comes from the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place and Yorkshire Dance.

Industry Research & Information


StartEast is for creative people who love what they do and want to make a living from it. We offer bespoke, targeted, 1-1 business advice and support, workshops and masterclasses as well as an invited grant scheme of between £1,000-£10,000 to help you grow your business. Our aim is to work with you to build a support structure that is right for you and your cultural enterprise.

We have a dedicated team of advisors and industry experts ready to support you in a range of different ways. Whether you need support to develop an idea or your artistic vision, help with business growth and expansion into new markets, securing new contracts, increasing productivity or turnover, we can help.

We focus primarily (but not exclusively) on the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, outdoor arts, and live art), literature and festivals. We also support specialist creative enterprises including, for example, producers, curators, back stage, technical, costumes, props, and marketing.

All you need to do is sign up and become a StartEast member.

Film Hub South East Strategy 2018-2022

Film Hub South East is an organisation dedicated to supporting the regional development of cinema, film festivals, community cinemas and filmmaking talent in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex.

They have been appointed by the British Film Institute to distribute funds to organisations and individuals across the region, including: 

  • Outdoor screenings scheme 
  • Local film heritage touring projects
  • Audience diversity initiatives (which can support community groups showing films)
  • Development of new regional filmmakers
  • Open Project Proposals (helping to develop new film event initiatives) 

Download a copy of the Film Hub South East Strategy 2018-2022 here

If you are interested in receiving communications from from them, sign up to the Film Hub South East mailing list here to ensure you’re kept updated of future FHSE news and updates. 

Funding Opportunities Norfolk County Council, Arts Project Fund - Next deadline 31st May 2018!

The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk.

Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects. More information can be found here.

If you would like to apply please email for an application form.

FCC Community Action Fund

Competition for WREN funding is considerable. Requests for funding from their most recent round exceeded £5 million and they have to regularly decline worthwhile projects due to funding restrictions. WREN will accept applications for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity: 

  • Village Halls and Community Centres
  • Public Play Areas
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
  • Churches – community spaces only
  • Nature Reserves
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
  • Museums

Applications for funding are assessed against grant criteria and you should read carefully the Guide for Applicants and ensure your project meets grant criteria and you have shown the difference the project will make to your local community.  WREN will not request further evidence of community need and benefit so you should make sure you application and enclosures reflects what your project will achieve.  WREN requires all projects to be delivered within 12 months of funding decisions and please note WREN no longer accepts paper applications.

Norwich Heritage Fund

Now open – there are no application deadlines. Applications are considered on a rolling basis while funds remain available.

The aim of the Norwich Heritage Fund is to support charities and community groups within the Norwich Urban Area which aim to benefit local heritage (built and intangible) and people’s engagement with it.  Grants of up to £3,000 are available.  The Fund has a balance of  £5,850 remaining. Once this is committed the Fund will close.

Projects which will be considered include preservation and recording of the heritage, feasibility studies, promotional campaigns, improved interpretation and greater participation.
Projects benefiting the natural heritage e.g. historic woodlands, are not eligible for this fund.
Priority will be given to projects where the amount requested makes a significant impact on the overall project.
As there are limited funds available the panel may choose to prioritise applicants that have not previously benefited from a grant from this fund.

Charitable, community and voluntary groups based or clearly operating in the Norwich Urban Area area can apply. This includes Churches/ PCCs and Parish Councils where the project is clearly community focused and inclusive, and meets the aims of the Fund.

More information can be found here

Funding to support arts projects

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2018. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music.

Read more at:   

Idlewild Trust announces next application deadline

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 6th September 2018. The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports charities concerned with improving opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.
The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000. Read more at:  

Funding for the restoration of historic buildings

Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites. The programme provides grants where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers. Through the programme, two levels of grants are available: 

  • Grants of between £100,000 and under £2 million
  • Grants of between £2million and £5million.

For grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2million decisions are made every three months. For grant requests of between £2 million and up to £5 million the next closing date for stage one applications is the 14th June 2018.

Previous projects supported include The Globe, an Art Deco ‘super theatre' in the centre of Stockton on Tees, which will be transformed from a derelict eyesore into a 2500-seater live music and comedy venue with the potential to create 64 jobs. Read more at:  

Funding for remote rural communities

Communities that are not connected to the Mains Gas Grid can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 through the Calor Rural Community Fund.  Projects that can apply for funding could be anything from redecorating community centres or village halls; to new equipment for youth clubs, sports teams or scout groups; etc. Projects will be subject to a popular vote.  Projects that receive the most votes on Calor Rural Community Fund website will be shortlisted then reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select the winning projects for funding. In 2018 Calor is offering three levels of funding to suit projects of different sizes: 

  • Up to £1,000
  • Up to £2,500
  • Up to £5,000

The 20 projects in the £1,000 category and the 10 projects in both the £2,500 and £5,000 with the most votes will go through to the finals. The closing date for applications will be the 21st May 2018. Read more at:

Youth Music funding for music-making projects for children & young people

Arts Council England is to invest £38.6 million of funding into Youth Music, a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances, between 2018 and 2022. Each year, Youth Music funds around 350 music-making projects nationwide, reaching more than 75,000 children and young people. This work supports the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, as well as developing positive outcomes for the organisations it invests in and their workforce by funding diverse, creative and inclusive music-making projects wherever they’re needed most.

Youth Making's funding programme is made up of three separate funds: 

  • Fund A offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects.
  • Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 - £100,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work.
  • Fund C offers grants (£100,000 to £160,000) for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

Charities, not for profit organisations and schools are all eligible to apply, however, schools will however have to show how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. Previous projects funded include: 

  • Positive Youth Foundation’s Changing Trax project in Coventry, where young people played a key part in the city’s successful bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021
  • Tang Hall Smart CIC in York, where young people with learning disabilities are developing their composition and performance skills in rock and rap workshops.

The grants programme is currently open for application with the following deadlines:

Fund A:  

Round 13: Friday 24 August 2018, 5pm
Round 14: Friday 7 December 2018, 5pm

Fund B:

Round 8 Stage 1: Friday 18 May 2018, 5pm
Round 9 Stage 1: Friday 9 November 2018, 5pm

Fund C: This fund is currently closed to new applicants

Read more at:   

Capital grants of up to £20,000 available to improve accessibility of theatres

The Theatres Trust's Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, is a capital fund that awards grants of up to £20,000. The scheme will run for three years, and each year will fund projects with a specific theme. The theme for 2018 will be Improving Accessibility. In 2018 funding will be awarded to projects which make their theatre more accessible through changes to the building or its systems. The scheme will fund theatres and projects of all sizes that demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of becoming an accessible theatre.

Theatres should be accessible for everyone, but the Theatres Trust and Wolfson Foundation are aware that many theatre buildings do not reach the highest levels of accessibility. Priority will be given to projects that could serve as best practice case studies to inspire other theatres. We want to fund excellent projects in excellent theatres.

Projects should serve the needs of your audience and include evidence of consultation with users and potential users of your venue. Themes for 2019 and 2020 will be announced in due course. To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must demonstrate that they: 

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 15 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Run a year-round programme of live performance, of no less than 30 performances a year
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.
  • Operate theatres that achieve excellence through their producing and programming or architectural significance

For further information about eligibility and the terms and conditions for this funding please review the Terms and Conditions. Pre-application conversations are encouraged. As it is expected that some consultation is undertaken as part of the project, we recommend early communication. Deadline for submissions are Thursday 13 September 2018. Read more at:

Music grants for older people

The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2018. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. Some of the charities that have received grants from Concertina include: 

  • Mind Active, Northumberland to help fund a joint social activity inviting residents and supporting care staff from every residential care home in Wansbeck;
  • Access to Art, London to help fund operational costs of running trips for the elderly to galleries/museums.

Read more at:  

Volunteering Opportunities Future Radio, Admin and Reception Volunteers

Established in 2004, Future Radio is an award-winning speech, arts and music community radio station for Norwich and the wider community, broadcasting on 107.8FM, Online and on DAB Digital Radio, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We have recently relocated from the outskirts of Norwich, into the Open Youth Venue in the centre of Norwich. We are now looking to recruit friendly, positive and welcoming Volunteer Reception Assistants at our new venue, to welcome guests and visitors to the station, and provide general administrative support, such as answering the telephone, providing information face-to-face and via e-mail, and maintaining the visitor sign-in book.

No experience is necessary, as full training and support will be given, however this would be a great opportunity for anyone with previous administration or customer facing experience.

For more information visit:

'Our Day Out', Creative Arts East

 'Our Day Out' is a fantastic programme, funded by the Spirit of 2012 Trust, which aims to engage older people in Norfolk with culture and creativity through participatory music and dance sessions, whilst in a dementia friendly environment. It runs twice a month in Dereham, Watton, Attleborough, North Walsham, Thetford and Wells-next-the-sea. Each month there is something new to experience. So far in the programme we have had African drumming, poetry performance and workshops, live music, cinema afternoons and more!

Creative Arts East are looking for positive, energetic people who would like to help us run these sessions. Volunteering would involve:
- Setting up and clearing away before and after the sessions
- Making the participants feel welcome
- Encouraging and supporting participation and participants
- Helping to make teas, coffees, cut cake and wash up
- Completing a volunteering monitoring form every three months

Besides the satisfaction of helping older people to express themselves creatively, volunteers will also receive additional benefits such as access to free training, including dementia-awareness training, an increased skill set and experience of working with high-quality arts activities and arts practitioners (which includes nationally and internationally renowned artists and companies)
Volunteers must show at least a 6-month commitment (this equates to supporting at least 12 sessions for 1 group). All reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.
To get started: contact Lea at or 01953713390/ 07432769632

Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies Norwich is a new Mencap befriending service that supports local people. We pair a person with a learning disability between the ages of 18-30 with a volunteer who likes similar things to them. Our aim is to get people with learning disabilities out and about in Norwich at night. A lot of people miss out on evening events and activities as they have no one to go with or can’t travel independently. We provide a volunteer that is there to support their buddy do whatever they want to at least twice a month. They could go to a gig, the theatre, pub, exercise class or bowling, we want everyone to be able to access ‘mainstream’ events and activities and not feel ‘scared’ or ‘worried’.

Volunteers receive a day’s training, DBS check and can claim up to £10 for event tickets, non-alcoholic drinks or travel. It is a great opportunity to make a new friend and support a local person to get out more in our community.

If you would like to find out more visit our website:  or contact Hannah the project coordinator:  /  07967769173.

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Your star-studded Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/20/2018 - 12:24

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...              20 April 2018

And the OSCAs go to...

Last night, our 2017/8 staff Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs) were held at Norwich Castle. It was a night to remember where category winners gathered together with sponsors, executive directors and Members to celebrate the work we do. For going above and beyond what is expected of them, the OSCAs went to:
The Marry in Norfolk Ceremony Team in the Business-like and Commercial category
The Integrated Commissioning Team in the Collaborative and Influencing category
The Bed Tracker App team in the Digital Innovator category
Angie Hullock, Relief Library Assistant, for Harold’s Hero
Grace Edwards in the Volunteering, People's Choice Award
Hannah Smith, Learning & Development Consultant  - The Managing Director’s Award and 
The Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator Programme -  Employee of the Year. 
Click here to read more about our winners and the incredible work they do. 

A big thank you, and congratulations, to all of our nominees and winners for their hard work and determination. Also thanks to our sponsors: Hogia, Learning Pool, Norse Group, t-three group, Tarmac, updata and Validium who make our staff awards possible. 
A short film and photo gallery from the event will be available shortly, so keep an eye on iNet next week.

Not spot to hot spot 

This week we announced the initial findings of Norfolk’s first independent mobile coverage survey. The survey gives us a better picture of mobile voice and data coverage in the county and we’ll use this information to work with mobile providers to improve coverage and tackle ‘not spots’.

Roadshow reminder 

Our next Council roadshow is happening from 7-9pm on 24 April, at the Corn Hall in Diss. Council Leader Cliff Jordan and our leadership team will attend, ready to chat about our aspirations for the county.

And finally... Keep giving

Don't forget you can support the Keep Giving public campaign to help raise £50,000 towards the renovation of the keep at Norwich Castle here, or by going along to one of the exhibitions which support the project, in particular the recent Inheritance: Norwich Castle Open Art Show. More...

Missed last week's edition? Don't worry - you can find all editions at The Friday Takeaway

GDPR update

From 25 May, the rules about reporting a data breach will change.There will be new procedures for you to follow and the reporting forms have been renewed. More...

Sugar tax on soft drinks

The levy on soft drinks that contain added sugar (known as ‘sugar tax’) came into force on 6 April, so the price of some drinks sold at the County Hall shop and restaurant will increase from 30 April. More...

Get into Spring Fest

Staff are invited to our farmers’ market Spring Fest at County Hall (outside on the main forecourt) on 3 May 12-3pm. There will be livestock, arts & crafts and fresh, locally-grown produce as well as a BBQ. Look out for more details on iNet .

A warm welcome for refugees

Today, 61 schools from across the county are joining together to learn about refugees and our county's rich history as a place of sanctuary. The day supports the work of New Routes and Welcome Wheels. More ...  

This week's blog

Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services

It's your last chance to read Tom’s blog. More...

Look out for Wendy's blog on Monday 23 April. We’ve changed our blog day from Friday to Monday. The perfect way to start your week… 

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Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Consumer Scam, News and Information Alerts

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:33

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

If you receive one of these emails delete it without clicking on any links in the message. You can report scam emails to Action Fraud, details below.

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

For more consumer advice and updates, visit our consumer alerts web page or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

Reporting scams

Reporting any scams you receive can help to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people. You can report scams to:

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or
Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or

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Book Launch at Norwich Castle - 24 April

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:24
Book Launch at Norwich Castle

24 April, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Sarah Turner talks about her new book Percy Moore Turner: Connoisseur, Impresario and Art Dealer with a particular focus on his links with Norwich and Norfolk.

Discover the fascinating story of Percy Moore Turner who donated his collection of Rembrandt etchings to Norwich Castle. (These were recently on display in the exhibition Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness.)

"When the history of picture dealing in 20th-century Britain is written, Percy Moore Turner will occupy a large and well-deserved place. Few did more to promote interest in Post-Impressionist French art than he did. Yet while those whose taste he formed and those whose taste he shared, Roger Fry, Frank Hindley Smith, Samuel Courtauld, Kenneth Clark and others, are now well-known names, Turner has been forgotten. Sarah Turner is to be congratulated for bringing to light one of the most important taste-makers in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. Anyone with an interest in the history of collecting and museums in the 20th century will find her book, drawn extensively from unpublished sources, a mine of new information"


- Dr Jon Whiteley, Curator Emeritus, Dept of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum.


Free; Booking Essential – 01603 493635 / 495897

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Your Norfolk Extra - April

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:15

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April 2018

Broadland Northway fully open to traffic

The final 5.25km section of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road – now officially named Broadland Northway – opened to traffic this week, completing 19km of new dual carriageway between the A1067 Fakenham Road, north-west of Norwich, and the A47 at Postwick.

Work, which started in January 2016, will continue for around eight more weeks to finish off cycle paths and bridleways, some drainage lagoons and verge works.

The first two phases opened ahead of schedule last year, but the final phase, from the A1151 Wroxham Road to the Postwick Hub, included the most challenging structure on the route – the bridge over the Norwich to Sheringham railway – and the worst ground conditions. Bad weather, especially the Beast from the East, prevented opening before Easter.

Broadland Northway is an important piece of Norfolk’s infrastructure and people can now experience the extensive benefits of the scheme.

Could you be a foster carer?

Come and find out more about fostering at one of our information events in May. On Tuesday 1 May, we’re at Fakenham Library from 10.30am to 12.30pm then at Swaffham Library from 2 to 4pm. And on Tuesday 8 May we’re at Great Yarmouth Library from 11am to 2pm.

Everyone’s welcome and staff from the fostering team will be there to answer your questions and talk about what’s involved.

If you can’t make it to one of these events, we are running others later in May – find out more              

Watch our latest film about fostering a family group. Change a life – foster in Norfolk.

Free bookkeeping course

Norfolk Community Learning Services (NCLS) is offering you an exciting opportunity to familiarise yourself with business practice and basic accounting to gain an industry recognised qualification (Level 1 AAT).

This is a free seven-week course which will include two final online examinations and your registration fee for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Held at Acle Memorial and Recreation Centre, there is an initial information session on Thursday 17 May, with the course starting on Thursday 7 June (9.30am – 1pm)

To find out more and book your place, email

Preventing potholes

Work starts this week to add a new seal to more than 320 miles of Norfolk’s roads. This helps to prevent potholes opening up so it's an important part of the road maintenance work we do.

This year we’re spending £10.4m on the surface dressing scheme, which extends the life of the existing road and provides a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents.

People living along the routes to be given a new seal will receive notification a couple of days before the crews arrive, and are urged to drive slowly and considerately across the new surface until it is bedded in.

Stay up to speed with Transport for Norwich

Transport for Norwich (TfN) is continuing work on improvements across the city’s travel network.

Current and forthcoming projects include construction of a cycle link between Wymondham and Hethersett, a new pedestrian/ cycle crossing on St Crispins Road and changes to benefit the centre of Eaton.

Visit the TfN website for full details of all schemes, as well as information on project consultations, recent road changes and journey planning.

TfN is a partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council, along with local authorities within Greater Norwich on schemes in the wider area.

Data protection changes

A new data protection law is on its way. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law on 25 May 2018. This regulation replaces the Data Protection Act 1998.

There are some new rights for you and some new obligations for us relating to information we collect about you.

It’s our responsibility to tell you what data we hold about you, including why we need it and how we will look after it. We will do this when we collect information about you.

Over the next few weeks, look out for information on our website about how this affects you.

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Norfolk County Council - Business and Property Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:46

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Business and Property Committee.  The draft Minutes for the meeting held on 14 March 2018 are now available.

Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.

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Time is running out... act now to continue to receive information from Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:05
Learning at Norfolk Museums

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:28

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to the Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 

The draft Minutes for the meeting that was held on 5th April 2018 are now available.

Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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NDR newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:30
                                                              No 22 - Final Edition - April 2018 After two years, three months and 17 days ... It's Open!

After two years three and a half months' work, led by Balfour Beatty and Norfolk County Council, the final 5.25km of the A1270 Broadland Northway (Norwich NDR)  opened to traffic today (17 April 2018).

Lorry passing under Newman Road Bridge.

Work, which started in earnest on 4 January 2016, will continue for around eight more weeks to finish off cycle paths and bridleways, some drainage lagoons and verge works.

The first two phases opened before Christmas 2017, well ahead of schedule, but the final phase just missed the target of opening before the end of March, largely because of wet and freezing weather.

The road, to be known as the A1270 Broadland Northway, is now part of the county highway network, with Norfolk County Council responsible for future upkeep, including gritting during the winter. Balfour Beatty will continue work on the outstanding tasks, and planting will resume in the autumn.

Closure of Broad Lane/Green Lane East

The opening of the section of Broadland Northway from Salhouse Road to Plumstead Road was quickly followed this morning by the closure of Broad Lane close to its junction with Plumstead Road.

People living along Broad Lane and Green Lane East have had to put up with far more traffic than a road of that standard should take, and the Reeves Corner junction with Plumstead Road was notoriously risky. The closure will make sure that the through-traffic diverts on to the new dual carriageway.

Cyclists and pedestrians will still have access on to Plumstead Road, although later in the year a bridleway will be constructed alongside the Norwich to Sheringham Railwy, going under the new road and providing another cycle, pedestrian and equestrian  route between Broad Lane/Green Lane East and Thorpe End.

Goodbye from the Editor

This is the last 'NDR Extra' edition of the Transport Matters newsletter. Since just before the start of works there have been 48 Transport Matters and NDR Extra newsletters, compiled by John Birchall (above).

Looking north towards Plumstead Road from Newman Road bridge.

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Let's Talk

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:39

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April  2018

Welcome to the new  monthly Children’s Services newsletter Let's Talk.

In the newsletter we'll keep you updated on what's happening across Children's Services. We want it to used as a way of exchanging good news, ideas and learning  - so if you have anything to share let us know at

On the subject of good news, nominations for the Children and Young People Now awards are now open and we'd love to hear your ideas for areas of work or teams that we should be nominating. The list of categories is available online at

I'm also keen to hear your news face to face and I now have some dates in the diary to hold local conversations, where we meet and talk about the future. These will take place in May and will include the whole leadership team (more details below).

We have fantastic staff working across education, social work and early help and I’ve been out and about meeting many of you over the past few weeks. It’s clear that everyone is dedicated to doing their very best for Norfolk’s children and we have some really talented staff here, so let's get some national recognition for our work.


Safe children and resilient families

Over the next weeks and months we are going to need your help, support and ideas as we develop our Safe Children and Resilient Families (SCaRF) change programme.

The programme forms part of Norfolk Futures, the council’s strategy to change how we work against four guiding principles. These are to


  • offer help early to reduce the need for specialist services
  • joining up our work so that similar activities are done once
  • being business like and making best use of digital technology to ensure values for money
  • ensure future services are effectively targeted using evidence to make the biggest difference

There are seven programmes across the council. SCaRF is one of the seven though all are interconnected with our work in Children's Services.

Ahead of last year’s Ofsted report we recognised that we needed to look at how the MASH was operating and we’ve done a lot of work over the last three months to better understand the work that is referred to it, where it has come from and how it could better be managed. Recognising that there is a significant opportunity to clarify the purpose and function and improve our practice model, we are working with Prof David Thorpe (Lancaster University) to really look in detail about how we can make changes to improve the systems and process and the experience of partners and families when making contact with their worries and concerns.

As part of our change programme, we have agreed the investment needed to put more resources into fostering recruitment, so that more children are placed locally with Norfolk carers, we are less reliant on Independent Fostering Agency placements and fewer children are placed in residential care placements.Hopefully we will begin to see significant progress soon. As always we need your help to spread the message about fostering and you can see the latest film we’ve developed here.

We are also exploring options around an enhanced Family Group Conference provision as well as looking at how we can better support children and young people to move from residential into family based care which is closer to their homes and communities.

We’d really like your views and ideas on how we can engage and involve you in the process of service design and change and this is one of the areas we’d like to talk about at the staff conversations next month (see article below).

Let's Talk - local conversations

We want to speak to you about your work and how we can deliver the best services for children and families in Norfolk.

We'd like to invite you to meet with us next month, at a series of conversation events across the county.

They will tale place on:

* Wednesday, 2 May from 3-4.30pm, at Swaffham Green Britain Centre.

* Thursday, 4 May from 10-11.30am, at Long Stratton District Council Chamber.

* Wednesday, 10 May from 3-4.30pm, at Great Yarmouth Library, Northgate Room.

* Monday, 14 May from 3-4.30pm, at Norwich Professional Development Centre.

* Wednesday, 16 May from 3 to 4.30pm at Pensthorpe Natural Park, The Garden Room.

* Thursday, 17 May from 3 to 4.30pm at Swaffham Green Britain Centre, Paul Watson Room.

More details will follow closer to the events.

Inside Out – innovation programme to support children in residential care

Following a successful bid from the Department for Education’s children’s social care innovation programme we, alongside Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council, were awarded £3million to pilot a new approach to supporting children in residential care.

The pilot project - ‘Inside Out’ - will seek to test a different method of improving outcomes and stability for young people young people currently living in residential care, starting in Essex before being rolled out concurrently in Hertfordshire and Norfolk.

The Children’s Society has just been commissioned to work on the project, recruiting a team of coaches who will provide bespoke and intensive support for each child and their individual needs. A coach will work alongside the child/family, lead social workers, other agencies and the young person’s placement provider to effect sustainable change and create the conditions in which they can either return home, or move to a less intensive placement. The allocated social worker will retain their key worker role however the most intensive direct work will be undertaken by the coach

The young people selected for the first cohort are aged between 15-17 years-old and are those that are currently high-risk and living in high cost residential care in Essex. These young people have been identified as those who will most likely to benefit and achieve better outcomes as a result of the Inside Out project.  

Working with the Job Centre and prisons to support vulnerable families

Our Early Help service is developing pioneering work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which sees them leading training and support for JobCentre Plus and prison staff to identify and support families in need of early intervention and support to find a job.

This new approach involves staff being trained to take a holistic, ‘whole family’ approach which looks at the needs of other family members. 

By asking the right questions and getting to know more about the whole family, staff can pinpoint problems much earlier and identify the other agencies that need to be involved to prevent further, more complex issues, developing in the future.  In the long term, this could eventually help to break the cycle of entrenched unemployment that can run in families by increasing job prospects, building confidence and resilience and reducing poverty.

The programme is funded as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Troubled Families Programme until March 2020.   The project is in its early stages with the team currently piloting work in Norfolk with three DWP staff and up to 15 families before a wider plan to roll out the principles across the DWP/JobCentre Plus.

Welcome to Phil, James and Andy

Congratulations to Phil Watson and James Wilson on their appointments to the senior leadership team in Children's Services

Phil (right) has been with us as Interim Assistant Director for Children's Social Work since January and will now join us on a permanent basis.

Phil has a wealth of experience in social care leadership roles, having worked most recently at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, as Interim Strategic Lead for Children’s Social Care Effectiveness.

He has also held senior roles at Southampton Council and Medway Council, as well as working at the London Borough of Islington and Islington NHS in an integrated care and disabled children’s service.

James (left) is currently the Transformation Manager for Corporate Services at Cambridgeshire County Council, so has extensive experience of managing change within local government. He has also been an Associate Director of Transformation in the NHS and a Senior Strategy Manager for Children, Families and Adults Services at Cambridgeshire County Council.

James will join us in May and will help to bring our new vision to life. His role will include overseeing project management to ensure service solutions are designed, developed and delivered. With £12m being invested in the department we need to make sure that the change we’re implementing delivers results and I believe James is the right person to support this work.

Andy Goff has also now returned to Children's Services, as Assistant Director for Performance, Planning and Quality Assurance. This means that from May we will have a full, permanent leadership team in place.

Our Early Help service is developing pioneering work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which sees them leading training and support for JobCentre Plus and prison staff to identify and support families in need of early intervention and support to find a job.

This new approach involves staff being trained to take a holistic, ‘whole family’ approach which looks at the needs of other family members. 

By asking the right questions and getting to know more about the whole family, staff can pinpoint problems much earlier and identify the other agencies that need to be involved to prevent further, more complex issues, developing in the future.  In the long term, this could eventually help to break the cycle of entrenched unemployment that can run in families by increasing job prospects, building confidence and resilience and reducing poverty.

The programme is funded as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Troubled Families Programme until March 2020.   The project is in its early stages with the team currently piloting work in Norfolk with three DWP staff and up to 15 families before a wider plan to roll out the principles across the DWP/JobCentre Plus.

Adoption service shortlisted for award

Our entry for the Adoption team for Impact and Learning in Children’s Services has been shortlisted as a finalist in the national Municipal Journal awards.

Our adoption team was judged outstanding in our most recent Ofsted inspection and this is further recognition of their fantastic work.

They will find out if they are overall winners in June.

New film looks at young people's experiences

Some of you will remember we first made a film called ‘If you want to buy a tiger’ in 2012, to look at what life was like for young people with protected characteristics living in the county at the time. In 2015, with the backing of Children’s Services Equality Group and the Children’s Services Committee, we decided to go back to speak to more young people to see how things had changed.  We have now produced a new film, using footage from the original, as well as new footage.

The film is now available here and deals with a broad range of issues – faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and sexual identity and in total over 50 young people between the ages of 13 and 21 have been involved.

We encourage you to use the film in your team meetings as a way of gauging everyone’s experiences of the issues discussed, speak to your colleagues about the experiences that the young people talk about, as well as reflecting yourself on what you have just heard. We have included some points at which you can pause the film in order to give you time to talk about what you have heard and a feedback form for you to provide us with your thoughts.

Tim Eyres, Chair of the Children’s Equality Group, and his team will shortly be considering priorities for the group for the next three years. In the meantime if you are aware of equality issues affecting children and young people in Norfolk contact Tim at

Extension of our teaching partnership

We are delighted to have been awarded additional funding from the Department for Education for the next phase of implementation of the Suffolk and Norfolk Social Work Teaching Partnership.

Through the Teaching Partnership, we are working collaboratively with our colleagues in Suffolk County Council, the University of Suffolk, Norfolk County Council and the University of East Anglia to drive change and improvement in the way we recruit, train and retain social workers.   

In the first year we have:

  • provided more placements in statutory teams than ever before, giving student social workers a greater insight into the realities of statutory social work;
  • trained 40 additional Practice Educators to support the growth in statutory placements;
  • increased the number of practitioners who are teaching sessions at the universities –providing a  CPD opportunity for practitioners, while students gain valuable first-hand knowledge of how theory is applied in practice;
  • increased practitioner involvement in the admissions process helping identify future recruits into the local social care workforce and providing valuable CPD opportunities for aspiring team managers;
  • provided opportunities for academics to refresh their knowledge of practice within the local authority.

This has required tremendous input and support from Children’s Services and Adult Social Services teams in supporting students and releasing practitioners for Teaching Partnership activity.  It is your contribution that is ultimately driving the success of the Teaching Partnership, so thank you!

What’s next?

The focus for the next year will be to:

  • deliver a sustainable operating model for partnership working, including further growth in the capacity for student placements;
  • develop a ‘Community of Service Users’ where Service User and Carer involvement is at the core of everything we do.

To help deliver these objectives, we will be recruiting three new posts: a Senior Practice Education Lead, Communications & Marketing Lead and a Development Lead for Service Users and Carers. All of these roles will work across the Partnership. Adverts will be going live imminently on all Partner agencies job boards so keep a look out if a role sounds of interest to you!

Leadership blog

In addition to Let's Talk, we also recently launched a new leadership blog. You can read it here

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Important - act now to continue to receive updates on Norwich Castle's 'Gateway to Medieval England' Project

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:22

Don’t miss out on exclusive news and updates on Norwich Castle's Gateway to Medieval England project

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England is a four year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund that will reinstate the Norman floors and rooms in the Keep and, for the first time, enable access to five floor levels. New displays and activities will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Norwich Castle during its heyday as a royal palace.

If you’d like to continue receiving news about Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England please click here.

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Teachers' Art Masterclass

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:00
Free Art Masterclass for Teachers at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 9 June 2018, 10.30am - 4pm

Recharge your creative batteries after a long, hard year!

Enjoy a day working with professional artist Malca Schotten - absolutely free - to develop your artistic thinking, skills, and techniques, and have fun. Whatever your level, this masterclass is first and foremost for you, but there will of course also be opportunities to gain ideas and inspiration for the classroom.

The starting point for the masterclass will be the fabulous exhibition Visible Women, a showcase of work by women artists including Gwen John and Barbara Hepworth.

For more details please click here.

See Malca’s work at

To book contact or call 01603 493636.

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Important - act now, to continue to receive bulletins from Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:30

Don’t miss out on a world of events, exhibitions, talks, tours and more…!

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:09

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Ancient Egyptian Shroud Study Day at Norwich Castle

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:50

Study Day for Adults at Norwich Castle

An Ancient Egyptian Shroud Revealed

There are still a few tickets available for this fascinating event...

Saturday 21 April, 10.30am - 3pm

For a century, a fragile linen sat undisturbed in the museum's stores, until in 2011, it was taken for conservation and a remarkable story began to unfold.

Discover the story of this rare 3,500-year-old Egyptian shroud - how it came to Norwich, and who originally owned it, and have the chance to examine the shroud itself. 

Book now to secure your place 01603 495897 / 493625.

Adult £15, Conc £13, Museums Pass £10

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April edition of your Love Food Hate Waste Champion newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:33

In this edition of your newsletter we put the spot light on the new portion planner from Love Food Hate Waste, introduce 12 food saving tips and show off some new resources, which we hope you will find useful. Happy reading! 

The portion planner is back!

We are so excited! Love Food Hate Waste have reintroduced their portion planner and it's even better than before. 

The portion planner is a handy tool that takes the guesswork out of how much food you need to cook for each person, for each meal. It's simple to use and includes different portion sizes for toddlers, younger and older children as well as adults. 

A great tool that helps people save time and money, as well as reducing the amount of food that gets thrown away. 

Click here to take a look at the new portion planner.

12 ways to stop wasting food

We came across this little gem of an article and thought we'd share it with you. It provides a good summary of the the key elements to our Love Food Hate Waste message covering things like meal planning, portion sizes and storage. 

There are also some nice recipe ideas like potato peel soup and instant banana ice cream. We are also impressed with the make four people five dinners for £20 challenge. 

Here is the link to the article - Happy reading! 

We are recruiting more LFHW volunteers

We are looking to expand our wonderful LFHW Champion volunteer family and our next training day will take place on Saturday 21 April at County Hall in Norwich. Could you please spread the word among your family and friends who may be interested in becoming a volunteer. If they are interested they need to get in touch with us as soon as possible at to secure a place. 

Spreading the LFHW message

There are many ways to spread the Love Food Hate Waste message. Today we thought we'd share how Hayley shared information through Facebook. She tagged us @planeatsave which meant we were made aware of her post. Here is what Hayley said:

"Nothing like being snowed in to practice some Love Food Hate Waste... Take a piece of frozen leftover pastry, wrap it round some leftover chipolatas from Christmas et voila, you have some scrummy sausage rolls to heat everyone up after playing in the snow. Oh, and the pastry off-cuts? Slice into bite sized pieces, sprinkle with parmesan and bake. Mmmmm!"

Plan Eat Save - top tip

Every Friday we share a top tip with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers on our Plan Eat Save pages, so we thought we'd share one with you too, just in case you are not on social media. 

New resources for you to use Easel for photo booth

We felt we needed to display the frame for the photo booth a bit better, so we have invested in a foldaway easel. Seeing the photo frame displayed hopefully will be more eye catching for people who visit our stand and provide another way to engage people in chat about food waste. 

New tables for events

We have purchased two light weight camping tables which are much easier to carry and transport than the previous ones. They are quite sturdy and extend to 160cm x 80cm when unfolded - so plenty of space for the display boards and items. When packed away, they are only 80cm x 40cm. We hope you will find them useful. 

Latest News

In this section we share information about other waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives in Norfolk.

Changes to the DIY waste policy at our Recycling Centres

For many years people have been able to take a one item or one 80 litre bag of DIY waste such as kitchen cabinets, bath tubs or fence panels to the recycling centre and leave it for free. From 1 April this concession will be no longer in place. Customers will be charged a small fee to dispose of their DIY waste.

This change will only affect DIY waste, our recycling centres will still take all other household waste for free which includes furniture, sofas, white goods and other electrical items, and garden waste.  Follow this link for more detailed information.

Thank you

for reading this newsletter and for spreading the LFHW message. As always we would love to hear from you, so please drop us a line at The next issue is due in June, therefore please submit any contributions by the middle of May.

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Your lucky Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:34

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...                13 April 2018  

Boost for lonely people in Norfolk

This week, we announced a £2.4m boost to tackle loneliness in Norfolk. Building on our successful In Good Company campaign, we will be working with Community Action Norfolk, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and Voluntary Norfolk to develop new and innovative ways to address the health and wellbeing of people affected by loneliness and social isolation over the next three years.

Hurrah for the final section of the NDR! 
The final section of Broadland Northway - Norwich NDR - will be open to all traffic by 6am next Tuesday, 17 April. This week there was a preview tour of the whole route, and Keith Simpson, Broadland MP, led parish, district and county councillors, and key stakeholders in marking its imminent opening by cutting bunting that stretched across one carriageway (as pictured).


More funds to prevent potholes

Work starts next week to add a new seal to more than 320 miles of Norfolk’s roads this spring and summer.  The £10.4m surface dressing scheme will extend the life of the roads and provide a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, also said this week that on top of the planned £10.4m surfacing work, we are now likely to be able to do quite a few miles extra thanks to the £3.4m funding for Norfolk roads that the government announced last month.

Watch your blood pressure! 

As part of our blood pressure campaign in May, we’re looking for people who’d like to share their high blood pressure stories. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure but have since reduced it by making changes to your lifestyle, we’d love to hear from you. If you know someone who may be interested in helping us, please get in touch at  

Hop into Holt Hall this spring 

There’s an open day at Holt Hall on Sunday 15 April (10am-4pm) with activities for all the family including: den building, pond dipping and a spring egg hunt, as well as acres of ancient woodland to explore. £10 per child, accompanying adults go free. More...

And finally…  anyone for tennis?

Did you know we have a tennis club at County Hall on Tuesday evenings?  The season has just begun, so if you're interested in joining, come along for a free taster session. For details of where to find the club and how to join, contact Merv McCune.

Missed last week's edition? Don't worry - you can find all editions at The Friday Takeaway

What is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  is the replacement for the Data Protection Act and is due to become law in Britain on 25 May 2018. To find out how it affects you, and who your service lead is, read more.

Your pay award

The Local Government Services (Green Book) pay award has been agreed. This applies to you if you are on Scales A to O of our pay scales.  

Save and Cycle2work

Don't forget you can sign up to the Cycle2work salary sacrifice scheme and save money on the cost of a new bike. You've got until 31 May to do this.

Roadshow heads to Diss

We’re heading to the Corn Hall, Diss on 24 April for our second roadshow event where residents are invited to hear about our suggestions for the future, ask questions and offer ideas and aspirations for the county. More...

Pool cars & parking 

If you use a pool car, please be aware that we've recently updated parking procedures at County Hall and Carrow House to clarity what you need to do with your own car. 

This week's blog

It's your last chance to read Sara Tough’s blog. 

Look out for Tom’s blog on Monday 16 April. We’ve changed our blog day from Friday to Monday. The ideal way to start your week… 

Who's who in our leadership team


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Summer 2018 A-Level Fashion and Embroidery Masterclasses

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:00
Goldwork: A History of Bling! A-Level Fashion and Embroidery Masterclasses at Norwich Castle

A unique extension and enhancement opportunity for A-Level Art and Textiles students

Wednesday 4 July, 9.30am - 2.30pm 

Enjoy a day at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery working with an expert to develop inspiration and learn new skills. Look at examples of goldwork from the museum’s fabulous collections and find out more about careers in textiles and embroidery.

£15 per student (includes materials)

max 20 students each day, plus a second session at your school by arrangement.

For more details please click here.

To book contact, or 01603 493636

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A-Level Biodiversity Conference at Norwich Castle

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:30
A-Level Biodiversity Conference 2018 at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

A unique extension and enhancement opportunity for A-Level Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies students

Thursday 5 July 2018,
10am - 4pm

£8 per student

Featuring a keynote speaker and workshops from UEA researchers: 'What is Biodiversity? Why is it important?'. Plus meet the Environmental Public Affairs campaigner who helped secure the ground-breaking microbead ban.

For more details, please click here.

In partnership with UEA, United Nations Decade on Diversity, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Broads Authority

To book, please contact or call 01603 493636.

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