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Time & Tide - 5 month pass for £5!

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 16:58
Visit Time and Tide for five months for £5!

Last year you purchased a Winter Pass for Time and Tide in Great Yarmouth and we thought you might like to take advantage of this excellent offer again.

Winter Passes are now on sale for £5 per person.  Having purchased your pass you will get free admission to Time & Tide for five months - from now until 31 March 2015.

So take advantage of this excellent offer over this week's half term holiday and get free admission to Time and Tide's Herring Day next Friday 31 October 11am to 4pm.

Herring Day celebrates the history of the herring.  Enjoy live music, have fun with the museum's mascot, Sylvia Darling and find out about marine conservation and log boats.  Finish off your visit with a tasty treat in the Silver Darlings Café. 


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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 24 October 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 24th of October 2014 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

We would also like to say thank you to all who attended our 2014 Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and AGM. For those who were unable to attend, our speaker presentations are now available to view online

Job OpportunitiesResident Director - Anteros Arts

£1,400 per month plus accomodation

The Anteros Arts Foundation is looking for a resident director.

Duties include:

  • Apply for grant funding
  • Keep Tudor site open to public
  • Extend "arts for all" policy
  • Plan for growth
  • Record keeping
  • Accounting
  • PR and networking
  • Not a 9 - 5 role, needs high level of commitment

The deadline for applicatons is 4 November 2014.

For further information and to apply, contact

Marketing and Events Intern - Norwich University of the Arts

£10,168 per annum
30 hours per week, hours to be agreed, will include some evening and weekend working

Norwich University of the Arts is celebrating its 170th Anniversary in 2015 and arranging a programme of events and fundraising initiatives to engage all of our stakeholders with the N170 campaign.

NUA are looking for an energetic, enthusiastic recent graduate with a hands-on approach who is interested in furthering their experience in event management and administration skills within a busy office environment to join our marketing team. The post-holder will draw together all aspects of the N170 anniversary campaign to promote the arts locally, nationally and internationally. The intern will be a member of the N170 team and will be required to assist with all aspects of event management and helping with the fundraising campaign as needed.

The post is offered as a minimum of six months and is offered through the Creative Employment Programme Norfolk. Applicants must be aged 18-24, currently living in Norfolk and registered as unemployed with your local Job Centre Plus.

Closing Date: Friday 7th November 2014
Interview Date: Thursday 27th November 2014

For further information and to apply visit

Head of Partnerships - Wysing Arts Centre

Salary: £34,000 per annum

In 2014, Wysing Arts Centre celebrated 25 years as one of the UK’s most progressive visual arts organisations; developing new ways to support artists and enabling art and ideas to reach a wide range of people in unexpected ways. Central to taking Wysing into the next phase of its history will be the newly created post of Head of Partnerships. Working closely with the Artistic Director (CEO) and the Operations Director, the Head of Partnerships will build new national and international partnerships for Wysing, alongside realising the full potential of current partnerships. The post will play a vital role in the future development of Wysing including securing its financial sustainability.

As the post-holder you will have excellent communication and negotiation skills, have a creative and entrepreneurial approach to building partnerships, and the ability to write compellingly about Wysing’s work. You will have a thorough understanding of Wysing’s role within the visual arts locally, nationally and internationally and be able to bring your high level networks to the organisation.

Deadline for applications: 10 November 2014

For more information and details of how to apply visit

Projects Assistant - Ugly Studios

£15,500 pa
Ugly Studios, Norwich

Ugly Studios are on the lookout for a new Projects Assistant to join their small but busy team. The successful candidate will support the various projects in production, as well as the day-to-day running of the studio.

Closing Date: 12 November 2014

Further information can be found here

Freelance Facilitators, Young Promoters Project - Creative Arts East

CAE are looking for an experienced freelance facilitator to deliver their current Young Promoters Project, which is being funded by Youth Music, to groups of young people in Norfolk and Suffolk. Practitioners will be required to work closely with Elly Wilson, Project Portfolio Manager, to develop detailed session plans and activities.

Experience of working within events management or the music industry is essential, and practical experience of creating marketing materials and implementing a marketing strategy would be advantageous. Experience of facilitating for young people aged 12 – 17 is essential, and experience of working with rurally isolated young people and knowledge of the barriers they face is desirable. Excellent communication skills, a confident but friendly manner and a positive attitude will be essential.

The post will require you travelling independently to the group’s location on all required dates as agreed.

Fee for work: £1500 inclusive of travel and expenses
Contract length: Jan – April/May, delivery of 10 sessions as well as attendance at agreed events.

All applications to be returned to Creative Arts East no later than 5pm Monday 17th November. Interviews will be held on Thursday 20th November and if successful training will be held on Tuesday 2nd December.

For further information and to apply, visit

Building Cultural Tourism Invitation to Tender - New Anglia LEP Cultural Board

Suffolk County Council, on behalf of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Cultural Board, is seeking to appoint a Communications Agency  to build cultural tourism in Norfolk and Suffolk. This is a three year contract starting in January 2015. The contract value is £226,000.

This contract is currently open to Tender on the Suffolk Sourcing website 

Any organisation that wishes to Tender for this contract will need to register on Suffolk Sourcing

Building Cultural Tourism in Norfolk and Suffolk is funded by Arts Council England, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Norfolk & Suffolk County Councils and major arts organisations in Norfolk and Suffolk. The project focusses on building partnerships across the arts and tourism sectors to make Norfolk and Suffolk ‘must see’ cultural destinations; increasing the number of people visiting Norfolk and Suffolk to take part in the cultural offer. This project seeks to grow arts audiences, increase box office income and stimulate growth in the economy.

The deadline for applications is December 1st 2014.

Development OpportunitiesEuclid EU Funding Webinars

The November round of Euclid webinars is now online and available for bookings.  These webinars (3-7 Nov) cover different aspects of EU opportunities for the arts, culture, heritage and creative industries - including, for the first time, a webinar on the Horizon 2020 programme (which covers academic and practical research projects).  And you can participate via your own computer, laptop, tablet or even smartphone, at work or at home, from anywhere in the UK - or beyond!

The November programme is as follows:

  • 3 November: EU Opportunities: An Overview
  • 4 November: EU Programmes: About Creative Europe: Culture
  • 5 November: EU Programmes: About Europe for Citizens
  • 6 November: EU Programmes: About Erasmus+
  • 7 November: EU Programmes: About Horizon 2020

All webinars start at 1pm (UK summer time) and 2pm (central European summer time) and 3pm (eastern European summer time). Each will last for between 60-90 minutes.Prices range from £45-£60 for a single webinar, with packages from £90 (4 Pack) to £120 (5 Pack).  There are significant discounts of £30-£80 for Connexus members.

You can find full details about all webinars, including prices, at  You can find more information about Connexus membership and benefits at and you can join at

Training from Artswork

Members may be interested in the following training programmes from Artswork.

PROTECT: young people in the arts and cultural sectors
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Z-arts, Manchester 9:45am – 4:30pm
Tuesday 2nd December 2014 – Platform, Islington 9:45am – 4:30pm
Cost: £75
Child protection and safeguarding can present real challenges for us all, knowing what measures legally need to be put in place to safeguard children, as well as what is good practice can seem like a full-time job. The PROTECT Conference is for those working with children and young people within the arts and cultural sectors and the focus of the day is to give you the information and tools to keep the children and young people you work with safe. The day will include practical information, workshops, opportunities to network and leading guest speakers. Topics will include current legislation, DBS, best practice, safe social networking and optional workshops in child protection policy writing, safeguarding in performing arts settings and safeguarding for freelancers and lone workers.

Access All Areas: disability and youth arts
Tuesday 11th November 2014 – Platform, Islington 10am – 4:15pm
Costs: £150
This one day course is designed to encourage a broader exploration of equal opportunities within youth arts. Participants will develop an understanding of the importance of inclusive practice, through looking at political and cultural contexts, and exploring practical ways of ensuring youth arts projects and venues are genuinely inclusive to young disabled people. The course will leave participants feeling confident about their responsibilities, and inspired to engage in youth arts practice with young disabled people.

To book or for further information visit or contact Alice Wyatt at

Creative Europe Information Seminar

Creative Europe Desk UK is hosting a free information seminar this November in Ipswich which will give you the chance to find out more about Creative Europe's funding opportunities for culture.

Ipswich, DanceEast, Jerwood Dance Space
Friday 7 November
Featuring Alex Byrne, Artistic Director and Chief Executive, New International Encounter, who received Cooperation Project funding for Pim and Theo.

Further details can be found here.

Training from ITC

HR Essentials
Monday 10 November 10.00am - 5.00pm
Price: Book today for our early bird discount of £100+VAT (£120) for ITC members and £160+VAT (£192) for non-member.
This full day training course combines the essential information on employment law, recruitment and appraisals for those working in the performance arts industry. Learn how to recruitment without discrimination, contract employees and freelancers correctly, carry out constructive appraisals and dismissing employees fairly.

Wednesday 12 November 10.00am - 1.00pm
Learn the skills and techniques you need to build effective networks and leave people with a friendly but professional first impression. By the end of the course participants will be able to make the most of networking opportunities and nurture lasting contacts.
Price Book before Wednesday, 22 October for our early bird discount of £50+VAT (£60) for ITC members and £80+VAT (£96) for non-member.

Arts Advocacy
Wednesday 12 November 2.00pm - 5.00pm
Price: Book before Wednesday, 22 October for our early bird discount of £50+VAT (£60) for ITC members and £80+VAT (£96) for non-member.
This course will develop your ability to influence and articulate the value of your work to a range of different decision makers. It aims to explore and explain the policy framework in which arts organisations operate.

Managing Difficult Conversations
Friday 14 November 10.00am - 5.00pm
Price: Book before Friday, 24 October for our early bird discount of £100+VAT (£120) for ITC members and £160+VAT (£192) for non-members.
This course provides an opportunity to practice skills, develop strategies and increase confidence in tackling difficult situations and conversations with staff and colleagues.

Visit ITC at to see the full training schedule.

Training from Creative training Hub

Project Management: Make your projects a success
Wednesday 27 November, 11am to 4pm
Central London
This one-day project management workshop provides the tools and techniques to deliver successful projects. From project planning to project evaluation, participants will explore the complete project life cycle and develop confidence in managing a project at all the key stages.

Price: £125 (This price includes an optional half-day workshop - Making Data Count: Introduction to Impact Measurement, 3 December 2014)

Read more at: or contact Creative Training Hub by email or on 020 7183 2624

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersContemporary Writing Prize - Words and Women

One month to go to enter Words and Women’s exciting new contemporary writing prize for women in the East of England.

The competition is offering a cash prize of £600 and publication in Words and Women: Two. This year, the anthology will include 20 shortlisted entries and four winning commissions from its Arts Council Funded project, ‘About.’

The anthology published in partnership with Unthank Books in Norwich will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2015.

Entry is open to all women writers over the age of 16 who live or work in the East of England. Fiction, memoir, life-writing and creative non-fiction is all welcome, but no extracts please. This year’s judge is Norfolk-based novelist Sarah Ridgard, whose first novel, Seldom Seen was shortlisted for the Author’s Club best first novel award. Entries should be no longer than 2,200 words. The deadline for entries is 15th November, 2014. Winners will be announced in January 2015. See for details.

Cley15: Call for Workshop Proposals

Each year North Norfolk Exhibition Project (NNEP) runs a programme of workshops for a range of participants including carers & clients, over 60s, adults and families. Cley15: Marvellous in Ordinary, curated by Meryl Doney, will run from Thu 2 July to Sun 2 August. The Call to Artists can be downloaded at

NNEP are looking for 6 innovative workshop proposals in a range of media to complement Cley15.  Selection will be made by the NNEP Workshops committee comprising Ros Bryden, Karin Forman, Rosie Glasgow, Lizzy Harvey, Jane Norris, Jessica Perry and Sue St John. All bookings will be handled by NNEP.

To simplify the application process and in the interest of clarity and fairness NNEP have set fees, charges and conditions.

If you are interested in running a workshop, please find full details and a proposal form here The closing date for applications is 28 November 2014.

Call for Artists - TTP2015

Submissions are being accepted NOW for Turn The Page 2015, a two day bookart event at the stunning glass fronted Forum building in Norwich City Centre on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd May 2015.

Now in it’s fourth year, the fair offers a unique platform for artists whose work is informed by the physical or conceptual properties of the book and will showcase an eclectic mix of work including traditionally produced limited editions, zines, folio’s and multiples, sculptural or altered books and book based installation. Also with an exciting program of events planned it will be a bookart event you will want to be part

For the first time ttp2015 we will be presenting the new turn the page artists' book award for an outstanding work, into which all exhibiting artists will be entered for consideration for the £500 prize.

Individuals, Small/Fine Presses and Artists Groups are all eligible to apply. To download a submission form visit

As a special feature for ttp2015 they are also open to proposals for creating a large scale book installation to be exhibited inside the venues atrium. A small artists fee may be offered according to scale and complexity of the installation. Send preliminary proposals for the large scale installation, including a sketch/digital visuals to us via email to

Submitting Book Artists:
Book artists will be selected by a panel of judges all chosen for their expertise in the field of bookarts including Elizabeth James, Senior Librarian responsible for collections and documentation at the National Art Library & Victoria and Albert Museum, Glyn Brewerton, Course Leader of the BA Illustration course at NUA, Jules Allen, Turn The Page Artists Book Fair and Co-Founder ttp and John Rumble, Master Bookbinder at John Jarrolds Printing Museum.

Submission Deadline Monday 8th December 2014

For further details and to download a Conditions of Entry and Submission Form visit

First World War Film Competition

National Archives has launched a competition to get aspiring filmmakers to put its First World War files on film. Ten First World War documents reflecting different experiences of wartime have been selected from the archives and put online and entrants must use one or more as the starting point for a three-minute short film. Documents include:

  • Songs from a Women's Land Army booklet
  • Siegfried Sassoon's famous war protest letter
  • Mata Hari's security service file.

The three winning entries will be featured on the National Archives website and get cash prizes of £500, £200 and £100. The deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday 7th January 2015. Read more at:

Bursaries for Writers from Diverse Communities Available via the TLC Free Reads Scheme

The Literary Consultancy is the UK's longest-standing editorial assessment service, offering professional assessment of work by writers writing in English at all levels, all over the world. It currently processes between 500 and 700 manuscripts per year, and runs successful Mentoring and Events programmes alongside its core editorial service.

In 2001 TLC received its first sum of ongoing core funding from Arts Council England. This enabled the provision of bursaried manuscript assessments for talented writers from low-income households. The scheme is known as the Free Read Scheme and offers access to TLC’s core services to writers who under normal circumstances might not be able to afford them. There are currently thirteen organisations benefitting from the Free Reads Scheme across the UK. A map with information and links to each can be found alongside submission guidelines here.

TLC would love to see more writers applying to the scheme from diverse communities and actively encourage submissions from a range of backgrounds, particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds, Young People, disabled writers, writers from the LGBQT community, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants, exiles and other hard-to-reach communities. From 2015 TLC will have an Equality-specific Free Read allocation and are keen to hear from any groups or individuals who might benefit from the scheme. You can reach TLC on or 020 7324 2563.

Industry Research & InformationYoung People & Literature Symposium - Writers' Centre Norwich

Writers' Centre Norwich is putting on a spot of (free!) lunch and an afternoon of discussion and networking for literature organisations, education providers, artists and volunteers working with young people in a literature setting. A forum to express opinions and ideas on literacy and literature, we will be exploring the role of creative writing, and reading provision for young people in Norfolk.

Featuring presentations on Literacy and Literature Learning Opportunities Available to Schools in Norfolk (Bridge report by Roxanne Matthews) and Engaging Young People in Creative Reading.

The event will create awareness of gaps in literature and literacy provision in Norfolk; provide networking to encourage collaborative discussion and a means of advocacy for successful projects and programmes.

The symposium takes place on Friday 31st October, 12:45pm-4:00pm, with networking time until 4:30pm.

To register as an attendee please complete the registration form.

Norfolk County Council Budget and Services 2015-2018 Consultation

Last year, through Norfolk County Council's Putting People First strategy, NCC asked for your views on their proposals to save £189m over three years.

Early in September NCC forecasted that they needed to save £17.5m in 2015-16.

Since then, two things have happened:

  • Government has given NCC £6.8m less than expected from the Better Care Fund
  • NCC service committees have found £11.3m in efficiencies.

This means the amount NCC needs to save is now £13m.

As NCC work their way through the budget process there will be different ways for you to have your say. Information on joining the consultation can be found here.

New Economics Foundation Report: Well-being in Four Policy Areas

This report is the result of a year-long inquiry by the cross-party group of MPs exploring how wellbeing evidence can be translated into policy in four diverse areas: labour markets, planning and transport, mindfulness in health and education, and arts and culture. It calls for more focus on stable employment as opposed to economic growth, and stresses that in tough economic times it is all the more vital that we remain focussed on building a high wellbeing recovery.

Survey:  TCPA Planning for Culture, the Arts & Sport future & next steps

The Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA) is currently seeking your views on an important sustainable communities agenda - planning for culture, the arts and sport. Your views are sought in this short survey as a practitioner in local government, agency, special interest group and network will be important to determining the next steps. Please help us understand your needs, views and any suggestions for future work opportunities by completing this survey by Friday 31 October 2014.

For further information, please contact Michael Chang at or on 0207 930 8903. To complete the survey visit:

Funding OpportunitiesWar Memorials Grant Scheme

English Heritage and the Wolfson Foundation, in association with Friends of War Memorials, are providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage. Grants will normally be for up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum grant of £30,000. The minimum grant that can be applied for is £3,000.

The next closing date for applications is the 5th January 2015. Read more at:

Literary Translation Creative Europe Funding

Creative Europe aims to support the translation of 4,500 books over the next 6 years. Publishers and publishing groups can apply for up to €100,000 for the translation, production and promotion of European fiction.

The deadline for applications is 3 February 2015.

Further information can be found here.

AIM Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme for Museums

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has announced that the next deadline for applications to its Preventive Conservation Grant Scheme for Museums is the 31st March 2015.

The scheme has been set up to help small museums develop a more sustainable approach to the conservation and management of collections through improvements to preventive conservation within their museum. The type of activities considered for funding include:

  • Environmental surveys
  • Training for volunteers
  • Environmental monitoring and control equipment
  • Ultraviolet filters
  • Integrated pest management
  • Display cases and picture framing; etc.

Priority will be given to obtaining professional advice in compiling conservation and implementation strategies, and training for volunteers. Eligible AIM members must be registered or accredited, or expect to achieve accreditation within two years, and they must have fewer than 60,000 visitors or a turnover of less than £300,000 per year. Maximum grant will be £10,000 and average grants awarded will be around £5,000.

Read more at:

Daiwa Foundation

The Daiwa Foundation which support closer links between Britain and Japan is seeking applications under its small grants programme. Grants of £3,000-£7,000 are available to individuals, societies, associations or other bodies in the UK or Japan to promote and support interaction between the two countries. Daiwa Foundation Small Grants can cover all fields of activity, including educational and grassroots exchanges, research travel, the organisation of conferences, exhibitions, and other projects and events that fulfil this broad objective. New initiatives are especially encouraged.

The next applications deadline is the 31st March 2015. Read more at:

HLF Townscape Heritage Initiative

The next closing date for Stage 1 applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Townscape Heritage Initiative is the 31 August 2015. The Townscape Heritage Initiative is HLF's grant giving programme under which it supports schemes led by partnerships of local, regional and national interests that aim to regenerate the historic environment in towns and cities across the United Kingdom. The programme is designed to address problems in areas of particular social and economic need. The scheme is open to single organisations (such as Local Authorities) or partnerships of not for profit organisations and provides grants of between £100,000 and £2 million.

If applicants receive a first-round pass, they will need to develop the scheme further within a 12-month development phase and then send a detailed second-round submission. The second round is not competitive; a grant will be offered to the applicant if it meets the HLF's criteria and priorities. For more information, please click visit

Norfolk Community Foundation

There is still time to apply for the following grants from the Norfolk Community Foundation.


Breckland Youth Advisory Board Fund (Breckland)
Applications considered on a rolling basis while funds are available
Funds are available to individuals, voluntary and community groups, charities and other constituted youth providers in the Breckland area.,2NSEQ,FO0IXL,9QAEL,1

Broadland Youth Advisory Board Fund (Broadland district)
Deadline 29 October for community groups
Applications from individuals are accepted on a rolling basis
Funding is available under four separate schemes; voluntary groups can apply for grants under Young People and Community Activity Fund and Equipment Fund. Individuals can apply under Training Awards and Transport Fund.,2NSEQ,FO0IXL,9QAEL,1

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:00

You are subscribed to receive Business Scam Alerts, Trading Standards Business News and information. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

Scam Alert – Emails claiming to be an invoice from Adobe – 22 October 2014

Report scams to;

Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or 

Trading Standards Business Line 0344 800 8020

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 18:00

You are subscribed to receive Consumer Scam Alerts, Trading Standards news and information.  The following information has recently been added to our website. 

Safety Alert – Elica recalls some Cooker Hoods – 23 October 2014 Scam Alert – Emails claiming to be an invoice from Adobe – 22 October 2014 Safety Alert – Wilkinson recalls Wooden Maracas – 21 October 2014

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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Transport Matters 6 October 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:45
                                                                                                     Oct 2014 Countdown to city centre changesExciting changes in Norwich city centre go live on Friday 7 November – improving prime retail streets and bus access just in time for Christmas shopping.

On that day, permanent changes will remove most of the traffic from St Stephens Street, part of Surrey Street, and Rampant Horse Street, and create a better bus route into the city centre. Last year Christmas shoppers and heavy cross-city traffic made a risky mix, especially at the Westlegate end of St Stephens, and on Rampant Horse Street between M&S and Debenhams. From 7 November, most of that traffic will be gone, making shopping before Christmas, and all the year round, a safer and more pleasant experience for all

The measures include:

  • A new bus gate at St Stephens roundabout prohibiting all general traffic from entering St Stephens Street
  • Access only along Surrey Street from All Saints Green to St Stephens Street.
  • A bus gate prohibiting general traffic from entering Rampant Horse Street from the Theatre Street/Chapel Field North direction. (Access to blue badge disabled spaces on Brigg Street will be allowed)
  • Right turn only for all vehicles from Westlegate into Red Lion Street. Only cyclists will be able to go straight ahead.

The new Grapes Hill bus lane will be brought into full use once the roadworks on the roundabout have been cleared, creating a quicker, more reliable bus route using Grapes Hill (inner ring road), Chapel Field North, along Theatre Street into Rampant Horse Street. Bus services will start to use the new route from Saturday 8 November.

Ahead of changeover day (7 November), Chapel Field North, which has been resurfaced (pictured) will re-open as a two-way street on Monday 3 November. This is to allow work to be carried out on Rampant Horse Street, which will be closed to all traffic for four days.

Chapel Field North will provide local access only during this time. Entering and leaving the area will be via Chapel Field North and Grapes Hill roundabout. For general traffic, this access arrangement will remain in place when the works on Rampant Horse Street have finished, but buses, taxis, delivery vehicles and cyclists will be able to go beyond the new bus gate.

Click here for a pdf plan
of the new city centre traffic arrangementsNDR update: Changes on Drayton Lane

A change in the Northern Distributor Road side road proposals has been put forward by the County Council.

A roundabout is now being proposed for the junction between Drayton Lane and Reepham Road, (just south of the much larger Drayton Lane/NDR roundabout). The change, designed to further improve road safety, can be made at no extra cost. The proposal has been out to formal consultation with a view to the revision being included in the draft Development Consent Order for the NDR.

Traffic calming on Hall Lane

The County Council has also agreed to carry out traffic calming on Hall Lane, between Reepham Road and School Road, and to introduce a speed limit on Drayton Lane (south). This will go ahead whether or not the NDR is built, and consultation on the detail will be carried out next year (2015).

Examination progress

Examination of the NDR proposals has been going on since early June. The latest timetable issued by the Examining Authority includes a final hearing on 28 November, so it is clear that the examination will run very close to the 2 December deadline. The panel of three inspectors will then have up to three months to produced a report and recommendation, and the Secretary of State for Transport a further three months to make a decision.

Letting people know...

We have been working hard to make people aware of the Norwich city centre changes.

To publicise the changes we have:

·        Started an electronic countdown on St Stephens Street (see below),

·        Produced 50,000 flyers, with over half being distributed by major retailers.

·        Arranged on-street leaflet distribution.

·        Put up posters in car parks, buses and other places.

·        Placed ads in newspapers and the Norwich City FC programme,

·        Arranged an event to secure media coverage on the day.

·         Provided comprehensive online information supported by social media.

Countdown sign on St Stephens

Blue Badge city centre parking

Blue Badge holders need to be aware of changes affecting disabled parking from 7 November:

No blue badge parking will be possible in St Stephens Street or Surrey Street from All Saints Green to St Stephens, but replacement blue badge parking is available on Surrey Street next to Norfolk Tower and Theatre Street opposite the Theatre Royal (reached via Chapel Field North).

Access to disabled spaces on Gentleman’s Walk, London Street, and Brigg Street will still be possible.

There are allocated spaces (normal parking charge) at the following car parks: Chapelfield (44 allocated), John Lewis, St Stephens NCP (3 allocated), Assembly House (two allocated), The Forum (12 allocated).

Chantry car park (reached via Chapel Field North) offers blue badge holders one hour free for every hour paid for.

Community transport services, such as provided by Norwich Door to Door, will be able to use a new lay-by on St Stephens Street.

Click here for information on
all disabled parking options
in Norwich.

For further information on the city centre changes go to:

National recognition for new approach to bus information

Norfolk County Council's new approach to providing bus information in Norwich has been Highly Commended in the National Transport Awards, gaining second place in the 'travel information and marketing' category.

The council and specialist contractor FWT worked closely with passenger groups and bus operators  to completely redesign the information so that it is consistent and easy to use. 

In a recent survey, 73% of customers now say it better meets their needs and is easy to use. The improvements were delivered as part of Norwich’s Better Bus Area project

 Help for blind and partially sighted bus users.

The council has worked with the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind to introduce the RNIB React system for city centre bus stops. Customers can use a key fob device to activate an audio announcement which identifies the stop name, buses that stop there and their departure times. A special feature is that it  reacts to different levels of background noise.

It's all Transport for Norwich ...

All the projects and improvements featured in this newsletter are 'Transport for Norwich' schemes, drawn from the Norwich Area Transport Strategy. This covers all modes of transport, from cycling and walking, to public transport, cars and goods vehicles. For further information go to

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 17:07

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

Welcome improvement for Norfolk in GCSE league tables

Tick Tock Test your smoke alarm before it’s too late

Norfolk County Council helping men to live 'Healthy Lives' in West Norfolk

View details on our news page.

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Halloween Fun at Ghostly Gressenhall

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:30
Tickets for Ghostly Gressenhall are Selling Fast! Ghostly Gressenhall 6pm-8pm Thursday 30 October and Friday 31 October 2014

Have you got your ticket yet? Book now and treat your family to this truly magical event.

Experience an enchanted evening at The Gressenhall Academy of Wizardry and Witchcraft, on 30 and 31 October from 6pm-8pm.

Attend mystical classes including care of magical creatures with Jurassic Encounters. Meet and handle Giant Rabbits, Skinny Pigs, Skunks, Giant African Land Snails, Gargoyle Geckos and many more animals with marvellous magical abilities.

Make your own wand and enchantments, visit the schoolroom for 'spelling' lessons and create your own magical art in Art Attack!

Prepare yourselves for a frightfully good time and don your best Halloween costumes for a night of spooky fun at Gressenhall.

Advanced booking is essential. To book, please telephone 01362 869251.

Tickets: £6.00 adults, £4.50 children (£5.00 / £3.50 Norfolk Museums Pass holders)

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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

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Improving Times - 22 October 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:17
Children's Services staff newsletter - 22 October 2014 Getting in shape

Work is well on track to design the new structure based on the feedback already coming in from the consultation document and the meetings with staff and partners. The most recent staff meetings held at the end of last week were very well attended and constructive, and the ‘talk to the team’ mailbox is also being very well used.
The senior leadership team is confident of meeting the timescale and aims to get the fully detailed structure out for final consultation in early November.

Opening a new chapter for Children’s Services

The process to recruit a new permanent top team for Children’s Services began officially this week with an advertisement in the MJ, and the launch of online information This followed Full Council unanimously accepting our new Managing Director Wendy Thomson’s paper looking at restructuring her own top management team, which includes five Executive Director posts, including  one for Children’s Services. You can see Wendy’s paper here.
Closing date for the four senior jobs in Children’s Services is 17 November.

Virtual School for Children in Care Higher Education and Higher Apprenticeship events

Norfolk’s Virtual School for Children in Care will be hosting their Higher Education and Higher Apprenticeship events across Norfolk in November. All three events will give young people the chance to find out more about the options open to them and the kind of support the local authority will offer them. The University of East Anglia, local colleges and one or two training providers will also be there for the young people to talk to.
The events are open to any LAC or care leavers who are interested in undertaking a degree or a Higher Apprenticeship. They will currently be in Year 10 / 11 or will have left school. Either way they should have the academic ability to complete this level of study. We are very keen to see some of our older care leavers at these events too (even if they haven’t already got A Levels or similar qualifications).
Please encourage our LAC children to attend this important event – helping to plan their future.

Date, location and times of events:

Tues 11 November 2014, King’s Lynn, 4pm–6.30pm

Tues 18 November 2014, Norwich, 4.30pm–7pm

Thurs 27 November 2014, Great Yarmouth, 4pm–6.30pm

As there are limited places and we are providing food you will need to book a place for any young people who want to attend. At the time of booking you will need to indicate who will be accompanying the young person to the event, (this could be a carer, Social Worker, Family Support Worker or Guidance Advisor).
The deadline for booking is one week before the date of the event the young person wishes to attend.
Please email Karen Searle to book your places.

Restorative Approaches Champions WorkshopThe first workshop for the Restorative Approaches Champions was held on 25 September 2014 at Gressenhall Museum. This workshop brought together Champions from 26 teams to look at how they could work with the Restorative Approaches Team to embed the approach across Children’s Services. The Champions’ role is to share best practice, highlight any training needs in their teams and work with the Restorative Approaches Team and each other to overcome barriers for its use.
Norfolk County Council Chairman Brian Hannah, Member Champion for Restorative Approaches, opened the workshop by sharing his personal experiences and commitment to Restorative Approaches. The Champions then shared their experiences of great practice from their teams.
RA Champion Shamima Hossain said: “The surprising thing about the day was that once we started talking about raising the profile of Restorative Approaches everyone was very passionate about the principles behind RA – great to see so many Champions geared up to big up RA!”
If you would like more information about the Restorative Approaches Champions project or would like to nominate one of your team to become a Champion please contact the Restorative Approaches Team at or on (01603) 638264.Shadowing the Chief

Andrea Brown, Principal Social Worker, will be shadowing the Chief Social Worker, Isabelle Trowler, and spending time with the Social Work Reform Unit at the Department for Education next  Monday (27 October). As well as reporting back to the Principal Social Worker Network, Andrea will be writing a reflection of her day at the DfE for Improving Times. If anyone has any specific questions they would like Andrea to ask while she is there, please email her.

Nelson’s Journey – Christmas Quiz 

Nelson’s Journey invite you to join them on Friday 28 November 2014 in the Norfolk Lounge at Carrow Road, Norwich. 6:45pm-10:30pm. The fundraising quiz for the Norfolk charity, which supports bereaved children, promises an evening of festive entertainment for everyone, with exciting and challenging questions and interactive rounds.
The ‘early bird special’ is £25 per person which includes a welcome drink, 2 course meal, present from Santa and luxury raffle entry.  The price is £27.50 per ticket if booked after 1 November.
Book tickets by calling the team at Nelson’s Journey on 01603 431788  or email

Bookings are still being taken for the NSCB Child Sexual Exploitation Conference, which is running on Friday 7th November at the Mercure Hotel, Norwich. You can download the booking form from the NSCB website. Download the flyer for more information.

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Children's Services in the news

Ofsted under fire again over inspections row at three Norfolk schools 

Norfolk academy group hits back at latest Ofsted tip-off allegations 

Marked improvements at Caister High School, report Ofsted 

Headteacher of Blakeney Primary School says hard work is paying off after inadequate Ofsted rating 

Gorleston junior school needs to improve, rule Ofsted 

Iceni Academy promises to improve after Ofsted visit

Great Yarmouth High School ‘up for the challenge’ following Ofsted inspection

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Senior leadership team out and about

Sheila is attending the National Adults and Children's Services Conference in Manchester. She also has a meeting with the LAC Team Managers to discuss service improvement, now and in the future.
Michael and James will also be attending the National Adults and Children's Services Conference.
Helen will be meeting with representatives from the Norfolk Specialist Partnership and the Norfolk Rural Community Council, Voluntary Norfolk and West Norfolk VCA, at County Hall.
Andrew has a meeting to discuss the Adoption Reform Grant and is also attending a meeting of the LAC Task and Finish Group, at County Hall.

Stepping up involvement

At the Children’s Services Committee last week, Members received a report on our involvement strategy. This report has previously gone to COG and been supported. Members accepted a proposal to amend the template of committee reports to include a section which asks ‘How have children and young people been involved in the development of this report and its recommendations?’
This is a really important recommendation for Committee to make given our history in Norfolk, and we are now altering our committee paper templates and will be working with departments across the council to adopt this approach in their own papers too. Please can you all bear this new requirement in mind – as in everything we do we are already working to hear ‘the voice of the child’ and so as we develop the work we do, we must be able to clearly see their input. You can see the new involvement strategy here – which will be officially launched in December during a visit by the Children’s Commissioner for England. Work is already underway on its implementation.

Norfolk makes its mark

The UK-wide Make Your Mark ballot gives young people aged between 11 and 18 the chance to choose the top five issues they consider to be the most important to young people today. Norfolk’s Members of Youth Parliament (MYP) will travel to Westminster on Friday, 23 November, to discuss the top five national issues in a special House of Commons debate. Kieren Buxton, MYP Norwich South (pictured above) gives us this update on how Norfolk responded.
“This year we went into Make your Mark with a target of achieving 13,000 young people to vote. Not only did we achieve this target, we exceeded it, getting 19,338 young people voting for what's most important to them! Not only were we the best in all of the eastern region, but we came 5th in the whole of the UK in terms of votes!
The top 5 issues for young people in Norfolk were as follows:

  1. Increase pay for all to the living wage
  2. Better work experience
  3. Get back exam re-sits in English and maths
  4. Improve mental health services
  5. A curriculum to prepare us for life”
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Latest on Norfolk County Council's proposed budget savings

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:57

Read information on proposed budget savings in reports to:  


15 October Children’s Services Committee (Item no.6) 

16 October Environment Development and Transport Committee (Item no. 10)   

21 October Communities Committee Item no. 7) 

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Autumn 2014 Newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:16
Autumn 2014 What happens to the radio aids over the summer? 

If your child has a radio aid at school, or at home, you may wonder why VSSS collect them in at the end of the summer term.  Each summer the radio aids are serviced and the chargers are PAT tested so VSSS know when the radio aids are re fitted in September they are all working properly.  VSSS do the same with all other audiology equipment, including hearing aid test boxes, audiometers and the sound level meters which are all calibrated by visiting specialists.  VSSS are then confident they are ready to be used for another academic year.  Although this is not a cheap exercise, and takes the company three days, VSSS know the audiology equipment is in the best working order possible. This means VSSS can continue to provide an excellent service to children and young people with hearing problems.

The calibrating team at work.

Who can take part?

     Families and children who have a vision or hearing impairment  

Where do I send the finished poster?

     Sensory Support Centre, 148 Woodside Road, Norwich, NR7 9QL

Or give it to a member of the Sensory Support Team

Or email to mailto:  

When is the closing date?

    Friday 14 November 2014  

What else do I need to know?

Please write the students name on the back of the poster along with a contact  number

Staff at Sensory Support will judge the entries during anti-bullying week which is 17th - 21st November

If you need any other information please contact Alison Blackman at  

More information about anti-bullying can be find at

Good Luck to all those who take part!

Local Offer 

Our thanks to all the families who have helped us shape the Virtual School Sensory Support Local offer. Families wanted the information to be sensory specific e.g. deaf, visually impaired, multisensory impaired/complex needs. They also wanted information split into ages e.g. early years, primary, secondary, post 16. 

Our Local Offer can now be found on our website. Go to our website and click on the Local Offer to find out more. We would really welcome your feedback on how to improve the information in our Local Offer.



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Norfollk Children's University - October Newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:21
                                                                                    October 2014 Welcome to Autumn

 As the autumn term rapidly approaches the half way point, Norfolk Children’s University wants to welcome all of our new school members and students. Across the county there are now 70 schools involved and over the past month we have delivered hundreds of Passport to Learning for students to start earning stamps; ready for the next graduation ceremony.  We hope you have fun exploring learning beyond the normal school day, and look forward to seeing you at a Graduation Day soon.

Awards for Museum Stars

CU members who completed 5 different learning trails at Lynn Museum during the summer holidays, were rewarded with a special prize giving afternoon. 

On Saturday 26th September, the children and their families attended a tea-party at the museum which included a chance to handle some amazing objects from the Museum's collection. Paul from Norfolk CU was lucky enough to be invited to meet the star students and award them their certificates.

Emily curatorial trainee of Lynn Museum who organised the tea party said: "The Trails are a great opportunity for visitors to explore the museum in a fun and active way. We have really enjoyed welcoming visitors back week after week and are looking forward to our October and Christmas holiday trails"

To find out about the trails available at half term visit:

It's Graduation time again!

Our next Graduation day is set for Wednesday 17th December at the University of East Anglia.  Although it will be in the middle of a busy time for schools, we are anticipating another fabulous event and look forward to welcoming around 300 children.  

The next few weeks is the last push for students to earn stamps and reach the set targets for graduation. The last date, for claiming hours for this graduation is Friday October 24th. Any stamps collected after this date, will count towards the next ceremony at Easter. 

You will need to take your Passport into school straight after half-term to get your hours checked by your teacher.  Any members who bought their membership through their local library (and who are enrolled in our online Virtual School) will be contacted directly by us with an invite to the event. 

We hope to give out lots certificate at our first winter graduation day.  See you there!

NCU Star Student

Our star student this month is Holly who completed all 20 of our CU Summer Challenges. Her favourite activity was researching and creating a collage about France. She also documented all the activities in a project notebook, which her mother, Samantha, believes will be nice for her to look back upon when she is older.  Well done Holly!


Fun half-term Learning Challenges for all

Following on from the success of our Summer Challenge sheet, we have developed a new one called '20 fun learning activities to do at half-term'.  It contains lots of ideas for things to do at home to keep you learning during the half-term holidays, such as make a leaf crown, carve a pumpkin or create a leaflet about hibernation.

You can claim a 1 hour stamp in your Passport for each challenge you complete, but you need to keep evidence and take it back to your school!

Schools will be receiving copies of the challenge sheet on Tuesday October 21st, so speak to your teacher if you want to get your hands on a copy. Members of our CU Virtual School will be able to get a copy via the e-passport system, so make sure you log on on Tuesday!

Huge thanks to Ms Bradley of Hillside Avenue Primary School for creating it.

Activities for your Passport..Cooking up half term fun

This Halloween Kiddy Cook is inviting NCU students to take part in their Monster Mash workshop. This is a fun way to spend a morning baking creepy creations and learn new cooking skills. The session takes place on Thursday 30th October, 10-12pm at Robert Kett Junior School. For more information or to book a place then please contact Fran Webster

Norwich Castle Museum Club

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery are offering CU Members aged 7 - 14 year olds the chance to join its Museum Club.  It explores the museum's collections and exhibitions in fun and creative ways.  Previous sessions have included Roman cookery, Tudor music and crime and punishment in the past.

Museum Club meets 3 times per term from 10.30 – 12.30 on a Saturday and costs £12 per term.  To book a place  or ring 07881924374 

FREE Norfolk Record Office Hallowe'en Events

On 30th Oct Visit the D'Archive (if you dare!) for Half-Term fun.  Listen to spooky stories from the Norfolk Record Office vaults and delve into a diabolical display of Norfolk material. For those of a strong disposition! 

Other half-term activities include being inspired to design your own First World War poster and Horrible Hallowe'en Makes. For more information or to book a place on one of the activities visit the Norfolk Record Office website - or contact 01603 222599

Thorpe Dolphins

NCU is excited to announce Thorpe Dolphins as a Learning Destination. At the Swim School children can learn to swim, water safety and survival skills to earn a stamp. For more information than please contact Kim Burrows,

New Learning Destinations

North Norfolk Taekwondo Academy offer learning in Korean martial arts, specialising in kicking, sparring and self-defence, at venues in Cromer, Holt and Trunch 


French to Suit You (based in Hingham) offer fun, friendly French lessons to children aged 7-11, that are designed to stimulate enjoyment in speaking a foreign language and developing an interest in France.  

To view details of these new destinations, and all of the approved activities in Norfolk, please visit: 


New Learning Destinations

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Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

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Norfolk County Council - Great Yarmouth and Waveney Joint Health Scrutiny Committee

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 17 October 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 17th of October 2014 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

Job OpportunitiesFront of House Director - Norwich Theatre Royal

£32,500 pa

Norwich Theatre Royal seeks a Front of House Director to join its senior management team.  The FOH Director leads the Front of House, Bars and Catering departments to deliver excellent customer service and to maximise sales. Co-ordinating these three departments you will ensure that all visitors to the theatre have the best experience. You will support the department managers to set targets, manage budgets and develop sales in each of these areas whilst taking responsible for the building and our visitors whenever on duty.

Closing date: 24th October 2014
Interview Date: 29th October 2014

Job description and application form from:
Completed application forms to
(Jane Claridge, General Manager)

Development OpportunitiesHothouse 5 - Crafts Council

Hothouse is a free programme of support run over six months which provides group sessions on business planning and creative development, complemented by 1:1 support from mentors and the Crafts Council’s Talent Development team.

Crafts Council are now calling for applications for Hothouse 5 which will take place from February to July 2015. There are 46 places available across England and Scotland.

Application deadline: 20 October, 5pm

Further information can be found here.

Dance for Parkinson's Professional Development Course - DanceEast

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 November
Jerwood Dancehouse, Ipswich

Join English National Ballet artists for a two-day professional development course for dance artists, musicians, health professionals and other practitioners interested in sharing an open dialogue about artistic approaches to dance and music for people with Parkinson’s.

Within the professional environment of the dance studio, the course aims to enhance participants’ practice to lead and develop their own dance, music and cultural activities for people with Parkinson’s.

Course £75, £60 for bookings made before 3 October
Booking closes Friday 31 October

For more information and to book visit

Breckland Art Trail Workshops

8 - 16 November 2014

Now in its third year, the Breckland Art Trail is quickly becoming a key annual event in Norfolk’s art calendar.

As well as some wonderful and intriguing exhibits, a new addition to the trail this year is a programme of artist demonstrations and workshops for those who want to try something a little more hands on.

Some of the workshops on offer include Blacksmith / Iron Work Taster Sessions, Ceramic workshops, and Drop spindling and crochet techniques.

For the full workshop schedule visit

Writing Courses at Writers' Centre Norwich

Writing Fiction: Intermediate (Online)
with Anjali Joseph
Online £900 on being accepted to the course.
Take your fiction writing to the next level. Apply for the UEA - WCN Online Writing Fiction course.

Writing Poems: Intermediate (Online)
with Helen Ivory
Online £900 on being accepted to the course.
Want to work on your poetry? Join this UEA-WCN Creative Writing Online course to see your writing flourish.

Starting to Write Fiction (Online)
with Anjali Joseph
Online £450 on being accepted to the course.
Get your prose fiction started with this UEA-WCN Creative Writing Online course.

Starting to Write Poems (Online)
with Helen Ivory
Online £450 on being accepted to the course.
Want to start writing poetry? Join this UEA-WCN Creative Writing Online course to see your writing flourish.

Starting to Write Fiction (Face-to-face)
with Ian Nettleton
Writers' Centre Norwich £230 / £195 conc
Want to learn how to write great fiction? This 10-week face-to-face course led by Ian Nettleton will give you the essential elements you need.

Industry Research & InformationMarmot Indicators Cause Concern

New figures from the Institute of Health Equity illustrate some worrying signs for the future health of the nation. Poor results, in particular for children’s development and ensuring incomes are sufficient for people to live healthy lives, are likely to lead to increases in health inequalities in the future. The updated figures include adapted and new indicators to account for Coalition Government policy changes and to cover areas that were missing in 2012. One of the new indicators is ‘Visit to natural environment for health/physical activity in the last 7 days'. You can view the indicator

Hard Facts to Swallow: A new report by GPS Culture

Hard Facts to Swallow is the third evidence-based report produced by GPS Culture (Peter Stark (who is one of our keynote speakers at the AD:UK Conference), David Powell and Christopher Gordon) addressing the performance of Arts Council England in relation to its stewardship responsibilities for the arts in England. It offers a detailed analysis and evaluation of the Arts Council England’s (ACE) investment plans for 2015-18 and is published on Friday 10 October 2014. You can read a summary of the report here.

Arts Professional/Pulse Survey

Arts Professional’s latest pulse survey is assessing the role of freelancers, interns and volunteers in arts organisations. Please share your thoughts in this quick 2 minute survey, available here:

LGA Free Leadership Essentials Culture event

Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 November 2014
Scarman House, Coventry

Cabinet/Portfolio holders with responsibility for culture to a free two day cultural services leadership event (accommodation/food provided) on Tuesday 4 – Wednesday 5 November 2014 at Scarman House, Coventry. Hosted in partnership with Arts Council England, the event is designed to support Cabinet/Portfolio holders, or other councillors with an interest in this area, to come together to develop local leadership of cultural services in a challenging fiscal climate, learn about and debate the latest delivery models for cultural services, and share your experiences.

As well as plenty of interaction, you will also have a unique opportunity to hear about how Hull City Council is transforming the city’s economic fortunes through its ambitious City of Culture plans, from the Royal Shakespeare Company about how they are working with councils across the country, the early findings from the ground-breaking National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) cultural commissioning project, as well as how Council Leaders have put culture at the heart of achieving local outcomes, and the chance to meet and discuss key issues with senior representatives from Arts Council England.

Part of the highly regarded LGA Leadership Essentials Programme, this is the third cultural services leadership event, and over 90% of councillors who have attended said that it helped them to carry out their roles more effectively.

To book your place, please email as soon as possible, as places are limited. To see the full programme please click here

Funding OpportunitiesArts Council England Capital Small Grants Programme

Applications are now being accepted for the first year of the Arts Council England Capital Small Grants Programme, for projects. Grants of £100,000 to £499,000 are available for implementing small scale building projects and/or purchasing assets such as:

  • Leaseholds
  • Equipment
  • Technology
  • Vehicles
  • Furniture
  • Instruments

The aim of the fund is to help arts organisations develop their work and become a more sustainable and resilient business, while also improving the environmental performance of their activities to reduce carbon emissions. A total of £9.6 million is available for this funding round. Applications that develop digital infrastructures are particularly sought. Some of the project costs should also be supported by other funding. The deadline for applications is 14th November 2014.

Read more at:

PRS Women Make Music Grant Scheme

The Performing Right Society (PRS) has announced that its Women Make Music grant scheme is now open for applications. Through the programme, financial support of up to £5000 is available to women musicians to create new music in any genre. This can range from classical, jazz and experimental, to urban, electronica and pop. Through the scheme support is available to Individuals and organizations / groups including:

  • Solo performers
  • Solo songwriters or composers
  • Promoters or event producers
  • Bands/ensembles/orchestras
  • Local authorities and schools; etc.

The next application deadline is the 1st April 2015. Read more at:

Volunteering OpportunitiesTrustee - The Garage Trust

The Garage is a dynamic performing arts centre, based in the heart of Norwich which supports the creative journeys of artists, audiences and young people. Their vision is to create a world class centre of Performing Arts development, production and presentation for, by and with children, young people and their families.

The Chair and board of Trustees of The Garage Trust are seeking a dynamic individual to join the board of Trustees. 2014/15 is the tenth anniversary year of The Garage and an exciting time to join this confident and forward looking charity. The ideal person will have strong experience, contacts and networks within the performing arts industry, particularly in the production, programming and/or touring of artistic products, providing support for artists and/or the creation of work for, by and with children, young people and families.

Further information and application details can be found on our website:

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