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Horse Power!

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 16:40
Enjoy a day with a difference at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Horse Power! Sunday 28 September 2014

Horse Power! will see the museum’s own team of Suffolk horses working together with members of the Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association to carry out all the seasonal tasks on the farm, including ploughing, harrowing, potato lifting and muck spreading.  

Professional Forester Mark Tasker uses his heavy horses to extract timber.  Watch the team demonstrating their skills and see how the wood is processed to make logs.  

Be entertained with music and song from local horseman Ray Hubbard and his band, accompanying a jig dance and meet the different breeds of heavy horse - from Suffolks to Shires, Percheron and working Cobs. 

See art inspired by such impressive animals with displays from local painters and find out more about the life and inspiration of Sir Alfred Munnings, widely acknowledged as one of England's finest painters of horses.  

To find out more, please see the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse website.

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:32

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Policy and Resources Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 29 September 2014 is 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.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 19 September 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,


Welcome to the 19 September 2014 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.


We also have small number of spaces left for those interested in registering to attend our 2014 Norfolk Arts Forum Conference & AGM on 16 October at The Castle Museum in Norwich. Members are also encouraged to submit their nominations to the Norfolk Arts Forum Executive, however if you are making a nomination please ensure that you have first obtained permission from the nominee.


To register for the event, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NorfolkArtsForum2014

Job OpportunitiesProject Administrator (Freelance) - Frozen Light


Frozen Light is seeking an organised, flexible and enthusiastic freelance project administrator for support on their new production: The Forest. Frozen Light is a Norwich based theatre company that creates interactive multi-sensory theatre productions for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. Frozen Light are an associate company at The New Wolsey, Ipswich.


Job Description
To support the artistic directors of the company in the general
administration related to The Forest, part of the role will also involve tour booking for the Autumn 2015 tour. This is a freelance position for someone who is able to work from home with flexible hours that could fit around other commitments. Fee and hours are negotiable for the right person.


Location
Primarily from home with meetings in Ipswich, Norwich and London.


Dates
October 2014- ongoing
Flexible hours


Application Deadline
Monday 29th September, 5pm.


Fee
This is a paid position. Daily fee based on previous experience.


For more information visit http://frozenlighttheatre.com/opps/

Bridge Administrator (Maternity Cover) – Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge


Full-time; fixed term (3 November 2014 – 31 March 2015)


Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge aims to connect children and young people with high quality arts and cultural experiences across Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Peterborough.  Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge is one of 10 Bridge organisations, funded by Arts Council England. 


The Bridge Administrator is an important role providing efficient and effective office and event administration support to the Bridge team which is key to supporting the Bridge work for children and young people.   You will bring with you excellent written and verbal communication skills, confidence in dealing with a range of people, high level ICT skills and experience of events administration.  Minimum 18 months experience working in an office environment essential.


This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to develop a career in arts and cultural administration.


Further information about Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge is available to download here
http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/images/bridge/NNF_Bridge_brochure_WEB.pdf


Deadline for receipt of applications 9.30 am Thursday 2 October.  Interviews will be held on Friday 10 October.


The application is available to download here http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies

Director of Development - Fitzwilliam Museum


£51,702 - £54,841
Three year Fixed Term Contract
UK, England, Cambridge


The Fitzwilliam Museum celebrates its Bicentenary in 2016, for which it is planning a high profile programme of exhibitions and events, and the launch of it next major capital campaign.


As Director of Development you will be a key member of the Museum's senior management team and be responsible for the planning and implementation of a major fundraising campaign, to include a series of fundraising activities to launch the campaign during the Museum's bicentenary in 2016 and to achieve the agreed fundraising goals and targets for the campaign and related endowment(s). The expected target is between £40-£60m. In planning the campaign, the post holder will need to work collaboratively with members of the SMT and senior staff; the FM Development Trust and Syndicate and in partnership with CUDAR, College Development Offices and Cambridge in America.


You will be able to offer strengths in fundraising through demonstration of a track record of maximising income and meeting defined targets, leadership and people management experience and of building partnerships plus have a strong background of strategic and change management possibly from within the cultural sector.


Closing date for applications: 3 October 2014
Planned interview date: 24 October 2014


Further details and application form CHRIS/6 are available from http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/contact/jobs or via email: recruitment@fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk or Tel: 01223 764840.

Marketing Coordinator - Arts Marketing Association


£17,000 - £20,000 pro-rata, depending on experience


The AMA is a membership organisation working at the heart of the arts and cultural sector. AMA provide skills, knowledge, and inspiration to enable members to reach and engage more people, more often with their work.


AMA are looking for a Marketing Coordinator to join their small, friendly team in Cambridge. The successful candidate will have a flair for writing engaging copy.  They will be confident working with digital media and will have exceptional customer service skills.


Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 6th October
Interviews in Cambridge on Thursday 16th October


For further information, visit http://www.a-m-a.co.uk/page.aspx?id=208&case=72&counter=0&source=156

Programme Producer - Arts Marketing Association


£25,000 - £33,000 pro-rata, depending on experience


The AMA is a membership organisation working at the heart of the arts and cultural sector. AMA provide skills, knowledge, and inspiration to enable members to reach and engage more people, more often.


These are incredibly exciting times for the AMA. AMA have a new business plan and ambitious strategies for growth, and are now looking for a Programme Producer to help bring these ambitions to life.


The successful candidate will bring a deep understanding and experience of effective practice in marketing.  They will be an excellent project manager.  Confident working with people at all levels, they will have a warm and friendly approach, and will be able to quickly build rapport, and maintain good on-going working relationships with a diverse mix of people.


This an opportunity to make a real difference to the industry while also building skills, knowledge and an enviable network of contacts at the heart of the arts and cultural sector.


Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 6th October
Interviews in Cambridge on Tuesday 14th October


For further information visit http://www.a-m-a.co.uk/page.aspx?id=208&case=72&counter=0&source=156

Development OpportunitiesTraining from ITC


Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Performing Arts Company
Thursday 25 September 10.00 - 5.00
The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG       
This course provides an overview of everything you need to be thinking about when setting up and running your own performing arts company. By the end of this course participants will have a basic knowledge of:

  • How to decide upon a legal structure
  • Setting-up as a limited company
  • Applying for Charity status
  • Contracts, employment law and legal responsibilities
  • Marketing and Intellectual Property law
  • Health and safety requirements
  • Financial management and Tax & NI
  • Funding a performing arts company


Price: This course is offered at a reduced rate of £75+VAT (£90) to assist those starting new companies.


Negotiations & Contracts
Monday 6 October 10.00 - 5.00
The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG
The course enables participants to conduct successful negotiations and to formalise the results into simple, effective and legally binding contracts. By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Understand the legal framework for negotiating contracts
  • Use negotiating techniques to improve their deals
  • Comprehend the terminology of contract law
  • Feel confident in using contracts in their business dealings
  • Deal with breaches of contract


Price: Book before Monday 15 September for our early bird discount of £100+VAT (£120) for ITC members and £160+VAT (£192) for non-member. The normal price is £125+VAT (£150) for members and £175+VAT (£210) for non-members.


For more information and to book on to any of ITC's training courses visit www.itc-arts.org

Upcoming Art Courses at Anteros Arts


Expressive Drawing with David Lindsay & Martin Laurance
Sunday 28 September 2014
10am – 4pm
Create, practise and discuss with two experienced artists and tutors, David Lindsay and Martin Laurance.
An inspiring, playful and liberating workshop with aims to free up the drawing process, exploring experimental mark making, automatic drawing and other expressive techniques to help develop a personal creative approach.
Small group size ensuring plenty of ‘hand-on’ guidance.


Life Drawing with Will Teather
Starts from Saturday 27 September 10am - 1pm at Anteros Norwich. Drop in sessions also available.
The popular Saturday life drawing class returns for another term. Will is a very experienced tutor who has been with Anteros for five years. He will guide you through various exercises based on short and long poses to really develop your drawing muscles! Easels, boards, papers and basic drawing materials provided and a good mix of different types of model. It is possible to drop in for a single class for £25.


For further information visit http://anterosfoundation.com/home/courses/2d/

CPD for Arts professionals - The Garage


The Garage launches a new and innovative Professional Development and training offer for Arts Professionals and Drama Practitioners to develop and improve their skills in a competitive industry. Working with partners organisations including Shakespeare’s globe, Trinity College London, Arts Plan, Chicken Shed and more.


The first of these sessions, Voice for Professionals, delivered by Shakespeare's Globe is taking place on 3 October.


This session will cover:

  • A thorough training for breath, sound, diction and technique
  • Gain a variety of useful exercises and ways to engage participants in voice training


Price: £175
RUNNING TIME: 7 Hours (including an hour for lunch, and refreshment breaks,  provided)
AGE: 16+


Book your place by ringing 01603 283382, more information and full listings can be found at http://www.thegarage.org.uk/training-etid5.html

Dance Audition Preparation Workshop - DanceEast


Monday 27 October 9.00am - 5.30pm
Jerwood Dancehouse, Ipswich


A one-day course designed to support experienced dancers auditioning for places at vocational dance schools, conservatoires and universities at years 11 or 13. Led by the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training with guests from leading colleges, the day will include mock-audition classes, solo composition and interview technique.


Age suitability 15 - 18yrs
Workshop Ticket £25


For further information and to book visit http://www.danceeast.co.uk/whats-on/789/DANCE-AUDITION-PREPARATION-WORKSHOP/

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers2014 Pantomime Auditions: Robin Hood - Sheringham Little Theatre


Are you aged between 8 and 21 years? Do you want the opportunity to perform in a professional production? Then come along to Sheringham Little Theatre at 9.30am on Sunday 21st September to audition for the forthcoming Pantomime, Robin Hood.


They are looking for lots of keen and talented young people to be part of the chorus and also there are some larger speaking roles which will appeal to those who are serious about working in theatre.


The roles include:

  • Jack & Jill, from the story Babes in the Wood (aged between 8-13 years)
  • Little John (aged between 16- 21)
  • Will Scarlett (aged between 16- 21)
  • Merry Men and Guards (Boys aged 14 and over)
  • Nottingham Villagers (ages 8- 21 years)


You don’t need to prepare anything as you will be taught a dance routine and a song to perform on the day. You will be asked to sing solo and are advised to wear clothes you can move in.


If chosen you will work in two teams, rehearsing on Sunday’s through October and November, evenings and weekends from 24th November – 8th December 2014.


The production runs from 9th December to 3rd January 2015. 


For further information visit http://sheringhamlittletheatre.com/news/2014-pantomime-auditions-21st-sept/

OPUS2015 - Britten Sinfonia


OPUS2015 is a commissioning scheme offering unpublished composers the chance to receive a professional commission as part of Britten Sinfonia’s award-winning At Lunch series. Britten Sinfonia are issuing an open call for submissions to write for the ensemble in November 2015. The submission deadline is 17th October 2014.


The chosen composer will receive:

  • A dedicated rehearsal for the commissioned piece, allowing the composer to make final improvements in response to the feedback of the players.
  • At least three performances of their work (at London’s Wigmore Hall, West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge and Norwich Assembly House).
  • A broadcast on BBC Radio 3
  • A commission fee


How to apply:
There is no upper or lower age limit. Music can be in any style, written for any instrumental ensemble of between 3 and 10 players. Potential applicants must submit an application form (available online), two pre-existing scores and a recording of at least one. Full details are on the website: www.bit.ly/OPUS2015


For submissions and further information contact Mateja Kaluza, Creative Learning Coordinator, at Mateja.kaluza@brittensinfonia.com.

Industry Research & InformationNorfolk's Budget and Services 2015-2018 Consultation


Last year, through the Putting People First strategy, Norfolk County Council asked your views on proposals to save £189 million over three years.


The latest forecast indicates that Norfolk County Council needs to save £17.5 million in 2015-16. The £17.5 million is £13.7m more than predicted, as:

  • NCC has had further reductions to the grant received from Government
  • More people need NCC services
  • Changing circumstances are making it more difficult than expected to make all the spending cuts agreed


NCC plans to find as much of the £17.5m savings by:

  • Being more efficient when services are bought or comissioned
  • Generating income
  • Finding more efficient and productive ways of working, such as using more digital technology


NCC will look at making changes to services only once they have found all the savings they can make through efficiencies.


Norfolk County Councillors will be debating the budget in public, and this is your chance to join in the discussion at an early stage so that you can influence their debate.


The Consultation will run from 8 Sep 2014 to 19 Dec 2014, results are expected 16 February 2015, and feedback is expected 2 March 2015.


Further information on the consultation can be found here.

What's Next? Norfolk Chapter Meeting


Norfolk & Norwich Festival, along with the Writers' Centre are convening a What Next? chapter in Norwich. What Next? is a national movement to advocate for the value of arts and culture to our lives. Currently, a flexible group is meeting weekly at either the Writers' Centre or NORCA HQ in Colegate.


What Next? is an opportunity to talk about issues that affect the arts sector, and helps to build the case for funding and support for arts-based activities. It will also be the springboard for sector-led activities to emerge. Nationally, it will lobby the Government and policy-makers to recognise the value of culture.


Next week is a joined up Norfolk & Suffolk meeting at the Writer's Centre Norwich on Tuesday 23rd September from 12-1:30pm. Mark Pendlington, Chairman of New Anglia LEP and Erika Clegg will be joining as guest speakers


If you are interested in attending meetings please email gemma@nnfestival.org.uk. For further information, visit the What's Next? Norfolk Facebook Page

Wellbeing Analysis Makes Stronger Case for the Arts


Following a year-long inquiry, a cross-party group of MPs has concluded that investment in arts and culture, mindfulness in health and education, a focus on stable jobs rather than growth and more green spaces in our cities are all key to improving wellbeing. Wellbeing in four policy areas, a report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, concludes that the DCMS and the arts sector more generally should use ‘wellbeing analysis’ to make a better case for public spending on the arts and culture, as this approach is better able to “value nonmarket goods, and goods which we value for reasons that have little to do with the market”. Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/p77evy5

Funding OpportunitiesNorfolk Arts Project Fund - Norfolk County Council


There are still some time to apply for the Norfolk Arts Project Fund before the next deadline on 30 September 2014.


Applicants can apply for grants up to £500 in support of initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas.


For further information visit http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Arts/index.htm and for an application form please contact arts@norfolk.gov.uk

Michael Tippett Musical Foundation


The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation, the charitable Trust established by the composer to encourage the music of the future, has announced that it is open for applications. Funding of between £500 and £4,000 is available for the development of group music making, especially involving young people. Because of the Trust's link with a major composer, the Trustees wish to see composition as central to projects put forward for support. Projects in and out of schools or in community situations will be considered. The Trustees will consider applications for first-time initiatives as well as the development of existing projects.


The trustees generally hold one meeting a year, in the autumn and the closing date for applications is the 30th September 2014. Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/lm47s53

Arts Council England Strategic Touring Programme


The Programme provides funding to help people across England have improved access to great art visiting their local area, particularly in places that rely on touring for much of their arts provision. The types of activity the Programme will support include:

  • Artistic activity including the creation of work to be toured, commissioning, re-production of work that has already been presented to the public, or ‘buying in’ touring work, including incoming international work.
  • Audience development activity including research, work to address access issues, marketing materials, educational support materials.
  • Skills development activity including training, mentoring, networking, opportunities to go and see artistic work or spend time with people in different organisations.
  • Proportionate management and administrative costs including access support for those involved in delivering the activity.
  • In exceptional circumstances applicants can include some expenditure on equipment if directly related to the activity.


Projects over £10,000, that take place over a maximum of three years are eligible for funding. At least 10% of the total cost of activity is expected to come from other sources.


The deadline for applications to the latest round is Friday 24 October 2014.


Read more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/apply-for-funding/strategic-touring-programme/

WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards 2015


All tourism businesses, organisations or initiatives from either the public or private sector are invited to enter the Tourism for Tomorrow Awards. The scheme aims to raise the profile of travel and tourism by gaining recognition for contribution to national economies and by promoting best practice in responsible tourism development.


The following categories make up the 2015 Awards:

  • Community Award
  • Destination Award
  • Environment Award
  • Innovation Award
  • People Award
  • Sustainable Business Award


The programme is open to all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, worldwide. Eligible applicants include tour operators, individual hotels, hotel chains, national parks, heritage sites and all activities or projects associated with tourism.


Winners and finalists will be publicly recognised and will meet government and industry leaders at the awards ceremony during the WTTC Global Summit in Madrid, Spain, on 15-16 April 2015.


Winners will benefit from international media exposure.
The 2014 closing date for entry to the 2015 awards is 14 November 2014.


For further information visit http://www.wttc.org/tourism-for-tomorrow-awards

Call for Proposals to Raise Awareness of ERC Funded Projects and Results


The European Research Council is looking to support a series of creative communication actions to promote and raise awareness of ERC-funded projects and results across Europe. Funded actions should take a novel approach and must reach a wide audience of specialists, non-specialists and new audiences including scientists, students, media, policy-makers and the business community, as well as the general public.


Actions could include, for example:

  • Events to showcase selected ERC-funded results in the form of short, powerful and engaging talks given by ERC grantees.
  • Popular science activities linked to science festivals, centres and/or museums, which are successful platforms to popularise and disseminate science among non-specialists.
  • Cooperation with existing networks of universities, learned societies and science academies to establish ERC online lectures involving ERC grantees.


A budget of €1.6 million is available and it is expected that up to two proposals will be supported. Projects should last no longer than 48 months.


The deadline for submissions is 16 December 2014.


Further information can be found here.

Townscape Heritage Initiative - Heritage Lottery Fund


The next closing date for stage 1 applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund's (HLF) Townscape Heritage Initiative is the 31st 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. Read more at: http://tinyurl.com/lzn9b8w

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

Website: http://www.norfolkartsforum.co.uk/index.htm

 

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Macmillan Coffee Morning at Lynn Museum

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 17:21

Free entry for Museum Passholders

Lynn Museum, Norfolk

@Lynn_Museum

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Seaside Rock Film School

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:51
Seaside Rock Film School If you are interested in film making and the music scene in the 1960s then a  new course at Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth may be just the opportunity you have been looking for.  The course offers a great opportunity to learn film making techniques while interviewing local musicians who supported well-known bands from the golden age of Rock 'n' Roll. The sessions start on Monday 22 September, 3.00-5.00pm, and no previous experience is necessary. The finished documentary will be shown at the Time and Tide Museum and on the BBC Voices website. For further details or to book contact bfg@renvision.co.uk
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Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Consumer Scam, News and Information Alerts

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 16:46

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

Scam Alert – Email claiming to be a ‘Invoice Overdue Notification’ – 18 September 2014 Safety Alert – H&M recalls 9cm diameter Foam Football – 17 September 2014 Safety Alert – IKEA recalls Gunggung Children’s Swing – 16 September 2014 News Alert – Gas Safe Week 2014 – 15 September 2014 News Alert – Phones 4u enter administration – 15 September 2014

Report scams to;

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or www.adviceguide.org

Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Or follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/@norfolkccts

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Pre and post natal exercise classes

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 15:48
Wishing to maintain fitness levels throughout pregnancy or would like to get back into shape after the baby, these pre and post natal exercise classes are the perfect choice

 

Pre Natal Exercises 
Specifically designed for ladies that are 12 weeks or more into the pregnancy. Helps to maintain fitness levels through low impact exercises that develop and maintain muscle tone and strengthen pelvic floor whilst carrying the baby. Also helps to improve posture and aid relaxation up to giving birth.  



Post Natal Exercises
For those who want to tone up after having a baby. A low impact class that is specifically designed to strengthen core muscles, pelvic floor and increase flexibility strength and endurance overall.


Click on the course title to find out more and enrol or call 0344 800 8020 to speak to an advisor. Web: www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation
Tel: 0344 800 8020
Email: learner.relations@norfolk.gov.uk
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Norfolk County Council - Audit Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 01:00

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Audit Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 25 September 2014 is 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.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

 

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Improving Times - 17 September 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 16:44
Children's Services staff newsletter - 17 September 2014 Grant offers support to vulnerable mums

Last week we got the excellent news of success for our bid with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust for more than £600,000 of government funding to create new ways of working that will support mums with postnatal depression and post-puerperal psychosis – preventing babies and young children needing to come into care.
The grant, from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Transformation and Challenge Award, will help psychologists to work with groups of mums with mental health conditions, addiction or learning difficulties, as well as teenage parents and those suffering from domestic violence. We’ve got a higher number of babies coming into care than our statistical neighbours and we hope that the project will reduce the numbers of children becoming ‘looked after’, helping to improve their lives and saving thousands of pounds.
The project will bring social workers and health professionals together to assess and plan the care for the parents and their children. This will include group therapy sessions where mums can provide support to one another, help to understand their problems and find ways to overcome them.
A pilot project has already taken place with seven mums whose children were at risk of coming into care. In all of these cases their babies have been able to stay with them because of the ongoing support. James Joyce, Chairman of the Children’s Services Committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “We must reduce the number of children coming into care in the county because we know that in the majority of cases children do much better at home.” Andy Goff, CAMHS Service Manager (Coast), at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This joint venture is an important example of public sector organisations working together to promote better outcomes for young people and their families.”

Keeping it safe

We are still getting weekly reports  of data protection breaches, and they are still being caused by staff who aren’t putting basic information updates on CareFirst - in particular new addresses - which means personal information is being sent to the wrong place.
This is a really serious issue. It's not just that our vital work to support children and families is put at risk because fines for data breaches are affecting our budgets, but its a real breach of trust when highly sensitive information about a family is sent to someone entirely unconnected to them. Updating CareFirst and checking everything you send is going to the right place is a key responsibility for us all.    

Looking for The Missing

Children’s Services leadership team considered a national Ofsted report into children missing education. The report looked at 15 different authorities and found 1,400 pupils across the group were not participating in full time education – and if this pattern is typical of the whole of the UK it would mean more than 10,000 children missing education.
Key findings were that some of the authorities visited didn’t know how many children in their area weren’t receiving full time education  - or how long this had been going on - and that schools, health authorities, and youth offending teams often didn’t share information their held about children not accessing education in the usual way.
Up until now, Ofsted hasn’t inspected what arrangements local authorities make for the education of these children - but it is a key recommendation of this report that this should change.
Other recommendations include that local authorities establish a record of all children not accessing full time education in the usual way, including those who are accessing alternatives, making sure all children are on a school roll  unless their parents have chosen to home educate.
We’ve agreed a response to the report with the Vulnerable Groups/pupils advisor Keeley White leading work to make sure our duties can be met and using our Virtual Schools model we will establish a central record of all children regardless of whether they are on a school roll or not – including information about achievement and safety of those not accessing education in the normal way. 

More early support 

More than 600 extra childcare places have been created in Norfolk, supporting up to 1,000 children to access early education. The County Council has invested £1m in capital projects to create new Early Years places, with a further £1.7m from the Department for Education. That has led to the creation of 632 extra childcare places, supporting free early education for hundreds of toddlers across the county. Much of those places are already available in new and extended pre-schools and nurseries with others currently being developed across the county. The extra capacity will support up to 1,000 eligible two-year-olds to access free places. Alongside the new buildings the County Council has also been working to encourage more families to take up the places, with 2,200 two-year-olds expected to access free childcare from September compared with 1,332 at the beginning of the last academic year.
Don’t forget now the new term has started, you can support early education by offering support in Norfolk schools who have signed up for volunteers to listen to children read as part of our Raising Readers campaign. Check out the list of schools still looking for support on Marketplace and look up the time you are allowed within work to do this on Peoplenet.

Join Alice and the Rabbit on their journey

Sustrans, the British charity to promote sustainable transport which works on projects to encourage people to walk, cycle, and use public transport, are aiming put the adventure back into children's lives by making our streets safer for walking, cycling and scooting to school.
Their new video shows the experience of many children who are missing out on the fun of the school run. They are encouraging everyone to help by tweeting the following:
Watch the latest #SafetoSchool video from @sustrans. Join Alice and her friends on their journey to school.

Remembering the lost

At Norwich Cathedral on Thursday 2 October at 7.30pm there will be an opportunity to remember people of all ages who have died through drug and alcohol related problems.
Whilst living with or supporting someone with a drug or alcohol problem can be difficult, this service is an opportunity to also remember the good in those who have died and that every individual is unique and special.
The remembrance service is being organised by parents who have lost loved ones in this way and people from different agencies. It is supported by the Matthew Project.

CareFirst DNA guidance

Over the coming months, as part of our Digital Norfolk Ambition (DNA) to improve our technology, most people will receive a new standard laptop device and the latest Microsoft Office software. Early this month, Children's Services teams on the 8th floor of County Hall were among the first people to receive these new laptops and use CareFirst on them. CareFirst works in the same way on your new laptop but there are some changes and extra steps to take when exporting to Word. So if you use CareFirst, make sure you read Guidance for using CareFirst on your new DNA laptop.

Children's Services in the news

Norfolk hails successful first year for school support strategy 

Photo gallery: Regional schools commissioner Tim Coulson visits Norfolk and vows to put its education back on the map 

Thetford Academy principal denies claims it tried to fool Ofsted inspectors and says school is being “victimised” 

Members hear about improved performance across Children's Services 

Top GCSE grade to be given to just 3% in English and maths 

Ofsted warns over provision for school leavers 

Millennium Library ceremony to award young readers for completing a reading challenge

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Senior leadership team out and about

Members of CSLT will attend a Member briefing session regarding the planned reorganisation. 
Sheila is attending a multi agency meeting at the Chief Constable’s office to discuss the report into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham. She is attending an additional meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board to discuss the Better Care Fund Plan. 
Gordon is attending a School Forum Meeting and a Practitioner’s Day, both happening in Mattishall. He is travelling to Islington for a meeting of the ADCS Educational Achievement Policy Committee and is attending a Fair Funding briefing at Caister High School.

Carry on learning 

The leadership team heard a report into training initiatives for all of our 1,600 non schools children’s services workforce, including e-learning, face to face, continuous professional development, national and international job shadowing and self initiated learning opportunities.
Among the e-learning courses that are available now - and are important for all staff to complete - are modules on equality and diversity in the workforce, Equality Act 2010, Hate Crime and exploring and reporting identity.

Carbon Entrepreneurs

Young energy savers are set to benefit from a new Carbon Reduction Mentor Fund, giving them a chance to act as energy consultants in their local community. We launched the scheme using funding from savings we have made by helping schools to reduce their energy costs. The fund will pay young people to help Norfolk’s schools reduce their energy consumption. The fund will support young people who have already shown a commitment to energy reduction and have strong communication skills and knowledge of energy efficiency. £26,000 will be available over the next four years, with the potential of involving dozens of high school and university students. The project is funded via savings already made through energy reduction in schools. It will help young people to further strengthen their skills and give them the experience needed to gain a position in Norfolk’s growing energy sector.

Out-of-hours family help

A new service has been launched this week, aiming to support families in crisis and help them to stay together. We launched the pilot out-of-hours and outreach service to give parents advice and support around the clock. Staffed by residential social workers, it will mean staff can respond immediately to families in need, helping to reduce the need for emergency care placements.
The new service will be largely supporting families with children aged over eight, it will help those parents who may be struggling to meet their needs, or whose children are showing challenging behaviour. Sometimes in these situations parents ask for their children to be taken into care and this will give us the opportunity to work with them to try to help the young person to return home, with support.

Behind the scenes…

Take a look at the latest Norfolk Museums Service staff newsletter - a bit of a bumper edition at the start of the new academic year which looks at the exhibitions programme across the service for the next twelve months, and a great 'back-to-school' story about Norfolk Museum Service collections being featured in a national scheme run by the British Museum to help teachers deliver the new History curriculum.

Longing to Quit?

If you are keen to kick the habit and give up cigarettes for good Norfolk County Council’s public health team are promoting a range of initiatives as part of ‘Stoptober’ – You can read more about the national campaign here.

Dates for your diary
  • Norfolk Safeguarding Board’s conference on Child Sexual Exploitation takes place on Friday, 7 November
  • Norfolk’s headteacher conference, 8 October – key note speaker Sir Michael Whilshaw
Your feedback

Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to csweeklybrief@norfolk.gov.uk and see our back copies here.

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Joint Museums Committee Accounts Approval Sub-Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 10:59

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Joint Museums Committee - Accounts Approval Sub-Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 26 September 2014 is 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.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

 

Categories: Norfolk

Early Years Newsletter for September 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:51

WELCOME to this first edition of the new Norfolk Early Years Newsletter! Keeping you informed of all the latest Early Years developments both within Norfolk and nationally. This e-newsletter will be published on a termly basis, Read on to hear about;

The staff that can support you

Take part in the Out of School Club Audit

Discover how to get marketing material

Download the SEND Code of Practice

Learn about the Home Learning Scheme 

New members of the FIS Team

Norfolk Family Information Service are pleased to welcome 2 new staff members to join our team, Julie Steward and Katie Smith.

Our Facebook page and Twitter is aimed at both providers and parents giving updates on Early Years, childcare, Childrens events and activities, advice, parenting and lots more. many of you have have already liked our page and we are really pleased with the way this has helped us deliver information to you all, look out for our competitions we will be running soon and have your chance to WIN something.   

Please remember if you require FREE 2YO posters or 2YO leaflets for parents we can supply them direct just contact us by phone 01603 222300 or email fis@norfolk.gov.uk. We also have 3 & 4 year old leaflets, visit our website to see what is available....

Free Childcare and Early Learning

Ways of Working withing Early Years - EY SETTINGS

All Early Years settings will have recently been advised of the new ways of working within Norfolk County Council Children’s Services Early Years Teams. The current way of working comprises of three integrated strands namely Inclusion, Achievement and Home Learning Environment (HLE). Although integrated, each strand also has a specific role and remit of work.

All settings will have a named Early Years Adviser for Inclusion and initial contact will already have been made. The focus of their work is to champion Inclusion within Early Years and support settings to deliver an inclusive environment for all children. As part of the support available from the Advisers in this strand an inclusion visit will take place for all settings once a term as a minimum. Other areas of development will give settings the opportunity to access support via Behaviour networks, in conjunction with Norfolk Steps, and 'clinic' sessions  which will be held across the county on a termly basis. The Early Years Advisers have also been working to develop an 'online' toolkit for SENCOs along with other material to support the inclusion of vulnerable children.  More detailed information will follow.

Early Years Advisers in the Achievement strand will provide support, guidance and challenge to settings in areas of the County where Foundation Stage Profile results are low as well as working with settings judged as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, Most settings with these judgements will have already had contact from their Early Years Achievement Adviser. For those that have not yet received contact this will happen shortly. Settings that have a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ judgement but have concerns, or require support in relation to their provision and/or the EYFS, need to contact their Development Worker in the first instance.

The Home Learning Environment (HLE) is a new focused area of work for a team of Early Years Advisers operating across the county. This is an exciting development and provides opportunities to further develop this area of work which supports children and families. The plan for the HLE work is to be undertaken with and through Children Centres initially and will be targeted at communities where there is a lack of childcare places and the foundation stage profile scores are low in children’s communication, language and literacy and personal, social and emotional development.

Discussions with Children's Centre Leaders has highlighted the potential possibilities to further develop the HLE work in partnership with Children's Centres. HLE ideas have been sourced from the Children's Centres, good practice has been identified, as well as looking at local and national evidence based research to help take the work forward in Norfolk.

Dates for your diary -There will be a series of information events for all settings which will take place across the county in the autumn. Dates are to be announced soon. (Settings need only attend one session)

The information events are an opportunity for settings to ensure they are up to date on changes within legislation from the Government, DfE, Ofsted and Norfolk County Council. The sessions will also include updated information on the Children and Families Bill and other events and training across county.

Quality and Inclusion Grant

Quality and Inclusion grants up to a maximum of £5,000 are available to settings across the county. However, these grants are now being targeted at settings who have the greatest need. Settings with an Ofsted grade of 'requires improvement' or 'Inadequate' or those who need funding to ensure they are meeting requirements in relation to SEN or Equalities legislation will be prioritised.

An application in itself does not guarantee that funding will be awarded and settings will be required to provide evidence that they are meeting any conditions imposed as part of the award of the grant. Funding may be clawed back from any settings who are deemed to not be meeting these conditions. Any Funding awarded will be subject to monitoring.  For further information please contact your Achievement or Inclusion Adviser.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Reforms

September 1st has now passed and the government’s legislation regarding the new way of working to offer support for children with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) has now been introduced. Under the new system there is a much clearer emphasis on offering help at the earliest opportunity with parents being involved in decisions about the support available to their child and what they want to achieve. The aim of the changes in law is to reduce barriers which may slow down a child’s progress so children go on to achieve their full potential

Under the new reforms early year’s settings must have arrangements in place to identify and support children with SEN or disabilities and promote equality of opportunity. Early years settings are also required to continually monitor a child’s progress and support children to ensure they develop and learn. They must identify any developmental issues and work with parents to address them using their own best endeavours and resources to support the child, drawing on extra help if needed. The SEN Code of practice sets out the graduated approach of ‘assess, plan, do, review’ which is in line with requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which all Ofsted registered settings must follow. The government has not set out how settings should document this but emphasises the importance of agreeing clear evidence based outcomes and monitoring and measuring how well the child is progressing along with what the setting will do if progress is not made.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice: 0-25

As part of the reforms Parliament has agreed a new SEN Code of Practice which is statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This came into place on September 1st 2014 and can be downloaded at:

SEN Code of practice

Due to the size of this document the local authority has decided have the document printed for ease of access and will be available to settings to purchase for a nominal fee.

SEND Local Offer

Also as part of the reform from September 1st all local authorities must publish a ‘local offer’ which sets out in one place information about all provision they expect to be available across education, health & social care for children and young people in their area with SEN or disability.  All setting's have been given a template to complete and return to Family Information Service for input into the early years ‘local offer’ and the response has been extremely good.

So THANK YOU to everyone who has already returned their forms.  However we do have some gaps in providers so if you have not returned your form yet please feel free to access the template  SEND Local Offer Form and return to fis@norfolk.gov.ukWhat’s the latest on Childminder agencies?

Ofsted has published their Framework for the regulation of childminder agencies. It explains how they will regulate childminder agencies registered on the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register. It summarises the main features of registration and enforcement action they may take.

Framework for the regulation of childminder agencies

Ofsted have also produced a Childminder agency handbook to provide guidance for on how to apply for registration and information about Ofsted’s registration process and how they assess suitability.

It provides guidance for inspectors and sets out the legal background to compliance and enforcement work and the extent of Ofsted’s powers.

Childminder agency handbook

Two Year old Funded ChildcareProviding Places

Thanks to all of you who are offering funded placed for 2yr olds.  We are now the second top performing Local Authority in the Country as we have created nearly 5000 childcare places.  We still have gaps in a few areas which Development Workers and Childminding Matters are trying to address.

Take Up

We need help to keep improving take up of 2yr funded places, our government target is to get 3624 children taking up their place as soon as possible.  There are 2037 children accessing this at the moment.

Letters to parents

Parents would have received the latest batch of letters giving them an eligibility number.  Please be reminded that if a family has received a letter they do not need to complete another eligibility check just complete the claim form on the reverse of the letter and return.  Please also confirm when approached by a family who may be eligible that they have not already had a letter, this will avoid any duplications.

Early Years Safeguarding Audit

Thank you for taking part in the recent safeguarding audit of early years settings in Norfolk.  As you will be aware safeguarding is of paramount importance to ensure the safety of all children and therefore a review of safeguarding procedures is of great value.  The audit  is nearing completion and the data gathering and analysis will take place over the next few weeks.

 The outcome of the data analysis will be used to inform our training offer through the needs identified in each setting, to update the Early Years Safeguarding Toolkit and inform how we provide support to settings.

Out of School Club Audit

In order to meet our Statutory duties (Childcare Act 2006) in relation to; (2) Securing sufficient childcare for working parents and (3) Providing a parental information service, The Family Information Service with the support of Development Workers, will be carrying out an audit to ensure we have up to date information about Out of school provision (OOSC) in Norfolk.

The audit will capture the following information related to OOSC

  • Provider Name
  • Named contact and contact details
  • Provider type (BC/Hols/OSC)
  • Ofsted register and judgement
  • No of places
  • Age range
  • Run by (Private/School)
  • Costs

Here is the link to the survey OOSC Survey

Thank you in advance for your participation.Local AgreementSufficiency Snapshot update for funded providers

Thank you for returning your agreements and documentation. These are currently being processed. Unfortunately it is taking some time, as we have over 700 providers offering Early Education to families in Norfolk.

Once checked and authorised, a copy of the agreement will be returned to your setting to put on display. It may be necessary for your setting to re-submit some documentation. This will be outlined in your letter and should be reviewed and returned by 1st October 2014, to ensure your funding is not affected.

The Sufficiency Snapshot is now available via the Provider Portal.

You should have been notified by email that this document has been published and the deadline for return is 25th September. Please ensure your email address is up to date so you receive notifications and other important updates from us.

A good way to check if your email address is up to date is to check your record on the Family Services Directory www.norfolk.gov.uk/fsd.  Where possible we recommend that you set up an email address for your setting and do not use an individual’s email.

When completing the form on the portal you will need to base your snapshot figures on how you intend to or currently deliver funded places at that point in time. This is a snapshot and is not an exact science and does not effect how many children you can claim funding for.

Need further help completing the online form?

Email fis@norfolk.gov.uk or call 01603 222300 select option 1

Help-sheets will also be available at www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk

Early Years Finance update3 and 4 year old funding

Thank you to everyone who submitted their Summer 3 and 4 year old funding claims online.  The feedback has been very positive.

From 1st September all providers will use the portal to claim 3 and 4 year old funding.  From this date, it will be possible to view, update and submit child data for the Autumn 2014 claim period.  Guidance is available at 3/4yr old Funding guidance 

To support providers to submit child data for the Autumn claim period, training sessions will be offered later in October.  This is still in the planning stage, but dates will be advertised shortly via the training team.

2 year old funding

Please continue to post the parent/carer claim and amendment (leavers and change of hours) forms to Early Years Finance as soon as the childcare arrangements have been agreed.  These forms will be processed by the team and once completed, the details will be available on the portal to view.

It is also possible to submit parent/carer claim forms online at  Take2

SEND funding

The guidance for this funding is currently being updated.  Funding is available to settings to support children with high complex needs to access childcare.  Please contact your nominated Early Years Adviser for Inclusion should you need any advice.

We would welcome any feedback or comments, and if you wish to submit anything for the next addition please send to fis@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 09:14

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Adult Social Care Committee. The Supplementary Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 22 September 2014 is 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.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:33

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

New service provides round-the-clock support for families in need

View details on our news page.

Categories: Norfolk

C&G Cert Soft Furnishings (beginners) - a few places still available

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:49
This City and Guilds Soft Furnishings course will help you to develop your skills and knowledge and could turn an interest or hobby into something more.


 City & Guilds Certificate Soft Furnishings (Beginners)
 Mondays 9.30am-12.30pm
 Attleborough Community and Enterprise Centre
 Church Street
 Attleborough
 NR17 2AHLearners will be given the freedom to experiment with different materials and techniques to research, design and produce professionally finished pieces of work.Although this course has just started there are still a few places available. Click on the course title to find out more.  To enrol email artcraftmusic@norfolk.gov.uk or call 01603 306553.

Courses costing £150 or more are now eligible for payment by direct debit whilst courses costing £100 and over can be paid in instalments.

Web: www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation
Tel: 01603 306553
Email: artcraftmusic@norfolk.gov.uk
Categories: Norfolk

Early Years Newsletter for September 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 13:46

WELCOME to this first edition of the new Norfolk Early Years Newsletter! Keeping you informed of all the latest Early Years developments both within Norfolk and nationally. This e-newsletter will be published on a termly basis, Read on to hear about;

The staff that can support you

Take part in the Out of School Club Audit

Discover how to get marketing material

Download the SEND Code of Practice

Learn about the Home Learning Scheme 

New members of the FIS Team

Norfolk Family Information Service are pleased to welcome 2 new staff members to join our team, Julie Steward and Katie Smith.

Our Facebook page and Twitter is aimed at both providers and parents giving updates on Early Years, childcare, Childrens events and activities, advice, parenting and lots more. many of you have have already liked our page and we are really pleased with the way this has helped us deliver information to you all, look out for our competitions we will be running soon and have your chance to WIN something.   

Please remember if you require FREE 2YO posters or 2YO leaflets for parents we can supply them direct just contact us by phone 01603 222300 or email fis@norfolk.gov.uk. We also have 3 & 4 year old leaflets, visit our website to see what is available....

Free Childcare and Early Learning

Ways of Working withing Early Years - EY SETTINGS

All Early Years settings will have recently been advised of the new ways of working within Norfolk County Council Children’s Services Early Years Teams. The current way of working comprises of three integrated strands namely Inclusion, Achievement and Home Learning Environment (HLE). Although integrated each strand also has a specific role and remit of work.

All settings will have a named Early Years Advisor for Inclusion and initial contact will already have been made. The focus of their work is to champion Inclusion within Early Years and support settings to deliver an inclusive environment for all children. As part of the support available from the Advisors in this strand an inclusion visit will take place for all settings once a term as a minimum. Other areas of development will give settings the opportunity to access support via Behaviour networks, in conjunction with Norfolk Steps, and 'clinic' sessions  which will be held across the county on a termly basis. The early years advisers have also been working to develop an 'online' toolkit for SENCOs along with other material to support the inclusion of vulnerable children.  More detailed information will follow.

Early Years Advisers in the Achievement strand will provide support, guidance and challenge to settings in areas of the County where Foundation Stage Profile results are low as well as working with settings judged as ‘requires improvement’ or ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted, Most settings with these judgements will have already had contact from their Early Years Achievement Advisor. For those that have not yet received contact this will happen shortly. Settings that have a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ judgement but have concerns, or require support in relation to their provision and/or the EYFS, need to contact their Development Worker in the first instance.

The Home Learning Environment (HLE) is a new focused area of work for a team of Early Years Advisers operating across the county. This is an exciting development and provides opportunities to further develop this area of work which supports children and families. The plan for the HLE work is to be undertaken with and through Children Centres initially and will be targeted at communities where there is a lack of childcare places and the foundation stage profile scores are low in children’s communication, language and literacy and personal, social and emotional development.

Discussions with Children Centre Leaders has highlighted the potential possibilities to further develop the HLE work in partnership with Children Centres. HLE ideas have been sourced from the Children Centres, good practice has been identified, as well as looking at local and national evidence based research to help take the work forward in Norfolk.

Dates for your diary -There will be a series of information events for all settings which will take place across the county in the autumn. Dates are to be announced soon. (Settings need only attend one session)

The information events are an opportunity for settings to ensure they are up to date on changes within legislation from the Government, DfE, Ofsted and Norfolk County Council. The sessions will also include updated information on the Children and Families Bill and other events and training across county.

Quality and Inclusion Grant

Quality and Inclusion grants up to a maximum of £5,000 are available to settings across the county. However, these grants are now being targeted at settings who have the greatest need. Settings with an Ofsted grade of requires improvement or Inadequate or those who need funding to ensure they are meeting requirements in relation to SEN or Equalities legislation will be prioritised.

An application in itself does not guarantee that funding will be awarded and settings will be required to provide evidence that they are meeting any conditions imposed as part of the award of the grant. Funding may be clawed back from any settings who are deemed to not be meeting these conditions. For further information please contact your Achievement or Inclusion Adviser.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Reforms

September 1st has now passed and the government’s legislation regarding the new way of working to offer support for children with Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) has now been introduced. Under the new system there is a much clearer emphasis on offering help at the earliest opportunity with parents being involved in decisions about the support available to their child and what they want to achieve. The aim of the changes in law is to reduce barriers which may slow down a child’s progress so children go on to achieve their full potential

Under the new reforms early year’s settings must have arrangements in place to identify and support children with SEN or disabilities and promote equality of opportunity. Early years settings are also required to continually monitor a child’s progress and support children to ensure they develop and learn. They must identify any developmental issues and work with parents to address them using their own best endeavours and resources to support the child, drawing on extra help if needed. The SEN Code of practice sets out the graduated approach of ‘assess, plan, do, review’ which is in line with requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) framework which all Ofsted registered settings must follow. The government has not set out how settings should document this but emphasises the importance of agreeing clear evidence based outcomes and monitoring and measuring how well the child is progressing along with what the setting will do if progress is not made.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Code of Practice: 0-25

As part of the reforms parliament has agreed a new SEN Code of Practice which is statutory guidance for organisations who work with and support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. This came into place on September 1st 2014 and can be downloaded at:

SEN Code of practice

Due to the size of this document the local authority has decided have the document printed for ease of access and will be available to settings to purchase for a nominal fee.

SEND Local Offer

Also as part of the reform from September 1st all local authorities must publish a ‘local offer’ which sets out in one place information about all provision they expect to be available across education, health & social care for children and young people in their area with SEN or disability.  All setting have been given a template to complete and return to Family Information Service for input into the early years ‘local offer’ and the response has been extremely good.

So a heartfelt 'THANK YOU' to everyone who has already returned their forms.  However we do have some gaps in providers so if you have not returned your form yet please feel free to access the template  SEND Local Offer Form and return to fis@norfolk.gov.ukWhat’s the latest on Childminder agencies?

Ofsted has published their Framework for the regulation of childminder agencies. It explains how they will regulate childminder agencies registered on the Early Years Register and the Childcare Register. It summarises the main features of registration and enforcement action they may take.

Framework for the regulation of childminder agencies

Ofsted have also produced a Childminder agency handbook to provide guidance for on how to apply for registration and information about Ofsted’s registration process and how they assess suitability.

It provides guidance for inspectors and sets out the legal background to compliance and enforcement work and the extent of Ofsted’s powers.

Childminder agency handbook

Two Year old Funded ChildcareProviding Places

Thanks to all of you who are offering funded placed for 2yr olds.  We are now the second top performing Local Authority in the Country as we have created nearly 5000 childcare places.  We still have gaps in a few areas which Development Workers and Childminding Matters are trying to address.

Take Up

We need help to keep improving take up of 2yr funded places, our government target is to get 3624 children taking up their place as soon as possible.  There are 2037 children accessing this at the moment.

Letters to parents

Parents would have received the latest batch of letters giving them an eligibility number.  Please be reminded that if a family has received a letter they do not need to complete another eligibility check just complete the claim form on the reverse of the letter and return.  Please also confirm when approached by a family who may be eligible that they have not already had a letter, this will avoid any duplications.

Early Years Safeguarding Audit

Thank you for taking part in the recent safeguarding audit of early years settings in Norfolk.  As you will be aware safeguarding is of paramount importance to ensure the safety of all children and therefore a review of safeguarding procedures is of great value.  The audit  is nearing completion and the data gathering and analysis will take place over the next few weeks.

 The outcome of the data analysis will be used to inform our training offer by the needs identified in each setting, updating the Early Years Safeguarding Toolkit and inform how we provide support to settings.

Out of School Club Audit

In order to meet our Statutory duties (Childcare Act 2006) in relation to; (2) Securing sufficient childcare for working parents and (3) Providing a parental information service, Family Information Service with the support of Development Workers, will be carrying out an audit to ensure we have up to date information about Out of school provision (OOSC) in Norfolk.

The audit will capture the following information related to OOSC

  • Provider Name
  • Named contact and contact details
  • Provider type (BC/Hols/OSC)
  • Ofsted register and judgement
  • No of places
  • Age range
  • Run by (Private/School)
  • Costs

Here is the link to the survey OOSC Survey

Thank you in advance for your participation.Local Agreement

Thank you for returning your agreements and documentation. These are currently being processed. Unfortunately it is taking some time, as we have over 700 providers offering Early Education to families in Norfolk.

Once checked and authorised, a copy of the agreement will be returned to your setting to place on display. It may be necessary for your setting to re-submit some documentation. This will be outlined in your letter and should be reviewed and returned by 1st October 2014, to ensure your funding is not affected.

Sufficiency Snapshot update for funded providers

The Sufficiency Snapshot is now available via the Provider Portal.

You should have been notified by email that this document has been published and the deadline for return is 25th September. Please ensure your email address is up to date so you receive notifications and other important updates from us.

A good way to check if your email address is up to date is to check your record on the Family Services Directory www.norfolk.gov.uk/fsd.  Where possible we recommend that you set up an email address for your setting and not use an individual’s email.

When completing the form on the portal you will need to base your snapshot figures on how you intend to or currently deliver funded places at that point in time. This is a snapshot and is not an exact science and does not effect how many children you can claim funding for.

Need further help completing the online form?

Email fis@norfolk.gov.uk or call 01603 222300 select option 1

Help-sheets will also be available at www.schools.norfolk.gov.uk

Early Years Finance update3 and 4 year old funding

Thank you to everyone who submitted their Summer 3 and 4 year old funding claims online.  The feedback has been very positive.

From 1st September all providers will use the portal to claim 3 and 4 year old funding.  From this date, it will be possible to view, update and submit child data for the Autumn 2014 claim period.  Guidance is available at 3/4yr old Funding guidance 

To support providers to submit child data for the Autumn claim period, training sessions will be offered later in October.  This is still in the planning stage, but dates will be advertised shortly via the training team.

2 year old funding

Please continue to post the parent/carer claim and amendment (leavers and change of hours) forms to Early Years Finance as soon as the childcare arrangements have been agreed.  These forms will be processed by the team and once completed, the details will be available on the portal to view.

It is also possible to submit parent/carer claim forms online at  Take2

SEND funding

The guidance for this funding is currently being updated.  Funding is available to settings to support children with high complex needs to access childcare.  Please contact your nominated Early Years Adviser for Inclusion should you need any advice.

We would welcome any feedback or comments, and if you wish to submit anything for the next addition please send to fis@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:22

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Adult Social Care Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 22 September 2014 is 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.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

RYA Day Skipper course for sailing enthusiasts

Norfolk Council News Feed - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 13:45
For all those budding sailors, this is the perfect course for you!This course provides a comprehensive introduction to cruising for inexperienced skippers who would like to improve their knowledge and skills.
By the end of the course, learners will have a practical understanding of the following topics:
  • The basics of seamanship
  • The essentials of coastal navigation and pilotage
  • Chartwork
  • Electronic charts
  • Position fixing
  • Plotting a course to steer
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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 12 September 2014

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,


Welcome to the 12 September 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 remind you that the next deadline for the Arts Project Fund is 30 September 2014. For information on the Arts Project Fund please visit http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Arts/index.htm or email arts@norfolk.gov.uk

Job OpportunitiesPart-time Hourly Lecturer: Photography - Norwich University of the Arts


£35.98 per teaching hour
Up to 180 hours for the forthcoming year


The Photography course at Norwich University of the Arts has established a reputation in the areas of advertising, editorial and fashion photography. The course foregrounds the development of highly individual photographic practice with the knowledge and understanding of its commercial contexts.


NUA are now seeking to recruit a committed and dynamic tutor to teach on our BA (Hons) Photography course. The role requires a comprehensive understanding of a range of contemporary photographic practices. Experience in working with still and moving image would be advantageous.


The successful candidates will ideally have experience of the teaching and learning requirements within a Higher Education environment together with an understanding and experience of relevant industry practices. The posts involve preparation for and delivery of tutorials, workshops, lectures, critiques and seminars across the curriculum. Essential course components comprise studio practice, contextual studies, and business and professional skills.


Closing Date: Wednesday 17th September 2014
Interview Date: Tuesday 23rd September 2014


For further information please visit http://www.nua.ac.uk/about/jobs/

Creative Team Coordinator - DanceEast


£18,000 - £22,000 pa (pro-rata)


DanceEast is seeking to recruit a Coordinator to support the work of the newly formed Creative Team, supporting the Producer (Performance & Events). This is a 50% job share post, working Wednesday to Friday. As a member of the Creative Team, the Coordinators provide organisational and administrative support for the Producers to ensure the effective delivery of performances and events within and beyond the Jerwood DanceHouse. You should be enthusiastic, reliable, organised and self-driven. Good communication and strong organisation skills are vital, as well as the ability to multi-task.


Completed applications must arrive at DanceEast by noon on Friday 19 September 2014. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich on Tuesday 30 September or Friday 3 October.


For further information please visit http://www.danceeast.co.uk/Vacancies-Creative%20Team%20Coordinators.aspx

Festival manager (Interim) - Cambridge Literary Festival


£21k–£23k pro rata


Staging two festivals each year plus a number of events throughout the year, Cambridge Literary Festival showcases the best in contemporary writing and thinking from across the world. We are currently recruiting a Festival Manager (Interim) who will be responsible for the delivery of the winter and spring festivals 2014/15 as well as individual events as necessary. The role has a variety of functions including administrative and logistical functions, as well as creative or development opportunities for the right candidate. Responsibilities will include event production and management, volunteer recruitment and scheduling, handling of the membership scheme, marketing and communications including social media, press relations, electronic communications and website management.


The post-holder will be tasked with a number of changing responsibilities and will work with flexibility, energy and commitment. The ideal candidate will have a keen interest in the work of the festival, and in the arts and culture more broadly.


Closing date for applications: 5.00pm Monday 22 September 2014


Full details: www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com/about-the-festival/meet-the-team/vacancies

Evening Technician: 3D Arts (2 posts) - Norwich University of the Arts


£9.89 to £11.09 per hour
3 hours per week (4.00 pm to 7.00 pm) up to 18 weeks per academic year


NUA have two vacancies for technicians to join their successful team in the 3D Workshop, providing specialist support to resources for the creation and realisation of three-dimensional student work utilising a wide range of materials, including wood, clay, plaster, wax, metals, resin and some plastics.


Candidates will be skilled technicians with proven professional experience of creative 3D working in a commercial or Higher Education environment.


The successful applicants will be proficient in a range of 3D skills and able to support students to produce high quality results.


Closing Date: Thursday 25th September 2014
Interview Date: Tuesday 7th October 2014


For further information please visit http://www.nua.ac.uk/about/jobs/

Teaching Museum Manager - Norfolk Museums Service


£27,323 - £28,922 per annum (Scale I)
37 hours per week
Temporary contract until 31 March 2018


Norfolk Museums Service has established itself as the first Teaching Museum in the country along the lines of the existing model of teaching hospitals and schools. The aim is to support the development of a highly skilled and flexible workforce.  They are seeking a self-motivated individual to lead the development and delivery of the programme building on the success of the programme to date. The Teaching Museum Manager will be responsible for recruiting cohorts of trainees, devising a comprehensive development programme and advocating for the programme with stakeholders. You will have strong project management skills, a track record of developing effective partnerships as well as practical experience of training, coaching and mentoring.


For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy please contact Jo Warr (Head of Development) on 01603 493665.


Closing date: 5 October 2014
Interview date: 17 October 2014


Further information regarding the vacancy and application instructions can be found here.

General Manager - Gecko Theatre


£30,000 - £35,000 per annum
   

Gecko is seeking to recruit a General Manager to lead the company into its next exciting phase, enabling the realisation of the ambitious vision to create stunning large-scale touring works as set by the Artistic Director.


Gecko are looking for someone with ambition, drive and ideas who is used to working in a management role. We are looking for a good team leader to work closely with the Artistic Director and able to work at a strategic level.


Applications should be submitted before 9.00am on Monday 6th October 2014.
Short-listed candidates must be available to attend a first round interview in Ipswich on either Monday 13th or Tuesday 14th October 2014.
Second round interview in Ipswich on Wednesday 22nd October 2014.


For application pack please visit http://www.geckotheatre.com/company/vacancies/

Development OpportunitiesArt Foundation Course - Wensum Lodge


Hoping for a career in the Creative Industries - A few late vacancies are still available on the Art Foundation Course at Wensum Lodge Norwich by Adult Education for students who are 18+  with at least 2 A2 levels and 5 GCSE levels grades A* to C, including maths and English or equivalent.


This is a one year course designed for students wishing to develop their creativity and visual skills. The course will introduce students to a range of art, design and media specialisms and is equivalent to two A Levels. It aims to heighten visual and intellectual awareness, develop the capacity to observe, select, interpret and manipulate images as well as create 2 and 3D visual forms.


Together with practical studio work there will be structured tutorials, lectures, discussions, one to one tutorials and regular reviews of work. Students will be encouraged to participate fully in the assessment process and learn to enhance their own critical awareness alongside their peer group. There will be visits to museums and galleries, locally and nationally.


The Art Foundation course has been a brilliant bridge between A Levels and University, preparing me for Higher Education"  Kyle Adams  - BA (Hons) Photography/ University of Brighton.


To find out more, please contact Kim Weir on 01603 306553.

Introduction to Arts Fundraising: For Organisations, Projects and Individuals


Tuesday 16th September, 10am – 1pm or 2pm-5pm at Writers’ Centre Norwich, 14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE,  £40


Don't miss your chance to receive expert industry advice on fundraising in our unique subsidised workshop. Led by the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, this workshop promises to demystify the world of fundraising and provide practical, achievable strategies for you to take forward. This session is suitable both for organisations and individuals, and will give you a fantastic grounding on how to start fundraising. You will learn the fundamentals of fundraising, covering such topics as:

  • Approaching trusts and foundations
  • Practical advice on getting started
  • Introduction to legal issues
  • Developing a case for support
  • Making initial contact


You'll leave this fundraising session with at least three immediately implementable actions and a wealth of new knowledge.


Book your funded place now.

Learn How to Work with Motion Graphics - IdeasTap Workshop


Ever wanted to learn how to develop your illustration skills? Across various platforms? Using multidisciplinary approaches including storyboarding, motion design, and editing?


Five IdeasTap members from a graphic design/illustration background will be given the opportunity to sharpen up their motion graphics skills through a series of three one-day workshops at IdeasTap HQ. These workshops will help you bring your work to life though motion design.


This brief is aimed at:

  • Observational-based illustrators
  • Character-lead designers
  • Graphic designers wishing to add motion to a pitch/brief


The winners of this brief will already have a few selected image(s) that they want to animate. Over the three one-day workshops, they will learn how storyboard the narrative of their animation and break down their illustrations into components ready for use in Adobe After Effects using Adobe software Photoshop and Illustrator. They will then learn how to animate these components using Adobe After Effects to create a fluid piece of motion design.   


The workshops will be led by design professional Lucien Bishop. Lucien is looking for designers whose work would benefit from the added expertise of motion design. Each winner of this brief will be able to arrange with Lucien when they would like their one-to-one workshops to take place.


IdeasTap will provide travel expenses up to the value of £100 for any winners based outside London, on the provision of valid receipts.


This brief closes on Tuesday 14 October 2014 at 5pm BST and is open to IdeasTap members aged 18 and over. For more information visit http://www.ideastap.com/Opportunities/Brief/Learn-How-to-Work-with-Motion-Graphics-141014#Overview

Training from the Theatre Trust: Building Better Theatres


The Theatres Trust, the National Advisory Public Body for Theatres, announces booking is open for Building Better Theatres, its Workshop Programme Autumn 2014 – Spring 2015. The workshop programme offers a series of six day-long, practically-based sessions on the capital development of theatre buildings, led by individuals with real experience of the issues, and specially tailored for people responsible for theatre buildings who want practical and detailed advice.


Workshops include:

  • 28 October 2014: Theatres and the Heritage System
  • 27 November 2014: Fundraising for a Capital Project
  • 21 January 2015: Planning a Capital Project
  • 12 February 2015: Theatre Maintenance
  • 5 March 2015: Delivering a Capital Project
  • 26 March 2015: Theatres, the Planning System and Local Government


Each course includes relevant and up-to-date case studies, provides direct access to theatre specialists, and offers great opportunities to network and share experiences with other people running theatres. The Building Better Theatres Workshop Programme is part of The Theatres Trust’s Theatres Advice Service.


Visit http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/events/workshops-14-15 to find out more and book online.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers'About' Commissioning Competition - Words and Women


Are you passionate about writing? Do you love the challenge of creating new work? Can you write for the page and for performance? Are you 'about' the East of England?


Then enter 'About', an exciting and unique commissioning competition for women writers.


Words and Women is looking for talented writers of prose, poetry and scripts to create work for page and performance which explores the life of women and their relationship to place.


The four winning writers will be given paid time to write and mentored by Words and Women, theatre director Adina Levay and performance poet Hannah Walker, and the new work will be published in their second anthology and performed on International Women's Day in Norwich, March 2015.


A further twelve writers will win a place on a special workshop - 'The Tough Room' - run by Hannah Walker.


Deadline for entries is midnight on the 26th of September, 2014.


For more details email wordsandwomencomp@gmail.com or visit www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

Words and Women Prose Competition


Words and Women’s exciting new contemporary writing prize for women in the East of England is open for entries.


The competition offers 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.


The competition 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. Entry fee is £10.00. Text should be no longer than 2,200 words.  The deadline for entries is 15th November, 2014.  Winners will be announced in January 2015.  See www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for details.

Industry Research & InformationSafe Network Conference 2014


Child protection and safeguarding can present real challenges for us all. Needing to keep up to date and to know and understand 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 Safe Network Conference is for those working with children and young people within the arts and cultural sectors. 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 as well as leading guest speakers. Topics will include current legislation, DBS, safe social networking and best practice. There will also be a number of workshops to select from - including child protection policy writing, safeguarding in performing arts settings, and safeguarding for freelancers and lone workers.


The conference will take place at the following venues:


Manchester
Z- Arts, Tuesday 4th November 2014, 9:45am - 4:30pm
Manchester Agenda
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London
Platform, Tuesday 2nd December 2014, 9:45am - 4:30pm
London Agenda
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A subsidised Delegate fee is offered at £75 per person.
EARLY BIRD BOOKERS: book before Tuesday 30th September and receive a 15% discount voucher to use on any Artsplan training course in 2015.
ENYAN members: receive a 10% discount (£67.50 pp) - please email alice@artswork.org.uk to book your discounted place.

Audience Development in Museums Survey


Two consultants working in the museums and heritage sector are undertaking research on audience development to feed into a session they will be running at this year’s Museums Association Conference in Cardiff in October 2014.


Staff, volunteers or trustees working in museums of any size and location across the UK, who have some kind of involvement in audience development, marketing or visitor engagement, are asked to please spend a few minutes to fill out their audience development survey, which can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/auddev

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.


Please promote and circulate this survey to your network and colleagues. For further information, please contact Michael Chang at Michael.Chang@tcpa.org.uk or on 0207 930 8903.


To complete the survey visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/tcpaculture

Funding OpportunitiesNorfolk Community Foundation Funds


Breckland Youth Advisory Board Fund (Breckland)
Applications can be made at any time while funds are available
Supports youth activities in Breckland with funding under three separate schemes: Training Bursaries, Transport Fund and Equipment Fund. Each scheme is open to individuals and charitable groups. www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/breckland-yab-fund/


Broadland Youth Advisory Board Fund (Broadland)
Deadline for applications from youth groups 26 September, applications from individuals can be made at any time while funds are available
Supports youth activities in Broadland with funding 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.
www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/broadland-yab-fund/


Brief Community Fund (Norwich/ Greater Norwich area)
Applications can be accepted at any time while funds are available
Aims to support organisations that work in the area of general mental health issues, age related mental ill health such as dementia and Alzheimer's, and related care provision. The Brief Community Fund will support charities, voluntary and community groups working in the Greater Norwich area, and may consider other providers based locally to Norwich which closely meet the fund aims.  Grants of up to £2,000 are available. www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/brief-community-fund/


Little Acorns Community Fund (Norwich and immediate surrounding areas)
Deadline 10 October 2014
Grants of up to £2,500 are available for charities and community groups in the Greater Norwich area for capital projects only. www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/little-acorns-community-fund/


Victory Housing Trust Community Fund (Victory Housing Trust's area of operation)
Deadline 10 October 2014
Grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities, voluntary and community groups as well as parish and town councils working in the Victory Housing Trust's area of operation which includes the North Norfolk District Council area as well as the parishes of Horstead, Blofield, Reepham and Lingwood in Broadland and West Lynn and Snettisham in West Norfolk. Preference is given to projects involving, or having the potential to benefit tenants of Victory Housing Trust. www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/victory-housing-trust-community-fund/


Bishop of Norwich Community Fund (Diocese of Norwich – details below)
Deadline 17 October 2014
The fund will support a wide range of charitable causes with an emphasis on strengthening communities and community activities. Grants range from £100-£2,000.  The Diocese of Norwich covers all of Norfolk except for the extreme West (Downham Market area), and also includes North-East Suffolk (Lowestoft and immediate surrounding area).
www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/bishop-of-norwich-community-fund/    


Love Norfolk (Countywide)
Deadline 26 September 2014
Grants of up to £3,000 are available for groups with an annual income of under £100,000 (taken as an average over 3 years).  In 2014 the fund is particularly keen to attract more applications from the Great Yarmouth and King’s Lynn & West Norfolk areas. www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/love-norfolk-norfolk-100-fund/


Small Grants Fund (Countywide)
No deadlines, grants are allocated on a rolling basis
The Fund aims to provide grants of £500 and under to small voluntary and community groups with an annual income of less than £30,000 to help them grow, and increase their capacity. The fund can support requests for training and capacity building activities, and general revenue (running costs, venue hire etc) or capital costs (equipment, repairs etc). It is expected that any grant awarded will represent the majority of project costs – the Small Grants Fund cannot be used to make a small contribution to a much larger cost.  www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/small-grants-fund/

Wellcome Trust – Arts Awards


The Wellcome Trust is inviting organisations and individuals to apply for funding through its Arts Awards. The Arts Awards support projects that engage the public with biomedical science through the arts including dance, drama, performance arts, visual arts, music, film, craft, photography, creative writing or digital media. Applications are invited for projects of up to £30,000 through their small grants programme. The aim of the awards is to support arts projects that reach new audiences which may not traditionally be interested in science and provide new ways of thinking about the social, cultural and ethical issues around contemporary science. The scheme is open to a wide range of people including, among others, artists, scientists, curators, filmmakers, writers, producers, directors, academics, science communicators, teachers, arts workers and education officers.


The next application deadline for small projects is the 28th November 2014. Read more at:
http://tinyurl.com/oxkarur

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme


The next deadline for applications to the BBC Children in Need Small Grants programme is the 1st December 2014. Through the Small Grants programme, funding up to £10,000 is available for projects that combat disadvantage and improve children and young people's lives. In particular, grants are available for projects that help children and young people experiencing:

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or living in situations of deprivation


Applications for funding are accepted from not for profit organisations such as:

  • Registered charities
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Schools
  • Churches
  • Community interest groups; etc.


Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b/features/cin-grants-small-index

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