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Halloween Fun at Ghostly Gressenhall

Norfolk Council News Feed - 10 hours 42 min ago
Tickets for Ghostly Gressenhall are Selling Fast! Ghostly Gressenhall 6pm-8pm Thursday 30 October and Friday 31 October 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please click here>>

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:50

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

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:31

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 Supplementary Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 27 October 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.
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Improving Times - 22 October 2014

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

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

Opening a new chapter for Children’s Services

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

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

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

Date, location and times of events:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nelson’s Journey – Christmas Quiz 

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

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

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.

Children's Services in the news

Ofsted under fire again over inspections row at three Norfolk schools 

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

Marked improvements at Caister High School, report Ofsted 

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

Gorleston junior school needs to improve, rule Ofsted 

Iceni Academy promises to improve after Ofsted visit

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

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Senior leadership team out and about

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

Stepping up involvement

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

Norfolk makes its mark

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

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

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

Read information on proposed budget savings in reports to:  

 

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

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

21 October Communities Committee Item no. 7) 

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Autumn 2014 Newsletter

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

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

The calibrating team at work.

Who can take part?

     Families and children who have a vision or hearing impairment  

Where do I send the finished poster?

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

Or give it to a member of the Sensory Support Team

Or email to mailto:http://sensorysupport@norfolk.gov.uk  

When is the closing date?

    Friday 14 November 2014  

What else do I need to know?

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

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

If you need any other information please contact Alison Blackman at alison.blackman@norfolk.gov.uk  

More information about anti-bullying can be find at  

http://www.ndcs.org.uk/family_support/new_resources.html#contentblock6

http://www.rnib.org.uk/sites/default/files/Beat%20bullying.doc

http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week.aspx

http://www.childline.org.uk/Explore/Bullying/Pages/Bullying.aspx

Good Luck to all those who take part!

Local Offer 

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

Our Local Offer can now be found on our website. Go to our website http://vsss.virtual-school.org.uk and click on the Local Offer to find out more. We would really welcome your feedback on how to improve the information in our Local Offer.

IN THIS ISSUE

 

  • What happens to radio aids over the summer
  • Design an Anti-Bullying Poster 
  • Update on Local Offer 

 

Our Website 

 

 

Please visit our website at vsss.virtual-school.org.uk This will give you much more information about VSSS and resources. Put it in your favourites.

 

 

Contact us

  

Telephone: 01603 704040
sensorysupport@norfolk.gov.uk


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Norfollk Children's University - October Newsletter

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

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

Awards for Museum Stars

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

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

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

To find out about the trails available at half term visit: http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Lynn_Museum/index.htm

It's Graduation time again!

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


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

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

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

NCU Star Student

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

Carol 

Fun half-term Learning Challenges for all

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


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


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


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

Activities for your Passport..Cooking up half term fun

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

Norwich Castle Museum Club

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

Museum Club meets 3 times per term from 10.30 – 12.30 on a Saturday and costs £12 per term.  To book a place  e-mail:ruth.farnan@norfolk.gov.uk  or ring 07881924374 

FREE Norfolk Record Office Hallowe'en Events

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

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

Thorpe Dolphins

NCU is excited to announce Thorpe Dolphins as a Learning Destination. At the Swim School children can learn to swim, water safety and survival skills to earn a stamp. For more information than please contact Kim Burrows, kim.burrows18@yahoo.com

New Learning Destinations

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

 

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

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

www.childrensuniversity.co.uk/maps 

 

New Learning Destinations

Norfolk Children's University

 

 

 

 #CUNorfolk

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Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 11:50

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 23 October 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.
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 17:02

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Norfolk County Council scores well in highways and transport satisfaction survey Mental health support in Norfolk to be discussed by Health and Wellbeing Board North Norfolk children to learn vital safety tips

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:24

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 draft Minutes for the meeting held on 29 September 2014 are now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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Norfolk County Council - Great Yarmouth and Waveney Joint Health Scrutiny Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 16:20

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Great Yarmouth and Waveney Joint Health Scrutiny Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on 8 October 2014 are now available.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 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 27 October 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.
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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 17 October 2014

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

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,


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

Job OpportunitiesFront of House Director - Norwich Theatre Royal


£32,500 pa


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


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


Job description and application form from: http://bit.ly/NTRFOHDirector
Completed application forms to j.claridge@theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk
(Jane Claridge, General Manager)

Development OpportunitiesHothouse 5 - Crafts Council


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


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


Application deadline: 20 October, 5pm


Further information can be found here.

Dance for Parkinson's Professional Development Course - DanceEast


Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 November
Jerwood Dancehouse, Ipswich


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


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


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


For more information and to book visit http://www.danceeast.co.uk/whats-on/790/DANCE-FOR-PARKINSONS-PROFESSIONAL-DEVELOPMENT-COURSE/

Breckland Art Trail Workshops


8 - 16 November 2014


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


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


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


For the full workshop schedule visit www.brecklandarttrail.com

Writing Courses at Writers' Centre Norwich


Writing Fiction: Intermediate (Online)
with Anjali Joseph
12/01/2015
Online £900 on being accepted to the course.
Take your fiction writing to the next level. Apply for the UEA - WCN Online Writing Fiction course.
http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/writingfictionintermediateonlinewithanjalijoseph.aspx


Writing Poems: Intermediate (Online)
with Helen Ivory
12/01/2015
Online £900 on being accepted to the course.
Want to work on your poetry? Join this UEA-WCN Creative Writing Online course to see your writing flourish.
http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/writingpoemsintermediateonlinewithhelenivory.aspx


Starting to Write Fiction (Online)
with Anjali Joseph
12/01/2015
Online £450 on being accepted to the course.
Get your prose fiction started with this UEA-WCN Creative Writing Online course.
http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/startingtowriteprosefictiononlinewithanjalijoseph.aspx


Starting to Write Poems (Online)
with Helen Ivory
12/01/2015
Online £450 on being accepted to the course.
Want to start writing poetry? Join this UEA-WCN Creative Writing Online course to see your writing flourish.
http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/startingtowritepoemsonlinewithhelenivory.aspx


Starting to Write Fiction (Face-to-face)
with Ian Nettleton
13/01/2015
Writers' Centre Norwich £230 / £195 conc
Want to learn how to write great fiction? This 10-week face-to-face course led by Ian Nettleton will give you the essential elements you need.
http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/Events-all/startingtowritefictionfacetofacewithiannettleton.aspx

Industry Research & InformationMarmot Indicators Cause Concern


New figures from the Institute of Health Equity illustrate some worrying signs for the future health of the nation. Poor results, in particular for children’s development and ensuring incomes are sufficient for people to live healthy lives, are likely to lead to increases in health inequalities in the future. The updated figures include adapted and new indicators to account for Coalition Government policy changes and to cover areas that were missing in 2012. One of the new indicators is ‘Visit to natural environment for health/physical activity in the last 7 days'. You can view the indicator
http://www.instituteofhealthequity.org/Content/FileManager/marmotindicators2014/norfolk-marmot-indicators-2014.pdf

Hard Facts to Swallow: A new report by GPS Culture


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

Arts Professional/Pulse Survey


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

LGA Free Leadership Essentials Culture event


Tuesday 4 & Wednesday 5 November 2014
Scarman House, Coventry


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


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


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


To book your place, please email grace.collins@local.gov.uk as soon as possible, as places are limited. To see the full programme please click here  http://www.local.gov.uk/events/-/journal_content/56/10180/6461720/EVENT

Funding OpportunitiesArts Council England Capital Small Grants Programme


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

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


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


Read more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/apply-for-funding/capital-small-scale-2015-18/

PRS Women Make Music Grant Scheme


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

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


The next application deadline is the 1st April 2015. Read more at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Women-Make-Music

Volunteering OpportunitiesTrustee - The Garage Trust


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


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


Further information and application details can be found on our website: http://www.thegarage.org.uk/become-a-trustee-of-the-garage-nid267.html

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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

 

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Herring Day at Time And Tide Museum

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 11:50
Herring Day at Time And Tide Museum Friday 31st October 11am - 4pm

Event free with museum admission

Celebrate the history of herrings! Guided tours of 'the old smoke house' Live lute music from 12.30pm Wood carving demonstration to discover more about Log Boats Fish dishes at the Silver Darling's Cafe Meet the Fisherman's friend, Sylvia Darling and find out more about sustainable fish
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Norfolk County Council - Planning (Regulatory) Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 02:00

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Planning (Regulatory) Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 24 October 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.
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Norfolk County Council News Update

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

Norfolk Trails’ Treasure Photo Competition winners revealed

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:59

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The presentation "The Health and Wellbeing Strategic Plan for 2014-17" from the meeting on 16 October 2014 is now available.
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Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 14:47

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 23 October 2014 is now available.
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Improving Times - 15 October 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 17:54
Children's Services staff newsletter - 15 October 2014 Getting involved in  'Getting in Shape'  

Last Thursday’s 'Getting in Shape' staff session was really well attended and staff were very keen to learn more and share their thoughts with the senior management team. As expected many attendees did want to know whether changes would be affecting their roles or those of their teams, but people were extremely positive about the ideas in the document and keen to support the approach. “It’s long overdue” was one comment made as staff left the event. 
There are many ways you can get involved in this consultation:

  • Come along to one of the remaining staff sessions scheduled for this week (Thursday 16 October at the Best Western Brooke Hotel, Bowthorpe (13:00-14:30) and Friday 17 October at Great Yarmouth Library, Tolhouse Street (09:30-11:00))
  • Email in your individual thoughts talktotheteam@norfolk.gov.uk
  • Discuss the proposals/consultation questions at a team meeting and email in your team's response

The consultation will run until 31 October so please provide your thoughts by then. A more detailed proposed outline of the structure including the opportunities for different job roles across the county will be published in early November – at which time all staff will be given an opportunity to comment generally on this, and on proposals which may affect them more directly.
Following consideration of feedback received during the consultation, proposals will then be finalised in readiness for submission to Children's Services Committee on 20 November.

Full consultation material: 
Read the consultation documents on the intranet here. (Select 'Getting in Shape Consultation Document' and 'Getting in Shape Business Case'). 

Important information for Social Workers and staff in social care teams

Times are very challenging for Children's Services departments across the country; in times of austerity the demand for services remains and even grows, there is also a national shortage of Social Workers and other key professional staff. In Norfolk we have successfully employed agency staff to cover maternity and vacancies pending permanent recruitment and, in more recent times, we have had a separate cohort of agency staff to help us get up to date and understand the service demands we face now and in the future. This has been largely successful but is not sustainable; we cannot afford it and ultimately we cannot to continue on our improvement journey without a more stable workforce. Moreover, we need to try and ensure that there is continuity and consistency for the children and families we work with. We also need to recognise that it is tax payers’ money so we must spend it as best we can for our citizens.
Colleagues across the Eastern Region are facing similar challenges, especially as recruitment companies are seizing the opportunity to expand their markets. In view of this, Norfolk County Council has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the other authorities in our region. Some key points of this are:

  • We will work together and with quality HEI/FEIs across the region to understand our future needs and develop a sustainable workforce plan
  • Develop a regional academy approach to ‘growing our own’, think NIPE!
  • Work together more collaboratively to support each other through improvement
  • Work together to raise the profile of temporary social workers as a valid short term solution to a temporary need (eg maternity cover)

 and

  • We will not directly headhunt staff (although this doesn't mean we cannot advertise for permanent staff)
  • We will not allow agencies to play us off one against the other therefore causing their rate to spiral (which does not get passed on to the worker anyway)
  • We have agreed that we will not use agency staff who have who have left permanent roles in authorities within the region within the last 12 months, where their reason for leaving is specifically to work as an agency worker on an hourly/daily rate. 

If LAs do not tackle these issues we will not be able to meet demands within our budgets nor will we be securing our future workforce. We do appreciate all the hard work undertaken by agency colleagues but we must secure a more sustainable and permanent workforce, where the use of temporary staff is an exception rather than an accepted norm.

Hate incidents and ‘mate crime’

Norfolk County Council and Children’s Services are part of the Hate Free Norfolk Network, working together with many other organisations to raise awareness of and to tackle hate incidents and hate crime and to provide support and help. Hate incidents are defined as any incident motivated by hate. It may or may not be a criminal offence. It can be experienced by people because of: Race or ethnic origin, disability, religion, gender or gender identity (Transgender people), age, following a sub-culture (such as Goths), sexual orientation (Lesbian, Gay or Bisexual people).
A ‘mate crime’ (as defined by the Safety Net Project) is when vulnerable people are befriended by members of the community who go on to exploit and take advantage of them. ‘Mate’ covers a wide number of people including friends, family and supporters. Sometimes the exploitation may not be an illegal act but still has a negative effect on the individual.
Within Children’s Services we are seeking to increase the number of child friendly places designated as Hate Incident Reporting Places, where people will feel safe to report an incident to people who can assist with next steps. 
Could your place of work become a reporting place?
To learn more and access a range of information, data and resources, explore Hate Incident e-learning available through the Learning Hub, or visit hatefreenorfolk.com.
Norfolk now has three Hate Crime Advocates working across the county. To find out more about what is happening in Norfolk visit hatefreenorfolk.com.
If you are concerned someone may be the victim of a hate crime or mate crime make contact by:

  • Telephone 999 in an emergency
  • Telephone 101 for non emergencies
  • Text 07786 200777
  • Minicom 0845 345 3458
  • Email

Hate Free Norfolk information leaflets are available from Neil Howard Equality and Cohesion Officer in the County Council, 01603 224196.

Challenge yourself on equalities

At the last colloquium, a challenge was presented to attendees to take time to reflect on their individual practice, prejudices and assumptions in relation to people with characteristics protected under the Equality Act 2010. You can see the presentation here.   We have a clear statutory duty to do all we can to ensure equality of access to opportunities and services for both children and their families and for employees. To achieve this, it is important that everyone within Children’s Services recognises the part they have to play.
Between now and the end of the year, we want to encourage as many people as possible to undertake the e-learning available through the Learning Hub related to equalities. The following training has been agreed:

Equality and diversity in the workplace - Mandatory for all Children’s Services managers
Equality Act 2010 - Mandatory for all members of staff
Exploring and recording Identity -Mandatory for all managers and workers in operational teams
Hate Crime - Relevant for all members of staff
Equality Impact Assessments e-learning course - Relevant for managers who may be required to complete Equality Impact Assessments

Please take time to complete the training as detailed above, before the end of December. If you are not sure which training is relevant for you, please speak to your line manager. For more information related to equality and diversity visit the Children’s Services intranet page.

Children's Services in the news

Norfolk’s children’s services department faces £300,000 cuts

Committee to discuss future savings in Children's Services

Ofsted boss reveals his hopes for the future of Norfolk education

Ofsted chief’s hard home truths for Norfolk headteachers

Schools watchdog praises speed of change at King’s Lynn Academy

County Council set to recruit permanent new Directors as proposed new structure is unveiled

Cameron plans rapid intervention for failing schools

Is it time we gave teenage pupils a later start to improve their education?

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Senior leadership team out and about

Sheila, and the CS leadership team, will be attending staff consultation sessions in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. They will also attend the Norfolk Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership Board and the Performance and Challenge Board at County Hall.
Helen will be attending a Signs of Safety Conference in Milton Keynes. She will also be attending a Freedom Charity Event in Norwich, which will focus on tackling honour based abuse.
Michael is travelling to Cambridge for a CAMHS Integrated Pathway event.
Andrew has an N&E Performance & QA meeting in Cromer, an initial meeting with the Task and Finish group and an N&S LAC Partnership Project Board meeting.
Gordon is attending the ASCL Regional Conference, near Cambridge, and has a School Forum meeting at Mattishall. He will also attend a meeting of the Services for Schools Board at County Hall.
James and Gordon are attending a dinner at the Assembly House with senior educationalists from the Nord Trondelag region of Norway, as part of a visit in connection with our 10 years of partnership working and student exchange with Norway.

NFJ B Congratulations

Andrew Haley and Cathy Mouser attended the Norfolk Family Justice Board (NFJB) on 9 October where they were congratulated by June Thoburn, chair of the NFJB, as (working with our partner agencies) the average timescale for care proceedings in Norfolk at 22.8 weeks is well below the 26 week target timescale and places us at  approx 10th in the country. There is still work to do to ensure that we have good quality assessment on all pre proceedings and court work cases and please remember that full, thorough and timely pre birth assessment is crucial so that we can be clear about our planning at the earliest possible stage. Please also take time to look at the Norfolk Family Justice Board website which has some information relating to court work activity that you may find useful.

Leader responds to Ofsted

Sir Michael Wilshaw, Head of Ofsted, was the keynote speaker at this year’s Norfolk Headteacher’s Conference in Norfolk last Wednesday, and his address was widely covered in the media last week. The points he made about wide variations in standards are issues we recognise and something we've been working on with our headteacher and governor colleagues for the last 18 months.   On Friday, Council Leader George Nobbs gave his reflections on Sir Michael’s comments in the EDP and you can read them here

Recycling revolution comes to work

From 1 October mixed recycling at County Hall and Carrow House includes the same extended range of materials in line with changes to household recycling in Norfolk. There is one exception – glass. At County Hall and Carrow House we are asked to keep glass out of the recycling as we have a separate collection bin for this. For other NCC premises, current local arrangements continue to apply. However, as contracts for waste collection expire, premises managers are urged to take up the services provided by Norse who provide the contract for County Hall. For more details on this please contact the county procurement team.

150 head off on careers trail

For the second year running, Norfolk County Council, Easton & Otley and the Royal Norfolk Show worked together to arrange a very successful Careers Trail at the Show, for approximately 150 young people from 9 high schools. Students were guided round selected industry stands and offered advice around routes into land-based industries including university, vocational Level 2 and 3 courses and Apprenticeships. 45% of the students said that the Trail had changed their views on careers in that industry and 86% would recommend the Trail to others. We will be repeating the Careers Trail next year and hoping to attract even more students.

Senior roles advertised

Watch out for next week’s MJ, published 23 October, where we will be advertising for the new Executive Director of Children’s services and the three new Assistant Director roles to complete our senior team. The advertisement will be accompanied by a commentary from Wendy Thomson our Managing Director. Read her paper on the reorganisation of her senior team here which goes to Full Council on Monday 20 October.

Secondment opportunity

The Child Protection team based in King's Lynn is looking to second  to the Assistant Team Managers post for a period of 6 months. This is a busy team with a strong culture of support and a good track record around performance. If you are interested in being considered for this please send an expression of interest, including relevant experience, to Ann McKendrick. If you would like to discuss this opportunity further please contact Ann or Julia Mower. Closing date is 24 October 2014. 

Evaluation Report

Social Work in Schools Pilot - Impact on multi agency working
This report summarises the impact that the Social Work in School Pilot has had on multi agency working within the five clusters it operated in over a 6 month period, from November 2013 to July 2014. The pilot was established to test the benefits for agencies and families from social workers and schools from working in a different way. Read the report.

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