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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:02

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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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Your Norfolk Extra August 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 13:02
 August 2014 

Welcome to 'Your Norfolk Extra', Norfolk County Council's monthly e-newsletter.

It's time to celebrate those people who work selflessly for communities all over Norfolk. The EDP has launched its search for the 2014 'Stars of Norfolk' in association with all of the county's local authorities. Categories include Carer of the Year, Young Person of the Year, Fire Service Person of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Unsung Hero of the year. Closing date is Monday 13 October with a glittering ceremony on 20 November at Norwich Castle. Find out more on the EDP website

Norfolk Prepared Week

Norfolk Prepared Week 2014 kicks off at the Forum in Norwich on 20 September 10am to 4pm with events, demonstrations and activities. See us there to pick up tips on fire safety, first aid, flood protection and more. Read more »

Free activities for adults

Fun and Fit is a programme of free, 10-week courses that are aimed at complete beginners. Feel healthier, more confident, and meet like-minded people! Courses start 6 October, so visit the website to see what's available in your area!

Ebooks and eaudio

Find out all you need to know about downloading ebooks and eaudio from Norfolk County Council libraries. Click here for lots of useful information.

Big Switch and Save

Norfolk councils have set up the Big Switch and Save scheme to help you to save money on your energy bills. Register for free by 13 October with no obligation and we’ll find you a great deal.

Norfolk Trails photo competition

We’re looking for your favourite snaps of the discoveries made when out exploring the Norfolk Trails. You can submit up to five entries each until 30 September. For more details on how to enter and terms and conditions click here.

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Event Reminder - Angles Way 25th Anniversary - 6th September

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:50
  Invitation to the 25th Anniversary of the Angles Way - 6th September

To celebrate the 25th anniversary since the opening of the Angles Way by John MacGregor the then MP for South Norfolk, the Ramblers Association in conjunction with Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils are holding an event to which you are invited as a Friend of the Angles Way.

There will be speeches followed by a 6 mile Ramblers led walk along the Angles Way from Redgrave and Lopham Fen to Fair Green, Diss, stopping for a picnic lunch at Wortham Ling (please bring your own picnic).

Anyone who would prefer a shorter walk may join for part of the distance - the minibus can be arranged with prior notice to pick up at any point where the route meets a road. This can be arranged by contacting Helen Timson on 01362 869403 or by e-mail.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Event Details:

Date: Saturday, 6th September

Time: 11am


Redgrave and Lopham Fen, Low Common Road, South Lopham, Diss, IP22 2HX

Get directions here.

Parking: Will be clearly marked on the day. A collection of £1 per car is requested for donation to Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Dress code: casual

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Improving Times - 27 August 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 15:58
Children's Services staff newsletter                                 27 August 2014 Developing our department 

Key priority for Children’s Services is to develop a new Leaving Care Service for those preparing to leave our care and those who have left it.
This new service will:

  • Improve outcomes of young people who are leaving our care
  • Improve our performance, in particular the quality and rate of completion of our Pathway Plans
  • Ensure we meet our statutory responsibilities

 A project team has come together, with Andrew Haley as the sponsor and Ali MacPhail as the business lead. The design of the new service will be co-produced with young people and practitioners including colleagues from our partner organisations. We are using the model that’s helped us to develop our involvement strategy as part of this project. The design will align with the overall re-design of Children’s Services – we are just moving a little quicker in this area. During August we have been reviewing how the current Leaving Care function operates, visiting other authorities to understand how they manage Leaving Care and defining our requirements for the new Leaving Care Service.
This will then inform the design work in September, focussing on developing a set of design principles and developing a set of different delivery options so we can select a preferred option. 

GCSE results – stable in a turbulent year

Thousands of teenagers across the county collected their GCSE results last Thursday, with more than half of Norfolk’s schools reporting a boost in performance. Provisional results suggest that 54% of Norfolk’s students achieved the gold standard of five A* to C grades, including English and maths this year – the same figure as in 2013. Norwich’s schools, overall, have shown the biggest improvement, with the district seeing a 4.3 percentage point boost in the proportion of children achieving the gold standard – up from 46.2% to 50.5%. The results come amid a national picture of significant turbulence in testing, with changes to the exam system impacting on results, particularly in English. 
Nationally, the proportion of A* to C grades in English has dropped by 1.9 percentage points. 

Important - HCPC registration renewal for social workers

From 1st September to 30th November 2014 all social workers will be required to renew their HCPC registration. A letter will be sent to your home address providing instructions for renewal. So If you have moved house in the last 2 years, please make sure that HCPC has your current home address.
Renewal is a fairly straightforward process involving a 'professional self-declaration' that you are meeting the standards and payment of the £160 registration fee (this can be paid in full or by direct debit of 4 installments over 2 years).
Renew your registration at the earliest possible opportunity, don't put it off as lapsing from the register could be very costly to both you and the department.
If you don't renew before 30th November, you will be removed from the register and will not be able to practice as a social worker until you are back on it. Your pay could be affected and, if you are off the register for more than one month, there is an additional re-admission fee of £280.

CPD audit

In addition to registration renewal, 2.5% of social workers will have their continuing professional development (CPD) audited. If you are one of the individuals randomly selected for audit your will receive a second letter from HCPC and will have until 30th November to submit your CPD portfolio. For further information about the CPD standards and the audit process go to:
There is also a good webinar produced by the HCPC about this (you only need to watch the first 35 mins): click here to watch the video.
If you are selected for audit, please contact for support and guidance.

Championing school attendance - a duty for us all

We’ve all got a role to play in promoting good education for all and part of this is children’s regular school attendance.
It is really clear, and there is good evidence to show, that poor school attendance impacts on children's achievement educationally, their skills and their social and emotional development.
Areas of high deprivation are characterised by an ever decreasing circle of poor school attendance, low skills, unemployment, poverty and poor health. Breaking this circle starts with keeping children in school.
Parents have a duty in law under the Education Act  to make sure their children go to school, and where they fail in this duty we have the statutory power to enforce this via legal proceedings.
But sadly where one part of the department is busy enforcing this key issue, other parts are involved in undermining their efforts including in the last four months

  • A Children's Services practitioner who lobbied a GP saying, in their professional opinion, that two siblings were medically unfit to attend school on mental health grounds. In this case, neither parent had attended meetings offered by the school regarding the children's attendance. This meant the case was withdrawn after it reached court,  at great expense.
  • A Children's Services practitioner submitted a report to court,  used by the defence,  stating that due to difficult family circumstances, the parents had done all they could to ensure the children's attendance. This without any consultation with our own attendance service. Once more, the case had to be withdrawn once it had reached the court.

Such practice simply must cease immediately. It not only undermines our integrity but, most importantly, is against the best interests of children and young people. Around 90% of supportive interventions we make with families to get children into school work, so the decision to prosecute parents is never taken lightly and is used only as a last resort where all other forms of support haven’t worked. Where Children's Services staff are approached by parents to support them against such a prosecution they must bring this to the attention of their line manager who should refer matters to the relevant Attendance Improvement Officer in the CiN teams.

Children's Services in the news

Senior leadership team out and about

Sheila is meeting with the DfE in London, talks to the Director of national charity Barnado’s and to the EDP education correspondent Martin George about her first year in Norfolk.
Helen is attending the DfE London meeting and will also be considering a supervision audit in Breckland.
Gordon is meeting the DfE's Regional Scools Commissioner (Tim Coulson) and also meeting with various Headteachers to discuss their school's exam performance.
Michael attends the Looked After Children panel meeting, and joins Sheila in the meeting with the Director of Barnado’s.
Andrew meets with the Benjamin Foundation and the In Care Council.
James attends a training course on raising aspiration in primary schools.  

You will have all seen media coverage of the report into sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham, and if you want to read the full independent report you can see it here.

Ofsted framework update

The new Ofsted inspection framework for services for children in need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers was updated in June 2014 and all staff need to be aware of this version. A copy can be found on the QA website.

Museums for the Under 5s 

The Norwich Castle Museum Snapdragons sessions for
2-4 year olds finished their successful second year with a programme that continues to engage the children with a range of themes and museum collections.
‘Snap meets the Romans’ and ‘Take Flight with Snap’ allowed the group to handle objects and take part in activities that explored two major temporary exhibitions at the Castle this year. Evaluation has been universally good:

  • “It’s the only under 5s session I’ve been to with a learning element”
  • "Completely different, unique idea”
  • “Like the fact the children explore galleries and objects”
  • “Amazing access to real historical artefacts. Great facility and super staff”

Another outcome of the development of these sessions at Norwich Castle has been broadening the approach to Early Years developments at other Norfolk Museum sites with ‘Little Kippers’ at Time and Tide and ‘Little Nippers’ at Cromer.

Insight into nurturing

The success of ‘Fostering Attachment’  - a course run two years ago - has led to the development of Nurturing Attachments, a new, free course for social workers starting in September and running for 18 weeks. Developed by Kim Golding, Nurturing Attachments is a programme that runs for 3 hours a week that takes social workers through the understanding of attachment theory, child development and the impact of trauma, using the House Model of Parenting. It will be run by members of Learning and Development and the LAAC CAMHS team. Comments on the earlier course by fostering social workers

  • “The course has been intense but incredibly valuable"
  • "The House Model is a good basis for building basics to enable the child to have the 'foundation' first”
  • “My supervision with carers has been enriched and I feel this course should be available to all in family placements. It can only be of huge benefit to looked after children”

You can book on to the course via the Learning Hub.

Your feedback

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

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 10:00

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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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September Newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 09:52
September 2014Events for Adults - Norwich

Know Your Norfolk  - Lowestoft Porcelain
Norwich Castle Study Centre, Shirehall
Mon 1 September, 10am to 1pm
Get up close to wonderful examples of Lowestoft Porcelain with Dr Francesca Vanke as she explores the history of this exquisite style and its influence on the region.
Tickets £15, Conc £13, Museums Pass £10 including refreshments.  Booking essential 01603 495897/493625.

Norwich Castle
Golden Gobblers: The Turkey in Art and Life
Art Fund Lecture, Weds 3 Sept, 5.45 to 8pm
Spend an evening with Dr Tom Duncan, a leading speaker on the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies circuit.  £12, includes entry to the exhibition and a glass of wine.  Booking essential, tel. 01603 495897.

Study Day – Why are Birds Wonderful?
Sat 6 Sept, 10am to 4.30pm
Join Mark Cocker, author of the widely acclaimed Birds and People, and a flock of expert speakers.
£30, Museums Pass £27, includes refreshments, lunch and entry to the exhibition.  Booking essential, tel. 01603 495897. 
Image: Melchior de Hondecoeter, Fowl, 1668-70, © Nottingham City Museums and Galleries.

A Natural and Unnatural History of Norfolk’s Birds
Tues 9 Sept, 12.30pm
A lunchtime talk with David North, Head of People and Wildlife, Norfolk Wildlife Trust. Free with museum admission.

Art Workshop
Weds 17 Sept, 11am to 12.30pm
Explore drawing and painting techniques with artist and tutor, Graham Rider.  This monthly art class is suitable for beginner and improving artists.
Tickets £6, Conc £5.50, Museums Pass £5.  Booking essential 01603 495897/493625.

Events for Adults - Thetford

Talk – Thetford in WWI
Ancient House, Tues 16 Sept, 2.30 to 3.30pm
£5.  Free for Friends of AH and Museums Pass.
Advance booking essential, tel. 01842 752599.

Events for Adults - Cromer

A Beginners Guide to Fossils
Friday 19 September, 10am to 3pm
Romp through a variety of fossils from Norfolk and beyond, from microscopic pollen to elephants.  Find and identify real fossils from the Cromer Forest Bed. £18, Museums Pass £15.  Advance booking essential, tel. 01263 513543.

Heritage Open Days

Join us for this national celebration and enjoy free admission,  special tours and events between Thurs 11, Fri 12, Sat 13 & Sun 14 September.

Shirehall Courtroom –  free tours 
12 Sept, 11am, 12, 1 & 2pm
Be one of the first to see our refurbished courtroom.  Tours follow the original long walk and spiral staircase taken by prisoners from the Castle.  Tour lasts 45 minutes.  
Suitable for ages 10+. Meet at Rotunda desk, Norwich Castle.  Booking advisable, tel. 01603 495897.

Norwich Castle – 13 Sept, free admission.
Museum of Norwich –  11 to 13 Sept and a chance to tour the undercroft.  Tours at 11am, 1 & 3pm.  Booking essential for tours, tel. 01603 629127.
Strangers’ Hall –  11 to 13 Sept, free admission.
Ancient House – 13 Sept, free admission
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse – 14 Sept  plus behind the scenes access to the Historic Environment Service. Free admission.
Lynn Museum – 14 Sept, free admission.
Tolhouse Gaol – free admission 11 to 14 Sept plus Not all Witches were Women! (Sun 14). Meet the Witchfinder General and Marcus Prynne – a gardener accused of witchcraft in 1645.
Elizabethan House – free admission 11 to 14 Sept.

Save a Fortune

with a Norfolk Museums Pass.  Find out how

More information about events and opening times

Last chance to see

The Wonder of Birds at Norwich Castle
This stunning exhibition has attracted national attention.  Catch it before it closes on 14 September – or if you’ve already seen it, have another gander!

Say goodbye to summer...

Make the most of the last few days of the school holidays at these lovely family activities.

Bird Brain - Norwich Castle
Take your peck of hands on activities and feathery fun.  Until 3 Sept.

Go Go Gressenhall
Find new ways to travel around Gressenhall.  Leap over to Art Attack! and make streamers,   play games, win races and have fun in the adventure playground.  Until 3 Sept.

Make do and Mend - Museum of Norwich
Mon 1, Tues 2 & Weds 3 Sept
It’s back to the Blitz as Norwich faces its fiercest foe.  Family crafts every day and costumed characters on Tuesday.  Peek into the wonderful wartime house and have a go at our summer scrapbook challenge.

Foolhardy Circus Time Fish Quest – a nautical trail at Time and Tide 
Mon 1, Tues 2 & Weds 3 Sept

Action Models – Plasticine and animation workshop
Mon 1 Sept, 11am to 4pm

Brilliant Bronze Age and Super Seahenge – Family Event Day at Lynn Museum
Tues 2 Sept, 11am to 2pm.
£2, Museum Pass/Friends of Lynn Museum £1.50.

All the Fun of the Fete, 1914 - Ancient House 
Sat 6 Sept, free – part of Thetford Festival.

More family activities

Guided Walk - Lost Hotels of Cromer
Sun 14 Sept, 1.30 to 3.30pm
£4, Museums Pass £3. Advance booking essential, tel. 01263 513543.

Anglo-Sikh Heritage Day Ancient House
Sat 27 Sept, free.

Horse Power! - Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
Sun 28 Sept
Meet experts and see heavy horses working on the farm.

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:52

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Social work management ad

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 17:28

As part of our Improvement journey we are increasing our Social Worker establishment; one of the ways we are doing this is by recruiting Newly Qualified Social Workers and co-ordinating their ASYE through the Norfolk Institute of Practice Excellence (N.I.P.E.).

We are increasing the size of the two N.I.P.E. teams in September and in order to provide the quality of development and supervision needed we are recruiting two Assistant Team Managers to support the Team Managers. The teams are based in Norwich and Gt Yarmouth.

You must be a qualified Social Worker and it would be desirable if you had experience of developing staff through effective reflective supervision.  You will also need to be able to manage performance,  assess progress and keep staff motivated.

These roles report into the N.I.P.E. Team Managers and the Duty Team Managers and will also have daily interactions with other team managers.

If you are on the Future Managers Programme or starting to look for an opportunity to move into management and leadership then this could be the role for you! Please ring Vilma Stevenson on 01603 223871 or Shannon Lansdown on 01493 448273 for an informal chat about N.I.P.E, or Candida Meaney on 222486 or Jeannette Wade on 01493 448 460 and after that if you are sure it's for you then you can apply  

We also have two great opportunities within the Norwich and Gt Yarmouth Duty teams as we have an Assistant Team Manager vacancy in each. These roles will play a significant part in continuing and sustaining our Improvement.

To apply for the NIPE Assistant Team Manager vacancy please click here

To apply for the Duty Team Assistant Team Manager vacancy please click here

Closing date for applications is Monday 8th September.

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 17:00

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More than half of Norfolk’s schools see improvement amid turbulence in GCSE results

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 22 August 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 22 August 2014 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

Norfolk Arts Forum members are also invited to SAVE THE DATE for the 2014 Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and AGM on Thursday October 16th from 10:00am - 1:15pm at the Town Close Auditorium, Norwich Castle Museum, Norwich. This year the the conference will cover Cultural Tourism and Audience Development in the East. Invitations and registation instructions will be sent to all Norfolk Arts Forum members within the next few weeks.

Job OpportunitiesTheatre Technician - Vivacity Culture and Leisure

£17,300 - £19,800 p.a.

The Key Theatre is situated in Peterborough city centre and hosts a wide variety of productions throughout the year including National touring shows, dance, drama and live bands. The theatre also works with local community groups and amateur dramatic societies to provide professional facilities for them to access.

They currently have an exciting opportunity for a Theatre Technician to join the Technical Team at the Key Theatre. As part of the technical team you will play an important role in the smooth running of the region’s most important entertainment venues.  You will work to maintain the required high standards in all areas.

In this role you will be responsible for providing a full professional technical support service to the Key Theatre and its users. As a multi-skilled Technician you will assist in the preparation and support of performances and events. You will be required to maintain an area of specialism to lead, run and assist teams in Lighting and/or Sound.

The successful candidate will have a good knowledge and understanding of current operating requirements and health and safety requirements within in a theatre environment, and have the ability to work with staff at all levels to ensure the theatre delivers an excellent service and experience.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 27th August 2014 – 5pm

To apply, please visit

Technical Apprentice - Cambridge Junction

£650 per month
Full Time 40hpw

Cambridge Junction seeks a Technical Apprentice to prepare, rig, install, operate and monitor technical systems for all styles of touring and independently promoted live acts.

The main purpose of this role is to support the Technical Team to deliver outstanding events and to participate in the rigging and operation of all sound and lighting equipment for public events including theatre, dance and community shows while studying for a Level 2 qualification in Technical Theatre.

To apply for this post you must be at least 18 years old on 01 October 2014 & cannot have a degree.

Deadline: 01 Sep 2014
Interviews:17 Sep 2014

Application pack can be found in the following link:

Operations Apprentice - Cambridge Junction

£650 per month
3 Vacancies
Full Time 40hpw

Cambridge Junction seeks 3 Operations Apprentices to work as part of the Operations Team primarily on the box office, stewarding and supervising at events.

The main purpose of this role is to support the Operations Team to deliver outstanding events and excellent customer care by working on the box office, events and the bar while studying for a Level 2qualificationinSupporting Cultural Venue Operations.

Once appointed each apprentice is assigned a mentor in order to gain a focused insight into Programming, Finance or Communications.

To apply for this post you must be at least 18 years old on 01 October 2014 & cannot have a degree.

Deadline: 01 Sep 2014
Interviews: 15 & 16 Sep 2014

Application pack can be found in the following link:

Development Director - Norwich Theatre Royal

£33,500 per annum

Norwich Theatre Royal seeks a Development Director to generate additional income for this busy and successful presenting theatre primarily through attracting sponsorship and developing relationships with local businesses; cultivating new and existing donors; and pursuing relevant and appropriate funding opportunities.

You will also lead the capital campaign to secure funds for a new education facility and contribute to the success of this exciting project.

Closing date for applications: Wednesday 3rd September 2014

For more information and to apply please go to:

Project Manager (Freelance) - North Norfolk Stories

Museums Norfolk, the membership organisation that supports museums and heritage sites across the county, is seeking a freelance Project Manager to deliver North Norfolk Stories, a two-year project funded by a £75,800 Heritage Lottery Fund grant. North Norfolk Stories will establish an annual, large-scale and free Museums at Night event in North Norfolk that will be self-sustaining when the project is completed. Twenty-one partner organisations, including museums, libraries and heritage sites are involved. Key to the project is that it aims to engage more people with heritage, as both participants and visitors, and will provide training for young people in valuable employment skills. It also includes an education programme for schools, reading groups in libraries, opportunities for volunteering, and mentoring and skill sharing between partners.

The post holder’s role is to support the freelance Project Manager to develop and deliver this project during 2014-16 and will also work closely with the Museums Norfolk Development Manager and Museums Norfolk Committee. The successful applicant will be based mainly at home but travelling to meetings and event venues in Norwich and North Norfolk will be required. Applicants should have excellent communication and organisational skills, the ability to prioritise tasks, experience of budget monitoring, and experience of producing reports.

The post is offered at a fixed fee of £10,800 inclusive of all travel and personal expenses and is expected to commence on approximately 6 October 2014 and end on 31 August 2016. This is based on an estimate of 120 days’ work over the duration of the project. However, the number of days per week spent on the project will fluctuate at different points according to the varying demands of the schedule.

Deadline for applications is Wednesday 3 September 2014. Interviews are expected to take place mid September at the Shirehall, Norwich.

For more information and a full job description and person specification please contact Laura Crossley, Project Manager at

General Manager - King's Lynn Arts Centre

£18,000 gross per annum
1 year fixed term contract- 5 days per week from October 2014.

Kings Lynn Arts Centre is seeking a General Manager responsible for the commercial development of Kings Lynn Arts Centre locally, regionally and nationally, enhancing its reputation as a popular and thriving Arts Centre.

The role will be focused on day to day business administration and finance, health and safety, risk assessment, security and sales, management of volunteers, work experiences and apprentices.

Closing date: 14th September 2014 – 5.00pm
Interview date: Week beginning from the 22nd September 2014

You can download the job description including details on how to apply for this position here

Magazine Editor - Norfolk at the Pictures

Cinema Plus, Cinema City’s Norwich-based film education charity, are looking for a freelance Magazine Editor or Project Co-ordinator based in Norfolk to develop and deliver a commemorative one-off magazine.

The magazine is part of Norfolk at the Pictures, a Heritage Lottery funded project to capture and preserve memories of cinemagoing in Norfolk and will contain photographs and stories collected as part of the project.

This is a fixed fee of £2200 plus expenses.

Applications should be made in the form of a CV and a covering letter explaining why you feel you would be suitable for the role.
Closing date: 5pm on Mon 15 September 2014 by email or by post to:
Marc Atkinson, Cinema Plus, Cinema City, St Andrew’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4AD.

For more information please visit

Assistant Curator, Community Programme - Kettle's Yard

£24,775-£27,864 pro rata

Kettle's Yard is a House with a permanent collection of twentieth century artworks, library and an archive, together with a gallery presenting a changing programme of modern and contemporary art exhibitions and artists projects.  It has an international reputation for its activities that include concerts of new and classical music and an extensive programme of education activities.

The Assistant Curator, Community Programme is part of the integrated programming team lead by the Senior Curator. S/He will primarily deliver the Open House Programme, a co-curated programme between Kettle’s Yard and communities in North Cambridge.

Reporting to the Community Officer, the Assistant Curator will play a key role in delivering Open House residencies, exhibitions, activities and events. S/He will ensure that Kettle’s Yard maintains a sustainable relationship with local communities, through delivering a locally relevant and internationally significant programme.

The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, the ability to develop relationships with people at all levels, knowledge and enthusiasm for contemporary artistic practice, and experience of coordinating arts projects in a community setting

This is a part-time position for 3 days per week. The role is funded by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation until 2017.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 17th September 2014.
Interviews will take place on Friday 26th September 2014.

For the full advertisement, further particulars and to apply for this post please visit:

Life Models for Life Drawing - City Gallery Peterborough

City Gallery are looking for some new models for their friendly, relaxed Life Drawing classes which take place on alternate Thursday evenings between 7 and 9pm.

1 evening session every 6-10 weeks, booked in advance.

£30 per session paid as a freelance rate. Models need to register for tax with a Unique Tax Reference number. Payment is by invoice and purchase order.

For more information/enquiries regarding this opportunity, please contact:
City Gallery, Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF

Development OpportunitiesITC Autumn Training Programme 2014

ITC’s new training programme is designed to offer you the essential information and key skill development that you need to run a successful performing arts organisation or project. These courses give you the opportunity to work with expert trainers and fellow participants from across the arts sector. Click on the course titles below to learn more:

All courses take place at The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG. ITC can also offer them as in-house or regional events if there is sufficient demand. Talk to ITC about organising training in your local area. To learn more and to book on to courses visit

Evening Film Courses - Cinema Plus

Cinema Plus courses are all entry-level and designed with accessibility and affordability at their core. They are run by experienced tutors from institutions such as the University of East Anglia and many of participants have progressed onto further education opportunities.

Beginners Guide to Film Studies
From Thursday 2 October for ten weeks
7.00 – 9.00pm in the Cinema City Education Space
£95 (£75 concs)
The return of the popular, informal course which clarifies the jargon and details how a film is put together. No previous knowledge is required, just an enthusiasm for watching and discussing film. With tutor Nigel Herwin.

New American Cinema
From Wednesday 5 November for six weeks
7.00 – 9.00pm in the Cinema City Education Space
£60 (£45 concs)
From Easy Rider to the growth of independent film, this course offers an opportunity to explore the exciting and radical changes in American cinema since the late 1960s. With tutor Nigel Herwin.

German Cinema Between the Wars
From Tuesday 30 September for six weeks (finish 11 November)
7.00-9.00pm, £45
Venue: Friends' Meeting House, Kings Lynn
Tutor: Sue Burge
Explore how the rollercoaster fortunes of the Weimar Republic were reflected in films so innovative they still influence the industry today. A wide range of films will be discussed during the course including Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, Metropolis, M and even Hitchcock's The Lodger.

To book a place visit

Masterclasses at Norwich Puppet Theatre

Puppet Carving Masterclass
Presented by: John Roberts
Sun 5th Oct 2014
Price: £300.00
Running time: 6 days Sun 5th - Fri 10th Oct
Ages: 18+
Join master carver John Roberts from PuppetCraft to learn how to carve your own wooden puppet. Discover the construction and jointing techniques needed to make your design come to life using a combination of traditional puppet carving skills. These will include freehand carving from China and saw cut profiles from Europe. Gain confidence using a wide range of tools safely and effectively. The workshop is suitable for beginners to more experienced makers. Spend the six days creating a complete puppet or take your work home at the end of the week to finish at your own pace. Book Here.

Marionette Manipulation Masterclass
Presented by: Ronnie Le Drew
Sat 11th Oct 2014
Price: £100.00
Running time: 2 days, Sat 11th - Sun 12th Oct
Ages: 18+
Harlequin Award winner Ronnie Le Drew returns to the Theatre for a masterclass in short string marionette operating. With over 40 years experience of performing, Ronnie will guide you through the techniques of marionette manipulation. This workshop is for anyone interested in this performance art. Book Here.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersAudition Notice - Maddermarket Theatre

The Ghost Train, By Arnold Ridley
Director:Stash Kirkbride

Production dates:
19th March - 28th March 2015 (inc Performances)
Rehearsals will start from Monday 9th of February 2015, 5 nights per week, 7pm-10pm, though until Wednesday 18th March 2015.

Tuesday & Wednesday 16th & 17th September 2014 (in the MM Bar)
Auditions will be 20 minute one to one sessions with the director. There is no need to learn anything in advance of the audition but please be familiar with the play; a reading copy is available at the theatre.

The Play:
A Film Noir 1940’s thriller/light comedy, set at a disused Cornish railway station. A group of passengers find themselves stranded at a station, late at night, and a host of characters are brought together for a night of suspense. Captivating and thoroughly entertaining, this classic revival of a Maddermarket favourite will be a sure fire hit and great fun to be a part of.

For information on characters and how to book an audition please visit

Commission and Touring Opportunities - Without Walls

As part of their commitment to supporting the development and creation of inventive outdoor/street art in the UK, Without Walls invites artists and companies from any discipline to request support for the creation and touring of new outdoor work for presentation and touring in 2015.

ALL work will be considered on merit and the strength of the applications, but will prioritise investment in work that meets one or more of these agendas:

Innovation, risk and new boundaries
Without Walls are keen to support artists to experiment with new ideas and techniques, digital technology and ambitious material.

Small scale work
Small scale work from any discipline but that is suitable for playing on a variety of settings both urban and rural.

Culturally diverse and deaf and disabled artists
Without Walls are committed to supporting work that is led by and features culturally diverse & deaf and disabled artists.

Before you begin your application, please ensure you read the guidance notes ; this document outlines the criteria for eligibility and contains information regarding Without Walls' artistic policy and commissioning funds. We also suggest that you review the Without Walls programme archives which contains information about work supported in the past.

Deadline for submission of proposals: October 2nd, 5pm

For more information please visit the Without Walls website.

Industry Research & InformationWhat Next? Norfolk Chapter Meeting

The 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.

The details for next week's meeting are below:

Topic: Artist-based (agenda TBC)
Date: Wednesday 27th August 1-2pm
Location: Writers’ Centre Norwich, 14 Princes Street, Norwich, NR3 1AE

All are welcome, and if you are interested in attending meetings please email For further information, visit the What's Next? Norfolk Facebook Page.

Arts & Kindness: The Theory

Could arts be a ‘superconductor’ for kindness?

Written in association with the Centre for the Study of Group Processes at the University of Kent, this paper is for practitioners, arts professionals, policy makers, researchers, funders, and all those who have a passion for building kinder, more caring communities. Much is claimed for the transformative power of the arts. Driven by curiosity and a desire to understand how our work can be more effective we have been exploring those claims and examining them more closely. Drawing on evidence and research across a range of academic disciplines including psychology, sociology, philosophy, economics and neuroscience, this paper proposes a model for how the arts might create the conditions for kindness to grow. Defining kindness as something that goes beyond individual acts of generosity and thoughtfulness, we examine the potential of the arts to be at the heart of strengthening our capacity for empathy, friendship, social bonds and concern for others, including future generations.

It is speculated that the arts have an important and unique role to play in exploring questions of kindness and inspiring change. This paper is the start of this exploration and the authors look forward to feedback on how it may be developed further. You can download a copy here:

DONATE Scraps Charges for Charities

The National Funding Scheme has announced that its mobile giving platform DONATE, currently adopted by 200+ arts and heritage organisations across the UK, is to be made free for charities. DONATE is the country’s only digital giving tool to combine SMS text giving, web app, QR and Near-Field Communication technology in a single platform. As an incentive to fundraisers, NFS is scrapping its 4 per cent commission fee and absorbing all credit and debit card transaction costs from a minor share of any eligible Gift Aid throughout the rest of August and September – with a view to this becoming a permanent feature of DONATE. DONATE is already free of any set-up or monthly fees and NFS believes this development will make it the most cost-effective multi-channel fundraising platform in the country. Other developments in the coming months include a direct debit and repeat donation facility, and a new tool for peer-to-peer fundraising. Read more at:

Critical Spaces Survey - A Critical Catalyst for Socially-Engaged Art

Critical Spaces is a new and FREE web-based platform for socially-engaged artists, which will launch in autumn 2014. Critical Spaces has been designed by artists, for artists and ixia is supporting the development of Critical Spaces. 17 workshops have been held across the UK to research and develop this platform. This survey is your opportunity to support the fine-tuning of Critical Spaces. You will also be given the opportunity to pre-register for the beta launch.

Critical Spaces will:

Increase artist visibility by featuring a UK map and directory of artists.
Facilitate new artist connections by allowing you to search for artists, both geographically and by practice.
Support critical thinking through advocacy, resources and arranging ‘Critical Gatherings’

To complete the survey, click: Take the Survey. Alternatively, copy and paste the following web-address into your browser: The survey will close on Friday 19 September 2014. 

Norwich Sound and Vision 2014

Thursday 9th October 2014
10:00 AM
Early Bird £60.00 : £50.00 concessions
Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Sound and Vision returns for it’s fifth year with another amazing three days of conference and debate with industry professionals and speakers from the worlds of film/TV, digital/interactive, and music, not to mention three nights of great music in venues across the city.

The full delegate pass enables entry to all of the conference panels and to all of the evening gigs.

Norwich Sound & Vision is a place for companies, individuals, bands/musicians, record labels, filmmakers, writers and anyone with an interest in the music, film and multi media industries to network, reach new markets, forge new partnerships, learn, be inspired and have a fantastic time in one of England’s most charming cities.

Concessions include members of the Musicians Union, BPI, AIM, MMF and MPA.

For further information and to book visit

Funding OpportunitiesLink2Learn Awards - International School Partnerships

To celebrate excellence and innovation in international school partnerships, the British Council, supported by HSBC Global Education Programme, is again holding the Link2Learn Awards in 2014. The Link2Learn Awards aim to recognise and reward schools, individual International Co-ordinators and schools new to international partnerships for their work in forming and sustaining international school partnerships. All educational institutions with students aged 3 to 18 are eligible to enter the competition, i.e. nurseries, schools (including special schools) and colleges. There are prizes of up to £5000 each for primary, secondary and special schools. The runners up in these three categories win £1500. Individual International Co-ordinators at schools can win £3000 and schools with a new partnership (less than one year old) can win an award of £3,500. For example, Wooton Bassett School in Wiltshire received an award for being a global school. The school has developed links with Nanhai Middle School, China through a science GCSE based air quality activity and with Crescent Girls School, Singapore through a performing arts project.

The competition will open on the 1st September 2014 and will close on the 10th October 2014.

Read more at:

HLF Heritage Grants over £2 Million and under £5 Million

The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced the next closing date for applications to its Heritage Grants scheme for project of over £2 million and under £5 million is the 16th October 2014. Under the Heritage Grants scheme funding is available for projects that relate to the national, regional or local heritage of the UK. Activities that can be funded include:

  • Historic buildings
  • Archaeological sites
  • Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
  • Natural and designed landscapes and gardens
  • People's memories and experiences (often recorded as ‘oral history'); etc.

HLF welcome applications from single not for profit organisations and partnerships led by the not for profit sector. In addition, the HLF also makes grants of £100,000 - £2 million and grants in excess of £5 million. These are subject to different application deadlines.
Read more at:

Technology Strategy Board Innovation Vouchers Scheme

The Technology Strategy Board, the UK Government's Innovation Agency, has announced that £5,000 of funding is available to help small and medium sized companies access external expertise to develop new business ideas and processes. This can include:

  • SMEs buying in expertise from universities and further education colleges
  • Research and technology organisations
  • Technical consultancies; etc.

The funding is available to start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises. The £5,000 voucher can be used to:

  • Develop new or improved products, processes and services
  • Using design to improve business ideas
  • Managing a company's Intellectual Property.

The closing date for applications is the 22nd October 2014. Read more at:

Theatres Protection Fund Small Grants Scheme

The Theatre Trust‘s Theatres Protection Fund Small Grants Scheme aims to target theatres run by charities and not-for-profit groups that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work with local communities.
Small capital building projects that address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and which enhance physical accessibility will be prioritised. Applicants have to own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than five years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They also need to demonstrate that they run a regular theatre programme of professional, community and/or amateur work presenting no less than 30 performances a year. The maximum level of grant that will be awarded is £5,000.

Deadline: 5 November 2014

Read more at:

Comic Relief Grant Making Programme

Comic Relief's grant making programme has moved away from funding in specialist areas, to supporting a wider range of work that meets with one of its four themes;

  • Safer Lives - People avoid entering harmful and risky situations; People experience less harm from past or present violence, abuse and exploitation; More people leave violent, abusive and exploitative situations.
  • Better Futures -  Young people lead less chaotic lives and engage in less harmful lifestyles; Young people recover, cope and thrive in the face of severe personal, family and social adversity; Young people progress into employment, enterprise, training and education opportunities.
  • Healthier Finances - People in severe financial hardship increase their financial literacy, reduce their debt and maximise their income; People who are financially excluded can access affordable credit and financial services.
  • Fairer Society - People from marginalised groups engage with and influence decision makers and hold them to account; People from marginalised groups are subject to less discrimination from public attitudes, laws, policies or services.

A further theme (Stronger Communities) will be open for applications from 2015. Comic Relief will make grants for up to 3 years, for a minimum of £10,000.   There is no maximum grant size, however an average grant size is for £130,000 over three years.  Comic Relief will consider applications for core costs from organisations where the entire work of the organisation fits strongly with the theme.   All applications must also fit with one of Comic Relief's priorities.  For further information visit the Comic Relief website.

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation has announced that capital and revenue funding is available to support the work of local and national charities and not-for-profit organisations that address rural and urban deprivation. Within these two main headings, the Trust is interested in helping established projects which work in the fields of:

  • Community Support
  • Arts, Education & Heritage
  • Disability & Health Care

The type of projects the Trust are interested in funding include projects providing transport for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged; contact networks for the young disabled; projects which encourage a sense of community such as community centres and village halls; employment training schemes especially those promoting local, traditional crafts; projects addressing issues such as drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness.

There are three grants schemes. These are:

  • The Large Grant Scheme, with grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 to cover capital costs
  • The Small Grant Scheme, grants of between £5,001 and £9,999 to cover capital and revenue costs;
  • The Fast Track Scheme with grants of up to £5,000 to cover capital and revenue costs. In addition,

The Foundation also provides funding to support capital projects at hospices throughout the UK; and on local projects providing support for mothers and babies in the first two years of life.

The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider applications at the beginning of February, May, September and November. The deadlines for submitting applications are generally 2 months before the date of a meeting. Read more at:

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:19

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Norfolk County Council - Personnel Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:14

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Personnel Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 1 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.
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 18:01

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

New Apprenticeships opportunity aims to put Norfolk youngsters on the road to success

Norfolk MP to officially open convenience store as first Pub is The Hub project is completed

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Improving Times - 20 August 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 16:12
Children's Services staff newsletter                                 20 August 2014 Quite a result!

Tomorrow (Thursday) all those in the county who took GCSE exams will hear the results of their last two years hard work – and we wish all of the students, their teachers, parents and everyone who has supported them the very best of luck. Last week 'A’ level results were announced, with early indications that Norfolk’s results overall were an improvement on last year’s figures.
We hope that all those students and schools involved have achieved everything they planned for, and while we hope for considerable improvements across the board, we are mindful that GCSE and 'A’ level courses cover two years – and we are only just twelve months into our improvement journey, supporting schools and colleges in their work to raise standards and offer all Norfolk children good or excellent education. 
What we will be doing immediately after we have congratulated those who have worked so hard is to look closely at the results overall so we have a picture of which schools will really need more of our intensive support and intervention and can begin that work as soon as they return from their summer break.
Gordon Boyd, Norfolk County Council's Assistant Director of Children's Services offers congratulations and advice to Norfolk's 'A' Level students.

Congratulations Sinead!

Sinead Mora, one of our first children to leave an education placement with Norfolk Assisted Boarding Pathfinder - got her A levels in Psychology (A), Business Studies (B) and Photography ( B), the grades she needed to secure her a place in Liverpool Business University where she hopes  to get a degree to support her career in Business and Marketing. She has secured herself funding from charities to support her through university. She was very excited and pleased – and reportedly off to celebrate in Spain for her holidays .

Dealing with complaints

The monthly update on compliments and complaints coming in to the department is showing really encouraging signs. While the number of complaints and MP enquiries we’ve received this year so far is about the same as last year (310 and 303) the increase month on month is slowing down – and there is a noticeable reduction in complaints made about staff behaviour, conduct and attitudes. This is good news and a tribute to staff working with people often in times of crisis.
On a slightly less positive note, we are finding that some of the background supplied by our staff to the complaints team to answer specific enquiries is not high quality enough – and in some cases could be misleading. Shortly we plan to be auditing random pieces of information sent through to complaints to check on their quality and will be feeding findings back to teams.

Norfolk joins bid for ‘Signs of Safety’ funding

We’ve recently joined forces with nine other local authorities working in partnership with leading national academics and trainers in a multimillion pound bid to transform children’s services with ‘signs of safety’ at the centre.
At its heart, the bid headed by Eileen Munro directly addresses the challenges identified by her in the 2011 Munro review which were to design services around children and families, create a culture of continuous learning and draw on robust evidence - and importantly it gives greater clarity to the role of social work as well as making it more accountable.
The implementation of Signs of Safety will be led by Munro, Turnell and Murphy - three internationally renowned experts in the field of child protection and an equally strong team of trainers and information systems experts to support their work. The evidence strongly suggests that where Signs of Safety has been adopted outcomes for children and families have improved.
The ten local authorities who will work in this innovation project – Brent, Bristol, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Tower Hamlets, Wakefield, West Sussex and Wokingham – provide a rich mix of urban, rural, big city and London borough. There is high level corporate support for this proposal with Wendy Thomson, our managing director, and James Joyce as our Lead Member signing a Letter of Commitment. For each local authority the project will align policy and procedures within the Signs of Safety framework; identify specific information requirements as part of a quality assurance system; build capacity to train the workforce in the new practice method and develop an action research programme to evaluate the implementation of Signs of Safety and the outcomes for children. Please watch out for further updates on the bid and details of Signs of Safety.

GRT myth-busting

Gypsy Roma Traveller (GRT) communities are one of the most discriminated against groups in this country. There are a number of myths surrounding these communities which lead to stereotyping and discrimination

Gypsies are dirty
Gypsy culture is built upon strict codes of cleanliness. The Travelling communities are very aware of the misconception held by the settled community of their being dirty and therefore take extra care to keep their homes and their children spotless.

GRT do not value education
Most GRT parents value education highly. They understand the need for their children to read and write and be computer literate in order to compete in the jobs market. It is not possible to say how many GRT children there are in Norfolk schools because many parents do not ascribe as GRT for fear of racist bullying. However the GRT branch of Norfolk’s Minorities Attainment and Achievement Service are currently aware of 541 children attending cross phase schools. The Children’s Services Equality and Diversity group has added some useful resources and links to the E&D website on working with GRT children, young people and families. We also have two GRT Educational Advisers who would be happy to provide focussed support, guidance and training to teams – Caroline Henderson 01603 303301 and Laura Abbro 01603 303315.

Listening to our children

Over the next few days, Norfolk’s Virtual School for Children in Care will be contacting the carers of looked after children who will be starting Year 9 and 10 this September. We will tell them about a paper questionnaire we will be sending out to the children in their care before the start of term which will also contain a link to an online survey we would like carers to complete.
This is the first time the Virtual School has undertaken this kind of activity, but in the light of changes to statutory guidance regarding the promotion of the education of LAC and a renewed focus on the voice of the child, we are keen to get a better sense of how schools are supporting our LAC. The results from this pilot activity will also be of interest to Ofsted Inspectors going forward. At the beginning of the Autumn Term the Virtual School will also be emailing a link to another online survey designed for Designated Teachers for LAC which they will be invited to complete. All three questionnaires ask the same questions which will allow us to compare results. The Virtual School are hoping to produce a report based on our findings which will be published during National Care Leavers Week (23-31 October 2014).
If you would like to see a copy of the questionnaire please contact Wendy Rudd at It would be much appreciated if you encourage carers and young people to get involved.

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Leadership team out and about

Sheila and Helen meet with the Department of Education in London.
Helen has a performance and quality assurance meeting in Great Yarmouth.
Andrew has a Social Work Reform Group meeting in Norwich and a performance and quality assurance meeting in Dereham.
Gordon is attending a Norfolk to Good and Great discussion at the Professional Development Centre.

Update on our restructuring

Work continues on how we plan to restructure our department to support our improvement journey and make the services we provide clearer and more cohesive for those who need them. 
Unlike previous restructures, this reshaping is driven by our collective passion to get services right for children and young people and deliver better outcomes for them so it is absolutely key that we get it right. Because of this and due to the wealth of ideas and views received from staff and partners following various engagement activities, we have needed more time than we originally planned to properly consider these and ensure they are appropriately reflected in our formal proposals.
Since our update last week, the four spokespeople on the Children’s Services Committee have asked for briefing sessions (both with their whole 17 Member committee, and another with Members who don’t sit on our committee) so they too can hear about and discuss what's driving our plans and the proposals we are considering. We hope this will take place early in September, and expect to be in a position to start formal consultation on the shape of and services to be offered by the new look department ( which will not be down to an individual rlevel at this stage), sometime after 22 September and not from 4 September as previously stated.
In the meantime please continue to keep feeding back your thoughts and ideas to

Become part of the story

As Norfolk schools continue on their improvement journey, we plan to document this from the 'inside' by creating a mini version of the famous TV programme '7up' and following a handful of Norfolk children who start school this September through their first year in school. We are looking for three or four families in different parts of the county who would be prepared to be interviewed and photographed with their child a maximum of six times during the year, talking about their experiences. If you have a child, nephew, niece, grandchild, neighbour or friend starting school this September and would like to be part of the project - and in return have this precious first year in education well documented - please contact no later than Tuesday, August 26 and we'll be in touch with more details.

Apprenticeships on the highways

A new apprenticeships programme is giving a group of young people in Norfolk the opportunity to forge a career in the highways industry.
The programme, run by Norfolk County Council in partnership with Lafarge Tarmac, will offer ten apprentices a start in a highways maintenance career in locations across Norfolk. Beginning in September, the apprenticeships will last for two years and give the ten young people the opportunity to complete a Level 2 Highways Maintenance Apprenticeship whilst working and learning in an outdoor environment. The positions are currently being advertised by Training and Apprenticeships in Construction (TrAC), who will employ the apprentices and place them with a host employer, either Lafarge Tarmac, Norfolk County Council or other members of the Council’s supply chain. For more information on the service that TrAC provide, as well as how to apply for the apprenticeship positions, see

Norfolk on the National stage

Tricia Ciappara, our Deputy Head of the Virtual School has been invited by the Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP and Booktrust to attend an Inspiring Learning event at the Attlee Room, Portcullis House, Westminster in October


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GCSE results this week - we can help!

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 18:42
Are you, or do you know someone who is receiving their GCSE results this week?

We are holding drop in sessions at Great Yarmouth and Norwich where our friendly Step Learning Team will be on hand to help provide more information about the range of courses we offer. 

From childcare, sport and active leisure to construction, performing arts and many more.  Come along to find out what a difference the Step Learning Programme could make.

                       Aspire                                            The Garage
                   1-2 Market Row                          14 Chapel Field North                    Great Yarmouth                                   Norwich
                     NR30 1PB                                          NR2 1NY                                         Thursday 21 August 2014                                                      2pm-4pm

No need to book, just turn up and see how we can help Web:
Tel: 07827 622429
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 18:01

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Norfolk stake in east-west rail link study

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Community Services News - August 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 13:49
ISSUE FOUR  AUGUST 2014Community Services News HCPC registration renewal for social workers

From 1 September to 30 November 2014 all social workers will be required to renew their HCPC registration. A letter will be sent to your home address providing instructions for renewal. If you have moved house in the last 2 years, please make sure that HCPC has your current address.

Renewal is a fairly straightforward process involving a 'professional self-declaration' that you are meeting the standards and payment of the £160 registration fee (this can be paid in full or by direct debit of 4 installments over 2 years). Renew your registration at the earliest possible opportunity, don't put it off as lapsing from the register could be very costly to both you and the department.

If you don't renew before 30 November you will be removed from the register and will not be able to practice as a social worker until you are back on it. Your pay could be affected and, if you are off the register for more than one month, there is an additional re-admission fee of £280.

CPD Audit

In addition to registration renewal, 2.5% of social workers will have their continuing professional development (CPD) audited. If you are one of the individuals randomly selected for audit you will receive a second letter from HCPC and will have until 30 November to submit your CPD portfolio. For further information about the CPD standards and the audit process click here. There is also a good webinar produced by the HCPC about this (you only need to watch the first 35 mins) click here to view. If you are selected for audit, please contact for support and guidance.

Local arts organisations are awarded £7.2 million by Arts Council England

On 1 July Arts Council England (ACE) announced its investment plans for 2015-2018. This includes its new National portfolio of arts organisations and museums, representing a major public investment in England’s art and culture.

ACE has increased its National portfolio organisation (NPO) investment in Norfolk by 29%, awarding a total of £7,239,009 to five Norfolk Arts Organisations; Norfolk and Norwich Festival (+ Bridge*), Writers Centre Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre, SeaChange Arts and Creative Arts East.

In addition to these arts organisations, Norfolk Museums Service will continue to operate as an Arts Council England Major Partner Museum, one of only 21 across England, receiving £3.6 million over the 2015-18 period.

National recognition for the work of these organisations is fantastic news for Norfolk and its residents. The awards will enable these organisations to increase their provision of high quality arts opportunities as well as making a major contribution to the local economy. Norfolk County Council match funding is an essential requirement of the awards.

* NB Norfolk and Norwich Festival received additional funding as an ACE Bridge organisation, for its work nurturing cultural education partnerships between artists, schools and arts organisations.

Securely destroy memory sticks, floppies, CDs and DVDs the easy way!

Please do not throw them in your waste bin. There is a free and easy option that you may not know about. All you need to do is call the Norse Helpdesk on 0845 8500 319 then a Caretaker will collect and securely destroy them.

As office moves take place memory sticks, CDs, floppy disks and DVDs will come out of the woodwork, they will be found in the bottom of drawers, under desks and even disks under coffee cups!  You may have no idea what these contain and no idea what to do with them.  Although these should not be dropped in the waste bin, this is an easy option, but a risky one because they could hold NCC or personal data; therefore they should all be securely destroyed.

New acute hospital admission pathway

Following guidelines set out for "improving Acute Hospital Patient pathways for adults with a learning disability (LD) and autism" a document has been designed by health and social care professionals in the east to provide a clear pathway for adults with a learning disability and autism who access acute healthcare. The aim is to achieve both good and equitable health outcomes for people with a LD receiving treatment at James Paget Hospital.

The document is intended to evidence good practice, complements existing policy and procedures and uses the concept of reasonable adjustments. It includes admission and discharge procedures (including out of hours), supporting documents (such as Hospital Passports), useful contacts and data sharing protocol.

The document has been presented at the Mental Health/Learning Disabilities Programme Board (East) and is on the agenda for the next LD Partnership Board in September. To view the document click here.

IN THIS ISSUE Have you completed your mandatory e-learning?

Chief Officers agreed last year that two health and safety e-learning modules would become mandatory for all employees to complete by January 2014. All employees were automatically enrolled on the Introduction to Health and Safety and the Fire Safety Awareness courses.

If you have not already done so please ensure these courses are completed as soon as possible. Reports showing those people who have not completed the courses will be circulated to senior management each month. Click here to visit the learning hub

Standards for employers of social workers re-developed

The Standards for Employers of Social Workers in England have recently been re-developed and re-launched by the Local Government Association (LGA). These standards set out the shared core expectations of employers which will enable social workers in all employment settings to work effectively. Click here for more information and to download the full standards. Click here for a guide to what you should expect as a social worker.

Did You Know?

Norfolk has 47 branch libraries and eleven mobile libraries.  In the last financial year (2013/14) Norfolk’s libraries were visited ‘in person’ over 4.35 million times and ‘virtually’ (online for things like renewals and reservations or accessing e-books) over 4.75 million times.  Comparing this to previous years reveals an important trend in the way people use libraries both in Norfolk and nationwide.  Since last year physical visits have actually reduced by nearly 4%, whilst virtual visits have gone up by nearly 7%, showing how people are increasingly using online services where possible.

An apology

You may have noticed that some apostrophes were missing in the July issue of Community Services News. We apologise that this was the case which was caused by a technical problem with GovDelivery, the system used to deliver the newsletter. 

Other Newsletters What should you do with your vital records?

Don’t overlook records management when developing business continuity plans. Times are changing and with more of us tapping into flexible working, it wouldn’t be uncommon to find yourself working on confidential information in the office, in public places or at home. Good business continuity includes ensuring good security arrangements with our data. 

We all handle confidential information on a daily basis, from paper based documents, to spreadsheets, presentations, emails and any other computer generated files. By following our corporate guidelines and being careful with how we manage electronic and paper records, we could prevent a disruption to our services. Most of us have systems in place to ensure that electronic records are safely stored and backed up with a plan in place should an unexpected crisis occur, but paper records are frequently neglected. It’s worth considering as part of our business continuity that paper records are stored safely and securely.

What if you have historical records which are irreplaceable but are not kept in fire proof safes? Or storing records in a library basement which leaks during heavy rainfall? By thinking about what records you need to keep and where they will be stored protectively, you could avoid a business continuity incident.

For further advice and guidance please click on this link or contact the Information Management Service telephone 01603 222661 or email 

If you need support in completing your plan or have any queries about it please contact

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Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 15 August 2014

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 15th of August edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

Job OpportunitiesMajor Donor Consultant - The Garage Trust & Seachange Arts

The Garage Trust (Norwich) and Seachange Arts (Great Yarmouth) are looking to recruit an experienced major donor consultant(s) to work with staff and board members of both organisations to:

  • Develop the tools and skills for both organisations to be ‘fit for’ major donor fundraising, including a strategy and action plan for each organisation
  • Identify a range of quality prospects for each organisation and strategies for approaching and cultivating them

The Garage and Seachange are working in partnership as part of the Arts Council’s Catalyst Programme.  This programme aims to develop the capacity of the arts sector to diversify their income streams – particularly individual and corporate giving.

The work will take place between September 2014 and May 2015. The total budget available for the work is £8000.

Closing date 27th August at 12pm with interviews scheduled to take place in Norwich on 3rd September.

To obtain a brief, please email: or call 01603 283382.

Education Officer - Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts

£20,781 to £24,057 per annum

This new post will play a key role in the co-ordination, implementation and delivery of the creative education, outreach and research programmes at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Applicants will be educated to degree level, or equivalent qualification or experience and have strong organisational skills – preferably gained in museum or arts education work – with a proven ability to take visionary ideas and put them into practice.

You will have previous experience of teaching, preferably in a variety of formal and informal contexts to work with a range of colleagues within and outside the University to provide programmes collaborating with families, communities, artists, teachers and schools. You will be a good communicator, and possess excellent writing skills with a flexible approach and the ability to work evenings and weekends as required.

The post is available immediately on a full-time indefinite basis.

Closing date: 12 noon on 28 August 2014.

Further details can be found here.

Curatorial Assistant - Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts

£18,031 to £20,198 per annum

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA Norwich is offering an opportunity to join the curatorial team.

The Curatorial Assistant will work on a range of temporary exhibition and education activities and related administrative tasks. Reporting to the Chief Curator and working with colleagues across the Centre, the curatorial team supports a wide variety of exhibitions, events and activities.  The post holder will possess 2 A-Levels at grades A-E, or equivalent qualifications or experience and have experience of providing support for projects. They will also possess excellent organisational, communication and presentation skills.

The Sainsbury Centre is currently a Finalist for the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.  This post will be part of a renowned centre for visual arts, with world-class collections and an exciting temporary exhibition programme housed in a landmark Norman Foster building.

Closing date: 12 noon on 28 August 2014.

Further information can be found here.

Curator - Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts

£20,781 to £24,057 per annum

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts at UEA Norwich is offering an opportunity to join the curatorial team.
The Curator will support the planning, co-ordination and delivery of a range of temporary exhibition and education activities and related administrative tasks. Reporting to the Chief Curator and working with colleagues across the Centre, the curatorial team supports a wide variety of exhibitions, events and activities.  The post holder will possess a degree in art history or a closely related discipline within the visual arts (or equivalent qualification), and have experience in a similar role of the museum and/or art gallery environment. They will also possess excellent organisational, communication and presentation skills together with project management experience.

The Sainsbury Centre is currently a Finalist for the Art Fund Museum of the Year Award.  This post will be part of a renowned centre for visual arts, with world-class collections and an exciting temporary exhibition programme housed in a landmark Norman Foster building.

Closing date: 12 noon on 28 August 2014.

Further information can be found here.

Designer, The Traveller - Frozen Light

Frozen Light is seeking a designer for their new theatre production: The Traveller. Development will begin in September 2014, with The Traveller premiering at The New Wolsey, Ipswich in Spring 2015 and touring in Autumn 2015.

Frozen Lights work is multi-sensory, visual and non-traditional. They create engaging interactive theatre that encompasses all senses. Their work is for an intimate audience of 6 people with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities and their companions.

Frozen Light are seeking a designer who:

  • Has experience or interest in transforming black box studio spaces into installations
  • Has experience in creating immersive experiences for intimate audiences
  • Wants to work collaboratively with the Company to develop the design
  • Has previously been involved in early stages of devised work

Ipswich and Norwich

September 22nd – 25th – The New Wolsey, Ipswich
September 26th – The Garage, Norwich
There will be additional days in Spring 2015 leading to the premier at The New Wosley.

Application Deadline
Monday 1st September 2014
Interview date:
Week of 8th September 2014

This is a paid position. Fee to be discussed at point of meeting.

For more information about previous work, please visit

To apply, please send a CV, links to your portfolio/website and details of your availability in September to Lucy Garland,

Professor of Creative Writing - University of East Anglia

A competitive salary package is available for an outstanding candidate

The School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA has created a new Professor of Creative Writing, with the intention that the person appointed will join Professor Andrew Cowan as co-director of the School's rich and expanding range of Creative Writing activity. This is a full-time post which includes time for research. It represents a rare opportunity to shape the future development of one of the most highly regarded Creative Writing programmes in the country.

This indefinite, full-time post is available from 1 January 2015.

Closing date: 12 noon on 10 September 2014.

Further details can be found here.

Marketing Manager - King's Lynn Arts Centre

6 month fixed term contract- 3 days per week from October 2014
King’s Lynn Arts Centre Trust
Up to £23,000 gross per annum, (pro rata 3/5) depending on experience

Kings Lynn Arts Centre is seeking a dynamic Marketing Manager to significantly raise their profile and enhance their reputation as a popular and thriving arts centre. The diverse programme offers exhibitions, performances, comedy, film and participatory events for people of all ages.

This is a new post and a ‘hands on’ role focused on developing audiences, driving footfall, tickets sales and maximising attendance for the year round cultural programme.

King's Lynn Arts Centre is looking for a self-starter with three years marketing experience, ideally in an arts/cultural organisation or a complementary environment with transferable skills. You’ll shape the new marketing offer, lead the marketing strategy development and deliver an integrated plan, incorporating audience development, communications and digital strategies.

Closing date: 14th September 2014 – 5.00pm
Interview date: Week beginning from the 22nd September 2014

You can download the job description including details on how to apply for this position here

Volunteer Coordinator, SPILL Festival - Pacitti Company

SPILL Festival 2014 is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to lead on the engagement, recruitment and management of volunteer support for the upcoming SPILL Festival of Performance in Ipswich, 29 October – 2 November 2014.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Be able to communicate and interact effectively with a variety of individuals both within an office environment and elsewhere.
  • Have excellent organisational and administrative skills, the ability to prioritise workload and keen attention to detail.
  • Possess a knowledge of Microsoft packages, use of databases and social networking.

Fixed Term Contract based in Ipswich, Monday 15 September – Friday 7 November 2014, £2,000 all in fee

Closing date: 4 September 2014

For a full Job Description and details of how to apply visit

Development OpportunitiesWords Across the Wensum

Sunday 17th August
Fakenham Community Centre, Oak Street, Fakenham,  NR21 9DY

Writing workshops and a chance to meet a wide variety of local published authors who will read from their work and answer questions

Workshops (£5 each)
Writing for Radio 12.30 - 1.30 with Heather De Lyon
Life Writing 1.30 - 2.30 with Caroline Gilfillan

Meet the Authors (free)
2.45 – 6.15 with Jenny Boyd, Mike Bridges, Sally Festing, Ken Lake, Nicola Talbot, Howard Young and more

Info from Heather De Lyon at 07810 288712/01328 855357, via, or visit

SPILL Writers - Pacitti Company

Do you want to develop your critical writing skills? Are you interested in writing about a wide range of challenging, radical live work? Do you have an interest in critical writing processes and formats?

If the answer is YES, then this could be the opportunity for you.

SPILL Festival 2014 is looking for a small group of  Writers, who will operate across the Festival, viewing and responding to over 100 uncompromising live works and contextualising events.

You will receive a package of professional development which will include: accommodation training, advice and support from Diana Damian Martin a leading experimental performance writer, and much more.

Deadline: Thursday 4 September at midday.

For more information and to apply:

Funding for Archives

8th September 2014, Peterborough

The National Archives is presenting a workshop at the John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library Broadway, to provide an introduction and an update on key funding sources for archives. The aim of the day is to provide:

  • Information about funding and fundraising opportunities for archives
  • Inspiration for different approaches to funding and fundraising
  • Opportunities for networking, discussion and knowledge-sharing
  • An overview of the upcoming 3-year Giving Value programme.

The workshop is free to attend and will include presentations from The National Archives, Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and other key national and regional funders for archives. Speakers will outline their key funding strands and applicability to archives, including updates on any recent developments or forthcoming opportunities. You can view the programme here.

To book your place please e-mail by 29th August for catering purposes.

An Introduction to Arts Fundraising: For Organisations, Projects and Individuals

Date: 16/09/2014
Times: 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm
Prices: £40
Location: Writers' Centre Norwich

Get expert industry advice on fundraising in this subsidised workshop.

Are you hoping to raise funds for your organisation? Or are you a freelancer or independent creative looking for investment to get your project off the ground? Don’t miss your chance to receive expert industry advice on fundraising in this unique subsidised workshop.

About Introduction to Arts Fundraising
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.

You’ll be introduced to the basics of fundraising, including approaching trusts and foundations, individual philanthropists, corporations and Grants for the Arts Funding. Over the session you’ll be given practical advice on getting started, from a brief introduction to legal issues to developing a case for support and making initial contact.

As well as benefiting from the expert knowledge of representatives from the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy Programme, you’ll be able to share your experiences of fundraising with your peers. You’ll leave this fundraising session with at least three immediately implementable actions and a wealth of new knowledge.

Book your funded place now for a crucial introduction to the world of fundraising.

Please note the morning session will be led by Amanda Rigali whilst the afternoon session leader will be Ruth Jarratt. 

This workshop is suitable for freelancers and individuals working in literature and the arts and those running small companies/organisations or looking to set up small companies
Payment is non-refundable on this workshop unless it is cancelled.

This workshop will take place in the workshop room situated on the ground floor of the Writers’ Centre Norwich office, on 14 Princes Street. We also provide a range of teas, good strong coffee and the vital ingredient: biscuits.

14 Princes Street is fully accessible. Please let us know if you have any access or other special requirements by calling 01603 877177 or email:

Essential Training for Arts Professionals Aiming to Work with Older People or in Health Care Settings

Are you an arts professional based in Norfolk or working in Norfolk? Would you like to learn more about negotiating the complicated world of the NHS and other health care providers as a new market for your work? Creative Arts East and the Creative Communities Consortium are pleased to invite you to attend two valuable workshops as part of the Norfolk Arts and Health Programme. These sessions are designed and delivered by Jane Willis, Director at Willis Newson, a leading arts and health consultancy based in the southwest.

Session 1: An Introduction to Working in Health and Social Care Settings
Date: 18th September 2014
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH
Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm
Non-members price: £35 per head
CCC Full and Associate member price: £25 per head

This half day workshop is open to representatives of creative and cultural organisations and freelance creative practitioners who are interested in working with and within organisations such as the NHS or other health and social care providers.

The workshop will explore the breadth of the arts in health sector and enable practitioners to better locate their practice within this wider context.

It will outline the structure of the NHS, including the relationship between hospitals, GP’s and Local Authorities, explaining some of the key recent changes including GP Commissioning, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Payment by Results.

By the end of the workshop, participants will have an increased knowledge and understanding of the opportunities and challenges of working within these settings and be better informed to pursue work in this area.

Session 2: The Opportunities and Challenges of Working with Older People in Care
Date: 18th September 2014
Venue: Kings Centre, King Street, Norwich, NR1 1PH
Time: 1.15pm – 4.15pm
Non-members price: £35 per head
CCC Full and Associate member: £25

This half day workshop will look at the specific opportunities and challenges faced by creative and cultural organisations and freelance creative practitioners when working with older people in care settings.

The workshop will explore different older adult care contexts from acute hospitals to residential care homes. It will explain the strategic priorities and challenges facing older adult care providers and introduce participants to the wider policy context.

The workshop will enable participants to better understand and articulate ways in which the arts can respond positively to this policy context by supporting the needs of older people in care, as well as the needs of carers. It will signpost participants to research that identifies ways in which the arts can provide an improved quality of life, meaningful activity and engagement, deliver an improved sense of self, help with falls prevention and improved communication.

By the end of the workshop, participants will feel more confident in exploring this particular area of work and will have an increased knowledge and understanding of some specific challenges and opportunities they may encounter.

Special Offer
We are offering a discount to people wishing to book places on both workshops.
Non-members price: £60 per head
CCC Full and Associate Members price: £40 per head
(Both price options will include lunch and refreshments)

TO BOOK A PLACE please contact for a booking form

For further information about the workshops or the Creative Communities Consortium please contact Elly Wilson on 01953 713395 or

Bid Writing Workshop - Idox/Grantfinder

23rd September

Idox is running its very popular CPD-certified Bid Writing workshop on Tuesday 23 September 2014 at RB Kensington and Chelsea.

This workshop will provide delegates with practical bid writing techniques, enabling them to produce focused proposals, increase their success rates and win new resources for their organisation.

Key Topics

  • Key principles of successful bid writing
  • Effective communication 1 - writing styles
  • Understanding funder motivations and values
  • Effective communication 2 - reflecting funder values; Benefit statements: practical exercise
  • Presenting your case - effective proposal structure
  • Application forms
  • A word on budgets
  • Proposal review - editing and proofreading; Testing the theory: practical exercise
  • Bid checklist
  • Reviewing the outcome - improving performance

This workshop is available at the incredible rate of £185 plus VAT per person, which includes lunch and light refreshments during the day and covers the costs of course material. Special rate: £330 plus VAT for 2 people attending the same course date from the same organisation.

For more information - including how to book and our latest online course testimonials - click here

Arts Development UK Conference: Arts for Life

16th & 17th October 2014
Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

ADUK have now confirmed the programme for their annual conference. A brochure and booking form is presently at the printers and should be ready for next week.

ADUK conferences offer a lively mix of keynote presentations, breakouts, study tours, skills and knowledge exchanges and discussion groups. Pick and mix to create the conference recipe for you from a packed menu including;

  • New! Information takeaway case study sessions give a flavour of the big issues
  • New! Zest for Arts: a facilitated open forum for debate and discussion
  • New! Training sessions this year at the conference

For ADUK members this event is CPD Certified, offering 5 credits for every full day’s attendance in the ADUK Professional Fellowship programme.

ArtWorks, Arts Professional and a-n, the Artists Information Company are sponsoring the 2014 conference and the event is supported by Lottery funding from Arts Council Wales. Please contact ADUK for more information on or ring 01269 824728.

Make:Shift Conference - Crafts Council

20 & 21 November 2014 at Ravensbourne, Greenwich.

Make:Shift is a Crafts Council conference exploring how advances in materials, processes and technologies are driving innovation in craft practice and creating new opportunities for makers.

Make:Shift is part of the Crafts Council innovation programme alongside Make:Shift:Do, a public programme of open events and workshops taking place on 21 & 22 November.

Book your early bird ticket now

Leading to Change - Cultivating Leadership 2015

Cultivating Leadership is a 7-day development course for established and emerging leaders. Real life challenges are shared, explored and tackled – with your fellow participants and with external contributors. Activities are thought-provoking and imaginative – stimulating new thinking and understanding. Learning is enjoyable, relevant and lasting – undertaken in a spirit of curiosity, open-mindedness and generosity.

As a participant you will benefit from gaining:

  • A Personal Learning Journal - an individually tailored leadership development and implementation plan.
  • More effective approaches to building and supporting relationships that lead to positive change.
  • Greater clarity of purpose and confidence in achieving goals.
  • A variety of techniques and activities that can be used to support your leadership endeavours.

The cost of the 7-day Cultivating Leadership course is £2,395.Businesses and organisations that employ fewer than 20 people may be eligible for a discounted rate – details on request. Small charities, social enterprises, micro-businesses and community projects are eligible for a bursary, however places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. VAT is not applicable on these course fees.

Cultivating Leadership 2015 course dates
are as follows:

  • Day 1* Wednesday 11 February
  • Day 2 Wednesday 25 February
  • Day 3 Tuesday 24 March
  • Day 4* Wednesday 22 April
  • Day 5 Thursday 21 May
  • Day 6 Wednesday 17 June
  • Day 7* Wednesday 15 July

Days run from approximately 8.30am to 5.30pm except where marked by a * in which case they include an evening meal and are likely to finish at about 8pm. Venues are located in and around Norwich.

For further information visit or contact Simon Delf at or by phoning 07810 876344.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersBreckland Art Trail 2014

The third Breckland Art Trail will see spaces open up for artists to exhibit and sell artwork, as well as a whole host of art demonstrations and workshops for people to take part in. What takes place during the trail is determined by the artists.

How to enter
Download the application form here and read through the guidance notes for more detail.

Individual artists £10 and groups £30

This is an open submission to artists living or practising in Breckland. The deadline to complete application forms is 26 August 2014.

New Writing Commission - Words and Women

Words and Women is launching ‘About,’ an exciting new writing commission to create 4 texts for performance and the page. The Arts Council funded project will help develop work which explores the life of women and their relationship to place within the East of England.

The commission means 4 women writers, selected through an open competition, will not only be given paid time to write but will be mentored by Words and Women as well as theatre director Adina Levay and performance poet Hannah Walker.

The resulting new work will be published in Words and Women’s second anthology and performed on International Women’s Day next year.  

Deadline Midnight 26th September 2014. 

See for entry details.

Industry Research & InformationThe New Art of Finance: Making Money Work Harder for the Arts

A new paper from Nesta which shows how a portion of arts funding could be reinvented, making use of new methods that would bring in additional finance into the arts, as well as having other benefits such as making arts organisations better connected to their audiences.

Although the arts are increasingly interwoven with our economy, the ways in which they are funded in the UK have remained strikingly simple over the years.

For instance, the best available estimates show that in 2012–13 the income received by the main organisations Arts Council England (ACE) funds consisted roughly of 40 per cent subsidy, 50 per cent earned income and 10 per cent contributions, including philanthropy. These figures are not greatly different from those from 2008–9 at the outset of the recession.

Overall, earned income has increased by only a few percentage points. The ways in which arts organisations receive money no longer look adequate or sufficiently sustainable.

Compelling arguments have been made to maintain levels of public funding for the arts. But this has sometimes been at the expense of exploring new ways of making public money work harder, or indeed helping arts organisations to explore completely new sources of funding.

This report asks what can be done to increase innovation in funding for the arts and what role public funders might play in encouraging this.

Download the full paper here

Power to Create

In his 2014 Chief Executive’s lecture, Matthew Taylor CEO of the RSA insists that “All citizens can and should live creative lives”. He asserts that the 21st century presents us with challenges of increasing scale and complexity, and yet we are failing to harness the ingenuity and skills that make a unique contribution towards our collective goals.

To hear Taylor’s views on the role of institutions in championing creativity watch online.

New Collections Website Launches - Norfolk Museums Service

NMS’ beautiful new collections website is now live! The new site, offers online visitors a rich new way to engage with the NMS collections.

The new site features stunning photography of star objects by David Kirkham, and the
opportunity to learn more about some of the intriguing stories behind the collections.

The website will initially feature 87,000 records from a total of three million objects in NMS’s nationally and internationally important collections. More records will be uploaded over the coming weeks and months.

Grow: Strategic Audience Development

September 2014 – March 2015

A new CultureHive professional development programme delivered by The Audience Agency, Grow: Strategic Audience Development is aimed at cultural marketers and audience development practitioners to build skills and confidence to manage audience strategy.  Participants will undergo an intensive programme over six months to create their own bespoke audience development plan (which can be used to support Arts Council England NPO/NPM funding agreements).

Limited to 25 places, participants will benefit from a full day one-to-one diagnostic, two interactive training workshops and follow-up coaching.  Visit The Audience Agency website for more information and to register your interest.

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation ArtWorks Initiative Survey

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s ArtWorks initiative has just published a survey of almost 1,000 artists working in participatory settings and we want to get your views on the findings.

The unique survey covers everything from artists’ training needs to perceptions of their work in participatory settings and reveals that:

  • 77% of artists are prepared to invest in training and development for themselves. 71% say they believe employers/commissioners should invest more in developing practitioners.
  • Artists believe the practice is undervalued in the sector, with 68% saying too many people do not value it as artistic practice. A further 60% say it was not presented as a career option when they were training.
  • Most artists feel that employers/commissioners do not always know how to make best use of the expertise and experience of artists.
  • 9 out of 10 respondents felt that reflection is crucial to improving their practice. Artists are also very positive about opportunities to engage and reflect with peers about what ‘good practice’ might involve.

Whether you’re a commissioner, employer, funder or artist, read the survey findings at

Energy Fact Sheets for Festivals & Events

Powerful Thinking has released ten new factsheets available to download for free. Each tackles a different topic linked to festival / event energy and is packed full of valuable tips and guidance including a “Crash Course in Energy Types" and “Ten Top Tips for Reducing Fuel Bills at a Festival.” Please check the website here for updates. New fact sheets will be added as they are ready.

Funding OpportunitiesYouth Music New Grant Making Programmes

Youth Music, England's largest children's music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has announced major changes to its grant making programmes. Through its new funding programmes, Youth Music will focus on funding developmental music-making projects for children and young people up to the age of 25 and including early years (0 - 5); as well as projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector.

The new funding programme is made up of three separate funds:

  • Fund A offers small grants (up to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects.
  • Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 - £100,000 per year) for larger programmes of work.
  • Fund C offers grants (of up to £180,000) for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

The type of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. The initial closing dates for applications are the 4th December 2014 for Fund A; the 23rd October 2014 for Fund B; and the 12th September 2014 for Fund C.

Read more at:

Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund

Grants are available to selected museums and galleries throughout England in order to make improvements to buildings or collections in England. The Museums and Galleries Improvement Fund was established in 2000 to improve the quality of displays, exhibition spaces, collection interpretation and disabled access in museums and galleries across England. The programme is jointly funded by the Wolfson Foundation and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). To date, nearly £40 million has been allocated for the refurbishment of museum and gallery spaces through this partnership. Museums and galleries eligible to bid for money from the Fund include those sponsored by DCMS, designated university-based collections, museums with designated collections and museums with non-designated collections in regional hubs. Invitations have now been issued to eligible museums and galleries to submit bids by the deadline of 19 September 2014 for a third round of awards from a joint fund of £3 million, which will be announced in early 2015. Read more at:

Music Export Growth Scheme - Fourth Round Open

The Music Export Growth Scheme is designed to make grants available to UK-registered independent music companies to assist them with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas.

Grants ranging from £5,000 to £50,000 are available. The programme can contribute a maximum of 70% of the necessary costs.

Grants are intended to fund international marketing campaigns that aim to expand audience and revenues for British artists overseas.

Expenditure to be taken into account will be external costs to the label or management, not normal running costs.

Eligible project costs include:

  • Marketing costs (including advertising and PR)
  • Tour support or venue costs including international travel
  • Visa costs
  • International promotion costs including hire of session musicians/ singers etc for television performances

The Round 4 deadline for applications is 15 September 2014.

Further application rounds will take place periodically over the next three years.

Further information can be found here

Creative English Innovation Fund

The Creative English Innovation Fund offers funding to registered charities, including faith and community groups, who want to use innovative methods to teach basic English to non-English speakers. The participants should come away with an increased knowledge of everyday vocabulary and an increased sense of confidence to use conversational English in their daily life in this country. Groups must be able to show how their projects will help grow confidence, integration, and communication. Preference will be given to organisations that are seeking to reach Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Somali communities although applications working with other groups will also be considered.

There is total funding pot of £140,000. Grants of either £7,500 or £10,000 are available. Applicants need to show a good level of financial sustainability which can be achieved by match funding, other grants and funding streams, or revenue generated from the project itself.

Eligible projects must take place in England and:

  • Be person led, seeking to increase the everyday vocabulary of the participants; boost their confidence in conversational English; and facilitate further community engagement.
  • Promote the overall aims, values and objectives of the Creative English Programme but be innovative with how/where the English training is delivered to increase its reach into the community it serves. For this purpose the Creative English Programme may be used as it is or adapted to suit the context and target audience.
  • Demonstrate sustainability beyond the funded period.

Preference will be given to projects that can show that they are sustainable beyond the life of the six-month grant.

There will be two funding rounds with application deadlines of 22 September 2014 and 17 November 2014.

Further information can be found here

New Call for Transnational Cultural Tourism Products and Tourism and Accessibility for All

This Call forms part of the last year of two Preparatory Actions proposed respectively on Transnational Tourism Products and Tourism Accessibility for All and implements the European Commission's 2010 Communication on tourism, particularly with reference to the diversification of European culture and industrial tourism, and accessible tourism. It is divided into the following two themes:

Theme A: Cooperation projects to support transnational tourism based on European cultural and industrial heritage

This theme supports trans-European cooperation aimed at designing innovative transnational products capitalising on European shared cultural and/or industrial heritage, with a view to contributing to:

  • Diversifying the European tourism offer.
  • Economic regeneration and job creation in declining (post) industrial regions.

Projects must be carried out through a consortium with a minimum of five partners from five different countries. The consortium should include at least one public authority and two SMEs. A budget of €1 million is available with grants of up to €250,000 per project, for up to 75% of eligible costs. It is expected that four to five grants will be awarded.

Theme B: Fostering accessible tourism entrepreneurship and management

This theme supports the development and provision of Accessible Tourism "Capacity Building Schemes" for tourism managers and entrepreneurs. Its ultimate purpose is to encourage the uptake of business practices and strategic planning which mainstream accessibility and "Universal Design" priorities in the tourism sector.

Projects must be carried out through a consortium of at least three partners, including at least one public authority, one tourism training provider (school, university, vocational training providers), and one business federation and/or Chambers of commerce, industry and crafts or similar bodies and their umbrella associations. The consortium can be transnational, but this is not compulsory.

A total of €650,000 is available for Theme B. The maximum grant will be €180,000 per project and it is expected that between three and four grants will be awarded. The maximum co-financing rate is up to 75% of total eligible costs.

The deadline for submissions is 21 October 2014 (5pm, Brussels time).

Further information can be found here.

Marc Fitch Fund for Publication Grants

Applicants have until 1st March 2015 to request funds from The Marc Fitch Fund, which makes small grants towards the costs of publishing scholarly work in the fields of British and Irish national, regional and local history, archaeology, antiquarian studies, historical geography, the history of art and architecture, heraldry, genealogy and surname studies, archival research, artefact conservation and the broad fields of the heritage, conservation and the historic environment. Four types of grants are available. These are:

  • Publication grants
  • Research grants
  • Special Project grants
  • Journal digitisation

Applicants must explain why a grant is necessary, demonstrate that they have made an effort to secure funding from other sources and show that the work being funded will make a new and significant contribution to knowledge. Funding will not be provided for new/revised editions of already published works. Applications should submit a brief outline of the project by e-mail in the first instance. If it meets the Fund's criteria, then application forms will be provided. Read more at:

The Nominet Trust (UK)

The Nominet Trust which provides funding and support to imaginative social technology ventures has announced that the next funding round of its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme will open for applications in September 2014. Social Tech Seed is an investment programme that offers early-stage investment of between £15,000 and £50,000 to entrepreneurs who are looking to develop new ventures using digital for social impact. This programme provides funding and support to help entrepreneurs nurture, develop and test their ideas. The Trust is looking for applications that demonstrate the potential of technology to tackle some of the big social issues in sectors including education, employability, healthcare and the environment.

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Volunteering OpportunitiesVolunteer - Margarita Feaks Gallery

Margarita Feaks Gallery needs a team of around 14 volunteers to help deliver the Master of Art International Exhibition 2014.

If you are successful in your application, you could be working in many different roles ranging from stewarding events, selling exhibition tickets, assisting an Event Manager, front of house and more!

Volunteering for the Master of Art is a brilliant opportunity to be part of a high profile International Arts event, give something back to the community, see what it’s like to work behind the scenes, meet new people and gain new skills!

Being a volunteer of Master of Art International 2014 you could:

  • Give you a rewarding experience.
  • Gain skills that would be beneficial in the future.
  • Increase a deeper understanding towards arts.

To be a volunteer, you will need:

  • Available throughout Saturday 20th– Saturday 27 September 2014
  • Enthusiasm, responsible and organised
  • Know-how and passionate about art.
  • Friendly, helpful and can DO attitude.
  • To be over the age of 18
  • To be interested in culture & the arts
  • Knowledge of Great Yarmouth area.

Application Process:
To obtain an application form contact via email:
The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 17:00, Friday 29th August 2014.

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