Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is a statutory responsibility of Norfolk County Council. It means protecting individuals’ health, wellbeing and human rights, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. Safeguarding is everybody’s business so wherever you work, and whatever your role, you have have a responsibility to be aware of safeguarding issues and to know to what to do if you think a child or vulnerable adult is at risk. Safeguarding also means making sure that we are a safer organisation – keeping data and personal information safe, and also making safe recruitment decisions. Plus a great number of our responsibilities are all to do with keeping the wider population of Norfolk safe – on our roads, from fires in the home, from rogue traders. So this edition of Horizon aims to give you some updates on new initiatives to help us all understand more about this issue.The Care Act is coming
The most significant reform in social care for more than 60 years comes into effect from 1 April.
The 2014 Care Act will help make social care and support more consistent across England. It is also designed to shift the balance towards promoting overall wellbeing and helping people to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible. It also aims to clarify the duties of local authorities and other bodies and ensure people are aware of what care and support they are entitled to. Also as part of the Care Act changes, all young carers will be entitled to an assessment of their needs from the local authority. This new provision works alongside measures in the Care Act 2014 for assessing adults to enable a ‘whole family approach’ to providing assessment and support.
Click here to read the highlights of the Care Act changes.
We’ve been busy briefing and training key NCC staff and partners, to make sure Norfolk is aware of the changes and ready for them. In addition more than 200 staff across the authority have attended briefings on Care Act implications for young carers during March.
We’ve also been updating procedures and policies.
The Care Act has introduced duties around prevention and providing comprehensive information and advice. In preparation for this, we have updated relevant publications and leaflets including our Care and Support Guide (out soon – watch this space!) and further developed our website and online service directories. We all have a part to play in making sure that people have the information and advice they need to make the most of support available in their community, for example by putting them in touch with voluntary organisations and other support networks who can help.
Funding reforms 2016
We’re also starting to plan for further changes under the Care Act that come into force in April 2016. New duties proposed for local authorities include introducing a cap on care costs, a care account and daily living costs. There will also be a change in the level of means tested support, and proposed new changes around an appeals process.
If you’d like more information about the implications for Young Carers, you can read the Young Carers (Needs Assessments) Regulations 2015 here and the Government response to the consultation on young carers’ draft regulations here.The more you know...
Spotting the signs of child sex exploitation is everyone’s business – that’s the message from a new multi-agency awareness campaign to crack down on child abuse in Norfolk. The campaign, The more you know, the more you see, launched on National Child Sex Exploitation Awareness Day (March 18). Click here to find out how to spot the signs of child sex exploitation.The importance of information sharing
As detailed in the last edition of Horizon, i-Hub - an IT portal where data from our key systems is pulled together in a single, secure place- is on its way.
The first release is out on Wednesday 1 April and is available to some users in Procurement and Adult Social Services.
The i-Hub will play a vital role in our responsibility for safeguarding and will allow us to produce accurate reports using data from multiple systems – financial, social care, transport and others.
The i-Hub includes a data warehouse (the place where all the information is stored) and this has been filled with financial and care data - this includes:
- Contracts data
- Data from CareFirst
- Externally sourced data about companies and care providers
The i-Hub will also include reporting tools which enable both regular and ad hoc reports to be provided. The first reports available on Wednesday will:
- Provide a better overview of procurement spend – where the money is going and which contracts and suppliers are being used
- Reduce considerably the manual effort currently involved in analysing spend, helping the procurement function to operate within its reduced budget for 2015/16
- Make savings in third party spend that have already been identified more assured and robust
The next version will bring in special educational needs transport data – which will help to deliver even more savings in this area.
Eventually everyone will be able to view information on the i-Hub that is relevant to their job role. An information management roadmap is currently being pulled together to show clearly what is coming on board in future releases, when these will be released and which business areas these relate to.Safeguarding what we do- with business continuity
16 – 20 March was Business Continuity Awareness week, an international event for people to learn more about Business Continuity Management. This years theme being testing and exercising our business continuity plans.
During the week we raised awareness of Business Continuity through a variety of events, daily top tips, an online quiz and a competition. The competition is open until Friday 10 April so don't miss your chance to win some great prizes, including a leisure pass for two with lunch at Dunston Hall, Sports Park passes for the day, £25 gift card at Loch Fyne and more
To be in with a chance of winning:
- Send us your top tips for any threats to Business Continuity and how to prevent them.
- Send us your cartoon capers. We have had some good entries already on Business Continuity. Don’t worry if you can’t draw, send us the funniest cartoons you can find from the internet and let us know where you got them from.
Winners will be notified after the closing date and winning names and entries can be found on our BCAW page.
Plus click here to meet Jan Davis, the new Resilience Manager.Keeping consumers safe
Our Trading Standards team work to create a fair, safe and equitable trading environment for both consumers and businesses in Norfolk.
Part of their work protects Norfolk from the sale of alcohol to people under the age of 18. A recent test purchase operation visited four shops in Norwich. At each shop the volunteers attempted to buy alcohol and cigarettes and at three locations the staff correctly asked our volunteers for ID and when told that ID wasn’t available refused to sell the items.
Unfortunately, at the fourth shop the member of staff sold alcohol and cigarettes to our 16 year old volunteer without asking for ID. Investigations into this sale will now take place with the store’s management.
If anyone has information about shops in Norfolk selling age restricted items to underage people please let us know, in confidence, via our partners the Citizens Advice consumer helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
To help look after yourself don't forget:
- To use Norfolk Trusted Trader when looking for a service provider; includes everything from home care to home decorating.
- To keep up to date with the latest scam alerts.
Monday 20 - Friday 24 April is Rewards Week and we will be promoting all the benefits available for staff.
We will have displays in the foyer at County Hall and information on iNet with details on how you can save money online, in-store and with instant vouchers, using Norfolk Rewards.
staff will be visiting County Hall on Tuesday 21 April and will bring their interactive display for you to check
out the latest phones and offers available via the Vodafone Employee Advantage
On the same day Halfords staff will also be there with display cycles, and will be ready to answer any questions you may have. The next cycle2work window will be open from 1 April to 31 May 2015.
Vodafone will also be visiting offices in King's Lynn and Yarmouth during the week - look out for details on iNet.
A member of the HR Reward team will be available for 30 minutes each day between 12:30 - 1pm to answer questions on salary sacrifice schemes and local offers.
Information can also be accessed via the Norfolk Rewards site, or you can contact HR Direct on 222212 with your enquiry.
Plus - more good news - If you have friends or relatives who work in some schools Norfolk Rewards is now available for contracted staff.iCaSH Norfolk
A new sexual health service for Norfolk, providing a one-stop-shop for contraception, STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) testing & treatment and HIV care and treatment, started this month.
iCaSH (integrated Contraception & Sexual Health) Norfolk aims to meet people’s contraception and sexual health needs within one appointment, either scheduled or walk-in, regardless of where they live, work or study.
Delivering significant financial savings and quality improvements, the new service is easily accessible from a range of single locations across the county, as well as offering mobile and outreach services. Commissioned by Norfolk County Council Public Health, iCaSH Norfolk is being provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust.
The iCaSH Norfolk service launches officially to the public on 1 April 2015 with a single contact number 0300 300 30 30 and website.
Providing sexual health services is one of Public Health’s mandatory responsibilities. To find out more about the work of Public Health, visit iNet
Don't miss your last chance to enter the big climate challenge and win some amazing prizes. The competition closes on Friday 3 April so don't miss out. Click here to find out how to enter.
Norfolk County Council’s
Library and Information Service is inviting people to take a selfie with their
favourite book, write book reviews and send them to the Norfolk Loves
Books blog, as part of Norfolk's Great Big Read.
Every library in Norfolk is taking part in the campaign, which runs until 25 April, and is aimed at getting everybody to borrow a book, read it and share a love of reading. Click here to find out more.
There is a new and exciting way to get outside in the fresh air over the upcoming Easter holidays with the launch of the Norwich Munzee Trail Easter Challenge. Click here to find out more.Keeping safe at home
Norfolk Fire and Rescue want all Norfolk residents to be safe from fire in their home. Watch the short video below to find out how to make your home as safe as possible.Making our roads safer
As a council we work hard to tackle the issue of casualty reduction on our roads.
By working in partnership with many other organisations we strive to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads. A key part of this work comes from the Driver Development Team, who promote safer driving to achieve casualty reduction targets.
Click here to find out about all the courses available from the Driver Development Team or watch the video below to hear about Tread - our workshops for young drivers.Find out more about safeguarding...
Here are some more useful links to information about safeguarding from across our intranet and website:
General safeguarding information on iNet >>>
Safeguarding in early years >>>
Safeguarding adults >>>
Read the Government’s recent update on safeguarding children >>>
Find out more about spotting the signs and combatting domestic abuse >>>
HomeShield keeping adults happy and safe in their homes >>>
Fire safety tips from our Fire and Rescue Service >>>Congratulations...
Congratulations to the quarter two winners of the Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs).
Norfolk County Council and Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support scooped top honours in the Best Employer of Workforce Intelligence category in the Skills for Care Accolades, designed to recognise workforce development and innovation. This Workforce Planning Team support Adult Social Care, Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support Ltd and other partners from the independent and voluntary sector.
There were two teams from Norfolk County Council at the Heart quiz for kids last Thursday 26 March, one from customer services and one from communications.
The overall winner out of 31 teams came down to a tie break between the two NCC teams.
A big congratulations to “No Complaints” who just pipped "Thin Quizzie" to the post.
Well done to Fire and Rescue Service staff who have received a certificate from Lady Dannatt, The High Sheriff, passing on her thanks for all of the work the Service does and has done.Your checklist for the month ahead... Have you....
- Read the latest COG blog? Read it now >>>
- Checked your business continuity plans? Find out more >>>
- Entered the big climate challenge? Find out more >>>
- Taken part in the Business Continuity Week competition? Find out more >>>
- Read about the changes to social care? Read the lead story of this ezine
- Nominated your outstanding colleagues for an OSCA? Nominate today >>>
- Nominated someone you know for a Stars of Norfolk and Waveney Award 2015? Read more >>>
Hello readers. Both old and new. We’re glad you took up the offer of a subscription – perhaps you just really wanted that tipi weekend! Although the excitement of Climate Week is behind us (just like after Christmas, we're packing our decorations away for another year), there’s still time to enter our fabulous competition – the Big Climate Challenge.Deepdale Farm - just one of the locations you could be visiting
The closing date is 3 April, and all you have to do is be sure that you complete one of our three oh-so-easy steps. Or walk tall and complete all three!
Compliments to the Chef
A huge thank you to Danika and Cory from the County Hall restaurant team for supporting Climate Week: our competition winners had their delicious recipes cooked and served for all of us here at County Hall.
That salty seadog Mark Ogden provided us with his recipe for Sustainable Fishcakes, a delicious way to use up any leftover haddock, as well as a great excuse to use our ‘pirate voices’. Meanwhile, famed landlubber Pat Bond introduced us to her low-food-miles meringues, made entirely from Norfolk ingredients.
They couldn’t have been more local if they’d been wearing a Canaries shirt!
“I find this recipe really useful as it’s quick and easy. Better yet, use up leftovers from other meals and save on the washing up!” - Mark there, being sustainable with the Fairy Liquid, too.
“I use seasonal produce and like to use local produce whenever I can. I won't knowingly buy anything which can be grown in this country unless it has been - no Peruvian asparagus or Dutch tomatoes in my shopping basket!”
Thanks Patricia – it’s purely Norfolk asparagus from now on! Maybe not for dessert though...
For anyone who missed out (and believe us, you did!), you can find the recipes right here. We won’t let on that they weren’t your own ideas – so long as we’re invited to dinner. Your place, Thursday at 8?Driving to Work
Switched On’s long-term readers will be familiar with our (frankly odd) obsession with cycling (YES, Tour de Britain!). But if you do live out in the sticks/really don’t feel up for it, sometimes you’ll need a car. Did you know that if you’re driving for work purposes – even if it’s in your own car – you’ll need to have taken the Driving For Work e-learning course? Filled with fuel-saving tips and techniques, not only will you be greener, but it might just save you money on your journey.
And that’s not all that’s happening on the four-wheeled front. We’ve been having a chat with the Highways and Transport team, and they’ve filled us in on their pool car scheme. Opening up in June this will be a money-saving, eco-efficient way for NCC staff to travel to meetings.
These cars will be available for hire to all members of staff, and (because these cars are newer than the average and so much more efficient than the ones you’re used to), they’re another step towards our 50% emissions target. Plus, we’re looking at savings of around £52,000 for the year. That’s right, £52,000, just by driving a different car!
Take a look at the Staff Travel iNet pages for more. And if that’s not persuaded you, just think of this: we’ll be making sure to keep them clean, so you can experience that new-car-smell every time you get in...
Become the master: composting at NCC
Norfolk Master Composters are recruiting new volunteers. there is a two-day foundation training course organised for Sat 18 and Sun 19 April 2015 at Holt Hall Environmental and Outdoor Learning Centre in North Norfolk.
Master Composters promote home composting as the most friendly way of dealing with kitchen and garden waste. You don't have to be a composter already as the training covers all you need to know. Further details can be obtained by emailing email@example.com. If you think this would be of interest to any friends and family please pass on the details. There are only 9 places left on the course so get your application in now!Well done you!
Climate Week was a roaring success! Who knew that so many of you were so passionate about doing your part to make a difference here at NCC?
I’ll tell you who knew.
Switched On knew.
We are always looking to highlight the incredible hard work being done by staff all across the Council to pave the way for a sustainable future – and Climate Week proved once again that you are one hell of a team.
How is NCC tackling Climate Change?
Climate week was capped off with an inside look at what Norfolk County Council is doing to fight climate change, thanks to an inspiring talk from our in-house experts. The real cream of the crop - Dominic Allen, Sustainability Manager, Mark Henderson, Flood & Water Partnership Co-ordinator and Charles Wright, Landfill Strategy Manager, took centre stage at County Hall.
We were on hand to film it (and provide make up!) so those of you who couldn’t attend need not miss out. Click here to watch.
Rocking all over the world: Climate Change news
According to a recent report, the UK can expect an invasion of Mosquitos due to rising temperatures – but we here at Switched On aren’t reaching for the DEET just yet. What we did do was put it to Dominic Allen, Sustainability Manager. We sat down with him to look at the highs and lows (ahem) of rising temperatures in Norfolk.When a hero comes along...
Lois Hill-Laurence, Adult Education at the Professional Development Centre in Sprowston, tells us about how her team handle food waste:
“We tried to compost our own food waste in compost bins on site for a while but there was not a good enough composting mix…and fruit flies became a problem, so I asked if the PDC canteen could start recycling their food waste too and started a larger scale collection.
Between the canteen and staff kitchens we have plenty of food waste that can be composted. This food waste is taken to a facility near Milton Keynes and made into the compost. It is then sold at our recycling centres. I have bought a couple of bags of this compost from Kettering and take it from me, it’s pretty good stuff!
Elsewhere my colleague Hilary Anderson keeps us supplied with clean tea towels using her own facilities, and recycles our glass and old CD's - While Elizabeth Fletcher takes the food waste from the staff kitchen of the sensory support mobile and recycles it with her garden compost.”
Has Lois' shining example got you inspired to get composting in your office kitchen? For next steps, email the Norse team, or call them on 01493 742150. Happy composting!
Written and edited by a glum Dale Benton and Alex Dalgleish. It's a year until next Climate Week...
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Norfolk Libraries NewsletterIt's not too late to join Norfolk’s Great Big Read!
Norfolk’s Great Big Read started on Monday 23 March and runs through to Saturday 25 April across all libraries and mobile libraries. We are encouraging everyone to get together and share reading. Whether you read regularly or haven’t for some time, we want you to borrow a book, read it and then share your thoughts with others. We will be holding community reads, shared reading sessions and rounding off the promotion with a celebration of World Book Night.
During the promotion you can find information on recommended reads through our blog, Norfolk Loves Books. On the blog you will also find information on events happening in libraries across Norfolk and prize draws to win book tokens provided by our blog supporter, Jarrolds.
Find out more by visiting: www.library.norfolk.gov.uk
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Guidelines for Members in the run-up to the General Election and district council elections in Norfolk on May 7 2015 are available. The period referred to in the 2011 Code of Practice on Local Government publicity concerning elections is generally known as the ‘purdah’ period and will be in force from Monday March 30 for the purposes of this May’s elections. read the important guidelines
Officers have been reminded of the local member protocol, which sets out the circumstances where members should be informed of issues relating to their division. Group Leaders also asked that members be asked to respond to communications from officers concerning local member issues so that officers could be sure that members were aware.
Members are reminded that they can access all pink (confidential and not for publication) committee papers electronically via the committee management information system (CMIS). You will need to login to CMIS and put in your password. You may need to reset your password if you have not accessed the system before. If you need any help doing this then please contact the Councillor Resources Support Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
Cox has been appointed as Cycling
and Walking Champion for Norfolk, with Councillor Richard Bird as Deputy. They will be supported by a Cycling and
Walking Working Group made up of members and officers of Norfolk County
Council. You can read the statement of cycling and walking experience of the
Champion and Deputy here
as well as view the expression of interest NCC is making to the government to
become a Cycling and Walking Delivery
Chief Officer's blog
I welcome opportunities to get out into the community and have a break from County Hall. So I was very pleased to be invited by Tracy Jessop and Chris Alston to meet the staff and learn more about the work of the Aylsham Highways team.
Changes to Committees – 24 March 2015
Policy and Resources Committee
Added - Bill Borrett, Roger Smith and Ian Monson
Removed -Tom FitzPatrick, Tom Garrod and Tony Adams
Children’s Services Committee
Added – Brian Long, Tony White, Bev Spratt, Tony Adams
Removed – Judy Leggett, Tom Garrod, Margaret Dewsbury, Colin Foulger
Roger Smith replaces Judy Leggett as Group Spokesman for Children’s Services
Adult Social Care Committee
Added – Tom FitzPatrick, William Richmond Removed – Michael Chenery, Cliff Jordan
Added – Colin Foulger
Removed – William Richmond
Added – Cliff Jordan
Removed – Tom FitzPatrick
Conservative Group Leader and Deputy
Cliff Jordan replaces Tom FitzPatrick
Alison Thomas replaces Ian Mackie
IT issues (iPad, pc, printer or network problems) - 01603 774797(Designated Members hotline).
Mobile phone issues - 01603 222387 or email: email@example.comFuture NCC public meetings
view the updated version of the NCC Programme of Meetings 2015 click here
Changes are as follows:
Audit Committee members have agreed that future meetings will be held at 2pm (was 10am)
The Audit Committee previously scheduled for 1 October will now be held on 24th September
Health and Wellbeing Board will now meet at 9.30am (was 10am)
Additional dates for the Police and Crime Panel have been added
The Road Casualty Reduction Partnership Board will meet at 10am (was 2pm), and additional dates have been added
13 - County Council 10am
15 - Police and Crime Panel 10am
16 - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee 10am
20 - Policy and Resources Committee 10am
23 - Audit Committee 2pm
24 - Records Committee 10.30
24 - Norfolk Museums Committee 2pm
29 - Health and Wellbeing Board 9.30am
1 - Planning (Regulatory) Committee 10am
11 - Adult Social Care committee 10am
12 - Children' s Services Committee 10am*
13 - Communities Committee 10am
15 - EDT Committee 10am
18 - County Council AGM 10am
19 - Road Casualty Reduction Partnership Board 10am
20 - Economic Development Sub Committee 10am
28 - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee 10am
1 Policy & Resources Committee 10am
12 Planning (Regulatory) Committee 10am
16 Pensions Committee 9.30
18 Audit Committee 2pm
19 Norfolk Records Committee
19 Norfolk Museums Committee
23 Personnel Committee 10am
29 Adult Social Care Committee - 10am
iCaSH Norfolk A new, integrated sexual health and contraception service for Norfolk, delivering significant financial savings and quality improvements, has been commissioned by Norfolk County Council Public Health read the member briefing.
The Care Act is coming! The most significant reform in social care for more than 60 years comes into effect from 1 April. The 2014 Care Act will help make social care and support more consistent across England. It is also designed to shift the balance towards promoting overall wellbeing and helping people to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible. find out more
Pilot Rural Zonal 40mph Speed Limits In March 2014 Cabinet approved the Norfolk Speed Management Strategy following a review of the new guidance issued by the Department for Transport (DFT) in January 2013 click here for more information
Read about the work of the Environment Team in their bi-monthly newsletter –Topics include: Funding for the Glaven eel, New strategy for Norwich’s River Wensum, Marriott's Way consultation, Brecks workshop proves popular. You can download a copy here
LEADER grant funding for Norfolk NCC has announced that £9m is available to rural businesses and organisations, thanks to a successful bid for funding to Defra’s LEADER programme. But what does this mean for your local area? click here for some FAQ’s, and a list of people who can help.. You can also read the EDP story here and the NCC Press release here
Adult Social Care Member briefing March 2015 - Transfer of Mental Health Social Care from NSFT to NCC. Summary: Adult Mental Health social care teams moved to NCC from Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) on 1 October 2014. The service is still in the early stages of settling down. Staff are continuing to adjust to the transfer and there are plans in place to provide them with the support, learning and development needed to be able to successfully deliver adult social care duties within NCC. There are continued risks following the transfer arising from the number of vacancies, the transfer of work between teams, the amount of data cleansing to be carried out on CareFirst and the learning and development needs of staff. Plans are progressing to address all of these areas click here to read moreRecent NCC press releases
Fresh chance for views on Cromer and Sheringham parking
Unique partnership offers Easter revision for GCSE students
Tale-telling meets tail wagging at the Millennium Library
Families invited to undertake the Norwich Munzee Trail Easter Challenge
Minister acknowledges progress in Children’s Services
New one stop clinics buck the trend
New short-breaks service launched to help reduce numbers in care
Council to consider funding options linked to war veterans’ social care charging policy Norfolk Police and Crime Panel to consider recruitment process for appointing independent member replacement and public question process
Rinse and recycle campaign launched
Norfolk reinforces commitment to improve education outcomes for vulnerable pupils
Take a selfie and celebrate Norfolk's Great Big Read
'Drama’ in the making at Scottow Enterprise Park
County-wide campaign raises awareness of child sexual exploitation
Norfolk County Councillors put recycling centre changes on hold
Tour of Britain set for Norfolk race return
Downham Market activity day
Rural Norfolk economy set to benefit from £9m investment
National plaudits for Norfolk’s work to care for and support older and vulnerable people
New Network aims to make it easier to find an apprenticeship in Norfolk
Policy & Resources Committee 2nd workshop, Committee Chairs and Chief Officer
Date: Friday, 17th April 2015
Time: 9.00- 9.30 a catch-up for those who want it or who didn't attend the first workshop
9.30am-12.30pm onwards to consider the Council’s forward strategy for 2016-19.
Location: Edwards room.
For more information, visit Members Insight.
Prepare to join a GCSE course in September by taking a FREE English or Maths Functional Skills qualification in advance. This will give you the chance to revise the skills you need to be successful and also increase your confidence.
We have courses running throughout Norfolk:
Great Yarmouth - Wednesday
North Walsham - Tuesday or Thursday
Norwich - Tuesday, Saturday morning or Saturday afternoon
King's Lynn - Thursday
To find out more and enrol online visit
or call 0344 800 8020
to speak to an advisor. Tel: 0344 800 8020
Last month, here in South Norfolk, we hosted an afternoon workshop for multiagency staff who have been involved in the early help new way of working to date. Facilitated by Bill Farrow, the workshop was a great opportunity for us to reflect on how far we have come over the past few months, and the great strides we have made.
- Enhanced joint working built on trust and respect: Staff felt that they shared a common goal and this was helping re-define roles and resources around early help.
- That the gap had been bridged between early help and statutory services: Participants highlighted that there had been a real shift of mind-set to early help
- That there was a greater focus on outcomes not process; staff said that colleagues were now operating with a ‘can-do’ mind-set and using protocol and procedure to enhance, not restrict services.
As we start to roll out our new way of working to different parts of the District, I can’t wait to see how this model continues to grow. The articles below show what great progress we have made so far and the difference we can make to the lives of South Norfolk residents by continuing to work in new and innovative ways.
Sandra Dinneen, Chief Executive, South Norfolk CouncilNew Assistant Director for Early Help and Prevention - Sal Thirlway
Sal Thirlway has joined Norfolk County Council Children’s Services as Assistant Director for Early Help and Prevention, arriving at the beginning of March. He comes to Norfolk from Milton Keynes, where he was Assistant Director for Early Help; and brings his experience of developing locality working models in both Lincolnshire and Milton Keynes. Sal is a keen advocate for joining up services to support children and families at the earliest opportunity.
Sal visited the South Norfolk Hub on the 9th of March, and met with Sandra Dinneen to discuss Early Help development in South Norfolk and Norfolk as a whole. He said “It’s great to be here in Norfolk, and I am really looking forward to working with the broad range of professionals and partners that are engaged in supporting families early, and preventing the need for high end interventions. It was very pleasing to visit the South Norfolk Hub and spend time with the practitioners who are clearly committed to new ways of working and supporting the best possible outcomes for families when they need it.”Funding Success for South Norfolk Early Help
The DCLG invited bids from Local Authorities for up to £100,000 to increase domestic abuse refuge provision to be delivered in 2014/15 and 2015/16. South Norfolk Council, supported by Norfolk County Council, has been successful in securing £91,691 to increase services for victims of domestic abuse in the district.
The money will increase the accommodation offered to victims by Orwell Housing and enhance the support and facilities available to women and children in the district. It will also mean victims will receive greater support, help and advice, as the money will pay for dedicated support workers to support individuals in the delivery area and form part of the resource here in the hub.
This is the third amount of funding which has been attracted in the Early Help Hub recently; in addition to this we have secured £36,500 Our Place funding and£90,000 Delivering Differently in Neighbourhoods funding to support the role out of the Early Help approach across South Norfolk. It just goes to show the impact that partner agencies can have by committing and pulling together to work in a new way, enabling us to levy in funding to really make the difference.Positive activities for young people
Don’t forget! The Easter holidays are approaching and some young people may be in need of something to do.
The fund for individual young people to access positive activities in their leisure time can support applications such as SNC's Kids Camp, or Nurture By Nature Forest School. Previously, where a group of young people have been identified with the same interest, an activity has been up the in their local area.
This year, there is an extension to this fund. As we know that some young people feel that they cannot access positive activity. This may be due to anxiety or other reasons, however, if the young person can identify what they would like to do, we can now offer between four and six sessions of counselling to help them explore those issues and ultimately access their chosen activity. If you have a young person who you think would benefit from this service, please complete a 'Request for Support' form. Lynn, our counsellor is also more than happy to discuss individual situations.
Go for it! Grants
Community activities can play a major role in building happy, healthy and resilient communities. Go for it grants are designed to kick start community led projects that bring the seeds of an idea to life.
Residents in the Diss and Wymondham delivery areas are invited to get together with neighbours and friends to start planning how to make their community even better.
Ten Go for it grants of up to £300 each will be available from April 2015
Go for it projects or events will;
· Encourage residents to come together in positive and supportive ways
· Inspire people to get active, participate and fulfil their potential
· Promote and support the health and well-being ofthe community
Community Connectors can be available to support groups and individuals to think through their ideas.
Community Connectors Update
From red nose day on the market place, to residents association meetings,Julie and Lisa have been busy meeting the people of Diss. As well as connecting individuals to activities and support they have been helping several new projects, lead by members of the community to get off the ground – including a community garden, an evening group for isolated older people and a group to support those who have experienced still birth and neonatal loss.
The connectors will be hosting and attending a number of community gatherings over the coming months including;
Community play morning 25th March, Diss youth centre 9:30 - 11:30
Taylor road drop in starting 22 April
Nelsons Journey Fun Day 11 April 10-4 Roydon villiage hall
Polish reading café (date tbc)
Children’s safe space drop in 8-11yrs starting Diss junior school 13 April
We have been so pleased with the success of connectors so far that plans are underway to roll out the scheme to the Wymondham and Costessey delivery areas.
Find Diss Community Connectors on Facebook and like their page.
For more information contact
What's been happening this month?
-Through the Our Place programme Community connectors have been working with Community Links in East London to learn more about building resilient communities through active participation.
· A number of early help practitioners from across South Norfolk attended Signs of Safety training and have begun to build the approach into practice.
· Joint allocations have begun in the Long Stratton hub providing the mechanism for a fast effective partnership approach to supporting families.This month's case study
Married mum of two recently moved to South Norfolk.
Community Connector approached a new parent at school gates
She explained that she had recently been made redundant and had to move to the area from London.
She felt very isolated and didn’t know any other parents or anything about the local area.
She was reluctant to access new groups alone
Community Connector accompanied mum to the Children’s Centre so she could register her child.
Organised a gathering at a local coffee shop so that she could meet other mums from the school.
Showed her the local area and where she could print CV’s and attend the Job Club.
Community Connector kept in regular contact with her so that she knew there was always a friendly face around.
Mum has become much more confident and less isolated as she has made several friends with the other mums from school.
Child is accessing children’s centre activities
Mum has applied for several jobs and as she is more aware of the local area.
Mum is keen to volunteer in the community.
Got a great case study that you would like to share in the next issue?- please send an anonymised version to Lewis Sanders (firstname.lastname@example.org) .Who's in the hub?
Norfolk Community Health and Care is delighted to be preparing to co-locate staff in the Long Stratton Early Help Hub. The first members of staff to make the move will be Health Visiting Team Leaders, and we are excited about the impact this will have on providing joined up services for service users where joint allocations of work will be come a key factor in ensuring families are provided with the right support, by the right person at the right time.
This opportunity for co-location will promote a culture of communication and co-operation across staff groups and organisations which will maximise capacity across the system. Whilst ensuring all organisations standards of confidentiality and data protection are not compromised co-location will ensure that children, young people and families experience a seamless response to their needs with an ambition that they will only need tell their stories once.
Sian Larrington Childrens Head of Locality Norfolk Community Health and Care
How are we doing? Our Workforce Survey
In order to track our journey towards developing excellent early help in South Norfolk we would like to regularly seek the views of the workforce. We will use your views and ideas to evaluate and plan strategy, operational delivery and commissioning. Please take a moment to complete our short online survey http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/3GNLA/Healthy Communities
The South Norfolk pathfinder will now be coordinating the healthy communities networks in both Wymondham and Diss. This will bring together practitioners, community members and elected members to action practical responses to health, wellbeing and early help priorities in the areas. Contact us to get involved.Early Help Delivery Spaces
We have been working closely with Diss Town Council to free up venues in the town If you have an idea about how your organisation might utilise additional space please contact us.Resource library for practitioners
We are building a library of resources for practical engagement with children, young people and their families, here at the Long Stratton hub. If you have any requests, ideas or recommendations for useful resources that will be available to borrow please contact
Lauren 01508 533933.
Early help partners are available via the hub for consultation on a wide range of difficulties that people you work with may be facing . Including; Mental health, welfare rights, substance misuse and the impact of substance misuse in families, Domestic abuse, joblessness, child health, independent living, young people at risk of homelessness, housing options. We can also support with ‘stuck’ or complex family support process cases. Download a request for support or contact the hub on 01508 533933Supporting Rural Communities
The early help pathfinder is working alongside local community transport providers and Norfolk county council’s environment, transport and development department to improve transport links for individuals and families in order to reduce social isolation and improve access to services and community resources.
Borderhoppa are a local community transport charity operating a door to door and group hire service in this area. Border hopper have been awarded funding from the Big Lottery to provide free transport to 16 to 24 year olds for travel to and from job clubs, job interviews etc.
The service is also open to anybody that does not have the use of any other transport facilities. We can take people to local appointments at doctors, dentists, hairdressers, vets etc., to work or just to visit a friend or relative. There are many community organisations and groups functioning in South Norfolk that we are currently liaising with to encourage those experiencing social isolation to access using our door to door service.
If you would like to make a booking or would like more information on how we can help please call 01379 854800 or visit our website: www.borderhoppa.org
The early help hub may be able to support access to the border hopper or other community transport schemes in the south norfolk area. Download a request for support form or contact 01508 533933
Are you interested in finding out more about the project, have an idea or want to get involved than please visit http://www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/community/7203.asp email Lauren Downes on email@example.com or call 01508 533902.
Join the carnival atmosphere and welcome in the new season, with fun and games for all the family at Gressenhall's much-loved annual Spring Fair.
Conquer the exciting inflatable obstacle course and practice your circus skills with Foolhardy Circus Arts. Follow the Smokehouse Blue Marching Jazz Band in the Grand Gressenhall Parade. Enjoy the lively performances of Fiddlesticks Clog Dancers and traditional Punch and Judy shows.
Wander down to the farm and watch the heavy horses working in the fields, with visiting horses from the Eastern Counties Heavy Horse Association.
Plus! Browse among stalls selling local beers, produce, crafts and plants.
Please note, Special Event ticket prices apply for Spring Fair. Free admission for Museums Pass holders, Friends of Gressenhall, children under 4, carers and Children’s University members. All activities are included within museum admission.
For more information, please visit the Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse website>>
Norfolk Trails E-NewsletterEaster Fun on Norfolk Trails
We’ve got lots of great events, activities and competitions happening over the Easter holidays, so take a look and see how you can take part.Photo Competition 2015 – ‘A Trail for all Seasons’
Saturday 28th March to Sunday 1st November 2015
Following on from the success of ‘Norfolk Trails’ Treasure’ last summer, we are holding a brand new photo competition this year with a seasonal theme.
How about footprints on a frosty morning or spring flowers peeking through beside a trail? Or what about the beautiful colour of autumn leaves on a path or walkers wrapped up against the cold or enjoying a stroll in the sun?
Top prize is a £100 outdoor equipment voucher and your winning photo as a canvas print. There’s also a special under 16s category with its own prize too, so why not get out snapping with the family this Easter?
Brought to you by the Norfolk Trails team and Public Health, the Norwich Munzee Trail is a 21st-century virtual scavenger hunt using a free smartphone app called Munzee.
We’ve created a special Easter Challenge as part of the main Norwich Munzee Trail to get you going - hunt down Munzee QR code stickers hidden at 6 of Norwich’s most historic sites.
When you finish the Easter Challenge, tell us what you thought in our short survey and you could win one of 50 family passes to the iconic Norwich Castle Museum.
We’ll be at The Forum in Norwich on Wednesday 1st April to tell you all about it too, so come and see us!
We recently invited people to tell us their ‘must-do’ activities on the Norfolk Trails throughout the year. We were really impressed with the suggestions and have come up with a list of the best 40 ideas.
With things to do for adults and families, there’s lots of inspiration to help you enjoy your trip out on the trails. We’ve now added them all to our website and made a handy PDF checklist too.
Why not see how many you can tick off the list this Easter?
Norfolk Coast Path grows
Did you know we now have more Norfolk Coast Path to enjoy? In December 2014 our first stretch of England Coast Path opened, extending the Norfolk Coast Path all the way round to Sea Palling.
This takes in some beautiful parts of north-east Norfolk, so why not help yourselves to our free PDF maps and explore the new section of trail this Easter.
Web survey and prize draw
We want to improve our Norfolk Trails website and would like hear what you think is good and not so good about it. Completed surveys will be entered in to a prize draw to win a £20 outdoor equipment voucher.
The survey runs until April 30th 2015.
See us at Spring Fling
If you’ve got tickets to Spring Fling at the Royal Norfolk Showground on Tuesday 31st March, come and see us at our stall and take part in our activity trail around the site.
Spring Fling is a popular day out for families– this year’s event is already sold out!
You can also find lots of ideas for walks and cycle rides on our website:
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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,
In This Issue:
Welcome to the 27 March 2015 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.
- Job Opportunities
- Development Opportunities
- Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers
- Industry Research & Information
- Funding Opportunities
£16,000 per annum
Sheringham Little Theatre is a thriving and popular arts venue residing on the North Norfolk coast. It has a packed programme of activities including live performance, cinema, music, and its annual flagship Summer Repertory drama season and winter pantomime.
SLT have a rare opportunity for a motivated creative professional to join full time as our Design, Marketing and Publications Officer. Being part of a small and close-knit team, the successful applicant will enjoy a wide range of opportunities and responsibilities (including press relations, social media management and audience development), being involved in many separate publicity and design projects at any given time.
This role would suit a candidate who has excellent experience with using design software (specifically Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign), and who’s interested in working within the theatre and arts sector while developing a wide range of marketing skills as they progress in the position. The successful candidate will need to be well-organised, have good awareness of deadlines and be able to handle the day-to-day requirements of the role with a calm head and a level of personal discretion.
Closing date for applications: Monday 30th March at 5pm.
Interviews (in Sheringham) on Thursday 2nd April
Technical Manager - ADC Theatre
Further information can be found here http://sheringhamlittletheatre.com/news/job-opportunity-design-marketing-and-publications-officer/
£21,400 per annum
University of Cambridge
The ADC Theatre is a department of the University of Cambridge. The Theatre’s aim is to provide a well-equipped and safe environment in which all building users can enjoy, learn about and become involved in different aspects of theatre. The Theatre is primarily student focused, with the majority of its activity centred around the University Terms. The Theatre is run by a small management team, overseen by the Executive Committee. The ADC Theatre also manages the Corpus Playroom and runs a large scale external ticketing service.
The Technical Manager will provide a well-equipped and safe environment in which all building users can enjoy, learn about and become involved in different aspects of theatre, specifically technical theatre. The Technical Manager oversees the technical operations of the ADC Theatre and contributes to general administration. In line with the ADC Theatre’s aims, this role provides an opportunity for the holder to gain experience in the management of a venue and to learn about all aspects of theatre operation.
The deadline for applications is Monday 13 April 2015, at 12pm.
Art Development Officer - Murray Edwards College
For further information visit http://www.adctheatre.com/about-us/vacancies.aspx
£26,200 per annum, pro rata (circa. £15,720 per annum)
Part-time (Tuesday to Thursday)
Two-Year Fixed Term post
This is an exciting new post working with the New Hall Art Collection at Murray Edwards College, one of the University of Cambridge’s most modern, innovative, open and friendly Colleges.
You will be a key participant in delivery of strategic direction for the Collection, consisting solely of works by contemporary women artists and which is the largest of its kind in Europe.
As well as possessing excellent written, verbal and social communication skills, you will have a first degree, together with professional experience of PR/development and/or working within a museum environment.
Closing Date: 17 April 2015
Development Manager - Heritage Lottery Fund
Further details at http://www.murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk/about/vacancies/collegevacancies/
£27,615 - £38,024 per annum
The HLF is the UK's leading funder of our diverse heritage and gives grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. HLF fund the entire spread of heritage including historic buildings, museums and archives, natural heritage and the histories of people and places. HLF have awarded £6 billion to more than 37,000 projects across the UK.
The primary purpose of this post is to lead the Development Team and manage development work in the East of England by delivering an efficient project enquiry service; planning and implementing outreach strategies with a view to developing good quality applications including priority development areas and amongst under-represented communities; taking a lead role on communications, and advocacy work in the East of England; and supporting local engagement work by fostering effective working relationships with key partners.
Closing date for applications is Monday 20 April 2015 and interviews will be held in the Cambridge office on Monday 18 May 2015.
Assistant Keeper, Paintings, Drawings and Prints - Fitzwilliam Museum
For further information visit https://forms.hlf.org.uk/applications/HLFJobs_PublicPortal.ofml?0018-29e9e30f5d087e80&jobid=569
Salary Range: £34,233 - £45,954
University of Cambridge
The Fitzwilliam Museum is the principal museum of the University of Cambridge. It has internationally important collections organised in five curatorial departments and provides education and information services for a variety of audiences. All of its collections were designated in 1997 as being of outstanding national and international importance.
This permanent role offers an exciting opportunity for an inspirational pro-active professional to further enhance the Museum’s standing within Paintings, Drawings and Prints, nationally and internationally. The role involves shared responsibility for the care and management of departmental collections in ways that support the aims and goals of the Museum as articulated in the Museum’s mission statement and successive five-year plans.
The successful candidate would have an established track-record of academic expertise in an area relevant to the collections, ideally in an aspect of European painting/drawing from the 14th to the 17th centuries. S/he will contribute to the overall care of the collections, the management and administration of the Department and all curatorial and collections-related activities.
Key aspects of the post are research into and dissemination of the collections, through physical presentation; teaching to adult learners, including in the higher education sector; proactively seeking collaborative project and partnerships and fund-raising for same; sourcing acquisitions and loans and applying for funds with respect to same; dealing with enquiries into the collection from visitors and scholars; encouraging donors and benefactors.
Closing date for applications: midnight 28 April 2015
Planned interview date: 12 May 2015
Director - East Anglia Art Fund
For further information visit http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/contact/jobs/article.html?5081
£33,696 per annum pro-rata
(Part-time at 0.5 FTE)
After eleven highly successful years, Charlotte Crawley will be retiring as Director of the East Anglia Art Fund in July/August 2015. The Trustees are seeking an energetic person, ideally with a professional background in museums or the visual arts, who will be able to capitalise on the Fund's achievements by continuing to build its membership, endowment, and activities.
EAAF supports and encourages the visual arts in East Anglia through exhibition funding, grants and in-kind assistance, and has developed particularly close working relationships with Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery and more recently, Norwich University of the Arts.
The post is part-time, with enviably flexible working hours, and enjoys the support of an effective and knowledgeable Administrator.
Applications closing date: Friday 1 May
Interviews in Norwich Thursday 14 May
Graduate Academic Assistants - Norwich University of the Arts
For further details visit http://www.eastangliaartfund.org.uk/eaaf-vacancy.php
£11.42 per hour
63 hours per academic year
Graduate employability, student satisfaction and research are key factors in NUA's success and national profile. NUA is ranked the best specialist institution for Art and Design in the Complete University Guide 2014 and, in the National Student Survey for 2013 and 2014, NUA has been voted as the best specialist arts, design and media university in the UK.
NUA is seeking to recruit Graduate Academic Assistants to provide teaching support for undergraduate students in the following areas:
- Film and Moving Image Production
- Games Art and Design
The Graduate Academic Assistant is a developmental role for a postgraduate student wishing to gain experience in learning and teaching with the emphasis on enhancing the student experience.
You will have a good first degree in a relevant area of expertise, and be in receipt of a current offer of a place for postgraduate study at MA/ MPhil/ PhD level from NUA by the stated application closing date. You will be a strong team player with excellent organisational and communication skills. You will demonstrate an ability to support teaching at undergraduate level in accordance with the approved course syllabus, and to assist with other academic duties as required.
Working under the supervision of the MA Leader and BA Course Leader, the post-holder will benefit from developmental support including academic mentoring and appraisal.
Closing Date: Friday 29th May 2015
Interview Date: Friday 19th June 2015
Development OpportunitiesClore Plus: Governance Masterclass - Clore Leadership Programme
Further information can be found here http://www.nua.ac.uk/about/jobs/
10 June 2015
10 am to 5pm
Etc Venues Monument, 8 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1AE
How can you make your Board an engine at the heart, rather than at the top, of your organisation? Join this one-day, intensive Clore Plus masterclass to explore current hot topics in governance such as:
- What makes an effective - and ineffective - Board
- Diversity and recruitment- 'the male, stale, pale & old' phenomenon
- The relationship between the Chair and the CEO
- How to drive change and develop resilience at Board level
- The role of the Board in safeguarding integrity and reputation
- The role of the Board in fundraising
The day will focus on action rather than theory and will consist of a mixture of presentation, discussion and case studies. You will be encouraged to share experiences with peers from across the cultural sector.
The subsidised course fee is £185 + VAT. Deadline to apply is Monday, 13th April at 5pm.
ITC Training in Effective Fundraising
Further information can be found here http://clp.psu-tests.co.uk/ClorePlusGovernance.aspx
Tuesday, 14 April 10.00am - 5.00pm
Held at The Albany, Douglas Way, London, SE8 4AG
Focusing on trusts, foundations and government sources this course will teach you how to identify and communicate with potential funding partners effectively. This one-day course is aimed at those new to fundraising and those who wish to review their fundraising techniques in a workshop setting. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Define the main selling points of their organisation
- Identify potential funders and the messages they want to hear
- Take advantage of unexpected opportunities
- Build effective cases for funding support
- Build and nurture funding partnerships
- Develop a long term structured approach to fundraising
Price: Book before 24 March for early bird offer of £100+VAT (£120) for ITC members and £160+VAT (£192) for non-members.
Behaviour Management and Youth Arts - English National Youth Arts Network
For more information or to book your place visit http://www.itc-arts.org/training/timetable/effective-fundraising
Monday 1 June 2015
10.30am - 4.15pm // Platform, Islington, London
Understanding challenging behaviour and the best ways to cope with it is essential to any youth arts project. This one-day course looks at how you can create a positive environment from the offset, and get the most out of your young people! Together we will provide support and address any issues within your own projects that you would like to discuss.
- Examining the potential causes of challenging behaviour
- Developing strategies for transforming challenging behaviour
- Troubleshooting 101 – discuss personal concerns or previous experiences and learn how to manage these more effectively in the future
- Understanding behavioural issues, their causes and their preventions
- Flexible and responsive approaches to use in your own work
Prices for each participant range from £117-£130 and the day includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance for each delegate. English National Youth Arts Network members receive 10% discount on spaces.
Make Your Projects a Success - Creative Training Hub
For further information and to book visit http://www.artswork.org.uk/event/68/
Creative Training Hub is pleased to offer a one-day training event introducing the fundamental principles of effective project management. Find out how you can deliver successful projects using a range of project management tools and techniques. Participants will:
- Learn how to plan your projects and avoid the common pitfalls.
- Explore the various techniques to lead and motivate your team.
- Discover the tools to track and monitor your project's progress.
Topics covered during this course include; creating your project brief, engaging with project stakeholders, setting key milestones and project planning, managing risks, team development and project monitoring and evaluation.
This course is priced at £80 and takes place at Made in Marylebone, Elgood House, 10 Daventry Street, NW1 5NX London on Tuesday 16 June 2015 from 10.30am to 4.30pm.
Course handbook and refreshments are provided.
Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersFirst Wednesday Club - SongNoir
For more information visit: http://www.creativetraininghub.co.uk/training/event-listings/
The First Wednesday Club is a new Open Platform in Norwich for Visual and Video Artists, Rappers and Re-mixers, Musicians, Singers and Poets, Beat Makers, Beat Boxers and Be-Boppers, Dancers, Movers and DJ-Producers.
The First Wednesday Club will open on Wednesday 1 April 8pm-10:30pm at 12 St Benedict’s Street Norwich NR2 4AG with a free soul food buffet. Entry is also free and all are welcome to join.
Industry Research & InformationOutreach Europe Conference
For further information visit http://songnoir.com/#!/firstwednesday/
Friday April 17th
Denmark hill campus in London, at the ORTUS learning & events centre
Outreach Europe project is funded by the European Union’s Culture Programme (2007-2013) and has been implemented by 3 partners: South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM), Elderberry AB in Sweden and the GAIA Museum in Denmark. http://outreach-europe.eu/.
Through an extensive survey the project partners have researched how museums, galleries and cultural institutions engage with an audience beyond the traditional means of outreach. This audience includes people with learning disabilities, people with mental health issues, elderly people with health problems and dementia, ethnic minorities – non-native speakers and homeless people.
Based on the findings of the Outreach Europe project, the conference asks the questions:
- What can we do to secure sustainable and reliable inclusion in the cultural sector?
- What does it require of museums and galleries to step out of the traditional framework and attain greater social justice and responsibility?
- Who can we learn from?
The aim of the conference is to facilitate the beginning of a new approach for outreach processes. The presenting international speakers will highlight the subject from their professional perspectives and bring in different case studies. By the end of the day there will be a plenary session for discussions and networking opportunities.
Price for a full day conference, incl. lunch and refreshments:
- €50/£37 (plus taxes and booking fee)
- Unwaged and Students - 50 % discount
Symposium: From 'Them' to 'Us', The art of leading with an audience focus
For registration, please go to; https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outreach-europe-international-conference-registration-15782445720
Date: Thursday 23 April 2015
Location: fabric, London
Cost: £77 + VAT
Supported by Arts Council England, From Them To Us is a way to open up public debate amongst leaders in the cultural sector about the art of leading with an audience focus.
This coming April, over 100 cultural leaders will meet to share stories, inspire one another, and uncover ideas, as we work together to think creatively about how to adapt our organisations, and ourselves, to sharpen our focus on audiences.
Contributors from across the arts and cultural sector will pose questions to stimulate our thinking throughout the day. Join those who are experimenting with their business models to place the audience at the heart of their thinking, those finding new meaning and purpose in their founding values, or who are finding new ways to engage the public with their work.
The Leaders Symposium will challenge participants to explore and expand their thinking with fresh individual, organisational, and sector-wide responses.
Join us to tackle big questions, be inspired by new ideas, and explore future options for the growth and development of your own organisation and leadership.
Children’s Art Week
Further information can be found here http://www.them-to-us.org/symposium/
13th – 21st June
Children’s Art Week is back for 2015 even bigger and better than before, from Saturday 13 to Sunday 21 June, right across the UK. Previously known as Children’s Art Day, the programme has given thousands of children and young people the opportunity to experience the visual arts together with their parents, teachers and carers, and get involved with a broad range of practical art activities with artists and makers.
Last year more than 15,000 children and adults took part in over 100 events across the UK, including a riverside sketching expedition, a mini art rave, a sculpture workshop inspired by Mondrian, an art challenge tombola and a lesson in how to design computer games, amongst many others!
What Next? Norfolk chapter meeting
Events can take place in galleries, arts centres, museums, libraries, schools, and community and youth centres. Those interested in organising an event as part of Children’s Art Week can register until Monday 18 May by clicking here. The first 40 events to register will also be eligible for a grant of £50 to support their event. All participating venues will receive guidelines, Children’s Art Week stickers and logos, and will be asked to brand their event. Events will be listed on www.childrensartweek.org.uk.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival, along with the Writers' Centre are convening a What Next? chapter in Norwich. What Next? is a national movement to advocate for the value of arts and culture to our lives. Currently, a flexible group is meeting weekly at either the Writers' Centre or NORCA HQ in Colegate.
What Next? is an opportunity to talk about issues that affect the arts sector, and helps to build the case for funding and support for arts-based activities. It will also be the springboard for sector-led activities to emerge. Nationally, it will lobby the Government and policy-makers to recognise the value of culture.
The details for next week's meeting are below:
Funding OpportunitiesNominet Trust Social Seed Investment Programme
What Next? Norfolk chapter meeting
Date: Wednesday 1 April
Venue: The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich, NR2 1NY
Speaker: We are hoping to confirm Pol Heyvaert (Belgian stage director and designer) to come and speak to us on Wednesday 1 April. Pol spoke to the What Next? group back in November about a theatre show for young, local musicians he is working on with Norfolk & Norwich Festival and CAMPO for this May. He will be here to update us on that project and discuss the positive effects his work has had on young people in previous projects, in particular FML - an original theatre production from Cork Midsummer Festival dealing with the tragedy of Ireland’s teen suicide epidemic. The production which was created by 15 Cork teenagers and Pol and toured to Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Limerick, Tralee and internationally in 2010 and 2011. http://www.artsandhealth.ie/case-studies/fck-my-life/
The Nominet Trust which provides funding and support to technology with a social benefit, has announced that its Social Tech Seed Investment Programme has re-opened for applications. Social Tech Seed is an investment programme that offers early-stage investment of between £15,000 and £50,000 to social entrepreneurs and charitable organisations who are looking to develop new ideas to use digital technology for social benefits. 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:
- The environment.
The closing date for stage 1 applications will be Wednesday 15th April 2015. Applicants successful at this stage will have to submit a more detailed stage 2 application by the 27th May 2015.
Grants of between £500 and £2,500 are available to registered charities and not for profit organisations that are based in areas in the UK where Tesco has stores.
Funding is available to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit either health, sustainability or opportunities for young people. Projects that may receive support include the following:
- Improving diets and encouraging healthy eating.
- Involvement in sport and physical activity.
- Education and training programmes which develop key skill that prepare young people for work, no matter what career they want to pursue.
- Support to vulnerable, disengaged groups and young people in long term unemployment.
Learning programmes for young people with disabilities.
- Access to information, skills and opportunities young people need to start successful careers.
- Helping people reduce the amount of food they throw away at home.
- Helping people recycle more or save more energy or water.
- Local eco initiatives in the community that contribute to global environmental impact.
- Projects that encourage sustainable living.
- Wildlife conservation projects.
The deadline for applications is 24 April 2015.
Aviva 2015 Community Fund
Further information can be found here http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=754#ref_index.asp?pageid=121
Aviva's 2015 Community Fund opens for applications on 24th March 2015. Community organisations can apply for funding of £1,000 to £25,000 for projects in one of the four categories:
- Health, disability and well-being
- Supporting the younger generation
- Supporting the older generation
- Or community support.
Applicants will need support from the community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. The fund is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK. If the applicant is under the age of 18 and wishes to submit an entry to the Awards, they must provide the consent of an appropriate adult associated with the project they are entering.
The funding levels that can be applied for are:
- Up to £1,000; up to £5,000
- Up to £10,000
- Up to £25,000.
Submission of entries starts at 9.00am on the 24th March 2015 and ends at 11.59pm on the 24th April 2015.
Norfolk Arts Project Fund
Read more at: http://www.aviva.co.uk/community-fund/
The Norfolk Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity throughout Norfolk. Through the fund organisations and indivduals can apply for up to £500 for eligible project costs.
The Norfolk Arts Project Fund is now accepting applications for Round 1 of 2015/16. All Round 1 applications must be submitted by the 29th of May 2015. Applicants are advised to allow for 4-6 weeks following the closing date for a decision.
North Sea Region Programme First Call for Proposals
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The North Sea Region Programme (2014 - 20) has announced that the first Interreg VB call for applications will open on 27 April 2015. The aim of the Programme is to financially support transnational projects and partnerships that enhance the overall quality of life for residents of the North Sea Region. The North Sea Region programme area includes:
- The whole of Norway and Denmark
- Eastern parts of the United Kingdom
- The Flemish Region of Belgium
- Northwest Germany
- The northern and western parts of the Netherlands
- The south western area of Sweden.
Within eligible areas of the UK local, regional and national authorities, NGOs, research institutions, universities and private partners can apply for funding that meet the four priorities of the programme. These are:
- Supporting growth in North Sea Region economies
- Stimulating the green economy
- Protecting against climate change and preserving the environment
- Promoting green transport and mobility.
Every partnership must include at least 2 beneficiaries from 2 different countries.
The closing date for applications will be the 30th June 2015.
Norfolk Arts Forum
Read more at: http://www.northsearegion.eu/ivb/content/show/&tid=187
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Join author Anita Anand for an exclusive talkSophia: Princess, Suffragette, Revolutionary
3:15pm Thursday 2nd April
Followed by drop in, meet Anita and have your book signed at 4:30pm
at Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life
21 White Hart Street Thetford IP24 1AA
Books available from the museum shop,
10% discount for Friends & Museum Pass Holders
Free with museum admission, advanced booking essential. Call 01842 75299 to book.
This week, a further 22 ‘graduates’ of our Norfolk Institute
for Practice Excellence (NIPE) programme move into teams across
the county – which means we have welcomed a total of 61 new social workers
since the programme began back in June 2014.
Our extremely successful project aims to 'grow our own' excellent child care social workers against a climate where numbers of people interested in moving into this field are falling. Herer, Zoe Harris (pictured), one of our most recent intake, talks about her journey.
What got me interested in a career in children’s social care in the first place?
I started working at NCC as a temp and had various roles
working alongside and supporting social workers. I became interested in
pursuing a career in children’s social care through this experience.
I was working in children’s services when I was completing my MA in social work at the UEA, I heard about the way Norfolk was going to recruit newly qualified social workers (NQSW) through the university and my manager at NCC. I knew that I wanted to work for Norfolk on completing the MA and qualifying as a social worker, so I applied for the vacancy at the NIPE team.
I’ve just finished my six months in the NIPE team and moved on to CP2 on Monday 23 March.
What’s the best thing about NIPE?
The best thing for me has been the peer support, and this
has been promoted by the managers in the NIPE team. The atmosphere within the
team as a whole is very supportive.
The idea of the NIPE team is to promote best practice and ensure that NQSW have good habits that reflect best practice from the very beginning of their careers. There is a focus on ensuring that assessments are child-centred and the voice of the child is paramount within that.
Being part of the NIPE has given me a really good grounding in undertaking high quality assessments and this will help me in my ambition to support and empower families to make positive changes for children.
As part of the link between NCC and NCFC, for the past four
years we have been allocated a block of tickets at each home match for groups
of young people who may need an extra push to raise aspirations, to support
young people living in very rural areas, to help them cope with a tricky
situation in their lives or help with bonding or attachment with significant
people in their lives.
This season, the tickets have been used by, among others,
- Three of our troubled families teams, where engagement had been very difficult but now good progress is being made, meaning their children are off child protection status
- All 6 of our Looked After Children teams
- Our in-house and agency residential units
- Three of the fostering teams - prioritised for children new to care where the opportunity was useful as part of the bonding process with new carers
- A community football team at Wymondham
- A junior community rugby club in Swaffham
- two groups of children and young people with disabilities
- The Norfolk In Care Council and Norfolk shadow safeguarding board - a group of children and young people who are in care and who work as part of a focus group to inform the work of social care
- Scouts, beavers and cubs - this was a mixed group made up from all 3 age groups of the scouting community, targeting those in the most rural locations
We are working with the football club to see if this initiative can be continued into the 2015/16 season as part of its corporate social responsibility programme. If you'd be interested in putting forward a group to benefit next season (if the club’s offer is renewed), contact Irene Kerry.The Care Act is coming
The most significant reform in social care for more than 60 years comes into effect from 1 April.
The 2014 Care Act will help make social care and support more consistent across England. It is also designed to shift the balance towards promoting overall wellbeing and helping people to stay healthy and independent for as long as possible.
Highlights of the Care Act changes that start in April
Young people and their families will continue to receive transition assessments to help them prepare for adulthood. This includes young carers. The Care Act requires assessments to take place at a time when there is significant benefit to that young person in doing so. Where we have not completed an assessment before a person’s 18th birthday, we must continue providing any existing services, to ensure no gap in provision, until they have been assessed.
There will be a new national eligibility threshold so that, wherever you live in England, if your needs meet the threshold, you will be eligible for support. Assessments will be person-centred and the new eligibility criteria focus on wellbeing and outcomes.
There will be a universal deferred payments scheme, meaning people should not need to sell their home in their lifetime to fund social care costs. In Norfolk, we already have a deferred payments scheme and will continue to offer deferred payments to people who move into a care home. We are also extending deferred payments to those in supported living and housing with care.
Carers will have expanded rights to support and assessments of their needs, irrespective of whether the person they care for receives support. For the first time, this change puts carers on the same footing as the person they care for, allowing them to get the support they need.
We’ve been busy
briefing and training key NCC staff and partners, to make sure Norfolk is aware
of the changes and ready for them. We’ve also been updating procedures and
The Care Act has introduced duties around prevention and providing comprehensive information and advice. In preparation for this, we have updated relevant publications and leaflets and further developed our website and our Care and Support Guide (out soon – watch this space!). We all have a part to play in making make sure that people have the information and advice they need to make the most of support available in their community, for example by putting them in touch with voluntary organisations and other support networks who can help.
Funding reforms 2016
We’re also starting to plan for further changes under the Care Act that come into force in April 2016. New duties proposed for local authorities include introducing a cap on care costs, care account and daily living costs. There will also be a change in the level of means tested support, and proposed new changes around an appeals process.
You’ll find more information on the intranet and on our website.
Support for carers: Carers Agency Partnership - 0808 808 9876; www.carersagencypartnership.org.uk
As part of the Care Act, a further reminder that, from 1 April 2015, all young carers will be entitled to an assessment of their needs from the local authority. See further information about this and the free training courses in Improving Times – 11 March. You’ve still got two more chances to find out more about the new duties and how they apply to your work with children, young people, parents and families:
- 26 March 1.30pm – 4.30pm at Dereham Football Club, Dereham
- 27 March 9.30am – 12.30pm at Old School, Blickling Estate, Blickling
To book a place, contact Luke Keegan.
If you’d like more information, you can read the Young Carers (Needs Assessments) Regulations 2015 here and the Government response to the consultation on young carers’ draft regulations here.Sporty Scole's starring role
The Sport England website contains four short films about good practice in primary PE and Sport Premium – and we are delighted to highlight them because they feature the work being done in this area by Scole Primary. Headteacher Mark Carlyle and Claire Goldsmith, as subject leader, particularly shine. Claire is one of our stars, trained as a Norfolk PE Teaching Competence Standards (NPETCS) candidate, and more recently she’s completed the level 4 subject leadership course with us.
NCSB training courses
Don't forget. There are a range of Norfolk Children's Safeguarding board training events which are open to all partners.
- 30 March: Warner Interview Training – Café Britannia, Norwich
- 16 April: Making Multi-Agency Assessments Work – Southgreen Park, Mattishall
- 22 and 23 April: Reflective Supervision – Abbey Conference Centre, Norwich
- 29 April: Sexual Abuse – Green Britain Centre, Swaffham
If you are interested in attending any of the above sessions, you can book online.Children's Services in the news
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attend a NIPE induction event welcoming new social workers at the Abbey
Conference Centre in Norwich. She has a meeting of the Corporate Parenting
Board/Exec group at Wymondham College and will visit the LAC North team at
their Cromer office.
Helen will also attend the Corporate Parenting Board/Exec group meeting at Wymondham College, and both she and Sheila have a meeting at Police HQ, Wymondham, to discuss information sharing.
Gordon will attend the Diocesan Board of Education Head Teachers conference lunch at Norwich Cathedral. He has a meeting of the Norfolk/Suffolk SPA Steering Group at Paston Sixth Form College in North Walsham.
Andrew plans to attend meetings with the Duty Team W&B at Priory House, the Contact and Home Based Support Team at Richmond House and has a visit to the LAC Team (City).
Sal will attend a workshop to raise awareness of the new LA duty to assess the needs of young carers and families, in Blickling, and an Early Help Senior Management Team away day at Hethel Engineering Centre.
Michael will also attend the Early Help Senior Management Team away day at Hethel.
James will attend the Corporate Parenting Board/Exec group meeting at Wymondham College. He will also attend a Committee Chairs briefing by Wendy Thomson, at County Hall.
Look out for the next Getting in Shape update from Sheila which will be emailed to you on Friday, with details of our new structure and our staffing adjustment consultation.Well done us!
We’ve had a letter from Sam Gyimah, Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Education and Childcare, about take-up of the entitlement to early learning for two-year-olds and congratulating us on having one of the highest take up rates in the country.
Congratulations and huge thanks to everyone involved.Senior Adviser Early Years post
Following a rigorous interview process which included a Norfolk head teacher and manager of a local pre-school, Joanne Lamb was successfully appointed to the post of Senior Adviser Early Years. The post will take effect from 1 April and will help to support the restructure process for relevant staff.Councillors of the future
As part of our recent series of visits from school councils around the county to learn more about local democracy, we recently received the following ‘thank you’.
‘Thank you so much for organising the morning for us and for the time given to us by Brian Hannah. The children LOVED it. The highlights were the debate and the opportunity for the children to realise what NCC is responsible for. Perhaps it would have been even more helpful if the children could have been made aware of Council elections….how people can get elected and then have to appeal to the local electorate to become members? Brian did explain but I wonder if an “election” might be something that would make the occasion even better...you could have a green, red, yellow and blue party which the children have to vote for after hearing about their “manifestoes”?? I’m not sure the children appreciated that councillors aren’t paid. However that is only a suggestion, it was a really useful morning. We are having a visit from (an MP) …doubt he will be as good!!’
Alpington and Burgh Apton Primary SchoolYour future viewing – 3000 hits and counting!
In the 15 January 2015 edition, we told you about our YouTube
video series Developing Norfolk’s Future Workforce; a resource for teachers,
careers professionals and pupils to help inform young people about the
opportunities in their future study, qualifications, work experience and
securing future careers. The great news is that we’ve had over 3000 hits on the
series to date! Of the core 6 videos, the most watched has been The Changing
World of Work, with 450 hits and, for the sector videos, Food and Farming has
proven to be the most popular, with 152 hits. Take a look for yourself.
We continue to promote the series as widely as possible and are pleased that colleagues in Economic Development have included links to two videos, Apprenticeships and Apprenticeships or University, on the home page of the newly launched Apprenticeships Norfolk Network website, www.apprenticeshipsnorfolk.org.
The views of young people are paramount to how we develop this work going forward, so if you’re supporting a group of young people who would like to provide us with feedback on the videos, please do get in touch! If you’re an educational or careers professional and would also like to get involved in the evaluation process, then step this way! Contact Bridget Marshall-Nichols to register your interest.
Norfolk families in glittering film premiere at Fusion in the Forum
Down's Syndrome Norfolk celebrated World Down's Syndrome Day on Saturday 21 March with a star-studded premiere of their new new DVD "We love our lives" in Fusion at the Forum. The DVD features 12 different stories to show that people with Down’s Syndrome are all different. The DVD is particularly aimed at new parents and it will be available at local hospitals. The films are also be available for viewing on the Down's Syndrome Norfolk website.Award for Norfolk Sexual Health Service
Norfolk County Council, NHS England and Public Health England have won an award at the prestigious UK Sexual Health Awards 2015, for their procurement of sexual health and HIV services in Norfolk. They were awarded the Public Health England Sexual Health, Reproductive Health and HIV Award 2015: Best Practice in Whole System Commissioning. Norfolk County Council, NHS England and Public Health England worked together to commission a fully integrated service to provide Norfolk with a one stop shop for all sexual health needs, including HIV treatment and care. The new service, which launched on 1 March 2015, will improve access to sexual health and HIV services for all, including those who are most at risk in local communities.New maps on Children's Services iNet
There are now PDF maps available which show the new Children's Services Localities (2015). They will officially begin to be used when the new Children's Services structure begins operation. Other ready-prepared maps have also been updated. Visit the 'maps' section of the Children’s Services intranet pages for more information and to access the maps.Your feedbackDo you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and see our back copies here.
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There are lots of choices available to young people in Norfolk after high school.
The important thing to remember is that everybody is different, and you shouldn’t assume that A-Levels and university are the only way forward. There will be different paths depending on what you want your future to be.
Twenty-five-year-old Lauren Bailey (pictured above), from Holt, has been working on offshore platforms for the past five years, partly as an apprentice with Aker Solutions. Read more »Norfolk's Great Big Read
This year, Norfolk’s Great Big Read is encouraging everyone to get together to share reading. Whether you read regularly or haven’t for some time, we want you to borrow a book, read it and then share your thoughts with others. Read more »How your money is spent on services
Norfolk County Council has announced a net revenue Budget of £318.428m for 2015/16 and a freeze in the proportion of council tax you pay to Norfolk County Council.
Over the last five years, our central government funding has been cut by £123.791m, while the actual cost pressures on many services have continued to go up. Read moreHomage to Manet
Until Sunday 19 April
Homage to Manet at Norwich Castle explores the influence of a French artist who revolutionised the way we look at women in art. Read more »Win museums tickets!
There’s a packed diary of events and exhibitions at Norfolk museums this spring and summer, and Your Norfolk has 30 family vouchers to give away to readers. Each voucher can be used for up to five people. Read moreWin family Whitlingham tickets
We have tickets for a family of four to enjoy a taster session at our Mayday Madness event… completely free! Read more£1m secured for Castle restoration
Norfolk County Council and Norfolk Museums Service have welcomed news of a £1m
government investment in a project to restore the interior of the Norwich Castle
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Hello, my name is Sarah-Jane Sutton and I am a parent governor.
I have two children; a four year old son who is in Reception, and a one year old daughter.
My son has had cochlear implants for two years and he loves showing them off ever since his friends at Norfolk Deaf Childrens Society showed him how to ‘bling them up’.
My daughter has conductive hearing loss.
My husband and his family are all deaf, and I’ve heard some horror stories about the times they were in school. Fortunately times have changed with improved technology and more awareness. These stories have made me very determined that Virtual School Sensory Support should be supporting and advocating for our children, fostering high aspirations and making the most of the technology available.
I’m a governor because I’ve seen the difference the right support can make, and I fully believe that our children and young people have the potential to achieve great things.Speed Dating – Governors and staff get to know each other better!
On 5th March, Governors met with a number of staff in quick fire five minute sessions, an approach known as ‘speed dating’. The primary aim was to seek feedback on the VSSS School Improvement & Development Plan [SIDP]. But it was also an opportunity for Governors and staff to get to know each other better.
Some 10 Governors and 16 staff took part in the exercise, which lasted an hour. It proved a lively and interesting activity for all concerned, judging by the hum of conversation and the number of times some Governors had to be reminded when it was time to move on to a new session.
i) well worth repeating, but with longer sessions (10 or 15 minutes) and therefore requiring a two hour timeslot;
ii) high level of staff engagement in the SIDP which was generally felt to be set at a realistic level;
iii) in the context of the Buddy system started last term, potential for closer working between Governors and staff.In this Issue
Literacy Days at the NNAB
We organised two Literacy Days in February for our students. The Key Stage 2 day was February 11th and the Key Stage 3 was on the 25th. Our aim was to build their confidence in speaking skills as well as develop their creativity with words. Our data showed that in the past, Literacy is an area that can be challenging for young people with visual needs to excel at. While the young people took part in a variety of literacy-based workshops with three enthusiastic volunteers from the Writers’ Centre in Norwich, the learning support assistants had training on the use of IT, Braille and reading resources. They also shared their experiences of working closely with a child/young person with visual impairment. The lunch was a do-it-yourself sandwich for the youngsters who socialised over their meal, and the days ended with a presentation of the poetry written during the day. The feedback from students and LSA’s alike was very positive and we plan to arrange similar events like this in the future.Website
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