Norfolk

Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 17:19

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

More Norfolk families approach a sleepless night

View details on our news page.

Categories: Norfolk

Village at War at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:35
Village at War ~ Life on the Home FrontSunday 28 and Bank Holiday Monday 29 August  Experience life on the home front during the Second World War and discover how you can “do your bit” for the War effort this August Bank Holiday from 10am - 5pm.

 The annual Village at War event once again promises to deliver an impressive display of home front history. Stroll around military and civilian vehicles and meet costumed characters from both the British and American forces, enjoy toe tapping 1940s music and a traditional tea dance.

All eyes will be on the skies on the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday 29 August as we watch out for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast (weather permitting!).

Please note, Special Event ticket prices apply for Village at War. 

For more information click here to visit our website

Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
Categories: Norfolk

Children's Services ICO Audit and Information Management Special Edition- 24 August 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 16:24
Children's Services staff newsletter - ICO Audit and Information Management Special Edition 24 August 2016 Don Evans, Assistant Director Performance and Challenge, Children's Services Caldicott Guardian ICO Audit and Information Management

As the Caldicott Guardian for Children’s Services, I have certain statutory responsibilities around whether Children’s Services should share data/information. It’s a role I take very seriously and one which doesn’t always make me popular when I don’t agree to information sharing requests. The responsibility doesn’t all rest with me though. In reality it can’t, because countless times every day, Children’s Services staff are making decisions about what, when and how to share information.  

And it’s not just any old information we have access to, its highly sensitive information about children and families – the sort of information that, if not handled properly, can have a devastating impact on those children and families.  

It’s fair to say, in Children’s services, we haven’t always acquitted ourselves well in this area and we continue to see regular data breaches. Quite simply we have to get better. So, I’m delighted to see this edition of Improving Times given over to Information Management. Please take the time to read it and afterwards to reflect on how effective your individual and team IM practice is.

ICO Audit

In October, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the body responsible for enforcing and promoting compliance with the Data Protection Act, will be carrying out an audit of our practice. The three-day audit, from 11-13 October inclusive, will cover two areas -  Records Management and Training and Awareness. Auditors have also told us that they will be carrying out most of their work from County Hall but would also like to visit Havenbridge House to meet our staff. 

Getting ready
A lot of work is going on across the council to make sure we are well-prepared for the audit. Coming soon are new policies and procedures. Shorter, simpler and easier to find, they have been created with input from departmental business leads, who are working with Information Management colleagues to make sure we are well-prepared for the audit. Business leads are:
Adult Social Services: John Holden
CES: Emma Gedge
Children’s Services: Jenna Lane
Finance: John Baldwin
Resources: Derryth Wright, plus leads for services with greater involvement in processing personal data - nplaw: Chris Reynolds, HR: Lesley Macdonald, ICT: Duncan Arnold

More than an audit
This is more than a response to an audit, however. It’s about embedding good practice across the organisation – about upping our game right across the board. Those of us with NCC laptops lock them away at the end of the day and lock the screen when we leave our desks. How we treat all information should be no different.  

Your role and responsibilities

  • Familiarise yourself and comply with the information management policies and procedures, along with adhering to the E-Learning data protection modules 3yr refresher

  • Create documents in a timely manner that provide concise, accurate and complete evidence of your decisions, transactions and activities
  • Ensure temporary records created or received are disposed of regularly and in accordance with the NCC Information Governance Framework

  • Comply with all information security, confidentiality and privacy protection requirements of NCC
  • Ensure only necessary records are created and are only destroyed in accordance with corporate retention and disposition schedules
  • Classify, categorise and store information according to NCC for appropriate sharing, reuse and tracking as identified within the corporate Information Management Strategy and appropriate IM processes
  • Identify training and skills development needs in consultation with your manager or supervisor
  • Ensure awareness of the consequences and impacts of information losses, data breaches or attacks and report them proactively
  • Ensure awareness of the risks to our information assets and proactively take steps to mitigate these in line with IM procedures
New policies and procedures coming soon...

Six new policies have been created, they are shorter, simpler and will be easier to find. They are as follows;

- Records management

- Information security

- Data quality

- Sharing of information

- Requests for information- Data Protection

- Freedom of Information/Environment Information Regulations

The policies and the procedures that link to these will be available early September and will be published on the new information management intranet page. More information will be available soon.

Key information management roles in NCC
  • Managing Director
  • County Leadership Team members and Heads of Service
  • Senior Information Risk Officer
  • Caldicott Guardians
  • Records Management Co-ordinators
  • Team Managers
  • Employees

ICO Audit training and awareness sessions

The training and awareness sessions for Children’s and Adult’s staff are taking place soon. These first sessions are open to staff based at County Hall and Havenbridge House. Your manager should have received the course information, places are booked via e-learning

  • 6 September – County Hall
  • 14 September – County Hall
  • 16 September- Gt. Yarmouth
  • 21 September – County Hall
  • 22 September – Gt. Yarmouth

For more information please contact Jenna Lane- Head of Client Management

Has your office got the ICO posters up?

To request copies of the ICO posters please contact the Information management team or download them from the ICO website.

At your next team meeting ask these questions...

1. How effective is your individual and team information management practice?

2. What improvements can you make as a team to ensure you comply with the data protection act?

3. What one thing can you all agree to do to improve data quality?

Data protection breaches

Breaches that have occurred in Children's Services

1. Documents left in offices after we have moved out - decommissioning office procedure now in place

2. Sending emails to the wrong person - double check who you are sending it to(you can turn off auto complete when entering a name in outlook)

3. Sending information to the wrong address - double check the details against service users record

4. Confidential conversations being overheard - be mindful of who else can hear your conversation

5. Leaving confidential information out on desks - ensure that you follow the clear desk procedure.

Records Management training

The Information Management team have developed a new records management training module. They are piloting this training with a small group at the end of August. If successful this will be rolled out to all staff.

What is a privacy impact assessment (PIA)?

Privacy impact assessments are a tool that you can use to identify and reduce the privacy risks of your projects. A PIA can reduce the risks of harm to individuals through the misuse of their personal information. It can also help you to design more efficient and effective processes for handling personal data.

The Information Commissioner envisages PIAs being used only where a project is of such a wide scope, or will use personal information of such a nature, that there would be genuine risk to the privacy of the individual. PIAs will usually be recommended where a change of the law will be required, new and intrusive technology is being used, or where private or sensitive information which was originally collected for a limited purpose is going to be reused in a new and unexpected way. More information is available here.

Pilot course - Accuracy training

Data quality and accuracy are of great importance in dealing with the large quantities of people information and numerical data we rely upon in Norfolk County Council. This pilot course is designed to enable staff to enhance their accuracy skills in everyday interactions at work.  This in turn will increase our organisation’s efficiency and reduce the costly errors and/or data breaches that impact both our customers and our workforce.

If the pilot is successful more dates will be available on the learning hub.

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

Norfolk County Council - Planning (Regulatory) Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 15:49

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Planning (Regulatory) Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Friday 2 September 2016 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Adult Social Services Newsletter Issue 17

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/24/2016 - 12:03
A message from the Acting Executive Director of Adult Social Services

Welcome to our August edition of the newsletter.  It’s our first since losing Harold and I know one of the things he committed to do was to keep in touch through the newsletter.  As the many tributes reflected, Harold embodied a strong set of values and a commitment to getting things right for people who need support.  He was really enjoying being able to champion social work and social care in his national role. 

So of course we are all continuing the work Harold led us in, to support vulnerable adults in Norfolk to live a good life.  This month’s newsletter reflects these priorities, including the work in different parts of our services to help people remain or become more independent, alongside the essential of raising the profile of safeguarding.  There is also a reminder to make nominations for the OCSAs staff awards, so do take a moment to put forward colleagues and teams who are making that extra difference. 

Catherine

Catherine Underwood - Acting Executive Director of Adult Social Services

Safeguarding Awareness week  

Safeguarding Awareness week this year will be held during the week commencing 12 September. The Local Safeguarding Adults Partnerships will be campaigning locally to raise awareness of adult safeguarding and to encourage the public to make referrals if they identify incidents of possible abuse and neglect of adults with care and support needs. The safeguarding website also gives details of two free events for staff across the safeguarding partnership covering a range of safeguarding topics, one to be held during safeguarding week on 12 September, and one on 2 November 2016. Details about how to apply for the events can be found on the website. Please share this information as appropriate.

Promoting Independence in practice

The Promoting Independence project team received this case study from the East Learning Disability Team – a practice example of supporting someone with a learning disability to get into paid employment via an apprenticeship:

Emily (not her real name) is 19 years old. She has a mild learning disability, autism spectrum disorder and mental health needs. She was at college studying catering with additional support, but was struggling with the course and wanted to leave. She also had a small personal budget which provided some one-to-one support with accessing the community. Emily was keen to do some work experience in a kitchen, but the college had not been able to find her a placement.

The assistant practitioner who was undertaking Emily’s social care review approached the manager of the kitchen at a community hub who agreed that Emily could do some work experience there. Emily used her one-to-one support to assist her at first, but once she no longer needed this Emily carried on working as a volunteer on her own. She enjoyed it so much she started going on extra days during her college holiday. At this point the assistant practitioner suggested to the kitchen manager that they could take Emily on as an apprentice, and she agreed. The assistant practitioner arranged for the college to complete the paperwork for the apprenticeship. Emily will now have a paid apprenticeship for a year which will give her the opportunity to build on her catering skills, with placements in other kitchens owned by the same company. If she does well, it is hoped that she will be taken on as a paid employee or will be in a good position to apply for other jobs. This has also reduced her need for funded social care support. 

This is a great example of the principles of Promoting Independence being used in practice. If you have any similar examples please email them to promoting.independence@norfolk.gov.uk

Local home improvement agency offers support with keeping warm this winter

If you are concerned about clients being able to keep themselves and their home warm this winter, Careline Community Service and Care & Repair can help.

Careline Community Service and Care & Repair, part of the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, are advising local residents to prepare their heating systems now for the coming winter. A simple heating tune-up may be needed, such as bleeding radiators or installing thermostatic radiator valves to help improve energy efficiency in the home. Careline Community Service offer free home assessments to residents in West Norfolk to see if improvements like this can be made. If major repairs or a whole new heating or hot water system are needed, Care & Repair offer a reliable and friendly service in the west of the county.

A reliable and efficient heating system can cut fuel bills and help prevent fuel poverty so it’s important your clients check their heating systems now before the colder weather begins, and make sure they’re as reliable and cost-efficient as possible.

For a heating tune-up please contact Careline Community Service on 01553 760671 to arrange a free comprehensive home assessment.

For substantial repairs or a new heating system please contact Care & Repair on 01553 616677.

These services offer simple and effective solutions, the cost of which may be covered by a grant (subject to meeting eligibility criteria).

For more information please visit www.careline-cs.org.uk and www.careandrepair-wn.org

Mental Health Social Care Conference - 15 June 2016

The conference aimed to bring together statutory and non-statutory mental health care providers, service users, and carers who could share their experiences and raise awareness of working in partnership to promote independence, recovery and wellbeing for those in Norfolk who suffer from difficulties associated with their mental health.

The event was opened by Alison Simpkin, Head of Social Care in Mental Health for Norfolk County Council, and the conference also featured speakers and service users including, and in order of appearance: Louise Smith, Director of Public Health, NCC, Lorna Bright, Assistant Director of Social Work, NCC, Peter Beresford, Professor of Social Policy, Brunel University London, Amanda Green, supporter of Norfolk & Suffolk Foundation Trust (NSFT) Recovery College, and Willie Cruikshank, Director, Norfolk and Suffolk Dementia Alliance.

The conference hosted 22 stalls promoting the services they provide and nine workshops which shared and informed about the services and successes experienced in working with partners to promote recovery and independence for people with mental health problems in Norfolk. 

Approximately 170 delegates attended the conference including service users and staff representing NCC, NSFT, and independent, voluntary and private sectors.

The conference received very positive feedback with almost all elements scoring over and above eight out of ten. All of the speakers were well received and overall delegates felt that NCC speakers provided good information which set the scene for the day. The guest speakers received really positive feedback with the majority of delegates rating their presentations as excellent. From the evaluation forms it was evident that the working in partnership/co-production theme resonated with everyone. Delegates liked the variety of stalls and on the whole enjoyed the workshops. It was pleasing to hear comments such as how delegates would maintain contact with the people they’d met and share conference information with their teams.

If you would like to read the full evaluation report please click here.

Contributions & Feedback

Do you have any comments or a good idea for the next issue of our Adult Social Services newsletter? Do you have something you want to share with your colleagues? Let us know by sending an email to assdnews@norfolk.gov.uk

Please note that articles should be brief and to the point, however, links to the intranet and internet can be included for further information. In addition, please feel free to submit any pictures which you feel would complement the article.

If you know of anyone who has not received this issue of the Adult Social Services newsletter but would like to in future, please send their name and email address to assdnews@norfolk.gov.uk

Issue 17Date August 2016In This IssueAdult Social Services In The NewsPrevious Issues

Click here to view past editions of the newsletter.

Re-imagining Norfolk

Re-imagining Norfolk is changing the way we do things and the way that people interact with us.
It’s something we all need to know about and that we can all contribute to.
Make sure you’re in the know. Click here for more information.

OSCAs

Season Three of our Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs) opens on 22 August and runs until 28 October. Don't forget to nominate and acknowledge the hard work of colleagues.

Click here to nominate today or click here to find out more.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy and Independent Mental Health Advocacy service

Norfolk County Council commissions the IMCA (Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy) and IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocacy) services through POhWER – both services work across health and social care.

The IMCA service helps particularly vulnerable people who lack the capacity to make important decisions about serious medical treatment and changes of accommodation, and who have no family or friends that it would be appropriate to consult about those decisions.

Access to IMHA is a statutory right for people detained under most sections of the Mental Health Act, subject to guardianship or on a community treatment order (CTO). IMHAs are independent of mental health services and can help people get their opinions heard and make sure they know their rights under the law.

Our provider POhWER has revamped their website and on it you can find copies of the referral forms for all the services they provide in Norfolk, including the Care Act advocacy service.

POhWER have also produced an annual report about the IMHA and IMCA service in Norfolk for 2014/15. Referrals to both the IMCA and IMHA services are still well below those of comparable areas and in particular referrals relating to safeguarding for an IMCA are very low. POhWER is working with NCC’s safeguarding lead and the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board to increase staff awareness and take up of the service.

Requesting information only from Adult Social Services Development Workers

The ‘Request DW Information’ activity on CareFirst has been developed for colleagues to gain information on community resources more effectively. 

This activity should be used at the support planning stage when the primary worker is carrying out the care assessment and wants to check whether any community solutions are potentially available. It is helpful to give an idea of interests and aspirations that have been discussed as part of the support planning conversation. A development worker (DW) assessment is not required. The primary worker is responsible for sharing the information. 

This can be part of the ‘assessment paused’ mechanism.

‘Request DW Information’ can also be used where the primary worker would like to give individuals some extra information prior to closure. A DW assessment is not required. The primary worker is responsible for sharing the information. 

Using the information request prevents doubling up on assessments/workers and reduces waiting times for the completion of support plans.

How do I raise a ‘Request DW Information’?

  • To request DW information only add an activity with details of the information required ‘Class: Arrange Assessment Service, Type: Request DW Information’ and reassign it to the Development Team (short-code: DISABILI)
  • The DW will source the information, add an observation (alerting the referrer and DW team manager) and will complete the activity.

The Development Worker intranet page has been refreshed to reflect this.

For more information on ‘Requesting DW Information’ contact debra.morris@norfolk.gov.uk

Domestic Abuse Champions wanted

The three Domestic Abuse Change Coordinators, funded by Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner, want to bring real change by making Norfolk a place where people affected by domestic abuse can be supported from first contact to reduce risk and prevent harm. We need professionals in contact with individuals who may be experiencing domestic abuse to be able to encourage early disclosure of the abuse and to be confident in responding, therefore helping people to stay safe and get the support they need as soon as possible. To do this we have established a network of nearly 400 Norfolk Domestic Abuse Champions across public, voluntary and private agencies who will spread awareness among their colleagues and act as a conduit for information between their agency and the network.

Champions receive tailored training in domestic abuse awareness raising, recognising signs and impact, and understanding risk and safety planning. The network gives organisations with Champions access to a wealth of support, multi-agency links, a monthly newsletter, case consultancy, training and events. You do not need to have any previous knowledge of domestic abuse to apply to be a Champion. We particularly want to recruit Champions who work with vulnerable adults.

If you would like to be a Champion but are unable to make these dates or if you would like further information, please email da.change@norfolk.gov.uk or call Kate Biles on 07881511957. Further courses are arranged on a regular basis across Norfolk. For further information on how to apply please click here and share details with colleagues in other organisations who may be interested.

Other websites

Back-to-top

 

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:01

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

Exhibition of 160 Years of YMCA history opens at Museum of Norwich

Market stall to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation

View details on our news page.

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 17:11

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

24/7 library? Norfolk's got an app for that

View details on our news page.

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk Children's University Newsletter - August 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:37
                                                                                    August 2016 A huge well done to Amy!Amy Covell age 11 from North Walsham has been raising money for Lewy Body Dementia since her Gramps passed away in December 2014. She started off with a cake sale at her local swimming pool and raised over £100, she also sold her painted river stones which she has been painting since a school fiver challenge was set up in year 5. As well as the cake sale, Amy walked 18 miles along the Bure valley railway between Wroxham and Alysham and back again. So far Amy has raised just over £600 for this charity. 

This year she wanted to do something different, so has been taking part in a 50 mile swim and walk challenge. She started her challenge at the end of May and set her finish date for the end of August. Swimming 25 miles means that she will have to swim 1600 lengths of the Victory Swimming Pool in North Walsham and the walking has been split into four different walks around Norfolk. 

Amy has also been selling her stones at a variety of craft events. She has a Facebook page called 'Stones Galore' which was set up by her Dad where she posts new designs for people to view and buy. Amy has a JustGiving page called Amy 50 mile swim and walk. So if anyone would like to donate to this worthy cause please do because The More Who Know The Fewer Who Suffer. http://lewybody.org/welcome

Welcome to our new CU Coordinator 


Alix McGarvey-Leggett who has been a member of the Norfolk Children's University team for almost two years has stepped into the role of CU Coordinator following the departure of Amy Sale. Amy has left CU to work with the fantastic local charity - Nelson's Journey which supports children and young people who have sadly lost a family member. Amy has done an excellent job during her time at Norfolk Children's University, and the whole team would like to wish her well in her new role at Nelson's Journey.  

 

Summer Holiday Fun!

We want to hear about all of the fun and exciting things our CU members have been doing during the summer holidays. Please send us photos and quotes telling us what you have enjoyed doing and which learning destinations you've been visiting! norfolkchildrensuniversity@educatorsolutions.org.uk 

Educator Solutions is a Norfolk County Council trading enterprise.

Learning Destinations

We have some amazing new learning destinations for you to visit. 

The Hub - Diss Music School

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play a musical instrument, now is your chance! At the Hub they have four teaching rooms and cater for students of all ages and abilities. For more information visit their website - http://www.dissmusicschool.co.uk/ 

Raising Voices Youth Choir

Raising Voices Youth Choir is a NEW choir in Norwich, Norfolk for children who love to sing. They combine song with movement giving an added energy to their performances. There are also solo opportunities where children will learn to sing with a microphone. For more information visit their website - http://www.rvyc.co.uk/

Fantastic CU Summer Workshops

The first of our summer workshops was our NCU Goes Ninja day. TKF ran some karate taster sessions for our CU members, which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. If you are interested in karate and would like to book onto one of TKF classes, visit their website for more information - http://www.karatefitness.co.uk/

One of our fantastic performing arts learning destinations DramActive ran some drama taster sessions for our CU members this week. These sessions were a lot of fun, as you can see in the images above and we will be working with DramActive again to run more workshops during the next half term. For more information on what DramActive have to offer visit their website - http://www.dramactive.co.uk/

Categories: Norfolk

Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:00
General information
Week ending 12 August 2016  Norfolk Governance and Leadership Service 

There is a briefing note for members and a revised copy of the procedures and protocol for the nomination and appointment of local authority school governors.These will help provide more clarity around your role and responsibilities as County Councillors. The document outlines the steps within the process making it clearer who is responsible for each stage of the process in Norfolk schools.

Highways Active Defects Reports and workshop

An email was sent from Simon Atkins on 18 August to members with a Highways Defect CRM (Customer Relationship Management) report in Norfolk electoral division order. The data and map is reporting defects only for July 2016. There is a workshop on 31 August (see below) to find out more about how you can support our customers and the organisation in making self-service effective. If you would like more information on the workshop or the reports you can contact Ceri Sumner on 01603 223398.

Launch of Plan Eat Save!

As part of the Love Food Hate Waste project we are launching a countywide media campaign, Plan Eat Save, to help the people in Norfolk reduce their food waste and save money. Residents will be invited to take up the £60 food waste challenge. Information, advice and top tips will be provided throughout detailing how families can save money and reduce their food waste. The launch for the £60 challenge will be held during Recycle Week (12th -18th September) at the Forum in Norwich on Friday 16th September. 

2016 Planning Obligations Statement 

Planning obligations represent an important funding stream for the provision of county-wide services needed to deliver sustainable growth. This Statement sets out the number and value of agreements signed in respect of planning consents between 2000 and June 2016.

Norfolk integrated Contraception and Sexual Health Services (iCaSH)

iCaSH Services are now regrouped into three main hubs which are Norwich, Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth bring all aspects of sexual health, including contraception and HIV and STI testing and treatment, under one roof. Read this briefing note for Members. 

The Friday Take away 

A 'news bouche' of NCC's week..Topics include:The results are in, Another busy week for our firefighters, CLT out and about this week view here

Chief Officer's blog  19 August 2016 – Fiona McDiarmid, Asst Director Economic Development & Strategy

I’m sure like many of you, the Olympics have grabbed my attention and present a constant challenge to my normally early bedtime. It’s amazing how fascinating the women’s omnium / gymnastics / diving / heptathlon can be at midnight!. ..

read more   

NCC internet homepage 

www.norfolk.gov.uk
Latest key messages:-

Health quiz
Devolution
Whitlingham OEC
Big Friendly Read 

What's new on the intranet?

inet.norfolk.gov.uk

Norfolk in the News Friday 19 August 
Help with A level results
___________________________________

Latest NCC press releases

Childhood Obesity Statement
Co-operation Funding Programme: call for new projects and ideas as first Anglo-French project gets underwayPreparing for a sleepless night

Future NCC public meetings

The following meetings will be held during August and September 2016.

All meetings will be held at County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich at 10am unless otherwise stated:  

CANCELLED Policy & Resources  30 Aug 
Planning (Reg) Committee             2 Sep
Adult Social Services Committee   5 Sep
Pensions Committee                     6 Sep  9.30
Communities Committee                7 Sep
Norfolk Health O&S Committee       8 Sep
Economic Dev Sub Committee       9 Sep 14.00
Personnel Committee                   12 Sep
Children's Services Committee      13 Sep 
Police and Crime Panel                14 Sep
Env, Develp & Trans Committee    16 Sep
Audit Committee                         22 Sep 14.00
Policy & Resources Committee    26 Sep
Norfolk Museums Accounts Approval & Urgent Business Sub Committee           28 Sep  14.00
Norfolk Parking Partnership J C  29 Sep  14.00

iPad and IT support contact

ICT Shared Services after successful testing, are pleased to advise that you can now update your iOS software on your NCC iPads to the latest version if you wish. You can find out how to do this here

IT issues (iPad, pc, printer or network problems) -  01603 774797(Designated Members hotline).

Mobile phone issues - 01603 222387 or email: bsu@norfolk.gov.uk

Member IT survey

We’re starting to prepare for the next County Council elections in May 2017 and thinking about the kind of IT equipment and software that might help new Members carry out their role effectively. We want to know what you think has worked well or what could be improved. The survey should not take longer than 10 minutes so please let us know your thoughts by clicking on this link  

Members Development sessions, workshops, briefings and training

Click here to book yourself a place on any of the events below or call or email the office on 01603 223237

Members Highways Workshop 

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Time: 10.00 - 12.00
Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Details: This session is designed to give Members a better understanding of the new ways of working and reporting of defects for Highways, and how they can support customers and the organisation in making self-service effective. 

Led by Customer Services - officer contact Ceri Sumner and Nick Tupper 

Children’s Services Serious Case Review process’ workshop

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Time: 14.00 - 16.00
Location: Edwards room, County Hall.

Details: This will be a workshop to inform members about the current process for conducting Serious Case Reviews on children’s cases. The sessions will set out the criteria for commissioning SCRs, the methodologies used to investigate cases and identify learning, and highlight the common issues and themes that emerge. It will cover the publication and dissemination of lessons from Reviews.

NSCB has pioneered a new approach to developing learning against key themes and the workshop will set these out and explore how they contribute to improvement and effective multi-agency working.

The session will also briefly advise members of the likely changes to Serious Case Reviews and safeguarding investigations as a result of the Wood Review and the Children and Social Work bill currently under consideration in Parliament.

Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week 2016

You are invited to the launch of the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board’s Self-Neglect and Hoarding Strategy 

Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Time: 15.00 - 16,15
Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Details: This will be a joint event by NSAB and Dr Wendy Thomson, Managing Director Norfolk County Council and will form part of the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Awareness week 2016. 

Officer contact: Tessa Pike, Safeguarding Adults Business Support Coordinator, 01603 223085 email tessa.pike@norfolk.gov.uk 

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 19 August 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 19 August 2016 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesNorfolk & Norwich Festival Internships

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is offering two internships through the Creative Employment Programme as follows; 

Production Intern (30 September 2016 – 2 June 2017) 
Events & Administration Intern (30 September 2016 – 30 June 2017) 

Interns will play key roles in ensuring the successful delivery of this nationally and increasingly internationally significant arts Festival and in continuing to develop Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s reputation as a highly professional, efficient and well-regarded organisation.  These are exciting opportunities to be an integral member of the Festival team and to gain valuable work experience. Supervision and support will be provided.

Role Descriptions

Production Intern (LMS Reference Number NOS/152374)
The Production Intern will play a key role in providing support to the Production team in the run up to and delivery of Norfolk & Norwich Festival 2017 (12-28 May).  Working with the Head of Production, Production Coordinator, Technical Manager and Production Assistant the role will provide an opportunity to gain valuable work experience within production and arts administration and will offer an insight into the workings of an internationally renowned Festival. 

Events & Administration Intern (LMS Reference Number NOS/152373)
The Events & Administration Intern will play a key role in providing support to the Development team, working with the Director of Development and Development Manager. The role will provide an opportunity to gain valuable work experience within event management, business administration and fundraising.  This is a great opportunity for someone who is looking to develop a career in fundraising, business administration and/or events management.

Deadline for receipt of applications is 9.30 am Monday 5 September 2016. Interviews will be held in w/c 12 September.  The successful applicants will be required to start in role on Friday 30 September 2016.

There are certain criteria you must meet in order to be eligible to apply for a Creative Employment Programme funded internship.  At the time of applying you must be aged 18 to 24 years old and you must be registered as unemployed with Jobcentre Plus.  These eligibility criteria have been approved by the Department of Work and Pensions

Application is by the completion of NNF’s application form only available from your local Jobcentre Plus. For further information visit http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies 

Development Programme Assistant - Creative Arts East

Contract: 6 month internship
Wage: £7.20 per hour
Hours: 30 hours per week over 5 days
Responsible to: Community Touring Manager

Creative Arts East is seeking a Development Programme Assistant to provide practical day to day support and assistance to the organisation for its arts and audience development related work. The Development Programme Assistant will work with the Community Touring Manager and other appropriate staff in direct support of the newly established West Norfolk Arts Development Programme, contributing to and developing opportunities for other project related activities as required. 

If you wish to apply for this position please contact your local Jobcentre Plus (and quote the following LMS reference: NOS/152377) before you apply to ensure you are eligible.

For further information visit http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/projects/creative-employment-programme

Communications and Marketing Assistant - Creative Arts East

Contract: 6 month internship
Wage: £7.20 per hour
Hours: 30 hours per week over 5 days
Responsible to: Deputy Director and Project Portfolio Manager

The Communications and Marketing Assistant will support Creative Arts East in the delivery of the organisation's marketing, communications and information handling activity. The post holder will be responsible for supporting the implementation of external communications for the organisation across online platforms, print, distribution and local press and administering data and information to support profile-raising and fundraising activities.

If you wish to apply for this position please contact your local Jobcentre Plus (and quote the following LMS reference: NOS/152378) before you apply to ensure you are eligible.

Further information can be found here http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/projects/creative-employment-programme

Development OpportunitiesIntroduction to Directing Course - Gecko

A really exciting opportunity for local young people that Gecko are offering in November of this year. Gecko have partnered up with RTYDS (Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme) to offer five new and aspiring directors from the local area the chance to learn alongside Associate Director Rich Rusk for five days this November.

The group will gain an invaluable insight into Gecko’s way of creating work through movement and improvisation. Applicants do not need to have any previous experience in directing at all, just a passion for the performing arts and a willingness to learn new skills within directing and devising. The only stipulation is that applicants must be aged 18 and over and must be based in East Anglia. 

The course will take place in Ipswich and will be held over the following dates:
Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th November
Friday 25th – Sunday 27th November 

Deadline for applications is Monday 22 August 2016.

Further information can be found here http://geckotheatre.com/performer-development/#workshops

Print to the People Autumn Course Programme

Repeat Pattern Masterclass: 10 September, 10:30am-4:30pm £45 per person
Learn the basics of seamless repeat pattern design in this one day crash course

Duotone Risograph: 12 October, 6:00pm-9:00pm OR 29 October, 10:00am-2:00pm £30 per person
Learn the basic principles of this popular new printing process and gain valuable advice on how to design artwork for a Risograph printer.

Publishing for Risograph: 22 October OR 19 November, 10:00am-4:00pm £50 per person
Learn to print, fold and staple your very own small publication using a Risograph printer.

A Day of Drypoint: 5 November, 10:00am-4:30pm £50 per person
Come along for an introduction / recap of drypoint!

Drypoint Taster Evening: 19 October, 6:00pm-9:00pm £25 per person
An evening workshop introducing you to the traditional intaglio process of drypoint, a drawing based technique used in early forms of printed illustration.

Adventures in Monoprint: 7 October, 10:00am-4:00pm £45 per person
Monoprints are one off unique prints and can be made using a variety of techniques either on their own or in combination. 

Exploring Collagraph Evening Classes: 4x Evenings, 14/21/28 September & 5 October, 6:00pm-8:30pm £100 per person
If you enjoy mediums such as collage, textiles and painting then try the exciting process of collagraph printing, which incorporates all three! 

An Introduction to Cyanotype: 24 September OR 22 October, 11:00am-4:00pm £40 per person
Explore this unusual Blue photography process and create your own art prints and photograms in this one day workshop. 

An Introduction to Etching: 8 October, 10:00am-4:30pm £70 per person
A day workshop introducing you to the traditional intaglio process of etching, a drawing based technique used in early forms of printed illustration

Carry on Etching: 4x Mornings, 3/10/17/24 November 10:00am-1:00pm £95 per person
This course is aimed at beginners and improvers who would like to develop their own project with support over 4 sessions.

Letterpress Imagery: 15 October, 2:00pm-5:00pm £40 per person
Letterpress is a traditional printing technique that has been used for hundreds of years. In this workshop you will be shown different ways images can be produced to combine with type. You will also get to produce your own polymer letterpress printing block. 

For further information visit www.printtothepeople.com or email courses@printtothepeople.com 

Cyanotypes Workshop

Saturday 10 September 10:00am-3:00pm
£40 including materials and refreshments

Join this camera-less photograhpy workshop at Sheringham Park National Trust.

For further information contact Adam at 07855 761208 or at info@adam-shawyer.co.uk

East of England Talent Module: How to Get a First Feature Made

As part of the BFI NET.WORK, Creative England in partnership with write2screen, are launching a new Talent Module aimed at new and emerging writers, directors and producers in the East of England looking to make their first feature film.

The free module will cover the key stages of developing, funding, producing and releasing a first feature film where you’ll get the opportunity to hear from industry experts and strike new collaborations in the region.  

Who can apply? New and emerging writers, directors and producers based in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk) who have a strong and interesting track record in storytelling – film, novels, TV, theatre, stand-up comedy, poetry, visual arts, music videos etc. – but haven’t made a feature film.

On Thursday 8 September at Writers’ Centre Norwich there will be an opportunity to meet the team from Creative England and write2screen and ask questions about the module at a special short film screening and networking event. To book your place please register via Eventbrite at http://east-england-talent.eventbrite.co.uk.

Applications are now open and you can apply at www.creativeengland.co.uk/film/talent-development

Deadline for applications: Monday 12th September 2016

Talent Modules: Thursday 6th October, Wednesday 9th November, Thursday 1st December, Monday 12th December, Thursday 12th January and Thursday 16th February
Venues: Writers’ Centre Norwich and Cinema City in Norwich.

Applications: Talent Module via www.creativeengland.co.uk/film/talent-development
Please make sure to read the FAQs on the website before applying.

Arts on Prescription – The Role of Social Prescribing

Wednesday 26 October, 5:30pm - 7pm
Central Cambridge

Arts and Minds are collaborating with Public Health England, East England to organise a seminar exploring the growing field of culture, health and wellbeing and its impact within mental health practice. This seminar aims to bring together medical practitioners, commissioners, academics, researcher, senior councillors and business leaders with providers of arts based community support to consider ways in which together we can build on local assets to build effective and evidenced solutions. 

Register your interest by emailing mindsarts@gmail.com

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersThe Betty Box and Peter Rogers Comedy Writing Programme 2016

The CTBF, in partnership with Big Talk Productions and LOCO (The London Comedy Film Festival), has launched a script development programme for four emerging comedy writers. Each writer will be awarded £10,000 and take part in a personalised seven month programme of industry support, beginning in October 2016, as they develop a comedy feature film screenplay or pilot script for a narrative comedy television series.

All four writers will be given script development support from the film or TV team at Big Talk*; will be matched with an experienced script editor to work with on their script; and given professional development through CTBF and LOCO, the latter of which will also manage the programme.

At the end of seven months, the selected writers will have completed a feature screenplay or television pilot, which will be presented as a live, fully cast table read to an industry audience during a special LOCO event in Spring 2017.

In order to qualify, applicants must;

  • Have a minimum of two years’ experience anywhere behind the scenes in film and/or television. This experience need not be current nor consecutive.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to writing comedy for the screen
  • Live and work in the UK at the time of applying
  • Not hold any previous professional writing credits on a theatrically released feature or sole writing credits for broadcast scripted television programme

Deadline for applications: 26 August 2016

Further information can be found here https://apply.ctbf.co.uk/entrant/index.php

Words and Women Writing Prize

Words and Women launch their fourth annual writing prize for the East of England and a new national award for women over 40. 

The national award, generously sponsored by Hosking Houses Trust, marks the fifth anniversary of Words and Women and offers women over the age of 40 the opportunity to win £1,000 and a month-long writing retreat.  

The East of England prize offers the winner £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.  Both national and regional winners will be published in Words and Women: Four, alongside 20 runners up. The anthology, published in partnership with Unthank Books in Norwich, will be launched on International Women’s Day, 8th March, 2017.

This year’s guest judge is Naomi Wood, the prize-winning author of The Godless Boys and the bestseller Mrs. Hemingway (both from Picador). Mrs. Hemingway has been translated into ten languages, won the Jerwood Fiction Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2015 International Dylan Thomas Prize. It was also a 2015 Richard and Judy Bookclub choice. 

The Words and Women prose competition has proved itself to be a great showcase and previous winners have gone on to secure agent representation and increased interest in their work. 

Entries should be 2,200 words or under.  Short works of fiction, memoir, life-writing and creative non-fiction are all welcome. Extracts from longer works will not be considered. The deadline is 15th November 2016.  Winners will be announced in January 2017.  

See www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk for details. 

Industry Research & InformationSeaChange Arts International Symposium 2016 - It's Not (All) About the Money

As one of the UK's leading international collaborators, SeaChange present an engaging programme of debate and discussion exploring how the street arts and circus sector can continue to work internationally and collaboratively in today's current economic and political climate.

Europe's leading producers, promoters and artists come together to navigate the challenges and explore new methods of reciprocal working. Join us in one of the UK's most iconic seaside towns for an exciting programme of discussion, debate, networking and extraordinary outdoor arts.

The Symposium (15-16 September) is a ticketed part of the Out There Festival showcase programme and should be booked and paid for via Eventbrite here.  

Symposium Delegate Fee
Artists from £33.50
Professionals from £65.50
Includes meals

Further information can be found here.

City College Norwich Careers Fair 

City College Norwich are looking for employers and agencies to come along to their Careers Fair on Wednesday 19th October, 1pm – 4pm. It will be a stall event with a variety of employers available to talk to students about careers and vacancies. This would also be a good opportunity to advertise any part time vacancies which students could do alongside their studies. 

City College Norwich is the largest further education college in the region. A Careers Fair at the start of the academic year will offer our students motivation and ideas for their future career and job prospects.  Students from a broad range of courses will be attending, from introductory courses up to degree level.

There is no fee to attend and lunch and refreshments will be provided from 11.30am. 

For further information please contact Belle Jones at Belle.Jones@ccn.ac.uk

Funding OpportunitiesDCMS Sectors Economic Estimates 2016

DCMS have released a report which provides an estimate of the contribution of the DCMS sectors to the UK economy. 

To download the report visit https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/dcms-sectors-economic-estimates-2016

Coastal Community Teams Funding

Coastal areas in England are invited to apply for a share of £200,000 to establish a Coastal Community Team. These teams will be provided with £10,000 of grant funding via the local authority, to help them develop their economic plan. In 2015 the government provided £1.18 million supporting the establishment of 118 Coastal Community Teams around the coastline of England. Each one is different in scale, membership and ambition - but all are geared towards regenerating their local area. Coastal Community Teams must have the support and involvement of the unitary or lower tier local authority for the area (e.g. the District or Borough Council). Where there is an upper tier local authority for the area (i.e. a County Council) they can also be involved. While there must be local authority support for the Team, the Team could be led by a community or voluntary group, or a private sector organisation.

The application may be completed by any member of the proposed Team. The funding must be spent by the end of March 2017. The closing date for applications is the 30th September 2016. Read more at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coastal-community-teams-2016-bidding-prospectus

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

Website: http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Arts/index.htm 

Categories: Norfolk

Your calorie-free Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 11:36

 A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...                19 August 2016

And the results are in...

It’s been a big week this week for young people across the county receiving their A-level results - which saw 74% of entries achieving A*- C.  Click here to see the full breakdown of results as published by the EDP. And listen out for Roger Smith, Chairman of Children’s Services Committee, speaking on Radio Norfolk later today on the drive time show.

For those pupils who didn’t get what they wanted or are unsure or what route to take next there is loads of help and support available, including our Future You app, the Help You Choose website and the National  Apprenticeships Service website – find out more here. 

Following the news of A Level results , the Children’s Commissioner has said this week: “Some of the most disadvantaged children in England are missing out on apprenticeships that could transform their futures.”  Research by the Commissioner found that only 3% of care leavers age 19-21, and not at university, were on apprenticeships in 2015 - compared to 24% of young people in this age group in the general population. Click here to read the full story and sign up to regular news updates from the Children’s Commissioner.
 
Fingers crossed for next week’s GCSE results day… 

Government launches obesity strategy

Yesterday saw the launch of the Government’s Obesity Strategy which was greeted with a mixed response both locally and nationally.

National media are calling it a wasted opportunity - read the article in The Guardian. Locally, the EDP has done a feature on the mixed views from across the county.

Director of Public Health, Dr Louise Smith, said: “I generally welcome the publication of this long awaited strategy. In particular, the commitment to reduce sugar by 20% in foods is essential in the battle to reformulate food and drink that is marketed specifically to children.

 "The proposals and measures it contains are all good steps in the right direction but there are missed opportunities. There are no measures to address advertising to children and I am concerned that proposals for food reformulation are largely voluntary.”  Read the full statement here.

Another busy weekend for our firefighters

Following on from the fire in Great Yarmouth which we told you about in last week’s Takeaway, it was another busy weekend for our Fire Service, with more than 50 firefighters tackling the blaze which broke out at Little Plumstead Hospital, while on the other side of the county a fire took hold at Glazewing Recycling Plant in West Dereham.

Also this week Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has announced that it is on the hunt for volunteers to help keep homes in the county safe, with their volunteer recruitment roadshows visiting North Walsham Library. The roadshow will continue with a visit to King’s Lynn Library on Tuesday 30 August and Gorleston library on Tuesday 27 September. To find out more, email Fire HQ

Coming soon to a recycling centre near you

For the thirteenth year running, Norfolk's residents can get rid of unwanted toxic chemicals, safely and securely, at a series of household hazardous waste amnesties taking place at seven of our recycling centres across the county during September. Click here to find out more. 

And finally...

Have you been inspired by the Olympics? Visit the Active Norfolk website to find ideas and inspiration on how to get more active and achieve your 150 minutes per week.

Missed last week's edition? Don't worry - you can find all editions at The Friday Takeaway

CLT out and about this week:

Tom is attending a briefing at Norwich Airport with Deputy Leader Alison Thomas and is meeting with EDT Chairman Cllr Martin Wilby to demonstrate new technology being used in the Highways teams. Tom also has the NDR construction board and NATS board meetings.

Simon will be meeting Geoff Connell our new Head of ICT and IM this week. He also has a session with Deputy Leader Alison Thomas, and is spending Wednesday at Havenbridge House in Great Yarmouth and. 

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

Future Voices

The latest articles from our Future Voices team of young people have recently gone live on the EDP website. Thanks to a celebrity retweet from musician and comedian Brian Wecht (@bwecht), one of the articles even became the most read on the site this week.

Summer of stories

It’s been a summer filled with reading and writing for those on their summer holidays, with 12,000 children signed up to the Big Friendly Read and more than 100 entries into our Write on Norfolk competition.

It’s not too late - if the children in your life haven’t already taken part, there is still time, with the reading challenge finishing at the end of the summer holidays and Write on Norfolk closing on 31 August.  

It's the final countdown... The countdown is on to the end of the consultation on devolution for East Anglia which ends next Tuesday 23 August. If you haven’t already, make sure you have your say.

Our area is not the only one discussing whether or not to go ahead with devolution and this week the EDP featured an article on what is going on elsewhere in the country. 

CLT blog - 19 August

I’m sure like many of you, the Olympics have grabbed my attention and present a constant challenge to my normally early bedtime. It’s amazing how fascinating the women’s omnium / gymnastics / diving / heptathlon can be at midnight! Read more...

Fiona McDiarmid, Assistant Director Economic Development and Strategy

To unsubscribe to this email, please click 'update subscriptions' below.

Categories: Norfolk

Family volunteering at Gressenhall

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 17:45
Family volunteering at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse Would you like the opportunity to work with the museum’s collections as a family?

We are offering a unique opportunity to discover behind the scenes and help us with the re-display of the Museum. We are packing up the Collections Gallery ready for refurbishment and would like your help.

On Tuesday 23, Thursday 25, Tuesday 30 August and Thursday 1 September we will be running eight free one hour sessions for families to get hands on with the collections.

Advance booking is essential and spaces are strictly limited. To book or for more information, please telephone 01362 869251. 

Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 17:16

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

Childhood Obesity Statement

Co-operation Funding Programme: call for new projects and ideas as first Anglo-French project gets underway

View details on our news page.

Categories: Norfolk

NDR Extra No. 8

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 16:31
                                                                                       No 8 - August 2016 First 'black stuff' laid

The first asphalt being laid as part of the NDR project is going down on the realignment of the A1067 Fakenham Road.

This work (which does not affect traffic) will continue next week and will include most of the roundabout and the first few metres of the NDR dual carriageway. Around 900 tonnes a day is being laid by sub-contractor Tarmac, working for Balfour Beatty and Norfolk County Council.

This is an important milestone for the project and shows how well-advanced construction is at the western end.

The A1067 is being realigned to bring it to the new roundabout (below) where the NDR dual carriageway starts. The final tie-in of the roundabout and new stretch of A1067 will take place at a later date. Traffic will then flow around the roundabout and use the realigned A1067. The redundant stretch of road will be broken up.

Fakenham Rd roundabout - picture by Mike Page.

Traffic management 
update - Postwick and Holt Road

Work is underway on the north-west roundabout at the Postwick junction to provide a segregated left-turn lane by widening the road (marked by the mauve hatching).

Two more overnight closures (8pm to 6am latest) of that part of the roundabout will be needed to remove the barriers and for surfacing. These are currently scheduled for Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September and will mainly affect traffic heading into Thorpe St Andrew. Vehicles will be unable to cross the old bridge over the A47 and will be diverted via the A47 and the A146 Trowse bypass.

There will also be restrictions in various parts of the Postwick junction for lane marking, but all the work will be complete by Monday 5th September.

Temporary lights will continue on Holt Road (B1149) until the end of next week for utility service diversions. Holly Lane remains closed with Drayton Lane temporarily providing the Holt Road to Reepham Road link.

Apologies for the inconvenience caused by these restrictions, which have been timed for the summer holiday to reduce their effect on traffic.

Making the most of summer sun

For the NDR team, making the most of the summer sun means pressing ahead with the earthworks. Shifting 'muck' is the part of construction most vulnerable to bad weather - which is why the exceptionally wet end of June was such bad news.

We've now made up all that lost ground, with recent weekly totals of bulk material moved continuing to average over 60,000 cubic metres.

The diversion of utility services such as gas, electricity, BT cables and water continue to throw up unexpected challenges. Our closure of Buxton Road had to be extended from three to five days after unmarked gas and water mains were found, and to protect a gas main where construction plant crosses the road. Apologies to all affected.

Progress on bridges

Progress is being maintained on bridges - as on the Marriotts Way green bridge shown above in one of Mike Page's latest aerial shots. This bridge will carry the popular walking, cycling and equestrian route over the NDR, and will include hedgerows on either side to help bats, which use the former railway line as an important foraging route.

A key structure is the double bridge taking the NDR over Plumstead Road and the Norwich to Sheringham railway. The picture below shows concrete being poured for the road bridge bases

At the rail bridge, king post piles (see below) have been installed. These will provide the strength for a protective wall alongside the railway.

The bridge foundations will include auger piles. Work on these will start on Monday night (22nd August) and continue well into the autumn.

This work, which has already been used at Middle Road and Plumstead Road,  involves the use of an auger rig to drill down, removing material which is then replaced by concrete as the auger is withdrawn. Steel reinforcement is then pressed and vibrated into the wet concrete.

Easy ways to keep up to date with NDR developments

It's simple to keep up to date with NDR developments, including traffic management that could affect journeys. Anyone with an email address can sign up to receive the 'NDR Extra and 'Transport Matters' newsletters - simply email Norwich.transport@norfolk.gov.uk.

   Or you can:

~ Follow NDR progress on Facebook and Twitter @NorwichNDR.
~ Visit our web pages at www.norfolk.gov.uk/ndr .
~ Email Norwich.transport@norfolk.gov.uk, or call 0344 800 8020.

Categories: Norfolk

Improving Times Norwich Locality Edition

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/17/2016 - 14:15
Children's Services staff newsletter - 17 August 2016

Welcome to this months 'spotlight' edition which focusses on the Norwich locality.   We are grateful to Phillip Beck, Paul Corina and their teams for the content,  and particular thanks goes to Jade Martin for the design and layout.    The next 'spotlight' in September will focus on King's Lynn and the West

Speaking to Lorne

Members of the District Youth Advisory Boards were invited to join PCC Lorne Green and Supt David Marshall at the Norfolk Police HQ. Robin Konieczny of the Norwich Early Help team helped coordinate the event by designing and delivering various exercises designed to identify their main concerns around policing and crime in Norfolk.

Lorne Green said, “I found the session extremely helpful in understanding what young people think of Norfolk Constabulary. “It was brought to my attention that Police in our community are considered approachable and well regarded. There are however some areas we can improve on and youth engagement is one of them .“I would like to thank the YAB groups from across Norfolk for attending the event and providing valuable information which will go on to shape my police and crime plan.“ The draft report of the public consultation will be made available on 7th of September 2016 at www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk

Excellent Outreach

Following on from the success of project work within the Short Stay School for Norfolk, the Norwich Early Help Outreach Practitioners were asked to support a group of year 11 students within City Academy Norwich who the school were concerned could be at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training).

The Outreach Practitioners starting working with the group back in April, delivering a needs led programme of social and personal development, to increase the young people’s confidence, self-esteem and aspirations. Using an informal education approach they explored post 16 provision to give the young people the confidence and support they needed to make informed choices about their next steps.

The project has continued over the summer break, and will run until October half term ensuring that the young people have stable support in their transition into post 16 provision / training. All the young people in the group have made applications to either college, or training providers for apprenticeships and are looking forward to this next step in their life. The Outreach Workers will start working with the next cohort of year 11 students in City Academy Norwich in late September.

Positive response to new Cluster Model

Dona Middleditch, an Education, Health and Care Plan Coordinator (EHCPco) has been facilitating an innovative cluster model since January this year.  By having the pilot in place the team hope to provide immediate support to young people with City Academy Norwich (CAN)  and  feeder schools. The project also hopes to support parents of young people and children with special educational needs (SEN), offering improved relations and/access to Local Authority (LA) for support and consultation.
Dona is based one day a week in CAN, offering surgeries for all  feeder schools and parents of children with SEN should they need to speak to a LA representative.
As a result of working in this way, the relationship between the cluster schools, families and the LA has improved. The model provides the ability to resolve issues as they arise and enables the LA have a better understanding of the issues faced by the SEN department at CAN.
So far the feedback from schools has been positive. The EHCPco updates the SENCo’s on new referrals for statutory advice and how best to utilise the local offer. By suggesting interventions to the schools the team hope to support the child within the school setting resulting in an inclusive package of education being placed around the child.
Going forward the LA plan to have monthly meetings in all cluster schools which has been welcomed by the whole cluster.

Launch of the City Early Help Hub

Since May the Norwich Early Help (EH) City Team have had a continuous presence within the new hub based at City Hall. The police, fire service as well as several departments within the City Council including: Families unit, housing, environmental health, debt/money advice and housing benefits also sit within the hub. Things will be rolling out gradually, welcoming new agencies to have a presence within the foreseeable future.
So far things have been working rather well. As a team, EH have been able to offer some really useful information to other agencies around understanding of Children’s Services and where EH are able to support. In addition members of the team have been able to obtain useful information from other professionals to benefit their own families partially around issues such as housing and crime.  

Warm Welcome!

We would like to welcome Julie Westmacott  the new Head of Services & Partnerships for the Norwich Early Help team.

Compliments from the court

In a recent court case the Judge was complimentary of our work acknowledging the work one of our Norwich locality social workers had done to gain the child’s wishes and feelings.  The Judge praised the quality of the care plan, statements and Special Guardianship Order (SGO) assessment to say how clear and thorough they were.
One parent texted a Social Worker to tell her  how she felt about Children’s Services involvement:  ‘I understand that my drinking pattern is probably from a professional point of view hard to work with as infrequent but at the same time chaotic if it does happen. You,  I feel, are the first social worker that has fully understood that and have always put the safety of children first but not overacted and kept relapse in perspective. I feel u see my all round parenting and not just the relapses.’

Solihull success!

The Family Intervention Team (FIT) have recently completed their first Solihull parenting group at Carrow House. The programme was delivered to a complex and hard to reach group of parents.
The teams covered a diverse age range between 0-16 which is something not on offer in other Solihull groups in Norwich. Close work was carried out with the social work team so they were able to offer feedback and share the progress parents were making. Some of the children also noticed a change asking their parents where they had learnt 'better ways of doing things'.
Feedback from parents included: “it has made me aware of what my son has been feeling and experiencing in the past and how I can change it for the future". It helps a lot, you learn things you never knew and it gives you so much insight and solutions to common problems”
Due to the success of this group and the support of our managers we are running the next Solihull group from the 3rd October 2016 at Carrow House. Referrals are currently being accepted for this group, please contact Heather Hart or Sarah Sporle.

Free Family Support Process training reminder

The Early Help Process Team are currently running a range of free FSP training sessions in various locations across the county.The course has now been updated to embed the Signs of Safety approach. Training is open to all Children’s Services staff as well as agencies and services in Norfolk who work with children and young people aged 0 – 18 years or people who work with adults who have children. Attending the training is also a great way to network with different colleagues across Childrens services and other agencies.
For more information please click this link  to find  information on training dates and locations as well as a booking form.

Additional FSP Support

In addition to training mentioned above, if you are currently or are about to set up a FSP with one of your families and would like some support then the process team will be more than happy to help. 
You will need to fill in the Request for Support form with signed consent from the family. The form can be found by clicking this link.
For more information on how the process team can help please contact: mandy.marriott-sims@norfolk.gov.uk

Getting crafty at Carrow

 This is our fifth craft day to be held at Carrow House and we ventured out to the garden area this time. The garden area provided a lovely calm space for our families to enjoy various activities: arts and crafts, clay modelling, face painting, bubble making, biscuit making, to name a few and to meet our furry friends Sophie and Jetsy (dwarf bunnies) and Candy (the cockerel). In total we had 30 people attend.
Our next craft day will be held at Eaton Park on Wednesday 31st August ~ 11am – 2pm, near play park. We will be having outdoor games and a picnic. Please let your families know.

Early Help City team duty telephone line

A reminder to all that the Norwich EH City team’s duty telephone line is now within the hub at City Hall and is not in Carrow House. If you are calling wanting to speak with a specific practitioner within the team than we would recommend in the first instance you call their mobile.

Don't forget.....

This Thursday 18th August is Thunderclap. Every individual and organisation who has signed up to the site will be tweeting in support of the #Iwalkedaway domestic abuse campaign developed by the Norfolk Community Safety Partnership. 
You've still got time to sign up here to support the campaign if you'd like to.

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

Click to edit this placeholder text.

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 12:04

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to the Policy and Resources Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting that was held on 18 July 2016 are now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Adult Social Services newsletter- Integration edition- issue one

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 09:59
Adult Social Services newsletter- Integration edition- Aug 2016 Working as one team

Integration can mean different things to different people. A quick Google search reveals many meanings, including an annual techno-cultural festival in Kolkata, India!   For us, it’s about providing coordinated health and social care closer to home, supporting people in a way that works for them, maximising their independence this is what people tell us they want. Integration is about more than partnership working by two organisations working side by side. It's about working as one team sharing knowledge and expertise and reducing duplication and making the absolute best use of every role in the team-targeting the right person for the right task.   

There are lots of examples of integrated working across health and care in Norfolk in this newsletter - celebrating successes and inspiring others to take action. There are challenges for all of us such as IT- which we are working hard, every day, to improve - but of course working together isn’t new and many of us are building on existing excellent relationships. If you are inspired by the stories you read here, and have ideas you could take forward in your teams, get in touch – we’re always keen to hear from you including about anything that is getting in the way of you progressing Integration.

Lorrayne Barrett- Director of Norfolk Adult Operations & Integration-  NCC / NCHC

All joined up at the NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) Social Work Team’s role is to facilitate safe and timely discharges from the hospital.  We are integrated with the Community Liaison Team who access the community hospital beds, and cover the Urgent Care Centre, and the Early Intervention Team who prevent hospital admissions. Both teams are co-located with us which has been beneficial in helping us work closely together.

The introduction of the Integrated Discharge Hub, due to be fully implemented in September, has had positive effect on the team and on our Health colleagues, resulting in a social worker being based daily in the discharge hub and triaging social services referrals.

This integrated way of working appears to be working very well with all professionals working in partnership and social workers able to give advice and support to Health colleagues on as needed.

There are Discharge Co-ordinators on all wards within NNUH whose role is to communicate with health and social care professionals, and with patients/families/carers as they are the first point of contact on the wards. This way of working means we can prevent confusion or unclear messages which in turn helps us with more timely and safer discharges.

The Social Work Team work closely with the Complex Discharge Team when dealing with patients with complex health and social care needs which allows them to be discharged quickly and safely, with all professionals working together to the patient’s benefit as they agree the appropriate discharge pathway.

We believe the benefits of the Integrated Discharge Team are:

-           a more holistic approach to discharge planning

-           building mutual trust and respect

-           better communication and goal sharing

-           improved job satisfaction

-           and improved patient outcomes

Cathy Cogdell - Interim Team Manager -Integrated Discharge team, NNUH

Join up  means  a ‘Swift’ response


The integrated work between hospital staff and the Swift and Night Owl service is often an unsung part of the integrated care story. The join up is invaluable to people in Norfolk if they have unplanned needs.   Here a Community Matron, and one of the Swifts, give us an insight into their working arrangement:

“I have worked in the NHS for 34 years, and for NCHC for 14 months, and during this time I have worked alongside the Swift team regularly. They have proved invaluable to patient care on several occasions when I have asked for support or made direct referrals.  I can’t be in two places at once, but I know that I can call on the Swifts team to support the patient. For example, immediately going to a patient’s aid when they are distressed. There are also times when I receive direct referrals that have meant a patient did not need to attend hospital. We all work as a big team and care about our patients together and have their best interests at heart. We also work together to ensure we are able to provide the best  service for our patients but also care about each other. Swift team support is valuable and a real asset.” Bev Perryman - Community Matron.

“The integration between the Unplanned Needs teams, Swift and Night Owls, NHS Community Matrons, and District Nurses has been positive and beneficial to NCC and NCHC, improving the way we share information and make referrals between services. This has been made easier by having both providers based within the same building. As both services visit the same clients, relevant information can be passed on and any changes in a client’s health, mobility etc can be shared and records updated accordingly.  Not only has this been vital to how we care for clients, it has also been beneficial to staff as the different skills, experience and knowledge of NHS and Unplanned Needs staff are shared”. Janet Hodgkin - Swift (Unplanned Needs Worker).

Finding our future leaders

The Future Leaders Programme was designed as an integrated learning programme between health and social care aimed at mid-level and future managers.  In other parts of the country,  pilots have focussed on joint training programmes for senior managers so Norfolk is the only place where future leaders were identified to take part. 

The key is for people to learn together, giving an opportunity to better understand each other’s roles and cultures, fostering future collaboration and understanding, and developing managers who understand the integration agenda and can be champion it to others.

Following open days around the county, 20 delegates were accepted onto the programme and were helped to gain insight into their personal strengths and areas for development through personalised feedback.  This was followed by an integrated management course, co-delivered by health and social care organisations, and in the final phase delegates completed ongoing Personal Development Plans. Using the skills they learned in the programme, delegates are in a position to champion integration and support change back in their ‘day jobs’.

Integrated care - how we're stronger together

Kathleen' 74, cares for her husband, ‘Joe’ 94, in the South Norfolk area, and recently both became unwell. Their practice nurse requested urgent care from the team working in the Integrated ‘Hub’ at Wymondham Health Centre.The team arranged an immediate night sit from the Care at Home Team (NHS) and organised a short-term arrangement for two daily visits – one from NCC’s Norfolk First response and other from NHS Care at Home Team (NHS). This integrated approach ensured the couple could remain in their home, avoided an emergency hospital admission and helped towards their speedy recovery.
Thanks to Jenny Wright – ICC Southern Locality, for providing this case study.

Adult Social Services newsletter- Integration Edition- issue one

Welcome to the first edition of the Integration in practice newsletter. 

 We hope this information is useful and if you have a suggestion for an article or a case study -  or an event to publicise-  please contact us.

The next edition will be out in  September.

Take part in the Thunderclap

Hopefully by now you’ve seen the Norfolk Community Safety Partnership campaign #I Walked Away, which aims to highlight and support issues around escaping domestic abuse. 

To raise awareness of the campaign, which is supported by all Norfolk public services, there will be a  ‘Thunderclap’ on Thursday 18 August. On the 18th, the same message and links will be automatically uploaded to supporters of Twitter, Facebook or Tumblr accounts. 

@NorfolkCC and @NCH&C have already registered to take part and if you have a social media account and want to join in and show your support you can register here.

Integrated Therapy Team – Norwich pilot

 In Norwich locality, Debbie Woods and her team have been piloting ways to better integrate health and social care services, with a particular focus on Occupational Therapy.


Key parts of the journey so far include:

·  A Norfolk County Council OT now sits at the NCH&C hub to work with the Health OT to triage all new referrals

·  NCH&C OTs have had training on the provision of ceiling track hoists and non-complex housing adaptations and are prescribing these

· Joint CPD training on specialist equipment

·  Joint OT Team meetings.

Feedback from staff is positive with practitioners telling us that the simple act of sitting with each other and working together has improved relationships and built greater understanding between health and social care professionals. 

We also hope to see continued reductions in the number of duplicates on waiting lists.

We are always looking for new ways for integration to work in your locality so let us know your thoughts and ideas.

Joint Hubs – good practice in the South

The Southern area joint hub has been operating as a model of good practice since June 2015 – when a small team of four NCC social care officers joined  NCH&C counterparts at the Wymondham Health Centre.

The decision was taken not just because Wymondham had the space to accommodate the joint working – but because the hub was already the first point of call for all community health requests from people who were often then found to have a social care need, or who were already known to the social care teams.

Making things happen
While initially there was a bit of trepidation, the move was handled with a great deal of professionalism from both sides, and a real desire to make things work, as everyone could see benefits of this type of working.  Technology posed a bit of a problem at first- and while most of the most critical systems now work – there are still some issues outstanding. 

Whilst staff on both sides are still frustrated  by these problems, there is a strong desire to keep the joint working in place.

The road ahead
The aspiration is for all five localities to have joint hubs in some form or another, and some areas are already making good progress towards achieving his. But the word from the South is – keep pushing for it as a year on the co-location benefits certainly outweigh any start up headaches.

Tim O’Mullane
Assistant Director of Integrated Care Southern

Feedback

Do you have any comments or a good idea for the next issue of our Adult Social Services 'Integration in practice' newsletter?

Do you have something you want to share with your colleagues? Let us know by sending an email to: assdnews@norfolk.gov.uk

Please note that articles should be brief and to the point, however, links to the intranet and internet can be included for further information. In addition, please feel free to submit any pictures to accompany the article.

If you know of anyone who has not received this newsletter, but would like to in future, please send their name and email address to: assdnews@norfolk.gov.uk

Back-to-top

 

Categories: Norfolk

Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

Norfolk Council News Feed - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 20:49
General informationWeek ending 12 August 2016  Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Awareness Week 2016

You are invited to the launch of the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board’s Self-Neglect and Hoarding Strategy 

Date: Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Time: 15.00 - 16,15
Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Details: This will be a joint event by NSAB and Dr Wendy Thomson, Managing Director Norfolk County Council and will form part of the Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Awareness week 2016. 

Officer contact: Tessa Pike, Safeguarding Adults Business Support Coordinator, 01603 223085 email tessa.pike@norfolk.gov.uk 

Two workshops arranged for Members this month

Click here to book yourself a place on any of the events below or call or email the office on 01603 223237

Members Highways Workshop 

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Time: 10.00 - 12.00
Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Details: This session is designed to give Members a better understanding of the new ways of working and reporting of defects for Highways, and how they can support customers and the organisation in making self-service effective. 

Led by Customer Services - officer contact Ceri Sumner and Nick Tupper 

Children’s Services Serious Case Review process’ workshop

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Time: 14.00 - 16.00
Location: Edwards room, County Hall.

Details: This will be a workshop to inform members about the current process for conducting Serious Case Reviews on children’s cases. The sessions will set out the criteria for commissioning SCRs, the methodologies used to investigate cases and identify learning, and highlight the common issues and themes that emerge. It will cover the publication and dissemination of lessons from Reviews.

NSCB has pioneered a new approach to developing learning against key themes and the workshop will set these out and explore how they contribute to improvement and effective multi-agency working.

The session will also briefly advise members of the likely changes to Serious Case Reviews and safeguarding investigations as a result of the Wood Review and the Children and Social Work bill currently under consideration in Parliament.

NMS Newsletter Summer 2016

This is a bumper edition with updates including Norfolk Arts Service, British Art Show 8 and Teaching Museums.  There is also interesting news from the official opening of Voices from the Workhouse at Gressenhall and the International Obsidian and Flint Conference in Thetford.

Member IT survey

A quarter of Members have already responded to the survey and if you haven’t, now is your chance to have your say. We really want to hear from as many of you as possible.

We’re starting to prepare for the next County Council elections in May 2017 and thinking about the kind of IT equipment and software that might help new Members carry out their role effectively. We want to know what you think has worked well or what could be improved. With your input we can consider all options before we decide on an IT solution for 2017-2021. 

The survey should not take longer than 10 minutes so please let us know your thoughts by clicking on this link  

Extending the Better Broadband for Norfolk contract

Norfolk County Council Member Briefing Note 

Approval for Norfolk to extend its contract was given on 25th July 2016.This Briefing Note provides information on the Better Broadband for Norfolk programme. 

Norfolk Master Composter newsletter

July - September 2016. 

Topics include: Norfolk Master Composter's finalists in national awards programme!, Wild About The Wensum, Go Compostable with your paper cups, Events on the Horizon and much more read it here

Norfolk County Council Constitution changes

Article 6.4 – Officer Employment Procedure Rules 

To incorporate a delegated power to the Executive Director of Children’s Services to determine annual pay awards for Centrally Employed Teachers within the framework provided by the national School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document. Authorised by Monitoring Officer following decision by Personnel Committee on 21 June 2016.

Part 9.1 – Members’ Allowances Scheme 

To reflect the 1% increase in allowances in line with the officer pay award from 1 April 2016

Chief Officer's blog  12 August 2016 – David Collinson, Assistant Director - Environment and Planning

It is not easy following Wendy’s blog last week which paid heartfelt tribute to our colleague Harold Bodmer. I was not personally able to go to the service at Norwich Cathedral this last week but, speaking to some of those who did, I heard that it was a wonderful celebration of Harold’s life and illustrated the respect and love held for him by so many. ..

read more   

NCC internet homepage 

www.norfolk.gov.uk
Latest key messages:-

Health Quiz
Devolution
Whitlingham OEC
Big Friendly Read 

What's new on the intranet?

inet.norfolk.gov.uk

Norfolk in the News Friday 14 August 
___________________________________

Latest NCC press releases Future NCC public meetings

The following meetings will be held during August and September 2016.

All meetings will be held at County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich at 10am unless otherwise stated:  

CANCELLED Policy & Resources  30 Aug 
Planning (Reg) Committee             2 Sep
Adult Social Services Committee   5 Sep
Pensions Committee                     6 Sep  9.30
Communities Committee                7 Sep
Norfolk Health O&S Committee       8 Sep
Economic Dev Sub Committee       9 Sep 14.00
Personnel Committee                   12 Sep
Children's Services Committee      13 Sep 
Police and Crime Panel                14 Sep
Env, Develp & Trans Committee    16 Sep
Audit Committee                         22 Sep 14.00
Policy & Resources Committee    26 Sep
Norfolk Museums Accounts Approval & Urgent Business Sub Committee           28 Sep  14.00
Norfolk Parking Partnership J C  29 Sep  14.00

iPad and IT support contact

ICT Shared Services after successful testing, are pleased to advise that you can now update your iOS software on your NCC iPads to the latest version if you wish. You can find out how to do this here

IT issues (iPad, pc, printer or network problems) -  01603 774797(Designated Members hotline).

Mobile phone issues - 01603 222387 or email: bsu@norfolk.gov.uk

Friday Take away latest edition

Topics include: A step closer to Norwich in 90, Update on truancy fines, County comes together to support victims of Yarmouth blaze, CLT out and about this week view here

Categories: Norfolk

Advocacy services in Norfolk

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 16:20
Have you used advocacy services in Norfolk?

Dear Your Voice member

Advocacy is about enabling your voice to be heard, speaking for you when you can't and where there is no one else to do this for you. Norfolk County Council is responsible for making sure that advocacy is available in the following areas:
 
Independent Health Complaints Advocacy service - advising and supporting anyone who is unhappy with the care or treatment they or someone they know has received from the NHS and is thinking about making a complaint.
 
Independent Mental Health Advocacy service – supporting people with mental illness who are detained under the Mental Health Act to understand their rights and to participate in decisions about their care.
 
Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy service – support for people who are unable to make certain decisions about their lives for themselves and who have nobody suitable to speak up for them.
 
Independent Social Care Advocacy service - advocates for people who need support to be involved in decisions their local council is making about their care and support, but do not have family or friends to help them.
 
All of the services are currently provided by POhWER. We're interested to hear about your experience of using these services. Visit the Healthwatch Norfolk website to tell us what you think of them. 

Thanks for your help

Chris

 

Your Voice is run by Norfolk County Council. You can contact the team by emailing us: yourvoice@norfolk.gov.uk.

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 12 August 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/12/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 12 August 2016 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesOperations Manager - Unit Twenty Three

To support our continued growth as an organisation we are looking for a part time operations manager to be based in our office and provide support to the team for the safe, efficient and impactful delivery of our grant funded projects & commissioned services.

Already in 2016 we have toured the region with a theatre workshop supporting Young Carers, supported Youth Participation in West Suffolk, Trained and delivered events with our new team of Young Associates, supported the organisation of a national celebration event for Gold Arts Award in London and delivered our second Community Arts Festival - among many other things.  It is an exciting time for an organisation that is 3 years old, with existing projects and ideas for more.  We're looking for a passionate and driven individual to support the team and ensure a smooth operation.

Please find out more on our website and get in touch with your application by the 14th August 2016.

More info: http://unit23.co/recruitment/operations-manager/

Assistant Technician - Aldeburgh Music

Aldeburgh Music is looking for an Assistant Technician to join their busy team at the world renowned Snape Maltings Concert Hall in Suffolk.  You will have at least 3 years' professional experience, which can include training, in a technical role in a theatre or concert hall and will be flexible, positive and enthusiastic - even under pressure.

Aldeburgh Music are known around the world for the international standard of the Aldeburgh Festival in June and their year-round programme of events including opera, contemporary dance, choral and orchestral concerts as well as programmes and residencies for young musicians and established professionals.

Concerts and events are presented in a variety of venues and spaces in the local area as well as at Snape. Aldeburgh Music also run a Proms season during August with a wide range of musical styles including jazz, folk, classical, big band and world music.

This is a post which offers an excellent opportunity for someone at the start of their professional career to develop and build their lighting and AV experience.

Closing date for receipt of applications: 2 September 2016

Further information can be found here http://www.aldeburgh.co.uk/about_us/jobs

Date & Online Manager - Norwich Theatre Royal

£29,000 per annum

To support the work of the marketing department and online communication. This role would suit someone with database management experience, and who has online/digital marketing skills. 

Closing date: 2 September 2016.  Interviews will be held at the Theatre Royal on 15 September 2016. 

To download the job description and application form, visit http://bit.ly/DataOnlineManager

Development OpportunitiesFit4work - RSPH Training

Fit4Work is Active Norfolk's Workplace Health Programme funded by Norfolk County Council's Public Health. The programme is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of people of working age in the County which in turn can impact on the performance of local businesses.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) Level 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement is a qualification that is aimed at organisations with an interest in the health and wellbeing of their workforce and customer/client groups. Further information on the training is available by clicking here.

As part of the Fit4Work programme, Active Norfolk is offering this one day training course for FREE to individuals from workplaces across Norfolk (max 1 person per organisation). The deadline to apply is Wednesday 24 August.

For further information and to apply for a place on this training, click here.

Webinar: What do you own? A short guide to Intellectual Property

Wednesday 24 August 2016, 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM BST
FREE

The New Anglia Growth Hub's series of webinars, sponsored by Barclays, provides clear and concise guidance to a range of business support services. 

This month, Gary Townley from the Intellectual Property Office guides you through the four main areas of intellectual property (trade marks, patents, designs and copyright) and how to protect Intellectual Property rights. It’s a great opportunity to receive the latest information and advice on IP - direct from the Intellectual Property Office. 

The session will draw on real examples to put you in a better position to talk with confidence on the subject and also discuss a range of free support materials available to help your clients. 

In this session, you will: 

  • Gain a better understanding of what a trade mark is and how it differs from the registration of a limited company. 
  • Discover how to make the most of a business’s Intellectual Property? 
  • Find out about copyright ownership. 

For further information and to register visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/705642747949196546

Hothouse 2017 Call for Applications

Hothouse is the Crafts Council’s intensive programme of creative and business development for ambitious and talented emerging makers who have set up their creative practice or craft business in the last three years. Developed with leading UK craft and design organisations, Hothouse provides you with the tools to grow a sustainable and successful creative business when you need them most, at the start of your career.

Whether your practice is gallery or retail focused, from making one-off pieces to batch production to conceptual installations, Hothouse offers you the skills to flourish and includes;

  • A series of monthly creative business development training days from February to July 2017.
  • Six sessions of 1:1 professional mentoring with a specialist from the sector.
  • Access to a network of industry experts, speakers and trainers.
  • A peer group of ambitious and talented emerging makers.
  • Access to a UK network of professional craft organisations.

Any maker who has set up their creative practice or craft business in the last three years is eligible to apply. Makers can be from any educational background or training (both formal and informal) and there is no age limit.

Hothouse are looking for makers based in the UK with supported places for makers in all English regions and six places for makers based in Scotland – which are funded by Craft Scotland. Hothouse are looking for talented and ambitious emerging makers who demonstrate commitment to making a success of their business or practice.

Deadline for applications: 5 September 2016 

Further information can be found here.

Join the Arts Award Youth Network

Arts Award are recruiting two new teams for 2016-17. They are looking for 16-25 year olds who are keen to be part of a year-long programme, which will offer many opportunities to: 

  • meet professionals
  • attend events around the country
  • develop new skills
  • enhance your CV

Both teams will have the opportunity to attend festivals such as Edinburgh Fringe and Brighton Fringe with the Voice team, and there will be workshops and training days throughout the year. 

Deadline to apply is 10 September 2016.

Further information can be found here http://www.artsawardvoice.com/youthnetwork/join 

East of England Talent Module: How to Get a First Feature Made

As part of the BFI NET.WORK, Creative England are launching a new Talent Module in partnership with write2screen aimed at new and emerging writers, directors and producers in the East of England looking to make their first feature film.

The free module will cover the key stages of developing, funding, producing and releasing a first feature film where you’ll get the opportunity to hear from industry experts and strike new collaborations in the region.  

New and emerging writers, directors and producers based in the East of England (Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk) who have a strong and interesting track record in storytelling – film, novels, TV, theatre, stand-up comedy, poetry, visual arts, music videos etc. – but haven’t made a feature film - can apply. 

There will be an opportunity to meet the team from Creative England and write2screen and ask questions about the module at a special short film screening and networking event on Thursday 8th September at Writers’ Centre Norwich. 

Deadline to apply: Monday 12th September 2016
Talent Modules: Thursday 6th October, Wednesday 9th November, Thursday 1st December, Monday 12th December, Thursday 12th January and Thursday 16th February
Venues: Writers’ Centre Norwich and Cinema City in Norwich.

Further information can be found here http://creativeengland.co.uk/film/talent-development

Still in the City - Dancing in Urban Space

Dance Artist Hayley Matthews will be leading a workshop sharing her practice of Still in the City - Dancing in Urban Space at SeaChange Arts on Thursday 15th September 10am-1pm as part of the Out There Symposium and Norfolk Dance Artist Collective. 

The workshop is open to performers, students and body workers. Attendees of the Out There Symposium are able to attend as part of the program, which is a great chance for cpd, networking and hearing and sharing about Out Door Performance practices. 

There are also 3 FREE places available to Great Yarmouth based artists and students, apply with an email to ndacollective@outlook.co.uk

Further information can be found here http://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/ndac-workshop-4-hayley-matthews/

George Lucas: From Film School to Star Wars day school - Cinema City Education

17 September 2016
10.30am until 4.30pm
Cinema City, Norwich
£45 (£35 concessionary rate for OAP, students & income support)

This day school examines Lucas’s early experimental and documentary shorts as well as his first two features – the Science Fiction drama THX 1138 (1971) and the teen comedy American Graffiti (1973) –, situating them within American culture of the post-war decades and exploring their links to his later blockbusters. With tutor Peter Krämer.

Peter Krämer is a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of East Anglia and the author of several books, including The New Hollywood: From Bonnie and Clyde to Star Wars (Wallflower Press, 2005).

Further information can be found here http://cinemaplus.org.uk/event/george-lucas-from-film-school-to-star-wars-day-school/#eventtop

Child Protection Policy Writing: Review & Update Workshop - Artswork

22 September 2015, 1.30–5 pm
Cockpit Arts, London

This jam-packed half-day session will help inform you on updates to current child protection legislation and provide techniques that will leave you confident in writing or updating your child protection policy. Bring along your current policy to work on in the session or pick up useful tips to walk away with. Ideal if you want help updating your current child protection policy or advice on writing one from scratch.

You will gain: 

  • An update on current child protection policies, legislation and procedures
  • Tailored information on how legislation affects your particular setting
  • Action plan: Setting yourself clear goals
  • How to make it work: A guide to turning your policy into practice

The Cost: £100 per person. 

Book your place via http://www.artswork.org.uk/event/111/, or contact Rachel Hall via rachelhall@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332491 for further advice and information.

Writing Successful Bids - NCVO

23 September 2016, 09.30-16.30
NCVO Conference Suite, London

When you write a funding application, how often are you successful? Your time is precious and good funding opportunities few, so make sure every application is as strong as possible Come and learn with NCVO consultants how to make your bid stand out.

By the end of the day you will:

  • be able to identify how the income from grants or contracts fits into your wider funding strategy
  • know how to prepare effectively for writing a proposal so you are able to respond to opportunities quickly and efficiently
  • be confident deciding whether or not to bid
  • be aware of how to write in an appropriate and effective style
  • understand what makes a successful application or tender
  • know what it is like being an assessor and scoring a bid

This course is for those responsible for their organisation’s business development function, including those who currently write bids and those who are considering doing so and would like to find out more.

Cost: pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. 

Further information can be found here https://www.ncvo.org.uk/training-and-events/events-listing/1376-writing-successful-bids-september-2016

Writers' Centre Norwich Online Courses

Discover your own writing from the comfort of your home. Explore short fiction and poetry, receive constructive feedback on your work and meet other writers, all through an easy-to-use, creative online platform.

All courses are part of Creative Writing Online, a partnership between Writers' Centre Norwich and the University of East Anglia. You'll be tutored by professional writers and lecturers and gain access to UEA's world-renowned expertise and knowledge.

Current online courses on offer include:

  • Writing Fiction: The Essentials - 29 September-19 December 2016
  • Writing Poetry: Intermediate - 26 September 2016-17 April 2017
  • Writing Fiction: Intermediate - 26 September 2016-17 April 2017

Further information can be found here.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersJAM Media Acting Opportunity

JAM Media, a multi-award winning TV production company, are looking for an exceptionally talented boy or girl aged 15 (or older/younger who can look 15) to be the lead actor or actress in a new children’s TV programme. JAM Media is only considering people for this role who are wheelchair users or mobility impaired.

JAM Media are looking for someone who is confident, hilariously funny and a great actor or actress. 

The deadline for submissions is the end of Monday 15th August.

If you are interested in being considered for this role, or know someone who is, please email Rick Laxton (Casting Director), at ricklaxton@ymail.com, with the name of the young performer and their age.

Call for submissions - Your chance to exhibit at Norwich Castle

Dream a room… what could it look like? A 3D-printed, disco-balled zero-carbon Eco dance palace? An indoor flower meadow with knitted rainbow hammocks? – Or your own most comfy sofa, cat in situ, transported somewhere extraordinary…

From March 2017, Norwich Castle Museum is hosting the V&A Museum of Childhood’s Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House, a touring exhibition of 12 of their finest dolls’ houses in a chronology running from the early 18th century to the 21st, brought to life through the stories of their inhabitants. The finale of the show will be an exhibit called Dream House 2017 – a special creation of magical, miniature rooms.

The V&A showcased the best of professional London design; Norwich Castle wishes to equal this commitment – and very much hope that Norfolk’s leading architectural firms and interior designers will set the bar high.

Norwich Castle also wish to go one further: attracting submissions from grassroots communities – artists, arts groups, makers and crafters, schools and special interest societies – so the widest showcase of Norfolk making and designing, and all will be judged equally for inclusion on the basis of their imagination and creative potential.

If your submission is chosen you will have the chance to make your room in 3D for display in the prime ‘T-gallery’ exhibition space at the Castle, seen by over 60,000 visitors per show, and to attend the exclusive exhibition private view opening event at the Castle on Friday 3 March 2017.

For the first stage, Norwich Castle invites you to submit a scaled drawing of your proposed dream room and a short statement explaining the inspiration and ideas behind it, by 7 October 2016.

Around 20-25 designs will then be chosen to go forward for the exhibit – but Norwich Castle will aim to display all the drawings received in the gallery too, on an associated digital slideshow.

For further details and a submission brief please email fi.hitchcock@norfolk.gov.uk.

Call for Graffiti Artists - PARKT!

28 August at 11:00–17:00
St George's Pavillion, Great Yarmouth

PARKT! is an innovative event that promotes community progress with a combination of regenerating artistic initiatives that enrich its participants and the community with alternative practices.

PARKT! is seeking graffiti artists to take part in a Graffiti Competition. For further information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1781991178711373/

Industry Research & InformationNew Horizons: Towards a More Inclusive Arts Sector

Tuesday 20 September 2016, 10.30AM-5.30PM

Join The Garage for this provocative, proactive and practical event for leaders and doers across the arts sector. The day will be an opportunity for

  • sharing inclusive thinking and practice from across and beyond the sector
  • inspiring and catalysing new thinking and doing, providing delegates with the chance to identify practical actions they can take to help make what they do more inclusive
  • bringing people together to share experiences and learn from each other

Delegate fee £25 including lunch. Refreshments and registration will begin at 10:30am, for a prompt 11am start. 

Full schedule, speaker and access details can be found here. To book, please visit eventbrite here.

Norwich Theatre Royal Appoints New Chief Executive 

Norwich Theatre Royal have announced the appointment of Stephen Crocker as their new Chief Executive following an international search. Stephen will succeed Peter Wilson MBE who moves on in December 2016 after 25 years at the helm of East Anglia’s leading theatre.  

Stephen will commence in post in January 2017 moving from his current position as Deputy Chief Executive of The Lowry, Salford, one of the UK’s leading cross-arts organisations and the most visited cultural venue in the North West of England. 

During his nine years at The Lowry Stephen has led a number of major strands of work, including the venue’s award-winning Learning & Engagement programme; developing and establishing Quays Culture, the critically-acclaimed outdoor digital arts programme on MediaCityUK and raising £5.5million for the recent completion of The Lowry’s 2020 Project.  

Michael Newey, Chairman of the Trustees of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Stephen to the team and working with him to build on Peter’s tremendous legacy both in the Theatre Royal and county.  Stephen has an impressive track record in the cultural sector in London and more recently Manchester and we are very confident that he is the right person for the challenges we face over the years ahead” 

Stephen Crocker, Chief Executive-designate of Norwich Theatre Royal, said: “I am thrilled to be joining the team at Theatre Royal and leading the next chapter in the incredible history of this much-loved venue.  With the imminent launch of Stage Two, which will be a huge asset for local people, this is an exciting time to join the organisation and it is an honour to build upon the remarkable legacy of Peter Wilson.  Norwich is a truly modern heritage city with an incredibly vibrant cultural scene and I am excited to make it my home.  I am looking forward to meeting audiences and partners across Norwich and Norfolk as we cement the city and county as leading cultural destinations in the UK.”

Funding OpportunitiesLocal Charities and Community Groups Match Fund

The Office for Civil Society has launched the Local Charities and Community Groups Match Fund. The Fund is intended to form part of government plans for a Local Charities Day, a celebration of local charities and community groups that will take place later this year.

The Government will invest at least £250,000 to act as match funding in a fundraising campaign targeted at local charities and community groups in England. It hopes for this financial support to be matched by support from philanthropists, foundations and/or others to create a total match fund pot of £1 million. It is currently anticipated that one campaign will be selected to receive the match funding investment of at least £250,000 for the financial year April 2016 to March 2017.

Applicants must:

  • Have the expertise and capacity to deliver a match funding campaign to commence in December 2016 at the latest to incentivise giving to local charities and community groups.
  • Have a strong track record of delivering match-funded fundraising campaigns that benefit the whole or part of England.
  • Organisations can apply in partnership but it is not a requirement. There will be a significant interest in applications that present partnerships capable of expanding the reach, eligibility and impact of a match funding campaign.

The closing date for applications is 21 August 2016. Further information can be found here.

2017 European Cultural Foundation Idea Camp

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is inviting submissions for its 2017 Idea Camp. An ECF Idea Camp is a place to investigate and develop ideas, exchange knowledge and find new collaborations, connect with other practitioners from different sectors, and explore and imagine new democratic alternatives.

The theme for 2017 is 'Moving Communities' and will focus on current positive, radical resistance movements that are daring to counteract anti-democratic practices. 

The 50 most exciting and innovative ideas will be selected and applicants will be invited to ECF's third Idea Camp, which will take place in Spain from 1-3 March 2017. ECF will cover the travel and accommodation costs for one representative for each idea.

The 2017 Call is open to individuals, collectives or organisations from the private, public or social sector working in the arts and cultural sector as well as in other fields and sectors of society including academic and educational, environmental, trade and industry, health and social care, human rights etc. Participants should be prepared to share their ideas with a wider audience and to take part in public discussions.

Following the Idea Camp, participants will be invited to submit a concrete plan for further research or investigation of their ideas. Selected proposals will be eligible for an R&D grant of up to €10,000 to enable the research and development of, for example, business plans, concrete project proposals, prototypes, research papers, media reportages and so on.

The deadline for submissions to the 2017 Idea Camp is 20 September 2016.

Further information can be found here http://www.culturalfoundation.eu/idea-camp-2017

Great Place Pilot Scheme

The Great Place Scheme is a £15 million pilot programme set up by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England, each of which has contributed £7.5 million for projects lasting up to three years.

The scheme will invest in 12 places across England, including four rural areas, to achieve the following:

  • Build on existing strengths within the local arts, culture and heritage sectors in order to maximise their positive cultural, social and economic contribution.
  • Build new partnerships to realise this contribution and lever resources into the sector to support that.
  • Develop these partnerships so that the contribution of the sector is recognised in and supported by long term plans and strategies for the area – for instance, the Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy, the Local Enterprise Partnership’s Strategic Economic Plan, or destination management plans.

Grants of between £500,000 and £1.5 million are available for activity to be delivered over a period of up to three years. Match funding of at least 10% is required. This must be a cash contribution and drawn from more than one source within the partnership. In-kind contributions are not eligible. Applications must come from partnerships led by a not-for-profit organisation.

The funding is for a range of activities that take place between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2020 in the 12 pilot areas.

The application process has one round only. The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest is 6 October 2016 (midday).

Further information can be found here http://www.greatplacescheme.org.uk/

PRS Music Foundation Composers’ Fund

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced the 2nd funding round of its new Composers' Fund. The Composers' Fund is a new opportunity which recognises the need for composers to have direct access to funding at pivotal stages in their career. It invites composers to make the case for support of any activity that would enable them to make a significant step change in their career. Grants can be for up to £10,000 and it is anticipated that the Foundations will make 10 - 15 awards a year. The fund is open to composers with a strong track record in their field who are at a point in their career where access to funding could help move forward their career. To be eligible for support, composers must be based in the UK and must be members of PRS for Music or in a position to join. To be eligible for support, composers must be based in the UK and must be members of PRS for Music or in a position to join. Deadlines occur twice a year.

The deadline for applications is the 16th October 2016

Read more at http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/funding/the-composers-fund/

The Weavers' Company Grants Programme

The Weavers' Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 30th November 2016. Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Weaver's Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release.

Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, we will not fund large organisations. To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000.  

Read more at http://www.weavers.org.uk/content/grant-application-guidelines

The Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes. The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place and a larger grants programme for grants in excess of £4,000.

Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2017

Read more at http://ernestcooktrust.org.uk/grants/

The Rank Foundation – Small Appeals Programme

UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for capital projects (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short term activity (such as an annual respite break or holiday for disadvantaged young people) can apply for funding through the Rank Foundation - Small Appeals programme. To be eligible to apply the total project cost must be less than £1 million, the organisation must have an annual income of less than £500,000 and the organisation applying must already have raised a third of the total costs.

Applications can be submitted at any time. 

Read more at http://www.rankfoundation.com/small-appeals/

Employer Training Incentive Pilot

Would you like money for staff training? The Employer Training Incentive Pilot provides a 25% return against cash paid for additional training to a maximum grant of £1,000 per learner.

The scheme:

  • Is available now to SMEs across Norfolk and Suffolk to help train their employees, aged 19+.
  • Offers a 25% return against cash paid by the employer for additional training undertaken, up to £1000. (For Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeships and qualifications, this rate rises to 30%, with 80% of the ETIP grant approved payable 3 months after the start of training).
  • Gives businesses control over the choice of training provider used.

To be eligible, training must be additional. This means non-mandatory and used to enhance productivity, efficiency or vocational effectiveness.

Training can either be:

  • An Apprenticeship at Levels 2 – 4.
  • An accredited qualification at Levels 1 – 4.
  • Non-accredited training.

The Pilot is available to businesses which employ less than 250 people (globally) and are located within Norfolk and Suffolk.

Further information can be found here https://www.suffolkchamber.co.uk/developing_skills/employer_training_incentive_pilot/

Signpost 2 Grants

If you are looking to make a capital investment in your business you may be eligible for a grant towards 20% of your project thanks to the new Signpost 2 Grants programme.

Created by the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough LEP, Signpost 2 Grants has been designed to support the growth of its local businesses, offering grants of between £2,000 and £20,000 to support capital investment projects.

To apply for the grant you must be:

  • Located within the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough area (Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Rutland, West Norfolk, West Suffolk, North Hertfordshire, South Holland, or Uttlesford)
  • Be a micro or SME that employs less than 250 people
  • Seeking to make a capital investment in your business, for example by purchasing new equipment or investing in your premises
  • Planning to grow and employ more staff in the future. As a guide, for every £10,000 grant awarded we would expect to see at least one new job created

Further information can be found here http://signpost2grow.co.uk/support/signpost-2-grants/

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

Website: http://www.norfolk.gov.uk/Leisure_and_culture/Arts/index.htm 

Categories: Norfolk

Pages