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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 15 December 2017

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 15 December 2017 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

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In This Issue: Job Opportunities Learning Assistant, Norfolk Museums Service (Norfolk County Council)

Norwich Castle Museum
£10,255 - £11,429 per annum (Scale E)
21 hours per week (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and alternate Saturdays)
Permanent contract
 
This is an exciting opportunity to join an award-winning museum learning team. You will deliver high quality events and activities to schools, groups and the general public. You will also contribute to the planning, development and coordination of Norwich Museums’ Visitor Programme. We are looking for a creative, enthusiastic and ambitious individual with excellent presentation and communication skills. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with backgrounds in Drama and Arts-in-Education. The post involves weekend and bank holiday working.
 
For further details and how to apply: www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobsandcareers

Closing date: 02 January  2017

Instrumental Music Teacher, Norfolk Music Service (Norfolk County Council)

28.90 hours per week
Permanent contract
Professional Development Centre, Norwich

Norfolk Music Service sits within Educator Solutions, a not-for-profit trading enterprise, wholly owned by Norfolk County Council. The Music Service acts as the lead organisation for Norfolk Music Education Hub: a partnership of over 100 organisations, coming together to provide the best possible music education for the children and young people of Norfolk. Since the change in leadership of the organisation in September 2016, there has been a real appetite for increased partnership working which has created opportunities for development of the core offer and scope for expansion of the types of activities we present. The Music Service needs to continue to facilitate high quality teaching and learning and demonstrate excellent value for money whilst improving upon the breadth of offer and forging lasting relationships with schools, partners and stakeholders.

A vacancy has recently arisen in our team for a part-time (0.89) Instrumental Teacher, although this vacancy may also be considered as a job-share where more than one candidate satisfies the key criteria of the post. We are particularly interested in interviewing candidates who have experience in the following disciplines:

• Whole Class Instrumental Tuition
• Strings (Upper and Lower)
• World Music
• Percussion (Orchestral and Drum Kit)
• Curriculum Music

To arrange an informal discussion about any aspect of this post please contact Alison Corfield, Head of Music Service on alison.corfield@educatorsolutions.org.uk

To view further information regarding the vacancy please visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobsandcareers

Closing date: 17 December 2017

Audience Development Coordinator, Norfolk Library and Information Service (Norfolk County Council)

County Hall, Norwich
£9,035 - £10,069 per annum (Scale E)
18.5 hours per week
Temporary contract until 04 March 2019
 
Are you one of those people who can work on their own initiative? Are you well organised and customer focused? Are you able to use social media as well as talk to individuals and groups to promote a service? We would like to hear from you to join the Mobile Library team.

The role of the Audience Development Co-ordinator involves coordinating partnerships with other departments and agencies so the mobile library can work effectively with other organisations. Recruiting and administering the mobile library “Friends” volunteers project so volunteers feel supported and have the resources to promote and encourage the use of mobile libraries. To create and co-ordinate promotional activity for the mobile library to enable new and existing customers to use and value the service. Market and promote the mobile library service through the mediums of social media and face to face talks in the rural communities. The ability to get on with a wide cross section of people is really important.

For an informal discussion please contact Glenn Durrant on 01603 222267 or visit www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobsandcareers for more information and to apply.
 
Closing date: 17 December 2017
Interview date: 21 December 2017

Market Place Creative Producer (Freelance)

Creative People and Places Consortium for Fenland & Forest Heath (East Anglia)

FEE: £6,000 (plus travel) for work between February – June 2018 (plus 2 days to feed into evaluation between July – September 2018).  Approx. 24 days to finalise Phase 1.
The Creative Producer will provide artistic leadership, co-ordination and ensure successful delivery of the 'Celebration' commissions and engagement activities for Market Place phase 1 extension across Fenland and Forest Heath. The role will be tasked with developing relationships with the local communities and partners and implementing the commissioned artistic programme. For more information see www.cppmarketplace.co.uk/vacancies 

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Consortium Chair Stephanie Peachy at: stephanie@nnfestival.org.uk

To apply for job pack and details please email: admin@cppmarketplace.co.uk

Closing date for applications:  12 noon, Friday 19th January 2018   Interviews: week beginning 29th January 2018

The Corn Hall, Diss - Operations Manager

37.5 hours per week - permanent

An exciting opportunity to undertake a key new role as part of the Corn Hall's ongoing development.
The new role of Operations Manager has been developed in response to the growing success of the Corn Hall since its refurbishment and reopening in May this year.  Working closely with our Artistic Programme Manager, the key aim is to ensure day-to-day operations are dynamic, responsive and efficient and that the Corn Hall is a welcoming and vibrant space for the local community, arts professionals and hirers.

Located in the historic market town of Diss on the border of Norfolk and Suffolk, and at the gateway to the Waveney Valley, the Corn Hall is an impressive Grade II listed building which was originally built as a corn exchange. You will be educated to degree level or have the equivalent professional experience. You will have experience of working in a similar role in an arts-based/performing arts organisation and the ability to effectively manage small teams in an environment where flexibility is required.  The Operations Manager will report directly to the Trust’s Board.

This is a full time role and includes evening and weekend work as part of the Duty Manager rota.
Deadline for receipt of applications Friday 19 January 2018 (midnight)

For further information please see our website https://www.thecornhall.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/

Project Manager - School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing University of East Anglia

£32,548 to £38,833 per annum

The 600 Paston Footprints HLF funded project (Dr Karen Smyth (Co-PI) and Dr Rebecca Pinner (Co-PI)) seeks a full-time Project Manager, who will co-ordinate activities, events, volunteers, information gathering and dissemination. The project is a UEA collaboration with the Paston Heritage Society, and partnerships with heritage, community, wellbeing, educational, religious and tourism bodies.

The project seeks to enable local communities to explore their local links with this globally significant heritage that spans the 15th – 17th centuries. Project activities include the creation of ten heritage trail walks and one cycling trail, with deeper learning experiences for children and adults, digitisation of the Paston archives materials held in the NRO, 3D modelling of Paston sites and a major 600th anniversary festival.

You will hold a degree in a relevant field (or equivalent experience), and have experience of project co-ordination as well as solid organisational skills including attention to details and multitasking skills. 

This full-time post is available from February 2018 to December 2020 and will be subject to a criminal record check at Enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

More information about this post can be found here

Closing date: 29 December 2017

Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Executive Director

(Part-time (0.6 FTE); permanent)
 
Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s (NNF) vision is to use the power of the arts to make our part of the world a truly great place to live, work, learn and play.  NNF is the flagship arts festival for the East of England with a reputation for innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning. One of the big four UK international arts festivals, each May we transform and celebrate our city and county through an internationally acclaimed programme of music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and outdoor arts, enjoyed by over 75,000 people.
 
NNF has a turnover of c.£2.5 million, employs 24 permanent staff and expands significantly in the run up to and during the Festival.  NNF is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation as well as a Bridge Organisation with a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England. NNF is also funded by Norwich City Council and the generous support of many sponsors and donors.
 
This is an exciting time to join the organisation. In January 2018 Daniel Brine will join the organisation as Festival Director, succeeding our former Artistic Director, William Galinsky, who stepped down in May 2017. The Executive Director creates the environment in which NNF’s artistic vision can flourish. S/he oversees the organisational management and financial planning, management and reporting. S/he facilitates the work of the senior staff fostering leadership and collaboration in the Senior Management Team. S/he leads the Finance and Operations teams and supports the work of the Communications and Development teams, ensuring communications and development strategies meet corporate objectives.
 
About you
The ideal candidate will be an exceptional business leader, ideally known and respected in the wider cultural sector and capable of representing the organisation at all levels and in diverse political environments. S/he will have excellent financial and management experience in a senior position.
 
We actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and value the positive impact that difference has on our teams.
 
Deadline for receipt of applications Monday 8 January 2018 (12 noon)
 
For further information please see our website www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies

Course Leader: BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion

£49,149 per annum
Full Time

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion is a young course at NUA which will celebrate its first graduating cohort in September 2018. The course has already made a strong impact both externally with regional industry partnerships and internally with its strong collaborative ethos. The course is situated within the Faculty of Design and Architecture and benefits from synergies with other courses within and across the faculties; in particular BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production, BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Photography.
We are seeking to appoint a Course Leader with the drive, ambition and experience to continue to develop, promote and deliver this award and to lead the enthusiastic and collegiate course team. The role requires a deep understanding of the requirements for an undergraduate award that is clearly focused on preparing students for their future careers. It involves coordinating and delivering the curriculum; liaising with other Course Leaders, advising and managing course resources; promoting the course and student recruitment. The post holder will be active in cross-faculty and institution-wide initiatives.
The successful candidate will have a professional background in the fashion-related industries and a comprehensive knowledge of the global fashion industry. You will bring strong professional relationships with high profile industry contacts to support students in defining and developing their future career paths. Experience of preparing undergraduate students for careers involving the communication and promotion of fashion is essential. We are looking for a post-holder with excellent skills in course organisation and management and an awareness of the strategic imperatives faced by UK universities.

Closing Date: Monday 8th January 2018
Interview Date: Monday 29th January 2018

www.nua.ac.uk/jobs

Finance Director, Norwich Theatre Royal

Full time

Norwich Theatre Royal is one of the East of England's largest and most successful theatres with over 250 years presenting theatre in Norwich, with a current turnover of approximately £16 million. With 1300 seats, alongside the 300-seat Norwich Playhouse it’s sister venue, Theatre Royal and Playhouse are the largest venues in Norfolk which play a very active part in the cultural life of the region.

We are a registered charity who work with thousands of local young people each year across training courses in theatre skills; educational visits and workshops; and work with the wider community as well. Stage Two is our new education and training centre (opened 2016) which houses all this work, and the theatre’s Learning & Participation team. In January this year we appointed a new Chief Executive to help drive and implement a 3 year strategic business plan across the organisation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen where we are recruiting for a Finance Director to join our Executive Team due to the current Finance Director retiring in March 2018. As the Finance Director you will lead on the overall financial management of, and planning for, Norwich Theatre Royal and also act as Company Secretary for the Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Playhouse group of companies. The successful candidate will be ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified and you will be a finance professional with drive and ambition, along with strong skills in strategic planning, monitoring and reporting on the delivery of plans and projects.

In return we are offering a competitive salary and for candidates who would look to relocate we will offer up to £5,000 towards your relocation costs.
 
For more information about the role and organisation please visit www.hays.co.uk/jobs/norwich-theatre-royal
 
Closing date for all applications is Sunday 7th January
Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 17th January times tbc

Curator and Development Officer, R C Snelling Charitable Trust

Job Type: Part time
Contract Type: Fixed term (2 years)
Salary: £20 - £25 per hour

Closing Date: 4 January 2018

We are looking for a part-time curator, who can work with minimal supervision, to develop the Roy Snelling Museum over the next two years.

The curator will have

- experience of cataloguing
- Project management experience
- Experience of computerised databases and museum information systems
- Creative flair for displays, exhibitions and events
- Planning and administrative skill

The museum was created by the Trust's founder, Roy Snelling, as part of his legacy. There are seven volunteers who meet on a Tuesday morning, who restore exhibits and are available to assist with the cataloguing and development work.

Initially the successful candidate will prepare a costed development plan for submission to the Trustees and then project manage and oversee the development of the museum which will include the following:

- There are in the region of 800 exhibits, mainly vintage radios and televisions. Approximately 600 have been catalogued in a spreadsheet.
- Over 100 fact sheets have been produced relating to specific exhibits.
- The curator will build on the work already done to produce a comprehensive catalogue that can be viewed /searched on-line.
- The curator will arrange for the photographing of some of the important exhibits
- The curator will produce a brief for a web developer to produce an interactive website that will include: Story lines relating to topics, History of Company, searchable catalogue

In December 2018 we will be displaying at the Forum and require the development of displays for this exhibition that can be re-used in other locations. One of the displays will focus on the history of the Snelling companies while others will be developed from themes directly related to the museum and its exhibits.

Laundry Lane
Blofield Corner
Norwich
NR13 4SQ

Apply to:
Philip Buttinger
Trustee
RoySnellingMuseum@gmail.com

Teaching Museum Trainees (8 posts), Norfolk Museums Service (Norfolk County Council)

Countywide

Do you understand good customer service, love museums and have the passion and motivation to keep learning? If the answer is yes, then Norfolk Museums Service wants to hear from you.
 
As part of our award winning Teaching Museum programme we are offering 8 Traineeships as a stepping stone into the world of heritage and museums. These starter posts are offered on a 12 months fixed term contract from April 2018 at a salary of £16,781. A range of traineeships is on offer providing the opportunity to work with museums and their collections: handling, documenting, interpreting and caring for objects/artefacts to bring them to life for visitors, through displays, events and social media. 
 
No museum experience is required and there is no age limit. Norfolk Teaching Museum Traineeships combine a job with a training programme delivered by museum professionals who are experts in their field. You will be supported to carry out the duties and responsibilities of your job. The traineeship will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue a career in the museum sector. You must have experience of working in a public-facing, customer service type role, have a demonstrable interest in museums and be qualified to level 3. We want to appoint a cohort of trainees who will never stop learning, people with inquisitive minds and lots of ideas, who can act with integrity, demonstrate their excellent communication skills and have the enthusiasm and understanding to make every visitor feel valued.
 
Norfolk Museums Service is an equal opportunities employer which values diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.
 
Before you apply we would like you to find out more about this opportunity. You can do this by watching the briefing film (by 10 December 2017) or attending a session at Norwich Castle on Saturday 9 December 2017. Once you have done this you will be able to request an application pack.

To watch the film go onto www.YouTube.com search ‘Norfolk Museums Service’ and select the traineeship briefing film. You can book onto the briefing session here http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/norfolk-teaching-museum-traineeship-briefing-session/ space is limited so please only do so if you can definitely attend.
 
The briefings are an important part of the process. Watching the film or attending a session will enable you to make a better application and provide you with access to the application pack.
 
The deadline for return of completed applications will be Wednesday 3 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the first week in February and invited to an assessment centre at Norwich Castle on 21 or 22 February 2018.
 
Norfolk Teaching Museum is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Development Opportunities

Step On Training, The Garage

Monday 8 January, 9am – 4pm

Step On provides a foundation knowledge in understanding and responding to behaviour within settings. The course explores a therapeutic model for understanding and responding to both pro-social and anti-social behaviours. In addition, the course will look at law and guidance relevant to physical intervention within settings, providing advice on the safe and effective use of everyday physical interventions. Including:

• develop shared values,
• promote a therapeutic understanding of behaviour,
• develop skills in communication, diversion and de-escalation strategies,
• develop a consistent approach to everyday physical interventions,
• introduce risk management documentation,
• introduce law and guidance in the area of restrictive physical intervention,
• introduce skills for working with young people post incident.

This session will be delivered by Educator Solutions. 
N.B. Anyone attending must hold a current DBS certificate.

COST: £30, limited to 24 participants
BOOKINGS: 01603 283382

More training and workshops at The Garage can be found by visiting: http://www.thegarage.org.uk/whats-on

Courses Available, The Garage

GCSE Dance & Drama
Starting in January 2018, The Garage’s 18 month GCSEs run on Sundays, and are perfect for fitting in around school or work. Students take advantage of professional facilities, city centre location and highly skilled and qualified tutors with industry experience. Weekly classes are enhanced with tutorials, performance trips, masterclasses, and guest tutors. You can also access a range of additional technique classes and high profile performance opportunities.

GCSE Dance
January 2018 – June 2019
Sundays 1-3.30pm, term-time only

GCSE Drama NEW FOR 2018
January 2018 – May 2019
Sundays 10am-12.30pm, term-time only

FEES
£1700, instalment plans and assisted places available.

Book an Audition
Auditions are by arrangement. To book an audition or for an informal chat call The Garage  on 01603 283382, or email education@thegarage.org.uk.

Arts in Adversity - Turning Challenges into Opportunities!

Thursday 18th January 2018 (10.30am to 4pm) at The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

A Workshop-Conference for community and volunteer-led arts organisations from across rural and coastal Norfolk and Suffolk, organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts. Suitable for development directors; board or management committee members; venue, festival or project managers; fundraisers and others.

Setting the scene through short presentations from Arts Council England, New Anglia Cultural Board, County Councils and StartEast, followed by thematic workshop sessions on the opportunities offered by cultural tourism, heritage and ‘sense of place’ to enable participants to come up with practical solutions through shared experiences and potential collaborations. 

Cost:  £25 per delegate / £10 per 2nd delegate (maximum of 2 per organisation), includes lunch and coffee/tea

To book:  Contact bookings@waveneyandblytharts.com  with your name and organisation details, workshop preference and any dietary requirements or phone Simon on 01502 478794.

Full details on www.waveneyandblytharts.com

Call for New Trustees, Creative Arts East

Creative Arts East is on the search for up to three new Trustees. (Please note these roles are unpaid)

It's an exciting time to get 'on Board' with our vibrant and growing organisation as we enter a new 4-year round as a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England, and with a wide range of dynamic developments and projects underway.

We are looking for people of any age or background, keen to lend their enthusiasm and knowledge to Creative Arts East's ongoing development. As a Trustee, you will support our growth, continuing to build our successful model of access to high quality arts experiences which reach communities and individuals, to touch and enhance peoples lives across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider Easter Region.

As a Trustee you will join our existing and committed Board, helping shape our path and vision, and backing a dedicated and effective team of staff. Our Board is responsible for the overall governance of Creative Arts East, supporting our aims, objectives and goals in keeping with our charitable status, and contributing towards our strategic development, in accordance with legal and regulatory guidelines.

For more information please visit: http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/about-us/opportunities

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers

Call for artists

New Geographies’ aim is to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or over-looked places, rather than on historic or economical centres. During Summer of 2017, we invited the public to nominate overlooked or forgotten places throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk to add to this map. We received over 270 nominations so thank you for your contributions!

We are now inviting artists to respond to the nominations and are seeking Expressions of Interest from artists across the UK and internationally to create excellent art works inspired by the places you selected. Ten new commissions will be delivered over the next two years.

Please visit www.newgeographies.uk to see the map of nominated locations and for further information on the project and submission process.

Only in the East - Time and Tide Museum

Live in East Anglia and love photography? Want the chance to win a fabulous Sony camera and have your photo displayed at Time and Tide Museum? Then look no further.

In honour of our fabulous new photography exhibition Only in England (21 October 2017 until 15 April 2018) documenting the iconic photographic work by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, we want to encourage people of all ages across East Anglia to pick up a camera and get snapping. Tony Ray-Jones’ and Martin Parr’s photographs captured the honest, eccentric and at times peculiar aspects of British life. Sometimes energetic, at other times pensive, their work recorded the real life of real people in the 60s and 70s. Through the Only in the East photography competition, we hope to gather images that represent the distinctive character of East Anglia today.

Your photographs could show anything from iconic scenery and places, to the people and customs that give East Anglia its unique identity and fascination.

To find out more and to enter visit: https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide/whats-on/only-in-the-east-photography-competition

Industry Research & Information

Free GDPR resource from Voluntary Arts

The introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in May 2018 is fast approaching and has resulted in a lot of scare stories and concern among the charitable and voluntary sectors about what this will mean. While the new laws are a significant update on existing data protection legislation and the level and potential for fines will increase, there is no need for widespread panic just yet. Much of what is introduced by the GDPR is about taking a sensible approach to protecting individual's rights in the contemporary digital world we live in. This latest Briefing from Voluntary Arts gives you a simple guide to what the new legislation will mean for charities, voluntary and community groups.

Download the Briefing here: https://www.voluntaryarts.org/gdpr-data-protection for a simple guide explains in plain English, including:
• What GDPR covers
• Types of data
• Principles of GDPR
• Definitions of key terms
• Individuals' rights
• The steps you need to take
• FAQs (including mailing lists, children's rights and photography)

With less than six months to go until GDPR becomes law, now is the time to read through this guidance and determine what steps your organisation needs to take to ensure you are compliant by 25 May 2018.

StartEast

StartEast is for creative people who love what they do and want to make a living from it. We offer bespoke, targeted, 1-1 business advice and support, workshops and masterclasses as well as an invited grant scheme of between £1,000-£10,000 to help you grow your business. Our aim is to work with you to build a support structure that is right for you and your cultural enterprise.

We have a dedicated team of advisors and industry experts ready to support you in a range of different ways. Whether you need support to develop an idea or your artistic vision, help with business growth and expansion into new markets, securing new contracts, increasing productivity or turnover, we can help.

We focus primarily (but not exclusively) on the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, outdoor arts, and live art), literature and festivals. We also support specialist creative enterprises including, for example, producers, curators, back stage, technical, costumes, props, and marketing.

All you need to do is sign up and become a StartEast member. http://starteast.co.uk/

Coventry crowned UK City of Culture 2021

The city has beaten contenders Paisley, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and Swansea to host the year-long award credited with ‘transforming’ Hull. The announcement – made by arts Minister John Glen – means the city will be eligible for a £3m Heritage Lottery grant and waves of associated investment. Current award-holder Hull is estimated to have received more than £3bn of investment since its bid was successful in 2013.

Funding Opportunities

Norfolk County Council Arts Project Fund

Next deadline - 31st January 2018

The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk.

Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.

The Fund has three deadlines a year in May, September and January.

If you would like to apply, email arts@norfolk.gov.uk for an application form or click here for more information.

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund

Deadline: 30th March 2018

The final closing date for applications for funding through Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts Libraries fund is the end of March 2018. Public libraries and those managing public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and 100,000 to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and art organisations to help engage people in England in art activities and help artists and arts organisations in carrying out their work. The grant will fund up to 90% of the cost of an activity.

In addition to activities involving theatre, music, dance, literature, visual arts, and combined arts, ACE can also consider funding a broad variety of activities such as festivals, exhibitions, workshop programmes, residencies, digital projects, performances.   Find out more here.

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of:

• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
• Disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties
• Poverty and deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:
• Trewirgie Junior School which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantage children aged 7-11.
• The Midlothian Association of Play which received a grant of £9,996 to run holiday playschemes with trips and activities for young people living in low income areas.

The closing date for applications is the 1st March 2018. Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fJVTzz5QmQx5rx0S4NVg0Q/small-grants 

£15million of new tampon tax funding for women’s charities

The Government is inviting charities to apply for grants of at least £1 million for projects in the UK that support mental health and wellbeing and tackle violence against women and girls. The funding is being made available through the Tampon Tax Fund. The Tampon Tax Fund allocates funds generated from the VAT on sanitary products to projects that improve the lives of disadvantaged women and girls and at £15 million will be available in this funding round. All grants from this round of funding may be provided for one or two-year projects.
 
All activities must be delivered, and funds must be spent by March 2020. The deadline for applications closes at midnight on Sunday 28 January 2018 and applications are particularly welcomed from organisations that support women and girls across multiple regions. Read more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/tampon-tax-fund-application-form-2018-2019-funding-round 

Helping Hand – Youth Project Funding from #iwill

Go Think Big are offering 10 grants of up to £500 to young people who have good ideas for projects that use volunteering as a way of boosting their own skills and experience and those of their peers. The Helping Hand Youth Project Initiative encourages young people aged 15 - 24 to make a difference to their communities by getting involved in a wide range of activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering. Go Think Big are looking for creative, imaginative projects that could, for example, be based around anything from:

• Skills workshops
• Podcasts
• Journalism pieces
• Live events
• Community initiatives
• Apps

Most importantly, projects should offer the young people delivering the activity the chance to involve and inspire their peers in making a difference to their communities. Projects supported will be completed within 6 months, be realistic and achievable within the £500 award. Individuals or groups of people can apply as long as the Project Leader, who will be responsible for communications and finances, is a young person aged 15 -24.
 
The deadline for applications is Sunday 31st December 2017. Read more at: https://gothinkbig.co.uk/opportunities/youth-project-helping-hand 

Heritage Lottery Fund announces final deadline for sharing heritage applications

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced that it will be launching its new Funding Framework early in 2019 and that the final deadline for applications to the Sharing Heritage Programme is the 18th January 2018. Through the programme, registered charities, community groups and other not for profit and statutory organisations can apply for grants of between £3,000 and £10,000 for projects that help local people discover and share their local heritage. This can include:

• Events
• Exhibitions
• Guides or trails
• Packs for schools; etc.

HLF particularly wants to support fun, interesting, rewarding projects and activities that involve a wide range of volunteering roles. Up to 100% funding is available, however all applicants are encouraged to provide some match funding in cash or in kind which may be as volunteer time. Previous projects supported include a grant of £9,800 to Purple Patch Arts for 'Present in my past' - a social history resource by and for people with learning disabilities and £5,500 to the Friends of St Francis Xavier's Church Liverpool for the restoration of a Victorian stained-glass window damaged in the WW2 bombing of the city. Read more at: https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/sharing-heritage 

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

SEND e-newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 11:15
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Newsletter

December 2017 - Issue no.18

The SEND e-newsletter team would like to wish all their readers a joyful and restful Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.

The SEND e-newsletter gives information and news about what is new and being developed in the world of SEND and the Local Offer in Norfolk.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed ideas and news articles to this edition.

Changes to SEN teams in Children’s Services

A recent review of the Education Services in Children’s Services has put a focus on SEN improvements at the centre of the new services and a new Education Strategy, in particular two new services:

  • Education High Needs SEND Service
  • Education Vulnerable Groups Achievement & Access Service

These improvements for SEN will ensure more targeted staffing for Education Health & Care plan assessments and reviews, to ensure that we can balance our person centred approach with more timely completion of assessments and to ensure that all Statements of SEN can be assessed for transfer to Education Health & Care plans in line with the government deadline next year

However, the biggest change will be the development of a new ‘virtual school’ for SEN.  The model of a ‘virtual school’ has been very successful in championing the achievement and outcomes for Looked After Children and we now want to take this approach for children with special educational needs; this will mean that there will be a greater focus on supporting and challenging mainstream schools for effective SEN Support.  There will be more information on this new service in the new year, on the Local Offer website, and colleagues from this new service will be on hand at the Family Voice Norfolk conference in March to talk in detail about this development.

Look out also for more information in the new year regarding extra money that government will be providing to Norfolk so that we can improve and expand our specialist provision further.

New statutory paperwork

A new EHC plan template was launched by Norfolk Children's Services in November 2017. The new style EHC plans are more user-friendly and easier to follow and understand.  

Alongside the new EHC plan template is a new Annual Review form for settings to use, a new Children and young person views and wishes to inform an Annual Review and a new combined Child and parent version. More information about the Annual Review process and associated documentation can be found on the Local Offer on the Annual Review of an EHC plan page.

Family Voice, Family Chat meetings

Rachel Clarke, Ambassadors Lead for Family Voice Norfolk, reports:

During November, Family Voice ran a series of new-style events called Family Voice, Family Chat in four locations across Norfolk. During the summer months, we surveyed our membership about what subjects they would like to discuss and whereabouts these events needed to be. The outcome was clear: SEN Support and the EHC plan process were the topics that parents most wanted to discuss and learn more about. Four popular locations in Attleborough, Great Yarmouth, Swaffham and Sprowston were chosen.

Family Voice Norfolk represents the views of families with children and young people with SEND but we are not a support or information-giving organisation, so we were delighted to partner with Norfolk SEND Partnership (SENDIASS) so that parent carers could receive excellent presentations and explanations of both subjects, and could ask questions about their current situations. 

The feedback has been excellent and a report of the events will be written in the New Year, which will be shared with families and the Local Authority

Look out for announcements next year of more events in the 2018 summer term. Family Voice Norfolk would love to see you there. Don’t hesitate to contact membership@familyvoice.org.uk if there are topics that you would like to focus on.

Local Offer Peer Review workshop, 29th November 2017

The Local Offer Peer Review workshop was held in Stevenage to give local authorities from the east of England the opportunity to review each other’s Local Offer, receive feedback on their own and benefit from examples of good practice elsewhere. Wayne Doman, Local Offer Officer attended with Nicola Baxter, Family Voice Norfolk.

Nicola reports: I was glad to have the opportunity to attend for several reasons. Before the workshop, I was asked to review another authority’s Local Offer, which was in itself an interesting exercise. As a frequent user of Norfolk's Local Offer – the one-stop shop for information about all matters to do with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) – I know parts of it reasonably well, but in reviewing the Luton Local Offer website, I was in the position of any parent trying to find information for the first time and I was reminded of how important it is that we all use clear and straightforward language. At the workshop itself, I was one of only two parent carer representatives present, although all local authorities had been encouraged to involve parent carers. Local authorities really need parent carer voices to help shape the way information is given and the kind of services available. 

The Norfolk Local Offer was reviewed by Suffolk and was very well received. We were complimented on most of the features being reviewed and later were able to help other authorities to think differently about their own Local Offer. 

One important feature of our Local Offer is that it is constantly being updated. I was aware of this because Family Voice Norfolk and other organisations are often asked to take part in the revision of different sections of the Local Offer. I would encourage any user of the Local Offer to use the Feedback button at the bottom right of every page to let the local authority know what works well on the Local Offer and where changes are needed. It is quick and easy to do and will mean that our Local Offer continues to grow and improve.

KIDS engagement and participation event

KIDS have been commissioned by the Department for Education to work with local authorities to help them to increase young people’s participation and engagement with the Local Offer.

As we are nearly ready to launch the Children and young people section of the Local Offer and a new roving Young People's Local Offer User Forum, it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Sarah Walker, Cromer Cluster SEND Co-ordinator who is one of the representatives on the Local Offer User Forum, was keen to host and so it was arranged for the Kids Participation and Engagement team to visit Cromer Junior School on Thursday 23rd November.

In the morning the Cromer Cluster SENCOs and Local Offer team considered:

  • What key questions we want answered?
  • What information do we actually want?
  • What we would do with that information and how we would feedback?
  • What is important to the young people attending the session?
  • What are the needs of the young people participating?
  • How to adapt and create activities

In the afternoon we worked with a group of young people from Cromer Junior School engaging them in a variety of activities through which they could give their feedback about the Children and young people's section of the Local Offer. The young people fed back some really good ideas and these will inform the development of the Children and young people's section of the Local Offer website.

We will return to Cromer Junior School next term once the section is 'live' to demonstrate the section and present a 'You said, we did' style session.

The Children and young people's Local Offer User Forum is looking for a new Cluster to visit in the summer term. If you think you can help, email wayne.doman@norfolk.gov.uk

"We are the local offer"

We are making a film to illustrate and explain the Local Offer and show that it is far more than a website!  Every service, organisation and group that supports children and young people 0-25 who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in Norfolk is part of Norfolk's Local Offer.

The concept is simple: it will illustrate how the many different inclusive services, organisations and groups in Norfolk form part of the Local Offer. The film clip will be of a group of staff holding a A1 sized board which says "We are the Local Offer". The service, organisation or group logo will be clearly displayed on their uniform, badge and/or signage.

Would your service, organisation or group like to be part of the film? We are looking for GP practices, hospitals, pre-schools, nurseries, schools, colleges, training providers, Cubs and Scouts, Brownies and Guides, Army and Air Cadets, leisure centres, clubs and support groups.

If your service, organisation or group would like to be a part of the film, please email claire.jones2@norfolk.gov.uk  

Reprocurement of the Norfolk Directory

Norfolk County Council (NCC) wants to provide quality online information and advice for the residents of Norfolk so that people can easily find the information they need. NCC has been working with the district and borough councils to develop a specification for one platform that can be shared by the district and borough councils.

Suppliers have been invited to tender against the new specification and the contract will be awarded this month. The timeline is tight as the new platform must be ready for 31st March, therefore as part of the tender, the suppliers were required to submit a project plan.

In the new year there will be lots of work to do to get this right; from the technical development of the new platform, to the new design (look and feel, customer experience), new name and branding, content management (transferring the existing records across to the new platform), marketing and promotion.

As the new platform will form part of Norfolk's Local Offer, we will keep you posted with updates in this newsletter.

Apps launched to help vulnerable young people

Norfolk County Council has recently launched MOMO One and MOMO Express - two new apps to help vulnerable children and young people to share their views and feelings

The secure apps will be accessible to children in care, care leavers and all other children with a social worker, or support workerincluding children with education, health and care plans.  Read more.

New Independent Travel Training Scheme for Young People in Norfolk

A new scheme is taking shape in Norfolk to provide support and training to young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to start travelling independently, boosting their confidence and wellbeing.

It is being implemented by HCT Group who have been commissioned by Norfolk County Council. Although NCC already has the TITAN programme focusing on the post 16 age group, this new scheme will mainly focus on years 7-11. HCT Group have successful travel training schemes in various locations around the country and are now excited to be working with young people in Norfolk.

The scheme offers a daily home to school training journey over a number of weeks utilising skilled travel trainers supporting and teaching young people how to complete their journey safely and enjoyably; with each young person being matched with a trainer who will support them throughout their training. Additionally, trainers will aim to support personal development and build confidence to help young people make a diverse range of journeys in the future.

Karl Chapman, Independent Travel Manager, is local to Norfolk and worked previously for 15 years in further education at Easton & Otley College. Karl is keen to create a supportive learning environment for young people embarking on the training, helping improve their independence and personal development. This will help improve their opportunities for further education, work and social activities with a positive outcome of improved wellbeing.

Initially the scheme will focus on, but not be limited to Norwich and it is hoped that over the next 5 years will branch out as much as possible to support young people in locations across Norfolk. Of course, with Norfolk being over 2000 square miles in size this will be a challenge; however, the aim is to utilise opportunities for bus and train journeys as well as pedestrian skills where practical and logistically possible.

February is the target start date to offer young people training and if you would like more information please contact Karl on karlchapman@hctgroup.org or 01603 222707.

SAVE THE DATE - Family Voice Norfolk Annual Conference

Saturday 10th March 2018, 9.30 - 3 at John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH

Find out about all things SEND from:

  • over 30 information stands
  • 10 workshops
  • face-to-face with professionals
  • keynote speaker

Book delegate and childcare places from Monday 15th January 2018 at www.familyvoice.org.uk

FamilyVoiceNorfolk

  @familyvoicenfk

Help You Choose new publications

Three NEW Norfolk County Council education publications for young people & parents / carers are coming online soon

‘Choices at 13/14’ is aimed at pupils in years 8 and 9 and is divided into the following sections:-

  • What are my choices? - covering where to study, what to study, subjects and careers
  • Who can help me? - information on people, the internet and computer programs, support if you have additional learning needs and Help You Choose
  • Looking ahead - your choices after Year 11, qualifications and progression, skills for your future and the job market
  • What next? - a checklist for making your choices and do's and don'ts 

‘Supporting Choices for Key Stage 4’ - Information for parents and carers  

14-19 Options Chart (taken from ‘Choices at 13/14’) 

These pdfs will be available to download soon from the publications section of the Advisers & Teachers area of Help You Choose

Consultation on mental health

The Department of Health and the Department for Education are consulting on a green paper which sets out plans to give school children mental health support in a radical shake up to improve the nation's mental health.

  • Every school and college in England will be incentivised to appoint a designated senior lead for mental health to co-ordinate existing school-based support as well as helping children to access specialist therapies and other NHS treatments if they need them.  
  • Supported by a training package of up to £95 million from 2019, the senior leads will also be responsible for developing a “whole school approach” to mental health and wellbeing – including making sure pastoral support is available for all pupils and that strong policies are in place to reduce bullying and other behaviours that can cause mental distress.  
  • A further £215 million will be available to create new Mental Health Support Teams which will improve join-up between schools and the NHS. The teams will provide a wider range of support and treatments in or near schools and colleges, to improve earlier intervention so mental health problems can be addressed before they become too serious.

Other measures set out in the green paper include:

  • Ensuring every primary and secondary school in the country is offered mental health awareness training.
  • Ensuring teaching all pupils about mental health and wellbeing is a focus of our work to improve the quality of relationships education and PSHE.
  • A new working group to look at mental health support for 16-25 year olds.
  • Commissioning further research to fill evidence gaps across children’s mental health, including understanding how better to support vulnerable families.

The consultation on the green paper will run for approximately 13 weeks, closing at noon on 2nd March 2018. The Department of Health and Department for Education will run a number of roundtables and focus groups to ensure maximum engagement.

Reducing the need for physical restraint consultation

Department of Health and Department of Education have jointly commissioned new guidance reducing the need for restraint and restrictive intervention for children and young people with learning disabilities, autistic spectrum disorder and mental health difficulties. We are consulting on the draft which was produced for us by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC), until 24 January 2018.

This guidance replaces:

  • Guidance for Restrictive Physical Interventions: How to provide safe services for people with Learning Disabilities and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (2002, DfES and DH); and
  • Guidance on the Use of Restrictive Physical Interventions for Pupils with Severe Behavioural Difficulties (2003, DfES and DH).

They welcome your views by 24 January 2018.

Here is a link to the consultation on gov.uk where you’ll find the draft guidance

NB this site then points to a further link where you can participate in the survey

The new guidance applies to health care commissioned by the NHS, children’s homes and special schools and colleges.

Please pass on this notice to colleagues and organisations who will have an interest.

If you would like to submit an article for this newsletter, please get in touch send@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Stay happy, healthy and safe this winter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 12/15/2017 - 07:00
 December 2017

Winter can be a difficult time of year for many people. Having good information and advice can help you and the people around you stay happy, healthy and safe, which is why we run our Norfolk Winter campaign every year.

We’ve included some useful tips and links below to help you get through the winter months. You can also get the latest winter updates on Twitter and Facebook including weather warnings, when and where the roads are being gritted and any disruptions to our services. All our wintry updates on social media will be tagged with #norfolkwinter and we’ll be encouraging others in Norfolk to do the same so we can all help each other.

Together with agencies across Norfolk, we’re supporting the NHS Stay Well This Winter campaign to help vulnerable and older people prepare for winter and ward off common winter illnesses.

There are a several things you can do to prepare against the cold weather:

• At the first sign of a cough or cold, get advice from your pharmacist before it gets more serious

• Pick up prescription medications before the Christmas holidays start as many GPs and pharmacies will close over the holidays

• Heat your home to at least 18°C (65°F) - if you can, you might prefer your living room to be slightly warmer

• Make sure you get your flu jab

• If you need help when your GP surgery or pharmacy is closed, call NHS 111 or visit www.nhs.uk

For more tips see www.norfolk.gov.uk/staywellthiswinter

Keeping Norfolk moving

Our gritting teams have been busy so far this season, they’ve been out spreading salt on the county’s roads on around 20 separate occasions already when the road surface temperature has fallen towards or below freezing.

Our gritting operation involves a range of staff from the Highways team who often work long and unsociable hours through the winter months. One of these is gritter driver Liam Cooper (pictured). When we asked him what he liked about his job, he said: “I enjoy getting out and about and helping the public. We make people’s lives better by helping them get on with their day.”

See more about gritting and which roads we grit.

How will you celebrate Christmas?

The festive season can be a lonely time of the year, especially if your family is not close by or your loved ones are no longer with us. So, why not get out and meet some friendly people this Christmas? There are lots of venues across the county offering a warm welcome from all sorts of organisations and voluntary groups hosting celebrations and free lunches.

Our campaign, In Good Company, wants to combat loneliness and has put together a directory of events and clubs to join. For more information open our Norfolk Directory and type ‘Christmas’ in the keyword box.

Safety tips at Christmas

Firefighters and fire cadets in Diss have made their own Christmas video to warn people of safety dangers in and out of the home around Christmas time.

The light-hearted video features Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service staff wearing santa outfits, singing and playing musical instruments. It includes important messages such as ensuring candles are not left unattended, smoke alarms are regularly tested and reminding the public to get a taxi or lift home if they have been drinking alcohol. See more tips to stay safe in your home this Christmas.

The video also promotes the Fatal Four campaign, a joint road safety promotion led by Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, Norfolk Constabulary, The Safety Camera Partnership and the Highways Agency. The Fatal Four campaign has four key messages: drive sober (avoid alcohol, drugs or medication while driving), wear a seat belt, slow down, and don’t use mobile phones.

Stay in the warm and look through our archive

Fancy taking a walk down memory lane rather than outside on a cold winter’s day?

At Picture Norfolk you can search a digital archive of more than 25,000 historical images from all over Norfolk.

A recent two-year project has added new images from the collections of Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service, Norfolk Record Office and Norfolk Museums Service, as well as some from private collections.

It means you can search by keyword, event or location to find local images about all kinds of subjects.

View the Picture Norfolk online archive

January blues?

Winter can be a particularly tough time for people if they suffer from mental health issues. The cold, dark nights, post-Christmas blues and extra expense and family pressures can all contribute to increased stress.

As part of Norfolk County Council Public Health’s mental health awareness campaign, this January we’ve teamed up with Norwich Theatre Royal to deliver a programme of productions, workshops and special events to help reduce stigma surrounding men’s mental health.

For more details, to book or get involved click here

Give the gift of adventure

Grab your coat, hat and…don’t forget your passport to the beautiful Norfolk Coast Path!

Children can collect stamps in the brand new junior passport as you get some fresh air and burn off some of those Christmas calories on 1.5 to 3.5-mile walks. The junior passport is designed for children aged 5+, with loads of fun activities along the Norfolk coast – and it fits neatly in a Christmas stocking!

Buy at Hunstanton, Burnham Deepdale or Cromer Tourist Information Centres, Wells Beach Café or online

Plan ahead this Christmas

A one-stop shop for journey planning has been set up to help people make informed choices when travelling into Norwich this Christmas.

Visitors are being asked to make the most of extended hours on Park and Ride, use their local bus services and plan their journeys ahead by using websites that show real-time parking information for the city’s multi-storey car parks.

A range of useful information has been brought together on a Christmas journey planning page.

It’s part of efforts by the city and county councils through Transport for Norwich (TfN), as well as local business representatives and transport providers to help prepare for the busiest time of the year on our roads.

Adopt an object at Norwich Castle

Stuck for that last-minute Christmas present? If you want to get a relative or friend something unusual then why not support Norwich Castle’s Keep Giving fundraising campaign and adopt a museum object for your loved one? Everything from a dagger or sword to a ring can be adopted and you can pretty much guarantee they won’t have a duplicate present.

Adopt before Monday (18 Dec) to ensure your adoption pack arrives before Christmas.

Visitors to the castle can also support the project by making a wish and hanging a Keep Wishing bauble on the keep’s Christmas tree. Baubles cost £1 and all proceeds go to the #KeepGiving campaign.

A range of #KeepSakes (merchandise) is also available and people can make donations to the Keep project. Find out more about the merchandise and adopting an object

All Keep Giving proceeds will go to the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project to transform Norwich Castle Keep back to its original form – a Norman royal palace.

We want your views on our budget proposals

There’s still time to have your say before our budget consultation closes on 2 January 2018.

Find out more and click on the links to have your say on:

• Our proposal to change the way we work out how much people pay towards the cost of their non-residential care services

• The future of our children's centre services and libraries

• Reducing how much we spend on non-safety critical highway maintenance

• Reducing the number of roads we grit in winter

• Our proposal to change the construction and demolition waste concession at recycling centres

• Our proposal to review bus services supported by the County Council

• Council tax

Winter driving advice

With cold and icy weather now upon us it’s even more important to make sure your car is ready and safe for driving during the winter months.

• Is your journey necessary? If it is, plan it and give yourself plenty of time

• Tell someone your intended route and how long you think it is going to take

• Listen to the radio for details about road and weather conditions

• Make sure you are warmly dressed – do not rely on your vehicle’s heating system as it may fail or the vehicle may break down and you may have to get out to make repairs, or walk to find assistance

• Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged and with you

• Keep your fuel tank at least half full to ensure you don’t run out if stuck in a drift or in gridlocked traffic

See more tips on driving in wintry weather

Our driver and rider development team is also available to offer bespoke training on our skid avoidance course. The course offers practical advice on braking, oversteer and understeer. Our next course is scheduled for 12 January, contact our road safety team for more information.

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 17:17

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

Preparations for road widening scheme on busy road at Colney to begin next month

Help Norfolk prevent the spread of Norovirus

View details on our news page.

Categories: Norfolk

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 12/14/2017 - 15:03

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

If you receive one of these emails delete it without clicking on any links in the message. You can report scam emails to Action Fraud, details below.

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

For more consumer advice and updates, visit our consumer alerts web page or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

Reporting scams

Reporting any scams you receive can help to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people. You can report scams to:

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer
Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Would you pay more council tax to help fund policing?

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 12/12/2017 - 11:27
Would you pay more council tax to help fund policing?

Dear Your Voice member

Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, will soon have to decide whether to increase or freeze the policing element of council tax to fund next year’s policing service, and he wants to know what the Norfolk public thinks.

Find out more and have your say on the Police and Crime Commissioner's website by 22 December 2017.

Alternatively, you can share your views by telephone on 01953 424455, by email to TellLorne@norfolk.pnn.police.uk, or by writing to the PCC at OPCCN, Jubilee House, Building 8, Falconers Chase, Wymondham, NR18 0WW. 

Kind regards

Chris

 

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

Categories: Norfolk

Schools Well-Being Newsletter Issue No. 30 - December 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:13
Issue Number 30 • December 2017 Schools Well-Being Newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of our Well-Being newsletter packed with information to help you improve your wellbeing.

Look after your mental health
this Christmas

Christmas can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it's even harder for those with mental ill-health. So many things that are part of our routines and we take for granted become disrupted by the change of pace in our lives. Leaving all your preparations for Christmas until the last minute can cause unnecessary stress, but planning ahead can save you time and money. Read more…..

Don't swallow up your NHS - use it
wisely this winter!

As the season of colds, coughs, sore throats and sickness bugs sets in, local GP’s are urging local residents to use the NHS wisely this winter. Each appointment with a GP costs the NHS £45. At a time when GP appointments are under increasing demand, the local NHS are urging the public to treat minor winter illnesses at home with medicines available from your local pharmacy.
Read more……

Revealed: The branded cold and flu remedies can cost up to a third more!

Some over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are being sold at three times the price of identical tablets with different packaging.

Look for the PL number on the packaging. The medicine is sometimes put in different packaging, but if the PL numbers match, it's the same drug!
Find out more...

#Metoo campaign

The council has a commitment to provide a safe working place for its staff.
Any councillor or member of staff who feels subjected to unwanted sexual advances should either tackle it head on, if they feel they can, report it to their line manager or make use of the Council’s whistleblowing policy.

It can be quite difficult to challenge someone when something happens, especially if you feel uncomfortable about the situation. Find out more about what you can do here.

I am (really not) okay

Mental health is becoming an increasingly talked about issue. One particular risk in relation to mental health are men committing suicide. Each year there are about 77 suicides in Norfolk, with 75% of those being men.

To address this, Public Health have launched a campaign to increase awareness of the risk and what help is available. Read more…

Mental Health at Work Report 2017

 Business is waking up to the scale of poor mental health in the workplace, but there is still a long way to go. The second National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey in partnership with YouGov, is part of a three-year collaborative project with business and five national partners, reveals that although there has been progress against the three calls of action and recommendations in the 2016 report, too many men and women with mental health issues are suffering in silence in work, unable to seek help from colleagues or managers.  Fears of prejudice and exclusion are limiting employee's ability to achieve their full potential. Read more ......

Is it time for your School's
Well-Being Review?

School Well-Being Questionnaire reviews are usually undertaken 18-24 months following your last review. However, this can be done earlier if there have been any significant changes in your school.

If you think your school is due for their next review, then please email the Well-Being Team to discuss your requirements.

Be tinseltastic on
Friday 15th December

Christmas Jumper Day will be here before you know it! Are you ready to go Blingy Bauble Bells? Text using our donation code TEAM772277 to 70050 and donate £5.
Find out more about Christmas Jumper Day 2017 here....

Fancy doing something different on Christmas Day?

If you have some spare time on your hands this Christmas, why not consider 
volunteering at an Open Christmas event?
Open Christmas is a place people can go to spend Christmas Day. The event is run by volunteers and is great fun.  

If you think this is something you may be interested in click on the links below:

Open Christmas Norwich

Open Christmas Great Yarmouth

Want to know more about alcohol units?

You might be surprised about how many units are in each alcoholic drink you consume.

Click here to try the Drinkaware Unit and Calorie Calculator.

What New Year's resolutions will you be making for 2018?

2018 is right around the corner, so what New Year's resolutions will you be making?

Here's our top ten of a few different ones you might consider trying:

  • Make a new friend
  • Learn a party trick
  • Cook a new recipe every week
  • Grow something to eat
  • Research your family tree
  • Start a new tradition
  • Listen more than talk 
  • Overcome a fear
  • Have an NHS Health Check
Are your finances in need of
a debt health check? 

The Money Advice Service is a free and impartial service that can help you work out the best option to beat your money worries. By using their debt health check tool, you can find free debt advice in your area. Remember, you’re not alone. 10% of the UK population could be suffering from money problems. But using the debt health check as a first step, it will mean you’re closer to having everything under control.

Take the debt health check test here.

Take the Norfolk Food Waste Challenge and see how much you can save

The Love Food Hate Waste Campaign is challenging Norfolk residents to sign up to their Norfolk Food Waste Challenge to see how much money you can save in a month.
All it takes to reduce your household food bill is a bit of forward planning, some savvy shopping and a commitment to using up your leftovers. Once you've sign up you’ll receive some top tips to help you make the most of your food and reduce your shopping bill.

Find out more about the challenge here.....

Calendar of events 2018

January 2018 
22 - 28 January
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week


February 2018

13 February

Pancake Day

17 February
Random Acts of Kindness Day


March 2018
2 - 9 March
Time for a Cuppa (Dementia UK)

8 March

International Women's Day

14 March

No Smoking Day

"Inspirational quote of the quarter"

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us” – Helen Keller

And finally....

If there are any stories or articles you'd like to read about in our next edition, then please email well-being@norfolk.gov.uk with your suggestions.

Watch out for our next issue due out in March 2018

Email: well-being@norfolk.gov.uk Telephone: 01603 223763 

Categories: Norfolk

Well-Being Newsletter Issue No. 30 - December 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 12/11/2017 - 11:13
Issue Number 30 • December 2017 Well-Being Newsletter

Welcome to the latest issue of our Well-Being newsletter packed with information to help you improve your wellbeing.

Look after your mental health
this Christmas

Christmas can be a challenging time for our stress levels and it's even harder for those with mental ill-health. So many things that are part of our routines and we take for granted become disrupted by the change of pace in our lives. Leaving all your preparations for Christmas until the last minute can cause unnecessary stress, but planning ahead can save you time and money. Read more…..

Don't swallow up your NHS - use it
wisely this winter!

As the season of colds, coughs, sore throats and sickness bugs sets in, local GP’s are urging local residents to use the NHS wisely this winter. Each appointment with a GP costs the NHS £45. At a time when GP appointments are under increasing demand, the local NHS are urging the public to treat minor winter illnesses at home with medicines available from your local pharmacy.
Read more……

Revealed: The branded cold and flu remedies can cost up to a third more!

Some over-the-counter cold and flu medicines are being sold at three times the price of identical tablets with different packaging.

Look for the PL number on the packaging. The medicine is sometimes put in different packaging, but if the PL numbers match, it's the same drug!
Find out more...

#Metoo campaign

The council has a commitment to provide a safe working place for its staff.
Any councillor or member of staff who feels subjected to unwanted sexual advances should either tackle it head on, if they feel they can, report it to their line manager or make use of the Council’s whistleblowing policy.

It can be quite difficult to challenge someone when something happens, especially if you feel uncomfortable about the situation. Find out more about what you can do here.

I am (really not) okay

Mental health is becoming an increasingly talked about issue. One particular risk in relation to mental health are men committing suicide. Each year there are about 77 suicides in Norfolk, with 75% of those being men.

To address this, Public Health have launched a campaign to increase awareness of the risk and what help is available. Read more…

Mental Health at Work Report 2017

 Business is waking up to the scale of poor mental health in the workplace, but there is still a long way to go. The second National Employee Mental Wellbeing Survey in partnership with YouGov, is part of a three-year collaborative project with business and five national partners, reveals that although there has been progress against the three calls of action and recommendations in the 2016 report, too many men and women with mental health issues are suffering in silence in work, unable to seek help from colleagues or managers.  Fears of prejudice and exclusion are limiting employee's ability to achieve their full potential. Read more ......

Is it time for your team's
Well-Being Review?

Well-Being Questionnaire reviews are usually undertaken 18-24 months following your last review. However, this can be done earlier if there have been any significant changes in your workplace.

If you think your team is due for their next review, then please email the Well-Being Team to discuss your requirements.

Be tinseltastic on
Friday 15th December

Christmas Jumper Day will be here before you know it! Are you ready to go Blingy Bauble Bells? Text using our donation code TEAM772277 to 70050 and donate £5.
Find out more about Christmas Jumper Day 2017 here....

Fancy doing something different on Christmas Day?

If you have some spare time on your hands this Christmas, why not consider volunteering at an Open Christmas event?

Open Christmas is a place people can go to spend Christmas Day. The event is run by volunteers and is great fun.

If you think this is something you may be interested in click on the links below:

Open Christmas Norwich

Open Christmas Great Yarmouth

Want to know more about alcohol units?

You might be surprised about how many units are in each alcoholic drink you consume.

Click here to try the Drinkaware Unit and Calorie Calculator.

What New Year's resolutions will you be making for 2018?

2018 is right around the corner, so what New Year's resolutions will you be making?

Here's our top ten of a few different ones you might consider trying:

  • Make a new friend
  • Learn a party trick
  • Cook a new recipe every week
  • Grow something to eat
  • Research your family tree
  • Start a new tradition
  • Listen more than talk 
  • Overcome a fear
  • Have an NHS Health Check
Are your finances in need of
a debt health check? 

The Money Advice Service is a free and impartial service that can help you work out the best option to beat your money worries. By using their debt health check tool, you can find free debt advice in your area. Remember, you’re not alone. 10% of the UK population could be suffering from money problems. But using the debt health check as a first step, it will mean you’re closer to having everything under control.

Take the debt health check test here.

Take the Norfolk Food Waste Challenge and see how much you can save

The Love Food Hate Waste Campaign is challenging Norfolk residents to sign up to their Norfolk Food Waste Challenge to see how much money you can save in a month.
All it takes to reduce your household food bill is a bit of forward planning, some savvy shopping and a commitment to using up your leftovers. Once you've sign up you’ll receive some top tips to help you make the most of your food and reduce your shopping bill.

Find out more about the challenge here.....

Calendar of events 2018

January 2018 
22 - 28 January
Cervical Cancer Awareness Week


February 2018

13 February

Pancake Day

17 February
Random Acts of Kindness Day

 
March 2018
2 - 9 March
Time for a Cuppa (Dementia UK)

8 March

International Women's Day

14 March

No Smoking Day

"Inspirational quote of the quarter"

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us” – Helen Keller

And finally....

If there are any stories or articles you'd like to read about in our next edition, then please email well-being@norfolk.gov.uk with your suggestions.

Watch out for our next issue due out in March 2018

Email: well-being@norfolk.gov.uk Telephone: 01603 223763 

Categories: Norfolk

Christmas Shopping the Easy Way - at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 17:00
Christmas Gift Ideas at Norfolk Museums

Find the Perfect Gift

Escape the rainy streets, and crowded shopping centres for a more relaxing experience.  Norwich Castle & Time and Tide’s shops are brimming with a wide range of unusual gifts for all ages – including hand-made ceramics and jewellery, cuddly toys and children’s games, beautiful scarves, and arty socks.  We also have a large range of stocking fillers in store, as well as gift wrap and our own range of Christmas cards. 

Once your shopping is done, our cafés are open as usual for well-deserved home-made cakes and snacks.

Don’t forget, you will get a 10% discount with your Norfolk Museums Pass membership too – in both the cafés and the shops!

Norfolk Museums Pass

Stuck for an idea? How about the gift that lasts a whole year?  The Norfolk Museums Pass makes a gigantic present, which gives your family or friends a whole year of visits to Norfolk’s 10 best museums - yet is small enough to fit in an envelope and pop in the post!

Click here for prices and more information.

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

Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 8 December 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:00

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 8 November 2017 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

You can also keep updated via our social media pages:
https://twitter.com/NCCArtsService
https://en-gb.facebook.com/NCCArtsService/

In This Issue: Job Opportunities

Norfolk and Norwich Festival, Executive Director

(Part-time (0.6 FTE); permanent)
 
Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s (NNF) vision is to use the power of the arts to make our part of the world a truly great place to live, work, learn and play.  NNF is the flagship arts festival for the East of England with a reputation for innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning. One of the big four UK international arts festivals, each May we transform and celebrate our city and county through an internationally acclaimed programme of music, theatre, literature, visual arts, circus, dance and outdoor arts, enjoyed by over 75,000 people.
 
NNF has a turnover of c.£2.5 million, employs 24 permanent staff and expands significantly in the run up to and during the Festival.  NNF is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation as well as a Bridge Organisation with a mandate to develop arts and cultural opportunities for children and young people in the East of England. NNF is also funded by Norwich City Council and the generous support of many sponsors and donors.
 
This is an exciting time to join the organisation. In January 2018 Daniel Brine will join the organisation as Festival Director, succeeding our former Artistic Director, William Galinsky, who stepped down in May 2017. The Executive Director creates the environment in which NNF’s artistic vision can flourish. S/he oversees the organisational management and financial planning, management and reporting. S/he facilitates the work of the senior staff fostering leadership and collaboration in the Senior Management Team. S/he leads the Finance and Operations teams and supports the work of the Communications and Development teams, ensuring communications and development strategies meet corporate objectives.
 
About you
The ideal candidate will be an exceptional business leader, ideally known and respected in the wider cultural sector and capable of representing the organisation at all levels and in diverse political environments. S/he will have excellent financial and management experience in a senior position.
 
We actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds and value the positive impact that difference has on our teams.
 
Deadline for receipt of applications Monday 8 January 2018 (12 noon)
 
For further information please see our website www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies

Choir workshop leader

Chalk Circle Theatre Company’s learning programme focuses on delivering arts opportunities for young people, especially those with low engagement in the arts. We have been successful in raising money for our Take part. Be creative project which will be delivered in collaboration with Norwich International Youth Project passionately supporting the integration and aspirations of young asylum seekers and refugees. The project aims to improve people’s confidence and give them access to the world of performing arts that they may not have experienced before.

We are seeking a skilled, experienced and passionate Music teacher/Artist who can deliver 14 choir workshops to develop singing  and performing skills for young people aged 16-25 in Norwich.

Rate: £35 per session (1hour) twice a month on Thursday afternoons from 5 pm from January until mid June 2018.

Contact: Adina Levay    email: chalkcircletheatrecompany@gmail.com

Project Manager, UEA School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

£32,548 to £38,833 per annum

The 600 Paston Footprints HLF funded project (Dr Karen Smyth (Co-PI) and Dr Rebecca Pinner (Co-PI)) seeks a full-time Project Manager, who will co-ordinate activities, events, volunteers, information gathering and dissemination. The project is a UEA collaboration with the Paston Heritage Society, and partnerships with heritage, community, wellbeing, educational, religious and tourism bodies.

The project seeks to enable local communities to explore their local links with this globally significant heritage that spans the 15th – 17th centuries. Project activities include the creation of ten heritage trail walks and one cycling trail, with deeper learning experiences for children and adults, digitisation of the Paston archives materials held in the NRO, 3D modelling of Paston sites and a major 600th anniversary festival.

You will hold a degree in a relevant field (or equivalent experience), and have experience of project co-ordination as well as solid organisational skills including attention to details and multitasking skills. 

This full-time post is available from February 2018 to December 2020 and will be subject to a criminal record check at Enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

For more information and to apply click here

Closing date: 29 December 2017

Course Leader: BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion

£49,149 per annum
Full Time

BA (Hons) Fashion Communication and Promotion is a young course at NUA which will celebrate its first graduating cohort in September 2018. The course has already made a strong impact both externally with regional industry partnerships and internally with its strong collaborative ethos. The course is situated within the Faculty of Design and Architecture and benefits from synergies with other courses within and across the faculties; in particular BA (Hons) Fashion, BA (Hons) Graphic Design, BA (Hons) Interior Design, BA (Hons) Film and Moving Image Production, BA (Hons) Textile Design and BA (Hons) Photography.
We are seeking to appoint a Course Leader with the drive, ambition and experience to continue to develop, promote and deliver this award and to lead the enthusiastic and collegiate course team. The role requires a deep understanding of the requirements for an undergraduate award that is clearly focused on preparing students for their future careers. It involves coordinating and delivering the curriculum; liaising with other Course Leaders, advising and managing course resources; promoting the course and student recruitment. The post holder will be active in cross-faculty and institution-wide initiatives.
The successful candidate will have a professional background in the fashion-related industries and a comprehensive knowledge of the global fashion industry. You will bring strong professional relationships with high profile industry contacts to support students in defining and developing their future career paths. Experience of preparing undergraduate students for careers involving the communication and promotion of fashion is essential. We are looking for a post-holder with excellent skills in course organisation and management and an awareness of the strategic imperatives faced by UK universities.

Closing Date: Monday 8th January 2018
Interview Date: Monday 29th January 2018

www.nua.ac.uk/jobs

Finance Director, Norwich Theatre Royal

Full time

Norwich Theatre Royal is one of the East of England's largest and most successful theatres with over 250 years presenting theatre in Norwich, with a current turnover of approximately £16 million. With 1300 seats, alongside the 300-seat Norwich Playhouse it’s sister venue, Theatre Royal and Playhouse are the largest venues in Norfolk which play a very active part in the cultural life of the region.

We are a registered charity who work with thousands of local young people each year across training courses in theatre skills; educational visits and workshops; and work with the wider community as well. Stage Two is our new education and training centre (opened 2016) which houses all this work, and the theatre’s Learning & Participation team. In January this year we appointed a new Chief Executive to help drive and implement a 3 year strategic business plan across the organisation.

An exciting opportunity has arisen where we are recruiting for a Finance Director to join our Executive Team due to the current Finance Director retiring in March 2018. As the Finance Director you will lead on the overall financial management of, and planning for, Norwich Theatre Royal and also act as Company Secretary for the Norwich Theatre Royal and Norwich Playhouse group of companies. The successful candidate will be ACA/ACCA/CIMA Qualified and you will be a finance professional with drive and ambition, along with strong skills in strategic planning, monitoring and reporting on the delivery of plans and projects.

In return we are offering a competitive salary and for candidates who would look to relocate we will offer up to £5,000 towards your relocation costs.
 
For more information about the role and organisation please visit www.hays.co.uk/jobs/norwich-theatre-royal
 
Closing date for all applications is Sunday 7th January
Interviews will be held on Wednesday, 17th January times tbc

Curator and Development Officer, R C Snelling Charitable Trust

Job Type: Part time
Contract Type: Fixed term (2 years)
Salary: £20 - £25 per hour

Closing Date: 4 January 2018

We are looking for a part-time curator, who can work with minimal supervision, to develop the Roy Snelling Museum over the next two years.

The curator will have

- experience of cataloguing
- Project management experience
- Experience of computerised databases and museum information systems
- Creative flair for displays, exhibitions and events
- Planning and administrative skill

The museum was created by the Trust's founder, Roy Snelling, as part of his legacy. There are seven volunteers who meet on a Tuesday morning, who restore exhibits and are available to assist with the cataloguing and development work.

Initially the successful candidate will prepare a costed development plan for submission to the Trustees and then project manage and oversee the development of the museum which will include the following:

- There are in the region of 800 exhibits, mainly vintage radios and televisions. Approximately 600 have been catalogued in a spreadsheet.
- Over 100 fact sheets have been produced relating to specific exhibits.
- The curator will build on the work already done to produce a comprehensive catalogue that can be viewed /searched on-line.
- The curator will arrange for the photographing of some of the important exhibits
- The curator will produce a brief for a web developer to produce an interactive website that will include: Story lines relating to topics, History of Company, searchable catalogue

In December 2018 we will be displaying at the Forum and require the development of displays for this exhibition that can be re-used in other locations. One of the displays will focus on the history of the Snelling companies while others will be developed from themes directly related to the museum and its exhibits.

Laundry Lane
Blofield Corner
Norwich
NR13 4SQ

Apply to:
Philip Buttinger
Trustee
RoySnellingMuseum@gmail.com

Development Assistant, Norwich Theatre Royal

The role of Development Assistant is to support the Development Director by managing and processing donations, supporting the delivery and administration of our fundraising campaigns and events, and to maintain relationships with donors and funders.

Key Responsibilities
- Managing donations
- Fundraising activities and administration
- Arranging and supporting stakeholder and fundraising, visits and events
- Maintaining relationships with donors and understanding their individual motivations

More information and a full job description can be found here

Closing date Closing date 11th December 2017
Interviews 13th/14th December 2017

Teaching Museum Trainees (8 posts), Norfolk Museums Service (Norfolk County Council)

Countywide

Do you understand good customer service, love museums and have the passion and motivation to keep learning? If the answer is yes, then Norfolk Museums Service wants to hear from you.
 
As part of our award winning Teaching Museum programme we are offering 8 Traineeships as a stepping stone into the world of heritage and museums. These starter posts are offered on a 12 months fixed term contract from April 2018 at a salary of £16,781. A range of traineeships is on offer providing the opportunity to work with museums and their collections: handling, documenting, interpreting and caring for objects/artefacts to bring them to life for visitors, through displays, events and social media. 
 
No museum experience is required and there is no age limit. Norfolk Teaching Museum Traineeships combine a job with a training programme delivered by museum professionals who are experts in their field. You will be supported to carry out the duties and responsibilities of your job. The traineeship will equip you with the skills, knowledge and experience to pursue a career in the museum sector. You must have experience of working in a public-facing, customer service type role, have a demonstrable interest in museums and be qualified to level 3. We want to appoint a cohort of trainees who will never stop learning, people with inquisitive minds and lots of ideas, who can act with integrity, demonstrate their excellent communication skills and have the enthusiasm and understanding to make every visitor feel valued.
 
Norfolk Museums Service is an equal opportunities employer which values diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.
 
Before you apply we would like you to find out more about this opportunity. You can do this by watching the briefing film (by 10 December 2017) or attending a session at Norwich Castle on Saturday 9 December 2017. Once you have done this you will be able to request an application pack.

To watch the film go onto www.YouTube.com search ‘Norfolk Museums Service’ and select the traineeship briefing film. You can book onto the briefing session here http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/norfolk-teaching-museum-traineeship-briefing-session/ space is limited so please only do so if you can definitely attend.
 
The briefings are an important part of the process. Watching the film or attending a session will enable you to make a better application and provide you with access to the application pack.
 
The deadline for return of completed applications will be Wednesday 3 January 2018. Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the first week in February and invited to an assessment centre at Norwich Castle on 21 or 22 February 2018.
 
Norfolk Teaching Museum is supported using public funding by Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund

Head of Audiences, Communications & Development, DanceEast

Closes: 11th December 2017
Full time

DanceEast, Ipswich is seeking an energetic professional to realise the organisation’s ambitions to grow its audiences, enhance its income and play a leading role in developing an extraordinary cultural offer in the East of England. You will be responsible for formulating key messages and maximising both earned and fundraised income You will strengthen the positioning and brand values of DanceEast, driving audience development through enhanced relationships, and communications.

You will be highly organised with the aptitude to deal with multiple priorities; and the skills to rapidly respond to changing circumstances. You will have a proven track record in marketing and communications in an arts or cultural environment; and the development and delivery of fundraising targets and plans. You will have demonstrable experience of researching, developing and implementing effective audience development strategies

Further information can be found on the DanceEast website.

To apply, the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should ideally be completed electronically and emailed to HR@danceeast.co.uk or sent by post to Bill Armitage, Head of Operations & Resources, Jerwood Dance House, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 1DW, marked “Private and Confidential”. Please note that CVs will only be considered when attached to a fully completed Application Form.

Completed applications must arrive at DanceEast by 9am on Monday 11 December 2017. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich on Monday 18 December, and candidates should be available on this date.

Development Opportunities

Royal Academy of Arts, Managing the artist’s legacy: giving life to your collection

Date: 10th & 11th March 2018

This two day workshop is the first course in our two part series on managing an artist’s legacy. Starting on 10 March, this workshop will provide an overview of the theory, practical information and best practice for the management and planning of artist’s estates and legacies using public examples. This course is great for those with an interest in acquiring a fresh approach to understanding how to secure value for artists.

Find out more here

Step On Training, The Garage

Monday 8 January, 9am – 4pm

Step On provides a foundation knowledge in understanding and responding to behaviour within settings. The course explores a therapeutic model for understanding and responding to both pro-social and anti-social behaviours. In addition, the course will look at law and guidance relevant to physical intervention within settings, providing advice on the safe and effective use of everyday physical interventions. Including:

• develop shared values,
• promote a therapeutic understanding of behaviour,
• develop skills in communication, diversion and de-escalation strategies,
• develop a consistent approach to everyday physical interventions,
• introduce risk management documentation,
• introduce law and guidance in the area of restrictive physical intervention,
• introduce skills for working with young people post incident.

This session will be delivered by Educator Solutions. 
N.B. Anyone attending must hold a current DBS certificate.

COST: £30, limited to 24 participants
BOOKINGS: 01603 283382

Courses Available, The Garage

GCSE Dance & Drama
Starting in January 2018, The Garage’s 18 month GCSEs run on Sundays, and are perfect for fitting in around school or work. Students take advantage of professional facilities, city centre location and highly skilled and qualified tutors with industry experience. Weekly classes are enhanced with tutorials, performance trips, masterclasses, and guest tutors. You can also access a range of additional technique classes and high profile performance opportunities.

GCSE Dance
January 2018 – June 2019
Sundays 1-3.30pm, term-time only

GCSE Drama NEW FOR 2018
January 2018 – May 2019
Sundays 10am-12.30pm, term-time only

FEES
£1700, instalment plans and assisted places available.

Book an Audition
Auditions are by arrangement. To book an audition or for an informal chat call The Garage  on 01603 283382, or email education@thegarage.org.uk.

Arts in Adversity - Turning Challenges into Opportunities!

Thursday 18th January 2018 (10.30am to 4pm) at The Cut Arts Centre, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

A Workshop-Conference for community and volunteer-led arts organisations from across rural and coastal Norfolk and Suffolk, organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts. Suitable for development directors; board or management committee members; venue, festival or project managers; fundraisers and others.

Setting the scene through short presentations from Arts Council England, New Anglia Cultural Board, County Councils and StartEast, followed by thematic workshop sessions on the opportunities offered by cultural tourism, heritage and ‘sense of place’ to enable participants to come up with practical solutions through shared experiences and potential collaborations. 

Cost:  £25 per delegate / £10 per 2nd delegate (maximum of 2 per organisation), includes lunch and coffee/tea

To book:  Contact bookings@waveneyandblytharts.com  with your name and organisation details, workshop preference and any dietary requirements or phone Simon on 01502 478794.

Full details on www.waveneyandblytharts.com

Call for New Trustees, Creative Arts East

Creative Arts East is on the search for up to three new Trustees. (Please note these roles are unpaid)

It's an exciting time to get 'on Board' with our vibrant and growing organisation as we enter a new 4-year round as a National Portfolio Organisation with Arts Council England, and with a wide range of dynamic developments and projects underway.

We are looking for people of any age or background, keen to lend their enthusiasm and knowledge to Creative Arts East's ongoing development. As a Trustee, you will support our growth, continuing to build our successful model of access to high quality arts experiences which reach communities and individuals, to touch and enhance peoples lives across Norfolk, Suffolk and the wider Easter Region.

As a Trustee you will join our existing and committed Board, helping shape our path and vision, and backing a dedicated and effective team of staff. Our Board is responsible for the overall governance of Creative Arts East, supporting our aims, objectives and goals in keeping with our charitable status, and contributing towards our strategic development, in accordance with legal and regulatory guidelines.

For more information please visit: http://www.creativeartseast.co.uk/about-us/opportunities

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers

Call for artists

New Geographies’ aim is to create a new map of the East of England based on personal thoughts, reflections and stories of unexplored or over-looked places, rather than on historic or economical centres. During Summer of 2017, we invited the public to nominate overlooked or forgotten places throughout Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk to add to this map. We received over 270 nominations so thank you for your contributions!

We are now inviting artists to respond to the nominations and are seeking Expressions of Interest from artists across the UK and internationally to create excellent art works inspired by the places you selected. Ten new commissions will be delivered over the next two years.

Please visit www.newgeographies.uk to see the map of nominated locations and for further information on the project and submission process.

Call for Artists - Turn the page international artists book fair 2018

Submissions are now being accepted for Turn the Page 2018, a two day artists’ book event held in the stunning glass Atrium of The Forum building in Norwich City Centre on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018.

The only event of it’s type and caliber in the Eastern Region, the fair offers a unique platform for artists whose work is book based OR informed by the physical or conceptual properties of the book. Individuals, Small/Fine Presses, Independent Publishers and Artists Groups are all eligible to apply.

A variety of exhibiting options are available including tables, plinths, wall or floor space and display cabinets and will showcase an eclectic mix of work including traditionally produced limited editions, zines, folio’s and multiples, sculptural or altered books and book based installation or film. A program of associated activities will be running alongside the book art exhibitors punctuated by performances of poetry, storytelling and music.

Submission Deadline Friday December 15th 2017

For full submission details a visit our website: www.turnthepage.org.uk

Call for Papers - Turn the page Artists Book Symposium, May 24th

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the forthcoming turn the page artists book symposium. Promoting new research and hosted in conjunction with turn the page artists book fair, we welcome proposals from artists, creators, publishers and academics that explore the many facets of the artists’ book.

Subjects could include but in no way limited to:

The book as object, the book as a journey, curating the book, book artists as independent publishers, fine art presses, the haptic in book arts, intertextuality, materiality, book arts and technology, collaboration in book arts production.

Abstracts are for twenty-minute papers and should be no more than 250 - 300 words.  Proposals for papers should be sent as attached Word documents, with a short biography appended, and submitted by the January 26th2018 to ttpbookfair@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: Midnight January 26th

For full submission details a visit our website: www.turnthepage.org.uk

Only in the East - Time and Tide Museum

Live in East Anglia and love photography? Want the chance to win a fabulous Sony camera and have your photo displayed at Time and Tide Museum? Then look no further.

In honour of our fabulous new photography exhibition Only in England (21 October 2017 until 15 April 2018) documenting the iconic photographic work by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr, we want to encourage people of all ages across East Anglia to pick up a camera and get snapping. Tony Ray-Jones’ and Martin Parr’s photographs captured the honest, eccentric and at times peculiar aspects of British life. Sometimes energetic, at other times pensive, their work recorded the real life of real people in the 60s and 70s. Through the Only in the East photography competition, we hope to gather images that represent the distinctive character of East Anglia today.

Your photographs could show anything from iconic scenery and places, to the people and customs that give East Anglia its unique identity and fascination.

To find out more and to enter visit: https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/time-tide/whats-on/only-in-the-east-photography-competition

Industry Research & Information Free GDPR resource from Voluntary Arts

The introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in May 2018 is fast approaching and has resulted in a lot of scare stories and concern among the charitable and voluntary sectors about what this will mean. While the new laws are a significant update on existing data protection legislation and the level and potential for fines will increase, there is no need for widespread panic just yet. Much of what is introduced by the GDPR is about taking a sensible approach to protecting individual's rights in the contemporary digital world we live in. This latest Briefing from Voluntary Arts gives you a simple guide to what the new legislation will mean for charities, voluntary and community groups.

Download the Briefing here: https://www.voluntaryarts.org/gdpr-data-protection for a simple guide explains in plain English, including:
• What GDPR covers
• Types of data
• Principles of GDPR
• Definitions of key terms
• Individuals' rights
• The steps you need to take
• FAQs (including mailing lists, children's rights and photography)

With less than six months to go until GDPR becomes law, now is the time to read through this guidance and determine what steps your organisation needs to take to ensure you are compliant by 25 May 2018.

Working with public service commissioners: a quick guide for the arts & cultural sector

https://knowhownonprofit.org/funding/commissioning/cultural-commissioning/resources-developed-by-the-cultural-commissioning-programme/WorkingWithCommissioners.pdf

This report is for arts and cultural organisations which are interested in engaging with public service commissioners.  However, commissioners, policy makers and others who wish to foster partnerships between public services and the cultural sector will also find it of use. The report documents the learning from the Cultural Commissioning Programme’s (CCP) work with five Locality Projects: CCP provided in-depth support to five groups of arts and cultural organisations, helping them develop knowledge, skills and capacity.  The five groups, selected through an open application process which required them to show commitment to collaborative working to increase their engagement in commissioning, are based in: Birmingham, Derby, Manchester, Torbay, York.  They involve a diversity of participants, including individual artists, small arts organisations, museums, libraries and other cultural organisations of regional, national and international significance.
 
Published by NCVO, the report complements CCP’s reports, ‘The Art of the Possible’ - a guide for commissioners of health and wellbeing services on partnering with the arts and cultural sector: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/images/documents/practical_support/public_services/cultural-commissioning/Guide_to_commissioning_arts__culture_for_health__wellbeing_FINAL_

Voluntary Arts Epic Awards 2018

Closing date: 11th January 2018

Entries are now open for the 2018 Epic Awards programme. Run by Voluntary Arts, the annual awards programme supports voluntary arts across the UK and Ireland.
 
Epic Awards 2018 is your chance to have your creative group or initiative recognised with a moment in the spotlight at our annual awards celebrating excellence in the voluntary arts sector. You have until Thursday 11 January 2018 to get your entries in, so start thinking of what makes your entry particularly epic and get to work. Read more here

Improving Places: Culture & Business Improvement District partnerships

Arts Council England, King’s College London and the Mayor of London have jointly produced a report that examines Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across the UK. The Improving Places report, presents examples of how BIDs and cultural organisations can work together to drive economic growth and help their communities thrive.  It includes examples of best practice to inspire BIDs and cultural organisations. It makes the case for even greater collaboration, and includes priorities for next steps as well as recommendations for BIDs, cultural organisations, and local and national authorities to help them work together more effectively.

StartEast

StartEast is for creative people who love what they do and want to make a living from it. We offer bespoke, targeted, 1-1 business advice and support, workshops and masterclasses as well as an invited grant scheme of between £1,000-£10,000 to help you grow your business. Our aim is to work with you to build a support structure that is right for you and your cultural enterprise.

We have a dedicated team of advisors and industry experts ready to support you in a range of different ways. Whether you need support to develop an idea or your artistic vision, help with business growth and expansion into new markets, securing new contracts, increasing productivity or turnover, we can help.

We focus primarily (but not exclusively) on the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, outdoor arts, and live art), literature and festivals. We also support specialist creative enterprises including, for example, producers, curators, back stage, technical, costumes, props, and marketing.

All you need to do is sign up and become a StartEast member. http://starteast.co.uk/

Funding Opportunities

Norfolk County Council Arts Project Fund

Next deadline - 31st January 2018

The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk.

Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.

The Fund has three deadlines a year in May, September and January.

If you would like to apply, email arts@norfolk.gov.uk for an application form or click here for more information.

Funding to support the core costs of youth organisations

Not for profit youth organisations that support young people (aged 14 - 25) facing disadvantage can apply for grants of between 10,000 and £60,000 through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Youth Fund. The funding is available for up to two-years and will support the core operating costs of the applicant organisation. Examples of what can be funded include part-funding the salary of a key individual, whether the Chief Executive or a post such as:

• A Head of Operations/Finance
• Policy work
• Additional fundraising or income generation capacity
• Upgrading IT systems or website to reach young people online; etc.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and up to 30 awards a year will be granted through this fund. Read more at: http://www.phf.org.uk/our-work-in-the-uk/young-people/

Helping Hand: youth project funding from #iwill

Go Think Big are offering 10 grants of up to £500 to young people who have good ideas for projects that use volunteering as a way of boosting their own skills and experience and those of their peers. The Helping Hand Youth Project Initiative encourages young people aged 15 - 24 to make a difference to their communities by getting involved in a wide range of activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering.
 
Go Think Big are looking for creative, imaginative projects that could, for example, be based around anything from skills workshops, podcasts, journalism pieces, live events, community initiatives or apps. Most importantly, projects should offer the young people delivering the activity the chance to involve and inspire their peers in making a difference to their communities. Projects supported will be completed within 6 months, be realistic and achievable within the £500 award. Individuals or groups of people can apply as long as the Project Leader, who will be responsible for communications and finances, is a young person aged 15 -24.
 
The deadline for applications is Sunday 31st December 2017. Read more at: https://gothinkbig.co.uk/opportunities/youth-project-helping-hand 

The Ideas & Pioneers Fund

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation (PHF) has produced a top tips guide to help applicants in preparing a budget to support their bid to the Ideas and Pioneers Fund. The Fund supports individuals over 18 and partnerships or small organisations with a charitable purpose. Projects funded will be based around unusual or radical ideas that can improve the life chances and opportunities of individuals and communities in the UK enabling people to realise their potential and to go on to enjoy fulfilling and creative lives. Applications should be for ideas that are in the early stages of development and the funding should be used to enable the applicant to develop the idea from concept to set-up. Grants of up to £15,000 to cover a period of up to 18 months are available with most grants expected to be in the region of £10,000.
 
Previous projects supported include Advantages of Age which received a grant of £10,575 to research, develop, test and pilot a training programme aimed at men and women, ages 50 and up, who have been made redundant from employment and are seeking to fulfil their potential through creating their own business.
 
Applications to the Fund should be supported by a 3-minute video and may be submitted at any time.  Read more at: http://www.phf.org.uk/blog/top-tips-compile-budget-ideas-pioneers-application/ 

Funding for projects that use the arts & media to address the concerns of children

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grants Programme. The Ragdoll Foundation's vision is to support projects where the concerns of childhood can be heard. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.
 
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more at: http://www.ragdollfoundation.org.uk/portfolio/grant-giving 

Grants to help new, innovative visual arts projects

The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 22nd January 2018. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. Read more at: http://elephanttrust.org.uk/docs/intro.html

Funding to enable more people to experience the arts

The next closing date for grant applications to the Arts Council, England Strategic Touring Programme is the 26th January 2018. The £35 million Strategic touring programme provides in excess of £15,000 for projects that enable more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. The funding is available to both organisations and individuals. Partnerships, networks and consortia can also apply. These can include:

• Promoters
• Producers
• Artists
• Agencies
• Companies
• Marketing or audience development specialists
• Local authority representatives; etc.

There is no upper limit on the amount of grant funding that can be applied for. Previous projects supported through the programme include:
• Emccan CIC - Flight of Fantasy, which received a grant of £76,450 to take professional Caribbean carnival to new audiences in the Midlands, North and South West of England.
• SeaChange Arts - Coasters which received a grant of £987,500 to take innovative, high quality international indoor and outdoor circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.

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

Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund

The final closing date for applications for funding through the Arts Council England's Grants for the Arts Libraries fund is the end of March 2018. Through the programme public libraries and those manging public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and 100,000 to inspire innovative partnerships between libraries and art organisations to help engage people in England in art activities and help artists and arts organisations in carrying out their work. The grant will fund up to 90 per cent of the cost of an activity. Arts Council England can consider funding activities involving any of the artforms that come under the Arts Council's remit: theatre, music, dance, literature, visual arts, and combined arts.
 
The Arts Council can also consider funding a broad variety of activities, for example: festivals, exhibitions, workshop programmes, residencies, digital projects, performances, and so on. Read more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts-libraries-fund 

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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Free Work and Health Event - February 2018

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:07

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Work and Health Event

Friday 2 February 2018 Norfolk County Council is excited to host a free Work and Health Event at The King’s Centre in Norwich on 2 February 2018 from 9.15am to 4pm (lunch included) and we have the pleasure of inviting you.

This free event is for businesses that would like to improve the health of their workforce. Stress, depression and anxiety, as well as some physical conditions such as back, shoulder and knee pain are amongst the biggest causes of absence from work.

Improving the health of your workplace will not only reduce the number of working days lost, it will also create a happier workforce with higher morale and better mental health. This can lead to increased productivity and better staff retention rates.

Featuring prominent speakers, including the Chairman of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, as well as workshops, you will have the chance to:

  • Learn how to deal with workplace health issues
  • Explore different forms of workplace health provision
  • Understand how to increase your disability confidence
  • Find out the tools available to help assess your company’s health needs
  • Learn how to address skill shortages in your workplace
  • Find out about untapped labour markets to help survive labour shortages
  • Network with other businesses

Our new workplace health provider, Thriving Workplaces, will also talk about their innovative free service that aims to support businesses to improve their workplace health.

Their range of services includes: Strategic workplace health analysis, digital diagnostic tools, workplace health champion training and support, policy development, mental health first aid training. They can also facilitate access to NHS Health Checks for employees.

To secure a place at this free event, please book here by Monday 18 December 2017 where you will find more details including an outline agenda for the day.

If you have any questions about the event please email michele.taylor@norfolk.gov.uk 

If this invitation did not reach the correct person, please forward to the appropriate person in your organisation.

Infographic sources: British Heart Foundation, The Work Foundation

This event is brought to you by Norfolk County Council's Public Health department in collaboration with the Employment and Skills team We look forward to welcoming you to the event in February
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Improving Times - December 8

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 12/08/2017 - 10:01
Children's Services staff newsletter - 8 December 2017 Festive thanks

Welcome to the festive edition of Improving Times! This is the last general edition before Christmas, so I wanted to open it by saying a big thank you to all of you working to keep Norfolk’s children safe over the Christmas period.

We rightly hear thanks and praise for our emergency services over the Christmas holidays but the role that our social work teams play, day and night, is equally important. We all know the stresses that Christmas can bring within families and this can be exacerbated for those that are already in crisis.  It means our staff often deal with difficult and challenging circumstances over Christmas, doing their very best to keep children safe, while others are enjoying the festivities.

For some of the children we work with, Christmas can also be an upsetting time and, as their corporate parents we would all wish them the very best Christmas. That is why I am pleased that this week’s Improving Times features the stories of our Giving Tree and the Christmas bear donation from Build-A-Bear. It is great to see people are thinking of our children over the holidays and I am sure it means a lot to the children that receive these gifts.

Merry Christmas to you all!

Sara

Giving Tree success

It’s been another successful year for our Giving Tree appeal, with more than 400 book donations for children in our care.

Now in its 11th year, the Giving Tree appeal sees our Virtual School join forces with Waterstones to spread some festive cheer.

This year the tree, in the Norwich Castle Street store, has been donned with more than 400 tags, each representing a child and a book, or type of book, they would like for Christmas. Customers bought books in store or over the phone and these have now been collected to be wrapped and distributed for Christmas.

This year all 400 tags gone and some customers have also bought book tokens for children and young people to spend in the New Year.

Thanks go to Waterstones and all of their amazing customers for their support.

Count on Christmas

Earlier this year we launched our Count on Norfolk campaign, to encourage families to enjoy everyday maths activities at home or when out and about.

We’re continuing this over the Christmas period with a festive themed competition.

It’s the perfect time of year for children to help out with all sorts of calculations, whether it’s counting down the days until Christmas Eve, working out change when buying presents or weighing out ingredients for a chocolate yule log.

Our competition is aimed at children under 12 to enter and the prize if a Math Whiz handheld game, courtesy of Learning Resources

We have three of the educational toys to give away, thanks to the King’s Lynn based company.

The competition closes at 5pm on Thursday 14 December. Details are available at www.norfolk.gov.uk/counton

Liquidlogic training

We’re getting close to the Liquidlogic training programme starting early 2018. If you will use Liqiodlogic, you will l receive an email from Me Learning, in the next two weeks, with you login in details and a link to complete all of your role based, mandatory eLearning in the Liquidlogic Children’s System and Early Help Module. The modules have been designed to ensure you have a thorough grounding in the system before your classroom training starts at the end of January 2018.

You’ll also book your own locality based classroom training through Me Learning, so it’s really important you log in straight away to book a date that suits you and your teams

Nine hundred bears for children in care

Nine hundred cuddly bears have just arrived at County Hall ready to be sent to children in our care.

The bears have been donated by Build-A-Bear, via children’s charity Childhood First, and will be bringing Christmas joy to hundreds of Norfolk children.

Build-A-Bear made the pledge to donate the bears back in September, on National Teddy Bear day (9 September). For every special bear sold that day, they promised a bear to a vulnerable child.. The result is a staggering 6,000 bears that can be sent to children and young people in care, through the company’s partnership work with Childhood First.

MOMO - a new way to gain children and young people's views

MOMO One and MOMO Express are now available for all of our young people and we've had one of the fastest take-up rates of any local authority.

The secure apps are accessible to children in care, care leavers and all other children with a social worker, or support worker – including children with education, health and care plans (EHCPs).

Tom Lee, 18, a care leaver who is training others to use the app, said: “I think it’s terrific. It’s definitely going to bridge the gap between the workers and young people, people need to learn about the new things that are coming out like MOMO. It’s going to be a big success and help a lot of people, as it gives young people the confidence that they are going to be listened to.”

Click on the image above to see Stuart Dark, Acting Chairman of the Children's Services Committee, talk about the app.

Social work support line

Being a social worker can be a difficult job that can place psychological strain on even the strongest of individuals. Whilst you will all have coping strategies, sometimes it’s just good to have someone else to talk to and quite often you don’t want to burden anyone you know.

To provide another route of support for you we have set up a helpline specifically for social workers though Norfolk Support Line (0800 169 7676 option 6). The line is confidential, available 24 hours a day, and gives you access to a professional with experience supporting people with distressing issues.

Psychological strain can take many forms and at times can have an impact on your personal and professional life. So, if you need support, make the call, because your good health is in everyone’s interests.

We are piloting this line and will be reviewing the benefits of having a specific support line for social work, and may extend the offer further to include other practitioners in the future.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 12/07/2017 - 12:24

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

If you receive one of these emails delete it without clicking on any links in the message. You can report scam emails to Action Fraud, details below.

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

For more consumer advice and updates, visit our consumer alerts web page or follow us on Facebook or twitter.

Reporting scams

Reporting any scams you receive can help to build up intelligence on the scammers and how they target people. You can report scams to:

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer
Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk

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Recycle for Norfolk E-zine

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:07
Recycle for Norfolk E-zine December 2017 Welcome to the latest edition of our e-zine!

Community Fridges come to Norfolk!

Sainsbury’s ‘Waste less Save more’ programme, Recycle for Norfolk working with Plan Eat Save and the environmental charity Hubbub, are rolling out seven initial Community Fridges across Norfolk. 

Each Community Fridge works on an honesty basis; no money changes hands. Anyone can donate food items into the fridge or take food items from it, all we ask is the food items are still within their ‘Use by’ date, are unopened and have been prepared or cooked in a registered food kitchen.

Four Community Fridges have already been installed and local residents and retailers have really embraced the idea.  After a successful first month they're on track to have diverted 500kg of food. 

Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, Cllr John Fisher, commented “No one likes to see edible food go to waste and this is such a simple idea to prevent it." 

To find your nearest Community Fridge and how it works log on to the National Community Fridge Network map.

Norfolk's Community Fridges are also on Facebook: 

Costessey Community Fridge

MESH Community Fridge (Gorleston)

Fakenham Community Fridge

Wayland Community Fridge (Watton) 

 

Reducing your Christmas Waste

Don't get weighed down by waste this Christmas. 

It's a busy time of year for us all, presents and food to buy, cards to write and then there's finding enough chairs for everyone at the Christmas table! 

We here to help you reduce your rubbish over christmas and get you in the festive mood. Head over to our website for tips on how to reduce your waste this Christmas and sing along to our daily Christmas tunes on our Facebook page.

Just search for recycle4norfolk.    

Sainsbury's Discovery Communities

Recycle for Norfolk is leading a campaign to reduce food waste in Norfolk after being chosen to run seven Sainsbury’s ‘Discovery Communities’ as part of the supermarket’s ‘Waste Less, Save More’ campaign. Working together with Norfolk's Plan Eat Save campaign the areas chosen to be Sainsbury’s ‘Discovery Communities’ are: Watton & Carbrooke , Thorpe St. Andrew, Shrublands, Downham Market, Fakenham, Heartsease & Tuckswood and Costessey.

Households in the Discovery Communities will receive an 8-page newsletter which explains what’s happening in their local area and where to go for information about reducing or avoiding food waste. We kicked-off the campaign with the launch of a network of seven Community Fridges. 

That's not all! Pop-up ‘Food Saver’ events will be taking place in each of the communities along with free Cookery workshops (run by Norfolk Public Health's Joy of Food team) and work with local primary schools. 

To find out if you live in a 'Discovery Community' and what's going on check out our website.  

 

Be food savvy this Christmas with PLAN EAT SAVE

With three quarters of us throwing away leftovers during the festive season it’s time to get savvy and cut down on food waste and make the amount you spend on food this Christmas go that bit further.

 Here are our three top tips to help you make the most of your Christmas goodies:

Make room in the freezer

Start using up items from your freezer to make sure you have extra storage space. You can freeze leftovers, even gravy!  Find out more about what can be frozen and become a Freezer Hero. 

Make a list before doing your Christmas food shop

Check your store cupboard essentials before heading to the shops and try not to be lured in by special offers. Be brave and break with tradition, if nobody likes Sprouts buy another vegetable instead.

Plan, plan and plan again!

If you’ve got guests coming it’s even more essential to plan your meals. If you're serving a starter and a dessert, why not reduce the portion sizes of the main meal to avoid wastage. With the best intentions there are bound to be leftovers so include them in your plans, here are some fantastic leftover recipes using up common Christmas foods like Stilton, Sprouts and Turkey.

10th Norwich and Norfolk EcoAwards

Don't forget that voting opens for the 10th Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards on 15 January 2018! 

We'll update the website when voting opens, so stay tuned!     

 Recycle for Norfolk is sponsoring the Eco Community Award category. 

Do you know your Christmas Bin Dates?

Don't forget to check with your local council, as bin collections may change over the Christmas and New Year period. 

Details regarding your local council can be found here. 

Fancy becoming an MC? (Master Composter)

Have you got time to spare? Do you like chatting to people and more importantly are you passionate about composting or keen to learn about it? (No previous  experience is necessary). If the answer is a resounding YES! Perhaps you would you like to become a Norfolk Master Composter?

We are currently recruiting new volunteers to attend our free, two day foundation training course. This will be held on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th March 2018 at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham. The training, delivered by Garden Organic, is free and will provide you with all the information you need; helping people start or continue composting at home, from methods of composting to what to put in your compost bin and, the mini beasts that you find there, how to promote the message and much more. 

In return, as a volunteer, we ask that you undertake 30 hours of volunteer work over the following year promoting home composting. Anyone over the age of 18 can become a Master Composter; you don’t need to be a composter already or have any volunteer or community group experience. If you are interested in attending the next training course and becoming a Master Composter email mastercomposters@norfolk.gov.uk 

Go on, give it a go!

Dates for your Diary

 07 December - Watton - Town Clean Up & Electrical Donation Drop off Event. 

 11 December - Costessey- South Norfolk Reuse and Recycling Event & Food Saver Event 

 14 December - Thetford - Town Clean Up & Electrical donation Drop off Event.  


For more details on events  click here  

www.recyclefornorfolk.com
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 16:58

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Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England Newsletter December 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:52
Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England Winter 2017/18 Welcome

This is an exciting time to be part of Norfolk Museums Service as we prepare for the transformation of our great Castle Keep back to the royal palace of the Norman Kings. The Gateway to Medieval England project will involve many of us over the coming months and years as the development gathers pace and as we move towards the delivery of the project. It is important that we, on the Project Team, keep you informed of progress and we are looking to update you with the most current information through a regular newsletter.

The idea for this project has grown and steadily gathered pace since the previous Heritage Lottery Funded development of Norwich Castle, which opened back in 2001. Although a development of the Keep on this scale was not possible back then, visitor consultation at that time pointed us in the direction now being followed. We have been tasked with bringing the Castle to life, through strong interpretation, authentic information, exploration, atmosphere, emotional engagement….and fun.

The project has grown significantly in scale this year with the appointment of external professional teams, including architects, structural engineers, project managers and exhibition designers. The work already undertaken, involving archive research, written reports and numerous surveys, has enabled us to understand far more about our wonderful Norman Keep than has ever been known before. This developing interpretation is also being enhanced through the contribution of our Academic Advisory Board. It is becoming clear that our Castle is of the highest importance in international terms.

As we continue our journey we look forward to sharing all aspects of the work being undertaken by the wider Project Team with you over the coming months.

Dr. John Davies, Project Director

The Medieval Gallery in Partnership with the British Museum

For me, one of the most exciting aspects of the project is the new Medieval Gallery, developed in partnership with the British Museum. The gallery will explore the theme of East Anglia in the medieval world along with the development of art, culture and history from the Norman Conquest to the Reformation. The gallery will also focus on Norwich and Norfolk between the years 1066 to c.1534 as well as the lives of the people who lived during the period. To achieve these aims the gallery will be divided into three main areas - Those who Pray, Those who Work and Those who Fight.

These divisions follow the writings of numerous medieval authors who described contemporary society by these three fundamental functions. The gallery will therefore allow visitors to engage with the medieval world in the same way many medieval people understood it themselves.

Conceptual drawing by Haley Sharpe Design showing the provisional layout and design of the gallery.

Those who Pray will contain displays on Christianity, the Church, religious devotion and pilgrimage as well as the extraordinary artistic achievements of the region. In particular, this will celebrate the parish churches of Norwich and East Anglia and the objects which came from them. The daily life of ordinary medieval individuals will be explored in the section on Those who Work. The extensive archaeological collections at Norwich Castle, amassed through years of excavations within the city and county, will help make the gallery highly specific to the region and unique among other museums. Finally, the section on Those who Fight will focus on the medieval elite – the men and women who formed the secular nobility at the top of society. Chivalry, courtly love and wealthy pastimes will all be explored along with the internecine and continual practice of warfare.

We are currently working closely with colleagues at the British Museum to finalise an object list before the end of the year. Additionally, we are working with our exhibition designers Haley Sharpe Design and other contractors to ensure the gallery will be a jewel within the heart of the Keep. Much of this work is still in progress and so we look forward to keeping you updated.

Dickon Whitewood, Research Assistant

Archaeological Surveys

The Keep basement after de-installation of the Prison Stories displays.

We are still in the development phase of the project, so we’re working to maximise the information we have about the building. In order to do this we have over 20 different surveys taking place in and around the Keep, and the Prison Stories displays in the Castle Keep basement have recently been removed to allow this essential work to take place.

It is vital that we know the building as well as possible before any work begins on the Castle Keep. This means that subtle questions such as the extent of the first mound and its development need to be better understood. More immediately, the structural engineers need to be able to verify the architectural proposals as workable and capable of supporting the loadings needed. That means that we need to know the extent and depth of the Keep foundations, as well as the makeup of the mound itself. For this, they need to drill boreholes up to 20m deep, and so we hope to know more about the actual ground surface the mound was built on. The augering rigs needed for this work need a headroom of 3m, much higher than the existing basement roof. The solution is to excavate holes for the rig to be dropped into, which necessitates their excavation archaeologically.

We plan to excavate a large sample of the basement – about 40% of the available area. This will allow us to develop a better understanding of the archaeology while still preserving a large enough sample for the future when archaeological techniques should have improved. Excavation will also help us to see just how much of the floor has been disturbed before, for instance by prison-period or Victorian drains, and foundations for the balcony supports put in by Victorian architect Edward Boardman. Finally, and perhaps most important, all the small archaeological holes that have been excavated in the past are, inevitably, difficult to interpret. Opening up larger surrounding areas will enable us to see not only new parts of the mound and Keep foundations, but to interpret the results of those earlier small excavations better. We hope to start the work in the New Year, and we look forward to sharing what new information comes to light in due course.

Dr. Tim Pestell, Senior Curator of Archaeology

Norwich Castle is now on Instagram The project now has a dedicated social media presence on Instagram. @norwichcastlekeep launched on 15 September to coincide with the unveiling of our Adopt an Object campaign. As a visual platform, it is the ideal place to showcase artists' impressions of the re-created Norman rooms and possible changes to the layout of the Castle, with more scope for questions and comments than other social media platforms. We are enjoying using it to highlight how the Castle has changed over the centuries through engravings, drawings and photographs from the archives.

We've also been running a competition on Instagram to tie in with Norwich Castle’s upcoming exhibition The Square Box on the Hill, opening on 10 February 2018, which explores changes to the Castle throughout its history, as well as local people’s relationships with it. #MyNorwichCastle asked followers to share their images of Norwich Castle’s historic stone keep, be they photos, paintings, sculptures or even castle-themed cakes! The winner will be announced on Instagram and we'll share the winning entry in the next newsletter.

James LumbardTeaching Museum Trainee

Keep Giving

Back in September we launched Keep Giving, our campaign to raise £50,000 for the project, and we are well on the way with 30% of the funds now raised. However there’s still a way to go so we’re working hard to raise the rest of the total by the end of January.

There are lots of ways you can get involved and be a part of this new chapter in the Castle’s story:

Keep Adopting
Our Keep Adopting scheme gives you the chance to adopt one of our fabulous medieval objects in return for benefits including an official adopter’s certificate and exclusive events for adopters. With Christmas around the corner, this is the perfect gift that ‘Keeps’ on giving! There are more than 30 objects available to suit all budgets and a wide range of interests and tastes.

Visit Adopt an Object to find out more.

Keep Wishing
Make a festive wish with one of our Keep Giving baubles! For a donation of £1 you can make a wish for the festive season and then hang your bauble on our magnificent 14 foot Christmas tree in the Castle Keep.

Keep Sakes
Our range of exclusive Keep Giving mementos make perfect gifts! ‘Keep Sakes’ including mugs, umbrellas and tote bags are available from the Shop at the Castle. Entry to the shop is free.

Other ways to donate:

  • Donate online on our Just Giving fundraising page
  • Text Keep17 and your donation amount to 70070
  • Donate in person via donation boxes in the Castle and our Visitor Services staff
  • Send a cheque payable to Norfolk Museums Development Foundation to Keep Giving, Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ

Liz Elmore, Project Support Officer

Autumn Events at Norwich Castle

It's been a busy few months for the Project Team, with three exciting events in September and October. On 7 October the Castle was taken by storm as we contracted 'Saturday Knight Fever', and around 900 visitors enjoyed demonstrations, re-enactments and specialist talks on the theme of Knights. With a little help from his human companions, Zogo the horse taught visitors what war horses would have worn into battle, while fighting and dancing demonstrations kept everyone on their toes.

On 21 October we celebrated the Festival of Norwich and Norfolk Architecture with special activities including a junk-modelled Norwich skyline and a stunning 360 degree panorama suspended from the Keep balcony. We also had talks from Feilden+Mawson, our lead architects, and the Master of the Guild of St Stephen & St George. In total over 800 visitors enjoyed the day.

Rounding off the half term week, our Museums at Night - Digital Takeover on 28 October allowed visitors to experience the Castle like never before, using digital technology to recreate the past while musicians and jugglers entertained the crowds. A virtual reality Castle siege experience allowed visitors to fight back against invaders, while augmented reality screens transformed the Keep into a medieval feast. The feedback from these taster experiences will inform how we incorporate exciting digital experiences into the new Castle Keep displays.

Liz Elmore, Project Support Officer

Object of the Month

With each issue of the newsletter we will bring you a featured object or objects, chosen by a member of the team. This month's objects, chosen by Teaching Museum Trainee James, are playing an important role in informing how we interpret the medieval collections that will eventually fill the Castle Keep.

English Civil War Arms & Armour

A case of Civil War arms and armour forms part of a new display in the Castle Keep dedicated to consulting the public on the project. Brightly decorated in the canary yellow of the Keep Giving campaign, this area allows visitors to ‘Keep Informed’ and ‘Keep Involved’ with the project.

The objects in this case are typical of pieces from around the time of the English Civil War (1642-51). The ‘lobster-tailed’ pot helmet gains its name from the rounded pot-like shape and the distinctive neck guard, and this example dates to 1630-40. The three-barred face guard protects against slashing blows better than simpler designs with just a nose guard, and the low comb along the top would have helped deflect downward strikes. At the back, the neck guard is made up of several armour plates or ‘lames’, which would have been loosely fastened together to allow the soldier a greater range of movement.

The breastplate (dated 1625–40) is of a type known as a cuirass. This style, with a ridge down the centre ending in a slight projection, or peascod, mimicked the style of the doublet, a fashionable men’s padded jacket of the time. The long skirt at the bottom shows that it was used by pikemen, who fought on foot with their main weapon, a 4.5m-long pike. On the chest, the swivel-hook fasteners would have helped attach shoulder protectors, while the skirt at the bottom has loops for tassets, which protected the upper legs.

Alongside the case are three examples of different styles of label with varying levels of context and detail. We are asking visitors to let us know their preferred style (if any) and the reasons for their choice. We will use this feedback to help us when writing text for the brand new Medieval Gallery, which will showcase medieval objects from across Norwich Castle’s collections of archaeology, fine art, archival documents and textiles, along with carefully selected highlights from the British Museum’s medieval collection.

You can take a look and add your own comments in the Keep.

James LumbardTeaching Museum Trainee

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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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Norfolk Libraries Newsletter - December 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 12/01/2017 - 19:00
Christmas and New Year opening hours

All libraries will be closed on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 December. Normal opening hours will resume on Wednesday 27 December. Libraries will also be closed on New Years Day, Monday 1 January, but will open as usual from Tuesday 2 January onwards. Don't forget though that our eBook, eMagazine and eAudio services will operate as normal throughout the holiday period.

Theatre in your library this winter

Theatre returns to Norfolk Libraries in the New Year with Alice in the Cuckoo’s Nest

Following the success of tours with “The book’s the Thing” and “A Christmas Carol” the Librarian Theatre’s new play, inspired by Lewis Carroll’s classic novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, will visit Norfolk libraries in 2018, exploring the theme of psychosis in the world of Alice’s library.

​Children aged eight and over (accompanied by an adult) are very welcome; please note however that this is not a children’s show, and the production explores adult themes of mental health. The show lasts approximately one hour with no interval. More information can be found on the Librarian Theatre website and facebook page.

The production will be visiting the following libraries:

Hethersett Library: Tuesday 30 January 2018, 19:00

Kings Lynn Library: Wednesday 31 January 2018, 19:00

Gorleston Library: Friday 2 February 2018, 19:00

Hellesdon Library: Saturday 3 February 2018, 14:30

Tickets cost £10 (£5 for concessions) and can be booked over the counter in the relevant library or by visiting the Librarian Theatre website.

Harry Potter ‘History of Magic’

The Harry Potter ‘History of Magic’ Exhibition continues its tour of Norfolk this month.

Working in partnership with the British Library, library services around the UK are hosting this fantastic exhibition which commemorates 20 years since the publication of ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’.

The exhibition panels illustrate the subjects taught at Hogwarts such as Herbology, Care of Magical Creatures, Potions etc and these will be complemented by materials from our collections.

The exhibition will be at Great Yarmouth library until 9 December. Events will include: Women, Witches and Witch Trials, a screened talk from the British Library on Thursday 7 December, 15:30 - 16:20. And Harry Potter family crafts on Saturday 9 December, 11:00 - 13:00.

The final stop will be the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium library from 13 December - 7 January. Click here to see some of the events being held at the Millennium library.

We love books

New books out in December include How To Stop Time by Matt Haig, The Innocent Wife by Emily LLyod, and Match Up by Lee Child. Browse and reserve all new fiction titles out in November and December here. For Christmas themed stories and Christmas craft ideas visit our Christmas booklist. Paddington 2 and Murder on the Orient Express have been on at the big screen, check out our Paddington themed collection and our Murder on the Orient Express collection.

We’ve added some great new children’s eBook and eAudio titles to our Children’s eLibrary, including a new range of read along storybooks. And if you’re stuck for something to read over the holidays why not tuck in to our fabulous Christmas Crackers selection.

We’ve also created two new booklists for our library catalogue, to help you find our super readable Dyslexia Friendly and Quick Read titles.

Costa book awards 2017

The Costa book awards is one of the UK's most prestigious and popular literary prizes and recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. Take a look at the shortlisted titles here and reserve a copy from the library here.

Jack and the Beanstalk storytime

Jack and the Beanstalk storytime at King’s Lynn library on Saturday 9 December, 12:00 - 13:00, and Gaywood library on Sunday 10 December, 10:30 - 11:30.

Come along in fancy dress and enjoy stories, games and colouring. Every child will receive a ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ goody back from Alive Corn Exchange. Don’t forget to pick up our Beanstalk colouring competition before the event and bring your completed work for judging on the day. The winning artwork will win four tickets to the 10:30 performance of Jack and the Beanstalk on Sunday 31 December. This is a free event but booking is essential. To book a place call 01553 761393 (King’s Lynn) or 01553 768498 (Gaywood) or email King’s Lynn or Gaywood library.

Christmas Coffee Mornings

Visit Acle library or Martham library on Saturday 23 December, 10:30 - 12:30, for an 'in good company' Christmas coffee morning. Drop in for a cuppa and a mince pie.

December film releases

It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that during December it’s not entirely about Christmas films. Unexpectedly delayed from November we can promise that Dunkirk really will be arriving this month and if you haven’t seen it yet you are in for a treat. As we’ve already said this is not just one of the films of 2017 but will be judged as one of the finest war films ever made. See it and then marvel at how many Oscar nominations will be coming its way in the new year. We also have Tom Cruise back on peak form in American Made, based on an incredible true story this film has been described as Narcos meets Mission Impossible and we couldn’t put it better than that. Logan Lucky sees Steven Soderbergh assemble an all-star cast in this NASCAR heist thriller that performed very well when released in cinemas earlier this year.

Kids holidays means a couple of films to keep them entertained – The Emoji Movie or Captain Underpants should do the job nicely. There are so many more films to look forward to – Bill Nighy in Victorian London detective thriller Limehouse Golem, horror sequel  Annabelle: Creation and Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in Mother!

Avoid the inevitable Christmas repeats, get down to your local library and borrow these and many other titles for just £2. 

For the full list of November's film releases keep an eye out for the Films & Music newsletter later on this month. Or for more information about film rentals from Norfolk Libraries click here

December at the Heritage Centre

On Tuesday 12 December, 13:00 - 14:00, join Dr Rebecca McGann at the Heritage Centre for a free talk as she discusses the Norwich Apocalypse, a mid-13th century illustrated commentary on the Book of Revelation, and the place of this fascinating manuscript in the production of illustrated English Apocalypses from c.1250. 

For more information on upcoming events click here or contact the Heritage Centre by calling 01603 774740 or via email. Many of our events are also included in the Norfolk Record Office What's On Booklet. And don't forget to check out the Norfolk Heritage Centre Podcast.

You can also book a free 30 minute research advice session with our archive specialists from the Norfolk Record Office, contact the Heritage Centre for more information.

We wish you...

Norfolk Library and Information Service would like to send you our most sincere Christmas wishes and a Happy New Year.

December 2017 In this issue Christmas with Kitty at Hunstanton Library

Come and join Hunstanton’s Pantomime Dame, Kitty Litter on Saturday 2 December, 14:00 - 15:00, for some Christmas fun. Listen to festive stories, make a snowy shoe house and design Kitty a fantastic festive dress. Booking is essential at a cost of £3 per child, payable in advance. For more information or to book a place contact the library on 01485 532280 or via email.

Christmas crafts

Visit the following libraries for Christmas story and craft activities for families:

Acle library - Thursday 21 December, 10:00 - 11:00.

Martham library - Thursday 21 December, 14:30 - 15:30.


Caister library - Friday 22 December, 14:00 - 15:00.

Twilight Christmas crime evening

Join us at Great Yarmouth library for a Twilight Christmas crime evening on Tuesday 19 December, 16:00 - 18:00. Listen to some short stories from Ruth Rendall and enjoy some Christmas nibbles and drinks. Then have a go at writing your own 50 word Christmas Crime inspired story and take part in the ’Guess the Crime Novel’ quiz. 

Great Yarmouth library Christmas Fayre

Join us on Saturday 2 December, 11:00 - 14:00, at Yarmouth library and support local businesses while Christmas shopping. Keep and eye out for home made cakes, knitted items and more.

Christmas Carols

Visit Yamouth library on Wednesday 6 December, 17:15 - 18:00, for some songs from local school children, crafts and refreshments with Christmas cheer before the annual town Lantern Parade begins. 

Stick Man by the Little People’s Drama Company

Visit Yarmouth library on Thursday 14 December, 10:30 - 11:30, or Acle library on Tuesday 19 December, 10:30 - 11:30, for Stick Man by the Little People’s Drama Company. Fun filled drama with games, songs and storytelling, led by professional tutor. Tickets cost £4 per child and can be booked by emailing Yarmouth library or Acle library.

Christmas Stories

Christmas Stories with PCSO’s Gee and Alan at King’s Lynn library, Saturday 16 December 10:30 -11:30. Enjoy lovely Christmas tales and simple crafts and colouring. This event is suitable for children aged four and over. This is a free event but booking is essential, please call 01553 761393 to book a place.

Incendiary Blonde Cabaret - a 1940’s Songbook

Back by popular demand, the much admired Rachel Duffield, singing a selection of songs from Wartime Britain at Aylsham Library on Wednesday 6 December, 10:30. There will be favourites from Ginger Rogers, Gracie Fields, The Andrew Sisters, Marlene Dietrich and of course, Dame Vera Lynn.

Tickets are £3.50, on sale from Aylsham Library three weeks before the event. Take time out to join us for a nostalgic, entertaining occasion with refreshments and a mince pie afterwards.

Upcoming events at your local Library

Throughout this newsletter there have been examples of some of the great events and activities that are on offer in Libraries throughout Norfolk.

To find out about events at your local library click here and select your nearest Library for more details.

For more information on books and reading, including information on stock suggestions click here.

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