Norfolk

Celebrate our relaunch with Free taster sessions

Norfolk Council News Feed - Sat, 05/28/2016 - 10:30
Celebrate our relaunch with Free taster sessionsHelp us to celebrate our relaunch as Norfolk Community Learning Services and come along and enjoy Free taster sessions. Booking essential. Tuesday 31 May to Saturday 4 June
Wensum Lodge
169 King Street
Norwich
NR1 1QW

Types of courses include: Get arty,
Get crafty,
Career choices,
Talk the Talk - Foreign languages
Have a go

Book your place today!

www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation
0344 800 8020
ncls@norfolk.gov.uk
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 17:31

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

New circular walks in Norfolk

East Anglian devolution negotiations continue

View details on our news page.

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The Big Lottery, tipping practices and free childcare for three and four year olds

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 15:48
Let the government know what you think

Hello Your Voice member

It's been a few weeks since we sent you our last opportunity, we've got some interesting topics coming-up, but in the meantime we thought you'd have lots to contribute to some of the government's current consultations. We've picked few out below, but you can find all their consultations right here.

We hope you have a great weekend.

Chris  

The Big Lottery Fund spends around £700 million per year to improve people's lives. How do you think they should spend their money? What sorts of organisations should they support? Click here to read about the government's proposals and to tell them what you think.

There has been lots in the media about tips, gratuities and service charges. The government has some proposals to make tipping practices fairer. Click here to read about the government's proposals and tell them what you think.

The government is planning how it can extend free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds. Click here to read about the government's proposals and tell them what you think.

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

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The Friday Takeaway - 27 May 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 15:18

   A round up of this week's news...        27 May 2016

Work starts on world-class Aviation Academy

Crowds gathered to watch demolition work taking place at a hangar at Norwich Airport, which will eventually become home to Norwich’s new £12m aviation academy - a development between NCC and a range of partners. Once complete, the academy will include 20 classrooms, five engineering workshops and a complete live Airbus 320 aircraft for students to refine their skills. Read the full story here.

Smiles better for 400 at firm

The council’s commitment to its Real Jobs priority was demonstrated with support for healthcare manufacturer Baxter, a major employer in Thetford. Support from NCC and the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will underwrite the expansion plans of a major local employer. Cliff Jordan, Leader of Norfolk County Council, said: “Baxter is a great company and exactly the sort of employer we want to support in Norfolk.” Full story here.

Brother/Sister devo deal put to Government

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire leaders met on Wednesday to try to reach an agreement on aspects of a proposed ‘brother/sister’ devolution deal, which subsequently resulted in proposals being sent to Government today.

Chief negotiator Andy Wood (pictured) issued a statement saying that he had put forward the proposal from leaders for two deals – one for Norfolk and Suffolk, and one for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. Read more here.

NDR/Postwick junctionTom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services, was interviewed this week on BBC Look East explaining the reasoning behind the Postwick Junction. He talked about the restraints of the site, with existing roads, a railway and a high pressure gas main, but reassured viewers that the full opening of the NDR will reduce pressure on the junction and that changes to one lane will make the hub work more effectively until then.National success for Team Apprenticeships Norfolk  

Congratulations to the Apprenticeships Norfolk team, a team of nine apprentices from Norfolk County Council, South Norfolk Council and Fountain Partnership (training with 3aa). They have earned a place in the final of the Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC16) as part of the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service. Full article here.

National customer success award for our Information Management service 

Tony Collins in our Information Management Service has won the Environmental Systems Research Institute Customer Success Award 2016 – Power of the Apps. Find out about the app and read the full story here.

Referendum purdah 

Remember that we are in the run-up to the EU Referendum on 23 June and this means there are restrictions on things we can do and say as a council until after the vote. More information on the intranet.

CLT out and about this week:

(Anne and Michael are on leave, Simon on leave for part of the week which is why his diary entry is brief).

Wendy will be attending the Policy & Resources (P&R) Committee on Tuesday and meeting with Norfolk Leaders and Chief Executives at Breckland Council on Wednesday. 

Tom is going to the P&R Committee and has a NDR update meeting. He’s also going to the GNGB (Greater Norwich Growth Board).

Harold is heading to London for media training with Electric Airways. He’s attending the P&R Committee at County Hall and he will be discussing demographics and housing at the Assembly House, Norwich. 

Simon will also be attending the P&R Committee.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

Rock n Roll at Gressenhall

Opening on Bank Holiday Monday - 30 May. Find out more here.

Green transport to be given a cash boost

Norfolk County Council is set to receive £396,000 from the government to promote sustainable forms of transport. The money will be used to support initiatives that offer cheap, clean and healthy travel options. 

CLT Blog - 27 May

Cathy Mouser, Assistant Director Social Work

I see I have another opportunity to develop my blog writing skills. It’s several months since I wrote my first blog and one real positive about being asked to write a blog is it makes you stop and think about what’s going on in the working week and forces you to do some reflecting on where you are. Read more here.

Help us to help them

Norfolk councillors are calling on the government for more cash to resettle 50 Syrian refugees after the cost was revealed as £1.4m - £400,000 more than the government estimated. NCC Leader Cliff Jordan and George Nobbs quoted. Read more here.

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Ofsted outcome - message to learners

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 13:09
Ofsted Outcome – Message to learners

Dear Learner

It’s Ofsted Official – Norfolk Community Learning Services is a GOOD learning provider

We are delighted to be able to tell you that, following our Ofsted inspection in April 2016, Ofsted now rates us as a Good provider. This is an excellent outcome for us all, as it means we can now be confident that the quality of our service to you, our learners, is good and we are doing the right things for the people of Norfolk.

We would like to thank you for your continued support throughout the period where we were working hard to overcome our previous Ofsted Inadequate judgement and jump up two grades to Good. We hope that you will continue to enjoy your learning with us as we move towards Outstanding.

You can read a copy of our inspection report by clicking on the following link:

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/2569974/urn/53545.pdf

If at any time you feel you need to contact us, please direct your message to: ncls.admin@norfolk.gov.uk or telephone: 01603 306589.

Helen Wetherall, Interim Head of Service, Norfolk Community Learning Services

www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation
0344 800 8020
ncls@norfolk.gov.uk
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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 27 May 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 27 May 2016 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesTextile Conservation Intern - Malthouse Barn, National Trust

£21,137 per annum
Full Time, Fixed Term until 31 August 2018
Textile Conservation Studio, Malthouse Barn, Oulton Street, Norfolk, NR11 6AF

The National Trust is Europe's leading conservation charity. Its textile collections, located in over 300 historic houses open to the public in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, are of outstanding importance. Textiles are an enormously valuable asset in the presentation of historic properties and the Trust's collections amount to over 100,000 items which includes 650 tapestries, 20 state beds and 31,000 pieces of costume. 

Using an interdisciplinary approach, we work with our colleagues to utilise and adapt current research and new techniques in imaginative ways. We have completed some challenging projects over the years, ranging from large scale textiles such as tapestries and state beds, to costume. We are committed to training through internships and student placements. Textile conservation also offers great opportunities to engage the public, through interpretation of our work at our properties. We have a committed, enthusiastic and dedicated team we'd like you to be a part of. 

The Textile Conservation Studio is run as an enterprise, offering services to external clients, as well as undertaking major projects for the Trust. This status allows us to undertake a range of National Trust and private commissions. The Studio is housed on the Blickling Estate in a large converted barn providing excellent facilities. 

You'll be a recent conservation graduate looking to build on your practical skills in the specialist area of textile conservation. Under supervision, you'll undertake practical treatments both in the studio and on site. You'll assist and support studio staff with the organisation and maintenance of equipment and undertake environmental and pest monitoring within the studio. You'll be passionate about conservation, and will bring drive, commitment and a willingness to learn to this role. It is a great starting place for a career that could grow and grow. 

Due to the location of the studio, a driving license and access to your own vehicle will be essential. 

Closing Date: 3rd June

Further information can be found here https://careers.nationaltrust.org.uk/OA_HTML/a/#/vacancy-detail/37864

Development OpportunitiesNational Youth Dance Company Experience Workshop

2 June 2016
The Garage, Norwich

The NYDC Experience Workshops offer an opportunity to enjoy a workshop day which will be engaging, exciting and informative about dance and dance training. The workshops can also be used to find out more information about the company and experience what it’s like to be part of NYDC. 

Workshops take place from May to July each year, the day includes a technique class, creative tasks and discussions on dance training, careers and NYDC. The workshops are open to dancers from all backgrounds and abilities, with experience in any dance style. There is no cost to attend the workshops but places must be pre-booked.

There are a few criteria that are essential to be able to book a place at an Experience Workshop:

  • You are NOT currently enrolled on a full time vocational dance course, and are not planning to be from September 2015- August 2016
  • You are aged between 16–18 years.

Experience workshops take place across the country and NYDC will be visiting Norwich on 2 June 2016 at The Garage.

Further information can be found here http://nydc.org.uk/workshop/

Jeremy Webb Photography Workshops

The Cut, Halesworth  
June 2016 (all run from 10.00am to 4.00pm)

Photoshop  Crash Course
Sat 4th June
£50/person
A 1-day workshop specially designed for those new to the creative possibilities and potential of this awesome piece of software. Your best landscapes can be transformed in a thousand different ways, old prints restored beautifully to their former glory, and stunning illustrations or portraits created as wall prints or treasured gifts.

Social Media Photography
Sat  11th June
£60/person
If you’re a musician, dancer, actor, or performer, what makes your profile image stunning, or your performance images really grab attention?This workshop delivers essential skills to take great photographs for your business or creative enterprise. You’ll use a range of lighting and locations - from portrait studio to exterior and interior locations around The Cut, and you’ll get to take away your own professionally-taken portrait by Jeremy. Photoshop tuition also provided on the day.

Photograph Your Art and Craftworks
Sat 25th June
£60/person
For artists looking to achieve high quality results when photographing their own 2D or 3D artwork at home - for publication, archive, blog, magazines, work-in-progress, gallery submissions, or many other uses. Artists will be shown how to use Light effectively, how to make the right exposure necessary to record detail, colour, form and tone accurately, and many other useful skills and techniques. There will be a short introduction to simple digital image editing techniques and simple printing solutions and students need to bring a camera and a few small pieces of artwork with them. A notebook would also be useful.

Further workshops scheduled for July & August include:

  • Pinhole Photography Saturday 16th July
  • Coastal Photography Weekend workshop Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st July
  • B&W Darkroom Hire & Tuition between 1st August - 14th August
  • Paradise Regained Weekend Landscape workshop Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August

Please see http://newcut.org/media-centre/courses for further information or to book email jrwebb@virginmedia.com

(ABC) Foundation Diploma in Art Design & Media - Artpocket

Artpocket are the first to be delivering this well respected qualification outside of a college environment.  This exciting multidisciplinary course is designed to support students in gaining the core skills and creative techniques required to progress onto Higher Education or a career within the creative industries. If you are curious, ambitious and ready to make a commitment to your creative future join us for a unique approach to creative education. Learn in a vibrant professional artist studio space in Norwich city centre, connect with a range of local creative individuals and organisations. Be taught by practicing artists with years of experience in teaching a Foundation Diploma and a 100% track record in supporting students to progress on to the next stage of their creative careers. 

Free Taster Day
17th June 2016, 10.00 – 14.00 
At Dove Street Studios, Norwich
Course begins September 2016

Find out more at www.artpocket.co.uk

Free Training Sessions from North Norfolk Stories

Saturday, 18th June 2016
Venue TBC

An Introduction to Customer Service
09.45 Arrivals, 10.00am Start
Trainer: Helen Brown, Library Manager, Norfolk Library and Information Service
Do you want to know the secrets of excellent customer service? Do you want to understand more about how staff and volunteers can ensure visitors have the best possible experience at your museum? This short, introductory session will offer practical guidance and support about how to deliver superb customer service. The session will be tailored to suit participants’ needs but will cover items such as:

  • What is customer service
  • Who are our visitors and what would good service look like to them
  • Attitude and approach to customer service e.g. creating a good first impression, understanding body language, how to deal with queries and ask the right questions
  • What problems might our visitors might encounter and how should we deal with them
  • Creating happy customers out of complaints

This course is aimed at anyone who would like to develop or improve customer service skills. Participants do not need any prior knowledge of customer service. 

12pm – Lunch

An Introduction to Peer-to-Peer Mentoring
12.30pm
Trainer: Katrina Siliprandi, Museum Learning Development Consultant
Do you want to understand how peer-to-peer mentoring could help develop your practice and the practice of your colleagues? Do you want to know how you can be both a mentor and mentee to colleagues? This short, introductory session will offer practical guidance and support about how to develop and carry out informal mentoring relationships with peers. The session will be tailored to suit participants’ needs but will cover items such as:

  • What an informal peer-to-peer mentoring relationship might look like
  • How to give and receive feedback and constructive criticism and use it to improve practice
  • How to listen actively and ask open questions
  • How peer-to-peer mentoring can empower staff and volunteers

This course is aimed at anyone who would like to learn more about peer-to-peer mentoring. Participants do not need any prior knowledge of mentoring, and do not need to currently be in a mentoring relationship. 

2.30pm – Close

If you would like to attend either or both of the above sessions, please contact Becky at northnorfolkstories@gmail.com to book a place.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersCo-Producer & Director Opportunity

A Co-Producer & Director are sought to input script and produce a screen story for 'Ruins of the Dark'. 

'Ruins of the Dark' follows the story of a European Consort who feld her husband's palace and moved to Britain in the 1880's, only to be killed later in Central Europe. Locations will be at Sheringham and Weybourne. 

For further information on this opportunity, please contact Jeremy Roughton at 21 Whitehouse Estate, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 0EP or on 01263 512978.

Norwich Film Festival Networking Session

13 June 2016
17:30
Cafe Bar Marzano, The Forum
Free Event

Norwich Film Festival are offering a networking opportunity at Cafe Bar Marzano in the Forum to learn more about the Norwich Film Festival.

The Festival's team of volunteers will be there to talk about the festival, submissions, and how to get involved. There will also be plenty of film discussion.

For further information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1774875119415670/

Street Art at Dalegate Market

To help celebrate their 10th Birthday, Dalegate Market would like to commission a number of pieces of street art to decorate the centre in Burnham Deepdale.

Timescale:

  • 30th June – Artists submit ideas and costings
  • 31st July – Decision about which pieces we would like to commission
  • 31st October – Install art pieces in their locations around Dalegate Market

Timings for installation can be discussed, as it may be that work will be produced on site, or produced offsite and installed.  Space to produce work may be available depending on the needs.

Dalegate Market are looking for pieces designed for the site, rather than already produced pieces, however they are very open to suggestions.

Submissions can include sculpture, paintings, glass, planting or any other medium or mixed medium would be considered. The only proviso is the artwork is ideally to be on display 365 days a year, and so must be capable of dealing with all weathers and be securely fixed to be safe and secure.

Dalegate Market can arrange for you to visit and have a look around and discuss possible locations.There are walls, roofs, walkways, steps, car parks, pop up shops, seating areas and many other potential spaces. At this stage, submissions are only being considered for the Dalegate Market area, not the campsite and hostels of Deepdale Farm. 

Please send submissions either electronically to jason@deepdalefarm.co.uk or by post to:

Jason Borthwick
Dalegate Market
c/o Deepdale Farm
Burnham Deepdale
Norfolk
PE31 8DD

If you would like to discuss this any further then please email or phone Jason Borthwick, Tel: 07776 254019, Email: jason@deepdalefarm.co.uk

Further information on Dalegate Market can be found online at www.dalegatemarket.co.uk

Industry Research & InformationAMA conference 2016: On a Mission to Matter

12—14 July 2016
Edinburgh

On a Mission to Matter will bring together expert speakers who are addressing the challenge of developing individual connections with hundreds, thousands or millions of people and building authentic relationships with them.

Discover an exciting array of hands-on workshops, lively debates, keynote presentations, and panel discussions. Our sessions range from introductory, to strategic, to conceptual discussion and debate.

  • Essential sessions — Designed for those working at marketing assistant and officer level or similar.
  • Strategic sessions — Designed for those working at senior marketing officer, marketing manager level or similar.
  • Advanced sessions — Designed for those working at senior manager, head of department, director level or similar.
  • Fundraising sessions — Designed for for arts fundraisers and those with an element of fundraising in their role. This strand is a part of the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme.

Further information can be found here http://www.a-m-a.co.uk/learn/training/amaconference2016/

Exploring the Contribution of Arts and Culture to Education and Wellbeing in Norfolk Conference Slides

For those who were unable to attend the Norfolk Arts Forum Conference on Exploring the Contribution of Arts and Culture to Education and Wellbeing in Norfolk, presentation slides from the event are now available to view/download online. 

To download a PDF, please click 'share' and then 'download'.

The conference presentaion slides can be accessed here https://issuu.com/norfolkartsservice/docs/norfolk_arts_forum_conference_slide/1

Funding OpportunitiesCoastal Communities Fund: Round 4 

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) supports the development of coastal locations by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs, enabling local people to respond to the changing needs and opportunities in their area. The CCF supports a wide range of projects, including those that benefit charities, the environment, education and health.

Round four is now open in England, with a budget in the region of £36 million available to spend from April 2017 to December 2019. Individual grants in excess of £50,000 will be awarded. There is no upper limit; however, bids for a large proportion of the total funding available will not be successful.

Funding is provided for both capital and revenue costs and can typically be used to pay for:

  • salaries that contribute to delivering the CCF outcome;
  • delivery of project activities;
  • training;
  • travel expenses;
  • volunteer expenses;
  • equipment;
  • rental of premises, fixtures and fittings;
  • monitoring and evaluation;
  • a proportion of overheads directly related to CCF project delivery; and
  • capital costs including land and buildings where these are vital to the success of the project.

Consideration will be taken of how plans for economic growth address local needs and priorities, the number of jobs that will be created and their long term sustainability.

Innovative bids are being invited from organisations that support the economic development of the community in coastal locations in England. Examples of organisations that are eligible to apply include:

  • coastal community teams;
  • charities;
  • voluntary and community sector organisations;
  • social enterprises, including cooperatives and community ownership initiatives;
  • local authorities;
  • local enterprise partnerships; and
  • private sector companies.

The closing date for stage one applications for Round 4 in England is noon on 30 June 2016.

Further information can be found here https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/programmes/uk-wide/coastal-communities

Arts Council - Strategic Touring Programme 

The next closing date for grant applications to the Arts Council, England Strategic Touring Programme is the 8th July 2016. The £35 million Strategic touring programme provides in excess of £15,000 for projects that encourage collaboration between organisations, so 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. 

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

BBC Children in Need Main Grant Programme

The next closing date for applications to the BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme is the 15th September 2016. Grants of over £10,000 per project are available to not for profit organisations that work with young people who are experiencing disadvantage through: 

  • Illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  • Any kind of disability
  • Behavioural or psychological difficulties
  • And / or living in poverty or situations of deprivation.

Schools can also apply for funding but the project must be additional to their statutory duties.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/3XW7FvN20PD3xr2c1T62Xly/main-grants

Take It Away 

Take it away, an initiative from Arts Council England that aims to make musical instruments and tuition more affordable for aspiring musicians, especially younger people and those on lower incomes, has recently been launched across England. The scheme allows individuals to apply for a loan of between £100 and £5,000 for the purchase of any kind of musical instrument completely interest free.  The Take it away loans are available through a network of musical instrument retailers across England. All instruments are included in the scheme and, to help musical development and manage costs, equipment and services such as amplifiers, sheet music and tuition can be included within the loan where available. It is also possible to use the scheme via mail order, so this might be an option for you if you are in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, or if there isn't a participating retailer in your area. The scheme is only open to individuals so schools or organisations cannot use it for multiple purchases.

Applications can be made at any time. 

Read more at: http://www.takeitaway.org.uk/

Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund

The Creative Skillset Film Skills Fund is the largest fund in the UK dedicated to supporting film-specific training. The Film Skills Fund invests in priority skills training areas identified by the film industry through our research and by the senior employers on the Film Skills Council. 

Rolling funds

  • New Entrants – funding of up to £1.5 million to facilitate training in new and evolving film skills needs across the film value chain.
  • Professionals – funding of up to £2.5 million to support the development and upskilling of professionals in the UK Film industry.

Scholarships and bursaries for creative professionals 

  • Craft and Technical Bursaries – training grants of up to £800 for film professionals working in eligible craft and technical departments, to spend on training which meets key skills priorities.
  • International Scholarships – funding for training grants of up to £5,000 for experienced film professionals to attend intensive and high-level developmental programmes in the UK or overseas.
  • Management and Leadership Bursaries – funding for training grants of up to £1,000 for film professionals to spend on training and professional development in the area of management and leadership.

For further information, visit http://creativeskillset.org/news_events/news/4370_want_to_develop_your_career_or_grow_your_film_business

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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

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June at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 05/27/2016 - 08:30
June at Norfolk Museums New at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse!

Preview fascinating new displays and discover the Voices from the Workhouse.  Hear real stories of those who lived and worked within its walls and explore the impact of this intriguing institution.  Find out more>>

Norwich Castle


New! - British Art Show 8, Fri 24 June - Sun 4 Sept,
More than 100 works on display across three venues, from 42 upcoming and established artists (A Hayward Touring exhibition).  To kick off the exhibition see The History Train procession on Sat 18 June, as the works of art are transported to the venues on horse drawn carts.  More info>> 

Ongoing Exhibitions: From Norfolk to Nubia: the watercolours of E T Daniell & 'To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set' The art of Claughton Pellew. More info>>

Stonemasonry Demonstrations, Sat 11 & Thurs 23 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Celebrate 90 years of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Tues 28 May - Sat 4 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm, Activities all week, including a chance to meet The Hawk and Owl Trust on Weds 1 June, nature crafts on Thurs 2 June; meet Norfolk Wildlife Trust, join the curator and see star items from the collections on Sat 4 June.

A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea - Story-telling and book making with Norfolk Library Service, Sat 11 June, 10am - 4pm

Horse Sense, horse themed activities. Sat 18 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Tours: Castle Keep, Until 20 July weekdays term time, 12 noon, Fighting Gallery, Sats 4, 11, June, 1 - 1.30pm, Shirehall Courtroom, Weds 15 June, 2pm

Talks:
Sat 18 June, 12 noon & 2pm, Alfred Munnings and the Horse; Tues 28 June, 12.30 - 1pm, The British Art Show: Why it Matters.

Sat 25 June, 2 - 4pm, Artist Discussion, - the role of painting in BAS8. Booking advised* Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7, Paint Club East Free.

Thurs 16 June, 11am - 12.30pm, Talking Textiles: Little & Large, Booking essential*, Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7. 

Workshops for adults:

Castle Art Club, Weds 22 June 11am - 12.30pm. Booking advised*. Adult £6.50, Conc £6, Museums Pass £5.50. More info>>

Creating Wildlife Explorers, Fri 3 June, 2 - 3pm. Writing characters in prose. Booking essential*, Adult £5, Conc £4.

*For bookable events at Norwich Castle, telephone 01603 495897/493625.

Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell

Token Traders - How Norwich Men and Women Made Their Own Money, Showing until Sat 2 July. An exhibition of tiny tokens issued by Norwich traders in the 17th Century - a time of an acute shortage of small change.

Wool and Weaving, Tues 31 May - Sat 4 June, 10am - 4.30pm
Uncover the city's textiles trade and on Thurs 2 June, see our amazing Jacquard loom in action.

City of Ale: Behind Bars, Fri 3 June, 5.30 - 7.30pm
Celebrate the city's brewing heritage, including 'Behind Bars' tales from publicans and beer tasting. Over 18s only, booking essential, tel. 01603 629127. All tickets £5 (includes beer tasting).

Undercroft Tours, Sat 25 June, 11am, 1 & 3pm

What's Norfolk and What's Not, talk with Adrian Marsden, Thurs 30 June, 1.30pm

Ancient House

Flint Rocks! Showing until 29 Oct. Exhibition on this versatile rock.  

The Queen is in her all together! Sat 28 May - Sat 4 June, family trail. 50p + admission.

Discovery Day: A Right Royal Romp, Weds 1 June, 10.30am - 1pm. Discover Ancient House's Royal links. £2, Members £1.

Writing from Dark Spaces: Sandlines Writing Workshop, Sat 4 June, 1.30 - 4pm. Writing workshop for adults. Reservations/enquires to sandlines@pobroadband.co.uk. £15.

Mini Museum Club: We're Going On A Bug Hunt! Thurs 30 June, 10.30 - 11.30am. Under 5s event - 50p per child.

Brick By Brick Workshop, Tues 7 June, 10.30am - 12 noon. Join Rachel, from the Voices from the Workhouse project at Gressenhall, to create your own brick in our wall - and hide a secret, memory or wish inside it.

Regular Crafting Sessions for Adults: Includes Knit & Knatter, Spinning and Dolls House Club.  Click for more info - to book. tel. 01842 752599.

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Father's Day, Sun 19 June, 10am - 5pm, Treat your dad with a day of fun and games; see vintage tractors in action, test how much heat you can handle on the scoville scale, meet costumed characters, then grab a cone of chips in The Mardler’s Rest café (free to all dads!) before heading home.

Time and Tide

Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock. Photographs by Harry Hammond. Showing until Sun 2 Oct. A touring exhibition from the V&A - Harry Hammond's iconic images of rock and roll stars of the ‘50s and ‘60s, plus memorabilia.

Family Events: 11am - 4pm: Time for a Spin…, Weds 1 June, see record covers then design your own. Passion for Rations, Fri 3 June, learn to scrimp World War Two style. Seafarers' Day, Sat 25 June, meet people who have worked on the high seas and see maritime collections.

Talk: The Birth of British Rock: Harry Hammond and the Rock & Pop Collections at the V&A. Fri 17 June, 11.30am. £2.90, Museums Pass £1.85. Booking essential, 01493 743930.

Elizabethan House

A Civil War Conspiracy, Weds 1 June, 11am - 4pm
Find out about a soldier’s life during the English Civil War and discover Great Yarmouth’s links to a wartime conspiracy.

Strangers' HallLynn Museum

A Shakespearean Summer, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 1 June - 30 Sept,  17th century themed activities every day; plus on 1 June Join the Family Learning Team and make Shakespeare goodies to take home. 

Fooles, Puppet Theatre, Sun 12 June, 1 - 4.30pm. Join 'Will Kemp' and his hurdy gurdy for family friendly puppet shows.

Art of the Mart: Savages Famous Fairground Makers of Lynn, extended until 11 September. Exhibition depicting the story of King’s Lynn’s creators of merry-go-rounds – including a close look at the art, craft and design of the fairground.

Talk - The History of the Paranormal in King's Lynn, Weds 8 June, 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Booking essential tel, tel 01553 775001. £2, Members FREE.

Coffee Morning: Brick By Brick, Weds 29 June, 10.30am - 12 noon. Coffee, cake and collections - join Rachel from the Voices from the Workhouse project at Gressenhall to create your own brick in our wall - and hide a secret, memory or wish inside it. £1, Members FREE.

web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
for information on all our events click here>>
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Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Business Scam, News and Information Alerts

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:37

You are subscribed to receive Business Scam Alerts, Trading Standards Business News and information. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

News Alert – Food businesses reminded about the importance of allergen awareness after business owner is jailed – 26 May 2016

Scam Alert – Telephone cold callers claiming to be from ‘the Fire Awareness Campaign’ – 22 May 2016

Report scams to;

Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk 

Trading Standards Business Line 0344 800 8020

See our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/norfolktradingstandards and ‘Like’ us

Follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/norfolkccts

 

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 17:34

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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Ofsetd outcome - message to learners

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 16:37
Ofsted Outcome – Message to learners

Dear Learner

It’s Ofsted Official – Norfolk Community Learning Services is a GOOD learning provider

We are delighted to be able to tell you that, following our Ofsted inspection in April 2016, Ofsted now rates us as a Good provider. This is an excellent outcome for us all, as it means we can now be confident that the quality of our service to you, our learners, is good and we are doing the right things for the people of Norfolk.

We would like to thank you for your continued support throughout the period where we were working hard to overcome our previous Ofsted Inadequate judgement and jump up two grades to Good. We hope that you will continue to enjoy your learning with us as we move towards Outstanding.

You can read a copy of our inspection report by clicking on the following link:

https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/files/2569974/urn/53545.pdf

If at any time you feel you need to contact us, please direct your message to: ncls.admin@norfolk.gov.uk or telephone: 01603 306589.

Helen Wetherall, Interim Head of Service, Norfolk Community Learning Services

www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation
0344 800 8020
ncls@norfolk.gov.uk
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Signs of Safety Partners Newsletter #8 - May 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:50

Signs of Safety Partners Newsletter #8 - May 2016

Come and join us at the UEA

Following feedback from our event in January, we’ve worked hard to search out presentations which will demonstrate how SofS has been adapted to fit various work streams from a variety of different perspectives, with a few practical exercises and a free lunch thrown in for good measure! We’re also looking forward to welcoming Terry Murphy back to Norfolk and asking for his feedback on our development. So don’t miss out on what will be a valuable, interesting and informative learning event.

This is open to all working in these areas, not just frontline practitioners, so please email SignsofSafety@norfolk.gov.uk to request a place.

Don't forget the scaling...

Many are really getting to grips with using the mapping tool to examine the reality of a situation – the good and the bad. However some are not always using the scaling in this process. The fact is,  out of the four questions used in this process – what’s working well, what are we worried about, what needs to happen and the scaling question - scaling is the most important of them all.

It’s purpose is to open up conversation, to get everyone’s perspective on the issue at hand and to learn the reasoning behind the numbers given. It helps to draw out information that others may not have and helps all involved to think about what they need to see happening to demonstrate the situations has improved. Don’t expect for everyone to agree on the number. It’s when we all have different opinions, that’s when the conversations begin.  

We are really pleased to announce that Tess Terzza from Family Intervention Team 1 in Breckland, has been asked to present at this event. You may remember Tess from our Celebration Event in January, where she shared with us how she worked with the family to create their own workable safety plan, by using the SofS approach. Truly inspiring work, well done Tess!

We're also looking forward to seeing the finished version of the Creative Communications booklet, being produced by Leicestershire County Council, to which we submitted a number of great pieces of 'Words and Pictures' work.

Hopefully we'll see you there too.

More than just mapping

It is vital to remember that Signs of Safety is not just about ‘doing a mapping’ or using the three houses. These are part of the SofS tool kit. Mapping can help to clarify a situation - highlighting complicating factors which may have previously been considered worries, emphasising what’s already working well within the family and provides the building blocks to create a safety or stability plan.

However, the underlying principles throughout are about respecting the families we work with, building better relationships with all those we work with and being clear about what we need to see happening to ensure children and young people are kept safe and well. The harder the case, the harder we have to listen to find even the smallest positives and honour the family for them. By doing so, the family will understand that we are there to work with them, not ‘do to’ them.

It may be worth taking a little time to consider how you are ‘doing Signs of Safety’ – is it just by using the tools or have you adopted the whole approach? Click here for more information on building better relationships.

Tweeters can follow @signsofsafety for updates from the team behind this approach or @socialworktools for tools and direct activities which work well with the SofS approach.

Development sessions

 

The King’s Lynn teams are running SofS development sessions on the dates below.

These sessions will focus on safety planning, developing safety networks, safety circles and the use of questioning to elicit greater understanding, timeframe and trajectory for closure, words and pictures explanations. Each session will take place at Priory House, 1st floor conference room, with cake and refreshments available on arrival so don’t be late!

Spaces are limited so please email rita.lake@norfolk.gov.uk if you’d like to book a place.

14 July 2016 9.30am -12.30pm

7 September 2016 9.30am – 12.30pm

31 October 2016 2-4pm

Alternatives to Three Houses

The more we and our partners use SofS methods, the more our families become familiar with the tools. You can imagine being faced with the same three houses from everyone involved can become, quite frankly, boring. We know there are plenty of really creative people out there so we’d like to hear from you on how you’ve overcome this and what you’ve come up with as alternatives, particularly with older children and young people. If you have something you’d like to share, please email us so that we can share it with others.

SofS at the YMCA

It’s encouraging to see that more and more, our partner agencies are seeing the benefits of working with the SofS approach. This is what Louise Miller, Families Team Manager at YMCA Norfolk had to say...

“Over the past six months, we have been developing the use of Signs of Safety within the families’ team. We feel this has been beneficial when working with families and young people in providing a clear, concise and collaborative way of documenting what is working well, what we are worried about and what needs to happen. This enables us to formulate a plan of action for the family to work towards with us supporting them. As an organisation we are keen to embed this way of working further and have decided to develop our safeguarding policies, procedures and training into a Signs of Safety model. Furthermore we are looking to change the model we are currently using in our housing departments to support young people enabling them to have a full understanding of their and our concerns, and what is working well. Signs of Safety has changed the way we work with our customers into a positive, collaborative approach which is proving to be successful and rewarding for all involved.”

Embedding the learning approach

As the Norfolk Social Care Academy starts to take shape, it’s clear to see that SofS will be weaving it’s way throughout the whole arrangement. After all, SofS encourages us to take a learning approach and creating a framework to further develop the skills and talents of our staff, further embeds this ethos into our normal way of working.

Any comments?

Please feel free to contact us at siignsofsafety@norfolk.gov.uk with any comments or information you'd like to share. We'd love to hear from you.

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Signs of Safety Special Edition #8 - May 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 12:49
Signs of Safety Special Edition #8 - May 2016 Come & join us at the UEA  

Following feedback from our event in January, we’ve worked hard to search out presentations which will demonstrate how SofS has been adapted to fit the various work streams from a variety of different perspectives, with a few practical exercises and a free lunch thrown in for good measure! We’re also looking forward to welcoming Terry Murphy back to Norfolk and asking for his feedback on our development. So don’t miss out on what will be a valuable, interesting and informative learning event.

This is open to all staff, not just frontline practitioners, although priority will be given to those working in LAC and Leaving Care services.

Places are available to book now via the Learning Hub.

Don't forget the scaling...

Many are really getting to grips with using the mapping tool to examine the reality of a situation – the good and the bad. However some are not always using the scaling in this process. The fact is, out of the four questions used in this process – what’s working well, what are we worried about, what needs to happen and the scaling question - scaling is the most important of them all.

It’s purpose is to open up conversation, to hear everyone’s perspective on the issue at hand and to learn the reasoning behind the numbers given. It helps to draw out information that others may not have and helps all involved to think about what they need to see happening to demonstrate the situation has improved. Don’t expect everyone to agree on the number. When we all have different opinions, that’s when the conversations begin.  

We're really pleased to announce that Tess Terzza from Family Intervention Team 1 in Breckland, has been asked to present at this event. You may remember Tess from our Celebration Event in January, where she shared with us how she worked with the family to create their own workable safety plan, by using the SofS approach. Truly inspiring work, well done Tess!

We also looking forward to seeing the finished version of the Creative Communications booklet to which we submitted a number of great pieces of work.

If you’ve been nominated to attend this event, further information will be sent out directly to you in due course.

More than just mapping

It is vital to remember that Signs of Safety is not just about ‘doing a mapping’ or using the three houses. These are part of the SofS tool kit. Mapping can help to clarify a situation - highlighting complicating factors which may have previously been considered worries, emphasising what’s already working well within the family and provides the building blocks to create a safety or stability plan.

However, the underlying principles throughout are about respecting the families we work with, building better relationships with all those we work with and being clear about what we need to see happening to ensure children and young people are kept safe and well. The harder the case, the harder we have to listen to find even the smallest positives and honour the family for them. By doing so, the family will understand that we are there to work with them, not ‘do to’ them.

It may be worth taking a little time to consider how you are ‘doing Signs of Safety’ – is it just by using the tools or have you adopted the whole approach? Click here for more information on building better relationships.

NCC staff can access information on our intranet pages and partners on the NSCB website.

You can also access past copies of the SofS newsletters here.

Development Sessions

The King’s Lynn teams are running SofS development sessions on the dates below. These sessions will focus on safety planning, developing safety networks, safety circles and the use of questioning to elicit greater understanding, timeframe and trajectory for closure, words and pictures explanations. Each session will take place at Priory House, 1st floor conference room, with cake and refreshments available on arrival so don’t be late! Spaces are limited so please email rita.lake@norfolk.gov.uk if you’d like to book a place.

14 July 2016 9.30am -12.30pm

7 September 2016 9.30am – 12.30pm

31 October 2016 2-4pm

Alternatives to Three Houses

The more we and our partners use SofS methods, the more our families become familiar with the tools. You can imagine being faced with the same three houses from everyone involved can become, quite frankly, boring. We know there are plenty of really creative people within our teams and we’d like to hear from you on how you’ve overcome this and what you’ve come up with as alternatives, particularly with older children and young people. If you have something you’d like to share, please email us so that we can share it with others.

Signs of Safety at the YMCA

 

It’s encouraging to see that more and more, our partner agencies are seeing the benefits of working with the SofS approach. This is what Louise Miller, Families Team Manager at YMCA Norfolk had to say...

“Over the past six months, we have been developing the use of Signs of Safety within the families’ team. We feel this has been beneficial when working with families and young people in providing a clear, concise and collaborative way of documenting what is working well, what we are worried about and what needs to happen. This enables us to formulate a plan of action for the family to work towards with us supporting them. As an organisation we are keen to embed this way of working further and have decided to develop our safeguarding policies, procedures and training into a Signs of Safety model. Furthermore we are looking to change the model we are currently using in our housing departments to support young people enabling them to have a full understanding of their and our concerns, and what is working well. Signs of Safety has changed the way we work with our customers into a positive, collaborative approach which is proving to be successful and rewarding for all involved.”

Embedding the learning approach

As the Norfolk Social Care Academy starts to take shape, it’s clear to see that SofS will be weaving it’s way throughout the whole arrangement. After all, SofS encourages us to take a learning approach and creating a framework to further develop the skills and talents of our staff, further embeds this ethos into our normal way of working.

Don’t forget to sign up for the Academy Roadshows, via the Learning Hub, to get your views heard.

Tweeters can follow @signsofsafety for updates from the team behind this approach or @socialworktools for tools and direct activities which work well with the SofS approach.

Any comments?

If you have any comments or information you would like to share, please feel free to contact us at SignsofSafety@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

May 2016 Norfolk Children's University Newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:33
                                                                                    May 2016 Congratulations to our Amazing Graduates!

We have been celebrating the achievements of our Children's University members at the first of our 2016 graduation events. Graduations have differed slightly this year with us holding four smaller events at Great Yarmouth College and Norwich University of the Arts to start off the year. These events have been a great success with over 150 children graduating, and a handful of these children completing their CU journey, collecting their Gold Fellowship certificate for 1000 hours of learning outside of school. We have received some lovely feedback; 

"Had a great time, was really well organised and was really inspiring to hear the stories of what the children did to achieve the points."

"Really enjoyed this presentation as it was aimed more at the children & their graduation. Loved the pictures and demo's by children."

"Nice to have some showcasing of talents."

"Really lovely ceremony & venue, great activities beforehand & children showcasing their talents a great addition. Thank you!"

We have more graduation events throughout the summer and will be holding our first set of  "High Achievers" events at UEA and "Newcomers" graduations at OPEN, which we are very excited about. This is a completely new format for our graduations and we are excited to be able to offer something completely new to our graduates. 


Calling all Young Historians!

Do you enjoy history? Do you like museums? Why not, join an Ancient House History Club.

They have two clubs which run regularly at Ancient House, Whitehart St, Thetford IP24 1AA. Club Members have the chance to explore the museum behind the scenes, handle real museum artefacts, meet costumed characters from the past, help curate exhibitions and even takeover the museum to run events for the public!

History Club (for children aged 6 and over) runs every Wednesday in term time from 4 to 5.15pm

Teenage History Club (for children aged 12 and over) runs every Friday in term time from 4 to 6pm

If you would like more information please contact Melissa Hawker on 01842 752599 or email melissa.hawker@norfolk.gov.uk

New Learning Destinations

We have some fantastic new learning destinations you need to hear about! 

Norwich Penguins

Norwich Penguins offer a wide variety of swimming lessons across many locations in Norwich. Children can learn at their own rate with lessons for beginners right through to adult swim lessons.  Some of their members have gone a step further and gone on to compete at all levels, some have even made it to the Olympic Games! For more information please visit their website - http://www.norwichpenguins.co.uk/ 

SESMA

The South Eastern School of Martial Arts (SESMA) offers a wide range of classes in Karate, Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Kungfu. SESMA believes in quality, so SESMA has its own specialised Martial Arts Studio in Norwich and uses a professionally run Leisure Centre in Newmarket. For more information please visit - http://sesma.co.uk/

Arts North Norfolk

North Walsham and North Norfolk’s vibrant arts charity, presenting theatre, cinema, classes, festivals and events all year round. They make things happen for North Walsham and the surrounding area, using arts activity and cultural experiences to create positive change with and for the local community, check out their website for more information - https://artsnorthnorfolk.org/whatson/

Educator Solutions

You may have heard that Norfolk Children's University is now being run by Educator Solutions. A not-for-profit enterprise, Educator Solutions employ over 200 staff who deliver a breadth of services to educational establishments across Norfolk and beyond. These services include leadership and governance, improved teaching skills and techniques, financial management and HR and a range of inspirational learning environments.

Where services aren’t directly available from us, we can facilitate access to a number of trusted partners who can tailor a high quality package to complement a customer’s own capabilities. In turn, improving the educational experiences and opportunities for their learners.

For more information on the services available through Educator Solutions please visit the website - http://www.educatorsolutions.org.uk/

Categories: Norfolk

What's On at Norwich Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 11:09
What's on at Norwich Museums  
Click the image to download your copy of the new What's On leaflet for Norwich Museums. Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council - County Council

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:41

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to County Council. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Monday 9 May 2016 are now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

 

 

Categories: Norfolk

Love Food Hate Waste Champion newsletter - spring edition

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:40

Welcome to the spring edition of your Love Food Hate Waste Champion newsletter. We have got lots of exciting developments that we would like to update you on. Happy reading!

Kitchen Kit and Caboodle

Whether you are a fan of kitchen kit and caboodle, or prefer a minimalist approach, we have got some fantastic advice on the basic kit and everyday kitchen objects that really help us make the most of the food we buy. Freezer bags, clips, pegs, takeaway containers, ice cream tubs, foil, clingfilm and even kitchen paper can be used to reduce the amount of food we throw away. 

Read on and discover how some ordinary kitchen tools become extraordinary food savers

Handy tips to avoid wasting drinks

We may not think it but there are significant impacts when we waste drinks. You know, those cups of tea that go cold, large bottles of fizzy drink that are too big to finish and half-drunken bottles of wine. When poured down the sink, the costs all add up hitting our wallets and the environment.

 Follow this link for some useful hints and tips to reduce the amount of drink that is wasted in your home.

LFHW Champions get-together

We would like to invite you to join us for a gathering on 9th June 2016 in the Cranworth Room at County Hall from 18:30 till 20:30. This will be a great opportunity to see how you are getting on, exchange ideas and update you on the latest developments. 

If you haven't already done so, please let David know if you can make it so we can make catering arrangements- a buffet tea will be provided. 

We look forward to seeing you!Don't forget to submit your hours!

We know that you are spreading the LFHW message but please don't forget to let us know as it is so important for the future of the scheme. And remember it is not just events that count but every time you talk to a friend, family member, work colleague etc. - even if it is just for 10 minutes as it all adds up!

Coming soon ... new resources

We are currently developing some new resources which will mainly focuse on storage. The resources are for use at events and consist of the following:

  • new display materials
  • interactive storage game
  • quiz
  • new recipe cards (including the ones below)

We hope the new resources will give your stand a "professional" look with lots of fun interactive things to do - pictures will follow. Many thanks to Jill who's recent feedback was very valuable.

 

Training opportunities

We are really pleased that we are able to offer you a couple of training opportunities free of charge.

Basic Food Hygiene Training

This is an online training course that only takes 2-3 hours to complete. You can dip in and out of it and complete the training in convenient stages as the system will record your progress throughout. There is a test at the end that requires a 75% pass rate and you will receive a City & Guilds Accredited Certificate. Quite a few of you have already made use of this opportunity but it's not too late yet, please email David if you are interested.


Presentation skills

Whether you are new to presenting or after a few useful tips on how to get people engaged we might just have the course for you. We are offering a one day training course that will be held on 8th July 2016 at the Annex, County Hall. There are only eight spaces available so please get in quick if you are interested. To express an interest please email lovefoodhatewaste@norfolk.gov.uk

Recipes for you to bake for events

We received some feedback that it would be great to have some "tasters" to take to events to attract people to the stall. Below are four recipes for you to try, hopefully they are easy to make. If you would like to make a recipe for an event/talk, we will reimburse you with £7 per recipe (no need for a receipt) which will be paid through your volunteer expenses. 

Banana and honey muffins

This is ideal for using up bananas which have gone past their best. You can also use other fruits that need using up, such as apples, cranberries, oranges, pears or even some tinned fruit!

Bacon and onion flaky pastry rolls

These are flat flaky, palm-shaped little bites that can be made ahead of time and frozen. Even if the pastry is ready-rolled make sure you roll it out a bit thinner. Great for a lunch treat or picnic too!

Bacon and tomato soda bread

This yeast free bread is easy to make and is a great way to use up either leftover ham or bacon and tomatoes. Delicious on its own or topped with cheese and ham for a snack or light lunch.

Leek and broccoli mini muffins

Serve these delicious savoury muffins as part of a cooked breakfast, or pop some into your lunch box. This recipe is great for using up any cooked green vegetables such as leeks, broccoli, courgettes and spinach left over from another main meal.

What you have been up to...

We always love to hear from you and share your fantastic work with everyone. Below are two examples of how volunteers have passed on the LFHW message. 

This is a good opportunity to say thank you to you all for continuing to spread the word! 

Store cupboard swap...Angela and Hannah have been spreading the LFHW message amongst their work colleagues by organising a store cupboard swap in January. This event provided the perfect opportunity to swap your unwanted items for something different. Well done to you both for making this such a success.
One planet event

Several of our LFHW Champions were flying the flag for Love Food Hate Waste at this two day event at the Forum in Norwich. It was a fantastic event with lots of interest from members of the public. 

Our latest venture - The £60 challenge

The national LFHW campaign says that the average family with children can save up to £60 per month. In order to heighten the profile of food waste in Norfolk we thought we would put this to the test and have a local challenge to see how much can be saved by wasting less food. 

We are currently working with three Norwich families who are undertaking this challenge. They have kept a food waste diary for two weeks, this was followed by a chat where LFHW Champion Caroline provided them with some ideas and tips that will help them with the challenge. Our families will keep a photo diary to document their “journey”. Their experience will then form the basis for the launch of a simpler county wide £60 challenge. 

We would love your help with the county wide challenge to sign up as many people as possible - more information on this to follow closer to the time.  

Latest news

In this section we will share information about other waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives in Norfolk. This time we would like to update you on the latest developments at our recycling centres. 

Changes at our recycling centres

In the next couple of months a number of changes will take place regarding the opening days at the following sites: Docking, Morningthrope, Ashill and Heacham. To find out more please follow the link.


Great news for householders

We have made changes to our DIY charges which makes it fairer and better value for residents.  People who only wanted to dispose of a couple of items were faced with a minimum charge of £30.  Now, residents will only pay for the amount and type of material they bring. Click here for more details.

 

Dates for your diary
  • Spring Bank Holiday 30th May
  • Ramadan starts 6th June
  • National Picnic Week 11-19th June
  • Father's Day 19th June
  • Wimbledon starts 27th June
  • Eid-ul-Fitr 5th July
  • School summer holidays starts 21st July
Thank you

... for reading this newsletter and for spreading the LFHW message. We would love to hear from you please drop us a line at lovefoodhatewaste@norfolk.gov.uk. The next issue is due in the summer therefore please submit any contributions by mid July. 

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 17:36

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Policy and Resources Committee.  A supplementary agenda for the meeting due to be held on  Tuesday 31st May 2016  is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

Categories: Norfolk

Protect you and your business

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 15:31
Protect your business Our fantastic Bitesize courses can help build on existing business skills and gain new ones. At only two hours long and running in a variety of different subjects this is a perfect opportunity to maximise your potential without having to sign up to a lengthy course. 

There are still a few places left on our course running this Friday, so be quick!

Cyber Safety
This course will provide you with information concerning the issues and practices of using the internet and Social Media safely. Our aims are to show you how to use the protection flat forms installed on the Social Media sites, run through good practices of keeping passwords safe, how to manage the risk factor of being hacked and who to contact if you have been hacked.

 

View the full list of Bitesize courses  Click on the courses above to find out more or visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation  

 

www.norfolk.gov.uk/adulteducation
0300 800 8020
ncls@norfolk.gov.uk
Categories: Norfolk

Safeguarding Norfolk's great outdoors

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 05/24/2016 - 09:06
Environment Team NewsletterMay 2016 Protecting and enhancing the natural and historic environment is essential for our economy - and getting out to explore the countryside brings great benefits for health too.  Read on for the latest examples of how we're delivering on these areas for Norfolk.  Environment Team continues to meet the challenges of reduced budget through innovative projects that tap into other funding streams. Over the coming months will be also be exploring how to integrate our services even more fully across the team. 

We produce this newsletter every couple of months or so and are open to suggestions on how to develop the content.  If you have any ideas on articles you'd like to see we'd be delighted to hear from you.

Please email  us at: environment@norfolk.gov.uk 

Please use the links on the right to take you to more information about our services on the refreshed Norfolk County Council website.Monitoring ash dieback in NorfolkAsh dieback (c) Norfolk County Council Environment Team

East Anglia is the worst affected area in the  UK for the tree disease ash dieback (also known as "Chalara" after the fungus that causes it).  The full economic, environmental and social impact of this disease for Norfolk is not fully known.  

Chalara will kill young trees and can seriously weaken mature trees.  Infected trees will develop dead branches, crown dieback and whole trees will die.  We need to ensure that these trees do not pose an unreasonable risk to members of the public.

Natural Environment Team at Norfolk County Council have joined forces with Highways and set up a working group across NCC departments to address how we deal with the impacts of Chalara. As part of this three year project, the number and condition of ash trees that are affected across Norfolk's road network will be assessed.   Training and advice will be offered to Highways and other Council departments with responsibility for trees (such as schools, trails and public rights of way, County Farms, fire stations and libraries) and cost-effective management solutions developed.   

Project leader Tom Russell-Grant from Environment Team said: "Initially we will carry out strategic surveys of roadside trees to get a better understanding of the disease in Norfolk and develop a robust management strategy for the next 20 years that will incorporate replanting. We will create guidance notes for Council departments and private landowners who have trees alongside county roads and property and continue to work closely with neighbouring counties and organisations such as the Forestry Commission, Defra, the Tree Council and the John Innes Research Centre."  

Tom is being assisted by Year in Industry student Tim Foo, who is helping design the inspection strategy and to produce leaflets that give an overview of the disease and how to manage it in line with the current NCC tree policy

Did you know? There are an estimated 300,000 trees within 10 metres of the road network in Norfolk.  More information here.  Historical archives digitisedEast Anglian Archaeology archives: many topics are covered.

One hundred reports on the archaeology of East Anglia dating from 1975 have been digitised and made freely available under a Creative Commons licence thanks to the support of Historic England.   The reports are listed under 5 categories: prehistory; Roman; Anglo-Saxon; medieval; and landscape; and cover fascinating local excavations and topics from medieval pottery to Roman remains, many authored by members of Environment Team's Historic Environment Service. Check out what's available here

Did you know?
East Anglian Archaeology is academically refereed, with an editorial board of senior archaeologists from the region.  Jenny Glazebrook of Historic Environment Service is current managing editor of the series.  Celebrating 30 years of the National Trail 


Norfolk Trails staff and artist Andrew Ruffhead (back right) with eye-catching maps that celebrate 30 years of the National Trail in Norfolk Norfolk Trails at Environment Team commissioned local artist Andrew Ruffhead to create eye-catching maps to celebrate 30 years of Norfolk's National Trail - the Peddars Way and Norfolk Coast Path - which is managed by the Team.  Senior Trails Officer, Russell Wilson said: "The maps are a bit like the landscape - the closer you look, the more you discover."   The maps will be available for purchase for visitors to the Trail. 

A new plan to secure the development of the Trail into the future has just been agreed and adopted, setting out arrangements to encourage local engagement and involvement. Shaped through consultation with many stakeholders and Natural England, the plan is based around four key areas: economy; engagement; enhancement and experience. View a copy here. 

Did you know?

The Peddars Way (which starts at Thetford in Breckland) connects with Norfolk Coast Path at Holme next the Sea to form the Norfolk National Trail - one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales. Norfolk Trails have developed a number of circular walks from the National Trail to give walkers the chance to try out a short section before embarking on a longer trip (see side bar).  Grazing animals make good conservation managersHighland cattle at Wiveton Downs (c) Norfolk County Council

The highland cows are back grazing Wiveton Downs Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) owned by Norfolk County Council, for a second year running thanks to the Norfolk Coast Partnership’s Sustainable Development Fund, and a successful funding application to the SITA Trust.  


Environment Team Ecologist Ed Stocker and the Norfolk Coast Partnership, have brought grazing back to this and other sites in the area to make the management sustainable and keep it great for nature, and an exciting place for visitors to the Norfolk Coast! We will be building on this cross team partnership this year to help re-instate grazing at Salthouse Heath County Wildlife Site using external funding to fence the site and a local grazier to help manage it. Having built a good relationship with local graziers and funding bodies, this is a model that we can use to manage other County Council owned land to achieve as much as we can with the money available, and potentially save the cost of mowing vegetation by hand once the external grant has funded fencing and other infrastructure. 

The Norfolk Coast Sustainable Development Fund also paid for interpretation at Gallows Hill in Salthouse; (part of the largest bronze age cemetery in Norfolk) which is grazed too by local livestock. 

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Norfolk Coast Partnership Norfolk bluebell woodMeet the teamIn this issue we introduce Claire Bradshaw, Community Archaeologist with Historic Environment Service (HES) at Environment Team. 

"The Community Engagement team at HES is responsible for heritage outreach activities. As Community Archaeologist, my role is to make sure local people are encouraged to learn about the past, and to help them take care of it in their area. Each community needs different support so my day can involve anything from providing specialised training workshops to mixing replica Roman poo.

Most of the projects I am working on at the moment are Heritage Lottery Funded. This means that I am very focussed on reaching people who have not been involved in archaeology before, and teaching them the skills they need to start their own investigations.
This frequently includes showing people how to excavate and record their findings, but also involves non-invasive techniques such as field walking, historic building survey and studying aerial photographs. Everything we teach is aimed at giving people the ability and confidence to carry on with their research after the training is finished. 
The role is quite varied, and involves visiting local schools; writing finds reports; helping people with their funding applications; giving talks and updating social media, to name a few parts.

Outside of work I am completing an MA in Archaeology and Heritage, which takes up most of my free time, but given half the chance, you will find me outside climbing, camping, hiking, running and gardening or curled up under a blanket with a good book and my knitting. 

Claire Bradshaw 

Things to do in May1. Check out Historic Environment Service's archaeological "Find of the Month" for May - lead spindle-whorls, found in a field near Reepham and dating from c 1000 - 1600 CE. 2. Try out a new Norfolk Coast Path circular walk recommended by Norfolk Trails Team. There are lots to choose from!  More information here3. Follow a WildWalk route in the  Brecks: enjoy the local landscape whilst noting any wildlife you spot to upload afterwards. Download a leaflet here and routes here.

WildWalks in the Brecks has been organised by Norfolk's environmental records centre (NBIS) under the Wildlife Recorders' of Tomorrow project.

Cycling the Marriott's Way Norfolk TrailSeal spotting at Horsey from the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail Environment Team: 
Working with you to safeguard Norfolk's great outdoors.  Environment Team - www.norfolk.gov.uk/environment   
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Update on ceremony bookings

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:33

Dear all

I am writing to give you an update on our current position. We continue to experience high volumes of ceremony enquiries and with the introduction of the online booking system still in the ‘testing stage’ – our turnaround times have regrettably suffered. We are now working to 8-9 working days.

We have taken measures to overcome the work load, by:

  • Holding action days – where we place significant additional manpower from the service, into the ceremony hub to assist with bookings, payments etc. The next such day being Friday 27th
  • We have employed additional staff to work within the hub, until the online booking system ‘goes live’. We are keeping our fingers crossed for a launch date in July.

Your continued patience and support is greatly appreciated. Please bear with couples who are keen to make a booking with you but – are not in a position to commit.

If you have any specific urgent issues, then feel free to contact me on 01603 222934.

 

Many thanks

 

Anita Hennington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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