Norfolk County Council - Health and Wellbeing Board

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:31

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Health and Wellbeing Board.  Item 7b - 'STP Update' for the meeting due to be held on 26th April 2017 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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Making Norfolk a Healthier Place to Live

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 13:23

We need your help!

Earlier this year Norfolk County Council’s Public Health team launched a campaign to promote healthy lifestyles in Norfolk.  We’d like to find out if you recognise the campaign and if you made any changes to your life as a result. 

Please spare a few minutes to share your views - it really will help us with our future campaign activity. It won't take long and it will help us to improve how we communicate our health messages to you so that we can be more effective.

Click here to complete our survey.

Many thanks in advance for your help.

Kind regards

Louise Banning 

Principal Communications Officer

Norfolk County Council 

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 12:43

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Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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SEND e-newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/24/2017 - 10:28
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Newsletter

April 2017 - Issue No.13

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.

National Special Educational Needs Awards 2017

The Root Of It National Special Educational Needs Awards 2017 celebrate good special needs and disability practice across the UK.

An opportunity for settings to share the wonderful practice that happens in their early years setting, school or college that makes a real difference to children and young people with SEND. 

Enter the 2017 National SEN Award in one of the following categories:

  • Most inclusive practice across a school
  • Partnership with parents (must be co-written with parents)
  • Most innovative special needs intervention
  • Best use of external special needs professional

The judges will be from Achievement for all, National Association of Head Teachers and The nurture group network.

HURRY the closing date: is 29th April 2017!

National Co-production Week: 3-7 July 2017

During National Co-production Week 3-7 July 2017, the SEND Local Offer team and Family Voice Norfolk are planning to co-produce:

A film about co-production in Norfolk

During National Co-production Week, the Local Offer team will work alongside members of Family Voice Norfolk co-produce a film about co-production in Norfolk. 

We will be out and about filming the different co-production activities which are going on across education, health and care which could include some or all of the following:

  • a Family Voice Norfolk / NCC Liaison Meeting
  • members of Family Voice Norfolk contributing to strategic meetings and reviews
  • a Person Centred Review
  • an school consulting with families about their SEN provision and support to inform the review of their SEN Information report
  • an Education, Health and Care plan planning meeting
  • plus people telling us what co-production means to them and why they value it

The resulting film will be posted on the SEND Local Offer and also on the Family Voice Norfolk website. It will help show families and Ofsted / CQC how co-production is working in Norfolk.

An Improving Times (Children's Services) newsletter

We are also taking over the Improving Times weekly newsletter for National Co-production Week so that we can let people know about the benefits of working in partnership with children and young people and families when planning or reviewing provision and services.

There are several ways that you can join too!

  1. Tell us about your good practice of using co-production to review and plan provision and support so we can include it in the Improving Times newsletter.
  2. Have you got a co-production activity taking place that we can feature in our film?
  3. Sign the Pledge for co-production and show your support for working in co-production

Contact if you want to get involved by 19 May 2017

Don't forget to tweet about co-production using the hashtag #coproweek

NHS core provision offer to schools

The Core Provision from NHS professionals for schools is a new document, recently published on the Local Offer in the Information for SEND professionals section.

It outlines the core provision available from NHS professionals to support the health needs of children and young people in mainstream and complex needs schools.

It also provides information on additional advice, training and support that schools can commission independently, should they wish.

The document will support all schools to deliver the appropriate 'reasonable adjustments' to ensure that children and young people with medical conditions (physical and mental health) are properly supported in school so that they reach their full potential.

Family Voice Norfolk Round the county report

Family Voice Norfolk organised a series of Parent Carer Participation Events in November 2016 at venues around the county.

The aim was to gain feedback about the experiences and views of families of children with SEND in Norfolk across the full breadth of services provided or commissioned by the Local Authority, Commissioned Health Services, Early Years, Schools and Further Education Providers.

It’s vital that Family Voice has as full a picture as possible of how things are working for parent carers in order to work with decision makers and provision planners to improve services for families in Norfolk.

The report can be found on the Family Voice website in News as Parent Carer Participation Events 2016 or Round the County 2016.

Family Voice is always keen to hear the views of families and it is free to join for families and others interested in SEND. Contact Kate at or on 07950 302937, for more information or if you need a printed copy of the Parent Participation Report.

Local Offer consultation

In January 2017 we launched our online Local Offer consultation survey and the dates of our Local Offer consultation sessions for parents carers and professionals.

During February and March, we were around the county meeting a wide range of parents carers and professionals to get their feedback on the Local Offer.

Although these sessions were not as well attended as we had hoped, those who did come along received an excellent walkthrough of the Local Offer by Wayne Doman, Local Offer Officer. Most people were left astounded by the wealth of information the Local Offer contains and amazed by how it had been transformed since its launch on 1 September 2014.

So if you have not visited the Local Offer website for a long time, it might be worth making time to take another look!

We are collating all the feedback from the online survey and consultation sessions into a report which will inform the development of the Local Offer over the next two years.

New - Children and young people's section

Our aspiration has always been to one day have a separate Local Offer website for children and young people with SEND. 

Until this dream becomes a reality, we are going to develop the Local Offer for children and young people with SEND within the existing Local Offer website.

We have recently created a new section for Children and young people and started to develop this section. 

So far we have added some quick wins:

Work will continue over the summer - films, games and a dedicated section for Care leavers will be added soon. Do keep an eye out for how this section develops over the coming months.

New Local Offer filter in the Norfolk Directory

The Norfolk Directory forms part of Norfolk's Local Offer and there is approximately 5000 records in the Norfolk Directory.

It is now easier for families and professionals to search for records offering SEND provision and support for children, young people and their families in the Norfolk Directory because we have added a 'Record is part of the Local Offer' filter.

Record holders are being asked to go into their entry and tick the Local Offer box if they consider themselves to be part of the Local Offer to ensure their record comes up when the Local Offer filter is used as part of a search.

We also hope in due course to also add the Local Offer logo to each record that forms part of the Local Offer too!

Short breaks

Short breaks have recently changed in Norfolk. You can find out more about these changes on the Local Offer where there is a dedicated section for Short breaks.

There will soon be more information about the specialist Norfolk County Council commissioned Short Breaks published on the Local Offer and also in a printable pdf.

    Early years funding changes

    Following the Early Years National Funding Formula Consultation which closed in September 2016, the Government has announced some increased support for children with disabilities. This will come through the introduction of a Disabled Access Fund (DAF). Also from April 2017, the funding previously offered in Norfolk as Discretionary Funding will be known as the SEN Inclusion Fund, in line with other government proposals.

    Inclusion Fund

    The Inclusion Fund will be accessible to 3 and 4 year olds receiving their early education entitlement only. The fund will be to support children with lower level or emerging SEN and children with more complex need.  Those in receipt of an Education, Health & Care plan (EHC plan) will continue to be eligible for funding via the high needs block.

    To establish this new way of working a consultation will take place during the summer term 2017.  Information about the survey will be shared soon via various newsletters and other media.

    Disability Access Fund (DAF)

    The DAF is an additional payment which will be made directly to Ofsted registered early year’s providers for eligible 3 & 4 years olds. To be eligible a child must access all or any part of their free early years entitlement and be in receipt of child disability living allowance (DLA).

    The early years provider will receive a one-off payment of £615 per year and the fund should support providers to make reasonable adjustments to their provision and or help build capacity within the provision to meet the needs of the child.

    If a child eligible for DAF is splitting their free entitlement across one or more providers, parents will be asked to nominate the main provider to whom the payment will be made.  Should a child receiving DAF move from one provision to another within a financial year the new provision is not eligible to receive DAF funding for the child within the same financial year.

    Family Action - volunteers needed

    Join our team of volunteers working to support families of children who are awaiting assessment for ASD or ADHD.

    If you…

    • Have an understanding or ASD or ADHD and the impact this can have on families
    • Have 3 hours a week to spare
    • Are confident in planning and participating in activities
    • If you are retired, or looking to return to the work place, and want some experience
    • Or if you just want to help...

    ...please join our team!

    Our 6 week training course begins in Swaffham Community Centre on 5th June 2017.

    Contact: The Health Champions Project, Family Action, Swaffham on 01760 720302, or email Project Co-ordinator, Natalie -

    On Track - clearing barriers to employment for young people in Norfolk

    On Track is a new service, funded by the Big Lottery and European Social Fund Building Better Opportunities programme, aimed at 16-24 year olds who are furthest from the labour market. 

    What is On Track?

    It provides one to one coaching for young people facing multiple barriers to education, training and employment.

    On Track focuses on maximising the opportunities for 16 to 24 year olds to access the skills, qualifications but more importantly the inner belief and self-confidence needed to secure and sustain employment.

    Who is eligible?

    To take part in On Track participants must be:

    • Aged between 16 and 24
    • Not being paid for any work
    • Not in education or training
    • Living in Norfolk
    • Have the right to work in the UK
    • Experiencing barriers to education, training and employment

    We are accepting referrals from Wed May 10th 2017

    Please email us at for more details. 

    Responding to feedback from families

    Feedback from families is that Norfolk County Council should improve the letters that are sent out at different stages in the Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment and plan development process.

    In response to this, we are reviewing all of the letters sent out at different stages of the process and will be making amendments where possible so that we explain things more clearly using family friendly language.

    If you would like to submit an article for this newsletter, please get in touch

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    Spring Fair at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 18:00
    Spring Fair ~ May Day CelebrationBank Holiday Monday 1 May 2017  10am - 5pm Come and join in the celebration of May Day, a day of fun and festivities with its origin in ancient times.

    The site is brimming with things to see and buy, from homemade sweet treats, to the beautiful designs of Myriad Life photo art. With stalls selling fresh produce, crafts and plants, there’s sure to be something for everyone!

    Discover the history Maypole dancing and challenge your family to learn the steps. Create a May Day crown to show off in the Grand Gressenhall Parade. Be entertained by the lively Morris dancers. See an original play 'Keeping the Balance - 300:8' about the life and daily routines of a Workhouse inmate, performed for the first time by UEA drama students.

    Meanwhile, spring is in full swing on Gressenhall Farm, from the spring flowers to the new lambs.  Watch the museum’s Suffolk Punches carry out the seasonal tasks in the fields. 

    For more information, please see our website.

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    Norfolk County Council News Update

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 17:13

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    Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 21 April 2017

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 15:00

    Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

    Welcome to the 21 April 2017 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 OpportunitiesCentre for Advanced Training Coordinator, DanceEast

    Closes: 8th May 2017
    Salary: £18,800 – £22,922 pa

    DanceEast is looking for a dynamic and responsible Coordinator to support the administration and development of the DanceEast Centre for Advanced Training (CAT). The post will primarily support day to day operations of the CAT programme including operational responsibilities as well as ongoing support for tutors, musicians, students and families and external partners.

    Based in the purpose built Jerwood DanceHouse on the Ipswich waterfront, the CAT Coordinator will form a central part of the small, fast-paced team responsible for the development and delivery of the core CAT programme. This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to contribute to a fast developing area of dance education and training.

    Applicants should be educated to degree level or have equivalent professional experience and have strong administrative and communication skills, as well as a positive attitude and problem-solving approach.  Experience of working with young people in a dance setting is desirable.

    Further information please visit

    Digital/Tech Support Role, DanceEast

    Primary Dance Project

    DanceEast is imminently due to commence a new two-year project working with six Ipswich primary schools. The project will use a mixt of live and remote teaching methods to increase the provision of high quality dance in schools, building teachers skills and confidence in using dance to deliver a range of curriculum subjects.

    We are looking for a digital / tech manager, who can advise on the use of existing technologies and platforms and who can build or source relevant hardware, software and programmes. The ideal candidate will be interested in the arts or education and willing to make a creative contribution to project design and evaluation.

    Applicants should have video and audio production skills, experience with web design and production and in deploying video content on popular hosting and streaming platforms. Ideally they will also have some experience of 360-degree video capture and presentation.

    Applicants should be able to work independently and be prepared to develop designs and plans for approval by the DanceEast team.

    Fee: This is a freelance role which we expect to be delivered across eighteen months, with the most commitment being needed in the first six months. Project fee will be based on a rate of £150-£200per day depending on experience.

    Please contact Lucy Bayliss, Head of Creative Programmes on 01473 295233 or for an informal discussion or to make an application.

    Norfolk County Council
    Senior Historic Environment Officer (Finds), Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse 

    Closes: 4th May 2017

    £28,485 - £30,153 per annum
    37 hours per week
    Permanent contract

    We are looking for a highly-motivated and talented person to lead the Identification and Recording Service (I&RS) of Norfolk County Council's Historic Environment Service as Senior Historic Environment Officer (Finds). I&RS is a leading organisation in the field of recording finds made by members of the public, both metal detectorists and amateur archaeologists. Some 15,000 objects are uploaded annually onto both the database of the national Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) and the Norfolk Historic Environment Record (HER). This dual input enables a holistic and joined-up approach to the county’s archaeology. I&RS comprises five staff members; Finds Archaeologist, Numismatist, Finds Liaison Officer, Finds Liaison Assistant (part-time) and the Senior Historic Environment Officer.

    You will hold a degree in archaeology or a related discipline or have considerable relevant experience. A working knowledge of British archaeology and considerable experience of recording finds concisely, accurately and to a high academic standard are essential. Communication skills, including public speaking and dealing personally with a wide range of individuals and groups, will be highly developed. Excellent data-entry, report writing and IT skills are essential, as is the ability to work flexibly and to tight deadlines. Written reports will be prepared both for the PAS database and for publication in national and local journals.

    For an informal discussion regarding this vacancy please contact Martin Horlock Senior Biodiversity Officer on 01603 224458.

    We welcome applications from individuals currently working in other organisations, however we would like to make you aware that priority consideration for this post may be given to current employees who are affected by restructure within the organisation or are in a redeployment position.

    To view further information regarding the vacancy please click here

    Gecko, Administrator (part-time)

    Closes: 8th May 2017
    £15k-20k pro rata

    Gecko is an acclaimed physical theatre company based in Ipswich that tours original devised productions nationally and internationally. We are looking for a part time administrator to join our small but busy core team at the centre of a larger ensemble company working across multiple productions and projects.

    If you think this opportunity might be just the job for you, we look forward to hearing from you! Full details about the role and how to apply can be found on our website

    Completed application forms should to be emailed to Belinda Farrell, General Manager at no later than 9.00am on Monday 8th May 2017. Interviews are planned for Monday 22 May.

    Further information about Gecko and our work can be found on the website

    Norfolk County Council, Strategic Hub Development Manager

    Closes: 26th April 2017

    Part time, 22 Hours per week (Permanent Contract)
    £23,758 - £25,936 per annum

    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 60 organisations, coming together to provide the best possible music education for the children and young people of Norfolk.

    Under the direction of the Head of Music Service the main duties of the post will include:

    Leading the development of Norfolk Music Education Hub ensuring the aims and objectives of The National Plan for Music Education are delivered.
    Enhancing, developing and forming partnerships to enable the Hub to further evolve for the benefit of the Children and Young People of Norfolk.
    Directly line managing Music Teachers working in schools across the county and the Instrument and Music Co-ordinator.
    Overseeing and evaluating Hub Partner Delivery and being the overall point of contact for the Norfolk Music Education Hub.
    Raising aspirations, creating confidence and providing opportunity for all Children and Young People throughout Norfolk.

    For further details and how to apply please click here

    The Garage, Front of House Assistant

    Closes: 24 April 2017

    Salary: Meets national minimum wage
    0 Hours Contract (Evenings & Weekends to meet the needs of the venue)

    Based on the busy reception desk, the postholder will be the face of the organization outside of normal office hours.  You will greet building users, answer enquiries in person, via email and on the telephone and maintain a ‘can-do’ attitude at all times.  Alongside reception and general administrative duties, you will be a key player in our sales and marketing plan, taking a proactive approach to promoting the building, our activities and upselling wherever possible.  The postholder will be required to consent to an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau disclosure.

    For more information, please visit:

    Operations Lead, The Garage

    Closes: 15 May 2017

    The Garage is looking to recruit an Operations Lead to oversee all areas of operation across The Garage’s venue, activities and partner sites.  The post holder will be responsible for the effective and efficient running of internal and public facing systems and procedures, facilities management, customer service, health and safety, and trading development.  They will be an integral part of The Garage team, central to both internal, venue based and external operations.

    For more info please visit:

    The Garage, Freelance Artists

    We are always looking for creative and energetic street dance, ballet and drama tutors to join our team of freelance artists working in the community in Norwich and North Norfolk. Experience and skills in working with children and young people is essential, as is your own transport.

    Please contact for more information.

    Tapestry Conservator, The National Trust
    The Textile Conservation Studio, Blickling

    Full time, Temporary, 1 year contract
    Salary: £25,935 per annum.

    As the National Trust's first in-house conservation treatment facility, the Textile Conservation Studio was founded in 1976 at Blickling Hall in Norfolk. Since 2002, the Textile Conservation Studio has been based in a specially converted, award-winning building on the Blickling estate. As well as ensuring that the Trust's own significant textile collection is properly maintained, we also run the Studio as an enterprise - making our expertise available to external organisations and private clients.

    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 and are currently working to deliver two major projects for June 2018 deadline. You'll have some experience or a relevant qualification and will be keen to build on your practical skills in the specialist area of textile conservation. You'll undertake practical treatments both in the studio and on site as well as assisting and supporting colleagues with the organisation and maintenance of the studio and its equipment. This is a responsible position requiring a certain level of confidence but you'll be working with and supported as part of a team.

    To apply and for more information please click here

    Closing Date: 4th May 2017
    Interviews: 15th May 2017

    For an informal discussion about this post, you are welcome to contact Maria Jordan at and on 01263 735 878

    Westacre Theatre, Theatre Technician (Part-time)

    Closing date: 5 May 2017
    Salary: £9,100 per annum (17.5 hours average per week)

    Westacre Theatre is seeking a qualified, experienced theatre technician to oversee all technical aspects of the venue including theatre productions (in-house and visiting companies), screenings and health and safety.
    Westacre Theatre is a small (80 capacity), award-winning studio venue situated in a rural location 3 miles from Swaffham. We run a full mixed programme of theatre productions, live transmissions, films, performing arts and creative workshops and other events serving a wide radius.
    We are looking for someone competent and experienced in the use of stage lighting and sound equipment (knowledge of QLab and ETC Element lighting console desirable), willing to work with and mentor volunteers and young people, able to work flexibly within a small close-knit team and able to cope with a flexible, irregular working pattern including some weekends and evenings each month. In particular this post may suit either an experienced theatre practitioner wishing to move into part-time work or a newly qualified graduate wishing to gain experience.
    Commencing date: 1 June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Further details available from our website: or by e-mailing Please apply with brief letter and full CV by e-mail  or by post to: Isobel Smith, Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

    Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersNorfolk and Norwich Festival Casting

    Norfolk & Norwich Festival are currently looking for women over 50 years old interested in being part of a simulated life model class, which features as part of one of the shows coming to the Festival this year, Rear View by IOU. The life model class opens the performance and lasts for 30 minutes. The ‘life model’ would be tastefully draped throughout, and the role may appeal to women who already life model as well as anyone involved or interested in the performing arts.

    The show will take place at The Great Hospital in the centre of Norwich, and it will run from Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May, with 6 showings a day. There are a lot of shows, and so we aim to have at least a couple of women involved to cover the full run.

    For each show the ‘life model’ will be paid £20, and time needed would not be more than an hour, which would include the actual 30 minutes performance time.  

    If this sounds like something of interest to you or someone you know and you would like to know more, please get in touch:; 01603 877788 

    Industry Research & InformationCulture is Digital

    Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock has launched the ‘Culture is Digital’ project, which builds on the commitment in the Culture White Paper to review the digitisation of public collections and the enhancement of the online cultural experience.  In the coming weeks, thought leaders drawn from across the arts, heritage and tech sectors will be blogging and sharing their expertise and thinking on a range of issues within the framework of four key themes: Content Infrastructure, Cultural content and technology, Access and Participation, Digital skills, IP and business models in cultural organisations.  You can find out more here and are invited to get thinking, talking, tweeting using #cultureisdigital

    Heritage Action zones to drive economic growth

    Historic England has announced the first ten historic sites where they will be helping to unlock latent economic potential through their new Heritage Action Zones scheme. The initiative will support local authorities through grant funding, training and sharing skills.  Historic England hope that the drive will see listed buildings that have been neglected restored and brought back into use as housing, retail or community spaces; conservation areas improved to kick start regeneration; and historic sites developed as visitor attractions. Kings Lynn is one of the chosen Heritage Action Zones. More information can be found here:

    Funding OpportunitiesComic Relief - #iwill Youth Social Action Fund

    Comic Relief has announced that £2.4 million of funding has been made available through the #iwill Youth Social Action Fund. #iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action like campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, in communities across the UK by 2020. The programme will fund projects to seek out young people and encourage those from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in and lead youth social action. Projects will need to demonstrate effective ways to build relationships with ‘reluctant' young people in their own community and demonstrate how they will engage those people in creative, innovative and meaningful social action. The fund will offer grants of up to £150,000 over up to three years (with a maximum of £50,000 per year).
    The closing date for applications is midday on the 12th May 2017. Read more at: 

    Grants to help new innovative visual arts projects

    The Elephant Trust has announced the next deadline for applications is the 10th June 2017. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. 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: 

    Resilient Heritage Programme opens for applications

    The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced that its new Resilient Heritage grants programme has opened for applications. Through the programme, not for profit organisations and partnerships led by not for profit organisations can apply for grants of £3,000 - £250,000 to strengthen their organisation, and build the capacity of their staff and volunteers to better manage heritage in the long term. Grants can fund activities to help acquire new skills or knowledge, or new models of governance, leadership and business to put the organisation in a better position for the future. Organisations in the early stages of planning their activities may also apply.
    There are two levels of funding under this programme. For organisations applying for a grant of £10,000 or less, the application, assessment and monitoring process will be simpler than for grants over £10,000. Applications can be submitted at any time and applications will be assessed within 8 weeks. Read more at: 

    Funding & support for new community businesses

    Community groups in England wanting to set up new community businesses will be able to apply for support and funding from the 19th April 2017. The £1.85 million Bright Ideas Fund will offer around 80 community groups, with up to 15 days of tailored business support, grants of up to £20,000 to develop their community business ideas as well as opportunities to learn from other community businesses. The Bright Ideas Fund is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, the two-year programme will be delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality.
    The closing date for applications is 10 am on the 31st May 2017. Read more at: 

    Google Grants

    The Google Grants UK programme supports organisations sharing Google’s philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. Designed for registered charities, Google Grants provides free advertising on Google AdWords, to charities seeking to inform and engage their constituents online. Google Grants has given free AdWords advertising to hundreds of charitable groups whose missions range from animal welfare to literacy, from supporting homeless children to promoting HIV education. As a result of this free advertising many charities have experienced an increase in the recruitment of volunteers and sponsorship. Read more at: 

    Crowdfunder launches Just Act Community Fund

    Following the closure of Community Development Foundation, who created social giving website Just Act, ownership has been transferred to Crowdfunder. Crowdfunder, is one of the UK's leading crowdfunding website. As a result, Crowdfunder has launched the £50,000 Just Act Community Fund. Through the fund Volunteer-led community projects in England and Wales that are seeking to raise funds through the "Crowdfunder" website can apply for top-up funding of up to £1,000. To be eligible, projects must benefit at least 20 people; clearly demonstrate it has a positive impact on the community; be led and/or delivered by volunteers; and be delivered by an organisation with an annual income of less than £50,000; etc. Crowdfunder will fund up to 50% of the Crowdfunder project target to a maximum of £1,000 for projects that achieve 100% of their project target.
    Read more at: 

    Arts Council England Ambition for Excellence Fund

    The Arts Council England has launched a new "Ambition for Excellence" Fund. The Fund which is worth £35.2 wants to stimulate and support ambition, talent and excellence across the arts sector in England, especially outside London. It aims to contribute to the development of strong cultural places; to grow and develop talent and leadership in the regions and across artforms; give an international dimension to excellent work; and create the highest quality new work including for outdoor and festival contexts. It is particularly keen to support the creation of work for major national moments that build on the legacy of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. Applications for grants of £100,000 to £750,000 are open to national portfolio organisations, museums (applying for arts projects) and organisations primarily focused on creating, producing, distributing and presenting the arts; and will be accepted on a rolling basis up until 27 October 2017. The first stage is to submit an expression of interest. Read more at:

    Volunteering OpportunitiesSea History Differently Volunteers

    Join us at Time and Tide Museum and become part of the army of volunteers for our new project – Sea History Differently. Whether you know anything about maritime and the fishing industry or not, we need support on this exciting new project that focuses on large maritime collections and bringing Great Yarmouth’s fishing history to the community through an exhibition and programme of outreach events.

    If you’re interested in giving something new a go, then we have a variety of opportunities ready and waiting. The project is made up of lots of exciting elements and we need help with all of these. Whether it’s getting your hands dirty with a paintbrush, using your creative skills to design something or sharing your love for the local area we’d like to find you.

    We have a friendly volunteer community and volunteering with us offers you the chance to gain experience within the museum sector whilst learning and acquiring new skills. All we ask for is a willingness to get on board and give it go.

    If you’d like to get involved and for more information on the specific opportunities available please contact

    Commitment: Minimum of 1 hour a week, but flexible if can't commit every week

    When Required: Throughout the duration of the project until July 2018

    Ushers and Tutor Assistants, DanceEast


    Our Volunteer Ushers help us to create a safe and friendly environment, so that we can deliver a varied programme of exciting, innovative and educational works performed by both world renowned companies and community groups.

    Ushers don’t just check tickets, they work as part of a wider Front of House team during performances and events; providing excellent customer service, acting as a point of contact for our audiences, and essentially supporting health and safety procedures in the event of an emergency.

    Ushering at DanceEast is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people and experience a diverse programme of performances from both up and coming and internationally established artists.

    Most ushering shifts last between 2 and 4 hours; the majority of which would be spent in the theatre watching the performance and staying vigilant to report any potential issues, such as unauthorised filming or photography. As a general rule we would like prospective ushers to commit to 2 or more shows a season, this ensures we maintain a good standard of customer care. Each season we host a variety of events and performances, we send our ushers a list of upcoming performances and rota these shows on a voluntary basis dependant on your availability.

    As a thank you Volunteer Ushers receive one complimentary ticket to a DanceEast performance of their choice (subject to availability) per 5 events ushered.

    Tutor Assistants

    DanceEast hosts a diverse programme of classes and children’s dance courses, from Hip Hop to Musical Theatre. If you have dance experience and are interested in growing your skills by assisting a professional tutor in a class environment, this could be the voluntary post for you!

    Tutor Assistants commit to one or more classes which take place weekly throughout term time (terms run in line with local schools), many stay with their chosen class term after term, building a great rapport with our tutors.

    For further details or to apply please visit:

    Norfolk Arts Forum


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    Your Friday Takeaway with extra spring

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/21/2017 - 12:47

       A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...                 21 April 2017

    Top marks as more first-choice primary school places are offered

    It was National Offer Day this week (18 April) and there was good news for families in Norfolk as 93% of the county's children were offered their preferred primary school – which is an increase of 1% on last year.  An overall 99% of pupils received one of their top three choices. There were a total of 9,342 applications made in Norfolk, a drop of 186 on the 2016 figures. Read more.

    Should 70+ drivers undergo further tests?

    Should drivers over 70 undergo age appropriate testing? This was the hot topic discussed this week on Radio Norfolk’s breakfast show (18 April).

    This follows calls for the government to force older drivers (over 70) in Norfolk and elsewhere in the country to prove they are fit to drive. Iain Temperton, Team Manager - Casualty Reduction Education & Development, was interviewed about how we’re making sure older drivers on Norfolk roads are as safe as possible. You can listen to the discussion here

    More childcare places in Norfolk

    This month, the government has awarded nearly £1m of funding to finance building or expanding three nurseries in Norfolk - Bignold Primary School in Norwich, John of Gaunt Infant and Nursery School in Aylsham and the Norwich Research Park at Colney. 

    The move will unlock more childcare places in the county, ahead of the government’s scheme offering 30 hours of free childcare for 3 to 4 year olds, which is being introduced from September this year to benefit working parents. 

    Read more about free childcare.  

    Calling all foodies- become a Love Food Hate Waste Champion

    We are calling on people to join our network of volunteers who can help their friends, family and community make their household budgets go further by cutting down on the amount of food they throw away.

    As a Love Food Hate Waste Champion you will receive one day’s training which will give you all the information and top tips you need to help others make small practical changes to reduce their food waste, save money and make the most of the food that they buy. You can read more here.


    New adult care guide promotes independent living

    Norfolk- Your guide to care and support for adults 2017/18’ is updated and now available online. Aimed at members of the public and professionals in the care sector, it details the support and options available across the county to encourage and help independent living. Read more about the guide here. Paper copies are available from Rosemary Henderson, Development Worker, Adult Social Services.

    Also don’t forget the Norfolk Directory  can also help you to find a range of clubs, organisations, groups and services across Norfolk.

    And finally ... bath, book and bed

    Our library service will be launching its Bath, Book, Bed campaign next week in conjunction with reading charity BookTrust. 

    Library staff will be recommending the best books to help children wind down for bedtime, ensuring a better night’s sleep and a less stressful bedtime routine for parents. Research shows that reading before bed helps children get to sleep quicker, have better quality sleep and also feeds their imagination and confidence. 

    The campaign is endorsed by parenting expert Jo Frost and features Peppa Pig. There is also a booklet available at all Norfolk libraries giving some top tips for a better night's sleep for children. More details can be found from BookTrust (from Monday).

    CLT out and about this week:

    Wendy is attending a Future Norfolk event at the Assembly House and a Norfolk Growth Forum with the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. She will also shadow Mark Gregory, Team Manager and Social Care Academy prizewinner, at Broadland District Council.

    Matt will be attending the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board leadership group and  a series of Performance and Challenge surgeries in Carrow House, Dereham, Priory House, Cromer and Yarmouth.

    James will be attending the CLT planning session, the Public Protection Forum and the Health and Wellbeing Board.

    Simon will be attending the CLT planning session, the Finance and Commercial Services management meeting and the Society of County Treasurers Spring Seminar at the University of Warwick.

    Tom is also at the Future Norfolk event, a Commercialisation of Highways Board meeting and the Road at East Winch funding and delivery meeting at the Town Hall, King’s Lynn.

    For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

    Make the most of your pension

    If you are looking for a tax- efficient investment, have you considered paying more into your pension to increase your pension benefits when you retire? We’re considering holding some sessions to explain more about the options. To help us gauge interest, please email HR Reward if you’d like to know more.  More information.

    Keep calm and take our survey

    Don't forget to take part in our Business Continuity Survey. It will only take five minutes, and you could win £25 worth of shopping vouchers. Click here to complete the survey (closes on 28 April).

    Check your speed 

    Next week ( from Monday 24 April) the Road Safety Unit will be at County Hall carrying out speed checks on vehicles driving on site. Anyone caught exceeding the on-site limits will be issued with an infringement ticket. Read more.

    Tom's blog 

    Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services
    Look out for Tom's blog which will be live on the homepage of iNet later.  

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    Norfolk County Council News Update

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:07

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

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 17:00

    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
    Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or

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    Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Joint Museums Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:09

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to the Norfolk Joint Museums Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting that was held on Friday, 31 March 2017 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

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    Localities edition - spotlight on Kings Lynn and west Norfolk

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 14:30
    Children's Services staff newsletter - 19 April 2017

    The Spotlight on King's Lynn and West Norfolk locality is brought to you by the teams in social care and early help.

    Improving outcomes

    West Norfolk featured in a review of best practice for the institute of Health Visiting, showcasing the “Universal Partnerships Plus” service model.

    For the past two years health visitors and social workers have been carrying out joint assessments for children under five deemed in need. By working together they can share the professional analysis and pool understanding of the child and family’s situation. Carol Manning, head of services and partnerships, says: “Two pairs of eyes are clearly better than one, but what really makes this work is the different skills each brings.”

    Charlotte Driver, the Healthy Child Programme lead for the west agrees.  In her area the joint working has been taken a step further with health visitors, early year’s practitioners and social workers working side-by-side on the planning, preparation and writing up of the assessments as well, through the creation of a hot desking zone in the health visitors’ offices in King’s Lynn.

     Donna, one of the social workers, thinks the model is working ‘’because it enables easy access to health information. It helps writing the Social Work Assessment from both perspectives. As the health visitor will be a familiar face, it makes the social worker intervention less scary.’’

     For details of the report see

    Penelope joins the HubTeam Managers Rob Cole and Teresa Frost with 'Penelope'

    West Norfolk’s Early Help Hub have recruited a high tech conference calling machine to facilitate partner’s participation in Hub conferences. The device, nicknamed Penelope by the team, allows partners to dial in remotely to contribute knowledge to case discussions. In a system familiar to those who have taken part in a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) partners are invited to dial in and record their name and organisation. ‘Penelope’ then announces that the caller has joined the conference.

    Key to the operation is a meeting case list, giving key details around the families concerned and a scheduled time for the discussion, which is circulated by secure e-mail on Thursday prior to the Hub on Tuesday. This gives the partners time to research the cases and decide if they need to attend in person or can choose to dial-in for one specific case. Rob Cole one of the Team Managers for the West said “Penelope brings a new dimension to the Hub. With this device busy partners can still participate in the case discussions and perhaps contribute that one piece of vital information which will mean we make the right decision about the intervention at the right time”.

    Benefits of direct working

    After eight months of working with two children aged six and eight, Jenny Faherty from FIT WEST1 found that they individually opened up about the domestic violence occurring at home.

    Using a ‘feelings house’ with the eight year old Jenny unpicked why the house needed to have flowers on top to cover the bad feelings so no one would know. She worked through the feelings which enabled her to talk about what was happening at home. The six year old put yellow and green bricks around his house as he felt that helped him feel safe. The garden represented happiness when his Dad isn’t home.   

     As a result, Jenny was able to address this with the mother who subsequently talked about the domestic violence.  Consequently mum and the children moved to a refuge, where they remain safe. In most recent wishes and feelings work, both children reported to being happy and finally feeling safe!

    Meet Fostering Team Two

    Fostering Team Two is 6.6 social workers, one part time carer support worker and a student social worker led by Manager Suzy Holman. Social workers supervise and support placements by providing guidance and advice to the foster carer. Each worker has a case load and during visits will discuss the child or children in placement, becoming familiar with the individual care plans and needs of each child. 

    Within the team there is a huge range of expertise, which as part of the team around the child can help contribute to effective care plans. If things become rocky in placement they can offer additional support and contribute to signs of safety meetings. To address the trauma, abuse and attachment issues which looked after children often experience. they support foster carers to provide therapeutic re-parenting and to become the secure base for the child in placement.

     The team have a lot to offer colleagues in supporting children in placement in regard to care planning, signs of safety meetings and permanence planning and transition from foster care to adoption or rehabilitation to birth family.

    Escape the Trap rolls out to schools

    Escape the trap is a programme designed in West Norfolk to help young people recognise and protect themselves from teenage relationship abuse.  Being a teenager can be a difficult and confusing time for many, but when young people find themselves in a relationship where they are treated badly  it can leave extra layers of confusion,  lack of confidence and lowered self-esteem.

    The Commissioning, Partnerships and Community Capacity Team within Early Help assisted Pandora Project to approach Smithdon High School

    Following a presentation to year-groups 8-9 by Kelly Marshall of the Pandora Project, an 8 week programme of group learning is being delivered to young people who elected to attend. Due to overwhelming interest another cohort is being considered and plans developed to contact other High Schools/ Academies.. For more about domestic abuse and controlling relationships go to

    Local in Care Council

    The Locality In Care Council has now started with the inaugural meeting taking place in February and a further two sessions have taken place since (Meetings are first Tuesday of every month).   Jo Bargewell (Leaving Care West) and Sarah Coote (Norfolk Early Help Family Focus) are the facilitators for the locality so please contact one them for more details.

    Hannah Wood joins Leaving Care

    Hannah joined the LAC team in March, completing the full complement of Personal Advisers.   With a degree in psychology, experience working with clinicians and a strong mental health background her skills are already being put to good use accompanying colleagues on visits, talking with young people around their mental health strategies.  Hannah has also presented to the team ‘Practical support for young people suffering with anxiety and low mood’ as a means to boost the resilience and mental health of care leavers

    Leaving Care Team West

    The Leaving Care team in the West has covered the Breckland locality, but in order to develop the service it has been decided that each locality should have its own team.  Things are underway to make this happen in a timely manner, looking towards the end of this month.   The teams will work closely sharing innovative practice and what is working well for our Care Leavers but also with some healthy competition to be the best..

    Engaging with autism

    Kaya Denny Ward has been working with a 12 year old autistic female who has been on a child protection plan for 22 months with little engagement or progress. As she was getting older her mother was struggling to manage her personal care. Kaya worked with the child over a period of five months providing 1:1 sessions to demonstrate good personal hygiene, using a dolls head and care products purchased by the team, to make it fun and engaging. In this short period both the child and mum’s confidence grew, the case stepped down to child in need and the child is now able to fully meet her own personal care needs.

    Successful adoption

    Natalie Metzner tells of a successful adoption placement following direct work with the child.

     “A 6 year old boy was placed in LA care and following court proceedings recommendations for adoption were made. This child had been showing very worrying behaviours with unmet needs, attachment difficulties and high levels of challenging behaviour.

    He has been struggling to regulate his emotions and through direct work and 1:1 time, he settled really well with his adoptive parent, creating secure attachments, understanding, and identifying the emotions he is feeling. He is now enjoying play and identifying his place within his family. As such the Adopter wants to bring the application forward and the child is happy about this decision.”

    Migrant families

    It is well known that migrant families are under-represented in Early Help cases; - culturally they are conditioned to not expect help from ‘the state’ and frequently their first contact is with social care when things have gone wrong. To address this West Norfolk’s Family Focus Team have joined up with Kings Lynn Area Resettlement Support (KLARS) to place a practitioner once a month in outreach.

    For three hours each month a practitioner offers a ‘drop in’ service to migrant families. Vicki Downing, the practitioner who started the initiative says “The families get to see a regular friendly face in a safe environment, it makes it so much easier for them to talk about issues and worries before they’ve gone too far’


    Commissioning Partnerships and Community Capacity Team have just hosted a successful networking event where over 60 delegates, representing over 40 organisations heard presentations from Point 1 and the 16+ Wellbeing Service and participated in safety planning training.

    Further events are planned for the summer

    Your feedback Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to and see our back copies here.
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    Norfolk County Council - Great Yarmouth and Waveney Joint Health Scrutiny Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 09:51

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to the Great Yarmouth and Waveney Joint Health Scrutiny Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Tuesday, 4 April 2017 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.
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    Transport Matters NDR Extra No 14

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/19/2017 - 08:33
                                                                                             No 14 - April 2017 Three-week Reepham Road closure after Easter

    The three-week closure of Reepham Road begins on Tuesday 18 April - and motorists are advised to allow extra time and use alternative routes if possible - as many did last time.

    For traffic heading into Norwich next Tuesday, the signed diversion will be along Fir Covert Road. The last time Reepham Road was closed, first day delays at the Fir Covert junction with the A1067 Fakenham Road were around half an hour. Fortunately these were much reduced for the rest of the closure as drivers used other routes..

    Last week's Traffic Management Workshop considered putting traffic lights at the Fir Covert/A1067/Beech Avenue junction but decided not to because:

    • In the past, lights at that junction have caused major delays for A1067 traffic.
    • During the last closure of Reepham Road the first day problems were much reduced for the rest of the closure.
    • If, as last time, traffic diverts early from Reepham Road, joining Fakenham Road at Lenwade or Attlebridge, causing delays on the A1067 would be counter-productive.

    Drayton Hall Lane and School Road, Drayton, are not suitable diversion routes. Both are traffic calmed, and School Lane passes two schools and has a 7.5 tonne weight limit so cannot legally be used as a through-route by HGVs.

      The closure of Reepham Road is to allow the completion of the roundabout under construction at its junction with Drayton Lane. If at all possible, the road will be reopened ahead of the 5 May target date. It should be possible to open the southern section of Drayton Lane, from Reepham Road to Hall Lane, at the same time.

      Relief as rail bridge beams go on in a day

      Our eye in the sky flyer Mike Page caught the moment when the third pair of 42-metre bridge beams were lowered into place over the Norwich to Sheringham Railway at Rackheath last Sunday.

      Perfect weather helped the beam lifting team get all five 80-tonne pairs of beams on to the Rackheath railway bridge in a single day. While most people were enjoying an early taste of summer it was the lack of wind that allowed the 1,000 tonne crane to complete the work in textbook fashion.

      This means that no work, and no closure of Plumstead Road, will be necessary on Easter Sunday - the reserve day in case it was not possible to complete the lifts. However, the bus replacement of Bittern Line trains will still go ahead that day because it is too late to change plans.

      Getting the beams in place over the railway is another important achievement for the construction project. The bridge is one of the critical structures on a key section of the route, vying in importance with the A1270 NDR/A140 Cromer Road junction.

      Four lovely traffic light-free days!

      All routes crossed by Norwich  Northern Distributor Road will be kept clear of temporary traffic lights over the four-day Easter holiday, but traffic management will be in use again when work resumes on Tuesday (18th).

      Holt Road closure ends

      Holt Road (B1149) will be open again in time for the long Easter weekend. The road closed early on Monday at the start of an intensive four days to complete the roundabout at the junction with New Drayton Lane (see below). Temporary traffic lights will be in use off-peak after Easter for verge work and other finishing-off.

      Norwich-bound lane already finished this morning (Thursday).

      Salhouse Road – signals followed by closure

      Two-way traffic lights will be in use on Salhouse Road  from Tuesday 18 April as construction of the NDR roundabout continues. These will stay in place until the road closes on 8 May for two weeks to complete the roundabout and tie-in to the existing road.

      Green Lane West traffic lights

      From Wednesday (19th) to Friday (21st) next week two-way traffic lights will be in use on Green Lane West near the junction with the A1151 Wroxham Road. The lights will be manually controlled at peak hours.

      Early warning of Wroxham Road lights

      From Tuesday 2 May traffic lights will be in use on Wroxham Road for up to two weeks to allow Anglian Water to carry out service diversions. The lights will be manually controlled to minimise delays.

      Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

      The NDR Facebook page is a good way of getting up to the minute information on the project, as well as providing a lively discussion forum. 

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      Norfolk County Council - Health and Wellbeing Board

      Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:37

      You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Health and Wellbeing Board. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 26th April 2017 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

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      Adult Social Services Newsletter - Issue 25

      Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 15:18
      Our commitment to co-production

      Our Senior Management Team have signed up Norfolk County Council to the “Count me in Pledge” – a promise from the directors of Adult Social Services of the 11 authorities across the East of England. The promise is for the authorities to empower people and families to work with them as partners in making sure people with care and support needs get the best services possible. We call this co-production and you can read more about it here.

      To support our commitment to co-production, Norfolk County Council works with a range of social care service user led organisations. Three local groups that we have regular engagement with are Making it Real, Older People’s Strategic Partnership, and Carers Council, all of which aim to give people who use services and carers a voice in the shaping of support services.

      By giving users and carers a voice, the groups can influence the design, planning, delivery and monitoring of services people use to help them live as full and independent lives within the community as possible. It is important for Norfolk County Council to engage with these groups to help us shape, improve and deliver an effective adult social care strategy.

      For more details on the user led groups Norfolk County Council works with, please click here.

      For any other information please email

      Personnel Moves at Norfolk County Council

      The Quality Assurance and Market Development team is welcoming a couple of new faces this month.

      Don Leggett is joining the team on 24th April as Market Development Project Officer. He will be focussing on the implementation of our new Market Engagement Action Plan. His work will be concentrating on the delivery of the recommendations in the Norfolk Journal of Engagement.

      A requirement for additional management capacity in the Central Commissioning team at County Hall has led to an opportunity for Toni Jeary to spend a few months as Head of Locality Commissioning (Central).

      Colin Penfold joined the team on 3rd April as Interim Business Lead to cover for Toni. Colin is an experienced manager who has worked on a number of projects for Adult Social Care including the Citizen’s Portal and Promoting Independence. Colin said “I am delighted to take on this new and challenging role. In six years working for Adult Social Care the importance of the care market has become abundantly clear to me. I hope to be able to play a part in helping to improve links between the Council and care providers, and to be a good custodian for the work Toni has been doing with you until she returns later in the year.”

      New staff development opportunities: accessed through apprenticeship funding

      From May, new development opportunities will be available as Norfolk County Council increases its investment in apprenticeship training.

      Apprenticeships are a recognised vocational qualification and new Standards are being developed to include foundation degree and degree-level subjects such as Chartered Manager, Leader in Health & Social Care, and Social Worker.

      Funding is available for staff of all ages, and at all levels, to undertake apprenticeships; so whether you are an administrator, an aspiring social worker, or a manager, these opportunities are for you!

      Apprenticeships can also provide an opportunity for managers to upskill their team through funded training in business administration, finance and customer service (to name a few).

      Apprenticeships can also be offered to new staff joining NCC as ‘apprentices’.

      In the last 18 months, the Norfolk First Response Service have signed up over 60 of their staff to Level 2 and Level 3 Health & Social Care apprenticeships.  

      ‘The apprenticeships have enabled us to improve service delivery by setting a standard of qualification across our teams. Staff feel they have achieved something valuable and that supports them in their job. We recommend apprenticeships for increasing skills and competency, and both our existing and newly recruited reablement workers will be encouraged to apply to take up the opportunity.’

      If you’d like to know more you can find the new Apprenticeships Guidance G107b on Peoplenet or contact the Learning & Development Apprenticeships Team at

      LILY advisors visit community events

      The popular LILY (Living Independently in Later Years) advisors have now been out in the community for six months.

      They have been setting up regular stands in all local libraries and have been out-and-about all over West Norfolk and Swaffham giving talks and sharing information.

      Advisors hold regular sessions in GP surgeries and hospitals, and will also have information stands in Alive Leisure Centres.

      The 29 advisors are from four local charities; West Norfolk Befriending, West Norfolk Carers, West Norfolk Deaf Association, and West Norfolk Mind and have a wealth of knowledge and experience.

      They are also available for home visits to help older people, their families, friends and carers to find information, local organisations and social activities using mobile technology.

      Details of where the advisors will be can be found in the ‘LILY in your community’ section of the LILY online directory.

      LILY advisor Lorraine from West Norfolk Deaf Association said, “People often say they are not old enough for LILY, but when they see the wide range of information and all the social activities on the online directory they soon change their mind! They don’t realise what support is available for them and they love that they can talk to us face-to-face”.

      The LILY online directory includes information on health, money matters, looking after someone, volunteering, dementia guidance, and help for older people to continue living safely and independently in their own home.

      To request a LILY advisor to give a talk at a group, or to find out more about LILY, please call 01553 616200. The online directory can be found at  

      Issue 25Date April 2017In This IssueAdult Social Services In The NewsPrevious Issues

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      Improve your business continuity knowledge and maybe even win a prize by taking part in our survey. The survey is open until 28 April and is followed by Business Continuity Awareness Week from 15-19 May 2017. 

      Please click here to complete the survey.

      Supporting employee's mental health

      Psychological ill health remains one of the main reasons for absence in the workplace nationally, not just in Norfolk County Council. There are also employees who still come to work when unwell and this can affect the quality of their work, relationships with colleagues, and increase the workload for managers and colleagues. Although people don’t want to feel anxious, depressed or stress, they don’t always know where to get help, or even recognise that they need some help. Within Norfolk County Council there are a number of measures in place to help managers, and ultimately employees, to deal with psychological health. Click this link to see what is available for managers to support employees.

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      Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

      Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:25

      You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Thursday, 6 April 2017 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.
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      Free Art Masterclass for Teachers at Norwich Castle

      Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/17/2017 - 09:30
      Free Art Masterclass for Teachers

      Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

      Saturday 10 June 2017, 10.30am - 4.30pm

      Recharge your creative batteries after a long hard year!

      Enjoy a day working with a professional artist - absolutely free - to develop your artistic thinking, skills, and techniques, and have fun. Whatever your level, this masterclass is first and foremost for you, but there will of course also be opportunities to gain ideas and inspiration for the classroom.

      The starting point for the masterclass will be the fabulous exhibition Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls’ House at Norwich Castle featuring 12 of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasures dolls’ houses. Led by local artist Ali Atkins.

      For more details please click here>>

      To book contact, 01603 493663.

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      Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 14 April 2017

      Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/14/2017 - 15:00

      Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

      Welcome to the 14 April 2017 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 OpportunitiesGallery Assistant, Riverside Art & Glass, Wroxham 

      Closes 12 noon on 15th April

      21 hours per week (Sat, Sunday, Monday + occasional opportunities for overtime)
      £8.00 per hour

      Job role - To assist gallery visitors in finding the products they are looking for and to introduce a pleasant shopping experience. To apply please email a C.V. and covering letter to

      See for a person specification and more information. 

      Creative Learning Co-ordinator, Britten Sinfonia

      Closes 28th April 2017
      Full time, Salary £20k-25k

      Britten Sinfonia is currently seeking a Creative Learning Co-ordinator. The Creative Learning Co-ordinator will support our busy education team delivering a programme of inspiring work across the east of  England and beyond. We’re looking for someone with a passion for arts education and a proven track record in project management.

      For more info, visit

      Dance Teachers and Assistants, Stopgap Dance Company

      Closes 28th April 2017
      Part time, £10k-15k pro rata

      We are holding a recruitment day at The Garage in Norwich on Tuesday 9th May to meet potential dance teachers and assistants. Stopgap have received funding from Spirit of 2012 to work with schools in the Norwich and Norfolk area and are looking to employ dance teachers and assistants to run weekly sessions.

      If you are a patient, generous, inventive, adaptive and experienced dance teacher who would be interested in working with disabled and non-disabled young people then please get in touch. The classes will run weekly in term-time from September 2017 until May 2018. The sessions will be building up to a flagship performance at Norwich and Norfolk Festival 2018 involving Stopgap’s professional dancers and the community groups.

      The day will include the opportunity to share your teaching skills in the morning followed by an interview in the afternoon.

      Interested teachers and teaching assistants should be available on 9th May and send CV and a covering letter outlining their interest in working with Stopgap to Charlotte Mackie on by Friday 28th April.

      Everyone applying for a Teacher role must be available to come to Surrey 21-25th August 2017 to receive Stopgap inclusive dance training and learn the performance repertoire they will be teaching the groups. All costs will be covered.

      Westacre Theatre, Theatre Technician

      Closing date: 5 May 2017

      Westacre Theatre is seeking a qualified, experienced theatre technician to oversee all technical aspects of the venue including theatre productions (in-house and visiting companies), screenings and health and safety.

      Westacre Theatre is a small (80 capacity), award-winning studio venue situated in a rural location 3 miles from Swaffham. We run a full mixed programme of theatre productions, live transmissions, films, performing arts and creative workshops and other events serving a wide radius.

      We are looking for someone competent and experienced in the use of stage lighting and sound equipment (knowledge of QLab and ETC Element lighting console desirable), willing to work with and mentor volunteers and young people, able to work flexibly within a small close-knit team and able to cope with a flexible, irregular working pattern including some weekends and evenings each month. In particular this post may suit either an experienced theatre practitioner wishing to move into part-time work or a newly qualified graduate wishing to gain experience.

      Salary: £9,100 per annum (17.5 hours average per week).
      Commencing date: 1 June 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter.

      Further details available from our website: or by e-mailing Please apply with brief letter and full CV by e-mail  or by post to: Isobel Smith, Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

      Area Manager, Professional Development Centre Norwich

      Closing date: 26 April 2017

      £39,957 - £43,620 per annum
      37 hours per week
      Permanent contract

      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 60 organisations, coming together to provide the best possible music education for the children and young people of Norfolk.

      In order that the Music Service can provide the most appropriate types of musical opportunities throughout the county, it is important that we have a detailed and insightful knowledge into the area’s demographic. All of our localities have very different needs, varying engagement strategies and wide ranging musical aspirations and experiences. The Music Service have now identified the need for a locality-based approach and, as a result, need to implement a number of strategies to engage with these diverse communities. We have a large team of committed and talented Instrumental Music Teachers and as Area Manager, you will have direct responsibility of overseeing and supporting some of this team. You will play a large part in the operational running of the service as an integral member of the senior management team: Head of Music Service, 2 Area Managers and a Strategic Hub Development Manager.

      To view and apply for this vacancy please click here 

      Course Leader: BSC Creative Computer Science Courses

      £39,324 to £46,924 plus Course Leader Allowance
      35 hours per week

      Norwich University of the Arts is entering an exciting new phase of development with the launch of a suite of creative Bachelor of Science (BSc) awards in Games Development, Interaction Design and User Experience Design.

      We are now seeking to appoint a Course Leader with the drive, ambition, skills and experience to develop, promote and deliver these new awards. The successful candidate will have a background in computer science, possess a comprehensive knowledge of the technical and creative demands of the award disciplines, with an understanding of the software engineering, programming and mathematical skills required, together with specialist skills in at least one of the three areas. You will be able to bring your knowledge and experience of industry standards to the requirements for undergraduate study on BSc awards that are clearly focused on preparing students for professional employment. The role is an opportunity to drive the implementation of Creative Science at NUA. Initially the post holder will assist in developing course documentation, leading the courses through external approval processes and working with the Marketing team to promote and recruit the first cohort of students.

      For more info please visit:

      Closing Date: Thursday 4th May 2017
      Interview Date: Wednesday 17th May 2017

      Development OpportunitiesCreative un(BLOCK), Artpocket Norwich

      6 week course, begins Tuesday 18th April.

      This course is all about supporting artists (both experienced and newly emerging) to realise their creative goals and get their work out in the public arena.  

      Individually you will explore, develop and refine a body of work that reflects your own line of interest and subject specialism. You will be supported in the development of your work and ideas through practical exploration, 1-1 tutorials, peer discussion and critical debate.

      As practising artists and designers you will also be introduced to methods of self promotion, such as business cards and postcards, and guided in terms of selling work and networking.

      Join artpocket and take your creative work to the next level... Click here to find out more.

      New Anglia Youth Pledge Marque

      From apprenticeships and work experience to mentoring and advising, Suffolk and Norfolk businesses play an essential role in enhancing the life and work prospects of young people across the East.

      To recognise this contribution, New Anglia LEP, working with Suffolk and Norfolk County Councils and the Department for Work and Pensions, has created a Youth Pledge Marque which will be awarded to businesses who are committed to support the future workforce, better align skills with enterprise and in turn grow our economy.

      Please click here for more information and how to apply.

      Screen Suffolk

      Screen Suffolk invites you to join us at one – or all – of our industry gatherings: get-togethers of screen industry professionals based in Suffolk and East Anglia.

      The screen industries are gaining momentum in Suffolk so as the weather improves, now seems like a great time to share our experiences, ideas, and a few drinks. 

      The events will provide an opportunity for informal networking and discussion. We’d love to hear your own experiences of screen industries in Suffolk, as well as aspirations for filming opportunities in the county. We’ll give you an update about the services Screen Suffolk provides and progress since our launch in December.

      Please see here for more info.

      Using Twitter for your business, Print to the People Norwich

      Mesh Night: Sara Greenfield, Bright Yellow Marketing
      Thursday 27th April

      6.15pm : Arrivals & drinks
      6.30 – 7.30pm : Talk + Q&A
      7.30 - 8.30pm : Networking

      Do you already have a Twitter account and tweet on a regular basis? Do you wish you could be more efficient? Are you looking to get better results? In this session, Sara will cover:

      • Power up your Twitter profile
      • Craft your tweets for maximum impact
      • Tools to save you time
      • How to find people who are most likely to do business with you

      Tickets £2 including a free drink on arrival. For more information and to book email

      AMA conference 2017 – Bursaries available

      The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) along with some of their partners are offering a range of bursaries to help cover up to 80% of your delegate cost for attending AMA conference 2017.

      This year’s AMA conference – The Value of Everything is held in Belfast, 25 – 27 July. You’ll hear from inspiring worldwide speakers and meet 600+ like-minded arts, culture and heritage professionals.

      To apply for a bursary, simply:
      • Download a short application form
      • Complete it (you’re welcome to apply for several if you fit the criteria)
      • Send it back by the deadline of 21 April/5 May

      Find out more here

      Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersCall for Textile Artists/Designers, Wells Maltings Trust


      Wells Maltings Trust is seeking a textile artist/designer to oversee the concept and creation of a vibrant, culturally sensitive, and artistic community banner for our new Wells Maltings Heritage and Learning Centre due to open in Spring 2018. The completed banner will hang prominently in the new Heritage and Learning Centre currently being built in Wells at the Maltings on Staithe Street.

      The design will be used as a springboard for the creation of the banner and the designer will work with various community groups and individuals across North Norfolk. The banner design will be inspired by the main themes of the new heritage centre ‘People of the Sea, People of the Shore and Be Part of the Story.’ This community banner project forms part of a range of activities funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund which aim to connect people with the heritage of Wells and the surrounding area.

      Deadline for artists call is 15 May 2017 by 5pm.

      Expressions of interest are invited and for full project description please contact: Becky Jefcoate, Wells Maltings Project Development Manager Office 7, The Sackhouse, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AU

      For an informal conversation about the opportunity please call Becky on 01328 839000. Please submit all design concepts to:

      Unsigned, The Garage - An opportunity for young bands and solo music artists

      Are you or your band ready to take your music performance to the next level?

      We are looking for young musicians aged 14-25 to perform at the 2017 Unsigned Gig on Saturday 1 July 2017. Not only will you get the opportunity to perform you set on the prestigious UEA LCR stage but you will also get:-

      ·Two rehearsals with a professional music artist who will give you advice and guidance on your performance
      ·A  session in a recording studio to record one of your tracks
      ·A professional photo shoot
      ·A session with a marketing expert to help you learn how to promote your music.

      If you or your band would like to audition for this opportunity download and fill in the form here and return it to by Monday the 8 of May 2017.

      This opportunity is funded by Youth Music England & The Norfolk Music Hub and is being managed by The Young Norfolk Arts Trust and The Garage.

      Musicians Required for Production, Hocus Pocus Theatre

      Hocus Pocus Theatre are seeking 3 musicians for their forthcoming show ‘Night Magic’ in collaboration with Gossamer Thread’s Vaudeville Co. The show will debut at Norfolk & Norwich Festival in the Spiegeltent on the evenings of Monday 22nd & Tuesday 23rd May.

      We are looking for musicians specialising in jazz music to form a New Orleans style funeral band to fit with the shows themes and are particularly interested to hear from musicians who can play any of the following instruments: Sousaphone, tuba, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, clarinet and banjo though this is by no means an exclusive list and we are open to other possibilities.

      Previous theatre experience is not essential though a willingness to explore character, wear costume and make-up and play in an animated way are essential. You will be required to play a small set of standards and possibly devise some new material in collaboration with your fellow band members exclusively for the show. You will be good at improvising with your instrument, be willing to share ideas, open to collaborating with other musicians/ performers and confident to play in front of a large audience. Above all you will have a positive, professional attitude.

      You will need to be available for a workshop audition and interview on Monday 24th April and available for the equivalent of 3 full day band rehearsals from 1st May dependent on group availability. You will also be required to join the full company for full day rehearsal on Sunday 14th & 21st May as well as the tech/dress rehearsal on Monday 22nd May and the performances.

      Each musician will be paid £720 for the rehearsal period (6 days) and £250 for both of the shows combined. The show has been commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival and rehearsals funded by Arts Council England.

      Please send CV and any links to music available to listen to online or film of you playing to by 12pm Friday 21st May and a brief covering email stating why you want to be part of this project.

      Funding OpportunitiesMicro Grant Scheme

      The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is calling for local businesses to apply for a grant between £1,000 and £10,000.

      Micro, Small and Medium sized businesses may apply for a grant of up to 20% of the total cost of their plans, and be used to leverage funding from private finance, such as banks and other financial organisations. Businesses based in an Assisted Area in either Norfolk or Suffolk may be eligible for additional 10% of funding.

      To be eligible for grant funding, an applicant should be an established and growing Micro, Small or Medium-sized enterprise based in Norfolk or Suffolk and fulfill at least one of the following criteria:

      • Be ready to grow and expand their business
      • Plan to introduce a new product or service to their business
      • Want to improve their productivity or efficiency

      For more information, please click here.

      Funding for arts & music projects

      The Austin Hope and Pilkington has a new round of funding round. Grants of £5,000 are available to registered charities that have an income of over £500,000 for projects that relate to Music and the Arts with priority given to projects that focus on:

      • Homelessness
      • Domestic abuse
      • Prisoners/offenders
      • Training/education
      • Counselling/support
      • Refugees and asylum seekers
      • Activities for those with limited access or opportunities.

      The closing date for applications will be 31st May 2017. The Trust will run four funding rounds each year; each with a different theme. For information on how to apply and on future funding rounds this year, please click: 

      Funding available to help volunteering

      The Alec Dickson Trust provides grants of up to £500 to help young people of up to 30 or small groups of young people run a volunteering project in their local area. To be eligible for funding, the project should:

      • Be run by a young volunteer, or team of young volunteers
      • Take place in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
      • Have a clear benefit to others in the wider community
      • Encourage volunteering
      For further information on how to apply contact or call 020 7278 6601. Read more at:

      Funding for music making projects

      Youth Music, England's largest children's music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has announced new application deadlines for its grant making programmes. Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as projects that support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector. Youth Making's funding programme is made up of three separate funds. These are:

      • Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects
      • Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 - £100,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work
      • Fund C offers grants (£50,000 to £180,000) for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

      The types of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 18th August 2017 and to Fund B the 12th May 2017. Fund C is currently closed to applications. Read more at: 

      British Film Institute Audience Fund launched

      The British Film Institute (BFI) has launched a new Audience Fund. The Audience Fund is designed to support a range of audience orientated activities such as film festivals, distribution releases, multiplatform distribution proposals, touring film programmes, large scale and ambitious film programmes. A total of £5.6million is available annually and the fund will support two types of awards. These are the Project awards to support nationally significant proposals where the funded activity will grow priority audiences, offer greater choice and meet the outlined objectives of the fund; and the Organisational awards to support proposals that enable organisations with proven sector experience to offer a range of year-round activity that meets the outlined objectives of the fund.

      The fund is open to a wide range of organisations including:
      • Limited liability companies or partnerships
      • Community interest companies registered
      • Local authority or statutory bodies
      • Charities or trusts registered with the Charity Commission (including UK universities); etc.

      Applications for Project awards will be accepted on a rolling basis and applications for Organisational awards will be accepted throughout November each year. Read more at: 

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