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July at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 20:00
July at Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle

New! British Art Show 8, Fri 24 June - Sun 4 Sept,
The British Art Show, widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, is showing in Norwich for the first time. More than 100 works are on display, across three venues, from more than 42 of the most exciting, emerging and established artists working today.  A Hayward Touring exhibition. More info>>

Continuing exhibitions - From Norfolk to Nubia: the watercolours of E T Daniell and 'To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set' The art of Claughton Pellew

New Displays open on Fri 1 July, in the castle rotunda commemorating the Battle of the Somme. FREE.

Events for All

Stonemasonry Demonstrations, Sat 9 & Thurs 21 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm

The Rattler, Sat 2 July, 2pm. Help re-tell Rumpelstiltskin with music, storytelling and puppetry.  Start with a workshop then join a pageant from the Castle, to take part in the city centre performance. Booking essential: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rattler-tickets-22892593363. FREE.

Artist-led Activity, Sat 16 July, 11am - 4pm,
Create your own seascape or landscape in this drop-in workshop with artist Fiona Roberts.

All Creatures Great and Small, Tues 19 July, 12 noon - 1pm
Join a curator in the costume and textile galleries, to discover objects made from fur and feathers.

Medieval Madness, Thurs 21 July - Sat 3 Sept (except Sundays).
See arms and armour, a medieval knight, and mistress of arms. Meet costumed characters, and hone your manners for the King and Queen’s table. Plus: castle quest, crown making, medieval mini movies and more! (Programme changes daily.)

Shakespeare's Soapbox: My Kingdom for a Horse! Tues 26 July, 12noon - 3pm. Actor Neil Paris brings us a taste of Shakespeare.

The Imagination Museum: Dancing in Museums, Weds 27 July, 11am, 1 & 3pm, Things are not as they seem - meet eccentric guides who bring museum objects to life through words and movement.

Late Night Museum Takeover, Sat 9 July, 5 - 10pm
Join Young Norfolk Arts Festival and NUA students for an evening inspired by BAS8. FREE.

Tours

~ Castle Keep, weekdays until 20 July, 12 noon
~ Fighting Gallery (age 10+), Sats 16, 23, 30 July, 1 - 1.30pm (Adults £3.50 + admission.)
~Shirehall Courtroom, Weds 13 July, 2pm
~ Curator Tours of the Castle, Weds 27 July, 12 noon - 12.45pm
~ British Art Show Live Guides, Fridays from 1 July, 12.30pm
Booking advised: Tel: 01603 495897

Talks

~ Where's The 'Show' in the British Art Show?, Tues 5 July, 12.30 - 1pm.
~ Talking Textiles: Life's a Beach, Thurs 14 July, 11am - 12.30pm, Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7. Booking essential, tel. 01603 495897 or 01603 493625.

Workshop: Lifting the Layers: Working with Oils, Sat 23 July, 11am - 4pm. Booking essential 01603 495897 or 01603 493625. Adult £25, Conc £22.50, Museums Pass £20.

Cromer Museum

Jason Sumray: Fisherman Paintings, Sat 25 June - Sun 4 Sept, Atmospheric paintings of fisherman by artist Jason Sumray

A Mammoth Discovery Trail, Sat 23 July - Sun 4 Sept, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Delve into the history of the West Runton mammoth, from its life on the Jurassic coast to its discovery and excavation.

Victorian Day, Thurs 28 July, 10am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3.30pm. Meet costumed characters and find out what life was like in a cosy Victorian fisherman's cottage. Have a go at traditional crafts, try on costumes, and see a traditional Punch and Judy show.

Ancient House

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

East Meets West: The Archaeology of Flint and Obsidian Conference, Fri 15 July, 10am - 5pm. Speakers include: Peter Topping (University of Newcastle), Professor Sato Hiroyuki (University of Tokyo, Japan), Dr Nick Ashton (The British Museum) and Professor Yajima Kunio (Meiji University, Japan). To book visit: www.leapinghare.org 01842 751975. £10, Students £8.

East Meets West: Obsidian and Flint Event Day, Sat 16 July
Discover the amazing history of flint in Norfolk from Stone Age tools to architecture and gun flints and its links with obsidian, flint’s Japanese cousin. Join us for games, crafts, costumed characters, flint and obsidian knapping and more. FREE.

Bugs Trail! Tues 26 - Sat 30 July. 50p + admission.

Hard Lives – Stories from the Flint Face: Creative Writing Workshop, Weds 27 July, 1.30 - 4pm.  Take inspiration from the surprising life stories of those who worked with flint in Brandon's industrial heyday. From flint walls to flintlocks and flint jewellery, this ancient material still sparkles with relevance. £15. Reservations and enquiries to sandlines@pobroadband.co.uk.

Heritage Tuesdays: Archae-Bin, Tues 26 July, 10.30am - 12 noon. Explore the history that gets thrown away and find out what rubbish can tell us about the past.

Mini Museum Club (under 5s): Ahoy Pirates!, Thurs 28 July, 10.30am - 11.30am. 50p per child including admission.

Lynn Museum

Art of the Mart: Savages Famous Fairground Makers of Lynn, extended until 11 Sept. Exhibition telling the story of King’s Lynn’s iconic creators of merry-go-rounds.

Coffee, Cake and Collections, Last Wednesday of every month, 10:30am - 12 noon. Object handling, craft activities and more. £1.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Concert for Pre-School Children (Part of King’s Lynn Festival), Sat 16 July, 1 - 1:30pm. World-class musicians, with a flair for the extraordinary, on a mission to get little ones hooked on classical music. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop for pre-schoolers. £1.

Blitz Trail, Sun 17 July, Dinosaurs Family Trail, Sat 23 -  Sun 31 July, Take part in five trails to be invited to our Trails Stars Party on Sat 17 Sept.

Brilliant Bronze Age, Tues 26 July, 10:30am - 1pm
Discover the secrets of Seahenge and make a Bronze Age cord to take home.

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Gressenhall Goes Wild, Sun 10 July. Walk on the wild side and become a nature detective to see what bugs and beasties you can discover.

I’m in the Workhouse – get me out of here! Thurs 21 July - Sat 13 Aug. Explore the new workhouse displays and discover what life was like for the inmates, with activities for all the family.

Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell

Chocolate City! Tues 26 July - Sat 3 Sept. Take the cocoa bean trail around the museum and design your own chocolate bar wrapper. On Tuesdays find out about the history of chocolate making in Norwich and get up close to our collections.

Undercroft Tour, Sat 30 July, 11am, 1 & 3pm. Explore one of the finest undercrofts in the city.

Strangers' Hall

A Shakespearean Summer, Weds – Fri until 30 Sept.
Activities celebrating local life in Shakespeare’s time. From 27 July try Shakespeare themed crafts and Will Kemp shadow puppets.

Fooles Puppet Theatre, Sunday 24 July. See a puppet show inspired by folk tales and hear the wonders of the Hurdy Gurdy.

Summer Sundays, 3 July - 28 Aug. Relax with refreshments and the papers in Strangers' garden.  Play traditional games and enjoy snippets of Shakespeare's works.

Listen to the Bard, Thurs 14 July, 11am - 12 noon. Sit back with Norfolk Library Service and hear specially selected Shakespearean passages. (Over 16s only.)

Elizabethan House


Vile Victorian Bake Off, Mon 25 July, 11am - 4pm
Discover the ingredients for vulgar Victorian recipes and help the cook mix her gruesome concoctions!

Tolhouse Gaol

Samuel Yarham: A Yarmouth Murder, 15 & 17 July, 21 July – 4 Sept (closed Saturdays), 8 – 11 Sept, 10am - 4pm.
A fascinating display telling the story of murderer Samuel Yarham, who was held in the Tolhouse Gaol.

Grisly Tales of Great Yarmouth, Fri 29 July, 11am - 4pm. Hear of foul crimes from the town’s history in our atmospheric prison cells.

Time and Tide

Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock. Photographs by Harry Hammond. Sun 2 Oct, A touring exhibition from the V&A of photographs by showbiz photographer Harry Hammond, who captured definitive images of rock and roll stars of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Plus memorabilia from Great Yarmouth’s rock and roll heyday.

The Beatles to Bowie Tracks Trail, Sat 23 July - Sun 4 Sept. Explore the sights and sounds of the rock 'n' roll era with this interactive trail.

Seaside Family Fun Day, Weds 27 July, 11am - 4pm
Watch a traditional Punch and Judy, show, have your face painted and make souvenirs of your day.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 17:07

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

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Reporting scams

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

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

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Norfolk County Council - Environment, Development and Transport Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:41

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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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Adult Social Services - Practice Edition

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:02
Adults Social Services staff newsletter - Practice Edition - July 2016 A focus on practiceLorna Bright, Assistant Director, Social Work

Welcome to your new practice edition of the Adult Social Services newsletter. This is a new communications initiative which we aim to publish in the last week of every month from now on.

I expect it to be of most use and interest to assessor staff in our operational social care teams (including SCCE) because what you do, and the way you practice, has such a direct impact on the adults we work with. The information published here seeks to keep you aware of developments and is inspired by the work of colleagues.  But I also hope the wider department and organisation will take a regular look too, so that they can keep up-to-date with our ‘Promoting Independence’ agenda and 'Signs of Wellbeing' work .

What you do, and the way you practice, has a direct impact on the adults we work with. I hope you find this newsletter useful, please tell us what you think and make sure you share any ideas and good practice in the next issue. 

Promoting independence

'Signs of Wellbeing' is the approach we are taking to support 'Promoting Independence' and to make sure we are doing strengths-based assessments. It is about the conversation between you and the person you are working with. A 'Signs of Wellbeing' conversation should be reflective, collaborative and develop a shared understanding of a person’s supportive and protective factors.
A shared view
It’s about using your expertise to help the person reflect on their situation, identify what’s working well, what’s a struggle and what strengths they can draw on to help maintain their independence for as long as possible. At the end of the conversation, you and the person should have a shared view of what’s important. They should feel confident in taking as much responsibility as their situation allows to maximise their own independence and understand where other sources of care and support can help them.
Next steps
Many people will not have had such a conversation in the past. Understandably they may be expecting you to 'fix' their situation, so there are several tools included in Signs of Wellbeing that can help you engage the person in a more reflective discussion, and encourage them to think more widely about their own wellbeing.

You’ll hear more about Signs of Welling soon-  our approach as well as information on our iNet pages - so watch this space.

Change culture with strengths-based assessment

Over 520 staff attended the strengths- based assessment training in March 2016, with 82% of people saying they felt more confident in undertaking this type of assessment. Staff also highlighted the challenge in practice of having strengths-based conversations and managing the expectations of people receiving support.
What delegates said 
"Many people have become used to having service led solutions and have difficulty accepting that we are no longer doing this," said one delegate.

A strengths-based approach does involve culture change, with challenges for both the practitioner and the person receiving support (and their carers). The approach is not about denying the reality of the challenges but to focus on what the person can contribute. "It encourages engagement, which in turn will help you to be creative with meeting outcomes," adds one delegate.

Through the conversational process, people become more aware of what they want, the strengths and abilities they already possess,  the support networks and community supports around them, all of which come together to increase their motivation and expectancy that they can realise their hopes and aspirations.’ (Cook and Miller, 2012)

'Developing a wellbeing and strengths-based approach to social work' offers guidance and practice examples to help councils, providers, partners and people who use services make this cultural shift in adult social care; it also offers an argument for how such a community-focused approach can deliver efficiencies for the sector.

Social work health check

The results from the Social Work Health Check survey (Autumn 2015) will be published soon. Staff supervision was one of the topics covered in the health check and the Social Work Reform Group and Promoting Independence Organisational Development Group have requested that supervision practice in Adult Social Services is reviewed. Children’s Services have recently reviewed their supervision framework , learning from this we plan to review our approach too.

Children’s Services have used 'Peer Supervision,' where groups of practitioners support one another to analyse cases using the 'Signs of Safety' methodology, with the advantage of lot of people’s expertise being applied to a case. An example of this working in practice can be found here

An audit will also be carried out on current supervision practice, to examine the overall quality of supervision across the county.  This is not intended to criticise individuals, but it will examine the overall quality of supervision with a view to improving the quality of supervision in the longer term.  Records will be confidential to the Quality Assurance team, and the report will not contain any information that will identify individuals.  Records will be checked against a pre-agreed framework and for the first audit, it will be possible for staff to opt out.  Unison is fully supportive of this approach, acknowledging that an audit process will identify areas for improvements in supervision and support for staff.

Get nominating

Season two is open and you've got until 29 July to nominate a colleague or a team that always goes the extra mile- with that special something that makes them stand out? It's easy to do, just click here to find out more.

Professional development at the UEA

The UEA provides a range of MA level CPD modules for qualified social workers that can be mixed, and matched, to form qualifications on the Advanced Social Work pathway including: a Post-graduate Certificate in Advanced Social Work (60 credits), a Post-graduate Diploma in Advanced Social Work (120 credits) and an MA in Advanced Social Work (180 credits). There's also the option to do just one module. To find out more go to the  iNet -L&D pages. To register your interest, you should discuss this with your line manager first and then contact  Hannah Smith, L&D Consultant.

CPD modules this academic year:

Practice Education in Social Work (60 credits) - starts 19 July.
Introduction to Research Methods (20 credits) -  starts 14 Sept.
Induction, Supervision & Staff Development in Operational Management (20 credits) - starts 14 Sept.
Policy, Practice & Evidence in Mental Health (20 credits) -  starts 28 Sept.
Adult Social Work – Support and Protection (20 credits) - starts 2 Nov.
Working with Adolescents (20 credits) - starts 24 Jan 2017.
Dissertation (40 credits) - starts 25 Jan, 2017.
Models of Leadership & Management (20 credits) - starts 31 Jan, 2017.
Managing Risk, Managing Change, Managing People (20 credits) - starts 15 March, 2017 .
Developing Professional Leadership (20 credits) - 2018 tbc

The Approved Mental Health Professional (AMHP) modules also form part of this MA pathway but are advertised and applied for separately.

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Useful links

Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board

Norfolk Learning Disabilities Partnership Board

Adult Social Services Intranet

HCPC renewal

It's good to talk

A strengths-based approach is a reflective conversation between the practitioner and the person receiving support (and their carers) to understand what goals and personal outcomes are important to them. Staff need to ‘communicate effectively; with compassion and authority; engage and build relationships in the short-term and over time; evaluating both their own practice and the outcomes of the people they support.’ (TCSW, 2014).

In March’s edition of Community Care, Elizabeth Rylan explains how developing resilience in people we work with helps support them to make best use of their strengths and support networks to live their lives in the best way for them.

Safeguarding and domestic abuse

The Care Act introduced Domestic Abuse as a specific category of abuse. Whilst it's  clear that safeguarding duties apply only when the criteria in section 14.2 (Care Act guidance, March 2016) apply, a considerable proportion of safeguarding adults work relates to the abuse or neglect of people with care and support needs who are living in their own homes.

Safeguarding or domestic abuse?
Domestic abuse is often thought of as violence between intimate partners, but it can take many other forms and be perpetrated by a range of people. Much safeguarding is therefore also domestic abuse and as such, will require two classifications to be added to CareFirst, for example physical abuse plus domestic abuse/neglect plus domestic abuse.  
Useful guide

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Local Government Association (LGA) have produced - Adult Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse: A guide to support practitioners and managers . It explains the overlaps between safeguarding and domestic abuse and  the approaches and legal frameworks for domestic abuse that can be used in the safeguarding context. 

Domestic abuse raises specific and complex issues such as the impact of coercion or duress on mental capacity and making ‘safe enquiries’ (ie ensuring any enquires made or actions taken are done in a safe way).  If you require further support please speak to a Safeguarding Adults Practice Consultant who will be able to give advice or put you in touch with Domestic Abuse specialists working in the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Don't forget to renew

In September, all social workers are required to renew their registration with the HCPC. They have 3 months (1 September- 30 November) to do this and during August they will receive two letters from HCPC with their individual access codes for online registration and renewal. If they don’t receive these letters, social workers are advised to contact HCPC as soon as possible.

Don't wait to renew
The advice is to renew as soon as possible to avoid the risk of the registration lapsing. If it lapses-  it could affect status and pay, as by law social workers are not allowed to practice unless they are on the register.

Be prepared
At renewal, 2.5% of social workers will be audited against the standards for CPD and will need to submit evidence. This CPD webinar explains the requirements, the audit process and what sort of evidence they will be looking for.The CPD section of the HCPC website also has useful information and you'll find the template for the CPD audit is here

Feedback

Was this newsletter useful, do you have a good idea for the next issue  - or is someone missing from the mailing list?
If so, get in touch email: assdnews@norfolk.gov.uk

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Improving Times - Education Special Edition- 30 June 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 09:19
Children's Services staff newsletter - Education Special Edition 30 June 2016 A Good Education for Every Norfolk Learner

  

It is extremely pleasing to see that as a result of determination by children, families and teachers, and through consistently strong leadership by Headteachers, Principals and Governing Boards, Norfolk education is in good heart. Only a few years ago, there were questions about whether Norfolk education leaders possessed the skills and determination to make the improvements necessary. With significant progress now achieved, leaders are set to ensure that Norfolk education is better than anywhere else in England. Our work as a Local Authority (LA) is to support, challenge and intervene with settings, schools and colleges so that Norfolk children and young people receive the high standard of teaching to which they are entitled. It is the partnership between teachers, Heads, Governors, Academy Trusts, Teaching Schools, our three Dioceses and the LA - in which we have clarified our roles and responsibilities – that gives every confidence for continued improvement. As I return to Headship elsewhere, I will maintain a keen interest in all things Norfolk. And I will retain a deep respect for the resilience and courage of Norfolk’s education leaders, a sense of pride in what has been achieved and great optimism in all that is still to come.

Gordon Boyd

Assistant Director, Education

Education Partnership Service

Education Partnership Service works closely with Norfolk schools, the DfE and existing multi academy trusts. This year we have spoken to over 200 schools and as a result many more Norfolk schools are in a strong collaboration or working towards joining one. Our Small Schools Review has been a priority for us and almost all of our smallest schools have a more sustainable future, often in federations or trusts. This year has seen us continue to work with international partners, for example a group of 27 Norwegian Senior Education Leaders visited Norfolk.

The power of partnership

Norfolk schools have made very good progress in the last three years and on many indicators are now at the national average and beyond. Particularly significant is that 85% of Norfolk’s schools are now good or outstanding which means that many more thousands of Norfolk children now go to a good or outstanding school. This has been achieved because of a collective focus and ambition to raise standards from school leaders, teachers, governors and the LA, and the power of a range of partnerships and school improvement programmes.

Professor David Woods –Chair of Norfolk Education Challenge Board

Norfolk Better to Best

Over the last academic year Norfolk Better to Best (NB2B) has continued to work with 238 schools. The success of the approach in supporting Ofsted inspection outcomes has continued with 88% of schools inspected being judged good or outstanding. NB2B is designed to provide school and academy leaders and governors with a framework and menu of challenge and support focused on improving leadership, provision and outcomes. The aim is to ensure that this will lead to a judgement of good or better at the next Ofsted Inspection. All Norfolk schools are invited to participate and are able to shape a bespoke programme to support their improvement priorities.

 

Education Inclusion Service

The Education Inclusion Service was established in 2015 and brings together the key areas of SEND, Attendance & Exclusions and Participation post 16.

What have we been doing?

• Vital work with school leaders and governors to address rising pupil exclusions in Norfolk.

• Reviewing capacity within our specialist provision.

 • Developing an approach, with education providers and parents/carers, for appropriate support and challenge to help improve outcomes

 Celebrating success:

• NEET and participation figures are now in line with or better than the national average

• School absence rates are improving, and Special schools are well above the national average for pupil attendance

• Schools value Access Through Technology support

 • Accredited training offered by the Portage service and by the Visually Impaired/Multi-Sensory Impaired Team

Progress with post 16

The last year has seen a significant increase in the two areas of greatest challenge: increasing participation at 17 and reducing the number of young people who cannot be contacted (unknowns). The pace of improvement for participation at 17 has increased at such a rate that it is now in line with the national average. In addition, the participation of 16 year olds is now well above the national average. The number of unknowns has also reduced from 16.1% in May 2015 to 6.8% in December 2015 (national average is 10.6%).

Education Special Edition at a glance...

  • Education Partnership Service
  • The power of partnership
  • Norfolk Better to Best
  • Norfolk Children in Care
  • Education Inclusion Service

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Norfolk Education Providers performing well

Early Years settings – 94% good or outstanding – above the national average

Childminders – 88% good or outstanding – above the national average

Primary schools – 86% good or outstanding – similar to national average

Secondary schools – 74% good or outstanding – similar to national average

Special Schools – 91% - good or outstanding similar to the national average

Colleges – 100% – good or outstanding above the national average

Education Admissions Service

Returns a high rate of first preferences for Reception pupils. The national offer day for Reception places in April 2016 saw Norfolk maintaining a very high rate with 9600 offers confirmed and 92% given their first preferences. This is similar to 2015 and above the 2015 national and Eastern region averages.

Norfolk Children in Care

Working in close partnership with schools and settings, The Norfolk Virtual School strives to ensure the best possible education for children and young people. After the best ever 2015 outcomes for Norfolk children in care the implementation of a new PEP system has been an important development which should lead to even better achievement. In addition the Virtual School continues to offer a wide range of interventions including Lego Therapy sessions, Arts Awards, Numicon maths intervention, ARROW literacy intervention and bespoke packages of support to children with specific areas of need.

The strategy ‘ A Good Education for Every Norfolk Learner' will continue 2016 – 2017. The local authority will continue to work closely with education leaders and governors, working in partnership to build on the most successful element of the strategy.

Offending down 

Chris Small, manager of the Norfolk  Youth Offending team – a multi agency team co –ordinated by Norfolk County Council, talked on Radio Norfolk yesterday about our recent HMI Probation report. He said while the rate of youth reoffending in the county has risen in the last year,  the numbers of young people offending overall are down, 2/3rds don't reoffend,  fewer young people are brought before the court and only 20  go to prison each year.  Chris explains the work of the team and how Norfolk compares  to the rest of the UK.  Listen here (starts at 1.15.21)

Making HR easier for everyone

From 1 July you’ll notice that PeopleNet looks different. All information now sits under one home page and is no longer duplicated under separate employee and manager tabs. 

We have also simplified and re-named many policies so that they are easier to use and find and we now have an A-Z for policies, guidance and forms. 

Let us know how you are finding this simpler approach to HR peoplenet@norfolk.gov.uk.

ICO Audit

The information Management Team are busy preparing for the ICO Audit which is taking place in October (11-13). The IM team have engaged with business leads to ensure that the information policies and procedures will be simple and fit for purpose. It is really important that each and every member of staff fully understands their role and responsibilities for information management. Look out for more information and some staff briefing sessions that will be coming to a place near you this summer.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:21
Environment Team NewsletterMay 2016 Protecting and enhancing the natural and historic environment is essential for our economy - and getting out to explore the countryside brings great benefits for health too.  Read on for the latest examples of how we're delivering on these areas for Norfolk.  Environment Team continues to meet the challenges of reduced budget through innovative projects that tap into other funding streams. Over the coming months will be also be exploring how to integrate our services even more fully across the team. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Did you know?

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

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


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

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

Our service areas►Biodiversity
Historic Environment Record
Recording a historic find
Norfolk Trails
Planning-natural environment
Planning-historic environment
Trees and Woodlands
Norfolk Coast Partnership Norfolk bluebell woodMeet the teamIn this issue we introduce Claire Bradshaw, Community Archaeologist with Historic Environment Service (HES) at Environment Team. 

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

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

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

Claire Bradshaw 

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

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

Cycling the Marriott's Way Norfolk TrailSeal spotting at Horsey from the Norfolk Coast Path National Trail Environment Team: 
Working with you to safeguard Norfolk's great outdoors.  Environment Team - www.norfolk.gov.uk/environment   
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A Shakespearean Summer in the Centre of Norwich

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 08:32
A Shakespearean Summer

To celebrate Shakespeare's legacy and to mark the 400th anniversary of his death, we are putting on a whole summer of Shakespearean activities, events and readings. 
So don your ruff and stockings and join us for the show…

Strangers' Hall

A Shakespearean Summer
Wednesdays, Thursday & Fridays, until 30 September, 10am - 4pm
Find out about daily life in Shakespeare’s time.  Make a 17th century-style bed, use our props to snap an Elizabethan selfie, browse the Shakespearean Times, or try your hand with a quill pen, and learn to decipher old documents.

Summer Sundays
3 July - 28 August, 1 - 4pm
Relax with refreshments and the Sunday papers in our hidden city garden.  Play traditional garden games and at 2.30 & 3.30pm, enjoy a series of Sonnets & Snippets of Shakespeare's works performed by local actors (programme changes each Sunday).

Listen to the Bard
Thursday 14 July, 11am - 12 noon
Are you sitting comfortably? Sit back with Norfolk Library Service to hear specially selected Shakespearean passages. (Over 16s only.)


Family Day with Fooles Puppet Theatre
Sunday 24 July 1 – 4pm
Meet Shakespeare’s clown ‘Will Kemp’ who has danced his way from London to Norwich, to introduce us to an afternoon of hilarious puppet shows, with charming characters, historical folk-tale themes and hurdy-gurdy accompaniment.

Get hands-on with Shakespearean craft activities, write with a quill pen and play garden games.

Shakespearean Summer - Family Crafts
Wednesdays 27 July - 31 August, 10am - 4pm
Get creative with Shakespeare-themed crafts and Will Kemp shadow puppets.


Activities suitable for all, except shared reading.


Museum admission: Adult £4.80, Concs £4.60, Child (4-18) £3.90, Family (1 Adult) £12.30, Family (2 Adults) £16.30. Museums Pass holders FREE.

Norwich Castle

Shakespeare's Soapbox: My Kingdom for a Horse! Tuesday 26 July, Friday 12,Tuesday 23, Tuesday 30 August & Thursday 1 September, 12noon - 3pm
Actor Neil Paris makes himself 'hoarse' on his soapbox to bring us a taste of Shakespeare. Perhaps you could step up and have a go too? Once more into the breach!


Museum admission: Adult £8.80, Conc. £7.90, Child (4-18) £7, Family (1 Adult) £22.40, Family (2 Adults) £29.90, Museums Pass holders FREE.

Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Joint Museums Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 06/28/2016 - 13:52

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 minutes of the meeting of the Norwich Area Museums Committee held on 14 June 2016 are now available. These will be taken as additional information for item 8 on the agenda for the meeting of the Joint Museums Committee that will be held at King's Lynn on Friday, 1st July 2016.

Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

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Transport Matters no 17

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 12:45
No 17- June 2016Westlegate transformation

View down Westlegate, with M&S in the background

Visitors to Norwich city centre are already enjoying more open space as paving of the new pedestrian area makes its way up Westlegate towards John Lewis.

A temporary crossing on All Saints Street, just near the store, is up and running and will remain in place until the area is permanently closed to traffic in the New Year.

Next time you’re passing, look out for the line of decorative blue tiling that curves down the hill towards Marks & Spencer. This represents an old stream that ran through the area and into the River Wensum.

At the bottom of Westlegate, you’ll see work continuing at St Stephens Plain where a new kerb will be built on the Debenhams side of the road following the Lord Mayor’s Celebration next weekend (1-3 July). Resurfacing work will take place in August.

The next phase of work is at Finkelgate and provisionally programmed to start on 25 July. This involves installing traffic signals at its junction with Queens Road and a new mini roundabout at its junction with Ber Street. More details will follow in our next update.

Bluebell rescue on route of NDR

Bluebells in the path of the NDR near Newman Road, Rackheath, are being found new homes in Catton Park and Jubilee Park, Rackheath, after Balfour Beatty and Norfolk County Council arranged for a digger to lift them to a safe supervised collection point once the tops had died back. Sue Jarvis, Karen Tanner and Liz Barnard  (above) gathered bulbs on behalf of the Friends of Catton Park, while Rackheath Parish Council arranged for a Sunday afternoon collection, followed by planting in wooded areas of Jubilee Park.

The planting team at Jubilee Park on Sunday 26 June.

Good news for cyclists

Two schemes of particular benefit to pedestrians and cyclists have been completed in recent weeks. A new toucan crossing allowing safe, easy access for pedestrians and cyclists between Unthank Road and Eaton village is now in use while in Colegate, the area at the bottom of St Georges Street has been improved to make cycling and walking across all arms of the junction safer and easier.

To the north of the city, a 2.5m shared-use cycle footpath is being built between Taylors Lane and Heyford Road. Weather-permitting, this will be open by the end of the month.

Roundabout work nears completion

Road safety improvements at the roundabout that links Catton Grove Road with Woodcock Road are running to schedule and due to be completed at the end of July.

When finished, each leg of the roundabout will have new raised, shared-use pedestrian and cyclist crossings with the addition of speed cushions along Catton Grove Road towards the city centre. There will also be an extension of the 20mph zone between Lilburne Avenue and Elm Grove Lane/Philadelphia Lane to reduce traffic speeds.

For the last week of the project, Catton Grove Road will be closed for resurfacing at the roundabout and between Lilburne Avenue and Elm Grove Lane/Philadelphia Lane.

Wet weather slows NDR earthworks

Recent downpours have slowed earth shifting work on the route of the NDR, but good earlier progress means that the programme is still on track.

Bulk earthworks and drainage are particularly well advanced on the Fakenham Road to Fir Covert Road section, including the diversion of the high pressure gas main from Bacton.

Plumstead Rd re-opens

Plumstead Road reopened ahead of schedule after bridge piling (pictured below) finished early and moved on to Middle Road, which will now remain closed until the bridge over the NDR is complete. 

Night working likely at railway

Piled foundations will also be needed for the bridge over the Norwich to Sheringham railway, and this work may have to be carried out at night, subject to formal procedures and consultation. This will not affect the roads and this type of piling does not involve noisy hammering - an auger is used to 'drill' down, and the space is then filled with concrete and steel reinforcement.

 

For more information about Transport for Norwich projects, including the NDR, go to www.norfolk.gov.uk/tfn. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

NDR public traffic management and drop-in sessions

Our next public Traffic Management Workshop will be held at 4pm on Thursday 7 July at Sapphire House, Roundtree Way, Norwich, NR7 8SQ, followed by a general NDR public drop-in session running until 6pm. You are welcome come along and raise any traffic issues with the 'TM' professionals at the Workshop, or other NDR matters afterwards. You can also contact us at norwich.transport@norfolk.gov.uk, or by calling the County Council on 0344 800 8020.

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Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Sat, 06/25/2016 - 00:00

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Adult Social Care Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Monday 4th July 2016 is now available.

Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

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Norfolk County Council - Children's Services Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 18:00

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Children’s Services Committee. The Supplementary Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Tuesday 28 June 2016 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

 

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 16:48

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

A17 surface dressing at Clenchwarton postponed - will not take place this weekend

View details on our news page.

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Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 16:31
General informationWeek ending 24 June 2016  Norwich Urban Fringe Surface Water Drainage Scheme

The council has received a number of enquiries from the media today concerning last night’s storms and have responded as follows:  

 *The rain in parts of Norfolk last night was exceptional  - according to the Met Office, Norwich airport recorded the highest rainfall in the East of England at 47mm which means that almost a month’s worth of rain fell in a few hours. But it was also sporadic - some areas received a great deal more rain than others. Norfolk Fire and rescue Service report it was its busiest night in its history, busier than even the coastal flooding of December 2013 read the rest of the flooding note to members click here

Read the Norwich Urban Fringe Surface Water Drainage Scheme Update here

Devolution Presentation 

Topics inclue: Why Devolution?, Norfolk and Suffolk Economic Assets, The economic geography,  The Deal Headlines, Proposed structure for joint working across East Anglia,  Governance, Key dates and Where to find more info. To view this presentation click here

You can also find out more detail on the devolution website: https://www.eastangliadevo.co.uk, which includes comprehensive FAQs about the deal and which are regularly updated. 

Looked After Children & Care Leavers Strategy 2016 – 2019 workshops for Members - June and July

Wednesday, 29 June 2016  Time: 10.00 - 12.00 
Wednesday, 27 July 2016   Time: 10.00 - 12.00

‘Norfolk County Council will be a consistent, caring and responsible parent to all children and young people in our care through to adulthood.  We Promise to put Children First and to work with them and the important people in their lives to ensure they are safe, happy and well.  We will always be there at the right time to support children and young people to achieve their own personal ambitions by never giving up on them’

As a corporate parent you are invited to either workshop click here to book

Member Liaison Officers

Jennifer Holland will now act as Member Liaison Officer for Cultural Services (replacing Lorna Payne)

Each department has a Member Liaison Officer. They are there to help members who might be unsure of the best route to take, by acting as a signpost, get to the right officer when seeking information or advice relating to the Department concerned. You can find out who they all are by clicking here Member Liaison Officers and their role

Children’s Services locality-level performance information 

This report click here contains locality-level performance information for the same indicators presented to committee as the Monthly Management Information (MI) Report, and shows variation in performance levels relating to children’s social care across the county

Changes to Norfolk County Council Constitution - June 2016

Part 4.1 – Composition and Terms of Reference of Committees- Issue No. 5  view this

To incorporate a minor change to the Audit Committee’s terms of reference as agreed by the Committee on 16 June 2016 and as authorised by the Head of Law and Monitoring Officer

Part 6.1 – Corporate Management Structure - Issue No.4 view this

To reflect the relocation of Public Health from Resources into Community and Environmental Services 

Chief Officer's blogs 17 June 2016 - Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services  

Well, we’re halfway through June and I know summer must be here, as my planned trip to the Norwich Northern Distributor Road last night was cancelled due to the ground being waterlogged......  Read more >>  

10 June 2016 – Wendy Thomson, Managing Director

Summer seems to have arrived at last and, for regular readers of my blog, you’ll know that I’m a keen cyclist and tennis player, so in my spare time it’s been great to be able to do both on those days when we have had some lovely weather.  I know that many of you are also keen cyclists .... Read more


NCC internet homepage 

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

Domestic Abuse

Whitlingham OEC

Storywriting competition

Library survey

What's new on the intranet?

inet.norfolk.gov.uk

Norfolk in the News Wednesday 24 June click here 

Be like the pupils at Shelton with Hardwick Community School click here   

The outcome of the EU referendum click here

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Future NCC public meetings

The following meetings will be held during June and July 2016.

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

County Council                          27 Jun Children's Services Committee    28 Jun  
Communities Committee             29 Jun
Norfolk Records Committee         01 Jul  10.30
Norfolk Museums Committee       01 Jul  14.00 Adult Social Care Committee       04 Jul 
EDT Committee                          08 Jul
Economic Dev Sub Committee    14 Jul
Planning (Reg) Committee           15 Jul
Policy & Resources Committee   18 Jul
Health & Wellbeing Board            20 Jul 9.30
Health Overview & Scrutiny         21 Jul
County Council                           25 Jul
Road Casualty Reduction Partn    26 Jul

iPad and IT support contact

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

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

Please do NOT upgrade your iPad to IOS 9.2 or any other version until ICT give the go ahead as you will lose files and photos

Latest NCC press releases Member Development sessions, briefings and training 

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

LAC & Care Leavers Strategy workshop

Date: Wednesday, 29 June 2016 
Time:10.00 - 12.00
Location:Edwards room, County Hall

This is being repeated again to give all members an opportunity to attend on:-

Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Time:10.00 - 12.00
Location: Anna Sewell room, The Annexe, County Hall

Description: As corporate parents come and find out about the cross-departmental strategy for young people leaving care

Lead officer - Nick Crick, Interim LAC Strategic Consultant

Resilience Matters elected members briefing and workshop

Date: Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Time:10.00 - 12.00
Location: Anna Sewell room, The Annexe, County Hall

Description: The NCC Resilience Team will take you through an interactive table top exercise to demonstrate procedures and inter-agency working to respond to incidents that can impact Norfolk (Emergency Planning) and disrupt the ability of the council to deliver services (Business Continuity). There will be an opportunity to ask questions of officers related to preparedness, response and recovery from emergencies. 

The team are also keen to hear members thoughts and ideas on how to promote community resilience more effectively across the county working with a wide variety of organisations. As background, the recently published “Norfolk Community Resilience Strategy” can be found on the Norfolk Prepared website 

Lead officer - Jan Davis, Resilience Manager, Community and Environmental Services. Tel 01603 222014

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Win tickets to the Norfolk Show

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:36

   A flavour of NCC's week...                        24 June 2016

United front against domestic abuse

A county-wide campaign to raise awareness of domestic abuse and increase reporting and referrals to agencies was launched this week by all councils, health services, police and other public and voluntary sector organisations from across Norfolk led by the Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership (NCCSP) with the unifying hashtag #iwalkedaway .

It aims to reach those responsible for abuse, those who experience it and friends and family members who may be aware of it. Read more here.

Busiest day on record for Norfolk firefighters

Our firefighters have had a busy week this week with heavy rain causing flash floods across the County. Read more here.

Mums support each other with new campaign

Mothers got together at the Castle Museum and Gallery in Norwich on Tuesday to take part in National Breastfeeding Celebration Week, a campaign supported by our Public Health colleagues to encourage breastfeeding as the most health start: Wherever, Whenever, However. More than 60 mothers in Norfolk volunteered to take part and lend their support. The campaign has been shared nationally on Mumsnet who have written in support of the campaign. Read more here.

Access for all

We’ve done a deal with the Local Government Chronicle to give everyone with a @norfolk.gov.uk email address access to the publication online.

All you need to do is click here and register using your work email address to create your own profile.

Log in today  and read what the publication thinks about the current developments on devolution, in an article praising our negotiations. Click here to read the article. (remember you have to have created a profile before you can read this item).

Talking of devolution... Remember to look out for updates on iNet on Monday as Full Council hold their extraordinary meeting to discuss the Norfolk and Suffolk Devolution Proposal. Read the papers here.

Miles from the fast lane

The A1062 from Hoveton to Potter Heigham has been named this week as one of the quietest roads in Great Britain. Read more here.  

Take the 'Write on' advice

Local author, Cressida McLaughlin, who is also an Information and Business Support Officer at NCC has today given her top tips and advice to children wanting to enter our 'Write on Norfolk' competition. Read more here.

And finally...

Back from the brink, car manufacturer Lotus confirmed this week that their future is secure here in Norfolk. Find out more by watching the video below.

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy will be attending the special Full Council meeting on Monday where a decision will be made on the latest Devolution Deal, is going to the Presidents lunch at the Royal Norfolk Show and will be preparing the STP submission for the June checkpoint. 

Michael will be going to Children’s Services Committee, and is at a Department of Children’s Services (DCS) peer review workshop in Cambridge.

Simon will be attending the County Farms Improvement Board and is going to Full Council on Monday.

Anne will be attending Full Council and is going to the Norse Commercial Services senior management team meeting.

Harold will be speaking at the College of Occupational Therapy conference in Harrogate and is meeting with James Sanderson the Director of Personalisation and Choice of NHS England.

Tom will be attending Communities Committee and is going to Full Council on Monday.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

Win tickets!

We have a pair of tickets for the Royal Norfolk Show taking place next Wednesday and Thursday where we will once more be sponsoring the 'Discovery Zone' promoting skills and opportunities. Click here to enter our prize draw.

The winner will be drawn and contacted at 3pm on Monday 27 June.

Offending down 

Chris Small, manager of the Norfolk  Youth Offending team – a multi agency team co –ordinated by Norfolk County Council, talked on Radio Norfolk yesterday about our recent HMI Probation report. He said while the rate of youth reoffending in the county has risen in the last year,  the numbers of young people offending overall are down, 2/3rds don't reoffend,  fewer young people are brought before the court and only 20  go to prison each year.  Chris explains the work of the team and how Norfolk compares  to the rest of the UK.  Listen here (starts at 1.15.21)

CLT Blog - 24 June

Wendy Thomson, Managing Director

Look out for Wendy's blog which will be live on the home page of iNet  soon.

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 24 June 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 24 June 2016 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesCOASTERS Vacancies - SeaChange Arts

Full Time Coasters Project Development Manager (37.5 hours per week)
or
Part time Coasters Project Manager (22.5 hours per week)
Part time Coasters Development Manager (15 hours per week)

Based in Great Yarmouth, Seachange Arts seek a full time Project Development Manager. We will also consider two part time roles to cover the full time role.  The part time roles are defined as a Project Manager (3 days per week) and a Development Manager (2 days per week).

SeaChange Arts is an independent arts charity dedicated to delivering outstanding circus and street arts. SeaChange has a local and international role, providing opportunities for the people of Great Yarmouth whilst leading and supporting complex European partnership projects that play a significant role in developing the circus and street arts sector. For seven years SeaChange has maintained a steady upward trajectory, becoming one of the UK’s leading circus and street arts organisations. SeaChange Arts understands that performance can have a transformational effect on audiences and can open discussion on topics like regeneration, social inclusion, community cohesion, participation, and tourism.   

With a grant of nearly £1million from the Arts Council, SeaChange Arts will create Coasters, a three year project that will take innovative indoor and outdoor circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England. SeaChange Arts will lead a consortium of organisations with the aim of building stronger relationships with audiences in areas of lower arts engagement and transforming perceptions of coastal towns.

COASTERS will:

  • Bring UK and international street arts and circus companies to areas of the country that have limited access to high quality performance work.  
  • Develop sustained relationships between artists and audiences, programmers, and aspirational satellite partners through the programming of Associate Companies. 
  • Develop a programme of touring shows that celebrate and resonate with the unique nature of UK coastal towns and their communities. 
  • Engage resident communities to embrace and participate in the work through a targeted Audience Development Plan.  
  • Challenge regional visitors to re-evaluate perceptions of the contemporary English seaside.

The project is led by SeaChange Arts with funding from the Arts Council’s Strategic Touring Fund.  Participating companies include Activate in Dorset, Hull Freedom Festival, Hastings Borough Council, Worthing Theatres, Mouth of the Tyne Festival, LeftCoast in Blackpool and Wyre, Dreamland in Margate, So Festival in Skegness and Theatre Orchard in Bristol.

Reporting directly to the SeaChange Arts Creative Producer the post holder will be responsible for the day to day management and implementation of the Coasters project and the evolution and sustainability of the COASTERS partnership beyond the life of the funded period.  

The closing date for completed application forms is: Monday July 4, 9am 2016
The anticipated date of interview is: Tuesday 12 July 2016

To apply for this vacancy please download an application form from www.seachangearts.org.uk. When completing the application form, please clearly state for which role you are applying and your preference for a part time or the full time role.

Casual/Freelance Opportunities - SeaChange Arts

SeaChange are dedicated to delivering outstanding circus and street arts events and opportunities, including the Out There International Festival of Circus & Street Arts. 

Following around £1m of work on the Drill House building in Great Yarmouth, courtesy of investment from Arts Council England, the Drill House is set to become a leading international centre for circus and street arts creation as well as a vital community hub.  SeaChange Arts are on the look-out for a people to help develop the team and a range of exciting projects. 

SeaChange are looking for the following roles on casual and freelance contracts:

Circus & Performance Tutors
We're keen to expand our team of tutors, so if you are a circus tutor, or you work in a related field, (dance, theatre, gymnastics) who'd like to get involved in circus, we'd love to hear from you.

Circus Riggers & Technicians
Experienced circus riggers and lighting and audio crew to support events and residencies at the Drill House.

Artists, Makers & Fabricators
We'll be expanding our work creating fabulous festival décor, delivering creative workshops, and building crazy contraptions.  If you're an artist, maker or fabricator who'd like to get involved in the world of street arts, we'd love to hear from you!  

Casual Event & Operational Staff
We're looking for outgoing, enthusiastic and flexible Drill House crew members to staff and set up events and residencies, building operations, support event publicity and look after audiences and visitors at the Drill House.

For further information visit http://www.seachangearts.org.uk/news-and-views/-want-to-work-with-seachange  

Development OpportunitiesWorkshop: How to make an application to the Arts Council

Tuesday 5th July 2016, 10:00am
Norwich Arts Centre
FREE

This one day, intensive group workshop is a ‘How to’ guide to making an application to Arts Council England for a lottery grant, with top tips and practical guidance. It aims to support artists, arts organisations and other institutions planning arts projects to submit excellent applications to Arts Council England’s Grants for the arts programme. The session will give participants a good understanding of the programme, covering eligibility requirements, completing the application form and the assessment criteria. It will cover how to develop your artistic idea, engage audiences, put together a robust budget, and demonstrate your track record artistically and as a project manager. The format of the workshop allows plenty of time for discussion and questions. Together the group will also critique a draft application, based on the prompts that the assessors use and consider how it could be improved to better meet the criteria, and become more fundable as a proposal. Grants for the arts is Arts Council England’s Lottery-funded grant programme for individuals, arts organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.

Grants are available for project activities carried out over a set period and which engage people in England in arts activities and help artists and arts organisations in England carry out their work. They offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts. http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts/

For further information on this workshop and to book visit https://norwichartscentre.co.uk/events/workshop-make-an-application-to-the-arts-council/

Creative Industry Finance Webinar Series

Creative Industry Finance are launching a series of hour long webinars specifically designed for creative businesses. Upcoming webinars currently include:

Assets, costing and pricing – getting it right to increase profits
Tuesday 5 July, 11:00am-12:00pm BST
Price: £20.00
In this hour-long webinar, you will get to grips with the essentials of valuing your business's assets (time, skills, buildings or IP), setting costs and the right price points. 

Explaining Financials - getting to grips with terminology and planning
Wednesday 6 July, 11:00am-12:00pm BST
Price: £20.00
In this hour-long webinar, you will get to grips with the essentials of understanding finances, terminology and planning. 

For further information and to register for a webinar visit https://www.creativeindustryfinance.org.uk/insights/launching-webinar-series-for-creative-businesses/

Jeremy Webb Photography Workshops

The Cut Media Suite, Halesworth 
June - August 2016  (10.00am to 4.00pm) 

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

Pinhole Photography Sat 16th July - £50/person
How on earth do you make a useable camera out of a coffee tin or an old shoebox? Come along and find out – it’s a lot of fun. Build your own b&w pinhole camera, and shoot your own landscapes or ghost-like portraits with the long exposures this kind of photography requires. 

B&W Darkroom Weekends Aug 6th/7th & Aug 13th/14th - £100p/person 
With a focus on Beachcombing and “found” material, Saturday is spent on location at a nearby stretch of beautiful coastal scenery taking photographs and collecting material to create images with. The following day explores a number of creative ways to represent your found objects – light-painting, photograms, solar prints, lightbox photography and the opportunity to learn some creative darkroom skills for creating stunning black & white prints.

Coastal Photography Weekend Sat 30th & Sun 31st July - £100p/person
Day 1 will be spent with cameras at a stunning coastal location within a short drive of Halesworth. Bring packed lunch, walking boots and clothing appropriate for the weather. Day 2 will be spent in The Cut Media Suite where participants will have the opportunity to use Photoshop to improve and edit their landscape images. Participants will be supported and tutored throughout, with the emphasis on developing a landscape series in colour or black & white.

P A R A D I S E regained Sat 27th & Sun 28th Aug - £100/person
Join us once again for a weekend photographing the Suffolk landscape; this time at a stunning inland location with river and woodland landscapes. Saturday will be spent on location, with Sunday spent at The Cut media suite where participants will edit their images using Photoshop software.

Further information email jrwebb@virginmedia.com

Look Sideways – East Calendar Workshop

Friday 22 July
10.00am-12.00pm

The cultural tourism project is ready to launch a valuable planning and marketing tool, the Look Sideways – East Cultural Calendar. This tool allows organisations to get a broad overview of the events taking place across Norfolk and Suffolk, upload their own events (either automatically through supported box office systems, or manually) and help organisations plan collaborative campaigns around clusters of events.

This will be a two hour, hands-on session getting to grips with the calendar. Attendees will be  given access to the calendar, shown its main features, and then discuss ways it could be used collaboratively. Due to the practical nature of the event, attendees should bring a laptop/tablet with them.

For more information, contact James Gorry, Cultural Tourism Project Manager on james@agencyforchange.co.uk

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersThe Space Commissioning Round 

The Space commissioning round is now open for applications. 

The round is open to UK based arts/cultural organisations and artists, and the deadline for applications is Monday 25 July midday BST. 

In this commissioning round, The Space are looking for projects that fall into one or more of three areas of interest:

  • They use digital technologies, content and platforms to open up the arts to wider or more diverse audiences or which increase representation of different people, places, communities or points of view; and/or
  • They are focused on dance or visual arts; and/or
  • They are led by UK organisations or artists from outside London

Although we are particularly interested in dance or visual arts projects, proposals from organisations working in other art forms are also welcome if they meet one or more of the criteria outlined above. 

To be eligible to apply you must be a UK-based arts/cultural organisation or artist aged 18 or over. Organisations can include museums and libraries if the proposal is primarily arts focused. We encourage individual artists to partner with a UK-based arts or cultural organisation.

We are looking to commission projects that can be published to an online audience between December 2016 and March 2018. In some circumstances we may be able to commission projects with an earlier live date.

There are 3 strands of work which we commission under.

  • Capture: Capture projects are those which digitally capture live arts performances, events, exhibitions or other experiences for wider distribution in order to increase audiences for existing work.
  • Extend: Extend projects are those which extend and deepen the audience experience of existing artists' work, arts events or activities through digital media, platforms and technologies.
  • Create Digital: Create Digital encompasses new works which have digital at the heart of the creative process. They explore new forms of digital storytelling, interactivity and participation.

Further information can be found here https://www.thespace.org/commissioning

Scratch Nights

Are you an emerging performance company who want to develop a new piece of work for the stage? This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable support and access space to rehearse whilst developing your work. 

The Garage have teamed up with All-In Productions and REDuck ProDUCKtions to bring a new series of Scratch Nights to The Garage. 

The next Scratch Night on 2 September will see four companies from a range of genres share 15 minutes of works in progress at The Garage to raise awareness of and promote their work to audiences and invited industry professionals.

Successful companies will be given 5 days free space in The Garage to rehearse and develop their work before the event, and will keep 100% of the Box Office takings. After the event, companies that have taken part will have the opportunity to further develop their work, The Garage will be on hand to offer help with funding bids, mentoring and more. 

The opportunity is open to  regional performance companies from a range of disciplines including (but not limited to!) dance, physical theatre, circus, immersive theatre and more.

Deadline for applications is Monday 1 August, 5PM

Further information can be found here http://www.thegarage.org.uk/scratch-nights-eid763.html

Industry Research & InformationBusiness and Education - A Joint Approach

Friday 8 July 2016
Trinity Park, Suffolk Showground

A free event focusing on how business and education can work together to benefit our local economy and young people. This event will offer:

  • A chance to understand what the New Anglia Enterprise Adviser Network is and speak to current Enterprise Advisers from the private sector about their experiences
  • Hear about the New Anglia Youth Pledge – a new marque recognising businesses creating opportunities for young people
  • Learn about the latest research on the impact of employer involvement in education

Keynote Speakers include Anthony Mann, Education & Employers Taskforce, and Karen Adriaanse, Former Lead Inspector for Careers Guidance Ofsted. 

The event is open to local employers, school/college senior leaders, current and potential Enterprise Advisers, New Anglia LEP members and partners, careers leads, and Enterprise Education providers.

To register your place visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GBC5B8J. If you have any questions please contact CareersEnterpriseCompany@suffolk.gov.uk

People, Place, Power - Increasing arts engagement, a national conference

Creative People and Places
27-28 September 2016
Doncaster

This conference offers an opportunity for Creative People and Places projects to share learning from their different approaches, and for other researchers and practitioners to share perspectives on arts engagement and related issues of participation, community decision making and sense of place.

Delegates will have the chance to debate issues, share challenges and learning with people working in a range of contexts, and find out how the CPP experience may relate to their practice. There will be Open Space slots in the programme for any delegate wishing to initiate discussions.

Creative People and Places is an action research programme with 21 projects based in locations where evidence shows that people's involvement in the arts is significantly below the national average. The programme was developed by Arts Council England, who have invested £37m from the National Lottery between 2013-2016. The projects are experimenting with different approaches to programming work and engaging people with the arts in those communities.

Keynote speakers include writer and journalist Lynsey Hanley and Darren Henley from Arts Council England. The conference will include a mix of key note speakers, panel discussions, practical workshops and open space sessions. 

Who's it for?

  • People involved with Creative People and Places projects
  • Cultural organisations interested in broadening engagement and new approaches to decision making 
  • Artists interested in socially engaged practice
  • Academics working on related topics around engagement in the arts

Early bird rate: £190 up until 1st May.
Full rate: £250 after 1st May.
Independent artist / students: A limited number of places are available for £95

For further information and to book visit http://www.creativepeopleplaces.org.uk/conference?mc_cid=1542d9273d&mc_eid=e283b41255

The Fusion Effect: The economic returns to combining arts and science skills - Nesta

This research explores the fusion of arts and science skills in UK companies and the impact of this combination on performance.

The report found that 'fused’ companies, those that combine art and science skills in their workforce:

  • Show 8% higher sales growth than science-only firms.
  • Are 2% more likely to bring radical innovations to market.
  • Employ approximately 3.5 million people - despite accounting for around a tenth of UK companies, they employ roughly a fifth of all workers.

The authors of this report used official data to analyse the contribution of employees’ science and arts skills to the performance of their companies between 2010 and 2012. The research comes at a time when the government is promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) rather than STEAM - with the addition of Arts - in spite of a burgeoning creative economy.

Using official UK data on innovation and firm capability, the report analyses the finances of firms that use arts and science skills. We found compelling evidence to suggest that firms combining these skills are more likely to grow in the future, are more productive, and are more likely to produce radical innovations. Our findings support the hypothesis that the impact of arts skills in the UK economy extends beyond the creative industries.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Arts Professional Pulse Survey

This short Pulse survey from ArtsProfessional seeks to find out how those working in the arts are responding to ‘the diversity issue’. And, if the sector isn’t as diverse as it should be, what exactly needs to change?

To take the survey visit http://www.artsprofessional.co.uk/pulse

Everyday Creativity - Report

Over January – March 2016, 64 Million Artists met with 300 professional and everyday artists, cultural organisations, community groups, local authorities, academics and others to look at the role of everyday creativity in the cultural landscape.

The work was commissioned by Arts Council England in order to understand if and how they can play a role in everyday creativity, and how the formal, funded cultural sector should be engaging with it.

To download a report containing a summary of findings visit http://64millionartists.com/everyday-creativity-2/

What Next? Norfolk chapter meeting

Norfolk & Norwich Festival, along with the Writers' Centre are convening a What Next? chapter in Norwich. What Next? is a national movement to advocate for the value of arts and culture to our lives.

What Next? is an opportunity to talk about issues that affect the arts sector, and helps to build the case for funding and support for arts-based activities. It will also be the springboard for sector-led activities to emerge. Nationally, it will lobby the Government and policy-makers to recognise the value of culture.

The details for next week's meeting are below:

What Next? Norfolk chapter meeting
Date: Wednesday 29 June
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Playroom, Norwich Playhouse, 42-58 Saint Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB
Speaker: Lawrence Bradby, BAS8 coordinator will be speaking to the group

All are welcome, and if you are interested in attending meetings please email gemma@nnfestival.org.uk or visit http://www.whatnextnorfolk.org.uk/index.html

Funding OpportunitiesNorfolk Future Fund Event

Norfolk community groups and charities are invited to apply to take part in a fun and interactive fundraising event.

Four groups will be shortlisted to take part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event where you will meet donors and tell them first-hand about the work you do.  Each shortlisted group will have the opportunity of receiving funding up to £2,500 for their chosen project.

Finalists will need to be available to attend the event on Wednesday 19 October, 6pm-8.30pm in Norwich, where funding decisions will be made.  Following the opportunity to meet invited donors and enjoy refreshments, each group will take part in a question and answer session to explain the project they are seeking funding for.  

Applications are particularly welcomed from smaller charities and constituted community groups where an award of £2,500 would make the most difference.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 19 August 2016.

Further information can be found here http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/norfolk-future-fund/

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust: Travelling Fellowships

In 2017, The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust will be investing around £1.3 million in British citizens by awarding 150 Travelling Fellowships. This will directly support British citizens who want to travel overseas to gain knowledge, experience and best practice to benefit others in their UK professions and communities, and society as a whole. 

Deadline: 20 September 2016

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

Holiday Grants for Children

The Henry Smith's Charity has announced that Holiday Grant for Children Programme is due to re-open for applications on the 1st July 2016. Schools, youth groups and not for profit organisations can apply for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from deprived areas or have a disability. Applications can be considered for holidays or outings that have the objective of providing children with a break they would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience. The maximum grant is usually £2,500 for any one trip. Grants are normally limited to a maximum of two-thirds of the total cost of a trip as the charity would expect some local partnership funding to be in place. Activities will need to take place between the 1 September and 31 December 2016.

The closing date for applications will be the 18th November 2016

Read more at http://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/holiday-grants-for-children.html

Wolfson Foundation Secondary Education Programme

The Wolfson Foundation's has announced that the next stage 1 application deadline for funding through its Secondary Education Programme is the 10th January 2017. High-achieving state-funded and independent schools and sixth form colleges can apply to the Foundation for funding for capital or equipment projects relating to the teaching of science and technology, languages, music, the arts or libraries. Grants do not normally exceed £50,000 for schools or £100,000 for sixth form colleges. Projects should focus on students taking A-Level or GCSE examinations. 

The Wolfson Foundation has a two stage application process. Stage 1 applications should be submitted via their online application form. If approved, schools will invite you to submit a stage 2 application. 

Read more at http://www.wolfson.org.uk/funding/education/secondary-education/

Volunteering OpportunitiesRegional Volunteers (Bury St Edmunds) - Paintings in Hospitals

Paintings in Hospitals are seeking two enthusiastic volunteers to help look after the Paintings in Hospitals collection in Bury St Edmunds. Based in West Suffolk Hospital, the Regional Volunteers will support the preparation and care of artworks before they go on loan to health and social care sites and deliver engagement activities (such as tours) to enhance the understanding of the collection.

The Regional Volunteer can expect to gain the following:

  • Experience of working with an art collection
  • Experience of delivering tours and supporting engagement activities
  • Experience of working in a hospital setting
  • Basic training in museum handling and packing practice
  • An opportunity to learn more about the Paintings in Hospitals collection

Application Deadline: 30 June 2016

Further information can be found here http://www.paintingsinhospitals.org.uk/about-us/vacancies

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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

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Adult Social Services Newsletter Issue 15

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 12:29
Adult Social Services Supervision Procedure

The Social Work Health Check survey was carried out during autumn 2015 and the results are soon to be published on the intranet. One of the topics covered in the Health Check was staff supervision. The Social Work Reform Group and the Promoting Independence Organisational Development Group have requested that supervision practice in Adult Social Services is reviewed. Children’s Services have recently reviewed and updated their supervision framework and by learning lessons from this, Adult Social Services will now review its approach, too.

One of the techniques used in Children’s Services is Peer Supervision where groups of practitioners support one another to analyse cases using the Signs of Safety methodology with the advantage of a lot of people’s expertise being applied to a case. An example of this working in practice can be found here.

An audit is to be carried out of current supervision practice to examine the overall quality of supervision across the county. This is absolutely not intended to criticise individuals, but rather to examine the overall quality of supervision with a view to improving the quality of supervision in the longer term. Records will be confidential to the Quality Assurance team and the report will not contain any information that will identify individuals. Records will be checked against a pre-agreed framework and for the first audit it will be possible for staff to opt out. Unison is fully supportive of this approach, acknowledging that an audit process will identify areas for improvements in supervision and support for staff.

Providing Effective Supervision

Providing effective supervision is essential to your role if you are a social care manager. It is important that you, as the supervisor, know your responsibilities in supporting a team member, particularly if they are working with a caseload.

Both the supervisor and supervisee will benefit from an effective 1-1 session that encourages a positive approach to work and the development of professional skills.

The Providing Effective Supervision course, available to all Adult Social Care managers and supervisors, will help you to understand the importance of a structured supervision session and how to create the best environment for proactive thinking and critical reflection.

You will be shown methods in constructive feedback skills and performance management, how the supervision agreement works and how it fits into appraisal.

The new one-day Providing Effective Supervision course is now released and sessions are running to January 2017.

Please visit the Learning Hub and go to Find Learning/Courses/Adult Social Care to book your place.

Preventative Assessment Pilot

“Quicker, simpler and more straightforward…I hope this is the way for the future…”

“A good tool to have at our disposal…simpler and less intrusive for the service user”

“Easy, clear and quicker – especially when it comes to writing up the assessment”

Issue 15Date June 2016In This IssueAdult Social Services In The News

 

Previous Issues

Click here to view past editions of the newsletter.

Re-imagining Norfolk

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

OSCAs

Do you know an outstanding colleague in Adult Social Services? Why not nominate them for an OSCA? Season 2 runs from 31 May until 29 July.

Click here for more information.

Other Websites

These are just some of the really positive things that staff said after taking part in our recent Preventative Assessment pilot. 

Almost 100 staff took part in the eight-week pilot, including assistant practitioners, occupational therapists, practice consultants and social workers. The pilot was a chance to trial a new, shorter form for recording strengths-based assessments for people who are unlikely to need a care package.

The Preventative Assessment form is nine pages shorter than the Care Assessment form and has just ten questions. We piloted the form with workers in SCCE (Social Care Centre of Expertise) and Norwich and Northern localities, and the feedback has been really positive. During the eight-week pilot over 300 Preventative Assessments were completed via phone assessments or home visits, and this included some carer assessments. 

Practitioners who took part were able to use this new assessment and form to simplify the process of assessing service users who need low level support or equipment only, helping us to build on our strengths-based approach and reduce reliance on funded services. Following the success of phase one of the pilot, phase two is now underway with all of the Integrated Housing Adaptations Teams (IHATs). Alongside this second phase, we are working with the Quality Assurance team to review best practice before looking at how we can embed this new approach across the department. Early signs are that workers saved time, found the process more flexible and found that it allowed them to manage their workload better. Great news!

To end, here are some more words from one of the practitioners who took part:

“The new form was a joy to use, I loved it! It helps you to balance your casework better, gives you more flexibility.”

For more information about the Preventative Assessment pilot contact Louise Cornell at louise.cornell@norfolk.gov.uk

Norfolk Institute of Practice Excellence (NIPE) Team

In common with many councils countrywide, Norfolk Adult Social Services is experiencing ongoing problems with recruitment and retention of social workers.

We are therefore taking action to try and overcome the obstacles faced countywide in recruiting social work professionals to the department.

To achieve this we are drawing on the learning and success of the Children’s Services Norfolk Institute of Practice Excellence (NIPE) teams, and we are going to pilot an Adult Social Services NIPE team for one year.

What will the ASSD NIPE team look like?

The NIPE team will consist of ten newly qualified social workers, social workers returning from a significant break in their career, or social workers with little or no experience of working with adults, led by a practice consultant and a team manager.

The NIPE will provide a supportive peer learning environment, including reflective practice, joint assessment and regular group supervision, leading to an enhanced learning experience.

Following an intensive induction programme, NIPE social workers will carry a reduced caseload carefully selected by the NIPE managers to support learning outcomes and working in partnership with locality-based duty teams. Co-working opportunities will be identified to provide experience of more complex cases and safeguarding work.

Newly qualified workers will spend their first six months in the NIPE team following which, subject to satisfactory progress, a planned move and handover to the receiving team will be arranged. Support from the NIPE team managers will continue for a further six months to support the workers’ development in their destination team.

Benefits of the Approach

Children’s Services report very positive outcomes with 100 social workers recruited through the NIPE. Of those, 92 remain with the department and team managers’ feedback is positive about the benefits of the approach. Countrywide, more and more councils are successfully adopting similar approaches to recruitment, providing a highly attractive and supportive offer to social workers.

For NCC, the approach provides an opportunity to support social workers to adopt strengths-based practice and the ethos of the Promoting Independence Strategy from the very beginning of their careers with the council.

For established teams the approach offers:

  • A new way of attracting new talent to the department
  • A way to avoid the ‘churn’ of the same individuals around the teams – the ‘robbing Peter to pay Paul’ effect
  • An end to lengthy and time-consuming recruitment processes
  • A reduction in the pressure on teams caused by inducting and supporting newly qualified or inexperienced members of staff through the ASYE (Assessed & Supported Year in Employment)
  • A source of well-trained and competent colleagues ready to take on the full social work role.

What else?

We are looking to recruit level one social workers to the NIPE and if you know of anyone who would be interested please click here.

Also, we are currently experiencing great difficulty in recruiting staff into secondments to support short term pieces of work like the Peripatetic Reassessment team and Support Planning practice consultant. Why is this? What could we do differently? Is there an alternative to the secondment route we have been offering?

Please e-mail Helen Thacker helen.thacker@norfolk.gov.uk with any feedback or comments you have.

Norfolk Your Guide to Care and Support for Adults 2016

Norfolk County Council and Norfolk’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups have published the 2016 edition of the Norfolk Your Guide to Care and Support for Adults 2016.

New for this year are the Norfolk County Council accredited day service listings available in Norfolk.

The Guide also contains lots of useful information to enable people to stay independent in their own homes for as long as possible. There is information about how to get help and support, what kind of services are available and details of other organisations that can help.

The Guide is available in lots of different places across Norfolk including GP surgeries, libraries and voluntary organisations. If you would like to receive a copy please contact Norfolk County Council Customer Services on 0344 800 8020 or online at www.norfolk.gov.uk/careservices

Contributions & Feedback

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

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

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

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Categories: Norfolk

July at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 08:56
July at Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle

New! British Art Show 8, Fri 24 June - Sun 4 Sept,
The British Art Show, widely recognised as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art, is showing in Norwich for the first time. More than 100 works are on display, across three venues, from more than 42 of the most exciting, emerging and established artists working today.  A Hayward Touring exhibition. More info>>

Continuing exhibitions - From Norfolk to Nubia: the watercolours of E T Daniell and 'To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set' The art of Claughton Pellew

New Displays open on Fri 1 July, in the castle rotunda commemorating the Battle of the Somme. FREE.

Events for All

Stonemasonry Demonstrations, Sat 9 & Thurs 21 July, 10.30am - 3.30pm

The Rattler, Sat 2 July, 2pm. Help re-tell Rumpelstiltskin with music, storytelling and puppetry.  Start with a workshop then join a pageant from the Castle, to take part in the city centre performance. Booking essential: www.eventbrite.com/e/the-rattler-tickets-22892593363. FREE.

Artist-led Activity, Sat 16 July, 11am - 4pm,
Create your own seascape or landscape in this drop-in workshop with artist Fiona Roberts.

All Creatures Great and Small, Tues 19 July, 12 noon - 1pm
Join a curator in the costume and textile galleries, to discover objects made from fur and feathers.

Medieval Madness, Thurs 21 July - Sat 3 Sept (except Sundays).
See arms and armour, a medieval knight, and mistress of arms. Meet costumed characters, and hone your manners for the King and Queen’s table. Plus: castle quest, crown making, medieval mini movies and more! (Programme changes daily.)

Shakespeare's Soapbox: My Kingdom for a Horse! Tues 26 July, 12noon - 3pm. Actor Neil Paris brings us a taste of Shakespeare.

The Imagination Museum: Dancing in Museums, Weds 27 July, 11am, 1 & 3pm, Things are not as they seem - meet eccentric guides who bring museum objects to life through words and movement.

Late Night Museum Takeover, Sat 9 July, 5 - 10pm
Join Young Norfolk Arts Festival and NUA students for an evening inspired by BAS8. FREE.

Tours

~ Castle Keep, weekdays until 20 July, 12 noon
~ Fighting Gallery (age 10+), Sats 16, 23, 30 July, 1 - 1.30pm (Adults £3.50 + admission.)
~Shirehall Courtroom, Weds 13 July, 2pm
~ Curator Tours of the Castle, Weds 27 July, 12 noon - 12.45pm
~ British Art Show Live Guides, Fridays from 1 July, 12.30pm
Booking advised: Tel: 01603 495897

Talks

~ Where's The 'Show' in the British Art Show?, Tues 5 July, 12.30 - 1pm.
~ Talking Textiles: Life's a Beach, Thurs 14 July, 11am - 12.30pm, Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7. Booking essential, tel. 01603 495897 or 01603 493625.

Workshop: Lifting the Layers: Working with Oils, Sat 23 July, 11am - 4pm. Booking essential 01603 495897 or 01603 493625. Adult £25, Conc £22.50, Museums Pass £20.

Cromer Museum

Jason Sumray: Fisherman Paintings, Sat 25 June - Sun 4 Sept, Atmospheric paintings of fisherman by artist Jason Sumray

A Mammoth Discovery Trail, Sat 23 July - Sun 4 Sept, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Delve into the history of the West Runton mammoth, from its life on the Jurassic coast to its discovery and excavation.

Victorian Day, Thurs 28 July, 10am - 12.30pm & 1 - 3.30pm. Meet costumed characters and find out what life was like in a cosy Victorian fisherman's cottage. Have a go at traditional crafts, try on costumes, and see a traditional Punch and Judy show.

Ancient House

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

East Meets West: The Archaeology of Flint and Obsidian Conference, Fri 15 July, 10am - 5pm. Speakers include: Peter Topping (University of Newcastle), Professor Sato Hiroyuki (University of Tokyo, Japan), Dr Nick Ashton (The British Museum) and Professor Yajima Kunio (Meiji University, Japan). To book visit: www.leapinghare.org 01842 751975. £10, Students £8.

East Meets West: Obsidian and Flint Event Day, Sat 16 July
Discover the amazing history of flint in Norfolk from Stone Age tools to architecture and gun flints and its links with obsidian, flint’s Japanese cousin. Join us for games, crafts, costumed characters, flint and obsidian knapping and more. FREE.

Bugs Trail! Tues 26 - Sat 30 July. 50p + admission.

Hard Lives – Stories from the Flint Face: Creative Writing Workshop, Weds 27 July, 1.30 - 4pm.  Take inspiration from the surprising life stories of those who worked with flint in Brandon's industrial heyday. From flint walls to flintlocks and flint jewellery, this ancient material still sparkles with relevance. £15. Reservations and enquiries to sandlines@pobroadband.co.uk.

Heritage Tuesdays: Archae-Bin, Tues 26 July, 10.30am - 12 noon. Explore the history that gets thrown away and find out what rubbish can tell us about the past.

Mini Museum Club (under 5s): Ahoy Pirates!, Thurs 28 July, 10.30am - 11.30am. 50p per child including admission.

Lynn Museum

Art of the Mart: Savages Famous Fairground Makers of Lynn, extended until 11 Sept. Exhibition telling the story of King’s Lynn’s iconic creators of merry-go-rounds.

Coffee, Cake and Collections, Last Wednesday of every month, 10:30am - 12 noon. Object handling, craft activities and more. £1.

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Concert for Pre-School Children (Part of King’s Lynn Festival), Sat 16 July, 1 - 1:30pm. World-class musicians, with a flair for the extraordinary, on a mission to get little ones hooked on classical music. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop for pre-schoolers. £1.

Blitz Trail, Sun 17 July, Dinosaurs Family Trail, Sat 23 -  Sun 31 July, Take part in five trails to be invited to our Trails Stars Party on Sat 17 Sept.

Brilliant Bronze Age, Tues 26 July, 10:30am - 1pm
Discover the secrets of Seahenge and make a Bronze Age cord to take home.

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Gressenhall Goes Wild, Sun 10 July. Walk on the wild side and become a nature detective to see what bugs and beasties you can discover.

I’m in the Workhouse – get me out of here! Thurs 21 July - Sat 13 Aug. Explore the new workhouse displays and discover what life was like for the inmates, with activities for all the family.

Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell

Chocolate City! Tues 26 July - Sat 3 Sept. Take the cocoa bean trail around the museum and design your own chocolate bar wrapper. On Tuesdays find out about the history of chocolate making in Norwich and get up close to our collections.

Undercroft Tour, Sat 30 July, 11am, 1 & 3pm. Explore one of the finest undercrofts in the city.

Strangers' Hall

A Shakespearean Summer, Weds – Fri until 30 Sept.
Activities celebrating local life in Shakespeare’s time. From 27 July try Shakespeare themed crafts and Will Kemp shadow puppets.

Fooles Puppet Theatre, Sunday 24 July. See a puppet show inspired by folk tales and hear the wonders of the Hurdy Gurdy.

Summer Sundays, 3 July - 28 Aug. Relax with refreshments and the papers in Strangers' garden.  Play traditional games and enjoy snippets of Shakespeare's works.

Listen to the Bard, Thurs 14 July, 11am - 12 noon. Sit back with Norfolk Library Service and hear specially selected Shakespearean passages. (Over 16s only.)

Elizabethan House


Vile Victorian Bake Off, Mon 25 July, 11am - 4pm
Discover the ingredients for vulgar Victorian recipes and help the cook mix her gruesome concoctions!

Tolhouse Gaol

Samuel Yarham: A Yarmouth Murder, 15 & 17 July, 21 July – 4 Sept (closed Saturdays), 8 – 11 Sept, 10am - 4pm.
A fascinating display telling the story of murderer Samuel Yarham, who was held in the Tolhouse Gaol.

Grisly Tales of Great Yarmouth, Fri 29 July, 11am - 4pm. Hear of foul crimes from the town’s history in our atmospheric prison cells.

Time and Tide

Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock. Photographs by Harry Hammond. Sun 2 Oct, A touring exhibition from the V&A of photographs by showbiz photographer Harry Hammond, who captured definitive images of rock and roll stars of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Plus memorabilia from Great Yarmouth’s rock and roll heyday.

The Beatles to Bowie Tracks Trail, Sat 23 July - Sun 4 Sept. Explore the sights and sounds of the rock 'n' roll era with this interactive trail.

Seaside Family Fun Day, Weds 27 July, 11am - 4pm
Watch a traditional Punch and Judy, show, have your face painted and make souvenirs of your day.

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 17:32

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Shipmates reunited - as Norfolk County Council’s Chairman hosts afternoon tea to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday

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Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 17:28

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Records Committee

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