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

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NDR Extra No 3

Norfolk Council News Feed - 6 hours 21 min ago
No 3 - February 2016 Plumstead Road closure from 22 Feb

The next tricky road closure in the Thorpe End and Plumsteads area is the closure of Plumstead Road itself from Monday 22 February to Thursday 10 March.

The closure will be from the railway level crossing to Broad Lane (Reeves Corner) and is to allow BT and electricity cables to be diverted ahead of construction of the NDR bridge over both Plumstead Road and the Norwich to Sheringham railway. This double bridge is the biggest structure on the route, and main construction is scheduled to start in the summer, taking until late 2017 to complete. Most of this can be carried out without further closures of Plumstead Road.

During this initial closure (red in the plan below), traffic will be diverted via Broad Lane, Salhouse Road and Woodside Road. Pedestrians and cyclists (dismounted) will be able to pass, but may at times need to be escorted through the works.


Middle Road will remain open during this time, but will need to close again soon afterwards until it is temporarily reopened while Smee Lane is closed, expected to be 28 March to 8 April (subject to consultation). Look out for further information on both these roads, and Low Road, in future editions.

Thorpe End buses

The closure (from 22 Feb) directly affects Konectbus 53 which won't serve Thorpe End at all, and Konectbus 51, which will be diverted along Green Lane North. A temporary bus stop will be set up on Plumstead Road the Norwich side of the Green Lane North junction, and a shuttle bus will run from the Green to this temporary stop. The timings for the shuttle will be posted at the bus stops.

The school bus to Little Plumstead Primary will run from the usual pick-up points at the usual times.

Reeves Corner 20mph

The Reeves Corner crossroads (above), where Plumstead Road/Norwich Road is crossed by Broad Lane, is a notoriously difficult junction. Once Plumstead Road reopens, the junction will  take more traffic as other roads close (mainly Middle Road).

In response to local concern, we are proposing a 20mph speed limit on the main road (Plumstead Rd/Norwich Rd).

This will be supported by vehicle-activated signs. We will also make sure existing signs are clean and clearly visible, add warnings about the changes ahead, investigate removal of the hedge, and review the white lines to see whether these could guide traffic away from emerging vehicles.

We are also proposing to extend the length of the 40mph limit on Broad Lane.

New round of staffed NDR exhibitions

We are holding a fresh round of exhibitions (all 3pm to 7pm) to give you a chance to view the plans and the latest construction programme, and ask questions.

In February...

  • Monday 29th Postwick Village Hall, Ferry Lane.

In March...

  • Friday 4th Spixworth Village Hall, Crostwick Lane.
  • Monday 7th Hellesdon Community Centre, Middletons Lane.
  • Thursday 10th Sprowston Diamond Centre, School Lane.
  • Friday 11th Drayton Bob Carter Centre, School Road.
  • Tuesday 15th Great Plumstead Village Hall, Church Road.
  • Wednesday 16th Rackheath Holy Trinity Church & Centre, Salhouse Road.
  • Friday 18th Thorpe St Andrew Dussindale Community Centre, Pound Lane.
  • Monday 21st Taverham Village Hall, Sandy Lane.
  • Wednesday 23rd Horsford Village Hall, Holt Road.
  • Thursday 31st Old Catton Village Hall, Church Street.
  • To be fixed: Horsham St Faith.

Bulldozer working close to the A1067 Fakenham Road.

30mph limits trimmed

Speed limits have been installed on a number of roads where they are crossed by the NDR. These are to protect the workforce involved in essential, but less visible, preparatory work before the main construction operations begin towards the end of March.

The work includes: site surveys, ecology checks, route marking and fencing, clearance and tree felling, archaeology and early drainage. Work has started on a haul route crossing on the A140 Cromer Road, just north of the Holt Road roundabout.

Although the 30mph limits are to protect the teams working along the whole route, we have reduced their length on the A140 Cromer Road and the A1067 Fakenham Road in response to public comment. We will also be seeing whether it's practical to temporarily suspend speed limits on busy roads if there is a gap in the work programme.

A140 and Holt Road

Watch out for off-peak traffic lights on the A140 Cromer Road and B1149 Holt Road. This is to allow crossing points to be created for works traffic.

Marriotts Way closure to create diversion path

A further closure of Marriotts Way between Pendlesham Rise and Fir Covert Road will be needed to complete site clearance and to start work on a proper diversion route for the path.

The closure is scheduled to begin on Monday 22 February, lasting until the end of March. Furze Lane will be reopened while Marriotts Way is closed.

We are sorry to have to close Marriotts Way again, especially since there is already a closure further south for essential  surface works between Costessey and Drayton.

With spring approaching, the NDR work cannot be delayed. The closure, with the advisory diversion via Kingswood Avenue and Fir Covert Road, will ensure completion as rapidly as possible, providing a purpose-built diversion route for the longer term closure of Marriotts Way, from September until the summer of 2017, while the bridge over the NDR is built.

Postwick restrictions for surfacing

Off-peak restrictions will affect some traffic using the A47 Postwick junction on Monday and Tuesday (15-16 February) while surface remedial works are carried out on the old bridge over the A47.

The work involves the planing out and relaying of strip of the road surface along the eastern kerb of the bridge, and this is only possible in daylight, so the closure of the bridge to south-bound traffic will be from 9.30am to 4pm each day.

We've already changed the lanes on the Oaks Lane approach to the new traffic lights and will be keeping an eye on how these work.

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Fortnightly updates in the 'EDP'

Not everyone has access to electronic media, so we are providing fortnightly updates in the EDP. They will be a full half page, on page 17 every other Wednesday. Watch out for the tag on the front page beside the 'Eastern Daily Press' masthead.

The first EDP half page on 10 February.

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The Friday Takeaway - 12 February 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - 7 hours 32 min ago

A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         12 February 2016

Council set to reach agreement on council tax  

Members of the council’s Policy and Resources committee agreed on Monday to recommend a 3.99 per cent increase in council tax in a move which will avoid the need to cut a range of services. The council still plans to save £42 million next year.

The threat to some rural fire stations and reductions in Adult Care transport and Supporting people Services will be lifted and previously agreed cuts to some recycling centres reversed, if Full Council agrees a final budget on February 22.

The Government announced on Tuesday that Norfolk will receive an extra £4.6 million in funding next year and Dan Roper, the County Council’s Deputy Leader, has signalled that the Council will use the extra funding on ‘invest to save’  initiatives that will save the Authority money in the longer term.

Read the full story on the EDP website.

Listen to Dan Roper on Radio Norfolk (starts at 2:09:00)

Schools in Norfolk: Tweet sound of success

A Norfolk schools twitter event is taking place today and schools across the county are joining with us to highlight some great success stories. 

Follow @NorfolkCC and the hashtag #Norfolkschools to keep up to date with the event.

Cllr James Joyce had a special message ahead of today's event.

Howard Junior School, one of many schools involved with #norfolkschoolsEducation in Norfolk: Teachers have their say

Nearly 450 Norfolk teachers took part in an EDP survey, which sought the views of the people on the front-line of educating our children. 

The survey shows a greater % of teachers believe education in Norfolk is improving – despite Ofsted’s recent findings.
Read how teachers give Ofsted the thumbs down on the EDP website.

Education Secretary responds to EDP survey – Read it on the EDP website.

Devolution – work in progress

At a meeting in Needham Market this week Suffolk and Norfolk council Leaders committed to pursuing their joint bid in devolution while looking at how a combined authority could work more closely with Cambridgeshire.

Separately George Freeman, MP for Mid-Norfolk, wrote to Cambridgeshire leaders urging them to develop closer links with the Suffolk/Norfolk bid.

Read more on the story on the EDP website.

‘Tech city’ Norwich brings £148m economy boost

A recent national report has revealed that Norwich is leading the way as one of the best locations for start-up firms. This report comes hot on the heels of the unveiling of plans to create a ‘tech corridor’ along the A11, an epicentre for innovation and technology.

Colleen Walker, chairman of NCC’s Economic Development sub-committee, expressed great pride in the council’s work to improve Norfolk’s infrastructure and provide real sustainable businesses right here in Norfolk, with the report’s findings a springboard for success.

“This report will further highlight the incredible growth rate of this cluster of businesses,” she said.

Read the full story on the EDP website.

Norfolk needs you:

Norse need your vote! - Norse Group (owned by Norfolk County Council) has been chosen as one of ten companies to receive a prestigious Ruban d’Honneur in their category of Business of the Year Award - Find out more and cast your vote now. 

Our recycling centres need your views- Tell us what you think about our Recycling centres in our survey. The results will help the County Council continue to provide an efficient and value for money service in the coming years - have your say

Rural Broadband in Norfolk continues to roll out – More than 80% of properties in Norfolk are able to access Superfast speeds now thanks to the success of the BBfN programme, check progress in your area on the Better Broadband for Norfolk website.

County Leadership Team (CLT) in the coming week
Tom will be attending a Norfolk Leaders meeting at Breckland Council as well as a Thetford Traffic meeting.
Harold will be attending a Joint Commissioning Committee at the Broadland Business Park as well as a Deans breakfast with the Vice Chair of the Broads Authority.
Simon will be attending a Great Yarmouth Early Help Hub as well as a County Hall Future Projects meeting.  

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

CLT Blog - 12 February 2016Debbie Bartlett, Head of Business Intelligence and Performance Service and Corporate Planning and Partnerships Service

If I said to you #wellbeing and #keyservice what would you think? Latest trending on twitter? Have I missed something on Buzzfeed? Neither would be correct. The answer is they were among the top mentions in the 15,000 comments fed into our budget consultation process.

Read the full blog here...

NDR – patience is a virtue

Concerns that speed limits are being imposed along the NDR but no work is currently underway were countered this week, with information about the need for ecologists, archaeologists and surveyors to be protected as they do their work at different times of the day across its whole 12.5 mile route –with considerable tree and shrub felling also needed before birds nest.

But promises have been made to review length and timing of limits where possible.

John Birchall, NCC Community Liaison Officer for the NDR,carried out an interview with Radio Norfolk breakfast show this week urging  the public to be patient and explained the benefits the new road will bring. Listen again at 1:24:27

Know your NDR – for all NDR updates, be sure to tune in to  NDR Facebook and @NorfolkCC 

You can also keep up to date by signing up for the Transport Matters newsletter

'There be dragons' at Norwich Castle

A major exhibition ‘A Vikings Guide to Deadly Dragons’ opened at Norwich Castle linked to the popular Cressida Cowell series How to Train Your Dragon. 

Ideal for half term visits, the exhibition which is breaking all box office targets in its first week, continues until May.

MustardTV popped over the Norwich Castle to have a look at the exhibition

There are plenty of activities and events at Libraries and Museums across the county for you and your families over half term.

Missed last week's copy? Don't worry - you can find all previous issues at The Friday Takeaway

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Early Help Partnership Newsletter - February 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - 7 hours 57 min ago
ISSUE NUMBER FIVE • FEBRUARY 2016Providing practical early help support to families across South Norfolk A message from SandraDinneen

We are over a year into our early help hub journey now and still it keeps going from strength to strength. We’ve worked together with more than 200 families over the past year to help them with a range of support, some simple and some, more complex.

Our community connectors in Diss, Costessey and Wymondham are also doing a great job out and about in our local communities. Over the past year they have engaged with nearly 2,500 residents.

At South Norfolk Council we have an annual staff awards where staff nominate colleagues to recognise those staff that ‘Go the Extra Mile’.  It has been great to see the number of nominations for a number of members of our early help team, despite not having been in post for a particularly long time. I am sure all the early help team will be cheering their colleagues on at the awards night on March 18th!

Back in December we hosted our quarterly Early Help gathering of Chief Executives from across the different public and voluntary sector agencies to take a stock check on progress and agree what our focus should be over the coming months. Whilst work has been ongoing in the hub to move towards a whole family approach to include older and vulnerable residents, the consensus around the table was clear that we need to work together to really embed this within our respective organisations. We also agreed that over the coming months we need to prioritise a more focussed approach to coordinate physical and mental health at the early help end of the agenda as well as building our relationship with our local housing provider colleagues.

It has also been great to welcome our new arrivals into the hub, the Health Visitor Team from Cambridge Community Services. I am sure having the Health Visitors working from the hub will help to further embed our whole family approach into the way we work.

As ever, if you have a great early help case study/story to share about the difference that you and your colleagues have made, please do get in touch with the Help Hub team!

Sandra Dinneen, Chief Executive, South Norfolk Council

South Norfolk Early Help themes for 2016

In December, the themes for 2016 were agreed. The overall objectives of Early Help being to raise aspirations and confidence of South Norfolk residents to create a resilient community, and for residents to live fulfilled, independent lives within their communities.

To support these aims over the next year will be focusing our work on three main themes:

  • Improving the social, emotional and physical, wellbeing of families to enable children to reach their full potential
  • Improving support for residents in developing positive healthy relationships
  • Improving quality of life for our older and vulnerable residents through promoting independence 


SNYAB School Conference

On a SNYAB liaison visit to Hobart High School back in March 2015, a suggestion was made by the students we met. They felt it would be good practice for schools to share their student run support schemes with other High Schools. We discussed this with students and staff at the other schools in our area, and they also liked the idea feeling it could benefit their students. With this information we set up our inaugural conference, which was held in the Council Chamber at South Norfolk House in Long Stratton.  We provided food and funding for transport if needed ensuring it was accessible to all. We had 5 High Schools represented on the day, with thirty-two students in attendance. The event saw presentations given on a “Language for Life” scheme run at Wymondham High School, another by Long Stratton High School’s Anti Bullying Ambassadors on their scheme, and one of our Young Commissioners, Mathew Robson from Hobart High School, talked about his involvement with the SNYAB as a Young Commissioner over the last year. Each attendee was given a goody bag full of information and services relevant to young people, and time to go through all of the resources, along with some YAB freebies.

The students who attended were from Years 8 – 11, and thirteen of them signed up on the day to become Young Commissioners. Feedback given by students included,

“I think this day was EXCELLENT! We have learnt new skills, it was a great opportunity to meet new people and to discuss ideas for the future and what we could implement in our school. I really enjoyed finding out about the YAB and I would love to come to more things like this in the future”.

“This school conference was fab! It was a brilliant day with lots of learning and I really enjoyed sharing what we did with other schools and listening to what they do at their schools. I loved collaborating and mind mapping. This conference should happen more often”.

With such positive response and requests The SNYAB aims to run another school conference in 2016.

Duty health visitor in the Early Help Hub

From 4th January 2016 the duty health visitor for the South Norfolk health visiting teams is situated in the Early Help Hub from Monday to Friday 0900 - 1700.

This is an innovative and exciting development which is already demonstrating the value of multi agency co location in meeting the emerging needs of the children and families we work with.

The health visitors from the Wymondham & Hethersett, Long Stratton, Lodden & Harleston and Diss teams rotate through the hub which gives everyone a chance to work in this dynamic multi agency team. There is a dedicated phone line 01508 535375, where service users and professionals can speak with a health visitor who can offer advice and answer any queries.

It is early days and the health visitors are still finding their way around but already it is clear to see how much value there is in being able to speak to the right person face to face or at least being sign posted to the right person, in supporting families when they need it.

Do you know someone living with dementia?

South Norfolk Council is working closely with its partners South Norfolk CCG and Norfolk County Council to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers by providing grants to help make homes more dementia-friendly?

Forget Me Not grants can enable people to live independently for longer and continue to do things they enjoy. A suitable home can reduce or delay the need for residential care or hospital admissions.

The grants can pay for work including: changes to lighting, changes to flooring and wall colours, changes to facilities such as contrasting toilet seats, to fixtures and fittings and for installation of safety equipment, including the replacement of old appliances with modern ones containing safety features.

The grant can also be used to fund assistive technology, such as motion sensors, memory aids and alarm systems.

If you think a grant could help someone you know please get in touch with our Independent Living Team on

See more information here:

Local Safeguarding Children Groups

The Local Safeguarding Children Groups (LSCGs) are sub-groups of the Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB).  The South Locality held their inaugural meeting on the 9th of December.  Its purpose is to explore safeguarding issues on a local level enhancing knowledge of the local picture.  The LSCG will support the NSCB in fulfilling its statutory duties by ensuring effective coordination and cooperation at the local level.  

In addition it will provide a local level forum where agencies can meet collectively to improve inter-agency work to achieve positive outcomes for children.  The group enables two-way communication between children and young people’s service providers, and the Board. This includes NSCB advisory groups e.g. District Council Advisory Group (DCAG), Education Advisory Group (EAG), Health Advisory Group (HAG) and the Performance Improvement and Quality Assurance Group (PIQAG) and identify safeguarding priorities through the collation of local intelligence as well as cross-agency discussions.  The intention is that there is a consistent high quality, effective safeguarding practice across partner agencies.

The Queens 90th Birthday: Celebrate with your Community 

In 2016, the Queen will celebrate her 90th Birthday, and this offers a wonderful opportunity to encourage our local communities to celebrate and connect with each other. We will be offering communities grants of up to £400 to help towards the cost of hosting events which will bring people together in aid of this momentous occasion. Events can take place between 21st April (the actual birthday) and 12th June (the official birthday, and the peak weekend for large scale events taking place across the country).

We want to use these events as an opportunity for residents to find out more about what is going on around them, who their neighbours are and what help they can get from us. The events could be anything from a lunch, a street party, a themed quiz night, bingo with a difference – the list is endless! As long as it is open to, and encourages the community to join in then we can help with funding.

Applications will open in early February. Please promote widely in your community – interested groups can contact the Communities Team on 01508 533747 or by emailing for more information

  • A message from Sandra Dinneen
  • South Norfolk Early Help Themes
  • SNYAB schools conference
  • Duty Health Visitor in the Hub
  • Forget me not grants
  • Local Safeguarding Childrens Group
  • The Queens 90th Birthday - Celebrate with your community
  • New to the Hub
  • This issues case study 

This month's case study


Mr H lives with his partner and children in South Norfolk


Mr H has significant mobility issues, unable to manage the stairs in the three-bedroomed property he lives in with his family. He was unable to access the bathroom or bedroom and was sleeping on the sofa and using the outside toilet (which regularly used to freeze in winter).


The Integrated Housing Adaptation Team Occupational Therapist went out to assess Mr H. The OT explored all options with the family and supported them to come to the decision to move to a newly built specially adapted bungalow rather than renovating their current home.  The OT liaised with the Housing Options team to identify a suitable property and support the move.

The results

• Mr H is now able to share a room with his partner and live independently
• Mr H feels his mental health has improved.
• Reduced the Partner’s caring role, she now feels that the reduction in caring may enable her to return to work.
• Prevented the need for a major adaptation to the property (potential saving of £30,000+)
• Reduced the possibility of carer/relationship breakdown and therefore a future need for formal care.

Potential cost saving

Major Adaptation - £30,000+
Adult Social Care - £23,000 per annum

Got a great case study that you would like to share in the next issue?- please send an anonymised version to Amanda Smith (

Who's in the hub?

Stonham Homegroup Family  Intervention Project and Youth  mediator

• Norfolk Constabulary  Operational Partnership Team

• South Norfolk Council Community Safety; Revenues and Benefits; Care and Repair; Home Options; Community Connectors

• MTM Youth Services           Youth Advisory Board  coordinators

• Norfolk Children's Services

Family Focus; Family Support Workers; Early Help Social Workers; Young persons advisors

• Norfolk Youth Offending Team    Youth justice worker 

• Matthew Project Unity         Young persons substance misuse worker

• Early Help Domestic Abuse Worker.

• Cambridgeshire Communities services - Duty Health Visitor 

The hub is available for any early help related practitioners to hot desk or host team meetings.

Contact Amanda Smith ( or Mike Pursehouse ( or call 01508 533933 for more information

New to the Hub

New to the Hub is Stevie Spencer, Wellbeing and Early Interventions Project Officer. The role is joint funded by Norfolk County Council Public Health and South Norfolk District Council. The aim is to develop the health and wellbeing approaches and behaviours through working with partner organisations to secure better resident outcomes.  Over the coming months Stevie will be developing initiatives to support health and wellbeing across the district, focusing on projects within the eight high school catchment areas.   

Contact Stevie on by calling the Early Help Hub 01508 533933

Dates for your diary

9th March 
No Smoking Day 

1st - 31st May
Month National Walking 


15th -21st May

Dementia Awareness Week

16th - 22nd May
Mental Health Awareness Week


13th -19th June

Men's Health Week

17th July 
South Norfolk on Show 

Are you interested in finding out more about a project, have an idea or want to get involved then please email or call 01508 533933

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 12 February 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - 9 hours 44 min ago

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 12 February 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 OpportunitiesWorkshop Assistant - Unscene Suffolk

£70 per session

Unscene Suffolk is a community theatre company for adults with visual impairment based in Ipswich. Unscene Suffolk have created three projects to date culminating in public performances at the New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich Museum and High Street Exhibition Gallery, and have just started work on a fourth project. 

Unscene Suffolk is seeking a Workshops Assistant to support Thursday afternoon rehearsals and to be involved with the forthcoming production. 

Deadline for Applications: 14 February 2016

Full details can be found at

Media Production Support Technician - University of East Anglia

£20,989 to £24,298 per annum

University of East Anglia are seeking a Media Production Support Technician who will be responsible for providing technical support to the University’s TV studio and edit suites, and for similar functions around campus such as recordings of events and lectures where specialist skills in lighting, sound desks, media streaming and editing are required.

You must have a good general education, including passes at GCSE at Grade C or above in English or Mathematics (or equivalent qualification or experience), together with a good working knowledge of AV and audio equipment and of production and post-production processes and equipment.

Closing Date: 12 noon on 19 February 2016

Further information can be found here

Fashion Sample Machinist - Norwich University of the Arts

£9.98 to £11.19 per hour
37 hours per week, 24 weeks per year within term time

Norwich University of the Arts are seeking a skilled and experienced sample machinist to work with fashion students on the construction of their final collections and samples.

Candidates must be able to complete garment construction to a high standard and within tight schedules. The successful candidate will have experience of operating a range of specialist industrial machinery and equipment and be able to demonstrate good awareness of the Health and Safety considerations to operate safely in a busy studio environment. You will be a good communicator and team worker who is able to operate effectively within tight schedules.

Closing Date: Wednesday 24th February 2016
Interview Date: Wednesday 9th March 2016

Further information can be found here

Development OpportunitiesClore Leadership Short Course

6 - 17 June 2016
Linden Hall, Northumberland

The Clore Leadership Short Course is a two-week residential course providing intensive training in the essential knowledge and skills required by cultural leaders today. 

Clore are looking for ambitious and creative individuals who aspire to lead and make a difference. You must have at least five years’ paid work experience in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector and to be eligible for a place subsidised by Arts Council England you must be working in England.  The course is suitable for people working in organisations as well as freelance artists and people working independently.

Some unsubsidised places may be available to applicants who do not meet the above criteria but priority is given to those who meet Arts Council England's criteria.

The course blends real-life examples with group work, practical skills and tools. Your active participation is encouraged and you will be expected to challenge and stretch yourself. Sharing with and learning from each other features strongly across the fortnight. 

By attending the course you will:

  • Better understand your strengths and how to build on them
  • Gain confidence in your skills
  • Build strong networks and relationships across the cultural sector
  • Acquire the tools and skills necessary to achieve your ambition as a leader 

The Short Course Programme is supported by Arts Council England, through a three-year grant to develop sector leaders. To be eligible for a subsidised place (see below for fees), applicants must be working in England (normally in the arts, museums and/or libraries sector) and be committed to developing their career as a cultural leader in England. The full cost of the course is £4,500 + VAT. There may be a limited number of unsubsidised places on each course, although priority will be given to those who meet the criteria for a subsidised place. The subsidised cost of the course is:

  • £950 + VAT for people who work as individuals or those in organisations of 1-15 employees
  • £1500 + VAT for those in organisations employing 16 - 199 employees
  • £2000 + VAT for those in organisations with 200+ employees

The deadline for applications is Monday 22 February at noon. 

Further information can be found here

Jeremy Webb Photography Workshops

The Cut Media Suite, Halesworth 
February – April 2016  (10.00am to 4.00pm)

Photograph Your Art and Craftworks         
Sat 27th Feb
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. 

Sun Prints Workshop
Sat 5th March
The most fun you can have with photography – without a camera! A fun and creative day making Solar Prints to create unique and beautiful images like these. Additional fee of £4.00 per participant to cover materials.

Coastal Photography Weekend         
March 19th & 20th
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. 

Fun & Funky Photoshop
Sat 2nd April
£50/parent +1 child
Suitable for school-age children + 1 parent/carer. Put yourself into your very own poster, design a range of black & white cards, create an eye-catching leaflet for your business, or make a whacky party invitation. Whatever you really want to do, this workshop will open your eyes to the creative power of Photoshop and teach you the skills to make your zaniest ideas come to life. 

Pinhole Photography
Sat 16th April              
Join in the 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. As well as exploring this uniquely expressive medium, the course also includes a fascinating history of how contemporary photography developed from the ancient Camera Obscura (the earliest form of pinhole) to todays high-tech digital cameras.   

Further information: email or phone 01603 442001.

Creative Writing Workshop 

Saturday 12 March 10.30-3pm
Writing on Location at Surlingham Church
Early bird price £25 (before 1 March) otherwise £30

A one day workshop which uses Surlingham’s historic church and its riverside surroundings as inspiration for Creative Writing. We will explore techniques to start writing both prose and poetry which has a ‘sense of place’. Suitable for beginners and improvers alike. Please bring a note book and pens and dress appropriately for working both indoors and out.

The workshop is taught by the local artist and novelist, Amanda Addison whose own artwork and writing is inspired by location. Her novel, Laura’s Handmade Life, was selected for Norfolk Libraries Norfolk Narratives in 2014.

Limited spaces so booking is essential. Please contact Jane 01508 538415 or Ingo 01508 538197 to book.

Further information can be found here

Sustainable Cultural Management Summer Course

6th - 10th June 2016
Thessaloniki, Greece

A week of expert workshops and discussions on environmental best practice in the performing arts. 

Sustainable Cultural Management will share knowledge and experience from cultural organisations and practitioners across Europe and North America who are pioneering "green" practice. 

Participants will develop new knowledge, skills and perspectives. You will come away with an understanding of sustainability from creative, governance and operational perspectives, and the tools and resources to put your learning into action. We'll cover everything from managing buildings, to creating and touring productions, creating sustainable partnerships and meaningful collaborations, and engaging audiences. 

This course will connect the global "big picture" of climate change, environmental and economic challenges, to inspirational new ways of working that are emerging at individual, local and national levels across the performing arts. We will look at how responding to these challenges might just be the biggest opportunity we've ever had to creatively build a better world. 

The course is organised by mitos21, Julie's Bicycle and Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (School of Mechanical Engineering).

Deadline to apply: 15th March 2016

Further information can be found here

Money Bootcamp: Arts Fundraising in a Day

19 March 2016
The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely
Tickets £20/£15/£10

Have a great idea for an arts project, but don’t know how to get it funded? Book for the Money Bootcamp now.

Market Place offers a full day of intensive high-quality training and mentoring for artists, arts and community organisations with an ambition to raise funds for an arts project. Money Bootcamp works with projects at all stages, from those with just an idea to those with established reputation seeking to try new ways to reach new audiences.

Money Bootcamp will help you refine your idea and develop your funding bid and pitch. You will have the opportunity to make new contacts, share and test ideas with the experts and other participants, learn from the experiences of other arts organizations working with communities.

Further information can be found here

Writing Modern Men: Prose Fiction with 'Being Dad' author Nikesh Shukla - Writers' Centre Norwich

09 April 2016
Price: £75/£65
Dragon Hall, Writers' Centre Norwich

Acclaimed author and regular Guardian columnist Nikesh Shukla writes from experience, filling his award-winning books with sounds and scenes so real they curl your toes and catch your breath. His latest story gives the same unflinching insight into the pleasures, perils and pitfalls of fatherhood.

Join Nikesh for a one day intensive masterclass, where he will guide you through how to maximise your personal experiences and put them to use in your writing. Come prepared to bare, share and write about it!

Further information can be found here.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersThe Novella Award 2016

Manchester Metropolitan University has announced the opening of the third annual Novella Awards. In partnership with Liverpool John Moore’s University, Sandstone Press, Time to read and NAWE the novella award is open to any writer of novellas in the English language and aged over 16.

This year’s competition will be judged by Lucy English author of Selfish People and Children of Light and will be open for submissions on the 1st of February 2016 and closes 29th April. This year’s prize includes £1000 and publication by Sandstone Press.

Further information can be found here

Industry Research & InformationArts for health and wellbeing: An evaluation framework - Public Health England

The arts, including music, dance, theatre, visual arts and writing, are increasingly recognised as having the potential to support health and wellbeing. However, in order for arts to be included in commissioning of health and social care services, there needs to be robust evidence of their effectiveness, impacts and costs.

This document suggests a standard framework for reporting of project activities that will strengthen understanding of what works in specific contexts and enable realistic assessment and appropriate comparisons to be made between programmes.

The document is intended for:

  • health commissioners
  • third sector organisations
  • trainers
  • funders
  • practitioners
  • managers
  • arts organisations
  • researchers
  • others with an interest in the development and evaluation of arts for health and wellbeing programmes

Read the full report here

Team Engagement Guide - Julie's Bicycle

A guide for how to engage colleagues and collaborators with your environmental commitments and initiatives. 

Making progress on sustainability is about change. Making that change happen needs motivated and engaged people. Creating a Sustainability Team within your organisation is a well-proven approach that lots of organisations have used to enable positive organisational change and make environmental improvements. This guide builds on the experiences and insights from a wide variety of organisations to give you the best start, whether you're a company of three people or two hundred.

Download the guide here.

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 17 February
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Playroom, Norwich Playhouse, 42-58 Saint Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB
Speaker: Jenni Rant, Science, Art and Writing Trust. The science, art and writing (SAW) initiative breaks down traditional barriers between the arts and sciences. Through creative use of science in the classroom, SAW inspires artistic and scientific endeavour. Children realise that science and the arts are interconnected – and they discover new and exciting ways of looking at the world. SAW projects are accessible to all ages and abilities. They stimulate exploration, enquiry and creativity. And they are fun!

All are welcome, and if you are interested in attending meetings please email or visit

Funding OpportunitiesTandem Community & Participation Programme

The deadline for cultural managers based in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and the UK to apply to take part in the next Tandem Community & Participation (C&P) programme is 28th February 2016. Tandem C & P helps to establish long-term partnerships between cultural organisations working in the field of community arts, voluntary or amateur arts and (non-formal) arts education; with a focus on citizens' inclusion and active participation in local arts & culture and community life. Successful applicants will receive a grant of €5,000 to develop a small scale learning-by-doing pilot project and participate in an intensive one-year international learning programme. In addition, Tandem offers the opportunity to enlarge the applicant's international network inside the Tandem community and beyond. 


The IdeasTap Innovators Fund - Hiive

The IdeasTap Innovators Fund is offering 10 awards of £500 to creative individuals and groups.

The IdeasTap Innovators Fund is a funding scheme open to all creative disciplines. In the past IdeasTap has funded everything from dance and film projects to music videos and photography collectives. 

Hiive looking for projects that are inspiring, original, innovative and that you can realistically deliver. A panel of expert judges will pick their favourites.

Closing Date for applications is 18 March 2016.

Further information can be found here

Creative England Interest Free Business Loans

Creative England's Interest Free Business Loans scheme aims to help fuel the growth of the fastest growing sector in the UK economy, financing business expansion and new projects which will lead to the creation of new, high-quality jobs. The main objective of the scheme is to promote economic growth by providing secured interest free loans.

Loans of between £50,000 and £200,000 per application are available. A small arrangement fee of 5% of the loan value will be charged to cover assessment, due diligence, and legal and administration costs. The loan will be interest free for three years with very low repayments for the first 12 months, followed by equal repayments for 24 months.

Established digital companies based in the English regions outside of Greater London may apply. Examples of what is meant by ‘digital’: digital media and web (eg creative software development, digital media, web design, digital content), games (eg gaming and app development), e-commerce and software solutions.

Applicant companies should aspire to grow through their proposed activity and evidence of their capacity to support, nurture and exploit this growth potential will be essential to making a successful bid. Applicants will need to demonstrate both a clear route to market and their ability to realise the growth potential of the proposed activity in terms of job creation.

The following costs constitute eligible expenditure for Creative England Business Loans:

  • Labour costs
  • External specialist costs
  • Capital equipment and materials costs where these assets are used solely for the project
  • Other costs: costs of production costs not covered above

Applications for the 2015/16 round are currently being invited. Interested parties should submit applications at their earliest convenience, before the end of March 2016.

Further information can be found here

UK-German Connection Youth Challenge Fund

The next application deadline for the UK-German Connection Youth Challenge Fund is the 31st May 2016. The Youth Challenge Fund provides grants of up to £2,500 for joint thematic activities between UK and German youth groups, including a visit to Germany. The funding aims to enhance young people's international experience and intercultural awareness by supporting UK-German youth partnerships undertaking a bilateral collaborative project.

Applicants must contribute at least 25% of the overall eligible activity costs through participants' contributions and other sources of funding. 

Read more at:

The Fidelio Trust

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2016. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support. Funding is available:

  • Towards tuition or coaching costs
  • To participate in external competitions
  • To be supported for a specially arranged performance
  • To receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art

Read more at:

Performing Right Society Women Make Music Grant Scheme

The next applications deadline for the Performing Right Society's (PRS) Women Make Music grant scheme is 6pm on the 6th June 2016. Through the grant scheme, financial support of up to £5000 is available to women musicians to create new music in any genre. This can range from: 

  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Experimental
  • Urban
  • Electronica
  • Pop

Grants are available for projects: 

  • That support the creation, performance and promotion of outstanding new music
  • That enable the UK's most talented female music creators to realise their potential
  • To inspire audiences.

Through the scheme support is available to individuals and organizations / groups including: 

  • Solo performers
  • Solo songwriters or composers
  • Promoters or event producers
  • Bands/ensembles/orchestras
  • As well as non-music organisations such as local authorities and museums; etc.

Read more at:

Performing Rights Society Music Funding for Organisations & Music Creators

The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced that the next application deadline for its funding programme for organisations and music creators is the 6th June 2016. Funding is available to any music creator such as songwriters; composers; and solo artists; etc as well as not-for-profit organisation that support the creation and performance of outstanding new music. Through this programme, music creators as well as bands; ensembles; collectives; charities; local authority and schools; etc can apply for grants of up to £5,000. 

Read more at:

The Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest in the countryside and the environment, the arts or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes: 

  • The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports state schools and small registered charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trust's objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place
  • A larger grants programme for grants in excess of £4,000.

Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time. The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st July 2016

Read more at:

Volunteering OpportunitiesNorfolk at the Pictures Volunteer - Cinema Plus

Cinema Plus are looking for volunteers with a love of cinema, local history, and film education who would like to support and develop education work at Cinema City. 

Cinema Plus will be offering unique volunteering opportunities and free training with flexible times throughout the project and following the opening of the brand new Screen Heritage Centre in Summer 2016.

If this sounds of interest to you and you can spare a few days a month on an ongoing basis, please get in touch.

Further information can be found here

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Norfolk County Council - Planning (Regulatory) Committee

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You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Planning (Regulatory) Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Friday 19 February 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

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Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 16:17
General informationWeek ending 12 February 2016 Recycling Centre Satisfaction Survey.

Every year, normally as part of the tracker survey, we survey satisfaction levels surrounding our Recycling Centres. This is also a requirement of our Contract with FCC, who manage (Mile Cross HWRC) Swanton Road Recycling Centre. This year we will be asking members of the public to let us know how they find our Recycling Centres as well as how they feel about proposed changes to the opening hours at Mile Cross HWRC.

Currently there are five different opening hours throughout the year at our Mile Cross site, we propose to simplify the opening hours to all year round weekday and weekend times, these changes will result in a very small increase in the number of hours it is open for annually.

The survey will run from 05 February 2016 to 04 March 2016 The survey can be found at

It will be promoted electronically through the NCC website, Recycle for Norfolk website,  Your Voice, Your Norfolk Ezine and Social Media as well as flyers being distributed onsite at all our HWRCs, at District Council offices and in Libraries. The survey can be completed online, those unable to complete online can contact the CSC to complete the survey over the phone. 

Should you have any questions surrounding the survey please contact  Anita Diaper, Waste Reduction Officer / 01603 223620).      

The Friday takeaway....

..a flavour of Norfolk's week - latest round up
topics include: Budget consensus; County Leadership Team (CLT) in the coming week...; Social worker tweetathon; White lines (blown away?); Crackdown on new homes proposal that threaten school places; School site to become new ‘hub’ for adults; Sue Whitaker talks about personal budgets...; Norfolk’s growing national reputation click to view 

Norfolk Master Composters' 

Quarterly newsletter  January - March 2016 click here to read this  

Our compost demonstration area is near the plane at County Hall. We hold drop in sessions at the compost area the first Wednesday of every month 12.30 -1.30pm. If you would like to come along and have a chat with one of our Master Composter volunteers you would be very welcome. 

Our next drop in session will be held on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

Amanda Jermy, Waste Reduction Officer, Community and Environmental Services Department, County Hall  01603 222259 

Environment Team news 

February 2016 newsletter
Working with you to safeguard Norfolk's great out doors - to read this click here 

Members room kitchen refurbishment

Please be advised that the planned works for the refurbishment to the members lounge kitchen is scheduled to commence on the 23rd February 2016 for a period of 17 days.

During this period a temporary Burco boiler will be positioned in the members lounge to enable hot beverages to be made.

The small worktop fridge will also be relocated to enable milk etc. to be kept cool.

Norfolk and Suffolk Devolution sessions

Come along to one of the Devolution sessions for Councillors already taking place across Norfolk and Suffolk and led by the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) between January and March 2016.
This will be an opportunity to discuss the concept of devolution, what we want to get out of it and the direction of travel in Norfolk and Suffolk on a more informal basis and to hear more about the national situation. You can book on any date most convenient for you using the links below

Thursday 11 February 5.00pm to 7.00pm Long Stratton, Norfolk book this  
Monday 15 February 4.00pm to 6.00pm Woodbridge, Suffolk book this  
Tuesday 16 February 5.00pm to 7.00pm Thorpe St Andrew, Norfolk book this  
Wednesday 17 February 4.00pm to 6.00pm Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk book this 
Thursday 18 February 4.00pm to 6.00pm Dereham, Norfolk book this  
Friday 19 February  5.00pm to 7.00pm Lowestoft, Suffolk book this  
Thursday 25 February 4.00pm to 6.00pm Hadleigh, Suffolk book this  
Monday 29 February 4.00pm to 6.00pm Great Yarmouth, Norfolk book this  
Wednesday 2 March 4.00pm to 6.00pm Needham Market, Suffolk book this  

Whats new on Members Insight?  

Domestic Abuse Champions Newsletter January 2016 

Click here to read the latest monthly newsletter
You can also view our new NCC Domestic Abuse website click here

New walking programme for Norfolk set to get more people active

Since 2008 Active Norfolk – the County Sports Partnership hosted and part funded by Norfolk County Council -  has run a programme called ‘Fit Together’ aiming to raise levels of activity in the county. Since that time it has delivered 2, 000 walks per year through a network of 150+ volunteers and now has 9500 registered walkers on the database. Although the programme has achieved great outcomes we know from our data that the majority of those 9,500 are active and engaged walkers who could now continue without our help. So, from April 2016, Active Norfolk will be developing a new model for this programme, which targets more inactive populations to reduce health inequalities, rather than continuing its support to the more active populations that Fit Together currently here to see details of the new model

Chief Officer's blog

5 February 2016 Wendy Thomson, Managing Director

After a day of major disruption to our IT network yesterday normal service has thankfully now resumed, although there could be some delay in emails being received due to the large backlog. Sincere thanks to everyone who rallied round yesterday during the day and well into the evening.  .


NCC internet homepage

Become a childminder
Major exhibition at Norwich Castle
Get Active, take the workplace 
Don''t miss lifes preicous moments
Work gets underway on next stage of Transport for Norwich improvement scheme

What's new on the intranet

Norfolk in the New - round up of key issues in today's local media 

Another European Business Award honour for Norse Group

Future NCC public meetings

The following meetings will be held during February 2016.

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

Adult Social Care Committee        15 Feb 
Police and Crime Panel                16 Feb 
Norfolk Parking Partnership JC     18 Feb 14.00
Planning (Reg) Committee            19 Feb 
County Council                            22 Feb 
Pensions Committee                    23 Feb  9.30
Norfolk Health Overview & Scr      25 Feb 
Personnel Committee                   29 Feb  14.00

Changes to Committees 

Michael Baker to replace David Ramsbotham on Policy and Resources Committee.

Michael Baker to replace Fred Agnew as spokesperson on Policy and Resources Committee  

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:

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

Latest press releases

Read more news from NCC

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


Title: Adult Safeguarding workshop 
Date:Wednesday, 24 February 2016
Time:10.00 - 12.00
Location:Edwards room, County Hall
Description:  Workshop open to ALL members - session will be delivered by Joan Maughan, Independent Chair for Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board. 

Content of the Seminar 
1. The social, political, legal and local organisational context of Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults. 
2. Categories of Abuse & Understanding Vulnerability.
3. Role of County Councillors as citizens and representatives of their constituencies.
4. Recognising potential harm and abuse and reporting.
5. Dealing with a disclosure of harm or abuse.
6. Using 2 real case studies the group will examine the issues for individuals, their families, the wider community ad the organisations designed to protect individuals.

There are two electronic fraud e-learning courses on the Council’s iNet to let us know so that we can issue you with a certificate. The Fraud Awareness course  gives an overview of the problem of fraud, how it affects you and how you can recognise if a fraud may be happening. The Fraud Prevention and Detection  gives you an overview of how to prevent and detect fraud

County Hall refurbishment update 
for w/c 15 February2016

Main entrance - the new ramp (near the Finance office) should be ready later this month. The new ramp, which has been delayed so a drainage problem can be solved, will give direct access into the main building. The main concourse, and steps to the main entrance, are still on schedule to re-open late February subject to weather conditions.

Scaffold removal- near the South Wing.  Contractors will be removing the final section of the scaffold lift (on the south west corner of the building) next week. You will see contractors working in the courtyard opposite the Political Group rooms. You may also hear contractors working on the roof of the meetings/interview rooms in the South Wing.

North Wing ramp, Cranworth, Colman and Edwards rooms- work continues next week. Contractors will continue to install handrails along the ramp and the access route in front of these rooms next week. There will be short bursts of light drilling which shouldn’t disrupt meetings in these rooms.

Visitors’ car park- weekend work. Contractors continue to work in the visitors’ car park installing new lighting. All car park spaces will still be available and most of this work will happen between 6-8am.

Coming up and reminders:

The new touchdown mezzanine floor opens at the end of the month. A new central touchdown area will open near the main reception (where the old Mezzanine meeting rooms used to be). The area will be open to all staff and their visitors. You will be able to use this space on a first-come, first served basis to touch down and hot-desk. There will be 24 desks, docking stations and phone points.  This area is still under construction. Here’s a detailed plan of what the new touchdown area will look like.this space on a first-come, first served basis to touch down and hot-desk. There will be 24 desks, docking stations and phone points.  This area is still under construction. Here’s a detailed plan of what the new touchdown area will look like.

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Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 02/11/2016 - 11:28
                                                                                  February 2016 Half Term Fun!

Some of our wonderful Learning Destinations on offer over half term. Grab your passports and get busy!

Norfolk Library Events

This half term Norfolk libraries will be offering fun and interesting activities for all the family. For more information on the activities on offer please visit the Norfolk Libraries page.

NCU Adventure Days - 16 & 18 February

Survival and Archery Day - 16 February 

A fun introduction to the exciting sports of archery and learning forest survival techniques. Using our purpose built target archery range, we will get you kitted up and show you the basics. Then learn new exciting techniques in forest survival.  

NCU Orienteering & Katakanu Adventure day - 18 February  

An Introduction to Orienteering maps, colours and symbols, Instruction in basic navigation skills and Exploring Whitlingham Country Park using the Orienteering course. Introduction to Katakanu safety clothing and equipment, Introduction to the Katakanu and the very basics of paddlesport skills.Lots of fun and games including putting a sail on the Katakanu if windy enough.

To book onto one of the adventure days visit - 

Stick man Trail at High Lodge

Find your nearest trail and then join Stick Man on his quest to return to the family tree! For a longer learning adventure, collect a Stick Man activity pack from the forest visitor centre before you set out. For more information about the actvity and how you can collect your CU credits, visit:

500 Word Challenge

Write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If you win, your story will be read live on the radio and you will rub shoulders with the world’s biggest celebrities and massive pop-stars performing at the Final!

May the Forces be With You! 

Mad Science will be running their ‘May the Forces be With You!!’ Day Camp at venues around Norfolk this Easter. The days will be 10am – 3pm, are suitable for children aged 4 -11 and cost £25. Venues include St Mary & St Peters Primary in Gorleston on Friday 1st April and Colman Junior School on Monday 4th April. More brilliant venues to be confirmed!

For details and booking information please email Dr Dee : or call 01603 406790

Spring and Summer Graduations

We are pleased to release the schedule for our Spring and Summer graduation events! With the continued support of the UEA, we will also hosting events at OPEN in Norwich, Great Yarmouth College and Norwich University of the Arts.

Welcome to our new learning destinations JD Coaching

JD Coaching is a new and exciting organisation that helps children and adults to achieve their goals through over 20 different sports. To find out more about the activities on offer go to their website -

Back to Basics Bushcrafters

A children’s survival & bushcraft club where children can take part in Bushcraft skills, Camping, Den Building, Foraging, Craft, First Aid Training, Eco Projects, Bird & Bat box making, Backwoods Cooking, Woodland Trust Activities, Gardening, Climbing, Archery, Air Rifles, Knife Skills, Tree Identification, Fire Lighting and much more. For information on how to book onto a session visit the website -


DramActive provide interactive education in Drama and Music to all ages, interests and abilities. Promoting a healthy self image, increasing confidence and developing personality.


We are delighted to welcome Eurostar as a new Learning Destination!

Eurostar has produced special downloadable activities to be completed on the train (worth 2 Learning Credits) and given an AMAZING offer for those involved with Children's University.

I love Ukulele 

Welcome to our newest learning destination iloveuke 
The ukulele is good for children's co-ordination through learning different strumming techniques. Students learn about chords, rhythm and harmony.

It is quickly becoming a very popular instrument to play and is the perfect place to start for budding guitarists. It’s pleasing on the ear and it frees up mouths to enable students to sing along while they’re playing.

Horsford Youth FC

At the start of the 2015/16 season the club has 19 teams from Under 6's to Under 19's including 4 girls teams and now 2 development teams. Teams are spread across the Thurlow Nunn Eastern Counties League, Norfolk Youth Football Combination League, North East Norfolk Youth League, Norwich & District Sunday League, and the Norfolk Women and Girls Football League. For more information on the sessions the club runs and how to join, please visit their website

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:25

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Thursday 18 February 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

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Improving Times – Practice Edition

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 16:09
Children's Services staff newsletter - Practice Edition - February 2016 Ricky Cooper (Head of Social Work)Focus on practice

Welcome to your new edition of the Practice Edition of Improving Times.  We are very excited to launch this edition of Improving Times which is dedicated to improving practice across Norfolk Children’s Services.  We all know the way in which we practice and the things we do have a direct impact on the children, young people and families we work with.  This edition will focus on best practice for practitioners and managers.  Running alongside Norfolk Children’s Services Ofsted Improvement Plan, the edition will focus on key areas of practice that we are continuing to work on, as well as providing Practitioners and Managers with a central point for key developments and initiatives in practice improvement.

“Keeping everyone informed about developments with pace is no mean feat.  This is an edition for practitioners to celebrate practice, to keep abreast of developments, enable individuals to speak confidently about the great work that we do with children and families and making sure this is evidenced in every day practice.”

Ricky Cooper

Achieving early permanence for Norfolk children and young people

Individuals will be aware that we are in the process of both streamlining and ensuring that our Children and Young People’s panels in Norfolk are consistent and understood within the workforce.  Work is underway to formally introduce the Permanence Panel, which is due to go live on the 17 February 2016.  The Permanence Panel, chaired by the Assistant Director, Social Work will be the pivotal panel that will track and monitor children and young people’s cases to ensure that permanence arrangements for children and young people in Norfolk are made in a timely manner, ensuring that drift and delay for Norfolk’s children who are in our care is avoided.  In addition, the Permanence Panel will act as the Matching Panel for children and young people who are to be matched with foster carer’s where their plan for permanence is achieved through long term fostering arrangements.  It will also scrutinise and endorse Special Guardianship/Child Arrangement Order support arrangements.

IRO decisions and links to Care Plans

Focusing on the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer

Ofsted’s judgement of our services has been challenging for us all and the role of the Independent Services have been highlighted as an area where we need to reduce caseloads and improve our challenge and practice scrutiny to prevent drift and delay.

Research in Practice (RiP) have written a briefing explaining what the IROs role is, the importance of their challenge to workers and decision making, and how the dispute resolution process needs to be used to positive effect.  The report sets out how although the role of the IRO is well embedded and valued in most local authorities, the IRO service needs to do more in order to effect positive outcomes for all looked after children.  This briefing provides a sound basis if you want to know more about the role and responsibilities of the IROs and how they are being challenged to improve their practice nationally. Norfolk County Council subscribe to RiP so all their publications and resources are free for you to use.  Set up your login today!

A new chapter for assessment and planning in the YOT

This Monday, 8 February, Norfolk Youth Offending Team ‘went live’ with a new assessment and planning framework – AssetPlus.  This replaces the existing Asset and Onset frameworks which have been at the centre of YOT practice for over a decade.

AssetPlus provides a holistic, end-to-end assessment and intervention plan, allowing one record to follow a young person through the youth justice system, both in the community and in custody.  AssetPlus will be incorporated in the YOT’s case management system – ChildView – and should lead to improvements in the quality of assessments and plans.  Over time it is hoped that outcomes for children and young people in contact with the youth justice system will be improved by better targeted interventions that are more responsive to existing strengths and factors enabling desistance from crime.

Judgements will continue to be made in relation to the likelihood of reoffending, risk of (serious) harm, and safety and wellbeing (previously vulnerability), but these will no longer be prescribed by scores and rigid thresholds.

All YOT staff have received substantial training in the new framework and the teams are excited and well prepared for the change.  Inevitably there will be challenges ahead, so the YOT asks for your support and understanding at the start of this new chapter.

For more information please contact or visit

Personal Education Plans (PEPs)Keeley White (Senior Adviser – Head of Virtual School)

With effect from the 15 February 2016 the weekly exceptions report will  include data for outstanding PEPs within locality areas and teams.  The measure and expectation will be that PEPs are conducted on a termly basis – three times per year.

 “The Virtual School is working with partners, including colleagues in Social Care, to ensure that each Looked After Child and Young Person has an ambitious and high quality PEP which is completed within statutory timescales and accurately reflects their education journey.  The forthcoming transfer to an electronic PEP will streamline this process and enable the PEP to be more readily accessed and updated, ensuring it is a living document which supports children and young people to achieve best outcomes”.

Keeley White

A move to electronic PEPs (ePEPs)

From spring term 2016 there will be a planned roll out of a new electronic Personal Education Plan, which will over time replace the existing hard copy document.

Why are we changing the PEPs?

 An internal audit of the quality of Norfolk Personal Education Plans was undertaken in April 2015.  The audit looked at a number of PEPs across all seven districts in the county and outcomes of this audit recognised that too many PEPs are not accurately capturing the child’s education journey.  Furthermore many contain outdated information and lack the child’s voice.  The audit made a number of recommendations which will be supported by the introduction of an electronic system of Personal Education Plans, known as ePEPs.

During the summer term 2015 a range of products were considered and advice taken from regional colleagues who are using ePEPs and as a result we have chosen to adopt the Welfare Call ePEP.  We currently have a contract with Welfare Call for monitoring attendance and exclusions of Children in Care.  They have a template which is adaptable to meet our local needs and they currently work with a number of other Local Authorities who are using their ePEPs.

PEPs to be completed each school term

When should a PEP be completed and how often should it be reviewed?

The PEP should be completed as part of the care plan, where a child is placed in an emergency the social worker should ensure a PEP is initiated within 10 working days of their becoming looked after, wherever they are placed.  PEP’s should be reviewed each school term.

Who needs a PEP?

All children and young people who are looked after, pre-school to age 18.  A PEP should be initiated even where a Looked After Child is without a school place.  This includes meeting with appropriate education providers and the carer.

What can you do to improve the quality of PEPs now?

Designated Teachers and Social Workers should be reviewing the quality of PEPs in their school and for their allocated children.  The voice of the child must be properly and appropriately reflected in the PEP and it should be a comprehensive and an enduring record of the child’s experience, progress and achievement (academic and otherwise).  The PEP should be able to inform any discussion about education during the statutory review of the child’s wider care plan.  Targets should be SMART in both the short term and should also include evidence of longer term planning for education outcomes for the child.  They should also reference any use of Pupil Premium Plus funding and have given the Virtual School plans for how this funding is to be used.  This should be built into the PEP and should be related clearly to the targets agreed for the child’s academic achievement.

General information about PEPs

For more details about PEPs are included in the Children’s Act 1989 and Promoting the Education of Looked After Children (statutory guidance for local authorities).

Business re-design for initial health assessments

Much work has already commenced with our partners in Health to look at the efficiency and timeliness of improving health assessments for children and young in Norfolk’s care.  The QA Data Hub, (previously LAC Health Hub) are available and can provide assistance and support in ensuring that the necessary documents and consents are obtained to ensure that both Initial Health Assessments and Review Health Assessments can be completed in timescale. 

Practitioners and Managers please don’t forget that when a child or young person is accommodated, your responsibility is to ensure that the Initial Health Assessment documentation is completed and consent (on the day where reasonably practicable) is signed by the parent or individual with parental responsibility.  Where this is not possible due to the circumstances of reception into care for the child/young person, practitioners must obtain such consent within 72 hours.  This falls in line with our additional statutory responsibility of holding a Placement Agreement Meeting where consent for medical treatment will be required.

The QA Data Hub will assist in following this up with practitioners and managers and in providing prompts.  The QA Data Hub can be contacted on: Sandra Cramp, 01603 638168, Alice Cogdell, 01603 222286 and Bridie Mickleburgh, 01603 228958.

IHA and Review Health Assessment documents are to be sent to

Ricky Cooper is working on a practice checklist for practitioners which will be available soon.

Please don’t forget your responsibilities and the statutory guidance can be found here.

Health passports for Leaving Care young people

Norfolk has been successful in its bid to NHS England to develop, design and commission its very own Health Passport.  The Health Passport which will be rolled out for Norfolk’s Looked After Children is currently being developed.  For individuals that would like to become involved in this exciting project – Leaving Care and LAC colleagues at the ready, please contact Ricky Cooper ( for further details about how to become involved.

Contingency arrangements to be included in Strategy Discussion recording

As outlined in the Ofsted Improvement Plan, practitioners and managers responsible for the completion, chairing and convening of Strategy Discussions should, as a matter of routine, be recording and discussing contingency arrangements to ensure that children and young people are safe whilst either joint or single agency investigations are completed.  Remember, a Signs of Safety approach can be used utilising wherever possible rapid network meetings.

Top 5 practice tips from monthly audit activity

  1. Remember that you are writing your records for the child, it’s the story of their life.
  2. Record the child’s views and the impact of events and interventions on the child.  Make sure you evidence how you have gained these views e.g. 3 houses or mapping.
  3. Include parents and carers including absent parents.
  4. All plans should be SMART, jargon free and use Signs of Safety.
  5. Contingency planning should be specific to the child and their circumstances.

Jenny Allen (QA Manager) In this month’s edition

At a glance

  • A word from our practice leads for Looked After Children and Leaving Care
  • Andrea Brown, Principal Child and Family Social Worker talks about Norfolk’s Twitterthon
  • New Leaving Care KIT CareFirst exemplars
  • Child permanence reports

Upcoming events

Practice development workshops

A series of workshops are to be rolled out in the forthcoming months focusing on LAC Improvements in practice:

  • Launch of Achieving Early Permanence for Children and Young People (10, 11 and 24 February)
  • LAC Health Assessments – dates to follow
  • Together and Apart Assessments and Permanency Planning – dates to follow
  • e-PEP workshops – book your place on Learning Hub

The delivery of these workshops will be on a county basis in locality areas. 

Age assessment training (Refugee Council)

A 2-day course which will take place on 1 and 2 March 2016 at the UEA Sportspark.

Statements from the Practice LeadsCathy Mouser (Assistant Director, Social Work)

Hello and welcome to the practice edition of Improving Times.  We are intending to use this format for a monthly edition which will focus on improving practice, reminding us of our duties and responsibilities and updating on the activity which is outlined within the Ofsted Improvement plan.  It is absolutely critical that we remember that the way we go about our work has a significant impact on outcomes for children.  We know that we still have improvements to make – this is not to keep Ofsted happy, or to make sure that a box is ticked – it is to ensure that we are doing the right things at the right time consistently for the children we work with.

Cathy Mouser

Christopher Gray (Practice Lead (Family Intervention and Looked After Children))

As the Practice Lead for Looked After Children, I am committed to working with social workers, team managers and others involved to ensure that Norfolk’s Looked After Children receive a high standard of care from us for as long as this is appropriate.

Christopher Gray

Stewart Betts (Practice Lead)

As practice lead I want to work with my operational colleagues and our partners to release the potential that is in every young person, as they make their way to adulthood.

Stewart Betts

Good practice tips

Re-referral audit – September 2015 cases

During September 2015, Great Yarmouth had the highest number of re-referrals in the county.  The management team in Great Yarmouth undertook an audit of all of the re-referrals with the following observations made about the point of closures.


  • Was there a theme in who re-referred – No.  Different agencies re-referred for differing reasons.
  • What was the average time between referrals?  2-4 months
  • Was the assessment regularly shared with parents and agencies working with the family?  No
  • Was there generally a clear step down plan in place with an identified lead professional?  No
  • Which teams had the highest number of re-referrals?  The vast majority of cases were from the assessment/duty team.


If referrers and families had understood the rationale for closing, knew what the plan was and who the lead professional was to enable them to put resources in place and test out for twelve weeks, this would most likely have reduced the number of re-referrals and enabled MASH to suggest that these actions should take place when no further critical incident had occurred since the case was closed.

The above hypothesis was shared with approximately 80 partner agencies at the launch of the threshold guide in Great Yarmouth.  Partners felt that the proposed actions offered a workable solution and they would be willing to work with this practice to reduce re-referral rates.


  1. Explicit consent to share the SW assessment should be obtained from parents, being mindful of any sensitive information that should not be shared with ex-partners.  The rationale for sharing the assessment should be shared with families to explain that this is to avoid the likelihood of a re-referral that would result in further social work intervention that may not be necessary.
  2. All teams closing cases should ensure there is a plan that meets the needs of the children and follows our guidance for ‘good’ plans.  The lead professional must be identified and be aware of the expectations upon their role and be able to fulfil this.
  3. MASH will advise any re-referrers of the recorded plan and agreement to test this out prior to any re-referral being accepted within a twelve week period i.e. two reviews of the plan being in place.  The rationale for decision making at the point of closure will also be taken into consideration.
Keep an eye out for…

New KIT (Care leaver Keeping in Touch) form in the CareFirst

This new form will replace the Pathway Plan Progress Form for Relevant & Former Relevant care leavers.  The Pathway Plan form will be updated at a later date.  In the meantime updates will have to be copied and pasted to the Plan from the KIT form.

New Children Missing from Care Return Interview exemplar

The new form for recording when children return from a missing from care episode, has been launched and should now be completed as routine where Looked After Children in Norfolk have experienced a missing care episode.  This exemplar is available on CareFirst now.

Don’t forget how important it is to work with children and young people to try and understand what may be behind any missing episode and make sure that you think about the risk factors when formulating your assessments and plans.  Here’s a reminder of the statutory guidance relating to missing children: Statutory Guidance - Missing from care.

Reminders and thoughts for Head of Social Work Operations

With continuing work being undertaken to improve the quality of Child Permanence Reports and our continued journey in improving permanence arrangements for children and young people, Heads of Social Work are going to sign off all Child Permanence Reports before sending to an agency decision maker.  Local arrangements will need to start to be embedded in locality areas, to ensure this does not cause delay.


A complete resource on life story work, an analysis of the experiences of women who face violence and abuse, single inspection reports on West Sussex and Lewisham, and more.

Top tips from Andrea Brown, Principal Social Worker

Transfer Procedure

The new Children’s Services Transfer Procedure has now been published on the iNet Procedures pages.  This document supports our team arrangements following restructure and incorporates transfer between all teams (including Early Help).  Please ensure you read and incorporate the guidance into your practice.


Maintain your social work knowledge, skills and values by accessing free learning resources as often as you can.  As @norfolksw showed us, Twitter is a great way of achieving this while standing up for your profession and expanding your circle of influence #StandUp4SW.

To get started, some suggestions of who to follow are:

  • @SignsofSafety
  • @CommunityCare
  • @researchIP
  • @CRCF1
  • @CareKnowledge
  • @C_P_Resouce
  • @SocietyGuardian
  • @suesuspicious minds
  • @IsabelleTrowler
  • @ChildrensComm
  • @NorfolkLSCB
  • @FISnorfolk
  • @NCCWendyMD
  • @cllrjamesjoyce
  • @NorfolkCC
  • @SalThirlway
  • @norfolksw

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Adult Social Services- move to 4th Floor

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 13:04
Welcome to the 4th Floor - February 2016 Welcome to County Hall

Welcome ASSD teams to the newly refurbished 4th floor of County Hall - where you’ll be joining Children’s Services and Community and Environmental Services’ colleagues who moved there last year.

County Hall is a great place to work and my experience on the refurbished 8th floor is really positive. In the new offices, there are more opportunities to work together and no walls or barriers as well as plenty of formal and informal meeting space. You are already used to open plan working at Carrow House, but I believe that to get the most out of your new office everyone will need to work differently. I’m confident that the work you do will be greatly enhanced by the new working environment.

A huge “thank you” to our reference group who have worked with the County Hall project team to plan how the new office will work; and for sharing ideas and plans so you feel part of this move. Good luck and I look forward seeing you soon.

 Harold Bodmer, Executive Director of Adult Social Services

Your new office survival guide

Moving day. On the day, everything will be in place so you can work as normal. You will need to locate your locker and unpack your team's crate- so allow yourself some time to do this. Take a look at the floor plan to familiarise yourself with the layout of the new office.

Storage and lockers. Everyone should have a locker to store personal and work items. Each locker has a tray for papers. There will also be store cupboards and other cabinets for larger items. You will be given a key for your locker on the day you move.

Housekeeping and clear desk policy. It's everyone's responsibility to ensure the office is kept tidy. There is also a cleaning agreement for the new floors. Our clear desk policy means you have to leave desks clear at the end of day, putting your laptop and files in your locker. Also, if you are due to be away from your desk for more than 3 hours, you will need to take your things with you so someone else can use the desk. 

Team zones. Teams have identified team zones on the floor based on the 7:10 working ratio (an average ratio of seven workstations to 10 full-time employees). It is up to each team to manage their own team zone.

Touchdown/hotdesks- If you can't find a desk in your team zone, you should check with other teams for free desks or take a look at the Touchdown guide for alternative places to work across the county. Next month, a new touchdown floor opens near the main reception (where the old Mezzanine meeting rooms used to be). It will be open to all staff, and their visitors, and you will be able to use the desks on a  first-come, first served basis. There will be 24 desks, docking stations and phone points.  Here's a detailed plan of what the new touchdown area will look like.

Telephones. Your phone number will stay the same and you will take it with you. Every desk will have a blank telephone handset on it and you will need to log into the phone on whichever desk you are working on that day. Also, don’t forget to update your phone book entry to reflect your new location. The help section on the Intranet Phone Book provides guidance about how to do this. 

Printers and photocopiers. There are Ricoh printers, see the floor plan , and you will be able to print and use all the devices as normal.

Meeting rooms.There's nine meeting rooms in total; four smaller rooms, two large rooms and three interview rooms. The three interview rooms are not on CABS and are just for the use of the 4th floor. Also don't forget the break-out areas for more informal meetings. 

Kitchens, tea points and shower facilities.The kitchen is equipped with fridges, a microwave and a dishwasher (which needs to be loaded and unloaded each day).  The kitchen and the tea point need to be kept clean and the appropriate recycling bins used.

Showers, lockers and changing rooms. There is a shower suite on the Lower Ground (between the North and South lifts). There are individual  shower and changing cubicles – five for men, five for women and two separate accessible shower rooms. There are also lockers available, please contact for further information. 

Data protection. Finally, there's never been a more important time to make sure our information is secure. Before you move, double-check empty pedestals and cupboards for any loose or confidential information and dispose of it accordingly. Everyone should have completed the data protection and information security e-learning (this need to be re-taken every 3 years). Some general rules to follow include locking your screen (Ctrl-Alt Delete) every time you leave your desk. Confidential information should be kept securely and you can make use of your locker and other lockable cabinets.

Help for managers

Moving to a new open plan office is the ideal opportunity for teams to work more flexibly. It's important that managers lead this and encourage the most effective use of the office space.

Leading a Flexible and Remote Team, on Learning Hub,  focuses on clear communication (with individuals and the team) and effective performance management, as well as making sure that all team members have the support they need, wherever they’re located. 

The module is available to all managers and is recommended for those moving to a new working environment. Details of this and other essential short courses can be found by logging into Learning Hub. 

Tell us what you think

Here's what people are saying about their new working environment:

"Open, airy, light, happy and peaceful – easy to work to the full.” Tierni Broderick, Children’s Services.

“Calming colour scheme - a very good choice. Changing desks is nice, you get to sit with different people and a different view every day.” Joanna Springall, Community Services.

“I am finding the new working arrangements really beneficial. It is much quieter than I imagined and there is more contact between people, allowing for more networking and greater communication.” Katherina Brady, Community Services.

It would be good to hear your first impressions, as well your thoughts on this welcome pack .

Email us with your comments.


Your new office- essential links

Finding your way around the 4th floor

Mobile and agile working- a case study with Business Support 

 A practical guide to adjusting your chair- a short video

Moving office FAQs

New technology- hints and tips

Your staff information pack- Created for the 5th floor- but it has useful information for anyone who is new to County Hall

Flexible working etiquette - a light-hearted look at flexible working

 Mobile and agile working - places to 'Touchdown'

You'll find useful guides, policies and FAQs to support you in new and agile ways of working on the 'Your Working Environment' iNet pages

Are you sitting comfortably?

Your health, safety and comfort is important, so when adjusting your workstation, you'll find useful information on the Computer and Workstation Safety section of Peoplenet.

There's also guidance for managers and employees on Shared Workstations and Display Screen Equipment.

Click here for instructions on how to adjust your new chair. Don't forget, you can contact IPRS (the company who provide a fast-track physio service for NCC) for advice.

Pool cars at County Hall

Don’t forget to take advantage of the new pools cars at County Hall. The cars are ideal for shorter, more frequent, business trips (under five hours), they’re easy to book and you can use them almost immediately.

You’ll need to complete a one off registration form, the Driving for Work e-learning course and a driving licence check. To help you choose the ‘best value’ way to travel for business, take a look at our Business Travel Calculator. For more information, contact: or visit our staff business travel pages and FAQs here.

Your green office

In you new office, you will find: 

- Twice as efficient modern light and movement sensitive LED lighting

- Sealed, double glazed windows and insulated walls

- Recycling facilities conveniently positioned and labelled

- Printers that have reduced energy consumption by 40% and paper by 26% compared to before.

Other improvements:

- A centralised ventilation heating system will reduce heating costs

- The temperature is constantly controlled by warm and cool air so you shouldn’t need to open the windows

- A localised hot water heating system will only heat water when needed

What can you do?
Adopt the following new habits into your new working routine:

- Only use one monitor screen unless you really need to. 

- Switch off lights and environmental controls after leaving the meeting rooms

- Make the most of clearly labelled recycling facilities by sorting and recycling all waste – compost, paper, plastic, glass – into the correct bin. Confidential waste is also recycled.  Refer to our handy recycling guide.

- Only print if you need to.

Find out more about low carb diet campaign.

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Half-Term Fun at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 10:13
A Viking’s, Pirate’s, Valentine’s and
Lost Cats’ Guide to Half-Term Fun! Norwich Castle

A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons, Sat 6 Feb - Mon 30 May,

A wonderful exhibition inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling children’s books How to Train Your Dragon.  Be transported to a world where Vikings rule and dragons roam.  Discover Berk, the home of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third, and join this unlikely hero on his adventures. Exibition created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

Dragonesque Activities Galore:

Dragons' Den! Sat 13 and Mon 15 - Sat 20 Feb, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Dragon inspired crafts for all your would-be Vikings.

How to Train Your Dragon – Film Screening, Sat 13 Feb, 2pm. Cert PG, 98mins

The Making of a Monster, Sat 20 Feb, 10am - 4pm.
Help create giant dragon art, plus dragon crafts to take home.

Flying Dragons with the RSPB, Mon 15 Feb, 10am - 4pm. Discover the dragonfly family.

Hiccup the Viking, Tues 16 - Thurs 18 Feb, 1, 2 & 3pm.
Neil Paris brings Hiccup Horrendous Haddock to life.

Glitter Dragon Tattoos, Tues 16 Feb, 10am - 4pm.
Choose your twinkling dragon tattoo from a host of sparkly designs.

The Natural History of Dragons, Sat 13, Tues 16 & Thurs 18 - Saturday 20 Feb, 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 3.30pm Discover the real ‘dragons’ of the natural world.

Chinese Dragon Dance Workshop, Fri 19 Feb, 11am, 12 noon, 1 & 2pm. Learn the art of the Dragon Dance.

Time and Tide

Don’t Miss - Beastly Machines, Showing until Sun 21 Feb
Humorous, interactive, kinetic sculptures by Johnny White. A touring exhibition from Visual Arts 2021.

The Elusive Jack Valentine, Sun 14 Feb, 12 noon - 4pm. Find out about Jack Valentine, make a card and enjoy a treat along the way.

Beastly Machines: The Art of Storytelling, Mon 15 Febuary, 11am - 4pm. Learn how to create your own characters and stories through illustration, animation and writing. Costumes are optional!

Pirates, Pistols and Gold Doubloons, Weds 17 Feb, 11am - 4pm. A jolly adventure into the world of pirates and learn the skills you'll need to survive a life at sea.

Beastly Machines: Battle Bots!, Fri 19 Feb, 11am - 4pm. Design your own Battle Bots to fight, or race in our arena.

Lynn Museum

Lost Cat Museum Trail, Sat 13 Feb - Sat 20 Feb, 10am - 5pm. Can you find the cats lost in the museum? Find them all and win a small prize.

Pirates! Tues 16 Feb, 10.30am - 1pm. Hear piratical stories and make pirate crafts to take home.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Back by Popular Demand – Reopening for Half-term, Mon 15 - Fri 19 Feb, 10am - 4pm

Join us for a treasure hunt with a difference and re-discover the best things about Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse.

Strangers' Hall

Marvellous Models:
Weds 17 Feb, 10am - 3.30pm. See Norwich Model Railway Club's working locomotive layouts and make a model to take home.
Sun 21 Feb, 1-4pm. Try out our mini biplane then try looping the loop with paper planes.

Toy Room Trail, Weds 17 & Sun 21 Feb, 10am - 4pm Weds & 1 - 4.30pm Sun.

Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell

Valentine's Eve, Sat 13 Feb, 10am - 4.30pm. Make a secret gift or card and look out for Jack Valentine.

Cecil's Great War, Tues 16 - Sat 20 Feb. Find out how writing and drawing kept many men sane in the trenches.  Make your own medal and on Tues and Thurs, meet a costumed character based on WW1 Officer, Cecil Upcher.

Ancient House

Family Trail - It's a Mammoth Task!, Sat 13 Feb - Sat 20 Feb, 10am - 4pm. 50p + admission.

Discovery Day: Fantastic Flint, Weds 17 Feb, 10.30am - 1pm. Handle flint fossils, arrow heads, axes and gunflints. Find out about flint's Japanese cousin, Obsidian too! £2, Museums Pass/Friends £1.

for information on all our events click here>>
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Norfolk County Council - Economic Development Sub-Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 09:46

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Economic Development Sub-Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting  held on 21st January 2016 are now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 00:00

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Police and Crime Panel. The Supplementary Agenda (Annex 4) for the meeting due to be held on 16th February 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


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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 17:39

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

Norfolk conference to enhance mental wellbeing in education

View details on our news page.

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 02/09/2016 - 00:00

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Police and Crime Panel. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 16th February 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


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Short Courses at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 18:01
New Short Courses at GressenhallStarting this month!

An Introduction to Creative Writing 

Wednesday 24 February 2016 10am - 4pm

A unique one day workshop to help you understand the basics of creative writing, inspired by our Voices from the Workhouse project.

Basketry for Beginners

Wednesday 16 March 2016 9:30am - 4:30pm

On this one-day willow basketry workshop for beginners, you will learn all the basic techniques of basket weaving as well as creating your own small shopping basket to take home.


Have you ever wanted to work with the horses and staff at Gressenhall Farm?

We have a range of experience days with our Suffolk Punch horses on offer during 2016, where you can learn all about these amazing animals. 


For more information, please see our Short Courses page on our website or telephone 01362 869251.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 17:42

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

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

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

Reporting scams

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

Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline 03454 04 05 06 or
Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or

Categories: Norfolk

The Friday Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 15:00

A flavour of Norfolk's week...                        5 February 2016

Budget consensus

A cross-party consensus on a plan to raise Norfolk County Council’s share of council tax by 3.99% - the first rise in five years - would mean that the proposals which have proved most controversial in our consultation – cuts to fire station, funding adult social care transport, and reducing support for the archaeological service and Record Office - wouldn’t need to go ahead. A final decision on the Budget will be taken on February 22.

Read the full story in the EDP.

Listen to George Nobbs & Cliff Jordan on Radio Norfolk (start at 1:38:00).

Social worker tweetathon

This Monday, Norfolk Children’s Social Workers tweeted anonymous accounts of their day’s work on the @NorfolkSW Twitter page. 

The ‘Day in the life of’ event proved popular across social media, reaching approximately 111,000 individuals, and provided a fascinating insight into colleagues’ daily activities. The Norfolk Social work account was closely followed and retweeted by Community Care, The Guardian and Isabelle Trowler, the UK’s Principal Children’s Social Worker, and locally by the EDP, and many of our District Councils. 

See the day as it unfolded here.

White lines (blown away?)

Tracy Jessop, Assistant Director Highways and Transport, made a splash across local and national news, including The Times, Radio 4’s Today programme, The Guardian and BBC Radio Norfolk talking about how a successful scheme in Norfolk which removed white lines from some rural roads was set to be extended to improve road safety. This was followed up by Radio 5 Live where Tracy took part in a live discussion. 

Listen to Tracy on the Today programme (start at 2:54:00).

Crackdown on new homes proposal that threaten school places

We’re planning to raise ‘serious concerns’ about housing proposals outside of local plans, where these would place pressure on school places. The plans have been described by Gordon Boyd, NCC’s Assistant Director of Education, as a ‘rising problem’.

Read more here.

School site to become new ‘hub’ for adults

A disused Thetford school site is set to undergo a £800,000 revamp to become 'an adult social care hub' in a move which should save the authority many thousands of pounds.

Norfolk’s growing national reputation:

Norfolk starts the race – the Aviva Women’s Tour in June will begin its first day in Norfolk and Suffolk, in a leg sponsored by Active Norfolk

The ONS report this week listed Great Yarmouth people as among top five happiest in the country. Read more here.

A Guardian survey placed Norwich among the top ten best cities to work. Read more here.

Sport Relief is coming to Norfolk! – It has been announced that the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Flagship Games are coming to Norfolk in March, one of only five places in the UK to host the Games. For more information click here.

County Leadership Team (CLT) in the coming week...

Among other events and activities:

Wendy is planning to attend the P&R budget meeting, a meeting of Norfolk and Suffolk council leaders, to welcome our Children’s Commissioner Dave Hill to CLT and attend a Norfolk Whole Systems Resilience Group meeting.
Michael is planning to attend P&R, a 'Mental Health in Schools' conference, meet Dave Hill at CLT and attend a proposed business breakfast with MPs.
Harold is planning to attend P&R, CLT and a Care Providers Scenario Planning day at the Department of Health in London.
Tom is planning to attend P&R, CLT and meet new business start-ups at the Hethel Innovation Centre.
Anne is also planning to be at P&R, CLT, a Leadership and Management conference and a performance workshop for Members.
Simon plans to be at P&R, CLT, and a workshop at the Shrublands Health Centre in Gorleston.

For more information on CLT,visit Our Leadership Team.

CLT Blog

After a day of major disruption to our IT network yesterday normal service has thankfully now resumed, although there could be some delay in emails being received due to the large backlog.  Sincere thanks to everyone who rallied round yesterday during the day and well into the evening.  I know our ICT teams worked tirelessly to systematically overcome the problem, and a number of other staff in the Resilience Team, Communications and Resources Directorate Business Support, were also involved in efficiently managing the situation behind the scenes. 

Read more here.

Sue Whitaker talks about personal budgets...

Sue Whitaker, Chairman of the Adult Social Services Committee, was interviewed on Look East on the issue of disability rights group Equal Lives reporting NCC to the CQC. She was then featured along with Catherine Underwood, Director of Integrated Commissioning, Adult Social Services, on the Radio Norfolk breakfast show.  

You can watch and listen here (start at 1:33:00).

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