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Norfolk County Council's week in the news

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 14:14

 Reflections on a sombre week...                      22 July 2016

Tributes to a 'lovely, honourable man'

Following the tragic and untimely death of Harold Bodmer this week, tributes have flooded in as locally and nationally people have sought to express their sadness about the loss of a man described as  ‘honourable’, ‘principled’, ‘determined’, ‘motivated by social justice’ and ‘a great friend’.  Council Leader Cliff Jordan said he could think of few people who had reached the top of their profession and yet still found themselves so universally liked.
A book of condolence will be opened at County Hall following Monday’s Full Council meeting, with arrangements made for people to sign it who can’t get to Norwich.  The book will remain open until August 5, before being passed on to Harold’s family

Tributes from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

Tributes in MJ 

Tributes from Community Care online

Local tributes in the EDP (including Mustard TV), from Harold's family and on the BBC.

In case you think we're bats...

We're pretty proud of the measures we are putting in place, not just to safeguard wildlife when the NDR opens, but to make things even better. We are replanting 30,000 trees, 151,000 shrubs and putting in wildflower grassland to provide wildlife with new habitats. We've already put up more than 100 bird boxes, plus 10 barn owl boxes. We are also doing a lot for bats, including installing more than  80 bat boxes, and, as part of measures to help them cross the NDR safely, seven bat bridge gantries. This week the  media asked us to defend the use of these gantries because a study (which inevitably has been disputed by other experts) questioned their value. First, for a dual carriageway road of the NDR's width, there is no obvious alternative. So putting in seven bat bridge gantries at carefully chosen locations is a condition of the NDR Development Consent – but to give them the best chance they’ve been positioned carefully, and will be monitored, along with all our other wildlife measures, for 15 years. Follow the NDR progress on Facebook.

Gordon reflects

This week Gordon Boyd, Assistant Director for Education reflected on his four years at NCC, as left the authority to take up the role of head of the senior school at George Watson’s College in Edinburgh. Soon after taking his current role, Norfolk was in the cross hairs of both the Department for Education and Ofsted, with stinging criticisms about the performance of schools in Norfolk.In March 2013, 67% of Norfolk Schools were satisfactory or requires improvement, compared to a national average of 20% In the latest figures, only 14% of Norfolk schools are in that category, with 86% now rated by Ofsted as either 'Good' or 'Outstanding'.

Summer Fun

From retro Rock ‘n’ Roll to cutting edge contemporary art, two fascinating exhibitions are on offer from Norfolk Museums Service this summer.
The prestigious British Art Show 8 (24 June – 4 September) has arrived in Norwich for the first time in its forty year history.   Over 100 works by 42 artists are on display across three main venues in the City: Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, St George's Building Norwich University of the Arts and East Gallery NUA (with one work at the Forum).   For more information on the show and the events programme visit:   #BAS8
Headline sponsors: intu, Larking Gowen, Mills & Reeve.

Or if you fancy more of a nostalgic treat, Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth is showing Halfway to Paradise: The Birth of British Rock, Photographs by Harry Hammond until 2 October 2016. Halfway to Paradise is a touring exhibition from the V&A which captures the excitement and energy of the early years of rock ‘n’ roll through the exceptional photography of Harry Hammond, the music photographer who documented the emergence of Rock ‘n’ Roll music in post-war Britain. Find out more here

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CLT out and about this week:

Wendy: On Monday after Full Council Wendy will attend a   meeting with senior DCLG officials, colleagues from Suffolk and both Fiona McDiarmid and Victoria McNeill to discuss Devolution, she also meets Deborah Cadman, the CEX of Suffolk CC and with the LEP to talk about joint work, and will be meeting with UEA School of Health Sciences about collaboration on the STP.
Michael will be attending Full Council on Monday, Children’s Services Leadership Team and a Quality Practice Review Meeting on Wednesday
Simon will attend the County Council meeting on Monday; on Wednesday he will officiate at the Schools Youth Regatta at Gorleston and on Friday he will Chair the Oracle Planning Session (part 2).
Anne will be attending Full Council.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

CLT Blog

In tribute to Harold, this week's blog repeats a piece he wrote in December 2013, reflecting on a momentous week for him and the world.

Funding gap plugged- for this year

At a meeting of the health and wellbeing board at County Hall this week members were told  a social care funding gap had been plugged for the next three years - but savings will have to be made to accommodate the cost.  The issue arose when health bosses from the five clinical commissioning groups (Norwich, South Norfolk, West Norfolk, North Norfolk, and Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCGs) all decided against making £7m worth of “discretionary payments” to the county’s Better Care Fund.   It has been agreed in this financial year the council will use £5m of its funds, while for the next two years both parties plan two make savings that will plug the funding gap.  Read more here

School’s Out For Summer!

Norfolk schools celebrated the end of term this week with many and varied activities – among them joining in with our end of term twitter event – recording their last day which you can follow using the hashtag #Norfolkschools

Don't forget....OSCA nominations for period 2 close on July 29. 
 Do use the scheme to recognise the good work produced every day by colleagues

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 22 July 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 22 July 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 OpportunitiesVacancies at Lowestoft College 

0.6 Lecturer –Games Development
0.6 Lecturer –Apprenticeship Digital Media

Annual salary: £22,038 - £33,282 

As a Lecturer you will be required to lead, plan, deliver and assess on the Level 2 and 3 Games Development Programmes and our Creative Digital Media Apprenticeship Programme. You will support and be supported by a dedicated teaching team situated within the Art & Design area of the College.

The successful applicant will:

  • Have a qualification at Level 4 in the relevant field
  • Possess a level 5 teaching qualification or willingness to work towards
  • Have at least a Level 2 or equivalent qualification in Mathematics and English.

Closing date for applications: 4th August 2016

Further details and to apply online visit

Technician: Design Studios - Norwich University of the Arts

£26,537 to £30,738 per annum

NUA are recruiting an individual to join their successful technical support staff team. The Design Studio is a very busy suite of resources offering specialist student digital resources for design, including composition software for print and screen, moving image for design, web design, image manipulation, illustration, and presentation. The Design Studio resources for physical production include professional quality output to laser-cut, large format inkjet, vinyl and laser print.

The successful candidate will be a skilled Technician with proven professional experience in digital design, file preparation, print output, print finishing and laser cutting gained from either a Higher Education or a commercial environment.

The successful applicant, alongside expert-level practical skills, will be expert in a range of digital design skills and able to support students to produce high quality results. The post holders will demonstrate high levels of skill and awareness for contemporary professional design processes for print, digital and screen-based output.

Experience of planning, preparing and delivering technical inductions to students will be an advantage to meet the requirements of the role. The post holder will join a team operating busy workshop environments, taking responsibility for the associated Health and Safety regulations, manual handling procedures and COSHH regulations.

Note: Interview date will be Week Commencing 5th September 2016, to be confirmed.
Closing Date: Friday 19th August 2016
Interview Date: Monday 5th September 2016

Further information can be found here

Senior Research Associate: ‘The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-85’ - University of East Anglia

£31,656 per annum
School of Art, Media and American Studies
Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Applications are invited for a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of Art, Media and American Studies, as part of a three-year AHRC-funded research project ‘The Eastmancolor Revolution and British Cinema, 1955-85’, directed by Professor Sarah Street (University of Bristol), with Dr Keith M. Johnston (UEA) as Co-Investigator.

You will work full-time on the project which concentrates on British film history, colour films, and the specific contexts around their archiving, preservation and restoration. You will carry out research in libraries and film archives, develop appropriate digital humanities data-mapping, help organise project events and contribute to the project website. You will also produce papers for publication, conduct interviews with practitioners and produce a video essay.

This post represents an excellent opportunity for someone early in an academic career to be an important part of a high-profile project and to gain experience of conducting advanced archival research.

This full-time post is available from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2019.

Closing date: 12 noon on 19 August 2016

Further information can be found here.

Development OpportunitiesWorkshops at SeaChange Arts

Circus Taster Week
Monday 8 – Friday 12 August (1.5 hrs per day)
Juniors (8-11yrs): 10.30am-12noon
Seniors (12-18yrs) 1.30pm-3pm
Drill House
This year our sensational summer school takes place in 2 parts.  We kick off with an opportunity to try out a whole host of circus skills with one of the Out There Festival’s favourite companies Dizzy O’Dare.
They’ll be leading you through a taster week of fun and thrills as you take to the air with a bit of aerial, try your hand at juggling or teeter on the tightwire all under the expert guidance of tutors Mike and Alana.
No experience necessary. Get a taste for circus and if you want more you can join us again for our Performance Week. 
£15 for the week [£5 discount for siblings].  Limited number of bursaries available. 

Festival Performance Week
Monday 22 - Friday 26 August (2 hrs per day)
Juniors (8-11yrs): 10.30am-12.30pm
Seniors (12-18yrs) 2pm-4pm
Drill House
Dizzy O'Dare return for part 2 of our Summer School.  Focused on working towards a performance at this year's Out There Festival, you'll get to work with a quartet of tutors on circus, theatre, dance and movement skills, to create a new show for September's festival.
No experience necessary, but you will need to be available after the Summer School for 10 evenings rehearsals; w/c Monday 5 Sep and w/c Monday 12 September and for performances at the festival on Saturday 17 & Sunday 18 September.
£20 for the week [£5 discount for siblings].  Limited number of bursaries available.  

To book or for more information please contact Siobhan Johnson on 01493 745458 or email

Executive MBA for the Creative Industries

In partnership with triple-accredited Ashridge Business School and Lord Puttnam's Atticus Education, the Executive MBA for the Creative Industries is the first and only online EMBA designed exclusively for busy creative professionals.

Developed in close collaboration with senior industry leaders from the worlds of advertising, publishing, film and television, including producer and educator David Puttnam, the two-year programme is due to start in October 2016 and will be delivered online, with three weeks residential face-to-face tuition at Ashridge Business School, plus an additional week overseas.

The Executive MBA has been created specifically for professionals already working in creative businesses or looking to make a transition into the sector, who wish to gain the strategic skills, knowledge and vision required to respond to changing global and digital markets.

Successful candidates will learn how to lead and inspire innovation, and how to build a culture of creative excellence whilst balancing the demands of commercial enterprise.

Students will learn a range of skills through the six programme modules:

  • Leading the Creative Process
  • Creating Strategy
  • Effective Leadership
  • Business Finance
  • Achieving Scale and Marketing

The Executive MBA will also address the ‘Five tensions of creative leadership’:

  • Commercial constraints vs. creative freedom
  • Fear of failure vs. appetite for risk
  • Competition vs. collaboration
  • Automation vs. craft skills
  • Long term vs. short term

The course will additionally feature a series of talks by leading creative industry managers, practitioners and commentators to provide students with further insight into leading in the creative sector. Students will further benefit from working with and networking amongst their peers, allowing them to gain transferable skills from a range of creative sectors.

Further information can be found here

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersAffordable Art Market

Starting from Sunday 24 July, Riverside Art & Glass will host its first Affordable Art Market. Riverside Art & Glass are inviting artists to sell their artworks that are £50.00 or less. Welcoming artists working in a variety of media, this is an opportunity to sell artworks commission free in their new exhibition space.

If you are interested in applying please visit for further information. 

Sonic Youths v3.7 demo call-out

After showcasing some very talent musicians aged 14-19 at Norwich Lord Mayor’s celebrations, the Inbetweeners’ stage at Latitude festival and at Worstead Festival, Sonic Youths ate back to their base at Norwich Arts Centre on Saturday 3 September between 1pm and 4pm for Sonic Youths v3.7!

Sonic Youths are after four acts playing original music of any genre and all you need to do is send:

  • an up-to-date demo or a link to your online music
  • the names and dates of birth of all performers – everybody needs to be between 14 and 19-years 364-days on 03 September 2016
  • links to your social media pages.

The deadline for submissions is 30 July 2016.

Further information can be found here

Performers Call Out for Still in the City – Dancing in Urban Space

Dancer and Dance Maker Hayley Matthews seeks four performers – three dancers and one musician for research and production of Still in the City, taking place in Norfolk, UK in September 2016. Three students will also have the chance to join the company for one day.

Still in the City is an improvised and interactive contemporary dance work by dancer and dance maker Hayley Matthews. It addresses the isolation, speed and disorienting affects of urban space with moments of stillness, live music and dance composition, and includes an invitation to the audience to take part. The show will be recruiting six local parent and early years duos to be part of the making, research and performance at Norwich Puppet Theatre where Matthews and the company will be researching how we can learn from and integrate the honest movements of early years children and create a landscape for engagement within the work. Other performances and outreach will open the work to parents and early years children as audience. The show will be touring to Norwich Puppet Theatre, Sheringham Little Theatre and one other venue in Norfolk tbc, plus five outreach performances in partnership with the Norfolk Library Service in Great Yarmouth, Poringland, Gaywood Library – King’s Lynn, Norwich and Acle. 

Deadline for applications: 8 August 2016

Further information can be found here

From The Studio Floor 

4-6 October 2016
The Guildhall, Cambridge

The fourth edition of From the Studio Floor takes place at the prestigious Guildhall in the centre of Cambridge this autumn, and we are looking for new and established artists to share their work with us at this exciting exhibition.

Sponsored by engineering consultancy MLM who have offices across the UK including one in Cambridge, the exhibition aims to highlight the work of around 40 artists, and it is hoped that many of these will be from the local area. A percentage of all sales will be donated to Cam Sight, a charity working to support visually impaired people across Cambridgeshire.

From the Studio Floor will bring together artists and audiences from across Cambridge and the eastern region, giving new and aspiring artists, as well as those who are more established, the opportunity to show your work to hundreds of visitors, including potential patrons and buyers.

We are inviting artists to submit just one piece of work, which should be fresh from their ‘studio floor’: all exhibits must be previously unseen by the public. We welcome applications from anywhere in the world (although preference will be given to those from the local area) and can include conceptual works, etchings, installations, sculptures, drawings and paintings in any medium.  

All submissions must be received by midnight on Sunday 28 August. There is no cost to participate in the exhibition, and all works should be available for sale. 

For your opportunity to be part of the From the Studio Floor exhibition visit

Tight Modern 2016

Tight Modern 2016 is now open for submissions from UK based marginalised and disabled artists. Tight Modern is tight! Entries must be 13cmx18cm in portrait format, with a maximum depth of 2cm. You can submit original artworks, photography or computer generated images.

The competition is open until 30th October 2016.

For information on how to submit to the Tight Modern, and details of prizes and the accompanying free workshops, visit

Industry Research & InformationArts & Law Conference

23 August 2016, 9.30am-12:00pm
at Anderson Strathern, Edinburgh
£8 early bird/ £10 standard 

Bringing together professionals from the arts and legal sectors, Visiting Arts hosts an enlightening Arts & Law Conference presented in partnership with law firm Anderson Strathern during the Edinburgh Festivals.

The event addresses the legal implications of international work and collaboration, intellectual property, and art in a digital landscape. There will be a chance to meet and connect with professionals in both fields, and an opportunity to inquire about the many legal issues faced by those working in artistic and cultural industries.

  • 9.30 Welcome introduction from Visiting Arts Executive Director, Yvette Vaughan Jones
  • 9.45 Working Internationally: What Are The Legal Bear Pits? - Speaker TBC
  • 10.15 Intellectual Property - Douglas McLachlan, IP Lawyer in the Corporate Team at Anderson Strathern
  • 10.45 Arts In A Digital Landscape - Anne Mannion, Associate Solicitor at Swan Turton LLP
  • 11.15 Panel open discussion with audience questions

Further information can be found here.

Arts Council England European Questionnaire

ACE have launched a new survey to let arts organisations inform them about the effects of leaving the EU. They would like to understand in more detail the likely impact that withdrawal from the EU will have on you or your organisation. Please complete a short survey regarding funding, partnerships and movement of artists. There is also an opportunity at the end to highlight other issues which you think are relevant. The survey is available here.

Funding OpportunitiesJohn Brabourne Awards 2016

Support is available for up-and-coming talented people who are looking to further their career in the UK film, commercial television and cinema industries.

The scheme's main objective is to support people who have shown determination and motivation in targeting their chosen career but who may have suffered setbacks due to unforeseen circumstances such as health or finance.

Awards of between £1,000 and £5,000 are available. In the past, grants have been awarded for expenditure such as living and travel expenses, tuition fees, short training programmes, secondments, production and development finance and post production and festival distribution.

In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must be working in the UK film, commercial television or cinema industry in a 'behind the scenes' capacity. Those who work in front of the camera, ie actors, cannot be supported. Examples of roles that applicants may be involved in include publicity, finance and festival programming.

Successful applicants will be invited to attend an interview with the John Brabourne Awards Committee in London.

The next deadline will be 31 July 2016.

Further information can be found here

Creative England Greenshoots Fund 

Through the Greenshoots programme, funding is available for independent games studios to develop new games for consoles and mobile devices. Microsoft and Creative England are offering support to help studios develop their own original game idea into a money-making reality. The programme is designed to inject businesses with funds for development and marketing. Studios only pay back the investment when they're making money from the game.

The funder is looking for original game ideas from companies that can demonstrate business growth, project management and robust teams. The scheme is also concerned with the creation and /or safeguarding of long-term, sustainable jobs within the computer games industry within the eligible regions.

Through the Greenshoots Fund, investments will be awarded to SME games companies for the development and commercial release of new game IP on any platforms, but must include Windows 10 and/or Xbox One.

Investments of between £25,000 and £50,000 will be provided. Investments will made in denominations of £5,000 (eg £25,000, £30,000, £35,000 etc.)

In addition to the grants, successful applicants will also receive support, mentorship and expertise from Microsoft and industry partners.

Project expenditure must relate to the project named in the application and not to support other areas of the business. The budget will be approved as part of the contracting process and this will evidence areas of anticipated spend. Creative England anticipates the project costs will be made up of the following:

  • Hardware/software purchases
  • Marketing costs
  • Fees (eg consultants, freelancers, marketing, events)
  • Overheads (eg office rental or associated costs)
  • Employee salaries/workforce costs

Greenshoots is aimed at any privately held start-up independent games studios located in the English regions, outside of London.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the next round is 2 August 2016.

Further information can be found here

Love Norfolk Youth Social Action Fund

There is growing evidence to show that young people taking part in social action gain skills that are proven to be important for life and work, and that participating in social action has a positive impact on young people’s well being.  Government, through the Cabinet Office, have pledged to support Step Up to Serve’s #iwill campaign which aims to increase, by 50%, participation in Youth Social Action (volunteering, fundraising and campaigning) by 10-20 year olds by 2020. 

To support this development, Cabinet Office has created a £1million fund to support youth social action opportunities, delivered through a national programme and also targeting particular areas where participation is below average.

The 2014 Government ‘Youth Social Action Survey’ showed that young people living in the East of England had youth social action participation rates of 25% compared to a national rate of 40%. This was the lowest participation rate across the UK. In response, the Eastern region has been allocated a portion of this £1million fund for local programmes delivered by the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Community Foundations. It is expected that this sum will be matched by local donors to continue the programme.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support projects in Norfolk that engage young people in volunteering and other activities that both benefit their communities and develop their skills.  Grants must be spent within 12 months of being awarded. 

Successful applicants will be invited to take part in a Norfolk-wide Youth Social Action Week in March 2017, for example running an event, or supporting publicity with case studies from their funded project. 

The fund is open to registered charities, constituted community groups and other charitable organisations in Norfolk including Social Enterprises and CICs. Individuals are not eligible to apply.

Organisations must demonstrate that their project can meet the following quality principles of great youth social action:

  • Reflective
  • Challenging
  • Youth-led
  • Socially Impactful
  • Progressive
  • Embedded

Projects should involve young people aged 10-20 years (or up to 25 for young people with disabilities).

The deadline for applications is Friday 5 August 2016 and decisions will be made in September. 

Further information can be found here

Youth Music Funding

Youth Music's next funding round opens for applications at the start of August, and closes for applications on Friday 2nd September at 5pm. This round will be for Fund A which awards smaller grants for high-quality projects that will help Youth Music achieve their vision for a musically inclusive England. Applicants can apply for up to £30,000 for developmental music-making projects for children and young people and for strategic work to support the development of the workforce, organisations and the wider sector. 

Youth Music funds music-making activity that achieves personal, social and musical outcomes for children and young people in challenging circumstances. Youth Music invest in projects that achieve positive outcomes for organisations and the workforce to ensure that high-quality sustained music making opportunities exist for young people. 

There are three key documents that potential applicants are recommended to read: 

Full information about the Grants Programme, including funding priorities, eligibility, and how to apply are available here Youth Music would particularly like to encourage more organisations from the East of England to apply; interested organisations are welcome to contact Zoe Kilb with any questions at

Arts Council - Strategic Touring Programme

The next closing date for grant applications to the Arts Council, England Strategic Touring Programme is the 23rd September 2016. The £35 million Strategic touring programme provides in excess of £15,000 for projects that encourage collaboration between organisations, so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision.

The funding is available to both organisations and individuals. Partnerships, networks and consortia can also apply. These can include: 

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

There is no upper limit on the amount of grant funding that can be applied for.


Norfolk Arts Project Fund

The Norfolk Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity throughout Norfolk. Through the fund organisations and indivduals can apply for up to £500 for eligible project costs. 

The Norfolk Arts Project Fund is now accepting applications for Round 2 of 2016/17. All Round 2 applications must be submitted by the 30th of September 2016. Applicants are advised to allow for 4-6 weeks following the closing date for a decision.

For further information and to apply, please contact

The Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 3rd October 2016. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered.


History Makers Fund

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) has come together with environmental charity Biffa Award to launch a new History Makers Fund. The History Makers Fund is open to museums that are members of AIM and will fund the creation of new exhibitions that will inspire the public through the lives and achievements of extraordinary, historical figures who have made a significant impact on the industrial, scientific, commercial or social history of the UK, shaping the world we live in today. The fund will place a particular focus on projects which make History Makers' stories accessible and relevant to children and young people, whether with their families or with their schools and will link to the National Curriculum.

The fund will run over three years and the closing date for the first annual round will be the 31st October 2016


Volunteering OpportunitiesOpportunities at Unit Twenty Three

Buskers Wanted
DissFest is open to buskers of all variety to take part and make Diss a creatively vibrant town centre on July 30th & 31st - 10am to 5pm roughly.  Keep all profits etc, but get access to our event control centre at Diss Youth & Community Centre for free refreshments and you could get one of our artist bands which will give you free access to our paid events across the weekend.  Simply turn up and pop along to the Diss Youth & Community Centre to register your participation.  Get in touch by emailing to let us know you're coming.

Event Assistants needed
If you're keen on supporting professional work & community access to the arts - sign up to help steward events either indoor or out.  The role will focus on helping people to their seats, ensuring they know what else is happening around the festival and keeping a general eye out for any problems for the venue manager to solve!  More details can be found at:  - either apply through Suffolk Volunteering or email us on

Events to come to
There's lots to take interest in from visual arts exhibitions, music & theatre.  Bringing top level artists from across the UK and internationally to Diss, bringing together members of the community to perform, and providing opportunities to learn the industry too.  Find the full programme at

Norfolk Arts Forum



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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 17:33

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

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

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

Reporting scams

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

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

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Recycle for Norfolk e-zine Summer 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 07/21/2016 - 13:51
Recycle for Norfolk E-zine Summer 2016 Welcome to the latest edition of the Recycle for Norfolk e-zine. Coming soon...New Recycle for Norfolk website

We’re very pleased to announce that our new look website will be launched this autumn. With lots of easy to access information, this will be a one stop shop for all your waste reduction, reuse and recycling needs.

As well as finding information about what can be recycled in your bin at home, you’ll be able to check what can be taken to our household recycling centres and find out about other options for reusing items.

The new events page will provide up to date details about what’s going on in your area and even give you the opportunity to tell us about any waste related events that you’re running.

You’ll be able to keep up to date with news stories and access lots of other exciting information.

Keep an eye on .

Household hazardous waste amnesties

Got any household hazardous waste (i.e. paint, weed killers or household chemicals) to dispose of?

Please bring them along, in their original container, on the dates below. The recycling centres are open 9am to 5pm over the weekends – we’ve found first thing is very busy so advise people to come later in the day to avoid the queues.

Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 September: Caister and Thetford Recycling Centres

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September: Ketteringham and King’s Lynn Recycling Centres

Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September: Hempton and Mayton Wood Recycling Centres

Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September: Dereham Recycling Centre

Please visit for more information.

Charity of the year at reuse shops

Norfolk County Council has selected Norfolk Wildlife Trust (NWT) to become its first Charity for the year at the council's reuse shops – the shops based at seven recycling centres where people can donate and buy good quality household items. Find your nearest shop at .

The move means that from 1 June 2016, Norfolk Wildlife Trust will receive 5% of the proceeds from the shops which will be used to support the Trust’s conservation work on more than 50 NWT nature reserves across Norfolk, including habitat restoration, education, land acquisition, and advocacy.

The initiative is expected to generate between £5,000 and £10,000 of funding over the year for the NWT. To find out more about Norfolk Wildlife Trust please visit .

Great news for small traders & charities

For the first time, small businesses and charities can now dispose of their trade waste at seven of the County Council’s biggest recycling centres - Thetford, King’s Lynn, Dereham, Ketteringham, Mayton Wood, Hempton and Caister.

This paid for service is part of a package of changes which should provide a new and convenient waste disposal option in Norfolk. Charities and small businesses, like house clearance, gardening, cleaning companies and home improvement traders, can pay to dispose of green waste, construction and demolition waste, and much more. For prices, directions and more details please see .

Plan Eat Save

We are really excited about our new campaign Plan Eat Save which is all about helping the people of Norfolk to save money and make the most of their food.

In a bid to reduce the amount of food waste in our county, Plan Eat Save is all about sharing top tips, delicious recipes and nifty ideas that will support you with planning meals, eating smart and saving money!

Did you know that the average family with children throws away £60 worth of food – that is six meals - every month. Saving money is easy, just follow these simple steps:

Plan - Savvy shopping and weekly meal plans can save you a shedload.

Eat - Cook creatively, use your leftovers and store food correctly.

Save - Follow our tips and you’ll have more money in your pocket. It’s that simple!

Here is our latest top tip to get you started:

Become a Love Food Hate Waste Champion

We are looking for Love Food Hate Waste Champion volunteers who can help people save money each month by reducing the amount of food they throw away.

To become a volunteer you need to complete a free, one day training course. Our next Love Food Hate Waste Champion training course will be held on Saturday 1 October from 9:30 - 16:30 at the Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. Please click here for more information.

Here is what Hannah says about her experience as a Love Food Hate Waste Champion:

“Through the Champion training I have met lots of new people who, like me, are passionate about food. We share top tips with each other, such as freezing grapes that are just past their best and then using them as ice cubes. These are great little ideas to share with family and friends and when attending an event.

At the training you get lots of useful information on meal planning, storing food properly, what the different dates mean, portions as well as what to do with your lovely leftovers.

As a volunteer you are committed to 30 hours of passing on the Love Food Hate Waste message within a year. This sounds like a lot but is actually quite easy as you can do this in lots of different ways like speaking to friends and family, attending events, writing an article, giving a talk and lots more.

I am learning new things all the time, which is great, and since training as a Love Food Hate Waste Champion I have also seen a real difference in my own household budget and have managed to extend a normally monthly shop to last me six weeks.”

School textile recycling project

Do you know a local school who would like to raise money for some new playground equipment, a revamp of the school garden or another special project, while helping the environment and supporting a charity too?

Norfolk County Council has teamed up with the Salvation Army to offer all Norfolk schools the chance to do just that by recycling textiles.

By signing up for a collection the school will:

  • Raise money for school funds
  • Support a charity
  • Help the environment
  • Receive free educational resources
  • Work towards an eco-schools award

 The Salvation Army needs all your unwanted textiles, especially outgrown or unloved items of clothing that can be given a new home. But that's not all; even worn out t-shirts, ripped jeans, holey socks or old pillowcases can be recycled and transformed into new things like sofa padding.

For more information email or visit the Salvation Army's schools pages.

Home composting survey

The Norfolk Master Composter scheme is undertaking a survey to gauge the proportion of Norfolk residents who compost kitchen and garden waste at home. They would like to hear from people who currently compost, have composted in the past, have not composted before or have never even considered it and find the whole idea a bit yuck!

The short survey, which can usually be completed in under 5 minutes, can be found using the following link:

Norfolk Home Composting Survey

Please pass the link on to anyone you think would like to take part in the survey (although they must be a Norfolk resident).
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Improving Times Great Yarmouth Locality Edition

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 15:47
Children's Services staff newsletter - 20 July 2016

Welcome to the second spotlight on Great Yarmouth locality.   Once again, a grateful thanks for stories produced by Tracy Whittaker and Phil Beck's teams.  And a special mention for Rebecca Norris for the design and layout.

Promoting independence

In June, the Family Intervention Teams in the East presented a work shop at the Mental Health conference in Norwich. Together with the facilitator and Mums from the Mentor Mum’s Group, we supported professionals working in mental health. The workshop focused on promoting independence, well being and recovery. We’ve had really positive feedback. The Mum’s who participated at the Mental health Conference felt proud to be involved and were able to talk about their experiences
Jenny – I felt honoured to be asked to participate in the course and be a positive role model for other Mum’s. I feel proud of overcoming my past difficulties. I feel that I can use my own experiences to help other people overcome their difficulties.
Chantelle –  The journey started 18 months ago for me. This has been life changing. I’m now in a place to support others Mum. The future is bright and I have been given a chance to parent my sons. I am more independent. My confidence has grown.
Kate – I have turned what was a negative in my life into something positive. I am making plans for mine and my daughter’s future. I have decided to return to college.  

Signs of safety celebrates

In May the first Signs of Safety Celebration event was held in Great Yarmouth run jointly by  Early Help and Social Work Services with support from our Education Inclusion Service. 74 people attended from a variety of public sector, education, health and voluntary sector organisations. Three presentations showcased the use of Signs of Safety in children’s Social Work, early help family practice and Flegg High School. The highlight of the event was a brave mother who agreed to share her experiences of how SoS had been used with her family and their journey resulting in the family no longer needing statutory social work intervention. The family is now supported via a School led family support plan so really good social work practice utilising Signs of Safety and  an effective FSP can make a real difference.  Lots of constructive feedback was sought  including  a greater understanding in awareness of Signs of Safety, how it can be used more effectively to support children and their families, and for Great Yarmouth ‘what needs to happen‘ next. If anyone is interested in finding out more the presentation can be shared. Please contact Philip Beck or Tracy Whittaker.

Hub Connecting

The CPCC Team recently put together a presentation for the NCSB Threshold Launch in light of the new ‘Norfolk Threshold Guide’ being produced to support children and young people receiving the right services at the right time and for the right duration.
Information was cascaded amongst local professionals in respect of the success of the Great Yarmouth Early Help Hub (see the Early Help Hub Collaboration in action, pictured above)  as well as to spread the word to those who have not yet had the opportunity to attend the hub.
Professionals continue to come together to share information in order to receive the most appropriate and effective support at the earliest point in line with the four Norfolk Priorities. As a result of the Hub Steering Group, new paperwork has recently been put into place as well as a weekly ‘hub connector’ in order to allow a smoother process of cases flowing through the hub. Between September 2015 and April 2016 there were 197 cases brought by professionals, 163 events/training details advertised and 80% positive feedback received during follow-up phone calls.

Promoting Early Reading

The Community Capacity Co-ordinators have been working alongside Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Library to promote the importance of reading within the Early Years age group. Both libraries have a low level of registration, particularly in Great Yarmouth with the Ward closest to the library being one of the lowest.We have been visiting local pre-schools, nurseries and parent and toddler groups to chat to parents/carers in order to support registrations and promote the positive activities that their local library has to offer. We have gone equipped with story sacks, easy selection reading sacks and a variety of books to include dual language books. Some of the sessions have involved story cafes as well as stay and play sessions enabling the children to play or listen to a story whilst parents chat about the library. Several families have now been made aware of the various activities taking place, such as bounce and rhyme sessions, story sacks, craft groups, story café, keep fit, reading groups and much more!
We hope to continue these sessions whilst thinking of more innovative ideas to promote the fantastic opportunities that the library has to offer.

Reducing NEET

The number of young people (16-18) who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) has significantly reduced in the last 12 months. In the last year it has reduced from  6.50% to 4.34%.  This includes a significant increase in young people age 16-18 in Great Yarmouth participating in education and training which has risen from 85.88% to 90.75%.
The Guidance Advisers (GA) and Young Persons Advisers (YPA) have been at the heart of this improvement based strategy that encompasses 3 key elements:
1) Developing a new high focussed model of delivery emphasising regular support from a GA/ YPA to NEET young people prioritised on those who will engage. The model recognises the key input from other Children’s Services professionals such as Youth Offending, Early Help, Social Workers and Leaving Care Teams.
2)Close links with  opportunity providers and support agencies in the local area, including training providers, Job Centre Plus and Colleges.
3)Prevention of NEET through liaison with local schools to ensure strategies are put in place so that all Year 11 leavers have an offer of learning and one to one support offered to the most vulnerable Year 11 leavers,

especially those outside mainstream education. In some cases involving joint work with the Education, Health Care Plan Coordinators.

The team intends to build on this approach, including developing stronger links with employers. For more information on the Local offer

Festival of Fun!

In June, the Early Help Team took part in the 4th successful Great Yarmouth Arts and Crafts Festival. Many local community residents took part as well as Public, Voluntary and Charity Organisations in order to both bring the local community together and raise awareness of support available. As well as the Carnival itself, there were various free workshops, dancers, shows, music, competitions, bands and lots of free craft activities. The Early Help team offered a paper cutting activity within the Great Yarmouth Library allowing the children a chance to cut out a variety of shapes to make posters and cards. Parents and carers were able to have the opportunity to find out more about the support that the Early Help team can offer to local families.  The activity was very well received and the event a huge success with over 700 local residents attending the Library event.

Smooth Transitions

One of our priorities in the Looked After Children’s and Leaving Care teams is to promote the Life Skills of young people in their transition to adulthood and living independently after leaving care. In Great Yarmouth we are partnering with the Mancroft Advice Project who deliver a 10 week course covering practical issues such as Cooking, Budgeting, Independent Living, CVs/Interviews, Relationships and Positive Activities. One care leaver who was not in education or training recently completed the course and commented on how useful and enjoyable the course was. He has also been offered employment  and started taking part in local community sports events. The next 10 week course starts on July 19th

Great Yarmouth Partnership  Network Events

The June Network meeting at the Priory Centre in Great Yarmouth was attended by 50+ people from a variety of public and third sector organisations.  Group discussions took place about the difference between Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing as opposed to Mental Illness.
During the meeting,organisations also have an opportunity to promote their services through Market Stalls.Next meeting: Lynn Grove Academy 17th August. Theme: Early Help and Neighbourhood working.Contact Clare Hodges for more information

Early Help Teams Support the MASH

Did you know that Early Help Family Focus Managers are now part of the MASH ? Each Manager across the County spends a week a time in the MASH staffing the Early Help Duty Manager phone and assisting with MASH decisions where EHFF support is recommended. We also contact families where a child has been assessed by the Multi Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) Team as being at standard risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) to offer them EH support. Again, this is proving to be an ideal opportunity to offer support to young people and their families

Counting the Pennies

DIAL worked with a class of Year 6  in one of our local Great Yarmouth Primary Schools to deliver four sessions on Improving Money Management. The sessions were designed to be interactive and fun and the children did a fantastic job in getting involved. The children worked with concepts such as different ways to pay, budgeting and how to manage their money in a sensible way. There were plenty of games and activities so the children could participate in a way that was both fun and educational. The sessions culminated in the children planning and budgeting for a party which they then had in the last session supported by one the Early Help Great Yarmouth Community Capacity Co-ordinators.  DIAL have now secured some funding in order to roll out these sessions to other local Primary Schools with the support of the Community Capacity team. They will also be considering more intensive sessions in local High Schools for the future ahead.

Did you know?

Did you know from 1st June, low risk return home interviews have become the responsibility of the Early Help Family Focus Teams? These are usually young people who have gone missing for the first time and are deemed by the MASH as low risk of harm. We have to offer a RHI within 72 hours and our Outreach Workers and Senior Practitioners  have already completed several. So far we have noticed that this is often an excellent opportunity to offer a family and young person early help at a point where they are feeling stressed and are seen to engage with services.

Combining Resources

 Collaboration meetings have been held between mental health services in Great Yarmouth, Waveney, and Suffolk and divisional Team Managers.  This is to explore what resources can be combined to target groups of young people that are on waiting lists for services, but may require a similar intervention. The idea is to prevent a drift and duplication, encourage a sharing of resources and improve outcomes for young people.  One common theme is anxiety and low self-esteem amongst teenagers therefore group work is being planned. The Early Help Hub has also been approached to look at additional resources that may be accessed

OSCA Winners

Team Manager Gail Woodward and Social Worker Karen Reynolds have won an OSCA in the ‘supporting vulnerable people’ category for their work locally with young girls at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation. The CSE Group has been developed with Girls Friendly Society (GFS) Platform and other community resources such as Matthew Project and Great Yarmouth College. The teams came together to deliver a 10 week programme focusing on the risks of CSE with an aim to meet  young people and reduce the risks of CSE. The group has just begun its second phase and is using community social work to empower young girls to make safer choices. The success of the group has seen the reduction of risk in relation to CSE and young people reduce from high to medium. In some cases, the case has been able to close with risks assessed as standard and community resources in place to support the young people. Nominate another colleague for an OSCA here

Consultation Support

In the East team managers meet with Early Help managers on a fortnightly basis to discuss cases transferring to our Early Help service. As part of these meetings, we are offering our FSP leads in the East two fifteen minute consultation slots to map any FSP cases which are stuck or where there are low level worries for children. The idea of the group mapping is to support colleagues in their direct work and planning with families.

Signs of Safety Boosts Confidence

Since receiving a Signs of Safety briefing from the Process Team, Flegg High School now have the skills to use the SoS approach confidently. Development sessions were trialled with eight teachers. These sessions looked at the SoS tools and how these are applied in practice, particularly how to capture the voice of the child. Since starting these sessions, School staff have boosted their confidence and  produced some great work. The School now embeds SoS with all their one to one  with young people and are using it within team meetings. They feel SoS tools have helped them break down barriers with children and families and listen to the child’s voice thereby increasing the child’s confidence in being heard.
Due to great success, these sessions will be developed for the Flegg Cluster. The Process Team will deliver alongside some staff from Flegg as a way of empowering these staff to upskill further staff and pass on learning skills. The Process Team’s vision is for each local area to build enough knowledge that they can support each other, reducing the need for specialist support from Children’s Services. From September onwards we will be cascading this work to other schools across the localities

Core Training

The Early Help Process Teams have launched the new Family Support Process Core Training, which incorporates the Signs of Safety approach to working with children, young people and families.
There is a drive to ensure as many professionals as possible have the opportunity to re-visit or access the training for the first time to support children and families at the right time for the right duration. The training officially launched to Children’s Services staff and partners on 20th June 2016, with Great Yarmouth’s first training session delivered on 24th June. So far in Great Yarmouth we have trained 28 professionals with a further 30 booked on training. Feedback has been very positive with comments such as; ‘Practical and really engaging’ and ‘Makes so much more sense now, I can see how signs of safety and FSP fit together’

Pathway to success

Great Yarmouth has been working hard to improve Pathway Plans for our LAC  and Leaving Care young people.  We were really pleased when Quality Assurance informed us that they had found an example of our ‘contingency’ planning which they intend to use as good practice for the County.
‘Contingency’ sections are about what we will do should actions on the main plan not work out. Our example is not perfect, but does talk directly to the young person and their worries, is practical, tailored to  their needs  and shows that we are listening to the young person. We aim to improve on this, incorporating comments from QA.

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Norfolk County Council - County Council

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 12:50

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of a supplementary agenda for  the next meeting of Norfolk County Council which is due to be held on Monday, 25 July 2016.

The supplementary agenda for this meeting is now available.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 07/20/2016 - 11:34
Come Rain or Shine It Pays To Have A Norfolk Museums Pass This Summer Buy a Museums Pass and Start Saving:

A Norfolk Museums Pass gives you free admission all year to all 10 of our wonderful Norfolk Museums. Plus you can treat yourself with a 10% discount in our cafés and shops.

Planning to visit Norwich Castle, Time & Tide and Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse over the Summer?   A family membership for two adults and all children* is cheaper than one visit to each of our top 3 museums - and you can visit all the museums, as often as you like for a whole year! 

 (*If purchased by Direct Debit)Family Fun Across The County

There are activites at all our museums throughout the holidays with costumed characters, object handling, crafts and more:

Try Medieval Madness at Norwich Castle, Wednesday Event Days at Time and Tide and Heritage Tuesdays at Ancient House.  Plus Village at War at Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, and our new Voices from the Workhouse displays - don't forget our wonderful woodland adventure playground too!

More events here>>

Visit Special Exhibitions

British Art Show 8 at Norwich Castle: An opportunity to discover the brightest names in contemporary art, with plenty of themed events to keep you entertained on those not so sunny days. 

Halfway To Paradise at Time and Tide: Photographs by showbiz photographer Harry Hammond, who captured definitive images of famous faces; plus rock 'n' roll memorabilia.

The fun won't stop when the summer ends!

With a pass you'll save a fortune with free admission to upcoming exhibitions and events including: Fisherman and Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis at Norwich Castle, Herring Day at Time & Tide and the famous Apple Day at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse - all coming to you in October...

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British Art Show Events at Norwich Castle & NUA

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 13:40
British Art Show 8 - Events The British Art Show 8 is in full swing, with additional events, tours, and talks at Norwich Castle and Norwich University of the Arts (NUA).

Don't miss the Late Night Takeover at NUA on 6 August, or the extraordinary Children of The Mantic Stain ballet, performed in the dramatic atmosphere of Norwich Castle Keep on 12 August. 

Events at NUA are Free, and those at Norwich Castle are included in the admission price, unless otherwise stated. 

See the calendar below for all events, dates and times.  visit for more information.

Wednesday 20 July
NUA, Duke Street, Evening Talk: BAS8 Curators' Talk, Anna Colin & Lydia Yee, 18:00-19:00

Friday 22 July
Norwich Castle, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00
NUA, St Georges Building, Workshop & Activities: Post Forma, 14:00-16:00

Saturday 23 July
NUA, St Georges Building, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00

Friday 29 July
Norwich Castle, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00
NUA, St Georges Building, Workshop & Activities: Post Forma, 14:00-16:00

Saturday 30 July
NUA, St Georges Building, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00

Wednesday 3 August
NUA, Duke Street, Artist Talk: Eileen Simpson & Ben White, 18:00-19:00

Friday 5 August
Norwich Castle, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00

Saturday 6 August
NUA, St Georges Building, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00
Norwich Castle, Spotlight Curator Tour, 14:00-14:30
NUA, St Georges Building, Late Night Takeover at NUA, 17:00-21:00

Friday 12 August
Norwich Castle, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00
NUA, St Georges Building, Workshop & Activities: Post Forma, 14:00-16:00

Norwich Castle, Children of the Mantic Stain, 19:00-19:40
A new ballet by Linder and choreographer Kenneth Tindall, with score by Maxwell Sterling. Performed by Northern Ballet dancers, the 'eighth dancer' is the Diagrams of Love: Marriage of Eyes, currently on show in British Art Show 8. Booking essential: Adult £16, Concs £12. Tel. 01603 495897/493625 or click the image to book online.

Saturday 13 August
Norwich Castle, Spotlight Curator Tour, 14:00-14:30

Friday 19 August
Norwich Castle, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00

Saturday 20 August
Norwich Castle, Spotlight Curator Tour, 14:00-14:30

Friday 26 August
Norwich Castle, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00

Saturday 27 August
Norwich Castle, Spotlight Curator Tour, 14:00-14:30

Wednesday 31 August
NUA, Duke Street, Designer Talk: Fraser Muggeridge, 18:00-19:00

Friday 2 September
Norwich Castle, Live Guide Tour, 12:30-13:00

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Improve your CV and interview skills

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 07/19/2016 - 09:30
Our fantastic Bitesize courses can help build on existing business skills and gain new ones. At only two hours long and running in a variety of different subjects this is a perfect opportunity to maximise your potential without having to sign up to a lengthy course. 

There are still a few places left on our courses running in the next few weeks so be quick!
Spreadsheets for beginners The course is designed as an introduction to using spreadsheets in the business environment and will teach you how to open and close excel, understand the basic screen and its components, how to enter data, navigate workbooks and worksheets, personalise, save workbooks and use basic formulas.
CV and interview skills
Gain tips on how to enhance your CV and improve interview techniques. This bitesize course will cover: What makes a good CV, what to put in a covering letter/email, completing an online job application form, preparation and the interview itself, questions you could ask to the interviewer, body language at interview, a good hand shake

View the full list of Bitesize courses
0300 800 8020
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Norfolk County Council - Environment, Development and Transport Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 16:50

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Environment, Development and Transport Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Friday 8 July 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.
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Norfolk County Council - Health and Wellbeing Board

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 07/18/2016 - 15:22

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Health and Wellbeing Board. The supplementary agendas for the meeting due to be held on Wednesday 20 July 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.
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:23

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

Norfolk's libraries all set for Big Friendly Read

Young and old in Norfolk to benefit from £25,000 fund

Independent review of Norfolk’s post-Care Act adult social services completed

View details on our news page.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:20

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

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

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

Reporting scams

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

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

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Norfolk County Council - County Council

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 17:15

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to County Council. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Monday 25 July 2016 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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Your must-read of the week

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 15:15

A round up of this week's news...                     15 July 2016

Caring for our carers

This week saw the launch of our new Social Care Academy. Created under the guidance of Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, the academy aims to recruit, train and retain staff in Norfolk- breaking the trend at a time where there is a national shortage of social workers.

Read more in the EDP, watch the video on Mustard TV and listen to the interview with Michael Rosen on Radio Norfolk (start at 01:40:00).  

Improving our Children's Services

Ofsted inspectors have written to us this week to say that progress is being made to tackle weaknesses in our Children’s Services department. Michael Rosen, Executive Director of Children’s Services believes that if we were subject to a full inspection now, the department would be rated as ‘requires improvement’ rather than ‘inadequate’. Read the full story here.

The review results are in...

Earlier this year the County Council asked the national Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), an improvement support agency and independent charity, to carry out a review of our progress in meeting the standards set out in the 2014 Care Act.

SCIE held focus groups and one-to-one conversations with people who are supported by adult social services, carers, representatives from Norfolk care providers and social care staff among others about their experiences of the support on offer through adult social services. SCIE also reviewed 30 social care cases and went through relevant documentation to reach their findings.

In the executive summary of their report, SCIE highlights our “genuine intention to improve outcomes for local people” and comments that the council “has worked hard to provide staff with the necessary tools to do their job during difficult times being experienced here as elsewhere”.  Find out more about the outcome of the review here.

The faces of a vibrant economy

Financial and business advisers Grant Thornton has this week announced a national list of the 100 people recognised for making a contribution to the economic health of their region. The list included our own Karen Knight, Executive Director of NorseCare - a wholly owned company of NCC. Read more here.

Bee on the verge

The wet weather this summer has led to increased growth of verges across the county, and so last week councillors agreed to carry out a cut of all rural grass verges, which began this week. 

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee (EDT), said: “Given the wet summer we’ve been having, and the effect this has had on our verges which are growing at a rate of knots, I know there are some people who are genuinely very concerned about the visibility on our rural roads.

“We need to ensure we’re striking the right balance between road safety and looking after our wildlife. The safety of all road users in Norfolk is extremely important.” 

Click here to read a feature by Nick Conrad on how to ensure our verges are safe for both people and wildlife.

And finally...

With the summer holidays fast approaching be sure to pick up your copy of 'Get Into Summer' - it's packed with ideas to help you and your family get active and eat more healthily. 

Plus get your children signed up to the Big Friendly Read - the summer reading challenge with the Norfolk Library Service - it's fun and free, and this year celebrates 100 years of the world’s favourite storyteller – Roald Dahl. And our Write on Norfolk competition is also open for entries throughout the summer, so there is plenty to keep the kids busy!

Missed last week's edition? Don't worry - you can find all editions at The Friday Takeaway

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy will be attending the Health and Wellbeing Board and joining the Leader at an evening meeting with Norfolk MPs. She will also be chairing a meeting of the STP Executive and meeting the Norwich Airport Board members. 

Michael will be going to the Policy & Resources Committee, The Colloquium (information sharing forum across all Children’s Services) and a Trade Union briefing.

Simon will be attending the Norse Group AGM at Lancaster House and is off to London for a meeting of the Society of County Treasurers at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). 

Tom is meeting with the Chief Executive of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce and will be attending the Breckland Council Senior Management Team meeting as Breckland is his designated locality.

Anne will be attending Policy and Resources Committee, Resources Management Team meeting and will be going to Lancaster House for the Norse Group AGM

Harold is attending Policy & Resources Committee and will be chairing the Adult Social Services Quarterly Managers Forum. He is also visiting the Yorkshire and Humberside branch of ADASS in Leeds on Friday.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

Changes in the cabinet Theresa May’s new cabinet saw changes to several key posts that relate to the work that we do.

Sajid Javid is the new Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which is responsible for devolution.  

Justine Greening becomes Secretary of State for Education and Chris Grayling takes over at Transport. New Culture Secretary Karen Bradley will have responsibility for the next stage in the roll out of Broadband.

South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss has been appointed as Secretary of State for Justice and is the first ever female Lord Chancellor. Click here to read more about the full cabinet.

CLT Blog - 15 July

Al Collier, Head of Procurement

At about 10:30 last night, the TV news switched from some fairly vapid speculation about what could be read into the Cabinet reshuffle, to early reports of the vile terrorist attack in Nice. It was a jolting reminder that, while we’ve been distracted by the debate about Brexit, the big issues which face Europe – of extremism, economic stagnation, and catastrophic wars on our borders – have not gone away. Read more.

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Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:54
General informationWeek ending 15 July 2016  Devolution in Norfolk - your future, your say

Leaflet distribution July 2016

A leaflet explaining the devolution offer and inviting Norfolk residents to take part in the consultation process, is being delivered to every household in the county by Royal Mail. 

The leaflet drop will start on Monday 18 July and should be completed by Friday July 29th . The leaflet encourages people to take part in the consultation which closes on Tuesday August 23rd. Follow this link to the devolution website 

Education, Excellence, Everywhere

Following the motion agreed at Council on 9 May we wrote to the Department for Education regarding the proposed academisation of schools we have now had a reply to this letter click here to read this


Communities Committee workshop on performance and risk  

(for members of Communities Committee only) 
Date: Tuesday, 19 July 2016 
Time:14.00 - 16.00 Location: Edwards room, County Hall 
Details: This workshop provides committee members with an opportunity to review the risks and vital signs indicators that form the basis of reporting to the committee. Sign up here 

2.00pm Welcome and introduction - Cllr Margaret Dewsbury and Tom McCabe
2.05pm Risks – overview of principles of risk identification and management - Adrian Thompson
2.20pm Risks – review of current risks and consideration of risks that may need to be escalated to a corporate level - Adrian Thompson
3.00pm Vital Signs – overview of new performance management system and different levels of performance reporting - Daniel Harry
3.15pm Vital Signs - review of current vital signs and check that they represent the key performance issues facing the committee Daniel Harry
3.55pm Next steps - Cllr Margaret Dewsbury
4.00pm Session closes

Letter to Councillors from the Police and Crime Commissioner  

Please read the letter from Lorne Green, Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk click here 


Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee briefing July 2016 

Contents include:- Local: West Norfolk adult acute mental health pathway project, Supported care service in North Norfolk and rural Broadland, Reprocurement of intermediate care beds - South Norfolk CCG, Ultrasound guided injections – South Norfolk CCG policy change, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – turnaround trust, Community lymphoedema service in central Norfolk, Sustainability Transformation Plan for Norfolk and Waveney - update, Better Care Fund 2016-17 - update, Children’s short breaks review project, NHS and Local Planning Authority (LPA) liaison, Self harm – national benchmarking for deprived areas, Members’ visit to IC24 care co-ordination centre, 10 May 2016,Friends and family test results, Personnel changes at the top of local NHS organisations, Regional: Out of hours dental service – focus click here

Get into Summer 

July 2016 - highlights include:-

Swimming - money-saving offers at your local pool.
Walking - Happy Feet - Olympic runner Paul Evans shares his tips 
Netball - There's no need to do it alone. 
Beef Salad - Eat like a champion!  Sports personalities share their favourite recipes click to view

Chief Officer's blogs15 July 2016 – Al Collier, Head of Procurement

At about 10:30 last night, the TV news switched from some fairly vapid speculation about what could be read into the Cabinet reshuffle, to early reports of the vile terrorist attack in Nice. It was a jolting reminder that, while we’ve been distracted by the debate about Brexit, the big issues which face Europe – of extremism, economic stagnation, and catastrophic wars on our borders – have not gone away. Read more 

8 July 2016 – Wendy Thomson, Managing Director  

They say a week can be a long time in politics, but given events over the last couple of weeks that seems like somewhat of an understatement. Even after the initial knee-jerk reaction of the financial markets and the turmoil within the main political parties following the vote to leave the European Union, it’s clear that no one can be entirely sure what will come next....  Read more >>  

NCC internet homepage  Latest key messages:-

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School term dates 


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Norfolk in the News  click here  
Inspiration to eat well, get active and be healthy click here   


Future NCC public meetings

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

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

Policy & Resources Commitee  18 Jul
Health & Wellbeing Board          20 Jul 9.30
Health Overview & Scrutiny       21 Jul
County Council                         25 Jul 
Road Casualty Reduction Partn 26 Jul
Policy & Resources                  30 Aug

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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 ahead as you will lose files and photos

Latest NCC press releases Member Development sessions, briefings and training 

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

Communities Committee workshop on performance and risk

Date:Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Time:14.00 - 16.00
Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Details: This workshop provides committee members with an opportunity to review the risks and vital signs indicators that form the basis of reporting to the committee.

For programme see above

LAC & Care Leavers Strategy workshop

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

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

Lead officer - Nick Crick, Interim LAC Strategic Consultant

Resilience Matters elected members briefing and workshop

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

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

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

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

Members Highways Workshop workshop

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Time: 10.00 - 12.00
Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Details: To follow led by Customer Services 

Children’s Services Serious Case Review process’ workshop

Date: Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Time: 14.00 - 16.00
Location: Edwards room, County Hall.

Details: To follow led by Children's Services

Upgrading your iPad to the latest IOS version

ICT Shared Services have received a number of enquiries with regards to updating the software on Members iPads. Look out next week for important information regarding this.

Categories: Norfolk

Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 15 July 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 15 July 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 OpportunitiesArt Critic / Art Juror - Master of Art International

Are you an Art Teacher, Art Director, Art Consultant, Dean of Art School, Art Curator or Art Gallery Owner? Join Master of Art International to select submitted entries as the finalists and winners of the Master of Art International Awards 2016, which will be held at the Auditorium, The Forum, Millenium Plain, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1TF.

Master of Art International – Art Exhibition & Awards 2016 is an exclusive original artwork painting and drawing annual international selling exhibition. We are looking for a panel of judges. 

Art Critic Job Description
You have an opportunity to select twelve finalists out of thirty pre-select submitted entries, all original artwork from international artists worldwide. The twelve successful entries which consist three major awards such as Gold, Silver & Bronze and nine consolation awards comprises Best Abstract, Best Architecture, Best Botanical, Best Contemporary, Best Fine Art, Best Illustration, Best Landscape, Best Portrait and Best Wildlife. 

Art Critic Duties
It’s your duty to interpret the artwork's meaning, evaluate artistic endeavours, giving opinions on specific pieces, must to be able to distinguish the real art from the kitsch and explain assessment of the piece's value in a readable and interesting manner. 

Must be available on the following dates and time:

  • Wednesday, 24th August 2016 from 2 pm – 3 pm – Final Selection
  • Saturday, 24th September 2016 from 7 pm – 8 pm – Announcement of winners  

Payment: Travel expense and hourly rate

To apply please submit your Curriculum Vitae with current passport size photograph and Application Letter by email to

Deadline of application: Friday 22nd July 2016
Skype schedule of interview: Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th July 2016
Announcement of successful applicant will be inform by email on Monday 1st August 2016

Collections & Learning Curator - Colchester & Ipswich Museums

Can you manage collections and bring the stories they hold to life?

This is an exciting time to join the Colchester & Ipswich Museum Service as major capital developments of the museums are changing the cultural landscape of Colchester and Ipswich.

We are seeking an outstanding communicator with a proven track record in interpretation, collections care and audience engagement skills to join our Collections & Learning Team at Colchester.

In this role you will be responsible for all aspects of collections care, interpretation, engagement and learning across our three museum sites: Colchester Castle, Natural History Museum and Hollytrees Museum.

We welcome applicants who can demonstrate their experience and commitment to engaging audiences with collections in innovative and creative ways. Knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas would also be an advantage:

  • Learning in a museum context
  • Events management in a museum context
  • Archaeology
  • Social history

Deadline for applications is 27 July 2016.

For further information visit 

Freelance Bookkeeper/Finance Officer – Cinema City Education

£15 per hour
10-15 hours per month 

Cinema City Education are looking for an organised and motivated individual to join their small busy team based at Cinema City in Norwich. Cinema City Education delivers a programme of educational screenings, courses and events both at Cinema City and across the region.

You will be responsible for the administration of the charity’s finances including banking, preparing budgets and spreadsheets. Relevant experience in the financial sector is essential, along with excellent communication skills and proficiency in using Sage 50 and MS Office.

Familiarity with charity finance and fundraising as well as an interest in community arts is desirable.

Hours are flexible with extra hours negotiated with the post-holder as necessary.

Closing date: 29 July 2016

For a full job description and how to apply, please contact Guy Martin or call 01603 625145.

Development OpportunitiesAchieving Sustainability and Growth for Your Creative Business - Creative United

Thursday, 21 July 2016 from 14:00 to 17:00
New Wing, Somerset House - Strand, London, WC2R 1LA 
Cost: £75

Planning your company's strategy to encourage sustainability and enable growth can be a challenge.

There is no one size fits all,  especially when it comes to running a creative enterprise, but there are approaches, techniques and models that can be successfully applied.

Creative United and Gill Thewlis (a business advisor on the Creative Industry Finance programme) have devised this engaging and stimulating ½ day workshop specifically for those senior managers or creative businesses owners who are thinking strategically about updating their existing business plans, and have identified clear needs or opportunities, such as diversifying income streams or understanding ROI.

By the end of the course, you will be able to: 

  • Build appropriate business model(s) to deliver your Vision, Missions and Goals 
  • Value and commercialise assets, such as your skills, IP or buildings/space
  • Drive new or existing revenue streams 
  • Understand risks and benefits of different kinds of funding and finance
  • Use Return on Investment (ROI) measures to evaluate success

Gill is an executive and business coach based in Sheffield. Since 2003, she has worked with over 170 creative and digital organisations, with particular expertise in fashion and textiles, visual arts, theatre, performing arts, dance and design. She has also undertaken over 100 pieces of strategic and governance focused work with arts organisations had a 20 year career in banking and gained an MBA from Warwick Business School. 

Further information and booking can be found here.

Look Sideways – East Calendar Workshop

Friday 22 July

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

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

For more information, contact James Gorry, Cultural Tourism Project Manager on

'Get Grant Ready' Beginner's Course in Funding Applications

Tuesday 16 August 2016 (London)

New to funding and don't know where to start? Designed specifically for people working in the public and voluntary and community sectors, our practical one-day 'Get Grant Ready' course aims to provide the tools necessary to discover and understand the various sources of funding.

This popular course will equip you with the skills needed to confidently research and apply for funding, covering how to write winning applications to maximise your organisation's chance of grants success.

It comprises many of the basic elements needed to help you on the road to writing a successful bid, including:

  • Identifying different sources of funding
  • Writing a good letter of proposal
  • What funders are looking for
  • Common reasons why applications tend to fail

Trainee participation features heavily both as part of group work and working individually, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet others who are involved in funding – allowing those present to share and exchange ideas and experiences.

This introductory course is geared to those new to funding in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

The course fee is £155 +VAT per person, which includes lunch and light refreshments during the day and covers the costs of course material.

Further information can be found here

Artpocket Autumn Programme of Courses and Workshops 

Are you Interested in pursuing the creative arts? Either as a hobby or as a career? Artpocket have a range of exciting creative courses and workshops coming up in the Autumn term. 

ABC Foundation Diploma in Art Design & Media (3 days per week 10-4)
Begins 12th September @Dove St Studios, Norwich
FREE TASTER SESSION: 30th August 2016
Artpocket are the first to be delivering this well respected qualification outside of a college environment.  This exciting multidisciplinary course is designed to support students in gaining the core skills and creative techniques required to progress onto Higher Education or a career within the creative industries. If you are curious, ambitious and ready to make a commitment to your creative future join us for a unique approach to creative education. 

Art Direction
Starts 13th September, Tuesdays 10-3 (12 week course) @Dove St Studios, Norwich
If you are looking to explore a range of creative disciplines, and want to interact with other creative people, share ideas and identify your creative direction then this course is for you! Over the course of 12 weeks, we will work with you to help you to develop your skills, ideas and creative confidence. You will produce a body of work that will help you affirm you creative direction. The creative portfolio that you build, will showcase your skillset and could be used for application to further study or as a means to kick-start your creative journey.

Introductory courses (6 weeks) 
Textiles: Begins 31st October, 18.00-20.30 @Dove St Studios, Norwich
This taster course gives you the opportunity to try a  range of techniques and processes used by textile artists, designers and crafters. Each week we will focus on different textile processes (including fibre arts, print, stitch and dyeing methods).
Printmaking: Begins 3rd November, 18.00-20.30 @Dove St Studios, Norwich
You will be guided through a range of print making methods including intaglio, screen, mono, block and relief techniques. You will explore how to translate elements from your own or found imagery into print plates and blocks, and produce a collection of artworks from them.

Find out more and book your place via

Industry Research & InformationCreative Employment Programme Opportunities Event

Wednesday 27 July 2016
2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dragon Hall, Norwich

Are you a cultural or creative employer? Looking to manager or expand your business? Would you like to claim a part wage grant towards this?

The Creative Employment Programme aims to support the creation of paid internships for young unemployed people aged 16-24 who are wishing to pursue a career in the arts and cultural sector. 

Internships include Projects Assistant Intern to support activities, Marketing Intern to promote your business, Administration Intern to undertake administrative duties, and more. 

Come along to the event to find out more about your last chance to claim 50-70% of wage costs for internships. Funding is available now for commercial or subsidised employers working within the following fields:

  • Museums
  • Combined Arts
  • Theatre
  • Libraries
  • Contemporary Crafts
  • Carnival
  • Literature
  • Galleries
  • Dance
  • Circus
  • Music
  • Visual Arts

The deadline for registering interns is in September so don't miss this opportunity!

Arts, Health & Wellbeing Inquiry: Call for Practice Examples

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing (APPG) is collaborating with King’s College London on an Inquiry into Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The Inquiry is seeking contributions to aid in its research into the health and wellbeing outcomes of arts and cultural activity. The purpose of the Inquiry is to develop policy recommendations and inform a vision for political leadership in the field of arts, health and wellbeing. The Inquiry is seeking examples of the arts and culture influencing health and wellbeing outcomes. Deadline for submissions is 19 August 2016 and you can find full details and relevant documents here.

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge Local Networking and Information Session

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge is inviting those working in schools and arts and cultural organisations to join them for a networking and information session. Come along for coffee and cake and the chance to find out more about Festival Bridge as an organisation, Artsmark, Arts Award and the Cultural Education Partnerships - all part of Arts Council England's Cultural Education Challenge!

Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge will be holding a Norfolk networking session on Thursday 13 October at The Garage from 3.30-6.30pm.

Further information can be found here

Arts Council England New Approach to Investment

Earlier this year Arts Council England asked the arts and culture sector how they should invest funding from 2018 onwards.

A report has been published of the consultation findings, and the response from ACE, which outlines the changes ACE will make to their investment approach from 2018. They include;

  • Including museums and libraries in our investment portfolio for the first time
  • Lengthening National Portfolio funding agreements from 3 to 4 years
  • Introducing 3 bands in the National Portfolio
  • Introducing a new category of ‘Sector Support Organisations’ into the National Portfolio

Research agency ComRes led the consultation, capturing feedback from over 1,000 stakeholders in the sector.

ACE are also launching 3 new funds will focus on improving resilience and sustainability across the sector and access to art and culture for older people. Also opening are new rounds of the Capital: Large Grants and Cultural Destinations funding.

New Funds

  • Celebrating Age: Supporting organisations to become open, positive and welcoming places for older people. As well as taking arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.  
  • Business Support: Increasing knowledge and understanding of business support within the cultural creative sector. 
  • Building Resilience: Supporting up to four external organisations or consultancies who will work on different approaches to improve resilience and long term sustainability across the sector.  

Returning Funds

  • Capital: Large Grants: Investing in the right buildings and equipment for organisations to deliver their work and become more sustainable and innovative businesses. 
  • Cultural Destinations: Funding partnerships between arts and cultural organisations and the tourism sector to drive growth in the visitor economy.

Further information can be found 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 20 July
Time: 1-2pm
Venue: Playroom, Norwich Playhouse, 42-58 Saint Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB
Speaker: Elly Wilson, Creative Arts East on Arts and Wellbeing - Creative Arts East is an arts and community development charity working with a range of communities across Norfolk, Suffolk and the east to offer volunteering opportunities, health and wellbeing projects and cultural education. The Norfolk Arts and Wellbeing Programme – a large-scale action research project, working across Norfolk. The aim of which was to support local arts organisations to pilot creative interventions for vulnerable older and young people in response to the needs of preventative, early or acute response health and social care provision. We also aimed to pull together a body of evidence which could support further work in this area and could talk to commissioners and the health and wellbeing sector. 
NB. This will be our final meeting before we shut up shop for the summer holidays – reconvening at the beginning of September.

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

Funding OpportunitiesMax Reinhardt Literacy Awards

Venues in England are invited to apply to host the 2016/17 Awards, to support a creative writer to work with a school and a gallery/art museum/visual art venue. Three Awards of £6,000 each will be made to the selected venues for an activity, which will take place from January to March 2017.

The inaugural Awards ran in 2014/15, with awards granted to Manchester Art Gallery, Falmouth Art Gallery, and Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge. The aims of the Awards are: 

  • For a creative writer to work with a school and a gallery/art museum/visual arts venue on a creative writing or literacy project, exploring the venue’s collections, displays or building
  • For a resource to be developed by the Venue, Creative Writer, NAWE and with the school on using creative writing to explore the venue’s collections, displays or building
  • For these resources to be shared with the arts and education sectors in order to encourage the greater use of galleries/art museums/visual arts venues by schools for creative writing and literacy work

Galleries, museums and visual arts venues of any size in England are invited to apply. engage are particularly interested in the Awards engaging with children and young people who do not normally work with art, artists and writers and/or who experience difficulties with writing and reading. engage are interested to know if your venue is in an area of low cultural engagement (as defined by Arts Council England) or in areas with low literacy rates for children and young people.

Deadline: Monday 1 August 2016 at 10.00am

Further information can be found here

Digital Arts and Creative Ageing Fund

Digital Arts & Creative Ageing is a collaborative grant funding programme developed by Nominet Trust and The Baring Foundation.

This programme is all about improving engagement with the creative arts by older people across the UK, with the associated benefits to general health and wellbeing which such participation brings.

Funding and support is available to enable entrepreneurial organisations to demonstrate the potential of digital technologies to bring scale to service provision focused on extending access to the creative arts for those aged 65 and over. Applicants should be able to provide early evidence of user value already delivered and explain how funding will be used to take their existing product or service to the next stage of development.

Successful applicants can expect to receive:

  • Grant funding for each project of up to £90,000, depending on the requirements and the number of projects that receive funding.
  • Funder support for project delivery over an 18-month period.
  • A support package including mentoring, marketing and communications advice and networking opportunities.

Entrepreneurial-minded organisations that have already demonstrated the distinctive value that digital technology and the internet can bring to connecting older people with the creative arts, and the beneficial social outcomes offered by this broadening of digital engagement, are eligible to apply. Organisations should share a belief in the potential of the internet and digital technology to offer innovative approaches to engaging the over 65s in the creative arts.

Organisations must be a registered legal entity to receive funding. Applications are welcome from a wide variety of UK-based organisations including social organisations such as a charity or Community Interest Company (CIC), or for profit organisations (perhaps a residential care home, retirement village, a theatre, art centre, museum or community centre).

The deadline for Stage 1 applications is 16 August 2016 (12 noon).

Further information can be found here

Norfolk Arts Project Fund

The Norfolk Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity throughout Norfolk. Through the fund organisations and indivduals can apply for up to £500 for eligible project costs. 

The Norfolk Arts Project Fund is now accepting applications for Round 2 of 2016/17. All Round 2 applications must be submitted by the 30th of September 2016. Applicants are advised to allow for 4-6 weeks following the closing date for a decision.

For further information and to apply, please contact

War Memorials Grant Scheme

The War Memorials Trust is providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage. Grants will normally be for up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum grant of £30,000.

The next closing date for applications is the 30th September 2016


Lloyds Bank Foundation Invest Programme

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its "Invest" grants programme will re-open for applications on the 5th September 2016 and will close at 5pm on the 14th October 2016. Invest" is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Invest grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period - up to six years in total. Invest grants fund core running costs such as rent, heating, lighting and management costs etc, as well as project delivery costs such as salaries, recruitment, volunteer expense and training, etc. 


Performing Arts Japan Programme for Europe

The Japan Foundation works to promote international cultural exchange between Japan and the rest of the world, and provides financial support for a range of international cultural exchange programmes. The Japan Foundation’s Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) for Europe Programme provides financial support to European organisations that are planning performing arts projects related to Japan. The programme is comprised of the following two categories, which are as follows:

  • Touring Grant - Designed to assist the presentation process of Japan-related performing arts projects in which the Japanese artist is included in the tour at multiple locations in Europe, with emphasis on locations outside major capital cities where there is no regular exposure to Japanese performing arts.
  • Collaboration Grant - Aims to assists the development stage of a project in which Japanese and European artists work collaboratively in order to create a new work that has the potential of being developed into a touring project in the future, enhancing the understanding of Japanese culture when presented to European audiences.

Funding can be used to cover relevant expenses for invited Japanese artists/professionals, including international airfare, travel costs within Europe, lodging and per diems and freight. It can also be used to cover expenses for the Translator/Interpreter and translation and interpreting costs. Individual grant amounts are allocated at the discretion of the provider.

For the Touring Grant, the proposed project must tour at least two European locations (multiple venues in the same city are considered to be one location) and priority will be given to projects where the applicants can afford to cover some of the expense items that are included in the PAJ grant coverage. For the Collaboration Grant, only the costs incurred during the development process of creating new works will be funded.

This scheme is now open to applications. The next deadline will be at the end of October 2016, with the exact date still to be certified. 

Further information can be found here

Volunteering OpportunitiesSummer Work Placement Opportunity - The Garage

Want to get involved with The Garage this Summer?  

The Garage are looking for a highly organised, methodical and personable individual to support the Learning & Inclusion team.  Working behind the scenes in a busy office, you will contribute to the growth of The Garage’s Referral Network - increasing opportunities for children and young people from across the County to access the arts.

To apply and for full details please take a look at the Youth Arts Network Support Role Description on The Garage website here, complete a volunteer application form and return to

Norfolk Arts Forum



Categories: Norfolk

(Updated) Children's Services staff newsletter - Practice Edition July 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/15/2016 - 11:41
Children's Services staff newsletter - Practice Edition July 2016 Time to sparkle

What a fortnight it’s been for Norfolk!
We've had the Signs of Safety international event, the launch of the health passports, the celebration of achievement awards for Looked after Children and the launch of the Social Care Academy.
This signifies for me that Norfolk is really rising to the challenge of improvement. We are approaching that improvement as a way which ensures that the focus remains on relationship based work and best practice at all times. At each event we have heard about and focused on some of the fabulous work that has been and is being undertaken in Norfolk.
There is no doubt in my mind that if we keep this focus we will continue to improve.
One of the ideas that Louise Grant spoke to us about at the Academy launch was thinking and talking about an occasion when you have sparkled within your work. I was struck by this idea and would encourage you all to think and talk with each other about when you have sparkled - it’s clear to me that it’s time for Norfolk's Children's Services to sparkle!

Cathy Mouser - Asst. Director Social Work

For those of you who missed the launch, you can watch the coverage by Mustard TV by clicking here.

Updates from Andrea

As well as lots of changes taking place locally to support improvements, there are also a great deal of national changes taking place in Social Work. No doubt many of our social workers will have questions about the contents of the Children and Social Work Bill currently going through parliament, and particularly the idea of the new regulator being closely aligned to the DfE . The letter linked here from the DfE and DH gives further detail of the plans for the new regulator.

There is also a growing interest on the assessment and accreditation of social workers also due to take place by 2020. As well as some helpful articles in Community Care, there is a FAQ section with the Social Work intranet pages.

We are also really fortunate to have Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker attending the Colloquium on 20th July 2016. This is our chance to hear directly from Isabelle about why the changes are happening and what she hopes the impact will be for the social work profession, so a great opportunity!

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse in NorfolkCall to Action

The NSCB, in collaboration with Norfolk Police and Children’s Services, have recently sent a letter and a new pamphlet on Child Sexual Abuse to all Norfolk primary schools and special schools to significantly raise the awareness of child sexual abuse in our communities. The idea is to ensure parents, professionals and children themselves are equipped with the knowledge and skills to prevent, identify and report CSA. Together we now need to prepare for an increase in referrals for CSA and ensure we are assessing and intervening appropriately with our partners when concerns are raised. If you would like to become a CSA champion for your team or locality, please contact Andrea Brown.

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

Many of you will have attended training on learning from Serious Case Review for Child P. We are also still following up actions from previous reviews where there were concerns regarding CSA. One of the actions was a change to NSCB procedures when police decide they have no further role in a joint investigation because there is not enough evidence of a crime. With Child K, there were still concerns around CSA and further disclosures from the child but agencies failed to report this and CS failed to do any further work with the child and family because the police had decided they were taking no further action (NFA).

This full procedure has now been included in the NSCB Policies covering Child Protection Enquiries and Strategy Discussions.

The following provides a brief summary of the change, which many teams have already implemented with their police colleagues. Please ensure it is being followed on every case:

At the point the Police or CPS conclude that no further action (NFA) will be taken with regard to a criminal prosecution, the procedure set out below should be followed:

  • The police officer will update the social worker and will provide succinct written summary of the NFA decision to include the reasoning behind it. Both parties will ensure that their respective internal records are updated with this summary to ensure consistency
  • Both parties will agree any further work that needs to be completed from a safeguarding perspective at this stage. This includes agreement as to how other parties are to be updated so that they also understand the reasoning behind the decision and are left in no doubt as to what action to take should further child protection concerns come to light
  • Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, this discussion may need to be held between supervisory staff from the Police and CSC
  • Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, consideration should be given to holding a strategy meeting at this stage
  • Depending on the particular circumstances of the case, consideration should be given to seeking legal advice at this stage and/or to hold a legal strategy meeting
  • If agencies do not agree at this stage as to further safeguarding action, the Resolving Professionals Disagreements process should be followed
  • All of the above considerations and agreements should be recorded on Police and CSC records and these records should not be finalised until signed off by a supervisor

Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to and see our back copies here.

In this month's edition at a glance
  • Launch of Norfolk Social Care Academy
  • Andrea Brown's updates
  • Tackling Child Sexual Abuse
  • Threshold Guide Animation
  • Timescales for LAC Care Plans
  • Our Social Work Philosophy
  • Top tips from our QA team


New Threshold Guide Animation

Many of you will have attended the launch of the new Threshold Guide that has been taking place in each locality. The animation has now been published (click to view it here) and is a great resource for workers to help describe thresholds to our children and families. Make sure you familiarise yourself with it so we can all make sure we are providing the right service, at the right time, for the right duration. 

Looked After Children Care Plan Timescales


This is a reminder for all LAC social workers. All Looked After Children must have a Care Plan and the timescales for completing the Care Plan are as detailed below.

Emergency Placement

(must be approved by Asst Director, Social Work)

The Care Plan must be completed on the day of the placement (along with a LAC Placement Matching Form and a LAC Risk Assessment, which are submitted to the Placement Team), or within 10 working days.

New Placement (including new looked after episode, approved by the Admissions to Care Panel)

The Care Plan (along with a LAC Placement Matching Form and a LAC Risk Assessment, which are submitted to the Placement Team) must be completed at least two weeks prior to the new placement, or as soon as possible prior to the placement.

Open the link here to access the Looked After Children and Leaving Care Process Flow Chart (the Care Plan Timescales for emergency and other placements are on the first two pages)


Norfolk’s Social Work Philosophy was launched alongside the Social Care Academy on Monday. It's been written by Norfolk’s social workers, for Norfolk’s social workers. It provides underpinning guidance for both new and current social workers, so that we have a common understanding about how social work is practised here using the Signs of Safety approach. It supports our fundamental principles of promoting adults to be independent and supporting children to remain safely within their own family.  Together, it can be used to embed a culture where social workers establish effective relationships with whole families, so they help them to understand and build on their strengths and empower them in their communities.



Thanks to all the social workers who helped design the ethos, content and look of our philosophy.Thanks also to the GCSE Photography Students, at Sewell Park Academy, who took the photos of our foundation stone.




    Top Tips    From QA



We all like receiving positive and helpful feedback – particularly when it comes following a difficult or challenging time. Feedback is an essential ingredient in the recipe for improvement as it helps us to better understand what we do well, what we need to do better and how as individuals and the wider organisation we can continue to improve.

Some of you are really very good at returning your feedback to the QA and Effectiveness Service every month to allow us to evaluate what children and families think about our intervention. Sadly this has waned over recent months and whilst we receive feedback from the same teams in the same localities regularly this is by no means the majority of you. This in turn means any evaluation loses its meaning.

It isn’t always asking for feedback however the following link will help you in your planning as to when the best time is to ask for it. Once you have received it please can you make sure that all feedback is returned to Peter Butcher or Beatrice Dumas to enable us to report regularly on what children and families think of our service and what we need to do to make it better.

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Switched On July 2016 - peruse the news

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 07/14/2016 - 16:06
July 2016 Bike Week Wrap Up

Firstly, a big thank you to everyone who participated and volunteered their time to help make the week so successful, we hope you enjoyed the many fun and engaging activities, and felt inspired to either take up a bike for the first time, or continue pedalling away. Find out who the deserving winners were here.

Due to the roaring success, we have already kicked off some next steps. These are:

  • 2 x Cycle with confidence workshop: 18 July 10-11am, and 10 August 10-11am.  Email me to book your FREE place.
  • Staff led puncture repair session: 18 July 12-12.30 outside County Hall main entrance (thanks Sallie Rice and John Morgan).  Email me or just turn up.
  • County Hall Accredited Bike Buddy Training: 2 August 11-12.  Email me to book your FREE place and become a Bike Buddy.
  • Bike tune ups: 25 July 12-2pm simply book online for your FREE 10 minute slot.
  • Monthly bike ride on third Wednesday of the month – starts 20 July departing County Hall at 12.30 for 30-45 minutes.  Email Paddy Lorenzen.

Increased bike parking provision in the ‘under croft’ at County Hall.  There will also be more bike parking and increased security in the near future.

To keep informed about these schemes, contribute any suggestions that you may have, or for anything else cycling related, join our bicycling group or Yammer group.


National Bike Week pledge and win prizes

There is still time to make a pledge and have a chance of winning a prize such as a Genesis bike, Park Tool home tool kit, Shimano Sports Camera…and more! Closing date is the 31st July, so there’s still time to enter.

Head of Waste Joel Hull pipped Cllr Richard Bearman at the ‘Puncture Repair-off’ deftly changing the tyre in under two and half minutes. So, now we know who to go to when we get a flat tyre, don’t we? Form an orderly queue!

Peter Cornwell’s adrenaline fuelled (rather than fossil fuelled) cycling skills team relay challenge, rounded off the week with a course of fun obstacles from ramps & limbo bars to jumping on and off your bike. The challenge was won by a team of three, David Dukes, Jeremy Wiggin and Joel Hull with a total time of 1 minute 36.5 seconds (average of 34 seconds per round). They get to enjoy a coffee and talk bike at local bicycle links café. Julian Bamford, from HR, got the quickest round with a mere 30 seconds and is awarded a bike bell to warn people he is coming as he is so darn speedy!!

Join the Green Team

The Green Team is Norfolk County Council’s sustainability action group, putting forwards their eco-friendly ideas, helping their colleagues to cut emissions, and having a real impact on the future of this authority.

To find out more, or to get involved, email us at We’re always looking for new faces to help reach our target of a 50% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020.

Free opportunities for cyclists

Sign up for a free tune up on 25 July between 12 and 2pm online here, or come to our staff led puncture repair session on 18 July 12 to 12.30 outside County Hall.  More courses on offer - click here for more information.

Good news: Ozone Layer is healing

The earth’s protective ozone layer is showing signs of healing – thanks to global efforts to eliminate chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and other harmful chemicals.

More here.

Love Food Hate Waste

Leftovers can also be used to feed your plants and tackle those pesky garden invaders! Here are a few suggestions from LFHW Champion Angela

1. Eggshells – it is an excellent year for slugs and snails, but not so good for our plants. Sprinkle your crushed eggshells around the base of the plants and this will deter the little wotsits!

2. Coffee grinds – even if you don’t have access to composting facilities, you could still help to feed a plant with these, just make sure to check which types would benefit from a coffee mulch first. For example, spread the grinds thinly around the base of cucumber and tomato plants. They also act as a slug/snail repellent!

3. Lemon rind – left over from all those lovely long and refreshing summer drinks, these can be chopped up finely and scattered around the garden. Anything citrus will deter the neighbour’s cats from open ground.

Pool cars – encourage colleagues to sign up

Now you no longer need to use your own car for business travel, you could use one of our new low carbon pool cars instead.  This means you can cycle, walk or use public transport more easily to deal with your non parking day and to reduce your environmental impact.  The pool cars currently cost only £1 an hour and 10p a mile, so are significantly cheaper than private vehicle. 

Visit our Staff travel iNet pages to find out more and sign up to the scheme if you haven’t already.

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