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Norfolk County Council - Audit Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 15:58

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Audit Committee. The Supplementary Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Thursday 26 January 2017 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

 

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 17:21

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

Suicide Prevention Strategy and Action Plan to be discussed at Communities Committee this week

Social services working around the clock to support most vulnerable

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Norfolk County Council - Children's Services Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:52

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

 

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:25

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

Plumstead Road open for evening traffic after bridge beam lifts completed 
Additional millions for road improvements allocated to Norfolk County Council

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SEND e-newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 16:02
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Newsletter

January 2017 - Issue No.12

The SEND e-newsletter gives information and news about what is new and being developed in the world of SEND and the Local Offer in Norfolk.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed ideas and news articles to this edition.

Funding for special educational needs support confirmed

A multi-million pound package to support children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) has been announced. 

The funding will to help embed the reforms made to the system of support for SEND and continue the support for the groups who have been instrumental in bringing about the progress seen to date.

This is excellent news for children and young people with SEND and their families.

Positive findings for Norfolk in Peer Review of Local Offer for children and families with SEND

Norfolk has recently participated in Peer Review of Local Offers as part of the ongoing implementation of the SEN reforms. As a reminder, under the Children and Families Act, every Local Authority is under a duty to set out the services available to children and young people aged 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities and to publish these, accessibly, in its “Local Offer”. The Peer Review was arranged by the East of England SEN Peer Network and has been rolled out nationally.

Each participating LA was paired with another LA, in our case Suffolk, who together audited each other’s Local Offer against a Framework which focussed on overall compliance, quality of information, accessibility and co-production with children, young people and families.  

The audit feedback showed that Norfolk’s Local Offer had the highest percentage of positive findings for the eastern region across all areas. It has also shown that we already knew the areas for development, captured as part of our Ofsted/CQC self-evaluation framework. 

This is great news for the Local Offer team and for the Education Inclusion Service which has worked in full partnership with the Local Offer User Forum to set a good standard on which we can now build.

Any professional working with children with special educational needs and their families should be aware of the Local Offer and be actively promoting it with families with whom they are working. We know that awareness and use of the Local Offer will be a key line of enquiry for Ofsted/CQC as part of any inspection and we are reliant upon the whole of Children’s Services promoting it and using it in their work with children and families.

The Local Offer also provides professionals and families opportunities to feedback to the team on both the quality of the published offer as well as on services under a continuous cycle of self-improvement. To view the Local Offer, you can click here.

Local Offer consultation 2017

The local council is very interested in knowing how people currently use the Local Offer website and how they want to use it in the future.  

You can take part by completing our online smart survey

and/or 

Sign up to one of the consultation workshops being offered across the county.

The consultation workshops will offer a walkthrough of the Local Offer website and the Norfolk Directory, prior to discussion about how they can be improved.

  • 24/02/17 King’s Centre, Gt. Yarmouth
  • 28/02/17 West Norfolk Professional Development Centre, King’s Lynn
  • 03/03/17 Fakenham College
  • 07/03/17 Ayton House, Wymondham
  • 15/03/17 Green Britain Centre, Swaffham
  • 21/03/17 Norwich Professional Development Centre
  • 28/03/17 The Bell Hotel, Thetford
  • 30/03/17 The Atrium, North Walsham

Three sessions will run each day at the following times:

  • 10am - 12
  • 1pm - 3pm
  • 4pm - 6pm

Open to all families and professionals with an interest in the Local Offer.

What's new in the Local Offer?

The early years, education and training section has been renamed Education and training 0-25 and undergone a review.  Although we are still waiting for a few new pages to be completed, you will find a much stronger Early years, Schools and Post 16 sections. 

We have also made some changes to The Local Offer section, particularly within Help to assist people to access information:

  • a new Site Map shows you the content of the Local Offer website and provides quick hyperlinks to the pages you wish to view.
  • a new page called Easy read guides puts all our easy read information together in one place.
  • more signposting added within our Need help? page to cover a wider range of information that people may need.

There is a new page about Person Centred Reviews (PCRs) within the Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) section.

We also have some really interesting events being publicised in the Local Offer at the moment for children and young people, parents/carers and professionals:

Things to do

  • Tenancy & Independent Living Skills Training (TILS) Spring 2017
  • AJ’s Clubnight & Karaoke
  • Are you ready to do something different?
  • Ready for Work?
  • Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service on the Prince’s Trust Team Programme
  • Norfolk Skills and Careers Festival 2017

Support events

  • Dance for Wellbeing
  • Planning for the Future
  • Family Voice Conference 2017 (Save the date)
  • Feel It Workshop – sensory processing difficulties

Events and Training

  • Teaching about mental health and emotional well-being (Key Stage 3 and 4)
  • Understanding Disability - Community Groups for all (Thetford)
  • Proloquo2Go Training
  • Sensory Play Training

    Family Voice Norfolk Conference

    FREE conference for all parents and carers of children (0-25 years) with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

    Saturday 18th March 2017, 10.00-15.30, John Innes Centre, Norwich, NR4 7UH.

    • Come and participate in informative workshops and individual sessions with service providers, charities and others
    • More than 30 information stands
    • Open to members and non-members
    • Free buffet lunch
    • Children's (5-18) activities - limited places

    For more information and to book a place please email admin@familyvoice.org.uk or ring/text 07535 895748 and leave a message with your contact details by 15th March 2017.  Waiting lists may apply.

    Go to www.familyvoice.org.uk for more details.

    16-19 Bursary - an overview

    The 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is money the government has given to schools, colleges and other education and training providers (education institutions) to give to students who need financial help to stay in education.

    There are 2 types of 16 to 19 bursaries:

    • a vulnerable bursary of up to £1,200 a year for young people in one of the defined vulnerable groups
    • discretionary bursaries that institutions award to meet individual needs. For example, for transport, meals, books and equipment 

    Vulnerable bursary: If a young person is in one of the groups below, they can apply to their education institution for a vulnerable bursary:

    Discretionary bursary: If a young person doesn’t fall into one of the vulnerable groups, but they need financial help to stay in education, they can apply for a discretionary bursary from their education institution.  Institutions set eligibility criteria for the discretionary bursary because limited funds have to be targeted at students who need the most help to stay in education. 

    Eligibility: To get either of the 2 bursaries in the 2016/17 academic year young people must meet the rules regarding age and the learning they will be doing. They must be aged

    • over 16 at 31 August 2016
    • under 19 at 31 August 2016
    • If a young person is aged 19 or over and has an Education, Health and Care Plan (ECHP) they can apply for discretionary bursary funding (if all other 16-19 Bursary rules are met). 

    For both the vulnerable and discretionary bursary it is thought good practice to pay in-kind bursaries rather than cash where possible (e.g. travel passes, vouchers for required books or equipment). This helps ensure that the bursary is spent for the reasons it was awarded and helps students to participate. 

    It is not expected that bursary payments can to be paid into another person’s account, except in exceptional circumstances where a student is unable to administer their own account. If the student is in one of the defined vulnerable groups and cannot manage their own funds, the institution will need to consider who will manage the bursary on the student’s behalf.

    Types of learning: The education institution will tell you if the learning meets this condition.

    How to apply: To apply contact student support services at the education institution. They will tell you what to do. There should also be information about applying for the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund on the institution’s website.

    For further information: Contact the student support services at your chosen education provider and read the 16-19 Bursary Fund Guide.

    Two major Careers and Jobs Fairs in Norfolk

    Ready for Work Fair

    Norwich City Council, along with Jobcentre Plus and our own Apprentices, are holding a Ready for Work Fair on Wednesday 8th February, 10.30-2.30 in St Andrews Hall, Norwich. Local employers, training providers, employment agencies etc will be in attendance to give info on finding work, volunteering, self employment, etc. Open to all.

    2nd Norfolk Skills & Careers Fair

    The 2nd Norfolk Skills & Careers Fair is at the Norfolk Showground, Costessey on Wednesday 8th March, 9.30-3.30 and Thursday 9th March 9.30-1.30pm. This is a ‘hands on’ interactive event with stands and demonstrations form employers, training providers etc. and an Apprenticeships area. Find out more here. This will be the major event in the area as part of National Apprenticeships Week (6th – 10th March 2017). Open to all, but schools / larger groups need to pre-book.

    New - Health Champions

    The Health Champions are a new project, part of Family Action, Swaffham. We aim to support families of children who are on the waiting list for assessment of ADHD or ASD.

    We understand that having a child with additional needs can be physically, as well as emotionally draining. Having to navigate support agencies, schools, and financial support can also have an impact on the family.

    The Health Champions are trained volunteers who will support families during this hard time. This support could be in the form of home visits, information sharing, and helping to access support groups, outings and coffee mornings.

    As well as Family Action training, Health Champions have attended specific training run by the Local Offer, and are able to support parents navigate the website which may help them to access support, advice and information that could benefit the whole family.

    The project has hosted 4 coffee mornings to date. Each one has been a really great opportunity for parents to meet, share their stories, and pick up tips! The first groups allowed us to hear what the parents wanted to gain from the coffee mornings, and as a result, we invited Wayne Doman from the Local Offer to a well attended coffee morning. He was greatly received and parents left the group feeling they had learnt a lot from the session, as well as meeting other parents in similar positions.

    We are hoping to run the groups on a monthly basis, and aim to invite a local guest speaker each month. Please contact Natalie Webb, Health Champions Coordinator, if you would like to come along.

    Medical Needs Newsletter

    Sam Bartrum, Medical Needs Coordinator has just released the second Medical Needs Newsletter which this time has a focus on child and adolescent mental health.  You can find it on the Local Offer within the Newsletters page.

    Joy Bishop CEO and Lead Sleep Counsellor of Sleep East CIC talks about the importance of sleep

    Sleep impacts upon every aspect of a child’s life. This includes physical, emotional, cognitive and social development. It is no wonder then, that inadequate, disrupted and at times non-existent sleep is one of the most common complaints raised by exhausted parents. This is particularly relevant to parents of children with SEND, as research suggests that 86% of these children will have sleep issues.

    Children often have a mix of common sleep issues which may fall into the following categories: 

    • Sleep regulation or ‘self-settling’: the child’s inability to handle the sleep-wake transition both when put down to sleep and during the normal waking periods throughout the night. 
    • Sleep consolidation or ‘sleeping through the night’: the child’s ability to sleep without waking from 12.00am to 5.00am.
    • Sleep associations: are those conditions which are present at the time of sleep and which are necessary for the child to fall asleep again at any stage when waking during the night. These may include being rocked or fed, sucking on fingers or a pacifier.

    There is a variety of support out there for tired families. Whilst your GP or Health Visitor is often the first person families’ contact, there are many websites which provide ideas and strategies for a better pattern of sleep:

    The NHS Choices link provides sleep tips for all ages

    Whilst the Council for Disabled Children is another great site to visit

    Mumsnet is the site for bleary eyed parents to find discussion groups and advice to help baby sleep right from the start.

    Most people don't know who to turn to when they have a sleep problem.  However, the support of a sleep counsellor can be transformative. Sleep East’s qualified sleep counsellors specialise in support for parents of SEND children.  We offer a wide variety of workshops for parents, professionals who support families, staff teams, schools, and early years settings.  All workshops give families and professionals high quality advice to manage sleep problems through cognitive behavioural techniques, providing information, advice and strategies to enable all attending to become 'Sleep Detectives’. Sleep East also offers one to one home based sleep counselling.  We design an individually tailored sleep programme to meet individual family's needs.  The sleep programme will help families to improve their sleep habits and routines and help children's ability to self-settle, thus breaking patterns of behaviour which can lead to years of extended and disruptive bedtime routines and badly broken nights.

    “There are few health issues that have a more significant impact than sleep deprivation” Professor Jodi Mindell Associate Director, Sleep Centre, Hospital of Philadelphia.

    “There is now a wealth of evidence to conclude that lack of sleep and poor sleep are inherently bad for our health, being associated with a huge range of conditions including diabetes, depression, obesity, heart attack and cancer” Royal Society for Public Health’s recent report: “Waking up to the Health Benefits of Sleep”.

    Free meals to disadvantaged 16 to 18 year old students

    Free meals for disadvantaged students are available to young people taking courses in a range of post 16 education providers.

    The post 16 provider you are attending is responsible for ensuring you are aware of who is eligible for free meals and how to access them.  For example by providing information on their website, at enrolment days, sending letters home to parents etc.

    To be eligible either you or your parents must be in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:

    • Income Support
    • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
    • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
    • Child Tax Credit (provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
    • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for 4 weeks after someone stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
    • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit

    and

    You must be aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2016 to be eligible for a free meal in the 2016 to 2017 academic year. Students who turn 19 during their course will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner.

    If you are aged between 19 and 24 and have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) you are also entitled to a free meal while attending provision if you meet the above eligibility criteria.

    Types of post 16 provider where you may be eligible for a free meal

    • General further education colleges, including specialist colleges
    • Sixth-form colleges
    • Study Programme Training Providers
    • 16-18 Traineeship providers
    • 16 to 19 School Sixth Forms

    For further information: Contact the student support services at your chosen education provider who will tell you if they can offer free meals and how to apply for them.

    If you would like to submit an article for this newsletter, please get in touch send@norfolk.gov.uk

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    *Car parking link updated*

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:07

    A flavour of NCC's week...                             20 January 2017

    Thanks for an impressive response to the tidal surge

    Thanks to all staff who contributed to an impressive response to the tidal surge on Friday 13 January and helped to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and businesses in the county.

    The response does not “just happen” but is based on long term multi-agency planning involving staff and members of the Norfolk Resilience Forum, including many voluntary organisations. Thanks to all the all the services, and partners, involved, including: Travel & Transport Services, Adult Social Services, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, Customer Services, the Highways Team, the Waste Team, the Resilience Team, Resilience Representatives, the Communications Team, Norse staff and all those who volunteered to support both before and after high tide last Friday night.

    Putting vulnerable people at the heart of our budget

    Next week, councillors begin debating the Council’s budget which could see an additional £25m next year to support adult social care and a one-off investment of £9m in Children’s Services. Significant savings are still being made to our spending. In 2017-18, £44 million of costs will be taken out of the budget. The majority of these savings come from efficiencies and financial management, although there are also some further savings proposed in the adult social services budget.

    The budget plans going to committees next week are based on a rise of 4.8% in council tax, including the 3% precept for adult social care. For an average band D council taxpayer, this amounts to £1.10 a week. This budget will be the last before elections to Norfolk County Council in May.

    Find out more about the budget and how it’s set here.

    A warm Norfolk welcome to refugees

    In July 2016, our members voted overwhelmingly to accept 50 vulnerable Syrian refugees into the county through the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme. Next month, the first families are due to arrive. 

    To ensure everything is in place to welcome them, we’ve been working with district councils, health authorities, schools and voluntary groups, all of which will help to give the families the start they need, in a welcoming environment.

    There has also been loads of support from local residents and faith groups. Examples of how local communities have been helping are included here. 

    Many schools, including Avenue Junior School in Norwich, have been fundraising to help to support the families. Listen to Radio Norfolk, Nick Conrad show today (from 8.52) to find out more.

    Agencies join forces to speed up adoption

    News this week that we’ve joined a new partnership made up of 10 local authority and voluntary adoption agencies across the East of England which aims to speed up the time it takes for vulnerable children to be adopted.  In the future, approved adoptive parents will be able to find out more quickly about children who are waiting for a family across the whole region rather than just in their local area. For anyone who is interested in adoption, or wants to find out more, there’s an information event in Cambridge on Saturday 4 February.

    Contact sally.beaumont@coram.org.uk for more details.

    Literacy tool boosts reading levels

    This week, children at City Academy Norwich gave a run-through of ARROW, a computer programme used by NCC to improve children’s reading and spelling skills. The computer programme was initially used to help boost literacy for youngsters in the care of Norfolk County Council as part of its Virtual School for looked-after children. Now its success has led to it being opened up to other pupils who need a bit of extra help at schools across the county.

    We’re the first Local Authority to choose ARROW to raise attainment specifically for looked-after children. Now, more than 40 schools in Norfolk, including City Academy, that buy educational psychology services from the County Council, have access to the programme.

    Read more.

    County Hall parking

    If you park at County Hall on Fridays, you’ll know that there often aren’t enough spaces, so we’re looking for volunteers to swap to Friday non-parking days to help solve this problem. Read more in our latest news item on the intranet here, which also includes updated information about the new pay and display car park at County Hall.

    And finally… stamp of success…

    This week there was news that a famous Norfolk site - Grime's Graves near Thetford - will appear in a series of Royal Mail stamps showing iconic sites and artefacts from prehistoric Britain. Norfolk Museum curator Oliver Bone said: “We are absolutely delighted that our local site is appearing on a stamp and that its international significance will be spread about the country and the world."

    Read more here.

    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 at the Adult Social Care Committee, judging this year’s Local Government Awards and meeting Jonathan Slater, Secretary for the Department for Education at Westminster. She will also be catching up with members of the Norfolk Constabulary.

    James has a week full of diary appointments next week, attending the Adult Social Care Committee meeting on Monday and Future Planning meetings.

    Simon will attend the Business Rates Consultation meeting at Norwich City Football Club, the Great Yarmouth Locality Board and a meeting of the East of England Finance Directors at Cambridge.

    Tom will be meeting Norse Commercial Services, attending the NDR Construction Board, Communities Committee and EDT Committee.

    For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

    OSCAs video - live now!

    Following a fantastic night at the Castle last week, a video of the Outstanding Staff Contribution Awards night is now live here. Photographs from the night are also available for viewing on flickr. If you missed who the winners were, you can find out here.

    NDR update

    Another landmark moment in the construction in the construction of the Norwich's Northern Distributor Road has been reached as bridge beams are lowered into place over the Plumstead Road. Watch coverage of the beam lifts here.

    Forgotten your Windows password?

    If you’ve forgotten your Windows password or need to reset it - did you know you can do this yourself without having to contact the ICT Service Desk- as long as you are connected to the network within a NCC building? All you need to do is register three security questions and answers via our Identity management system Sailpoint. To do this click here and follow the instructions. 

    For more information about this click here.

    New training facilities for County Hall

    Don’t forget  from Monday (23 January), the South Wing corridor leading to the restaurant will close for approximately three months so construction work can take place on new training facilities at County Hall. The restaurant remains open, but you will need to use the entrance (outside) adjacent to the Norfolk Record Office (NRO). All passes will be activated to allow access.
    Read more  

    You’ll be updated as the work progresses, but if you have any questions contact the Corporate Property Team 

    Tom's blog

    Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services

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

    To unsubscribe to this email, please click 'update subscriptions' below.

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    Get your teeth into today's Friday Takeaway...

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 12:58

    A flavour of NCC's week...                             20 January 2017

    Thanks for an impressive response to the tidal surge

    Thanks to all staff who contributed to an impressive response to the tidal surge on Friday 13 January and helped to ensure the safety and well-being of residents and businesses in the county.

    The response does not “just happen” but is based on long term multi-agency planning involving staff and members of the Norfolk Resilience Forum, including many voluntary organisations. Thanks to all the all the services, and partners, involved, including: Travel & Transport Services, Adult Social Services, Norfolk Fire & Rescue Service, Customer Services, the Highways Team, the Waste Team, the Resilience Team, Resilience Representatives, the Communications Team, Norse staff and all those who volunteered to support both before and after high tide last Friday night.

    Putting vulnerable people at the heart of our budget

    Next week, councillors begin debating the Council’s budget which could see an additional £25m next year to support adult social care and a one-off investment of £9m in Children’s Services. Significant savings are still being made to our spending. In 2017-18, £44 million of costs will be taken out of the budget. The majority of these savings come from efficiencies and financial management, although there are also some further savings proposed in the adult social services budget.

    The budget plans going to committees next week are based on a rise of 4.8% in council tax, including the 3% precept for adult social care. For an average band D council taxpayer, this amounts to £1.10 a week. This budget will be the last before elections to Norfolk County Council in May.

    Find out more about the budget and how it’s set here.

    A warm Norfolk welcome to refugees

    In July 2016, our members voted overwhelmingly to accept 50 vulnerable Syrian refugees into the county through the Government’s Syrian Vulnerable Person’s Resettlement Scheme. Next month, the first families are due to arrive. 

    To ensure everything is in place to welcome them, we’ve been working with district councils, health authorities, schools and voluntary groups, all of which will help to give the families the start they need, in a welcoming environment.

    There has also been loads of support from local residents and faith groups. Examples of how local communities have been helping are included here. 

    Many schools, including Avenue Junior School in Norwich, have been fundraising to help to support the families. Listen to Radio Norfolk, Nick Conrad show today (from 8.52) to find out more.

    Agencies join forces to speed up adoption

    News this week that we’ve joined a new partnership made up of 10 local authority and voluntary adoption agencies across the East of England which aims to speed up the time it takes for vulnerable children to be adopted.  In the future, approved adoptive parents will be able to find out more quickly about children who are waiting for a family across the whole region rather than just in their local area. For anyone who is interested in adoption, or wants to find out more, there’s an information event in Cambridge on Saturday 4 February.

    Contact sally.beaumont@coram.org.uk for more details.

    Literacy tool boosts reading levels

    This week, children at City Academy Norwich gave a run-through of ARROW, a computer programme used by NCC to improve children’s reading and spelling skills. The computer programme was initially used to help boost literacy for youngsters in the care of Norfolk County Council as part of its Virtual School for looked-after children. Now its success has led to it being opened up to other pupils who need a bit of extra help at schools across the county.

    We’re the first Local Authority to choose ARROW to raise attainment specifically for looked-after children. Now, more than 40 schools in Norfolk, including City Academy, that buy educational psychology services from the County Council, have access to the programme.

    Read more.

    County Hall parking

    If you park at County Hall on Fridays, you’ll know that there often aren’t enough spaces, so we’re looking for volunteers to swap to Friday non-parking days to help solve this problem. Read more in our latest news item on the intranet here, which also includes updated information about the new pay and display car park at County Hall.

    And finally… stamp of success…

    This week there was news that a famous Norfolk site - Grime's Graves near Thetford - will appear in a series of Royal Mail stamps showing iconic sites and artefacts from prehistoric Britain. Norfolk Museum curator Oliver Bone said: “We are absolutely delighted that our local site is appearing on a stamp and that its international significance will be spread about the country and the world."

    Read more here.

    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 at the Adult Social Care Committee, judging this year’s Local Government Awards and meeting Jonathan Slater, Secretary for the Department for Education at Westminster. She will be attending the Holocaust Memorial Service at 12.30 in the Marble Map Area on Friday and catching up with members of the Norfolk Constabulary.

    James has a week full of diary appointments next week, attending the Adult Social Care Committee meeting on Monday and Future Planning meetings.

    Simon will attend the Business Rates Consultation meeting at Norwich City Football Club, the Great Yarmouth Locality Board and a meeting of the East of England Finance Directors at Cambridge.

    Tom will be meeting Norse Commercial Services, attending the NDR Construction Board, Communities Committee and EDT Committee.

    For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

    OSCAs video - live now!

    Following a fantastic night at the Castle last week, a video of the Outstanding Staff Contribution Awards night is now live here. Photographs from the night are also available for viewing on flickr. If you missed who the winners were, you can find out here.

    NDR update

    Another landmark moment in the construction in the construction of the Norwich's Northern Distributor Road has been reached as bridge beams are lowered into place over the Plumstead Road. Watch coverage of the beam lifts here.

    Forgotten your Windows password?

    If you’ve forgotten your Windows password or need to reset it - did you know you can do this yourself without having to contact the ICT Service Desk- as long as you are connected to the network within a NCC building? All you need to do is register three security questions and answers via our Identity management system Sailpoint. To do this click here and follow the instructions. 

    For more information about this click here.

    New training facilities for County Hall

    Don’t forget  from Monday (23 January), the South Wing corridor leading to the restaurant will close for approximately three months so construction work can take place on new training facilities at County Hall. The restaurant remains open, but you will need to use the entrance (outside) adjacent to the Norfolk Record Office (NRO). All passes will be activated to allow access.
    Read more  

    You’ll be updated as the work progresses, but if you have any questions contact the Corporate Property Team 

    Tom's blog

    Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services

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

    To unsubscribe to this email, please click 'update subscriptions' below.

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    Talking Textiles at Norwich Castle Study Centre

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 08:05
    Talking Textilesat Norwich Castle Study Centre Monthly talks brought to life with original examples from the Costume and Textile Collections.Thursdays 11am - 12.30pm.  Booking essential 01603 495897 / 493625. Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7.

    Brief Encounter
    Thursday 16 February
    Corsets, crinolines, and combinations: discover the fascinating history of underwear through the centuries and explore the relationship between dress, the shaping of the body to fashionable ideals, and personal garments in our wardrobe.

    Heavens Above
    Thursday 23 March
    An opportunity to appreciate the fine hand stitching of the early ecclesiastical embroidery on chasubles along with stunning examples in gold-work on religious dress in the collection.

    April Showers
    Thursday 20 April
    Protective garments, accessories and the many ingenious methods used to guard against all types of weather: from fashionable rain mackintoshes to sensible overshoes and fabulous sun visors.

    The World in Miniature
    Thursday 18 May
    Showcasing the talents of apprentices in their samples, including plain sewing samplers such as miniature shirts, gloves, drawers, finely embroidered mittens, caps and bootees.

    The Great and the Good
    Thursday 22 June
     Look at the clothing and textiles associated with famous people, held in the collection, including Elizabeth Fry, Amelia Opie and Horatio Nelson.

    Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
    Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
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    Norfolk County Council Trading Standards Consumer Scam, News and Information Alerts

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:02

    Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

    We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

    Thanks again to everyone who completed our Consumer Alerts 2016 Online Survey. We are now reviewing your comments and feedback and we will update you further on this soon.

    Email scams and phishing alerts

    Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

    More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

    Reporting scams

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

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

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    Norfolk County Council News Update

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    The following news has recently been added to our website:

    Norfolk residents help to give a warm welcome to first Syrian refugee families

    Still time to give your views on potential third river crossing for Great Yarmouth

    View details on our news page.

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    Norfolk County Council - Audit Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 16:45

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    Norfolk County Council - Environment, Development and Transport Committee

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    Improving Times - Spotlight on South Norfolk locality

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 13:15
    Children's Services staff newsletter - 18 January 2017

    This month’s locality focus looks at teams in the ‘Beautiful South’. We are grateful to Amy Brooke, Nick Crick and their teams for the majority of the content in this issue.

    A little help can go a long way

    We all know the Christmas period can be an incredibly emotive time for families who are not able to provide all that they would want to for their children and loved ones.

    To assist those in most need, South Norfolk EH hub partners and South Norfolk Council staff bring together a huge range of items, toys, toiletries and gifts that to be issued to our families who need them most. This year’s collection was by far the most generous to date and has provided much needed support to many of our families. This is one of a number of initiatives adopted over the festive period to support our families as well as the Toys and Tins appeal and the distribution of Love Norwich hampers over 50 families across South Norfolk have benefited from this much needed support.

    South Norfolk leading the way to tackle homelessness

    South Norfolk Council has received a Government Grant of £96,000 to further develop its homelessness prevention services for vulnerable people in the District. With a strong track record for success and a highly ambitious and performing housing service, the grant will boost the approaches used to target high risk groups

    South Norfolk is one of 28 new ‘trailblazer’ areas across the country being funded as part of a £50 million programme aimed at preventing people from becoming homeless in the first place.

    Theresa May, Prime Minster said: “The way that South Norfolk is helping vulnerable people at risk of homelessness is a great example of how we should put prevention first. By providing help and support early on to those who might be facing issues with their finances, health or welfare we can address the complex issues that can cause homelessness in the first place.”

    Children First LAC and Care Leavers

    Childrens Social Care continue to work to implement and develop outcomes for Looked After Children and young people leaving care by promoting the LAC & Care Leavers Strategy; Children first.

    Last week saw Strategy taking centre place at County Hall during in the lunchtimes at a staff where all staff could ask questions and access information about the strategy and how they could get involved to support looked after children and young people leaving care from their services.

    Staff showed a lot of interest, whilst ongoing efforts are being made to promote the strategy with the next formal presentation workshop due to take place on:

    Tuesday 24th January, 2pm – 4pm at County Hall, Colman Room - please come along to find out more and see how you can support or your service contribute to improving outcomes.

    Please look out for a future presentation that will take place in Long Stratton, date and time to be confirmed in February or March. More information can be found here

    Children's Services case study

    An example of a case illustrating fantastic partnership working undertaken by Children's Services.

    Case study D

    D is a 4 year old little boy who was taken into Police Protection after being assaulted by his mum who was experiencing a psychotic episode. D was placed in foster care and his mother detained under MHA. D and his family are mixed heritage, with English as a second language. D’s father was traced to be living in another Local Authority. Care proceedings were started to determine which parent, if any, D should be returned to. While in foster care, D showed a number of unusual obsessive and compulsive behaviours that we felt merited a psychological assessment. SW spent a great deal of time with D’s parents undertaking assessments of their ability to care for D in the future. These assessments were concluded within legal proceedings and indicated that D’s childhood experiences of his mother’s fluctuating psychosis had impacted his own emotional development and there were real risks to his well-being if her were to return to his mother’s care in the future. However, the assessment of the father-child relationship showed real warmth and security and the final care plan adopted by the court was that D be reunified from foster care to his father’s care. D’s father moved to Norfolk to care for him and they were reunified, spending Christmas together after D was in foster care for over 9 months. D is now well, he is looking forward to starting school, his obsessive and compulsive behaviours have calmed since he has been with his father and support from Children’s Social Care.

    This case proved very complex from the outset and involved consideration of factors of culture, language, understanding of adult mental health and behaviour and the impact of this on child development, assessments required work to be undertaken in a different Local Authority and abroad (viability assessments in foreign countries) and relocating Dad to Norfolk threw up its own challenges with regards to social housing eligibility and the impact of the housing crisis on availability in the private sector requiring a great deal of negotiation. The case required close working together between fostering and the foster carers, school, Housing, Immigration Services, IRO, psychologist, Guardian and nplaw to come up with a successful reunification plan that was appropriate for this little boy.

    The LSCB goes from  strength to strength

     

    In November, a wide range of local partners and South LSCG members were fortunate to hear an engaging and informative presentation on Child Sexual Abuse delivered by Val Crewdson, from Norfolk Youth Offending Team and DC Andy Collier. Members were provided with an overview of the ‘Strategy to Identify & Tackle CSA’ along with a newly published booklet ‘Child Sexual Abuse’ – Steps to protect a child from sexual abuse. The leaflet can be found here.

    The next LSCG meeting is on 26th January and will be focusing on a MASH referral critique, the new Multi-agency Practice Review tool and a review of the South LSCG website.

     

    Striving for success

    Our Early Help and Social work teams work tirelessly to improve the lives of the children and young people in South Norfolk. Reflection and learning from our practice is key to how we move forward together ensuring we put Children First in our approach and our commitment to improvement.

    Joint EH / SW team meetings are now taking place monthly to discuss practice issues, share key learning and resources and will soon be jointly auditing cases which have transferred between the two teams to improve the transfer process.

    The opportunities for collaboration and joint working will be further enhanced by the plan for South Social Work teams to move to offices in Long Stratton, where the Early Help Family Focus teams are located alongside a multi-agency hub with a range of partner agencies including OPT, Health Visiting, Children’s Centre, YAB’s, South Norfolk Communities team, housing, Fire and Rescue, NYOT etc.

    Progress is being made to utilise the former post room for the Children’s Social works teams that will enable an excellent opportunity to improve partnership working with a range of early help services in the hub; corporate colleagues, partner agencies and universal services in South Norfolk. We expect that the move will take place before spring 2017.

    Supporting our partners

    The Process team provides the professional lead for quality assurance of Early Help, developing and ensuring (Family Support Process) processes are effective. Developing and leading on training, processes and practice to both internal and external staff. In particular for schools and other settings that are leading on EH cases that do not have a need for support through the Early Help operational teams. Working alongside Early Help Managers and operational teams, we upskill and develop processes for Practice Leads (Signs of Safety), leading on embedding the SOS approach across all practice contexts. Providing consistent leadership with specific responsibility around Early Help practitioners (including stakeholders).

    We support the implementation of the Family Support process (FSP) across the South Locality, providing challenge and practical professional advice and training to ensure the FSP is embedded into practice. Training events can be accessed via the Early Help website by following the link here.

    We encourage an integrated multi-disciplinary approach to providing services to families across the operational division.

    Our team is also responsible for the training and support for the Early Help Case Management system (DOREIS).  Currently this training is being rolled out across our social care teams so if you haven’t signed up yet please do so via the learning hub.

    A new training event which is being delivered to Early Help, Children’s and Adult’s social care services is ‘Developing effective practice with families where there is disability or long term illness Workshop’ The sessions running in the South are 23rd January and 10th February and can be booked by email to mandy.marriott-sims@norfolk.gov.uk.

     

    Wymondham young parents group

    Outreach workers and community capacity coordinators from NEHFF have been working with a group of young mums and dads in Wymondham to set up regular opportunities to meet and access support, both from one another and from professionals.  

    The aim is to support the young people to gain the confidence to access existing provision in the area such as the children’s and leisure centres. In order to build relationships and trust with services, professionals including those from the children’s centre, MTM youth services and FNP will outreach to the group.

    The group range from 15 to 18 and are all parents to young babies or are expecting in the coming months. The group were initially drawn from outreach worker caseloads in early help and have now begun to welcome others to the group. They are devising their own programme of activities which will include learning how to make low cost healthy food, baby massage, play and positive parenting as well as family fun days out. The young people have applied for a ‘Go For it Grant’ to help fund the programme. And several will be applying for YAB grant funding to support re-entry into education and training.

    Leah, a young person who uses this service, says: "It provides help and support for young mums, gives us a chance to talk about any problems we may have and how we could possibly try to resolve them. I get to meet other people who have been through the same as me and it’s nice to talk to others about it. I hope to get the chance to meet other young mums."

    Hannah, another service user, said: "I enjoy the young mums group because for a young mum it’s hard to meet other people and go to groups. I’ve enjoyed having advice and help. I look forward to doing more activities with the other mums and children and meeting new people."

    For more information contact the South Norfolk Early Help Hub.

    Your feedback Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to csweeklybrief@norfolk.gov.uk and see our back copies here.
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    Norfolk County Council - Communities Committee

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    Norfolk County Council - Planning (Regulatory) Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:30

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Planning (Regulatory) Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Friday 6 January 2017 are now available.
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    Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:11

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee papers relating to Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 

    The draft Minutes for the meeting that was held on 12 January 2017 are now available.
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    Norfolk Library and Information Service Films & Music Newsletter

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 19:00

    For more information on our films and music offer click here. To browse the latest DVD and CD releases on our online catalogue click here.

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    Norfolk County Council - Children's Services Committee

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 17:30

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    Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 16 January 2017

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 01/16/2017 - 13:55

    Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

    Welcome to the January 16th 2017 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

    Staff changes at Norfolk Arts Service

    Lindsay Gardner has moved to a new role within Norfolk Arts Service as StartEast Project Officer. Many congratulations to Lindsay on her new role and a special thank you for the outstanding contribution she has made to the work of our service over the last three years. Until we recruit a new Arts Business Support Officer, please email laura.cole-matthews@norfolk.gov.uk or arts@norfolk.gov.uk if you have any enquiries. 

    Due to reduced staffing levels at present, the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin will be sent out every 2-3 weeks, the next issue will be on 27 January.

    In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesRelief Learning Assistants (17941 CEHE)

    Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth and Cromer Museums 

    £9.27 to £10.33 per hour (Scale E)

    Relief required on an as and when basis 

    This is an exciting opportunity to join an award-winning museum learning team. You will deliver high quality events and activities to schools, learning groups and the general public. 

    We are looking for creative, enthusiastic and ambitious individuals with excellent presentation and communication skills. We are particularly interested in hearing from people with backgrounds in schools, drama and arts-in-education.

    The post is to cover busy periods and may involve Saturday, bank holiday and the occasional Sunday working.

    To view further information regarding the vacancy please click on the link below:

    17941 Information Pack 01-17.pdf

    Closing date: 25 January 2017 

    Marketing Manager, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

    Closes: 10th February 2017

    Full time

    Salary: circa £26,000

    Contact: Natalie Sinnadurai natalie@theatreroyal.org

    Closing date for the receipt of applications:  Friday, 10 February 2017 at 12 noon

    Interviews on 21 & 22 February 2017

    We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and motivating Marketing Manager.

    The Marketing Department provides marketing and sales support for almost all areas of Theatre Royal’s business including some performances outside the Theatre. 

    The Marketing Manager plans and executes creative marketing campaigns for Theatre Royal's work, ensuring strong sales by nurturing existing customers and attracting new audiences.  The role is responsible for promoting a wide range of projects including productions, learning and engagement events.  It involves working closely with other departments including Production, Box Office and Development.

    The Marketing Manager is part of the Senior Management team.

    To download the application pack go to  https://www.theatreroyal.org/theatre-information/jobs/.

    Senior Technician (Maternity Leave), Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

    Full time

    Salary: £18,000 per annum pro rata

    Contact: Natalie Sinnadurai natalie@theatreroyal.org

    Senior Technician (Maternity Leave)

    Closing date for the receipt of applications:  Friday, 27 January 2017 at 10.00 am

    Interviews on Friday, 3 February 2017

    We are looking for an experienced and adaptable Senior Technician.

    The Senior Technician is a key member of the Technical Department of the Theatre Royal, responsible for the smooth operation of the Theatre Royal stage and technical support of all the company’s events.  The role will also work to ensure the general upkeep and repair of the Theatre and its equipment; Theatre Royal is a Grade 1 listed building of historic national significance in addition to being a vibrant theatre venue and producer.

    Please download the application pack at: https://www.theatreroyal.org/theatre-information/jobs/

    Physical Theatre Pratitioner, Acting Now

    Closes: 7th February 2017

    Part time

    Paid: (£10k-15k pro rata)

    Contact: Marina Pallares Elias info@actingnow.co.uk

    Acting Now is looking for a physical theatre practitioner who would like to collaborate with us. Acting Now is a social theatre company based in Cambridge. Our goal is to transform lives through theatre.  Acting Now runs theatre projects that aim to promote in the participants self-awareness, hope for the future and confidence to take action. 

    We are seeking an enthusiastic individual under a freelance basis who would like to run theatre projects with people at risk of social exclusion (people with learning disabilities, adults with mental health challenges, women, black minority or teenagers).

    You will need a passion for engaging vulnerable people, have strong theatre skills and an ability to work alongside a wide range of schools, partner organisations and the public.

    To apply please send a Covering letter and CV.

    Many thanks and look forward to hearing from you.

    info@actignow.co.uk

    Jobs at Bewilderwood

    “An exciting opportunity has arisen for brilliant, smiley humans to join The Twiggle Team as we prepare for our first event of the season; Swampy’s Boggle Wish Bonfire – if you work well with the Boggles and Twiggles you will be able to enjoy a whole season of hard work and fun, fun, fun! We are in need of talented, happy and friendly individuals who would like to join our team to deliver this exciting event, and many more to our lovely customers. You may be asked to work in one or, if you’re lucky, all of the following areas:

    • Storytelling & Events (show off your dramatic & creative skills!) 
    • Ticket Office/Front of house (welcoming everyone in with a big smile) 
    • Catering (food glorious food)
    • Catering Supervisor (keeping an eye on all our yummy stuff)
    • Boats (transport visitors into our world, introducing them to the story of BeWILDerwood) 
    • Retail (come and help sell goodies in the Bizarre Bazaar) 
    • Park Rangers (making sure everyone's happy and playing safe) 

    Experience would be great, but not always necessary, as long as you are willing to learn! Be good, work hard, be part of our team, take responsibility, make sure our visitors both large and small have fun; and we will reward you with development and training opportunities to further your skills! For further information, please have a look at our website; www.bewilderwood.co.uk/jobs or contact Chris; tiptoptwiggle@bewilderwood.co.uk

    Picture Framing Assistant, Newis Framing Limited

    Closes: 31st January 2017

    Full time

    Salary:(£15k-20k)

    Contact: Paul Newis info@newisframing.com

    We are a Fine Art Picture Framing business located near Bungay (Suffolk/Norfolk border) looking for assistance in our workshop in the following areas:

    • Machining wood (including use of planer/thicknesser, circular saw and spindle moulder)
    • Sanding (both wood and gesso)
    • Gilding 
    • Finishing - wood, gold and paint finishes
    • Cutting glass (mainly museum glass)
    • Fitting artwork into frames

    We are looking for people with experience in any of these areas or an ability to learn. A methodical approach and a keen eye for detail essential. Salary and hours (Full or part time) dependant on skills and experience.

    Freelance Dance and Drama Facilitators, East of England, One Day Creative Education

    Closes: 31st January 2017

    Part time

    Salary (£10k-15k pro rata)

    Contact: Stephanie Noble, Artistic Director steph@onedaycreative.com

    One Day is a fresh and forward-thinking Creative Education Company, connecting children and learning with creativity and imagination. Our innovative approach to education is the perfect companion for schools looking to enrich the curriculum and complement classroom teaching.

    In our experience, children have very different and unique ways of learning and we believe that these individual learning styles should be nurtured and encouraged. Placing children in an environment where they can thrive and feel confident often leads to successful and happy learning. Our menu of workshops cater for creative learning throughout all Key Stages using Drama, Music, Dance, Fitness and Play.

    One Day Creative Education are looking for enthusiastic, motivated and highly passionate drama and dance workshop facilitators based in Norfolk / Suffolk / Essex / Cambridgeshire / Lincolnshire to join our team, delivering a range of creative and educational drama and dance workshops in schools across the UK.

    Essential Requirements

    • Theatre or Dance background.
    • Experience of working with children.
    • Full driving license and must have access to your own car.
    • Flexibility with dates.
    • Willing to travel.
    • Enthusiasm by the bucket load!

    Desirable Requirements

    • Knowledge of the education system and current curriculum would be an advantage.
    • Previous CRB Enhanced disclosure check.

    Offers of employment are subject to satisfactory references and enhanced CRB disclosure clearance.

    For successful applicants

    Group auditions will be held in February 2017.

    Please email your CV and covering letter to: steph@onedaycreative.com

     www.onedaycreative.com

    Tracing Traditions Project: 2 Posts

    Tracing Traditions is a project supported by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund - delivered by the Museums Association. We will be connecting Cambridgeshire museums, collections and communities through folklore, oral history and the collections of Enid Porter, the Museum's longest serving curator. 

    Tracing Traditions Project Manager 

    The Museum of Cambridge, UK, England, Cambridge

    Job ref: 46943 

    Job type: PT 22.5 hours per week. 

    Fixed Term Contract until June 2019 

    Salary: £13,200 (pro rata based on an annual salary of £22,000)

    Closing date: 5pm, 27 January 2017

    Interview date: 3 February 2017

    We are looking for a motivated person with great organisational and communication skills and experience of managing projects to join our team. Someone with a passion for history, heritage, local customs and folklore, who is excited by the idea of using their experience of working with collections to engage local communities. You will be responsible for managing the successful delivery of this exciting and ambitious project, working with and reporting to funders. You will work in partnership with other Cambridgeshire Museums to develop connected resources around the project themes. 

    The Museum of Cambridge is a small independent museum with a lot of character, housed in the former White Horse Inn, a 17th century timber framed building. The collections range from household objects, paintings and toys to Fen folklore items. 

    For further information, please email appointments@museumofcambridge.org.uk for an application form, job description and accompanying documents. Please quote University of Leicester, Museum Studies Jobs Desk in your application.

    Tracing Traditions Project Assistant 

    The Museum of Cambridge, UK, England, Cambridge

    Job type: PT 22.5 hours per week. 

    Fixed Term Contract until June 2019 

    Salary: £10,500 (pro rata based on an annual salary of £17,500)

    Closing date: 5pm, 27 January 2017

    We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated person to join our team. You will be interested in developing experience in a Museum working with collections to engage local community audiences. You will have a passion for history, heritage, local customs and folklore assisting the Project Manager in successfully organising and delivering this exciting and ambitious project. You will work in partnership with other Cambridgeshire Museums to develop connected resources around the project themes.

    The Museum of Cambridge is a small independent museum with a lot of character, housed in the former White Horse Inn, a 17th century timber framed building. The collections range from household objects, paintings and toys to Fen folklore items. 

    For further information, please email appointments@museumofcambridge.org.uk for an application form, job description and accompanying documents. Please quote University of Leicester, Museum Studies Jobs Desk in your application.

    Freelance Creative Arts Practitioners, The Marina Theatre Trust, Lowestoft

    Closes: 1st February 2017

    Part time

    Salary:Paid (£15k-20k pro rata)

    Contact: Will Isgrove willisgrove@marinatheatre.co.uk

    Freelance Creative Arts Practitioners

    The Marina Theatre Lowestoft is expanding and developing its Education, Young People and Outreach work and we are looking for experienced and talented Freelance Creative Arts Practitioners to join our pool.  We have various exciting projects on the horizon in a range of settings and with a variety of groups. 

    We are keen to hear from people with the following experience and skills:

    • A range of practical performing arts skills.
    • Experience of workshop planning and delivery
    • Experience of working with young people aged between 5-18 years old
    • Experience of directing young people in theatrical productions
    • Experience working with community groups and people from a variety of backgrounds
    • Self-motivated, well-organised and efficient
    • Experience managing potentially complex participants and behaviours
    • Co-facilitation experience

    All practitioners will be employed on a freelance basis and must have an up to date DBS check.

    If you would like to be considered for work as a Creative Arts Practitioner with us please submit a CV and a short covering letter outlining your area of interest and relevant experience to Will Isgrove willisgrove@marinatheatre.co.uk

    Freelance Theatre Practitioner, New Wolsey Theatre

    Closes: 1st April 2017

    Part time

    Salary:(£20k-25k pro rata)

    Contact: Marcus Neal mneal@wolseytheatre.co.uk

    We are looking for freelance theatre practitioners!

    Our Creative Learning Team offer a range of opportunities for young people, through both our core participatory work (Youth Theatre and Young Company), and workshops and other opportunities within schools settings.

    We are looking to expand our pool of freelance theatre practitioners, for various future projects in a range of settings. These may be projects in primary or secondary schools, special schools or pupil referral units, and could cover a wide range of themes under the broader theatre making banner. See the links below for more details on the work that we do:

    Creative Learning at NWT: 

    http://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/creative-learning/

    Schools Activities Brochure (Autumn 2016):

    https://issuu.com/newwolsey/docs/creative_learning_a6_booklet__issuu_65395b691d6b4b

    Experience required:

    • A range of practical theatre making skills
    • Experience of workshop planning
    • Experience of delivering workshops for young people aged between 7-18 years old
    • Experience of guiding young people towards a performance
    • Experience of co-facilitation
    • Able to manage potentially complex participants and behaviours
    • Able to facilitate conversations around aspiration and futures
    • Self-motivated, efficient, and well organised
    • Able to take responsibility while working within a team
    • Committed to developing young people’s skills as theatre makers, and giving participants ownership over their creative work.

    Practitioners will be employed on a freelance basis and paid a competitive hourly rate.

    If you would like to be considered to work for us as a practitioner, please submit your CV and a short covering letter to Marcus Neal mneal@wolseytheatre.co.uk or post to New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2AS.

    Site & Technical Manager, Wysing Arts Centre

    Full time (37.5 hrs per week), permanent position, £25,000 per annum

    Wysing Arts Centre is looking for a Site and Technical Manager. Playing an essential role in the delivery of artists’ projects within Wysing’s busy programme of residencies, retreats, exhibitions and events, and responsible for the effective management of Wysing’s buildings and extensive grounds, the Site and Technical Manager communicates with a range of people including artists, the public and contractors, and supports the Operations Director in ensuring that all aspects of the site and programme are delivered to a high standard.

    Established in 1989 and in rural Cambridgeshire, Wysing Arts Centre delivers a range of programmes, from the practical to the discursive, that offer opportunities for personal development and artistic enquiry. Integral to Wysing’s ethos is the provision of space, support and finance to enable artists to experiment.  Wysing is located 10 miles west of Cambridge on 11 acres of land. The site comprises 10 separate buildings including a gallery, educational facilities, artists' studios, project spaces, a 17th century farmhouse, a growing collection of outdoor sculpture and an on-site café.  The deadline for applications is 23 January 2017

    For more information and to download an application pack go to http://www.wysingartscentre.org/opportunities/jobs

    Marketing Officer/Senior Officer – Membership Engagement, Arts Marketing Association

    Closes: 26th January 2017

    Full time

    Salary: £20,500 - £25,500 depending on experience

    Contact: Fleur fleur@a-m-a.co.uk

    The Arts Marketing Association (AMA) is a membership organisation that exists to help the arts, culture and heritage sectors make better connections with the public.

    The AMA is looking for a Marketing Officer/Senior Officer – Membership Engagement to support the team in growing our membership and providing high quality customer service. The level that we appoint at will be dependent on experience.

    Please see http://www.a-m-a.co.uk/marketing-officersenior-officer-membership-engagement/ for an information pack and application form or call 01223 578078. Please do not send a CV. No agencies please.

    Deadline for applications: 12pm, Thursday 26thJanuary.

    Interviews in Cambridge on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th February

    Development OpportunitiesChild Protection & Safeguarding: in the arts and cultural sectors

    20th April 2017, 10 am- 4.15 pm, The Garage, Norwich

    Of benefit to individuals and organisations looking to update their understanding of child protection legislation and best practice, this course provides a full update on current child protection legislation, including the Disclosure and Barring service, the Duty to Refer and Working Together.

    The day will provide practical advice to help you develop sensible structures and build confidence around child protection issues, within the context of developing and delivering creative and cultural projects for children and young people.  The course also includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms. 

    Ideal for:

    • Anyone working in the arts and cultural sectors with children and young people

    You will gain:

    • An update on current child protection legislation and best practice
    • Information on the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), and how to handle disclosure
    • Ideas for developing child protection policies
    • Safe Touch – information on how child protection guidelines can be maintained within more physical art forms

    Course cost:

    25% discount off the course fee of £130 if you book before the 31st January 2017. The fee includes lunch, refreshments and a certificate of attendance.

    Book your place online at www.artswork.org.uk/event/159 or contact rachelhall@artswork.org.uk / 02380 332491

    Face Painting Course with Hayley Bird 

    Wednesdays 25 January, 1 & 8 February, 6.30-9PM

    Develop skills and techniques to create beautiful face paints on this short course led by professional creative body artist Hayley Bird. 

    • Introduction to the course and your kit
    • Essential information for working in the industry, health and safety
    • Brush and sponge techniques, background and line work
    • Product knowledge and resources
    • Handouts and inspirational design ideas
    • Step-by-step face paint demonstrations of designs of your choice
    • Practice applying different face paint designs

    Hayley Bird is a professional creative body artist specialising in make-up artistry, modelling and face and body painting. She is the chief face painter for the Sunshine Artists, painting at many of the UK’s top festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Latitude.

    The course costs £100 which includes a pro starter kit (worth £50) for each participant. 

    http://www.thegarage.org.uk/event/face-painting

    LGA Culture, Tourism & Sport Conference22 & 23 February 2017, Bristol 

    How to sustain valued frontline services is the critical challenge facing local culture, heritage, tourism and sport. This annual event will offer unrivalled networking opportunities and a chance to join other senior officers, councillors, and national partners to discuss the latest thinking on delivering libraries, museums, sport and leisure services, the arts, tourism and heritage.  You can find out more about the programme, confirmed speakers and how to book here.

    History of Skills lecture series, Anteros Arts Foundation

    Running alongside and to complement Anteros’ skills-based fine art courses, Andrew Taylor is giving a series of talks looking at the historical and theoretical developments which have shaped four major areas of artistic practice; drawing, sculpture, printmaking and painting. Each talk will provide an art historical overview of the subject and will investigate some of the theory and aesthetics which help us to place our own work in their broader artistic and intellectual contexts. These talks are intended to be a starting point for discussions within the group so please bring along your own work, your ideas and opinions and an open mind to stimulate some lively and free-ranging artistic debate.

    A History of Skills lecture series takes place every Saturday in February 2-3.30pm at the Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge St. Norwich. The price is £24 for 4, or £6 per lecture only when bought in advance. Tickets on the door will be £9 each.

    01603 766129 | enquiries@anteros.co.uk | http://anterosdiploma.com

    Deadline for the Leading Learning Programme 2017 extended

    Deadline: 20th Jan 2017

    Leading Learning is now in its 9th year and has supported over 130 senior managers working in culture, leisure and sport sector across the UK either in local authorities or in partner trusts and social enterprises.  The future of culture, leisure and sport provision for communities lies at the centre of the programme but with a focus on developing the leadership skills necessary to lead and sustain organisational change in these challenging times. As the pattern of local provision has changed in the light of funding reductions over a number of years now, we have also decided to extend the Programme’s reach to all those working in community development. The programme has been a critical factor in helping a number of individuals develop their careers and go on to achieve Director and Chief Executive roles.

    “Participating in the LLP was the most valuable CPD that I have undertaken during my career. I would highly recommend the LLP to participants and authorities as now, given the scale of change local authorities are going through, these leadership qualities and skills are more vital than ever to ensure communities are at the heart of services going forward.”

    (Alumni survey – Yr2 participant)

    “If you are serious about personal development and want the 'top job' either within an organisation or leading your own then this programme is invaluable.”

    (Alumni survey – Yr6 participant)

    Each programme runs over a period of twelve months with between 12 and 16 people participating. The programme has five components: 

    • A 360-degree review of participants’ current leadership style.
    • Three residential sessions totalling 7 days facilitated by experienced tutors from Cass Business School and other academic and specialist consultancies.
    • Facilitated action learning sets with an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) qualified facilitator.
    • A website which will contain all information pertaining to the taught elements, news and opportunity items, forums for participants, course lecturers and mentors.The address is www.ncfleadinglearning.co.uk
    • Most importantly all participants are offered one to one mentoring. Participants and mentors separately attend induction sessions, which allow them to explore a range of issues that may arise during a mentoring relationship.

    The whole programme is externally evaluated and all participants, mentors, facilitators and lecturers will be asked to assist in this process by filling in interim and final questionnaires and by being prepared to be interviewed. A summative evaluation report of the first five years of the Programme is available on the website and on request from the Director. There is also an LGA supported brochure with interviews featuring the development stories of several alumni.

    The programme is aimed at: 

    • senior managers of Culture, Leisure and Community Services in local government,
    • senior staff of agencies who work closely with local government
    • directors/senior managers of companies and trusts that deliver outsourced services for local authorities
    • senior managers of cultural and leisure organisations (both public and private sector) who wish to improve their ability to work in the political context
    • independent consultants who work with the sector and across local government

    How much it costs

    The subsidised cost in 2017 of each place is £4,000 + VAT for local authorities, charitable trusts and individual consultants and £5,000 + VAT for commercial companies and national cultural bodies. (The price has been kept stable for four years and this is the last year that the cost can remain at this level.)

    For 2017 we are also offering 5 bursaries worth £500, bringing the price down to well below its true cost.  Please contact the Programme Director if you would like further details of these. We are also prepared to stagger invoicing so that fees can be spread across two financial years and even in monthly instalments.

    Any questions on the programme, how to participate and where to get application forms can be addressed to Sue Isherwood, Director, NLCF Leading Learning Programme at leadinglearning@artsdevelopmentuk.org. or tel 01749 871110.

    Creative Projects: Project Management training1st March 2017

    Make your creative projects a success with Creative Training Hub's Introduction to Project Management one-day training course (North London). This interactive and practical course will take you through the 10 key steps of Project Management Success. You will learn how to: 

    • Articulate the project's vision.
    • Set S.M.A.R.T objectives. 
    • Produce an effective and concise plan.
    • Build a functional team.
    • Manage stakeholder relationships.
    • Assess project risk and deliver results.
    • Develop a robust communication process. 
    • Avoid project failure and measure success.

    Read more and book your place at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-project-management-tickets-28635055221 or contact Creative Training Hub at: kemi@creativetraininghub.co.uk

    Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersCraft Studio Opening at Wroxham Barns

    A rare opportunity is coming up at Wroxham Barns, one of Norfolk’s most successful Crafts Centres, established for 34 years and receiving around 350,000 visitors every year. With free parking and free entry this popular visitor attraction has something for all the family with a Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Junior Farm, Children’s Funfair and Adventure Mini Golf in addition to nearly 20 retail outlets, all set around a flower-filled courtyard. Online shopping may be a national phenomenon but face to face contact is still very much alive at Wroxham Barns and most of their craftspeople have been on site for many years. Owner, Ian Russell, says ““As our resident potter, Tricia Francis, who has been with us since 1989, moves on to explore new avenues with her pottery, a rare and exciting opportunity now exists to acquire a highly visible retail arts & crafts space and we’re keen to fill the studio with a talented local artisan wanting to take that next step into retail at the heart of our award-winning visitor attraction.” 

    For more information about the craft studio opening and an informal chat, interested parties should contact the Wroxham Barns office on 01603 783762.

    CALLING ALL FILMMAKERS: Submissions open for Norwich Film Festival 2017

    We are looking for short films that are up to 25 minutes in length. Our categories this year including Best Short Film, Best Student Film, Best Short Documentary, Best Short Animation; as well as the return of our One Minute Movie Competition. 

    Also NEW for 2017 is The East Anglian Award which recognises the best film hailing from Norfolk, Suffolk, or Cambridgeshire. To be eligible the film must have been made predominantly in the region, by filmmakers either living or studying in the area at the time of production.

    Enter your short film now for the chance to win cash prizes; software for future projects; and receive invaluable industry feedback.

    Further information and how to submit can be found here.

    a-n bursaries 2017: open for applications from artists

    The 2017 a-n bursaries are now open for applications from a-n Artist members for Professional development and Travel awards.

    Want to devise your own schedule of professional development to boost your practice in 2017? Are you looking to develop your networks outside the UK?

    In the last three years a-n has awarded over £180,000 of bursaries directly to its Artist members supporting them to travel, network and develop professionally. Bursaries are part of a-n’s commitment to professional development provision within a programme that also includes events, online toolkits and expert guides.

    For 2017, we are offering the following bursaries to Artist members:

    Professional Development Bursaries

    Deadline for applications: 12 noon Thursday 9 February 2017

    To support a self-determined schedule of professional development. Bursaries of £500-£1,000 are available to a-n Artist members wishing to undertake a self-determined schedule of professional development in 2017. They can be used for artist-to-artist or curatorial critique, to support learning of new skills or research into a new area of practice. Contribution to childcare costs and any access needs can be included. Activity must be completed by end December 2017. Apply here

    Travel Bursaries

    Deadline for applications: 12 noon Thursday 9 February 2017

    To enable members to travel internationally to develop networks, relationships and opportunities. These bursaries of £500-1,000 are for a-n Artist members wishing to travel internationally to develop networks, relationships and opportunities. Primarily intended for international travel, proposals for travel within the UK can also be made. Funds can be used to support travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. Contribution to childcare costs and any access needs can be included. Activity must be completed by end December 2017. Apply here

    All bursaries come with an obligation to report on activity, to share with the community on www.a-n.co.uk and beyond.

    Industry Research & InformationSign up for Speakers for Schools

    Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock is spearheading an initiative to get more arts leaders signed up to Speakers for Schools. Sign-up by getting in contact with his office here: https://www.matthewhancock.co.uk/news/speakers-schools-needed.

    New Voluntary Arts website launched

    Voluntary Arts have just launched a revamped website at www.voluntaryarts.org which will become a much improved home for all the valuable resources, news and opportunities provided by Voluntary Arts across the UK and Republic of Ireland. The significant bank of resources and toolkits is continually being added to and updated, while the new website gives a vastly improved experience for mobile and tablet users. The new site also brings together the major projects that Voluntary Arts delivers including the Epic Awards and the Voluntary Arts Festival. Have a look around the new site today and if you have any feedback or questions, get in touch at info@voluntaryarts.org

    Accounting for Worth

    Voluntary Arts have published practical advice on how to account for time contributed by individuals and how to measure the value of people’s contributions to arts organisations of all sizes. Templates and guides show how to make accurate calculations and establish the costs for workshops and events and how to properly value the skills and resource brought by volunteers, freelance staff and others. Download the guidance here

    Funding OpportunitiesACE National Portfolio funding  

    The application window to join the Arts Council England’s National Portfolio 2018-22 is now open. The National Portfolio will be made up of four investment bands 1, 2 and 3 and a fourth category called Sector Support Organisations.  ACE will tailor expectations for each band to match their levels of investment.  Sector Support Organisations will support the rest of the arts and culture sector to achieve the strategic goals.  You can find out more about the applications process here.

    Funding for schools to purchase musical equipment

    Schools in the UK, that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation's Instrument and/or Equipment Awards. To date the Foundations has made awards to over two thousand schools, individual students and teachers improve their access to music through the purchase or upgrade of musical instruments and equipment. The funding has to be made for music education that is beyond statutory national curriculum music teaching. The Foundation cannot fund retrospectively and schools are not eligible for financial assistance under this scheme if they have already purchased their instruments or if they do so before their application has been approved.

    Read more at: http://www.emimusicsoundfoundation.com/index.php/site/awards/  

    JMK Young Director's Award 2017

    The JMK Trust is currently accepting applications for the JMK Young Director's Award 2017. The JMK Award is a sought-after prize of £25,000 for outstanding young theatre directors plus space for the production at the Young Vic. A runner up prize of £2,000 may also be awarded.  The funding is available to stage a theatrical production. To be eligible to apply, applicants must be UK residents under 30 years of age, must not have directed more than two professional productions, including fringe, have professional training in performing arts, must not be a student. As the basis of their proposal, applicants must choose one play from a list supplied by the JMK Trust.  Applicants that need a copy of the list should email jo@jmktrust.org

    The closing date for applications is 11.30 on the 20th January 2017. Read more at: http://www.jmktrust.org/apply-2017/

    Community Business Fund re-opens for applications in Spring 2017 

    Power to Change, which supports community businesses, has announced that its Community Business Fund will re-open for applications in Spring 2017. Power to Change will be awarding grants between £50,000- £300,000 to support and develop Community Businesses in England. Funding is available to: 

    • Community Businesses that are based in their community
    • Are locally controlled
    • Trade for the benefit of the local community
    • Address challenges within their community.

    To be eligible for funding applicants need to be incorporated (rather than as a collection of individuals) and funding will be available for both capital and revenue costs.

    Previous projects supported include Bristol Ferry Boats who were awarded £247,875. Bristol Ferry Boats are a Community Benefit Company with 900 shareholders. As well as running commercial trips for commuters and parties boat trips are used to support the curriculum for local schools and share Bristol's history. The funding will help purchase a new environmentally friendly boat and support a series of trainee/staff pilots from the community and discounted fares for older and vulnerable residents.

    Read more at: http://www.thepowertochange.org.uk/funding/grants/community-business-fund/ 

    Funding for artists & bands

    PRS for Music Foundation has announced that the next application deadline for the Momentum Music Fund is the 21st February 2017. The Momentum Music Fund offers grants of £5,000-£15,000 for artists/bands to break through to the next level of their careers. Activities eligible for support include recording, touring and marketing. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven't been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. Artists/Bands applying for the Momentum Music Fund must be at a crucial tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth as an artist with the potential to significantly develop their careers over the next two years.

    Read more at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Momentum-Music-Fund/ 

    Funding for the restoration of historic buildings

    Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites. The programme provides grants where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers. Through the programme, two levels of grants are available: 

    • Grants of between £100,000 and under £2 million;
    • Grants of between £2million and £5million.

    Previous projects supported include the Globe, an Art Deco ‘super theatre' in the centre of Stockton on Tees, which will be transformed from a derelict eyesore into a 2500-seater live music and comedy venue with the potential to create 64 jobs.

    For grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2million decisions are made every three months. For grant requests of between £2 million and up to £5 million the next closing date for stage one applications is the 16th March 2017. Read more at: https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/heritage-enterprise

    Funding for cultural & educational exchanges with Japan

    The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation has announced that the next applications deadline for its grants making programme is the 31st March 2017. Through its grant making programme cultural organisations, universities and schools; etc that wish to develop links with Japan and Japanese schools are able to apply for funding. The Foundation's grants average £1,500 to £2,000 and do not normally exceed £5,000-£6,000 for larger-scale projects. Grants are available to support the study of the Japanese language and culture, School, Education and Youth exchanges. In the past the Foundation has made grants towards visits the between the UK and Japan between by teachers and young people and the teaching and development of Japanese language and cultural studies in schools.

    Organisations that have successfully applied to the Foundation include: 

    • Hessle High School and Sixth Form College which received a grant of £3,000 to visit to Japan to create curriculum on Japan in Key Stage 3 Geography lessons.
    • Truro College which received a grant of £2,000 for a football exchange programme with Tokai Daigo High School in Japan.

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

    Funding for music making projects (England) 

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

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

    The types of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 7th April 2017 and to Fund B the 12th May 2017. Fund C is currently closed to applications. Read more at: http://network.youthmusic.org.uk/Funding/about-youth-musics-grants-programme

    Ragdoll Foundation Open Grants Scheme

    The Ragdoll Foundation's Open Grant scheme supports not for profit organisations working with children and young people using the arts and creative media. Grants of up to £50,000 are available. However, the Foundation states that the majority of grants awarded are likely to be in the region of £5,000 to £20,000 and cover between 25% and 80% of total costs of the project. Organisations can apply for both one-off short-term projects and for projects lasting up to three years. Preference will be given to those projects which have a deep commitment to listening to children and allow the perceptions and feelings of children themselves to be better understood. The Foundations is mainly interested in applications that involve children during their early years, but appropriate projects for older children (up to 18 years) will also be considered. Whilst the Foundation will fund work in and around London, they will prioritise projects taking place elsewhere in the UK.

    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Read more at: http://www.ragdollfoundation.org.uk/portfolio/grant-giving 

    WHSmith Community Grant

    Voluntary organisations, charities schools and pre-schools can apply for grants of up to £500 from the WHSmith Trust. The WHSmith Trust is an independent registered charity that uses the proceeds of the compulsory carrier bag charges across the UK to offer the grants to support good causes in the local communities where WHSmith operates.

    There are two application rounds each year. The deadline for the current funding round is the 31st March 2017. The next deadline will be the 30th September 2017. Read more at: https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/community-grants-application/  

    Funding for heritage projects

    Grants of over £100,000 are available to support a wide variety of larger heritage projects. The funding which is being made available through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Grant Scheme is available to not-for-profit organisations; and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations for any project relating to national, regional and local heritage. This can include for example: 

    • Archaeological sites
    • Collections of objects, books or documents in museums, libraries or archives
    • Cultural traditions such as stories, festivals, crafts, music, dance and costumes
    • Historic buildings
    • Histories of people and communities
    • Histories of places and events; etc.

    Projects supported in the past include a grant of £730,000 to the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust Limited to transform Richmond Station in North Yorkshire into a self-sustaining heritage and leisure attraction for the local community. Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that organisations can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they send a proposal in greater detail.

    The next closing date for applications is the 16th March 2017. Read more at: https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/heritage-grants  

    The Finnis Scott Foundation Grants

    The Finnis Scott Foundation has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 24th March 2017. Grants are available of between £500 and £10,000 to UK charities or individuals in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as fine art and art history.

    Previous organisations who have received funding include: 

    • Bristol Museums Development Trust
    • Milton Keynes Gallery
    • Martineau Gardens
    • Batsford Foundation
    • Alnwick Garden Trust.

    Funding can be used for both capital and revenue projects. In the last five years, over one million pounds has been awarded in grants to a great variety of projects. Preference is given to making grants to smaller charities where the grant would have a significant impact. Read more at: http://www.finnis-scott-foundation.org.uk/home.html  

    Beyond Borders Music Programme re-opens for applications

    The Performing Rights Society (PRS) for Music Foundation, the UK's leading funder of new music across all genres, has announced that its Beyond Borders fund has re-opened for applications. The Beyond Borders Fund provides funding of up to £15,000 to stimulate collaborations between organisations in England, Northern lreland, Scotland, Wales and Southern Ireland. The scheme enables music creators to produce exceptional new music to be performed in at least two UK countries. Launched in 2010, the scheme has supported over 40 projects so far, bringing together organisations and music creators across the UK and abroad. Beyond Borders has been made possible by a pioneering UK wide partnership between PRS for Music Foundation, Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Creative Scotland who joined forces to support cross border collaboration.

    The closing date for applications is the 23rd February 2017.

    http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Partnerships/Flagship-Programmes/Beyond-Borders/

    Awards for Young Musicians opens for 2017 applications

    The Awards for Young Musicians programme has been running for 18 years and during that time has provided support to more than 1,000 exceptional young musicians. The 2017 awards programme is now accepting applications and can provide funding of up to £2,000 per year (the average award is £500) to young musicians between the ages of 5 and 17 who are learning a musical instrument and are in financial need. Support is available for: 

    • Instrumental tuition costs
    • Purchase or hire of an instrument, instrumental accessories such as cases, bows, reeds etc.
    • Fees for long term music course
    • Travel costs for attending music courses
    • Ensemble membership fees
    • Exam fees and audition fees and associated travel costs.

    As well as financial support applicants will also receive advice, guidance and access to a range of music-making, mentoring and performance opportunities including the opportunity to attend the annual awards day, where all award winners come together for a day of cross-genre music making with the best musicians in the industry. The closing date for applications is the 3rd March 2017. Read more at: http://www.a-y-m.org/2017-awards-programme-launching-soon/  

    Lloyds Bank Foundation new funding round for its “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 3rd May 2017 and will close on the 16th June 2017. “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.

    The Foundation also runs a smaller "Enable" programme which provides grants of up to £15,000 for up to 2 years for activities relating to organisational development such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes. Applications to the "Enable" programme can be made at any time. Read more at: http://www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk/our-programmes/  

    Arts Council England - Capital: Small Grants

    The Arts Council England supports activities across the arts, museums and libraries and has announced that the Capital Small Grants Programme will re-open for applications on the 12th January 2017. A total of £32.5million is being made available to support organisations to be more resilient by ensuring that they have the right buildings and equipment to deliver their work. Over the period 2015-2018 investments will prioritise the consolidation and improvement of the existing arts infrastructure (including digital infrastructure) rather than investing in significant expansion or new buildings.

    Eligibility criteria will be announced in January 2017 and the closing date for applications is the 9th March 2017. Read more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/capital-small-grants  

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    Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 01/13/2017 - 18:46
    Week ending 13 January 2017General information
    Tidal surge update

    A severe flood warning has been issued for the Norfolk coastline for tonight (Friday 13 January), with Great Yarmouth most at risk.   Norfolk Police are leading the multi-agency response as a combination of high tides and extreme weather is expected to cause disruption. Here is the latest members briefing note on the current tidal flooding issues together with a copy of a media release and also the latest frequently asked questions for member’s information

    Community Safety Partnership Scrutiny Sub panel 

    There is a meeting of the above panel on Friday 20th January at 10am in the Cranworth room, County Hall. One of the items on the agenda is a presentation and discussion on 'County Lines' a Youth Justice Board’s initiative which is looking at gang violence.  All members are invited to come along if they are interested in hearing more about this issue.  

    Your help is needed to get the message out to Norfolk residents, businesses and other organisations.

    People in Norfolk are once again being given the chance to showcase their environmental excellence as Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council run their Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards. 

    The aim is to celebrate and recognise projects and schemes with a strong ecological or environmentally-friendly ethos or groups and organisations which can show they adopt a sound eco -approach to all their operations.  There are six entry categories, these are:

    Please help to promote the awards in any way you can

    An OSCA tastic evening 

    The outstanding achievements of 24 OSCA winners – individuals and teams – were celebrated yesterday evening at our Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs) night at Norwich Castle (funded entirely by sponsorship). At the event, co-hosted by Managing Director Wendy Thomson and Deputy Leader of the Council Councillor Alison Thomas, seven ‘winners of winners’ were revealed, from a diverse range of services across the County Council. Congratulations to all winners and, again, thanks to everyone who nominated colleagues for OSCAs throughout 2016. Without exception, the different groups of judges who chose the winners found it an incredibly difficult task because the standard was so high and the stories of individual and team achievements were so impressive. Click here to find out who the winners were.

    Wendy Thomson also announced a special new award – Harold’s Hero - in memory of Harold Bodmer, our much-loved and hugely respected Director of Adult Social Services who died suddenly last summer. Recognising an outstanding contribution to social work, the Harold's Hero Award means we will have the opportunity to recognise the best of social work in Harold’s name each year - and that his legacy will live on in the field of social work, which he was so passionate about. More information about this will follow later in the year.

    A huge thank you to our sponsors: Hogia, IPRS, Learning Pool, Norse Group, Tarmac, t-three group and Validium, without whom none of this would be possible. 

    The Friday takeaway..

    Now available topics include: Out and about with CLT, Matt to lead the improvement drive, What have looked after children or care leavers got to do with me? High praise for two of our short stay units and much more here

    Chief Officer's blogs  13 January 2017- Wendy Thomson, Managing Director

    Last night was a great way to kick off the new year, with our very own Outstanding Contribution Awards to staff who have gone that extra mile or who’ve been an inspiration to others... ....read more

    What's new on the NCC intranet?

    Norfolk in the News - 13 January- a round up of key issues in today's local media 

    Latest key messages:- click here

    What's new on Members Insight?

    http://inet.norfolk.gov.uk/services/Democratic-Services/Members-insight/index.htmhere

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    Future NCC public meetings

    The following meetings will be held during January.

    A full programme of meetings for 2017 can be found here as well as meetings for 2018 here

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

    Economic Develp Sub Committee    19 Jan
    Norfolk County Community Safety Partnership
    Scrutiny Sub Panel                          20 Jan 
    Adult Social Care committee            23 Jan
    Children's Service Committee           24 Jan 
    Communities Committee                  25 Jan 
    Audit Committee                          26 Jan 2pm
    Environ, Develop & Trans Committee  27 Jan

    iPad and IT support contact

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

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

    Members Development sessions, workshops, 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

    Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy - 
    Councillor Workshop

    24th January 2017 - Colman Room, 14.00-16.00pm

    We have launched the strategy and continue to raise awareness and our aspiration in Norfolk with Children First with this strategy to deliver improved outcomes and success for children looked after and leaving our care.

    Workshops have already taken place but we would like all elected members to have an opportunity to better understand the strategy and get involved. The Chairman of Children's Services Committee, Roger Smith urges all members who haven't already, to attend this last session as corporate parents, community leaders and decision makers of the Council.

    Presented by Nick Crick, interim Head of Social Work, South locality Click here to register your interest and attendance 

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