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Adult Social Services Newsletter - Issue 29

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/22/2017 - 14:01
Welcome to issue 29

Hello colleagues

Despite the summer holiday period there is much going on to prepare for further implementation of our Promoting Independence Strategy and for discussions in our September and October Adult Social Care Committees on our current and future finances.  I can see that despite the pressures we are doing all we can to provide good services within budget.  In September our committee will consider the overall money situation and in October our proposals to manage our resources going forwards.  I think the keys to coping are;

  • Supporting the social workers and OTs to have a different conversation which support people to do more for themselves
  • Investing what we can in prevention service that we know will directly reduce future need
  • Working with the GPs to avoid care needs escalating too early
  • Increasing the amount of new technology we use in our services
  • Working with care providers to make sure they have enough staff to provide a good service
  • Increasing the advice and support we provide for people
  • Getting our charging and income approach right.

Of course you know that the debates will need to be real and I’d like you to take part locally when the committee papers are out in September and October.  Do think about coming along to a committee meeting if you can.  It’s interesting to see the councillors in action.

Best Wishes

James Bullion - Executive Director of Adult Social Services

STP snippet

Responding in crisis is a key area of focus for the STP (Sustainability & Transformation Plan). Our target for Norfolk and Waveney is to reduce the projected growth in unplanned admissions to hospital by 20% by 2021.  This is challenging given our pretty good performance against other areas, but we know that there is more we can do to get upstream in supporting people to stay well and that is the right outcome for them. 

The Norwich NEAT is an example of new ways of working going live in the county.  The NEAT (Norwich Escalation Avoidance Team) is a single, multi-agency point of contact that is put in place to respond to urgent and unplanned needs for Norwich people.  Its target is to deliver an integrated, coordinated response within four hours and therefore reduce unnecessary admissions to hospital or additional crises.  Case studies set out how GPs, social services and community nurses have made referrals which have led to multi-agency responses such as medication review, Homeward, the Dementia Intensive Support Team, NFS (Norfolk First Support), and carer support.  It is in pilot at the moment.  The review will consider the impact the team may have had on avoidable admissions.  For social care we will ensure this kind of approach links with our Living Well conversation 2: Work intensively with people in crisis – What needs to change urgently to help someone regain control of their life? “Stick to them like glue” and make the most important things happen.  Plan in ‘time to think’.

Changes to housing related support

Plans to save around £5m over two years by reshaping housing support services are well underway. 

Previously known as Building Resilient Lives, the renamed ‘Changes to Housing Related Support’ project is reshaping homeless hostel provision to achieve 20% savings whilst also decommissioning support in:

  • Sheltered housing
  • Outreach support for older people
  • Floating support (outreach support for those at risk of losing their home)
  • Support to move on accommodation for homelessness and young people’s services.

Commissioners are currently working closely with service providers and stakeholders to minimise the impact of these changes.  This includes working with commissioners in Children’s Services so that housing support for young people can be jointly commissioned in future.  For the decommissioned services, colleagues in operational teams are working with providers to ensure that those service users most in need are directed to other support. 

Alongside the funding reductions as part of our Promoting Independence strategy we are committed to reinvesting approximately £1.3m in preventative interventions for older people and those at risk of homelessness.  This new service is being co-produced with stakeholders and, to date, three workshops have been held to scope priorities and outcomes.  Further work to determine the focus of the model will take place over the summer with the new provision expected to start in spring 2018.

For more information, including frequently asked questions for affected service users please click here or contact integratedcommissioners@norfolk.gov.uk.

Launch of the new MPS (Market Position Statement) and Market Intelligence Tool

We have published our 2017/18 Market Position Statement.  It contains a wealth of market intelligence, including:

  • Information and insights on care needs across Norfolk
  • Strategic developments
  • Social care spending
  • Workforce data
  • Priorities for the county’s five CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups).

Some of the key narratives in the document include the strengthening of our future commissioning intentions and commitment to invest new money to help meet social care needs, support people when they are ready to be discharged from hospital, and stabilise the care market through the prices that we pay for care and support.

Along with the publication of the MPS we are launching our new Market Intelligence Tool, a free-to-access online resource that gives you the ability to dig deeper into the social care market and see localised information to help you plan your social care work.  At the heart of the Market Intelligence Tool is an interactive map that allows you to explore social care needs, health and disability data, demographics, employment information, and business activity on a scale that is useful to you, ranging from villages and towns up to district councils and CCGs.  The map functionality has been designed to let you quickly move between geographic areas and levels of detail.  All of the information held in the tool has also been presented visually, giving you an accessible snapshot of the care market in Norfolk.  The Market Intelligence Tool is accessible via Norfolk County Council’s website, where you will also find a user guide and FAQs section.

Liquidlogic update

You may not have heard much about Liquidlogic recently, but there’s lots of activity ready for go live in November.

With 30 practitioner-experts, we exhaustively tested our Liquidlogic Adults System (LAS) build.  There were no showstoppers, which demonstrates the build is progressing really well although there are things we could improve.  There’s another round of building and testing ahead to get things right.

A big thank you to those who gave their time and expertise to ensure LAS works as we want it to.  They checked data converted from CareFirst to LAS and identified how LAS processes and forms will work for their teams.

Feedback from testers was very positive:

“What struck me was how easy it was to use without having any real training on it.”

“There are a lot less clicks to get to where you needed.”

“It is intuitive and easy to navigate around.”

“Cases will not go missing where they haven’t been assigned correctly… Being able to work immediately on new postal addresses will also be beneficial.”

“I think the system is going to be a great asset to the service as a whole.  It’s much slicker and information is accessible in clear plain language and symbols.”

“I found the system so easy to use, I love the colour aspects, for me it makes things so much easier to read.”

“The ability to have multiple pages open at the same time and to scroll backwards and forwards will be invaluable.”

Once Liquidlogic have built the next version, we start more data migration and testing with practitioner help so we have a stable system before training starts.

Look out for updates on the project's iNet page here.  For any training queries email: scsr.training@norfolk.gov.uk.  For other questions or concerns, contact Jane Walsh at: jane.walsh@norfolk.gov.uk.

Issue 29Date August 2017In This IssueAdult Social Services In The NewsLaunch of Carer UK Norfolk

In the last edition of the ASSD Newsletter we provided some information about a new free resource to support people who are in an unpaid caring role and this includes many ASSD staff.  For those of you wishing to use this resource, please use the following link which will take you directly to the registration page.

carersdigital.org/login/signup

OSCAs

The first round of nominations is over and we've had a bumper crop.  A huge thank you to everyone who nominated outstanding teams, colleagues and volunteers.  When the judging is done and the winners (two per category) notified, we'll reveal who they are.  So watch this space.  The next round of nominations opens on 23 August.

Please click here for more information.

Norfolk Care Convention preparations continue

We previously gave you advanced warning of the date for this year’s Care Conference.  Arrangements are well in hand with the venue, speakers and exhibitors being lined up.

The conference has been re-branded this year as the Norfolk Care Convention.  To find all the details please view the dedicated website www.carenorfolk.com.

ESRC Safeguarding Adults and Legal Literacy seminar

Seminar 5: Responsibility for and to safeguarding in civil society

Date: Friday 15 September 2017

Venue: University of East Anglia

The aim of this seminar series is to explore the new legal rules (developed through a policy process), and the challenges of interpretation that emerge, and how practitioners and their organisations can be supported to deliver the intentions and requirements of the Care Act 2014 and keep people safe from abuse and harm.  

Seminars will bring together researchers, educators, students, practitioners, policy-makers, service users and carers to consider how the Care Act 2014 has been made, how it is being and should be interpreted, and how different stakeholders can learn about its provisions.

Please click here for more information.  To register for a free place at this seminar, please email law.safeguardingadults@keele.ac.uk.

Dispute resolution/mediation

Relationship issues is one of the most common reasons for employees contacting Norfolk Support Line, the confidential counselling and advice service provided by Norfolk County Council.  When those relationship issues are between work colleagues, the impact can spread to the wider team, other teams, and customers. However, one measure that has helped people resolve issues and move on is dispute resolution, a service NCC has had since 2014.

The service is provided by staff in the Well-Being Team and HR who receive training from CEDR (Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution), a highly respected organisation in this field.  The process of dispute resolution, also known as mediation, focuses on the future and rebuilding relationships, rather than on apportioning blame for what went wrong.  The process is voluntary, collaborative and looks for solutions that are mutually acceptable.  At the end, the employees will complete a written agreement which they would share with their manager, detailing how they are going to rebuild their relationship.  During the last financial year mediation was only requested by Adult Social Services on one occasion.  Maybe that’s because Adult Social Services staff get on fine and resolve relationship issues between themselves.  However, if that’s not the case and you have a situation which might benefit from dispute resolution, email the Well-Being Team.  A member of the team will contact you, in confidence, within five working days to discuss your case further.

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Help your fellow citizens

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:30
Be part of Citizens Advice

Hello Your Voice member

Can you give some time to help others? Norfolk Citizens Advice has opportunities for volunteers to continue its outreach and fixed base services in Norfolk.

Last year more than 240 of the charity’s trained volunteers helped 20,000 people deal with matters such as debt, benefits, relationship break-up and employment issues face-to-face. The information and advice provided is free, confidential, impartial and independent.

Volunteering at Norfolk Citizens Advice is different because you’ll be learning all the time, meeting like-minded volunteers and helping someone who needs assistance. There are vacancies for: advisers, trustees (in particular a treasurer) and receptionists.

For an application form and more details email Emma or call 01603 273116. Find out more about Norfolk Citizens Advice

Thanks

Chris

Your Voice is run by Norfolk County Council. You can contact the team by emailing us: yourvoice@norfolk.gov.uk.

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All Aboard! A Maritime Discovery Day at Time & Tide Museum

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:30
Tel: 01493 743930 
Time & Tide Museum
Blackfriars Road
Great Yarmouth
NR30 3BX Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 18 August 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:00

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 18 August 2017 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesCommunications and Marketing Officer, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

£21,585 to £24,983 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Marcoms professional  to support the Head of Marketing and Communications and provide assistance in the development and maintenance of effective communications for the Sainsbury Centre for both internal and external audiences across all media. Main duties will include marketing, press, and social media delivery, producing statistics, conducting research and effective liaison with internal and external stakeholders.

You will have a minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualification or experience), together with previous experience in a similar communications and/or marketing role.  Good organisational, administrative and IT skills are also essential along with the ability to prioritise multiple activities to tight deadlines.

Closing date: 12 noon on 13 September 2017.  

For more information and to apply visit: www.uea.ac.uk/vacancies

Technical Manager, The Corn Hall Diss

Application deadline: Midnight Thursday 7 September 2017
Interviews: Tuesday 12 September 2017
Start date: On or before Thursday 10 October 2017

As the lead member of the production team and a key member of The Corn Hall staff, the post holder will provide high quality technical support (including lighting, sound and AV) for the Corn Hall, including responsibility for building and equipment maintenance. You will also give technical support to the Arts & Heritage Outreach Manager in mounting and refreshing exhibitions and heritage interpretation. You will deliver a consistently high standard of service to visiting artists and other venue users, and using safe working procedures at all times, contribute to the Corn Hall’s objective to be one of the leading venues in Norfolk for excellent and diverse performance art and heritage.

For more information and to apply please visit: https://www.thecornhall.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/

Arts and Heritage Outreach Manager, The Corn Hall Diss

Application deadline: Friday 8 September 2017
Shortlist interviews: Monday 18 September 2017

Full Time, Permanent
Pay £20,800 (32 hrs/week)

The Arts and Heritage Outreach Manager will work closely with the Corn Hall Director as part of a small multi-talented team, to deliver an ambitious and exciting Outreach, Education and Heritage Programme of workshops, events, exhibitions and other imaginative initiatives to greatly expand the Corn Hall’s existing programme for young people, young families, the elderly and the disabled.  The Corn Hall has operated successfully for nearly eight years, and the aim of its recently completed restoration and expansion is to make it one of East Anglia’s leading performing and visual arts and heritage centres. The role will include: working with groups from local schools and children’s centres to retirement homes and members of the public, particularly young people; establishing and delivering programmes of activities, both heritage and art exhibitions and events, often in partnership with local bodies; continuing the development of interpretation; developing new educational initiatives; creating new partnerships and collaborations with organisations and the community. The focus of the role will be on delivery, rather than research, and, as part of a small management team, managing a busy arts centre efficiently.

For more information and to apply please visit: https://www.thecornhall.co.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/

Learning and Engagement Officer, King's Lynn Town Hall

Closing date: 27 August 2017
£23,398 - £24,964 per annum (Scale G)
37 hours per week
Fixed term contract until: 31 December 2018
 
This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver a sustainable learning and engagement programme for Stories of Lynn, an HLF-funded development of Kings Lynn Town Hall. You will be an enthusiastic educator with previous experience of working with children and young people in museum or heritage settings. You will have experience of developing museum school and informal learning programmes and of managing volunteers. This post is HLF funded until 31/12/2018.
 
To view further information regarding the vacancy please visit: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobs-training-and-volunteering/search-and-apply-for-a-job

Marina Youth Theatre Leader, Lowestoft

The Marina Theatre is looking for an experienced and versatile freelance youth theatre leader and workshop facilitator to join our team and co-lead our Saturday morning and Monday evening theatre groups – as well as assisting and leading on a number of outreach projects and school workshops we have coming up.

In October 2016 we began to expand and develop our outreach and youth work, and are dedicated to becoming a vital and versatile hub for the creative arts in the area.

The ideal candidate will:
•Have experience of running youth theatre groups of all ages and abilities.
•Be confident leading and assisting workshops on a range of subjects.
•Be committed, hardworking and adaptable.
•Have a broad knowledge of different theatre styles and practitioners.
•Have experience as a writer, director or actor (or all three!)
•Have an up to date DBS check.

To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to willisgrove@marinatheatre.co.uk

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 29th August
www.marinatheatre.co.uk/vacancies

Fundraising Consultant/ Bid Writer (freelance)

The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft is looking for a freelance fundraising consultant/ bid writer to begin working with us to support our fundraising activities.  We are at an important junction in the theatre’s development and this is an exciting opportunity to help shape our future. This role leads on sourcing potential funding streams, gathering the information required, writing the applications, and managing follow ups and reporting.

We are looking for someone with a proven track record of raising income for project and revenue funding and writing detailed proposals to obtain funding from various sources. A good understanding and knowledge of trusts, statutory and lottery fundraising is essential. This role is conceived as a casual freelance role depending on current requirements, to suit the needs of the Theatre and the post holder.  We envisage to begin with that the role will be for 5-8 hours a month. We are looking for the right person and would be open to any conversation about how this might come about.

The post holder would be expected to visit the theatre occasionally to meet with other staff, but can on the whole work from home if that is preferred.  Ideally the candidate will be based in our region to aid this.

Freelance rate of pay around £12 per hour.
For further information and details on how to apply please visit www.marinatheatre.co.uk/vacancies

Closing date for applications is Tuesday 5th September at 10am.

Development Officer, Norwich Theatre Royal

Norwich Theatre Royal is recruiting a Development Officer to support the Development Department particularly in regard to increasing and maintaining relationships with businesses, individuals and trusts.  Someone with a level of experience in managing business relationships and professional fundraising in the charitable sector.

Full Job Description and application form from http://bit.ly/2mYQPiM
Closing date is 30th August and interviews will be on 5th September.

Marketing Campaigns Manager, Norwich Theatre Royal

The Marketing Manager – Campaigns will work closely with the Marketing Director to develop the marketing, audience development and brand strategies for the organisation, create and implement marketing campaigns for all NTR’s work, and to maximise awareness of all aspects of its activities.

Full Job Description and application form from http://bit.ly/2mYQPiM

Closing date -  Friday 8th September 2017
Interviews - Friday 15th Septmber 2017

Office Administrator, SeaChange Arts Great Yarmouth

Closes: 27th August 2017
Interviews will take place Thursday 31 August, 2017
Full time

We have an exciting opportunity for an Office Adminsitrator to join the SeaChange team at the Drill House in Great Yarmouth.
The Office Administrator will have excellent organisational, administrative, IT and communication skills. The main focus of the role is to provide administrative support to the Office and Operations Manager and project administrative support to the wider staff team.

Download a job application pack from our website: http://seachangearts.org.uk/get-involved/opportunities/
Please note applications can only be considered if they are submitted by email to veronica@seachangearts.org.uk or hard copy, FAO Veronica Stephens, SeaChange Arts, The Drill House, York Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2LZ.

Office & Operations Manager, SeaChange Arts Great Yarmouth

Full time, £20k-25k

SeaChange Arts are recruiting for an Office & Operations Manager. The Office and Operations Manager will provide administrative and operational management to support and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of SeaChange Arts, across the team and will be responsible for the day to day running of the SeaChange office and Drill House venue.
Download an application pack from our website:http://seachangearts.org.uk/get-involved/opportunities/

Application deadline – Sunday 27 August, 2017
Interviews will take place Thursday 31 August, 2017

Please note applications can only be considered if they are submitted by email to veronica@seachangearts.org.uk or hard copy, FAO Veronica Stephens, SeaChange Arts, The Drill House, York Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2LZ.

Development OpportunitiesWriting Strong Funding Applications, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy

Date: Monday 2 October 2017
Venue: Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ
Time: 10am – 4pm

This course aims to equip you with the necessary skills to prepare and write a strong application for funding. From grants and statutory bids to trusts and foundations, the course will cover the framework for developing your case for support with practical exercises to improve your fundraising writing skills. By the end of the day, you will have:

• A framework for ideas generation and case for support
• Greater understanding of how to address criteria required by funding bodies and charitable trusts and foundations
• Greater confidence in your writing skills for specific audiences
• Increased knowledge and confidence in effective budgeting

This course is designed to give you the nuts and bolts of fundraising, and is suitable if you are new to fundraising or want to update or gain new skills.  The course will be delivered by Pamela Johnson of Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy http://artsfundraising.org.uk/ Pamela’s 25 year career spans arts marketing, fundraising, funding policy and academia. She has worked as a consultant, led the MA Arts Management degree at Anglia Ruskin University for over a decade and was a Visiting Lecturer for City University’s MA in Cultural Policy and Management degree, devising and delivering a new Arts Fundraising module. Pamela has been a Trustee for the last 10 years and is currently a Board member for Babylon ARTS in Ely, leading their fundraising activity. She is also a Committee Member for the Institute of Fundraising's regional East Anglia group.

To register for your FREE place visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/writing-strong-funding-applications-arts-fundraising-and-philanthropy-tickets-36350790192

The deadline for registration is 25 September 2017. Please note that places are limited so early booking is advised. This event is organised in partnership with Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy and Norfolk Arts Forum (Norfolk County Council).

DOING IT FOR YOURSELF - helping artists to survive and thrive

Tuesday 29 August, 5.30pm

Recent technological innovations and changes in creative practice have enabled musicians, film-makers, gamers, artists, photographers, writers, makers, performers and other creatives to self-publish, sell direct and get their product to market by cutting out the middle-man, the intermediaries – the professional publisher, agents, managers and producers who take time and cost money and who, rather than the consumers, are the arbiters of success. However, this has implications, both in the legal world, the business world, for the producer and the consumer and for the longer-term context of digitisation, copyright and earning for artists.

You are invited to come and hear the results and conclusions of the UEA strands of a five-year, multi-institution research project. You can take part in a discussion about how these issues might affect you and how we might work together to create business models to take advantage of advances in current and future technology and apps.

LOCATION
1st floor, St George’s Works
51 Colegate Norwich NR3 1DD

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/doing-it-for-yourself-professional-development-for-creatives-tickets-36482807058

*This event is popular and currently all places are booked but there is a waitlist so please join that (click on the green Register button) as there is a high likelihood that more places will become available and we may change the venue. Please call 07946261651 if you want to know if there is still space to attend or have any other questions*

Back to School with Artpocket!

Artpockets new programme of creative courses begins in September -  there is still time to enrol and kickstart your creative journey!

(NEW) Adult Postgraduate Programme in Creative Practise - Begins September 2017. Course Fee £1450 (1 year part time)

Adult Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (fully accredited with ABC Awards) - Begins September 2017.  Course Fee £4250 (2 years part time)

Find out more and book via www.artpocket.co.uk

Or speak to one of the Artpocket team:
Rebecca:    07903 818017
Hannelore:  07789 985008

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersNorwich Castle Open Art Show

Following the last Norwich Castle Open Art Show in 2014, Inspired by Birds, this one focuses on the theme of inheritance; from architecture to landscape, personal traits to treasured objects. For the first time, the entire submission process is online via the East Anglia Art Fund website and this closes on Saturday 30 September 2017. The selected works (judged by an external panel in November 2017) will subsequently go on display in the Special Exhibition Galleries (Saturday 3 March – Sunday 20 May 2018) alongside Norwich Castle: The Square Box on the Hill (Saturday 10 February – Sunday 3 June 2018), an exhibition illustrating Norwich Castle’s rich history from royal palace, to prison, to museum.

Explore Wells-next-the-Sea: A Heritage Art Trail from Shore to Sea, and Back Again

The Wells Maltings Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is organising a year-long Heritage Art Trail which will be part of our opening festivities for the Wells Maltings in the heart of the Wells in spring of 2018. People of the Shore and Sea Trail organised by the Wells Maltings will feature East Anglian artists. We are looking for artists to create original work to be displayed from March 2018 through April 2019 in Wells.

We want a wide creative response with a range of possibilities; everything from soundscape, stained glass, woven reeds, to artfully illuminated heritage buildings.  Our selected artists will highlight the heritage of Wells People of the Shore and Sea with innovative works such as a large-scale installation on the Quay in front of the harbour office to an intimate vignette tucked into the alcove by the library.  We want artists to explore all the possibilities of sites extending from Wells town along the channel-side mile to the beach and to the quay with the fisherman’s shed and the Albatros and on to the East Quay. Artists are asked to respond to local heritage and culture with stories from Wells-next-the-Sea, for example: stories of the lifeboat disaster, or the life of a whelker, or the roles of women in the town. The Wells History Group is a vast resource for information, if needed. The selected artists will work alongside professional curators and Maltings staff to place each new work along the beach mile, or in the town, or at the Wells Maltings itself at numerous approved sites. The Wells Maltings will work in tandem with each artist to fabricate the environmentally sensitive footings that will provide a ground for their artwork for a year.

The artworks must be made specifically for the People of the Shore and Sea Art Trail and can be biodegradable, permanent on the site or for sale after a year's display. A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to an artist by a panel of independent judges for an exceptional work reflecting Wells’ heritage. The Wells Maltings Trust will discuss the cost of artists time and materials once selected.

All artworks need to be finished by 28 Feb 2018. Applications must be submitted by 1 October 2017 with a £10 entry fee. Artists will be told whether their proposal has been accepted or rejected from the first week of November 2017.

For more information or questions contact: mary@wellsmaltings.org.uk or visit http://www.wellsmaltings.org.uk/explore-wells-next-sea-heritage-art-trail-shore-sea-back/

Industry Research & InformationCultural Calendar

The Look Sideways - East Cultural Calendar has now launched, and we want as many people to use it and let us know what they think. It can be used to find out what other organisations across the region are up to, prevent clashes, and allow you all to plan collaborative campaigns more effectively.
We’re in a development period, so we really want feedback from all organisations, so we can make the tool as functional, and useful, as possible.

You can login at www.cultural-calendar.co.uk, but if you want to sign up, or you’re not sure if you’ve already got an account, get in touch with Look Sideways Project Manager, James Gorry: james@agencyforchange.co.uk

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing

Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing was published in July, offering research and recommendations for better integration of arts and cultural activities in health and social care. The all party inquiry includes hundreds of interviews and dozens of case studies showing how powerfully the arts can promote health and wellbeing.

Read the report here.

Call for Nominations, New Geographies

The East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) have launched an open call, asking people living in the East of England to nominate overlooked or unexpected places in the region that they find meaningful and interesting, to which artists can respond with site-specific work.

By asking ‘what is a forgotten place that you think is important to highlight?’ we want more people to share their stories, building upon an active discussion with the potential to connect us to each other and to reimagine our idea of ‘place’.

The public nominations of overlooked places will create a new map of the East of England made by those who live here. If you live in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk we’d love you to nominate a place through the website, by post (send to Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Rd, Bourn, CB23 2TX), or by email at info@newgeographies.uk

Please include an image, if possible, and the reason why you are nominating. Entries accepted until 22 October 2017.

In response to these nominations, ECVAN will commission artists – from the UK and internationally – to highlight some of those places with new site-specific work. This combination of local knowledge and world-class art seeks to create a new vision of the East of England as a place to encounter excellent art in unexpected places.

Each artwork will be different but all the projects will be united by one thing: their inspiration taken from the people and places where they’re located. New Geographies will create a new democratised map for our region whilst experiencing high-quality international art in unexpected locations. For everyone.

Follow the project on the dedicated web page here: www.newgeographies.uk

Fun Palaces Weekend - 7 & 8 October

Over the first weekend of October every year, thousands of people across the country make Fun Palaces. Some big, some tiny, all of them an opportunity to celebrate the skills and passions of local communities and give everyone - of all ages - a chance to try out something new, from arts and sciences to craft, tech and digital. It’s about bringing people together, celebrating creativity, and having fun. Fun Palaces are free (for people making them and for people participating in them on the weekend), they are for everyone and most importantly every idea you have will be a good one.

Find your nearest Fun Palace here or sign up to make your own

Funding Opportunities

Arts Project Fund, Norfolk County Council

The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk. Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.

The Fund has three deadlines a year. Deadlines for 2017-18 are the 30th of September 2017 and 31st of January 2018.

For more information visit https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/grants-and-funding/arts-grants-and-funding/arts-project-fund or email arts@norfolk.gov.uk for an application form.

Norwich Heritage Fund

Deadline 1 September 2017
Grants of up to £3,000 to support charities and community groups within the Norwich Urban Area which aim to benefit local heritage, and people’s engagement with it.

More information can be found here

Broadland Meridian Health & Wellbeing Fund

Deadline 8 September 2017
Grants of up to £5,000 to support charities and community groups in Norfolk working in the arena of mental health.

Full details and criteria are available at
www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/broadland-meridian-mental-health-wellbeing-fund/

Norfolk Future Fund

Deadline 1 September 2017
Norfolk community groups and charities are invited to take part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event where you will meet donors and tell them first-hand about the work you do.  Four shortlisted groups will have the opportunity of receiving funding up to £2,500 for their chosen project. Finalists will need to be available to attend the event on 2 November, 6pm-8.30pm in Norwich, where funding decisions will be made. 

Full details and criteria are available at www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/norfolk-future-fund/

Funding to support the performing arts

The next closing date for applications to the Wingate Foundation's Performing Arts (excluding music) grants programme is the 20th September 2017. Funding is available for charities with a record of artistic excellence that require additional funding to broaden their repertoire or develop work of potentially outstanding interest which cannot be funded from other sources. Assistance will also be considered for training and professional development for creative talent or the technical professions. The Trustees additionally wish to support arts projects that place a particular emphasis on addressing educational or social exclusion outcomes.
 
Previous projects supported include:
• Little Angel Theatre one of only three puppet theatres in England dedicated to the celebration and development of puppetry and live animation which received funding towards a new building dedicated to education, community and outreach work.
• The Dulwich Picture Gallery a public art gallery housing a world-class collection of Old Master paintings which received support towards a new strand of the Youth Engagement Programme, ‘Off the Wall', which aims to widen access to, and engage with, young people.

Read more at: http://www.wingatefoundation.org.uk/sc_performing_arts.php 

Arts Funding for Libraries

The Arts Council England has announced that its Arts Funding for Libraries programme is currently open for applications. Through the programme public libraries and organisations / local authorities managing public libraries can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £100,000 for projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and/or arts organisations to encourage library users and those living locally to take part in artistic and cultural activities. One project funded is Cityread London, a campaign to bring reading to life for audiences throughout the capital led by Stellar Libraries. The project was awarded £86,000. This is a rolling programme and applications can be made at any time until the 31st March 2018.

Read more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/grants-arts-libraries-fund#section-1

Volunteering OpportunitiesGet Involved! Stopgap Dance Company

From September 2017 Stopgap Dance Company will be holding weekly dance classes at two Special Educational Needs schools in Norwich and Great Yarmouth. These two groups will then take part in a performance at Norfolk & Norwich Festival in May 2018, alongside Stopgap’s professional dancers.
Stopgap Dance is looking for volunteer performers who would like to commit to a weekly group. You would support the young people in the groups as a Dance Assistant and take part in the performance. If you are enthusiastic, committed and have dance experience then they’d love to hear from you!

The weekly sessions will take place at:
John Grant School, Great Yarmouth: Wednesdays 1.30pm – 3pm
The Parkside School, Norwich: Thursdays 1.30pm – 3pm

If you are interested in being part of this exciting project please email Charlotte Mackie, admin@stopgapdance.com outlining why you would like to be involved. Suitable for people aged 16+.

Curatorial Volunteer, Time and Tide Museum Great Yarmouth

Once again, we are looking for volunteers to become a part of the Sea History Differently project to join and form part of our exhibition steering group.

In May 2018, we will be showcasing an exhibition on Great Yarmouth, including masterpieces from British artists alongside works by contemporary artists, that all depict and show the landscapes – past and present of the town and surrounding areas.

However we need your help to deliver this innovative and exciting show. One of things that will make our Summer 2018 exhibition so unique and special is that it will be community co-curated. Going beyond the walls of our exhibition galleries, our curatorial and exhibitions staff will not be the only decision makers about what goes on display. We want this to be a people’s exhibition, and therefore we need you to help us achieve this. To register your interest and to find out how your voice could shape our future exhibition just send us an email: yarmouth.museums@norfolk.gov.uk

Norwich Film Festival 2017 - Volunteer Opportunity

Love short films? Enjoy film festivals?
We are on the look out for volunteers to join the Norwich Film Festival team to help and support us in the lead up and during this year's festival which runs from 9 - 19 November 2017.

This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience working for an established film festival, as well as getting an insight into all the elements that go into putting on a successful arts event. If you are interested please email: info@norwichfilmfestival.co.uk with a copy of your CV and a short explanation about why you'd like to join our team. Also make sure to tell us if you are interested in a particular role so we can try to make sure your time volunteering is as beneficial for you as possible.

Find out more about us here.

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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Your A* Takeaway returns!

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/18/2017 - 10:51

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         18 August 2017

The waiting’s over

Thousands of young people got their A-level results yesterday, in a day of congratulations and commiserations. If anyone you know is planning their next move in the wake of their results, they can find out more here. Read our press release.   

Better roads

Following last week’s item on A47 roadshows, you can now read the read the County Council’s reaction to plans that Highways England released on Monday about the road’s £300m upgrade - with preferred routes announced for the sections to be dualled.  More information.

Changes at the Norfolk & Waveney STP

News this week that MD Wendy Thomson has handed over the Executive leadership of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan – about the future of health and social care in Norfolk and Waveney – to Antek Lejk, chief officer for South Norfolk and North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups. As the STP moves from set-up to delivery, Wendy felt the time was right to pass the baton to an NHS colleague. Wendy remains on the executive board and the partnership will continue to play an important role in integrating health and social care. Successor Antek Lejk says he will build on the firm foundations established by Wendy and that her unique contribution to the partnership “will continue to be invaluable.” In her STP role, Wendy was quoted this week in a national report from this year’s Health+Care show.

Know any budding young writers?

Only two weeks to go till the 31 August deadline for entries for Write on Norfolk - our 500 words competition for 5-13 year olds (and with great prizes). So there's still time to encourage your children to write a story and enter the competition. Read more here.

Got any hazardous waste?

If so, here’s a chance to get rid of it safely. Our annual hazardous waste events kick off on 16 September in King’s Lynn and are running at seven of our recycling centres in September and October. Wood preservatives, insecticides, weed killers, paint, thinners, varnishes and special cleaning products are among the wide range of household chemicals that will be accepted – for free – at the weekend-long events. Find out more.

BBQ today

Don’t forget there’s a barbecue on the County Hall terrace today. Read more.

And finally...happy Serendipity Day!

Apparently today is Serendipity Day. But did you know that the word was coined in 1754 by Horace Walpole, son of Norfolk’s Sir Robert Walpole (generally regarded as our first Prime Minister)? The word came from the title of a fairy tale, The Three Princes of Serendip, whose heroes ‘were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of’. Enjoy your day!

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

Thumbs up for Reading Well

Norfolk patients say a new library scheme which offers health and wellbeing books is proving a welcome addition in helping them manage long-term medical conditions. Reading Well for Long Term Conditions launched last month across our 47 libraries and eight mobile libraries. It’s part of the national Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme. Schemes for common mental health conditions, dementia and shelf help for young people are already up and running. Read more.

Norwich - Bracondale closure

Remember that the city-bound bus stop on Bracondale will be closed from Monday (21 August) because of roadworks, so you’ll need to use the stop further up the hill near Conesford Drive. Also – you won’t be able to drive up Bracondale towards the city centre from 0930 on 21 August because it will be closed to general traffic (except buses and emergency vehicles) while the roadworks are happening.  You will still be able to turn right onto King Street from the Bracondale traffic lights. Read more.

Holt Hall open day

On 3 September Holt Hall is opening its gates to the public, with loads to see, do - and eat! Read more.

A mammoth tale

If you have a few minutes to spare this weekend, BBC Radio 4’s Bone Stories is worth a listen. Broadcast on 15 August, it tells the fascinating tale of the West Runton mammoth and quotes Dr David Waterhouse, Senior Curator of Natural History at Norfolk Museums Service (pictured right). If you’d rather not register with iPlayer, you can read more about the mammoth here.

This week's blog

Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services

There is a different dynamic around the place this month. I’ve got fewer formal meetings so I’ve been able to get out and about a bit more and see some things closer to the coalface. My morning commute is a joy and my email traffic is down a notch or two - the joys of August.

Read more. 

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Summer edition of your Love Food Hate Waste Champion newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/17/2017 - 15:24

We hope you are all having a fantastic summer. This edition of your Love Food Hate Waste newsletter takes a closer look at community fridges, reveals an exciting opportunity to tackle food waste in Norfolk with the help of some Sainsbury's funding and introduces our recently recruited LFHW Champion among other things. Happy reading. 

We have a new addition to our LFHW family

A very warm welcome to our new Love Food Hate Waste Champions who have recently completed their training and are rearing to go. As always at our training sessions we also learn a thing or two so look out for a delicious desert - Jelly Creams (thanks Pauline) which will be on our website soon. 

Vikki, Gay, Bee and Tasha busy getting their portions right. 

These lovely ladies attended a condensed training course in July as they couldn't make the June date. Fantastic to have you on board guys!

Green Build at Felbrigg Hall - 9 &10 September

We are still looking for some volunteers to attend this fantastic event at Felbrigg Hall. It is the region's biggest green lifestyle event and there is plenty going on. 

So why not volunteer for half a day and enjoy having a look around for the other.  The entry to the event is free - so why not bring the family along too. 

Take a look at this link to see what is on offer. 

Waste Less Save More - Discovery Communities in Norfolk

The Norfolk Waste Partnership has received a £50,000 grant from Sainsbury’s as part of their ‘Waste Less Save More’ campaign to help local communities in Norfolk reduce household food waste and save money.

We will be working with the City, Borough and District Councils, in designated areas (Discovery Communities) in each local authority, on a number of community projects to help householders get to grips with the issues of food waste.

 The projects that we will be running in each area will include:

  • Setting up a community fridge.
  • Producing & delivering a Waste Less Save More Welcome Pack to all residents.
  • Fab Food sessions in local schools.
  • A Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge.
  • The Innovation Challenge, residents will have the chance to test products designed to help reduce food waste.
  • Promotion of the free app Olio which can help connect people to one another and local shops so surplus food can be shared and not thrown away.
  • Provision of free fridge thermometers to residents.
  • Local events to highlight the issues of food waste, help residents reduce their waste and save money.
  • A tenants pack and cookery workshops.

 We will be attending events in the discovery communities and there will be several opportunities for you come along and share your knowledge and expertise with local residents. Or perhaps you would like to help residents with the Zero Waste Kitchen Challenge. Please email lovefoodhatewaste@norfolk.gov.uk if you would like to be involved. 

Swadlincote in Derbyshire were the Waste Less Save More pioneer town, for more information about Swadlincote, the campaign and community projects click here

Community fridge in the spotlight

Community fridges are popping up all round the country and soon there will be some in Norfolk too! But what are they and how do they work?  

Community fridges were first started in Germany in 2013, they offer a temporary home to unwanted food which could come from retailers, eateries or households. The idea is quite simple but very effective, those who have no use for an item of food can see it go to someone who does. Money is saved and less food gets wasted - a win win situation for everyone!

Fridges come with rules and food safety regulations tailored to the need of the host community to ensure that it is all safe. Please click on the link to find out more about community fridges. 

Get involved

There are many ways how you can spread the Love Food Hate Waste message. If you are active on social media - this might be for you.

  • You can simply like a post or share it with your friends and family.
  • You can comment on a post and leave a message.
  • You can tag us @planeatsave if you are posting something on your site and we can respond/share with the wider community. 

If you fancy just having a sneaky peak please just click on the links below.  


Plan Eat Save Facebook page

Plan Eat Save Twitter page
Plan Eat Save Instagram pageTop tip of the month

Every Friday we post a top tip on our social media platforms. Here is one that was posted recently - this a good one to share with your family and friends or at events as people often think the potato become poisonous if it starts sprouting.

What you have been up to...

You have been busy helping providing hands on support and advice to people at a number of events. Here are just a couple of examples we would like to highlight. Thank you all for spreading the Love Food Hate Waste message. 

Royal Norfolk Show

Thank you to all our Love Food Hate Waste Champions who were at a very soggy Norfolk show with our Plan Eat Save display. We were so pleased to be under cover!

The volunteers were kept very busy with a steady stream of visitors eager to pick up some tasty recipes and new ideas to help them plan meals, eat smart and save money.

 

The Oaks Friendship Group and LFHW

Lois, one of our new LFHW Champions, tells us a bit more about the Oaks Friendship Group and the connection with LFHW.

 “ The Oaks Friendship Group welcomes all ages and abilities but especially people with dementia and their carers. The group meets every second Friday of each month at Bowthorpe church. The lovely link between the group and LFHW is that, through Fair Share, they pick up food from two local Tesco stores, have lunch together, and then let people take home any leftovers! Please do drop in if you happen to be passing.”

Latest news

In this section we will share information about other waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives in Norfolk. 

Hazardous waste days

Throughout September and October Norfolk County Council is holding special events at some of the Household Waste Recycling Centres so people can dispose of household hazardous waste free of charge. 

From paint to garden pesticides and chemicals – this is your chance to get rid of them in an environmentally friendly way. Please tell others about this opportunity too as they are only held once a year. Here is the link for exact dates and locations.

Dates for your diaryThank you

... for reading this newsletter and for spreading the LFHW message. We would love to hear from you, please drop us a line at lovefoodhatewaste@norfolk.gov.uk. The next issue is due in the autumn, therefore please submit any contributions by mid-October.

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Integration in practice - Issue 7

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 15:23
A message from Lorrayne

Hello all, 

Welcome to issue seven of 'Integration News'. Summer is upon us, and many of you are on holiday, although the sun seems to be hiding from us in Norfolk. 

Despite this, good progress is being made on delivering Phase III projects. A large part of the last period has been working hard on the Promoting Independence Programme at NCC, contributing to the STP Community, Primary and Prevention work-stream and the NCHC Health & Care Strategy to ensure that they all align. 

The Programme Manager, Denise Forder and the PI Business Lead, Joanna Britton, will work closely together to ensure the most efficient models / approach. 

Areas of focus include:

· Reviewing the best model for supporting the acute and community hospitals including OPMH.

· Developing integrated alternatives to planning beds.

· Reviewing the OT role across health and social care, and developing a therapy led re-ablement service.

· Dementia: numerous strands to improve.

· Discharge to Assess: influencing and participating to ensure an appropriate model  and / or evaluation. 

We have also been working with partner organisations via STP to bring them up to date with our progress and exploring what future shape integration could take.

Our Integrated Service continues to have ongoing input and influence on system-wide boards and priorities - the Assistant Directors and Heads continue to develop excellent relationships around Primary Care and with the CCGs. This both allows a joint, rapid response when pressure is high and enables the development of new, innovative, integrated models.

Thanks as always for all that you are doing. 

Best wishes, Lorrayne

Norwich news

NEAT is a local response to patients who present urgent and unplanned care needs during the day. The aim is to deliver support and treatment to keep people safe and well at home, prevent avoidable acute admissions and promote their return to independence. 

In the first seven weeks the NEAT (Norwich Escalation Avoidance Team ) has received 118 referrals for patients from 23 Norwich practices and from 6 different referral sources including GPs, Social Services, Community Nursing, Community Therapy and Ambulance Service. These patients have been supported by Homeward Nursing, Homeward HCA, Community Therapy, Social Services, Norfolk First Support, Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust and Homeward Therapy alongside ongoing support from family and friends. The Integrated Care coordinators continue to record all referrals to the NEAT for ongoing monitoring and have made onward referrals to Age UK and the Alzheimer’s Society. 

The early evaluation shows that NEAT has achieved:

· Acute admissions avoided

· A&E attendances avoided

· Ambulance conveyances avoided

· Respite Care or long term care package prevented

· Carer breakdown averted

· GP visits/onward referrals avoided

· Considerable time saving for referring agencies (e.g. social care duty team and GPs) freeing up capacity 

In addition, benefits have also included:

· Efficiency of decision-making

· Improved allocation of resources and elimination of duplication

· Most proportionate response identified and deployed

· Assessments expedited where appropriate

· End-of-life care delivered in the patient’s preferred place

· Dignity at end of life

· Enhanced coordination of care

This is a high profile project that was developed in full partnership with Primary care. We have been complimented on our involvement and leadership to the point that the CCGS and GPs have paid for half the manager's time. From August we will have Sarah Ford Team Manager working full-time on the project for the next three months which is excellent news.

NNUH

During May an integrated discharge hub was created at the NNUH, with all staff working on discharge now based in the same office. The team are still adjusting to the new environment and actions to strengthen relationships and encourage further working across professional boundaries to enhance patient care are underway. 

West newsThe CCG are funding a 1-year post at the QEH for an Integrated Discharge Manager.  This is an integrated model between QEH, Norfolk County Council and NCHC.  The postholder will lead and manager integrated staff from QEH, NCC and NCHC to support patient flow and discharges from the QEH. The post is being advertised and the Interviews are being held 17 August. Workshops have been held with teams to engage staff and agree a work plan to ensure the project moves forward whilst recruitment is ongoing. This is a real step forward in terms of an integrated approach and is additional resource.

Co-Location –Norfolk County Council staff are moving to the Integrated Hub at St James Clinic on 9 and 10 August.  This will enable integrated triage of referrals to take place from the Hub. Plans are taking shape to co-locate community staff at Downham Market Health Centre.

North news

The Joint Hub at North Walsham is now fully operational with NCC and NCHC staff sitting alongside each other in Rebecca House, including senior health and social care staff. These staff manage the referrals that come into locality, which means that joint triage and allocation can take place to ensure the most appropriate member of staff responds. In some cases joint visits and assessments are undertaken. This follows on from the Integrated hub at Wymondham and its success.

The inpatient unit at Cranmer House in Fakenham is due to close at the beginning of August. 

South news Issue 716 August 2017 Changes to the Section 75 Agreement

Two additional posts are being added to the Section 75 Agreement. 

This includes a Joint Service Lead post at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, which will take responsibility for all discharge functions within the hospital, including of hospital employed staff. 

The second is a Business Support Officer post. This takes the total number of joint posts between NCC and NCHC to 17.

    OT and Falls vehicle pilot

    We received excellent news this week that the CCGs have agreed to support and fund a vehicle following a successful pilot which demonstrated excellent outcomes. 

    The model has a dedicated ambulance service vehicle responding to urgent calls for people who have fallen. 

    An integrated OT is on vehicle and assesses, sign posts, provides equipment, links to other support.

    A high percentage of admissions have been avoided. This is an excellent example of the integrated approach having results.

    Links with the wider system

    There is a real system focus on integrated working at present - our Integrated Service continues to have ongoing input and influence on system-wide boards and priorities. This includes on-going engagement at the A&E Delivery Board, STP and as part of the Promoting Independence programme. 

    There is ongoing input into the mapping currently underway for the STP on existing practice across the system and development of new models of care. The ADs and Heads of Service have a key role in shaping local delivery of services – and are at the forefront of new ways of working in locality – including Supported Care model and the Norwich Escalation and Avoidance Team. 

    We have agreed that the Integration Phase III work absolutely fits with Promoting Independence, Health and Care Strategy and the STP plans. The important aspect is to ensure all parties are kept aware of developments in localities and learning shared across where possible.

    Contributions & Feedback

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

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

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

    Supported Care is a new admission avoidance and supported discharge service – this means people only go to hospital if they need to, and get home again quickly if admitted. It is about making adjustments to the way services are organised so that we reach certain patients before they reach crisis point – helping them to stay independent and at home where they want to be. It is being launched on July 31st 2017 as part of an ongoing programme as the CCG develops and tests ideas and applies lessons learned.

    Recruitment of NFS and NCH&C clinical staff is well underway.  The new model of care will see the introduction of a dedicated group of health and social care staff who work together to prevent hospital and residential care admissions.  It’s concurrently being rolled out in North locality. This has been jointly developed under the Integration banner building on the excellent relationships we have in the North. It has also seen NFS taking a very prevalent role.

    The Supported Care service will bring together components from health, social care and the voluntary sector to deliver local joined up care closer to home delivered by a range of different health and care professionals. The service includes:

    ·         Significant reablement care capacity

    ·         Nursing and therapy assessment and oversight

    ·         Informal carer education and coaching

    ·         Community engagement and development

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    Improving Times - Spotlight on Norwich

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 08/16/2017 - 11:10
    Children's Services staff newsletter - 16 August 2017 Making a difference for dads

    A new dads groups has been set up by the Norwich assessment team, to help dads to better support their children.

    Following on from the success of a specific training course for fathers, based on the Solihull approach, Travis Britton and Chris Dickerson have created DADS Matter - Understanding Dads. 

    The group continues with the training course but also allows dads to help other dads, by using their own experiences. Attendees have stated that they feel they understand their children more.

    Quotes include:

     “I wish I did this seven years ago as I would have been a better parent to my boy;"

     “It's so humbling hearing the life situations of other dads;

    “Never thought talking about my feeling would help me but it has."

    This group is powerful and driven by the dads support for each other with a shared empathy and will to overcome the individual difficulties that have led to them being reduced in their parental capacity. The group consists of a  two hour session, once a week for 10 weeks.

    The team is creating other opportunities for dads to meet throughout the year to offer continued support and activity days. 

    For more information please contact Chris Dickerson (chris.dickerson@norfolk.gov.uk) or Travis Britton (travis.britton@norfolk.gov.uk)  

    Positive work with the Puppet Theatre

    A project has been set up working jointly with Norwich Puppet Theatre to provide regular puppet making workshops and visits to watch different shows at the theatre throughout the year.

    These have been well attended by families, with families wanting to come again and again, even after their involvement with Children's Services has ended. We have seen attendance at these workshops lead to improved engagement between families and social workers. 

    We have also worked with Norwich Puppet Theatre to run two training sessions, giving workers new ideas of how to use puppets and objects to communicate with children.

    The project also delivers regular Solihull parenting programme sessions to families. These have provided opportunities for parents to learn parenting skills in a supportive environment. Many parents attending these sessions have found the sessions beneficial and we have facilitated four groups to date.  

    Thanks to Norwich Food Bank

    The Foodbank are extremely grateful for all the donations they receive and are encouraged that they can meet not only a person's physical needs in terms of food, but also some practical needs with these 'extra' items.

    With this in mind, Foodbank has created new links and developed relationships with places such as Children's Services, Children's Centres and schools, offering some of the extra or non-food items to families who are struggling but may not 'yet' be in receipt of a foodbank referral or may find it too difficult to ask for our help.

    Liz Fredericks (Community Capacity Co-ordinator) made contact with The Norwich Foodbank to see if they could partner up to offer help to families in real need who are coming through the City Early Help Team, as there has been a rise in the number of people needing this kind of support.

    Hannah Worsley from Norwich Foodbank said: “We are pleased that Norwich Early Help clients are able to benefit from this support - giving a new mum a pack of nappies and wipes may not seem much, but may well prevent them from needing a foodbank referral as they haven't been pushed to the edge of their financial capacity.”

    The Early Help Team have been able to offer immediate support to families in need as a result of storing some of Foodbank’s surplus stock on site. One lady said to an Early Help team member, “This has made a terrible month so much brighter – it means my little girl and I can have some time together this weekend without me worrying about food, and that’s huge for us. Thank you”

    We’d like to say a huge thank you to the fantastic Foodbank volunteers for their dedication to helping others and for their help loading Liz’s car!!

    Thank you for reading. We are grateful to Julie Westmacott,  Head of Services and Partnerships and Paul Corina, Head of Social Work and their teams for the content in this issue.

    Commissioning, Partnerships and Community Capacity Team (CPCC)

    The Community Capacity team in Norwich is developing its offer to universal services over the coming months.  Our intention is to ensure partners and the families they support are able to access local provision that can contribute to building the outcomes that they are all looking for. We are already building ward plans that gather data on the local area and map services that are available.  Where we identify gaps we will work with agencies and local communities to build provision that bridges those gaps. The purpose for this work is to enable families where possible to find local support that works for them and helps them to address any concerns they may have.  Where families still require additional support then they can be referred through the existing arrangements. Our intention is to help families and support services to resolve issues at the earliest opportunity and reduce the need to access more intensive services. If you would like to contact the team than you can do so by emailing: cs.cpccteam.norwich@norfolk.gov.uk

    FREE Birthday cakes for children and young people

    This is a service that supplies birthday/celebration cakes for children/young people who have Children services involvement. This is run by volunteer bakers who have a passion in creating wonderful birthday cakes for Children/young people.

    How do I order a cake? Simply send an email to the email address provided below with details of the child including first name, age, what theme they would like, when you need it by. Email: freecakesforkidsnorwich@gmail.com

    Fun and Informative events with local Children's Centres

    Children’s Centres City and Eaton and Thorpe Hamlett and Dussindale celebrated their annual fun days this August. The two centres that are run by Action for Children host the events for families every year and this summer there was a focus on healthy living. Alongside soft play, face painting, doodle play and various other fun activities, there was information and activities from external partners including: Joy of Food, Smoke Free Norfolk, Tesco and the CPCC team. Special thanks given to Tesco’s Community Champion Christina at the Harford Bridge store who was able to provide all food for activities and refreshments for families free of charge. Diss Children’s Centre also provided their smoothie bike for the healthy eating activity hoasted by Jade Martin in the CPCC team.

    Growing opportunities for care leavers

    Norwich Leaving Care Team are about to take up an allotment with Norwich City Council where we will be helping Care Leavers gain the skills required to manage growing their own vegetables and fruit and general management of an allotment garden. Those involved will be taking over a plot late August beginning of September. The Care Leavers and Norwich Leaving Care staff are excited about the project and are looking forward to getting involved.

    New Starters in Early Help

    A warm welcome to Family Practitioners Tammy Moore, Laura-Jo Powell, Amy Byford and Celia Alden who have all recently joined the Early Help City Team.

    A push to promote the Norfolk in Care Council

    A reminder to all staff within Children’s Services to promote the In Care Council. The groups are open to children and young people aged 11 to 25 who are care experienced. It is a really invaluable opportunity for these young people living in care to have a say, share their views to help towards making a difference.

    Within the Norwich locality we would like to encourage staff to identify some young people to join. The group meets monthly and is currently being coordinated by Robin Konieczny and Elizabeth Davis. If you know of any young people currently in care who could really support this group by sharing their views and opinions or could even benefit from speaking to other peers going through similar experiences than please get in touch with either Robin (robin.konieczny@norfolk.gov.uk) or Liz (elizabeth.davis@norfolk.gov.uk).

    Your Celebrating the successes of Norfolk's looked after children and young people

    Some of the county’s looked after children, young people and care leavers assembled at the University of East Anglia Norwich, recently, for an afternoon of celebration, entertainment and prize-giving.  The annual event is organised by the Education Achievement Service’s Virtual School for Children in Care in partnership with the UEA and saw those young people awarded with a certificate, medal and book token to recognise the personal, academic and sporting achievements of those in care. 

    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 News Update

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 08/15/2017 - 17:04

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    Norfolk recycling centres all set for hazardous waste events

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    Norfolk Library and Information Service Films & Music Newsletter August 2017

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    August 2017All new release DVDs are available from the day of release for just £2 for a two night loan Films

     Even though we’re supposed to be basking in baking sunshine, August appears to be another example of the great British Summer, so what better way to while away those evenings than by hiring one of the new DVDs we have in stock. A couple of quality period dramas first – Viceroy’s House starring Hugh Bonneville and Gillian Anderson tells the story of India in 1947 leading up to independence and partition. It is also one of the last screen appearances of the great Indian actor Om Puri. Also out this month is Their Finest, a film which features Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin and a scene stealing Bill Nighy. Set during the blitz, Arterton is given the task of directing a propaganda film from a female perspective. She must overcome the views of the day to get the film made.


    There’s a new film out starring the wonderful Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling called The Sense Of An Ending, as they are both forced to revisit events from their university days. There’s also a remake of a 70s crime caper too – Going In Style, starring Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine as three elderly friends who decide to rob the bank that is going to cut their pension funds. Ben Wheatley is unquestionably one of the most interesting British directors currently making films. Each release is stylistically different from the film which precedes it and Free Fire is no exception. It's about an arms deal which goes wrong in 1970s Boston. With a brilliant ensemble cast including Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Sharlto Copley, this is one of the year’s most memorable films for fans of action comedy.

    Remaking legendary anime film Ghost In The Shell was always going to be risky, but getting Scarlett Johansson to star in it as the human-cyborg hybrid, The Majorto, proved to be a wise move. The film tells her story along with that of the taskforce, as they protect a futuristic Japan from the dangers of their extremely technologically advanced society. This is big budget sci-fi with a plot that will make you think along with eye popping visuals.

    Miss Sloane is a taught political thriller starring Jessica Chastain as a highly talented lobbyist determined to advance gun control measures in the United States. In terms of positive reviews this is arguably the film of the month. Finally this month we go from the sublime to the ridiculous with The Smurfs: Lost Village – what can we say, the kids are still off school and this could be just the ticket to keep them entertained for a while!

    All these films, plus many more feature films, foreign films and TV series are all available to borrow from just £2 for a two night loan.

    It’s time for the annual Mercury Prize nominations to be released, here’s the full list:

    • alt-j - Relaxer
    • Blossoms - Blossoms
    • Dinosaur - Together, As One
    • Ed Sheeran - ÷
    • Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being
    • J Hus - Common Sense
    • Kate Tempest - Let Them Eat Chaos
    • Loyle Carner - Yesterday’s Gone
    • Sampha - Process
    • Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer
    • The Big Moon - Love in the 4th Dimension
    • The xx - I See You

    This isn’t the place to argue about who should have been on the list, but we can suggest that if you want to sample this year’s selection, there’s nowhere better than Norfolk Libraries. At only 80p for a one week loan on all music CDs, plus free reservations, there’s no easier way to make sure you still have your finger on the pulse on the 2017 music scene. We also have all of the major current releases from artists like Arcade FireLana Del ReyGlen Campbell and Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. All for just 80p.

    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 News Update

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    Norfolk County Council’s reaction to Highways England's A47 preferred routes announcement

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    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to County Council. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Monday 24 July 2017 are now available.
    Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
    If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

     

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    Improving the A47

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:51
    Improving the A47

    Hello Your Voice member

    People who feel strongly about the need for improvements to the A47 in Norfolk are being encouraged to voice their opinions to the organisation responsible for the road at a series of public events in the county next week.

    Highways England, the government company charged with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads including the A47, has announced it will hold four roadshow events in Norfolk. The details of these are:

    • Monday, 14 August – King’s Lynn Market Place (outside the Dukes Head), PE30 1JS,11am – 6pm;
    • Tuesday, 15 August – Attleborough Sainsbury’s, High Street, NR17 2EH, 12pm – 7pm;
    • Wednesday, 16 August – Great Yarmouth Tesco Extra, Pasteur Rd, Southtown, NR310DW, 12pm – 7pm
    • Thursday, 17 August – Gorleston Morrison's, Black Reach, NR31 6SA, 12pm – 7pm.

    As well as featuring an exhibition of plans for upcoming major roadworks in the region, these roadshows will give people in Norfolk the chance to make staff at Highways England aware of their views on the A47.

    Find out more here.

    Many thanks

    Chris

    Your Voice is run by Norfolk County Council. You can contact the team by emailing us: yourvoice@norfolk.gov.uk.

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    Norfolk County Council News Update

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    Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 11 August 2017

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    Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

    Welcome to the 11 August 2017 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

    In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesLearning and Engagement Officer, King's Lynn Town Hall 

    Closing date: 27 August 2017

    £23,398 - £24,964 per annum (Scale G)
    37 hours per week
    Fixed term contract until: 31 December 2018
     
    This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver a sustainable learning and engagement programme for Stories of Lynn, an HLF-funded development of Kings Lynn Town Hall. You will be an enthusiastic educator with previous experience of working with children and young people in museum or heritage settings. You will have experience of developing museum school and informal learning programmes and of managing volunteers. This post is HLF funded until 31/12/2018.
     
    To view further information regarding the vacancy please visit: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/jobs-training-and-volunteering/search-and-apply-for-a-job

    Fundraising Consultant/ Bid Writer (freelance), The Marina Theatre

    The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft is looking for a freelance fundraising consultant/ bid writer to begin working with us to support our fundraising activities.  We are at an important junction in the theatre’s development and this is an exciting opportunity to help shape our future. This role leads on sourcing potential funding streams, gathering the information required, writing the applications, and managing follow ups and reporting.

    We are looking for someone with a proven track record of raising income for project and revenue funding and writing detailed proposals to obtain funding from various sources. A good understanding and knowledge of trusts, statutory and lottery fundraising is essential. This role is conceived as a casual freelance role depending on current requirements, to suit the needs of the Theatre and the post holder.  We envisage to begin with that the role will be for 5-8 hours a month. We are looking for the right person and would be open to any conversation about how this might come about.

    The post holder would be expected to visit the theatre occasionally to meet with other staff, but can on the whole work from home if that is preferred.  Ideally the candidate will be based in our region to aid this.

    Freelance rate of pay around £12 per hour.
    For further information and details on how to apply please click HERE

    Marina Youth Theatre Leader, The Marina Theatre

    The Marina Theatre is looking for an experienced and versatile freelance youth theatre leader and workshop facilitator to join our team and co-lead our Saturday morning and Monday evening theatre groups – as well as assisting and leading on a number of outreach projects and school workshops we have coming up. In October 2016 we began to expand and develop our outreach and youth work, and are dedicated to becoming a vital and versatile hub for the creative arts in the area.

    The ideal candidate will:
    •Have experience of running youth theatre groups of all ages and abilities.
    •Be confident leading and assisting workshops on a range of subjects.
    •Be committed, hardworking and adaptable.
    •Have a broad knowledge of different theatre styles and practitioners.
    •Have experience as a writer, director or actor (or all three!)
    •Have an up to date DBS check.

    To apply, please send a covering letter and CV to willisgrove@marinatheatre.co.uk
    Closing date not specified. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 29th August

    Development Officer, Norwich Theatre Royal

    Norwich Theatre Royal is recruiting a Development Officer to support the Development Department particularly in regard to increasing and maintaining relationships with businesses, individuals and trusts.  Someone with a level of experience in managing business relationships and professional fundraising in the charitable sector.

    Full Job Description and application form from http://bit.ly/2mYQPiM

    Closing date is 30th August and interviews will be on 5th September.

    Project Coordinator – StartEast, New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich

    We are looking for a Project Coordinator to join our busy StartEast Project Team.
    StartEast is a business support and grants programme offering a tailored programme of business and artistic support for sole traders, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups, operating in Norfolk and Suffolk. Reporting to the Project Director, the Project Coordinator is responsible for the delivery and coordination of the StartEast programme on a day to day basis.
    If you have experience working within a co-ordination or administration role, an understanding of creative businesses and experience of managing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, we would love to hear from you.
    We are particularly interested in applications from D/deaf and disabled individuals. As an organisation accredited by the Job Centre as a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all D/deaf and disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancies.

    For application form and job description please visit: https://www.wolseytheatre.co.uk/current-vacancies/

    Completed applications should be returned to Sophie Flack, Administration Assistant on sflack@wolseytheatre.co.uk  by 10.00am on Monday 14th August 2017. Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held on Tuesday 22nd August 2017. Candidates should be able to attend interview on this date.

    Office Administrator, SeaChange Arts Great Yarmouth

    Closes: 27th August 2017
    Interviews will take place Thursday 31 August, 2017
    Full time

    We have an exciting opportunity for an Office Adminsitrator to join the SeaChange team at the Drill House in Great Yarmouth.
    The Office Administrator will have excellent organisational, administrative, IT and communication skills. The main focus of the role is to provide administrative support to the Office and Operations Manager and project administrative support to the wider staff team.

    Download a job application pack from our website: http://seachangearts.org.uk/get-involved/opportunities/

    Please note applications can only be considered if they are submitted by email to veronica@seachangearts.org.uk or hard copy, FAO Veronica Stephens, SeaChange Arts, The Drill House, York Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2LZ.

    Office & Operations Manager, SeaChange Arts Great Yarmouth

    Full time, £20k-25k

    SeaChange Arts are recruiting for an Office & Operations Manager. The Office and Operations Manager will provide administrative and operational management to support and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of SeaChange Arts, across the team and will be responsible for the day to day running of the SeaChange office and Drill House venue.

    Download an application pack from our website:http://seachangearts.org.uk/get-involved/opportunities/
    Application deadline – Sunday 27 August, 2017
    Interviews will take place Thursday 31 August, 2017

    Please note applications can only be considered if they are submitted by email to veronica@seachangearts.org.uk or hard copy, FAO Veronica Stephens, SeaChange Arts, The Drill House, York Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2LZ.

    Development OpportunitiesLocal Government - Arts & Older People

    5 & 6 September 2017

    As a World Health Organisation Age Friendly City, Nottingham City Council are working closely with the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England to use the arts to enrich the lives of older people.  This two-day conference in Nottingham will highlight how different approaches have been championed by local authorities across England and have resulted in positive outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in our society.  Tickets are £28 per day or £44 for both days.  Find out more about the programme and book your place here.

    Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersArtist Facilitator, New Geographies, Wysing Arts Centre

    Closes: 10am 17th August 2017
    Part time

    Open call for artists living and working in or around The Fens or The Brecks

    As part of our ACE funded three-year Ambition for Excellence project New Geographies,Wysing Arts Centre is working alongside Outreach Partner Market Place* to deliver two workshops to engage with local audiences and communities in Brandon, Suffolk and Chatteris, Cambridgeshire. A key part of New Geographiesis the nomination of overlooked or unexpected places across the East of England by those who live and work here for a series of ten new site-specific art commissions from Summer 2018. The aim of the workshops is to encourage and promote the nomination of interesting places across the region and to find creative and playful ways for the public to engage with this process. The confirmed dates for the workshop sessions are:

    9 September, Heritage Open Weekend, Chatteris (10am - 2pm)
    23 September, Fire & Flint Festival, Brandon (afternoon event)

    We are looking for an artist who lives and works in or around The Fens or The Brecks and who has experience working with the public, including children and young people (you must hold a current DBS certificate). You will have excellent artistic facilitation skills and experience delivering high quality engagement projects in the field of visual arts.

    Artist Fee: £780 (expected 4 days' work) plus a separate materials and travel budget up to £500.
    To apply for the role, please outline your experience and knowledge of working with the public through workshops or creative engagement projects and some examples of your work. Please send this in no more than 4 pages(incl. images) with contacts details for two references to info@newgeographies.uk

    *Market Place is part of Creative People and Places arts engagement programme developed by Arts Council England.

    Artist Residency / Community Engagement Project, Colchester and Ipswich Museums (Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich)

    Closes: 10th September 2017
    Part time

    Colchester & Ipswich Museums (CIMS) are inviting applications from artists working with images, words, text and stories, who are experienced in socially engaged and community practice to create a new body of work in response to the exhibition "Thomas Wolsey: Ipswich’s Greatest Son" at Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich from 14 October 2017 until 11 March 2018. This residency is intended to be an exploration of what Thomas Wolsey means to the people of Ipswich today. This opportunity is aimed at established artists living and working in the UK who have a track record of engaging with community groups of all ages and who wish to develop their practice in this context, the residency will include public engagement with people of all ages in the local area. The successful applicant will be an effective communicator, confident with working with the community, able to manage their own time and budget.

    Artists should have experience of working in the field of collaborative socially engaged practice, understand the ethical issues involved, be relevant to local conditions and engage a broad audience. They should be able to and willing to organise their own technical requirements regarding recording and editing if necessary, in order to present finished work ready to exhibit. Their work should be informed by a combination of outreach work and the exhibition. This could take a number of forms including but not limited to: a record of the process of community engagement; a book; a film; animation; graphic arts; a visual arts display.

    For more information, please contact: damian.etherington@colchester.gov.uk

    Timescale: 25 days, between 13 October 2017 and 31 January 2018

    Fee: £4000
    Additional production budget: up to £1000

    Explore Wells-next-the-Sea: A Heritage Art Trail from Shore to Sea, and Back Again

    The Wells Maltings Trust, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, is organising a year-long Heritage Art Trail which will be part of our opening festivities for the Wells Maltings in the heart of the Wells in spring of 2018. People of the Shore and Sea Trail organised by the Wells Maltings will feature East Anglian artists. We are looking for artists to create original work to be displayed from March 2018 through April 2019 in Wells.

    We want a wide creative response with a range of possibilities; everything from soundscape, stained glass, woven reeds, to artfully illuminated heritage buildings.  Our selected artists will highlight the heritage of Wells People of the Shore and Sea with innovative works such as a large-scale installation on the Quay in front of the harbour office to an intimate vignette tucked into the alcove by the library.  We want artists to explore all the possibilities of sites extending from Wells town along the channel-side mile to the beach and to the quay with the fisherman’s shed and the Albatros and on to the East Quay. Artists are asked to respond to local heritage and culture with stories from Wells-next-the-Sea, for example: stories of the lifeboat disaster, or the life of a whelker, or the roles of women in the town. The Wells History Group is a vast resource for information, if needed. The selected artists will work alongside professional curators and Maltings staff to place each new work along the beach mile, or in the town, or at the Wells Maltings itself at numerous approved sites. The Wells Maltings will work in tandem with each artist to fabricate the environmentally sensitive footings that will provide a ground for their artwork for a year.

    The artworks must be made specifically for the People of the Shore and Sea Art Trail and can be biodegradable, permanent on the site or for sale after a year's display. A prize of £1,000 will be awarded to an artist by a panel of independent judges for an exceptional work reflecting Wells’ heritage. The Wells Maltings Trust will discuss the cost of artists time and materials once selected.

    All artworks need to be finished by 28 Feb 2018. Applications must be submitted by 1 October 2017 with a £10 entry fee. Artists will be told whether their proposal has been accepted or rejected from the first week of November 2017.

    For more information or questions contact: mary@wellsmaltings.org.uk or visit http://www.wellsmaltings.org.uk/explore-wells-next-sea-heritage-art-trail-shore-sea-back/

    Industry Research & Information

    Cultural Calendar

    The Look Sideways - East Cultural Calendar has now launched, and we want as many people to use it and let us know what they think. It can be used to find out what other organisations across the region are up to, prevent clashes, and allow you all to plan collaborative campaigns more effectively.

    We’re in a development period, so we really want feedback from all organisations, so we can make the tool as functional, and useful, as possible.

    You can login at www.cultural-calendar.co.uk, but if you want to sign up, or you’re not sure if you’ve already got an account, get in touch with Look Sideways Project Manager, James Gorry: james@agencyforchange.co.uk

    Call for Nominations, New Geographies

    The East Contemporary Visual Arts Network (ECVAN) have launched an open call, asking people living in the East of England to nominate overlooked or unexpected places in the region that they find meaningful and interesting, to which artists can respond with site-specific work.

    By asking ‘what is a forgotten place that you think is important to highlight?’ we want more people to share their stories, building upon an active discussion with the potential to connect us to each other and to reimagine our idea of ‘place’.

    The public nominations of overlooked places will create a new map of the East of England made by those who live here. If you live in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk or Suffolk we’d love you to nominate a place through the website, by post (send to Wysing Arts Centre, Fox Rd, Bourn, CB23 2TX), or by email at info@newgeographies.uk

    Please include an image, if possible, and the reason why you are nominating. Entries accepted until 22 October 2017.

    In response to these nominations, ECVAN will commission artists – from the UK and internationally – to highlight some of those places with new site-specific work. This combination of local knowledge and world-class art seeks to create a new vision of the East of England as a place to encounter excellent art in unexpected places.

    Each artwork will be different but all the projects will be united by one thing: their inspiration taken from the people and places where they’re located. New Geographies will create a new democratised map for our region whilst experiencing high-quality international art in unexpected locations. For everyone.

    Follow the project on the dedicated web page here: www.newgeographies.uk

    Arts & health bodies to merge from 2018

    The National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing is to merge with the National Alliance for Arts, Health and Wellbeing to become the ‘Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance’ from 2018, led by Arts and Health South West. It will enter Arts Council England’s national portfolio as a ‘Sector Support Organisation’ and be a key partner in delivering the recommendations from a recent cross-parliamentary report on the arts and wellbeing.

    AHRC launches £80m creative industry research programme

    A new £80m programme will see the UK's creative industries partnered with universities for a series of funded research and development projects aimed at boosting innovation. The Creative Industries Clusters Programme, led by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and part of the government's Industrial Strategy, will back eight R&D partnerships aimed at responding to challenges identified by the publishing, music, film, video, design, architecture and related industries. The aim is “to support ground-breaking innovation by companies of all sizes – from micro-businesses and start-ups to multinational corporations”, to help the industries prosper and to boost the UK’s global reputation for creativity.
     
    Funding of between £6m and £9m will be made available for each partnership, which will see an industry player paired with a higher education institution to investigate how to develop new products, services, creative content and experiences to drive future commercial value.
    Issues the programme is keen to explore include how creative businesses can respond to a world of "rapidly evolving business models", how legal and regulatory frameworks "need to change to enable innovation in the creative sector", how creative industries can access finance for investment in innovation, issues of diversity in the workforce, a skills gap as regards new technology, and how the industries can access the people, skills, supply and distribution they need post-Brexit. The programme will launch in 2018, and a call for proposals will launch in September. To give applicants time to prepare their bids, a “pre-call” announcement, giving details of the project, can be viewed now on the AHRC website.

    Funding Opportunities

    Arts Project Fund, Norfolk County Council

    The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk. Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.

    The Fund has three deadlines a year. Deadlines for 2017-18 are the 30th of September 2017 and 31st of January 2018.

    For more information visit https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/grants-and-funding/arts-grants-and-funding/arts-project-fund or email arts@norfolk.gov.uk for an application form.

    Funding call out for Networks announced for 2017/18

    Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (AFP) is inviting an additional round of applications to support groups or networks across England to help arrange their own fundraising training event, conference, seminar or introductory meeting for 2017/18. AFP provides seed funding to pay some of the associated costs that arise from organising these events. This may include participants’ travel costs, venue hire, catering, fees for speakers/guests and any other relevant expenditure. Organisations, networks and groups can apply for the following levels of support for some of the costs for organising an event or activity to take place before 31st March 2018.

    • Up to a maximum of £1,500 for any single event, or group of events, benefitting a minimum of ten people, who are either freelancers or staff from at least five different arts, museums, libraries, cultural or heritage organisations;
    • Up to a maximum of £2,500 for any single event, or group of events, benefitting a minimum of twenty people, who are either freelancers or staff from at least ten different arts, museums, libraries, cultural or heritage organisations.

    Application and submission process details can be downloaded from http://artsfundraising.org.uk/networks/supporting-networks/. Please take a look at details of the previous applicants funded before applying.

    Community Radio Fund to re-open for applications in October

    The second round of Ofcom's Community Radio Fund will re-open for applications from Wednesday 11 October until 5pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017. Funded by the UK Government's Administered by Ofcom, the Fund has been established to help support the core costs of running licensed community radio stations. Grants can be awarded to support:

    • Management
    • Fundraising to support the station
    • Administration
    • Financial management & reporting
    • Community outreach
    • Volunteer organisation and support.

    Grants can only be made to community radio licensees in the UK, who are broadcasting under a community radio licence. Grant awards made in Round One of 2017 ranged from £2,160 up to £19,717 with the average grant being £14,292. These awards included: £16,500 for a Deputy Station Manager/Promotions Manager at GTFM, Pontypridd: £7,504 for a fundraiser at Eden FM, Penrith and £2,160 for a Listener survey at KCR, Keith. Read more at: https://www.ofcom.org.uk/tv-radio-and-on-demand/information-for-industry/radio-broadcasters/community-radio-fund 

    Funding for community facilities

    The next application deadline for funding from the Suez Communities Trust (formerly the Sita Trust) is the 2nd October 2017. The Suez Communities Trust provides funds to not-for-profit organisations to improve amenities that is available for leisure and recreation use by the public. This could include:

    • Community cafes
    • Theatres
    • Play areas
    • Skate parks
    • Youth centres; etc.

    Through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF) the Trust can offer grants of up to £20,000 through its Smaller Projects Fund and grants of up to £50,000 through its Primary Fund. To be eligible, applicants needs to be a not - for profit organisations located within three miles of a qualifying SUEZ Recycling and Recovery UK waste processing site. N.B. due to the rural nature of the Aberdeenshire funding zone this zone has a 10-mile radius. Additionally, in order to qualify for LCF funding project sites must fall within 10 miles of a landfill site. Read more at: http://www.suezcommunitiestrust.org.uk/ 

    Funding for larger heritage projects

    Deadline: 31st August 2017.

    Grants of over £100,000 are available to support larger national, regional and local heritage projects. A large variety of projects can be funded including projects relating to:
    • 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 application 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.

    Read more at: https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/heritage-grants 

    Volunteering OpportunitiesCuratorial Volunteer, Time and Tide Museum Great Yarmouth

    Once again, we are looking for volunteers to become a part of the Sea History Differently project to join and form part of our exhibition steering group.

    In May 2018, we will be showcasing an exhibition on Great Yarmouth, including masterpieces from British artists alongside works by contemporary artists, that all depict and show the landscapes – past and present of the town and surrounding areas.

    However we need your help to deliver this innovative and exciting show. One of things that will make our Summer 2018 exhibition so unique and special is that it will be community co-curated. Going beyond the walls of our exhibition galleries, our curatorial and exhibitions staff will not be the only decision makers about what goes on display. We want this to be a people’s exhibition, and therefore we need you to help us achieve this. To register your interest and to find out how your voice could shape our future exhibition just send us an email: yarmouth.museums@norfolk.gov.uk

    Norwich Film Festival 2017 - Volunteer Opportunity

    Love short films? Enjoy film festivals?
    We are on the look out for volunteers to join the Norwich Film Festival team to help and support us in the lead up and during this year's festival which runs from 9 - 19 November 2017.

    This is a great opportunity for anyone looking to gain experience working for an established film festival, as well as getting an insight into all the elements that go into putting on a successful arts event. If you are interested please email: info@norwichfilmfestival.co.uk with a copy of your CV and a short explanation about why you'd like to join our team. Also make sure to tell us if you are interested in a particular role so we can try to make sure your time volunteering is as beneficial for you as possible.

    Find out more about us here.

    Norfolk Arts Forum

    Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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    Go for gold with your Takeaway

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 11:57

       A flavour of NCC's week...                      11 August  2017

    Norfolk County Council goes for gold

    This week we were awarded ‘gold’ for our outstanding support of the ‘Norwich for Jobs’ programme, a voluntary project that aims to reduce the number of young people registered as unemployed within the Norwich area - by helping them find appropriate work through CV and interview advice, tours of workplaces, work tasters, work experience and apprenticeships.

    The project runs a business accreditation scheme, which awards employers bronze, silver or gold standard according to the activities they have provided to support young people into employment. Thanks to Tarmac for presenting us with @NorwichforJobs gold award (pictured above).

    Read more

    Chocks away as Aviation Academy takes off

    TV celebrity Carol Vorderman, honorary ambassador group captain with the air cadets, opened the International Aviation Academy at Norwich Airport last weekend. Based in a former Second World War aircraft hangar, the academy will train the next generation of pilots, engineers and aircraft crew, and is the result of a collaboration between Norfolk County Council, Norse Group, Norwich International Airport, the New Anglia LEP, KLM UK Engineering, City College Norwich, the University of East Anglia and the Aviation Skills Partnership. Read more

    How would you explore Norfolk?

    This week we heard from Leader of the Council Cliff Jordan, local author and former employee Cressida McLaughlin and Youth Parliament member Cameron Leitch about their tops tips for exploring Norfolk. Listen to what they have to say and don't forget to share any of your own top tips.

    For more info follow Explore Norfolk this Summer on Facebook and Twitter.

    Anyone for rounders?

    Active Norfolk has some suggestions for keeping you and your colleagues active this month - including a game of  rounders. Rounders England has some great workplace rounders sets. You could also switch your car for your bike or explore local lunch spots - #ENTS17 has lots of ideas.

    And finally... thanks to our 40,000 followers 

    A big thank you to all our Twitter followers as we hit the 40,000 mark this week.

    Talking of Twitter, check out @NorfolkRO today, as part of Teen Twitter Takeover - a day where cultural and heritage organisations hand over their Twitter feeds to teenagers.

    Missed last week's edition? Don't worry - you can find it, and others, on the intranet.

    NDR update

    This week the Holt Road (B1149) was permanently closed south of Horsford, to make way for the new Norwich Northern Distributor Road dual carriageway and allow construction of slip roads for the major junction with the A140. On Radio Norfolk (9 August), John Birchall, NDR Public Liaison and Communications Officer, said traffic will be diverted and drivers should allow for extra time. Read more here. You can find the latest NDR developments and traffic updates on Facebook.

    A47 improvements - what do you think?

    People with something to say about the need for improvements to the A47 in Norfolk are being encouraged to voice their opinions to Highways England at a series of public events in the county next week. Click here for dates and venues of the four roadshows and details of the proposals.

    County Hall  - Bracondale bus stop closure  

    The citybound bus stop on Bracondale near County Hall will be out of use for two weeks from 21 August because of roadworks. Read more.

    This week's blogJames Bullion, Executive Director of Adult Social Services

     

    There has been so much rain this past week that the ground has easily given up the onions I have been harvesting which have lovely golden skins.  I planted them last autumn and here they are. Change though, does not happen in such a linear way.

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    Your views on mental health services for young people

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:00
    Your views on mental health services for young people

    Hello Your Voice member

    We all want children and young people to have good emotional wellbeing and mental health.

    There are a range of services across Norfolk and Waveney which help children and young people with mental health needs. Norfolk County Council and the NHS locally are reviewing the services and support available, with the aim of modernising the mental health system for children and young people.

    We want to hear your ideas and suggestions about current mental health services for children and young people - our feedback form is open to anyone who is interested or has a view to share.

    Please complete our survey to tell us what you think works well, what the problems are and how we can improve mental health services for children and young people in the future.

    Many thanks

    Chris

    Your Voice is run by Norfolk County Council. You can contact the team by emailing us: yourvoice@norfolk.gov.uk.

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

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:46

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    Scam Alert - Invoice Scams & Mandate Fraud - 10 August 2017

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    Action Fraud (UK’s National Fraud Office) 0300 123 2040 or www.actionfraud.police.uk 

    Trading Standards Business Line 0344 800 8020

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