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General informationWeek ending 29 April 2016 

Norfolk County Council Children's Services Monthly Performance Monitor Locality Report March 2016

This report contains performance information for the teams within the locality only, alongside overall locality & county performance.

Pensions Committee Member briefing

We are aware that there has been some recent media attention focussed on the latest reforms of the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS). Pensions Committee have been considering these over recent months and thought that this briefing may be helpful. If you have any questions arising from this briefing note please contact Nicola Mark, Head of the Norfolk Pension Fund on 07771 674633 or email Nicola.Mark@norfolk.gov.uk  

NCC Constitution - Log of changes April 2016

Part 3.2 – Council Procedure Rules - Issue No.3

To incorporate the statutory requirement for the minutes of the Council’s Budget meeting in February each year to record the way in which each member voted on all motions and amendments relating to budget decisions

Part 4.1 – Composition and Terms of Reference of Committees - Issue No. 4

To clarify those required by statute to be included in the composition of the Health and Wellbeing Board and to update the composition to include those organisations which have replaced the NHS Commissioning Board, East Anglia and the Health, Social Care and Voluntary Sector Strategic Forum.

Part 4.2 – Committee Procedure Rules - Issue no.3

To include the following amendments approved at Full Council on 11 April 2016:-

(i)           New procedures for questions by the public at service committee meetings

(ii)          Updated procedures for dealing with motions at committee meetings

Part 4.4 – Procedures for Public Speaking at Committees - Issue No. 3

To include reference to the procedures for public questions at Service Committees approved by Full Council on 11 April 2016.

Part 6.2 – Scheme of Delegated Powers to Officer - Issue No. 4

To incorporate a slight change of wording to the Local Member Protocol entry for Planning, Performance and Partnerships (now Corporate Planning and Partnerships Service).

Part 6.4 – Officer Employment Procedure Rules - Issue No. 3

To remove the requirement for all Members to be notified of a proposed appointment of the Head of Paid Service, a Chief or Deputy Chief Officer in advance of it being confirmed. This change has been approved by the Monitoring Officer as consequential upon the Council’s switch to a committee system of governance.

Part 7.7 – Financial Regulations - Issue No. 4

To replace the current version of Financial Regulations with the one approved by Full Council on 11 April 2016

Part 9.1 – Members’ Allowances Scheme - Issue No. 5

(i)            To incorporate updates to Appendices D and E – tax and national insurance rates

(ii)          To incorporate the effects of the Finance Bill 2015 in respect of the exemption of councillors’ travel expenses from a charge to income tax in certain circumstances

view the full NCC Constitution


Members Expense's deadline Friday 6th May

Please ensure claims are received by 4pm on Friday, 6th May. Claims which are received after this date will be processed next month.  The members online expenses claim system can be found on Members Insight page or you may access the system via the attached link Members Online Expenses  Please ring 01603 774797 for password resets.

Should you have any queries regarding your claim please call the number below or refer to  Members Constitution part 9.1 for information and guidance

Norfolk Domestic Abuse Champions

The April newsletter is now available click here

Topics include: Norfolk Community Law Service is piloting a new support scheme in the family court, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) taking place on 15th June 2016

The Community Biodiversity Awards 2016

Deadline for nominations is 13 May. To download a nomination form for the 2016 Awards click here or contact paulholley@norwich.gov.uk

 

This week's Friday takeaway

Topics include: Devolution discussions continue, A 'Disability Confident' authority, Safeguarding improvements made, The Norse Group wins IIYP award for supporting young people in Norfolk, Happy Birthday Hethel, CLT out and about this week click to view

Chief Officer's blogs29 April 2016 – Wendy Thomson, Managing Director

Norfolk is very much at the centre of developing some national policy initiatives, and over the last two weeks a good part of my time has been spent in meetings with partners in central government, the Local Government Association, and across the East Anglia local government, health and social care systems. You may have read about the latest developments around the devolution agenda in this week’s local newspapers...... 

Read more >>  

24 April 2016 - Gordon Boyd, Assistant Director, Education 

I recall a sunny afternoon almost two years ago. An inspection of our arrangements for supporting school improvement was underway. I accompanied the Lead Inspector up the old front steps to County Hall, still heavily shrouded and scaffolded. In stark contrast, the narrowest of strips above the refurbished 8th floor, just revealed, gleamed with an astonishing incandescence.......

Read more >>

NCC internet homepage 

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

Norfolk Roads

Whitlingham OEC

Devolution

Reimagining Norfolk

What's new on the intranet?

inet.norfolk.gov.uk

Norfolk in the News Friday 29 April click here 
The new- look County Hall restaurant re-opens on 3 May click here  
Our ‘as it happens’ day for #NorfolkRoads is currently trending on twitter click here ___________________________________

Future NCC public meetings

The following meetings will be held during May 2016.

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

Planning (Reg) Committee            6 May 10.00
County Council                            9 May 10.00
Children's Committee                  10 May 10.00
Communities Committee            11 May  10.00 Economic Dev Sub Committee   12 May  10.00 Adult Social Care Committee      16 May 10.00 EDT Committee                         20 May 10.00 Norfolk Health O&S Committee   26 May 10.00 Policy & Resources Committee   31 May 10.00

iPad and IT support contact

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

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

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

Latest NCC press releasesWhat's new on Members Insight?

Deaf Connexions Workshop 27 April 2016

Members attended a workshop led by Deaf Connexions, which has extensive experience of working with the Deaf community. We hope to repeat this workshop in the autumn but in the meantime you can view the presentation here

Member Development sessions, briefings and training 

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

 

Exploring the Contribution of Arts and Culture to Education and Wellbeing in Norfolk

You are invited to a Conference on Thursday 19 May 2016  between 09:30am and 4:15pm 
at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Norwich NR1 3JU  programme

The conference will be chaired by Cllr Paul Smyth, Chair of the Communities Committee, Norfolk County Council. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. To register for your FREE place, please visit our Eventbrite Page here    

LAC & Care Leavers Strategy workshop

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

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

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

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

Lead officer - Nick Crick, Interim LAC Strategic Consultant

Resilience Matters elected members briefing and workshop

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

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

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

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

County Hall refurbishment update 
for w/c 3 May 2016

Main entrance- the concourse and main steps will re-open on 3 May. From next Tuesday, you will also be able to access the NRO, and the main entrance, from the forecourt or the north end of the car park.

Finalists of the MJ Achievement Awards 2016- for ‘Disability Confident’. The County Hall refurbishment programme has been shortlisted for a national MJ Award for the work that has been done to the building-  and to ICT software - to make life easier for people with disabilities. The winner of this category, which includes just five short-listed organisations, will be announced in June.

South staircase- from the Ground Floor to the Basement- remains closed for one more week while contractors replace old flooring.  Similar work is also planned for the North staircase. Access to the Tower from ground level will be maintained, with the exception of a few hours when flooring is placed at the ground level.  There will be advance notification, barriers and signs in place.

The external terrace- behind the main reception- will open on 3 May. Contractors are completing the installation of handrails this week.

Improved lighting and safety on pathways. By the end of the week, new lighting will be complete along the main pathway to the Annexe and upper car parks. The pathway remains open.

South Wing - Ground floor (meeting and interview rooms) and Lower Ground- expect some disruption. If you work near these areas, or have rooms booked in the South Wing, there will be intermittent drilling and building noise next two weeks. Contractors are re-fixing parapet stones to the external wall on the east side of the building. Where possible, please use alternative meeting rooms.                                                       

County Hall restaurant makeover- details on what’s happening next week. This is being managed by the Corporate Property team and is not part of the current County Hall refurbishment programme.


Reminders: County Hall – who’s moved where? Now nearly all the office moves have taken place- here’s a reminder of who currently sits where.

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Norfolk County Council - Children's Services Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 15:46

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Children’s Services Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Tuesday 10 May 2016 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
If you have any queries please email committees@norfolk.gov.uk

 

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All the latest news from around NCC - 29 April 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 14:14

   A flavour of NCC's week...         29 April 2016

Devolution discussions continue

The devolution deal continues to be in the media this week following the leader’s comments last week.  The letter that George Nobbs sent to Michael Heseltine was referenced in the Parliamentary debate on Wednesday, by Norwich South MP Clive Lewis. Watch Parliament Live here Also on Wednesday the Today programme on Radio 4 focused on Conservative party critics of the current devolution deals, interviewing NCC Conservative Group Leader Cliff Jordan, amongst others. Listen here (from 1:22:00).

On trend with #norfolkroads

#norfolkroads was trending for most of the day on Thursday 28 April when colleagues across Community and Environmental Services and Communications took part in a ‘live tweet’ day. The day showcased the work happening across the length and breadth of Norfolk roads.   Here are just some of the #norfolkroads tweets that were seen 54,000 times.

A part of the day saw the unveiling of the NDR signage (pictured below) which brought together people involved in the project to build the 12.5 mile dual carriageway. Read more about how work is progressing on the NDR here.

A 'Disability Confident' authority

We are one of five finalists in the Disability Confident category of this year’s MJ awards. This new category recognises Local Authorities that are exemplar employers of disabled people and show community leadership through the promotion of inclusive workplaces.  We will find out on 16 June if we have won. See the presentation of our award submission here.

Safeguarding improvements made

This week the multi-agency Norfolk Children’s Safeguarding board (NCSB)   published a serious case review (SCR) into the circumstances surrounding a child in Norfolk identified as Child P – following criminal  convictions of both her stepfather and mother in 2014.   SCRs  allow all agencies to consider  serious cases from the past and focus on the work of all those involved – in this case children’s social care, attendance services, probation, police,  GP, and schools.  The report highlights significant improvements made since the case happened  – including the restructure of children’s social care services.  In the  2015  Children’s Social Care Ofsted report, Norfolk’s willingness to publish SCRs  and learn from them was highlighted as improving practice.  Read the report here.

The Norse Group wins IIYP award for supporting young people in Norfolk

The Norse Group is the first company in Norfolk to be awarded accreditation under the Investors in Young People (IIYP) scheme (part of the internationally recognised Investors in People standard) for its work with schools, apprentices and Project Search students.

Councillor George Nobbs said; “I am immensely proud of the young people who work for Norse and of everyone at the company who has helped achieve this award, the first amongst the 30,000 companies in the county.” Read more here.

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

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy will be in Leicester on Thursday, presenting the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Plan to the Chief Executive of NHS England, Simon Stevens. She is also attending the Chairman’s reception celebrating the Special Olympics and continuing end of year appraisals with her direct reports.

Michael will be attending a Fostering Advisory Partnership meeting and the West Norfolk Partnership meeting.

Tom will be attending the Strategic Highways Contract Management Board and will be chairing CLT.  

Anne will be attending a Transforming Services: Accountability and Governance seminar in London. 

Harold will be visiting Tunstall in Yorkshire and is attending the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust awards night. 

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

CLT Blog - 29 April 2016

Norfolk is very much at the centre of developing some national policy initiatives, and over the last two weeks a good part of my time has been spent in meetings with partners in central government, the Local Government Association, and across the East Anglia local government, health and social care systems. You may have read about the latest developments around the devolution agenda in this week’s local newspapers... Read more.

29 April 2016 – Wendy Thomson, Managing Director

Happy Birthday Hethel

Nationally recognised innovation hub Hethel Engineering centre celebrated 10 years of operations this week. The centre was created in 2006 by NCC in partnership with the East of England Development Agency. Read more here.

Plus click here to find out about, and vote for, one business based at Hethel who have entered the Virgin Media Business VOOM 2016 competition.  

Have you nominated your outstanding colleagues yet?

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 29 April 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 29 April 2016 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesDigital Communications Officer - Norwich Theatre Royal

£19,000 per annum

To manage the theatre’s social media platforms, generate content and assist the communications team to promote all aspects of this busy regional theatre’s work.

Closing date for applications: Friday 13 May
Interviews will be held Tuesday 24 May

To download the job description and application form, visit http://bit.ly/DigitalCommunicationOfficer.

Senior Lecturer: Games Production - Norwich University of the Arts

£38,896 to £46,414 per annum
Full-time

The Senior Lecturer: Games Production will join a dedicated team of academic staff who support the Creative Skillset Ticked accredited BA (Hons) Games Art & Design course and MA Games.

The successful candidate with have significant industry experience in game development, with the ability to support collaborative work that mimics a production environment. Demonstrable experience using contemporary game engines relative to the development and distribution of game content is essential; Unreal Engine 4 / Blueprint is preferred. The role also requires games-related business acumen with the aptitude to develop student-focused enterprise projects and enhance our established industry links. The Senior Lecturer will support the Course Leader in the organisation, management and delivery of five levels of study, from Year 0 to postgraduate as well as general administration of the course.

The role requires the ability to develop and deliver innovative learning and teaching strategies at degree level and a commitment to enhancing the student experience and promoting student employability. As a Senior Lecturer you must be a strong team player and demonstrate excellent skills in team-working, organisation and management.

Closing Date: Friday 13th May 2016
Interview Date: Thursday 26th May 2016

Further information can be found here http://www.nua.ac.uk/about/jobs/

Development OpportunitiesRoyal Academy of Dance Open Days

Booking is now open for young adults to attend a GCSE or A-level open day at the Royal Academy of Dance in order to further their dance training. Book now to attend the May GCSE or A-Level open days at the Royal Academy of Dance and further your training. The GCSE open day is 14 May and the A-level open day is 21 May. 

Read more at www.rad.org.uk/study

Rural Writes - Words and Women

Words and Women want your voices, thoughts, and stories to help create a book about the lives of women who live in Norfolk. Words and Women are offering 10 weeks of free writing workshops with writer/tutor Bel Greenwood and poet Heidi Williamson. No experience is needed, you will be guided through the writing process and receive a copy of the published work. 

Open to women of all ages at Gorleston, Watton, and Swaffham libraries.

  • Gorleston: Tuesdays 10.30am-12.30pm (01493 662156)
  • Watton: Wednesdays 12.45pm-2.45pm (01953 881671)
  • Swaffham: Fridays 12.30pm-2.30pm (01760 721513)

From the weeks commencing 16 May-18 July inclusive.

Childcare provided and assistance with transport if required. Booking is essential, for more information or to book contact your library or email: createprojects@hotmail.com

Supporting Care Leavers in FE 

Friday 27th May, 1000-1300
The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Creative Arts East, on behalf of the Creative Communities Consortium as part of the Norfolk Arts and Wellbeing Programme, is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of FREE places to arts professionals and practitioners on the above training session. This workshop is designed to help artists and practitioners to identify and understand the challenges and rewards of working with hard to reach young people, gain a greater knowledge of work in this field, and increase skills and confidence. 

The session will:

  • explore some of the key reasons why children and young people come into Public Care
  • give an understanding of the legal framework and the roles / responsibilities of Local Authorities and others towards looked after children and care leavers
  • explore some basic statistical information about looked after children / care leavers & education outcomes
  • consider some of the educational barriers and challenges faced by care leavers during their ‘journey to adulthood’ 
  • consider the kind of support a Further Education Institution might offer care leavers 

The session is delivered by  Karen Searle, Specialist Advisor Post 16 Education, of the Leaving Care Service at Norfolk County Council, and is delivered through individual and group activities and exercises. Course materials will be provided on the day.

To reserve a place on your preferred date, please contact julie@creativeartseast.co.uk for a booking form. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come-first served’ basis.

Fun Palaces Workshop 2016 - Norwich

Wednesday 15 June 2016 
17:00 - 19:30 (BST)
Norwich Arts Centre

Culture belongs to us all! Find out how anyone anywhere can make a Fun Palace, where everyone is an artist and everyone a scientist. Change the world with radical fun.

A Fun Palace is a free, local event using arts and science to celebrate each unique community and the skills and interests of those who live there. 

Fun Palaces and Creative Arts East invite you to a free workshop to find out how anyone, everywhere can make a Fun Palace.

Last year there were 142 Fun Palaces across the country with 2079 people involved in making them and over 50,000 people participating. People gathered to make and share arts, sciences, learning, games and have FUN - this workshop is your chance to find out more about how to get involved. You don’t need to be an expert in anything to make a Fun Palace - you just need to want to make something happen (however tiny) with and for the people that live around you.

Are you intrigued to find out more, interested to meet other people who might want to get involved; got some ideas you would like to share, some queries about how it works? Then come along to this conversation event and see what you think. 

Further information can be found here http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fun-palaces-workshop-2016-norwich-tickets-24773892379?aff=ehomecard

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersBBC Performance Live programme

Have you got an idea for a creative live performance? Performance Live (working title) is looking for great ideas for a new strand of live performance for BBC television. 

Performance Live is a partnership between Arts Council England and BBC Arts in association with Battersea Arts Centre. We want to hear ideas for live performance – including theatre, dance, comedy, spoken word, live art and everything in between. 

We are especially interested in ideas that explore the middle ground between live performance and television. We want to work with a diverse range of partners across the country to create a genuinely collaborative project that breaks new ground in arts television. 

Sound like something you could apply for? The deadline for submissions is 10am Thursday 19 May 2016.

For more information and details of how to apply, please go to http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/news/callout-creative-live-performance-ideas-bbc-television

Olga Sinclair Open Short Story Competition 2016

Norwich Writers’ Circle has launched its second annual Open competition for 2016.

The competition, invites writers to submit short stories that reference ‘shoes’ within them.

The shoe industry has played a central role in the history of Norwich and Van-Dal Shoes, now in their 80th Anniversary year, continue as a major part of that heritage. We welcome you to join our celebration.

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize – £400   plus £100  Van-Dal Voucher
  • 2nd Prize – £175   plus £75  Van-Dal Voucher
  • 3rd Prize – £50   plus £ 50  Van-Dal Voucher

Winners and runners-up will also receive a signed copy of The Story of the Norwich Boot and Shoe Trade by Frances & Michael Holmes.

Adjudicator:
Award-winning, popular fiction writer, Rachel Hore, author of The House on Bellevue Gardens and many more.

Winners’ Announcements:
The winning competition entries will be announced by our adjudicator at a Gala Evening in The Fishergate Room, Anteros Arts Foundation, Fye Bridge Street, Norwich on Tuesday 18th October 2016.

Deadlines:
17th July 2016 – Post
31st July 2016 – E-mail

Further information can be found here https://norwichwriters.wordpress.com/competitions/open-competition/

Scratch Nights - The Garage

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications is Monday 1 August, 5PM

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

Industry Research & InformationGood Sensations: Multi-Sensory Approaches to Reminiscence Conference

18 May 2016 
10am-4pm
Norwich Castle

Reminiscence Network East's FREE biennial conference is taking place at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery on 18 May 2016 from 10am – 4pm. The conference includes presentations on how memories are being used and also prompted in a variety of ways, and includes fantastic speakers from the cultural and health sectors.

  • Discover how West Suffolk Hospital are turning blank walls into a 1950s – 80s memory corridor which will prompt conversations and memories and help people engage with their surroundings.
  • Hear about Museums in Cambridgeshire’s HLF-funded Memories in the Community project which is exploring the benefits of reminiscence for older people through a personalised life boxes.
  • Explore the importance of making a music profile for people with dementiaso that music can be used to prompt recall.
  • Find out about an Epping Forest initiative that has included the creation of an innovative recipe book of activities for people with middle to late dementia.
  • Learn how Cinema City developed exciting cinema-themed reminiscence sessions through their HLF-funded Moving Memories project.
  • Discover how Norfolk Libraries have developed a dementia-friendly library service.

Programme:

10am: Arrival for tea and coffee
10.30-10.35: Welcome and Introduction by  Mark Curteis, Chair of RNE
10.35-11.35: Capturing the Sound of Memories, Heather Edwards, Music Mirrors
11.35-11.55: Memories in the Community: Stories of My Life, Emma Cook, Project Officer
11.55-12.15: Break
12.15-12.40: The West Suffolk Hospital Forget-me-not Memory Walk, Maggie Woodhouse, Dementia Trainer
12.40-1.00: In the Mix- Recipes for Creative Engagement; artists working with care staff, and residents, Sonja Zelic Epping Forest District Council and Helen Morse Palmer, Artist.
1.00-2.00: Lunch
2.00-2.45: Moving Memories-developing cinema themed reminiscence sessions, Guy Martin and Angela Bishop for Cinema City
2.45-3.10: Reminiscing within a Dementia Friendly Library Service, Caroline Varney-Bowers, Ben Miller and Alison Rainton, Norfolk Libraries
3.10-3.30: AGM for Reminiscence Network East
3.30-3.45: Network business, the RNE blog and contributions from the room
3.45pm: A chance to visit the museum

Bookings for the conference are open via the SHARE website: http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/3rd-biannual-regional-reminiscence-conference/

The Art of Commissioning - New Economics Foundation & the Cultural Commissioning Programme

The New Economics Foundation & the Cultural Commissioning Programme have launched a new report that draws on the learning from 18 months of practical work with local authorities and Clinical Commissioning Groups in Kent and Gloucestershire, to test out how a range of arts and cultural activities could become a more central feature of our local public services.

Further information can be found here http://www.neweconomics.org/publications/entry/the-art-of-commissioning

The Big Ask: Case Studies & Advice on Fundraising for Outdoor Arts

An action research report into the experiences of five leading Outdoor Arts organisations as they tested a variety of fundraising methods. This report provides additional insight and advice to other Outdoor Arts organisations and creative producers interested in diversifying their income streams. Part of Arts Council England’s Catalyst scheme. 

Read more here http://www.isanuk.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/TheBigAsk.pdf

A Toolkit for Outdoor Artists

A simple and easy-to-follow toolkit providing simple guidance and asking some really useful questions for people considering working in the Outdoor Arts sector. Created by Theatre Bristol, Seachange Arts, Le Forneau, Close Act and Bui Bolg as a result of the Leonardo Open Out Arts Partnership. 

Read more here https://prezi.com/vt6n0hz5euvf/a-toolkit-for-outdoor-artists/

NR4 Writing For Performance Research Survey

Grown out of East Anglia's thirst for a greater support for writers/directors/performers and crew in theatre/film/television/radio, NR4 is East Anglia’s newest Performing Arts Company. Dedicated to working with local talent, NR4 raise the profile of writing and connect with other local, national and international networks so that the stories of East Anglia are heard.

But! NR4 need your help to know what it is YOU need! NR4 want to know what support you need for your artistic practice, what you want to see change in the region, and what you want to achieve. By filling out this survey, you will be part of a changing East Anglian landscape that celebrates performing arts, our voices and our stories!

To complete the survey please visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BN35Z2N

Funding OpportunitiesFidelio Charitable Trust Grants

Fidelio Charitable Trust welcomes applications for grants in support of the Arts particularly for Music, including Opera, Lieder, Composition and Dance. Institutions, colleges, arts festivals and other arts organisations in the UK may seek financial support for individuals or groups of exceptional ability, whom they have been responsible for selecting, to enable them: 

  • to receive special tuition or coaching (e.g. in the case of musicians to attend Master Classes)
  • to participate in external competitions.
  • to be supported for a specially arranged performance.
  • to receive support for a special publication, musical composition or work of art.

Applications from individuals or groups seeking support for themselves will not be accepted. 

Deadline: 15 May 2016

Read more at www.fideliocharitabletrust.org.uk

Norfolk Arts Project Fund

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

The Norfolk Arts Project Fund is now accepting applications for Round 1 of 2016/17. All Round 1 applications must be submitted by the 31st of May 2016. Applicants are advised to allow for 4-6 weeks following the closing date for a decision.

For further information and to apply, please contact arts@norfolk.gov.uk

Heritage Lottery Fund Heritage Enterprise

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

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

For grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2million decisions are made every three months. For grant requests of between £2 million and up to £5 million the next closing date for stage one applications is the 16th June 2016

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

Henry Smith's Charity Holiday Grant for Children Programme

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

Applications can be made at any time until the 22nd July 2016

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

Woodward Charitable Trust General Grants

The Woodward Charitable Trust, which is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts has announced that it General Grant making programme is open for applications. Applications are welcomed from UK registered charities working addressing a wide range of social issues. This includes: 

  • Children and young people who are isolated, at risk of exclusion or involved in anti-social behaviour
  • Projects that help the rehabilitation and resettlement of prisoners and/or ex-offenders
  • Disadvantaged women, covering refuges, domestic violence and parenting; disability projects, which can include rehabilitation and training for people who are either physically disabled or learning disabled
  • Arts outreach work by local groups involving disadvantaged people
  • Projects that promote integration and community cohesion amongst minority groups, including refugees and travellers.

The fund offers grants of up to £5,000 through their small grants scheme and grants of over £5,000 through their large grants scheme. 

The closing date for applications is 31 July 2016

Read more at http://woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/general_applications/

UnLtd Grow IT Award 

UnLtd, the charity for social entrepreneurs has launched a new Award to enable social entrepreneurs to scale up to the next level. The new Grow IT Award replaces the Fast Growth and Build It Awards, taking the best of both to help social entrepreneurs grow their social impact. The Grow It Award will give social entrepreneurs 12 months of support to grow their social venture, with access to workshops, opportunities to meet investors as well as corporate partners and peers, and a cash Award of up to £15,000. The original aim of the Build It Award was to help social entrepreneurs who were ambitious to grow but not necessarily rapidly or to a major, national scale; whereas the Fast Growth Award aimed to support individuals who wanted to scale more rapidly to increase number of beneficiaries, revenue and staff over the course of three years. Social Entrepreneurs can submit an expressions of interest at any time up until the 12th September 2016

Read more at https://unltd.org.uk/grow-it-award/

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation: Shared Ground Fund

The Shared Ground Fund will support organisations to provide direct services and support to young people, and/or work that seeks to influence relevant policy or practice. It will provide organisations with the financial support they need to test new approaches and explore ways of addressing new challenges in this area of great change and uncertainty. 

Applicants must contribute to one or both aims: 

  • Living well together – supporting work for the benefit of young people which helps communities experiencing high levels of migration become stronger and more connected
  • Staying safe – ensuring that young migrants in greatest need can get help and support

The ‘explore and test’ grants are open to applications now and are accepted on a rolling basis. 

Further information can be found here http://www.phf.org.uk/funds/shared-ground-fund/

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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

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Norfolk County Council - County Council

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:45

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to County Council. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Monday 9 May 2016 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:05

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Women's "Rural Writes" workshops to shed light on living in rural and coastal Norfolk

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:59

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

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

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

Reporting scams

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

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

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May at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:09
May at Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle

Last Chance to See A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons, ends 30 May, A wonderful exhibition inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling children’s books How to Train Your Dragon. And Collecting in East Anglia, ends 22 Mayart acquired over the last five years.

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

Events for All:

Earn Your Dragon's Wings, Mon 2 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Fabulous Beasts quest and dragonesqe crafts.

Stonemasonry Demonstrations: see stonemasons from Gildencraft Stonemasonry in action! Thursday 26 May, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Cain and Abel Mystery Play, Sat 28 May, 11.30am; performed by the Guild Master and his apprentice stonemasons. (15 mins.)

Celebrate 90 years of Norfolk Wildlife, Tues 28 May - Sat 4 June, 10.30am - 3.30pm. Activities and a chance to find out how to conserve and preserve.  

Stonmemasons' Guild Procession, Fri 27 May, Arriving at Norwich Castle at 12.10pm. Watch the stonemasons' Guild of St Stephen and St George process through the city centre and present a gift to Norwich Castle.

Talks and Tours:

Castle Keep Tours, 3 May - 20 July weekdays, term time, 12 noon.

Talking Textiles: Dress Fancy,
Thurs 19 May, 11am - 12.30pm
A close up talk showcasing fantastical clothing and creative costumes. Booking essential, tel. 01603 495897/493625. Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7.

Tuesday Talks, 12.30 - 1pm
10 May ~  In Search of the Real Vikings
17 May ~ The Natural History of Dragons
24 May ~  Dragons and other Fearsome Creatures in Modern Children's Books

Art Workshops:

Castle Art Club (Adults), Weds 18 May, 11am - 12.30pm. Booking recommended. Tel, 01603 495897/493625. Adult £6.50, Conc £6, Museums Pass £5.50. More info>>

ST*ART Club: ST*ART Painting, Sat 7, 14, 21 May 11, 18, 25 June, 10am - 12.30am. Six week course for children age 8-12 (living within 20 miles of Norwich). £45. Booking essential, tel. 01603 493636, email: bookings.norfolk@norfolk.gov.uk.

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Bank Holidays with a Difference:

Mon 2 May ~ Story Festival. Meet much-loved characters from your favourite childhood tales and create your own magical story as you explore Gressenhall from the woods to the river.

Mon 30 May ~ Rock 'n' Roll at Gressenhall. Put on your blue suede shoes and experience all things vintage with the sights and sounds of the '50s and '60s.

Lynn Museum

Art of the Mart: Savages Famous Fairground Makers of Lynn, Exhibition showing until Sat 2 July. The story of King’s Lynn’s iconic creators of merry-go-rounds – including a close look at the art, craft and design of the fairground.

Talk ~ The Battle of Jutland, Weds 11 May, 2.30 - 3.30pm. Booking essential, tel. 01553 775001. £2, Members FREE.

Trail ~ Fun at the Fete Family Trail, Sat 28 May - Sun 5 June

Coffee Morning, Weds 25 May, 10.30am - 12 noon. Coffee, cake and collections.

Costume Creations: Create Your Own Fancy Dress, Tues 31 May, 10.30am - 1pm. See costumes unwrapped from the Lynn Museum stores make your own fantastic fancy dress. There's a chance to enter your creation in the fancy dress competition on 12 June too! FREE.

Ancient House

Flint Rocks! Showing until 29 Oct. Everything you ever wanted to know about this versatile rock.

The Queen is in her all together! Family Trail,  Sat 28 May - Sat 4 June. Help the Queen find her clothes to win a small prize. 50p plus admission. 

Mini Museum Club (under 5s): How Does Your Garden Grow?, Thurs 26 May, 10.30 - 11.30am.  50p incl. admission.

Craft events for Adults:

Dolls House Club ~Tues 3 May, 1.30 - 3pm. Booking essential tel. 01842 752599.
Knit and Knatter ~ Tues 3 & Thurs 19, 10.30am - 12 noon. £2, Members £1.
Spinning ~ Tues 10 May, 10.30am - 12 noon & Sat 21 May, 1.30 - 3.30pm, £2, Members £1. tel. 01842 752599 for info and to book.

Time & Tide

The Vintage Look: Sweet Little Rock and Rollers (1950s), Sun 22 May, 11am - 4pm. A day of hair, makeup and cake! Follow the experts, Flamingo Amy and Lovemoi Makeup, beauty artists extraordinaire, as they show you how to create vintage looks, plus be photographed professionally with a mini photoshoot for all. Booking essential tel. 01493 743930. £35, Museums Pass £32.50. Two places for £60.


Make Do and Mend, Mon 30 May, 11am - 4pm. Learn the art of re-using; from collection items that show how our ancestors changed up their clothes to reflect new fashions, to upcycling your own items.

Strangers' Hall

Summer Sundays - Sun 29 May - Sun 4 Sept, 1 - 4pm. Relax with refreshments and the Sunday papers in this beautiful secret city garden. Play traditional games and hear sonnets and snippets recited by local thespians.

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Token Traders - How Norwich Men and Women Made Their Own Money.
A fascinating exhibition of tiny tokens issued by Norwich traders in the 17th Century - a time of an acute shortage of small change.

Talk - Norfolk's Corporation Tokens, Thurs 26 May, 1.30 - 3pm

Undercroft Tour, Sat 28 May, 11am, 1 & 3pm

Museums at Night

Free evening events across the county:

Norwich Castle ~ Sat 14 May, 5 - 10pm
Jousting knights, dancing damsels and medieval craftspeople compete for your attention - don't miss the fiery finale!

Time & Tide, Tolhouse & Elizabethan House ~ Fri 13 May, 6 - 10pm. Join us at Time & Tide for rockabilly tunes from the Bonneville 58s; outwit pirates at the Tolhouse and steal their treasure; then head to Elizabethan House for Tudor characters and crafts.

Cromer Museum ~ Blood on the Sand: A 1950s Murder Mystery, Sat 14 May, 8.30, 9.45 & 11pm. Enjoy a night of murder and intrigue. Meet costumed characters and discover clues around the town. Booking essential: 01263 513543.

Lynn Museum ~ Curiosity Killed the Cat, Fri 13 May, 5 - 7pm. A secret-cinema-style event culminating in a special film screening of Cathead, made by Lynn Museum Youth Forum, and inspired by one of Lynn Museum’s most beloved objects. Booking essential tel. 01553 775001.

web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
for information on all our events click here>>
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Norfolk County Council - County Council

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:12

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 17:36

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Silver pound presents golden opportunity for Norfolk

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Signs of Safety Partners Newsletter #7 - April 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 16:22

Signs of Safety Partners Newsletter #7 - April  2016

The new lead for SofS in NCC

"I’m delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to this Signs of Safety newsletter. As the SofS lead for Children's Service Leadership Team, it's been exciting to watch the approach transform from being simply a theory with potential to becoming the fundamental basis for our work with children and families.

As part of our commitment to the Eastern Region Sector Led Improvement Programme, we submit annually a detailed self-assessment report which subsequently forms the basis for a peer challenge process. The document runs to over 70 pages and it’s striking to see how often Signs of Safety is quoted across those pages. It really is becoming established as the golden thread that runs through Children’s Services. However, as the lead agency, we have a key role in ensuring momentum is maintained with partners as well, as we know that in order to be fully effective, Signs of Safety needs to be embedded across the whole system.

We need to keep spreading the word and the most effective way to do that is through our practice. The case studies delivered at the celebration event earlier this year really brought to life both the extent to which workers are embracing Signs of Safety and the power of the approach, particularly in those cases that workers had previously felt were stuck. If we are all able think and work in this way, we can transform the system in Norfolk and subsequently transform the outcomes for our children and families."

Don Evans - Assistant Director (Performance & Challenge)

LAC & Leaving Care SofS practice event

Terry Murphy will be joining us again on Monday 6 June 2016 for an event focussing on SofS within the LAC and Leaving Care services. As before, we’re looking for staff and partners to share their stories and we’re more than happy to provide any help and support needed.

Presenters from the January event showed they’d had little experience with SofS but gave it a go and shared the outcomes with us. The feedback we received indicated what a great learning opportunity it had been, how reassuring it was to hear how their work compared to others and how encouraged they felt to further develop their use of this approach.

If you’re willing to share your learning and help other grow their understanding, please get in touch.

To request a place, please email us.

What exactly do you mean?

Using plain, simple language is one of the key principles in the SofS approach and back in October, we set the challenge of explaining some of the professional jargon commonly used, in an easy to understand way. As Einstein said “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” So how would you explain these in simple language or even in words and pictures?

Discipline                Maturity                 Dysfunctional

Boundaries             Identity                  Engagement

Similarly, it’s equally important that when we have to use professional terms, we use them accurately, particularly when referring to legal definitions. For example, some are still in the habit of using the term ‘PPO’ (Police Protection Order) even though it no longer exists. The correct definition is Powers of Police Protection. Let’s be clear and accurate in what we’re saying and avoid any unnecessary confusion.

Calling all tweeters

Have a look on Twitter at Social Work Toolkit @socialworktools. It contains a mass of information on social work tools and direct activities, many strengths based, which work well with the SofS approach. And don’t forget to follow Signs of Safety @signsofsafety for updates from the team behind this approach.

We are thrilled to announce that funding has been approved for a substantial number of CS staff to attend the International Gathering taking place in July. In terms of our continuing development of SofS, this really is a clear and encouraging message from our Leadership Team...Signs of Safety is here to stay.

We hope we'll see a number of our partner agencies there as well. If you're interested in attending, further information can be found here.  

Creative Communications

A few weeks ago, Leicestershire, one of the local authorities involved in the England Innovations Project, called out for any ‘Words and Pictures’ work to be considered for inclusion in a Creative Communications Booklet they’re producing. We received loads of amazing examples of some truly brilliant work so a big thank you to all those who sent their work in. In actual fact, we put forward more work than any other local authority! A number of those have now been accepted for inclusion and we can’t wait to see the final edition. We’ll keep you posted on when that will be available.

'True humility is staying teachable regardless of how much you already know’ (Anon.)

Some of you may have come across Donna Darton, an experienced SofS Practice Lead who’s working with us as an independent consultant to assist in establishing the role of the Practice Lead consistently across Norfolk and continue the learning. During the last year, Donna’s worked extensively with our Early Help Teams who have found the support invaluable in building their confidence. At the moment, her focus is being directed towards LAC & Leaving Care, working with the Independent Chairs and Reviewing Officers and Practice Leads within the LAC and Leaving Care Teams.  Here’s what Donna had to say:

 “The biggest challenge faced has been the understanding and shift from mapping to safety planning and yet, I’ve been continuously overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm that’s been displayed by staff for the need to ‘do it differently’ for the children and families we work with. Embedding a new framework for change is always a testing time, and SofS came along at a time when there were lots of changes. It’s been a real privilege to work alongside teams and practitioners on this journey and what is constant is the passion that staff have to working in a way that creates effective and meaningful difference in our approach.”

If you’re a Practice Lead and would like support to develop your role, please email us.

Feedback

If you have any comments or questions about Signs of Safety in Norfolk, please email us at SignsofSafety@norfolk.gov.uk

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Signs of Safety Special Edition #7

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/26/2016 - 16:18
Signs of Safety Special Edition #7 - April 2016

Our new lead for Norfolk's SofS

"I’m delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to this Signs of Safety themed edition. As the CSLT lead, it's been exciting to watch the approach transform from being simply a theory with potential, to becoming the fundamental basis for our work with children and families.

As part of our commitment to the Eastern Region Sector Led Improvement Programme, we submit annually a detailed self-assessment report which subsequently forms the basis for a peer challenge process. The document runs to over 70 pages and it’s striking to see how often Signs of Safety is quoted across those pages. It really is becoming established as the golden thread that runs through Children’s Services. However, as the lead agency, we have a key role in ensuring momentum is maintained with partners as well, as we know that in order to be fully effective, Signs of Safety needs to be embedded across the whole system.

We need to keep spreading the word and the most effective way to do that is through your practice. The case studies delivered at the celebration event earlier this year really brought to life both the extent to which workers are embracing Signs of Safety and the power of the approach, particularly in those cases that workers had previously felt were stuck. If we are all able think and work in this way, we can transform the system in Norfolk and subsequently transform the outcomes for our children and families."

Don Evans - Asst. Director for Performance & Challenge

LAC & Leaving Care practice event

Terry Murphy will be joining us again on Monday 6 June 2016 for an event focussing on SofS within the LAC and Leaving Care services. As before, we’re looking for staff and partners to share their stories and we’re more than happy to provide any help and support needed.

Presenters from the January event revealed how with the little experience they'd had with SofS, they gave it a go and shared the outcomes with us. The feedback we received indicated what a great learning opportunity it had been, how reassuring it was to hear how their work compared to others and how encouraged they felt to further develop their use of this approach.

If you’re willing to share your learning and help others grow their understanding, please discuss your idea with your managers and get in touch.

What exactly do you mean?

Using plain, simple language is one of the key principles in the SofS approach and back in October, we set the challenge of explaining some of the professional jargon commonly used, in an easy to understand way. As Einstein said “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” So how would you explain these in simple language or even in words and pictures?

Discipline       Maturity       Dysfunctional

Boundaries    Identity        Engagement

Similarly, it’s equally important that when we have to use professional terms, we use them accurately, particularly when referring to legal definitions. For example, some case workers are still in the habit of recording a child on a ‘PPO’ (Police Protection Order) even though this no longer exists. The correct definition is Powers of Police Protection. Let’s be clear and accurate in what we’re saying and avoid any unnecessary confusion.

We are thrilled to announce that CSLT have approved funding for 50 places at the International Gathering taking place in July. These will be distributed via the Heads of Service in Social Work, Early Help and Performance & Challenge, so keep your eyes and ears open if you’re interested in attending.

In terms of our continuing development of SofS, this really is a clear and encouraging message from our Leadership Team...Signs of Safety is here to stay.

Creative Communications Booklet

A few weeks ago, Leicestershire, one of the local authorities involved in the England Innovations Project, called out for any ‘Words and Pictures’ work to be considered for inclusion in a Creative Communications Booklet they’re producing. We received loads of amazing examples of some truly brilliant work so a big thank you to all those who sent their work in. In actual fact, we put forward more work than any other local authority! A number of those have now been accepted for inclusion and we can’t wait to see the final edition. We’ll keep you posted on when that will be available.

'True humility is staying teachable regardless of how much you already know’

(Anon.)

Many of you will have come across Donna Darton, an experienced SofS Practice Lead who’s working with us as an independent consultant to assist in establishing the role of the Practice Lead consistently across Norfolk and continue the learning. During the last year, Donna’s worked extensively with our Early Help Teams who have found the support invaluable in building their confidence. At the moment, her focus is being directed towards LAC & Leaving Care, working with the Independent Chairs and Reviewing Officers and Practice Leads within the LAC and Leaving Care Teams.  Here’s what Donna had to say:

 “The biggest challenge faced has been the understanding and shift from mapping to safety planning and yet, I’ve been continuously overwhelmed by the energy and enthusiasm that’s been displayed by staff for the need to ‘do it differently’ for the children and families we work with. Embedding a new framework for change is always a testing time and SofS came along at a time when there were lots of changes. It’s been a real privilege to work alongside teams and practitioners on this journey and what is constant is the passion that staff have to working in a way that creates effective and meaningful difference in our approach.”

If you’re a Practice Lead and would like support to develop your role, please email us.

Calling all tweeters

Have a look on Twitter at Social Work Toolkit @socialworktools. It contains a mass of information on tools and direct activities, many strengths based, which work well with the SofS approach. And don’t forget to follow Signs of Safety @signsofsafety for updates from the team behind this approach.

Your feedbackDo 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 - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 17:32

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Six new Deputy Lieutenants announced

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Invitation to launch of Second Air Division Memorial Library digital archive

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/25/2016 - 14:49
Second Air Division Digital Archive Launch Event

The Governors of the Second Air Division Memorial Trust USAAF invite you to the launch of the Second Air Division Digital Archive on Thursday, 19 May 2016 at 17:30 (presentations at 18:15) at The Atrium, The Forum, Norwich.

RSVP by Monday, 9 May 2016 to Norfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich NR1 2DQ or e-mail norfrec@norfolk.gov.uk.

If you would like to bring a guest, please let us know.

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Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:08
General informationWeek ending 22 April 2016  

Exploring the Contribution of Arts and Culture to Education and Wellbeing in Norfolk

You are invited to a Conference on Thursday 19 May 2016  between 09:30am and 4:15pm 
at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Norwich NR1 3JU  programme

This major conference will focus on presenting evidence which demonstrates the impact and benefit of using creative approaches in key commissioning arenas and on next n developing new collaborative initiatives in Norfolk. The conference will be chaired by Cllr Paul Smyth, Chair of the Communities Committee, Norfolk County Council.

Keynote speakers will include leading academics in the field including Professor Norma Daykin, University of Winchester, Professor Venu Dhupa, Nottingham Trent University, and David McDaid, Associate Professorial Research Fellow, London School of Economics. The conference will include a range of local case-studies across arts, libraries, museums and archives, and a chaired panel discussion.

The conference will be of interest to commissioners from public health, adult social care and children’s services, arts and culture professionals, and local councillors. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. To register for your FREE place, please visit our Eventbrite Page here    

Title: Deaf Awareness Workshop for Members 
Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 
Time: 10.00 - 12.00   Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Five members have already signed up for this 2 hour workshop whose aims are to help members communicate effectively with constituents and service users who are Deaf or hard of hearing. It is also designed to support members in ensuring committee processes and public meetings are more accessible to people who are Deaf and hard of hearing.

The course will be led by Deaf Connexions, The course is aimed at being interactive as well as informative and will cover 
•    Deaf Awareness – general overview, terminology, types of Deafness and culture 
•    Communication Tactics – general, plus issues Deaf people face/how members can support people coming to their constituency surgeries 
•    Being Deaf/Hard of Hearing in a committee situation – Role of Chair and individuals in meetings, systems that can be put in to support meetings, ensuring Deaf people attending public meetings can fully participate

For further information on the course, contact Neil Howard on 224196 

Public Health Strategy launched 

On Thursday 7th April, Public Health marked World Health Day by launching the council’s first public health strategy. A launch event, hosted by Dr Louise Smith and Cllr Paul Smyth, was held to at The Forum in Norwich, giving stakeholders including local authorities, charities, police, the NHS and the many agencies public health partner with the opportunity to engage and exchange ideas. The strategy commits us to promoting healthy living and healthy places, to protect people from harm, to support them to improve their health and to provide the services they need to prevent ill health. We can only achieve this by working in partnership and we will be looking at how we can build upon previous work to maximise health and wellbeing opportunities across Norfolk. View the Public Health Strategic Framework here

The Community Biodiversity Awards 2016

Does your local council deserve recognition for its voluntary efforts to improve their local patch for wildlife? If so, why not enter them for a Community Biodiversity Award? The Awards are run by the Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership (NBP) - a voice for Norfolk’s nature - which is hosted by Norfolk County Council.
Nominations are welcome from enthusiastic community groups who are making a difference for wildlife in their local patch – including town and parish councils who often drive local action. Deadline for nominations is 13 May. To download a nomination form for the 2016 Awards click here or contact paulholley@norwich.gov.uk

Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards reward and celebrate local projects for their environmental initiative

Although it’s the ninth year of the Eco Awards, it is the first year that Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council have joined forces to bring about a bigger, better and more wide-ranging Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards. This is a good example of how working in partnership with others can help us to deliver more for less.  

The award ceremony, held at the Forum on 12 March as part of the One Planet Norwich Festival, celebrated 12 local people and organisations from across Norfolk committed to sustainability.  

Tim O’Riordan (OBE), Emeritus professor of Environmental Sciences at UEA, presented this year’s awards.  “The standard of all the entries was truly impressive,” he said. “It’s inspiring to think there are so many great organisations and groups in our county raising the flag for sustainability and placing the environment at the very top of their agenda.”

Many thanks to those of you who showed your support for the Awards.  To find out the winners and about all the winning and highly commended projects click here..

Broads National Park Judicial Review - Judgement - message from John Packman, Chief Executive, Broads Authority 

Mr Justice Holgate handed down his judgment on the High Court judicial review into the decision by the Broads Authority in January 2015 to use the term “Broads National Park” when referring to the area as a brand name and for marketing related purposes. I am really pleased to tell you that the Judge has supported the Authority’s decision to use the term Broads National Park in its marketing material, and rejected the judicial review in full. Read the full message and the judgement here

Join us to relax, discuss, meditate or pray in an informal, open and friendly atmosphere. All faiths or none welcome. 

We usually meet on Mondays, 12:30-13:00, in the Quiet Room (South wing, ground floor, opposite room 8). Our next meeting is on the 9th of May. 

Chaplain: Revd Liviu Barbu, liviu.barbu@norfolk.gov.uk / fr.liviu.barbu@gmail.com, 07766760171; Available for pastoral support on site usually on Monday (all day) and Tuesday (mornings)

Chief Officer's blogs

24 April 2016 - Gordon Boyd, Assistant Director, Education 

I recall a sunny afternoon almost two years ago. An inspection of our arrangements for supporting school improvement was underway. I accompanied the Lead Inspector up the old front steps to County Hall, still heavily shrouded and scaffolded. In stark contrast, the narrowest of strips above the refurbished 8th floor, just revealed, gleamed with an astonishing incandescence.......

Read more >>

15 April 2016 – Anne Gibson, Executive Director of Resources

A key theme within Re-imagining Norfolk is about working across organisations and within communities so that we can re-design services around people’s lives, working together to achieve better outcomes at less cost. To support this, as Directors, we are each working closely with one of our District Councils. 

Read more >>  

NCC internet homepage 

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

School places

Whitlingham OEC

Devolution

Reimagining Norfolk

What's new on the intranet?

inet.norfolk.gov.uk

Norfolk in the News Friday 22 April click here
Get on the road to a Healthier Lifestyle

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What's new on Members Insight?

Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee briefing April 2016

Topics includeContinuing healthcare – data requested by NHOSC, Queen Elizabeth Hospital psychology provision Quality, Innovation Productivity & Prevention initiative, N & Norwich NHS University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Care Quality Commission report, Electronic prescription service, Community pharmacy, South Norfolk CCG - Proposals for changes to current prescribing practice read briefing 

Future NCC public meetings

The following meetings will be held during April and May2016.

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

Norfolk Records Joint Cttee         22 Apr.  10.30
Norfolk Museums Joint Cttee       22 Apr.  14.00
Health & Wellbeing Board            26 Apr. 09.30 
Adult Social Care Committee       29 Apr.  14.30 Planning (Reg) Committee             6 May 10.00
County Council                             9 May 10.00
Children's Committee                  10 May 10.00
Communities Committee             11 May  10.00 Economic Dev Sub Committee    12 May  10.00 Adult Social Care Committee       16 May 10.00 EDT Committee                          20 May 10.00 Norfolk Health O&S Committee    26 May 10.00 Policy & Resources Committee    31 May 10.00

iPad and IT support contact

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

See the summary of recent iPad issues below

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

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

Latest NCC press releases

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Member Development sessions, briefings and training 

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

Title: LAC & Care Leavers Strategy workshop

Date:Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Time:10.00 - 12.00

Location:Edwards room, County Hall

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

Lead officer - Nick Crick, Interim LAC Strategic Consultant

Title: Deaf Awareness Workshop for Members 
Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016 
Time: 10.00 - 12.00   Location: Edwards room, County Hall

Further details: see above

For further information on the course, contact Neil Howard on 224196 or neil.howard@norfolk.gov.uk 

County Hall refurbishment update 
for w/c 25 April 2016

Main entrance- work to the concourse continues next week and the main steps (leading up to the entrance) will re-open on May 3. Work to the forecourt finishes this weekend, so the Park and Ride 503 bus will return to County Hall from Monday (25 April). You will also be able to access the NRO, and the main entrance,  from the forecourt or the north end of the car park from Monday. Next week,  contractors will  be landscaping and planting trees in the area near the main steps.

South staircase- from the Ground Floor to the Basement- remains closed while contractors replace old flooring. An unforeseen delay in the delivery of materials means the staircase will be closed for at least another week. Similar work is also planned for the North staircase. Access to the Tower from ground level will be maintained, with the exception of a few hours when flooring is placed at the ground level.  There will be advance notification, barriers and signs in place.

The external terrace- near the Mezzanine floor- is almost complete and, next week, contractors will complete the roof covering and prepare to install handrails. If you work below this area- you may hear some intermittent drilling throughout the week.

Improved lighting and safety on pathways. By the end of the month, new lighting will be complete along the main pathway to the Annexe and upper car parks. Work is underway and the pathway remains open.

South Wing - Ground floor (meeting and interview rooms) and Lower Ground- expect some disruption. If you work near these areas, or have rooms booked in the South Wing, there will be intermittent drilling and building noise next two weeks. Contractors are re-fixing parapet stones to the external wall on the east side of the building. Where possible, please use alternative meeting rooms.  

A new central touchdown area – on the Mezzanine floor- is open all staff and their visitors. You can use this space on a first-come, first served basis to touchdown and hot-desk.           

County Hall restaurant and shop makeover- details on what’s happening this month. This is being managed by the Corporate Property team and is not part of the current County Hall refurbishment programme.                                                     

Reminders: County Hall – who’s moved where? Now nearly all the office moves have taken place- here’s a reminder of who currently sits where.

Summary of recent/ current issues with Members IT

 The 404 message on members’ iPads

This is due to hardcoded links/ bookmarks to the old website on members’ iPads. Links were redirected to the new website as soon as a technical issue with redirects was fixed. But it emerged that not all members had the same link to the old site on their iPads, so the web content team has been redirecting these as and when we were made aware of them.

Action: We now believe we have redirected all old urls hardcoded on members’ iPads, however in the future we recommend using a friendly url instead, so this can be easily redirected and updated as and when needed. 

The message seen when some members try to open email links to committee papers: ‘Your IT administrator has blocked this url, do you want to use Safari?’ (button to open in Safari).

This message was a result of an update from Good on 29 March. ICT have advised that Good has always used Safari for the committee paper web link, but unfortunately the message text has now changed as a result of the latest Good update and suggests the url was ‘blocked’. The confusion was compounded because updates are not happening across all the iPads at the same time, so not all members were getting the new message.

Action: Regardless of the message, members need to proceed as before (click on the link to safari). ICT does not directly manage which updates are accepted on the iPads and Good does not manage the updates. ICT have advised that the new Updata service, to be rolled out to members, will make it easier to manage these updates. 

Reconfiguration needed for wifi to work with new website

When the new Norfolk County website went live on 30 March, a technical change should have been included to allow people on our wifi to connect to www.norfolk.gov.uk

Action: This has been identified and fixed 

Recent capacity issue with members wifi (server not found message)

The members wifi server is sometimes overloaded because it is shared with libraries. Plus some members use the guest wifi which is also sometimes over capacity.

Action: Networks have now been asked to check the members wifi daily and restart it if necessary. ICT have advised members should be encouraged to use the members wifi, not the guest one.

 

Categories: Norfolk

Story Festival - A Magical Day with a Difference

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 15:00
Story Festival - A Magical Day with a DifferenceBank Holiday Monday 2 May 10am - 5pm

Encounter all your favourite fairy tale characters, with an extra special ‘Day with a Difference’ this Bank Holiday Monday at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse. 

All the characters have escaped from The Giant Book of Gressenhall Fairy Tales! Help them return to their tales and create your own magical story as you explore Gressenhall from the woods to the river.

For more information click here to visit our website

 

 www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
For information on all our events, click here>>
Categories: Norfolk

The Friday Takeaway - 22 April 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 14:19

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         22 April 2016

George Nobbs speaks out about Devolution deal

Council Leader George Nobbs has restated his personal commitment to devolution for East Anglia while expressing dissatisfaction at how negotiations are developing.

Cllr Nobbs has written to Lord Heseltine, expressing his concern at a lack of flexibility in negotiations by central government and the speed at which councils across the region are expected to approve plans. He has also written in The Municipal Journal that he feels that those negotiating on behalf of central government have little experience of two-tier local government, previous deals having been completed with unitary authorities.

Find out more by reading the article in The Municipal Journal here or the article from the EDP here.

A drink with your takeaway

Four growing rural businesses based in Norfolk and Suffolk are set to benefit from funding from the first tranche of a £9m European funding initiative managed by Norfolk County Council’s Rural Programmes Team. These include a vineyard and an alcohol-free brewery. Read more here

Harold Bodmer rallies his troops at ADASS conference 

As mentioned in last week’s Takeaway - Harold Bodmer, is the new Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) President. He used his opening speech at the three-day seminar this week to rally his troops but warned that it would be a long slog running right through to the 2020 comprehensive spending review (CSR): “We need a social movement about social care – a campaign that starts now and reaches out over the next few years...” 

Read more in The Guardian article

Warning notice to Dereham Neatherd High School

Norfolk County Council has issued a warning notice to Dereham Neatherd High School to stop it from setting up its own sixth form in September, saying its plans were not viable. The school had planned to break away from Dereham Sixth Form, which it currently runs jointly with Northgate High School. Neatherd has 10 days to comply with the warning notice conditions. Councillor James Joyce said:

“Our priority is ensuring that students in Dereham have the best possible opportunities to learn and achieve their potential. We have taken strong action because we believe it is in the best interests of the young people in Dereham”

See our latest statement here

"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them..."(Twelfth Night)

This weekend marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. There are loads of events going on across Norfolk, including events at many of our local libraries as part of the Great Big Read. More here.

Make someone’s day, nominate them for an OSCA

Get your nominations in for season one of our revamped staff Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs). Read more here

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy will be attending an East Anglian Devolution Leaders meeting as well as being a part of the final panel to recruit a new Head of ICT and IM.
Michael will be attending the Health and Wellbeing Board at South Norfolk Council as well as the Norfolk Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership Board.
Simon will be spending two days at the Society of County Treasurers spring seminar.
Tom will be attending a Management Group Meeting at Scottow Enterprise Park, as well as the NDR Construction Board.
Anne will be attending the Health and Wellbeing Board at South Norfolk Council as well as the ICT Steering Board meeting.
Harold will be attending the Transforming Care Assurance Board in London and an extra Adult Social Care Committee focusing on the cost of care. 

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

CLT Blog - 22 April 2016

22 April 2016 – Gordon Boyd, Assistant Director, Education.

I recall a sunny afternoon almost two years ago. An inspection of our arrangements for supporting school improvement was underway. I accompanied the Lead Inspector up the old front steps to County Hall, still heavily shrouded and scaffolded. In stark contrast, the narrowest of strips above the refurbished 8th floor, just revealed, gleamed with an astonishing incandescence...

Read more.

We're using 100% British steel

In the wake of problems faced by the British steel industry, Balfour Beatty has confirmed that all steel reinforcement used on the Norwich Northern Distributor Road will be British, supplied by BRC from its Cardiff-based sister company Celsa Steel Services. Celsa produces the steel from UK scrap, which BRC uses to provide the finished reinforcement bars.

Read more here

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 22 April 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/22/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 22 April 2016 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesCommunications Assistant - Writers' Centre Norwich

£15,836 - £17,776
Full time, Permanent

Writers’ Centre Norwich (WCN) is a leading literature organisation committed to developing the artistic and social impact of creative writing, reading and literary translation. 

The role of Communications Assistant is key to supporting the Communications Team in raising the profile of the organisation, promoting activity and engaging audiences and participants in our work. This role provides an ideal opportunity for someone who is interested in pursuing a career in communications and marketing in the arts and literature sector. WCN is in the position to offer the successful applicant unrivalled access to a diverse and innovative programme of work across the literary, literature development, education and freedom of expression sectors. 

You will have a strong interest in literature and a genuine interest in the marketing and communications functions within an organisation, with at least one year’s experience of working in a communications support role. You will bring with you excellent writing skills and experience of using web and social media in a communications environment. You will have excellent administrative and IT skills, possess excellent interpersonal skills and have a commitment to a high standard of work with an eye for detail. 

Closing deadline: 9.00am Tuesday 3 May 2016                        
Short-list confirmed: 5.00pm Friday 6 May 2016                      
Selection interviews: Wednesday 11 May 2016                              

When you submit your application, please ensure that you are available to participate between 9.00am – 6.00pm on the selection day. 

For the full job pack and application form please follow: http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/AboutUs/jobvacancies.aspx 

Partnership and Development Lead - The Garage

Salary: £25,000pa pro rata
Contract Type: fixed term 1 year, part-time (0.8)

Supporting The Garage’s ambition by managing a range of partnerships and effectively co-ordinating high quality activity programme across the ‘sub region’. The role will also have responsibility for overseeing the delivery of the Youth Music regional activity, lead on the development of The Garage’s innovation and resource development activities.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday 4 May, 5PM 

Further information can be found here http://www.thegarage.org.uk/job-vacancies-nid299.html

Museums Youth Engagement Officer - Time & Tide Museum

£8,976-£9,577 per annum (Scale G)
14.48 hours per week
Fixed term contract until 31 March 2018
Time and Tide, Great Yarmouth 

This is an exciting opportunity to join the award-winning Museum Learning Team based at our museums in Great Yarmouth and Cromer. You will employ creative approaches to engage young people with museums, heritage and collections. 

You will have a passion for learning, excellent presentation skills and experience of delivering activities for young people. 

This is a job share post and includes some occasional evening and weekend working.

Closing Date: 4 May 2016 

Further information can be found here.

General Manager - Maddermarket Theatre

Salary: £26,000-30,000
Full Time

The Maddermarket Theatre is seeking an experienced General Manager with proven knowledge of the theatre industry to join their team. 

The theatre produces twelve amateur productions a year and has a busy programme of visiting shows, classes, and other events. 

Deadline for applications: 6 May 2016

For further information visit http://www.maddermarket.co.uk/get-involved/current-vacancies/

Administrative Intern - Frozen Light

Fee: £8.25 per hour

Frozen Light is seeking an organised, flexible and enthusiastic administrative intern. Frozen Light is a Norwich based theatre company that creates interactive multi-sensory theatre productions for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). Frozen Light are an associate company at The New Wolsey, Ipswich.

The post will support the artistic directors of the company in the general administration of Frozen Light. Upcoming projects include The Forest touring to Edinburgh Fringe and new production Home touring nationally in Autumn 2016 and Spring 2017. This is a freelance position for someone who is able to work from home with flexible hours that could fit around other commitments.

Key Roles

  • Research into potential funding opportunities
  • Keeping both audience and industry updated with upcoming productions
  • Audience development and marketing in the lead up and during tour

This role is the ideal learning opportunity for a recent arts graduate or an individual at the start of their career in the arts industry. Through this role you will learn how a small scale touring theatre company is run. You will have the opportunity to develop skills in applying for funding, writing contracts, developing audiences, targeted marketing and working in both the arts and learning disability sector.

This role is for 2 days per week starting from June 2016. The candidate will have flexible working hours. The role will last for 3 months with the possibility of extension for 6 months dependant on funding.

Application deadline: Friday 6th May 2016

Further information can be found here http://frozenlighttheatre.com/about-us/who-we-are/work/

Coasters Vacancies at SeaChange Arts

Coasters is a three year project, supported by Arts Council England that will take innovative, high quality indoor and outdoor circus and street arts work to coastal towns across England.

A consortium 10 coastal arts organisations will build stronger relationships with audiences in areas of lower arts engagement and to help transform perceptions of coastal towns.

The partnership is made up of SeaChange, Activate in Dorset, Freedom Festival in Hull, Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Hastings Borough Council, Worthing Theatres, Leftcoast in Blackpool, Theatre Orchard, Dreamland in Margate and So Festival in Skegness.

SeaChange are recruiting two posts to support the consortium and deliver this exciting new project.

The positions are:

Closing date for both posts is Friday 13 May 2016

Further information can be found here http://www.seachangearts.org.uk/news-and-views/-seachange-arts-are-recruiting

Head of Learning - Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

£40,082 to £46,414 per annum

As Head of Learning you will lead the Learning team and all the education programmes of the Sainsbury Centre and form part of the senior management team, playing a key role in strategic management.

The successful candidate will develop innovative programmes that engage with new and under-represented audiences and communities in addition to maintaining strong relationships with Schools in the region. The post-holder will manage an active Outreach programme and maintain the established relationships with UEA Outreach. Other key tasks include the promotion of interdisciplinary collaborations, leading initiatives to encourage the UK Higher Education Sector to make full use of the Collections and Resources of the Centre, taking part in the Centre’s growing involvement in Museum Studies and managing the development of digital learning resources

Applicants must have a relevant degree (or equivalent) and a post-graduate qualification which might include a teaching certificate or sufficient teaching skills and experience in either Schools or Higher Education.  Sound experience of working in a museum, arts or similar institution is essential and candidates should demonstrate involvement in the development of innovative educational programmes for adults, Higher Education, Schools, families and/or young people. In addition, candidates will need to satisfy all the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.

The post is available from 20 June 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter on a full-time, indefinite basis.

Closing Date: 12 noon on 19 May 2016

Further information can be found here.

Development OpportunitiesA Basic Introduction to Dementia Awareness 

** A Few Places are Still Available**
Monday 25th April , 1000-1200
Age UK Norfolk, Old Catton, Norwich

Creative Arts East, on behalf of the Creative Communities Consortium as part of the Norfolk Arts and Wellbeing Programme, is offering a limited number of arts professionals and practitioners an opportunity to attend some Dementia Awareness Training. The training is designed to provide a greater understanding, to increase skills and confidence, when communicating and working creatively with people in the early stages of dementia.

The session is delivered by  AGE UK Norfolk, and the Creative Communities Consortium is keen to make this opportunity available to arts practitioners and organisations. Whether you already work (or are planning future work) with people living with dementia, the training will assist arts professionals to become better equipped to meet the needs of those living with dementia, and their carers, in an informed and sensitive way. As the number of people in our communities living with dementia continues to grow, this is becoming particularly relevant to all organisations and individuals who want to make their practice a dementia friendly organisation, whether or not you are currently working in this field.

‘A Basic Introduction to Dementia Awareness’, is a 2 hour workshop, covering:

  • Brief introduction to types, signs and symptoms of dementia 
  • Perceptual and communication difficulties experienced by people with dementia and how we can help
  • The environment and how it effects people with dementia and how we might help 

Course materials and useful handouts will be provided to all attendees.

The training will be at the main offices of Age UK Norfolk, 300 St Faith's Road, Old Catton, Norwich NR6 7BJ on Monday 25th April, from 10am-12pm.

On behalf of the Creative Communities Consortium, Creative Arts East is pleased to offer places on this training at the subsidised cost of £10 per delegate. However, as numbers are limited, early booking is advised.

To reserve a place, please contact julie@creativeartseast.co.uk for a booking form. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come-first served’ basis.

Supporting Care Leavers in FE 

Tuesday 26th April, 1000-1300
Friday 27th May, 1000-1300
The Garage, 14 Chapelfield North, Norwich NR2 1NY

Creative Arts East, on behalf of the Creative Communities Consortium as part of the Norfolk Arts and Wellbeing Programme, is pleased to be able to offer a limited number of FREE places to arts professionals and practitioners on the above training session. This workshop is designed to help artists and practitioners to identify and understand the challenges and rewards of working with hard to reach young people, gain a greater knowledge of work in this field, and increase skills and confidence. 

The session will:

  • explore some of the key reasons why children and young people come into Public Care
  • give an understanding of the legal framework and the roles / responsibilities of Local Authorities and others towards looked after children and care leavers
  • explore some basic statistical information about looked after children / care leavers & education outcomes
  • consider some of the educational barriers and challenges faced by care leavers during their ‘journey to adulthood’ 
  • consider the kind of support a Further Education Institution might offer care leavers 

The session is delivered by  Karen Searle, Specialist Advisor Post 16 Education, of the Leaving Care Service at Norfolk County Council, and is delivered through individual and group activities and exercises.  Course materials will be provided on the day.

To reserve a place on your preferred date, please contact julie@creativeartseast.co.uk for a booking form. Places will be allocated on a ‘first come-first served’ basis.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersFirst Novel Prize 2016 

A new literary contest open to previously unpublished and independently published novelists. In its inaugural year, the First Novel Prize aims to discover a powerful new voice in fiction and a brilliant debut.

Entries are now being accepted for the First Novel Prize with a first prize of £1,000 up for grabs. If your novel is over 50,000 words and of an adult genre, then we would love to read it.

  • First Prize: £1000
  • Second Prize: £250
  • Third Prize: £100

Closing Date: 31st May 2016

Further information can be found here http://www.firstnovel.co.uk/

Industry Research & InformationSHARED Enterprise Funding Fair

09 May 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds

A full-day event for anyone with an interest in fundraising for museums and other heritage organisations.

The Funding Fair is like a mini-conference, with a programme of fundraising-focussed presentations and workshops, alongside information stands where you can meet representatives of key funding and strategic bodies that support museums and heritage organisations and find out what they can do for you.  You choose how to divide your time between networking, presentations, and workshops, prioritising the opportunities which best serve your needs.

Whether directly or indirectly, everybody is responsible for fundraising and advocacy, so if you’re thinking about making an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund, curious about crowdfunding, or if you want to strengthen your case for support and encourage individuals to donate more, this day is for you.  Staff, volunteers and trustees representing museums and heritage organisations of all types and sizes will benefit from attending.

Presentation and Workshops:

Heritage Lottery Fund: an introduction
Sally Page – Development Officer, Heritage Lottery Fund
How can the Heritage Lottery Fund support your organisation?  Whether you’re considering applying for HLF funding for the first time or if you’ve have had successful applications in the past, you’ll want to join this session to find out more about current and forthcoming HLF funding opportunities.

Art Happens: Crowdfunding and Audience Development
Merrin Kalinowski – Museum Marketing Relationship Manager, The Art Fund
Crowdfunding is a rapidly growing digital activity in museums, but do you really know how to make it happen?  Find out how to use crowdfunding to engage and inspire support from existing and new audiences.  Based on 2 years of experience from the Art Fund’s ‘Art Happens’ platform.

Making the Case
David Burgess – Co-Director, National Arts Fundraising School
With more and more organisations looking to raise money from private sources why should somebody donate to you? To answer that question you need to know what your Case for Support is. This session will show you what makes a good Case for Support, how to start writing one and how you can frame your Case for specific donors.

Relationships and Resilience
Kathy Fawcett – Relationship Manager for Museums, Arts Council England
A chance to find out about the Arts Council’s strategic plan and forthcoming funding opportunities.

Claire Zammit – Head of UK Client Relations & Special Projects Manager, Tessitura Network
The Tessitura Network enables arts, cultural and entertainment organizations around the globe to operate more efficiently by offering products and services specifically for their business needs.  This includes systems for managing ticketing, donations and relationship management.  Claire is bringing exciting news that relates specifically to museums and heritage organisations.

Thinking about Thinking
David Burgess – Co-Director, National Arts Fundraising School
Did you know that we make up to 10,000 decisions every day? That’s a lot to think about. However, there is a discrepancy between ‘how we think’ and ‘how we think we think’. Understanding how donors make decisions can ensure you are communicating with them in the most appropriate way. Inspired by Daniel Kahneman’s work on Behavioural Economics, this session will provide an introduction to the field of Decision Science, how this can be applied in a fundraising context, and what the implications of this are for us as fundraisers.

Confirmed exhibitors:

  • Arts Council England
  • Arts Marketing Association
  • British Association of Friends of Museums
  • Heritage Lottery Fund
  • National Arts Fundraising School and The Management Centre
  • SHARE Museums East
  • SHARED Enterprise
  • Tessitura Network
  • The Art Fund

Further information can be found here http://sharemuseumseast.org.uk/events/shared-enterprise-funding-fair/

The Exchange Networking Event: London

13 May 2016
National Council for Voluntary Organisations Society Building, London 

The Exchange is a two year pilot project bringing together artists, creative SMEs and early career researchers to enrich the ecology between the creative industries and academia. The Exchange launched in January 2016 and is managed by The Culture Capital Exchange (TCCE) and supported by Arts Council England and the Higher Education Funding Council for England. The Exchange will work towards establishing a national network through which artists, creatives and researchers can develop mutually beneficial relationships and break down barriers to collaboration.

Exchange networking events accommodate 50-70 people, are free to attend and are designed to be flexible and interactive. Light refreshments and nibbles will be provided and there will be informal drinks and networking afterwards. Meetings are aimed at HEIs, Artists, Micro Businesses and SMEs within the Creative and Cultural Industries, Research and Business Development Managers from partner HEIs. 

Further information can be found here http://www.wearetheexchange.org/events/the-exchange-networking-event-oxford/

The future for UK arts, culture & heritage: implementing the new strategy - A national seminar for the Westminster Media Forum

7 June 2016
London

Following the launch of the Government’s Culture White Paper, this timely seminar will be an opportunity to analyse the key proposals of the strategy, and consider the future of arts, culture and heritage across the UK. Planned sessions will consider the role of culture in society, assessing the social, educational and health benefits of participation in cultural activities, and how to ensure equal opportunities for engagement, as well as the development of local strategies and partnerships to ensure culture is embedded in future regeneration and economic growth. 

Further sessions will look at the future of cultural investment in the UK, examining funding models and ensuring that they are equipped to secure the long-term economic sustainability for institutions across all regions and will explore the ways in which culture can further contribute to the UK’s international trade, exports and influence. 

Read more at: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=1234&t=15674

Now, New & Next - Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy

The environment for arts and cultural fundraising and philanthropy in the context of funding cuts and competition gets ever more challenging, and for leaders and Trustees of arts organisations it can often be hard to know which way to turn. Many organisations struggle to release staff for training and development, and it can be very difficult to build a ‘whole team’ culture to support fundraising, and to determine where best to invest scarce resource.

In 2013, Arts Council England funded the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme via a Transforming Arts Fundraising Strategic grant as part of its Catalyst Programme in investing in fundraising skills and development. Three years into the programme, and we have learned an enormous amount through our activities and, of course, through our conversations with fundraisers across the country.

This new digital publication aims to bring together some of the learning from the Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy programme. In its Now, New and Next format, it seeks to establish what is happening now, what is new and innovative, and what is coming next in relation to arts and cultural fundraising. It is aimed at Trustees, leaders of arts and cultural organisations and fundraising practitioners and anyone else making decisions about where to invest valuable resources in fundraising.

Further information can be found here http://artsfundraising.org.uk/now-new-next/

Funding OpportunitiesJewson’s Build Better Communities Fund

To support UK communities, the building products supplier, Jewson has a prize fund of £250,000 available for building projects that will benefit local communities. This could be: 

  • A new roof for the village hall
  • Renovations of community spaces or play area for children; etc.

The prize fund includes a top prize of £150,000 to a renovation or new build project which uses the 'My Comfort' building principles by Saint-Gobain. In addition, local projects can apply for building materials worth between £500 and £10,000 from a regional prize fund worth £100,000. Nominations are open until the 29th April 2016. Shortlisted projects will be announced on the 16th May 2016. "If your project is on the shortlist you'll need to call on your community to get behind it and vote, vote, vote." Public voting runs from 16 May to 19 June 2016. Competition winners will be announced week commencing the 4th July 2016. 

Read more at: http://www.buildingbettercommunities.co.uk/

Concertina

The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2016. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents.

Read more at: http://www.concertinamusic.org.uk/Grants.php

Architectural Heritage Fund Project Development Grant

The next application deadline for the Architectural Heritage Fund's Project Development Grant (PDG) is the 11th May 2016. The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF), is a registered charity that promotes the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings in the UK. Grants and low interest working capital loans are available to registered charities and constituted not for profit organisations to help with the regeneration of historic buildings. Through the PDG, grants of up to £25,000 are available to help cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site. Not for profit organisations can also apply for Project Viability Grants (PVG) of up to £3,000 to fund short studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition.

Read more at: http://www.ahfund.org.uk/grants.php

Wingate Foundation Music Grants Programme

The Wingate Foundation has announced that the next closing date for applications to its Music Grants programme is the 14th June 2016. The Music Grants programme supports those areas of music performance and education which do not readily attract backing from commercial sponsors or other funding bodies, or which are not eligible for public funding. Priority will be given to those organisations which give opportunities to young professionals and to education projects for young people as well as for new adult audiences. This would include direct assistance as well as funding for organisations which promote their work or performance, and support for Master Classes.

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

The Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 27th June 2016. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered. 

Read more at: http://elephanttrust.org.uk/docs/intro.html

The War Memorials Trust

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

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

Read more at: http://www.warmemorials.org/grants/

The William & Jane Morris Fund

The William and Jane Morris Fund is open to applications from churches, chapels and other places of worship built before 1896. The Fund offers grants of between £500 - £3,000 towards work concerned with the conservation of decorative features such as: 

  • Stained glass windows
  • Sculpture
  • Furniture
  • Internal monuments and tombs
  • Wall paintings; etc.

The decorative feature, monument, etc must be dated before 1896 (the date of William Morris's death). Applications for features dated after 1896, even if they are in churches dated before 1896, are not eligible. 

The next deadline for applications is the 31st August 2016

Read more at: https://www.sal.org.uk/grants/morris-fund-conservation-grants/

Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Library Fund

The Arts Council England is inviting applications through its Grants for the Arts Libraries Fund. The Fund is looking to support projects delivered by public libraries or library authorities working in partnership with artists and cultural organisations across all art forms to encourage communities to take part in artistic and cultural activities. Public libraries can apply for grants of £1,000 to £100,000 for activities lasting up to three years. The lead applicant must be a public library, public library authority, network of public library authorities, or organisation managing a public library authority.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis until 31 March 2018

Read more at: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk/funding/apply-funding/apply-for-funding/grants-arts-libraries-fund/#sthash.4GKXnmEX.dpuf

Norfolk Community Foundation Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund

The Mental Health & Wellbeing Fund has been created to help sustain and develop the support and services that voluntary sector organisations can offer to alleviate a range of mental health and wellbeing issues in the community. From counselling and befriending to support for carers, local provision can be a lifeline for people facing isolation and exclusion with nowhere to turn.

The Fund does not aim to fund statutory healthcare services, but to support voluntary and community sector interventions which promote mental wellbeing in the widest sense and for all ages.

Grants can be applied for under two strands:

  • Small grants up to £2,000
  • Large grants up to £5,000

The Fund is open to constituted voluntary and community groups and other charitable organisations that are able to deliver projects that clearly address the Fund’s key themes. Applicants must be based in Norfolk, or clearly delivering projects/ activities in the county that are benefitting Norfolk residents.

Applicants must be able to show that their proposed project/ activity addresses one or more of the following themes:

  • Helping older and vulnerable people live independently for longer 
  • Care and support for people recovering from trauma and abuse
  • Support and respite for carers 
  • Recovery, rehabilitation and moving forward positively
  • Growing healthy young minds

The Fund is not able to offer funding for individuals’ needs, healthcare businesses or statutory/ Government funded healthcare organisations. It is not expected that projects to build, repair or improve community buildings will be supported from the Fund.

Proposals can be submitted at any time while the Fund is open on the Expression of Interest Form.

Further information can be found here http://www.norfolkfoundation.com/funds/mental-health-wellbeing-fund/

Volunteering OpportunitiesNorfolk & Norwich Festival - Chair and Board Members

Norfolk & Norwich Festival (NNF) is seeking an exceptional, well-networked individual to become Chair of the Board. 

There are also up to 3 vacancies for Board members who will support the organisation and its development and act as enthusiastic ambassadors for NNF. 

Norfolk & Norwich Festival is one of the UK’s big 4 arts festivals and runs for 16 to 17 days every May. It transforms and celebrates both city and county through an internationally acclaimed programme of music, theatre, circus, dance, visual arts, literature and outdoor arts, reaching audiences of over 70,000 people.

The new Chair will join the Company at a time of exciting growth and development. As a National Portfolio Organisation NNF successfully secured £4m of funding over three years from Arts Council England through to March 2018. Since the start of 2016 NNF has achieved charitable status having established a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation and a new subsidiary trading company. The Chair will be integral in leading the organisation as NNF heads towards its 250th anniversary in 2022. 

As an accomplished leader in their field, the successful Chair candidate will be a politically aware strategic thinker with proven commercial acumen and will ensure excellent governance and Board performance. S/he will have a demonstrable interest in the arts, a clear commitment to diversity and to engaging young people in the arts and access to a broad, diverse network across the private and public sectors. S/he will be a strong communicator and will be an outstanding advocate for the organisation. 

For the Board vacancies we are looking for people with a wide breadth of skills and experience, in particular in arts producing, development and/or digital, and who can offer a regional, national or international perspective on the organisation. 

If you would like to have an informal and confidential discussion about applying please contact Alex Darbyshire, Executive Director, at alex@nnfestival.org.uk or 01603 877 753.  

Closing date for applications: Monday 16 May 2016, 10am

Further information and details of how to apply are available here http://www.nnfestival.org.uk/about_us/vacancies

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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

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Norfolk County Council - Adult Social Care Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 21:06

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Adult Social Care Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Friday 29th April is now available.


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

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Invitation to Attend Exploring the Contribution of Arts and Culture to Education and Wellbeing in Norfolk

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/21/2016 - 18:07

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

We are delighted to invite you to attend our upcoming conference,Exploring the Contribution of Arts and Culture to Education and Wellbeing in Norfolk. Please see the below invitation for further details and to register your place please BOOK HERE.

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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

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