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The very first Norfolk Social Academy newsletter!

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 16:47
Norfolk Social Care Academy newsletter - 26 October 2016


Hello and welcome to the very first Norfolk Social Care Academy newsletter. I am really excited about the Academy and being able to update you all on where we are with its development.

I’m sure that those of you who were at the launch will agree we had a fabulous day thinking about and talking about relationship based practice and promoting resilience. I am very clear that this Academy is the vehicle that will assist us in our systematic approach to improvement and most importantly, improvements for children and their families. Whilst you may not have heard lots about the Academy over the last few weeks, we have been busy working out some of the arrangements for the faculties and formulating some of the strategic documents. You will hear more in this newsletter and in the weeks to come as our approach becomes clear and the faculties really get off the ground.

Our first faculty meeting


The first Student Social Worker induction event took place Tuesday 11 October at the Training Annexe, following on from a Signs of Safety Briefing event for our current cohort of final placement Social Work students, numbering some 21 social work students in all. The induction event was conceived and designed by Hannah Smith, Learning and Development Consultant, both to welcome our students into the organisation and to the Social Work Student Faculty of the Norfolk Social Care Academy.

Our current cohort of students are studying at Anglia Ruskin University, City College and UEA and are placed in a diverse range of teams throughout the county, including our Assessment, Family Intervention, LAC, Fostering and Adoption teams as well as the YOT. Most of the student Social Workers are on their final placement with us for 6 months duration.

The students were introduced to the principles and methods of Signs of Safety by our Team Managers Michelle Brady and Suzie Thurlow during the morning session. In the afternoon, presentations about the Norfolk Social Care Academy and the NIPE were delivered by Hannah Smith and by Mark Gregory, NIPE Team Manager. Three of our frontline Social Workers – Rosa White, Katie McCall and Fran Rye – spoke eloquently to the group about their experiences of being students on placement with Norfolk, joining the NIPE and then progressing into social work posts in our frontline teams. Cathy Mouser, Assistant Director of Social Work, opened the afternoon session with the following words:  ‘Over my time as a social worker, some things have changed but many haven’t.  What remains fundamental is the passion and commitment of social workers acting as agents of change, the privilege of intervening in people’s lives, the need to work meaningfully with families - working with, not doing to, and working with confident humility”

And the winner is...

The winners of our roadshow quiz were announced at the NSCA launch event which took place in Norwich in July. First prize went to Lizzie Hills (FIT Team Norwich). Her prize, presented by Dez Holmes, Director of Research in Practice (RiP), was a complimentary place at a RiP residential learning event due to take place later this week. Second prize went to Michelle Brady (FIT Team Norwich), winning a shadowing day with Judy Cooper, Editor of Community Care.  Runners up were Mark Gregory (NIPE Team North), Ruth Pilch (FIT Norwich) and Laura Thompson-Molloy (LAC Breckland) who won exchange days with Wendy Thomson, Michael Rosen and Cathy Mouser respectively. Congratulations to you all.

Michelle Brady:

“On 6th September 2016, I trundled to Sutton in Surrey to spend the day shadowing the editor of Community Care, Judy Cooper. The team were exceptionally welcoming and were delighted to have a social worker in their midst! The day started with introductions followed by an editorial meeting where upcoming features and articles were discussed and I luckily was able to input into this. I later was interviewed by CC inform and asked to give my views on their content, which I thought was excellent and an invaluable learning tool. Community Care were interested to hear about social work in Norfolk and I was able to share our enthusiasm about celebrating our team ‘sparkly moments’ as discussed at the launch of the Academy and how this was increasing people’s morale and they are keen for me to write an article about this for them to publish. Community Care are also keen to come and shadow the team for the day. It was agreed that if they need views of social workers that the team would gladly contribute to these and that there remains open communication. It was an extremely enjoyable day and the team made me feel very welcome.”

Judy Cooper (RiP) :

“We loved having Michelle here – it was truly brilliant to have a social worker involved in all our meetings and to give us some feedback on story ideas and tips on things to look into. I suspect we got far more out of her then she probably learned from us! It’s only by understanding the daily workflow and nitty gritty of social work that we can improve our investigations, analysis and understanding of what is really important. If anyone else would like to pay us a visit then they are always most welcome.”


Mark Gregory:

“I recently spent half a day shadowing Wendy Thomson over at County Hall. I sat in on Wendy doing some pre-planning for meetings with Heads of Service from across the council as well as attending a meeting relating to the region’s Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) which Wendy has been leading on. It involves some complex work across local government and the various NHS trusts and commissioning groups. In between, I was able to spend some time talking to Wendy about our experiences of working in Norfolk. What was interesting was that, in many ways, we each face similar challenges, although Wendy’s are on a MUCH larger scale.  Spending time with Wendy helped bring home to me the importance of promoting Norfolk and of seeing the big picture of what we do and how we operate so that we can best work to bring about positive change for Norfolk residents.  I am sure that this would be something that everyone working in NCC would want to aim for.”

Counting Fathers In

As part of NSCA, we are dedicated to supporting use of research within Norfolk to help inform our practice. One such study undertaken in Norfolk is ‘Counting Father In’. This early findings from this research were disseminated at the Colloquium last week. But for those of you who missed it, please see the practice messages and practice-related findings.

You said, we did...

Back in June, we held a number of roadshows across the county, to inform staff about the Academy and more importantly, to get your views on what you would like from it. Many thanks to all who attended and provided us with this invaluable information. It’s been incredibly useful in shaping the Academy around your wishes and needs. A ‘You said, we did’ response has been created, which will not only provide information on how the NSCA will meet those needs, but it will act as a point of reference for all our Faculty Deans when planning activities and opportunities for members. If you have any thoughts about what the Academy could offer, please feel free to email us with your ideas.

Developing the Academy


The Student Faculty is just one of the current seven faculties within the Academy. The others are being developed for permanent staff working with children and families in Social Work and Early Help. Within the coming weeks, you’ll receive confirmation of which faculty you’ve been appointed to and you’ll be invited to attend your first faculty meeting where you’ll find out what’s on offer. In the meantime, if you have questions or queries, please email .   

Our Learning Champion

Many of you will know Hannah Smith, our L&D Consultant, who has also been working tirelessly with us on the development of the Academy. Earlier this week, Research in Practice awarded her with their Link Officer Gold Award of Learning Champion.

‘The Learning Champion goes the extra mile to embed RiP resources into your team’s wider learning and development activities. They embed learning into inductions and appraisals; share information with colleagues; set development objectives and ensure effective use of the tailored support application’.

A massive congratulations to Hannah and many thanks for your hard work in supporting our professional development.

NSCA calendar


A centralised calendar has been created to keep you both informed on important dates throughout the year and highlight relevant training available to staff working in Social Care.

If you are involved in any locality sessions, events or training not arranged through L&D, please email so that it can be added to the calendar. And don’t forget to check the calendar before setting a date for your event to avoid any double-bookings!


Revised supervision policy

Supervision is vital to improving our practice, being accountable for our work and encouraging our continued learning. Our supervision policy was praised by Ofsted last year, but there is always room for improvement. As part of the Social Care Academy, we’ve changed the colour of some of the forms as these will become part of our evidence of learning in our NSCA portfolios due to be sent out at the forthcoming faculty meetings. They include a new form where supervisors and supervisees can record observations of practice.

Observing practice is probably the best way of understanding how a practitioner is performing, what they are doing well, and what areas they need support to improve on. The new policy states that observation of practice must take place at least twice yearly. It should be used to support our reflective practice, alongside the feedback we receive from service users and partners.

Supervision, or a part of it, must also be observed twice yearly by the line manager and there is a supervision ‘Learning Walk’ to be completed annually to ensure the supervision you receive is of good quality in accordance with the policy and both you and your supervisor learn and develop. It uses evidence from supervisees as well as from supervision files and the supervisors own reflections.

These changes are all part of our focus on relationship-based practice that promotes strengths and encourages learning from identified weaknesses. The new policy is published here and you can start using it straight away.



Don’t forget, you can follow NSCA on Twitter (@Norfolk SCA).

NSCA encourages the use of Twitter as a fantastic way of staying up to date on practice issues. We feel confident that our practitioners are well able to manage their online profiles in a professional manner, but helpfully HCPC have just produced some draft standards on the use of social media which are currently open to consultation. To review the draft standards or take part in the consultation, click here

Improving Times week by week

You will have noticed the newsletters have changed over the last year, from it’s weekly general overview of news and events in Children’s Services to more defined and specific topics. Here’s the line-up of how it is now focused:

1st Weds of the month – General information from across Children’s Services

2nd Weds of the month – The practice edition

3rd Weds of the month – Spotlight on a locality

4th Weds of the month – Signs of Safety will now alternate with Norfolk Social Care Academy

5th Weds of the month (when applicable) – Alternates between Business Support and Education.

Occasionally, one of these may be taken over for a special one-off edition, such as the ICO Information and Management edition in August.  

Your feedback

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

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Switched on October! Spooky.....

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:37
October 2016 Six new turbines installed generating and selling renewable energy!

Norfolk County Council, through its arms-length energy company, Norfolk Energy Futures (NEF)*, has just completed a wind turbine installation near Wisbech. (see attached photo/video). This installation of 6 turbines benefits from income derived from the government’s feed in tariff, which rewards companies for the production of electricity from renewable energy sources. It is expected to generate income between £40-£50,000 per year.

While NEF does not specifically target supporting wind turbine based projects, in this case it took over an existing scheme that had all the preparation completed, but didn’t progress further as the initial developer backed out. However, once the project was investigated, its merits were clear. To bring this project to fruition, NEF worked closely with the landowner and a specialist installer based in Wisbech, in addition to the production company based in Italy. So, this project scored on a number of fronts - it supports the local economy through working with local business; helps, in its small way, the government meet its low carbon targets; and generates income for Norfolk County Council.

This project is the latest in a number that NEF has lined up to complete in the near future, so watch this space for more updates!

*Norfolk Energy Futures Ltd was set up as an investment company to develop energy projects in Norfolk and the wider UK.

Could you live without a car?

Travelling in an environment with no congestion or air pollution may seem like a far-fetched desire. However, it’s possible for us all to make changes to the way we travel and contribute to a cleaner, greener environment. For example, I recently used a Norfolk Car Club van to pick up a fridge – tricky on a bike and I don’t own a car.  I was impressed about how easy and economical the vans were to use. Norfolk Car Club provide new cars and vans for members to drive on a pay-as-you-go basis - so are simply ideal if you don’t have your own car or a van.  After I had joined, I discovered that by registering for a Hold all card I would have avoided the £25 registration fee and received £25 worth of driving.  Oh well!!  Hold all cards also offer further benefits including public transport discounts.  Find out more here. Buy it through Norfolk Rewards for an even better deal!

Also, I am currently following the adventures of Imogen her family’s experiences of using a cargo bike and not owning a car at all.  How does she do that?  The family has just invested in an 8Frieght cargo bike, designed by infamous (and local) bike designer Mike Burrows.  Mike Burrows is best known for the design of the track carbon-fibre Lotus 108 time trial bicycle for Chris Boardman, when he won the 1992 Olympic 4000m pursuit in Barcelona!  Golly gosh.  Imogen is writing about her experiences of using it (the cargo bike not the carbon fibre lotus!) to get around from A to B as a family.  Read more here:

If you don’t have a car or use one very rarely and would like to share your top tips – get in touch.

Free bike health checks and bike servicing menu

From Tuesday 8 November, regular fortnightly bike health checks start at County Hall between 12 and 2pm.  Hurrah!

Simply turn up with you bike and our (new) resident mechanic Mr Cycle aka Andy will offer FREE advice and minor tweaks on your bike as well as a range of servicing options at excellent discounted rates.


Norwich Pumpkin Rescue

The Norwich Pumpkin Rescue event takes place outside The Forum on Firday 28 October. The message? Don’t just carve your pumpkin and throw away the ‘meat’; learn how to cook with pumpkin and other ‘left overs’. There’s even some free pumpkin soup on offer, courtesy of FoodCycle Norwich.  While the grown-ups are receiving culinary tips, the children can have their faces painted in Halloween designs!

Norwich Science Festival is a celebration of the ground breaking scientific research associated with the city, and is a partnership initiative involving many organisations from across the region, coordinated by The Forum Trust.

Environmental issues are being explored in many ways as part of the Norwich Science Festival with many of the Natural World related events focused on environmental issues.   

Wrap Up and Step Out Challenge – join our brisk lunchtime walks every day throughout November!

Don't let the autumn weather stop you from becoming more active.  Just wrap up, step out and be part of Active Norfolk’s step challenge this November and you could win one of the daily spot prizes up for grabs!

Apparently, the average person only completes between 3,000 - 4,000 steps per day - well below the recommended target of 10,000.  If you don't currently reach the daily recommendation, could you build up to this target by the end of November?  

Make the most of your lunchtime and gain some extra steps during our 30 minute brisk lunchtime walks.  That’s right, every single day throughout November there will be an organised 30-minute walk leaving from the main foyer at County Hall at 12.30.

It's a great opportunity to get away from your desk, have some time to yourself or with colleagues, see some daylight and blow away the cobwebs. Taking a walking break can also help improve your focus and energy levels once you get back to work.

To get involved in the challenge, simply log your daily step total on your Workplace Challenge activity log as walking (steps / pedometer).  The more steps you complete - the higher you will climb up the leader board.  If you are not already registered on Workplace Challenge, sign up for free at Steps can be measured in a number of ways including using a pedometer, fitness app on smartphone or fitness watch.

If you want a pedometer contact Paddy Lorenzen from our Well-being team.

Daily spot prizes will be up for grabs for those logging as part of the challenge.  Prizes will include Fitbits and high street vouchers.

Cycling & Walking for Half Term.

Check out the Norfolk Cycling & Walking Festival.  Lots of events and lovely walks! Do share this with family and friends and encourage them to come along.

Norfolk Food waste challenge!

Last month I challenged you to sign up to the Norfolk Food Waste Challenge – and some of you have!  We will be holding an event for staff on Wednesday 2 November 11.30am – 1.30pm at County Hall (near the shop) to highlight the Plan Eat Save campaign and to sign up even more people for the challenge. We’re hoping to get as many staff as we can to sign up to the challenge to help you save money, as well as reduce your food waste. There will be our Plan Eat Save display and lots of lovely recipes for you to take away too.

Come and see us.

Last chance!

Participate in our short (5 – 10 minutes) County Hall Travel Survey which aims to baseline current travel patterns to and from County Hall campus.  The information will help inform future decision making around developing a range of travel alternatives to driving and parking at County Hall.

Survey closes 31st October and you could win a £50 high street voucher. 


Switched on is edited by  If you have an article related to green issues let her know and she will endeavour to include it.

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 14:47

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

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Norfolk County Council Trading Standards are always looking for ways to improve our service to you.  Therefore, we would be grateful if you could please complete our annual short survey about your experience of using, and improvements you would like to see to our alerts.

To complete the survey please click here

The survey is open for responses until Sunday 20 November.

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:55

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

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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.

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Reporting scams

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November at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 08:10
November at Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle

New Exhibition: Fishermen & Kings: The Photography of Olive Edis, Showing until Sun 22 Jan.  Commissioned by the Imperial War Museum, Olive Edis (1876-1755) was Britain's first female war photographer, as well as an extraordinary portrait photographer.  Her pioneering work shows the destruction wrought by the war, along with portraits depicting subjects from North Norfolk fishermen to British Royalty. Norfolk Museums hold the largest collection of Edis' work, and draws on this together with works held by the Imperial War Museums and National Portrait Gallery, London.

Continuing Exhibitons: 'To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set' The art of Claughton Pellew, Showing until 15 Jan 2017, From Norfolk to Nubia: the watercolours of E T Daniell, Showing until 5 Mar 2017 and Norfolk Contemporary Art Society: Sixty Years On, Highlights from Norwich Castle's Collections. 

Tours: Fighting Gallery Tour, Sat 5 Nov, 1 - 1.30pm (extra charge); Olive Edis Exhibition: Costumed Guided Tours, Weds 2, 9 & 30 Nov, 2 - 2.30pm; Exhibition - Spotlight Curator Tours, Tues 8 Nov 2 - 2.30pm; Shirehall Courtroom Tour, Weds 2 & 16 Nov, 2 - 2.45pm.

Tuesday Lunchtime Talks: 12.30 - 1pm
1 Nov - Dressing the New Woman; 8 Nov - From Pixel to Stitch.

Talking Textiles: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Thurs 24 Nov, 11am - 12.30pm.  Investigate the boundaries of good taste: the fashions that style forgot.  Booking essential 01603 495897/493625. Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7.

Castle Art, Weds 23 Nov, 11am - 12.30pm, Workshop for Adults.  Click here for more info>> Booking recommended 01603 495897, Adult £6.50, Conc £6, Museums Pass £5.50.

Artist's Workshop: The Edwardians - Black and White Studio Portraits, Sat 5 Nov, 10.30am - 12.30pm & 1.30 - 4pm. Sit for your own studio shot and discover how to take the perfect portrait with artist and photographer Karl Foster.  Suitable for all. 

Event Day: Life During the First World War, Sat 12 Nov, 10.30am - 3.30pm. On Remembrance weekend join the Royal Norfolk Regiment, Living History group as they re-create wartime life.

Kids in Museums - Takeover Day, Mon 21 & Tues 22 Nov, 10 - 11.30am & 1 -2.30pm, Have your portrait captured by students from local complex needs schools. These photographs will feature in our Family Friendly, Autism Activity Days, 20 & 21 Jan.

Event Day: Fashion and Passion: Shawls and Shoes, Sat 26 Nov, 10am - 3.30pm. Join the Costume and Textiles team for a packed day of talks, demonstrations and displays focusing on our collection of Norwich Shawls and Shoes. 

Time and Tide

Exhibition: Never Had It So Good, 22 Oct 2016 - 5 Mar 2017. Emerging from post WWII austerity, Britain led the world in the quality and innovation of decorative and applied arts; and good design became affordable to all. This exhibition creates a vision of the 1950s through design, both inside the home, and out. 

Friday Talks: 11:30am - 12:30pm Booking essential, 01493 743930 £2.60, Museums Pass £1.60:
4 Nov -  Never Had It So Good with Ali Fisher; 11 Nov - Edith Cavell with Rachel Duffield; 18 Nov - The Home Guard: 1914-18, 1940-44, 1952-56 with Nigel Amies; 25 Nov - History of the Seaside with Paul Davies.

Museum of Norwich

Exhibition: Punk in the East, Sat 22 Oct - Sat 28 Jan, 10am - 4.30pm, Exhibition Celebrating 40 years of punk heritage and influence in Norwich and beyond, told through stories, photos and punk memorabilia. 

Undercroft Tour, Sat 26 Nov, 11am, 1 & 3pm. Booking advised tel. 01603 629127.

Lynn Museum

New Exhibition: Little Lives: Snapshots of Childhood From 1800 to the Present, This exhibition touches on the stories of childhood over the last two centuries. Objects from the museum collections, together with photographs and paintings, offer snapshots of the changing experiences of children’s lives. 

Talk: The Fantastic Story of Flint, Weds 9 Nov, 2.30 - 3.30pm, £2, Members FREE.

Christmas Trail, Sat 29 Nov - Fri 23 Dec.

Coffee Morning: Coffee, Cake & Collections, Weds 30 Nov, 10.30am - 12 noon. £1, Members FREE.

Ancient House

Exhibiton: Flint Rocks! Showing until 26 Nov,  A last chance to see this fascinating exhibition about this versatile, local rock 

Talk: Fashion and Finery in the 1920s, Tues 15 Nov, 2.30 - 3.30pm. Booking essential tel 01842 752599. £5, Members FREE.

House Alive: Victorian Christmas, Fri 25 Nov, 5 - 8pm, Celebrate Christmas in true Victorian style, with costumed characters and hands on activities. FREE.

Christmas Trail, Fri 25 Nov - Fri 23 Dec.

Event Day: Christmas Through the Ages, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Nov, Learn how Christmas was celebrated in the past and make Christmas crafts to take home.  

Craft Workshops for Adults: £2, Members £1. Tues 1 Nov, Knit and Knatter, 10.30am - 12 noon; Dolls House Club, 1.30 - 3pm.

Under 5s Event: Mini Museum Club - Christmas, Thurs 24 Nov, 10.30 - 11.30am, 50p per child.

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 16:59

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Norwich NDR workforce supports East Anglian Air Ambulance

Norfolk’s Fire and Rescue team and Trading Standards service highlight the risks of children’s fancy dress clothing in the run up to Halloween

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Weekly Insight newsletter to Members

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 15:43
General information
Week ending 21 October 2016  Takeover Day 2016

Students from City College Norwich will be taking over Norfolk County Council on Friday, 18 November. 

As with previous years, we need your help to teach a group of young people what the County Council does, what it is like to be a Member of Norfolk County Council and how decisions are made about important local matters. We will do a range of activities on the day, including a Q&A with Members and debating local issues in the Chamber. 

We need your help to teach the group about ‘life as a Member’ between 9.30am until 4pm. It would be brilliant if you could join us on the day in the Council Chamber, even if you can’t spend all day with the young people. Contact Chris Williams if you would like to take part. His contact details are / 01603 495107 

The 21st Century Councillor

This summary document highlights the key findings from the 21st Century Councillor work. In this report it reflects on the roles that councillors are playing, or recognise that they will need to be playing, within their organisations and localities. It explains why these roles are emerging as the key contributions for councillors. It then explores councillor careers and development, to consider how councillors can be supported to perform these roles. The full report is available from the 21st Century Public Servant here or a hard copy is available in the Members room

On the right track

Years of lobbying appear to have paid off, with the launch this week of a new rail franchise for our region. Abellio Group, who won the franchise, are promising £2billion of much-needed improvements, like brand new trains and better, faster services – including two trains a day that will get you from Norwich to London in 90 minutes.  

The County Council initiated the Norwich in Ninety campaign in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and others. We’ve continued to be a key supporter of this and of the Great Eastern Rail campaign now that they have been taken up and led by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

This week’s announcements are a start towards full Norwich in Ninety. We will be keeping up the pressure on government to fund the track improvements that would allow more trains to do the journey in an hour and a half.  Investment in rail, links directly to our ‘good infrastructure’ priority, along with roads, broadband and mobile phone coverage.

Read more: Greater Anglia franchise launch stakeholder brochure : Greater Anglia franchise launch factsheet 

iOS 10 upgrade for iPads

Following successful testing, ICT are pleased to advise that you can now update to the latest version of iOS software (iOS 10) on your NCC iPad. This will make sure your iPad remains up to date and secure. Please follow the steps outlined in this document. For further help please contact the ICT Service Desk  01603 774797 

Devolution consultation presentations

On November 11 and 12, Ben Page and Chris Starkie presented the findings of the devolution consultation to all Norfolk and Suffolk members. The presentations were also filmed, so that those members unable to attend could still view the presentations.

Here are shortcuts to the slides and filmed presentations:  Ben Page, Ipsos MORI slides   :    Ben Page filmed presentation  :   Chris Starkie business feedback slides  :    Chris Starkie filmed presentation   A summary of consultation report sent to the Secretary of State and the full data set from the consultation can also be viewed at

Norfolk Economic Intelligence Report ‘Q2 July – September 2016

The latest edition reflects economic activity in Norfolk between July - September 2016 and includes information on: Economy, Business, Infrastructure, Skills and Funding Support

This report is produced by the Economic Development Team at Norfolk County Council on a quarterly basis each time reflecting economic activity in the County from the previous financial quarter.  Any feedback please contact 

NMS latest staff newsletter covering the month of September 

This is another bumper edition with updates including Halloween events and activities coming up across the service, new exhibitions in Norwich and Great Yarmouth and news from Norfolk Arts Service.Read it here

Inspiring pride in Norfolk’s heritage through 10 award-winning museums

The Friday Take away 

A 'news bouche' of NCC's week..Topics include: A day in the life of adult social care, Sharp rise in school exclusions, Let’s make Norwich top of the shops, CLT out and about this week click to view

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

Chief Officer's blogs 

21 October 2016 - Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services

At a recent meeting of senior managers, I reflected on the need for us to be mindful of the impact of our decisions. There are times when we need to make difficult decisions, but it is so important that we do it properly. The development of budget options is one such to view  

NCC internet homepage
Latest key messages:-

Norfolk Walking and Cycling Festival
Tread workshops
How will you quit this Stoptober?
Marriage celebration ceremonies

What's new on the NCC intranet?

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Latest NCC press releases

Norwich NDR workforce supports East Anglian Air Ambulance
Norfolks Fire and Rescue team and Trading Standards service highlight the risks
Key stage complete on NDR rail bridge
Norfolk County Council news

Future NCC public meetings

The following meetings will be held during October and November 2016.

A full programme of meetings for 2016/17 can be found here

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

Norfolk Records Committee           28 Oct
Norfolk Museums Joint Committee 28 Oct
Policy & Resources Committee      31 Oct
Road Casualty Reduction P B          1 Nov
Adult Social Care Committee           7 Nov
EDT Committee                             11 Nov
Children's Services Committee        15 Nov
Communities Committee                 16 Nov
County Council (Devolution)            21 Nov
Police and Crime Panel                  22 Nov
Economic Development Sub Ctte    24 Nov
Police & Resources Committee       28 Nov 

iPad and IT support contact

Following successful testing, we are pleased to advise that you can now update to iOS 10 software on your NCC iPads 

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

Mobile phone issues - 01603 222387 or email:

What's new on Members Insight? 

Members Development sessions, workshops, briefings and training

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

Independence Matters Seminar

"A social enterprise reinvesting in the people that matter"

A one hour presentation by officers followed by a question and answer session

Come meet our customers, carers and staff over coffee tea and cake

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Edwards room, County Hall, Time: 10.00 - 12.00

Presented by : Sarah Stock, Managing Director for Independence Matters CIC 

To book your place click here 

Looked After Children and Care Leavers Strategy - Councillor Workshop

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

We are offering a workshop for all elected members to have an opportunity to better understand the strategy and get involved. The Chairman of Children's Services Committee, Roger Smith urges all members to attend at least one session, as corporate parents, community leaders and decision makers of the Council.

These identical workshops will take place as follows please Click here to register your interest and attendance to at least one of these 

15th November - Colman Room, 14.00-16.00pm
24th January 2017 - Colman Room, 14.00-16.00pm

Presented by: Nick Crick, interim Head of Social Work, South locality

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 13:28

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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 Arts Forum Bulletin 21 October 2016

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:30

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 21 October 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 OpportunitiesFunding and Development Manager - Future Projects

£25,000 - £30,000 per annum dependent on experience, with 25 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays.
37 hours per week, Permanent

Future Projects is an inspiring social inclusion charity in Norwich which delivers a range of innovative, community-based projects and services to children and adults in Norfolk. Following several years of consolidation the charity now has ambitious aims for the sustainable growth of its services across Norfolk under its ‘Survive to Thrive’ strategy.

The Funding and Development Manager will play a key role in the management of the organisation as a member of the Senior Management Team. You will develop and drive the fundraising strategy, securing high value funds, developing and resourcing services, and building income from a range of sources to support the charity’s work.

Closing Date for Applications: Friday 28th October 2016

Further information can be found here

Creative Agent for Forest Heath

Recruitment is open for a Creative Agent position in Forest Heath. It’s an exciting opportunity for an experienced project manager with interest in community arts projects to join a national Creative People and Places programme.

Key Responsibilites:

  • Modelling and supporting artists, arts organisations, community groups and other bodies to deliver good arts practice, strong project delivery and regional audience engagement.
  • Delivery of a pro-active support system, including a Creative Forum network and a skills development programme, in order to develop and sustain new audiences and develop the local arts infrastructure.
  • Work with the Market Place marketing team to support the marketing of Market Place activities and of audience development activities in the region that align with Market Place priorities.
  • Day to day management of Market Place activity in Forest Heath, including recruitment of artists, volunteers and partners, setting and controlling budgets, monitoring and reporting for evaluation, and maintaining communications.
  • Building local fundraising strategies and capacity, including informing the future of Market Place and future applications to deliver a Phase 2 CPP programme.
  • Working as a core member of the Market Place team to deliver the projects objectives, including collaborating with partners in Fenland.

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday 1 November 2016, 12pm

Further information can be found here

Project Officers (x2 posts) - Norfolk County Council

£14,101 - £14,927 per annum 
18.5 hours per week
Fixed term contracts until 30 September 2019

StartEast: Building the Cultural Economy is a transformational £1.1 million new economic development initiative developed by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Cultural Board. On behalf of the Board, Norfolk County Council has been awarded £500k from Arts Council England’s Creative Local Growth Fund and £609k from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the programme. StartEast will run from January 2017 to Sept 2019 with the aim of making Norfolk and Suffolk places where enterprising, creative people can start up and build sustainable, cultural businesses. It will work with delivery partners Suffolk County Council and the New Wolsey Theatre. 

Norfolk County Council are looking for 2 x 0.5 FTE people to manage this exciting project. One post will sit within Norfolk County Council’s Arts Service, focusing on project management and administration including monitoring of and reporting on outcomes and results, managing the Small Grants Programme and facilitation between project partners, you will also manage partner contracts.

The second post will sit within Economic Development and Strategy and will lead on project finances, audit, compliance and claims compilation across the delivery partners. 

For both roles, you will need to be self-motivated, resourceful and able to manage the successful implementation of this major partnership programme. Educated to degree level, you will have a proven track record in project management. You will have excellent communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills and the ability to work with multiple project partners to develop and implement the delivery plans to meet the requirements of Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.

Closing date: 7 November 2016

Further information can be found here.

Finance Officer - Writers' Centre Norwich

.80 fte, fixed term contract, maternity cover

The Finance Officer will support the Finance Manager with maintaining and updating the financial and accounting records of the company and the charity; overseeing the day to day tasks of the finance department and assisting in the preparation of all statutory reporting as well as reporting to the Board of Trustees and funders.

Writers' Centre are looking for someone who will  be AAT qualified or part qualified (intermediate) and who has at least 2 years experience in a finance department in a small company or charity and will bring with them a strong background in bookkeeping, data entry, financial planning and the production of financial reports.

Closing deadline: 9am, Monday 7 November 2016

Further information can be found here

StartEast: Building the Cultural Economy – Tender Opportunity

Norfolk County Council wishes to appoint a provider to deliver an evaluation of StartEast: Building the Cultural Economy, a transformational programme which seeks to place the cultural sector at the heart of economic growth across the region. It is a specific requirement that the service provider has in depth knowledge of and demonstrable experience in evaluating cultural sector-led economic development initiatives of national significance. 

Closing date: 11 November 2016

Further information can be found here

Senior Research Associate - University of East Anglia

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
£32,004 to £38,183 per annum

UEA wishes to appoint a four-year fixed term Senior Research Associate to the AHRC-funded project ‘The Impact of non-governmental organisations on free expression’. This collaborative project involves 3 senior academics at UEA, Oxford University and CNRS, Paris, and the appointment of 3 Post-Doctoral Research Associates. With a particular focus on the history of International PEN, the project seeks to assess the impact of non-governmental writers’ organisations on global debates about literature, censorship and free expression (1921 to the present).

UEA are looking for a Senior Research Associate with relevant research experience to contribute significantly to this ambitious research initiative. The candidate will work closely with Principal Investigator Professor Rachel Potter and be based in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA. S/he will undertake extensive archival work at libraries in the US, contribute to the project publications, liaise with International PEN in London, set up and run the project website and help organise the project conferences.  During the final two years of the project some contribution to undergraduate teaching will also be required.

This post is available from 1 January 2017 on a full time basis for four years.

Closing date: 12 noon on 18 November 2016

Further information can be found here.

Freelance Creative Arts Practitioners - Marina Theatre

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

Marina Theatre is keen to hear from people with the following experience and skills:

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

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

If you would like to be considered for work as a Creative Arts Practitioner submit a CV and a short covering letter outlining your area of interest and relevant experience to Will Isgrove

Development OpportunitiesMonsterMation - Norwich Puppet Theatre

October 24th & 25th, 10.30–3.30
£70 per person

Celebrating 8 years of animation magic, MagiMation the two-day cartoon making workshops for young people (9–15) returns to Norwich Puppet Theatre for another MONSTERMATION!

Whatever your level of experience, whatever your preferred material – paper, cut-out, drawn, plasticine, Lego, even Minecraft characters, come along and learn new skills in storytelling, storyboarding, model making, set design, lighting and filming techniques.  Record your own voice to be added to your film when Tim, the MagiMator, puts the films together on a DVD for you to show your family and friends.

Further information can be found here

Starting out as a freelancer: managing a portfolio career - a-n The Artists Information Company & Norfolk Arts Service

Tuesday, 6 December 2016, 10:00-16:00
The Archive Centre, Norwich
£25 full price, £15 discounted price for a-n members

Are you looking to learn more about starting out as a freelancer? Do you need advice on how to get started, build a network of support, get work, fund your own projects and promote and market your new business? 

This pilot one-day workshop with Hen Norton looks at all aspects of making a freelance career work and will cover the following areas:

  • How to set up as a self employed person and managing your accounts
  • Understanding and writing a business plan
  • Prioritising and managing your time to best effect
  • Sources and creative ideas for financing your practice
  • Identifying, building and developing a network and your audiences
  • PR & marketing strategies for yourself and your work
  • Building a brand as a creative practitioner

This session is suitable for anyone starting out or already working in the creative industries, from a recent graduate to more established practitioners who are thinking about working for themselves.

Further information including booking can be found here.

Navigating the art world and getting your work shown - a-n The Artists Information Company and Norfolk Arts Service

Wednesday 1 March 2017, 10:00-16:00
The Archive Centre, Norwich
£25 full price, £15 discounted price for a-n members

Through a mixture of presentation and exercises, this one-day seminar de-mystifies the art world and provides concrete ideas for how you might enable your work to get under the radar of people most pertinent to your practice.

For recent graduates, through to more established artists looking to refresh their knowledge, it looks at:

  • the ecology of the art world from the artist-led space to international art fairs via public institutions and commercial spaces
  • the roles of curator, gallerist and commissioner as well as other key players in the art world
  • the strategies and tools you can use to promote your practice and approach galleries and curators
  • establishing and making best use of your networks
  • identifying local and national exhibiting opportunities
  • the background to setting up your own exhibitions

Further information including booking can be found here.

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersArt Fair East - Apply to Participate

Art Fair East is an annual event and aims to be an important art fair for the East of England. Our mission is to showcase respected galleries, dealers and artists to an Eastern region audience of art collectors and businesses. The 2016 fair returns to the spectacular setting of Saint Andrews Hall, a well-known events venue at the heart of Norwich city centre.

Norwich is a major retail destination and boasts a number of commercial galleries and museums. Through national and regional advertising in luxury life style and visual arts publications, the fair aims to draw an audience from across the East of England. The event will be supported by an ongoing PR campaign and flyers distributed across the region during the lead up to the event

Exhibitors are welcome to display contemporary art including painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, video art, installation, performance and original limited edition prints. All artworks must be one off or limited edition. 

Applications close 31 October 2016.

Further information can be found here

UK Artist/Maker at Penland Fellowship: Open Call - Glass

The UK artist at Penland Fellowship 2017 is open this year to makers whose main material is glass.

The awarded fellowship will comprise of a two-week course of study at Penland during the summer of 2017, accommodation and meals, and the cost of air travel between the UK and USA

The beautiful Penland campus is situated in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina. Penland brings together artists and makers in an immersive, cross-disciplinary learning environment. Courses are led by practicing artist/educators and typically consist of demonstrations, lectures, and tutorials centred on workshop practice. Penland offers a diverse range of courses across many materials and craft disciplines. The course you choose does not need to be glass related.

The selection panel will be looking for the applicant who they feel will benefit most from the fellowship. They will take into account how the successful applicant might apply the experience to how they work in the future, and consider what the applicant might bring to the ongoing series of annual fellowships.

The deadline for applications is 31st October 2016.

Further information can be found here.

Artist-in-Residence - Ipswich Museum and Gallery

Colchester & Ipswich Museums Service (CIMS) are inviting applications from artists working with images, words, text and stories, who are experienced in socially engaged and community practice, to create a new body of work in response to the collections of Ipswich Museum and the upcoming Hayward Touring exhibition “Eduardo Paolozzi: Dynamic F.U.N.” 

The residency will include a number of days of outreach and public engagement, working with people of all ages in the local area. The successful applicant will be an effective communicator, confident with working with the community, able to manage their own time and budget. The timing of the residency is for the artist to work with the relevant communities during the exhibition “Eduardo Paolozzi: Dynamic F.U.N.”, which will be at Ipswich Museum’s Art School Gallery from 21st January to 2nd April 2017. Outcomes will be displayed within one of the museum sites. 

Artists should have experience of working in the field of collaborative socially engaged practice, understand the ethical issues involved, and make work relevant to local conditions which engages a broad audience. They should be able to organise their own technical requirements regarding recording and editing if necessary. They should be interested in new interpretations of our collections, and outcomes should be informed by a combination of outreach work, art exhibition, and museum collections. These could take a number of forms including but not limited to: a record of the process of community engagement; a book; a film; animation; graphic arts; a visual arts display. 

Eligibility: Established artists living and working in the UK, practicing for a minimum of 5 years.(Undergraduates and artists in full-time education are not eligible to apply)
Fee: £5000 plus production budget
Timescale: 25 days between 1 Jan - 31 mar 2017

Deadline for applications 5pm Friday 4th November 2016. This residency is part of ”Happening on High Street” enabled by funding from Arts Council England.

For a full brief please email

Industry Research & InformationAnalysis of Theatre in England - Report

In December 2015, BOP Consulting and Graham Devlin Associates were commissioned to undertake an analysis of Theatre in England by Arts Council England. The core aim of the study was to gain an in-depth understanding of the current picture of theatre production, presentation and audiences across the subsidised, unfunded not-for-profit, and commercial theatre sectors; as well as to understand changes over the past 15 years. Further information can be found here

Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and Annual General Meeting 2016: Diversity and the Arts

10 November 2016
Town Close Auditorium, Norwich Castle Museum
Morning Conference & AGM: 10:00 – 13:00
Afternoon Sessions: 14:15 – 15:30 

We are delighted to invite you to attend our 2016 Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and AGM, which will focus on diversity and the arts from both a national and regional perspective. As well as presentations, the conference will include a chaired panel discussion, and a series of venue visits. 

Keynote Speakers and Presentations include:

  • The Creative Case for Diversity: An Overview. Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England 
  • Achieving a Step Change: Ramps on the Moon. Michèle Taylor, Director of Change, Ramps on the Moon, New Wolsey Theatre 
  • Panel Discussion: Diversity and the Arts in Norfolk. Chair, Hedley Swain. The panel will include representation from each of our Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisations, including Writers' Centre Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, SeaChange Arts, and Creative Arts East. It will focus on the range of work happening across Norfolk to champion diversity across programming, audiences, leadership and workforce and look at ways in which we can all support each other to enable and ensure diversity in all that we do as a sector.

In the afternoon, you will be able to choose from a range of venue visits to find out in more detail how some of our arts organisations are addressing diversity in their work.

For further details and to register your FREE place, please visit our Eventbrite Page.

The deadline for registration is 27 October 2016. Please note that places are limited so early booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

Funding OpportunitiesUK Trade & Investment Music Export Growth Scheme

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has announced that the Music Export Growth Scheme has re-opened for applications. Through the scheme, Small and medium-sized UK independent record labels and music management companies can apply for grants of £5,000 to £50,000 to assist them with marketing campaigns when looking to introduce successful UK music projects overseas. Funding is available towards tour support: 

  • Overseas venue costs
  • International travel costs
  • Marketing
  • Promotion
  • PR costs.

Decisions on individual awards will be made by a panel of music industry experts which will meet four times a year to process applications. To be eligible to apply, applicants must have annual turnover of €50m or less and no more than 249 employees. Applications must include detailed campaign proposals showing how the grant would be invested in effective marketing and other promotional activity oversees, such as through artist showcases, tour support, social media and publicity. The closing date for applications is 6pm on the 7th November 2016

Read more at  

Help Musicians UK National Grants Programme

Independent music charity Help Musicians UK has announced a new funding programme for organisations. Its National Grants Programme is inviting applications from organisations working with musicians across the UK. Successful applicants will receive between £5,000 and £40,000 in funding over a three-year period. The scheme, which runs until 2021, is the first to be launched as part of a new strategy to modernise the way the charity reaches musicians from across all genres and the whole of the country.

The National Grants Programme is part of Help Musicians UK's wider Creative Programme, and want to fund activity which offers timely and relevant opportunities for musicians to develop their talent, skills and artistic practice at any stage in their careers. All musicians benefiting from the initiative should be over the age of 18 and either UK residents or have been resident in the UK for at least 3 years.

The closing date is 1pm on 18 November 2016


Marah Heritage Crafts Trainer Award 

This scheme is part of a suite of awards and bursaries that give recognition to those working in the field of traditional skills. This awards scheme celebrates and highlights traditional living crafts that contribute to the national heritage of the United Kingdom. This may include crafts such as weaving, wood turning, basket making, furniture making and upholstery, shoe making, metal, stone and clay crafts, embroidery, knitting and lace making, lettering and boat building.

This award is worth £1,000 and is offered to trainers in a broad sense. The award winner may be anyone from a teacher, tutor, workshop leader, master or a craftsperson who offers one-to-one advice. This trainer may be delivering anything from taster sessions for beginners up to masterclasses for professionals.

Awards and bursaries are available for craftspeople, recognising the value of traditional skills. The purpose of this award is to ensure that high standard traditional crafts skills are passed through generations, helping to influence the number and quality of skilled craftspeople within the United Kingdom. Funding is provided by the Marsh Christian Trust. Trainers are permitted to nominate themselves or else be nominated by a trainee, craft guild or membership organisation.

Interested parties should download the appropriate nomination from the Heritage Crafts Association website. Once completed, the form should be returned by or before the stated deadline. Applicants are advised to not send any additional information such as leaflets and CVs. The awards will be presented at the Heritage Crafts Association's Annual Conference on Saturday 6 May 2017. This conference will take place in London and the winner will be presented with a certificate and a cheque. Finalists will also be presented with certificates.

The next deadline for this scheme will be 30 November 2016 before 2pm.

Further information can be found here

War Memorials Grant Scheme

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

The next closing date for applications is the 31st December 2016

Read more at  

National Centre for Circus Arts Lab:time

The National Centre for Circus Arts has announced that the next round of its Lab:time programme is will re-open for applications on the 1st December 2016. Lab:time is the Centre for Circus Arts programme for innovation and experimentation in the Circus Arts and is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Through Lab:time individual artists and companies are able to secure research and development time in the Creation Studio at the National Centre for Circus Arts, as well as small but significant amounts of seed funding to support the first stages of exploration. It is hoped that by offering artists the means to explore their ideas at the very beginning of the creative process critical mass of creative development will be generated that will, over time, generate an increase in the quality and quantity of new circus-based performance across the UK.

The deadline for applications will be 5pm on the 12th January 2017


The Elephant Trust

The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 16th January 2017. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. It aims 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  

Ernest Cook Trust Grants Programme

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

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

Meetings to consider applications for the small grants programme take place bi-monthly throughout the year. The full board of Trustees meets twice a year, in April and September, to consider grants in excess of £4,000.

Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.

The next closing date for applications for the large grants programme is the 31st January 2017

Read more at  

The Fidelio Trust

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st February 2017. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular the dramatic and operatic arts, music, speech and dance. The Trustees aim to help individuals and groups such as Colleges, Arts Festivals and other arts organisations who would not be able to carry out a project or activity without financial support. Funding is available towards: 

Tuition or coaching costs

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

Read more at  

The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017

As part of celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of Woman’s Hour, the BBC is launching The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017, in association with the Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Woman’s Hour Craft Prize 2017 aims to find and celebrate the most innovative and exciting craft practitioner or designer-maker resident in the UK today in the most comprehensive prize of its kind. Applications open on 1 November, 2016.

The prize will be judged by experts in the craft field, with twelve finalists exhibiting their work at the Victoria and Albert Museum and in a planned touring exhibition of the shortlisted work.

An overall winner will be chosen from the twelve exhibiting finalists and awarded a prize of £10,000 at a ceremony in November 2017. The prize will reward originality and excellence in concept, design and process and will seek to recognise an outstanding craft practitioner or designer-maker with a track record of public display or showcasing of their work, and who has demonstrably contributed to craft practice in the last five years.

Applications for the prize open on November 1st 2016 and close on February 6th 2017.

Further information can be found here

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Micro Grant Scheme

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is calling for local businesses to apply for a grant between £1,000 and £10,000.

The Micro Grant Scheme is part of the New Anglia Business Growth Programme delivered by New Anglia LEP in partnership with Menta, Nwes, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Council and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Micro, Small and Medium sized businesses may apply for a grant of up to 20% of the total cost of their plans, and be used to leverage funding from private finance, such as banks and other financial organisations. Businesses based in an Assisted Area in either Norfolk or Suffolk may be eligible for additional 10% of funding.

To be eligible for grant funding, an applicant should be an established and growing Micro, Small or Medium-sized enterprise based in Norfolk or Suffolk and fulfill at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be ready to grow and expand their business
  • Plan to introduce a new product or service to their business
  • Want to improve their productivity or efficiency
  • Applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further information can be found here

Santander Changemaker Fund

The Santander Bank has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch new £200,000 fund to support social enterprises and community projects across the UK. For the first time, one of the UK's largest banks is partnering with a crowdfunding platform in an innovative collaboration to support social enterprises and community projects across the UK. Community projects looking to support social change are now able to present their ideas on and unlock matched funding of up to £10k from Santander's new Changemaker Fund. The new fund is open to social enterprises, small charities and community groups helping disadvantaged people in the UK. Eligible projects seeking funds of up to £20,000 and focussed on skills, knowledge and innovation that get the crowd's backing will receive 50% (£10,000) of their funding requirement from Santander.


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NCC news brief

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:17

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         21 October 2016

A day in the life of adult social care

County Council staff and partners took to Twitter yesterday to raise awareness of adult social care services countywide. They tweeted experiences of their typical day, giving followers an insight into how diverse the care sector is, and also shared a wealth of information about what’s available.

For a taste of the day click here or search the hashtag #Nfkadultcare for all the action. More than 14,000 people looked at the tweets on the day and the site is now being followed by the media and social work organisations.

This was our fourth successful Twitter day, following Children’s Services social care, schools and roads earlier this year. 

On the right track - investing in our region’s railways

Years of lobbying appear to have paid off, with the launch this week of a new Greater Anglia rail franchise for our region. Abellio Group, who won the franchise, are promising £2billion of much-needed improvements, like brand new trains and better, faster services – including two trains a day that will get you from Norwich to London in 90 minutes. 

The County Council initiated the Norwich in Ninety campaign in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce and others. We’ve continued to be a key supporter of this and of the Great Eastern Rail campaign now that they have been taken up and led by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

This week’s announcements are a start towards full Norwich in Ninety. We will be keeping up the pressure on government to fund the track improvements that would allow more trains to do the journey in an hour and a half.  

Investment in rail links directly to our ‘good infrastructure’ priority, along with roads, broadband and mobile phone coverage.

Read more:
Greater Anglia franchise launch stakeholder brochure
Greater Anglia franchise launch factsheet  

Sharp rise in school exclusions

The number of permanent exclusions that Norfolk schools have been making has risen sharply in the last 12 months. It's our responsibility to find new places for these pupils and our senior managers are working closely with headteacher associations and the Short Stay School for Norfolk (SSSfN) to find solutions. County Councillors have also set up a working group on exclusions and are visiting the short stay school after half-term.

All the families who need a school place for their child have been contacted to reassure them that we are working hard to address these issues and will keep them updated. Read more.

Let’s make Norwich top of the shops

The Norwich Castle/ Arcade area of the city has been shortlisted for the Great British High Street Awards in the City Location category. The winner is decided by a public vote, so get voting to make Norwich top of the shops.  Click here to vote. The nomination was put in by Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), whose Board members include County Council representatives. The BID’s work is about enhancing and promoting the trading environment for businesses, employees, customers and the community.

Looking for half-term ideas?

Take a look at the Norfolk Museums Service events calendar for spooky and bewitching half term activities for all the family across the county. There’s also a free writing/drawing workshop for 8-11 year olds at the Millennium Library with local author Isabelle King on Tuesday 25 October 11am-12 noon, booking essential. Call 01603 774703 or email the library.

Or why not check out the range of walking and cycling events happening around the county for the Norfolk Walking & Cycling Festival?  Starting on Saturday 22 October until 30 October- there’s lots of family walks and rides catering for all abilities and ages.

Early finish for NDR rail bridge piling

More good infrastructure progress was made this week, with the completion of the foundation piling work – two months ahead of schedule - for the bridge that will carry the NDR dual carriageway over the Norwich to Sheringham railway. The work was carried out overnight and finished in only eight weeks, with no disruption to rail services. Read more.

And finally…Get your OSCA nominations in before half term

Don’t miss out on this year’s staff Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs).

If you’re heading off for the half-term break, make sure you do your OSCA nomination before you leave. The third, and final, season closes next week on 28 October at 5pm.

So, there’s still just time to nominate. If you need inspiration, or want to find out more, visit the OSCA intranet pages or why not read about the winners from season two to see what our judges are looking for.

It’s easy to do - simply click here to nominate.

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

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy is on annual leave next week. As is Catherine.

Tom is meeting Councillor White for a constituency visit on Wednesday, a Transport for Norwich update meeting on Thursday and is chairing CLT next week in Wendy’s absence.

Simon will be in County Hall attending regular meetings with his team. 

Michael will be attending the Norfolk YOT drop-in event and is then on leave.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

STP reaches key milestone

Today is the deadline for the Norfolk and Waveney group to submit their Sustainability and transformation plan (STP) to NHS England. Find out more in Wendy Thomson’s interview published in today’s EDP.

Call for more people to adopt

National Adoption Week (17-23 October) may be drawing to a close, but the drive to attract more people to offer a permanent, loving home to vulnerable children, in particular siblings, continues.

If you, or someone you know, would like to know more about adopting – there’s a free information event at The Forum in Norwich on Monday 31 October between 11am and 7pm where specialist staff will be on hand to answer your questions. Read more about adoption.

Growing our local economy

Read about funding opportunities for businesses and the current state of Norfolk's economy in our latest economic update .The report is produced on a quarterly basis by the Economic Development Team and includes economic activity from the previous financial quarter, so data is correct to 30 September 2016. This quarter, read updates on the Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing and the Sync the City event (17-19 November) which taps into local talent and supports our growing creative digital sector.

Norfolk Sports awards finalists announced

The finalists of the prestigious Norfolk Sports Awards, organised by Active Norfolk, were announced this week (20 October) including individuals, clubs, schools and teams who have excelled in their sporting progress and achievement. Read more about the finalists and the Norfolk Sports Awards event on 15 November.

Tom's blog

Tom McCabe, Executive Director of Community and Environmental Services

At a recent meeting of senior managers, I reflected on the need for us to be mindful of the impact of our decisions Read more.


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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Joint Museums Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 14:04

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Joint Museums Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 28 October 2016 is now available.

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Love Food Hate Waste Champion newsletter - autumn edition

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:39

Welcome to the autumn edition of your Love Food Hate Waste Champion newsletter. Happy reading!

Our family is growing...

We would like to give a very warm welcome to our 16 new Love Food Hate Waste Champions. They had an information packed training day at the Green Britain Centre in Swaffham on October 1,  but still managed to have a bit of fun in between...

Sorry, this little beauty is not part of the hiring kit!

Love Food Hate Waste Champion recipe calendar We need your help!

To celebrate our Love Food Hate Waste Champions we would like to put together a recipe calendar using your recipes. We are keen to show people how they can reduce their food waste and save money by making some really tasty dishes.

Do you have a delicious recipe that uses up leftovers or store cupboard ingredients, tastes great and saves time and money or one that really makes the most of your food. Perhaps it’s a dish that you’ve been making for years and you’d like to share it with others. 

Send your recipes to  by 1 November as we would like to get them ready in time for Christmas. Any recipes that are not used in the calendar we will publicise on our Plan Eat Save social media pages and our website. We look forward to receiving your tasty recipes. 

When you send us your recipe, please include a couple of lines to let us know why it is a favourite. We will choose one recipe for each month with a photograph of the recipe, your name and why you have chosen this recipe. 

Food Hygiene Certificate

If you would like to make a food taster for an event or a talk at home you need to have a Food Hygiene Certificate. We are offering this training opportunity free of charge but it is completely optional. 

Here is a bit about the training: It is an online training course that only takes 2-3 hours to complete. You can dip in and out of it to complete the training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout There is a test at the end that requires a 75% pass rate but then you will receive a City & Guilds Accredited Certificate. Quite a few of you have already made use of this opportunity but it's not too late yet, please email David if you are interested.

Also, remember that we will reimburse you for £10 if you are making a dish at home such as Honey Banana Muffins. The money can be claimed back via the expenses form. 

Logging your hours is easy

... simply fill in our online  Activity Log or send your paper copy to David.

We know you are all doing a fantastic job promoting the Love Food Hate Waste message. Please remember that every conversation counts including chatting to a friend or family member and don't forget you let us know. 

Drum roll please ........... new display material has arrivedDisplay boards

The new table top display boards have arrived and have been used by some of you already. The display consists of recipe ideas, information about dates and storage.There is also a magnetic storage game that people can play. Some items can be stored in different place e.g. cooked pasta - can be stored in the fridge and freezer. We hope this will provide a great discussion point. 

New leaflet and recipe cards

We have got a new leaflet for you to hand out at events. It includes some facts about food waste, some top tips and five things people can do to start reducing food waste and saving money at home. 

There are also some fantastic new recipe cards including two by our brand ambassador Ian Haste. 


What you have been up to...

We always love to hear about the fantastic things that you have been doing to promote the Love Food Hate Waste message and here is an example of what you have been up to.

Presentation to Golden Triangle Girls WI by Angela 

The evening was arranged almost a year ago (that's how busy this group is) and was linked with presentations from the Norwich Food Hub and Soup Kitchen, this alligned with the WI theme for their newest resolution - to research and do what they could to reduce food waste. 

Using the Volunteers presentation as a base tool I was able to give a, sometimes lively, presentation to approximately 40+ people in a packed upstairs room at the Unthank Arms, the WI regular meeting place.  I was given a very warm welcome and a generous round of applause after my talk.  It raised lots of questions and prompted some interesting debate, especially in conjuntion with the other presenters and their specialist topics. 

The table top display also kept me busy at the end of the evening, planning and portions being the most discussed topics throughout.  People were genuinely surprised at how much food waste there actually is, and throughout the evening there were a raft of questions and suggestions buzzing round the room. 

I thoroughly enjoyed myself as well, always a bonus, and the only drawback was the sweltering heat - it was my only ever talk live from a sauna!! 

Events list - please sign up

During the next couple of months we have got lots of events that you can attend to spread the Love Food Hate message. Please take a look at David's event calendar and sign up online if you can help.

David's event calendar.

Please also let us know of events that you are aware of which are not on the list but would be a good opportunity to pass on the message. Thank you.

Plan Eat Save - our exciting new campaign

In September we officially launched our new social media campaign Plan Eat Save which is all about engaging with people through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. This Norfolk County Council campaign aims to help people save money and make the most of their food by following some simple steps: 


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

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

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

Meet our brand ambassador Ian Haste

Chef Ian Haste feels hugely passionate about cutting down on food waste and is all about serving healthy and nutritious meals. He has a huge following on his you tube channel Haste's kitchen where he does most of his cooking these days.

Ian cooked up a feast at the launch of Plan Eat Save at the Forum and is also supporting us with recipe ideas and top tips. Take a look at his latest tip on freezing apples

Please follow Plan Eat Save on FacebookTwitter and Instagram...

.... and don't forget to tell you friends about it too :o).   Norfolk Food Waste Challenge

In our last newsletter we told you that we were working with three Norwich families to see if they can save money by making some small changes based on the five key behaviours. We are pleased to say that the all participating families managed to save themselves some money. Follow this link to read about Caroline’s story.

We are now taking the challenge a step further and have launched the county wide Norfolk Food Waste Challenge. The sign up for the challenge is through the Recycle for Norfolk website and runs over four weeks.

Once you have signed up you will receive a welcome email that gives you information and links on areas where you can make changes such as writing a list, making a meal plan, knowing your dates etc. You will be sent an email on a weekly basis with a different focus for you to try out.

At the end of your challenge we will send you a survey which takes less than 5 minutes to let us know how you got on. If you are a Norfolk resident you are also entered into a prize draw to be in with a chance to win £50 worth of Lakeland vouchers. 

Here is how you can get involved with the challenge:

  • Sign up to the challenge yourself
  • Get your family and friends to sign up
  • Promote the challenge at events
  • Promote the challenge on Facebook 

Please do help us promote this challenge as the feedback from it will provide us with vital information that promoting Love Food Hate Waste can help us create less waste. 

Thank you...

... for reading this newsletter and for spreading the LFHW message. We would love to hear from you, please drop us a line at

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Records Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 10/20/2016 - 12:11

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Records Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Friday 28 October 2016 at 10:30, the Archive Centre, County Hall, is now available.

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Half Term Fun at Great Yarmouth Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 16:00
Half Term Fun at Great Yarmouth Museums! Join us for a fun filled October Half Term break!
Herring Day 
Monday 24th October,
 11am-4pm Time and Tide Museum

 Our annual event celebrating our town's fishing and marine heritage with crafts, shanty songs, tours, and create your own clay herrings. Meet a fisher girl and hear stories from the Quayside. Also enjoy delicious fish dishes from the Silver Darlings café to top off your day.

S.T.E.A.M Ahead with Drawing

 Wednesday 26th October, 11am-4pm

 Time and Tide Museum

Create different types of tools, use unusual mediums and produce some big draws. Learn some new skills but above all get inspired!!

 Mystic MedicineWednesday 26th October, 11am-4pm Elizabethan House

Learn about tried and tested (and terrifying) historical remedies from the past from our medieval apothecary. This is the go-to guide for how NOT to seek medical relief!

Marvellous Machines and Mechanics Trail

Saturday 22nd until Sunday 30th October

Discover the amazing machines and inventions we have in our collection and find out how they work and who made them with this fun trail!

All of the above normal admission applies

Double Bumper History Day: Wicked Witches and Furry Familiars

Friday 28th October, 11am-4pm Tolhouse Gaol and Elizabethan HouseDiscover a time of witches at both museums for a day. Hear tales of real life toil as well as those that come from a fairy tale. Create your own familiar fiend just in time for Hallows eve!Special Event price: £3.50 per person for both sites Halloween at the Tolhouse
 Monday 31st October 
Tolhouse Gaol

Our annual evening of Halloween horrors! Lots of spooky goings on from ghost stories, spooky shadow puppets and ghoulish games the old Gaol house is the place to be this Halloween!!

Free Admission Web:
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Improving Times - Spotlight on Broadland and North Norfolk locality

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 14:41
Children's Services staff newsletter - 19 October 2016

This month's Spotlight falls on the Broadland and North Norfolk locality - grateful thanks to Tim Eyres and Wendy Dyde's teams also Brian Feltham-Daniels for the design and layout.  Watch out for Breckland locality taking control on November 17.

Topical safety tips

Joint working between a local primary school, a Police Liaison Officer in the OPT and our Early Help & Family Focus Team in the North has resulted in a joint project to raise awareness with 5 to 7 year olds about keeping safe, and making safe choices, Halloween and trick & treating  and very topically,  their worries about the recent clown scares.  It is also an opportunity raise their awareness about potential online dangers, making use of CEOP resources.
The team have recognised that although technology and social media can seem overwhelming and forever evolving, children and young people don’t change.  Recent experience has highlighted that a growing proportion of parents of primary school aged children are becoming increasingly concerned about inappropriate and often sexualised behaviour which is presented by their children after viewing age inappropriate online content.  Children are constantly exploring and creating their identities, keeping up with their friends and dealing with adolescent pressures. Although much of this now happens online, we remind them that the kind of parental support and advice which keeps their children safe 'in real life' will keep them safer online too.   Our focus is to help children and young people keep themselves safe from sexual abuse and exploitation by developing skills in identifying and avoiding risk, learning how best to protect themselves and their friends, and knowing how to get support and report abuse if they do encounter difficulties.  The team are now thinking about how this approach can be rolled out with other schools in the area.

NCAN or you can....

Partner organisations in North Norfolk’s early help hub in Cromer have access to dedicated shared office space which promotes multi-agency working, supported by weekly collaboration meetings. These provide an opportunity to discuss specific families or individuals of any age where there are complex or multiple issues likely to require the input of more than one organisation.  Partners can share relevant information and knowledge, raise concerns, give and receive advice and support, and the outcomes from working in this way are that families and individuals receive appropriate, timely and coordinated support from relevant organisation(s) and that duplication is avoided.
The North Norfolk Help Hub has recently joined the Norfolk Community Advice Network (NCAN). Using a dedicated area of the secure NCAN Common Referral System, partner organisations can now request help and support from other organisations in the hub, or make a referral to them if there are needs which are wider than the remit of their organisation:
Sonia Shuter from NNDC says: “The system is of particular benefit to organisations which are unable to physically co-locate in the hub, as they do not have to be located in the hub to make or receive a referral.  All organisations wishing to be part of the Help Hub will be required to sign an organisational and individual user agreement and be trained in using the NCAN Request for Support system to ensure consistent recording and monitoring of all cases coming into the hub.” 

Chloe's testing times

“Hi, I’m Chloe and I’m 16 years old. I have recently started sixth form at Paston College. I got my GCSE results in August; 3 B’s, 3 C’s, 2 D’s and an E. The E was in PE though! I was pleased with my results, however they meant I couldn’t quite take the A levels I wanted. I’m now studying psychology, sociology and drama. I’m also retaking English Language GCSE.   I really enjoy these subjects, especially sociology, and am pleased with how they’re going. I’m glad I didn’t give up my hopes before or after my results. I was upset I couldn’t take Geography at A Level because of my GCSE result, but now I take drama which is giving me more confidence.
“This is a photo of me and my social worker, Kimberley. Kimberley has been my social worker for over a year and a half, and has helped me to never give up!”
“Hi, I’m Kimberley, Chloe’s social worker. Chloe has done fantastically well in her education, and I’m very proud. Soon we will begin to look at university options, as Chloe would like to (and always has) become a Primary School teacher. Well done, Chloe!

Stories of success...

Through our Early Help Hub in North Norfolk, we have been able to support a mum of two disabled children pursue her goal to set up a support group for other parents of children with a disability.  Wanting to use her experience as a nursery nurse and community worker to set up a ‘Parents for Parents’ course, her self-confidence was low, and she felt isolated. She rarely had time on her own; her local church had asked her not to attend with her sons and a friend had said ‘never again’ after taking them out to give her a break.   Whilst the Mum had begun to plan the group and found a free local venue, she needed help in developing publicity materials for the group.  With support from our community capacity coordinator, an initial session was piloted in July, with 15 parents, two children and three professionals attending.  Within minutes parents were sharing information about choosing a school, getting a diagnosis, managing behaviour and talking to health professionals. The second session was equally successful.  It is likely that future group sessions will be held fortnightly.  A parent who attended approached our community capacity coordinator for advice and support on setting up a similar group in Sheringham.

.... and more success

Acle Youth Club closed in December 2015 due to lack of staff, yet demand from young people continued to be high, with many arriving at the same time every week in the hope that it had resumed.   Our community capacity coordinator contacted the community centre, the parish council clerk and the local community police officer to talk about the closure.  We invited parish councillors, young people, potential volunteers, the library and the YAB Worker to a meeting in July to discuss the need for a project and the options for how the youth club might be staffed.  It was agreed that a delegation of young people would talk directly to Acle Parish Council, supported by the YAB youth& community worker.  Three young people attended and put their case to Parish Council who agreed to fund two youth workers to enable the club to resume.  The youth club resumed in September 2016, overseen by a sub group from the parish council, focused on ensuring there are enough volunteers trained and DBS checked, ready to take over when the paid youth work stops..

Social media solutions

A mother we are working with has severe anxiety and depression and when she is suffering with this she cannot leave the home or have people visit. The family have their own safety plan in place so that when this happens the children’s grandmother will care for the children until the mother is feeling well again. However, when feeling unwell, the mother could not attend meetings and was isolated from the planning for her children. During the last meeting, a student social worker in our team discovered the grandmother and mother both had Face-Time on their phones and the mother joined in the meeting remotely.   For the first time she was able to be involved in a planning meeting for her children when she was unwell.   This small action made a big difference for the family.  Paul McGrath, team manager in North Norfolk’s Family Intervention Team, commented: “I think this is something we can develop to try to engage other people who struggle to be present at big meetings, allowing us to be more inclusive with a vulnerable group of people.”

Meet Emma

Hello, I’m Emma Rush, the new senior youth and community worker for the Broadland Youth Advisory Board (YAB). My first couple of weeks have already been quite busy with a wellbeing event for local young people and a parish councillors’ networking event where I met lots of helpful people who I will be working and advocating with.  I am very much looking forward to meeting more of the YAB’s young commissioners at a meeting later this month as well as attending my first board meeting in a couple of weeks. Our YAB has identified three main priorities to focus on over the coming year: Firstly, positive friendships which were identified as an area of concern to local young people through the annual YAB survey. The people we surround ourselves with can have a great deal of influence so it is important that young people are able to identify what a healthy relationship looks like. Bullying has also been selected as a priority for the YAB with a particular focus on cyberbullying- this has already been targeted by the YAB with the launch of the online safeguarding tool tootoot being made available to all Broadland high schools. Finally, support with self-esteem and confidence has been chosen as a focus for the YAB as the survey results showed that this was an issue for young people in Broadland. Thank you to everyone I’ve met so far for making me feel welcome and I look forward to meeting everyone else. I can be found either at the YMCA office in Norwich or in the Early Help Hub at Broadland District Council so please do say hello!

Good Guys at Breck Farm

A ‘Good Guys’ event, held by the Leaving Care Team at the end of September at Breck Farm Campsite, was a success with 5 young people and 3 ‘Good Guys’ from the Fire Service attending.   The weather held and it was perfect for the BBQ, cooked to perfection by social worker Jo Preston!   One of our leaving care personal advisers, JD Fisher, went through some safe fire-lighting procedures, how to safely split logs into kindling and how to use cotton wool and Vaseline as an improvised fire lighter. The ‘Good Guys’ then supported the young men to light two small fires contained in fire pits.   Everyone said that they had a good time and that they would like to attend again and the ‘Good Guys’ discussed with the young men how they felt the group could grow and become a success.  Let’s hope the next ‘Good Guys’ meeting is just as much fun, and thanks to Breck Farm for providing the site free of charge and for being so helpful.

Early help hub grows

Our newest early help base in North Norfolk has continued to grow with strong partnerships developing across the voluntary and statutory sectors.  Working out of the base in Fakenham, our practitioners are able to work alongside colleagues from schools and other agencies; since opening we have supported over 100 children and young people and their families.  Feedback from partners is positive as they can see the benefits of having the team based in the town and appreciate the responsive approach being taken by the team.  A termly meeting is now being established with pastoral workers, Parent Support Advisers and the designated safeguarding leads in local schools, the local PCSOs, and school nurses; this will enable us to focus on providing intensive targeted support to children and young people at high risk of permanent exclusion, child sexual exploitation, poor attainment and attendance, anti-social behaviour or being NEET.  A pilot project with 6 young people has just commenced.

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Keeping safe online

J is 14 and involved with sexting between her peers. Our assistant practitioner has worked with J to help her understand how vulnerable she is to further exploitation if she continues to send images of herself to others. We agreed that we would discuss and write down what J thinks school could do differently, what social workers should do differently and what has worked well.
J thinks the school should:
Talk to staff about supporting them to build trusting relationship with pupils;
Use videos and talking more about the specific issues;
Smaller groups/ for longer/ more interesting/ wider variety of material used;
Longer sessions;
Teachers to have more training.
And social workers should:
Respond quickly to first incident;
Involve young people in training and workshops;
Provide information for parents - mums and dads;
Explain consequences on others;
Offer support beyond direct work;
Promote positive role models for girls and boys;
Understand vulnerabilities.
With guidance we are helping J to develop a presentation that she will deliver to our team and to her teachers about her experience. She is also helping us develop sessions for her peers within school that are more effective. By listening and involving J we are raising her self-esteem and reinforcing her learning to help others.   

Workshop Sucess 

Supporting Practice Development in North Norfolk & Broadland
As part of their broader remit to promote good practice across the county, North Norfolk & Broadland NIPE managers – Mark Gregory and Zowie Overy – have been running workshops on concise recording and assessment writing.  These workshops have been based on feedback from Ofsted monitoring visits and from our improvement partners in Essex, who have identified that recording in Norfolk tends to be overly long and descriptive and needs to be more focused and analytical.  The workshops have been based on looking at real examples of existing recording and assessments and then providing re-written versions that are more concise, focused and analytical. The workshops so far have been received enthusiastically and the material from the workshops has now been shared more widely.  Other workshops are now being planned – at the request of other team managers – with a focus on recording, assessment and planning for LAC and Leaving Care teams.  .

Summer time blues

The long summer holiday can be a difficult time for some of us, especially if we aren’t able to go away on holiday for financial or health reasons, so our Early Help Team in Broadland decided to work with families to deliver some activities locally.  In August we held a Parental Wellbeing Day at Holt Hall, working with Ariane Hoppler from the Learning and Development Team, Christine Ramp-Wolf from the Child and Family Therapeutic Team and staff at Holt Hall.   The team delivered a range of workshops for 16 parents who were worried about their mental health. These included healthy eating, yoga, meditation and empowerment.  One of the parents who attended said that they felt much less alone, knowing that other parents were experiencing difficulties. The parents have since set up a Facebook page to stay in contact, and continue to offer support to each other.The following day we ran a Broadland Family Activity Day, at Catton Park Hayman’s Lodge, and 17 families arrived for water play, arts and crafts and outdoor games. Colleagues from the Early Education Team supported with some appropriate play for under 5s and there was a communal outdoor picnic, with extra food supplied by the team.   The idea was to give parents suggestions about low cost activities and games outside.  It was a fabulous day, and one little boy said it was the best day he’d had all summer.  They were both such successful days, we’re doing it all again in October half term!

Ashleigh's First 100 Days...

Ashleigh Britton is currently completing her final 100 day placement with our early help & family focus team in Fakenham, as part of her social work degree. She was keen to complete her placement with the early help team because she had no previous experience working alongside children and families and she wanted to use the experience to clarify whether to go into work within Adult or Children Services.  Ashleigh has reflected: “My time with North Norfolk’s Early Help Team has been a great experience which has enabled me to significantly develop in confidence, whilst broadening my knowledge and reinforcing what I already knew.  Whilst early help is consent based, it has provided me with numerous opportunities to undertake statutory tasks and work alongside families, intervening early to secure positive outcomes through ensuring reliable and consistent support is offered to children and families.
“I have valued the opportunity to work within a multi-disciplinary team, linking with professionals from numerous organisations and colleagues from social work teams.  I have been surprised by the complexity of cases that can be received by early help and perhaps the fine line sometimes between the thresholds for early help or social work. I have learnt just how significant funding and budgets are on the delivery and availability of services when supporting children and families, particularly within adolescent mental health.  With the end of my placement approaching, my plan is to go into Children’s Services when I qualify.  My learning from this placement has been the most useful throughout my time on the social work course.”

Acle supports 'the team around the child'

In September 2016, following a difficult Ofsted inspection, a new Head Teacher was appointed to Acle High School who quickly made inroads, establishing a new ‘Engage Team’ to provide ‘team around the child’ support within the school, as part of ensuring that all children are supported to learn.   The Process Team met with the Head to discuss what help the school needed to ensure all children were supported not just with learning but the wider issues that have an impact on children accessing school and affect their learning.   As a result, Children Services are taking a ‘team around the school’ approach, with social workers, the education health and care coordinator, an attendance enforcement officer and our Process Team.   The Process Team have provided a Signs of Safety briefing and planned some FSP training for the cluster, helping re-build local networks.  This is enabling the school and us as partners to support children with the most need.  With their new knowledge of Signs of Safety, staff in school are feeling more confident to discuss families and explore what needs to happen from a school perspective.

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 13:45

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on Thursday 27 October 2016 is now available.

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Norfolk County Council - Policy and Resources Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:35

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Policy and Resources Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting that was held on 26 September 2016 are now available.
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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 15:52

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Parking Partnership Joint Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on 29 September 2016 are now available.

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