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  • Happiness is a smoke free family life
    A Somerset mum of one year old triplets is supporting the new hard hitting regional stop smoking campaign launching this week across the South West. She wants to show that 1 in 2 smokers will die early from smoking, missing out on precious moments in life with their loved ones The campaign highlights those key […]
  • Dozens of trees down across Somerset
    Somerset County Council’s highways team responded to around 30 reports of fallen trees on Monday as Storm Imogen raged across the county. This followed the service’s busiest weekend since the 2014 floods with around 200 out of hours emergency callouts between Friday night and Monday morning. Highways have been helping remove fallen trees across the […]
  • Budget proposals and devolution plans
    Somerset County Councillors today heard the scale of the future funding the challenge facing the authority. A meeting of the Council’s Cabinet agreed budget proposals for 2016/17, and were told of the projected shortfalls over the following four years as funding from central Government continues to decline. Between 2017/18 and 2020/21 the authority is facing […]
  • Weather-related callouts and road closures
    Somerset County Council’s highways team had their busiest weekend since the 2014 floods as storms caused problems on many roads across the county. On Saturday there were more than 100 weather related callouts with 40 reports of flooding in the south Somerset area alone. There were hundreds of further callouts yesterday and last night with […]
  • Busy junction set for upgrade
    Work to upgrade a busy junction in Frome is due to start later this month. Somerset County Council is planning improvements at the traffic light controlled junction of Berkley Road and Rodden Road. The upgrade will include safer facilities for pedestrians and cyclists, and new traffic lights using extra low voltage equipment and LED lights […]
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  • Norfolk Council News Feed: Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Police and Crime Panel. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 16th February 2016 is now available.
    Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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  • Norfolk Council News Feed: Short Courses at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
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    New Short Courses at Gressenhall

    Starting this month!


    An Introduction to Creative Writing 

    Wednesday 24 February 2016 10am - 4pm

    A unique one day workshop to help you understand the basics of creative writing, inspired by our Voices from the Workhouse project.

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    Basketry for Beginners

    Wednesday 16 March 2016 9:30am - 4:30pm

    On this one-day willow basketry workshop for beginners, you will learn all the basic techniques of basket weaving as well as creating your own small shopping basket to take home.


    Suffolk Punch Horses

    Have you ever wanted to work with the horses and staff at Gressenhall Farm?

    We have a range of experience days with our Suffolk Punch horses on offer during 2016, where you can learn all about these amazing animals. 


    For more information, please see our Short Courses page on our website or telephone 01362 869251.


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

    Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

    We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

    Email scams and phishing alerts

    Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

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

    More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

    Reporting scams

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

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

  • Norfolk Council News Feed: The Friday Takeaway

    A flavour of Norfolk's week...                        5 February 2016

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    Budget consensus

    A cross-party consensus on a plan to raise Norfolk County Council’s share of council tax by 3.99% - the first rise in five years - would mean that the proposals which have proved most controversial in our consultation – cuts to fire station, funding adult social care transport, and reducing support for the archaeological service and Record Office - wouldn’t need to go ahead. A final decision on the Budget will be taken on February 22.

    Read the full story in the EDP.

    Listen to George Nobbs & Cliff Jordan on Radio Norfolk (start at 1:38:00).


    Social worker tweetathon

    This Monday, Norfolk Children’s Social Workers tweeted anonymous accounts of their day’s work on the @NorfolkSW Twitter page. 

    The ‘Day in the life of’ event proved popular across social media, reaching approximately 111,000 individuals, and provided a fascinating insight into colleagues’ daily activities. The Norfolk Social work account was closely followed and retweeted by Community Care, The Guardian and Isabelle Trowler, the UK’s Principal Children’s Social Worker, and locally by the EDP, and many of our District Councils. 

    See the day as it unfolded here.


    White lines (blown away?)

    Tracy Jessop, Assistant Director Highways and Transport, made a splash across local and national news, including The Times, Radio 4’s Today programme, The Guardian and BBC Radio Norfolk talking about how a successful scheme in Norfolk which removed white lines from some rural roads was set to be extended to improve road safety. This was followed up by Radio 5 Live where Tracy took part in a live discussion. 

    Listen to Tracy on the Today programme (start at 2:54:00).


    Crackdown on new homes proposal that threaten school places

    We’re planning to raise ‘serious concerns’ about housing proposals outside of local plans, where these would place pressure on school places. The plans have been described by Gordon Boyd, NCC’s Assistant Director of Education, as a ‘rising problem’.

    Read more here.

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    School site to become new ‘hub’ for adults

    A disused Thetford school site is set to undergo a £800,000 revamp to become 'an adult social care hub' in a move which should save the authority many thousands of pounds.


    Norfolk’s growing national reputation:

    Norfolk starts the race – the Aviva Women’s Tour in June will begin its first day in Norfolk and Suffolk, in a leg sponsored by Active Norfolk

    The ONS report this week listed Great Yarmouth people as among top five happiest in the country. Read more here.

    A Guardian survey placed Norwich among the top ten best cities to work. Read more here.

    Sport Relief is coming to Norfolk! – It has been announced that the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Flagship Games are coming to Norfolk in March, one of only five places in the UK to host the Games. For more information click here.

    County Leadership Team (CLT) in the coming week...

    Among other events and activities:

    Wendy is planning to attend the P&R budget meeting, a meeting of Norfolk and Suffolk council leaders, to welcome our Children’s Commissioner Dave Hill to CLT and attend a Norfolk Whole Systems Resilience Group meeting.
    Michael is planning to attend P&R, a 'Mental Health in Schools' conference, meet Dave Hill at CLT and attend a proposed business breakfast with MPs.
    Harold is planning to attend P&R, CLT and a Care Providers Scenario Planning day at the Department of Health in London.
    Tom is planning to attend P&R, CLT and meet new business start-ups at the Hethel Innovation Centre.
    Anne is also planning to be at P&R, CLT, a Leadership and Management conference and a performance workshop for Members.
    Simon plans to be at P&R, CLT, and a workshop at the Shrublands Health Centre in Gorleston.

    For more information on CLT,visit Our Leadership Team.

    Wendy Thomson

    CLT Blog

    After a day of major disruption to our IT network yesterday normal service has thankfully now resumed, although there could be some delay in emails being received due to the large backlog.  Sincere thanks to everyone who rallied round yesterday during the day and well into the evening.  I know our ICT teams worked tirelessly to systematically overcome the problem, and a number of other staff in the Resilience Team, Communications and Resources Directorate Business Support, were also involved in efficiently managing the situation behind the scenes. 

    Read more here.


    Sue Whitaker talks about personal budgets...

    Sue Whitaker, Chairman of the Adult Social Services Committee, was interviewed on Look East on the issue of disability rights group Equal Lives reporting NCC to the CQC. She was then featured along with Catherine Underwood, Director of Integrated Commissioning, Adult Social Services, on the Radio Norfolk breakfast show.  

    You can watch and listen here (start at 1:33:00).

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  • Norfolk Council News Feed: Your Voice opportunity - recycling centre satisfaction survey
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    Your Voice Opportunities


    Recycling Centre satisfaction survey

    Norfolk County Council is keen to find out your views on Recycling Centres.  If you use them, they'd like to know how often, what services you use the most and what type of recycling facilities you would like to see more of.  If you don't use them, they'd like to understand why not.  The results will help Norfolk County Council to provide an efficient and value for money Recycling Centre service in the coming years.  The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete, and you can take part by clicking here.


    Membership survey reminder

    Some of you have let us know that you had trouble opening the link to our Your Voice membership survey. There's still time to let us know what you think, so please click here to have your say.


    Thanks for your help,

    The Your Voice team.


    Your Voice is run by Norfolk County Council. You can contact the team by emailing us:

  • Norfolk Council News Feed: Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 05 February 2016
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    Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

    Welcome to the 5 February 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 Opportunities

    Finance Manager - Writers' Centre Norwich

    £33,000 - £36,000 (pro rata) 
    3 days/week (0.6 fte) 

    Writers’ Centre Norwich (WCN) is a leading literature organisation in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. We are committed to developing the artistic and social impact of creative writing, reading and literary translation. We believe that creative writing, creative reading, and the literary arts can inspire, educate and bring people and communities together. 

    This is exciting times for WCN. Linked to the city’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature, we are currently working on the development of a National Centre for Writing which includes an enhanced artistic and learning programme and a £2.6m capital programme due to be completed in early 2018. 

    The post of Finance Manager will play a key role in helping to steer the organisation through this next period of change and transition. The role will lead on the long term financial planning as well as managing the day to day financial systems and processes ensuring organisational stability and viability. We are looking for someone who holds a professional accountancy qualification, has at least 2 years experience at a senior level in financial management, has experience of the accounting and governance requirements of a charity and limited company and can support WCN’s values and ambitions.

    Closing deadline: 9am Monday 15 February 2016

    To apply for this position please download a Job Application Pack and Application Form from 

    Technician: Media (Digital 3D and Architecture) - Norwich University of the Arts

    £26,537 to £30,738 per annum
    37 hours per week

    Norwich University of the Arts is recruiting a new member for the successful technical support staff team. The Digital 3D and architecture specialist resources support digital media creation, architecture and the new User Experience Lab. The resources include networked computer workshops, a digital film studio, large format scanning, large format inkjet printing, laser printing, laser cutting, an architectural model making room and a digital user experience lab.

    The successful candidate will be a skilled Technician with proven professional experience of creative digital media disciplines from working in a Higher Education or commercial environment. The person appointed will demonstrate expertise in working with a wide range of professional hardware and software for CAD, 3D digital and VFX creation and production. The post holder will demonstrate high levels of skill for capturing, processing, content management and output to the relevant professional digital and physical formats.

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

    Closing Date: Thursday 18th February 2016
    Interview Date: Tuesday 1st March 2016

    Further information can be found here

    Evening Technician: Media (Digital 3D and Architecture) - Norwich University of the Arts

    £9.98 to £11.19 per hour
    18 hours per week for up to 30 weeks per year 
    (4.30 pm to 9.00 pm Monday to Thursday)

    Norwich University of the Arts is seeking to recruit an experienced and committed technician to support students during extended access to the media facilities and architecture-related resources located primarily within Boardman House.

    Boardman House building provides a range of specialist facilities and studio facilities for architecture, digital media creation, CAD and 3D digital animation. The resources include a 32-seat networked computer workshop (Windows platform), a digital film studio, large format scanning and large format inkjet printing, laser printing, laser cutting and an architectural model making room.

    You will have proven professional experience, from a commercial or Higher Education environment, of digital production environments and expertise in working with professional equipment, hardware and software for CAD, 2D digital, 3D digital and VFX creation and production. The successful applicant will demonstrate high levels of skill for capturing, processing, content management and output to the relevant professional digital and physical formats

    Closing Date: Thursday 18th February 2016
    Interview Date: Tuesday 1st March 2016

    Further information can be found here

    *Cast Co-ordinator - University of East Anglia

    £20,989 to £24,298 per annum, pro rata
    School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

    *Cast is a UEA commercial enterprise within the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing, providing a comprehensive role-play training service.

    The Co-ordinator works in tandem with another part-time Co-ordinator (0.4FTE) on day-to-day delivery of all *Cast’s contracts. Duties include casting for client contracts, commissioning actor recruitment and training, first point of contact for clients and role-players (email, telephone, face-to-face) and maintenance of *Cast’s documents, calendars and email inboxes, including handling of confidential data. The Co-ordinators liaise with the *Cast Director and UEA Consultancy Manager on *Cast’s service provision, contracts and financial administration.

    Experience of co-ordinating administrative activities, and excellent literacy, numeracy, communications and interpersonal skills are required. A background in arts/education administration would be advantageous.

    The post is available immediately on a part-time (0.6fte) indefinite basis.

    Closing date: 12 noon on 23 February 2016

    Further information can be found here.

    Development Opportunities

    North Norfolk Stories 2016 Training Schedule

    North Norfolk Stories is offering training ideal for anyone wanting to get experience in the museum, cultural and heritage sectors, covering topics from Income Generation to Oral History.

    Sunday, 7th February 2016 – RNLI Henry Blogg
    10.45am – 15.30pm
    Oral History Training
    Employability Training

    Thursday 25th February 2016 – Venue TBC
    09.45am – 14.30pm
    Volunteer Management Training
    Income Generation Training

    Sunday, 6th March 2016 – RNLI Henry Blogg
    10.45am – 15.30pm
    Customer Service Training
    Peer-To-Peer Mentoring Training

    Friday, 11th March 2016 – Sheringham Park
    09.45am – 14.30pm
    PR/Marketing Training
    Event Management Training

    If you would like to reserve a place on any of the above, or have any questions, please contact Becky at

    What’s In It For Us? Corporate Partnership Event - Musical Keys

    Wednesday 10 February
    Norwich Theatre Royal

    Musical Keys will be hosting a Corporate Partnership Event titled “What’s In It For Us?” which will be equally useful for small/medium businesses and local charities. Three excellent speakers will guide you through the pros and cons of Corporate Partnerships and how to make them work for you. 

    Presentations Include:

    • Give a Little, Save a Lot! – Financial Benefits of Corporate Giving: Carl Lamb of Almary Green will present to you the financial benefits of Corporate Giving and forming Corporate Partnerships from a business perspective. This is equally useful for a charity to know when approaching a business to become a Corporate Partner.
    • Creating and Sustaining Corporate Partnerships – The Inside View: Tom Oxley of Ethicomm Corporate Responsibility will help you consider the potential relationships that will form and how to ensure that the relationship flourishes for both business and charity.
    • Benefits of Corporate Partnerships – Tales of the Stage: Peter Wilson has been Chief Executive of Norwich’s Theatre Royal since 1992. Peter has a wealth of experience and anecdotes about his time at Norwich Theatre Royal and how Corporate Partnerships have benefited the theatre to share. 

    Attendance is FREE but booking is required. Presentations will be complete by 4:15pm with a chance to network and make new contacts afterwards.

    For further information and to book visit

    Copywriting Training for Arts Professionals

    3 March 2016
    Southbank Centre, London
    AMA members: £158 + VAT; Non-members: £219 + VAT

    Want to make your online copy go further? Have you got great online content that no one is seeing? Join the Arts Marketing Association Online Copywriting Day – Every word counts for an intensive day of inspirational and hands-on learning.

    During the day you’ll get to grips with the principles of effective online copywriting and explore how to develop your organisation’s tone of voice for platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter.

    Expert trainers will share top tips and lead you through examples and exercises to hone your copywriting skills, boost your online profile by creating engaging content and optimise your online copy so it gets shared.

    You’ll leave equipped with new ideas and the confidence to make your copy stand out.

    The trainers:

    • Catherine Toole, CEO, Sticky Content
    • Tim Fidgeon, Author, Trainer and Independent Consultant
    • David Levin, Creative Director, That Lot

    Further information can be found here

    Writing for Children: One Day Masterclass - Writers' Centre Norwich

    Sat 2 April, 10am-6pm
    Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall 
    £40 / £30 conc 

    Do you love writing for children, but you're not sure about your next steps? Want to learn more about the challenge and excitement of YA writing?

    Join Writers' Centre Norwich for a day-long masterclass covering all aspects of writing for children. Former Bloomsbury children’s editor Helen Szirtes provides an editor’s perspective on the publishing landscape. Poet, writer and Penguin author Robert Paul Weston discusses writing children's poetry; author Alex Gordon Smith shares ideas on YA prose, and illustrator Nadine Kaadan looks at storytelling through illustration. 

    Further information can be found here.

    Actor-Musician Easter Academy - The Garage

    Monday 4 - Friday 8 April
    £30 full week

    Calling all actors, musicians, writers, directors and performers! The Garage needs you for their first ever Actor-Musician Academy in partnership with DumbWise Theatre Company. During the week you will come together to form a creative performance company. You will work together with DumbWise’s expert practitioners to create new ideas and performance material.

    This is a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and meet like-minded people. During the week you will cover:

    • Devising Skills using exercises to look at space, movement, ensemble work, character, sound, rhythm and music.
    • Creative Process learning about the various creative roles involved in a production, the keeping of records, subject matter, content, gathering material and decision making.
    • Music Development Discussing musical dramaturgy and the role of music in the piece. Musicians will have the chance to develop their musical skills through the devising of musical set-pieces, they will also each have the opportunity to explore composing and musical directing.
    • The Skills of the Practitioner looking at the skills a practitioner needs and taking turns to lead exercises and to consider how they might lead/direct devised scenes with a larger group of actors.

    The culmination of the week’s ideas will be developed further by a professional scriptwriter and musical director with the companies ongoing input. The finished piece will be rehearsed and performed in the exciting Actor-Musician Summer Academy.

    Further information can be found here

    Artpocket Courses

    Professional Development
    12th April - 17th May 2016
    Dove Street Studios, Norwich
    ​Course Cost £150.00
    Do you want to get your work out there? This course provides emerging artists and designers with the valuable experience of developing a body of work to a high standard and presenting work within a professional arena.  You will gain skills in collaboration, team work and begin to make links with like-minded professionals both on the course and beyond. As a group you will identify a common theme within your work to respond to and develop a concept for an exhibition. Further information can be found here.

    Begins September 2016
    3 days a week (term time only).  
    Dove Street Studios, Norwich
    Serious about your creative future? This exciting multi disciplinary course is primarily designed to support you in gaining the core skills and creative techniques required to progress onto Higher Education or a career within the creative industries. You will develop a large portfolio of work, a deep understanding of art and design, and will be helped to make decisions about your future within education or the workplace. Further information can be found here

    Big Society Funding CIC New support services for VCSE sector organisations

    In response to demand, funding challenges and on-going cuts Big Society Funding CIC are offering a new consulting and advisory subscription service for the most hard-pressed VCSE organisations across the country.

    The support service is designed to ensure your organisation is ready to grow - and continues to thrive in 2016. Each month, you'll receive one day of dedicated consultancy, to be called on as you choose for a total of 12 days per year, at £299 per month.

    Associates can work with you on a broad range of projects, such as:

    • Tailored grant/bid searches - tailored to your organisational needs
    • Bid writing to all the major funders
    • Evaluation and impact reporting
    • Consultations with beneficiaries
    • Organisational strength reviews
    • Workshops and training sessions for staff/trustees

    You can also accrue time over the year if there are bidding/tendering cycles.

    For further information contact 

    Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers

    City of Literature opportunities for Young People

    Are you aged 14-18 with an interest in literature, reading books and culture?

    Writers' Centre Norwich is searching for Young Ambassadors in Schools who would like to help celebrate and build on our Eastern region’s rich literary heritage.

    The WCN-UNESCO Young Ambassador scheme offers students leadership training, exclusive volunteer opportunities and unique work experience in the literary arts. Participants will receive free training and support with running their own small-scale events, gaining internships and reviewing cultural events around the region. 

    Opportunities may include:

    • Guest blog slots on the Writers’ Centre website – book & event reviews
    • Complimentary tickets to report on arts events around the city – Young Norfolk Arts Festival, FLY Festival
    • Running writing competitions for young people
    • Interview opportunities with top authors and publishers 
    • Free place on the Summer Soap school
    • Work experience at the City of Literature programme for the Norfolk & Norwich Festival 
    • Possibility of complimentary tickets for Theatre and Cinema screenings and review slots. 

    At the end of the scheme participants will qualify for a Bronze Arts Award.

    For further details on the selection process and to register your interest please email Sophie Scott-Brown, Participation and Learning Manager, or Tina Garcia, Programme Assistant by Friday 12 February

    The first free training day for selected participants will take place on Saturday 27 February, 10am - 4pm at Writers' Centre Norwich, Dragon Hall.

    Further information can be found here.

    Scratch Nights: Call out for applications - The Garage 

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

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

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

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

    Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 1 March

    To apply, download an application form on the website here  or if you would like more information email or call 01603 283382.

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    What Next? Norfolk chapter meeting

    Norfolk & Norwich Festival, along with the Writers' Centre are convening a What Next? chapter in Norwich. What Next? is a national movement to advocate for the value of arts and culture to our lives.

    What Next? is an opportunity to talk about issues that affect the arts sector, and helps to build the case for funding and support for arts-based activities. It will also be the springboard for sector-led activities to emerge. Nationally, it will lobby the Government and policy-makers to recognise the value of culture.

    The details for next week's meeting are below:

    What Next? Norfolk chapter meeting
    Date: Wednesday 10 February
    Time: 1-2pm
    Venue: Playroom, Norwich Playhouse, 42-58 Saint Georges Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB
    Speaker: Dr Anna Bull Researcher, Culture, Media and Creative Industries, Kings College London

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

    Funding Opportunities

    Social Entrepreneurs Transforming Places - UnLtd

    UnLtd, the charity for social entrepreneurs is looking to support social entrepreneurs that are looking to deepen their impact within their community and be a catalyst for social change. Funding of up to £15,000 is available to social entrepreneurs who want to improve their community further and have a strong vision of how to make this happen. In addition to the financial support available the social entrepreneurs will also get three years of support from an Award Manager and a full diagnostic of their social venture. This programme is delivered in partnership with the Local Trust. Local Trust's mission is to enable residents to make their communities and their areas even better places in which to live. Applications are being accepted from individuals aged 16 or over and living in the UK who are not part of an established organisation.

    The deadline for submitting an Expression of Interest form is the 11th February 2016. The deadline for submitting a full application is the 18th February 2016. 

    Read more at:

    Clore Poetry and Literature Awards

    The Clore Duffield Foundation has announced that the 8th round of its £1 million programme to fund poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK is now open for applications. Through the programme, primary, middle, secondary, special schools, sixth form colleges, academies and further education colleges as well as community groups, libraries and other arts/cultural organisations can apply for grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 to support participatory learning projects and programmes focused on literature, poetry and creative writing for under 19s.

    The closing date for applications is the 7th March 2016

    Read more at:

    National Lottery Awards 2016

    The National Lottery Awards are open to authorised representatives of projects that have received Lottery funding at any time since 1994. The main beneficiaries of the project must be based in the UK.

    Entries can be made in the following Award categories:

    • Best Arts Project.
    • Best Education Project.
    • Best Environment Project.
    • Best Health Project.
    • Best Heritage Project.
    • Best Sport Project.
    • Best Voluntary/Charity Project.

    The winner in each category will receive a cash prize of £3,000, which can be put towards their project. 

    Winners will be determined by a public vote and will appear at a BBC One Awards Ceremony.

    Entry is free and the deadline is 9 March 2016 (11.59pm).

    Further information can be found here

    Arts Council England Designation Development Fund

    Arts Council England has opened a new funding round under its Designation Development Fund. The 2016-18 Designation development fund has £1.4 million to support projects that ensure the long-term sustainability of designated museum collections. Grants are available from £20,000 to £90,000 to improve collections for the benefit of audiences, thereby improving enjoyment, understanding and engagement. The Designation Scheme supports the pre-eminent collections of national and international importance held in England's non-national museums, libraries and archives. To apply Museum's must be accredited and using the funds for a project focused on a collection formally designated as a museum collection. Activities must start no earlier than 1st July 2016 and end no later than 31st March 2018.

    The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 10th March 2016

    Read more at:

    Arts Council England Strategic Touring Programme

    The next closing date for grant applications to the Arts Council England Strategic Touring Programme is the 18th March 2016. The £35 million Strategic touring programme provides in excess of £15,000 for projects that encourage collaboration between organisations, so more people across England experience and are inspired by the arts, particularly in places which rely on touring for much of their arts provision. The funding is available to both organisations and individuals. Partnerships, networks and consortia can also apply. These can include: 

    • Promoters
    • Producers
    • Artists
    • Agencies
    • Companies
    • Marketing or audience development specialists
    • Local authority representatives
    • Any other kind of organisation or individual.

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

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    Armed Forces Day Grant Scheme

    Since 2009, Armed Forces Day has been marked annually with events large and small throughout the UK.

    In support of this event, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is providing funding to help organisations and individuals in the UK host an Armed Forces Day event this summer.

    Last year, events took place in all parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. They included Armed Forces Day tea parties, parades, big band concerts, civil war military re-enactments and live and static demonstrations.

    Local councils, organisations, schools, ex-service organisations and individuals in the UK are eligible to apply for funding of a maximum £10,000 (providing the MoD accounts for no more that 50% of the project costs).

    The event should be held on or in the weeks around National Armed Forces Day which will be celebrated on Saturday 25 June 2016 when a major national event will be held in Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire and local events will be held across the UK.

    The deadline for applications is 25 March 2016.

    Further information can be found here

    Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants

    Grants of up to £5,000 and grants of up to £10,000 are available to support new, original and innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.

    Grants are available for heart health projects only, and not for general healthy lifestyle projects. Projects must focus on, and actively promote, heart health for the duration of the project.

    Community and voluntary organisations, registered charities and other not-for-profit organisations in the UK are eligible to apply. In exceptional circumstances, where a project has a very strong heart element applications will be considered from researchers.

    The deadline for applications is 30 March 2016 (midnight).

    Further information can be found here

    The Elephant Trust 

    The Elephant Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 5th April 2016. The Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects based in the UK. The Trust's aim is to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is now being given to artists and small organisations and galleries who should submit well argued, imaginative proposals for making or producing new work or exhibitions. Arts Festivals are not supported. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants may be considered.

    Read more at:

    Youth Music Grant Programme

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

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

    The types of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 22nd April 2016 and to Fund B 20th May 2016. Fund C is currently closed to applications. 

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    The Eridge Trust Grants Programme

    The Eridge Trust, which is a charitable trust whose purpose is to encourage young people to enjoy and appreciate visual art, especially painting, has announced that the next deadline for its grant making programme is the 31st May 2016. The Trust makes grants of up to £3,000 to primary or secondary schools or sixth form colleges in the state sector for school trips to museums, galleries and centres of art at home and abroad. Grants are also made to UK museums and galleries for projects aimed at young people. Trips must be for students in schools or sixth form colleges in the maintained sector.

    In the past, the Trust has supported many different kinds of trips, mainly organised by individual schools, but also by groups of schools, education authorities and others. They have included day trips to local galleries, trips of a few days to major UK cities and trips of up to a week or more to European cities and regions. In addition, the Trust have given grants to museums to support school visits and to encourage university students to enjoy and make use of their local museum. 

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    Employer Training Incentive Pilot

    Would you like cash-back to grow your business? The Employer Training Incentive Pilot provides a 25% return against cash paid for additional training to a maximum grant of £1,000 per learner.

    The scheme:

    • Is available now to SMEs across Norfolk and Suffolk to help train their employees, aged 19+.
    • Offers a 25% return against cash paid by the employer for additional training undertaken, up to £1000. (For Level 3 and 4 Apprenticeships and qualifications, this rate rises to 30%).
    • Gives businesses control over the choice of training provider used.

    To be eligible, training must be additional. This means non-mandatory and used to enhance productivity, efficiency or vocational effectiveness.

    Training can either be:

    • An Apprenticeship at Levels 2 – 4.
    • An accredited qualification at Levels 1 – 4.
    • Non-accredited training.

    The Pilot is available to businesses which employ less than 250 people (globally) and are located within Norfolk and Suffolk.

    Further information can be found here

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  • Norfolk Council News Feed: Adult Social Services Newsletter Issue 10

    Housing with Care for older people

    Housing with Care

    Housing with Care offers a supportive environment for older people, allowing them to live an independent life within a self-contained flat, but with the reassurance of care and support from an on-site team of care professionals. Twenty-four hour care is also available in the event of an emergency or if individuals have needs during the night.

    We currently have 16 schemes across the county, some of which offer dementia care in specialised units within the scheme. Some of the schemes have low numbers on their waiting lists and we want to promote Housing with Care as a real alternative to residential care. 

    To be eligible for these schemes individuals need to have a housing need as well as a care need. Waiting lists for schemes are held with all the local councils and are maintained in conjunction with a designated lead from each of the operational social work teams.

    Before being registered on the waiting lists prospective tenants need to have a social care and financial assessment completed, and have a designated housing need.

    There is a county-wide allocation agreement, which is detailed in individual locality flow charts, that reflects the minor differences in operational practice. These charts are included as part of the operational instruction Housing with Care’.        

    For more information on where schemes are located and the cost associated with the schemes please click here to see the information on our website.

    HR Update – Working Hours


    From 1 January 2016 there will be changes to the way zero hours and annualised hours contracts work.

    For employees on zero hours contracts, annual leave that is accrued should no longer be paid as and when hours are worked. Annual leave will need to be requested and taken in the same way as for other staff and the Annual leave record form – zero hours contract F201X has been developed for this purpose.

    Managers and employees can monitor the hours worked and the leave accrued throughout a leave year and see how much outstanding leave there is at any time. However, leave does not necessarily need to be accrued before it is requested in the same way as for other employees. Further information can be found in the Understanding the employment contract – guide for managers G116b on PeopleNet.

    There are no changes to the way in which work completed is claimed for or the way in which annual leave is paid. The Flexible work claim form F213b should still be used for both of these purposes.

    For employees on annualised hours contracts, the Annualised hours calculator F201h has been developed to help monitor the hours being worked and the annual leave being taken throughout a year. The calculator also indicates if an employee is behind on their hours or not and looks at other paid leave that has been taken such as disability leave.

    For further information please contact HR Direct on 01603 222212 or at

    Issue 10

    In This Issue

    Adult Social Services In The News

    Previous Issues

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    Re-imagining Norfolk

    Re-imagining Norfolk

    Re-imagining Norfolk is changing the way we do things and the way that people interact with us.

    It’s something we all need to know about and that we can all contribute to.

    Make sure you’re in the know. Click here for more information.

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    Complaints Update

    The Local Government Ombudsman recently reported a 14% nationwide increase since 2013/14 in complaints for people with social care needs – 62% of these cases were upheld.  

    The Norfolk picture is that Adult Social Services complaints have increased by 9.4% since 2013/14 of which 22% were either fully or partially upheld.

    The main reasons for complaints in Norfolk are:

    • 63% relate to the standard of service including communications
    • 17% relate to eligibility or financial assessments
    • 9% relate to staff attitude.

    Complaints about service have fallen by 10% since last year. Complaints about eligibility and financial assessments have increased by 149%. There is a clear upward trend in personal budgets complaints, the main reason being due to budget cuts.

    Recommendations were made to the Adult Social Services Senior Management Team to reduce complaint volumes.

    Communication is at the heart of this issue. Difficult messages regarding budget cuts need to be given to more service users. Customers are saying these messages need to be given clearly and concisely at the first opportunity. An explanation of the bigger picture as to why cuts are necessary may help in some cases.

    While easier said than done, a review of written and verbal communications about budget cuts coupled with guidance in delivering them may support staff.

    The Complaints team will always work with Adult Social Services to respond and learn from customer complaints. As an example, a process recently introduced has proved beneficial in responding to personal budget complaints. Please support us by providing the information required by the date set so we can respond to complainants within corporate and statutory timelines.  

    If you have anything we can help with please contact

    Strengths-based Assessment Training – Promoting Independence Mentors

    Promoting Independence is gaining momentum. Practice consultants attended training In November 2015 to help them lead the implementation of the Promoting Independence strategy as workplace mentors. Feedback included:

    “It highlighted that we are doing this already, but we need to ensure we encourage and mentor staff to be good at this approach/assessment.”

    "A stimulating day which triggered good practice discussions and helped me reflect on good practice around strengths-based assessments/person centred outcomes."

    "By the end of the day I felt enthusiastic to get started."

    Already our Quality Assurance team has identified clear signs that we are looking for ways to drive the strengths-based approach through into practice. Practice consultants are facilitating team meetings and discussing with the Business Systems team how to record strengths-based assessments on CareFirst.

    We are now gathering examples directly from these workplace mentors to help share good ideas that have promoted people’s independence. We are planning sessions for team managers in January so they can use team meetings and performance discussions to embed good practice. Assessment colleagues will then be offered sessions to really help clarify what the strengths-based approach means and how it changes the nature of the discussions they have with people. Thank you to all those involved: your creativity and energy are the key to helping us improve people’s lives.

    If you have a story or idea to share about promoting people’s independence please contact us at

    Norfolk Manager – an excerpt

    Lyn Romeo writes about her hopes for social work in 2016:

    Social work in 2016 must be service user led and I hope we can draw on people’s strengths… participation and inclusion are the hallmarks of social work; we must aim to fully involve service users and carers in delivering better and safer outcomes. The need to move from a deficit to asset/strengths based approach sounds straightforward but a significant culture change is needed. If we are to support people in making the changes needed to deliver better and safer outcomes it is imperative, however, that we make this move.

    Read the full article at Social work in 2016 must be service user led | Lyn Romeo

    Please log onto Learning Hub to find further details and book a place on the New Strengths-based Assessment Training – a must for all staff who carry out social care assessments, including health practitioners in integrated teams.

    Reminder about Interpreting and Translation Services (INTRAN)


    Norfolk County Council is one of a range of public service providers in Norfolk which has formed the INTRAN partnership to provide:

    • Face-to face interpreters via CINTRA – the Cambridgeshire Interpreting and Translation Agency
    • Over-the-telephone interpreting via Language Line
    • British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters and lip speakers via Deaf ConneXions
    • Document translation via Pearl Linguistics.

    These services are expensive and there is no bottomless 'pot of money' available to pay for them.

    While the invoices are paid centrally and do not appear on individual budget monitoring reports, the money has to be found from within the overall budget available to the department.

    Please click here for information and instructions regarding INTRAN on Adult Social Services intranet.

    User ID codes:

    To access these services you will be asked to provide a User ID code. This prevents inappropriate access and also helps with monitoring service usage. The list of User ID codes is in the ‘Find out more’ section on the INTRAN page at the link above. Also on our iNet page is a link to the INTRAN website which has booking information.

    Keeping costs down:

    Telephone interpreting is much cheaper than face-to-face so please use that facility wherever possible.

    Some leaflets and forms have already been translated into other languages so, to avoid duplication and unnecessary expense, please check the iNet Adult Care Leaflets Page or call HQ business support on 01603 224339 for forms before requesting a new translation.

    If the document you need translating is long please consider if the whole document is required or whether the translation could be for just the relevant information for that person.

    Integrated Care

    What it’s all about:

    We will provide effective coordinated care closer to home, supporting people in a way that works for them and maximises their independence.

    We want health and social care staff to feel valued and motivated to work together to maximise their knowledge and expertise.

    The integrated care service encompasses social care and adult community health teams in Norwich and the North, South and West Localities.

    Key principles for the service include:

    • Working closer together where it makes sense for the individual, is efficient and cost effective
    • An emphasis on enhancing community based solutions and reducing reliance on bed based care
    • A clear menu of options available to people based on their needs.

    What’s going on:

    Eleven projects are underway to deliver more joined up care. These focus on developing new ways of working, making better use of our collective resources and sharing information across teams to improve our offer to individuals. 

    Focus of current integration projects

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    We’d like your ideas on how we can deliver more joined up care to make your lives easier and improve outcomes for individuals. Please contact

    Adult Social Services Transport


    As you will be aware the council recently finished consulting with the public on its proposed budget savings for 2016-19. This included further savings on Adult Social Services transport. Members will make the final decision on the 2016-19 budget on 22 February, however, we still need to make the transport savings for 2014-18 that have already been agreed. These savings amount to £3.8m and are already being implemented.

    Travel training is available via the Titan scheme (Titan currently provides the travel training for Children’s Services). This training is likely to benefit people who currently use our transport to access day services but who could, with support, use public or community transport instead.

    If you have any questions or queries about whether travel training would be suitable for someone please contact us. 

    Where someone requires transport to attend a day service please remember that they should only be offered transport to their nearest appropriate day service. If they choose to attend an alternative day service which means travelling further and costs more for transport, then they will have to pay for all of the transport costs themselves.

    A reminder that all requests for transport must follow the correct process. Travel & Transport (T&T) cannot set up or change transport requirements without approval from the Care Arranging Service (CAS) – this includes new requests for transport or any changes to existing transport arrangements.

    A transport zonal charge guide is now available on the intranet and can be found here along with other useful information. While this will give you an estimated cost for transport you should contact T&T for a confirmed costing as the cost will vary depending on the type of transport and the number of people using that transport on a journey.

    Please remember that if someone is a self-funder they should be arranging and paying for their own transport. If a person hasn’t the capacity to do this or anyone who can do it for them, we will arrange the transport but they will have to pay the costs of their transport.

    For any further information please contact Vanessa Dobson – 01603 224178 at or Peter Cowap – 01603 495735 at

    Contributions & Feedback

    Do you have any comments or a good idea for the next issue of our Adult Social Services newsletter? Do you have something you want to share with your colleagues? Let us know by sending an email to:

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

    If you know of anyone who has not received this issue of the Adult Social Services newsletter but would like to in future, please send their name and email address to: 



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    A second supplementary agenda for the meeting due to be held on 8 February 2016 is now available.

    Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee papers relating to the Policy and Resources Committee. A supplementary agenda for the meeting due to be held on Monday, 8 February 2016 is now available.
    Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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  • Norfolk Council News Feed: A Chance to Meet Cressida Cowell at Norwich Castle This Saturday!
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    An Audience with Cressida Cowell

    Saturday 6 February 10.30 - 11.45am

    Cressida Cowell

    For the opening of the wonderful A Viking's Guide to Deadly Dragons, exhibition Sat 6 Feb - Mon 30 May, Inspired by Cressida Cowell’s best-selling children’s books How to Train Your Dragon.  Don’t miss an exciting opportunity to meet Cressida Cowell herself at Norwich Castle!

    Join Cressida to find out all about her inspirations and ideas, enjoy a special reading, a fascinating talk, and a book signing in Norwich Castle Auditorium. You never know you may even learn some Dragonese: 

    Thankee, we coglet yow will do di chuckle ha-has!

    Tickets cost £10 per adult and £8 per child. Suitable for children age 7-11.

    Tickets are limited; book now to avoid disappointment. Telephone 01603 495897 / 493625.



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    James Ward known as Mark James was found guilty last week for handling stolen car parts from his business called Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd Great Yarmouth.. Phone number 01493 717767
    A Subaru Impreza was stolen from High Wycombe, an area where Ward lived at the time of the theft. The car was broken up for parts by Ward. He has also set up a new business that deals with Subaru’s. The business is in Great Yarmouth, Car Care Automotive. Unit 6 Suffolk Rd. Phone number 01493 717767.
    Thames Valley Police raided Car Care Automotive on the 24/2/15 and found a few parts left from the stolen Subaru. Ward was bailed until April. On the 20/4/15 Thames Valley Police charged Ward with handling and selling stolen goods. Ward has even put parts from the stolen car onto other cars.
    On the 6/5/15 Ward pleaded guilty to breaking the Subaru, knowing it was stolen and selling it for parts.
    Anyone with a Subaru are advised to be careful dealing with the business known as Car Care Automotive at Great Yarmouth. The Court Order was made against James Mark Ward at High Wycombe Court. The Case number is 431500197216/1 6th May 2015. This article is printed in good faith from verified data and is in the interest of public awareness.The business Care Care Automotive at Yarmouth
    should not be confused with any other business with a similar name.

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