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Improving Times - Spotlight on South Norfolk

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 17:13
Children's Services staff newsletter - 19 July 2017

This month’s locality focus looks at teams in the ‘Beautiful South’. We are grateful to Amy Brooke,  Head of Services and Partnerships and Helen Allan, Interim Head of Social Work and their teams for the content in this issue.

It’s been a hectic few months in the locality firstly welcoming the South Social Work teams moving into the Daniels Room at South Norfolk Council Offices in May, and now planning the launch of the Locality Management Forum and a busy market place networking event for our staff and partners.

This edition gives a flavour of some of the projects and initiatives our teams are busy working on, if you want to know more we would love to hear from you.

A focus on communities for our schools

The South School network meeting took place on 13th June hosted by Wymondham College inviting all schools from across the South. This term the session included a workshop on the SEN Advisory Service, an introduction to Social Prescribing and improving the quality and timeliness of Personal Education Plans (PEPs).

A ‘whats on in my community’ activity was led by Our Commissioning, Partnerships and Community Capacity (CPCC) team that are keen to build strong relationships with local universal services and gave schools a real insight into the lesser known community services available to support their most vulnerable children and young people.

Understanding our communities with local data

The Commissioning, Partnerships and Community Capacity team produce a monitoring report of local needs data bi-monthly in an easy and accessible way using infographics for staff and partners from across the locality. The report aims to identify key need areas, hotspots and identify trends in order to plan services more effectively.

The report contains snapshot data on a wide range of different issues concerning children and young people.  It has already been successful in terms of informing decisions in key projects, and developing groups to address needs – for example the data helped to launch a support group in Wymondham to tackle the high numbers of young parents in the area.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list please contact our Partnership Officer luke.keegan@norfolk.gov.uk.

To give you a flavour of the report, here are some of the highlight statistics:

  • According to the latest National Child Measurement Programme data, Long Stratton has the biggest problem with childhood obesity in South Norfolk.  In the school cluster area, 20.9% of the pupils in year 6 are classed as obese, and 35.1% have excess weight.
  • The number of children aged 0 to 3 using libraries in South Norfolk has significantly increased in the last year, however library usage among young people aged 16 to 19 has been decreasing.

Worry Stops - support to manage anxiety

Levels of anxiety and worry among children have been on the increase. Parents often lack the capacity to deal with their child anxiety and worry. Worry Stop is an innovative and an informal event organised by the Commissioning, Partnerships and Community Capacity (CPCC) team.  Worry Stop aims to promote health and mental wellbeing of children and their parents.

Worry stop provides opportunity for parents to come together, share experience and try practical skills provided by practitioners to enable them build parenting capacity and confidence to manage child anxiety and worry at home. It also offers opportunity for collaborative working with universal service partners to plan and deliver cost effective services.

So far, over 100 parents have attended worry stop in Hethersett, Cringleford, Long Stratton and Wymondham. There will be an upcoming date in September in the Norwich locality. If you like to know more about worry stop or want worry stop to be held in your area, please contact our Community Capacity Coordinator kalu.kalu@norfolk.gov.uk

South Managers Forum launch

4th July saw the first South Managers Locality Forum bringing together managers from across agencies in Early Help, Social Work, Health, Housing, Revenues, Norfolk Constabulary, Matthew Project, MTM Youth Services and Children’s Centres. The first session covered an update refresher on Information Sharing and Consent and the challenges this continues to present our agencies and the commitment we will give to continually remind our staff and teams of their responsibilities to share information with others to support vulnerable children and their families

The next meeting will focus on local needs analysis based on profile data available to us and the way we can work more collaboratively to respond to this as well as a spotlight on Welfare Reform and planning for full service universal credit locally.

Digits away from accessing support

South Norfolk have launched a text message service targeted at young people at secondary schools within South Norfolk. Young people can contact the Help Hub for confidential advice and support and can expect a response from the Help Hub practitioner giving information, advice and signposting to local services within one working day.

Calling all digital innovators

Do you know someone who is an IT superhero? Someone who using technology effectively and creatively? They don't have to be a techie - just clever with IT! If so, make sure you nominate them in this year's staff Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs). Simply complete the short OSCA nomination form by 4 August (summer period). Read more.

So how well are we doing?

Since February 2017, Early Help have been seeking families’ feedback each month to triangulate their opinions alongside the practitioner audits undertaken within the locality. This enables us to continually review our practice to ensure the most effective impact with the children and families we are working with. The feedback on the impact of our work so far has been amazing; here are some of the comments:

What change has taken place?

  • “We are better now since we started receiving support”
  • “My son is settled at school”
  • “We are now hopeful to get the right accommodation”
  • “We no longer in debt and we now get the right benefit”

How was the Family Practitioner?

  • “Sometimes he stretched us and this has turned out to be very useful to our child”
  • “She has been a calming influence to me (mum)”
  • “Supportive and wonderful.”
  • “Non-judgemental and actually listens, thoughtful and aware”

South Early Help Hub SmartSurvey

We received 60 responses from a wide range of partners for a recent Smart Survey we conducted on which communication methods are most effective with our partner agencies. We are now in the process of reviewing the results and setting actions.  Here are some of the comments received:

  • “I have found the service extremely useful, it is very helpful to talk through concerns with a professional from the hub. Advice and information received has always been balanced and relevant.”
  •  “The contact person is always helpful and supportive in answering my queries. This is reassuring.”
  •  “When I have asked for help from my colleagues within the early help hub I have always been satisfied with the support received, when we have had a difficult situation present at the hub we have all worked together to ensure the best outcome for the family.”
Marketplace event - roll up, roll up

On Thursday 20th July between 12pm and 1.30pm the South Early Help Hub is opening its doors to all staff and partner agencies for a locality wide marketplace event. The event will offer the chance to chat to staff from services operating across all ages in the locality, to meet the different teams and understand what each other do in order to more effectively support our families.

Managers on the road meeting with schools

Managers from within Early Help have been on the road talking with Secondary School head teachers and safeguarding leads across South Norfolk about interactions with Early Help teams. Whilst overall the meetings were positive, it was not without challenge on the usual areas of difficulty such as threshold, decision making and universal services capacity.

On the whole, schools felt well supported and clear on the types of support and work that our teams do. They feel clarity and consistency is improving. This work has given us a springboard to develop our locality plans and to maintain a regular dialogue with schools.

Things we need to work on:

  • Low number of Family Support Plans (FSPs) being initiated by schools due to lack of up to date training and confidence in the new process. – We are developing tailor-made twilight and specific enhancement sessions for schools.
  • The invariability of attendance at school cluster meetings – we are revising our safeguarding leads in schools and the offer they give to cluster arrangements.
  • Variability of approach to fully embed Signs of Safety (SoS) – We will encourage and promote the SoS development sessions to schools and in addition offer subject specific updates with schools if required, as well as use our Superleaders to make effective links with schools who need additional support.
New Starters in Early Help

Over the next month we welcome new practitioners Katie Burrell (pictured below) and Sue Alexander who join us as Family Practitioners bringing a wealth of expertise and experience with them. We also congratulate Claire Saye on her appointment as Assessment and Training Officer in the team replacing Edwina Goody who retired earlier in June after a long period of service within NCC.

Changing of boundary, lightening the load

We are aware our teams in the City are overloaded with a significant volume of referrals that is not going to change given the size and complexity of the patch. It has been agreed in order to better apportion the workload across City and South, referrals received from University and Eaton wards (NR4) across Early Help and Social work will be picked up by the South area teams. The process to make this change official and as smooth as possible is currently underway, so the formal date for this change is yet to be agreed.

Having a plan and following it through - Case study from EHFF

What were the worries when you first met your Early Help Practitioner?

Child A was hitting Mum and Dad, and had previously threatened to kill herself. Child B also used to hit mum and was swearing. Child A needed a special school placement before she started year 7.

What was in your plan?

  • Work towards improving Mum & Dad’s wellbeing,  relationship and parenting skills. 
  • Give Child B an opportunity to talk about how she is feeling, and source positive activities for her to attend after school.
  • Work towards sourcing a special school place for Child A.

What was achieved?

  • The Practitioner helped the parents stop arguing and improved their parenting skills so they could tackle poor behaviour.
  • Child B is now a member of Youth Advisory Board.
  • The Practitioner helped the parents to fill out forms for benefits, and also worked to secure an appropriate school placement for child A.

What does the family think?

“Our Practitioner has helped us with everything and we are very grateful” … “we wouldn’t have been able to cope without all of the help from our Practitioner.”

Your feedback

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

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Your NCC Public Health Bulletin

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:42
NCC Public Health BulletinNorfolk Health and Wellbeing BoardSpecial Edition
19 July 2017

Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board Stakeholder Event
John Innes Conference Centre, Norwich
21 June 2017

Guest edited by Linda Bainton and Deborah Elliott.

Why we had a stakeholder event?



  • To help us develop and shape our future Health and Wellbeing Strategy for Norfolk.
  • Health and Wellbeing Boards are required by law to develop a Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy – used to drive improvement in the health and wellbeing of the local population. The Strategy is the overarching framework within which commissioning plans are developed for health services, social care, public health, and other services which the Board agrees are relevant.
  • The Norfolk Health & Wellbeing Board (HWB) has begun developing its future Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2018 onwards and we wanted to engage with wider stakeholders at an early stage to help us shape our strategic themes.
  • The event brought together around 200 leaders, influencers and those who can impact on the health and wellbeing of people across Norfolk. Representatives from a wide range of sectors came together for one day to think about health and wellbeing in the broader context, hear national and local best practice, debate some of the challenges facing us all and consider how we will impact on Norfolk’s health and wellbeing over the next 3 years.

On the day we:

Shared early thinking and planning for the next Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy.

Bill Borrett, newly elected Chair of the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board, welcomed everyone and introduced the day

  • Heard from Caroline Tapster Director of Health and Wellbeing System Improvement, Local Government Association, our Key Note Speaker, who outlined the national evidence of what makes a great Health and Wellbeing Strategy
  • Were introduced to the early thinking around what our next Health and Wellbeing Strategy could be based on by Louise Smith
  • Addressed the questions:
  1. What's important for Norfolk and why?
  2. What should be in the new Health and Wellbeing Strategy?

 

In group discussions framed around the HWB’s three strategic themes: 

  1. ­Keeping the focus on Prevention – developing approaches across the whole system, managing demand and promoting independence - Chaired by Jonathan Williams, Chief Executive, East Coast Community Healthcare
  2. Driving Integration – fulfilling the Board’s statutory duty to promote greater integration and partnership and ensuring that the focus is on collaborating on issues that can only be addressed through an integrated solution - Chaired by Matt Dunkley, Director of Children’s Services, Norfolk County Council
  3. ­Reducing Inequalities – understanding accurately where the inequalities exist within Norfolk and ensuring our plans reflect how these will be reduced - Chaired by Tracy Williams, Chair, Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group

Used a combination of presentations from both national and local speakers with expertise in their field to stimulate and support discussion and debate. Speakers included:

  • Sarah Hughes, Chief Executive, Centre for Mental Health
  • Vicky Salt, Senior Policy and Campaigns Officer, Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)
  • Matthew Cross, Deputy Chief Executive, Broadland District Council
  • Chris Hancock, Housing strategy officer, Norwich City Council
  • John Peberdy, Service Director, Cambridgeshire Community Trust
  • Paul Sanford, Assistant Chief Constable, Norfolk Constabulary

All presentations can be found on this link and scrolling down to the end of the webpage: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/what-we-do-and-how-we-work/policy-performance-and-partnerships/partnerships/health-partnerships/health-and-wellbeing-board/about-the-health-and-wellbeing-board


Held an open plenary/Q&A panel so everyone had an opportunity to ask the key questions of a panel of speakers and hear others’ challenges and perspectives.

Ran an interactive Marketplace where delegates had a chance to meet local providers and service leads, take part in an activity, learn something new - and have some fun!

Participants included:

  • MIND - Mental Health and wellbeing: In Your Corner – a film
  • Moving Pictures: promoting positive mental health through animation
  • Thrive Tribe: workplace health online questionnaire
  • Road Safety: campaign information
  • Active Norfolk: physical activity and sport
  • Age UK Norwich: dementia friendly Norfolk
  • Smoking Cessation Service: CO2 monitors
  • Trading Standards: Illicit tobacco
  • Healthy Libraries: Books on prescription and Shelf Help
  • NCC ‘In Good Company’: addressing loneliness pledges
  • Norfolk trails: network of walks across Norfolk
  • Healthwatch Norfolk: patient and public engagement
  • Joy of Food: promoting cooking skills, healthy eating with literacy and numeracy
  • Health Intelligence team: Health and Wellbeing Index and the JSNA

There was also an opportunity to take part in lunchtime activities, including dementia friends’ taster session, guided walk around the grounds of the UEA led by Active Norfolk, and even design animation used in developing Recovery College Films as an intervention for mental health.

The afternoon was spent finding out more about and helping to develop ‘In Good Health’ - the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), with its vision of how the NHS Five Year Forward View will be delivered for our local population.

What’s next?

We had very positive feedback from those attending the event and there is support to hold this as an annual event. Early feedback on the developing Strategy was presented to the HWB on 12 July and we will be preparing a fuller report over the summer.


The future strategy of the HWB will be based on the three longer term goals, or themes, of the board:

  • Driving Integration
  • Reducing Inequalities
  • Keeping the focus on Prevention

For more about these three long term goals please see the draft Framework for Developing the future Strategy of the HWB in February's Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board agenda, starting on page 30.

More Info

Please talk to Linda Bainton, Deborah Elliott or Yet Wha Lam for more information.

Welcome to the latest edition of the NCC Public Health Bulletin. As you can see this bulletin is slightly different to usual. This edition is a Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board special edition.A brief overview of the Health and Wellbeing Board
The HWB brings together local organisations in Norfolk including the County Council, the 7 x district, city and borough councils, the 5 x Clinical Commissioning Groups, Healthwatch Norfolk, the voluntary and community sector, Norfolk Constabulary and the Police and Crime Commissioner. It acts as a forum for collaboration to drive health and wellbeing improvement and is a place for whole systems thinking, where commissioning can be tested and challenged. The HWB has statutory responsibilities for producing a set of priorities for health improvement (the Joint Health & Wellbeing Strategy) based on the evidence of the assessment of needs of our local population (the JSNA), as well as being responsible for driving, promoting, encouraging integration between health, social care and the wider public services. It is also responsible for agreeing the Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:55

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. Additional information for item 6, Availability of Mental Health Beds in Norfolk on the agenda for the meeting due to be held on    20 July 2017                                     is now available.  The additional information can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.


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

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A message to our learners past and present

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 16:22
A message to our learners past and present

Before you head off to enjoy the summer with your friends and family, we would like to thank you for choosing to join one of our courses in 2016-17.  We hope you enjoyed your learning and that we have helped you in whatever direction you want to progress.  If you are a former learner, you may be wondering what you have missed this year so now’s your chance to find out!

Our 2017-18 course brochure is available to download from our website so why not spend some time browsing and considering the next step on your learning journey?

If you have been studying a new skill or qualification, don’t stop now! A good range of skills and qualifications will really help you get that job and remember, these courses may be free or partly subsidised.  Look for course codes ending with X.

Need to improve your English or maths?  These courses are usually free and will really make a difference when applying for work or further study. We will help you move on and develop your skills until you are ready for GCSE English and maths which will really make a difference when you are looking for work.

If you have attended one of our first-step non-qualification courses such as arts and crafts, languages and computing, your tutor will talk to you about progressing to a qualification or one of our LeisureStream courses where the emphasis is on fun!

Talking of LeisureStream, take a look at the great variety of exciting courses on offer (course codes ending with L) where you can discover hidden talents and make new friends along the way.
We hope you choose to return to us next year and in the meantime, enjoy your summer.

Enrol online or by phone:www.norfolk.gov.uk/adultlearning

0344 800 8020 

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 16:16

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Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:47

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to County Council. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on  Monday 24 July 2017 is now available.
Please note that Norfolk County Council is moving towards more paperless working and printed meeting papers are not generally available at our public meetings. Please click on the highlighted link above and then, within the site that opens, click the relevant date under the “Scheduled Meeting Date” column to see these papers.
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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 14 July 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 15:00

Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 14 July 2017 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

Discount offer for NAF Members

DissFest 2017 (21st-23rd July) will be jam-packed with performances, music events, comedy nights, theatre, workshops for young people and much, much more! NAF Members can book the Comedy or Cabaret Night standard tickets at 20% Off with the code 20OFF. For more information and to book click here 

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesVisitor Services & Retail Manager, Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts, UEA

Closes: 12 noon, 24th July 2017
Full time
£25,298 to £31,076 per annum                                        

As part of the Sainsbury Centre Visitor Services Team the post holder will provide a customer-focussed visitor reception and will manage and develop all aspects of the Sainsbury Centre Gallery Shop Retail offer, including sourcing and buying in stock, product development, stock and budget management to increase profitability, and online retail.  In addition the postholder will manage the Visitor Services Team to ensure consistently high standards of visitor experience.

You will have a good standard of education including GCSE passes at Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualification) together with previous experience of visitor reception and sales, preferably in an education, arts or leisure environment; previous retail experience; and experience of managing a team is essential.

Closing date: 12 noon on 24 July 2017.

Further particulars and an application form are available on our website: www.uea.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/secretarial-clerical or Tel. 01603 593493.

Visitor Services Assistant Manager, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA

Closes: 12 noon, 25th July 2017
Full time
£18,412 to £20,624 per annum

You will support the Visitor Services and Retail Manager in running the Visitor Services and Shop team.  Key responsibilities include providing administrative and logistical support to the Shop and Visitor Services team; overseeing the smooth operation of Gallery Reception and Shop; and ensuring the public face of the Centre is upheld at all times.

The post holder will also support the Visitor Services and Retail Manager with administration of the roster, the development of working practices, stock control and to ensure that the department is running effectively at all times.

Applicants must have appropriate experience of working in a front facing role embracing visitor services and reception duties, ticket and shop sales and handling telephone enquiries preferably in an arts, leisure or heritage/museum environment. You will have a good standard of education, including a GCSE pass at Grade C or above in Mathamatics (or equivalent qualification) and an enthusiasm for the Visual Arts. You will need to be able to work weekends on a rota basis and some evenings, which will attract an extra payment.

The post is available on a full-time, indefinite basis from 1 August 2017 onwards.

Further particulars and an application form are available on our website:  www.uea.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/ or Tel. 01603 593493.

Learning Administrator, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA

Closes: 12 noon on 17 July 2017
Part time, £18,412 to £20,624 per annum pro rata

The aim of the Learning Team at the Sainsbury Centre is to build relationships between people, art and ideas.  We work collaboratively and flexibly with our varied audiences, developing creative activities (including artist-led workshops; tours; object handling; lectures; talks) and providing resources (gallery guides; interactives; trails; displays) for exploring and interpreting the collections and exhibitions in imaginative ways.
This role will provide administrative assistance to all members of the team, as well as to coordinate the activities of the Sainsbury Centre volunteers (including our guides).  The role also includes working across departments at the Sainsbury Centre to coordinate adult group visits. You will have 5 GCSE’s at Grade C or above (or equivalent qualification or experience) together with proven experience in a similar role, providing administration support for a team, and previous experience in coordinating volunteers. Proven competency in IT as well as numeracy and an understanding of budget administration is also essential.

Further particulars and an application form are available on our website:  www.uea.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/secretarial-clerical or Tel. 01603 593493.

Norwich Theatre Royal. Stage 2 Vacancies

We are currently recruiting to some new roles within our Learning & Participation team, based at Stage Two, Norwich Theatre Royal. These positions will help us deliver our ambitious three-strand strategy focussed on Learning & Education, Training & Skills and Community Participation.

For more information on all roles, job descriptions and application forms please go to http://bit.ly/NorwichTheatreRoyalJobVacancies

Learning & Education Manager
To facilitate the strategic direction, development and delivery of Norwich Theatre Royal’s programmes and partnerships with the formal education sector: embracing schools in the state and independent sector at primary and secondary level, as well as further and higher education institutions.

Learning & Education Assistant
The Learning and Education Assistant provides support to the Learning and Education Manager to deliver activities with the formal education services. The Learning and Education Assistant also leads on the work experience and the creative careers programme.

Community Participation Manager
The Community Participation Manager will facilitate the strategic direction, development and delivery of the Norwich Theatre Royal’s participation programs and partnerships outside of formal education sector. This includes developing strategic relationships with community organisations in Norfolk; delivering arts activities and projects; working with the Learning and Participation Director to ensure that the department’s quality principles are met to the highest standard; and supporting the development of new ways of working within communities in Norfolk.

Community Participation Assistant
The Community Participation Assistant provides support to the Community Participation Manager to deliver community activities, participation projects and targeted programs within Norwich Theatre Royal.  The Community Participation Assistant also leads on participant consultation across all of the learning of participation activities, and the Young Producers program.

Training & Skills Development Manager
The Training and Skills Development Manager will facilitate the strategic direction, development and delivery of the Norwich Theatre Royal’s training and skills development programs and partnerships. This includes developing strategic relationships with arts organisations across the region; delivering theatre based training projects; using creative learning to deliver skills development for children, young people and adults; working with the Learning and Participation Director to ensure that the department’s quality principles are met to the highest standard; and always seeking new ways of working within the sector.

Training & Skills Development Assistant
The Training and Skills Development Assistant provides support to the Training and Skills Development Manager to deliver programs and activities which include: regular creative arts courses for children, young people and adults; youth theatre and adult theatre companies; and training for practitioners and arts professionals.

Learning & Participation Technician
The Learning and Participation Technician provides technical support to the department, and contributes to the smooth and efficient operation of events, classes, performances and activities in Stage Two.

Learning & Participation Assistant
The Learning and Participation Assistant will provides assistance with maintenance of room bookings for Stage Two and preparation of rooms/resources for bookings.

Programme Director, Writers Centre Norwich

Closes: 17th July 2017
Full time
£33,782 - £37,161. (Full time. Permanent)

The Programme Director is a member of the Senior Management Team responsible for developing, implementing and evaluating the organisation’s artistic, learning and participation strategies across literature, creative writing and literary translation and contributing to long term organisational business planning and strategies.

You will have at least 2 years’ experience at a senior level in the arts or cultural sector and demonstrate an ability to balance strategic thinking alongside team management and direct project delivery. You will have a proven track record in developing artistic and learning strategies to support literature, creative writing and literary translation.

Recruitment timetable:
Closing deadline: 9am Monday 17 July 2017
Short-list confirmed:5pm Friday 21 July 2017
Selection interviews: Wednesday 26 July 2017 at Dragon Hall

You can find further application information and the Job Pack at Writers’ Centre Norwich website: http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/about-us/join-the-team/

If you would like to have a confidential discussion about the role with the Chief Executive, Chris Gribble, please email him at chris.gribble@writerscentrenorwich.org.uk to arrange a convenient time to speak.

Creative Team Coordinator, DanceEast

DanceEast is looking for a part-time Coordinator to support the work of the Creative Team, working 18¾ hours/week. As a member of the Creative Team, the Coordinators provide organisational and administrative support for the team to ensure the effective delivery of the performance & participatory programmes and events within and beyond the Jerwood DanceHouse.
Applicants should be educated to degree level or have equivalent professional experience and have strong administrative and communication skills. You should have a positive attitude; be enthusiastic, reliable, and self-driven; as well as having the ability to multi-task.

For further information please visit www.danceeast.co.uk

To apply, the Application Form and Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form should ideally be completed electronically and emailed to HR@danceeast.co.uk or sent by post to Bill Armitage, Head of Operations & Resources, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 1DW, marked “Private and Confidential”. Please note that CV’s will only be considered when attached to a fully completed Application Form.

The deadline for receipt of applications is 12.00 noon, Monday 24th July. Applications received after this time will not be considered. Successful applicants will be invited to interview at the Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich on Friday 28th July, and candidates should be available on this date.

Development OpportunitiesArts Fundraising & Philanthropy one day training courses

The AFP Essential Fundraising skills provide everything you need at a practical or strategic level.  One days courses are just £105+VAT and run from Sept 2017 - March 2018
 
Writing Strong Applications
Thursday 7 September - Birmingham
 
The Art of Fundraising
Thursday 14 September -  Manchester
 
Using Digital Tools for Creative Fundraising
Tuesday 19 September - London
 
Individual Giving and Relationship Fundraising
Tuesday 3 October - Bristol
 
For more info and to see the full range of courses, dates and booking details see www.artsfundraising.org.uk/training

Looking at innovative approaches to improving the health & wellbeing of older people

5th & 6th September 2017
Belgrave Rooms, 25 Goldsmith St. Nottingham
Cost: Day 1 & 2: £44; One day ticket: £28.

As a World Health Organisation (WHO) Age Friendly City, Nottingham City Council are working closely with the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England to use the arts to enrich the lives of older people. There is consistent evidence that a range of art and music related interventions are supportive in promoting and protecting mental wellbeing and independence. This evidence is incorporated into the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for mental wellbeing and independence for older people and will be a key point of discussion within the conference.

Join us in Nottingham on 5th September to hear how different approaches have been championed by local authorities across England and have resulted in positive outcomes for some of the most vulnerable in our society.
 
The second day will focus on inspiring and innovative projects from the Imagine - arts and older people programme will be showcased throughout the day. The day will feature the visual arts, digital arts, dance, music and performance. Puppetry theatre performance Recipe of Life, commissioned specifically for the project, will be performed at the conference. Imagine has been developed in Nottingham by a consortium of partners over three years (2014 – 2017). The programme uses the arts to enrich the lives of older people living in care.
 
Booking the event: please visit Eventbrite here

Industry Research & InformationCultural Calendar

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

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

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

New report on international opportunities for UK arts and culture

The Arts Council also published a new report on international opportunities for UK arts and culture. The World Stage found that Arts Council supported organisations earned £57.5 million from international activity last year and reached more countries and overseas audiences than ever before. 65 per cent of arts and culture organisations reported taking part in international activity.

Find the report here

DCMS name change

The DCMS – the government’s culture department – has changed its name to the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The department will still be referred to as the DCMS, but will no longer be called the department for Culture, Media and Sport. Explaining the decision, Culture Secretary Karen Bradley said: “DCMS celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and it is fitting now to include Digital in the name. The department has taken on significant new responsibilities in recent years, so that half of its policy and delivery work now covers the digital sectors – telecommunications, data protection, internet safety, cyber skills and parts of media and the creative industries.”
 
The name change follows a government re-structure, which saw responsibility for arts and culture taken away from Minister Matt Hancock, who is left to focus purely on digital and the creative industries. Arts and culture are now the responsibility of Parliamentary Under Secretary John Glen.

Major new project to catalogue the UK’s national sculpture collection

The UK is set to become the first country in the world with a free public archive of its publicly owned sculpture. This ambitious initiative led by Art UK will see around 170,000 sculptures from inside public collections and outdoors in the nation’s streets and squares being shown on the artuk.org website by 2020. No other country has attempted such a comprehensive digitisation of its national sculpture collection. The project is supported by a £2.8 million National Lottery grant and a variety of learning, engagement, training and volunteering programmes will be taking place across the UK.

Funding OpportunitiesCelebrating Age, Arts Council England

Supporting cultural spaces and other organisations to be open, positive and welcoming places for older people; and taking high quality arts and culture into places where older people will find it easier to engage.

Funding activity - Collaborative working, audience engagement, developing relationships, commissioning work, developing spaces - arts, cultural and otherwise.

Total fund - £1.5 million
Grant range - £50,000 - £100,000

Eligibility - Applicants must be working in partnership in a consortium with one lead organisation. To be eligible to apply, the lead applicant needs to be Arts Council funded, or have presented work to the public through one of our programmes. More information can be found in the Guidance for Applicant found here

Catalyst Small Grants, Arts Council England

This fund supports organisations to build fundraising capacity to enable them to attract more private giving to arts and culture. This is one of the measures we're putting in place to help create a more sustainable and resilient art and culture sector.

Total fund - £3 million
Grant range - £10,000-£30,000

Small to medium arts and culture organisations are eligible. See guidance document for further details on eligibility.

The deadline for applications is 10 August 2017. We will notify applicants of our decision no later than 12 January 2018.

PRS funding for artists & bands

Artists and bands that are looking to break through to the next level of their careers can apply for grants of £5,000 - £15,000. Applications can be submitted by the artists themselves or those who are working on their behalf, e.g. a manager, an independent label or publisher. Priority will be given to those that haven't been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. Activities eligible for support include: recording, touring and marketing.

Priority will be given to those that haven't been funded by PRS for Music Foundation in the previous 12 months. Artists/Bands applying for the Momentum Music Fund must be at a crucial tipping point in their careers, showing current progression and growth as an artist with the potential to significantly develop their careers over the next two years. The closing date for applications is the 15th August 2017. Read more at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Momentum-Music-Fund/

Funding for music making

Youth Music, England's largest children's music charity, which provides funding for music-making projects, has currently two funding streams open to for applications. Grants are available to fund developmental music-making projects for children and young people up in challenging circumstances as well as supports the development of the wider music making sector. The funding streams currently open are:

• Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects
• Fund B which offers medium-sized grants (30,001 - £100,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work that help achieve a musically inclusive England.

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 the 18th August 2017 and to Fund B the 10th November 2017. Read more at: http://network.youthmusic.org.uk/Funding/about-youth-musics-grants-programme

Grants to support creative & artistic achievement

The next deadline for the Philip Bates Trust Arts Grants is 30th September 2017. The Trust provides grants of up to £500 to charitable and not for profit organisations for the provision of creative and artistic projects and workshops for young people up to the age of 25. The Trust also supports individuals with grants of £100 to £250 and sponsors awards to encourage young people in their pursuit of creative and artistic achievement. Applications UK wide are invited, however those from within the West Midlands or from organisations undertaking activities in this area are particularly welcome. Read more at: http://philipbatestrust.co.uk/financial-support-2/

Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation's Community Support Grants Scheme. Funding is available for projects to:
• Tackle financial hardship
• Improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing
• Provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people
• Tackle social exclusion and disadvantage.

Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 & £5,000. The next closing date for applications to the small grants programme is the 28th July 2017. For large grants programme it is 2nd October 2017. If applying for a Large Grant, applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form at least two weeks prior to the large grant application deadline. Read more at: https://mcf.org.uk/charities/

Volunteering OpportunitiesNorfolk Museums Service (Norfolk County Council), Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

Learning Resources Volunteer
The Learning Resources team are seeking new volunteers. Handling Boxes help bring history to life and we’re looking for volunteers to help us improve existing learning resources and create new ones.
Being a museum volunteer is a rewarding and sociable activity. You’ll gain experience working in museum learning and will be awarded a certificate of achievement on completion.
For more information and to apply visit: http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Ancient_House/Ancient_House_Volunteers/index.htm

Thetford Treasures Volunteer Opportunity
We’re seeking to recruit volunteers to our Thetford Treasures group. Volunteers are essential for bringing the collections to life for school and group visits. You may be preparing crafts, dressing as a Tudor or cooking on the Victorian range.
Being a museum volunteer is a rewarding and sociable activity, working in a unique Tudor town house. The team of volunteers often pitch in at busy times such as seasonal events and school holidays.
For more information and to apply visit: http://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/Visit_Us/Ancient_House/Ancient_House_Volunteers/index.htm

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Tuck into your summer read with this week's Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 13:34

   An update on NCC's week...         14 July 2017

Remembering Harold

Thursday 20 July marks the first anniversary of Harold Bodmer (former Executive Director of Adult Social Services) sudden death. Harold was deeply committed to Norfolk and social services more widely.  

On Wednesday (19 July) from 12.00, the County Leadership Team will be gathering in the Peace Garden at the front of County Hall (Martineau Lane side) to remember Harold - you are welcome to join them. The service will be led  by our chaplain the Rev Liviu Barbu. A wooden bench and plaque in Harold’s memory will be placed in the Peace Garden.

Also don’t forget Harold’s Hero, our OSCA award which celebrates Harold and his passion for social work. This award acknowledges the outstanding achievements of staff in social work - children’s or adults’- who are supporting vulnerable people, so that more are living independently and safely in their communities. Read more.

Good work Norfolk! 

It was a great week for promoting real jobs in Norfolk with the Apprenticeships Norfolk ceremony at

St Andrew’s Hall on Wednesday- where 50 apprentices graduated including four NCC Youth Work apprentices. Two of whom were interviewed on Radio Norfolk's drivetime show on Wednesday.  Listen from (1:27:00 – 1:31:00)

Also Norfolk and Suffolk Care Support (funded by NCC) have been putting people through a Care Certificate.This week we found out that all the students who completed the training at Doughty’s residential care home in Norwich (pictured) now have jobs.

Extra funding to tackle domestic abuse

A total of 575 domestic abuse champions are being recruited in Norfolk, thanks to a £308,000 grant from the government. The three-year programme aims to reduce, and ultimately prevent domestic violence in the county, building on the success of the current network of 700 champions. Read more. #IWalkedAway

Kicking the dust off more lottery funding

This week Norfolk Museums Service was awarded £776,500 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s (HLF) Kick the Dust programme.

The money will go to the Norfolk Journeys project, which sees the museums service work in partnership with YMCA Norfolk and Creative Collisions - Great Yarmouth giving 
11 to 25 year olds a chance to shape their heritage. Read more.

Join animal agents to crack the summer reading challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge, hosted by the Reading Agency and our Library and Information Service, is back. It kicks off this Saturday (15 July) at a local library near you. Aimed at getting 4-11 year olds reading over the summer holidays this year’s challenge is based on ‘Animal Agents’ illustrated by the UK’s best-selling children’s illustrator Tony Ross. It featues a band of clever creatures ready to solve all types of crime. Read more. 

Also for 10-18 year olds,  there’s ImagiNation - a summer reading and arts scheme with prizes and certificates. Read more

Post or email?

We’re currently reviewing how we use our postal service to see if we can improve how we communicate whilst making efficiencies and saving money.  Here's what we're doing and how you can help.  

Top marks for motorcycle safety 

Just before 8am today, Radio Norfolk interviewed representatives from accredited companies that provide motorcycle training who work closely with NCC’s road safety team.

Listen here. 

And finally…. Record-breaking marathon Mel!

Congratulations to Melanie Sturman, Moving and Handling Advisor - Adult Social Services, who has just completed ten marathons in ten days and achieved a new GB record as the first female to complete 200 marathons in just 3 years and 10 months. She was interviewed by the EDP this week. Read more

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

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy will be attending the Norfolk Children’s Services Improvement Board and she is on a panel at the public Healthwatch Question Time Event at Blackfriars Hall.

James is attending an ASSD Senior Management Team meeting, a Health meeting in Chelmsford and Norfolk & Waveney STP Executive Board.

Matt is attending the Improvement Board and various Performance and Challenge surgeries in localities throughout the week.

Simon will attend the Society of County Treasurers meeting at CIPFA.

Tom will be attending the Norfolk 2020 Board which is a multi-agency meeting lead by the Norfolk Constabulary. Tom also has a localities meeting with colleagues at Breckland Council and is attending a NDR/NATS catch up.

 

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

Calling all digital innovators?

Do you know someone who is an IT superhero? Someone who using technology effectively and creatively? They don't have to be a techie - just clever with IT! If so, make sure you nominate them in this year's staff Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs). Simply complete the short OSCA nomination form by 4 August (summer period). Read more.

Celebrate in Norfolk

Next week sees the launch of Celebrate in Norfolk a council enterprise which builds on the success of sister company Marry in Norfolk.  Our team of over one hundred Celebrant Registrars are offering a wider range of services at venues unique to Norfolk. Email celebrate@norfolk.gov.uk  to find out more or visit the Celebrate Norfolk website.

Gardening group helps to spruce up Wensum Lodge

Norfolk Community Learning Services (NCLS) runs a gardening course for adults with learning disabilities and difficulties to help increase independent living skills and improve career options and aspirations.

As part of the Growing Together course, the learners have been helping to tidy up the gardens at Wensum Lodge using tools donated by Longwater Construction Supplies and plants bought by Norwich in Bloom. The group received their course certificates this week.  You can download the 2017-18 NCLS course brochure here.

This Week's blog

Managing Director, Wendy Thomson

July always heralds a few weeks when life seems to be extra-busy on all fronts. 

All the parents among you will know that schools pack their calendar with must-attend events, whether it’s sports day, speech day or an end of year concert or show. Woe betide us if we’re not there for the big performance. 

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

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Practice Edition newsletter - July 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 16:42
Children's Services Practice Edition newsletter - July 2017 Caseload policy

The caseload policy has been created in response to the social work health check. The objective of the policy is to enable social workers and other practitioners to put ‘Children First’ and provide excellent care for every Norfolk child. In order to achieve this we need to create the conditions in which good service can thrive, which means having caseloads that allow time for high quality work that achieves real change for children and families. We all have a role to play in making sure that we are working with the right children, providing the right service at the right time and duration for them. By all of us working together and with our partner agencies, scrutinising our workload and workflow processes, and applying the threshold descriptors, we can ensure that the quality of our work continues to improve. Click here to view the updated policy.

Supporting Children’s Services Improvement

Threshold Supplementary Guidance

Children’s Services have been working with partners to produce some descriptors which will clarify the thresholds for intervention at every stage of a child’s journey. This Threshold Supplementary Guidance document is to be used alongside the Norfolk Threshold Guide. This supplementary guidance has been provided in its barest form to ensure that children are getting the right services at the right time for the right duration, and will be illustrated to tie the information together with the Threshold Guide over the summer and hard copies of the illustrated versions will be available in the Autumn Term.

MASH consultation line

The consultation line is a service provided by children’s social care that sits within the MASH. The Children’s Services MASH Manager has reviewed the use of the consultation line and as of Monday 10 July professional consultation will take place through the one MASH number to ensure that this is very much day to day business. There will no longer be an option for an anonymous consultation. If a child is discussed with the MASH then there will be a record of what was advised on a child’s file and the rationale for this.

Changes to CP conferences

Following feedback from Ofsted we are making changes to the format of Child Protection Conferences and the way Child Protection Plans are written with the purpose of more clearly evidencing identified risk for children.

 The outcome of these changes will be that risks will be clearly understood by all directly involved in the child’s life. Identification and onward management of the detailed plan of action to reduce these risks will become the responsibility of family members and the multi-agency group involved with the child. The change in format will also enable the Independent Chair to better monitor progress and outcomes for the child from the ongoing safety planning. Click here to read about the changes.

  Whole Family     Practice    Workshops

‘Developing effective practice with families where there is disability or long term illness.’

These workshops will enable you to

  • develop more understanding of how Norfolk County Council’s Children’s and Adult’s Services work together to support families where there is disability or long term illness
  • increase your knowledge of the impact of children and young adults providing inappropriate or excessive care for disabled or ill family members or friends
  • raise your awareness of the legal framework for whole family practice
  • improve your practice in working together to support families where there is long term illness or disability

Open to NCC Adult’s Services and Children’s Services staff who work with, or could come into contact with, a person with a disability or long term illness where children or young adults are living in, or regularly visiting, the household.

These mandatory half-day workshops will be on offer from July 2017.

The workshops are relevant for all NCC practitioners and managers including Assistant Practitioners, CS Early Help & Family Focus Workers, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Practitioners, Carers Assessors, Occupational Therapists, Team Managers, Heads of Service, Education & Health Planning Coordinators and Attendance Officers.

Check dates, venues and book your place via the Learning Hub.

Adoption Service Questionnaires

Ofsted have launched their 2017 online social care questionnaires for adoption agencies, with a different questionnaire for each group listed below.

Staff, panel members and professionals (including independent reviewing officers, placing social workers, partner agencies and foster carers) 

People who want to or have adopted 

Birth parents 

Adults (people 18 years and over) receiving adoption support  

Each link is unique to the above named adoption agency and so these can only be used to comment on this adoption agency. The online questionnaires can be completed from 19 June to 13 August 2017.

Birth parents and adults receiving adoption support online questionnaires are also available as a Word document. You can request any of these versions by telephoning the Ofsted call centre on 0300 123 1231 or by email. However, the use of the online questionnaires is encouraged where possible. 

        At a glance... for discussion in your team meeting
  • Case load policy
  • Threshold guidance
  • MASH consultation line
  • Changes to CP conferences
  • Whole Family Practice workshops 
  • SofS Practice Leads refresher sessions
  • PA & New Manager workshops
  • National Social Work Awards

       

Let’s celebrate our successes: National Social Work Awards

Despite being named the Social Worker of the Year Awards, there are a total of 18 categories to nominate to. And we know we have some great students, practitioners, teams and agencies who do fantastic work in Norfolk, so let’s give them a chance to have a well-deserved moment in the sun!

In additional to the Social Worker of the Year, other categories include Practice Educators, Student SW of the Year, Team of the Year and Creative & Innovative Social Work Practice. The full list and downloadable entry forms can be found here.

Please do let us know if you are planning to make a nomination.

Personal Advisor Development Workshops

All Personal Advisors in our Leaving Care Service have been encouraged to attend these development workshops as part of our improvement, with the first of these having taken place on the 30 July 2017. The next workshops are due to take place:

Thursday 20 July 2017 – Green Britain Centre, Swaffham

Wednesday 30 August 2017 – Venue TBC

Friday 29 September 2017 – Venue TBC

If you work in this role and have not received any information, please contact us asap.

New Manager Workshops

With the recent changes in our Social Work teams, development sessions are being provided to those who are new to their new role as managers. Information has been sent out through the Heads of Social Work, however if you have not received any, please let us know asap. The first has taken place last week and further sessions are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday 8 August 2017 – UEA Sportspark

Friday 8 September 2017 – Please note: there will be a change to this venue, which will be confirmed asap.

Wednesday 4 October 2017 – UEA Sportspark

   SofS Practice Leads refresher sessions

We’ve been training our Practice Leads since early 2015 and as we all know, if you don’t put that learning into practice straight away, it will diminish along the way. To help our Practice Leads to brush up or deepen their knowledge and understanding of this approach, refresher sessions will be running across the county. If you’re a SofS Practice Lead, you will be expected to attend one of the sessions, so save one of these dates in your diary...

Friday 22 September 2017- Kings Centre, Great Yarmouth

Thursday 28 September 2017 – Abbey Conference Centre, Norwich.

Tuesday 10 October 2017 – Green Britain Centre, Swaffham.

Further information will be sent out directly to the Practice Leads to book onto a session, however feel free to contact us at any time.

   EIP 2 

We are delighted to announce that the England Innovations Project 2 bid has now been approved. This is going to provide us with an amazing opportunity to reunite with MTM and the 9 other local authorities involved to continue learning from each other and further develop our implementation of this approach. The project is expected to begin at the end of September and will continue for two years. Further information will be provided as things develop.   

SofS development sessions

Over the coming weeks, development sessions will be running on the following topics:

  • Using SofS where this is denied abuse
  • Trajectories
  • Safety Planning
  • Bottom line & contingency planning
  •  Worry, danger, concern statements & safety, wellbeing goals

If you’d like to some help and guidance to improve your practice in any of these areas, click here to access more information.

Your feedback Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to csweeklybrief@norfolk.gov.uk and see our back copies here.
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Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England – Teachers’ Survey

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 07/12/2017 - 11:53
Norwich Castle:Gateway to Medieval England

Take our Survey to help us to enhance our schools’ programme – and for the chance to win £50 in High Street Vouchers!

As you might already be aware we have received initial funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop a new project called Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England.

 

This exciting project will transform Norwich Castle’s Historic Keep – returning it to its appearance as a spectacular royal palace of Henry I and creating an unforgettable visitor experience, worthy of its fascinating 900-year history.

In 2020 visitors will be able to explore all 5 levels of England’s finest surviving Norman castle for the first time, enjoy action-packed events and learning programme as well as a British Museum Partnership Gallery of the Medieval Period.

Enhancing our offer for schools is an important part of the project, so your views, as teachers are invaluable to us.

We have developed an online survey in partnership with Tricolor - a specialist heritage development and design consultancy, and we would be grateful if you could complete the survey and forward the link to other teaching staff who might be interested.

Click here to complete the survey.


Please respond to this survey by 31 July 2017.

To thank you for your help, you will also have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win £50 of High Street Vouchers. Terms and conditions apply.

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

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Norfolk Library and Information Service Films & Music Newsletter July 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 07/11/2017 - 19:00
July 2017All new release DVDs are available from the day of release for just £2 for a two night loan Films

It’s fair to say the summer months aren’t always the best for new DVD releases; too many distractions in theory, too much outdoors stuff going on. This July however is a good mix of films that took big money in the cinema, and a clutch of titles that may have fallen under the radar somewhat. Without doubt the biggest film this month is Beauty And The Beast which continues Disney’s recent run of form. Not just the biggest film of the year, but the tenth biggest of all time! Another huge hit is Logan which offers something different from the superhero genre – dark, grown up and without the need for laughs, this is a great example of how these films continue to develop. The third of the big budget films this month is Kong: Skull Island – big ape thrills are guaranteed with this release. It’s easy to be apathetic of films like this, but its box office take was massive proving there’s a big audience for CGI-fests.

The school holidays loom large so it’s the perfect time for The Boss Baby to be released onto DVD – the biggest animated film of the year will be the perfect solution to those inevitable rainy summer days. Some films that may have been missed at the cinema are Certain Women featuring a superb ensemble cast including Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart and Michelle Williams: it tells the story of four women leading their lives in the American Northwest. A must see release is Hidden Figures the incredible true story of a group of African American women working at NASA during the birth of the space race in the 1960s. Much hyped on its cinema release The Lost City Of Z arrives on DVD in July and tells the tale of an English explorer who believes he has discovered evidence of a previously undiscovered advanced society hidden in the Amazon jungle.

Jake Gyllenhaal rarely puts a foot wrong and his latest film Life is a sci-fi thriller set on the International Space Station as the crew discover a rapidly evolving life form. Finally this month is Get Out a horror mystery whose box office take dwarfed its miniscule budget; an African American man visits his white girlfriend’s parents at their secluded estate and all is not what it seems…

These and many more DVDs are available on day of release from Norfolk Libraries for only £2 for a two night loan. 

World Cinema

It’s not just mainstream cinema that we are passionate about, we also have collections of foreign films that cover every major film making nation in the world. The latest from the Romanian new wave to gain international recognition is Graduation, about a father who comes to his daughter’s aid when she is about to leave home to study in England. Or the new film from Oscar winning Iranian director Asghar Faradi The Salesman. How about the Toni Erdmann that rare thing, a German comedy, or Elle the latest French film to have mass appeal and starring the always excellent Isobel Huppert?

Another film to have garnered superb reviews is the Brazilian drama Aquarius featuring Sonia Braga. Look out also for The Handmaiden the new film from Korean director Park Chan-Wook and Raw a French horror film, both of which are coming in August. If you’re bored of the same old fare, why not try something different this month?

All of these films featured are only the tip of the iceberg – check the online catalogue for full listings of new releases.

Music

Don’t forget that we also stock a great range of music, including film soundtracks such as Beauty And The Beast, so please “be our guest” and “put our [music] service to the test”.

All music CDs are free to reserve for delivery to your nearest library. You can borrow music CDs for 80p for a seven night loan.

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

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Norfolk County Council - Environment, Development and Transport Committee

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