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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 22 September 2017

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

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

Norfolk Arts Forum Survey
We annually review the various services provided by Norfolk Arts Service and value your feedback to help us to improve what we offer. We would be very grateful if you could please help us by completing our 2017 Annual Customer Survey. Please complete the survey by Friday 29th September.

To complete the survey please visit: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/64ZDG/

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesCourse Leader: Interior Design, Norwich University of the Arts

£39,992 to £47,722 per annum plus Course Leader Allowance
Full time

BA (Hons) Interior Design at NUA is an exciting venture for Norwich University of the Arts and this vibrant course sees its second intake of students this academic year. We embrace diversity and promote innovation in our approach to studying interior design and the curriculum is designed to support students as they embark on careers within the industry.
The course is located alongside other practice-based disciplines in the Faculty of Design and Architecture where students benefit from becoming part of a wholly creative community of makers, doers and thinkers. Well-resourced workshops, library, open lectures, exhibitions, events and collaborative projects with students across disciplines enhance the student experience at NUA.
Following the successful development and launch of the course in 2016, we are now seeking to appoint a Course Leader with the drive, ambition and experience to lead, promote and deliver this flourishing award. The successful candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge of contemporary interior architecture and design together with a deep understanding of the requirements for an undergraduate award that is clearly focused on preparing students for their future careers.
You will be able to demonstrate excellent skills in organisation and management. You will have a background of working professionally in a related area of interior architecture and design and bring with you strong professional relationships with high profile industry contacts. You will demonstrate an understanding of the current and future drivers for curriculum content and design and have an understanding of the wider Higher Education context and the current strategic imperatives faced by UK universities.

Closing Date: Wednesday 11th October 2017
Interview Date: Thursday 26th October 2017

For more information and to apply visit: www.nua.ac.uk/about/jobs

Lecturer: Illustration, Norwich University of the Arts

£32,548 to £38,833 per annum
Full time (0.8 or 0.6 FTE will be considered)

Our vibrant, award-winning Illustration course is located alongside other practice-based disciplines in the Faculty of Design and Architecture where students benefit from becoming part of a wholly creative community of makers, doers and thinkers. Well-resourced workshops, library, open lectures, exhibitions, events and collaborative projects with students across disciplines enhance the student experience at NUA.
The successful candidate will work with an established team of academic staff to support the development and delivery of the curriculum and ensure a high quality student experience through the management of the timetable. The role requires an excellent understanding of contemporary illustration practice and research with demonstrable strengths as a practitioner in an expanding discipline, with experience teaching in a higher education environment.
An emerging research profile, together with a strong understanding of the identification and deployment of appropriate research methods to inspire and engage students with research-based practice are essential, as is an ability to clearly communicate the relationship between illustration practice and its various narrative contexts.
You will have an understanding of delivering and developing innovative learning and teaching strategies at degree level, together with skills in team-working, organisation and a commitment to promoting student employability.

Closing Date: Monday 9th October 2017
Interview Date: Monday 23rd October 2017

For more information and to apply visit: www.nua.ac.uk/about/jobs

Locality Officer (Engagement), Breckland Council

Grade: 8
Salary: £26,439- £31,725 per annum
Hours per week: 37 per week
Place of Work: Elizabeth House, Dereham
Contract Term: Permanent, Full-time 

District councils are a vital stakeholder in improving health and wellbeing across their communities, with their functions supporting the wider determinants of health that have a significant impact on the wellbeing of residents. A fantastic opportunity has arisen within Breckland Council's Locality Team to work collaboratively with partners to design and deliver projects against this very agenda. 2 days per week of the full time role will involve the management of the Arts Council funded 'Silver Social' Project.
The successful candidate will:
•Have experience of project management with a background in health, arts, or community development.
•Have experience of working with both residents and partner organisations in identifying and addressing community needs.
•Be collaborative, proactive, and flexible in their approach to teamwork.
•Be understanding of the need to work innovatively and efficiently in meeting priorities and objectives.
•Be embracing of change and reflective practice.

Closing Date: October 1st 2017
For more information and to apply visit: https://breckland.gov.uk/article/4361/Locality-Officer-Engagement-

Curator, Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

Job Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed term (3 years)
Salary: £23,500 - £26,500
Closing Date: Midday, 25th September 2017

This is a fixed-term, 3-year post, made possible through generous support from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund and the Headley Trust.
The post-holder will help to transform our approach to collections, looking at our objects from a new angle and taking their research outside of the museum to engage new audiences.
The Curator will work with the Collections and Interpretation Manager to improve the museum's standards of collections management, research and interpretation, in particular:
- Leading on the delivery of the project: 'Fake news in the age of the horse'. The project will look thematically across the collection, considering what our objects can tell us about rural isolation and the spread of ideas. The final outputs of the project will be enhanced collections knowledge, and a travelling exhibit visiting villages in East Anglia. Please see the additional document describing the project for more information.
- Contributing towards the 3-year Collections Review which the museum will begin in autumn 2017. The Collections Review will ensure that we are prepared to go forward into our next half-century with a strong collections focus.

The Curator will play a key role in building and supporting volunteering with collections. To apply for this position, please visit http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/about-us/careers/curator.html where you can download the full job description, information about our project and the application form/recruitment monitoring form.

Picture Framer, Newis Framing Ltd

Closes: 30th September 2017
Part time

We are a Fine Art Picture Framing business located near Bungay (Suffolk/Norfolk border) looking for assistance in our workshop in the following areas:
Sanding (both wood and gesso)
Finishing - wood, gold and paint finishes
Gilding
Cutting glass (mainly museum glass)
Fitting artwork into frames

We are looking for people with experience in any of these areas. An awareness of design, colour and proportion required. You must be capable of working quickly under pressure without compromising accuracy. A methodical approach and a keen eye for detail are essential. Salary and hours (Full or part time) dependant on skills and experience.
Contact Info@newisframing.com for more information and to apply.

General Manager, Gecko Theatre

We’re recruiting for a General Manager to join our core team at the centre of a larger ensemble company working across multiple productions and projects. The General Manager will be based in our Ipswich office close to the town centre and play a key role in leading and developing positive relations between Gecko, organisations and individuals throughout the town and region.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community and will shortlist and offer to interview all disabled and BAME applicants that meet the essential criteria of the post. The post is permanent [80 – 100%] and we can consider flexibility of working arrangements on request.
Completed application forms and Equality and Diversity monitoring forms should be returned to Administrator Manwah Siu, Manwah@geckotheatre.com by 12 noon on Wednesday 4th October, 2017.  Interviews are planned for Wednesday 18th October.

More information can be found here: http://geckotheatre.com/vacancies/

Creative Arts East, Communications and Content Assistant

£17,653 - £18,648 p.a. pro rata 0.8FTE
2-year fixed term contract
30 hours per week (4 days)
Based at Wymondham, Norfolk

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the Creative Arts East (CAE) team. This role will be responsible for creating content and supporting the implementation of external communications for the organisation across online platforms, print, distribution and local press and administering data and information to support profile-raising and fundraising activities.
We need a skilful communicator with excellent team working and time management skills, together with the creative flair to support and help shape the communications for the wide range of Creative Arts East’s work and projects.
Our new colleague will also be integral in the implementation and development of a new Customer Relationship Management System to underpin all our information management, marketing and fundraising strategies.
The successful candidate will ideally have prior experience of working in a communications team, with arts and cultural experience desirable. They will be educated to degree level, or have at least 3 years work experience or accredited training in a relevant field. They will be comfortable with a busy workload, and excited at the prospect of working in our dynamic and highly motivated team.
For full details and Application Form please visit: www.creativeartseast.co.uk under About Us/ Opportunities. You can also call 01953 713390 or email julie@creativeartseast.co.uk if you need any further information. 

All applications to be returned electronically to Creative Arts East no later than 4.30pm on Monday 25th September 2017. Interviews will be held on Thursday 5th October in Wymondham.

Development OpportunitiesSave The Date - Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and AGM

The next Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and AGM will be on Wednesday 22 November at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, please save the date. More information about the programme will follow soon.

Breaking Down the Barriers: The Arts, Disability & Change

Thursday 26 October, 10.30AM-4.30PM

Join The Garage for this proactive, provocative and practical event, sharing thinking and learning from the arts sector and beyond. Across the day there will be a range of provocations, conversations, show and tells and top tip sessions, so that, whether you’re a senior manager or a practitioner there’s something of value to you.

The event will also provide sector professionals with an early chance to explore practical responses to the Arts Council’s arts and disability research being published later this year.

Speakers include  Elli Chapman (CultureWorks East), Nicky Goulder (Create), Paul Bonham (Arts Council England), Jamie Beddard (Agent for Change, New Wolsey), Chris Gribble (Writers Centre Norwich), Richard Matthews (Graeae), Suzanne Bull MBE (Attitude is Everything), and Matt Griffiths (The National Foundation for Youth Music). The full speaker list can be found on the website.

Delegate fee £25 including lunch.
Visit The Garage website for full schedule, speaker and access details, and to book > http://www.thegarage.org.uk/event/breaking-down-barriers-arts-disability-and-change

StartEast Network Jams

Designed to offer hands on, practical workshops around business development. Network jams are active, fun, informative and free to join! The StartEast Team and advisors will be here throughout the day delivering focused sessions and offering advice and guidance.

29th September - West Acre Theatre, Kings Lynn 
10:00 – 16:30
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starteast-network-jam-tickets-34695536283?aff=es2

12th October - Marina Theatre, Lowestoft 
10:00 – 16:30
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starteast-network-jam-tickets-37939162055?aff=es2

4th November - Pacitti Company, Ipswich 
10:00 – 16:30
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/starteast-network-jam-tickets-37939223238?aff=es2

Artpocket Open Evening

Date: October 9th 2017, 17.00 - 20.00
Venue: Second Floor, Lion House, Muspole Street, Norwich, NR2 1DJ

Pop along to Artpocket Studios and find out about our varied and exciting programme of creative courses. Whether you want to take up a new creative hobby or propel yourself towards a creative career, we have courses to suit all levels and abilities.  There will be an opportunity to meet our tutors and see our great studio facilities as well as browse examples of our current students work.

foundation diploma - postgraduate programme - portfolio building - master classes - smARTPOCKETS - minipockets - printmaking - textiles - book arts - life drawing - 3D - design - bespoke workshops - studio membership

Free event, All Welcome - Please Register your interest via email - becky@artpocket.co.uk or call 07789 985008

Free training with Voluntary Arts England & Sinfonia Viva

During the next few weeks, Voluntary Arts England are collaborating with Sinfonia Viva to deliver some free training events around the midlands. The training is funded and supported by Arts Council England as part of Sinfonia Viva's Cabinet of Curiosities tour. Details of the events are below and free places can be booked via the Eventbrite links:

5 Ways to Wellbeing, Derby, Monday 25 September
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/5-ways-to-wellbeing-derby

BBC Media Skills, Mablethorpe, Tuesday 26 September
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/bbc-media-skills-mablethorpe

Designing Inclusive Creative Events, Mansfield , Wednesday 27 September
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/designing-inclusive-creative-events-mansfield-sep17

Breaking Down Barriers, Worksop, Wednesday 4 October
https://www.voluntaryarts.org/breaking-down-barriers-worksop.

Frozen Light are Seeking New Trustees to Join their Board!

Frozen Light is offering an exciting opportunity to be a part of our new board. At Frozen Light we create innovative multi-sensory immersive theatre productions for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. This is a thrilling chance to work with a company at a turning point as their charity develops. We are looking for enthusiastic board members who are passionate about our work and the audience we create theatre for. We are particularly keen to hear from those with experience in finance, human resources, advocacy and legal matters.

For more information please visit:  www.frozenlighttheatre.com/about-us/work-with-us/

SHARE Museums East

Our 2017-18 events calendar is officially OPEN for booking! To see a full list of our events click here

People.Place.Potential: The Cultural Education Leaders Conference

Festival Bridge would like to invite you to People.Place.Potential: The Cultural Education Leaders Conference on Wednesday 8 November at The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds.
Join us for a day of workshops and discussions to explore the cultural landscape, and to provoke, inspire and lead to action. Themes will include: Culture in Schools, Rural & Coastal Leadership, Youth Leadership. Further details to be released.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-place-potential-the-cultural-education-leaders-conference-tickets-35002282770?platform=hootsuite

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersGoGoCreate – The Learning Programme for GoGoHares 2018

Wild in Art and Break are again working in partnership to deliver GoGoHares, an exciting new art trail for summer 2018. It follows the huge success of art trails GoGoGorillas! in 2013 and GoGoDragons!  which attracted more than a million people to Norwich.
So, what is GoGoCreate?

This year our educational programme, GoGoCreate, will offer a chance for schools, sports clubs and other community groups to get involved. The hare sculptures will be joined by smaller leaping leverets, decorated by children, which will star in their own trail for nine weeks during the summer. At the end of the trail the sculptures will be returned to your school or group for a lasting legacy of this unique project.

The GoGoCreate trail will take place from 2 July until 2 September 2018 and the main GoGoHares trail will run from 24 June to 8 September 2018.

Download our brochure here: http://www.gogohares.co.uk/docs/GGC-Brochure.pdf
Anyone who signs ups to GoGoCreate before 31 October will be entered in to a free prize draw to win a GoGoHamper! Full of gifts from previous Norwich trails. Full details can be found here: http://www.gogohares.co.uk/gogocreate

GoGoHares and GoGoCreate will support the work of the young people’s charity Break, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018.

To sign up or find out more about the packages available – please contact: Pete Marron – GoGoCreate Co-ordinator
Telephone: 01603 670464
Mobile:  07799210401
E-Mail: peter.marron@break-charity.org
Or check out our website: www.gogohares.co.uk

OPEN CALL: Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2018

The Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2018 is open for entries to artists internationally. Enter before the 26 November 2017 to receive practical and individual feedback on your application, overall deadline 14 January 2018. Prizes include:

£7,000 of prizes including cash and Cass Art vouchers
Exhibitions in the Emerging Artist Gallery
All entrants promoted to our audiences
Be seen by a renowned judging panel

For more details and entry requirements please visit: http://www.artprize.co.uk/the-prize.html

Norwich Castle Open Art Show

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

Artist Commission, Regional Exhibition celebrating the story of the Paralympics and the Development of disability Sport – Norwich

The Paralympic Games were the surprise heroes of London 2012, attracting national and international public support and interest, reinforced by the widespread popularity and British success at the Sochi 2014, Paralympic Winter Games and Rio 2016. The GB Paralympic Movement was the source of several inspiring and successful Cultural Olympiad programmes of work across the country, with some particular focus on Stoke Mandeville as the undisputed birthplace of the movement.  These have collectively led to the enthusiasm of many to see an exciting heritage project realised as part of the London 2012 Legacy.

By having a regional exhibition in Norwich we hope to:
• Broaden awareness of disability heritage, activity and opportunity in Norfolk
• Explore the concept surrounding the exhibition themes through the arts.
• Encourage people to engage with Culture and the Arts.
• Inspire people to take up a disability sport or support disability sport
• Broaden access to Paralympic Heritage cross the UK
• Raise awareness of the value of Paralympic heritage in Norfolk
• Ensure Local Paralympic heritage and related disability and sports heritage is recorded, safe-guarded and shared locally and nationally
• Ensure understanding of disability broadened and embedded and barriers broken down
• Support audience development for sports heritage
• Celebrate local disability sport and Paralympic History, alongside wider local disability history

We want to commission a local disabled artist to work either with a group of volunteers or independently to produce artwork in response to the content of  the regional exhibition which will not only form part of the exhibition itself but also will be used at other regional and national events/exhibitions by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.
The commission will be for 10 days work with volunteers to produce a piece of art in response to the exhibition planned for Norwich.  This might be any medium including performance, digital and film.
Fee: up to £300 per day dependent on experience.  For less experienced artists we will provide a mentor for support. £2000 available for materials.

Role of the Artist
- To plan a programme of work with the Learning and Engagement Manager.
- To deliver the programme linked with the community group work.
- To input into the local content in liaison with the coordinator.
- To deliver creative sessions that interprets the local content element and in particular Paralympic heritage.
- To liaise with the evaluation consultant

Please email an expression of interest and an example of your work by Friday 13th October at 5pm.
Katy-Jayne Lintott
Learning and Engagement Manager
National Paralympic Heritage Trust.
katy-jayne.lintott@paralympicheritage.org.uk
For an informal chat about the commission, please feel free to email or call Katy-Jayne on 07718 133141. Applicants will be shortlisted and invited to interview the week beginning Monday 23rd October 2017 (dates to be confirmed with those successfully shortlisted).  Artists should bring their portfolio and concepts to interview.

Words and Women Annual new writing competition is open for entries

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies. 
Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.
2,200 words
Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf. 
National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.

For more details email wordsandwomencomp@gmail.com or visit our blog at www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

Norfolk Music Hub

Norfolk Music Hub is a partnership of organisations and schools who engages with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality of music education for children & young people.
Having secured Arts Council funding until 2020 The Norfolk Music Hub are keen to expand our cross-section of delivery partners and organisations.  If you are a music tutor or organisation who we currently do not work with and would like to get involved in delivering music making opportunities to children and young people in formal and informal education settings please get in touch. 

Please send details of your recent work and experience to Brenda Seymour, Strategic Hub Development Manager. brenda.seymour@educatorsolutions.org.uk  norfolkmusichub.org.uk

Industry Research & InformationThere is still time to participate in Fun Palaces Weekend - 7 & 8 October

Over the first weekend of October, thousands of people across the country will make Fun Palaces. Some big, some tiny, all of them an opportunity to celebrate the skills and passions of local communities and give everyone a chance to try out something new, from arts and sciences to craft, tech and digital. Fun Palaces are free; it’s about bringing people together, celebrating creativity, and having fun. Find your nearest Fun Palace here or sign up to make your own

The Baring Foundation new publication on local authorities, arts & older people

The Baring Foundation has just produced a new report on local authorities, arts and older people entitled “The Role of Local Authorities in Creative Ageing”. The report contains a number of case studies from around the UK showcasing some interesting work that arts officers are doing. The report can be downloaded here: http://baringfoundation.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Local-authorities-and-creative-ageing_FINAL.pdf

Coastal Culture Network events

Coastal Culture Network is organising a series of networking events in three places around the coast – Ramsgate, Grimsby & Bridgwater, Somerset.  The aim is to share experiences and discuss how to strengthen cultural provision in coastal communities, picking up on key issues in each area.  There will be presentations and the opportunity to share experiences and discuss how the cultural offer on the coast can be strengthened. They will also be discussing how arts and culture contribute to regeneration, community development and place-shaping.

Dates include:
• Thursday 19 October, 4-6pm: Bridgwater Arts Centre, Somerset
• Tuesday 14 November, 4-6pm: Royal Temple Yacht Club, Ramsgate
• Thursday 16 November, 2-4pm: Grimsby Minster, Grimsby

Events are free and are open to all including artists and arts organisations, local authorities, community organisations, Coastal Community Teams and other strategic partners. The full schedule for each event will be on the CCN website at www.coastalcommunities.co.uk/arts-opera/ccn. Register your interest by emailing ccn@hastings.gov.uk.

Funding OpportunitiesArts Project Fund, Norfolk County Council

The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk. Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.
Deadlines for 2017-18 are the 30th of September 2017 and 31st of January 2018.

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

DCMS Mutuals fund

The third round of the Mutuals Interim Support Fund is now open - the deadline for applications is Friday 29 September. The fund is offering grants of up to £25,000 for organisations to purchase professional advice and support to help them consider, develop or grow a public service mutual. This could include the development of an outsourced Culture Trust to take over cultural provision from a local authority. If you are interested in applying contact sheila.bennett@culture.gov.uk or jonathan.lindley@culture.gov.uk in the DCMS mutuals team who can provide more advice about what’s required.

UK Theatres Small Grants Scheme

Theatres Trust has announced that theatres across the UK have until the 7th January 2018 to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to address urgent building repairs, improve operational viability, introduce environmental improvements, and enhance physical accessibility. To be eligible for funding, the theatre must be run by a charity or not-for-profit group that can clearly demonstrate the value capital improvements to their theatres would make to their work in local communities.   Find out more here.

Scheme supporting purchase of musical instruments expands

The Arts Council England-backed ‘Take it away’ scheme, initially for under-25s, is now offering interest-free loans up to a value of £25k for musicians of all ages. To support the growing number of musicians using digital equipment, Take it away can now be used to purchase any item or items from a participating music retailer. Previously, the scheme was limited to traditional instruments, such as strings, guitars, brass, and woodwind.

Funding for young people to develop social enterprises

UnLtd, in partnership with Sports Relief and the Spirit of 2012, has announced that young people who want to start, grow or build their social enterprise idea can apply for funding of up to £15,000. Young people can apply for a Test it Award of up to £500 or a Build it Award of up to £15,000. Awards can be applied for by an individual or small group of up to four people aged 11-30. Test it Awards provide young people with the chance to unlock their potential and make a positive difference in the community. UnLtd will also scale up successful projects by providing Awards of £15,000 to young people who are ready to build their ideas into sustainable social.
 
Applications can be submitted at any time. Read more at: http://www.sportrelief.com/schools/youth-groups/carry-on-your-good-work 

Aviva Community Fund

The Aviva Community Fund has re-opened for applications. The fund is open to everyone - the general public as well as Aviva customers, employees, insurance brokers or financial advisers (whether associated with Aviva or not) for projects that make a positive difference within the community. To be eligible for funding the project need to be associated with a community organisation or charity (including Parent Teachers Associations).  Projects can apply for grants ranging from up to £1,000 to up to £25,000 and must fall within one of the following categories:

• Health and Wellbeing
• Skills for Life
• Community support
• Inclusivity.

Applicants will need support from the community for their application in the form of votes and the most voted for applications will go through to the final to be judged. Voting will start on the 24th October 2017 and applicants will need to have submitted their project by the 12th October 2017. The fund is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in the UK. If the applicant is under the age of 18 and wishes to submit an entry to the Awards, they must provide the consent of an appropriate adult associated with the project they are entering. Read more at: https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/ 

Health & Wellbeing Fund 2017 – 18

The Department of Health and Public Health England have launched a new application round through the Health and Wellbeing Fund. The fund is part of the Health and Wellbeing programme. Each round focuses on a specific theme. The theme for this round is social prescribing.  Social prescribing is generally understood to be an intervention through which people are supported to access non-medical services in the community. Examples include befriending, art classes and exercise classes, but a wide variety of activities can be included. Typically, a community navigator/link worker will work with the individual to co-produce solutions that best suit their needs.
 
Applications of up to £300,000 (in year 1) are being accepted from voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations.  The Government will be holding a series of webinars in September and October. The webinars will cover the application process and provide an opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions. The closing date for applications is the 21st November 2017. Read more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/health-and-wellbeing-fund-2017-to-2018-application-form

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
• 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 6pm on the 14th November 2017. Read more at: http://www.prsformusicfoundation.com/Funding/Momentum-Music-Fund/ 

Volunteering OpportunitiesNorfolk Museum Volunteer OpportunitiesYoung Curators, Time and Tide Museum

Are you aged between 16 to 25? Volunteer as a young curator for next summer's exhibition. Email yarmouth.museums@norfolk.gov.uk for details

King's Lynn Museum

Digital collections volunteers
The digital collections volunteers at Lynn Museum are currently digitalising our collection of Walter Dexter drawings. Volunteers meet 10am-1pm every Wednesday throughout the year and on Thursdays 10am-1pm from April to October.

If you’re interested in being a digital collections volunteer, or would like more information, email lynnmuseum@norfolk.gov.uk or call us on 01553 775001.

Ancient House Museum, Thetford

Learning resources 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. You’ll gain experience working in museum learning and will be awarded a certificate of achievement on completion.

Thetford Treasures
We’re looking for 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, working in a unique Tudor town house. The team of volunteers often pitch in at busy times such as seasonal events and school holidays.

Contact us at ancienthouse@norfolk.gov.uk if you would like any further information about these roles.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall is incredibly well supported by teams of volunteers. They help us to achieve far more than we could manage on our own and we are extremely grateful for their support. Contact gressenhall.museum@norfolk.gov.uk for further information about these roles.

Collections volunteers
Work within our reference library, research items in the collections, photograph and record objects and assist with enquiries from members of the public.

Engineering volunteers
Restore and repair items from the collections, run and maintain the steam boiler and engines, prepare large items ready for external display and more.

Farm volunteers
Provide cart rides for visitors, work with schools, clean out and feed the animals, assist at event days and more.

Gardening volunteers
Maintain Cherry Tree Cottage garden, grow flowers and produce, develop new ideas for gardens, plant and maintain the borders and lawns and more.

Landscape conservation volunteers
Manage Centenary Wood using traditional coppicing, lay hedgerows around the farm and museum, install fencing and gates and more.

Learning volunteers
Help children to take part in fun, practical and engaging activities including:

- Helping with traditional farm work
- Spring cleaning the cottage parlour
- Building prehistoric shelters
- Discovering how rationing worked in a wartime shop
- Meeting the Ugly Sisters at their fairytale house
- Exploring the Victorian workhouse
- Making peg dolls for a traditional Christmas
- Dissecting owl pellets for an ecological survey
- Research Volunteers
- Work on a number of different projects, some working from home, research for temporary exhibitions and new displays, research the collections and assist the public with enquiries and family history research.

Workhouse Trail Guide volunteers
Provide guided tours of the workhouse buildings to visitors and groups, working with school groups, the public, special access requirement groups and foreign language groups

Team Panhard volunteers
Maintain and run the 1899 Panhard et Levassor motor car, with the costs met by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service. For more information about Team Panhard, visit their website.

Norfolk Arts Forum

Contact: arts@norfolk.gov.uk

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 14:45

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of the papers for the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel Panel

A second supplementary agenda for the meeting due to be held on 26 September 2017 is now available. This relates to Item 7 Annex1-AppendixA (performance grid for 2016/17.

 


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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Your family-sized Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:02

A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         22 September 2017

Investing in our families

On Monday (25 September) our Policy & Resources Committee will discuss a proposed one-off £12m investment (spread over four years) to transform how we work with families. In an email to staff Matt Dunkley, Interim Executive Director of Children's Services, explained how the investment would help us develop new ways of working, recruit more foster carers, reduce the use of residential care and invest in training and development.

This supports one of our seven priorities – about demand management and prevention in Children’s Services. The aim is to support families more intensively when children are at risk of entering the care system, to reduce the number coming into care and help Norfolk’s children to have the best possible start in life.

You can read the Policy and Resources Committee paper here and the press release, here .

Remembering our legal legend Chris

Chris Skinner, Practice Director nplaw, has been posthumously awarded for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession in Norfolk by the Norwich and Norfolk Law Society.

Chris who died suddenly in February 2017, made an outstanding contribution not only as an exceptional lawyer, but through his passion for improving communities in Norfolk and beyond.

 Read more.

Opportunity knocks for East Anglia

Councillors will be discussing an ambitious strategy for East Anglia's economy at the Policy & Resources Committee on Monday.

The 'Norfolk and Suffolk ‘Strategy for Growth and Opportunity’ has been developed by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, of which we are a member, and focusses on what we need to do in the next four years to ensure long-term economic success for both counties. It aims to grow our economy, generating thousands of new jobs and businesses.

View the report and executive summary of the strategy.

Read the press coverage of the Norfolk and Suffolk ‘Strategy for Growth and Opportunity’  where Cliff Jordan, Leader of the Council, is quoted and explains how we're developing a growth and investment strategy for Norfolk.

Read more.

Nelson attracts record visitors to Castle

Visitor figures were released this week showing how the Nelson and Norfolk exhibition has helped Norwich Castle have one of its most successful summers yet. There were more than 31,000 visitors in August this year compared to around 23,500 in 2016. If you haven’t seen it yet - time is running out as the exhibition closes on 1 October.

Visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk to find out more.

And finally ... fancy a lift?

It's national Liftshare week on 2-8 October so we’re encouraging as many people as possible to sign up for Norfolk LiftShare.

Saving money, reducing traffic congestion and pollution are just some of the benefits of car sharing. It’s easy to register with Norfolk Liftshare and if you do this between 25 September-15 October and send a message, or a share request, you'll be entered into a prize draw to win £250. If you're already registered, you'll automatically be entered into the competition.

LiftShare recently won a Norwich and Norfolk Eco Award.

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

Calling all laptops

There was an urgent plea from IMT colleagues this week asking people to return any HP laptops that aren't being used. This also applies to RAS tokens, docking stations, power leads and phones. Holding on to this equipment can cost services money and delay new starters. Laptops should be returned to the IMT reception at County Hall or contact IMT to collect from a specific site.

Volunteer for the Chairman's challenge

Our Chairman, Cllr John Ward, is issuing a challenge to staff and youth organisations to engage with lonely, isolated or vulnerable people in their local communities. If you're interested in volunteering, a number of youth organisations will be at County Hall next week (25-28 September) to answer your questions.

Also don't forget our ‘In Good Company’ campaign to combat loneliness in Norfolk and our invitation to become an Age UK Befriender.This involves up to 30 minutes per week paid time to help support Age UK Norfolk’s telephone befriending service. We've had a number of volunteers but still need more. Click here if you're interested.

Today the BBC reported on the cost of loneliness, highlighting how important it is to help.

Nominate your stars

Don’t miss out on this year’s Outstanding Contribution Awards  - nominate your stars now. Season two is open and will run until Friday 20 October. It’s easy to nominate and you’ll find a reminder of the categories, and what to do, here.

Christmas hours

An email was sent to all staff this week about opening hours over the Christmas period and how, for this year only, we're giving a half day’s credit  (pro-rata for part time employees) which you can take as leave. For more information, including FAQs and a ready reckoner for calculating the credit for part-time employees, please visit PeopleNet.

This week's blog

James Bullion, Executive Director of Adult Social Services
Russian mare’s milk! We received this week, in Adult Social Services, a visit from our friends in the Russian Union of Social Workers and Social Pedagogues… 

Read more.  

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 09/22/2017 - 11:20

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to the Norfolk Police and Crime Panel. A supplementary agenda for the meeting due to be held on  26 September 2017 is now available. This relates to Item 7, Annex1, Appendix B (Equality Update).


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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 17:10

You are subscribed to News releases for Norfolk County Council.

The following news has recently been added to our website:

Head of Norfolk’s fire prevention team urges people to ensure fire doors are kept shut as he backs Fire Door Safety Week

View details on our news page.

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:41

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. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on 7th September 2017 are now available.


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

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Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:42
Great Yarmouth Third River Crossing

Dear Your Voice member

Earlier in 2017 we asked for views on congestion in Great Yarmouth and whether people supported proposals for a Third River Crossing. The key findings were:

  • Congestion in Great Yarmouth is a serious issue
  • The Third River Crossing would make journeys faster
  • Congestion would be reduced by the new crossing

The proposed bridge would link the newly-renumbered A47 (formerly A12) at the Harfreys roundabout in the Southtown area of Yarmouth to the port and the Enterprise Zones on the other side of the river. 

We now want to know what people think of the more detailed bridge options that are emerging. Read our proposals and have your say by clicking here.

Thanks

Chris

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

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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 09/21/2017 - 10:55

Latest Consumer Alerts and Trading Standards news

We’re highlighting the following consumer news and scams:

Email scams and phishing alerts

Look out for the following email scams which are circulating: 

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

More advice and updates from Norfolk TS

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

Reporting scams

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

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

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:16

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

Call for memories and volunteers as Marriott’s Way oral history project gets underway

Norfolk library kick-starts next generation of entrepreneurs

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Children's Services Practice Edition newsletter - September 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:30
Children's Services Practice Edition newsletter - September 2017 New DP1(Data Protection Consent form)

Knowing when we can share information, and making sure children and parents are giving informed consent for us to receive and share information is one of the most important parts of our work. Communication between professionals and family members is essential in keeping children safe and well looked after. To ensure we are doing this correctly, a new DP1 has been devised for parents and there is also one for young people. The guidance for using these forms can be found here. The new form will need to be completed with each parent/carer and each young person (depending on age and understanding). Two copies will need to be signed to ensure we leave a copy and take a copy which can then be scanned and added to the child’s Carefirst record. A new form should be signed every 2 years or when there is a change of circumstances, as well as every time we open a new case. Please ensure you have photocopied forms to give to all workers completing home visits. They should also take information about compliments and complaints, and information about themselves including contact numbers and why they are involved. An example can be found here but feel free to adapt to make them unique to you as a worker. Hard copies of the Compliments & Complaints form are available on request.

Recording S47 Outcomes

A new form to record what has happened during child protection investigations will go active in Carefirst in a few weeks. Last time Ofsted were here, we were criticised about this aspect of practice. The new form will provide practitioners with the opportunity to provide a short overview of the investigation, including the outcome of any paediatric assessment, before completing their social work assessment. The new form will incorporate the record of ABE where one has taken place. The S47 outcome form will also pull through to your social work assessment to prevent duplication. More guidance will follow when the form goes live.

Looked after Children Protocol launched

A new protocol has been launched to encourage the use of restorative approaches and minimal police involvement for low-level incidents concerning children in care.

The Looked after Children (LAC) Protocol adopted by police and children’s services, provides a framework for officers and care home staff to ensure a fair and consistent approach is used when dealing with behavior issues and incidents to reduce the criminalisation and reoffending of young people in care.

Children in care are significantly over-represented in the youth justice system – they are six times more likely to be cautioned or convicted for an offence than other children.

A large number of children are in the care system as a result of neglect and abuse, which can have a significant impact on their wellbeing and life chances.

The protocol outlines expected roles and responsibilities of foster and care workers, thresholds for incidents where police attendance is required, how incidents should be dealt with and recorded and how this information should be shared.

Detective Superintendent Julie Wvendth, Head of Safeguarding at Norfolk Constabulary, said: “Children in care are some of the most vulnerable we come into contact with and they can often suffer complex behaviour issues as a result of the abuse or neglect suffered previously.

“It is therefore crucial early support and any subsequent intervention by police is approached in a fair and consistent way, which takes into consideration the bigger picture such as their life circumstances and associated vulnerabilities.

“It is fair to say police will be called to incidents within care settings, which if replicated in the family home environment, would not generally come to the attention of police. Consequently, care home staff will be receiving training in restorative approaches, giving them the confidence to deal with situations and address unacceptable behavior. Restorative approaches should always be considered by officers dealing with any potential offences; prosecution, depending on the nature and seriousness of the offence, should be a last resort.”

Social Worker Apprenticeships

Norfolk is leading the design and development of a Degree level Social Work apprenticeship.  An Apprenticeship is a job with learning integrated into it, both on and off the job, so will provide a new route for people to join the profession.

Norfolk is leading the design and development of a Degree level Social Work apprenticeship.  An Apprenticeship is a job with learning integrated into it, both on and off the job, so will provide a new route for people to join the profession.

Employers and universities from across England are currently involved in designing the apprenticeship ‘standard’ with us and agreeing how it will be assessed.  This work will need to be approved by the HCPC and Institute for Apprenticeships. Universities will then design new degree courses that are planned to be open from October 2018. Funding for the courses will be via the Apprenticeship Levy, so apprentices will not need to fund fees themselves.

It is expected that it will typically take 36 months to complete the Social work apprenticeship. Apprentice social workers would be paid from day one, and undergo a mixture of on-and off-the-job training. At least 20% of an apprenticeship should be off-the-job training, how this is completed will be decided with our learning provider.

After an assessment at the end of the apprenticeship, trainees would gain a university degree and attain the same professional status as social workers who qualify through other routes.

Once the apprenticeship standard has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships we will be working with Children’s Services and Adult Social Services to agree how to implement them in Norfolk. 

Jane Hanrahan, Learning and Development Manager

Systemic supervision

Just a reminder for managers to book onto the Systemic Supervision training, via the Learning Hub.

Team Around the Child Conference 2017

The conference this year builds on the work on trauma at last year’s conference. The theme is Therapeutic Re-parenting, what it is and tips on how to do it.  There will also be a section on blocked care, acknowledging the impact that the difficult role of foster carers can have.

The key note speaker is Sarah Naish, well known for her work on therapeutic re-parenting. Sarah is an ex Social Worker, and the parent to 5 adopted siblings, who taught her what it was like to live with children with an attachment disorder, and how to be a therapeutic parent. As a Therapeutic Parent Sarah has learned the importance of routines and boundaries, never being vague, being 100% reliable, as well as the necessity to always be thinking outside the box and about the effects of the children's early missed nurture. She also learnt, and now teaches all about how the children need a different kind of parenting. Sarah runs her own Training Group, Inspire Training, which teaches foster carers and other professionals about therapeutic parenting.  She has also written books for professionals and children about parenting.

Information about the Conference

Date:  Tuesday 21st November 2017

Time:  10.00 – 3.00pm

Marketplace:  Available from 9.00am

Venue:  John Innes Centre in Norwich, with easy access from the A47, and plenty of parking. 

How to book.

Click here to be taken to an easy to use online booking system.  You will receive a confirmation of your booking. If you have any queries please email hrld@norfolk.gov.uk

The Suffolk & Norfolk Teaching Partnership provides a range of opportunities for social workers to share and enhance their skills and knowledge while influencing the development of social work education and practice.

If you are interested in getting involved in any of the following areas, we would love to hear from you:

* Sharing your knowledge and experience through teaching in seminars, workshops or lectures

* Contributing to admissions for potential social work students (e.g. interviewing or assessing group exercises)

* Contributing to the development of the social work qualifying curriculum

* Supporting academic staff to have time in practice

* Supporting social work students on placement

* Contributing to the development of the continuing professional development offer and career pathway for social workers

Training and support will be provided (for example, we are currently developing workshops on teaching skills). To express an interest in getting involved or finding out more, please click HERE and complete the form to provide a few brief details about yourself. Completing the form does not require any commitment at this stage, is it just an expression of interest. Further information will be provided in terms of time commitments, training and support opportunities, etc., depending on what areas you are interested in.

Best Practice Champions

The next Best Practice Champions meeting is on Tuesday 3rd October from 10 – 12, in the Colman Room at County Hall, where they will be talking about opportunities for staff in the Teaching Partnership, looking at research, and recent developments in practice.  If anyone is interested in finding out more or in becoming a Best Practice champion, please email Lizzie Hills.  

At a glance... for discussion at your team meeting
  • New DP1 form
  • LAC Protocol
  • SW apprenticeships
  • NSCA: Systemic Supervision & Team around the Child Conference
  • SNTP opportunities
  • SofS refresher sessions
  • NSCB training
  • Contact numbers for allocated cases
  • Preparing for Ofsted
  • Guidance on using social media
  • MoJ & resolving disputes
  • Focus on CSE
  • Best Practice Champions
SofS Refresher Sessions

Don’t forget to sign up to these Refresher sessions taking place in September & October in three locations across the county. These will provide an opportunity to refresh your learning, view the redesigned foundation training, discuss any support needs you may have, as well as how to support others in their development. Dates, venues and booking information can be found on the Learning Hub, simply search ‘SofS Refresher’.

PLEASE NOTE:

The session originally booked for the 10 October has now been changed to the 16 October 2017. Venue and timings remain unchanged. Feel free to contact us if you have any queries.

  

Safeguarding Children Training Best Practice Event

The Safeguarding Children Training Best Practice Event is taking place on 6th December in Cringleford. This event will be for individuals who are designing and delivering Safeguarding Children Training within their organisations.

‘Childhood Sexual Abuse – helping you to respond’

A two day conference for practitioners, managers and front line staff who are not specialists in childhood sexual abuse – to give them the confidence to tackle the issue. Taking place 13 & 14 November 2017 at Dunston Hall Hotel, Norwich.

Check the NSCB website for further information.

Contact numbers for allocated cases

A piece of work has been carried out which has shown that the Customer Service Centre wastes £5,000 per year answering calls on cases where there is an allocated team or worker. 

Where cases are allocated to a team, the person should be given the team’s duty number for calls, or the number of the allocated worker once the case is allocated.  Teams are reminded to please ensure that the duty number is given to people once they are allocated to the team.  The CSC number should not be used as a switchboard for allocated cases.

Preparingfor Ofsted

Just remember these hints & tips for a successful inspection experience...

Do’s for your work space

* Prepare your environment

* Posters, leaflets, contact details are up to date

* Answer ringing telephones

* Make sure everyone knows who to expect and when

* Have your locality information and community information up to date and ready to share with the inspectors on arrival e.g. who’s who in the locality, team make up

* Do keep your work space tidy – remember to lock your screens when you leave your desk area – don’t leave any confidential information on your desk for passing eyes to see. 

Don’t worry about parking spaces, passes, access to CF – this will all be organised from county hall

Do’s for your case work

* Be proud!

* Do your case records reflect the inordinate amount of work you have done?

* Make time to get your recording up to date.

* Is there an up to date pen picture?

* Is there an up to date chronology?

* When was the last assessment?

* Managers’ are your supervision records and management overviews relevant and up to date?

* IRO’s/IC’s are your records up to date? What evidence is there of your footprint though the records of the children and young people you are working with?

* Have you had a case audited recently? Have you made sure any findings have been actioned? 

Don’t panic or worry – you all know the children and families you work with well. 

If you have a case selected for audit

* You will know as soon as we are told which cases have been selected.

* Remember all of the really good work you have done and think about how you are going to showcase it.

* You will be allocated an audit officer who will meet with you to audit the case.

* They will also spend some time with you to offer any guidance you think you might want about meeting with an inspector.

* Auditors will not spend any more time with you than is necessary.

* You will have someone identified to spend some time with before your meeting with the inspector and they will be there afterwards for you to debrief with – this bit is really important for the interviews that follow yours and to help us to feed back to CSLT about possible key lines of enquiry.

Using the 'socials'

Social media platforms such as Twitter, can be helpful in keeping up to date with current research and practice guidance and staff are encouraged to use them to develop and share their skills and knowledge.

The Health Care and Professions Council (HCPC) have published social media guidance for social workers in England and the other 15 professions it regulates. As well as top tips on how professionals should approach using social media in a way that prevents them being referred for misconduct, the regulator also published case studies of positive and negative uses of social media.

Resolving disputes about arrangements for children

A new website hosted by the Ministry of Justice provides sources of information and services available to parents who are separated or divorced and are having difficulty agreeing arrangements for their children. Some of the information may also be useful for other relatives who are considering approaching the family courts over disputes about seeing children. To access this information click here 

Focusing on CSE

We know child sexual exploitation (CSE) has a massive impact on the lives of young people and we all need to make sure we spot the signs and manage it effectively to keep children and young people safe. The NSCB policy procedures and guidance on safeguarding children and young people from child sexual exploitation can be found here. We also have the following guides to help practitioners and managers:

CSE Risk Assessment

CSE Risk Levels

Guide to CSE Recording

Guide to CSE Tracking Tool

Please make sure you use these to support your practice and to ensure we keep children and young people safe from CSE.

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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September Switched On - your halo of everlasting (renewable) light and chance to win £250

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:18
September 2017 Happy 10th Birthday Eco Awards!

Could you be an eco award winner?

Schools, businesses, local food producers, community groups and individuals are being invited to enter the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards, which celebrates and rewards environmental excellence across the city and county.

Shiitake mushroom growing, car sharing and food recycling were just some of the winning projects at last year’s awards, which are run by Norwich City Council and Norfolk County Council.

Read about past winners here.

Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards 2018 are set to be bigger and better than ever, with more sponsors, prizes and a brand new awards venue. To add even more excitement, the esteemed eco hero title will be chosen by the public via an online vote for the very first time.

Please visit www.eco-awards.co.uk for more information and to apply.

Spread the word!

This year Vattenfall are the Eco Awards main sponsor.

The road from Paris to Norwich - linking circular economy and climate action

I attended a panel debate on Friday last week at the UEA Enterprise Centre chaired by Rt Hon Lord Deben (John Gummer).

The panel, including representation from Tyndall centre, business and local government, outlined their views around subjects impacting on global climate change, such as over consumption, role of businesses, local government and policy.  They felt the concept of a circular economy e.g. creating an economy that has zero waste, was useful.  To think of a lifestyle with zero waste and emissions really does help put things into perspective!  Think about how you got to work?  How you heat your home? Where your food comes from?  How much waste you produce?

Listening to people directly involved in future policy making discussing the nuances of climate change as a global problem was really interesting. A refreshing change to second hand information you may get from the media.

I was very surprised to learn, however, that approximately half of us believe most scientists are still debating the relationship between human action, such as burning carbon fuels, cutting down trees and agricultural practices, and climate change.  Evidentially opinion surveys reveal many of us are under the impression there is a debate going on.

It could be this apparent confusion arises from the press treatment of climate change and historical tendency of presenting climate change as a debate between two 'equal' sides, thus giving disproportionately more coverage to the ‘deniers’ stance.  The press is a powerful source of information, which can misrepresent complex issues or deliver information according to a political slant.

In reality, scientists monitoring green house gases agree observe higher concentration (parts per million) in our atmosphere today, and have a high degree of certainty (as much as any scientist can) that human actions are contributing to this.  This is important, because to understand we are contributing to it, means we also understand we can do something about it.  A good source for information is the fifth IPCC assessment report.

This panel discussion is one of a series of three.  The next one is on 21 September 7-8.30m at the UEA, Enterprise Centre and is cheekily entitled:

Sustainability: Can society save itself?

Click here for more information.

Liftshare Week 2017- Give car sharing a go and you could win £250

You may already be aware that this 2-8 October is Liftshare week, and Norfolk County Council is encouraging as many of its residents as possible to sign up for Norfolk LiftShare to find someone to share with.

While lift sharing has many benefits by itself, such as reducing congestion, saving money and reducing pollution, between 25 September and 15th October, anyone who visits Norfolk LiftShare and sends a message or a share request will be entered into a prize draw to win £250. For those of you already in a Liftshare team, you will be entered automatically.

Remember you don’t have to Liftshare every day, you could create multiple Liftshare teams for additional flexibility, or perhaps Liftshare one way and return by other means, and you don’t have to Liftshare from the same start and finish point.  It’s easy (and totally and utterly free) to register, so we say you should at least go on and give it a try!

Click here for the competition terms and conditions

LiftShare recently won a Norwich and Norfolk Eco Award, to find out more about the important environmental benefits they bring click here.

We'd love to hear from you!

If you have a story to share, an interesting fact, a quote, an anecdote or anything related to the environment that you'd like to share, it's really easy.  Email me!

 

Free hazardous waste disposal

Look out for your nearest hazardous household waste event in September or October - at seven recycling centres across Norfolk.

Safely dispose of household products like wood preservatives, insecticides, weed killers, paint, thinners, varnishes and special cleaning products which can all harm the environment if tipped down drains or put in your bin.

But don’t forget you can save yourself a journey as leftover paint can be dried out and put in your household rubbish bin. To help speed along the drying out process a top tip is to add sawdust or cat litter to the paint pot.

See the event dates and times and info on what you can and can't take along.

Foodspirations

Five little wins to save money and reduce food waste.

Money Saving Expert's Martin Lewis says: “Throwing food away is the purest waste of money possible. I’ve been banging on about how to beat it for years, so it’s wonderful to see the Love Food Hate Waste campaign. "So what’s the secret to stop throwing food away and save us money?

Click here.

Chance to get a halo of everlasting renewable light

Hurrah!  It’s time to carry out our annual waste and energy check-up.

I am looking for keen, bright volunteers at County Hall and other locations to carry out a quick (but thorough) walk round of your immediate working area checking lights, equipment, recycling habits (no bin diving don’t worry!) and communicating the results to your colleagues. 

The process involves approx. 15-30 minutes of your time one morning or afternoon between Monday 23 to Friday 27 October 2017.  The choice of day is entirely up to you, to fit it in with your day job.  I am aiming for two people per office area to make it quicker.

If you think you’d be able to help out for a small amount of time during that week, let me know. 

You will be rewarded with a solar-tastic halo of organic, fair trade, ever-lasting renewable light.  Wow! People will also definitely love you more, even if it is not immediately apparent. 

Low growth in global carbon emissions continues for third successive year

According to researchers at the Tyndall Centre, University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Global Carbon Project our global carbon emissions are beginning to decrease.  This is excellent news, I must say.

They show that, rather than emissions growing annually by 2.3% per year in the decade to 2013, in 2016 this could be as low as 0.2%.

However, though this is heartening of course, Prof Corinne Le Quéré, Director of the Tyndall Centre at UEA said: “Global emissions now need to decrease rapidly, not just stop growing.”  Increased intensity and frequency of extreme weather events are part of the climate change predictions, so the recent hurricanes in the tropics are a sobering insight into a potential future reality.

Some key points, as identified by the Tyndall Centre, are:

China (29 per cent of global emissions) reduced emissions by 0.7 per cent in 2015, compared to growth of more than 5 percent per year the previous decade. This is largely due to decreased coal use over last three years.

The USA (15 per cent of global emissions) reduced coal use by increasing oil and gas consumption for a reduction of 2.6 per cent in 2015.

The EU’s 28 member states (10 per cent of global emissions) carbon emissions went up 1.4 percent in 2015, in contrast with longer term decreases.

India (6.3 per cent of global emissions) increased by 5.2 percent, in 2015 continuing a period of strong growth.  

These trends tie in with international pledges to achieve reductions for 2030, but not so that we stay below 2 degrees Celsius.

Governments and business are taking steps to reduce carbon emissions, below are my top big impact ways of how you (even you amazing green beans) can also help.

  • Eat less meat and dairy
  • Reduce journeys made by car (especially alone)
  • Fly less

This issue's ...'Wow! Isn't the natural world amazing?' monthly photo.

 Why not send me a photo you took of something amazing and natural?

 I'd love to feature an image of your choice green team members of something wild and wondrous and ponderous.

This is an image I took of Volcano Villarrica, Chile.  It makes me feel in awe of our wonderful plane, especially when I felt an earth quake later that day.

Quote of the month

This month the 'Totally Green Yorkshire man' says..

In keeping with the tone outlined above in the article about the work of the Tyndall Centre and the ‘big’ contributions we could and should consider, perhaps we should keep in mind the advice from the late Govt Chief Scientist, Professor Sir David Mackay, when addressing the issue of sustainable energy and what our own contributions should be. He succinctly summed this up as ‘if everyone does a little, we’ll achieve only a little,’ which rather contradicts the advice from a certain well-known supermarket chain.  

Notes from the editor...

Switched On is bought to you by myself, Esme Holtom, Sustainability Officer, (pictured proudly brandishing a reusable coffee cup) and others, such as Dominic Allen aka the Totally Green Yorkshire Man (also our Sustainability Manager), our awesome Green team members and Carbie our carbon busting super hero.  Together we form the low carbon diet team.

The low carbon diet campaign aims to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage pro environmental behaviours in staff at work.  It's not about beach bodys

If you'd like to share some green news or get more involved please contact Esme on sustainability@norfolk.gov.uk

You can also visit our low carbon diet iNet pages

Categories: Norfolk

Keep Giving - Fundraising Campaign for Norwich Castle

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:42
Keep Giving: Help restore Norwich Castle’s past to secure a glorious future Keep Giving

We’ve just launched our Keep Giving public fundraising campaign to transform Norwich Castle’s magnificent Norman Keep back to its original form – the Great Hall and palatial residence of Norman kings.

Keep Giving aims to raise £50,000 by the end of the year. The money will go towards developing exciting new events and schools programmes, conserving important historical artefacts, creating dynamic displays which engage all ages, and recreating the Norman royal palace by reinstating the original medieval floor levels.

How to give:

In person: via donation boxes in the Castle and our Visitor Services staff

By text: Text KEEP17 and your donation amount to 70070 e.g. KEEP17 £3

Online: Search for Norwich Castle at www.justgiving.com

By post: Send a cheque payable to Norfolk Museums Development Foundation to Keep Giving, Shirehall, Market Avenue, Norwich, NR1 3JQ

By adopting an object: see below

To find out more about our plans and how you can get involved Click Here

Adopt an Object – and become a part of the Castle’s history!

As part of the campaign we’ve just gone live with our Keep Adopting scheme which offers you the chance to become part of history by adopting one of thirty fabulous and fascinating medieval objects.

From a precious gold ring to a knight’s sword, a medieval manuscript to a swan bone flute there’s the chance to put your name, or the name of a loved one, to a special relic of the past. With items to suit all budgets from £25-£1000 and a wide range of interests and tastes, this could be the perfect and imaginative present for a family member or friend – and a chance to become part of an epic 900-year story – for now, for Norwich and for future generations.

www.adoptanobject.co.uk

Web: www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
Email: museums@norfolk.gov.uk
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Norfolk County Council - Health and Wellbeing Board

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You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Health and Wellbeing Board. The Agenda for the meeting due to be held on 27th September 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 County Council - Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Police and Crime Panel

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Norfolk County Council News Update

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Ambitious strategy for Anglia's Economy

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 15 September 2017

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 15 September edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

Norfolk Arts Forum Survey
We annually review the various services provided by Norfolk Arts Service and value your feedback to help us to improve what we offer. We would be very grateful if you could please help us by completing our 2017 Annual Customer Survey. Please complete the survey by Friday 29th September.

To complete the survey please visit: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/64ZDG/

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesLocality Officer (Engagement), Breckland Council

Grade: 8
Salary: £26,439- £31,725 per annum
Hours per week: 37 per week
Place of Work: Elizabeth House, Dereham
Contract Term: Permanent, Full-time 

District councils are a vital stakeholder in improving health and wellbeing across their communities, with their functions supporting the wider determinants of health that have a significant impact on the wellbeing of residents. A fantastic opportunity has arisen within Breckland Council's Locality Team to work collaboratively with partners to design and deliver projects against this very agenda. 2 days per week of the full time role will involve the management of the Arts Council funded 'Silver Social' Project.

The successful candidate will:
•Have experience of project management with a background in health, arts, or community development.
•Have experience of working with both residents and partner organisations in identifying and addressing community needs.
•Be collaborative, proactive, and flexible in their approach to teamwork.
•Be understanding of the need to work innovatively and efficiently in meeting priorities and objectives.
•Be embracing of change and reflective practice.

Closing Date: October 1st 2017
For more information and to apply visit: https://breckland.gov.uk/article/4361/Locality-Officer-Engagement-

Curator, Museum of East Anglian Life

Stowmarket
Job Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed term (3 years)
Salary: £23,500 - £26,500

Closing Date: Midday, 25th September 2017

This is a fixed-term, 3-year post, made possible through generous support from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund and the Headley Trust.

The post-holder will help to transform our approach to collections, looking at our objects from a new angle and taking their research outside of the museum to engage new audiences.

The Curator will work with the Collections and Interpretation Manager to improve the museum's standards of collections management, research and interpretation, in particular:
- Leading on the delivery of the project: 'Fake news in the age of the horse'. The project will look thematically across the collection, considering what our objects can tell us about rural isolation and the spread of ideas. The final outputs of the project will be enhanced collections knowledge, and a travelling exhibit visiting villages in East Anglia. Please see the additional document describing the project for more information.
- Contributing towards the 3-year Collections Review which the museum will begin in autumn 2017. The Collections Review will ensure that we are prepared to go forward into our next half-century with a strong collections focus.

The Curator will play a key role in building and supporting volunteering with collections. To apply for this position, please visit http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/about-us/careers/curator.html where you can download the full job description, information about our project and the application form/recruitment monitoring form.

Artist Development Assistant, Snape Maltings

Closes: 18th September 2017
Full time - paid internship

The Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme was founded over 45 years ago by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears and provides high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians. Our Residencies and Open Space schemes offer a unique opportunity for artists at all stages of their career to develop their skills, take risks, experiment and recharge their creative batteries in the wonderful setting of Snape Maltings.

This role will assist with the delivery of all artist development projects and is a fantastic opportunity for a Music graduate to gain valuable arts administration experience. You will need to have excellent organisation and communication skills and keen eye for detail.  You must have a full driver’s licence and be able to work additional hours, including weekends, when courses are in residence. If project commitments allow we envisage that time can also be spent with other departments at Snape Maltings for an even more rounded first or second experience of an arts administration role.

For a full job description and application form please visit https://snapemaltings.co.uk/work-

Picture Framer, Newis Framing Ltd

Closes: 30th September 2017
Part time

We are a Fine Art Picture Framing business located near Bungay (Suffolk/Norfolk border) looking for assistance in our workshop in the following areas:

Sanding (both wood and gesso)
Finishing - wood, gold and paint finishes
Gilding
Cutting glass (mainly museum glass)
Fitting artwork into frames

We are looking for people with experience in any of these areas. An awareness of design, colour and proportion required. You must be capable of working quickly under pressure without compromising accuracy. A methodical approach and a keen eye for detail are essential. Salary and hours (Full or part time) dependant on skills and experience.

Contact Info@newisframing.com for more information and to apply.

General Manager, Gecko Theatre

We’re recruiting for a General Manager to join our core team at the centre of a larger ensemble company working across multiple productions and projects. The General Manager will be based in our Ipswich office close to the town centre and play a key role in leading and developing positive relations between Gecko, organisations and individuals throughout the town and region.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community and will shortlist and offer to interview all disabled and BAME applicants that meet the essential criteria of the post. The post is permanent [80 – 100%] and we can consider flexibility of working arrangements on request.
Completed application forms and Equality and Diversity monitoring forms should be returned to Administrator Manwah Siu, Manwah@geckotheatre.com by 12 noon on Wednesday 4th October, 2017.  Interviews are planned for Wednesday 18th October.

More information can be found here: http://geckotheatre.com/vacancies/

Collections Information Officer (Maternity Cover), Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service (Ipswich Museums)

Closes: 20th September 2017
Full time, 37 hours a week
Fixed term until October 2018
Salary Grade: £22,384 to £28,558

Do you have a passion for managing, caring for and improving access to museum collections?
This is an exciting time to join our Museum Service as major developments of our museums are changing the cultural landscape of Colchester and Ipswich.We are seeking an outstanding Collections Information Officer with a passion for managing our amazing collections and their information: from acquisition and exhibition to rationalisation and digital access. We welcome applicants who can demonstrate their experience and passion for collections documentation and management. With an eye for detail and precision you’ll be confident in managing complex data and operating systems to meet standards of records compliance. An excellent team player, you’ll enjoy working with and supporting dynamic colleagues in our busy and aspirational museum service. Above all you’ll understand the challenges of documenting large collections and be able to apply methodical and creative thinking to increase their access to diverse audiences. The role offers an exciting challenge for those interested in the major project management of museum collections.

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience of :
Migrating CMS projects
Rationalisation and storage projects
In this role you will be responsible for all aspects of information management relating to our nationally significant collections as part of our Collections and Learning Team.
Post number: LM74

To apply for this vacancy using our quick and easy on-line application method, visit www.colchester.gov.uk/jobs. Alternatively call our 24 hour recruitment line on (01206) 507343 for a paper copy quoting the relevant post reference number(s).

Technician: Architecture, Norwich University of the Arts

Closes: 20th September 2017
Part time 0.6fte, (22.2 hours per week)

To maintain our commitment to a high-quality student experience at Norwich University of the Arts, we are seeking to recruit a Technician to join the Media Technical Team. The specialist resources to support architecture and CAD are located in a restored, RIBA award-winning, Grade II listed building. The resources include an architectural model making room, networked computer workshops, large format scanning, laser cutting, large format inkjet printing and laser printing. The successful candidate will be a skilled Technician with proven professional experience in their specialist creative discipline from working in either a Higher Education or a commercial environment. The successful appointee, alongside expert-level practical skills, including model making, will demonstrate expertise in working with a wide range of professional hardware and software for CAD, 3D digital, laser cutting and large format inkjet printing. The post holder will demonstrate high levels of skill for fabrication, capturing, processing, content management and output to the relevant professional quality. A proven professional understanding of studying architecture at undergraduate level together with experience of planning, preparing and delivering technical inductions to students are key requirements of the role. The post holder will join a team operating in busy workshop environments, sharing responsibility for the associated Health and Safety regulations, manual handling procedures and COSHH regulations.
The University welcomes applications from candidates who are excellent team players who wish to join the growing team of academic and technical staff working across the undergraduate and postgraduate art and design provision at NUA.

Interview date: Thursday 28th September 2017. Application packs available at www.nua.ac.uk/jobs

Creative Arts East, Communications and Content Assistant

£17,653 - £18,648 p.a. pro rata 0.8FTE
2-year fixed term contract
30 hours per week (4 days)
Based at Wymondham, Norfolk

We are looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated person to join the Creative Arts East (CAE) team. This role will be responsible for creating content and supporting the implementation of external communications for the organisation across online platforms, print, distribution and local press and administering data and information to support profile-raising and fundraising activities.
We need a skilful communicator with excellent team working and time management skills, together with the creative flair to support and help shape the communications for the wide range of Creative Arts East’s work and projects.
Our new colleague will also be integral in the implementation and development of a new Customer Relationship Management System to underpin all our information management, marketing and fundraising strategies.
The successful candidate will ideally have prior experience of working in a communications team, with arts and cultural experience desirable. They will be educated to degree level, or have at least 3 years work experience or accredited training in a relevant field. They will be comfortable with a busy workload, and excited at the prospect of working in our dynamic and highly motivated team.

For full details and Application Form please visit: www.creativeartseast.co.uk under About Us/ Opportunities. You can also call 01953 713390 or email julie@creativeartseast.co.uk if you need any further information. 

All applications to be returned electronically to Creative Arts East no later than 4.30pm on Monday 25th September 2017. Interviews will be held on Thursday 5th October in Wymondham.

Development OpportunitiesSave The Date - Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and AGM

The next Norfolk Arts Forum Conference and AGM will be on Wednesday 22 November at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, please save the date. More information about the programme will follow soon.

Insights for music leaders: Opportunities within freelance & education fields,

Friday 22 September, 10-12pm and 2-4pm

The Garage, Norwich

An insight into what it is to be a freelance musician and educator in today's music industry landscape and the opportunities available.

This session will explore how an artist can build a wide range of different revenue streams and how delivering in education settings can strengthen other areas of an artist's work. There will be a focus on opportunities within the education field and some discussion on areas that are continuing to grow in this sector. The session will also invite participants to share experiences and tips on good practice.

http://www.thegarage.org.uk/event/insights-music-leaders-opportunities-within-freelance-education-fields

Frozen Light are Seeking New Trustees to Join their Board!

Frozen Light is offering an exciting opportunity to be a part of our new board. At Frozen Light we create innovative multi-sensory immersive theatre productions for audiences with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities. This is a thrilling chance to work with a company at a turning point as their charity develops. We are looking for enthusiastic board members who are passionate about our work and the audience we create theatre for. We are particularly keen to hear from those with experience in finance, human resources, advocacy and legal matters.

For more information please visit:  www.frozenlighttheatre.com/about-us/work-with-us/

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Our 2017-18 events calendar is officially OPEN for booking! To see a full list of our events click here

People.Place.Potential: The Cultural Education Leaders Conference

Festival Bridge would like to invite you to People.Place.Potential: The Cultural Education Leaders Conference on Wednesday 8 November at The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds.
Join us for a day of workshops and discussions to explore the cultural landscape, and to provoke, inspire and lead to action. Themes will include: Culture in Schools, Rural & Coastal Leadership, Youth Leadership. Further details to be released.

Early Bird ticket rate £25 (until 15 September)
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/people-place-potential-the-cultural-education-leaders-conference-tickets-35002282770?platform=hootsuite

StartEast Network Jam, WestAcre Theatre, King's Lynn

29 September 2017
Designed to offer hands on, practical workshops around business development. Network jams are active, fun, informative and free to join! The StartEast Team and advisors will be here throughout the day delivering focused sessions and offering advice and guidance.

https://kingslynnjam.eventbrite.com

Red Studio Enquiry Conversations, Obscure Secure

Date: Saturday 23 September 2017
Time: 11 am- 4 pm (refreshments from 10.30)
Venue: Lower Tudor Room, Christchurch Mansion, Soane Street, Ipswich IP4 
Cost: £7 Booking on eventbrite essential as places are limited

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/red-studio-enquiry-conversations-tickets-36688031891

Obscure Secure is a collaborative project between the artists Claudia Böse, Hayley Field and Jacqueline Utley focusing on works by women artists in collections. Following the artists Red Studio Enquiry residency earlier this year in the former home / studio of painter Mary Potter (1900-1981) you are invited to take part in a day of discussion and activity around gender, place and collections.
Event Contributors
The Drawing Exchange - Artists Kayle Brandon and Lady Lucy explore drawing experiences in social, participatory and public contexts
Mandy Bentley - Art historian and Journalist
Emma Roodhouse - Art historian / Collections and Learning Curator, Ipswich Museum
Martha Fleming - Artist / Deputy Director of the Victoria and Albert Museum Research Institute
Amy Budd - Writer / Exhibitions Organiser and  Deputy Director Raven Row, London
More details : https://obscuresecureproject.wordpress.com/
Supported by Arts Council England

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/PerformersNorwich Castle Open Art Show

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

https://www.eastangliaartfund.org.uk/open-show

Artist Commission, Regional Exhibition celebrating the story of the Paralympics and the Development of disability Sport – Norwich

The Paralympic Games were the surprise heroes of London 2012, attracting national and international public support and interest, reinforced by the widespread popularity and British success at the Sochi 2014, Paralympic Winter Games and Rio 2016. The GB Paralympic Movement was the source of several inspiring and successful Cultural Olympiad programmes of work across the country, with some particular focus on Stoke Mandeville as the undisputed birthplace of the movement.  These have collectively led to the enthusiasm of many to see an exciting heritage project realised as part of the London 2012 Legacy.

By having a regional exhibition in Norwich we hope to:
• Broaden awareness of disability heritage, activity and opportunity in Norfolk
• Explore the concept surrounding the exhibition themes through the arts.
• Encourage people to engage with Culture and the Arts.
• Inspire people to take up a disability sport or support disability sport
• Broaden access to Paralympic Heritage cross the UK
• Raise awareness of the value of Paralympic heritage in Norfolk
• Ensure Local Paralympic heritage and related disability and sports heritage is recorded, safe-guarded and shared locally and nationally
• Ensure understanding of disability broadened and embedded and barriers broken down
• Support audience development for sports heritage
• Celebrate local disability sport and Paralympic History, alongside wider local disability history

We want to commission a local disabled artist to work either with a group of volunteers or independently to produce artwork in response to the content of  the regional exhibition which will not only form part of the exhibition itself but also will be used at other regional and national events/exhibitions by the National Paralympic Heritage Trust.

The commission will be for 10 days work with volunteers to produce a piece of art in response to the exhibition planned for Norwich.  This might be any medium including performance, digital and film.

Fee: up to £300 per day dependent on experience.  For less experienced artists we will provide a mentor for support. £2000 available for materials.

Role of the Artist
- To plan a programme of work with the Learning and Engagement Manager.
- To deliver the programme linked with the community group work.
- To input into the local content in liaison with the coordinator.
- To deliver creative sessions that interprets the local content element and in particular Paralympic heritage.
- To liaise with the evaluation consultant

Please email an expression of interest and an example of your work by Friday 13th October at 5pm.

Katy-Jayne Lintott
Learning and Engagement Manager
National Paralympic Heritage Trust.
katy-jayne.lintott@paralympicheritage.org.uk

For an informal chat about the commission, please feel free to email or call Katy-Jayne on 07718 133141. Applicants will be shortlisted and invited to interview the week beginning Monday 23rd October 2017 (dates to be confirmed with those successfully shortlisted).  Artists should bring their portfolio and concepts to interview.

Call for partners: a-n Professional development seminars

a-n has developed a responsive programme of professional development as part of its wider role in supporting and strengthening artistic practice. It is built on three core areas of activity: support through workshops and resources; member bursaries to develop practice, encourage experimentation and extend networks; and opportunities for artists to develop leadership skills aiding advocacy for the sector.
 
Sector specific and driven by our membership of over 21,000, we are perfectly placed to draw on evidence, conversations and intelligence to provide a programme based on needs identified and expressed by artists and arts organisers. Delivered in partnership with organisations UK-wide, our seminars provide face-to-face in-depth support to develop the skills and approaches required for sustaining a creative practice. All events include administrative support, targeted mailings to our regional members as well as exposure through the a-n website and social media.
 
We are looking for additional partners – who can be anywhere in the UK – who believe in the ambitions of the project and who see synergies with their existing policies and programmes. Our partners need to have a commitment to supporting the careers of artists, independent organisers and curators.
 
More information can be found here.  You can reach Lucy Day or Jennifer Picken at events@a-n.co.uk if you would like to discuss the programme in more detail.

Words and Women Annual new writing competition is open for entries

Deadline Midnight, 15th November 2017

Offers a national prize for women over 40 of £1,000 and a month’s writing residency provided by Hosking Houses Trust and a regional prize (East of England) of £600 and a mentoring session with Jill Dawson of Gold Dust.
The winning entries will be published online and in a Compendium of Words and Women’s best entries from the last 4 prize-winning anthologies. 
Entries can be fiction, memoir, creative non-fiction and life-writing on any theme.
2,200 words
Guest judges: Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney, authors of A Secret Sisterhood: The hidden friendship of Austen, Bronte, Eliot and Woolf. 
National prize open to women writers over the age of 40. Regional prize open to women writers over the age of 16 living or working in the East of England.

For more details email wordsandwomencomp@gmail.com or visit our blog at www.wordsandwomennorwich.blogspot.co.uk

Norfolk Music Hub

Norfolk Music Hub is a partnership of organisations and schools who engages with Norfolk’s children and young people in music making. These organisations share what they do, communicate with each other and are committed to the highest quality of music education for children & young people.

Having secured Arts Council funding until 2020 The Norfolk Music Hub are keen to expand our cross-section of delivery partners and organisations.  If you are a music tutor or organisation who we currently do not work with and would like to get involved in delivering music making opportunities to children and young people in formal and informal education settings please get in touch. 

Please send details of your recent work and experience to Brenda Seymour, Strategic Hub Development Manager. brenda.seymour@educatorsolutions.org.uk  norfolkmusichub.org.uk

Scratch night applications open, The Garage

Are you a regional performance company that needs help bringing an exciting new piece of work to fruition? The Garage are looking for local performance companies to take part in the next of it's Scratch Nights on Friday 3 November, in co-production with All-In Productions and REDuck ProDUCKtions. This is a great opportunity to develop new work, gain invaluable support, and access space to rehearse!

Successful applicants will be given space to rehearse and develop their work before the event, and will share 100% of the Box Office takings. They will get to present 15 minutes of the piece to an audience in the theatre. After the event companies that have taken part will have the opportunity to further develop their work, The Garage will be assisting them with funding bids, mentoring and more.
Previous Scratch Companies have gone on to attain funding to further develop their pieces, such as The Keeper's Daughter who said, “The Scratch Nights have helped us develop a relationship with The Garage and to attain funding from Arts Council England to further develop Tomorrow is Your Hope our piece from the first Scratch Night. It has allowed us to develop as a company and work on new writing, which we want to focus on”.

We will be inviting applications from a range of disciplines including dance, physical theatre, circus, immersive theatre and more. Applications for the first Scratch Night are open now, with a deadline of Monday 18 September, 5pm. To apply visit: http://www.thegarage.org.uk/blog/apply-take-part-novembers-scratch-night

Industry Research & InformationAcademic warns of crisis in arts education

GCSE pupils are choosing not to study art and design because of government messaging around the EBacc, a survey of Norfolk schools has suggested. An academic paper has called on Government to offer creative subjects “parity of esteem” with STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Research by Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) suggests the exclusion of the arts from the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) schools’ performance measure is leading to lower pupil attainment, less funding and teacher recruitment challenges.
 
The paper’s author, Professor John Last, Vice-Chancellor of NUA, said: “The introduction of the English Baccalaureate in 2010 set us on a path where creativity falls outside the ‘core’ of our children’s education. The consequences of this downgrading of creative subjects are already being felt – in the choices pupils make about their GCSE options, in the practical creative skills they develop during their education and in the difficult decisions headteachers are making about funding and resources.”
 
Last is calling for the studying of ‘ADaM’ – Art, Design and Media – to be supported in the same way as STEM subjects. His paper, published by the Higher Education Policy Institute, draws on conversations with professionals in education and the arts, as well as focus groups and a survey that collected responses from 31 state secondary schools in Norfolk.
(Source: Arts Professional. Read more here)

Funding OpportunitiesArts Project Fund, Norfolk County Council

The Arts Project Fund supports initiatives and events in all art forms and multi-artform areas. This includes the development and promotion of a wide range of arts activity in communities throughout Norfolk. Each year we make awards of up to £500 to around 70 projects.
Deadlines for 2017-18 are the 30th of September 2017 and 31st of January 2018.

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

BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme

Not for profit organisations such as schools; registered charities; voluntary organisations; churches; and community interest groups; etc. can apply for grants of up to £10,000 per year for up to 3 years for projects that help children and young people overcome the effects of:
• Illness, distress, abuse or neglect; disability
• Behavioural or psychological difficulties
• Poverty and deprivation.

Projects supported in the past include:
• Trewirgie Junior School which received a grant of £9,760 to provide after school sailing sessions to disadvantage children aged 7-11.
• The Midlothian Association of Play which received a grant of £9,996 to run holiday playschemes with trips and activities for young people living in low income areas.

The closing date for applications is the 1st December 2017. Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/4fJVTzz5QmQx5rx0S4NVg0Q/small-grants 

Government announces further £40 Million to regenerate coastal communities

The Department for Communities and Local Government has announced that it will provide a further £40 million in grants to help regenerate the UK's coastal communities. The fifth round of the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) will re-open for applications in early 2018 and all projects funded through the CCF are expected to deliver an outcome where coastal communities will experience regeneration and economic growth through projects that directly or indirectly create sustainable jobs, and safeguard existing jobs. The funding will cover the years 2019 - 2021.
 
The government has already provided £170 million for 278 projects around the country since the Coastal Communities Fund was launched in 2012. Read more at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/40-million-to-create-jobs-and-boost-visitors-to-the-great-british-coast

Funding for heritage projects

Grants of over £100,000 are available to support a wide variety of larger heritage projects. The funding which is being made available through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Grant Scheme is available to not-for-profit organisations; and partnerships led by not-for-profit organisations for any project relating to national, regional and local heritage. This can include:
• Archaeological digs
• Preserve a historic places of worship
• Helping people learn long-lost traditional skills
• Look after rare species and habitats, etc.
Projects supported in the past include a grant of £730,000 to the Richmondshire Building Preservation Trust Limited to transform Richmond Station in North Yorkshire into a self-sustaining heritage and leisure attraction for the local community.
 
Heritage Grants applications go through a two-round process. This is so that organisations can apply at an early stage of planning their project and get an idea of whether they have a good chance of getting a grant before they send a proposal in greater detail. The next closing date for applications is the 7th December 2017. Read more at: https://www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/heritage-grants

Leverhulme Trust International Academic Fellowships

The Leverhulme Trust is one of the largest providers of research funding in the UK and has announced that applications are now being accepted for the International Academic Fellowships programme. This programme enables established researchers based at UK higher education institutions to spend a period of time in overseas research centres, to develop new knowledge, skills and ideas. The maximum value of a Fellowship is £45,000. Eligible costs include:
• Reasonable replacement cover whilst the Fellow is overseas
• Travel to and within the overseas country or countries
• A maintenance grant to meet the increased expense of living overseas
• Essential research costs.

Fellowships are available for between three and 12 months, and the current round of awards must commence between 1 June 2018 and 1 May 2019. The closing date for applications is the 9th November 2017. Read more at: https://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/grant-schemes/international-academic-fellowships 

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Your Norfolk Extra - September 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 09/15/2017 - 15:00
 September 2017  

Welcome to 'Your Norfolk Extra', Norfolk County Council's monthly e-newsletter.

Free hazardous waste disposal

Look out for your nearest hazardous household waste event in September or October - at seven recycling centres across Norfolk.

Safely dispose of household products like wood preservatives, insecticides, weed killers, paint, thinners, varnishes and special cleaning products which can all harm the environment if tipped down drains or put in your bin.

But don’t forget you can save yourself a journey as leftover paint can be dried out and put in your household rubbish bin. To help speed along the drying out process a top tip is to add sawdust or cat litter to the paint pot.

See the event dates and times and info on what you can and can't take along.

New approach to help adults live independent lives 

A new approach to social work, to help adults to live as independently as possible, is being launched this autumn.

‘Living well’ will help people to be independent, rather than being referred to services straight away, and involves having up to three types of conversations with people, depending on their situation, to work out the best approach to meeting their needs.

Norfolk County Council is recruiting 50 additional social workers to make sure that our teams have the time to really listen and understand the challenges faced by people.

Find out more about the living well approach.

Businesses needed to support schools in Norwich

The Norwich Opportunity Area is one of 12 Opportunity Areas in the UK and has received £6m investment from the Department of Education to ensure that all young people in Norwich can reach their potential.

With its partners, the Norwich Opportunity Area is looking to help raise young people’s aspirations and equip them with the skills that they need to succeed - and to do this they need the help of the Norfolk business community.

To hear more and find out how your business can help, attend a free event on Wednesday 20 September at The Forum in Norwich from 5.30 – 7pm.

Find out further information and book.

Stoptober is back!

Stoptober is the 28-day stop smoking challenge throughout October to encourage smokers towards quitting for good. Research shows that you are five times more likely to give up the habit permanently if you quit successfully for 28 days.

Sign up to the Stoptober challenge and find out how Smokefree Norfolk can help you with advice, support and information to give up smoking. Smokefree Norfolk is also holding a series of events in October:

• Tuesday 10 October – Wroxham Library, 10am-1pm 

• Tuesday 12 October – Taverham Library, 2.30-5pm

• Thursday 19 October – Aylsham Library, 9.30am-12.30pm

• Tuesday 31 October – Sprowston Library, 10am-1pm

Pop along to an event to find out how Smokefree Norfolk can help you start your quitting journey.

Happy 10th Birthday Eco Awards!

Rewarding those who put the environment at the heart of their work is the ethos of the Norwich and Norfolk Eco Awards.

We’re planning a super special eco awards to celebrate our tenth birthday and we’re open for entries now.

Your chance to vote! For the first time we’ll be asking the public to vote for their favourite from our eco hero shortlist. If you or somebody you know has been involved in an outstanding environmental project with a school, community group, business or at home to then this is your chance to shine. 

This year the main sponsor for the awards is Vattenfall.

Go to www.eco-awards.co.uk for more information and to enter.

Change a life - foster in Norfolk

There’s a national shortage of foster carers and like other councils across the UK, Norfolk needs to recruit more people who can offer a loving and secure home to some of our most vulnerable children.

If you have lots of energy and a commitment to making a difference to a child or young person’s life, you could be just the person we’re looking for.  Watch our new video and find out more.

Take the Norfolk Food Waste Challenge

With food waste in our region on the increase, Norfolk County Council’s Plan Eat Save team are keen to get more households involved with their food waste initiative.   

Almost 400 families have now taken the Norfolk Food Waste Challenge and, as well as making big reductions in the amount of food they throw away, they’ve also saved on average £20 a month on food – many have saved even more!

Why don’t you join in and give it a go? Follow Plan Eat Save on our Facebook and Instagram pages for stacks of recipes, competitions, weekly tips and information on how to keep your food waste down.

Sign up to the Norfolk Food Waste Challenge

Help us transform Norwich Castle Keep

Battlements, banquets and conquering kings – Norwich Castle Keep is being transformed back to its original form – the palatial residence of Norman Kings. Now YOU can become part of this epic story.

The ‘Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England’ project will bring to life one of Europe’s most important 12th century buildings at the heart of one of its most complete medieval cities.

By 2020 visitors will be able to explore all five levels of England’s finest surviving Norman castle for the first time and enjoy an action-packed events and learning programme.

We’ve already raised over 90% of the £13.5 million needed for this exciting project through local and national grant-giving organisations including support from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Please help us raise £50,000 towards our target to ensure Norwich Castle ‘Keeps’ on giving and inspiring generations to come.

Find out more about the project and how you can donate.

Free app to help you get more active

Modern day life makes it hard to be healthy, so it’s not surprising that most of us are not fitting enough physical activity into our days. The good news is that you don’t have to wear sports kit or start an expensive fitness programme to get the benefits of an active lifestyle - brisk walking counts too!

A daily brisk ten-minute walk can be simple to fit into your everyday life. The new ‘Active 10’ app shows how much brisk walking you’re doing, when you can increase your pace and how you can fit more brisk walking into your day. It also sets goals and provides hints and tips to keep you going.

Find out more and download the app.

Ever thought of becoming a magistrate?

Magistrates deal with over 90% of all criminal cases. They are unpaid volunteers from the local community. No qualifications are required and training is provided. 

Aged 18-70? Interested? For more information go to www.gov.uk/become-magistrate or www.magistrates-association.org.uk

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