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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 26 May 2017

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 26 May 2017 edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

In This Issue:Job OpportunitiesStage Managers needed for Summer Events in the City Centre!

Norwich will come alive this Summer with music, singing, dance and street theatre at this years Head Out Not Home events! And you could be part of it!

Norwich BID (Business Improvement District) and Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts (NORCA) are working together to put on the Head Out Not Home event which will take place every Thursday evening from 29th June - 31st August. Each Thursday, at five different locations in the city centre there will be bands, music, Covent Garden street theatre and dance acts! The entertainment will take place between 5pm and 8pm. Now in its fifth year Head Out Not Home is establishing itself as a feast of entertainment in the city centre's calendar and has quite a keen following!

We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking people to help us run these events each Thursday - could this be you?! We have a mixture of roles on offer Stage Managers, Set Up Stewards, Event Stewards and Breakdown Stewards!

The Stage Manager is a paid role. Stage Managers will be responsible for their site to ensure equipment is set up correctly and in time, liaise with the acts and the sound engineer, and manage  two event volunteers. The Stage Managers need to be available from 2.45pm - 9pm and for five out of the ten weeks.

The events are great fun to be involved with - you will get to meet some really interesting people, make new friends and experience some great acts! What better way to spend a sunny afternoon/evening in Norwich?!

To apply, or for more information, please contact Cathie Davies, Operations Manager, NORCA on 07800 856642, 01603 760529 (option 1) or

Full Time Development Director, SeaChange Arts

37.5 hours per week, £35,000 per annum

Seachange Arts, seek a full time Development Director, based in Great Yarmouth, to lead the business planning process, oversee company finances, governance, resource development and human resource management.

SeaChange Arts provides transformational opportunities for artists and communities by supporting, hosting and delivering world class international circus and street arts projects and events. Our vision is to create in Great Yarmouth an International Centre of Excellence for circus and street arts creation, training and delivery, to be a UK and European leader in development of the sector and a major gateway with Europe and the rest of the world. The organisation has established itself as a visionary leader in the sector and following a decade of exciting growth and development we are looking to build further on our achievements, deliver great new work and break new ground in a fast—changing context.

Our work encompasses:
• The Drill House – a recently refurbished 15,000 square foot, 800 audience capacity Creation Centre housing artists in residence, participatory activities and events
• The Out There International Festival of Street Arts and Circus – now approaching its 10th edition, this is one of foremost festivals of its kind in the UK
• A growing year round program of projects, events and commissions
• Extensive international and national network partnerships including the Without Walls outdoor arts consortium, ‘Coasters’ – a touring network across coastal towns and the ‘Up and Out’ Creation Residency network

Application Process:
To apply for this vacancy please download an application pack from

Closes: Sunday 11 June, 2017. Interviews will take place Monday 19 June, 2017

Relief Visitor Services Assistant, Castle Museum Norwich

£8.09 per hour (Scale C)
Relief work, hours vary
Casual contract

If you have a passion for culture and heritage and are experienced in working in a customer focused environment, come and join us at the Norwich museums.

You may have experience of working in a leisure, heritage or retail environment with excellent customer care skills, experience of operating sophisticated computer systems and also cash handling skills. Duties will include ticket sales, selling merchandise, delivering guided tours of the Battlements & Dungeons, gallery invigilation and any other requirements of the role.

Working days are varied Monday – Sunday. Available shifts are predominantly weekends but will include all days Monday - Sunday as well as bank holidays and occasional evenings.

We welcome applications from individuals currently working in other organisations, however we would like to make you aware that priority consideration for this post may be given to current employees who are affected by restructure within the organisation or are in a redeployment position.

To view further information regarding the vacancy please visit the Norfolk County Council jobs page here

All applicants closing date: 4 June 2017

Freelance Dance Tutors, DanceEast

If you are a freelance dance tutor, please send your CV to

Development OpportunitiesTextWorkshop Course

We're back at the Dickens Museum in London on Tuesday 27th June 2017 for our TextWorkshop course.

We hope you can join us for this course, or pass on this information to those you think would enjoy coming along. We are still waiting to confirm a Trails TextWorkshop date, so please bear with us if that's what you're interested in.

TextWorkshop is a unique course on writing great exhibition text, run by journalist Dea Birkett and museum interpretation consultant Rebecca Mileham. It brings together expertise from the worlds of museums and journalism to give you a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of writing for panels and labels. In a day packed with tips, examples and exercises, you’ll feel challenged and motivated, and take away lots of new and practical ideas.

Our writing courses run from 10.30am to 4.30pm and cost from only £75. Find out more, and book online, at

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 if you would like to discuss the programme in more detail.

Voluntary Arts: Chair of Board of Trustees

Deadline: Friday 30 June 2017

Voluntary Arts is currently seeking a new volunteer Chair for its Board of Trustees to replace Louise de Winter who is due to retire from the position in November 2017 at the end of her term of office. Voluntary Arts operates across the UK and the Republic of Ireland. We currently have 17 staff divided into 5 departments: Voluntary Arts England, Voluntary Arts Scotland, Voluntary Arts Wales, Voluntary Arts Ireland and our Chief Executive’s Department.

Voluntary Arts has a Board of 14 Trustees who are also all Directors of the Company limited by guarantee. Positions on the Voluntary Arts Board are not remunerated, although travel and subsistence expenses are paid. The Chair of Voluntary Arts is appointed by the Board for three year term and may be reappointed to serve a maximum of six years. The duties of the Chair are detailed in the ‘Voluntary Arts Chair role description’ (please note that these responsibilities do not constitute a contract of employment).

The Board of Voluntary Arts meets four times a year. Meetings take place on weekdays (usually Thursdays), with two meetings each year in London for ease and cheapness of travel and the other two meetings taking place in different parts of the UK and Ireland by rotation.

Voluntary Arts is now looking for someone with the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to lead the Board of Voluntary Arts, to support its Chief Executive, Robin Simpson, and to guide the organisation through a challenging but exciting period.

For full details and to apply, please visit:

Join the Unit Twenty Three Board

Looking to be involved in a community arts organisation making a difference?  Social Enterprise Unit Twenty Three is growing and you could help steer us!  From touring theatre about young carers to producing an annual festival, running youth theatre groups and supporting digital journalism projects - our work continues to evolve.

4 years old and we're recruiting for new members of the board to join us as we convert to a CIC in the Summer. The main requirement is to be passionate about our work within Diss, young people or the creative community across the region.

As a member of the board you will attend a quarterly oversight meeting and engage with sub-committees and our staff on projects as needed. We anticipate an average commitment of 4 hours a month being needed. It's a voluntary role with expenses covered.

It's exciting times and if you feel you can bring a skillset or experiences suitable to supporting our growth then please take a look at our page for more details and apply by the 21st June.

Find more information at:

Industry Research & InformationStartEast: Building the Cultural Economy

Thinking of starting your own creative company? Or looking to shift up a gear with your current business?  It can be daunting, no matter how experienced you are. You’re not alone. StartEast is designed to support cultural and creative small to medium enterprises (SMEs), sole traders, and start-ups either operating or looking to operate in Norfolk and/or Suffolk, and has a dedicated team of advisors and entrepreneurs who’ve been through the highs and lows of business development and are armed with support to help you grow.
StartEast provides bespoke, tailored support created and delivered by cultural specialists and industry experts. We understand your needs and have built a programme around growth, development and nurture that seeks a resilient, enterprising and sustainable, diverse cultural sector.
We offer free, targeted, 1-1 business advice and support, workshops, webinars and masterclasses as well as grants of between £1,000 - £10,000 to help you grow your business. Our aim is to work with you to build a support structure that is right for you and your cultural enterprise.

If you think StartEast might be right for you, email and a member of our team will be in touch in the next few days to chat about how StartEast can help you.
Network Jams

Why not join us at one of our Network Jams? These days are designed to offer hands on, practical workshops around business development. Network Jams are active, fun, informative, and free to join.

Upcoming Network Jams in 2017:
• Wednesday 14 June 2017 | DanceEast, Ipswich | 10:00am-4:00pm
• Friday 23 June 2017 | Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich | 10:00am-4:00pm
• Friday 7 July 2017 | Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds | 10:00am-4:00pm
• Friday 15 – Saturday 16 September 2017 | SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth | Time TBC
• Friday 29 September 2017 | Westacre Theatre, Kings Lynn | 10:00am-4:00pm
• Friday 13 October 2017 | Marina Theatre, Lowestoft | 10:00am-4:00pm
• Saturday 4 November 2017 | Pacitti Company, Ipswich | 10:00am-4:00pm

To find out more about StartEast visit 

StartEast is funded by Arts Council England and the European Regional Development Fund.

Funding OpportunitiesReminder - Arts Project Fund 2017-18 round 1 closes 31st May

The Norfolk County Council 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.

The Fund has three deadlines a year in May, September and January.

If you would like to apply, email for an application form or for more information visit:

Arts Council England, Grants for the Arts

Grants for the Arts is our open access funding programme for individuals, art organisations and other people who use the arts in their work.

We offer awards from £1,000 to £100,000 to support a wide variety of arts-related activities, from dance to visual arts, literature to theatre, music to combined arts.

Visit for more information.

Arts Council England, Strategic Touring Fund

Many areas of England offer few opportunities to attend and participate in the arts. They may be geographically isolated or suffer from a lack of local artists and arts organisations. We believe that everyone has the right to experience and be inspired by art, so we want to transform the opportunities open to people in these places.

This programme funds touring work, focusing especially on areas where people have low engagement with the arts and those that rely on touring for much of their arts provision. It also seeks to extend the reach of high-quality work by broadening the range of venues presenting it, as well as forging stronger relationships between audiences, promoters, venues, artists and producers. The programme supports a wider range of high-quality work, with a focus on work that is toured to people and places with the least engagement and reflects the diversity of local communities and/or contemporary England and increases work that supports the Creative Case for Diversity .
Our current priorities are:
•Incoming international work
•Mid-scale theatre (drama going to venues with 400-800 seats) 

Funds available: £35 million for 2015–18, including £750,000 a year from the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund to support inbound international touring.

Eligibility - Any individual or organisation can apply, including National Portfolio Organisations, Major Partner Museums, libraries and partnerships, networks or consortia.

See for more information.

Coming Soon!
Catalyst Small Grants, Arts Council England

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

Total fund - £3 million

Eligibility - Small to medium arts and culture organisations. (See guidance document for further details on eligibility)

The guidance was published on 13 April 2017. The fund opens on 13 July 2017. Deadline for applications is 10 August 2017. We will notify applicants of our decision no later than 12 January 2018.

For more information visit 

Funding for community youth projects

Telecoms provider O2 "Think Big with O2" youth programme is currently open for applications. The programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to use digital technology to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. Projects need to be completed within six months.
The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as: Materials & equipment, Cost of renting space, Transportation, Advertising, etc.

If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme --Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500. Read more at: 

Funding for music making projects, Youth Music

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

• Fund A which offers small grants (£2,000 to £30,000) for high quality music-making projects
• Fund B offers medium-sized grants (30,001 - £100,000 per year for up to two years) for larger programmes of work
• Fund C offers grants (£50,000 to £180,000) for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

The types of organisations that are eligible to apply include charities, not for profit organisations and schools. Schools will however have to justify how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. The closing dates for applications to Fund A is 5pm on the 18th August 2017, Fund B the 10th November 2017 and Fund C the 23rd June 2017. Read more at: 

Funding for young people to undertake local social action projects

Teams of young people can apply for grants of up to £400 to undertake local social action projects. A wide variety of projects can be supported including:

• Turning junk into musical instruments
• Hosting local sports days
• Organising litter picks
• And facilitating language swaps; etc.

The funding is being provided through the UK Youth's Change Squad programme which aims to inspire young people to give back to their local communities. Up to 150 Change Squads will be supported. To be eligible to apply applicants need to:

• Be based in England
• Be either from a rural or disadvantaged area
• Have two Squad Leads aged 12-20
• Be able to recruit at least 10 other young people in their Change Squad.

In addition to the £400 funding for the social action project, youth workers can also claim £200 for their time facilitating and empowering Change Squad teams to develop their ideas and make projects happen. Applications are being accepted until June 2017. All projects must be completed by 19th June 2017. Read more at: 

Apply for Youth Partnership Funding

UK organisations and groups of young people active in youth work can apply for funding through the European Commission's Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships programme. Activities funded must create, develop, test and embed innovative approaches in youth work.
Organisations can also apply to undertake transnational youth initiatives which bring together two or more groups of young people from different countries to deliver initiatives fostering entrepreneurship and social commitment. Strategic Partnerships in the youth field must include a minimum of two partners from two different Programme Countries, including the applicant organisation. The number of partners and funding will vary depending on the project's aims and activities. Strategic Partnerships can receive a maximum of 450,000 euro in funding for the maximum project duration of 36 months (12,500 euro per month).
The application deadline is 11am (UK time) on the 4th October 2017. Read more at:

Volunteering OpportunitiesNature and Art project, Great Yarmouth

Volunteers are required for three nature and art project workshops in the Great Yarmouth area, partly funding by Norfolk County Council's Art Project Fund and led by artist Genevieve Rudd.

Volunteers would be required to support participants to engage in a outdoor arts and crafts sessions at sites around the Great Yarmouth area, Norfolk in July/August 2017 (dates TBC). This could include supporting people with practical arts activities, providing encouragement to join in, and helping set-up/clear-down arts materials. The current dates are to be confirmed, but will be in July and August 2017. There will be three sessions in total running for two hours each.

The volunteers chosen will have a positive and enthusiastic attitude with a good practical ability. It would be desirable that volunteers have a prior interest in arts (perhaps through study or as a hobby) and have the ability to travel to/from the venue independently. The volunteer can decide whether they'd like to support one, two, or all three of the sessions. In exchange, this would be an opportunity to work directly with a professional artist and join in an exciting outdoor arts project, which will be exhibited locally in autumn 2017. Your volunteer support will be credited in the evaluation and exhibition. Please note, all the workshops will be held outdoors in natural environments, so it is important that volunteers are able to adapt to this space. This includes being prepared for the weather and potentially uneven walking surfaces.

To find out more or to apply, please send your CV and a covering letter outlining why you'd like to volunteer to Genevieve Rudd via email: To find out about previous projects delivered, see:

Visitor Welcome Volunteer - St John, Maddermarket
The Churches Conservation Trust

St John Maddermarket is sat in the lanes of the fine city of Norwich. There is a wealth of stories and history related to the church that our visitors love to discover. As a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction (from Visit England 2016) we are looking to expand our opening and events offer to encourage even more people through our doors.

This volunteer role is customer focused, welcoming visitors to the church enabling our visitors to discover stories about the history of the building and its past communities. As a Visitor Welcome Volunteer you will join a growing team at the church who ensure it is open, well presented and inviting to our visitors. It is an exciting time to get involved with the church as we strive to tell our story to wider audiences and show how our church is of importance to the social, as well as religious history of the city.

The volunteer sessions are flexible and volunteers can sign up to as many morning or afternoon sessions as they like each month! We aim to open the church Monday – Friday 11am -3pm, and 12pm-3pm on weekends.

St John, Maddermarket, is one of 350 churches cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust. All of our churches are listed, mostly Grade I, and some are Scheduled Ancient Monuments. Our collection - the third largest collection of heritage buildings in the country - is worthy of conservation for its national historic, architectural and cultural significance. Get in touch to see how you can help!

For more information about the Churches Conservation Trust please go to

For a full volunteer role description and application form please quote 'SJM V' and get in touch by email:, phone: 07799 424078 or post: CCT, Brooklands, 24 Brooklands Avenue, Cambridge, CB2 8BU

Volunteer Tutor Assistants, DanceEast

DanceEast hosts a diverse programme of classes and children’s dance courses, from Hip Hop to Musical Theatre. If you have dance experience and are interested in growing your skills by assisting a professional tutor in a class environment, this could be the voluntary post for you!

Tutor Assistants commit to one or more classes which take place weekly throughout term time (terms run in line with local schools), many stay with their chosen class term after term, building a great rapport with our tutors.

For further details or to apply please download our role description and Tutor Assistant Application Form and return to Jane Arkley-Crouch, Customer Services Manager at DanceEast via email or post Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1DW.

Enquiries for further information welcome via phone on 01473 295230 or email (as above).

Volunteer Stewards needed for Summer Events in the City Centre!

Norwich will alive this Summer with music, singing, dance and street theatre at this years Head Out Not Home events! And you could be part of it!

Norwich BID (Business Improvement District) and Norwich and Norfolk Community Arts (NORCA) are working together to put on the Head Out Not Home event which will take place every Thursday evening from 29th June - 31st August. Each Thursday, at five different locations in the city centre there will be bands, music, Covent Garden street theatre and dance acts! The entertainment will take place between 5pm and 8pm. Now in its fifth year Head Out Not Home is establishing itself as a feast of entertainment in the city centre's calendar and has quite a keen following!

We are looking for enthusiastic, hardworking people to help us run these events each Thursday - could this be you?! We have a mixture of roles on offer Stage Managers, Set Up Stewards, Event Stewards and Breakdown Stewards!

The Set up, Event and Breakdown stewards are volunteer roles. The set up steward role is from 2.45pm - 5.30pm, the event steward role is from 4.45pm - 8pm and the breakdown steward is from 7.15pm - 9pm. We ask the volunteers to be available for a minimum of three out of the ten weeks.

The events are great fun to be involved with - you will get to meet some really interesting people, make new friends and experience some great acts! What better way to spend a sunny afternoon/evening in Norwich?!

To apply, or for more information, please contact Cathie Davies, Operations Manager, NORCA on 07800 856642, 01603 760529 (option 1) or

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Count on your Friday Takeaway...

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   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         26 February 2017

ACT against terrorism

This week the national threat level was raised to the highest level of ‘critical’, following Monday’s terror attack in Manchester – which means another attack is highly likely. Although there is no specific threat against the County Council, we all need to be vigilant, both in and outside work.

When on county council premises you should wear your ID badge at all times, don’t let people ‘tailgate’ you through security doors, and challenge (politely) anyone who isn’t wearing a pass. If security staff or colleagues ask to see your pass, please respond politely and professionally. 

It’s not just at work that we need to be vigilant. The National Counter Terrorism Unit has advised that we need to be alert but not alarmed. If you see or hear something that could be terrorist related, you’re advised to call the police, in confidence, on 0800 789 321 or visit the Action Counters Terrorism (ACT) campaign pages. You’ll find guidance on recognising the terrorist threat and remaining vigilant here and there are some useful FAQs from Norfolk Constabulary.

Microsoft Office to use at home

As Norfolk County Council employees, we can get a licensed copy of Microsoft Office to install and use on a single home computer - for only £9.99, as part of Microsoft's Software Assurance Home Use Programme (HUP). You can download the software online or if you prefer, it can be shipped for a small charge. Read more.

Fun with figures

Keep an eye out next Tuesday (30 May) for the exciting launch of our new numeracy campaign Count On Norfolk - which aims to raise children’s numeracy levels across the county. Coinciding with the May half-term, Count On Norfolk will run throughout the summer as part of our Raising Learners campaign – which also includes raising literacy levels.

Count on Norfolk encourages parents to bring maths into everyday family life and offers lots of ideas, tips, fun games and a competition to help make learning a part of everyday family life and avoid the learning dip during the summer holidays.

Visit our Raising Learners pages to find out more and share your ideas about maths for children on our Facebook and Twitter #CountOnNorfolk

Read all about early years help

A new e-newsletter for parents and carers - Norfolk Families’ Newsletter- is now available to give parents local and national news and updates on childcare, early years’ education, parenting and more. If you use, or know any who uses, early years services in Norfolk, you can sign up to the newsletter or email for a copy.

And finally… from mud to marvellous at the Chelsea Flower Show

A replica 900-year-old Loddon boat is the centrepiece of a beautiful #RHSChelsea garden. The gold-winning garden features a small jetty typical of the Norfolk Broads. The garden draws attention to the scenic waterways, rare flora and fauna and the boat-building skills that are such an important part of the Norfolk Broads.

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

CLT out and about this week:

Wendy is attending a Norfolk NHS Chairs and Chief Executives’ Norfolk & Waveney STP session and meeting with the DCLG to review our Troubled Families programme.

James and his Senior Management Team are meeting with John Jackson from the Local Government Association.

Matt is staying close to home and will be meeting with various members of his team.

Simon will be on leave for some of the week and then has a number of internal meetings.

Tom will be meeting with the Leader and Deputy Leader, the CEO of the Theatre Royal and attending a Transport for Norfolk update meeting.

For more information on CLT, visit Our Leadership Team.

¡Hola! Learn a new language for free

A fantastic variety of free learning taster sessions for adults start next week – including language courses. As part of the national 'Festival of Learning - have a go month'. Come along and learn something new. Read more.

Your half-term adventure starts here

There are lots of half-term activities across the county, with staff discounts for sailing and water sports at  Whitlingham Broad,  exciting themed days and events at Great Yarmouth museums and a free family day at  Holt Hall this Sunday.

Bank holiday opening times

Here’s a reminder of the Bank holiday opening times for some of our key services including recycling centres and libraries. Read more.

This week's blog

The tragic events at the Manchester Arena this week were an unwelcome reminder of the previous atrocities that have visited our shores ... Read more.

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

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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
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Adult Social Services Newsletter - Issue 26

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:10
Liquidlogic – the Norfolk build

We are now only six months away from the "go live" date for our new care system which will replace CareFirst. The Liquidlogic Adults System (LAS), together with its Finance system (ContrOCC), and a new Provider Portal will be live in November 2017, with all our data migrated over from CareFirst.

The new system is being built for Norfolk incorporating our procedures, workflow, forms and letters. The project team have worked with managers, subject matter experts, and team representatives across all business areas and localities to make sure the system supports the way we want to work in future.

Our new training manager – Toni Wynn – has booked training venues across Norfolk so that staff will be able to attend LAS training locally. Prior to formal classroom training, all LAS users will need to take a short eLearning module; this is a basic introduction to LAS and very straightforward. Training can be booked online from August before courses start in September.

The LAS champions in each team meet monthly to find out more about LAS and how our project is progressing. If you have questions or concerns they are the first point of contact as they understand how your team works and will help make sure that the system fully supports this.

The project has an intranet page with answers to frequently asked questions plus some background material and presentations (including screenshots of the new system) which you might find useful. If you need any further information, please contact Jane Walsh

Date for your Diary – Norfolk Care Conference 15th November 2017

The Care Conference for 2017 will take place at Norfolk Showground on Wednesday 15th November.

The key theme is “Shaping the Care Market to Promote Wellbeing”. The conference will signal the shift from a commissioning/service purchase model based on traditional formal services to supporting the outcomes people want through shaping the market as a whole.

The conference will set out the challenges we face in the morning sessions and in the afternoon sessions we'll explore how the key factors including care consumers, formal and informal providers, and the Council can work together in different ways to promote wellbeing more effectively and efficiently through shaping the market (place).

The conference will provide the opportunity for the Council to set out its market shaping strategy and commitment to engagement and coproduction. We will emphasise the need for all of us to play our part in shaping the market (place) we need and provide leadership to that process by setting out the steps that we have already taken in response to our engagement programme and the Hannah Miller work from the last conference.

In a change from previous years we are hoping to attract more service users, practitioners and carers as well as our care providers and commissioners.

Please save the date in your diary and watch out for details of how to register in future issues. If you would like to be involved in a discussion group in the afternoon, or if your department would like to have a display in the exhibition, please contact Colin Penfold, Market Development Business Lead (Interim) Email: or Tel: 01603 223066.

Better Care Fund

In Integrated Commissioning we have been working with our commissioning colleagues in the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to prepare our Better Care Fund (BCF) submission. The BCF is health and social care expenditure for CCGs and local authorities. In Norfolk for 2017-18 it will be contained in a pooled fund of more than £65m with an associated programme of work which reflects community aspects of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP)

The Better Care Fund has been in the news a lot lately because the government has announced an additional £2 billion for social care (£18m for Norfolk) which will sit outside the BCF, but necessarily will align with it. Unfortunately, this public focus has meant that the publication of the detailed BCF guidance is long overdue.

Whilst we await the final guidance we are preparing a two-year BCF plan that needs legal agreement between CCGs and NCC, and approval by the Health and Wellbeing Board. The plan should include; detail on how services in Norfolk will be integrated by 2020, how we intend to manage transfers of care by implementing a newly developed national High Impact of Change Model, how we’re moving forward on providing seven day services, and sharing data across health and social care.

The plan has five countywide priorities which will have a locality focus, these include local integration, work with care homes, work with district councils on housing adaptations, out of hospital care, and crisis response.

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Are you a school governor?

If so, we want to hear from you.

Our Governance and Leadership Service is setting up an informal networking group for County Council employees who are school governors.

It will be an opportunity for you to: 

  • Share experiences and learning, and keep up to date with changes (e.g. legislation)
  • Discuss topical issues affecting education, locally and nationally
  • Offer and receive peer-to-peer support
  • Solve problems
  • Discuss the role in general and the challenges/pressures governors face

If you’re a school governor and a member of NCC staff, please let us know by email.

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Supporting Unpaid Carers in Norfolk

The Council commissions an external support service to provide those people who are unpaid carers in Norfolk with access to a range of services to keep them independent, resilient, and well in their caring roles. Without the input from Norfolk’s 94,000 carers, the Council would need to find an additional £500m per year.

The current contract is coming to a close and the Integrated Commissioning Team have worked with carers and providers to co-produce an outcome-focused service specification in order to put in place a new service. The new service will focus on what matters to carers and deliver locality based resources with a key focus on engaging with people who are unpaid carers to influence and shape the new service offer. Rather than ask for a list of services and activities within the specification (the document that sets out what the Council wishes to buy), we have instead chosen to set out the things that carers have told us are important and have asked interested providers to design a service around those areas. The four outcome areas are:

  1. Promote, maintain and increase independence
  2. Create and increase resilience
  3. Care with confidence to avoid crisis
  4. What matters to carers is achieved.

We hope to award the contract in late June and will update further then. For more information and details of the commissioning intentions, please see the latest Supporting Unpaid Carers in Norfolk newsletter.

For more information, please contact Caroline Cunningham-Brown



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Norfolk County Council - Health and Wellbeing Board

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 13:02

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June at Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:10
June at Norfolk Museums Norwich Castle

Last Chance to See: Small Stories: At home in a dolls' house, Showing until Sun 25 June. Discover twelve of the V&A Museum of Childhood’s most treasured dolls’ houses. The finale of the exhibition is Dream House, featuring magical miniature rooms created by local artists, makers and school groups.

Continuing Exhibitions: From Norfolk to Nubia: the watercolours of E T Daniell, plus Norfolk Contemporary Art Society: Sixty Years On, Highlights from Norwich Castle's Collection. Don’t Miss 'To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set' The art of Claughton Pellew, closing 11 June.

Workshops for Adults: Castle Art, Weds 14 June, 11am - 12.30pm. Informal art classes. Booking recommended. Adult £6.50, Conc £6, Museums Pass £5.50. Playing with Size, Sat 24 June, 11am - 4pm, Build room boxes with Maria Nikolajeva. Booking essential, Adult £25, Conc £22.50, Museums Pass £20. Bookings: 01603 495897 / 493625. 

Half-Term Activities 10.30am – 3.30pm: Thurs 1 June Who's Been Living in My House? hear tales of creatures who share our home.  Fri 2 June Nature's Secret and Unusual Homes, homes in nature with curator Dr David Waterhouse, Sat 3 June, Bats! With the Norwich Bat Group.

Tuesday Talks, 12.30 - 1pm: English Dolls' Houses: A History, 6 June, with Jan Roberts from the Dolls' House Society. Small Wonders, 13 June, with Bethan Holdridge, Social History Curator.

Family Saturdays, 10.30am - 3.30pm: Outdoors - Indoors, 10 June, celebrate Bookstart Week with Norfolk Library Service, plus a free book for under-5s.  Hidden Homes, 24 June, craft secret doorways and imagine the hidden homes which lay beyond. 

The Stonemasons’ Guild of St Stephen & St George: Demonstrations Thurs 8 June, 10.30am - 3pm, and a performance of the Mystery Play - Cain & Abel Sat 17 June, 12 noon - 12.45pm,

Museum Highlights Tour, Fri 9 June, 2.30 - 3.15pm,. Suitable for 12+.

Victorian Criminals on Trial, Sats 17 June, 12.30 & 2.30pm (60 minutes), Historic courtroom enactment with Springboard East Theatre Company. Suitable for 12+. Adult £3.50, Conc £3.20, Child £2.80 + admission.

Talking Textiles: The Great and the Good, Thurs 22 June, 11am - 12.30pm. Look at clothing and textiles associated with famous people, including Elizabeth Fry, Amelia Opie and Horatio Nelson. Booking essential 01603 495897 / 493625. Adult £8, Conc £7.50, Museums Pass/CTA £7.

Time and Tide

Exhibition: Titanic: Honour and Glory, Showing until Sun 24 Sept. Discover the the most famous Ocean Liner in the world, this exhibition explores this famous ship, her sister ships and owners, the White Star Line as well as the local links of some of its passengers.

Trail: On Board the Titanic: Trail, until 24 Sept.

Talk: Imposters on the Titanic - John Balls, Fri 9 June, 11.30am - 12.30pm. The intriguing tales of thirty people travelling aboard the Titanic under assumed identities. Booking essential, Tel 01493 743930. £3, Museum Pass £1.95.

Event Day: Seafarers Day, Sat 24 June, 11am - 4pm, Explore the life of seafarers, see maritime collections and chat with people who have worked on the high seas. 

Workshop for Adults: Draw Me like One of your French Girls'…Life Drawing Class, Sun 25 June, 9.30am - 1pm. Booking Essential, tel: 01493 743930 Limited Spaces Available. FREE.Click to edit this placeholder text.

Ancient House

Continuing Exhibition: Pulp - Pin Trays, Pails and Pots: The Story of Thetford Pulp Ware. Discover the secrets of Thetford's unique industry. 

Trail: A Taste of the past! Until Sat 3 June. 50p per trail + admission.

Talk: Recent Finds from Norfolk, Tues 13 June, 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Join Adrian Marsden to hear about recent archaeological discoveries in Norfolk. Booking essential tel. 01842 752599. £5, Members FREE.

Thetford Open Gardens, Sun 25 June, 11am - 5pm. Explore our small courtyard garden and try outdoor activities. Free admission with Thetford Open Gardens progamme.

Crafting for Adults: Dolls House Club, Tues 6 June, 1.30 - 3.30pm, Knit & Knatter, Tues 6 & Thurs 22 June, 10.30am - 12 noon. Booking essential tel. 01842 752599. £2, Members £1.

Under 5s: Mini Museum Club: We're Going On A Bug Hunt! Thurs 29 June, 10.30am - 11.30am, Discover mini beasts through games, songs and crafts. 50p per child.

Lynn Museum

Exhibitions: Little Lives: Snapshots of Childhood From 1800 to the Present. Closes 11 June. Objects from the museum collections, together with photographs and paintings, offer snapshots of the changing experiences of children’s lives over the past two centuries.  Shoes! Opens Sat 24 June. Walk this way to discover Lynn Museum’s shoe collection and explore the changes in footwear from the 13th century to the present day. 

Trail: Ahoy Captain Trail, Until Sun 4 June, 10am - 5pm. Help our sailors sort their supplies and win a small prize. 

Talk: Sixty Six Years of Festivals, Weds 14 June, 2.30 - 3.30pm. Bryan Howling and Richard Morley look back at the King’s Lynn Festivals, and the artists who have performed there, over the past 66 years. Booking essential, tel. 01553 775001. £2, Members FREE.

Coffee Morning: Coffee, Cake & Collections, Weds 28 June, 10.30am - 12 noon.  £1, Members FREE. (Incl admission.)

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

Half Term, Sat 27 May - Sun 4 June, 10am - 5pm. Step back in time  to in the 1950s. 

A Murder Most Novel, Fri 2 & Sat 3 June, 7.30 - 10pm. Enjoy an evening of mystery and intrigue to help solve our modern day whodunit.  Age 14+.  £12, Museums Pass £10. Booking essential: 01362 860563.

Open Farm Sunday, Sun 11 June, meet local farmers, find out about the food they produce, and how Gressenhall Farm helps care for the local countryside.

Big Boys' Toys! Sun 18 June. Engineer a great Father's Day out with classic cars and machinery galore.  Get creative in Art Attack! Then refuel dad with free chips in the Mardlers' Rest Café.  

Strangers' Hall

Displays: Small Stories at Strangers' Hall: extended until Sun 22 Sept. As part of the Small Stories exhibition at Norwich Castle, see the newly conserved Norwich Baby House, and follow a trail of dolls’ houses, furniture and miniatures from our collections.

The House that Dolly Built, Sun 28 May - Sun 4 June. Make tiny things to take home: paper folding, matchbox rooms and peg dolls (varies day to day). 

A Peep Inside the Strangers' Hall dolls' house collections, Wedss 7 & Fri 9 June, 2 - 3.30pm, Join curators for a behind the scenes look at dolls’ houses and furniture from the collections. Booking essential, 01603 495897 / 493625. Adult £8, Concs £7.50, Members £7.

Museum of Norwich

Exhibition: 300 Years of Freemasonry, Showing until 22 July.  Discover how the society has developed to become a worldwide, charitable organisation with six million members.

Welcome Walk, Thurs 22 June, 10.30am, join specially trained staff for a relaxed introductory tour, aimed at those living with dementia and their carers.  Refreshments included. Booking essential 01603 629127. FREE.

On the Ball City! Tues 30 May - Sat 3 June. Join us for half term footballing fun. Find tiny players hidden around the museum, make a rosette and challenge your family to table football. 

Undercroft Tour, Sat 24 June, 11am, 1 & 3pm, Over 8s only. Booking recommended 01603 629127.

Cromer Museum

Trail: A Picture Perfect Trail, until 31 Oct. Find Olive Edis’ camera equipment around the museum.

Cromer History Walk, Sun 25 June, 2 - 3.30pm. Discover the town's past with Alistair Murphy, Cromer Museums Curator. Booking essential: 01263 513543. £3, Museums Pass £2.50.

Tolhouse Gaol

Plundering Pirates! Fri 2 June, 11am - 4pm. Beat the pirates at their own game, and make pirate treasure to take home.  

The 12 Towers Festival

Norfolk Museums is offering free pop-up museums at The 12 Towers Festival.  Join us for events in Parish Churches at Cawston, Oxnead, Blickling, Aylsham, Heydon, Brampton and Lammas.

Click here to download the full 12 Towers programme.



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FREE - KS2 History Event at Strangers’ Hall

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 09:00
Free KS2 History Event at Strangers' Hall Journey of a Freeman Wednesdays 21 & 28 June, Thursday 6 & Friday 7 July 2017.  10am - 2pm A free event for KS2 schools to celebrate 700 years of the Freemen of Norwich. See what Norwich was like in Tudor times as a thriving industrial centre. Meet costumed characters and learn how you could make the journey from apprentice to Freeman of the City.

Schools within a 20 mile radius of Norwich are eligible to book, and help with transport costs is available.

For more details please click here>> To book contact, 01603 493636. Web:
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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 17:20

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Bank holiday opening times Monday 29 May

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Norfolk Social Care Academy newsletter - May 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 16:30
Norfolk Social Care Academy newsletter - May 2017


Welcome to our new Chair

This month the Norfolk Social Care Academy has welcomed Wendy Thomson as the new Chair of the NSCA Board. With her links as Chair of the Children’s Services Improvement Board, as well as being the Managing Director of Norfolk County Council, Wendy brings considerable knowledge, experience and a broader perspective in recruiting, supporting and promoting the development of our staff. Wendy has been fully supportive of the NSCA from the outset and we are delighted she is joining us in a more active role and look forward to building on the foundations.

Learning Walks

Following feedback received on the earlier Learning Walk templates, these have now been completely restyled, rewritten and re-released!

Modelled around the Signs of Safety mapping tool, these will help staff understand how they have implemented learning into practice, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses, and agree next steps. Designed to take place as a reflective conversation, supported by evidence, one template has been created, with separate topic-specific preparation sheets providing useful prompts to both those leading the walk and those undertaking the walk.   

These can take place after any learning activity, whether it’s a training course, development session or even a seminar. You can be nominated or request to take part. Either way, this is a really positive step in progressing how we think about learning, with the aim to continually improve our practice.

The template and preparation sheets can be found within the Norfolk Social Care Academy iNet pages, or you can email the Academy directly for more information.

Recruitment update

We have had a number of agency social workers join Norfolk as permanent staff. Penny who works in King’s Lynn has shared her story. Penny has worked on and off as an agency social worker in Norfolk since 2012. Penny always felt part of the teams where she worked and after returning to Kings Lynn in May 2016, decided that this is where she wanted to stay. Penny’s decision to become a permanent member of the team was around giving consistency to children in the locality and the benefits which come from permanent recruitment, such as access to the social care academy, pension, holiday pay and the relocation package which Penny feels was easy to access. Penny has already begun her course as a Practice Educator supported by Norfolk County Council and looks forward to supporting students in the team. Penny said that she “very much wanted to be part of Norfolk’s improvement journey and feels proud that I can now do this as a permanent social worker.”

It could not be easier to apply. If you are an agency social worker working in Norfolk at this time, simply upload your CV to our NCC jobsite.

Refer a friend – As part of our commitment to recruitment in social work teams, Norfolk County Council is offering £500 to employees who are telling social work colleagues about Norfolk as a great place to work. It could not be easier just tell your social work friend to complete the application form. In the drop down box “where did you hear about the vacancy,” select friend and enter the details. The social worker will need to successfully complete their probation period with the Council before the money is paid.

Recruitment tool kit – We are currently working on a recruitment tool kit which will be accessed on the Children’s Services Intranet page. This simple guide will explain every part of the recruitment process from carer progression, a change of teams, RMS, advertising and appointment notifications. There will a Q&A guide along with easy to follow flow charts to make the process and simple as possible. Look out for this.

Impact of CSA and neglect strategies on practice

As you will know, the NSCB has been focused on improving safeguarding practice in the areas of Neglect and Child Sexual abuse. This is part of the multiagency Board’s response to recent serious case reviews. There have been various briefing sessions around the county to publicise these strategies and the resources that help support best practice. You can update your knowledge and learning by using the NSCB webpages.  We will also be providing various ‘reminders’ about best practice in the Improving Times NSCA editions. The reminder for this week is that where you are working with child sexual abuse/ sexually harmful behaviour between children/siblings, each child must have their own case worker and separate plans to address the risks each are facing as well as the strengths/safety available.

To support further awareness raising about CSA, the NSCB has produced a leaflet outlining resources to prevent CSA and signpost people who have been abused to services that will support them. Twilight sessions to promote the launch of this leaflet are happening in June and July, hosted by schools in each locality area. 

Restorative Approaches – Being Restorative

Restorative approaches seek to build and maintain respectful, collaborative relationships and equip people with the skills to resolve conflicts and address challenging behaviour.

The NSCB, working with NCC Restorative Approaches Manager, have developed a one day training course, suitable for everyone who wants to develop non-confrontational, compassionate communication skills, strengthen their relationship based practice and learn new responses to challenging behaviour and conflict.

Bookings for either of these sessions must be made via the NSCB website.

Senior Faculty meetings

Please note that the Senior faculty meetings due to take place on the 7 & 8 June have now been cancelled.We will advise of new dates a.s.a.p.

Skills survey

Do you have untapped talents & skills you’d like to have more opportunity to use and development? Then let us know by completing the skills survey. The results will provide valuable information on what skills we have within Children’s Services and identify where there are any gaps in our knowledge and expertise.

Children and Social Work Act 2017

Having received Royal Assent, the Children and Social Work Bill became and Act on 27th April 2017. Building on the DfE reports, ‘Children’s social care reform- a vision for change’ (2016) and ‘Putting children first- our vision for children’s social care’ (2016), the Act focuses on improving the support for looked after children and young people leaving care, strengthens the accountability of front line staff for the quality of practice, and supports measures to improve multiagency coordination in safeguarding cases and the analysis of serious case reviews. 

One of the main changes for us is that young people leaving care, whether or not they are in education, training or employment, will be entitled to leaving care support if they want it, and can be allocated a Personal Advisor up to age 25. In Norfolk, we are already working to develop our ‘local offer’ and plans will be shared with our young people and staff soon.

The other issue that will affect our CS social work staff is the plans for Assessment and Accreditation. Many of our social workers will have already attended briefings with the Principal Social Worker and taken part in the DfE consultation on assessment and accreditation of children and family practitioners, supervisors and practice leaders. The testing will be based on the Knowledge and Skills Statements (KSS) so even though we are yet to find out how the assessment will be rolled out, it is worth familiarising yourselves with the relevant KSS and using it as the basis for setting out appraisal objectives for the year ahead.

Using the Knowledge and Skills Statement in appraisals

To support social workers and social work managers in using the KSS in setting their appraisal objectives, we have mapped the KSS to the NCC Ways of Working.

In your appraisal, you will describe your progress for last year and objectives for the next year using either the Norfolk County Council Ways of Working and you can also use the Knowledge and Skills Statement.  Whichever you use, this means you can evidence how you meet the KSS as a result of your appraisal conversations. 

You can see the appraisal guidance and process here.  For more information about the KSS and using these in the appraisal process, please contact Andrea Brown or Lizzie Hills

Don’t forget to put forward your nominations for the NSCA Awards, celebrating & promoting good practice across Norfolk. Nomination forms are now available online, in the General Information section of the NSCA iNet pages.

Nominations from these awards can also be forwarded onto the National Social Work Awards, who also see the value in coming together as a profession to reflect on our successes and celebrate what we do well. This year, Professor Ray Jones, who chairs the charity, has asked if we would promote an awareness of the Awards throughout our service and with partners, encourage nominations, and use the opportunity to get a positive profile for our social workers and our organisation. More information can be found on their website.

Improve your SofS practice

The full schedule for SofS development sessions can be found here. Designed to follow on from training, each session focuses on specific aspects of this approach and offers practical advice and guidance in an informal setting.

Over the next few weeks, sessions are running on safety networks & scaling questions, rapid network meetings, and worry statements & wellbeing goals, among others. So if you could do with a little bit of practical advice on how to improve your work in these areas, sign up by email. Addresses can be found underneath the name of the locality on the schedule.

Your feedback Do you have a good idea for the next Improving Times? Send it to and see our back copies here.
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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Records Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 14:06

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Norfolk Records Committee. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on 31 March 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.
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Don't miss out - FREE taster sessions

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 11:36
As part of the National Festival of Learning, we are running a huge variety of FREE taster sessions from 30 May to 3 June, so come along and join in the fun!

Here are just a few of the interesting and unusual things you can have a go at:
Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint
History and nature walks,Maths, English, Science  
Languages, lipreading and British Sign Language
Creative sewing, hand knitting, needle felted motifs
Watercolour and acrylic painting,
Lino, t-shirt and intaglio printing,
Digital map making,
Facebook for beginners
Digital photographyPilates
and many, many more. See the full list here 0344 800 8020
0344 800 8020
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Support for unpaid carers

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 05/24/2017 - 10:32
Support for unpaid carers

Hello Your Voice member

Norfolk County Council and local health services have been working with Carer UK to develop a new online resource for unpaid carers.

Local carers have suggested a list of key links and now want your help in deciding which ones to include on the new website. We are also interested to find out if you have any suggestions for information or organisations that we may have missed.

Take our survey by clicking here. It should only take a couple of minutes to complete.  

Thanks for your help


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

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News about Norwich Northern Distributor Road

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 15:45
                                                                                         No 15 - May 2017 Main line surfacing underway

Surfacing of the main Northern Distributor Road dual carriageway has begun in earnest, heralding a summer of 'black top' laying that will transform much of the route from construction site to road-in-waiting.

The surface is being laid by Tarmac under the supervision of main contractor Balfour Beatty. The asphalt is coming from Tarmac's Postwick plant, set up to serve the NDR and avoiding long hauls from as far away as Ipswich. The surface is laid in three passes by the Blaw-Knox pavers, starting with the base course, which provides the main strength, followed by a binder course and then the wearing course that traffic will run on.

Some surfacing on the main line was carried out last year, but most has been targeted at roundabouts - most recently Salhouse Road and the Reepham Road/Drayton Lane roundabout. Tarmac then moved on to the main carriageway near Drayton Lane, with over 2,800 tonnes of base and binder to be laid between Fakenham Road and Holt Road by the end of May

Ahead of surfacing, stabilisation of the sub-base is continuing. This involves mixing cement with the base material and creating a foundation layer for the asphalt. This work will move on to the most difficult 'brick earth' sections of the route, north of Postwick, this week, taking advantage of the return of dry weather.

Emergency exercise

Norfolk Fire & Rescue, East Anglian Air Ambulance* and the Police were all involved in a casualty rescue exercise at the new Marriotts

Way bridge over the NDR. Using the road construction site allowed the blue light services to hone their responses to a serious incident without disrupting traffic on a live road.

 Further exercises are planned before the road opens to traffic.

*The EA Air Ambulance is one of the charities adopted by the NDR team for support during the construction project.

Autumn closure for Wroxham Road

Hopes of avoiding  day-time closures on Wroxham Road have been dashed because of  a deep culvert that needs to be constructed close to the new roundabout.. Plans to thrust-bore under the road have been abandoned because keeping water out of the deep pits would be very difficult, and would put the nearby fishing lakes at risk.

The only option is to cut a deep trench through the road. This will require a nine-day closure in October - two weekends and the five days in between. However, the closure will be used to carry out the roundabout surfacing and tie-in, so planned night closures in September will not be needed.

Updated closure schedule

Green Lane West, Rackheath, will be closed between the A1151 Wroxham Road and Rackheath Industrial Estate (Wendover Road) for the weekends of 3/4 June and 10/11 June to tie in the Green Lane West end of the link road to the realigned junction with Wroxham Road.

The B1150 North Walsham Road will be closed overnight (8pm to 6am) between Beeston Lane and Crostwick Lane for one week from Monday 10 July to complete the NDR roundabout.

Buxton Road, Spixworth, will be closed for two-weeks from Monday 17 July to complete the bridge and tie-in to the existing road.

Holly Lane, Horsford, will close on Monday 3 July when Drayton Lane is ready to provide an alternative route between the B1149 Holt Road and Reepham Road.

The B1149 Holt Road will close south of Horsford on Monday 17 July, with traffic re-routed along the realigned New Drayton Lane to Reepham Road (until the NDR provides a route back to the A140 Cromer Road).

The A140 Cromer Road will be closed overnight (8pm to 6am) between the Holt Road roundabout and Church Street junctions for two weeks from Monday 4 September.

The A1151 Wroxham Road will be closed for nine days in October - two weekends and five days in between. Dates to be fixed..(See above for more on this closure.)

All dates are subject to change, depending upon progress and the overall construction programme. Further details, including diversion routes, will be published nearer the time of closure.

Early opening options - understanding knock-on effects

The sight of surfacing going down between the A1067 Fakenham Road and the A140 Cromer Road has raised the question of whether completed sections in this area will be opened ahead of the whole route.

Before any decision is taken, the County Council's traffic engineers need to understand the effect on the surrounding network, in particular known pressure-points such as Fifers Lane and the A140 Boundary junction. The effect on traffic flow of different options is being looked into, and a decision will be made later in the year.

Other ways to stay up to date...

The NDR Facebook page is a good way of getting up to the minute information on the project, as well as providing a lively discussion forum. 

~ Follow NDR progress on Facebook and Twitter @NorwichNDR.
~ Visit our web pages at .
~ Email, or call 0344 800 8020.

Anyone with an email address can sign up to receive the 'NDR Extra' and 'Transport Matters' newsletters - simply email

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Book Now! City of Ale at the Museum of Norwich - 26 May

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:41
City of Ale

Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

Friday 26 May, 5-7pm

Get up close to our brewing collections and find out about city pubs and breweries with Frances and Michael Holmes, authors of Norwich Pubs and Breweries, Past and Present.  Plus there's a chance to sample local beers in our magnificent medieval undercroft. 
Tickets are still available, but selling fast, so book now to ensure your place 01603 629127. Tickets just £5 and includes beer tasting.  (Over 18s only.)

The evening includes beer tasting from two outstanding local breweries, the long established St Peters Brewery, and one of the most recent, exciting, additions to the local scene - Boudicca Brewing Company.

Boudicca Brewing Company was created in 2015 by a group of real ale enthusiasts to produce high quality new beers which are true to Norfolk’s long brewing tradition.  They are fast becoming a favourite, not least because all the beers are suitable for vegetarians and vegans as no isinglass or other animal products are used in production. 

The names of the beers reflect the Iceni heritage of our region – from Queen Boudicca herself to Celtic torcs, spirals and images based on Iceni artefacts – many of which can be found in our own Norwich Castle.

St. Peter’s Brewery, based at South Elmham uses water from their own deep bore-hole along with locally malted barley and Kentish hops to produce a range of classical English cask-conditioned ales, as well as bottled beers and some more unusual brews such as honey porter and fruit beer.

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The 12 Towers Festival and Norfolk Museums - 1-30 June

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:30
The 12 Towers Festival Pop-up Museums, 1 - 30 June 1017

Norfolk Museums is offering free pop-up museums at the 12 Towers Festival.  Join us for events in Parish Churches at Cawston, Oxnead, Blickling, Aylsham, Heydon, Brampton and Lammas.

12 Towers Festival Digital Exhibition, Thurs 1 - Fri 30 June.  Using the recently digitised collection of fine art, consultant curator Lucy McNeill explores our communities through art, heritage, image and sound. On view at all Festival pop-up museums in the Parish Churches at Cawston, Oxnead, Blickling, Aylsham, Heydon, Brampton and Lammas.

Medieval Cawston Chalice Case, Fri 2 June, 10am - 2pm.  See The famous medieval Cawston Chalice Case, with a specialist on hand to answer your questions. Cawston Parish Church, NR10 4AG

Oxnead Festival Afternoon & Paston Family Talk, Sun 4 June, 3pm.  Join Dr Francesca Vanke for a talk on the Pastons, the prominent Norfolk family who resided at Oxnead during the 17th and 18th centuries. Oxnead Parish Church, NR10 5HP.

Marsham Open Church, Weds 7 June, 10am - 2pm.  Discover Marsham’s hidden medieval delights including East Anglia's earliest representation of an elephant.  Plus, pick up free tickets for a future talk at Norwich Castle, with Francesca Vanke, Keeper of Art & Decorative Art. Marsham Parish Church, NR10 6RB.

Blickling Open Church and Pop-Up Museum, Sat 10 June, 10am - 3pm. Brass rubbing, church trail, unique treasures and a showcase of items curated and hosted by Norfolk Museums Service. Blickling Parish Church, NR11 6NG (next to Blickling Hall).

Humphry Repton Pop-Up Museum at the Festival Monday Market, Mon 12 June, 9am - 12noon.  Pop-up museum exploring the life of Humphry Repton (1752-1818), the leading 18th century landscape gardener, buried at Aylsham Parish Church. Aylsham Parish Church, NR11 6EL.

Heydon Pop-Up Museum with the Left Hand of Sir John Heydon, Sat 17 June, 10am - 3pm.  Explore this unique village, parkland, tea rooms, church and traditional green - along with BBC Countryfile’s best local pub! And meet a member of Norfolk Museums Service, to discover the famous 'Heydon Hand'. Heydon Parish Church, NR11 6AD.

Roman Brampton Pop-Up Museum, Sat 24 June, 10am - 2pm.  Roman Brampton was a centre of both pottery and leather manufacture at a scale unmatched anywhere else in Roman Britain. Find out about this local trade and see a selection of Roman artefacts. Brampton Parish Church, NR11 5AA.

Lammas Trial and Execution Pop-Up Museum, Fri 30 June, 10am - 2pm. Pop-up museum exploring prison items, including a death mask and information on the trial and hanging, at Norwich Castle, of Lammas resident, James Clarke. Lammas Parish Church, NR10 5JQ.

Click here to download the full 12 Towers programme.

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Latest developments on the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail, May 2017

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 05/23/2017 - 09:15
Marriott's Way Heritage Trail: May 2017

Written to keep everyone who has expressed an interest in the Marriott’s Way Heritage Trail project or who has helped in the development of the project up-to-date with the latest developments

New project staff in place

The Project Manager, Sophie Cabot, has now started in post. She will manage the project and develop the new circular routes off the Trail with the Senior Trails Officer at NCC. Get  in touch with Sophie to discuss any ideas or suggestions you might have for the project.

We have also recruited an Education Officer, Madeleine Goodall, who will work with adults, schools and uniformed groups such as the Brownies and Scouts on activities along the Marriott’s Way. The arrival of Maddy and Sophie, and the imminent recruitment of the project’s first two Trainee posts (one for Infrastructure and one for Project Management) mean that the project is now fully staffed and work can really speed up.

New project manager Sophie Cabot, at work on a previous project Conservation work in progress

If you are a regular visitor to the Marriott’s Way you may have noticed tree felling works which we have been doing to tackle ash dieback caused by the Chalara fungus. The Norwich Fringe Project are also involved with work to clear scrub at Reepham Station to enable us to survey the old platform (opposite the café) before it is restored.

Students form City College in Norwich have been out with the NCC Trail team addressing damaged gates and paths at Reepham, and finally, just this week, Friends of Norwich City Station have been clearing undergrowth from the platform and Coal Stage at Train Woods to increase the visibility of the railway infrastructure in advance of the Wild About Train Wood event. 


Monthly themed walks have already started, with a walk in April looking at trees on Marriott's Way led by NCC Woodland Officer, Tom Russell-Grant.

There will be two railway Heritage walks in May, see below, and in June and July walks will be led by Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

Details of how to take part in local walks will be published in this newsletter each month.

Tom Russell-Grant (Arboricultural and Woodland Officer) leads a tree walk on Marriott's WayNext up...

MWHT will be at the Friends of Train Woods & Marriott’s Way 'Wild About Train Wood' event on May 27th. There will be a ‘Bioblitz’ trying to find and record over 300 species, an early morning bird walk, walks looking at wildflowers, trees and insects and two heritage walks looking at the Railway and wartime history of Marriott’s Way.

Why not come and say hello?

Full details at

    Education Activities

    Goldcrest Outdoor Education and the Norwich Fringe Project have been contracted to work with two school nurture groups to enhance two ‘gateway’ entrances to the Marriott’s Way at Aylsham and Norwich. The two groups from Aylsham High and Framlingham Earl Schools have already got to work carrying out habitat restoration, scrub clearance, and litter picks as well as building bird boxes and benches. Their involvement will continue into the school summer term and will support the creation of new circular walks to take in railway heritage features, the development of geocaching trails and recording of biodiversity. Find out more from the “Aylsham Eagles” blog here.

    Remember you can still get in touch at any time - to get involved or with ideas, questions or comments on 

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    Come along and join in the fun

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:59
    As part of the National Festival of Learning, we are running a huge variety of FREE taster sessions from 30 May to 3 June, so come along and join in the fun!

    Here are just a few of the interesting and unusual things you can have a go at:
    Word, Excel, Publisher, Powerpoint
    History and nature walks,Maths, English, Science  
    Languages, lipreading and British Sign Language
    Creative sewing, hand knitting, needle felted motifs
    Watercolour and acrylic painting,
    Lino, t-shirt and intaglio printing,
    Digital map making,
    Facebook for beginners
    Digital photographyPilates
    and many, many more. See the full list here 0344 800 8020

    0344 800 8020
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    Norfolk County Council - County Council

    Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 05/22/2017 - 15:30

    You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to County Council. The draft Minutes for the meeting held on Monday 15 May 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.
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