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

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:33

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

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Reporting scams

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

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

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Book Launch at Norwich Castle - 24 April

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 14:24
Book Launch at Norwich Castle

24 April, 12.30 – 2.30pm

Sarah Turner talks about her new book Percy Moore Turner: Connoisseur, Impresario and Art Dealer with a particular focus on his links with Norwich and Norfolk.

Discover the fascinating story of Percy Moore Turner who donated his collection of Rembrandt etchings to Norwich Castle. (These were recently on display in the exhibition Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness.)

"When the history of picture dealing in 20th-century Britain is written, Percy Moore Turner will occupy a large and well-deserved place. Few did more to promote interest in Post-Impressionist French art than he did. Yet while those whose taste he formed and those whose taste he shared, Roger Fry, Frank Hindley Smith, Samuel Courtauld, Kenneth Clark and others, are now well-known names, Turner has been forgotten. Sarah Turner is to be congratulated for bringing to light one of the most important taste-makers in Britain in the first half of the 20th century. Anyone with an interest in the history of collecting and museums in the 20th century will find her book, drawn extensively from unpublished sources, a mine of new information"


- Dr Jon Whiteley, Curator Emeritus, Dept of Western Art, Ashmolean Museum.


Free; Booking Essential – 01603 493635 / 495897

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Your Norfolk Extra - April

Norfolk Council News Feed - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 09:15

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April 2018

Broadland Northway fully open to traffic

The final 5.25km section of the Norwich Northern Distributor Road – now officially named Broadland Northway – opened to traffic this week, completing 19km of new dual carriageway between the A1067 Fakenham Road, north-west of Norwich, and the A47 at Postwick.

Work, which started in January 2016, will continue for around eight more weeks to finish off cycle paths and bridleways, some drainage lagoons and verge works.

The first two phases opened ahead of schedule last year, but the final phase, from the A1151 Wroxham Road to the Postwick Hub, included the most challenging structure on the route – the bridge over the Norwich to Sheringham railway – and the worst ground conditions. Bad weather, especially the Beast from the East, prevented opening before Easter.

Broadland Northway is an important piece of Norfolk’s infrastructure and people can now experience the extensive benefits of the scheme.

Could you be a foster carer?

Come and find out more about fostering at one of our information events in May. On Tuesday 1 May, we’re at Fakenham Library from 10.30am to 12.30pm then at Swaffham Library from 2 to 4pm. And on Tuesday 8 May we’re at Great Yarmouth Library from 11am to 2pm.

Everyone’s welcome and staff from the fostering team will be there to answer your questions and talk about what’s involved.

If you can’t make it to one of these events, we are running others later in May – find out more              

Watch our latest film about fostering a family group. Change a life – foster in Norfolk.

Free bookkeeping course

Norfolk Community Learning Services (NCLS) is offering you an exciting opportunity to familiarise yourself with business practice and basic accounting to gain an industry recognised qualification (Level 1 AAT).

This is a free seven-week course which will include two final online examinations and your registration fee for the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Held at Acle Memorial and Recreation Centre, there is an initial information session on Thursday 17 May, with the course starting on Thursday 7 June (9.30am – 1pm)

To find out more and book your place, email

Preventing potholes

Work starts this week to add a new seal to more than 320 miles of Norfolk’s roads. This helps to prevent potholes opening up so it's an important part of the road maintenance work we do.

This year we’re spending £10.4m on the surface dressing scheme, which extends the life of the existing road and provides a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents.

People living along the routes to be given a new seal will receive notification a couple of days before the crews arrive, and are urged to drive slowly and considerately across the new surface until it is bedded in.

Stay up to speed with Transport for Norwich

Transport for Norwich (TfN) is continuing work on improvements across the city’s travel network.

Current and forthcoming projects include construction of a cycle link between Wymondham and Hethersett, a new pedestrian/ cycle crossing on St Crispins Road and changes to benefit the centre of Eaton.

Visit the TfN website for full details of all schemes, as well as information on project consultations, recent road changes and journey planning.

TfN is a partnership between Norfolk County Council and Norwich City Council, along with local authorities within Greater Norwich on schemes in the wider area.

Data protection changes

A new data protection law is on its way. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes law on 25 May 2018. This regulation replaces the Data Protection Act 1998.

There are some new rights for you and some new obligations for us relating to information we collect about you.

It’s our responsibility to tell you what data we hold about you, including why we need it and how we will look after it. We will do this when we collect information about you.

Over the next few weeks, look out for information on our website about how this affects you.

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Norfolk County Council - Business and Property Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:46

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to Business and Property Committee.  The draft Minutes for the meeting held on 14 March 2018 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

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Time is running out... act now to continue to receive information from Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 11:05
Learning at Norfolk Museums

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Norfolk County Council - Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee

Norfolk Council News Feed - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 10:28

You are subscribed to receive this alert and notification regarding the publication of Norfolk County Council Committee Papers relating to the Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee. 

The draft Minutes for the meeting that was held on 5th April 2018 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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NDR newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 17:30
                                                              No 22 - Final Edition - April 2018 After two years, three months and 17 days ... It's Open!

After two years three and a half months' work, led by Balfour Beatty and Norfolk County Council, the final 5.25km of the A1270 Broadland Northway (Norwich NDR)  opened to traffic today (17 April 2018).

Lorry passing under Newman Road Bridge.

Work, which started in earnest on 4 January 2016, will continue for around eight more weeks to finish off cycle paths and bridleways, some drainage lagoons and verge works.

The first two phases opened before Christmas 2017, well ahead of schedule, but the final phase just missed the target of opening before the end of March, largely because of wet and freezing weather.

The road, to be known as the A1270 Broadland Northway, is now part of the county highway network, with Norfolk County Council responsible for future upkeep, including gritting during the winter. Balfour Beatty will continue work on the outstanding tasks, and planting will resume in the autumn.

Closure of Broad Lane/Green Lane East

The opening of the section of Broadland Northway from Salhouse Road to Plumstead Road was quickly followed this morning by the closure of Broad Lane close to its junction with Plumstead Road.

People living along Broad Lane and Green Lane East have had to put up with far more traffic than a road of that standard should take, and the Reeves Corner junction with Plumstead Road was notoriously risky. The closure will make sure that the through-traffic diverts on to the new dual carriageway.

Cyclists and pedestrians will still have access on to Plumstead Road, although later in the year a bridleway will be constructed alongside the Norwich to Sheringham Railwy, going under the new road and providing another cycle, pedestrian and equestrian  route between Broad Lane/Green Lane East and Thorpe End.

Goodbye from the Editor

This is the last 'NDR Extra' edition of the Transport Matters newsletter. Since just before the start of works there have been 48 Transport Matters and NDR Extra newsletters, compiled by John Birchall (above).

Looking north towards Plumstead Road from Newman Road bridge.

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Let's Talk

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 15:39

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April  2018

Welcome to the new  monthly Children’s Services newsletter Let's Talk.

In the newsletter we'll keep you updated on what's happening across Children's Services. We want it to used as a way of exchanging good news, ideas and learning  - so if you have anything to share let us know at

On the subject of good news, nominations for the Children and Young People Now awards are now open and we'd love to hear your ideas for areas of work or teams that we should be nominating. The list of categories is available online at

I'm also keen to hear your news face to face and I now have some dates in the diary to hold local conversations, where we meet and talk about the future. These will take place in May and will include the whole leadership team (more details below).

We have fantastic staff working across education, social work and early help and I’ve been out and about meeting many of you over the past few weeks. It’s clear that everyone is dedicated to doing their very best for Norfolk’s children and we have some really talented staff here, so let's get some national recognition for our work.


Safe children and resilient families

Over the next weeks and months we are going to need your help, support and ideas as we develop our Safe Children and Resilient Families (SCaRF) change programme.

The programme forms part of Norfolk Futures, the council’s strategy to change how we work against four guiding principles. These are to


  • offer help early to reduce the need for specialist services
  • joining up our work so that similar activities are done once
  • being business like and making best use of digital technology to ensure values for money
  • ensure future services are effectively targeted using evidence to make the biggest difference

There are seven programmes across the council. SCaRF is one of the seven though all are interconnected with our work in Children's Services.

Ahead of last year’s Ofsted report we recognised that we needed to look at how the MASH was operating and we’ve done a lot of work over the last three months to better understand the work that is referred to it, where it has come from and how it could better be managed. Recognising that there is a significant opportunity to clarify the purpose and function and improve our practice model, we are working with Prof David Thorpe (Lancaster University) to really look in detail about how we can make changes to improve the systems and process and the experience of partners and families when making contact with their worries and concerns.

As part of our change programme, we have agreed the investment needed to put more resources into fostering recruitment, so that more children are placed locally with Norfolk carers, we are less reliant on Independent Fostering Agency placements and fewer children are placed in residential care placements.Hopefully we will begin to see significant progress soon. As always we need your help to spread the message about fostering and you can see the latest film we’ve developed here.

We are also exploring options around an enhanced Family Group Conference provision as well as looking at how we can better support children and young people to move from residential into family based care which is closer to their homes and communities.

We’d really like your views and ideas on how we can engage and involve you in the process of service design and change and this is one of the areas we’d like to talk about at the staff conversations next month (see article below).

Let's Talk - local conversations

We want to speak to you about your work and how we can deliver the best services for children and families in Norfolk.

We'd like to invite you to meet with us next month, at a series of conversation events across the county.

They will tale place on:

* Wednesday, 2 May from 3-4.30pm, at Swaffham Green Britain Centre.

* Thursday, 4 May from 10-11.30am, at Long Stratton District Council Chamber.

* Wednesday, 10 May from 3-4.30pm, at Great Yarmouth Library, Northgate Room.

* Monday, 14 May from 3-4.30pm, at Norwich Professional Development Centre.

* Wednesday, 16 May from 3 to 4.30pm at Pensthorpe Natural Park, The Garden Room.

* Thursday, 17 May from 3 to 4.30pm at Swaffham Green Britain Centre, Paul Watson Room.

More details will follow closer to the events.

Inside Out – innovation programme to support children in residential care

Following a successful bid from the Department for Education’s children’s social care innovation programme we, alongside Essex County Council and Hertfordshire County Council, were awarded £3million to pilot a new approach to supporting children in residential care.

The pilot project - ‘Inside Out’ - will seek to test a different method of improving outcomes and stability for young people young people currently living in residential care, starting in Essex before being rolled out concurrently in Hertfordshire and Norfolk.

The Children’s Society has just been commissioned to work on the project, recruiting a team of coaches who will provide bespoke and intensive support for each child and their individual needs. A coach will work alongside the child/family, lead social workers, other agencies and the young person’s placement provider to effect sustainable change and create the conditions in which they can either return home, or move to a less intensive placement. The allocated social worker will retain their key worker role however the most intensive direct work will be undertaken by the coach

The young people selected for the first cohort are aged between 15-17 years-old and are those that are currently high-risk and living in high cost residential care in Essex. These young people have been identified as those who will most likely to benefit and achieve better outcomes as a result of the Inside Out project.  

Working with the Job Centre and prisons to support vulnerable families

Our Early Help service is developing pioneering work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which sees them leading training and support for JobCentre Plus and prison staff to identify and support families in need of early intervention and support to find a job.

This new approach involves staff being trained to take a holistic, ‘whole family’ approach which looks at the needs of other family members. 

By asking the right questions and getting to know more about the whole family, staff can pinpoint problems much earlier and identify the other agencies that need to be involved to prevent further, more complex issues, developing in the future.  In the long term, this could eventually help to break the cycle of entrenched unemployment that can run in families by increasing job prospects, building confidence and resilience and reducing poverty.

The programme is funded as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Troubled Families Programme until March 2020.   The project is in its early stages with the team currently piloting work in Norfolk with three DWP staff and up to 15 families before a wider plan to roll out the principles across the DWP/JobCentre Plus.

Welcome to Phil, James and Andy

Congratulations to Phil Watson and James Wilson on their appointments to the senior leadership team in Children's Services

Phil (right) has been with us as Interim Assistant Director for Children's Social Work since January and will now join us on a permanent basis.

Phil has a wealth of experience in social care leadership roles, having worked most recently at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, as Interim Strategic Lead for Children’s Social Care Effectiveness.

He has also held senior roles at Southampton Council and Medway Council, as well as working at the London Borough of Islington and Islington NHS in an integrated care and disabled children’s service.

James (left) is currently the Transformation Manager for Corporate Services at Cambridgeshire County Council, so has extensive experience of managing change within local government. He has also been an Associate Director of Transformation in the NHS and a Senior Strategy Manager for Children, Families and Adults Services at Cambridgeshire County Council.

James will join us in May and will help to bring our new vision to life. His role will include overseeing project management to ensure service solutions are designed, developed and delivered. With £12m being invested in the department we need to make sure that the change we’re implementing delivers results and I believe James is the right person to support this work.

Andy Goff has also now returned to Children's Services, as Assistant Director for Performance, Planning and Quality Assurance. This means that from May we will have a full, permanent leadership team in place.

Our Early Help service is developing pioneering work with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which sees them leading training and support for JobCentre Plus and prison staff to identify and support families in need of early intervention and support to find a job.

This new approach involves staff being trained to take a holistic, ‘whole family’ approach which looks at the needs of other family members. 

By asking the right questions and getting to know more about the whole family, staff can pinpoint problems much earlier and identify the other agencies that need to be involved to prevent further, more complex issues, developing in the future.  In the long term, this could eventually help to break the cycle of entrenched unemployment that can run in families by increasing job prospects, building confidence and resilience and reducing poverty.

The programme is funded as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Troubled Families Programme until March 2020.   The project is in its early stages with the team currently piloting work in Norfolk with three DWP staff and up to 15 families before a wider plan to roll out the principles across the DWP/JobCentre Plus.

Adoption service shortlisted for award

Our entry for the Adoption team for Impact and Learning in Children’s Services has been shortlisted as a finalist in the national Municipal Journal awards.

Our adoption team was judged outstanding in our most recent Ofsted inspection and this is further recognition of their fantastic work.

They will find out if they are overall winners in June.

New film looks at young people's experiences

Some of you will remember we first made a film called ‘If you want to buy a tiger’ in 2012, to look at what life was like for young people with protected characteristics living in the county at the time. In 2015, with the backing of Children’s Services Equality Group and the Children’s Services Committee, we decided to go back to speak to more young people to see how things had changed.  We have now produced a new film, using footage from the original, as well as new footage.

The film is now available here and deals with a broad range of issues – faith, ethnicity, disability, gender and sexual identity and in total over 50 young people between the ages of 13 and 21 have been involved.

We encourage you to use the film in your team meetings as a way of gauging everyone’s experiences of the issues discussed, speak to your colleagues about the experiences that the young people talk about, as well as reflecting yourself on what you have just heard. We have included some points at which you can pause the film in order to give you time to talk about what you have heard and a feedback form for you to provide us with your thoughts.

Tim Eyres, Chair of the Children’s Equality Group, and his team will shortly be considering priorities for the group for the next three years. In the meantime if you are aware of equality issues affecting children and young people in Norfolk contact Tim at

Extension of our teaching partnership

We are delighted to have been awarded additional funding from the Department for Education for the next phase of implementation of the Suffolk and Norfolk Social Work Teaching Partnership.

Through the Teaching Partnership, we are working collaboratively with our colleagues in Suffolk County Council, the University of Suffolk, Norfolk County Council and the University of East Anglia to drive change and improvement in the way we recruit, train and retain social workers.   

In the first year we have:

  • provided more placements in statutory teams than ever before, giving student social workers a greater insight into the realities of statutory social work;
  • trained 40 additional Practice Educators to support the growth in statutory placements;
  • increased the number of practitioners who are teaching sessions at the universities –providing a  CPD opportunity for practitioners, while students gain valuable first-hand knowledge of how theory is applied in practice;
  • increased practitioner involvement in the admissions process helping identify future recruits into the local social care workforce and providing valuable CPD opportunities for aspiring team managers;
  • provided opportunities for academics to refresh their knowledge of practice within the local authority.

This has required tremendous input and support from Children’s Services and Adult Social Services teams in supporting students and releasing practitioners for Teaching Partnership activity.  It is your contribution that is ultimately driving the success of the Teaching Partnership, so thank you!

What’s next?

The focus for the next year will be to:

  • deliver a sustainable operating model for partnership working, including further growth in the capacity for student placements;
  • develop a ‘Community of Service Users’ where Service User and Carer involvement is at the core of everything we do.

To help deliver these objectives, we will be recruiting three new posts: a Senior Practice Education Lead, Communications & Marketing Lead and a Development Lead for Service Users and Carers. All of these roles will work across the Partnership. Adverts will be going live imminently on all Partner agencies job boards so keep a look out if a role sounds of interest to you!

Leadership blog

In addition to Let's Talk, we also recently launched a new leadership blog. You can read it here

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Important - act now to continue to receive updates on Norwich Castle's 'Gateway to Medieval England' Project

Norfolk Council News Feed - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 12:22

Don’t miss out on exclusive news and updates on Norwich Castle's Gateway to Medieval England project

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England is a four year project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund that will reinstate the Norman floors and rooms in the Keep and, for the first time, enable access to five floor levels. New displays and activities will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Norwich Castle during its heyday as a royal palace.

If you’d like to continue receiving news about Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England please click here.

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Teachers' Art Masterclass

Norfolk Council News Feed - Mon, 04/16/2018 - 08:00
Free Art Masterclass for Teachers at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Saturday 9 June 2018, 10.30am - 4pm

Recharge your creative batteries after a long, hard year!

Enjoy a day working with professional artist Malca Schotten - absolutely free - to develop your artistic thinking, skills, and techniques, and have fun. Whatever your level, this masterclass is first and foremost for you, but there will of course also be opportunities to gain ideas and inspiration for the classroom.

The starting point for the masterclass will be the fabulous exhibition Visible Women, a showcase of work by women artists including Gwen John and Barbara Hepworth.

For more details please click here.

See Malca’s work at

To book contact or call 01603 493636.

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Important - act now, to continue to receive bulletins from Norfolk Museums

Norfolk Council News Feed - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 16:30

Don’t miss out on a world of events, exhibitions, talks, tours and more…!

If you’d like to continue receiving news about Norfolk Museums’ events, exhibitions, developments and offers please click here.

You are receiving this email because you have given us your email address in the past and we need to check that you are still happy to receive bulletins from us.  We are doing this, because the law is changing in May, to give you even greater protection over your personal data.

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Norfolk County Council News Update

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:09

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The following news has recently been added to our website:

Initial findings of Norfolk’s first independent mobile coverage survey revealed

View details on our news page.

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Ancient Egyptian Shroud Study Day at Norwich Castle

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:50

Study Day for Adults at Norwich Castle

An Ancient Egyptian Shroud Revealed

There are still a few tickets available for this fascinating event...

Saturday 21 April, 10.30am - 3pm

For a century, a fragile linen sat undisturbed in the museum's stores, until in 2011, it was taken for conservation and a remarkable story began to unfold.

Discover the story of this rare 3,500-year-old Egyptian shroud - how it came to Norwich, and who originally owned it, and have the chance to examine the shroud itself. 

Book now to secure your place 01603 495897 / 493625.

Adult £15, Conc £13, Museums Pass £10

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April edition of your Love Food Hate Waste Champion newsletter

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 14:33

In this edition of your newsletter we put the spot light on the new portion planner from Love Food Hate Waste, introduce 12 food saving tips and show off some new resources, which we hope you will find useful. Happy reading! 

The portion planner is back!

We are so excited! Love Food Hate Waste have reintroduced their portion planner and it's even better than before. 

The portion planner is a handy tool that takes the guesswork out of how much food you need to cook for each person, for each meal. It's simple to use and includes different portion sizes for toddlers, younger and older children as well as adults. 

A great tool that helps people save time and money, as well as reducing the amount of food that gets thrown away. 

Click here to take a look at the new portion planner.

12 ways to stop wasting food

We came across this little gem of an article and thought we'd share it with you. It provides a good summary of the the key elements to our Love Food Hate Waste message covering things like meal planning, portion sizes and storage. 

There are also some nice recipe ideas like potato peel soup and instant banana ice cream. We are also impressed with the make four people five dinners for £20 challenge. 

Here is the link to the article - Happy reading! 

We are recruiting more LFHW volunteers

We are looking to expand our wonderful LFHW Champion volunteer family and our next training day will take place on Saturday 21 April at County Hall in Norwich. Could you please spread the word among your family and friends who may be interested in becoming a volunteer. If they are interested they need to get in touch with us as soon as possible at to secure a place. 

Spreading the LFHW message

There are many ways to spread the Love Food Hate Waste message. Today we thought we'd share how Hayley shared information through Facebook. She tagged us @planeatsave which meant we were made aware of her post. Here is what Hayley said:

"Nothing like being snowed in to practice some Love Food Hate Waste... Take a piece of frozen leftover pastry, wrap it round some leftover chipolatas from Christmas et voila, you have some scrummy sausage rolls to heat everyone up after playing in the snow. Oh, and the pastry off-cuts? Slice into bite sized pieces, sprinkle with parmesan and bake. Mmmmm!"

Plan Eat Save - top tip

Every Friday we share a top tip with our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram followers on our Plan Eat Save pages, so we thought we'd share one with you too, just in case you are not on social media. 

New resources for you to use Easel for photo booth

We felt we needed to display the frame for the photo booth a bit better, so we have invested in a foldaway easel. Seeing the photo frame displayed hopefully will be more eye catching for people who visit our stand and provide another way to engage people in chat about food waste. 

New tables for events

We have purchased two light weight camping tables which are much easier to carry and transport than the previous ones. They are quite sturdy and extend to 160cm x 80cm when unfolded - so plenty of space for the display boards and items. When packed away, they are only 80cm x 40cm. We hope you will find them useful. 

Latest News

In this section we share information about other waste reduction, reuse and recycling initiatives in Norfolk.

Changes to the DIY waste policy at our Recycling Centres

For many years people have been able to take a one item or one 80 litre bag of DIY waste such as kitchen cabinets, bath tubs or fence panels to the recycling centre and leave it for free. From 1 April this concession will be no longer in place. Customers will be charged a small fee to dispose of their DIY waste.

This change will only affect DIY waste, our recycling centres will still take all other household waste for free which includes furniture, sofas, white goods and other electrical items, and garden waste.  Follow this link for more detailed information.

Thank you

for reading this newsletter and for spreading the LFHW message. As always we would love to hear from you, so please drop us a line at The next issue is due in June, therefore please submit any contributions by the middle of May.

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Your lucky Takeaway

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:34

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...                13 April 2018  

Boost for lonely people in Norfolk

This week, we announced a £2.4m boost to tackle loneliness in Norfolk. Building on our successful In Good Company campaign, we will be working with Community Action Norfolk, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council and Voluntary Norfolk to develop new and innovative ways to address the health and wellbeing of people affected by loneliness and social isolation over the next three years.

Hurrah for the final section of the NDR! 
The final section of Broadland Northway - Norwich NDR - will be open to all traffic by 6am next Tuesday, 17 April. This week there was a preview tour of the whole route, and Keith Simpson, Broadland MP, led parish, district and county councillors, and key stakeholders in marking its imminent opening by cutting bunting that stretched across one carriageway (as pictured).


More funds to prevent potholes

Work starts next week to add a new seal to more than 320 miles of Norfolk’s roads this spring and summer.  The £10.4m surface dressing scheme will extend the life of the roads and provide a new skid-resistant surface to help reduce the risk of accidents.

Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, also said this week that on top of the planned £10.4m surfacing work, we are now likely to be able to do quite a few miles extra thanks to the £3.4m funding for Norfolk roads that the government announced last month.

Watch your blood pressure! 

As part of our blood pressure campaign in May, we’re looking for people who’d like to share their high blood pressure stories. If you’ve been diagnosed with high blood pressure but have since reduced it by making changes to your lifestyle, we’d love to hear from you. If you know someone who may be interested in helping us, please get in touch at  

Hop into Holt Hall this spring 

There’s an open day at Holt Hall on Sunday 15 April (10am-4pm) with activities for all the family including: den building, pond dipping and a spring egg hunt, as well as acres of ancient woodland to explore. £10 per child, accompanying adults go free. More...

And finally…  anyone for tennis?

Did you know we have a tennis club at County Hall on Tuesday evenings?  The season has just begun, so if you're interested in joining, come along for a free taster session. For details of where to find the club and how to join, contact Merv McCune.

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

What is GDPR?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  is the replacement for the Data Protection Act and is due to become law in Britain on 25 May 2018. To find out how it affects you, and who your service lead is, read more.

Your pay award

The Local Government Services (Green Book) pay award has been agreed. This applies to you if you are on Scales A to O of our pay scales.  

Save and Cycle2work

Don't forget you can sign up to the Cycle2work salary sacrifice scheme and save money on the cost of a new bike. You've got until 31 May to do this.

Roadshow heads to Diss

We’re heading to the Corn Hall, Diss on 24 April for our second roadshow event where residents are invited to hear about our suggestions for the future, ask questions and offer ideas and aspirations for the county. More...

Pool cars & parking 

If you use a pool car, please be aware that we've recently updated parking procedures at County Hall and Carrow House to clarity what you need to do with your own car. 

This week's blog

It's your last chance to read Sara Tough’s blog. 

Look out for Tom’s blog on Monday 16 April. We’ve changed our blog day from Friday to Monday. The ideal way to start your week… 

Who's who in our leadership team


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Summer 2018 A-Level Fashion and Embroidery Masterclasses

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:00
Goldwork: A History of Bling! A-Level Fashion and Embroidery Masterclasses at Norwich Castle

A unique extension and enhancement opportunity for A-Level Art and Textiles students

Wednesday 4 July, 9.30am - 2.30pm 

Enjoy a day at Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery working with an expert to develop inspiration and learn new skills. Look at examples of goldwork from the museum’s fabulous collections and find out more about careers in textiles and embroidery.

£15 per student (includes materials)

max 20 students each day, plus a second session at your school by arrangement.

For more details please click here.

To book contact, or 01603 493636

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A-Level Biodiversity Conference at Norwich Castle

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A-Level Biodiversity Conference 2018 at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

A unique extension and enhancement opportunity for A-Level Biology, Geography and Environmental Studies students

Thursday 5 July 2018,
10am - 4pm

£8 per student

Featuring a keynote speaker and workshops from UEA researchers: 'What is Biodiversity? Why is it important?'. Plus meet the Environmental Public Affairs campaigner who helped secure the ground-breaking microbead ban.

For more details, please click here.

In partnership with UEA, United Nations Decade on Diversity, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Broads Authority

To book, please contact or call 01603 493636.

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A-Level Art Masterclasses

Norfolk Council News Feed - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:00
Free A-Level Art Masterclasses at Norwich Castle

Narrative, Allegory and Illusion with artist Will Teather

In conjunction with the exhibition The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World (22 June to 23 September 2018), this is a chance for A-Level Art students to develop their artistic thinking skills and techniques, working with a practising artist.

Friday 6th and Monday 9th July 2018, 10am to 2.30pm, max 20 students each day, FREE

For more information, click here.

To book, please contact or 01603 493636

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Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin 13 April 2018

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Dear Norfolk Arts Forum Members,

Welcome to the 13 April edition of the Norfolk Arts Forum Bulletin. Below you will find information on jobs, opportunities, and funding for the arts in Norfolk.

You can also find out information and share arts opportunities on our Social Media pages:

In This Issue: Job Opportunities Norwich City Council – join the 2018 steward team for our city centre events

Norwich City Council is recruiting for a variety of paid steward roles for the 2018 events season!
During the year, the culture and events team organise and deliver large scale events in the city centre such as Lord Mayor’s Celebrations, Playdays, Spooky City and Christmas Switch-On. All these events are free to the public and range from carnivals, music stages, fireworks, street processions and further festive delights.

What’s the role?
We are incredibly proud of our stewarding team. These events can only happen with the dedication and hard work of event stewards, who assist with the delivery of the events in particular roles. You will be the friendly and welcoming face of these events, interacting with audiences and answering any questions that the public might have. What’s more, you will assist with the smooth running of these events behind the scenes.

Person specification
Applicants are welcome from all backgrounds and abilities as we value diversity and do not discriminate. Please note, stewards must be aged 18 or over when they apply and are eligible to work in the UK. Besides being available on the day(s) for which you work, you may be asked to attend training sessions.

To apply
For more information and to apply head to
Please return your completed application form by email to by Monday 16 April 2018.

Set & Prop Maker aka Twiggler in the Park, BeWILDerwood

BeWILDerwood is a wild and imaginative family adventure park based in Hoveton, Norfolk. With magical treehouses, exciting play structures and a hint of intriguing characters, BeWILDerwood brings a unique experience to the Norfolk Broads.

Open to learning about our magical world of Twiggles & Boggles and the park’s brand aesthetic, the successful candidate will have a passion for helping stories come to life using a variety of materials and processes…and just a sprinkle of magic. Working as part of a small team, you will be tasked to design and produce durable set pieces for the park and props for our storytelling sessions and seasonal events. Based in a shared workshop, experience of using materials such as wood, fabric, paint and sculpting materials will be hugely beneficial. You must be able to work to briefs and deadlines, as well as think creatively on your feet; no day at BeWILDerwood, and no task, is ever the same!

This role would suit a recent graduate, or someone looking to make use of, or expand their skill and stretch their imagination.

Starting Salary – circa £18-£20k per annum dependant on experience
This is a permanent, full time role that requires a flexible approach to hours and days worked and a willingness to travel irregularly as required.

Closing Date – Sunday 22rd April
Interviews – w/c 30th April

For further information or an informal chat about the role, please contact Emma Ewins, Events & Story Manager on 01692 633033 or visit

Events Administrative Assistant, UEA

Faculty Events Office
£18,777 to £20,989 per annum

The post of Events Administrative Assistant provides organisational support to academics and students planning events, and is particularly concerned with literary festivals, conferences, guest lectures and the creation of budgets and publicity material. Some evening and weekend working is required.

You should have experience in events organising, enjoy team working, be able to meet deadlines, be committed to providing outstanding customer service and have a professional approach in dealing with people. A minimum of five passes at GCSE, or equivalent, at grades A-C, including Mathematics and English, or equivalent experience is an essential requirement.

The post is available immediately on a full-time, indefinite basis.

Click here for more information

Closing date: 19 April 2018 

Development Opportunities Look Sideways-East Phase 1 Evaluation Presentation

2 - 3.30 pm, Monday 16 April 2018
Norfolk Record Office, The Archive Centre, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DQ

The Norfolk Arts Forum would like to invite you to a presentation by Jonathan Goodacre from The Audience Agency on the findings from its evaluation report on phase 1 of Look Sideways-East, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership Cultural Board’s Cultural Tourism Project for Norfolk and Suffolk.

Look Sideways-East is a 2 phase project funded by Arts Council England and Norfolk and Suffolk County Councils. This ground-breaking cultural tourism initiative brings together cultural leaders, local authorities and tourism partners in a strategic partnership which aims to establish Norfolk and Suffolk as ‘must-see’ destinations, to build audiences, visitors and customers for the cultural offer and to increase our visitor economy across the two counties.

Phase 1 aimed to raise the profile of the world-class culture across our region, and to attract a wide audience of cultural tourists to the region’s biggest, brightest cultural events via a range of targeted interventions including digital advertising, communications and promotional campaigns.

Phase 2 has been awarded £300k by Arts Council England Cultural Destinations Fund to create a dynamic, new web resource to attract national and international visitors to the area year-round, and to increase the annual revenue created by Norfolk’s cultural visitor attractions.

In this session you will find out about the aims of the Phase 1 of the project and the results that have been achieved so far, including:

• Key Findings
• Headline Figures
• Ticketing and Entrance Data
• Geo-demographic Profiling and Mapping
• Contribution to Economy

Who Should Attend
The session is aimed at arts and cultural organisations with an interest in understanding the audience demographic of cultural visitors in Norfolk and Suffolk. Jonathan is keen to hear about peoples own experiences on this subject and the session will include time for Q&A’s and idea sharing.

If you would like to attend please email to book a place.

New Perspectives on Participatory Arts

Two-day conference - Tuesday 22 May & Wednesday 23 May 2018
Elizabeth Fry Building, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7AF 

This FREE conference, organised by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, seeks to draw together the new knowledge and practice generated by and emerging from funded research projects across Connected Communities as well as more widely in the fields of community and participatory arts. One of the programme’s eight strategic focuses has been around participatory arts—this is an opportunity for those involved to share their work and thoughts with other project teams and communities. 

Speakers include:

  • Professor Helen Nicholson, Royal Holloway, University of London, co-author of The Ecologies of Amateur Theatre and co-ed. Critical Perspectives on Applied Theatre, Principal Investigator on AHRC CC project Amateur Dramatics: Crafting Communities in Time and Place
  • Steve Pool, Sheffield-based visual artist, community artist, researcher, as well as AHRC CC project Co-Investigator, and Artist in Residence on Imagine project.

A full Conference Programme is available here.

Book a place on Eventbrite here.

Feldenkrais and Performance Two Day Workshop

27th & 28th April 10am - 5pm
Inner Space, Maude Gray Court, St Benedict's Street, Norwich NR2 4PA
Cost: £65.27 – £121.32

A two day workshop with Ed Woodall, experienced performance, movement and Feldenkrais practitioner. Explore greater awareness through movement to bring more sensitivity and finess to your performance and the rest of your life. Essential skills for all performers, musicians, puppeteers and anyone who loves to move. To book tickets go to:

Adapting Business for Dementia Conference

Friday 18 May 2018, 9am – 3pm 
Stage Two at Norwich Theatre Royal
£10 per person

Does your business need help and advice on being more dementia-friendly?

As part of Creative Matters: Caring for Dementia this May, Norwich Theatre Royal, in partnership with Age UK Norwich, is hosting a one day conference for local businesses on May 18.

How can businesses in Norfolk adapt to the growing needs of people with dementia among their customers and workforce?

The conference will feature a series of informative and interactive workshops to support businesses and employers enhance their policies and procedures with practical advice to help those affected by the condition.

It will include sessions on the importance and implementation of specialist staff training with experts from law firm Clapham and Collinge, and Riverside Leisure Centre. Age Space Norfolk, Re Assure and Home Care will share examples of how to support staff living with or caring for those with dementia, and Norwich Airport and Age UK Norwich will talk about adapting physical environments to improve experiences for customers with the condition.

Those speaking during the conference include Professor Eneida Mioshi from the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia who has carried out extensive research into the nature of dementia across multiple countries, Susan Ringwood who is the chief executive of Age UK Norwich, and Daniel Burgess from Norwich theatre company All-In Productions, one of the county’s Dementia Champions.

Click Here for full details of the day's programme and to book tickets.

For more information on further events held over our Creative Matters Dementia Season this May check out 

Exploring Your Community Conference 2018 at Norfolk Record Office.

NEW DATE Saturday 12 May 2018, 10.30am-3.30pm

Are you a member of a local history group? Do you want to find out about local history projects, and using technology in archives? Join us for our third annual conference.

This year will include:

  • Workshops on using social media, oral history and digitization
  • A talk from Norfolk Archives and Heritage Development Foundation (NORAH), charitable partner of NRO.
  • Short talks by attending groups wishing to share their current project.
  • Display space for your group or project. 
  • Networking lunch included. 
  • Attending groups receive a voucher for a half price group or research visit to NRO. 

If you would like to book a slot for a talk, or a display space, please email the Education & Outreach Team on 

Tickets are £10 and places are limited, please book at or call 01603 222599. 

CREATIVE WORKSPACE SUMMIT: The Role of Creatives in Creating Great Places

by originalprojects; on behalf of ECVAN and Making Waves Together 
11am-5pm, 20th April 2018 
St George's Theatre, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2PG
Tickets - £40 (with reduced price for local residents)

The Creative Workspace Summit will explore the role of creatives (individuals and organisations) in creating great places and how creative workspaces can make the most of a town's potential.

Keynote Speaker: Charles Landry

Case Studies: 
East Street Arts (Leeds)
Dove Street Studios, (Norwich)
originalprojects; (Great Yarmouth)
Focal Point Gallery and Southend Borough Council (Southend)
Outset (London/ UK)
HAT projects (Essex)
OUTPOST (Norwich)
UEA (East Anglia)
Paradise Works (Manchester) 
Creative Foundation (Folkestone) 
Smiths Row (Bury St Edmunds)


  • To explore some of the issues facing creatives today and the ways that they are solving their workspace issues through innovative resourcing and place making initiatives
  • To share practical case-study experiences that inspire artist, creatives, students, budding entrepreneurs and SMEs
  • To inform decision makers (civic leaders and private business owners) of the beneficial role of creatives can play in creating great places and how creative workspaces can make the most of a town's potential, attract diverse visitors and serve the year-round economy

For more information and to book a place please click here

Artists & the Arts in Placemaking,18 April, London 

This event will share examples of artist led approaches to engaging with place through temporary interventions and will also focus on local authority initiatives to work with communities. The Place Alliance is particularly keen to attract local government officers to the conference and the Minister for the Arts, Michael Ellis MP, will be attending.   Tickets cost just £10 and you can find out more about the programme and book your place here.

Arts Fundraising online training courses

With investment from Arts Council England, Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy provides free access to the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of online fundraising training for staff, practitioners and Trustees in the arts, cultural and heritage sector. Cause4 Advance‘s short, on-the-go learning modules bring you the latest thinking about arts fundraising on the most relevant topics today. The latest e-learning modules will be live until 4 May 2018.

Circus Skills Classes, Drill House, SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth

Aerial Beginners

Been transfixed by the trapeze artist, spellbound by the silks?  Always wanted to try your hand at the exciting world of aerial circus?  This introductory class is led by aerial performer, producer and teacher, Daisy Black of Gossamer Thread Circus.

Monday – 6.00 – 7.30pm
16 April – 14 May (no session 7 May due to Bank Holiday) - £48

Aerial Intermediate 

Our new Aerial Intermediate class is the perfect progression from Aerial Beginners or if you have done basic aerial circus skills before.

Develop your technical ability and movement in silks, hoop and trapeze as Daisy Black expertly guides you through the next level of your training. 

Monday – 7.45pm -  9.15pm
16 April – 14 May (no session 7 May due to Bank Holiday) - £48

The Drill House, York Road, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2LZ

For further information visit

StartEast Network Jam

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.

To be a member of StartEast you must enter through one of these events. Sign up here.

April 26, 2018, SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth

Opportunities for Artists/Writers/Performers The Arts Directory

The Arts Directory provides artists, performers, makers, festivals and producers a profile and contact service – a great way to profile your talents or search for others to collaborate and work with across Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and beyond.

Creating a profile is completely free and helps building working relationships, supports artists to promote their work and organisers to programme their events. 

The Arts Directory is part of Making Waves Together, a wider partnership project led jointly by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Waveney District Council, and funded by the national Great Place Scheme, which is seeing communities and organisations in both areas work together to boost the cultural offer and drive cultural re-imagination as a way of supporting success in the seaside towns.  Great Places has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

You can register for The Arts Directory here


Pavilion Dance South West and partners are bringing together forward-thinking programmers, producers, promoters and managers who are interested in presenting dance performances in theatres, festivals, museums, galleries, and many other unusual places and spaces. 

At events held around the country, we are offering a supported opportunity to meet artists and creatively develop new ideas and opportunities for presenting dance.

  • Share/see/hear examples of how to sustain and develop audience relationships
  • Discuss how venues can have early communication with artists about the work they are making.
  • Share your experiences of dance touring and work together to make it better
  • Have frank discussions about what works and what doesn’t
  • Discuss how work can fit in your spaces and places
  • Find out how your venue/ events can support artists to achieve better touring possibilities
  • Consider how can we work together to make sure it all makes sense, for artists, programmers and audiences

What is Surf The Wave?

Surf The Wave is a major dance project that aims to fundamentally change dance touring in the UK. This three-year project runs from October 2017 to August 2020, taking a longer term approach to talent development, networking and showcasing. 

What is involved? 

We are inviting presenters and promoters to attend 2 x 1-day events in their own region as part of the Artist as Entrepreneur intensive programme of development. Whereas artists and producers will attend for two days, presenters and promoters are invited to attend on the second day of each intensive, which will involve opportunities to meet, exchange and develop relationships with artists and companies from all over the UK. The programme will include guest speakers, panel discussions, open space sessions and networking opportunities focusing on four key themes:

  • Concept
  • Quality
  • Communication
  • Sustainability

The Artist as Entrepreneur events will take place in the South East as follows:

20th April - South East Dance, Brighton
17th October - Dance East, Ipswich

What is the offer?

Attending presenters will receive

  • A bursary to cover travel & accommodation costs
  • All meals and tickets to performances (if performances are programmed with the event)
  • An opportunity to pitch for Surf Generator financial support to develop a project with an artist/company whose work you’re interested in
  • Subsidised delegate places for the UK Dance Showcase in Bournemouth & Poole, 16th – 19th May 2019
  • An increased network to support further programming opportunities

Please note, we will try to accommodate as many presenters as possible but we have a limited number of bursaries and limited space available. If you work independently and require further financial support to attend, please let us know.

Is this for me?

We are inviting expressions of interest to participate in the Surf The Wave Artist as Entrepreneur programme. We would like to hear from presenters who can commit to both dates in their region and work in any of these contexts:

  • New to dance programming and want to know more
  • Programme 1 or 2 dance pieces a year, but would like to do more
  • Programme in any context including small and mid- scale venues, rural touring, museums, galleries, festivals & outdoors
  • Regularly programme dance but want to develop stronger artist and audience relationships

Expression of interest:

If you would like to get involved, please email an expression of interest with brief information about your venue and current dance programme to Eloise Tong, Surf The Wave Coordinator, at

Vist their website for further information:

Eighty-five percent of Surf the Wave costs are supported by Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence fund, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. Further support comes from the National Dance Network, DanceXchange, South East Dance, The Place and Yorkshire Dance.

Industry Research & Information StartEast

StartEast is for creative people who love what they do and want to make a living from it. We offer bespoke, targeted, 1-1 business advice and support, workshops and masterclasses as well as an invited grant scheme 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.

We have a dedicated team of advisors and industry experts ready to support you in a range of different ways. Whether you need support to develop an idea or your artistic vision, help with business growth and expansion into new markets, securing new contracts, increasing productivity or turnover, we can help.

We focus primarily (but not exclusively) on the performing arts (theatre, dance, music, outdoor arts, and live art), literature and festivals. We also support specialist creative enterprises including, for example, producers, curators, back stage, technical, costumes, props, and marketing.

All you need to do is sign up and become a StartEast member.

Film Hub South East Strategy 2018-2022

Film Hub South East is an organisation dedicated to supporting the regional development of cinema, film festivals, community cinemas and filmmaking talent in Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk, Surrey and Sussex.

They have been appointed by the British Film Institute to distribute funds to organisations and individuals across the region, including: 

  • Outdoor screenings scheme 
  • Local film heritage touring projects
  • Audience diversity initiatives (which can support community groups showing films)
  • Development of new regional filmmakers
  • Open Project Proposals (helping to develop new film event initiatives) 

Download a copy of the Film Hub South East Strategy 2018-2022 here

If you are interested in receiving communications from from them, sign up to the Film Hub South East mailing list here to ensure you’re kept updated of future FHSE news and updates. 

Funding Opportunities FCC Community Action Fund

Competition for WREN funding is considerable. Requests for funding from their most recent round exceeded £5 million and they have to regularly decline worthwhile projects due to funding restrictions. WREN will accept applications for the provision, maintenance or improvement of the following types of public amenity: 

  • Village Halls and Community Centres
  • Public Play Areas
  • Publicly available Multi use games areas, skate parks and BMX tracks
  • Sport and recreation grounds including pavilions and clubhouses with full public access
  • Churches – community spaces only
  • Nature Reserves
  • Public gardens, parks, country parks and woodlands with at least dawn to dusk access
  • Museums

Applications for funding are assessed against grant criteria and you should read carefully the Guide for Applicants and ensure your project meets grant criteria and you have shown the difference the project will make to your local community.  WREN will not request further evidence of community need and benefit so you should make sure you application and enclosures reflects what your project will achieve.  WREN requires all projects to be delivered within 12 months of funding decisions and please note WREN no longer accepts paper applications.

Norwich Heritage Fund

Now open – there are no application deadlines. Applications are considered on a rolling basis while funds remain available.

The aim of the Norwich Heritage Fund is to support charities and community groups within the Norwich Urban Area which aim to benefit local heritage (built and intangible) and people’s engagement with it.  Grants of up to £3,000 are available.  The Fund has a balance of  £5,850 remaining. Once this is committed the Fund will close.

Projects which will be considered include preservation and recording of the heritage, feasibility studies, promotional campaigns, improved interpretation and greater participation.
Projects benefiting the natural heritage e.g. historic woodlands, are not eligible for this fund.
Priority will be given to projects where the amount requested makes a significant impact on the overall project.
As there are limited funds available the panel may choose to prioritise applicants that have not previously benefited from a grant from this fund.

Charitable, community and voluntary groups based or clearly operating in the Norwich Urban Area area can apply. This includes Churches/ PCCs and Parish Councils where the project is clearly community focused and inclusive, and meets the aims of the Fund.

More information can be found here

Funding to support arts projects

The Fidelio Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications is the 1st June 2018. The Trust offers grants of up to £5,000 in support of the Arts, in particular Music.

Read more at:   

Idlewild Trust announces next application deadline

The Idlewild Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its grant making programme is the 6th September 2018. The Idlewild Trust is a grant making trust that supports charities concerned with improving opportunities for young professionals working in the arts, particularly at an early stage in their careers; and supporting the conservation of important works of art and objects that are being lost through the lack of funds to look after these works.
The Trust awards around £120,000 each year in grants and makes grants of up to £5,000. Read more at:  

Building Better Communities Programme opens for nominations

Jewson's Building Better Communities programme, which supports community buildings across the UK has re-opened for nominations.  The Fund awards a Top Regional prize of £50,000 (split equally between labour and building materials costs) and multiple prizes ranging from £500 to £10,000 from a total pot of £250,000. Local Trade Heroes (which seeks to celebrate construction workers who play a big role in their community) can also win £50,000 worth of building materials to enable them to complete worthy projects such as new sports club changing rooms, much-needed play area for children or improve community buildings.

Local projects can also apply for building materials worth between £500 and £10,000 to improve their local community building from a regional prize fund. To participate, entrants must submit all the required details of their nominated community building project via the website below or via Jewson's Facebook page ( Shortlisted projects will be announced on the 6th May 2018.  Shortlisted projects will face a public vote.  Public voting runs from the 22nd May.

Previous winners include: 

  • Brookfields Special School Independent Living Skills Centre to convert a former caretaker's house in Pangbourne into an independent living skills centre where the pupils can learn vital day to day skills such as cooking and cleaning as well as vocational skills such as gardening, online selling and catering
  • North Walsham Gymnastics Club - Dream, Believe, Achieve to move from the hall shared with the high school to a purpose built facility to meet local demand.

Read more at:    

Funding for the restoration of historic buildings

Funding is available to restore historic buildings through the Heritage Lottery Fund's Heritage Enterprise grants programme. The programme provides grants to support not-for-profit organisations in partnership with the private sector for the restoration of unused historic building and sites. The programme provides grants where historic buildings have failed to attract enough investment because the cost of their repair has not been commercially viable for private developers. Through the programme, two levels of grants are available: 

  • Grants of between £100,000 and under £2 million
  • Grants of between £2million and £5million.

For grant requests of over £100,000 and under £2million decisions are made every three months. For grant requests of between £2 million and up to £5 million the next closing date for stage one applications is the 14th June 2018.

Previous projects supported include The Globe, an Art Deco ‘super theatre' in the centre of Stockton on Tees, which will be transformed from a derelict eyesore into a 2500-seater live music and comedy venue with the potential to create 64 jobs. Read more at:  

Funding for remote rural communities

Communities that are not connected to the Mains Gas Grid can now apply for grants of up to £5,000 through the Calor Rural Community Fund.  Projects that can apply for funding could be anything from redecorating community centres or village halls; to new equipment for youth clubs, sports teams or scout groups; etc. Projects will be subject to a popular vote.  Projects that receive the most votes on Calor Rural Community Fund website will be shortlisted then reviewed by a panel of judges, who will select the winning projects for funding. In 2018 Calor is offering three levels of funding to suit projects of different sizes: 

  • Up to £1,000
  • Up to £2,500
  • Up to £5,000

The 20 projects in the £1,000 category and the 10 projects in both the £2,500 and £5,000 with the most votes will go through to the finals. The closing date for applications will be the 21st May 2018. Read more at:

Youth Music funding for music-making projects for children & young people

Arts Council England is to invest £38.6 million of funding into Youth Music, a national charity investing in music-making projects for children and young people in challenging circumstances, between 2018 and 2022. Each year, Youth Music funds around 350 music-making projects nationwide, reaching more than 75,000 children and young people. This work supports the musical, personal and social development of children and young people, as well as developing positive outcomes for the organisations it invests in and their workforce by funding diverse, creative and inclusive music-making projects wherever they’re needed most.

Youth Making's funding programme is made up of three separate funds: 

  • Fund A 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 (£100,000 to £160,000) for strategic programmes to help embed sustainable, inclusive music-making across a local area.

Charities, not for profit organisations and schools are all eligible to apply, however, schools will however have to show how to activities to be funded do not duplicate Department of Education funding. Previous projects funded include: 

  • Positive Youth Foundation’s Changing Trax project in Coventry, where young people played a key part in the city’s successful bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021
  • Tang Hall Smart CIC in York, where young people with learning disabilities are developing their composition and performance skills in rock and rap workshops.

The grants programme is currently open for application with the following deadlines:

Fund A:  

Round 13: Friday 24 August 2018, 5pm
Round 14: Friday 7 December 2018, 5pm

Fund B:

Round 8 Stage 1: Friday 18 May 2018, 5pm
Round 9 Stage 1: Friday 9 November 2018, 5pm

Fund C: This fund is currently closed to new applicants

Read more at:   

Innovate UK supporting game-changing ideas

Innovate UK has up to £15 million to invest in great ideas for new innovations in a range of technology and business areas. Projects must work on disruptive ideas that could lead to new products, processes or services that are significantly ahead of others in the field. They can range from short feasibility studies to longer industrial research or experimental development projects. There must be a potential for commercialisation or economic impact.

Find out more about the open funding programme.

Competition information 

The competition opens on 1 March 2018 and the deadline for applications is 9 May 2018

  • Projects must be led by a business working alone or in collaboration with other organisations or researchers
  • We expect projects to range in size between £25,000 and £1 million and to last between 6 months and 3 years
  • Businesses could attract up to 70% of their total project costs

Find out more about this competition and apply.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 

  • Businesses also have the opportunity to apply for a share of a further £10 million for Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).
  • KTPs allow businesses to benefit from a partnership with an academic institution and a recent graduate with relevant expertise to work on a specific innovation project.
  • The deadline to apply is the same, but the application process is different. You should speak to your local knowledge adviser, who will help you to apply.

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Capital grants of up to £20,000 available to improve accessibility of theatres

The Theatres Trust's Theatre Improvement Scheme, in association with the Wolfson Foundation, is a capital fund that awards grants of up to £20,000. The scheme will run for three years, and each year will fund projects with a specific theme. The theme for 2018 will be Improving Accessibility. In 2018 funding will be awarded to projects which make their theatre more accessible through changes to the building or its systems. The scheme will fund theatres and projects of all sizes that demonstrate excellence in the pursuit of becoming an accessible theatre.

Theatres should be accessible for everyone, but the Theatres Trust and Wolfson Foundation are aware that many theatre buildings do not reach the highest levels of accessibility. Priority will be given to projects that could serve as best practice case studies to inspire other theatres. We want to fund excellent projects in excellent theatres.

Projects should serve the needs of your audience and include evidence of consultation with users and potential users of your venue. Themes for 2019 and 2020 will be announced in due course. To be eligible to apply to the scheme, applicants must demonstrate that they: 

  • Own or manage theatres with titles or signed leases of more than 15 years on buildings in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
  • Run a year-round programme of live performance, of no less than 30 performances a year
  • Have a bona fide UK charitable or not-for-profit legal structure and be able to provide certified or audited accounts for at least two years.
  • Operate theatres that achieve excellence through their producing and programming or architectural significance

For further information about eligibility and the terms and conditions for this funding please review the Terms and Conditions. Pre-application conversations are encouraged. As it is expected that some consultation is undertaken as part of the project, we recommend early communication. Deadline for submissions are Thursday 13 September 2018. Read more at:

Funding for small charities for projects addressing social & educational needs within their community 

Closing date: 31st May 2018

Registered charities with an income of less than £100,000 per year can apply for grants of up to £1,000 through the Thomas Wall Trust for projects that meet the educational and social needs of their communities. The Trust is particularly keen on supporting projects that are innovative in some way. Grant awards are specifically for project costs and the Trust awards grants to approximately 30 organisations each year.

Previous projects supported include: 

  • Devon Development Education which was awarded £1,000 to fund a short intergenerational project about food, with 45 pupils from 2 Exeter primary schools (Wynstream and Montgomery) and 13 members of the older generation.
  • Campus Children’s Holidays were awarded a grant on £1,000 towards their Residential Project. The project, based in North Yorkshire, provided vulnerable children with the opportunity to participate in activities which would typically not be available to them as a result of poverty or social exclusion.

The Trust can also provide small grants of up to £1,000 to assist people with the cost of training courses that improve their chances of employment. Read more at:  

Music grants for older people

The registered charity, Concertina which makes grants of up to £250 to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 30th April 2018. The charity is particular keen to support smaller organisations which might otherwise find it difficult to gain funding. Concertina has made grants to a wide range of charitable organisations nationwide in England and Wales. These include funds to many care homes for the elderly to provide musical entertainment for their residents. Some of the charities that have received grants from Concertina include: 

  • Mind Active, Northumberland to help fund a joint social activity inviting residents and supporting care staff from every residential care home in Wansbeck;
  • Access to Art, London to help fund operational costs of running trips for the elderly to galleries/museums.

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Volunteering Opportunities Gig Buddies

Gig Buddies Norwich is a new Mencap befriending service that supports local people. We pair a person with a learning disability between the ages of 18-30 with a volunteer who likes similar things to them. Our aim is to get people with learning disabilities out and about in Norwich at night. A lot of people miss out on evening events and activities as they have no one to go with or can’t travel independently. We provide a volunteer that is there to support their buddy do whatever they want to at least twice a month. They could go to a gig, the theatre, pub, exercise class or bowling, we want everyone to be able to access ‘mainstream’ events and activities and not feel ‘scared’ or ‘worried’.

Volunteers receive a day’s training, DBS check and can claim up to £10 for event tickets, non-alcoholic drinks or travel. It is a great opportunity to make a new friend and support a local person to get out more in our community.

If you would like to find out more visit our website:  or contact Hannah the project coordinator:  /  07967769173.

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