The Lottery Fund

The Norfolk Community Advice Network (NCAN) is a Big Lottery funded project set up to improve access to free, high quality social welfare advice, information, advocacy, and representation services for those living or working in Norfolk.

Our aim is to build a strong, effective and inclusive network of advice agencies in Norfolk and to support the advice sector in this region in contributing to strategic objectives locally and nationally in the areas of social inclusion, tackling poverty and other disadvantage.

Regional Updates

Norwich Credit Union has a Helping Hands Loan scheme
Established on 1st April 2016, this scheme is to support people who have a need to borrow money, up to £250, to help them with a situation that they cannot manage within their current finances, which is usually brought about by a change in their circumstances.  Read full article
Equal Lives Update
Equal Lives will no longer be providing a drop-in service at any of our Norwich venues.  We have made this decision because of the number of clients who have been signposted to our short drop-in facility who actually need an appointment because of the complexity of issues presented.  We will be directing our resources to maximising appointment availability. Read full article

Training and Events

UEA Conference - 'Interested in Migrant Health?'
If you work with refugees, asylum seekers or other forced migrant groups in any capacity, this conference is for you. Read full article
Carers Forum
A forum for those caring for people with mental health problems. All welcome! Read full article

National News Roundup

Independent report on effects of welfare conditionality
This overview summarises key first wave findings on the effects and ethics of welfare conditionality. The report states, "the evidence suggests that the common thread linking stories of successful transitions into work or the  cessation of problematic behaviour was not so much the threat or experience of sanction, but the availability of appropriate individual support." Read full article
The Low Comission - Winding Up
Winding down - but not giving up Catherine Baksi assessed three years of the Low Commission after news that the group was winding up after its funding ran out. Read full article

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