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

New local bespoke service
This is a new local bespoke service for women who have had one or more children removed from their care. It is being offered by Mpower and aims to help women to look at why their children were removed and address the issues which led to this, not to promote re unification. Mpower have been operating in Ipswich for 4 years, Gt Yarmouth for 18 mths and North Lowestoft for the past month. Mpower are hoping to replicate this within Norfolk. Read full article
Greggs Foundation Local Community Project Fund
Grants up to £2,000 are available for not for profit organisations with projects or equipment that benefits one of the following:Those with a disability or chronic illness, people living in poverty, unpaid carers, the homeless, isolated older people, those with other demonstrable significant needs. The deadline for applications is Sat 24th June. Read full article

Training and Events

Safer Introduction to Child Protection Training
The Safer 'Introduction to Child Protection' Training has new dates: Saturday 10th June 9.30am – 1.00pm in Great Yarmouth, Saturday 17th June 9.30am – 1.00pm in Kings Lynn, Saturday 24th June – 9.30am - 1.00pm in Norwich and Wednesday 28th June 6.00-9.30pm in Norwich. Read full article
Refugee Week 2017
This year’s Refugee Week, organised by Norwich Integration Partnership is 19th-25th June. They have a record 22 events this year with many new organisations/groups/businesses participating! Please click below for a list of events and copies of the poster. Read full article

National News Roundup

Small grants available from Buttle UK
In collaboration with the BBC Children In Need Emergency Essentials Programme, Buttle UK provide swift support worth up to around £300 for families or young people living in crisis. They can deliver or fund critical household items such as cookers, fridges and other essential household items.  Read full article
Housing Benefit entitlement: renting from relatives
This Commons Library briefing paper explains how entitlement to Housing Benefit may be affected when a claimant is renting from a close relative. Read full article

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