Regional Updates

Briefings and other updates from NCAN and the Norfolk advice community.


New local bespoke service
21.06.2017
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.
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Greggs Foundation Local Community Project Fund
21.06.2017
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.
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Launch of Carer UK Norfolk
21.06.2017
Norfolk County Council and the five Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk are about to launch Carer UK Norfolk. This is a free resource available to all people who are unpaid carers in Norfolk to provide resources and guidance to support their caring roles. 
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Funding Opportunity - Alcohol & Drug Recovery Grants
21.06.2017
To complement the work of existing alcohol and drug treatment services Public Health is inviting applications for grants to support community recovery for adults aged 18 and above. Public Health is offering grants of up to £50,000 per annum per application, for a maximum period of 24 months. Third sector organisations may apply for funding. Public Health will consider partnership working as long as the partnership is led by the third sector. The same provider can apply for more than one bid, ensuring that these are for different services or initiatives. The deadline for applications is 9am on Tuesday 11th July 2017.
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Norwich City Council are recruiting a Strategy Officer
21.06.2017
This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the corporate strategy and transformation work of Norwich City Council. As a Strategy Officer you will provide policy analysis and briefings, develop and support specific policy and performance projects and contribute to the on-going transformation of the city council. You will also support work on partnerships and voluntary sector co-ordination and commissioning, and develop the council’s approach to reducing inequality in the city. The role is full time with a salary of £30,785 to £33,437 pa. Closing date is 10 July 2017. 
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Solo Vacancy for Services Manager (Supported Housing)
15.06.2017
Solo Housing is seeking to recruit a Services Manager (Supported Housing) in Diss, responsible for housing management and support functions. This is a full-time post with a salary of £32,846.00 to £36,379.00 pa. Closing Date for applications is 26th June 2017.
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Changes to the MoneyWise HomeSafe service
15.06.2017
From 6th July MoneyWise HomeSafe will be merging their free walk-in services to create a single weekly walk-in session at Norwich Millennium Library (The Forum) every Thursday 3pm - 6pm. The walk-in is open to anyone and you don't need an appointment. Clients can find it at the library Advice Hub which is towards the back of the ground floor.
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UEA Student's Union Job Vacancy
07.06.2017
The UEA Student's Union are looking for an advisor to join their Advice Centre, providing students with free, non-judgemental and impartial advice on a range of issues they might face during their time at UEA. This role would ideally suit someone with previous advice work experience and who is flexible and organised in their work approach. The role is temporary until October 2017 initially, 3 days a week and £25,298 pro rata.
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Norfolk County Council statement – floating support for adults
Norfolk County Council, 07.06.2017
Norfolk County Council spends approximately £1m per day on social care in Norfolk and the proposed budget will see this investment increase in 2017/18. Although we are investing more money in social care the costs of rising demand and of providing that care means that savings still have to be found. Following consultation in the latter part of 2016, it is reducing the funding for preventative housing support services to meet a priority to target investment to people who require care and those most at risk of losing their independence. This means that Norfolk County Council funding for housing-related floating support services will significantly reduce. The lower level mental health floating support service provided by Together, Service A, will no longer receive funding from August 31st 2017. Funding will continue for the Complex Needs Service. The generic housing-related floating support service for other service user groups except older people, Stonham HomeStay, will no longer be funded from November 30th 2017. 
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Can you help refugees & asylum seekers settle in Norwich?
07.06.2017
Refugees at Home have teamed up with New Routes Integration to find temporary housing for people in desperate need and are appealing for kind-hearted people with a few hours to spare to volunteer to help refugees and asylum seekers settle in Norwich by offering short-term accommodation or becoming a mentor. 
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MoneyWise HomeSafe walk-in service at the Library
07.06.2017
MoneyWise HomeSafe now have a new twilight walk-in service at Norwich Millennium Library every Thursday 4pm - 7pm. Ideal for people who may be working/training/learning who would find it hard to get to see them through the day but could use some free, friendly on the spot help. Open to anyone aged 16+ in the Norwich area and no appointment needed.
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Norfolk Black History Month 2017
07.06.2017
Join in the celebrations for Black History Month in October 2017. There is a £200 grant available for you and your group or community to put on an event to celebrate Black History Past, Present & Future in Norfolk, and raise awareness of the person or event you are celebrating to others. The theme for 2017 October Norfolk Black History Month celebration is: Rooted in the Past, Shaping the Future.
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Prince's Trust Development Award
31.05.2017
The Prince’s Trust ‘Development Award’ is a cash award of up to £500 to pay for training fees, equipment, tools and other items to support young people's education, training and work goals. If you work with a young person who is aged 14-25, unemployed, and or leaving care, and has been in trouble with the police or has no qualifications, they could receive money and support to help them get into education, training or work. 
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Bids welcome to help expand scheme for female offenders
31.05.2017
The WONDER project was launched as a year-long pilot in February this year. The Police & Crime Commisioner teamed up with Julian Support, the Sue Lambert Trust and the Magdalene Group to deliver this project, offering help and support to female detainees released from police custody facilities. Since then, the MOJ has granted further funds to allow the addition of more services across the county over the next three years and is inviting bids from agencies wanting to deliver the expansion of the project. The latest MOJ funding will not only see the initiative grow geographically, to cover all rural and urban areas of Norfolk, but also beyond Norfolk’s custody facilities.
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NCLS celebrates return of Law Student as qualified Solicitor
31.05.2017
Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) is celebrating the success of its volunteering scheme as former volunteer and UEA Law student Naomi Newell returns as a qualified solicitor to give legal advice for free. Naomi, a qualified Dispute Resolution Solicitor with Norwich firm Cozens Hardy Solicitors, volunteered with NCLS throughout her 4 years as a student at UEA.  
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Norwich Integration Partnership (NIP)
24.05.2017
Norwich Integration Partnership (NIP) brings together 3 local voluntary sector organisations: New Routes, The Bridge Plus+ and English+. Initiated through Big Lottery’s Reaching Communities Fund in June 2015 and ending in May 2018, the partnership aims to facilitate the integration of recently settled communities including asylum-seekers, refugees and other BME communities. 
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Small Grants available to help tackle Loan Sharks
17.05.2017
The Illegal Money Lending team are offering small grants from their Proceeds of Crime Funding Scheme. Local charities, community groups, organisations and schools are being encouraged to bid for up to £5,000 to spend on a project of their choice which will help combat unscrupulous loan sharks.
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Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking – Project Aidant
17.05.2017
This project led by the National Crime Agency is running over the next year to implement a nationally coordinated focus on a variety of different social groups worth the aim of fighting against modern slavery, human trafficking and labour exploitation. The Police have published a poster exlaining how you can help and what to do if you have concerns. For further advice and guidance on potential Human Trafficking issues please contact either the People from Abroad Team on 01603 222111 or speak to one of the Practice Consultants in the MASH.
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Training for trainers in safeguarding adults awareness
17.05.2017
There are new dates for 'Training for trainers in safeguarding adults awareness' - Wednesday 5th July 2017 at Cotman Housing Association, Norwich and Thursday 27th July 2017 at The Green Britain Centre, Swaffham. The day-long session aims to train staff to deliver safeguarding awareness training to other staff and volunteers in their organisation. 
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KLARS have changed their name to ACCESS
17.05.2017
King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support (KLARS) have changed their name to 'ACCESS – supporting migrants in East Anglia'. They continue to offer support to migrants from Eastern Europe and elsewhere, in Kings Lynn, Wisbech and the surrounding area.
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Grants to help older Norfolk residents with fuel bills
17.05.2017
Age UK Norfolk have some small grants available through their Surviving Winter Appeal for anyone aged 60+ who are struggling to keep themselves and their home warm. Grants are made by cheque usually payable to the provider and range from £100 to £500 depending on the need and situation of the applicant.
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Stonham HomeStay Floating Support Service Closure Announced
12.04.2017
After ten years of successful delivery of housing-related support to over 25,000 clients, the Stonham HomeStay floating support contract, delivered by Home Group, will close on 30th November 2017.  Due to continuing austerity measures, Norfolk County Council agreed recommendations to remove funding from all their existing floating support contracts at their full council meeting on 20th February 2017.
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18 to 21 year olds risk losing housing cost element of UC
12.04.2017
The Government has introduced regulations from April 1st 2017 - 18 to 21 year olds will no longer be entitled to the housing cost element of Universal Credit, unless they can prove they meet an exemption. This explicitly includes victims of domestic violence, care leavers and young parents. It also includes those for whom ‘in the opinion of the Secretary of State it is inappropriate to live with each of their parents.’ The Government will be producing an ‘Advice to decision makers’ document to clarify who this includes and how exemptions will be administered.
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PCC publishes first Police and Crime Plan
07.04.2017
Lorne Green has published his first Police and Crime Plan as Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC). The Plan, which sets seven core priorities for Norfolk, outlines the PCC's vision for tackling and preventing crime, protecting the most vulnerable and supporting victims.
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Citizens Advice, King's Lynn Office has moved
07.04.2017
The King's Lynn branch of Norfolk Citizens Advice has moved into its new home in Hanse House off the South Quay. It is open from 10am to 2pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Access to Hanse House (PE30 5GN) is from St Margaret's Place, or from the riverside on South Quay. The team is in urgent need of more volunteers to train for a variety of roles, not just advice work, but also in the reception area and to help with background administration. Please read more for details on the services available.
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Shelter Carol Service
29.11.2016
Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, is holding their first ever Christmas carol service in Norwich at St Peter Mancroft Church on Tuesday 20th December. The evening will feature performances from Norwich Young Voices and The Orchestrate! Project, with readings from special guests.
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Norfolk County Council Prior Information Notice
25.08.2016
Norfolk County Council have just published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to inform the market of its intentions to let a new contract for this provision of its statutory advocacy services.
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Devolution in Norfolk and Suffolk
11.08.2016
A consultation on the proposed devolution deal in Norfolk and Suffolk is open.  Devolution would see the transfer of certain decision-making powers and funding down from Central Government to a local area. The deadline is Tues 23rd August.  For more information about the proposals or to take part in the consultation please click here.
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Personal Budget Review Toolkit prepared by Equal Lives
13.04.2016
Personal Budget Review Toolkit prepared by Equal Lives
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Norwich Door to Door - Chief Executive Role
13.04.2016
Norwich Door to Door is looking for someone amazing to be its next Chief Executive - £34,000-£40,000
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Universal Credit Rollout
06.04.2016
Universal Credit for all types of claimants and all types of cases is coming to the following Great Yarmouth postcodes on 27 April 2016.
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Healthwatch Norfolk- Barriers to Advance Care Planning Survey
10.12.2015
The Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy has been commissioned by Healthwatch Norfolk to undertake research into the barriers to advance care planning.
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Great Yarmouth Older People’s Network AGM - Information
26.11.2015
Please find information attached and below regarding the Great Yarmouth Older People’s Network AGM – which is taking place at: The Priory Centre, Great Yarmouth, on Tuesday 1st December, 09:45 till 12:00 with a buffet lunch provided
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Do you offer welfare or benefits advice in West Norfolk?
26.11.2015
If so, you can take the opportunity to express your interest in being involved in a future joint commissioning venture with statutory funders.
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Carers Agency Partnership - Short Breaks Survey
11.11.2015
The Carers Agency Partnership has launched a survey of its Short Breaks Service and wants to hear feedback from carers and professionals who have used this service over the last year.  
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Local Universal Credit rollout dates
02.10.2015
Please see below for Universal Credit rollout dates across our region:
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Syrian Refugee Crisis - Update from Norfolk County Council
09.09.2015
Update from George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council on the Syrian Refugee Crisis:
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Tender information - Gateway Resettlement Programme services
09.09.2015
The UKVI Refugee Team will soon be seeking to engage with potential partners to deliver the Gateway Resettlement Programme for 2016-2019.
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Big Advice Survey Data Released - Norfolk Results
17.08.2015
All the data from the Big Advice Survey is now online and in the public domain. This data contains 43 responses from Norfolk. NCAN has produced a document detailing these Norfolk results, which can be downloaded here.
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Norfolk County Council Hate Crime Survey
17.08.2015
Norfolk County Council would like service and support provider organisations to complete a Hate Crime Survey to help to inform the County Council’s future strategy in tackling hate/mate incidents in all its forms going forward.  Survey link: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NCCHateIncidentReporting/Please respond by 30 September 2015. 
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Organisations currently using the NCAN referral system
12.08.2015
Click here for the updated list of organisations currently using the NCAN referral system
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Housing and Care Options Specialist role
16.06.2015
The role is to provide an Information, Advice, Advocacy and Support Service for older people, their families and carers, who wish to consider alternative housing and care options.
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Last chance to take part in a short survey about NCAN
05.05.2015
We would be grateful if you could take some time to complete this survey. You have until Friday 15 May.
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Vacancy at Diss, Thetford and District CAB.
21.04.2015
Click here to view details of a temporary role at Diss, Thetford and District CAB.
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Immigration Legal Aid outreach – service update for Norwich
26.01.2015
Outreach provision is now in place in Norwich. Carol Solomon from Solomon Solicitors delivers a service every two weeks, from the Red Cross Office. To arrange an appointment, please contact Pa Musa Jobarteh, Refugee support Service Co-ordinator on: 01603 623 041. The Red Cross office in Norwich is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm.
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