Regional Updates

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


Vacancies with Hebron Trust
24.03.2017
The Hebron Trust are looking to recruit a Business Support Coordinator, an Administrative Support Worker and a House Support Worker. The closing date for these posts is 17th April 2017.
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Plans published to reform DWP offices
08.03.2017
The DWP has proposed merging 78 smaller Jobcentre Plus offices with larger ones nearby and co-locating around 50 Jobcentre Plus offices with local authorities or other community services to provide joined-up services. Proposals include closing the Kings Lynn Job Centre at Lovell House and co-locating the Kings Lynn Job Centre at Kings Court. The Job Centre in Thetford would also be co-located and the Centre for Health and Disabiltiy Assessments at St Mary's House, Norwich would be closed under these proposals. 
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Major boost to support those fleeing domestic abuse
01.03.2017
The DCLG has announced that a bid by Norwich City Council and Leeway, for almost £100,000 and a separate bid by West Norfolk, North Norfolk and Breckland, alongside Leeway, also for £100,000 have both been sucessful. This will fund full-time domestic abuse case workers to provide immediate support to those in need and additional beds. The funding will also go towards longer term support for those in need, in the form of a rent guarantee scheme that will help women move into rented accommodation.
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Help Through Crisis Project
01.03.2017
A new project led by Citizens Advice Mid Norfolk is helping people in Breckland and South Norfolk get the help they need when faced with a number of crisis situations ranging from threat of eviction, threatening behaviour by a loan shark, stopped benefits, through to the basic need of emergency food. The five year Lottery funded project ‘Mid & South Norfolk Advice & Support’ uses ‘Advice Champions’ to help people navigate around the specialist agencies and deal with their immediate crisis whilst keeping in touch with them and helping them avoid a repeat of the situation.  
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NCLS Free Legal Advice Service
22.02.2017
Please could agencies signposting clients to the Tuesday and Friday Free Legal Advice service ask them to arrive no earlier than 10am please. Booking for appointments does not start until 10.30am however an increasing number of clients are arriving before 9.30am. This leaves them with a long wait and creates difficulties for the volunteers who run the reception for the service. Many thanks for your assistance. 
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Free energy advice training for frontline staff
22.02.2017
Citizens Advice have been awarded funding to provide FREE training for front line staff and volunteers to enable them to provide advice on energy issues to clients they support through their day-to-day work. Get in touch to arrange a training session - they can cover cover Diss, Thetford, Eye, Loddon, Long Stratton, Harleston and surrounding districts.
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New Routes are recruiting a treasurer
22.02.2017
New Routes Integration is looking for an experienced accountant/treasurer to join the charity’s Executive Board to manage the organisation's accounts and end of year financial statements. The organisation is funded on an individual project basis from a number of different funders with different reporting requirements. The board meets bi-monthly at 6pm on the first Monday, with occasional additional meetings. They would like the position filled as soon as possible.
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Leeway Power to Change Programme
22.02.2017
The Power to Change is run specifically for women who are survivors of domestic abuse or who are still living in an abusive relationship. It is based on the idea that women working together in a safe, friendly and supportive environment can change their lives for the better. Leeway provide the service across Norfolk.
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Norfolk Family Mediation Service
22.02.2017
The Norfolk Family Mediation Service is a ‘not for profit’ service in central Norwich who provide family mediation to assist separating families. They have a legal aid franchise and individuals can be assessed as to eligibility. It is a requirement, since 2014, that any person wishing to make an application to the family court must have attended an assessment meeting ( MIAM-Mediation and assessment meeting) to merely explore the option of mediation.
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Changes to the 4women Resource Centre Service
22.02.2017
As of mid-March 4women is moving to new premises at Heath House, 5 Woolgate Court, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, NR2 4AP. This move will enable Home Group to continue delivery of the Criminal Justice Contract with Norfolk and Suffolk Community Rehabilitation Company (Sodexo) as well as provide direct access social inclusion support for all women.
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West Norfolk Housing Advice service open to referrals
25.01.2017
The West Norfolk Housing Advice service welcomes referrals for anyone with housing issues. Just complete a simple 1 page referral form and email the form to WNPHousingAdvice@homegroup.org.uk or call 01553 223113 and make a referral over the phone. The client will be contacted and will be offered advice and/or given up to 4 appointments to sort the issue out. If that is not sufficient, they will be referred to the most appropriate agency in the West Norfolk Advice partnership. 
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Police promote a collaborative approach to operation gravity
25.01.2017
The Police have published advice and guidance for those working with vulnerable people, in particular those working in local authority and social housing, around what to do if you suspect a vulnerable person is being exploited by drugs gangs. They have produced a short presentation on what the issues are, what to look for and what you can do. 
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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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In Good Company–a campaign to help tackle loneliness
17.11.2016
In Good Company is a campaign being run over the next 12 months by more than 20 voluntary and statutory organisations and service providers in Norfolk, with the aim of combating loneliness among the county’s most vulnerable residents with the key message that no one should spend a lonely day in Norfolk if they don’t want to.To find out more about the campaign, please click 'Read more.'
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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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