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 Integration Partnership (NIP)
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.  Read full article
Small Grants available to help tackle Loan Sharks
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. Read full article

Training and Events

Leeway's Domestic Abuse Awareness Training
Leeway has over 40 years’ experience working in the field of domestic abuse in Norfolk and given the high level of domestic abuse happening across our communities, we know that domestic abuse training is an  important part of tackling  this often hidden crime.Feedback from recent training included:“Really interesting, well delivered, supportive and considered.  Very good and much appreciated.” Read full article
Save the date: engagement events with NCC and Norfolk CCGs
Community Action Norfolk are planning some events to explore how Clinical Commissioning Groups, Norfolk County Council and the Norfolk VCSE sector can work together for improved health of residents and how to reduce the barriers to working together. Dates for your diary are: 8th March for West Norfolk, 10th March for Central Norfolk and 13th March for East Norfolk. More details to follow. Read full article

National News Roundup

Refugees Welcome? The Experience of New Refugees in the UK
This report by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees examines the provisions for new refugees during and after the move-on period. It examines the issues faced by new refugees in terms of housing, health and employment. The report also makes comparisons between provision for refugees who have come via the asylum route and those who have come via a resettlement programme. They recommend that a Minister for Refugees should be appointed to oversee a National Refugee Integration Strategy. Read full article
Impact of homelessness & bad housing on health & social care
Shelter’s Policy Manager has published a new blog based on two reports published last week on the impact of homelessness and bad housing on health and social care. The first report is by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Child Poverty Action Group and the second report is by the Guys and St Thomas’ Charity. The blog also touches on the new Clinical Commissioning Groups duties and the use of ‘housing prescriptions’. It calls for this week’s political manifestos to tackle the health and social care crisis by prioritising investment in tackling our housing crisis.  Read full article

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