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

Norfolk Community Law Service Migrant Worker Advice Service
NCLS migrant worker advice service specialises in giving immigration advice to EU nationals and can also offer advice in other limited areas such as nationality and citizenship. Brexit and the Government’s proposals for EU citizens living in the UK has produced great uncertainty. However, some EU nationals and their family members will still need to apply for residence documentation while the UK continues to be a member of the EU. It is therefore important for EU nationals to seek advice on their individual circumstances.  Read full article
4women Outreach Service
4women is currently offering an outreach service to women living within a twenty mile radius of Norwich city centre. This is especially designed for women of all ages who are experiencing crisis and/or have additional or complex needs. For example; mental health, domestic abuse, sexual abuse and vulnerable women with families working with Children’s Services. Women will receive an initial assessment, one to one support session to address on-going issues, supported/ escorted referral to partner organisations and access to an accredited personal and social development programme which will open up peer support opportunities. 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
Training for trainers in safeguarding adults awareness
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.  Read full article

National News Roundup

New Snapchat feature which allows users to ‘stalk’ people
Police have issued a warning about a new location-sharing feature in Snapchat, a mobile phone app. The EDP reports a statement on Facebook from South Norfolk Police saying: “It has been brought to our attention that Snapchat have introduced a new feature called Snap Maps. Snap Maps can allow you to ‘stalk’ people in real time and enables you to see what a friend is doing, along with where they are. Therefore this poses a great danger to children and adults alike. The only way to use this and prevent this from happening is to put Snapchat into ghost mode so that you are not visible.”  Read full article
Videos to help people prepare for the family courts
The Litigant in Person Network have posted links to five films produced by Barrister Lucy Reed, Law for Life and Rights of Women to help litigants in person in family court proceedings. They include information on preparing for your first court hearing, the hearing itself, giving evidence and challenging evidence, simple tips for putting a case across as well as possible and the ways the courts can help make the process safer. Read full article

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