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.
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. Read full article
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. Read full article
Training and Events
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
Equal Lives have new training dates for 2017, please click below for details. Read full article
National News Roundup
Safeguarding adults leads from across NHS England - Midlands and East (East) have helped developed a Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Workbook and film clips which are now available on the SCIE website. Read full article
Vulnerable people - those living with a disability, as lone parents or on less than £15,000 a year - are more likely to experience multiple legal problems than others, according to a major government study slipped into the public domain a year late. The findings, published on Friday afternoon, point to a crisis in access to justice following legal aid reforms. Read full article