Regional Updates Archive

Age UK Norfolk Advocacy Coordinator Role
Age UK Norfolk is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual who can support the delivery of specialist advocacy services to older people in Norfolk. Closing date: Tuesday 26th September 2017 at 12.00 noon, Interviews will be held on Wednesday 4th October 2017. Only successful shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Click here for the Job Description and here for the full advert. Read full article

Norfolk Universal Credit Stakeholder Forum Notes
The Norfolk Universal Stakeholder Forum was held on 14th October with the aim to share knowledge and learning from across the county regarding the roll-out, and preparation for the roll-out, of Universal Credit. Click 'read more' to download the notes from that meeting. Read full article

Library support service to provide free sanitary products
Homeless women and females on low incomes will benefit from a new service set up to provide free sanitary products at Norwich’s main libraries. Read full article

BetterOff Norwich
Norwich City Council are promoting ‘BetterOff’.  This is a new service designed to support Norwich residents. It provides information on a wide range of benefits, how and where to claim them.  Also provides advice for budgeting and where appropriate – finding work.  A training document on using BetterOff can be downloaded here. Read full article

Norfolk Citizens Advice Chief Executive Officer Role
Norfolk Citizens Advice is recruiting a new Chief Executive Officer.  Working with the Chair and other Trustees, the Chief Executive will be responsible for helping the organisation develop new opportunities while implementing the Strategic and Operational Business Plan to deliver improving services for all our we help over 20,000 people a year find the best way to address the challenges they face.Salary £45,000Closing Date: 6th October 2017.Provisional first interview date: w/c 23rd October.  Read full article

Advice UK - Advice links with Foodbanks and Community Groups
Advice UK working with The Trussell Trust to develop the support we offer to both advice services and foodbanks, and address the root causes of foodbank use and is asking for organisations involved in such projects to get in touch. Read full article

DIAL & great Yarmouth Borough Council Money and Debt Advisor
DIAL Great Yarmouth has the above vacancy which is funded by Great Yarmouth Borough Council to provide financial advice to their tenants. The successful applicant will be required to provide professional and impartial information and advice to the people of Great Yarmouth on all aspects of money and debt whilst ensuring that they have the knowledge and understanding to enable them to make their own choices. Read full article

DIAL Money and Debt Adviser
DIAL Great Yarmouth has a vacancy funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. The successful applicant will be required to provide professional and impartial information and advice to the people of Great Yarmouth on all aspects of money and debt whilst ensuring that they have the knowledge and understanding to enable them to make their own choices. Deadline 20th September. Read full article

Norfolk County Council Welfare Rights Manager
Norfolk County Council are recruiting a Welfare Rights Manager.  The Welfare Rights Team which provides advice to those eligible for Adult Social Care and their families. They welcome applications from individuals currently working in other organisations, however would like to make you aware that priority consideration for this post may be given to current employees who are affected by restructure within the organisation or are in a redeployment position. Redeployment closing date: 10 September 2017 All other applicants closing date: 21 September 2017  Read full article

Your Own Place -  2 roles in Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring
Your Own Place are recruiting from a Business Development Manager and a Lead Mentoring Worker for Volunteer Tenancy Mentoring.  Both these roles have a 22nd September deadline. Read full article

Age UK Norfolk Information & Advice Co-ordinator
Age UK Norfolk are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to both manage the Information and Advice (I&A) Advisors and to provide I&A to older people, their carers and professionals, by a variety of means including telephone, face to face, written and IT communication. Read full article

Norfolk Universal Credit Stakeholder Forum
The next Norfolk Universal Credit Stakeholder Forum, organised by Equal Lives and NCAN, will be held 2-4pm on Thursday 14th September at the Council Chamber at Norwich City Hall, St Peters St, Norwich, NR2 1NH. The aim of the Forum is to share knowledge and learning from across the county regarding the roll-out, and preparation for the roll-out, of Universal Credit. Please contact, if you would like to attend.  Read full article

Norfolk Project awarded Controlling Migration Funding by DCLG
Norfolk is among 38 projects approved for Controlling Migration funding released by Department for Communities and Local Government. This fund provides Councils with funding to ease pressures of migration.  Read full article

£25 offer for new members of Norwich Credit Union
In partnership with The England Illegal Moneylending Team Norwich Credit Union are offering the first 50 new members who present the attached voucher on joining, £25 when they have saved with them for 3 months.   Read full article

St Stephen's Church food bank closed on Saturday 9th September
Please be aware that food parcels will be unavailable from St Stephen's Church on Saturday 9th September. All distribution centres Monday - Friday are open as usual, and the St Stephens Church closure is for this one session only. Read full article

Pandora Project new service for male victims of domestic abuse
The Pandora Project is now able to offer a service to male victims of Domestic Abuse.  The male service will cover the same geographic area as their female support- West Norfolk and Swaffham. They only accept referrals from other agencies, no self-referrals. Please contact for a referral form or more information. Read full article

Part-Time Discrimination Legal Adviser role at ISCRE
Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality wish to recruit a Discrimination Legal Advisor for casework in Ipswich and at outreach clinics. The post would ideally suit a qualified solicitor, barrister or equivalent with some interest in discrimination and employment law (including advocacy at Employment Tribunals) but not necessarily any previous experience. Training will be given. Deadline for application is close of business on Friday 1st September 2017. Read full article

Housing Options and Corporate Safeguarding Team Leader
An opportunity has arisen in the Housing Leadership Team at Breckland Council. They are seeking someone to lead a team of Housing Options and Advice Officers providing expert advice to residents of all tenures, with a focus on homeless prevention. The successful candidate will need to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of homelessness legislation, case law and practice and of private and public sector housing options. Excellent communication skills are required and demonstrable experience of leading, motivating and developing staff to achieve performance targets is an essential requirement. Closing date 7th September 2017 Read full article

Your view on mental health services
Your view on mental health services for children and young people in Norfolk and WaveneyNorfolk County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney are looking to work with local people and stakeholders to shape the direction of how these services work in the future, including:• children and young people who use mental health services• people who work with and for mental health services• local support and voluntary sector organisations that work with children and young people.  Read full article

Supporting Unpaid Carers Service
After a lengthy evaluation, the Norfolk County Council and CCG contract for Supporting Unpaid Carers has been awarded to a partnership led by Voluntary Norfolk and work will begin to get the new service up and running by the 1st October 2017. Read full article

Norfolk Suicide Prevention Learning Event
Suicide is not inevitable; Suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility.  Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy with far reaching effects.  But suicide is not inevitable and we can all play a part in tackling this issue together. This event is being held on Tuesday 12th September (9:30-16:15) held at The Space, Roundtree Way, Norwich, NR7 8SQ. Read full article

Area Manager - Norfolk & Suffolk (can be flexible)
Citizens Advice won a grant from the Ministry of Justice to run the Witness Service from April 2015. The Witness Service has nearly 300 staff and 3000 volunteers and offers free, independent, impartial and confidential support and information to 15,000 witnesses each month to give evidence in every criminal court in England and Wales.We are looking for someone with an excellent understanding of the voluntary sector and experience in operational management and stakeholder engagement.£32,000 per annumLocation  Norwich (can be flexible)Full time (36 hours and 15 minutes)Permanent  Read full article

NTW Service Connector
The ‘Neighbourhoods that Work’ team at GYROS are looking to recruit a Service Connector.As a Service Connector (Outreach) you will identify, engage and support people with complex lives who need intensive 1-1 support to access adequate specialist support, using a range of outreach methods.  Closing date: noon Friday 15th September. Interviews will be held Tuesday 19th September 2016. Hours: 16 per week (possibility of increase)Salary: £11,380 pa (FTE: £22,000 pa)Fixed term contract Until 30.9.18  Read full article

Housing assessment officer
Housing assessment officer role available in Norwich City Council housing assessment team.  Experience of investigation and interviewing is essential as the primary function of this role will be to interview and investigate applications from clients who are homeless or threatened with homelessness to establish the council’s duty under legislation.   Read full article

Norfolk Community Advice Network Administrator
Norfolk Community Advice Network (NCAN) works to ensure that Norfolk residents can access free, good quality social welfare information, advice assistance and representation. We are seeking to appoint a part time administrator to manager and develop communications and online systems, develop the administrative functions of NCAN and assist the Strategy Manager with the administration and development of NCAN. Read full article

Norfolk Universal Credit Stakeholder Forum
The next Norfolk Universal Credit Stakeholder Forum, organised by Equal Lives and NCAN, will be held on Thursday 14th September at the Council Chamber at Norwich City Hall, St Peters St, Norwich, NR2 1NH. The aim of the Forum is to share knowledge and learning from across the county regarding the roll-out, and preparation for the roll-out, of Universal Credit in Norfolk. Please contact, for further details or if you would like to attend. Read full article

East Coast College - Specialist Support Procurement
East Coast College is aiming to engage a range of providers in their Norfolk Community College project, including micro groups from the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, in recognition of their skills in reaching out to people who are often below the radar of mainstream services. This specialist support will form part of the Norfolk Community College and will be procured by way of a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS).  Read full article

Make Our Rights Reality
The programme is designed to educate and empower young people around their civil legal rights, offer confidence and assertiveness training along with information around how to tackle issues focusing on housing, benefits, human rights and more. Read full article

Diss and Thetford Citizens Advice have moved their Thetford of
Diss and Thetford Citizens Advice have moved their Thetford offices. We are no longer in Breckland House in Thetford and have moved to The Abbey Neighbourhood Centre, Exeter Way, Thetford, IP24 1EE. We will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from the 7th August between 10.00 am and 15.00 pm.  Read full article

Young Women’s Support and Development Worker Bank 
The Great Yarmouth branch of Girls Friendly Society (GFS) has an employment opportunity available for a bank staff worker to cover the role of Young Women’s Support and Development Worker when required. This would suit somebody wishing to work on an occasional basis. The role is paid at £11.89 per hour. Deadline for receipt of applications is 17:00 Monday 4 Sept 2017. Read full article

Mid-Norfolk Citizens Advice Advice Session Superviser 
Mid-Norfolk Citizens Advice are looking to recruit a Advice Session Superviser. The role will be based at the Dereham office with occasional cover at the Watton and Holt offices. The role is 18 hours p.w at £11,381 p.a. The closing date is 31st August 2017. Read full article

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

Norfolk Community College
Norfolk Community College is a partnership led by East Coast College involving five main delivery partners from the Voluntary Sector: Access Community Trust, DIAL Great Yarmouth, Future Projects and Voluntary Norfolk. The Norfolk Community College is a free support service that aims to help local people make the most of the employment, volunteering and training opportunities available to them. The service has been designed to give people the skills and confidence they need to make a move back into work. The diverse  range of support on offer includes one-to-one advice around jobs and volunteering, group training sessions, and access to guidance on the latest benefits and personal finances.  Read full article

Leeway vacancies for Committee Members
Leeway currently have 4 vacancies for the role of Management Committee Member. This is a voluntary position ideally for someone who has previous board experience. There are 6-8 meetings held per year, which are approximately 2 hours long. Read full article

Norfolk Family Mediation Service Recruiting Chief Executive
NFMS are looking for a Chief Executive who can lead and manage growth in NFMS, its reach and income. They are looking for someone with experience of successful fundraising and income generation, marketing and communications as well as leadership and management. The post is permanent, 21 hours per week, £35,000 pro rata. The closing date is 17th July 17. Read full article

New local bespoke service
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. Read full article

Greggs Foundation Local Community Project Fund
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. Read full article

Launch of Carer UK Norfolk
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.  Read full article

Funding Opportunity - Alcohol & Drug Recovery Grants
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. Read full article

Norwich City Council are recruiting a Strategy Officer
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.  Read full article

Solo Vacancy for Services Manager (Supported Housing)
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. Read full article

Changes to the MoneyWise HomeSafe service
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. Read full article

UEA Student's Union Job Vacancy
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. Read full article

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.  Read full article

Can you help refugees & asylum seekers settle in Norwich?
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.  Read full article

MoneyWise HomeSafe walk-in service at the Library
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. Read full article

Norfolk Black History Month 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. Read full article

Prince's Trust Development Award
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.  Read full article

Bids welcome to help expand scheme for female offenders
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. Read full article

NCLS celebrates return of Law Student as qualified Solicitor
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.   Read full article

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

Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking – Project Aidant
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. 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

KLARS have changed their name to ACCESS
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. Read full article

Grants to help older Norfolk residents with fuel bills
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. Read full article

Community Cinema Screening of 'I, Daniel Blake'
Citizens Advice are organising a community cinema screening/fundraiser on Thursday 27 April at Eye Community Centre of the award winning film ‘I, Daniel Blake’, doors open at 7pm. The film is a hard-hitting portrayal of the challenges of navigating the benefits system and is well-worth seeing. Tickets are available from the office in Diss or by email or telephone.  Read full article

Vacancy for HR officer with MIND
Norwich and Central Norfolk Mind are looking for an experienced HR professional to join their small HR department. Reporting to the Head of HR, the successful candidate will have a good generalist HR background and a good knowledge of employment law.Mind welcome anyone who has lived experience of mental ill health and provide an open and supportive place to work in. Salary: £19576 pro rata, 22.5 hours. Read full article

Stonham HomeStay Floating Support Service Closure Announced
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. Read full article

18 to 21 year olds risk losing housing cost element of UC
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. Read full article

PCC publishes first Police and Crime Plan
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. Read full article

Citizens Advice, King's Lynn Office has moved
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. Read full article

BBO Job Vacancies
Great Yarmouth College, in partnership with organisations from the voluntary and community sector across Norfolk have been successful in securing funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities Fund (BBO). They are looking for people who are highly motivated, compassionate and personcentred to join their brand new Norfolk Community College Project. There are several exciting posts available across Norfolk. Please note they are not all based in Great Yarmouth. Read full article

Vacancy for CEO with Citizens Advice
Norfolk Citizens Advice are recruiting for a Chief Executive Officer. This position is Norwich based with a salary of £45,000. Working with the Chair and other Trustees, the Chief Executive will be responsible for helping the organisation develop new opportunities while implementing the Strategic and Operational Business Plan to deliver improving services for all our clients. The closing date for applications is 28th April 2017. Read full article

Vacancies with Hebron Trust
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. Read full article

Refugee Week 2017
Refugee Week is a nationwide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. This year it is on between the 19th and 25th June. New Routes will be coordinating events across Norwich and they would like to find out what people are planning for Refugee Week. Read full article

Universal Credit Inquiry
NCAN will be submitting a response to the UC Inquiry which has been re-launched by the Work and Pensions Commitee following compelling evidence of the problems in the rollout of UC. Please can you send us any comments or points that you would like us to include in our response. We must submit our response by 20th March 2017. Read full article

Plans published to reform DWP offices
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

Major boost to support those fleeing domestic abuse
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

Help Through Crisis Project
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.   Read full article

NCLS Free Legal Advice Service
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.  Read full article

Free energy advice training for frontline staff
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. Read full article

New Routes are recruiting a treasurer
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. Read full article

Leeway Power to Change Programme
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. Read full article

Norfolk Family Mediation Service
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. Read full article

Changes to the 4women Resource Centre Service
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. Read full article

Vacancy for Young People’s Mental Health Caseworker
Building Better Opportunities are recruiting a Young People’s Mental Health Caseworker to join there 'Minding the Gap' project based in Lowestoft. The post is 35 hours per week with a starting salary of £21,876 per annum and a fixed term contract to 30th September 2019. Closing date is 17th February 2017. Read full article

Age UK recruiting 2 Welfare Rights Officers
Age UK Norwich are seeking two Welfare Rights Officers to join their Information, Advice and Welfare team to help them expand their home visiting service. Based in Norwich, the posts are 20.5 hours per week and £21,244.26pa pro rata. Closing date for applications 23rd February 2017. Read full article

Norfolk VCSE Survey 2017
In 2015 Community Action Norfolk (CAN) and Momentum completed a large scale study about the key issues facing the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. This report was called the Sector Led Plan. Over the last year they have worked on some of the issues identified within the Sector Led Plan. This shorter survey is designed to provide an update to some key information so that CAN can track how VCSE organisations in Norfolk are being effected in the current climate and ensure they focus their efforts on the key issues for you. The survey closes 22/02/2017. Read full article

IT support in Great Yarmouth
With the introduction of Universal Credit, claimants are increasingly reliant on internet access to manage their claim. Please find below a list of all the places in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston that offer public access to computers and the internet, if they are unable to access it at home. Read full article

Job Vacancies with Future Projects
Future projects are currently recruiting a Funding and Development Manager full time and a Support Worker for 20 hours a week. The deadline for applications is Friday 17th February 2017, 12:00. Read full article

Great Yarmouth UC Stakeholder Forum
Equal Live is organising a Universal Credit Stakeholder Forum in Great Yarmouth on 23rd February at 2pm for advisers working with clients affected by the full digital service roll out. The goal of this meeting is to discuss progress, issues and possibilities for change.  For more information please contact Julie Kemmy at Equal Lives:  Read full article

Reduction to funding for Housing Support, Information & Advice
The Adult Social Care Committee have passed proposals for reducing their funding of housing support, information and advice. NCAN and other agencies have expressed their deep concerns about the impact of these reductions on the most vulnerable and those 'Just about Managing'. The full council will meet on 20th February to decide on the council budget, including these proposals. The link to the adult social care committee papers can be found below: the response to the Housing Support and Information and Advice consultations are on pp. 17-37. Read full article

Breckland Housing and Homeless Strategy
Breckland's draft housing and homeless strategy 2017 - 2021 has been published. They are consulting with the public and partners to get their feedback. This closes 1st February 2017. Read full article

West Norfolk Housing Advice service open to referrals
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 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.  Read full article

Norwich rough sleeping & supported housing strategy
Norwich have published their rough sleeping and supported housing strategy for 2017 - 2022 and it is open for consulation until 27th February. Read the consulation and complete a short questionnaire to give your feedback. Read full article

DHP & Rent Arrears - Norwich City Council
From January until March, Norwich City Council will consider applications from RSL’s or recognised Advice Agencies regarding one-off payments to be used to reduce or clear rent arrears from the Discretionary Housing Payments fund (DHP). Applications will close on 15th March 2017. Read full article

Police promote a collaborative approach to operation gravity
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.  Read full article

Norfolk County Consultation on Disability Related Expenditure
Norfolk County Council are proposing a change the disability related expenditure part of the financial assessment for non-residential care.   This financial assessment is used when calculating how much people pay towards the cost of their adult social care services. The financial assessment disregards a certain amount of income as 'disability related expenditure'. They are consulting on their proposal to reduce this amount. The consultation closes on 9th February 2017. Read full article

Men's Centre Develpment Manager Vacancy
MensCraft (CIC) has been working in Norfolk since 2007 to promote and run services that support the development and wellbeing of men and boys. They have recently secured funding to create a men’s centre in Norwich, and they are looking for a highly motivated individual with the drive, capacity and capability to realise their aspirations. The post will be for 25 hours per week and the salary is circa £32,000 fte. Read full article

Norfolk Partnership Prevention of Offending Strategy
The Norfolk Partnership Prevention of Offending have published their Strategy Delivery Plan for 2016-2020. NCAN would like to know your comments on the plan. Although the Strategic Objectives are not open for change, comments are welcomed for the rest of the plan. Please email us at Click below to read the plan. Read full article

The Advice UK ‘learning to advise’ 10 day course
If there is interest from other agencies, we could have Advice UK deliver their comprehensive ‘learning to advise’ course in Norfolk. This would save delegates having to travel to London for the 10 day course. Advice UK would charge their members rate for the course; the total cost would be £7840 for the whole programme including material and course certificates. This cost would be shared between delegates so the more interest there is, the less it would cost. Advice UK can start this course February 9th. Please let Janka know if you are interested of if you would like further information ( Read full article

Advice Service Manager Vacancy
Anglia Ruskin University Students' Union are recruiting an Advice Service Manager. The Union’s website attracts over 1million hits a year and our next Advice Manager will ensure the department continues to deliver excellent, nationally accredited face-to-face advice whilst developing our proactive content, online presence and analysis of trends in our casework. Click below for the full Job Description. Closing date is 11.01.17. Read full article

KLARS Vacancy
KLARS have a vacancy for an operations administrator. The post is for 10 hours a week and the salary is £4,680 per annum (£17,550 FTE). Closing date is 30th January 2017. Read full article

The Advice UK ‘learning to advise’ 10 day course in Norfolk
If there is interest from other agencies, we could have Advice UK deliver their comprehensive ‘learning to advise’ course in Norfolk. This would save delegates having to travel to London for the 10 day course. Advice UK would charge their members rate for the course; the total cost would be £7840 for the whole programme including material and course certificates. This cost would be shared between delegates so the more interest there is, the less it would cost. Advice UK can start this course February 9th. Please let Janka know if you are interested of if you would like further information ( Click below for the course details.  Read full article

Drug gangs using properties of vulnerable people in Norfolk
EDP, 14.12.2016
Properties where vulnerable people are being exploited by drug gangs will be a focus of a new operation from Norfolk Police aimed at ending the surge in violence associated with the trade. The Police warned that “Drug dealers use a range of tactics such as violence or exploiting vulnerable individuals by taking over their homes. They also prey on adolescents, some of whom are already involved in the drugs lifestyle either directly or through their family, by getting them to conceal the drugs". The Police have also acknowledged that vulnerable people will need to be supported; “We know that to end the cycle of violence we need to support those caught up in this type of criminality and we have to approach these issues from a multitude of angles.” Read full article

Norfolk Supported Housing Directory
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Norfolk (OPCCN) established an Accommodation Sub-group in September 2015 which brought together key statutory, voluntary and specialist partners to develop an action plan to continue to improve access to accommodation for offenders in Norfolk in response to the changes implemented through the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.   Read full article

The Children's Society- Autumn Report, Children in Norfolk
The Children's Society have released an Autumn Report regarding Children's Lives in Norfolk.This report focuses on issues affecting children within Norfolk who are at particular risk of abuse or neglect, and those in the poorest families.    Read full article

Norwich Magistrates Court Job opening- Court mentor
Gateway to Employment are providing a job opening within the Norwich Magistrates Court for current offenders residing at Britannia House.The role requires the successful candidate to provide advice, personal experiences and guidance to those who are coming through the criminal justice system and their family and friends. This position will initially be for 6 months For futher information regarding this position, please click 'Read More.' Read full article

Asylum Seekers and Refugees- Monthly Newsflash
This newsflash is a monthly round up of publications, information, events, funding and jobs relating to asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers, covering the October and November months of 2016. The newsflash is produced by the East of England Local Government Association (EELGA) Strategic Migration Partnership. For anyone who wants to keep up to date with the latest developments and to access the newslash, please click 'Read full article.' Read full article

Domestic Abuse Job Vacancy
The Norfolk Domestic Abuse Champions Network are currently recruiting for a Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator for North Norfolk, East Norfolk and Broadland. This is a temporary contract until 31st May in the first instance. Secondments will be considered for this post. Find out more, please click here or contact  Read full article

Domestic Abuse Networking Event
There is a Domestic Abuse Champions Networking Event on the 16th December from 9:30am until 12:30pm.The event will be an incredible opportunity to meet with other Domestic Abuse champions, hear talks from guest speakers, promote your service, and eat mince pies (it is also on NCC Christmas Jumper Day). Read full article

Job opportunity- Personal Advisor in Norwich Leaving Care Team
The Norwich Leaving Care Team are soon publishing a job opportunity regarding the post of Personal Advisor. Candidates will need to have previous experience supporting Asylum Seekers (UASC) and Refugees.  Read full article

Shelter Carol Service
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. Read full article

In Good Company–a campaign to help tackle loneliness
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.' Read full article

Reshaping housing related support.
Norfolk County Council have released a recent consultation regarding reshaping housing related support. The Norfolk County Council spend on housing support currently covers:Floating support – this is short-term support that helps adults stay in their homesHomeless servicesYoung People ServicesSheltered Housing support It is proposed that Norfolk County Council funding for these services be reduced from £10 million to £4.5 million. Read full article

Police Budget consultation paper
The latest Police budget consultation is now live. The Norfolk  Police and Crime Commissioner is setting the policing budget for Norfolk and, with it, how much residents contribute through council tax. 60% of Norfolk’s policing budget is funded by the Government and residents council tax contribution makes up the rest. This consultation is an opportunity to have a say on how that funding is used.To access the consultation paper and survey, please click 'Read more.'  Read full article

Norwich City Council VCSE survey
The Norwich City Council community enabling team have put together a brief survey in order to receive feedback and opinions regarding the voluntary and community sector within Norwich. The deadline set for the survey is 20th December 2016 for responses.To view the survey, please click 'Read more' below. Read full article

Shelter- Paralegal job vacancy
Shelter are looking for a results-driven, commercially aware individual with experience of working in a legal environment to join their team in Norwich as a Paralegal. While direct experience of housing litigation and civil legal aid would be ideal, intellectual aptitude and an ability to solve problems are of more interest. You will be working with housing solicitors, conducting advice work under their supervision and carrying out delegated litigation work. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, the possibility of flexible working and significant opportunities for learning and development. Read full article

What activity and support would you like see from NCAN?
The principal aim of NCAN is to ensure that Norfolk residents can access good quality legal information, advice, assistance and representation at a time or place when they need them most.  Over the past few years we have worked towards that aim by focusing our activity on a set of goals.  Read full article

Norfolk information and advice services: consulation
Have your say on the future of information and advice services in Norfolk.The Norfolk County Council are looking to review both information and advice services throughout Norfolk in order to target these services more effectively, with the aim of preventing people from needing further care in the future. Information and advice services are crucial to our policy of helping people to remain independent.  Receiving information at the right time helps prevent people needing formal social care services at a later date.    Read full article

Advice services, DWP, Atos Healthcare and Capita come together
On the afternoon of Wednesday 28th September 2016 Equal Lives together with Norfolk Community Advice Network hosted a PIP Stakeholder Event at the Kings Centre in Norwich.  The event was attended by over 80 delegates from advice agencies throughout the East of England. Feedback from the event has been overwhelmingly positive.  The key area identified for future improvement was around fostering a greater sense of partnership work and creating further opportunities for such partnership working.  Read full article

Leeway recruiting Outreach Worker (Covering Great Yarmouth)
Job Purpose: To provide one to one/group support to women living with or fleeing domestic violence and requiring support in the community as part of Leeway’s Community Development team.Closing Date for applications: 5pm 31st  October 2016  Read full article

ODESSA recruiting Community Researcher
ODESSA are carrying out a study in two UK towns (Stratford upon Avon & Norwich) to look at the social and community networks of older people. To find out what issues affect them in their homes and local areas; how they are being supported locally; and what more can be done to help them continue living well as they grow older. Are you or do you work with people aged 55+ and would be interested in taking part?  Read full article

NCLS Debt Advice
Just a reminder that the debt service at NLCS no longer has an offender restriction. This means that although the service is still promoted to help vulnerable clients, we retain the flexibility to assist others who approach us. So, whether someone has a one-off query or requires more comprehensive debt advice, please feel free to refer via the Common Referral System, or call us on 01603 496623. Read full article

GYROS services available in Lowestoft
GYROS from Great Yarmouth are now offering free offer integration services to newcomers into the Lowestoft area and to local residents. They offer Rights Based Information, Advice & Guidance on a range of issues including health, housing, welfare and education plus immigration advice. Read full article

Call for evidence - Working with offenders and ex offenders
We are seeking to work with other organisations to explore the case for probation services to invest in advice services as part of their rehabilitation offer particularly in the area of advice relating to employment, housing, debt and benefits. Read full article

Job Vacancies with Norfolk Carers Support
Norfolk Carers Support currently have four new exciting opportunities across their services. They are looking to recruit an Advisor, Carers Support LEad, Digital Communications Officer and a Communications and Engagement Officer. Read full article

Equal Lives Training Programme Update
Click below for an update on the Autumn 2016 training programme. The next training programme will start on 15th February 2017, running for 7 weeks, and it will then be repeated starting from 13th September 2017. Read full article

Vacancy for Fundraising & Events Officer
Leeway are recruiting a Fundraising and Events Officer for 21 hours per week, salary: £19,995 pro rata. Closing Date for applications is 5pm, Monday 26th September. Read full article

New Digital Drop-in at City Hall
Every Wednesday morning volunteers are based at the Customer Contact Centre at Norwich City Hall to answer questions from you and your clients about technology and the internet. Drop in between 10am and 12pm to speak to a Digital Champion about going online. It could be related to using social media, online banking, setting up an email address, basic web-browsing, job searching, or finding information about local events.  Read full article

Job Vacancy for Welfare Benefits Specialist Case Worker
Citizens Advice require a Welfare Benefits specialist case worker to provide benefits case work to cancer patients and their families for two days a week. The project is delivered within the Macmillan Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Kings Lynn and is funded by Norfolk's Big C Cancer Charity.  Read full article

Norfolk County Council Prior Information Notice
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. Read full article

West Norfolk Advice Hub Housing Advice Service
The West Norfolk Advice Hub Housing Advice Service are offering free and impartial advice to people who are experiencing difficulties accessing or maintaining their housing. They can support anyone who is homeless, living in private rented property, social housing or a home that they own. They can now be contacted direct on 01553 223113. Read full article

Justice First Fellowship Programme 2016
We are delighted that Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) has been selected as one of the host organisations for 2016. They will be working with the Mancroft Advice Partnership (MAP) who provide a range of services for 11 to 25 year olds and the main focus of the Trainee Solicitor’s work will be around legal advice for young people e.g. housing, employment, family, discrimination and welfare benefits. Read full article

Homestart Administrator Role
Home-Start is a voluntary organisation committed to working with and promoting the welfare of families. All families will have at least one child under the age of five. Home-Start are looking for a friendly and experienced administrator to assist with the day to day running of the Home-Start office on Grapes Hill, Norwich. Read full article

Carers Survey
Norfolk County Council are working in conjunction with carer groups and Clinical Commissioning Groups to develop a clear set of commissioning intentions to decide what support we need to have in place to enable carers to continue in their caring roles once the current contract comes to an end in July 2017. Read full article

Devolution in Norfolk and Suffolk
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. Read full article

Welfare benefits case worker role
Citizens Advice Diss and Thetford require a Welfare Benefits specialist case worker to provide benefits case work to cancer patients and their families for two days a week. Read full article

Age UK Norfolk hospital advice services now in the NNUH & QEll
Age UK Norfolk's aim for this Project is to bring the IAA service within easy reach of substantial numbers of older people while they are being treated in The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and on discharge. Read full article

Social Prescribing - Tuckswood GP Surgery
Norwich City Council and Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group are working with Tuckswood GP Surgery to set up a pilot ‘social prescribing’ advice project. Read full article

Substance Misuse Worker - Phoenix Futures
Phoenix Futures are seeking a part time Older People’s Substance Misuse worker based in Norwich to provide specialist support for individuals aged 65 and over. The post holder will create referral pathways into our service and carry out substance misuse assessments. The role involves raising awareness and educating people regarding the impact of substance misuse on older people in the Norfolk area. Read full article

Police and Crime Commissioner online survey
Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, is asking Norfolk people to share their views and help shape his Police and Crime Plan. Read full article

Message from Citizens Advice Norfolk re. Kings Lynn Service
The King’s Lynn office for Norfolk Citizens Advice at White’s House, 26 St Nicholas Street ceased operating on Friday 17th June. Read full article

Discrimination Clinic will not be held at NCLS
Please be aware due to funding issues ISCRE (Ipswich & Suffolk Council For Racial Equality) will not be running the monthly Discrimination Clinic at the Norfolk Community Law Service offices in Norwich. If you or a client requires dicrimination advice, please contact ISCRE directly on 408111 Read full article

Update on the NCLS Wefare Benefits Service
In order to make most effective use of their limited resources the NCLS Welfare Benefits Appeals and Representation service will be accessible via the NCAN Referral System only, although they will retain discretion to take vulnerable clients direct. See below for further details. Read full article

Feedback required on Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation
The Care Quality Commission is re-inspecting Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation the week beginning the 11th July and they are asking for feedback from service users, carers and partners / other agencies. Read full article

WNDiS needs volunteers!
The West Norfolk Disability Information Service (WNDiS) are looking for volunteers to keep up with demand. Get in touch with Jonathan Toye ( if you would like to be trained as an advocate to help disabled people and their families. Read full article

NCAN Signposting Survey Results
Thank you all of the organisations who took part in the four week signposting survey which took place in April. Read full article

Shelter Advisor Role - Debt And Welfare Benefits
Shelter looking for a customer-focused individual with experience of providing debt and welfare benefits advice to join them as an Advisor and help them to help the residents of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk who need our support. Read full article

Community Clinic Template documents
Norfolk County Council have produced a user guide and a template letter document. Both of these documents will be sent out to confirm appointments. Read full article

Adviser Advocate – IAA Team Job Role
Equal Lives is a leading human rights organisation working for the rights of disabled people to lead fully independent lives. They are looking for a committed and energetic person to join their Information, Advice and Advocacy (IAA) Team. Read full article

Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator Role
Domestic Abuse Change Coordinator role in the Norwich/South Norfolk area being advertised by Norfolk County Council. Read full article

Safeguarding Adults Awareness - Training Survey
SAFEGUARDING ADULTS AWARENESS Training Survey / Important / Please CompleteNorfolk Safeguarding Adults Board is keen to support organisations to deliver high quality safeguarding adults awareness training, and would like to develop a safeguarding adults awareness training pack for organisations to use if there is a sufficient demand.  The cost of the pack would be £99  and attendance at a training for trainers event would be £100. Please complete this short survey to let us know if this is something that would be of interest to your organisation. Read full article

Terrence Higgins Trust - Youth Engagement Officer
The Terrence Higgins Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated individual to engage vulnerable young people in the Norfolk Chlamydia Screening Programme and Norfolk Your C-Card Scheme, with a particular focus onareas of high deprivation. Read full article

Terrence Higgins Trust Norfolk -Health Service Liaison Officer
The Terrence Higgins Trust is are seeking an enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated individual to engage health services, particularly GP practices and pharmacies, in the Norfolk Chlamydia Screening Programme and Norfolk Your C-CardScheme, by providing appropriate support and training, enabling them to provide effective chlamydia screeningand treatment and condom (C-Card) issuing, in line with contractual expectations. Read full article

Terrence Higgins Trust - Health Promotions Officer
The Terrence Higgins Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated individual to design and deliver a culturally appropriate, evidence-based sexual health promotion programme in Norfolk, focusing on improving the sexualhealth of Black Africans and other Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. Read full article

Terrence Higgins Trust Norfolk Role - C-Card and SRE Officer
The Terrence Higgins Trust is seeking an enthusiastic, confident and self-motivated individual to increase condom card (C-Card) activity and support the provision of high quality Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) for young people inNorfolk. Read full article

Norwich Credit Union has a Helping Hands Loan scheme
Established on 1st April 2016, this scheme is to support people who have a need to borrow money, up to £250, to help them with a situation that they cannot manage within their current finances, which is usually brought about by a change in their circumstances.  Read full article

Equal Lives Update
Equal Lives will no longer be providing a drop-in service at any of our Norwich venues.  We have made this decision because of the number of clients who have been signposted to our short drop-in facility who actually need an appointment because of the complexity of issues presented.  We will be directing our resources to maximising appointment availability. Read full article

KLARS - Project Worker Role
King’s Lynn Area Resettlement Support (KLARS) seeks a multi-lingual Project Worker for the Emerging Communities Project to provide advice, information and practical support to clients on a wide range of topics. Read full article

NCLS Pilot Family Court Support Service
Following recent cuts to Legal Aid, Norfolk Community Law Service is offering a pilot service to assist clients who are seeking Child Arrangements Orders through the Family Court (ie parents seeking contact with their children following a separation).   After seeing a solicitor at one of NCLS's Free Legal Advice sessions, clients may be assigned a Family Court Support Volunteer who can help them with completing and submitting court forms, and who can attend hearings with them.  Read full article

Project Coordinator Role - Mid Norfolk CAB
See below for further details on this role Read full article

Advice Caseworker Roles Mid-Norfolk CAB
This Big Lottery Help Through Crisis funded post is based at Citizens Advice Mid Norfolk in their Dereham and Watton offices, Citizens Advice Diss & Thetford based in Diss and Thetford offices and with some outreach working in surrounding areas. Read full article

Personal Budget Review Toolkit prepared by Equal Lives
Personal Budget Review Toolkit prepared by Equal Lives Read full article

Norwich Door to Door - Chief Executive Role
Norwich Door to Door is looking for someone amazing to be its next Chief Executive - £34,000-£40,000 Read full article

Mental Health Case Worker (Young People)
Great Yarmouth and Waveney Mind are advertising for the role of Mental Health Case Worker (Young People). See below for further details Read full article

Benefits and Appeals Specialist Role
DIAL are advertising for the role of Benefits and Appeals Specialist funded by the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund.  Read full article

Making energy better for pre-payment energy customers
Citizens Advice offer free, impartial and confidential advice to help people cut their energy bills. Read full article

CAP Carer Education and Coaching Programme
Please see below for a message from The Carers Agency Partnership: Read full article

Universal Credit Rollout
Universal Credit for all types of claimants and all types of cases is coming to the following Great Yarmouth postcodes on 27 April 2016. Read full article

NCLS Co-ordinator - Family Court Support Service
The Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) Family Court Support service assists litigants in person who are unable to get representation in private law child contact matters. NCLS are seeking to appoint a part time Co-ordinator to develop and deliver this service, to support clients and manage a team of volunteers. They are looking for someone who has experience of client contact issues,  managing a caseload and has knowledge of family law. Read full article

Norfolk Community Law Service Role
NCLS are advertising the role of Co-ordinator – Family Court Support Service. 22.5 hours per week.  Salary £22,000 per annum, pro-rata Read full article

Two roles - Moneywise Homesafe
Two roles being advertised at Moneywise Homesafe which close on Thursday 3 March. Read full article

Welfare and Work Survey
With recent suggested changes to Tax Credits and Universal Credit making the headlines, Norfolk Citizens Advice are researching the potential impact that changes might have on working families in the local area.  Read full article

Centre Co-ordinator Role
St Martins Housing Trust, a charity helping single homeless people in Norwich, has a vacancy for a Centre Co-ordinator at Under1Roof, the Trusts Training and Development Centre. Read full article

Sweet Arts Project suspended until further notice
The following message was sent out by the Sweet Arts Project: Read full article

Pandora Project - New Freedom Programme in Kings Lynn
Pandora Project, a charity working with female victims and survivors of domestic abuse in West Norfolk. They will shortly be starting a new Freedom Program in King's Lynn. Read full article

Do you need an intern to help this summer? Funding available!
The UEA Internship Programme is here to facilitate Summer Internships with local organisations.  We have a limited number of subsidies for eligible non-profit organisations, available now, to support you in creating a role that helps you whilst giving our students valuable experience. Read full article

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Help for Homeless in the cold weather
People sleeping rough in Norwich can access emergency accommodation and support during periods of exceptionally cold weather through the Severe Weather Emergency Provisions (SWEP). This provision is activated by a weather forecast predicting three consecutive nights, or more, of a temperature of zero degrees Celsius or lower. Read full article

Change to Norfolk Community Law Service Debt Team's Remit
The Norfolk Community Law Service Debt Team is now able to help a wider range of clients. Previously, due to funding constraints the NCLS Debt team were only able to assist offenders, ex-offenders and their families. The debt service is now aimed at clients who are particularly vulnerable or who have complex needs, however they can accept any clients at this point. They can offer this service face to face, over email, telephone or post. Read full article

Norfolk Carers Handbook 2016-17
The popular Norfolk Carers Handbook, produced by the Carers Agency Partnership (CAP) is being reviewed and up-dated for 2016/17 and you can have your say. Read full article

Project Worker role - National FGM Centre - Norfolk Barnados
This role is initially available until 31/03/2016 but could be potentially be increased for another year depending on funding. This is a Full time role with pay rates depending on experience. Read full article

Matrix Support Worker Post
An exciting opportunity has arisen for individuals interested in working as support workers at the Matrix. Working alongside the clinical team at City Reach Health Services, the Matrix is part of NCH&C NHSs Trusts services for vulnerable adults. Read full article

Healthwatch Norfolk- Barriers to Advance Care Planning Survey
The Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy has been commissioned by Healthwatch Norfolk to undertake research into the barriers to advance care planning. Read full article

Future Projects are recruiting for Two Vacancies
Future Projects are recruiting for a Support Worker in Norwich and a Life Connector in Great Yarmouth. Read full article

National Audit Office - New 'Local Services' Website Testing
The NAO are developing a new 'Local Services' Section on their website to make it easier to access key reports and guidance. Before this goes live they are asking for feedback from users to make the new website as intuitive as possible.   Read full article

Bureau Manager Role - Diss and Thetford CAB
The role of Bureau Manager is a job share divided into two roles, finance & fundraising and operations each working for 3 days per week.  This postholder will take responsibility for managing the bureau finances, maintaining current funding contracts and identifying and applying for new sources of funding. Read full article

Great Yarmouth Older People’s Network AGM - Information
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 Read full article

Team Leader Role - Equal Lives
Do you have experience of supporting people to realise their potential? Are you experienced in managing projects as well as people? Are you passionate about empowerment of disabled people? If so, Equal Lives wants to hear from you! Read full article

Do you offer welfare or benefits advice in West Norfolk?
If so, you can take the opportunity to express your interest in being involved in a future joint commissioning venture with statutory funders. Read full article

Home Instead Norwich - Be Santa to a Senior
Home Instead are receiving and distributing gifts for the elderly who may otherwise not receive gifts this Christmas.  Read full article

Carers Agency Partnership - Short Breaks Survey
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.   Read full article

Carers Agency Partnership - Norfolk Carers Helpline Survey
The Carers Agency Partnership (Norfolk Carers) are calling all carers to complete their Helpline Service survey. As part of CAP’s rolling evaluation programme, they are seeking the views of carers and professionals accessing the Helpline to support continuous improvement of the service. Read full article

Important changes to Carers Agency partnership emails
The services that Crossroads Care East Anglia provided as part of the Carers Agency Partnership have been transferred to Norfolk Carers Support as of the 1st October 2015. Read full article

Local Universal Credit rollout dates
Please see below for Universal Credit rollout dates across our region: Read full article

Your Assistance Needed - N-Compass Survey
The N-Compass website has been available for over twelve months and was originally designed as a one-stop shop, signposting ex-offenders to local sources of support and advice. Read full article

Syrian Refugee Crisis - Update from Norfolk County Council
Update from George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council on the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Read full article

Tender information - Gateway Resettlement Programme services
The UKVI Refugee Team will soon be seeking to engage with potential partners to deliver the Gateway Resettlement Programme for 2016-2019. Read full article

Petition: Sanctuary for 50 Syrian Refugees
Concerned Citizens in Norfolk are urging Norfolk County Council to work with the “Sanctuary for 50 campaign”. Click here to read more and sign the petition. Read full article

Please read if your clients use Norwich Foodbanks
Please read this update on Norwich foodbanks if your organisation signposts and/or assists clients in using the Norwich foodbanks. Read full article

Big Advice Survey Data Released - Norfolk Results
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. Read full article

Norfolk County Council Hate Crime Survey
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: respond by 30 September 2015.  Read full article

Norfolk Advice Sector Health Outcomes Results Infographic
Please click here to view the Norfolk Advice Sector Health Outcomes Results Infographic Read full article

Get on your bike and save money!
According to the Office of National Statistics, low income households often spend a quarter or more of their disposable income on buying and running a car , with an average spend of £15-20 a week on petrol alone. Switching to a bike for just a few journeys each week, whether to work, school or the shops, can lead to significant savings on petrol or bus fares. As well as saving money, cycling can help reduce stress and improve health, while reducing local congestion and pollution. Read full article

Evidence required for Discrimination Law Association
The House of Lords has established a Select Committee to examine the impact of the Equality Act 2010 on disability.  The Discrimination Law Association (DLA) is currently collecting information and evidence from its members in order to put together the evidence we will present both orally and in writing to the Select Committee in early September.  Read full article

NCAN Independent Evaluation Report
NCAN commissioned an independent evaluation of the work NCAN has carried out over the past five years. Read full article

Organisations currently using the NCAN referral system
Click here for the updated list of organisations currently using the NCAN referral system Read full article

Call for Case Studies
NCAN is endeavouring to take a strategic view and collate a variety of case studies which may be needed in the coming months for the advice sector for bids and so on. Read full article

Volunteer and Awareness Co-ordinator role
The Volunteer and Awareness Co-ordinator post is hosted by West Norfolk Befriending but will be working across the entire CAP partner organisation (Norfolk). Read full article

Diss, Thetford & District CAB - Energy Best Deal Extra
Diss, Thetford & District CAB are currently running a project called Energy Best Deal Extra where they talk to clients on a 1-2-1 basis about their energy bills and help them with any difficulties they are having. Read full article

2 x Vacancies - Young Adult Carers Support Worker
Norfolk Carers Support are currently recruiting for two new Young Adult Carers’ Support Workers in both Norwich and Great Yarmouth. Read full article

Local Assistance Scheme Criteria
If you are working with a client who you feel may qualify for the help from the Local Assistance Scheme, please take a look at the criteria below. Read full article

Choosing to Change Course - Positive Pathways
If you are working with a client who is a male perpatrator of domestic violence, please consider this course by Ormiston families. The course is for men involved in intimate partner violence and abusive behaviour and there is integrated Support Service for female partners/ex-partners. Read full article

Migrant Workers Access to Healthcare Report
This report presents research jointly commissioned by Healthwatch Norfolk and the Norfolk Community Relations and Equality Board. Read full article

Sector Led Plan Published
150 delegates, exhibitors and representatives of voluntary sector organisations met at the ‘Stronger Together’ conference in Norwich last month. Read full article

Volunteer and Awareness Co-ordinator role
Volunteer and Awareness Co-ordinator - Salary £22,000pa (37 hours per week). The Volunteer and Awareness Co-ordinator post is hosted by West Norfolk Befriending but will be working across Norfolk with the entire CAP partner organisation. Read full article

Local Assistance Scheme - Please ask clients these questions
A meeting to discuss the Local Assistance Scheme took place on 14 July and it was decided that feedback rom clients was essential. If you assist clients with accessing the local assistance scheme, please ask them these three questions. Read full article

Equal Lives Role - HR Apprentice
Do you want a career in Human Resources with a leading Disability Rights organisation?Are you willing to undertake training to achieve a qualification at the same time as earning a wage?If so, this post might be for you! Read full article

Local Assistance Scheme - Approved Partners List
Click here to view the approved partner list for the Local Assistance Scheme. Read full article

Expression of Interest to review the Transitions Service
Transitions is a pioneering project for Young Adult Carers (16-24 year olds) in Norfolk funded by the Big Lottery. Launching in April 2013 in Great Yarmouth, Norwich and Kings Lynn it was expanded to Thetford and Attleborough with an additional grant from Comic Relief in April 2014.  The service’s current funding ends in April 2016 and Norfolk Carers Support hopes to use this evaluation to demonstrate the difference we have made and the continued need for a dedicated outreach service to Young Adult Carers. Read full article

North Norfolk District Council and Norfolk County Council wish to invite proposals from suitably qualified organisations for the provision of a three year Information and Advice  Services across the geographic area covered by North Norfolk District Council. The anticipated start date for the service is 4th January 2016, funding available up to £109,000 per annum. Read full article

Big Society Fund provided by North Norfolk District Council
The Big Society Fund is provided by North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) for projects that support people and activities within the North Norfolk District geographical area. Read full article

Two roles being advertised by Future Projects
Future Projects is a highly inspirational community charity working across Norfolk.  Our aim is to deliver quality services to people experiencing disadvantage, helping them to develop the capacity to overcome their challenges and contribute fully to society. Read full article

Schwehr on Care - the Care Act Blog
Schwehr on CARE is Belinda Schwehr’s contribution to supporting people who are interested in adults’ social care to use the Care Act, together with public law principles. The idea is that the Act might then really make the kind of difference that it was intended to bring about. The blog will do this by encouraging the airing of stories from people in the sector, or affected by it, about what’s actually happening in practice, now the new law is in force. Read full article

Northern Locality Provider Network
The Northern Locality Commissioning Team are looking to establish a localised provider network that brings together all organisations working with the residents of North Norfolk to share experiences and good practice, resolve challenges and help shape the way we all work within the health and social care sector. They would like to collect some basic information about services in the area working with patients and service users. Read full article

The Sector-Led Plan
Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have published the Sector-Led Plan for Norfolk’s Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. The Plan marks the end of six months of engagement with voluntary, community & social enterprise organisations across Norfolk. This has included workshops and interviews with 200 sector representatives, 300 survey respondents and drawn on a wide range of data to get a strong understanding of the sector, it’s priorities and concerns. Read full article

Job Opportunities in Housing and Accomodation Support Services
There are a number of vacancies available in housing and accommodation services in Norfolk and Suffolk: 2 posts with Broadland Housing in Norwich, 5 posts with Stonham in Ipswich (various full and part time), 1 post for a Senior Client Service Manager with Stonham in Great Yarmouth. Read full article

Do you have resources on your website we can link to?
If you hold resources such as factsheets on your website that you would like to share, please send the link to and we will post the link on our 'Resources' page. Read full article

NCAN Care Act Event - Presentation
This NCAN event took place on 17 June and the focus was The Care Act and its impact so far on the organisations in Norfolk and across the country. Robin Murray Neill, Care Act Trainer with Care and Health Law gave a talk on law, policy and practice developments relating to The Care Act. Click below to download the presentation. Read full article

Learning Disability Hate Crime Evidence Project - Report
The aim of this social research project is to develop a baseline insight into the views of people with a learning disability in Norfolk about hate crime. The project worked with people with learning disabilities from five learning disability organisations in Norfolk to find out: a. The level of understanding and recognition of hate incidents/crime amongst people with a learning disability, b. Evidence of what level of access to support and information is available to people with a learning disability specifically on hate incidents/crime in Norfolk.  Read full article

New Pension Wise Service in Norfolk
Pension Wise is a new Government service designed to help people make sense of their pension options, and empower them to make the right choices for them. Diss, Thetford & District Citizens Advice is delivering Pension Wise appointments across Norfolk and Suffolk giving people access to free and impartial pension guidance in their local area.  Read full article

MAP advice drop in services
MAP run advice drop in sessions on practical things that might affect young people, like welfare and rights; employment; education and training; money and debt; issues about housing and homelessness; sexual health and relationships; being a parent and getting along with your family. Drop in times are Norwich: Mon to Fri 1.30pm – 5.30pm and Great Yarmouth: Mon, Wed & Fri 1.30pm – 5.30pm. Read full article

Support for VCSE partners re obtaining funding
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk has recently appointed a Funding and Commissioning Co-ordinator who can help voluntary sector partners to access information and advice about funding. The co-ordinator can help with funding searches and advice on potential bids. Read full article

Housing and Care Options Specialist role
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. Read full article

Free Norfolk Carers Handbook 2015/16
The free Norfolk Carers handbook is now available electronically and in print. Click below to download a copy or call the Carers Agency Partnership Helpline on 0808 808 9876 if you would like a copy to be posted to you.  Read full article

Building Better Opportunities Update
The Building Better Opportunities Norfolk-Suffolk event, which took place recently, provided valuable input to inform the development of the project outlines and the New Anglia and Big Lottery negotiations. Read more to download the presentation slides. Read full article

Age UK Vacancy: Housing & Care Options Specialist
Age UK Norfolk are recruiting a Housing and Care Options Specialist to provide Information, Advice, Advocacy and Support for older people, their families and carers, who wish to consider alternative housing and care options. Starting salary: £14,488.44 per annum, 30 hours pw, temporary contract until 31 March 2016. Read full article

NCLS Vacancy: Operations Manager
NCLS are seeking to appoint an Operations Manager (37 hours, salary £28,500 pa) to support the Chief Executive Officer in the day to day running of the office, ensuring compliance with NCLS policies, procedures and practices; and to also deputise for the Chief Executive Officer in her absence.  Read full article

Living Wage Norwich (LWN) campaign
Living Wage Norwich (LWN) campaigns to make our city one where everyone receives the Living Wage (£7.85 per hour). Read full article

Community Engagement Project Manager role
Community Engagement Project Manager role (£33,627 - £37, 479). Working across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and based in Wisbech. Read full article

Norfolk ASTF Event - Documents
The Norfolk Advice Services in Transition Event took place yesterday at The Archive Centre in Norwich. Here are the accompanying documents for the event. Read full article

Please tell us about your experience of the Care Act so far
NCAN are holding an event next week and we need your experiences for review and discussion. Please get in touch regarding any cases where you have implemented aspects of the Care Act; how did it go? Did you encounter any difficulties? Please email Francesca - Read full article

BBO funding opportunities
The Building Better Opportunities programme will fund 6 consortiums in the New Anglia area;  one for each of the priority project outlines that will be issued in October. Read full article

Is your organisation on the NCAN Directory?
NCAN has a free online directory and would like to ensure that as many Norfolk based advice providers as possible are represented. The aim of the directory is to facilitate partnership working and allow every organisation to assist clients by being able to direct them to appropriate services across the county.   Read full article

Part-time Mental Health Engagement Officer vacancy
Are you passionate about increasing engagement amongst people at risk of, or experiencing, mental ill health? Read full article

Accessing support from the Palliative Care Team
Caring with Confidence is a free programme that aims to provide support to unpaid carers of those with life-limiting conditions. Read full article

Feedback on INTRAN pilot
We need your feedback on the INTRAN pilot. Read full article

Local Assistance Scheme - Eligibility Criteria
After the successful meeting NCAN hosted regarding the Local Assistance Scheme, it was agreed that the eligibility criteria information should be shared by NCAN to ensure advice providers were aware of who the scheme can assist. Read full article

Stonham Homestay Eligibility Criteria
Click here to view the Stonham HomeStay referral form with the new eligibility criteria. Read full article

Prison Support Worker role with Future Projects
Future projects are advertising for a Resettlement Radio Support Worker. Read full article

Last chance to take part in a short survey about NCAN
We would be grateful if you could take some time to complete this survey. You have until Friday 15 May. Read full article

Invitation to take part in a short survey about NCAN
Big Society Funding CIC is working on an evaluation for Norfolk Community Advice Network (NCAN) to examine its support services for the social welfare law sector. Read full article

Home group recruiting for a Senior Client Service Manager role
Home Group are currently recruiting a Senior Client Service Manager to support and manage the delivery of their floating support service. Read full article

BBO Partnership Event
The BBO Partnership Event took place in Norwich on 15th April and in Suffolk on 16th April and was a success. Read full article

Vacancy at Diss, Thetford and District CAB.
Click here to view details of a temporary role at Diss, Thetford and District CAB. Read full article

Your Own Place - funded tenancy support for 17-25 year olds
Your Own Place and the Benjamin Foundation have been funded to provide trained and DBS checked mentors to support young people in transition in Norwich, Great Yarmouth, Broadland and North Norfolk. Read full article

New Rights for Young Carers
The latest research by the Children's Society highlighted that Young Carers are telling us that they need more support. This is why Norfolk Carers Support is welcoming two important pieces of legislation which provide Young Carers with new rights and becomes law from April 2015. Read full article

VCS Engage survey - Deadline Extended to 17 April
This survey aims to gather detailed evidence about the issues facing the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Norfolk. CAN have had a number of requests for more time to complete the sector led plan survey and as a result they will keep the survey open until the 17th April. Read full article

Peer Support training with Mind
Norwich Mind have a great opportunity for anyone (18+) who is interested in training and working as a peer support worker. Peer support centres on people using their own experience of recovery and mental health to help others. The peer support worker is there to keep the focus on recovery, remove stigma and share their own stories in an attempt to help others understand how they can move forward. Read full article

New Routes Mentoring & Befriending Recruitment and Training
New Routes is now recruiting volunteer mentors and befrienders to work one-to-one with recently settled asylum seekers and refugees in Norwich. The programme is accredited with the Mentoring & Befriending Foundation and volunteers will receive nationally recognised certificates at the end of their 6-month partnerships.  Read full article

Domestic Abuse Change Programme: Request for Information
The Community Safety Partnership are looking for participants to inform the Norfolk Domestic Abuse Change programme. Jo Sapsford (Safer communities co-ordinator) is undertaking research with professionals, service users and members of the public on their perceptions of domestic abuse. She is looking for five voluntary sector participants from across the County to set aside half an hour for a telephone discussion with a market researcher.   Read full article

Care Act: Updates to NCC Social Care
Following the implementation of the Care Act, Norfolk County Council have updated information on their website. Click below to see what changes have been made. Read full article

Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards
Funding of up to £2,500 is available to provide practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit either health, sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities in areas where Tesco has stores in the UK. Read full article

Stonham HomeStay - Criteria & Referral Form
Stonham HomeStay have amended their eligibility criteria and their referral form. Both can be downloaded here. Read full article

Mapping Advice Services in Breckland
The Breckland Advice Partnership, in association with NCAN, are carrying out research into advice & preventative services in Breckland. The hope is that this research will help enable the sector in Breckland to work together more effectively, to identify needs that are not currently being met, and to come up with realistic strategies for meeting those needs in the future. We would be grateful if you would let us have your views about some of the pressing issues facing the advice sector at this time, and to answer some questions about your organisation's services. Read full article

CAB Vacancy - Debt Caseworker
Mid Norfolk CAB have a short term post available from May 2015 to the end of October 2015 for an experienced debt caseworker. The post is for 14 hours pw, based in the Dereham office with a salary of £9115.25 (per annum) Read full article

VCS Engage Survey
This survey aims to gather detailed evidence about the issues facing the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in Norfolk and to start testing ideas about how VCS Engage can respond to some of these challenges.  Read full article

Norfolk ProHelp
Norfolk ProHelp is a group of professional firms that pledge free support to voluntary and community organisations wanting to get projects off the ground. Members comprise accountants, solicitors, architects, consulting engineers, surveyors, property consultants, marketing and IT specialists.  Read full article

Could you host FoodCycle Norwich?
FoodCycle builds communities by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create nutritious three-course meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. FoodCycle cook and serve weekly meals every Sunday at The Quakers Meeting House, but unfortunately they are no longer able to host the service. There is now an opportunity for other local organisations to host this Foodcycle Hub. Read full article

Job opportunity with Family Matters
A small, friendly & innovative team delivering family support in Norwich seeks a resourceful practitioner, with experience of supporting parents and their primary school age children. This Family Support Practitioner post is 18 hours pw, term-time plus 12 days and £9.25 per hour (£6,893pa). Closing date is 8am, 20 April 2015.    Read full article

Local Activities & Training at The Baseline Centre
The Baseline Centre on Knowland Grove are running a range of activities and training workshops including a Recovery Cafe, Gardening Group, Maths and English training, Arts & Crafts, Yoga, Job Club and more.  Read full article

Shelter Solicitor Vacancy - Norwich
Shelter are looking for an accomplished Housing Solicitor to deliver a specialist legal casework service in housing law, to represent homeless people or people in housing need. Salary: £31,311.33- £33,789.65 pa. Read full article

South Norfolk Council Housing Strategy
South Norfolk Council is in the process of developing their Housing Strategy for 2015-18. As part of this process they would like to share the work to date with key partners in order to seek your comments and feedback on the current draft of the strategy. Read full article

Norfolk County Council Local Assistance Scheme to continue
Norfolk County Council has earmarked £1.6 million for 2015-16 to continue their Local Assistance Scheme. Read full article

Free Grants from British Gas to Clear Gas and Electric Debts
People who are facing hardship could be eligible for a free grant from the British Gas Energy Trust. This is a charitable trust that provides free grants to clear gas and electric debts, pay outstanding funeral expenses and to purchase white goods. It is free to apply and recipients do not have to repay it. The trust is open to everyone, regardless of who their energy supplier is, so people do not need to be with British Gas to apply. Read full article

The Big Advice Survey
Can the people you support access the advice they need locally? Where are the gaps? How can we evidence the things that fuel demand for advice? How does advice make a difference? Please encourage the people you support to take the Big Advice Survey - it can be completed directly by clients or on their behalf and it is open until the 31 March 2015. Read full article

Migration trends in Norfolk
This report gives a brief summary of the latest statistics on migration in Norfolk. It distinguishes internal migration within the UK and international migration for the period 2003/04 to 2012/13, also giving a brief summary of the age structures of those people. Read full article

Alzheimer's Society Vacancy
Alzheimer's Society are recruiting for a Dementia Support Worker in West Norfolk – Kings Lynn. Salary is £13580.01 per annum, 25 hours per week (permanent). Closing Date for applications is 12 Feb 2015. Read full article

N Compass - Don't forget to register your organisation
Set around nine key pathways out of offending, the N-Compass support directory is designed to be a one-stop shop for those looking for help and advice to change the aspects of their lives that make them vulnerable to committing crime. Please click below to see the nine pathways and to register your organisation. Read full article

The Power to Change - Funding for Community Businesses
The Power to Change is an independent charitable trust endowed with £150 million from the Big Lottery Fund to support community businesses across England. In the coming months, the Power to Change will operate an initial grants programme for existing community businesses already making a difference in their local communities.  Read full article

Community Events and Fundraising Officer vacancy
Access Community Trust are seeking a community events and fundraising officer to join their team. The work will include supporting and delivering the running of events, dealing with enquiries from supporters, ensuring the smooth running of a busy fundraising function and representing the charity across their work areas. This post is initially 20 hours per week, £7.85ph. Read full article

'Voyage with Me' - Exciting new arts project for women
SWEET ARTS are beginning recruitment for the second of their partnership projects with the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts - 'Voyage with Me'. Read full article

Quality Survey - tell us what you think
NCAN have created a quality survey and would appreciate your input. The survey has been created in order to gather information on how NCAN can support advice organisations in ensuring quality in the future. Read full article

New Mapping Framework
These documents set out a common framework which will be used by NCAN and partners in collecting data to provide a comprehensive picture of advice service provision in the county. Read full article

Free informal English Classes
Three retired English teachers are running an informal English class for people who speak English as a second language. These will take place every Monday from 9:15am to 11:30am (term time only) at Lakenham Primary School. Booking isn't necessary; just turn up and ask at reception. It is free of charge and will include reading, writing and speaking English. There will be free tea, coffee and biscuits. Read full article

Voluntary Sector study in Norfolk & Suffolk - get involved
An in-depth study of the contribution made by voluntary organisations to the economies of Norfolk and Suffolk is to be carried out. Big Society Funding Community Interest Company (CIC) will assess the economic value, roles and work of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector and they aim to engage as many VCSE organisations as possible. Read full article

Volunteer opportunities with Shelter
Shelter have two exciting volunteer opportunities coming up at their Norwich office. They are looking to take on an Admin Assistant Volunteer and a Monitoring and Admin Assistant Volunteer. Read full article

Scheme available for those who find bus travel difficult
First busses have a scheme where customers can use a Safe Journey Card to let bus drivers know what sort of help they need. If a passenger has fear of falling the driver will wait until they reach the seat safely, if they are hard of hearing the driver will speak up, or if they have speech or communication difficulties they can let the driver know where they want to go. Read full article

Immigration Legal Aid outreach – service update for Norwich
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. Read full article

Recycled computers available to carers in the region
Chill4us Carers is based in Norwich and are a free peer support community offering help for carers and support with others who find themselves in the caring role. Read full article

Funding Opportunity: Shelroy Charitable Trust Fund
The Shelroy Charitable Trust Fund aims to support charitable and community activities across Norfolk, with particular focus on Norwich and East Norfolk. Grants of up to £5,000 can be considered to support general charitable activities. Please note that the deadline for applications 30 January 2015. Click below to begin your application. Read full article

Funding Opportunity: Norfolk 100 Fund
Love Norfolk/ Norfolk 100 FundThe Love Norfolk Fund pools donations of all sizes which, along with investment income from the endowment fund, are used to provide grants to good causes in Norfolk. Read full article

Funding Opportunity: Bunn Community Fund
The aim of the Bunn Community Fund is to support charities, voluntary and community groups working within Norfolk, with a particular focus on those within their business operational areas of Norwich, Fakenham and Great Yarmouth. Please note that the deadline for applications 23rd January 2015. Read full article

NHS Integrated Comissioning Team are looking for your views
NHS Integrated Comissioning Team are carrying out a review of commissioned and grant funded Information , Advice and Advocacy services and are seeking views from organisations and health and social care colleagues to feed into this review. Read full article

Second edition of South Norfolk Early Help newsletter
Includes: a new way of working to improve outcomes for children and young people in Norfolk; a programme in Diss bringing together communities, voluntary and public organisations to focus on key concerns; and developments in the Early Help Hub.  Read full article

Equal Lives training programme for Spring 2015
Training courses include Universal Credit, Introduction to Welfare Benefits, ESA, PIP, Reconsiderations and Starting Appeals, and Tribunal Skills.  Read full article

Grants of up to £5,000 from Healthy Norwich
Grants of up to £5,000 are available for local organisations that support health and wellbeing in local communities and specifically for projects that address healthy eating, smoking cessation and prevention, and affordable warmth. Read full article

Helping new migrants stay warm this winter
WORD Trust is implementing a three-month project geared towards helping new migrants understand how to keep themselves warm this winter.  Read full article

County Council review of commissioned and grant funded IAA
Norfolk County Council are carrying out a review of commissioned and grant funded Information, Advice and Advocacy services and are seeking views from organisations and health and social care colleagues. Please fill in this short survey and pass it on to colleagues. The deadline is 9 January 2015.  Read full article

NCAN work on developing shared outcomes measurement framework
NCAN is working with Norfolk agencies to pilot a health outcomes toolkit developed by the national Citizen's Advice Bureau team. The idea is to develop a common framework for the advice sector in Norfolk, as a tool for measuring impact and engaging with CCGs and other potential funders.  Read full article

Alzheimer's Society recruiting Community Support Manager
Based at Bury St Edmunds and and working across Norfolk & Suffolk, the salary for this full-time post is £20,682 per annum and the deadline for applications 11 Dec 2014.  Read full article

PCC children and young people fund
Up for £30,000 per year for projects supporting targeted interventions designed to boost children and young people’s resilience to becoming an offender or victim.  Read full article

PCC reports on online domestic abuse campaign
New campaign calls on men to say no to domestic abuse.  Read full article

PCC reports on launch of Domestic abuse campaign
24 November marked the start of a week long campaign to raise the awareness of domestic abuse in Norfolk. Read full article

Norfolk Public Health launching Warm and Well Campaign
On the 10th December Norfolk Public Health will be launching the Warm and Well Campaign and resources available include an e-learning tool, information and links to services and support.  Read full article

Wireless broadband cover for 90% of Norfolk
Norfolk RCC and InTouch Systems have developed a new broadband service called ThinkingWISP which they say covers 90 per-cent of Norfolk with fast and reliable broadband connectivity - with not need for a landline.  Read full article

Free English and Maths classes
From January 2015 ProjectFirst are offering short evening courses at level 1 and 2 at City College Norwich, for 8 weeks.  Read full article

Invitation to join advice and guidance social media network
The Norfolk IAG Yammer Community is a social media network for people who are involved in supporting young people with their choices of education, jobs and training.  Read full article

Free Legal Advice at Great Yarmouth
Following a successful pilot, NCLS is running a weekly service, funded through the Advice Services Transition Fund, in partnership with GYROS, DIAL, Norfolk CAB, MAP and Herring House. Read full article

Survey looks at experiences of the private rented sector
Your Own Place is working in partnership with Shelter to develop tools for tenants new to the private sector, and they are carrying a survey to find out about the experiences of private tenants.   Read full article

Domestic Abuse Advice at Norfolk Community Law Service
Norfolk Community Law Service is a non-profit, voluntary organisation offering free legal advice to anyone who needs advice. There are a number of specialist teams including the Domestic Abuse Advice Service (DAAS). Read full article

ESF Community Grants - East of England
Grants are available for projects that prepare disadvantaged people over the age of 19 for work in the East of England. Deadline: 28 November 2014. Read full article

Tranche one of 2015 Universal Credit rollout confirmed, 25.11.2014
DWP have confirmed that the 2015 rollout will expand UC across four existing local authorities where it is currently live, namely Flintshire, Highland, London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham and Rugby.  Read full article

Norwich City Council announces 2015-2016 grants programme
Grants may be awarded to provide funds for services or projects that deliver specific outcomes. They can be awarded to statutory, private, voluntary or community sector organisations or groups.  Read full article

Legal Aid Immigration outreach pilot in Norwich
The Red Cross has secured an outreach service for clients needing legal aid immigration advice in Norwich and Peterborough.  Read full article

Job vacancies with Norfolk Carers Support
Norfolk Carers Support is seeking to recruit a Transitions Project Worker in King’s Lynn and a Locality Lead / Support Worker in Norwich. Closing date for both posts: 4pm Thursday 4th December 2014. Read full article

Norfolk Warm and Well Fund
Norfolk Community Foundation have announced the launch of Norfolk Warm and Well Fund. Groups can apply for up to £2,500 for projects to help people keep warm this winter. Read full article

Ex-offender support website launched
The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk report on a new website to help ex-offenders make positive changes to their lives and turn their backs on crime. Read full article

Digital divide in Norfolk - practical tips
Partners in the Digital Divide Project have put together a booklet of tips and advice for boosting phone signals and proposing alternatives to traditional broadband. Read full article

Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board
A summary of the work of the Norfolk Health and Wellbeing Board.   Read full article

Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Strategy Consultation
Norfolk County Council are inviting comments on plans to bring about earlier support for children and young people in relation to emotional wellbeing and emerging mental health concerns. The deadline for responding is Wednesday 5 November.  Read full article

Mental Health Advocacy Service
Victim Support and Norwich Mind have created a new service that aims to help adult victims of crime who also have mental health issues to increase their access to the Criminal Justice System.  Read full article

Personal Independence Payment - Stakeholder Event
On the afternoon of Wednesday 8th October 2014 Equal Lives together with Norfolk Community Advice Network hosted a PIP Stakeholder Event at the Kings Centre in Norwich. We report below on the event and the outcomes.  Read full article

New Hate Crime Specialist Advocates
Three Hate Crime Specialist Advocates have now been appointed with funding from the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk. The roles will complement and support the work of existing agencies by providing support to victims of hate incidents and hate crime.  Read full article

'Be ready for it' - new website for people approaching death
Provides details about some of the ways people can plan ahead and make choices about your palliative and end of life care. It is endorsed by the Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy.  Read full article

Funding from the Genesis Community Foundation
£2.7 million to invest in community projects that impact positively on the communities in which the Genesis Housing Association operates (including Norfolk), and which address of of the priority areas of health and wellbeing; volunteering; financial inclusion; enterprise, employment and training and social research. Deadline: 20 October.  Read full article

Norfolk Better Care Fund Plan
The Norfolk Better Care Fund Plan has been submitted and is now available online.  Read full article

Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner invites feedback
Do you believe the police and crime priorities of PCC are still the right ones? Are there any emerging issues that you feel should be taken into account?  Read full article

Legal Aid Exceptional Funding Scheme - case studies sought
The BBC are looking to run a story on the Exceptional Funding Scheme for Legal Aid. Read full article

Norfolk Care and Support Services Directory 2014
Available online.  Read full article

Sign up to Hate Free Norfolk pledge
Currently there are 490 signatories (individuals and organisations/community groups). Please sign if you haven't already done so, and pass this on to colleagues. The goal is to reach 1000.  Read full article

Norwich City Council’s Community Grants Programme
Norwich City Council’s Community Grants Programme aims to support emerging and more established community groups run their activities and strengthen how a group operates. Read full article

New Routes, Norwich – Volunteer Mentors and Befrienders
New Routes the Integration Project is looking for people who have time to commit to a long-term, one-to-one, supportive relationship with a recently settled, ethnic minority adult or young person.  Read full article

NCLS service updates - FLA in Cromer and DA in Norwich
Norfolk Community Law Service have published rotas for Free Legal Advice in Cromer until the end of January 2015 and Domestic Abuse in Norwich up to 17 December.  Read full article

Commissioning Academy successfully piloted in Norfolk
The Cabinet Office is expanding its successful Academy that helps the public sector develop the right commissioning skills for the future. Read full article

Consultation on Norfolk's budget and services for 2015-2018
Last year the County Council asked for views on proposals to save £189 million over three years. The latest forecast is that they need to save £17.5 million in 2015-16. The council has opened a consultation on this - please respond using the link below.    Read full article

Datasets for migration updated
Updated ONS datasets for migration are available on the Norfolk Insight website. This shows an increase in incoming long-term international migration of 200 for the year 2012-13, and a decrease in the corresponding outflow of 200. Which means more international migrants arriving in Norfolk, and more staying. Other datasets include internal migration and non-British born population.  Read full article

Healthwatch Norfolk Vacancies - 2 x Engagement Internships
Healthwatch Norfolk is extending its internship programme by recruiting two Engagement Interns on an eleven month, fixed-term basis, based at the Healthwatch Norfolk offices in Hethersett. Deadline 5pm on Friday 26 September 2014.  Read full article

Equal Lives training programme Autumn/Winter 2014
One-day training courses on Introduction Welfare Benefits, ESA, PIP, Reconsiderations and Starting Appeals and Tribunal Skills.  Read full article

North Lynn Community Café
The North Lynn Community Café have published an updated list of current legal /community services taking place at the The St Augustines Centre in Kings Lynn Read full article

European Social Fund announce Big Lottery match funding
Building Better Opportunities, the programme to match lottery funds with money available through the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF), will support projects that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion. Read full article

Service update from GYROS
GYROS, the Great Yarmouth advice agency, has issued a service update bulletin. It includes links to new leaflets it has produced about benefits for EEA nationals, available in English, Polish, Portuguese, Lithuanian and Russian. Read full article

Norfolk Constabulary responds to Child Protection report
Norfolk Constabulary has recently been inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary over Child Protection. The report which finds 'room for improvement' was published this week. Read full article

£200k fund to tackle drug and alcohol issues
Organisations looking to raise awareness of and tackle drug and alcohol issues across Norfolk can now bid for a share of £200,000 from the Police and Crime Commissioner's wider commissioning budget. Read full article

Big Switch & Save
Norwich City Council's successful Norwich’s Big Switch and Save is back, once again aiming to help householders save money on their gas and electricity. Read full article

Summer holiday family and young people programmes in Norwich
New Routes, a charity promoting cross-cultural integration in Norwich, offers activities for families and young people throughout summer holidays.  Read full article

Funding available from the Mason Trust
The Mason Trust is small charity which aims to assist young people and organisations who work with young people to help improve their lives and communities.  Read full article

Case studies on impact of welfare sanctions
In a recent Guardian article David Clapson was found dead last year after his benefits were stopped on the grounds that he wasn't taking the search for work seriously. He had an empty stomach, and just £3.44 to his name. Do you have case studies illustrating the impact of sanctions? If so please write them up and send them to NCAN.  Read full article

Wellbeing Service Consultation Completed
From November 2013 to January 2014, people from across Norfolk and Waveney took part in a public consultation led by the North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group on The Wellbeing Service (also known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies – IAPT). Read full article

Income Support processing locations changing
From Monday 11th August 2014 the Income Support work covered by the following Jobcentres (Fakenham, Great Yarmouth, North Walsham, Norwich, Kings Lynn, Dereham, Cromer, Diss and Thetford) will move from Belfast and Watford BCs in to Worcester BC.   Read full article

Shelter British Gas Project
The Shelter British Gas project is changing the way it will work. The overriding principle of the new approach will be to work with people who have both housing and debt issues at any level and to make information on how to deal with Energy Debt easily accessible and engaging. Read full article

Advice Coordinator vacancy with Norfolk CAB (Norwich)
Salary Level – 22,885.86 (pro rata). Hours – 20 (job share considered). Job Type – Part time. Duration – Permanent. Location – Norwich Office. Closing date – 29/08/14 Read full article

POhWEr - Norfolk IMHA and NHS Complaints Advocacy
POhWEr currently provide the Independent Mental Health Advocacy Service (IMHA) and NHS complaints advocacy services for Norfolk. They are a a charity and membership organisation and they provide information, advice, support and advocacy to people who experience disability, vulnerability, distress and social exclusion. Read full article

Free tax credits training materials
CPAG, 31.07.2014
CPAG has produced 'Tax credits - the essentials'. It's a set of training materials that enable experienced welfare rights workers to train frontline advisers who have clients who claim tax credits. To deliver the course you will need to have a good knowledge of tax credits. To request a free set of the training materials to use within your organisation email Kelly Smith at Please include your name and your organisation’s name, address and telephone number. Read full article

Job Vacancy - Hate Crime Specialist Advocate
26 hours per week, salary £18,500 per annum pro rata - £13,000 p.a. for 26 hours. Closing date for applications is Friday 8th August 2014. Read full article

Email advice service for advisers on child benefit, tax credit
CPAG can provide advice via email to advisers where the enquiry concerns: child benefit, tax credits or any other HMRC administered payment (e.g. Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Sick Pay). The email address is Please note they cannot offer advice to members of the public. Read full article

National call for evidence: Impact of welfare reforms
NCVO’s new project, Strengthening the Voluntary Sector’s Voice in Welfare Reform, will research the cumulative effect of the recent welfare reforms. Voluntary organisations play a vital role in supporting people and communities and have first-hand knowledge of what impacts the welfare reforms are having. And yet, the sector has not yet spoken with one voice about the combined effects of the reforms. We want to hear from organisations of all sizes, from across England, whether you provide services or a voice to welfare claimants. Read full article

Regional Voices - Webinars
Regional Voices has been supporting the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership Programme develop webinars (online seminars) to share learning around JSNA (joint strategic needs assessment) and evidence with the wider voluntary sector. Visit their website to hear the webinar on Voluntary Sector Evidence and Health Commissioning- learning from the example of Citizens Advice. Read full article

Asylum Help contact details
Asylum Help updated their contact details for the East of England. Anyone wishing to contact Asylum Help’s staff in the East of England should follow the link to the latest contact list. Read full article

Change to Mandatory Reconsideration Processes
DWP have responded to advice agency concerns that their staff are persuading customers to withdraw their request for a Mandatory Reconsideration by making a change to the MR process. Read full article

Language support services (INTRAN) pilot
In partnership with the Community Relations and Equality Board (CREB), Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS), through NCAN, is working with INTRAN (the multi-agency Interpreting and Translation Partnership for the Eastern Region) on a pilot project to provide high quality, value for money language support services to the voluntary sector in Norfolk. Please register your interest in taking part this pilot by Thursday 17 July.  Read full article

Free Legal Advice in Cromer
As well as it's twice-weekly flagship Free Legal Advice service in Norwich, and newly launched service in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk Community Law Service runs a weekly FLA session on Tuesdays (from 5pm) in Cromer. See below for details of sessions in August, September and October.  Read full article

Big Lottery consultation
The BLF are consulting on where to prioritise funding for the next few years.  We have started a subject called Investing in a vibrant advice sector calling for a funding programme for advice - please support this proposal by adding a comment. Deadline is 18th July - so please respond asap!  Read full article

Add your organisation to the YourNorwich database
Please spend a few minutes filling out the submission form online to ensure your voluntary organisation is included. YourNorwich will promote your organisation to local clinicians and members of the public and to those who wish to find additional services for patients. Read full article

YourNorwich - New website & on-line directory launched
A new on-line service directory has been launched to help local people find care and support services in their community. It’s called YourNorwich and it was launched in partnership with voluntary organisations in the city. Type in what you’re looking for and all of the relevant matches will be displayed. You can also search by category, by location or search alphabetically. Read full article

Staying independent: Falls and Bone Health Survey
North Norfolk CCG has developed a survey to learn more about falls in older people and bone health. The results will be used to help improve services and develop prevention measures across the county. Please help promote this survey to older people and their families. Read full article

DWP Contract: Open to tender
The East Anglia Job Centre Plus District has identified a need for a training programme for ESA customers. The provision will provide claimants with a range of employability skills and will support customers with existing multiple health barriers to increase their confidence when applying for and succeeding in job applications. This contract is for 12 months and is valued at £238,500. Read full article

Shelter British Gas Project: Update
Shelter would like to update NCAN members on their British Gas Project. The overriding principle of the new approach will be to work with people who have both housing and debt issues at any level and to make information on how to deal with Energy Debt easily accessible and engaging. From 1st July the service will be able to offer a more comprehensive money advice service for clients. Read full article

An Insight Study into Offender Journeys in Norfolk
The N-ARRO Insight Study amis to improve understanding of how rehabilitation works by listening to people who have been in contact with the Criminal Justice System, either as an ex-prisoner or someone who has served a community sentence.  Read full article

Turn2us regional and in-house workshops
Turn2us offers free training workshops on maximising income for anyone in a front-line (intermediary) role, working with people in financial need. This includes volunteers, caseworkers, support workers, financial inclusion workers and welfare advisers. At the ‘hands-on’ workshops, groups learn how to use the Turn2us tools, with case study examples to see the different features in action. Read full article

Family Law Update
Clapham & Collinge Solicitors, 26.06.2014
Clapham & Collinge Solicitors have published a newsletter of Family Law updates, both regional and national. Read about the Good Divorce Group in Norfolk where specially trained lawyers, mediators and arbitrators have joined together with specialist financial advisors to provide a creative approach to divorce, and avoid the worst extremes of relationship breakdowns. Read full article

NCLS / UEA Partnership wins prestigious national prize
Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) and the University of East Anglia have won the LawWorks Best Partnership in Pro Bono Award for 2014 in recognition of the contribution of the UEA Law Students to the work of NCLS. The award was presented at a ceremony at the Royal College of Surgeons in Lincoln's Inn Fields on Wednesday 11th June. Read full article

NHS Complaints Advocacy service
In Norfolk, the NHS Complaints Advocacy service is provided by a partnership of Age UK Norfolk, Equal Lives, Norfolk RCC and POhWER. The advocates can help clients make a complaint and support them through the NHS complaints process. Read full article

Grants for National Hate Crime Awareness Week (October)
Hate Free Norfolk Network, 19.06.2014
The Hate Free Norfolk Network is offering 12 grants of £200 to voluntary / community groups to enable them to put on an event during National Hate Crime Awareness Week (11 - 18 October 2014).  Read full article

Grants to run events during Black History Month (October)
The group Norfolk Black Heritage and Culture is working hard planning another exciting year of Norfolk Black History Month celebrations in October. This year’s Norfolk Black History Month theme is Black History – a force for change. Anyone from any community can put on an event during Black History Month (October 2014) and there are grants available to help.  Read full article

Stop Loan Sharks project - online quiz
The Stop Loan Sharks project are launching a new online quiz to warn people of the dangers of Loan Sharks, whilst giving them the chance to win £100 of shopping vouchers. The quiz involves getting people to look at videos which convey the key Stop Loan Sharks messages – that Loan Sharks should be avoided, are criminals, and that help and support is available for people who have borrowed. Please help promote the quiz to your clients and residents! Read full article

Call for evidence - benefit appeals and reconsiderations
Norfolk Community Advice Network, 18.06.2014
You are invited to to send case studies, feedback and anecdotal evidence about difficulties being experienced by clients that may be preventing benefit decisions being reviewed, both at the mandatory reconsideration and appeal stage, and the consequences of bad decisions and delays for clients.  Read full article

Job vacancy with NCLS - Migrant Worker Advisor
15 hours per week Salary £22,300 per annum pro rata - £9,041 for 15 hours. This post is based in Norwich although the postholder will be expected to undertake some outreach work across the County. The post has initially been funded for a year by the Safer Norfolk Foundation Medium Grants Fund. Closing date for applications is Monday 30th June 2014. Read full article

Norfolk Community Advice Network (NCAN) Strategy Manager
30 hours per week. Salary £27,676 per annum pro rata - £22,240 for 30 hours. (Subject to funding, we may be able to increase the hours to 37 per week to cover other duties). Closing date for applications is Monday 30th June 2014. Read full article

Reminder: Discrimination Advice Sessions
NCLS, in partnership with the Suffolk Discrimination Law Service (SDLS), hold monthly advice sessions at NCLS covering all aspects of discrimination. The sessions take place on the first Monday of every month at St Clements House (2-16 Colegate, Norwich) between 12 and 3. Please phone SDLS on 01473 408111 for appointments. Read full article

Norfolk Local Assistance Scheme Update
A useful summary of the Norfolk Local Assistance Scheme was shared at the Local Partnership Meeting. It describes which issues can be challenged, the background of the scheme and the common problems that have occurred since its introduction. It also gives advice on eligibility and how to apply to the scheme. Read full article

NCAN Networking Meeting: Presentation Slides
Thanks to those who joined us at the NCAN Networking Meeting on 28 May 2014. It gave us an opportunity to open up some useful dialogue as well as a space for networking and mutual support.  Read full article

Norfolk Citizens’ Advice Bureaux
Click below for a chart of all the Citizens' Advice Bureaux in Norfolk including their locations. Read full article

Free Legal Advice Service in Great Yarmouth
GYROS have been working with NCLS and other partners to set up a free 'Legal Advice' service in Great Yarmouth. Sessions start this month; the next one is 17th June on Employment Law. If you have any clients that may benefit from a legal opinion please get in touch. Appointments need to be pre-booked by calling 01493 845928 or emailing Read full article

Local Sustainability Fund
Cabinet Office, GOV.UK, 29.05.2014
The Cabinet Office are consulting on a proposed sustainability fund to support effective voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. The fund will provide medium-sized organisations with the support they need to plan for the long term and begin to move to sustainable business models. Read full article

Job vacancy with Purfleet Trust, Kings Lynn
Purfleet Trust are recruiting for a full-time Operations Manager - Salary: £25,000. Closing date: 30th May 2014. Interview date: 17th June 2014.  Read full article

NCAN says goodbye to Adam Clark
After 3 years as NCAN Co-ordinator, Adam Clark is moving to a new policy role at Norwich City Council. Adam reflects on NCAN's achievements over the last few years. Read full article

Gyros Vacancy
GYROS Books and Beans Cafe has a vacancy for a Community Cafe Lead in Great Yamouth. The job is 22 hours per week & £17, 000 pro rata. Closing date for applicatons is Mon 19 May 2014. Read full article

MAP (Great Yarmouth) have moved premises
MAP Great Yarmouth have moved premises to 52A Deneside, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2HL, tel: 01493 854839, email: The drop in has now resumed and is every Monday from 1.30pm until 5.30pm (more days to follow shortly). If you work for an organisation that is relevant to Young People, then please feel free to drop off leaflets to promote your service.  Read full article

New Support Coordinator at 4Women Centre
Becci Lloyd is Homegroup’s new support co-ordinator specialising in BAME women, domestic abuse, honour-based violence and FGM. Based at the 4women centre, her role is to support women 16 and over from the BAME community with any specific or combination of needs.  Read full article

PCC funding helps provide GP domestic abuse training
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, 12.05.2014
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Stephen Bett, has teamed up with local charity Leeway and health partners to support GPs in reducing the risk of harm to domestic abuse victims. Read full article

Discrimination Advice Sessions
NCLS, in partnership with the Suffolk Discrimination Law Service (SDLS), hold monthly advice sessions at NCLS covering all aspects of discrimination. The sessions take place on the first Monday of every month at St Clements House (2-16 Colegate, Norwich) between 12 and 3. Please phone SDLS on 01473 408111 for appointments. Read full article

Referrals invited to NCLS Debt Advice Service
The debt advice service is restricted to offenders, ex-offenders and family members. The principle behind the project is that resolving the debt removes a potential factor affecting rates of re-offending. Funding is provided principally by the Money Advice Service (MAS). NCLS can offer advice and support with any debt issues including help with one-off queries, contacting creditors and helping people consider their options. NCLS advisor Andy Cobb is an approved Intermediary for Debt Relief Orders. For appointments or to make a referral, please telephone 01603 496623 or email Read full article

Launch of new BME magazine
The Bridge Plus + have launched a new magazine 'B-Me Voices' with the aim to promote diversity by capturing and sharing the views and aspirations of BME communities. Read full article

Soaring East region demand for foodbanks
Network Norfolk, 01.05.2014
The number of people in the East Region receiving emergency food from Trussell Trust foodbanks in the last year has almost trebled from the previous year. Read full article

Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support Move Office
Norfolk & Suffolk Care Support have now moved from Sheringham to new offices in Norwich: St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BQ, tel: 01603 629211.  Read full article

Need support around Community Relations & Equalities?
The Norfolk Community Relations and Equality Officer Michelle de Oude is offering to come and spend a day / half day, with any voluntary or community organisation. Read full article

Breckland Advice Project: Job Vacancy
Dereham Watton & Holt CAB is leading the new Breckland Advice Project, funded by the National Lottery through the Advice Services Transition Fund. They are looking to fill the following position: Project Coordinator, salary £13,537pa, 21 hours pw fixed term until 30th September 2015, employed by and based at Dereham CAB. Closing date for applications 22nd April 2014. Read full article

Eastern Savings and Loans Credit Union
Eastern Savings and Loans Credit Union (formerly Norfolk Credit Union) work with, and for, people from all walks of life in Norfolk to tackle financial exclusion, by offering alternatives to mainstream bank services, to help integrate people into communities and help them resist the lure of payday lenders. Read full article

Benefits Upper Tribunal Representation
Legal Aid still exists for welfare benefits representation in the Upper Tribunal.  The only ground for appealing to the Upper Tribunal against the First Tier Tribunal decision is that the First Tier Tribunal has made an 'error of law'. The Law Centres Network has been awarded the Welfare Benefits Upper Tribunal (WBUT) Legal Aid contract for the East of England including Norfolk. Read full article

The Neesa Project
The Neesa Project has recently been approached by Norwich Food Bank to offer assistance to people in need from the Muslim community. Read full article

Vacancy for Housing Assessment Officer
Norwich City Council have a vacancy for a housing assessment officer within their housing assessment team. Salary: £23,188 to £25,727 pa, 37 hours per week. Closing date: 2 April 2014 (12 noon).   Read full article

Outcomes Measurement
At a seminar in March 2014, 30 participants came together to look at good practice of outcomes measurement in the Norfolk advice sector and how we might coordinate our work around this. We have formulated an agenda for further work based on the key issues and opportunities identified in the seminar. See the link for more details, and please get in touch if you would like to be involved in this project. Read full article

Do your clients face discrimination?
Norfolk Community Law Service ( continues to offer an advice service for anyone in Norfolk who may have suffered discrimination. This is run in partnership with ISCRE ( as part of its ‘Tackling Discrimination in the East’ project.’ You can make referrals to NCLS by calling 01603 496623 or through the NCAN referral system if you are part of that. It can be difficult to spot discrimination so you may find it helpful to consult the guide ‘Is that fair? How to recognise discrimination.' (Click below) Read full article

Tax Help for Older People in Norfolk
Tax Help for Older People is a free service provided by qualified tax advisers, who offer friendly, jargon free and confidential advice in personal tax. The charity provides advice in the area of personal taxation to people approaching 60 or over with a net household income of £17,000 or less. Read full article

ECO Grants - Free Boilers & Insulation
The Government’s new Energy Company Obligation (ECO Grants) means that energy suppliers are required to pay or part pay to install energy efficient boilers and insulation into the homes of people who are eligible. People in receipt of certain benefits may be eligible for free and insulation through this scheme. Read full article

Young Offender Employability Training
Funding has been granted by Norfolk County Council to pilot a new employability programme which prioritises young offenders and those at risk of offending aged 16 to 24.  Read full article

Job Opportunity at Opening Doors
Opening Doors are recruiting an Executive Adviser: 37.5 hours per week, salary circa £40,000. Closing date for applications is Thursday 3 April 2014.    Read full article

Launch of Hate Free Norfolk Pledge
The Hate Free Norfolk Pledge launched this week and continues over the weekend with events happening around Norfolk. Read full article

Referral form for New Mental Health Wellbeing Floating Support
Together Norfolk Support Service provides county-wide support to adults with mental health needs – including individuals with severe mental health problems and complex needs – to access and maintain their accommodation. Follow the link below to access their referral form. Read full article

Hold a 'Hate Free Norfolk' Pledge Event
Hate Free Norfolk, 06.03.2014
Hate Free Norfolk have collected together a number of resources to help you organise your own Event to mark the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge. Read full article

Free Tenancy Awareness Sessions
MoneyWise Homesafe hold free Tenancy Awareness sessions. These are through a regular monthly group session (1st Wednesday of the month with free buffet lunch), one to one on request (ideal if your client is in a hurry or uncomfortable in group settings) or small group by arrangement. They also have a Support & Advice Drop-In every Thursday from 2 - 4.30pm at Customer Contact Centre, City Hall. Read full article

New Equal Lives Project
Equal Lives are creating a six month programme supporting and empowering disabled people who have been in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance for 18 months or longer and would like to get back to work, develop their educational or confidence skills. The progamme will run in two areas of Norwich, providing professional and peer-based support through fortnightly contact on both on a one-to-one and group basis. Read full article

Sport Relief Community Cash Fund Available
£50,000 Sport Relief Community Cash fund is available to communities across the Norwich city area. Grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small organisations in the Norwich area that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. Follow the link below to apply (deadline is 4 March 2014).  Read full article

Atos & Capita Presentations on PIP Assessments
At the recent Local Partnership Meeting, Atos and Capita made presentations on PIP assessments which can both be downloaded by following the link below. Read full article

NCLS Domestic Abuse Service Dates
Working with Leeway and Norwich City Council, Norfolk Community Law Service is providing appointments with a solicitor for legal advice and assistance around domestic abuse issues including all types of civil injunction. The appointments are at St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BQ. Please click below for dates (April - June 2014) and for further details. Read full article

Job Vacancies
The new North Norfolk Advice Project, funded by the National Lottery and the Cabinet Office through the Advice Services Transition Fund, aims to improve the provision of and access to social welfare advice services e.g. debt, welfare benefits, housing, across North Norfolk. The Project is looking to fill a number of posts which are for a fixed term ending on 31 October 2015 although some may be extended if further funding can be secured. The closing date for all applications is Monday 24 February 2014. Read full article

Mental Health Floating Support, New Service Provider
Norfolk County Council has re-commissioned mental health services which provide housing related support to people living in the community (floating support). This service supports people with developing and maintaining appropriate community based housing options, maintaining their independence, managing money and maintaining good relations with neighbours and landlords, as well as support around their mental health. As from 27 January 2014 the new service will be provided by Together for Mental Wellbeing, a national Mental Health Charity. Read full article

Cambridge CAB Job Vacancies
Cambridge CAB are seeking to recruit to 2 posts within their “Smart Money” project. They have a vacancy for a Financial Education Co-ordinator & Trainer (37 hours pw) and a Project Administrator & Evaluation Officer (18.5 hours pw). Both posts are a 3 year fixed term contract. Closing date: Midday 21 February 2014. Read full article

Local Housing Allowance rates for 2014
The latest Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates have been published. From April 2014 they will increase by 1% Read full article

Wanted: misconduct panel members
Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) in the Eastern Region are seeking people to sit on police misconduct panels. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age, have an understanding of the need for high standards of conduct in the police service and a commitment to fairness and equality. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 February 2014. Read full article

Shelter Job Vacancies in Great Yarmouth
Shelter have vacancies for an Advice Support & Guidance Worker and a Service Administrator based in Great Yarmouth. Both posts are part time (18.75 hrs per week) and are a fixed term contract until 31 May 2015. The closing date for applications is 26th January 2014. Read full article

Join the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge
The Hate Free Norfolk Network established in September this year, is to enable anyone who is interested in knowing about hate crime in Norfolk and who wants to work towards a Hate Free Norfolk. Anyone can join; you can sign up for the monthly e-newsletter by visiting the and once you have signed up you will be a member of the Hate Free Norfolk Network.  Read full article

Sweet Factory Closure
Sweet Arts sadly announced the closure of 'The Sweet Factory Project' from 13 January 2014. Despite the successful outcomes of the project they have been unable to secure funding to continue it's development. The SWEET ARTS drop-ins will remain open (Monday and Friday 10 to 1). For further information contact Toni on 07986105691 or Read full article

Request for information on client experiences of PIP claims
Julie Kemmy from Equal Lives is looking for any information or statistics on clients being asked to undertake a particularly long journey (over 90 minutes using public transport is the guide) for an assessment, or has had a delay in getting a Part 2 claim, getting their assessment, or a delay getting a decision on their PIP claim. Julie is also looking for any clients that would be willing to speak to the press. Telephone 01508 491210 or 07795 451005. Read full article

PCC Safer Norfolk Fund
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Norfolk, 14.01.2014
Charities along with voluntary and community groups could benefit from a major new fund launched last week. The Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner has put forward £100,000 from his Commissioning Budget which will deliver grants to those working with the disadvantaged and vulnerable in key priority areas across Norfolk.  Read full article

Tackling the rural ‘broadband barrier’
Local residents and businesses campaigning to get faster Broadband and better mobile coverage for East Anglia met at the Rural Norfolk Broadband Summit in December. At the Summit, Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman pledged to take the Mobile and Broadband Campaign to the next stage. Read full article

Advice for 'bedroom tax' tenants
Norwich City Council are offering help to tenants and their households affected by the bedroom tax. Read full article

Norfolk Warm and Well Campaign
The Warm and Well in Norfolk campaign is offering support to keep people warm throughout the winter. This includes an e-learning tool aimed at professionals and volunteers, although anyone including the public can access it. The idea is that if people are informed about how to stay warm and well, they are better able to advise and support others.  Read full article

Healthwatch Newsletter
Healthwatch Norfolk have issued their latest newsletter. Read full article

Admin Vacancy in Yarmouth
Advice agency DIAL Great Yarmouth are looking to recruit an administration assistant - 20hrs per week, 3 year fixed contract. Closing date is 16th January 2014. Read full article

New Benefits Resource for young people
Norfolk Charity MAP, who support local young people aged between 11 and 25, have developed a new Facebook page aimed at young people to help them understand and navigate the ongoing changes to welfare benefits. Read full article

New Debt Advice Evaluation toolkit launched
The Money Advice Service have been developing, in collaboration with partners, an evaluation framework to help measure the impact that debt advice has against 15 desired client outcomes. Read full article

A new money advice service for Norwich City Council tenants
Norwich City Council’s Housing income service has recently recruited two Budgeting advisers to support council tenants with money worries. The service is designed to complement the existing money advice team but rather than providing in-depth debt counselling the budgeting advisers plan to offer simple and quick solutions for tenants according to their needs. From advice on maximising income and running a household budget to offering help saving money on everyday bills, the budgeting advisers will offer a ‘financial health check’ for all council tenants. Read full article

New reports give a picture of poverty, homelessness and debt
It won’t come as a surprise to any of you working in the frontline of the advice sector that things are tough across the UK as we say goodbye to 2013. A series of recent reports give us the data on how people in the UK are facing increasing poverty, homelessness and debt. Read full article

NCLS moving office
Norfolk Community Law Service (NCLS) have moved office to St Clements House, 2-16 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BQ.  Read full article

Job Vacancy: Interim Projects Manager
Keystone Development Trust is recruiting an Interim Projects Manager Based in Thetford. The post is 30 - 37 hours per week, £20,000 - £22,000 pa pro rata, fixed term 2nd January 2013 – 31st March 2014 Read full article

The Bridge Plus+ Breaking News Update
The Bridge Plus+ are moving due to a lack of funding. They will carry on with their operational activities on a reduced scale while looking into and waiting for the outcome of other activity based funding options. They will also be having a Christmas fundraising lunch on Thursday 19th December, 12-3pm.  Read full article

Local Impacts of Welfare Reform Model
The Local Government Association have produced a new modelling tool to view the impacts of the reforms at local authority level. Read full article

Vacancy for Admin Officer with MoneyWise HomeSafe
MoneyWise HomeSafe (Cotman Housing) have a vacancy for an Admin Officer located in Norwich. Salary: c£16k p.a + benefits, 36.25 hours per week. Fixed term contract for 3 years. Closes on: Monday 02 December 2013. Read full article

Norwich City Council's Budget Consultation - have your say
Norwich City Council is preparing its budget for 2014-15 and is facing a number of challenges and choices. They are holding a public consultation from 21 October 2013 to 6 January 2014. You can have your say on important issues. Read full article

Funding offered to launch the Hate Free Norfolk Pledge
The Hate Free Norfolk Pledge is going to be formally launched between 3 - 8 March 2014. The Pledge replaces the Multi Agency Protocol on Hate Crime, and is something that anyone can sign up to. The Hate Free Norfolk Network is offering ten awards of £200 to voluntary and community groups to enable them put on an event or events during the launch week. Read full article

Financial Confidence Vacancy
'Improving Financial Confidence Development Officer' vacancy in Great Yarmouth. Read full article

Volunteering Survey
The Norfolk County Council and NHS Integrated Commissioning Team are seeking views on volunteering in support of people’s health and social care needs. Read full article

Consultation on (mental health) Wellbeing Service
All five Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Groups have launched a consultation around the redesign of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies; known as the Wellbeing Service. Read full article

Vote for DIAL to win Lloyds Bank Community Fund award
DIAL Great Yarmouth have been shortlisted for a £3,000 award from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund. Support D.I.A.L by texting VOTE KDXD TO  61119 or go to to vote for them online.  Read full article

Community Work Placements
The DWP has announced further details of the new Community Work Placements scheme, due to launch in April 2014. Read full article

Job vacancy for KLARS Project Manager
37.5 hours per week, with a salary of £27,064 per annum. Closing date for applications is 15 Novemer 2013 at 12 noon, and interviews will take place on 20 November.  Read full article

Healthwatch Norfolk Public Survey
Healthwatch Norfolk are carrying out a survey of your experiences of NHS, social care and public health services in Norfolk. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to help guide what Healthwatch Norfolk focus on. Read full article

CAB Norwich - Change to opening times
Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau Norwich is open for drop-in Monday to Friday from 9.30am -2pm. Please note it is no longer open on Saturdays for drop-in. Their telephone line is open for advice 9.30am - 4pm on weekdays and the number is 08 444 111 444. Read full article

South Norfolk Advice Lottery project JOB VACANCIES
Diss, Thetford & District CAB is leading the new South Norfolk Advice Project, funded by the National Lottery through the Advice Services Transition Fund. The project will support and join up local advice services across South Norfolk to improve efficiency and resilience for the future and trial the use of new technology in rural outreach. They are looking to fill several positions. Closing date for applications is 1st November 2013. Read full article

New advice service at City Hall run by Equal Lives
A new partnership arrangement between Norwich City Council and Equal Lives (formerly the Norfolk Coalition for Disabled People) has begun. Equal Lives are now operating an advice service from City Hall’s customer centre every Tuesday afternoon. It is available on a drop-in basis so no appointments are necessary. Read full article

St Augstine's Community Café Update
Due to the popularity of the Benefit Advice (Monday and Thursday 2:30pm to 4:30pm) and the Solicitor (Friday 3pm to 6pm), the Benefit Advice will now be delivered through appointments instead of the drop-in sessions. Read full article

LLoyds Bank Community Fund
Please help D.I.A.L to receive £3000 from the Lloyds Bank Community Fund for which they have been shortlisted. Read full article

Job vacancies at MAP
MAP is a charity providing free and independent advice, counselling, youth work and education for young people. They are currently recruiting for a full-time permanent senior advice work practitioner and a part-time advice worker on a fixed term basis to cover a period of maternity leave. The closing date for applications is 21st October 2013. Read full article

Norfolk Putting People First
Norfolk County Council are consulting on how they are going to cope with an estimated £189m budget shortfall for the years April 2014 - April 2017. They are seeking views on their proposals and there are a number of events aimed at voluntary and community sector agencies.  Read full article

Moneywise Homesafe Update
The Moneywise Homesafe is the Norwich area Big Lottery-funded Financial Confidence partnership, led by Cotman Housing. It can help any first time social housing tenants with a whole range of financial matters, from opening a bank account, applying for grants, or finding the best utility tariff. Read full article

The Winter Wellbeing Conference
Following the successful Winter Wellbeing Conference in September, there is a presentation available by one of the speakers Dr Augustine Pereira NCC PH. Read full article

Council Tax Reduction Scheme in Broadland
Amanda Cliff, Benefits Project Manager at Broadland District Council, is seeking views on the Council Tax Reduction Scheme Broadland District Council proposes to introduce from April 2014. Read full article

Job Opportunities: Breckland Advice Project
Dereham Watton & Holt  CAB is leading the new Breckland Advice Project, funded by the National Lottery through the Advice Services Transition Fund. The project will support and join up local advice services to improve efficiency and resilience for the future. They are recruiting for a Project Coordinator, two Migrant Project Workers, a Volunteer Coordinator, a Welfare Rights Worker and a Debt Worker. Closing date for applications is 18 October.  Read full article

Upcoming Equal Lives training courses
Equal Lives have several upcoming dates for their training courses. The different courses include: Basic Welfare Benefits, ESA, PIP, Universal Credit, Reconsiderations and Starting Appeals, and Tribunal Skills.  Read full article

SWEET ARTS are back
SWEET ARTS are resuming their Drop-ins and Sweet Factory projects. The Drop-ins are relaxed, supportive and fun creative art workshops for women, to make friends and build confidence and the Sweet Factory is a structured programme of creative design activities for women. Read full article

Practical Solutions Event
There are still places available on the Practical Solutions Event in King's Lynn on Monday 30 September. This is a seminar and workshop for practitioners and front-line staff, working with vulnerable people in supported housing and social sector settings and supporting them into independent living in West Norfolk Read full article

Grants available from Norwich City Council
As part of the voluntary and community sector commissioning programme small community grants are available for local community groups. Read full article

New Legal Advice Drop-in Sessions in Kings Lynn
The St Augustine's Centre in King's Lynn now have a solicitor and translator at The Community Café (Columbia Way, King's Lynn, 01553 692797) on a Friday afternoon from 3pm to 6pm. Read full article

Norfolk County Council's Consultation
Norfolk County Council, 19.09.2013
Norfolk County Council are setting out their proposals on how the Council can bridge a £189 million funding shortfall. The Council would like people's views on the proposals set out in their consultation document.  Read full article

Job opportunities in Great Yarmouth
GYROS, DIAL and Herring House Trust are recruiting for a Bilingual Advisor (Debt, Housing, Employment, Welfare), an Immigration Advisor, a Money & Debt Advisor, an Administrative Assistant and a Housing Advisor. Closing date for all applications is 10am Monday 23rd September 2013. All posts are Funded by the Big Lottery Fund - Advice Service Transition Fund programme (ASTF): Connecting Advice in Great Yarmouth. Read full article

Shelter Vacancies
Shelter have two short term vacancies to fill; One is in the Norwich Office from November to February and the other is based in Great Yarmouth from now until end of March 2014. Read full article

Low Commission consultation on the future of advice
The Low Commission on the Future of Advice and Legal Support has been established to develop a strategy for access to advice and support on Social Welfare Law in England and Wales. They have released a consultation document of their initial findings and recommendations for the future of advice. Details of the commission’s work and its consultation report can be found by clicking here. Read full article

Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy Service Tender
Norfolk County Council are looking to procure an Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy Service (ICAS) from April 2014. Full details of the tender can be found by clicking here. Read full article

MAP Advice Vacancy
Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) are seeking an advice worker to provide information, advice, guidance and support to young people. Read full article

Job Opportunity with NCLS for Debt Caseworker/Supervisor
Up to 30 hours per week - salary £22,050 pro rata. Closing date for applications is 10.00am, Monday 2nd September 2013. Read full article

North Norfolk Big Society Fund
The North Norfolk Big Society Fund is open to applications and the deadline is Friday 30 August.  Read full article

Project Manager sought for Kings Lynn Advice Services Hub
KLARS, a charity based in King’s Lynn, seeks a dedicated Project Manager to lead a new two-year King’s Lynn Advice Services Hub project. The closing date for application is 15 August 2013.  Read full article

Urgent Update from Bridge Plus+
Due to funding shortfall, The Bridge Plus+ is unable to provide free advice and guidance service as of 1st August 2013 until further notice. In the meantime, the Communities against Race Hate Crime, BAME Action work and Gateway to Employment projects activities will continue to run as normal. Read full article

Latest News from GYROS
Great Yarmouth Advice Services partner meeting: 7th August, GYROS AGM: 25th September and GYROS & Leeway launch new partnership work. Read full article

Equal Lives Deliver Training on Welfare Rights
Equal Lives are delivering training courses throughout 2013 on Welfare Rights and the changes to Welfare Benefits. Dates for October - December 2013 will follow soon. Read full article

Leeway AGM, 9.15 to 11am on 16 November
Please join us for Leeway Domestic Violence and Abuse Services AGM, from 9.15am – 11am on Friday 16th November at The Forum, Norwich.  Read full article