Regional Updates

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


Part-Time Discrimination Legal Adviser role at ISCRE
23.08.2017
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.
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Housing Options and Corporate Safeguarding Team Leader
23.08.2017
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
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Your view on mental health services
23.08.2017
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. 
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Supporting Unpaid Carers Service
16.08.2017
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.
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Norfolk Suicide Prevention Learning Event
16.08.2017
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.
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Area Manager - Norfolk & Suffolk (can be flexible)
16.08.2017
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 
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NTW Service Connector
16.08.2017
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 
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Housing assessment officer
16.08.2017
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.  
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Norfolk Community Advice Network Administrator
16.08.2017
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.
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Norfolk Universal Credit Stakeholder Forum
07.08.2017
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 ncan@ncls.co.uk, for further details or if you would like to attend.
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East Coast College - Specialist Support Procurement
07.08.2017
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). 
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Make Our Rights Reality
07.08.2017
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.
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Diss and Thetford Citizens Advice have moved their Thetford of
07.08.2017
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. 
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Young Women’s Support and Development Worker Bank 
07.08.2017
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.
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Mid-Norfolk Citizens Advice Advice Session Superviser 
07.08.2017
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.
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Norfolk Community Law Service Migrant Worker Advice Service
13.07.2017
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. 
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4women Outreach Service
13.07.2017
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.
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Norfolk Community College
13.07.2017
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. 
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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. 
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Can you help refugees & asylum seekers settle in Norwich?
07.06.2017
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. 
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MoneyWise HomeSafe walk-in service at the Library
07.06.2017
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.
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Prince's Trust Development Award
31.05.2017
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. 
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Bids welcome to help expand scheme for female offenders
31.05.2017
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.
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NCLS celebrates return of Law Student as qualified Solicitor
31.05.2017
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.  
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Norwich Integration Partnership (NIP)
24.05.2017
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. 
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Shelter Carol Service
29.11.2016
Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, is holding their first ever Christmas carol service in Norwich at St Peter Mancroft Church on Tuesday 20th December. The evening will feature performances from Norwich Young Voices and The Orchestrate! Project, with readings from special guests.
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Norfolk County Council Prior Information Notice
25.08.2016
Norfolk County Council have just published a Prior Information Notice (PIN) to inform the market of its intentions to let a new contract for this provision of its statutory advocacy services.
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Devolution in Norfolk and Suffolk
11.08.2016
A consultation on the proposed devolution deal in Norfolk and Suffolk is open.  Devolution would see the transfer of certain decision-making powers and funding down from Central Government to a local area. The deadline is Tues 23rd August.  For more information about the proposals or to take part in the consultation please click here.
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Personal Budget Review Toolkit prepared by Equal Lives
13.04.2016
Personal Budget Review Toolkit prepared by Equal Lives
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Norwich Door to Door - Chief Executive Role
13.04.2016
Norwich Door to Door is looking for someone amazing to be its next Chief Executive - £34,000-£40,000
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Universal Credit Rollout
06.04.2016
Universal Credit for all types of claimants and all types of cases is coming to the following Great Yarmouth postcodes on 27 April 2016.
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Healthwatch Norfolk- Barriers to Advance Care Planning Survey
10.12.2015
The Norfolk and Suffolk Palliative Care Academy has been commissioned by Healthwatch Norfolk to undertake research into the barriers to advance care planning.
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Great Yarmouth Older People’s Network AGM - Information
26.11.2015
Please find information attached and below regarding the Great Yarmouth Older People’s Network AGM – which is taking place at: The Priory Centre, Great Yarmouth, on Tuesday 1st December, 09:45 till 12:00 with a buffet lunch provided
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Do you offer welfare or benefits advice in West Norfolk?
26.11.2015
If so, you can take the opportunity to express your interest in being involved in a future joint commissioning venture with statutory funders.
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Carers Agency Partnership - Short Breaks Survey
11.11.2015
The Carers Agency Partnership has launched a survey of its Short Breaks Service and wants to hear feedback from carers and professionals who have used this service over the last year.  
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Local Universal Credit rollout dates
02.10.2015
Please see below for Universal Credit rollout dates across our region:
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Syrian Refugee Crisis - Update from Norfolk County Council
09.09.2015
Update from George Nobbs, Leader of Norfolk County Council on the Syrian Refugee Crisis:
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Tender information - Gateway Resettlement Programme services
09.09.2015
The UKVI Refugee Team will soon be seeking to engage with potential partners to deliver the Gateway Resettlement Programme for 2016-2019.
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Big Advice Survey Data Released - Norfolk Results
17.08.2015
All the data from the Big Advice Survey is now online and in the public domain. This data contains 43 responses from Norfolk. NCAN has produced a document detailing these Norfolk results, which can be downloaded here.
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Norfolk County Council Hate Crime Survey
17.08.2015
Norfolk County Council would like service and support provider organisations to complete a Hate Crime Survey to help to inform the County Council’s future strategy in tackling hate/mate incidents in all its forms going forward.  Survey link: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/NCCHateIncidentReporting/Please respond by 30 September 2015. 
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Organisations currently using the NCAN referral system
12.08.2015
Click here for the updated list of organisations currently using the NCAN referral system
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Housing and Care Options Specialist role
16.06.2015
The role is to provide an Information, Advice, Advocacy and Support Service for older people, their families and carers, who wish to consider alternative housing and care options.
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Last chance to take part in a short survey about NCAN
05.05.2015
We would be grateful if you could take some time to complete this survey. You have until Friday 15 May.
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Vacancy at Diss, Thetford and District CAB.
21.04.2015
Click here to view details of a temporary role at Diss, Thetford and District CAB.
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Immigration Legal Aid outreach – service update for Norwich
26.01.2015
Outreach provision is now in place in Norwich. Carol Solomon from Solomon Solicitors delivers a service every two weeks, from the Red Cross Office. To arrange an appointment, please contact Pa Musa Jobarteh, Refugee support Service Co-ordinator on: 01603 623 041. The Red Cross office in Norwich is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm.
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