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Covid Information

The following information is available:

  • Support for Carers to attend vaccine appointments - Carers who are struggling to get to their vaccine appointment can request transport support from Caring Together, or qualified care workers to provide cover to look after someone with care needs.  For more information, please click here. 

  • Local-0, the new contact trace scheme for Norfolk - Norfolk County Council are to oversee contact tracing in Norfolk.  Cases will be passed without delay to local tracers, whilst individuals who test positive will be asked to complete online contact information.  For more information, please click here

  • Guidance for Children and Young People’s Mental Health - Revised COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing has been published and can be found by clicking here.   

  • Information about the safety of the AstraZeneca Vaccine - The NHS are sharing information about the AstraZeneca vaccine in response to concerns about its safety.  Organisations with clients who maybe concerned about the vaccination are encouraged to share this information.  For more information, please click here

The NHS Long Term Plan after Covid-19

The Institute for Public Policy Research published the annual State of Health and Care report, which sets out the NHS’s Long Term Plan.  The report highlights the challenges that have arisen from the pandemic and puts forward actions which aim to help the NHS recover and improve.  To read the report, please click the button below.   

EU Settlement Scheme - Less than 100 days to apply

There are less than 100 days until the deadline (30th June) to submit applications to the EU Settlement Scheme.  All EU, EEA, Swiss citizens and their family members who have been UK residents before 31st December 2020 should apply to continue to be able to work, study, and access free healthcare and benefits in the UK after 30th June.  For more information on how to apply please click the button below. 

For resources to promote this deadline to your staff, volunteers, and clients, please click here

Joint Homelessness Strategy (Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk)

The District Councils of Broadland, Norwich and south Norfolk have published a joint strategy to combat homelessness in the area.  The strategy identifies the main causes f homelessness in the area and aims to put in place the resources needed to meet the challenge.  For more information, please click the button below. 

Children’s Speech and Language Therapy

A new county-wide contract has been agreed to provide speech and language therapy services for children and young people in Norfolk.  The service will be provided by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and will aim to:

  • continue to provide expertise and training to enable the identification, assessment, investigation and support of children and young people

  • develop and implement integrated care pathways to facilitate early identification and assessment, including specialist assessment and intervention

  • work with system partners to provide centralised training and workforce development with opportunities to build the skills and capacity of parents and professionals

  • provide safe, high quality, child-centred, timely and flexible services

  • deliver a five day a week service based in the community to ensure children and young people are supported close to home, operating from a range of suitable, accessible community locations

For more information, please click the button below. 



CAN, Voluntary Norfolk, and partners launched the #thankyouVCSE campaign on 15th March, to celebrate a year of the VCSE (voluntary, community and social enterprise) sector’s response to the pandemic.  As a sector, we rallied around the problems posed by the pandemic and provided invaluable services to our communities, and #thankyouVCSE aims to showcase that. The campaign finishes on 15th April.  For ideas on how to take part and show the difference your organisation has made, please click the button below.  

In the first week we reached over 100,000 people on twitter with over 50 contributors. It is also worth reflecting on some of the summary statistic we put together

  • Mutual Aid and Good Neighbour Schemes have responded to over 97,000 requests.

  • Across Norfolk, Food Banks have provided over 35,000 in emergency food parcels in the last year – they are only one part of the VCSE effort to make sure no-one goes without.

  • High quality advice provision from local charities to over 48,000 people – getting help with managing debt, navigate the benefits system or cope with being newly unemployed.

  • Norfolk’s Cultural Network has distributed over 21,000 creativity packs to children and families living in digital poverty.

The sector employs an estimated 16,000 people provide advice, care and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our communities. Over 4,000 volunteers stepped forward as part of the local covid support effort joining the many thousands already delivering essential support in our communities. Please celebrate the work that you do by getting involved.


Carers Wellbeing Pack

Norfolk County Council, in partnership with Caring Together and Carers Voice have put together Carers Wellbeing Packs to in recognition of how hard the pandemic has been for many carers.  The packs include Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), along with a selection of pick-me-up items.  The packs can be requested by carers themselves, or organisations who work with them.  For more information, please click the button below. 

Sharing Adult Safeguarding Information

Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board have shared the following resources to help organisations understand how to share safeguarding information with other agencies:

Referrals Invited: Counselling to Survivors of Sexual Abuse. (Breckland)

The Daisy Programme are inviting referrals to their new sexual abuse counselling service.  The service is open to those aged 16 or over who have been victims of sexual abuse/violence/rape and/or current/historic child sexual abuse living in Breckland.  Referrals can be made by professional or self-referrals.  The service provides up to 18 free sessions with a qualified, registered therapist.  For more information, please click the button below. 

NCVO’s Digital and Technology Resources

NCVO have launched their digital and technology guidance, providing advice and support on how to improve, or start, your organisation’s use of digital technology.  The information covers:

  • Taking control of the digital skills within your organisation - practical tips for how to work out what skills your team has, what they need and how to build on them

  • Influencing senior leaders and reassuring and engaging volunteers and staff in digital innovation

  • Improving GDPR and data protection - considerations for writing or updating your policies and procedures

  • Software selection - a step-by-step plan for working through exactly what you need and how to compare available options

  • Moving your face-to-face training online - top tips for designing live training

For more information, please click the button below.   

Consultation and Engagement

Norfolk Care Association Subgroup meetings

Expressions of Interest are invited from organisations involved in social toto attend subgroup meetings of the Norfolk Care Association.  These meetings will gather views on different themes, which will be represented on the Joint Consultative Forum (JCF) – a group of health and social care commissioners.  The groups are as follows:

  • Residential care (older people 65+) – Tues 20th April from 2.30pm – 4pm

  • Homecare (18+) – Thurs 22nd April from 10am – 11.30am

  • Supported Living (18+) – Tues 27th April from 10.30am – 12pm

  • Residential Care Physical Disabilities (18 – 64) – Thurs 29th April from 10.30am – 12pm

  • Individual Employers – Weds 5th May from 10am – 11.30am

  • Nursing Home (18+) – Thurs 6th May from 2.30pm – 4pm

  • Day Services (18+) – Tues 11th May from 11am – 12.30pm

To take part, please use the button below to email your Expression of Interest by Tues 13th April.  Please include the group(s) you are interested in attending.   

The Big Norfolk Holiday Fun Programme

Expressions of Interest are invited from organisations, clubs, groups, and venues who can support the Big Norfolk Holiday Fun Programme by providing fun, healthy, and enriching activities; food and nutritional advice; a venue for activities to take place; and much more.  The Big Norfolk Holiday Fun Programme is a Department for Education funded programme that helps children and young people to be active and healthy over the school holidays.  The programme will run for 1 week in Easter, 4 weeks in Summer, and 1 week over the Christmas holidays.  The deadline for Expressions of Interest is Mon 19th April.  For more information, please click the button below. 


Voluntary Norfolk 
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2-16 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1BQ

T: 01603 614474


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Working Together is a partnership project between Momentum (Norfolk), Community Action Norfolk & Voluntary Norfolk.

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