Changes to our Mailings

Goodbye Sector News – Hello Empowering Communities Partnership News!

From next month your Sector News will have a new look and be called the Empowering Communities Partnership News.It will still be packed full of sector news, but we will be organising the content a little differently to make it easier for you to stay up to date with what is happening.
To support this, we will be launching our new partnership website, and new look virtual notice board. You will find that a lot of the content that used to sit within the Sector News will soon be available via the website and notice board – we hope this will make it easier for to find the news and resources you need.
The new newsletter will also include more EC Partner updates about the upcoming programme, which we hope will make it clearer what your infrastructure partnership is delivering for you and how you can help to shape this.
So, watch this space! We hope you like the changes and as always welcome any feedback.
The EC Team

In this edition:

Training and Workshops

Are your clients worried about rising energy costs?
We are holding energy advice sessions for anyone who is worried about rising energy costs. 

The online sessions cover ways to save on energy bills and what support is available.  The sessions take place online from 12pm – 1pm as follows:
  • Mon 7th March
  • Mon 14th March
  • Tues 15th March
  • Mon 21st March
If you would like us to arrange a session at a time to suit your service users, or to book a place on one of the existing sessions, please use the button below to email us.
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National Rural Safeguarding Conference
Hidden in Plain Sight

Community Action Suffolk are holding a National Rural Safeguarding Conference ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’ on online on Thurs 10th March from 9:30am – 12:40pm.  For more information, please click the button below. 

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Introduction to Restorative Approaches
The Empowering Communities Partnership are hosting an online Introduction to Restorative Approaches session on Weds 16th March from 2pm – 3.30pm.  Restorative Approaches describe a way of being which enables us to build and maintain healthy relationships, resolve difficulties, and repair harm when relationships breakdown.  For more information, please use the button below to contact us. 
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NCAN Strategic Partnership Meeting
Featured theme: Poverty & Advice
NCANs strategic Partnership Meeting will take place on Teams on Tues 22nd March from 10am - 11.30am.  Presenters include:
  • Child Poverty and Inequality - Presenter: Azmina Siddique, The Children’s Society
  • Accessing Financial Support: a demonstration of a new digital grant portal - Presenter: Ren Yi Hooi, Founder and CEO Lightning Social Ventures Ltd
Please click the button below to connect to the meeting. 
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Play Area Equipment Inspection Training
We are holding our Play Area Equipment Inspection Training on Thurs 24th March from 10am – 1pm in Dereham.  The course is aimed at helping those responsible for managing play spaces learn how to effectively inspect their play equipment on a regular basis.  The session will include a classroom element as well as an inspection of a nearby play area.  Tickets are priced at £40 for CAN members or £60 non-members.  For more information, please use the button below to email us. 
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Webinar on Health and Safety
Places are available on Norfolk Community Foundation’s Health and Safety Webinar taking place on Thurs 24th March from 1.30pm – 2.30pm.  The session will cover ten things your organisation must have in place to ensure effective risk management, include current Covid controls, and offers a short Q&A session (questions are requested in advance).  Bookings must be made by Fri 18th March.  For more information, please click the button below. 
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NCVO Digital Skills GuidanceNCVO have published Digital Skills Guidance to help organisations develop their digital skills, including how to check for essential skills within your team.  

For more information, please click the button below.
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Keep It in The Community – Assets of Community Value
Plunkett Foundation has re-launched Keep It in the Community (KIITC), an online register of all Assets of Community Value (ACVs) in England, which have been nominated, registered, or rejected.  For more information, please click the button below.  

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ACAS Bereavement Toolkit
ACAS have launched guidance for employers to support staff who are experiencing a bereavement.  For more information, please click the button below.  
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Water Use in Norfolk
CAN have been continuing to work alongside Anglian Water to help our communities and organisations reduce their water use and to save money on their water bills wherever they can. The ‘Love Every Drop’ campaign which ran from 2021-22 encouraged us all to think about our water usage, and how we could reduce wasted water and lower our water bill.  If you want to find out more about how you can reduce your water usage and your water bills, click the button below.  
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Norfolk's SEND services and support
Views are being sought on Norfolk’s SEND services and support, from parents / carers and those working with child and young people with SEND or their families. 

The feedback will be used to inform the Norfolk Area SEND Strategy.  The deadline for comments is Mon 7th March.  For more information, please click the button below.  
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Sheringham Shoal Extension Project and Dudgeon Extension Project Public Information Days
Open days are taking place about the proposed Sheringham Shoal (SEP) and Dudgeon (DEP) extension projects.  These events will allow local stakeholders to learn more about the SEP and DEP projects, provide an opportunity to ask the project team questions, and for the project team to understand local concerns. The open days take place as follows: 

  • Mon 7th March - 2pm to 7pm – Aylsham Town Hall, Aylsham, NR11 6EL
  • Tues 8th March – 1pm to 6pm – Hall for All, Weston Longville, NR9 5JP
  • Weds 9th March – 1pm to 6pm – Swardeston Village Hall, High Common, Swardeston, NR14 8DL
  • Thurs 10th March - 11am to 4pm – Sheringham Museum, Lifeboat Plain, Sheringham, NR26 8BG
Plans for New Neighbourhood Forum in Norwich
Consultation has begun on plans to designate a new neighbourhood forum within Norwich, in order to develop a plan, the area of Norwich Cathedral, Magdalen, and St Augustine’s.  The deadline for comments is Fri 25th March.  For more information, please click the button below. 
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Eating Disorders Survey
Rethink have opened a survey to understand more about meeting needs around eating disorders to influence how help is provided.  The deadline for comments is Thurs 31st March.  For more information, please click the button below.
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Watton Neighbourhood Plan
Watton Town Council are inviting comments on their Draft Neighbourhood Plan.  The deadline for comments is Fri 8th April.  For more information, please click the button below. 
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