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Funding and Free Training for Health Charities

Could the charity you work for or one you know benefit from new funding or free training? The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Winners receive numerous benefits, including up to £40,000, free development training from The King's Fund and the opportunity to be part of the prestigious GSK IMPACT Award network.  For more information please click here.

Sector Led Plan Published

We are pleased to publish today the Sector-Led Plan for Norfolk’s Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. The consultation draft is available to download below

The plan marks the end of six months of engagement with voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations across Norfolk. This has included workshops and one to one 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.

Nominations Norfolk VCSE Sector Leadership Group

The attachment below  contains the people who have been nominated for the elected roles to the VCSE sector leadership group. The election will take place at 1600 on Tuesday 7th July at the Kings Centre, Norwich. This session is open and free to all VCSE organisations. The original sector leadership paper has also been attached for your reference. For more information please contact Community Action Norfolk. 

Three Days Left to Book - Stronger Together Conference

Three days left to book for the Stronger Together Conference on the 7th July and there is still time to book your place. Here are a few highlights from our programme of workshops and remember the event is free to Community Action Norfolk members and members of the Voluntary Sector Forum.

Funding

Be part of leading the VCSE Sector Leadership Group

Below you will find a paper about establishing a voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector Sector Leadership Group. This is one the initiatives that is being developed in response to some of the priorities identified by VCSE organisations through the Sector Led Plan engagement process.

Preserving Place

Understanding local history and heritage is, and always has been, important to communities. The aim of Preserving Place is to investigate how community groups undertake heritage research – and help them do just that.

Appleseed Care Farm CASE STUDY

The Appleseed care farm has been set up in Wymondham to offer people with mental health and social care needs, suffering with anxiety and depression, job seekers, ex-offenders and those living in sheltered housing a chance to boost their health, happiness and well-being. Norfolk RCC helped with funding research and advice after the project almost stalled  at an early stage.

Greg Sadler from Appleseed explains “We knew which organisations we wanted to approach with funding applications but we were getting nowhere. South Norfolk Councillor Neil Ward put us in touch with Norfolk RCC and their input was invaluable in helping us frame our applications and presentations in a way that got us noticed. Without a doubt, the funding wouldn’t have happened without the RCC’s support.”

Marlingford Village Hall

Marlingford Village Hall approached Community Action Norfolk for support with accessing funding and developing their extension and refurbishment project.  Community Action Norfolk always operates a holistic approach to queries and identified some governance concerns that would be identified by potential funders. 

Wymondham Community Bookshop

Fearing the loss of the existing bookshop, which was run as a private business but was closing down, a group of local people wanted to take it over and run it as a social enterprise. The group got in contact with Community Action Norfolk and we reviewed the group’s business plan and funding options, providing advice and additional options for support. The group also valued our advice in setting up an appropriate legal structure for their new social enterprise.

ThinkingWISP - now available in West Norfolk!

Struggling with slow broadband? ThinkingWISP wireless internet - which is now available in West Norfolk can help you get fast, local broadband.

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