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The cost of living in a rural area

People living in rural areas are having to spend thousands more on household essentials such as groceries, electricity and petrol 

Collective heating oil buying combats winter heating blues – and helps support community projects

Winter’s not done with us yet. The cost of heating oil is a big worry for people who live in off-gas areas. Here at CAN we help consumers to buy collectively and save money – and help support community projects at the same time.

Bodge, banter and brew at Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed!

CANConnect grants have been awarded to community groups who are able to demonstrate a positive contribution to improving social engagement in their locality. Wells-next-the-Sea Men’s Shed put their grant to good use in buying their ‘shed’. 

What do HS2 and Norfolk have in common?

On Channel 4 News on 11th February, presenter Cathy Newman interviewed Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, following the government’s decision to forge ahead with HS2. But what's the connection with Norfolk?

Breckland announces new empty home strategy

Breckland Council has announced a new Empty Homes support programme to help bring long-term residential properties back into use.

Trust matters - how the public sees charities

‘Trust matters.’ The first two words in the introduction to the Charity Commission’s report ‘Trust in Charities’.   In the light of the emergence of corruption and scandal in some large national and international charities, many managers and staff in the third sector are rightly concerned about how the public views them and the way they work.

Save on energy bills with Big Switch and Save

People sometimes get a little nervous about switching energy providers – even with the prospect of making considerable savings on their electricity and gas bills. In King’s Lynn and across West Norfolk, the Borough Council in partnership with CAN offers a collective scheme which takes the worry out of choosing the right provider.

What's happening at your village hall or community venue?

There are around 10,000 village and community halls across England. They’re key elements in local communities, providing a space for social events, fitness sessions, education and a host of other benefits. Around 450 such venues can be found across Norfolk, and at CAN we’re out there helping many of them with advice on funding, governance, project management and trustee training.

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