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Social Investment - options for income generation now and beyond COVID-19

The VCSE sector is hard-pushed financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. In previous articles we have looked at how the financial challenges require many of us to explore new ways of fund-raising and generating income – and perhaps turn those challenges into opportunities. In this article we will be exploring an option new to many – Social Investment. 

Arts and culture in Norfolk – sector resilience and COVID-19

The Arts and Culture sector is an important element in the VCSE fraternity, in the context of community engagement and outreach, and addressing local health issues such as social isolation and loneliness. Natalie Jode, Executive Director at Creative Arts East, has seen the impact of the pandemic on operational capability and capacity across the county.

CAN - working in partnership in West Norfolk

CAN has a special service level agreement with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk (BCKLWN). We deliver a range of services across the Council’s area which, at 556 square miles, is the largest geographic local authority district in Norfolk.  And we very much value this relationship.

'Women and Gambling-Related Harm' – a free online session for West Norfolk VCSEs – Wed 2nd September

CAN, in association with GamCare, is presenting 'Women & Gambling-Related Harm', a free, online training session for West Norfolk VCSE professionals and volunteers who work with women and families.  The 2-hour Zoom session is on Wednesday 2nd September from 2.00-4.00pm. GamCare’s Polly Johnson will be discussing risk factors, impacts, how to identify a gambling addiction and where to signpost for further help. 

Norfolk’s VCSE sector responding to Coronavirus – Aylsham & District care Trust

We’ve seen so much commitment from Norfolk’s VCSE sector in to adapting to new ways of working during COVID-19. Dealing with the impact of social isolation was a primary developmental driver for Aylsham & District Care Trust (ACT) and remains at the heart of their work today, reinforced by additional need triggered by the pandemic. 

Love Every Drop - saving water in our communities

More than 97% of the world’s water is too salty to drink. Another 2% is locked up in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves less than 1% for us – for drinking, washing, watering our gardens, for agriculture, for industry. Following Anglian Water’s ‘Keep It Clear’ campaign, encouraging the public to dispose of wastewater and material safely, we are now helping with their ‘Love Every Drop’ campaign. 

ThinkingFuel – community oil buying in a time of uncertainty

Here at CAN we deliver a wide and varied range of support for communities across the county. One particular activity is ThinkingFuel, our well-established community heating oil buying scheme. And we'd like to ask your help in raising awareness of it as a benefit in rural, off-gas communities.

Communities vs Coronavirus: the big impact of Good Neighbour and Mutual Aid schemes

A report from the New Local Government Network (NLGN)  states that a huge proportion of vulnerable people needing help during the pandemic has been directly supported by the proliferation of thousands of the spontaneous, voluntary Mutual Aid groups that have emerged. 

 

Paston Footprints - communities in the past and the present

All of Norfolk’s communities, rural or urban, share a common characteristic. They have histories.  Community Action Norfolk was asked to support the project in recognition of our skills and experience in working with community groups in developing local projects.

Social Prescribing – healthy solutions in the community

CAN’s work in organising and delivering Social prescribing in Breckland and West Norfolk has reached more than 1,600 people since its inception, and garnered recognition as a finalist at 2019’s International Social Prescribing Awards.  Every individual has their own story in finding their way forward.

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