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Village Halls Week – 25th to 29th January – and a new ‘Domesday Book’

It’s Village Halls Week from Monday 25th to Friday 29th January – and village halls across England are being encouraged to sign an online record to mark 100 years of rural community action. 

ThinkingFuel: buying heating oil collectively – and helping the community at the same time

Many of you reading this will know about ThinkingFuel, our collective heating oil buying scheme. And you’ll know that the aim is to help support householders across Norfolk who depend on heating oil to heat their homes, and for whom the unregulated cost of heating oil is a constant worry.  

UPDATED GUIDANCE: Re-opening Village Halls and Community Buildings

 ACRE have worked with government to produce the following guidance to help Halls with their planning

Celebrating 100 Years Together: Village Halls Week 2021

Celebrating 100 Years Together: Village Halls Week - Monday 25 January to Friday 29 January 2021.  Village Halls Week is a national celebration of the 10,000+ village halls which can be found across England, their volunteers and the difference they make to the rural communities they serve.

And if  you are in any way involved in the running or organsiation of a village or community hall in Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire then you won't want to miss the East of England Village Halls Conference on Monday 25th January.   The link for more information and to register is below.

EarlyBird booking for the East of England Village Halls Conference 2021

Village halls and community buildings are at the heart of our rural and urban communities. 2020 has been a tough year, with lockdown and compulsory closures for all.  However, the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a special opportunity for those involved in running village halls across the East of England to share experiences, ideas, opportunities, and resources.

Wonderful Villages’ photo competition winners

A village hall in Gloucestershire village has scooped first prize in a national photo competition

Who wants to save £254 on their energy bills?

At CAN we work closely with the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk on the Big Switch and Save energy switching project.  There are three important news items about Big Switch and Save that we’d like to convey to West Norfolk residents, and we’d be grateful for the help of VCSE groups and organisations working in the area to help spread the word.

Safeguarding - everyone’s responsibility

Every VCSE organisation has a duty to safeguard volunteers, staff members, participants and donors, and to have appropriate and proportionate policies and procedures in place. Likewise, staff and volunteers themselves need to aware be aware of their individual responsibilities to themselves and to their clients, service users and hirers.  

CANConnect and Redwings – combating loneliness and social isolation – 18th December

Our CANConnect service, working in partnership with Future Projects, operates throughout the former North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group area.  CANConnect has worked regularly with Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Aylsham in offering social events aimed at bringing together people from across the area who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation.

Donate your money to charities, not criminals, this Christmas

Action Fraud, the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator are warning the public to remain vigilant when making charitable donations this Christmas. Whilst the warning is directed to the giving public, it’s important for VCSE organisations themselves to understand the implications of potential impersonation fraud.  

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