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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.

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.

The Benjamin Foundation: supporting young people through life – and Covid

The Benjamin Foundation is well known across Norfolk and Suffolk for its sterling work in bringing hope, opportunity, stability and independence to children, young people and families experiencing life’s challenges. This includes working to prevent youth homelessness, offering emotional wellbeing support and providing positive activities for young people with limited opportunities. 

West Norfolk VCSE Hub meeting 8th December

The next West Norfolk VCSE Hub Meeting takes place on Tuesday 8th December 2020 between 10:30 and 12:00 on the platform Microsoft Teams. 

Dereham Men's Shed - the road to becoming a charity

There are definite benefits to registering as a charity, not least of which is credibility when applying to potential funders. Making your case to the Charity Commission needs to be done in an organised and planned way. 

Safeguarding and Village Halls

The organisers of activities and events are responsible for ensuring people’s safety and wellbeing during their time there, but it doesn’t mean the village hall volunteers and staff are absolved from responsibility. it’s helpful to have a closer look at why it’s especially important for hall committees to have the right policies and procedures in place.  

Hanworth Memorial Hall - and keeping your eggs in separate baskets…

At CAN we help and support a great many community projects to find the funding they need to make their vision a reality. Finding the right funder can be a minefield, and a complex process that takes time and commitment.  

The man who talked to chairs – social isolation during the pandemic

The clocks ‘went back’ on 25th October. The following week saw the highest recorded levels of extreme loneliness since the first lockdown began in March. 

Safeguarding Adults Week – 16 to 22 November

Monday 16th to  Sunday 22nd November is Safeguarding Adults Week, and each day is focused on a different adults safeguarding risk issue. 

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