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Community Action Norfolk hosts rural economy discussion events

Community Action Norfolk is hosting a series of discussion events, on behalf of the Rural Development Strategy steering group, looking at economic development in Norfolk's rural communities. 

Heating oil, fuel poverty… and a request

Many Norfolk households and businesses in off-gas areas are burdened with the added element of the unregulated prices of heating oil. A few weeks ago we asked for your help in raising awareness of ThinkingFuel, our collective heating oil buying scheme. And we’d like to say a big thank you to those of who have published the article we supplied or have shared posters and flyers. If you haven’t already shared the message, we should be most grateful if you would. Details of how you can help can be found below.

Mattishall Volunteer Hub – supporting the vulnerable in the community

We often feature articles about the inspiring initiatives happening in response to Covid-19. Except they don’t just happen – they’re the result of innovative, often spontaneous efforts by local individuals who see a need in their community.  Mattishall Volunteer Hub (MVH) began life in the very first week of the lockdown in response to the Coronavirus pandemic and is still going strong.

Big Energy Saving Network (BESN) energy awareness training for front-line staff: 19th and 21st October

Recently we published a feature called Winter + energy bills + COVID-19 constraints = potential fuel poverty crisis explaining the perennial problem of fuel poverty that manifests itself each winter, which is likely to be made worse for many by the outcomes of Covid-19 this year. CAN is offering free training to frontline staff help people provide support and information where needed.  

Saving The Swan – community in action at Gressenhall

The village hall, church and pub are three archetypal hubs of rural communities. Many communities across Norfolk have just one pub remaining, whilst some have lost even that.  A familiar story in recent years is that of saving the village pub, an effort requiring skillful organisation, focused fundraising and commitment from those involved.

Winter + energy bills + COVID-19 constraints = potential fuel poverty crisis

A new report warns of a difficult winter ahead for fuel poor households across the UK in the coming winter, as a potent combination of higher energy use resulting from staying at home for longer is mixed with reductions in income. It is estimated that 25,000 households across Norfolk experience some level of fuel poverty. CAN is committed to tackling these issues and supports a range of initiatives across the county. 

ThinkingFuel: buying heating oil collectively and combating fuel poverty

At CAN we believe in fair outcomes for all Norfolk residents and we support services that meet the economic, health, and social needs of individuals in their communities. We are asking for your help in raising awareness of ThinkingFuel, our collective heating oil buying scheme that helps combat fuel poverty.

Working through the pandemic: Citizens Advice Diss, Thetford and District

Citizens Advice Diss, Thetford and District has adapted its services during the pandemic to maintain public access to its advice and support. Caroline Mackinson, Project Coordinator, explains, preceded by a brief retrospective of how much the national network is valued.

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. 

 

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