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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. 

Cromer & District Foodbank – meeting the need before, during and after COVID-19

Cromer & District Foodbank has been up and running since 2012, so dealing with people’s individual crises is not new to the team, and they were well-experienced and equipped to deal with Covid-19 when it hit.

Norfolk’s Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise Sector - Election Pledges

We are asking all candidates in the forthcoming local elections to pledge to support the work of Norfolk’s Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector.

Strumpshaw Community Hall – launching in lockdown and looking to the future

Village and community halls everywhere have felt keenly the impact of COVID-19 on their ability to provide social and recreational events. For many the ongoing lack of income has presented a tangible financial crisis. How much more so then, for a brand-new community hall, whose planned launch coincided with the first pandemic lockdown in March 2020? 

Brundall and Blofield Good Neighbour Scheme - Covid and beyond

Brundall & Blofield Good Neighbour Scheme (BBGNS) has been running since August 2016, and so was already well placed and had the experience to respond when the Covid-19 pandemic arrived. The volunteers, of which there are presently 28, cover a large area - the combined population of Brundall and Blofield is around 10,800, more than some towns.

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. 

Free energy training for frontline staff and volunteers: fuel poverty and energy bills

With the new lockdown now in place, more people will be having to stay at home and turn on their heating – if they can afford to. Now more than ever it’s important to raise awareness to vulnerable consumers of how to stay warm, how to use less energy, and how to pay less.  Are your staff and volunteers aware of the support available?  CAN is offering free online training to help frontline workers provide support and information where needed.

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.

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.  

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