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Without affordable housing, rural communities are at risk of becoming lifeless, dormitory settlements

Our partners at ACRE have shared this press release (below) about growing concerns over the lack of new housing in rural communities – and it makes for interesting reading.  Community Action Norfolk, is a member of Eastern Community Homes – which provides a one stop shop for anyone considering community-led housing in the East of England.  Community Led Housing Advisor and Acting CEO of CAN, Rik Martin says:

Mental health Awareness and wellbeing in the VCSE workplace

It’s Mental health Awareness Week this week, 10th – 16th May, which is a good time to reflect on the importance of wellbeing in the workplace.  

Norfolk and Waveney on track to offer a vaccination to top four priority groups most vulnerable to COVID-19

Norfolk and Waveney is on track to offer a vaccination to priority groups most vulnerable to coronavirus (COVID-19) and to vaccinate all those that come forward for their first dose by next week.

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.

Wonderful Villages’ photo competition winners

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

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.  

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. 

Norfolk County Council's response to latest government COVID-19 measures

In light of the resurgence of the pandemic and the government’s newly introduced three-tier measures, Norfolk County Council leaders are planning ahead for an uncertain winter.

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