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Introducing CAN's New Rural Housing Enabler

In an effort to uplift rural areas and assist local communities, the government has initiated the Unleashing Rural Opportunity Strategy. As a part of this strategy, a network of Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) have been appointed across England where a need to support the provision of rural homes through Rural Exception Sites. The Rural Housing Enablers will be in post until March 2025 to address the critical need for affordable housing in rural England.

Norfolk Warm Homes - reducing energy costs for homeowners and landlords

All Norfolk’s local authorities – county and district - are working in partnership to deliver heating and insulation grants to the county’s residents.

'Love Every Drop' - reducing water usage to protect out futures

Anglian Water is asking us all to use less water – and for very good reasons. All of us, as consumers, can play our part.

Saving water and the environment with a smart water meter

Norwich is the focus of a campaign to encourage consumers to use less water, to help protect the environment as well as save on water bills.

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:

‘We do housing differently’: Eastern Community Homes launch

Eastern Community Homes officially launched last month with an online event over three days.  ‘Eastern Community Homes: We Do Housing Differently’ saw more than 450 delegates booked in to hear a range of expert speakers share their experiences and projects.

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.  

Take the pledge! Save 2,021 litres of water of water in 2021

Here at CAN we work closely with Anglian Water on their ‘Love Every Drop’ water conservation campaign. It’s essential to making our communities in Norfolk sustainable for the future.  https://www.waterwise.org.uk/As part of this, Waterwise, the national body that promotes water saving good practice, is asking everyone to sign up to their ‘Save 2021 litres in 2021’ pledge. 

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. 

Your Own Place – navigating through COVID-19

Your Own Place CIC is a social enterprise that helps people towards living independently. CEO Rebecca White is passionate about helping young people and those facing barriers not of their own making. Rebecca shaes her thoughts on the need for collaboration, team wellbeing, and digital innovation in adapting to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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