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Communicating with your service users in time of change

One of the strengths of the voluntary sector is the way it adapts and transforms to stay relevant and engaging. Keeping your service users or clients informed and engaged is crucial, and never more so than in a time of change. For all VCSE organisations whose main activity is direct delivery to service users a major concern is maintaining contact with, and support to, their vulnerable clients.  

Professional training for new Primary Care Network (PCN) link workers

Recognition of Community Action Norfolk’s experience in the planning and delivery of Social Prescribing has led to us being commissioned by NHS Norfolk and Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver professional support and training to the new Primary Care Network Social Prescribing Service. 

Back to normal? Returning to the regular work environment – webinars for VCSE organisations - 12th and 15th June

CAN is hosting two Zoom webinars to discuss the practical issues to consider when returning to offices and other working environments. The first, this Friday, 12th June, is aimed at voluntary organisations and community groups based and operating in West Norfolk. The webinar will be repeated on Monday 15th June for organisations in North Norfolk.  

Volunteers’ Week 1st-7th June - a celebration of caring communities

This week (Monday 1st to Sunday 7th June) is Volunteers’ Week (link). celebrating the time, skills, experience and goodwill given by people up and down the UK.   

Planning a funding strategy

Finding funding to carry out your VCSE organisation’s activities can be stressful - because It’s crucial to your organisation's ability to deliver its services.  But a proper funding strategy will help secure the income needed to run your organisation now and in the future.

Adapting and modifying VCSE services during COVID-19

Many of you reading this will know that at CAN we’ve been surveying the Norfolk VCSE sector to compile a measured and accurate picture of how voluntary organisations and groups across the county have been adapting and modifying approaches to working with their service users during the COVID-19 crisis. The responses have been channelled into helpful data which will ultimately help present the voice of the voluntary sector to commissioning authorities and to government itself.

Beware the COVID scammers! New multi-agency campaign launched.

CAN has joined with other prominent public and voluntary sector agencies from across Norfolk to warn residents to be extra vigilant of new and existing scams during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Covid-19 Stakeholder Briefing from NHS in Norfolk and Waveney

The update includes:

  • Testing for key workers and care home staff.
  • Advice for parents and carers on spotting serious illness
  • Online counselling for young people.
  • Mental health support for adults
  • Keeping people in touch
  • Experiences of care

Bereavement in the time of COVID-19

Dealing with bereavement is never easy. It’s even harder during this difficult period, with separation from loved ones at the most crucial time. Norfolk County Council, together with the Working Together partnership, is offering a 30-minute wellbeing telephone support call to anyone registering a death.

VCSE groups adapting to service delivery during COVID-19

We know that many voluntary and community groups are experiencing severe operating constraints currently, not least the inability to engage directly with clients and service users. One of the great characteristics of the VCSE sector, however, is the ability to adapt and improvise to meet the need. 

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