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Keeping vulnerable people warm and safe in their homes – FREE training for frontline workers and volunteers

With the new lockdown, even 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 90-minute online training to help people provide support and information where needed.

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.  

Who wants to save £254 on their energy bills?

At CAN we work closely with the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk on the Big Switch and Save energy switching project.  There are three important news items about Big Switch and Save that we’d like to convey to West Norfolk residents, and we’d be grateful for the help of VCSE groups and organisations working in the area to help spread the word.

CANConnect and Redwings – combating loneliness and social isolation – 18th December

Our CANConnect service, working in partnership with Future Projects, operates throughout the former North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group area.  CANConnect has worked regularly with Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Aylsham in offering social events aimed at bringing together people from across the area who are experiencing loneliness and social isolation.

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 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. 

West Norfolk VCSE Hub meeting 8th December

The next West Norfolk VCSE Hub Meeting takes place on Tuesday 8th December 2020 between 10:30 and 12:00 on the platform Microsoft Teams. 

Charity Commission’s ‘quick and easy’ guides to assist trustees

Further to our article last month about Trustees’ Week here, we are taking a look at the Charity Commission’s new ‘5 minute’ guidelines.

Dereham Men's Shed - the road to becoming a charity

There are definite benefits to registering as a charity, not least of which is credibility when applying to potential funders. Making your case to the Charity Commission needs to be done in an organised and planned way. 

Help in constructively negotiating a complaint about an NHS service

The commitment, dedication and resilience of front-line staff throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is universally acknowledged and respected. It’s very rare that something goes wrong but, when it does, it needs resolving for the sakes of all involved – patients, families and professionals. 

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