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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. 

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.  

Winter + energy bills + COVID-19 constraints = potential fuel poverty crisis

A new report warns of a difficult winter ahead for fuel poor households across the UK in the coming winter, as a potent combination of higher energy use resulting from staying at home for longer is mixed with reductions in income. It is estimated that 25,000 households across Norfolk experience some level of fuel poverty. CAN is committed to tackling these issues and supports a range of initiatives across the county. 

ThinkingFuel: buying heating oil collectively and combating fuel poverty

At CAN we believe in fair outcomes for all Norfolk residents and we support services that meet the economic, health, and social needs of individuals in their communities. We are asking for your help in raising awareness of ThinkingFuel, our collective heating oil buying scheme that helps combat fuel poverty.

Sometimes we could all do with a bit of support to help make life click: CANConnect in North Norfolk

Our CANConnect initiative works with partner agencies across the North Norfolk district of Norfolk and Waveney CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) to help connect people with activities in their locality, as well as providing individuals with one-to-one support in identifying and achieving their personal goals. CANConnect also provides support for the community itself, helping organisations and people make the places where we live stronger, friendlier, and more resilient.  

Wells Central Support Hub - Norfolk VCSE Covid Stories

Wells Town Council, Wells Maltings, Heritage House, Wells Churches Together, Wells Community Hospital, the Holkham Estate and local community volunteers came together to offer a coordinated response to support the most vulnerable during the COVID-19 outbreak, in Wells-next-the-Sea and surrounding villages. Launching on the 25th March they would initially operate a seven day a week service, scaling this back to 6 then 5 days as needs were met, providing telephone befriending, collection and delivery of essential items and delivery of simple hot meals.

North Walsham Good Neighbour Scheme - Norfolk VCSE Covid Stories

North Walsham Good Neighbour Scheme was already a well-established and successful group at the start of Covid-19.  From the 15th March to the end of April they would fulfil 595 support requests in addition to providing regular befriending and wellbeing calls to 70 individuals each week. North Walsham already provided these regular checks to some of the more vulnerable members of their community.

ThinkingFuel – community oil buying in a time of uncertainty

Here at CAN we deliver a wide and varied range of support for communities across the county. One particular activity is ThinkingFuel, our well-established community heating oil buying scheme. And we'd like to ask your help in raising awareness of it as a benefit in rural, off-gas communities.

Communities vs Coronavirus: the big impact of Good Neighbour and Mutual Aid schemes

A report from the New Local Government Network (NLGN)  states that a huge proportion of vulnerable people needing help during the pandemic has been directly supported by the proliferation of thousands of the spontaneous, voluntary Mutual Aid groups that have emerged. 

 

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