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Conflicts of interest - and how to deal with them

A problem that inevitably arises for charities of all types is conflict of interest. In this article we will look at being aware of it, how to avoid it, and how to resolve it when it happens. 

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.

Saving The Swan – community in action at Gressenhall

The village hall, church and pub are three archetypal hubs of rural communities. Many communities across Norfolk have just one pub remaining, whilst some have lost even that.  A familiar story in recent years is that of saving the village pub, an effort requiring skillful organisation, focused fundraising and commitment from those involved.

What the Sector Leadership Group is - and why you need to know about it

CAN has always maintained that it is important to share collected experience, wisdom and skills, and collaborate where possible. It is equally important to be able to present all that expertise to key funders and decision-makers in the public sector, and regionally and, ultimately, at national level. 

Charity Commission – compliance during Covid-19

Recently the team at the Charity Commission presented an online webinar answering a range of questions specifically for local infrastructure organisations and the charitable groups they work with. The webinar is still available to watch online – links are at the end of this article. 

Working with partners through COVID-19: Norfolk Community Advice Network

At CAN we have been conducting research to assess the impact of COVID-19 on VCSE operations and service delivery. You can read about this here.   We are featuring here regular examples of how groups and organisations have adapted their particular services. This week we’re focussing on Norfolk Community Action Network. 

Social Investment - options for income generation now and beyond COVID-19

The VCSE sector is hard-pushed financially because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. In previous articles we have looked at how the financial challenges require many of us to explore new ways of fund-raising and generating income – and perhaps turn those challenges into opportunities. In this article we will be exploring an option new to many – Social Investment. 

'Women and Gambling-Related Harm' – a free online session for West Norfolk VCSEs – Wed 2nd September

CAN, in association with GamCare, is presenting 'Women & Gambling-Related Harm', a free, online training session for West Norfolk VCSE professionals and volunteers who work with women and families.  The 2-hour Zoom session is on Wednesday 2nd September from 2.00-4.00pm. GamCare’s Polly Johnson will be discussing risk factors, impacts, how to identify a gambling addiction and where to signpost for further help. 

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. 

 

Paston Footprints - communities in the past and the present

All of Norfolk’s communities, rural or urban, share a common characteristic. They have histories.  Community Action Norfolk was asked to support the project in recognition of our skills and experience in working with community groups in developing local projects.

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