Funding boost for sports facilities and green spaces in Norwich

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The Greater Norwich Growth Board have recommended four new projects for approval that will give local people greater access to sports facilities and improved green spaces in the Greater Norwich area.

Two of the projects will see the creation of 3G artificial pitches at the Brundall Sports Hub and the Football Development Centre in Bowthorpe.

Kett’s Heights will receive over £300k in investment which will significantly improve access to the site with the creation of a new habitat to improve biodiversity.

The Bure Valley Path will also benefit from improved access with a new crossing over the A140 to deliver safe passage for cyclists and pedestrians, and the establishment of six circular walks.

Two existing Marriotts Way projects have also been allocated an additional £341,000 in funding.

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More vulnerable children in Norfolk supported to remain with their families

More vulnerable children in Norfolk supported to remain with their families

A £12-£15 million five-year programme to transform support for children and young people is enabling more youngsters to remain with their families, statistics published recently reveal.

National statistics reveal the number of children looked after by Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Social Care, compared with rising rates in England.

The new figures show that up until 31 March 2020 there were 1,106 children under the age of 18 being looked after in Norfolk, which means 64 in every 10,000 children. This compares with a national figure of 67 per 10,000.

Multi million pound scheme to support vulnerable young people

support vulnerable young people

An innovative multi-million pound project which will improve support to vulnerable young people was considered by Norfolk County Council’s cabinet in December.

Norfolk’s version of the ‘No Wrong Door’ scheme, which will see an investment of £5M over three years by the Department for Education and additional council investment of £4 million, will help reduce the number of young people coming into care as well as reducing the number of arrests and hospital admissions.

Two children’s residential homes in Breckland and Norwich will be refurbished and improved to convert them into hubs which will sit at the heart of the new service providing wrap around residential and outreach support.

Due to be launched in June 2021, the No Wrong Door model is a non-traditional approach to working with young people experiencing complex journeys. It combines short term residential care placements and edge of care support through a range of specialist and wrap-around services.