Bereaved families reminded of advice and support available

The importance of registering a death and organising a funeral in a timely manner

Bereaved families are reminded of the support available and the importance of registering a death and organising a funeral in a timely manner.

Additional support is available to help bereaved families to make the necessary arrangements and to offer a listening ear.

To book a death registration appointment call Norfolk County Council Registration Offices on 0344 800 8020. Further information about the registration service.

Further information about support including links to specialist organisations.

Norfolk libraries to scrap late fees for children as part of post-pandemic reading push

Norfolk libraries to scrap late fees for children

The Norfolk Libraries and Information service have put forward ambitious plans to improve children and young people’s reading skills which have been diminished nationally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The proposals, to be considered at the Council’s cabinet on 8 March, include the removal of overdue charges for everyone under the age of 16, universal membership of the county’s e-library through Norfolk’s schools and the introduction of a new ‘1000 books before school’ reading challenge.

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.

Grant scheme launched to provide advice and cash to help businesses Go Digital

Grant scheme launched to provide free expert advice and cash to help businesses Go Digital

A new grant scheme launched in December will enable micro, small and medium-sized businesses to make better use of digital technology through funding and one to one support.

Go Digital is being launched by Norfolk County Council to help businesses based in the county identify digital opportunities. It will provide expert one-to-one consultancy and the ability to apply for grants of up to £500.
Digital opportunities could include how to sell products and services online, reach new customers using social media, build customer databases, develop new or existing websites and attract new visitors, or how to work out the best homeworking options for teams.

Successful Go Digital applicants will be assigned an experienced business advisor who will conduct a ‘digital audit’ and provide a comprehensive report to identify digital opportunities. The advisor will help the business put together an action plan and then businesses will have the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £500 to help them deliver projects using this plan.
The launch of Go Digital comes during a year of lockdowns, which has left many businesses facing the challenge of reaching their customers remotely by utilising digital services in new ways.

Trading standards to expand Trusted Trader Scheme

Trusted Trader Scheme

As part of NCC’s post-lockdown economic recovery plan, Trading Standards has been successful in our bid to the Norfolk Strategic Fund. We now have funding for additional staffing and marketing resources with a view to increasing the membership of our Trusted Trader scheme by 300 members within two years. The Trusted Trader scheme provides local people with an online directory of local, reliable businesses, so they can avoid rogue traders and provides a platform for those businesses to advertise and thus secure work.