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  • How to Save Money Online drop in session at Hove Library
    Searching the internet – for fares, energy suppliers or items like washing machines or clothes – has become one of the best ways to compare prices and get a good deal. However, price comparison sites and online supermarkets can be off-putting for some first time users. As part of Brighton Digital Festival, Hove Library is […]
  • Natalie helps learner to navigate the benefits system
    Mae Natalie yn Aseswr Porth Maes gyda CAB (Cyngor ar Bopeth). Yn ogystal, mae’n hyrwyddwr digidol gyda Gwynedd Ddigidol ac am helpu pobl sydd angen cyngor budd-daliadau neu i ddefnyddio’r rhyngrwyd. Un o gleientau Natalie yw Gwennan, mam sengl plentyn anabl a ddaeth i weld Natalie yn uned symudol CAB. Roedd Gwennan eisoes wedi gwneud […]
  • Digital Champion Dan helps learners get online
    Digital Champion, Dan shares his experiences of helping people to get online. Please click here to view the video
  • Rachel gets online with Digital Highland
    Rachel from the Highland Council discusses the benefits of being a digital champion. Please click here to view the video      
  • Free social media workshop for job seekers in Brighton & Hove
    Social media and networking sites can be used for careers research, job seeking and to market yourself to future employers, as well as arranging your social life! In order to help you learn new IT skills and find out how social media can help you with your job search, the National Careers Service is running […]
  • Building your community fibre network
    As part of the Community Fibre Partnership scheme, BT has made £2m available via a grant for Community Fibre Partnerships that could benefit their local school. This enables communities in the final 5% of the UK not covered by fibre broadband rollout plans to apply for a grant of up to £20,000 toward the cost […]
  • One Digital – the “poster child for collective impact”!
    Collaboration, not competition – that was the overriding theme at the One Digital stakeholder event in London on Wednesday 25 May 2016. Around 60 people from a wide range of organisations attended to hear the latest from One Digital, a national digital inclusion programme funded by the Big Lottery Fund. The programme is helping thousands […]
  • Internet class helps Jack get online
    At a time when the UK is moving to ‘digital by default’, over 12 million people still lack basic digital skills¹. One Digital is a unique collaboration between six diverse organisations to create a sustainable and far reaching digital inclusion solution. Age UK, the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, Citizens Online and Digital Unite with […]
  • One Digital and its Programme Director chosen as Digital Leader finalists
    One Digital has been successfully chosen as a finalist for this year’s Digital Leaders 100 list in the category, Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year along with its Programme Director, Emma Weston, in the category Digital Leader of the Year. The Digital Leaders 100 (DL100) is a national programme that recognises individuals and organisations who demonstrate […]
  • Find out about how our 4 projects are part of One Digital
    A new, collaborative programme to train hundreds of Digital Champions to help thousands of people across the UK to get online has been officially launched today (11 February 2016). Age UK, the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations, Citizens Online and Digital Unite with its partners Affinity Sutton and AbilityNet have joined forces to develop the […]
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  • BBC Merseyside News Feed: Operation Phobos: £19m Swansea-Liverpool drug gang jailed
    A gang which ran £19m worth of cocaine into south Wales from Liverpool is jailed.
  • BBC Hampshire News Feed: WW2 bomb blown up after evacuation in Portsmouth
    A World War Two bomb found on the seabed off Hampshire is blown up in a controlled explosion.
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    Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Championship game between Ipswich Town and Huddersfield Town.
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  • Leicestershire Police News Feed: Officers investigating death of Wojciech Wojciechowski release his photo

    Officers investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Wojciech Wojciechowski have released his photo in the hope it will prompt someone to come forward with information about his last movements.

    The 45-year-old was discovered in Freemans Common Lock, off Eastern Boulevard, at around 10am on Saturday 24 September.

    A post mortem examination has been carried out and his death is being treated as unexplained.

    Officers have limited information about the last two weeks of Wojciechowski’s life and have been working to build up a picture of his movements. Who did he know? Where did he live? What did he do? They hope by releasing an image of him it may prompt someone to recognise him and come forward with information. Please contact us - even small details could help.

    Wojciechowski was white with dark hair tied in a ponytail and a full beard, about one to two inches long. He was wearing blue jeans, a green rugby style top with ‘Ireland’ written on the chest with a blue jumper over it and a blue, fleece-lined jacket. He had black and blue Nike trainers on.

    Call DC Gary Dickenson on 101 with any information

  • BBC Sheffield South Yorkshire News Feed: Ben Needham search: Dig halted over archaeological finds
    The hunt for missing British boy Ben Needham on farmland on the Greek island of Kos is halted because of a dispute over archaeological remains.
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  • Norfolk Council News Feed: It's time to take a bite of your takeaway

       A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...         30 September 2016

    Budding writers celebrate the success of their Norfolk tales

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    Nine young authors who impressed the judges of our Write on Norfolk competition received their awards at a ceremony at the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library on Wednesday (28 September). Judges included Wendy Thomson, Managing Director; Alison Thomas, Deputy Leader; and novelist Louis de Bernieres who wrote Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

    Wendy Thomson presented prizes in both the five to seven-year-old and eight to 10-year-old age groups.

    A souvenir supplement, with all the winning Write on Norfolk entries, will be available in the EDP on Monday (3 October). Read more.

    CCL Live

    Showcasing Norfolk social care

    Opportunities for health and social care professionals in Norfolk were top of the agenda at one of the UK’s largest events for health and social care professionals (CCL Live 2016) this week in London.  

    Last week, the New Anglia LEP health and social care sector skills plan was signed, highlighting the significance of this work to local economy and the need to  recruit and retain a skilled workforce to meet the complex needs of adult social care services across Norfolk and Suffolk. Read more.


    Historic foster care review published

    The Parker Review was published this week (29 September) and is available on the NCC website.

    It is an independent review into eight historic complaints against Norfolk County Council by foster carers – and found that in six cases our actions were not fair to foster cares, and in four we didn’t act in the best interests of children.

    There was coverage across the media (see EDP) and on Radio Norfolk Michael Rosen, Executive Director of Children's Services, and Roger Smith, Chairman of the Children's Services Committee, talked about the review and what further steps are being taken to continue to engage those carers who still have complaints but did not want to engage with the review so far.

    This represents a historic picture of fostering in Norfolk as cases considered dated from 2005 – 2014. Since then changes including the launch of the Foster Carers' Charter, which was developed with foster carers in Norfolk, means that foster carers are now properly recognised as part of the ‘team around the child’.


    NDR debates and traffic reminders


The ongoing debate about the proposed bat gantries to be built along the NDR was picked up this week on Inside Out (BBC 2) and it's possible it may feature in the national press this weekend. There is considerable disagreement amongst experts about whether the gantries work. It is a condition of our planning permission that we take stringent environmental measures, and we are confident that the way we are installing gantries gives bats the best chance of survival.

Also don’t forget next week - if you drive near the Holt Road - there will be disruption as the Holt Road will be closed from Horsford to the airport roundabout from Monday 3 Oct – to possibly Oct 13. Read more.

Well done Scamp!


Trading Standards' officers and Public Health colleagues, were in King’s Lynn this week at the launch of a campaign to crack down on traders who sell illicit cigarettes and tobacco.

One of the stars of the show was Scamp, a tobacco sniffer dog, who sniffed out over 6000 cigarettes and 1kg tobacco in a store in #kingslynn. Read more here.

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CLT out and about this week:

Wendy will be chairing meetings on the Norfolk & Waveney Sustainability and 
Transformation Plan, meeting with the Norfolk Chief Executives’ Group and hosting a visit by Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government. 
Michael will be meeting with unions, visiting teams at Carrow House and will join the Early Help celebration event at The Space, in Norwich. He will also meet foster carers involved in the Independent Fostering Review.

Simon will be attending the MD’s briefing of Committee Chairs, the ICT Steering Board and a monthly catch-up with the Group Finance Director, NPS and Norse Group.

Tom will be attending County Leadership Group and County Leadership Team. He will also be involved with the Melanie Dawes visit, chairing the NDR construction board and meeting with the RAF Marham Station Commander.

For more information on CLT, visit our leadership team.

Stoptober – it's your last chance to register


As October becomes Stoptober, smokers across Norfolk are being urged to give up cigarettes for a month starting from tomorrow, when the campaign launches. Read more.

OSCAs – just one month left to nominate


The third, and final, period for nominations in our 2016 staff Outstanding Contribution Awards (OSCAs) is now open until 28 October. So make sure you tell us about outstanding colleagues - individuals or teams. Click here to nominate.

Take Five to beat fraud


Take Five offers straight-forward and impartial advice to help everyone in the UK protect themselves against financial fraud. Click on the image and take five minutes to watch the short video.

Top marks for NCLS

Pictured: Learner Rachel Alexander receiving her GCSEs results

There was national recognition this week for the high quality of support for adult learners in Norfolk. Following a Matrix Accreditation visit, Norfolk Community Learning Services (NCLS) has been awarded accreditation for another three years. Click here for course information.

National spotlight on our healthy libraries


Well done to our libraries and Public Health team on winning a national award for their Healthy Libraries project. Find out more here.

Louise's blog

Louise Smith, Director of Public Health

I pull into the car park, step out and walk towards the golden arches. Dinner is at McDonalds this evening. Half way through the long drive home. I’m travelling back from Warwick University and the Public Health England Conference. Read more.

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    • So we are on way way out of The European Union

      The option to Vote has now driven us out of The Union.

      We now have to take the advantage and not carry on blaming ourselves or others.It was a shock the way it went BUT GET OVER IT.

      The European Union is an organisation that tries to represent Europe.
      It is now nervous that a country has dared to take control of themselves.

      It will not be easy to deal with them because they want us to fail.
      We will not fail and maybe others will split away.That is their biggest fear.

      Northern Ireland now needs to be used as a trade Area to negotiate with Europeans direct.Taking advantage of its doorstep location with Southern Ireland. The UK needs to lower corporation rates to be the same as Ireland.This will be an advantage for all business.

      We need to create a small coordinating and marketing organisation and use CBI and Group Trading organisations to promote Great Britain.The commonwealth needs to be a bigger part of our trade. Our main objective must be to trade globally.
      The social legislation and general laws need to be rewritten and but back into British Law. Maybe a 5 year project.There is going to be lots to sort. In the meantime we can still use Modified European Law and call it that.

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      The European Union is a politico-economic union of 28 member states. It has an area of 4,324,782 km², and an estimated population of over 508 million, and operates through a hybrid system of supranational ... Wikipedia
      Area: 4.325 million km²
      Founded: November 1, 1993, Maastricht, Netherlands
      Headquarters: City of Brussels, Belgium
      Unemployment rate: 9.6% (Apr 2015) Eurostat
      Government debt: 87.4% of GDP (2013) Eurostat
      Largest city: London
      Founders: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, Netherlands, Germany

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