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Summer reading challenge is out of this world


This year’s Summer Reading Challenge is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The Space Chase adventure begins on 13 July and children aged 4-11 can sign up at any of Norfolk County Council’s libraries. They’ll join The Rockets, our super space family, for a thrilling mission to track down books nabbed by mischievous aliens.

Eleven thousand children took part in last year’s reading challenge. The challenge encourages children to keep up their reading skills during the long summer break.

Esme (7) from Brooke Primary School took part in last year’s challenge. “Collecting stickers for each book I read last summer was great. I can find it hard to choose a book I like but I love space and astronauts and can’t wait to pick my books and get space stickers this year!”

Read about Space Chase family events and other library events this summer.

Space Chase family events

Rocket-making workshops 

Wednesday 7 August (3.30pm to 5.30pm)
Plumstead Road Library

Friday 9 August (2pm to 4pm)
Sprowston Library

Tuesday 13 August (10.30am to 12.30pm)
Norwich Millennium Library

Space Crafting  Space Chase logo
(Wednesdays 10.30am to 12.30pm)

Fascinating facts, photos, stargazing equipment and crafting.

31 July Watton Library

7 August Attleborough Library

14 August Diss Library

Places at events are limited. Full details here

Read more about events in libraries this summer

More events at your library this summer

Mole and Gecko

Join Mole and Gecko on a boating trip in this fun, interactive rap musical.

Mad Science

Mad Science

A whizz bang science show packed with brilliant experiments.

Inspirational free workshops designed to get children interested in science technology, engineering and maths. Led by Hethel Innovation Centre.

Places at events are limited. Full details 

First words

First words

Andrew ProctorWelcome to the latest edition of Your Norfolk, which showcases the variety of ways in which the county council is working to improve people’s lives.

We’re encouraging people to make healthier choices in their lifestyle.

We’re working to give our children and young people the best start – with our investment in special schools, fostering and adoption and support for care leavers.

And we’re keeping adults safe and independent by supporting carers and promoting assistive technology, which enables people to live at home for longer.

Everyone benefits from a growing economy, which is why we’re supporting vital road and broadband work, including the Third River Crossing in Great Yarmouth.

All this work is linked to our ambitious plan, Together, for Norfolk, which will be delivered by our new, 10-member cabinet

Having clear leadership, clear priorities and working better together with our partners will ensure we achieve the best for this great county.

Councillor Andrew Proctor
Executive Leader of Norfolk County Council


Bold plan to transform special needs education takes another step forward

Norfolk County Council has secured Government funding of up to £17 million to build a new 170 place school in the county for children aged 3-19 with complex needs.

The bid was made as part of our ambitious £120 million plan to transform education for children with special education needs and disabilities.

Five hundred additional places will be created across the county by building up to four new schools and developing more specialist units in mainstream schools. More outreach will be provided to help schools meet the needs of children with special educational needs.

As part of this transformation, we are developing a new school for children with social, emotional and mental health needs on the former Alderman Swindell school site in Great Yarmouth. The school will be run as a free school and will take about two years to build.

Staying safe at the water's edge


Drinkers and diners across Norfolk’s waterside venues will be safer thanks to a lifesaving initiative from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

Working in partnership with the RNLI, firefighters have started training restaurant and bar staff to use throwlines which can help to rescue people who end up in the water.

Almost half of drownings involve alcohol and the training is being offered to venues in high risk areas, such as King’s Lynn’s Quayside, Norwich’s Riverside complex and locations across the Norfolk Broads.

If you see someone in difficulty in the water, raise the alarm and look for life buoys or throwlines but do not enter the water.

If you run a business in a waterside area, you can request the throwline training at

Help stop rogue traders and fraudsters

Cold caller

Norfolk County Council Trading Standards is continuing the crackdown on rogue traders in Norfolk. Recent convictions of rogue builders have resulted in imprisonment for two criminals.

The work of rogue traders, who often cold-call, can lead to considerable financial loss and distress for consumers. Do report issues you have with traders as this can allow us to investigate a trader.

For helpful guidance when you’re buying goods or services, as well as to report a problem with a trader, contact Citizens Advice at or call the helpline on 03454 040506.

Find a Norfolk Trusted Trader

Are you a personal assistant carer (PA) or looking for a career as a PA?

Norfolk County Council is offering new training opportunities for anyone interested in becoming a PA, or PAs wanting to improve and develop their skills.

The training is free for those earning under £15,736 (£16,009 from 1 September 2019) and resident in the UK/EU/ EEA for three years.

Provided through our adult learning service, the training consists of workshops and online learning. The industry standard qualification includes: positive handling, safeguarding, health and safety, epilepsy awareness, lone working and dealing with conflict.

Find out more and book

To help PAs find work and people to search for a PA, there’s an
easy-to-use online register at

PAs can advertise the services they offer free of charge.

It’s all part of our new Direct Payment Support Service (DPSS), which supports people who receive direct payments to pay
for their care.

For more information
or call 01603 223392.

Full fibre boost for Norfolk businesses

Thousands of Norfolk businesses may be able to benefit from ultrafast broadband after Norfolk County Council secured £8 million from the UK Government Digital, Culture, Media and Sport department’s Local Full Fibre Network (LFFN) fund.

The £8 million funding is part of an £11 million programme to upgrade more than 370 of Norfolk’s public sector buildings to the latest ultrafast connection speeds. It will enable 230 schools, 108 Norfolk County Council buildings (including 38 libraries) and 34 fire stations to be upgraded to gigabit (1,000 mbps) fibre internet connections within two years.

As a result of the scheme, thousands of Norfolk businesses will be able to benefit from lower fibre connection costs by using private funding to access the upgraded fibre network. They can also apply to a voucher scheme that will provide up to £2,500 per business to fund their connection and pay the first-year running costs.

Superfast Broadband reaches 93% of Norfolk

Computer woman

More than 93% of properties in Norfolk now have access to Superfast Broadband (24 mbps+) which continues to be rolled-out across the county.

Better Broadband for Norfolk has been working with Openreach to install broadband infrastructure across Norfolk, to improve access for all Norfolk residents and businesses.

When Better Broadband for Norfolk started in summer 2013, only 42% of Norfolk properties had access to Superfast Broadband.

Find out if Superfast Broadband is coming to your area

Getting you better connected – the Norfolk Community Directory

If you’re looking for activities, clubs and services in your local area this website is for you.

There are hundreds of listings – from childminders and lunch clubs to health services, transport and volunteering opportunities. You can search by postcode or type of activity.

And if you want people to know about a service or event you run, add your listing. It’s simple to do – and free.

New reuse shops

Norfolk County Council has opened two new reuse shops at Wells and Bergh Apton recycling centres, so we now have 11 across the county. Reuse shopWe’ve also doubled the size of the shops at Caister and Dereham so there are even more great items for sale at bargain prices.

Find out where our reuse shops are

In 2018-19, our reuse shops made a £184,107 contribution towards the £6.1 million annual cost of Norfolk’s 20 recycling centres and 821 tonnes of unwanted items found a new home that year.

Transforming city transport

Greater Norwich is now one of 12 city areas with the chance to bid for a share of the Department for Transport’s £1.2 billion Transforming Cities Fund, which aims to boost productivity and prosperity through investment in public and sustainable transport.

Transport for Norwich partners from the County, City, Broadland District and South Norfolk councils have already been successful in winning £6.1 million to deliver six initial projects, including improvements to Norwich bus station and a new bike share scheme.

Find out more at

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Enjoy the great outdoors this summer

Coastal path

Summer’s here and many of us will be planning days out in our beautiful county. Norfolk is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bicycle. There’s a huge choice of walks and cycle routes on offer to suit all levels and abilities, ranging from short walks and circular routes to long-distance trails.

As well as enjoying stunning scenery, huge skies, peaceful country lanes, pretty villages, historic churches and woodlands, you’ll also be giving your general health and wellbeing a boost. Walking and cycling is a great way to keep active, burn calories and lift your mood.

Three trails to try

Marriott’s Way

This 26-mile off-road trail for cyclists, walkers and horse riders, follows the route of two disused railway lines, between Norwich and Aylsham, via Drayton, Lenwade, Cawston and Reepham.

Marriotts Way

Sandringham circular

From a Norman castle to a modern royal estate, this journey offers wonderful sights from the distant and recent past. This walk is featured in the Coastal Treasures book.

Angles Way

A 93-mile walking trail following the county boundary of Norfolk and Suffolk from Great Yarmouth to Thetford. The route meanders through open countryside, broad river valleys, pretty villages, ancient market towns, heath and woodland.

Read more about ways to enjoy walking

Walking and cycling festival

Together, for Norfolk

Norfolk County Council has big plans for our county. Our ambition is for economic growth, managed development and a better future for all, working with a host of organisations, businesses and community groups across our county.

We are all proud of our unique environment, identity, heritage and assets.

We all share that goal and desire to see Norfolk succeed. We see it as our responsibility to create a plan that matches our collective ambition to ensure our communities grow, thrive and prosper for the future.

Our key priorities are

Growing the economy

  • More businesses start, grow and invest in NorfolkNDR
  • The local economy is inclusive, and supports and benefits local businesses and communities
  • Infrastructure is in place to support housing development, inward investment and sustainable growth
  • Enough homes are being built to meet people’s need, including affordable homes
  • Easy access to the county, good transport, fast internet and a strong mobile network helps people and businesses connect with each other
  • People with high level qualifications are attracted to and remain in Norfolk
  • High quality employment opportunities are available

Thriving people

  • All children in Norfolk have a good education which meets their needs, encourages ambition and gives them knowledge and skills for adult life and employment
  • Young people and adults, including people with learning or physical disabilities and mental health problems, are able to develop skills for the future, and local businesses are able to invest in them
  • Workers in Norfolk can access well paid, high value skilled jobs through the achievement of higher accredited learning and those in need of improved foundation skills can access learning
  • All families, older people and people with learning or physical disabilities are supported to live well and independently in their community

Strong communities

  • People are socially active and connected to their communitiesBenjamin Court
  • People of all ages enjoy good health and increased wellbeing
  • Services in communities are joined up, and more able to meet people’s needs
  • Community groups and voluntary organisations are able to deliver services which people need in their community
  • Communities are safe and resilient
  • People have access to high quality cultural and heritage facilities
  • People can enjoy high quality of life in an environment which is protected 

Our plans for the next six years include

  • Major infrastructure projects such as the £120 million Third River Crossing and £6.1 million for sustainable transport schemes in greater Norwich
  • Building more than 400 homes over the next three years, through our company, Repton
  • Creating new special schools and creating specialist resource bases in existing schools by investing £120 million
  • Developing new extra care housing developments across Norfolk by investing £29 million

Read the full report

Read about the council's new cabinet members

West Norfolk's Coastal Treasures

Coastal Treasures bookWest Norfolk’s Coastal Treasures

Discover more than 100 miles of stunning Norfolk countryside, cultural heritage and history with this free book of 16 brand new walks and cycle rides around north west Norfolk.

Walking and Cycling Festival 2019

Make a date in your diary - this year's Walking and Cycling Festival runs from 1 to 31 October.
1 to 31 October 2019. 

The Festival focuses on the spectacular Norfolk Coast Path and a theme of 'special journeys', including the county’s rich tradition of pilgrimage.

Sophie shares her love of cycling

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Norfolk-based professional cyclist, Sophie Wright, often trains and races in other countries, so she looks forward to returning to her home in Norfolk.

“As a first-year professional, it’s great to have a base to come back to after races. I love the fact I can ride out from my house into the beautiful Norfolk countryside without seeing a single traffic light. Norfolk holds lots of fond memories for me, from riding in the woods as a young kid, to riding round the lovely north Norfolk coast.”

The European mountain bike champion has faced several challenges in her career, the biggest being a crash where she sustained a broken collarbone. 

“I whacked my head against the floor with enough impact to crack my helmet. The doctors said it saved my life, so my advice is always make sure you wear a helmet.”Sophie Wright 2

Sophie’s keen to encourage people to give cycling a go. "Try to invest in a decent bike and kit. You’ll feel great cycling in the countryside on a reliable bike and buying bib shorts will keep you comfortable in the saddle. Cycling can be a very sociable activity or something you can enjoy just as much on your own. If you like being with others, maybe consider joining a cycling club.”

Sophie’s next goal is to do well in the National Road Championships, this year hosted in Norfolk. “It’s very exciting to be back in the county for this race. It really would be amazing to achieve a successful result in my home county.”

Find cycle routes in Norfolk

Image at top courtesy of velofocus.

Norfolk walking and cycling festival

More ways to enjoy walking

Walkers of all ages and abilities can find inspiration on Active Norfolk’s walking Burgh Castle
web page with ideas including:

  • A range of free Health Walks for older people who want to go on a walk led by an instructor
  • Short walks in the borough of Great Yarmouth
  • Health, Heritage and Biodiversity walks taking in interesting sites across the county

Outdoor fitness works wonders for Bill

GoodgymWhen Bill Edmonds retired in 2010, he decided to join his wife Katy on the NHS Couch to 5k programme.

“Using the Couch to 5k app, Katy and I soon started to enjoy the benefits of our runs along the Bure Valley Railway line.”

“Being able to run for five minutes soon turned into ten and I was amazed at how much I started to enjoy it. I always feel so much better after, both physically and mentally.”

Now 70, Bill loves keeping fit outdoors. He’s completed more than 100 park runs, runs around 30 km a week and is a regular at Good Gym sessions.

“I’ve been surprised at how sociable running can be and I’ve met really inspiring people. Running with a purpose, such as Good Gym, benefits the whole community, not just your own health.”

Couch to 5k

Good Gym
Is a group of runners who combine keeping fit with voluntary work in the community such as gardening, litter-picking and painting and decorating.

Read more about the great outdoors

Smart technology is changing the way we live

Chris Metcalf

The latest gadgets are having a huge impact on people’s lives – helping them to live independently and safely.

In Norfolk, the numbers of people using assistive technology is increasing. Assistive technology can be any piece of kit that helps you get on with your day. In social care, this normally means electronic gadgets or sensors that are designed to prompt you or raise the alarm if something goes wrong.

But increasingly, many people are using mainstream devices such as smart phone apps or smart speakers to help them in their daily lives. This might be as simple as setting a daily reminder to have something to eat and drink, to take medication or be notified of an upcoming calendar event.

Improvements in mobile phone signals and access to broadband has increased the range of devices that can be used – especially in rural areas.

Chris Metcalf, Norfolk County Council’s Assistive Technology Manager, said:

“Traditional assistive technology, such as sensors linked to a monitoring centre, have a valuable role to play, whilst technology that helps people pursue their interests and passions can also enhance quality of life. This might be a music player with simplified controls or a smart speaker to access the latest news.”Mini speaker

Find details of support to stay at home including assistive technology, equipment and adaptations

Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk

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New Norfolk projects launched to tackle child criminal exploitation, drugs and violence

Six partnership projects to tackle serious violence in Norfolk by preventing the exploitation of young people by criminal gangs
have been launched this year.

The projects have been developed by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, in collaboration with partners including Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk County Council. Funding was secured through a successful bid to the Home Office’s Early Intervention Youth Fund with Norfolk being awarded £700,000.

In recent years, Norfolk has experienced a significant increase in serious violence associated with ‘County Lines’ activity, with police figures showing rises in possession of weapons, knife crime, robbery and drug supply offences.

Norfolk’s PCC Lorne Green, said:

“Child exploitation, gangs, drugs, knife crime – these are not exclusively ‘policing issues’ and they will not be solved through enforcement alone. We’re talking about societal problems; problems we are all concerned about and that we all have a responsibility to play our part in addressing.

“These projects highlight all that is good about partnership working - bringing together organisations from all sectors to tackle the issue from root to branch, and pooling skills, resource and expertise from across the county.

“Together we are much better placed to disrupt the activity of those who seek to exploit our young people, safeguarding and showing our young people that their future can be so much brighter.”


The funding will be used to bring together local experts in the form of a Multi-Agency Child Exploitation (MACE) Team for Norfolk. The team will focus on identifying those at risk of exploitation, and putting in place intervention and support for individuals, families and the wider community.

Over the course of a 15-month pilot, the team will work to raise awareness of the threat of child exploitation, providing training and advice to frontline professionals on recognising the signs and understanding referral processes.

Detached Youth Workers

Specialist youth workers will focus on building relationships with those vulnerable to exploitation in the Norwich area.

The service, designed in partnership with Norfolk County Council, will focus on engaging with young people not known to other services.

The youth workers will link in with the MACE Team and Norfolk’s Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), sharing local intelligence to help identify need and making referrals to wider support services.

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Family Support Practitioners

Family support practitioners with specialist knowledge of child criminal exploitation will work alongside the MACE team. Their role will be to focus on whole family intervention, working with young people in Norwich who have been exploited and ensuring their families feel supported in keeping them safe.

SOS+ Project

St Giles Trust will take its SOS+ project across Norfolk, delivering 120 preventative sessions to 8,600 school children, with intensive 1-2-1 support for those deemed as at high risk. 40 awareness-raising sessions will be delivered to 2,100 Norfolk teachers, and 80 sessions reaching around 7,700 parents. Additional funding from the Norfolk PCC’s

Hidden Victims Fund will enable this project to run for three years.

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Pathways Out Programme

Developed by the PCC Office, Mancroft Advice Project (MAP) and the Norfolk Youth Offending Team, the programme will deliver 1-2-1 mentoring to 40 young people aged 17 and under in Norwich who are identified as vulnerable to criminal exploitation. Mentors will work with the young people to build confidence and skills, providing positive educational and work experiences and raising ambitions, helping them onto an alternative path.

Third Sector Capacity Building

This project, delivered by Momentum, aims to increase understanding and knowledge of child criminal exploitation within the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE). By providing information and training to VCSE organisations, Momentum will work to improve joint working and increase the county’s capacity to prevent child criminal exploitation and support those affected.

For more information on these projects or the wider work of your PCC, visit

Written and funded by the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Norfolk


Meet Norfolk County Council’s new cabinet members

A new 10-member cabinet of councillors has been appointed to lead the county council and its services.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Andrew Proctor, said: “I have put together a strong team to ensure clear and robust leadership, to deliver the most efficient and effective services for the people of Norfolk.

“This will enable us to move forward with strong, accountable decision-making and drive the transformation programmes we have in place to deliver these services.

“We will continue to work better together with our partners across the county to grow the economy, create jobs and promote Norfolk.”

Andrew Proctor

Councillor Andrew Proctor, Executive Leader of the Council
Governance and Strategy

Graham Plant

Councillor Graham Plant, Deputy Leader of the Council
Growing the Economy

The other members are:

Bill Borrett

Councillor Bill Borrett, Adult Social Care, Public Health and Prevention

Margaret Dewsbury

Councillor Margaret Dewsbury, Communities and Partnerships

John Fisher

Councillor John Fisher, Children’s Services

Tom Fitzpatrick

Councillor Tom FitzPatrick, Innovation, Transformation and Performance

Andy Grant

Councillor Andy Grant, Environment and Waste

Andrew Jamieson

Councillor Andrew Jamieson, Finance

Greg Peck

Councillor Greg Peck, Commercial Services and Asset Management

Martin Wilby

Councillor Martin Wilby, Highways, Infrastructure and Transport

The cabinet replaces the previous committee system that operated in Norfolk. Under the new system, the cabinet will take the key decisions, while select committees will develop policy and oversight and scrutiny committees will hold the council to account.

Every child deserves to live in a loving home

FosteringWe’re looking for new foster carers who can offer a child meaningful support by opening their hearts and their homes in Norfolk. We want adventurous, optimistic and positive individuals who through love and patience, kindness and understanding, can help turn a child’s life around.

To find out more, come and see us at one of our events this summer.

27 and 28 July, Worstead Festival

3 and 4 August, Sandringham Food and Drink Festival, Sandringham Estate

26 August, Aylsham Show, Blickling Hall

31 August, Raveningham Country Fair, Raveningham

Find out more
01603 306649

Support for care leavers

Matthew Canning

The first of 11 homes for Norfolk’s care leavers has opened, following Norfolk County Council’s investment of £5 million.

When the project is completed, there will be 25 to 30 beds for care leavers across the county, with round-the-clock support on-site.

We worked closely with young people to make sure the accommodation meets their needs. These new homes help ensure they have the right support and can learn to live independently in their local communities.

The new housing is just one of our initiatives to support young people leaving care. We’re also one of the first county councils in the country to work in partnership with district councils to exempt all care leavers from council tax until they are 25.

Susan is one of those benefitting: “Having no council tax to pay has meant for the first time I have managed to start saving. This means I feel safer because I have something to cover emergencies and may even be able to have a small holiday next year – my first ever.”

We’re also working with Job Centre Plus to ensure care leavers get the support and help they need to access employment and benefits as well as creating a new specialist team to support those who are most at risk of becoming homeless.

Find more information on the support available

Pictured above: Matthew Canning, Residential Care Practitioner, at one of the new properties.

New service supports young carers and their families

A new service commissioned by Norfolk County Council offers information and support for young carers and their families. 

Support available includes a free seven day a week advice line and an e-learning portal with resources to help all family members. There are also activities and events to give young carers a chance to take a break and dedicated sessions to help them develop their skills, confidence and resilience.

Find out more and register for support Carers Matter

Free seven day advice line on 0800 083 1148 and live chat available on website.

The service is delivered by Carers Matter Norfolk, led by Voluntary Norfolk in partnership with local youth and young carers organisations. Carers Matter Norfolk also offers a support service for young adult and adult carers.

Grow your business with an apprentice

Employing an apprentice is easier than you think and there’s help and support available.Peter Savory

It’s an effective way for any organisation to grow talent and develop a motivated and skilled workforce.

The cost of employing an apprentice will vary depending on the size of your company, type of apprenticeship and age of the apprentice.

KindaKafe in Norwich hosts 18-year-old Peter Savory as a business apprentice, as part of the TrAC Apprenticeships Norfolk project. Last March, Peter won Norfolk Apprentice of the Year.

Tom Gaskin, Social Enterprise Development Manager at KindaKafe, explains: “Peter oversees our social media channels, which has resulted in a substantial increase in engagement.

“This has helped us raise more funds through ticket sales for events and increased awareness of our charitable work.

“It’s great we have an apprentice we can rely on and who is happy to question the way we do things. Employing an apprentice can be a real asset to your business whilst helping to nurture local talent.”

The Apprenticeships Norfolk Network offers support for businesses interested in employing an apprentice.

Find out more

TrAC Apprenticeships is an ESF, LIFT and Skills Deal funded project supported by Norfolk County Council through a strategic partnership.

KindaKafe is run by and supports the Missing Kind charity.

Funding to help people find work

A new community grants scheme is offering funding to community, social enterprises and voluntary organisations, for projects that help people improve their chances of obtaining work.

Funded by the European Social Fund and managed by the Local Investment in Future Talent (LIFT) programme, there is around £800,000 in total for smaller Norfolk and Suffolk organisations to bid for.

Grants are available up to a maximum of £20,000 per project and can be used to cover up to 100% of the cost of a project. The funding is aimed at helping unemployed people aged 16+ who are facing barriers to work or are often disadvantaged when it comes to finding work.

For details and help to apply
or email

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No place like home: careers in home support

Jo Duale and Dot

Last February, Norfolk County Council helped launch the Government’s national campaign ‘Every Day is Different’ which encourages people to choose social care as a rewarding career.

There are many different roles on offer in social care. Jo Duale (pictured) has worked in home care for 13 years. Several months ago she joined the council’s Enhanced Home Support Service – one of the initiatives which aims to reduce delayed discharges from the region’s three acute hospitals. This service provides 24/7 care for up to 72 hours to get people back on their feet.

“With home support you get to know the people you visit and build a rapport. Giving someone support in a home setting allows me to spend more time with them rather than having to rush off to answer an alarm bell somewhere else.

“For anyone considering a role in home care, I would say, you put a lot into it but you also get a lot out. When I close a front door, I say ‘yes’ to myself, I have truly helped someone.”

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#ThinkCarers in Norfolk

Ann Hacon and mum

Last year Norfolk County Council launched a charter which aims to protect the thousands of unpaid carers in Norfolk. We want to encourage organisations to have policies in place to protect carers and help them to stay employed whilst looking after their loved one.

Ann Hacon works for Norfolk County Council. Her mum had dementia and Ann cared for her for five years. The carer friendly policies in place for employees helped her to stay in her job.

“When mum was diagnosed with dementia my manager was very supportive which made everything much easier. I used the council’s flexible working policy to work from home at hours to fit around mum’s needs. As time went on there were a lot more appointments and occasions when she needed my support, so to help with this I bought extra annual leave days. Towards the end of mum’s life, balancing everything became a real struggle but I took a career break and had three months off. Knowing I could return to the job I love, at a time that suited me, took away a huge worry.”

Are you a carer?
Find information and support

Read about support for Norfolk's young carers

It’s the perfect time to learn something new

Whether you want to improve your English and maths, start an apprenticeship or learn something new just for fun, Norfolk County Council’s Adult Learning Service has plenty of courses on offer from September.

As well as gaining knowledge and skills, joining a course is a great opportunity to get out of the house and make new friends.

Jacqueline Middleton joined a lip-reading class to help with her everyday life. Jacqueline is a trustee of Age UK Norwich and has progressive hearing loss so needs help when attending meetings: “It’s increasingly difficult to hear and I always need to face the person who’s speaking. I was a newcomer to the
class but was immediately made welcome, which was a wonderful experience.

"The tutor is excellent and there’s always laughter while we learn.”

Browse courses and book online


What's on

What's on near you

Cromer Museum
01263 513543

Stone Age

Tuesday 6 August (11am to 4pm)
Roll into the Stone Age
Watch how ancient man made flint tools, handle prehistoric objects and bring in your own finds.

Tuesday 13 and Thursday 29 August (11am to 4pm)
A Very Victorian Day Out
Find out what life used to be like in Victorian Cromer. Have a go at traditional crafts and enjoy a Punch and Judy show.

Time and Tide Museum
01493 743930

Wednesday 31 July (11am to 4pm)
Seaside Family Fun Day
Watch a traditional Punch and Judy show, have your face painted and make souvenirs.

Barber surgeon

Wednesday 7 August (11am to 4pm)
Science Day: Boils, Bones and Body Bits 
Find out how your body works, and discover skeletons in the Medieval Medicine exhibition.

Ancient House
01842 752599


Tuesday 6 August (10am to 1pm)
The Romans
Costumed characters, Roman objects and crafts. £2/£1 members

Saturday 14 September (10am to 5pm)
Tudor Times Open Day
It's 1578 and the servants are preparing for the royal visit
of Queen Elizabeth I. Admission Free.

Lynn Museum
01553 775001

Forties Lynn

Sunday 21 July (10am to 4pm)
Forties Lynn
Step back in time at this town-wide World War Two event.

Thursday 29 August (10am to 1pm)
Meet costumed pilgrims and handle real objects from the past. Make a pilgrim badge to take home.

Norwich Castle
01603 495897/493625

Thursday 25 July – Tuesday 3 September (10.30am to 3.30pm. Not Sunday)
Vikings: The Legend Returns
Viking themed trails, crafts and object handling. Programme changes daily.

3, 15 and 22 August (11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm)
Hiccup the Viking performances

 31 July; 16, 23, 30 and 31 August (11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm)
Storytelling: Skadi's Husband's Feet and Other Stories

7, 14, 21 and 28 August (11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm)
Fight demonstrations with Warriors

Strangers’ Hall
01603 667229


August: Every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday;
Sunday (afternoons only)
Live Like your Great-Granny
Try a trail, make natural remedies and beauty preparations.

Museum of Norwich
01603 629127

Until Saturday 5 October
Norwich in ‘59
This exhibition marks 60 years since Norwich twinned with Rouen and looks back at the city in 1959.

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse
01362 860563

Thursday 25 July to Sunday 11 August (10am to 5pm)
Hooray for Horses
Meet Suffolk Punch horses, enjoy a cart ride, follow the horseshoe trail and join in with horsey crafts.

Village at War

Sunday 25 August and Monday 26 August (10am to 5pm)
Village at War
Step back in time to World War Two. With costumed characters, a wartime tea dance and displays of period military and civilian vehicles. Special event ticket prices apply


Norwich Freemen’s Fortnight at Strangers’ Hall 
and the Museum of Norwich
Free admission from 30 July to 11 August. Supported by the
Norwich Freemen.

Museum events are drop-in and free with museum admission unless otherwise stated. Please check museum website for opening hours and ticket prices.

Norfolk Record Office: The Archive Centre
01603 222599


Friday 26 July (2pm to 4pm)
Behind the Scenes – ‘hev yew gotta loight boy?’
Tour the strongrooms and conservation studio, see documents in Norfolk dialect and hear sound recordings. £5. Booking essential.

Thursday 22 August (2pm to 3.30pm)
Maps to the Future
Jump into our time machine and build your own 3D map of Norfolk in the future. Child £3.50 (under 3s free). Booking essential.
To book tickets for these events tel. 01603 222599 or online at 

Celebrating Norfolk's rich history of pilgrimage

Red Mount Chapel

King’s Lynn has been associated with pilgrimage since medieval times when thousands of pilgrims passed through the town on their way to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham.

Journeys is a fascinating new exhibition at Lynn Museum which takes visitors on a trip through time. The show looks at the many types of journeys people made and continue to make: journeys of faith, of trade and exploration, migration and settlement and journeys for fun.

Lynn Museum’s fine collection of medieval pilgrim badges sits at the heart of the exhibition. Discovered in the mud in the rivers Purfleet and Pilgrim badgesOuse, the badges were worn by pilgrims as a keepsake and good luck symbol.

Journeys is part of two wider projects – Green Pilgrimage and Coastal Treasures – which see council departments working together to boost green tourism and encourage walking and cycling in north and west Norfolk.

Green Pilgrimage is a European funded initiative.
Coastal Treasures is funded by the Government’s Coastal Communities Fund.

Main picture: Red Mount Chapel, King's Lynn, by Thomas Baines, 1854 
Norfolk Museums Service (Lynn Museum) 
The chapel was used by medieval pilgrims on their way to Walsingham.

Pictured right: Badges from the Lynn Museum collection.

Get a clearer view of Norwich Castle Keep

Empty keep

This summer there’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the Castle Keep as you’ve never seen it before.

In preparation for work to begin on the £13.5 million Gateway to Medieval England project, the 900-year-old keep has been emptied of all displays and objects. Visitors can appreciate the ‘clear-view’ keep in all its structural glory until September and there’s a programme of events to make the most of this unique moment.

Over the summer visitors can also enjoy two major exhibitions at Norwich Castle: Viking: Rediscover the Legend and
Lines of Sight: W.G. Sebald’s East Anglia

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The project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund with support from a wide range of trusts, businesses and individuals.

Competitions and offers

Win tickets to Classic Ibiza

Classic Ibiza

Classic Ibiza brings its heady blend of Balearic beats back to the Blickling Estate on Friday 9 August and Your Norfolk has five pairs of tickets to give away.

The Urban Soul Orchestra, DJ Goldierocks and a host of live vocalists perform some of dance music’s most iconic tracks. The event kicks off with a chill-out set – the perfect time to enjoy a drink, picnic or dance along as the sun goes down.

Then DJ Goldierocks cranks up the volume getting the crowd in the mood to party.

Set around Blickling’s delightful lakeside, this is a concert for all the family. Bring a picnic or enjoy high quality street food and refreshments from one of the many stalls.

Find out more
01283 841601

How to enter


Or write to Your Norfolk Blickling competition, Communications, Ground Floor, South Wing, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH. Include your name, address and telephone number.

The closing date is Friday 19 July 2019.

Terms and conditions
No cash alternative.
Norfolk County Council staff may not enter.

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