Local Needs Affordable Home Available For Re-letting

A local needs affordable home (a one bedroom flat) will soon be available for re-letting by Saffron Housing Trust.

The property will be advertised, by Saffron, on the HomeOptions System from Thursday, 11th August until the following Wednesday, 17th August.

This home has been built first and foremost for people who are in need of affordable housing who have a local connection to Wortwell. That ‘local connection’ includes currently living in the village; and/or working there; and/or having previously lived there and now wishing to return.

The property is then next prioritised for households from the neighbouring parishes of Alburgh, Redenhall with Harleston, and Shelton & Hardwiick.

Anyone already on the South Norfolk Housing Register will need to express their interest (‘bid’) through the ‘HomeOptions’, website:https://www.southnorfolkandbroadlandhomeoptions.org.uk/

Other interested residents who are not on the Housing Register should contact the Housing Advice Service here at South Norfolk Council to join the Housing Register (‘HomeOptions’) immediately.  They will need to provide proof of their residency or working qualification criteria as well as other verification details.  During the week that the properties are advertised on the HomeOptions system people will need to actively apply ‘(bid’) for them, and the Council’s Housing Officers will be able to provide details of how to do this.  For further information people should telephone for free on: 0808 168 2222.

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Norfolk County Council launches consultation on future of mobile libraries

Norfolk County Council has launched a consultation about changes to the rural mobile library service, as part of proposals to save £13 million.

The six mobile libraries operated by Norfolk County Council stop outside a variety of places within local communities. There are currently 1,304 stops and time spent at each stop ranges from 10 minutes to an hour.

The Council is asking for views, to help shape how the reduced funding should be used for the future delivery of the mobile library service and what should be considered when potentially reducing the number of routes.

Our consultation will explore:

  • What is important to people currently using or wanting to use the service
  • How we should prioritise where and for how long a mobile service happens
  • Whether we could introduce and make better use of digital services
  • Which partners or other services could work with us to improve the rural and mobile library service
  • Whether there are local needs and other factors that will help shape delivery

With ever-increasing pressures on public sector resources, it is important for local service providers to work together to share resources and investment. Our mobile library services could work with our partners to deliver services fit for the future.

The Council, like all organisations, continues to face higher costs and demand for services. Initial proposals to save £13 million as part of a £60 million target for next year were considered by Cabinet on 4th July, and one of the proposed savings is to reduce the budget for the mobile library service by £200,000 – this is nearly half of the existing budget of £422,000.

The consultation opened on 22 July and runs until 14 September. Take part in the consultation. The results of the public consultation will be presented to the County Council’s cabinet in November 2022, and final decisions on the council’s budget will be made in February 2023.

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Norfolk County Council Wellbeing Newsletter – Help Available to Support Norfolk Residents with Living Costs

Norfolk County Council’s Cost of Living Support Scheme has a £7.7m package of support to help households struggling to pay for food, fuel, energy and water bills, and other  essentials. If you come across anyone who needs help with their everyday living costs, support is available on their website at Norfolk website or by contacting them on 0344 800 8020.

Here is some more information about the support available in Norfolk.

Support directly available for parish councils to help residents in need
Town and Parish councils and VCSE organisations can apply to the Norfolk Community Foundation for grants of up to £50 per household to help older people, disabled people and carers with the cost of household energy bills and other regular utility bills.
Norfolk Household Support Fund

Empowering communities for winter resilience
Town and Parish Councils can also apply for funding to develop capacity in any services that support vulnerable people in their community to stay safe, well and connected this winter.  Empowering Communities Fund

Cost of Living Vouchers
Families that are eligible for free school meals will automatically receive a monthly ‘cost of living’ voucher. The vouchers will be £15 per month, per child. There’s a larger payment of £30 for August, to coincide with the school holidays. The vouchers will be paid up to and including October 2022
The vouchers are provided by Edenred, which can be used in all supermarkets for essentials, including clothing. Find out if someone is eligible for free school meals  and help them apply.

Norfolk Assistance Scheme
Norfolk Assistance Scheme (NAS) helps people in financial hardship to pay for their living costs. The scheme can provide emergency financial help, supply essential household goods and furniture and give support, guidance and advice. People can apply themselves. They will need to complete an application with evidence of their financial situation to show they are eligible for support. For more information and to apply go to: www.norfolk.gov.uk/NAS

Emergency funding/housing related costs
Local district, borough or city council can offer a wide range of support:
Broadland Council and South Norfolk District Council help hub

Nourishing Norfolk
Community supermarkets and community fridges offer a long-term solution. They offer a wide range of affordable groceries and enable people to choose the food they would like to buy so they can put together well-balanced, nutritious meals. Norfolk County Council is supporting Norfolk Community Foundation’s Nourishing Norfolk movement to develop 15 food hubs in Norfolk. Find out more about how people can access foodbanks, community supermarkets and community fridges On Norfolk County Council’s website:  Help with food and drink

The Tricky Period and Toiletries to Go
All Norfolk Libraries have free bags of sanitary products and toiletries available to grab and go. They are freely available and there is no need to ask. More information about what is available is on Norfolk County Council’s website:
Tricky Period and Toiletries

Community Learning
Norfolk’s Adult Learning service is running:

  • Budgeting courses such as “beat the bills”.
  • Cooking courses in conjunction with Community Supermarkets.
  • Family learning activities in school holidays.
    Find out what’s available and book online.

Help with paying water bills
Norfolk County Council is working with Anglian Water to help older, vulnerable residents with their water debts. Anglian Water will be getting in touch with all those on the social tariff who are eligible for support. However, if you know someone of any age who is struggling to pay their water bills please they should contact Anglian Water directly.

Webinars
Join us on our upcoming webinars:

Homes for Ukraine
Meet with Natasha Hayes Head of Communities for Norfolk County Council and Simon Shreeve from the People from Abroad Team at Norfolk County Council, to hear about the latest developments in providing support for refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.  Book Here

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Vandalism on Playing Fields

The Parish Council would like to inform villagers that the police are aware of the recent vandalism at the playing fields. Both plain clothed and uniformed police officers will be regularly patrolling the area and will take action against offenders.

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Disabled Facilities Grants and Assistive Technology

Disabled Facilities Grants

You could get a grant from your council if you’re disabled and need to make changes to your home, for example to:

  • widen doors and install ramps
  • improve access to rooms and facilities – eg stairlifts or a downstairs bathroom
  • provide a heating system suitable for your needs
  • adapt heating or lighting controls to make them easier to use

Assistive Technology

Information and Advice Services from Age UK

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South Norfolk Council Help Hub

The Help Hub works with partners to get you the right help, whatever the situation.

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Wortwell Emergency Plan – Volunteers required

Emergency Plan flyer
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Love Local, Spend Local campaign

With the Love Local, Spend Local campaign we are asking our residents to make a conscious decision to spend a little extra every month with local businesses.
The idea is that a small change by many people makes a big difference. For example, if each adult in Broadland and South Norfolk spent an extra £5 a month with local shops and businesses, this would add £1 million per month to our local economy.  This small change in behaviour can make a big difference in supporting local businesses and jobs, and ensuring our high streets, shops and villages continue to offer us all great products and shopping experiences. The data behind this is on this website page https://www.southnorfolkandbroadland.gov.uk/communities/love-local-spend-local

The campaign includes:

·         Opportunities to win a £50 voucher with a favourite independent business through regular social media prize draws during 2022

·         Social media campaign offering inspiration on local businesses and local products

·         Shops will be able to hand out free branded bags

·         Branded posters for shops are due for circulation

There are four stages to the campaign:
Return to High Street safely Fund (RHSSF) CAMPAIGN STAGE finishing by 31 March

1. Feb, March – your favourite local high street shop (Shop Local)

Broadland District and South Norfolk Councils funded CAMPAIGN STAGE

2. April, May, June – your favourite local independent business, with a Jubilee section (Business Local)

3. July, Aug, Sept – your favourite independent place to eat out (Eat Local)

4. Oct, Nov, Dec – your best local places for Christmas gifts and eating out (Christmas Local)

If you would like any campaign material or posters to share with your local businesses, or put up in public information boards, we can send them to you.

Please let us know via  [email protected] how many of the two below you would like and the best address for posting.

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Be Prepared for Flooding

Helpful information from the Norfolk Strategic Flood Alliance.

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Winter Help for Norfolk Residents

Norfolk County Council has produced helpful information of Winter Help for Norfolk residents which you can view here

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