Kickstart Norfolk – Funding Secure for Residents of Rural Norfolk & Relevant Suffolk Areas

With recent government cuts to rural transport and community support, rural social networks are breaking down with a consequent increase in social isolation being experienced amongst many young people residing across Norfolk and Suffolk. Statistics show that the lack of transport is proving to be a major barrier that is preventing individuals from moving forward with their lives, this is due to their inability to attend appointments, engage in community led activities or secure provisions such as employment, education or training.

Kickstart Norfolk and members of the 5 Local Action Groups (LAGs) have recognised this and we are delighted to state that funding has now been secured via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, to provide a dedicated Rural Scheme for unemployed individuals residing across rural Norfolk and relevant Suffolk areas. As a charity, Kickstart Norfolk can now provide individuals with the opportunity to be issued with their own moped for a period of up to 6-months, and this will allow them to seek and secure the provisions they need to move forward towards employment. It may be the case that an individual requires specialist support and therefore, the transport can be used to attend appointments or to socialise.

Whilst on the Rural Scheme, a dedicated Communication Officer will mentor each individual for up to a period of 2-years, this will provide much needed support to the service user whilst they participate on education or training courses, engage with support provisions or secure employment. Kickstart Norfolk understands that a clients’ needs are best met by having access to a strong and diverse network of experts and over the years, we have forged excellent working relationships with many organisations, foundations and trusts. Should referrals be required to secure the service user additional specialist support, referrals will be made with the consent of the service user.

Further Information:
As a charity, Kickstart Norfolk seek and secure funding to ensure we can provide much needed transport to individuals at an affordable cost and to ensure you are provided with other funding opportunities.

The European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and Kickstart Norfolk can provide a much-needed transport provision to the residents of your community, removing a major barrier faced by rural residents without transport. The Rural Scheme will enable service users to make a positive move forward with their lives, whether this be by engaging in employment, education or training provisions or engaging on programmes to address personal issues such as mental health or addiction.


Norfolk Community Biodiversity Awards 2018

The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership’s Community Biodiversity Awards scheme is now accepting nominations for 2018. Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their voluntary efforts to improve their local patch for wildlife? If so, now is your chance to put them forward for a prestigious Community Biodiversity Award! This year’s five award categories are: Saving Species; Groups; Young People’s Achievement; Nature for Health and Wellbeing; Churchyards and Cemeteries.

The Community Biodiversity Awards raise awareness of Norfolk’s wonderful biodiversity, the sense of community and wellbeing that can be found through voluntary activities and championing community efforts to conserve and enhance biodiversity for the common good. The scheme has been running for 15 years, and over that time has celebrated many wonderful groups and individuals who are making a real difference for local wildlife and communities. Winners attend a summer celebration evening which takes place in July in Norwich to receive their award.

Download a nomination form and flyer from or enter online here:
Nominations close on 30th April 2018.

This year’s Awards have been generously sponsored by: Kelling Heath Holiday Park; The Landscape Partnership; Norwich Community Green Gym; Pensthorpe Natural Park; R and J Hogg; Norfolk Wildlife Trust.

The Norfolk Biodiversity Partnership is a well-established partnership working to co-ordinate and share initiatives to conserve biodiversity across Norfolk. The Awards are organised annually to recognise people’s voluntary efforts to give nature a helping hand and to help people connect with nature.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch:

NBP A4 Flyer – 2018

South Norfolk Older People’s Forum – Meeting 21st March 2018

New members always welcome. 

Next meeting Wednesday 21 March at 10 am for coffee for 10.15 am start

At South Norfolk Council Offices, Council Chamber, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, NR15 2XE

Main topics of the meeting will include :

  • Details of a recent Housing Project
  • Up to date information from “n able” who provide specialist equipment for Older People
  • The Handyperson Scheme and also Digital Heritage Trails supported by South Norfolk Council,

Time will be allowed for the usual question and answer session after each talk

If you find it difficult to get to the meeting, free transport could be available from where you live. To take advantage of this please call Ann Baker on 01508 481819 by 5pm on 12 March.

The meeting is expected to close by 12.30

Hornsea Project Three – Community Newsletter February 2018

Please find attached a copy of the latest Hornsea Project Three community newsletter – Hornsea Project Three – Community Newsletter – February 2018

In this edition, we provide an update on how our plans are progressing. This includes an overview of how your consultation feedback has helped refine the project proposal, updates on our most recent consultation, how you can continue to get involved in the process, and what’s next for the project.

We have also published our onshore cable route and will provide you with an update on some of the key changes we have made to the project as a result of your feedback. You can view the proposed cable route on our Interactive Map on our website ( and hear more about the refinement process from our Site and Land Rights Manager –

All the project documentation can be found on our website in the Documents Library ( We’ve also updated our FAQs based on your questions.

You are welcome to share this newsletter more widely with anyone you think may have an interest in our proposal.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Kind regards,

The Hornsea Project Three Team
Ørsted (formerly DONG Energy)

The Friends of Bedingham Church

The Friends of Bedingham Church would like to thank everybody for their continuing support for the church fundraising to keep our church open.  The 59 club lottery has a few vacant numbers if anyone would like to join.  It’s £1 per week with a weekly prize of £25 for the person  who holds the number for the bonus ball on a Saturday evening.  Contact 482421 to join.

Shoe Boxes

Thank you for all your tremendous achievements.  This year we sent 203 shoe boxes to needy children around the world.  The range of gifts inside the boxes never ceases to amaze me.  The couple who came to collect the boxes said that collections were generally lower this year, but not ours!  A special thanks to the children at Woodton and Hempnall schools who took in items and made up boxes in school.  I have not yet had an update with the stories of individual children but will hopefully be able to add them to next months issue of Outlook.  We will be doing shoe boxes again this year so if you haven’t yet got involved or you want to find out more please go to 

Thank you Claire Noakes (on behalf of the Outreach Group)

Women’s World Day of Prayer

On Friday 2nd March we are having our Women’s World Day of Prayer Service at 2.00pm, with lunch before at 1.00pm at Hempnall Church.  Our service is part of a global wave of prayer, across 170 countries, and here in the UK 6,000 services will take place.  This year the service comes from Suriname, a country which lies in north eastern part of South America.  The theme of the service is “All God’s Creation is Very Good”.  We will be praying for conservation of wildlife, through awareness of pollution, misuse and abuse, as well as situations in Suriname and the UK.  Do come and join us, we always have a great time.  All are welcome, men, women and children.  For any further information please phone Maggie Kingston on 498157.