Norfolk Association of Local Councils has written about opportunities for residents. If you know anyone who may benefit please contact the Clerk.

Call Blockers
The Norfolk Against Scams Partnership (NASP) have been successful in their bid for a share of funding made available for call blockers and have been able to purchase a further 45 call blockers.  Partners can apply for a call blocker on behalf of a resident, customer or client who they think would benefit from having one fitted. It has been identified that call blockers can help protect adults who are susceptible to scam and nuisance calls

Applications will be assessed by Norfolk Trading Standards on behalf of the NASP. If a resident could benefit from a call blocker, please complete the referral form with the person you are applying for.
             Application form available here:      LINK
If the application is successful, Norfolk Trading Standards will arrange with the individual for the unit to be fitted by an appropriate volunteer.
If you have any questions about the NASP Call Blocking project please email 
Grants to help with energy debts If you’re in debt to your energy supplier, you might be able to get a grant to help pay it off. These energy suppliers offer grants to their customers:
British Gas Energy Trust – apply for a grant on the British Gas Energy Trust website
Ovo Energy Fund – apply for a grant on the Ovo Energy Fund website
E.ON Next Energy Fund – apply for a grant on the E.ON Next Energy Fund website
EDF Energy Customer Support Fund – apply for a grant on the EDF Energy Customer Support Fund website
Octopus ‘Octo Assist Fund’ – apply for a grant on the Octopus website
If you can’t get a grant from your supplier, check if you can get a grant from the British Gas Energy Trust. These grants are available to anyone – you don’t have to be a British Gas customer.
For older people (of/over state retirement age) don’t forget the Friends of the Elderly charity grants. Friends of the Elderly provides small grants (normally up to £400) to older people who meet all of the criteria:
* Resident in England and Wales
* Of/over state pension age
* Who are living on low incomes and with little savings
* Who do not fit the criteria for other funders

Their grant streams include:
FINANCIAL SUPPORT grants help with unexpected bills and large costs such as utility bills, funeral costs for loved ones, moving fees, etc.

Website going live and an invitation to help promote the countywide celebrations with the Norfolk Lieutenancy and Bruno Peek  
Wednesday 6 April 7pm-8.30pm
Speakers: James Bagge Chairman Norfolk Lieutenancy Platinum Jubilee Committee
Chris Donaldson Creative and Digital Director Brandex
Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
This webinar will provide a first in-depth look at the Norfolk Lieutenancy Platinum Jubilee Website which goes live in April. You will find out how to post your own events, look at all the other elements on the website; and it will also give a Platinum Jubilee Celebrations general update including the Norfolk Beacons project.
More information:
Our mailing address is: NALC, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2UF

About Michael Hill

Wreningham Parish Council Chair

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