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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 198 - 1st July 2017

Mid Norfolk Citizens Advice Bureau

What we do

The Citizens Advice service helps people resolve their problems.  As the UK's largest advice provider we are equipped to deal with any issue, from anyone, spanning debt and employment to consumer and housing plus everything in between.  In the last year alone, the Citizens Advice service helped 2.1 million people with 6.6 million problems.  But we're not just here in times of crisis - we also use clients’ stories anonymously to campaign for policy changes that benefit the population as a whole.  Mid Norfolk CAB offers free, confidential advice sessions in Briston and Sheringham.  These are particularly useful for people who would otherwise be unable to access bureau services. Venue details below:

Briston Salvation Army Hall (opposite the Co-op)
1st Thursday of every month
10.00am – 1.00pm

YESU Centre (opposite amusements)
2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
10.00am – 1.00pm

We are also able to offer specialist debt advice at each venue.


Meets on the THIRD SUNDAY every month at the MALTINGS HOTEL, Weybourne 3-6 pm.

All Singers, Musicians, Poets, etc and audience welcome.  It's Free!

Further information from Tony Bayliss 01263 588781 or 07518 735299.

Stitch Together

Patchwork & quilting group 'Stitch Together'

We formed in 2010 & previously met in Holt. We now meet at the New Community Centre, Holway Road, Sheringham, NR26 8NP on the 1st & 3rd Wednesday each month.

9.30am to 3.30pm.  Charges 5 per day or 3 half a day (morning or afternoon).

Full details on our website


Coast Arts


NHS North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group logoA vision for the future public consultation launches

TODAY (19th June) sees the launch of a public consultation regarding the proposed vision of care for patients in North Norfolk and rural Broadland. The consultation suggests options for patient facilities at Benjamin Court in Cromer and the development of a new Supported Care Service.

A New and Vibrant Future for Benjamin Court Healthcare Unit - A Resource for Everyone
in North Norfolk and rural Broadland proposes changes which would, if adopted, provide a health and community support hub comprising different types of beds and non-bed based NHS and voluntary sector services. A centre where people are given safe, high quality, person centred care, whatever the focus. This could include:

* supporting patients and their family and carers to have the most comfortable and dignified end of life care
* helping people achieve the best quality of life
* helping people to remain living independently
* an advice and support hub that brings together the best of our local healthcare and wellbeing organisations under one roof

The consultation is being run by NHS North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS North Norfolk CCG) and follows considerable engagement with a steering group, Cromer Town Council and other local people. It is about deciding on the services which can be delivered at the units providing good practice with patients’ needs at the heart of the decision and the best use of finite NHS resources.

The consultation document has now been published and is available on the CCG’s website.

The document will be distributed widely across North Norfolk and rural Broadland.

An event where the public can have a say on the proposal will be hosted in Cromer during the consultation period with the exact date, time and location to be published in due course.

Dr Anoop Dhesi, chair of North Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP at Staithe Surgery Stalham, said; “As a CCG our primary aim is to deliver the services our patients need in North Norfolk at the locations best for them. With an ageing population, we have to look at our current and future provisions to ensure what we provide meets their needs and makes the best use of NHS resources.

“Bed-based care will always be available for people who need to be in a hospital but we need to make sure the alternative of home-based care is always considered.

“Too many people are currently in hospitals that don’t need to be there receiving care that could be carried out elsewhere or even in a more familiar environment such as their home.”

In comparison to ten other CCGs in England that have a similar population to North Norfolk, the CCG has more intermediate care beds than most, at 73. The average of the other CCGs is 60 beds, however in many of these CCGs the beds are used specifically for additional purposes, for example specific palliative care beds or stroke rehabilitation.

The Supported Care Model being proposed has been tested during eight clinically-led audits in conjunction with Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH&C). When looking at how to best meet the needs of the patients, the audit identified that the largest group of inpatients (46%- 48%) could have been able to go home with a physiotherapy or occupational therapy assessment and care package in place, if that was an option.

The consultation proposal has been developed based on the input of previous engagement. NN CCG has been working with their Community Engagement Panel (CEP), made up of local patient, carer and stakeholder representatives, since April 2016 on the development of Supported Care.

The CCG also set up a specific steering group to discuss the use of Benjamin Court going forward. The steering group comprises of representatives from Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH&C), Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), clinicians working in the unit, GPs in Cromer and elsewhere in North Norfolk, Norfolk County Council, Cromer Town Council, Hospital Friends and members of Patient Participation Groups (PPGs) linked to local GP surgeries.

Antek Lejk, Chief Operating Officer for North Norfolk CCG added: “We have made proposals for the future of Benjamin Court which we think are exciting and realistic. It is now time for people to have their say. We want to listen to people’s opinions to help us make the right decision for Benjamin Court and for the people of North Norfolk.”  Click here for pdf

Coast Arts logoWHO DUNNIT?

Coast Arts writer's workshop with LYNNE TRUSS

Writers and would-be writers are invited to a day of inspiration

3rd July 2017, 10am – 4.30pm

Following the success of last year's workshop, Lynne Truss is back in North Norfolk this year for another writers' workshop. This year the workshop, for writers and would-be writers is going to deal with crime writing.

“During the day we'll discuss how to start the construction of a crime story before developing some of the key concepts,” Lynne Truss explais, “we'll dissect the concept of why so many crime novels start with a body found beside a canal by a spinsterish woman calling to a dog in the early morning”. If understanding and writing crime fiction interests you, you'll find Lynne's insight and style fascinating and instructive.

Lynne Truss has extensive experience and success as an author in so many forms of writing, as familiar on the radio as on bookshelves. This is an opportunity not to be missed and is bound to be entertaining.

Places are limited so it is recommended to book early. Cost 75 for the day.

Full details and booking on the website