Category Archives: Norfolk

LILY (Living Independently in Later Years) here to help all of West Norfolk’s old folks

Older people living in West Norfolk will be able to ‘ask LILY’ for information about a host of services

West Norfolk council lily launch with Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds and Hazel Fredericks ANL-140403-132451001

Published on the 08 March 2014 11:48

West Norfolk council lily launch with Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds and Hazel Fredericks ANL-140403-132451001

The new directory which can be found at www.asklily.org.uk has been compiled by West Norfolk Council on behalf of the West Norfolk Partnership.

It contains over 900 entries covering social activities, health, transport, money matters and more, and is designed to be a one-stop-shop for anyone looking for information for the over 65s living in West Norfolk.

At the last Census, 23per cent of West Norfolk’s population was over 65, with 27per cent of these people living alone. Estimates suggest that these figures are set to rise.

Second home ownership, the rural nature of the borough and a trend for people to retire to West Norfolk from other areas, mean many older people can find themselves without vital community or family networks. LILY brings together a range of information, for older people and those who support them, in one place, making it easy for people to find the contacts and information they need.

Former carer ‘stressed’ after being told to leave Victory Housing Trust bungalow in Blakeney

A former carer is concerned he will become homeless

Owen Arundel, who has been told by Victory Housing Trust that he can no longer live at his late grandmother's bungalow at Blakeney. Photo: Karen Bethell Owen Arundel, who has been told by Victory Housing Trust that he can no longer live at his late grandmother’s bungalow at Blakeney. Photo: Karen Bethell

Sophie Wyllie sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk
Friday, March 7, 2014 9:27 AM

A former carer is concerned he will become homeless following the death of his grandmother whose home he shared.

Owen Arundel, 23, from Hayward Close, Blakeney, was told by Victory Housing Trust to leave because he lived in the two-bedroom property with his relative a few weeks short of the 12- month period in the rules to qualify him to stay.

His grandmother, Janice Arundel, 68, who died in January 20 from cancer, was the tenancy holder and her grandson moved in on February 25 last year to care for her.

Recycled computers to boost Norwich schools

A city council initiative will see Raspberry Pi computers distributed to Norwich schools. A city council initiative will see Raspberry Pi computers distributed to Norwich schools.

Dan Grimmer dan.grimmer@archant.co.uk Monday, February 24, 2014
7:00 AM

A pioneering project will see hundreds of old council computers refurbished and sold so that tiny machines can be bought to teach computer studies in Norwich’s schools.

Norwich City Council is in the process of replacing some 800 computers at City Hall – a whopping 9.7 tonnes of electronic kit – with a new system.

But the technology will not be wasted, because the council has sent more than 500 of them to a company in Battersea, London, to wipe all the data and refurbish them.

They will then be sold and the money used to buy credit-card sized single-board computers, known as Rapsberry Pi, which the city’s schools will use to get youngsters interested in technology and programming.

A spokeswoman for Norwich City Council said: “The idea is that we will start distributing them to city schools in the new academic year.”

Other equipment, such as keyboards and mice will also be distributed to Norwich’s schools.

And, even before a single Raspberry Pi has been received by a school, the project has been picked as a finalist in a national awards scheme.

The iESE Improvement and Efficiency Awards have been set up to honour public service teams who work behind the scenes to keep much relied on services going in the face of severe financial pressures.

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