Takeaway those January blues

   A 'news-bouche' of NCC's week...            12 January 2018

Beat the January blues


Monday 15 January has been dubbed Blue Monday. Cold weather, post-Christmas finances and broken resolutions supposedly contribute to it being the most depressing day of the year. Here are some tips from our Wellbeing team to beat the blues or prove that Blue Monday is simply a PR myth:

Connect with people. Samaritans are turning Blue Monday into Brew Monday, encouraging people to have a brew and chat. We're supporting the campaign at the County Hall restaurant where the first 80 people to buy a hot drink will receive a free muffin.
Be active. Active Norfolk’s New Year Workplace Challenge is a great way to get more active in and out of the workplace. Also claim your free £5 ofo bike share voucher: download the cycling app and enter the code ofoNYAW.
Keep learning new skills. See Adult Education service courses.
Give to others. Get involved in our In Good Company campaign. You could become a telephone befriender with Age UK. Training is available on 29 January 10am-12 at County Hall. Sign up now.
Be mindful. Our libraries have a range of books on mindfulness, and MIND run mindfulness courses.

Finally, don’t forget our counselling service Norfolk Support Line for help on your psychological health and mental wellbeing.


Making safer roads

This week, work got under way on a roundabout which will replace one of the county’s most dangerous junctions - the A146 in Hales which currently has the worst accident record for a main road in Norfolk. The £1.63m roundabout, paid for by the Government’s new National Productivity Investment Fund, should significantly improve safety at the junction and help to reduce journey times. More... Work is also under way on a key road junction in Hockering. More...  

This week, Transport for Norwich started improvements to both Brazen Gate and All Saints Green in the city centre and Chartwell Road to the north to make the areas easier to use for pedestrians and cyclists.  More… And, in partnership with Norwich City Council, we unveiled plans for a multi-million pound revamp of Prince of Wales Road. Watch this space...

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Special education closer to home

Children with special educational needs in Norfolk could benefit from increased specialist places in mainstream schools and complex needs schools, as part of a strategy to educate children closer to their homes.  We are set to receive an additional £2.7m from the Department for Education for specialist provision. Members of the Children’s Services Committee will discuss possible options when they meet on Tuesday 16 January.


And finally... enjoy a wild weekend!

On 21 January, 1-3.30pm, you can enjoy a wild weekend at Norwich Castle. Discover what the wildlife in your garden gets up in a weekend programme packed with family-friendly activities. More…


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Changes to your payslip go live this month

A reminder that you can now access your payslips securely from any location, computer or device (tablet, smartphone), and paper payslips will no longer be issued. The first online payslip is for January 2018 payday, next Friday, 19 January. More...

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Go wild and holiday in Norfolk

Sir David Attenborough has chosen NWT Cley Marshes as his number one favourite spot in the UK to see wildlife. More...

Also, Norfolk was highlighted in the national press @guardian as one of the places to holiday in 2018.  More…


Tackling period poverty

Homeless women and those on low incomes in West Norfolk will benefit from the extension of a service set up to provide free sanitary products at libraries. More…

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