fireworks happy new year

Penny’s Blog: Happy New Year

fireworks happy new year

Firstly – a very Happy New Year to everyone

Oh, it was a struggle that first day back at work on Tuesday! The realisation that the nice long festive break is indeed over, and now doesn’t seem as long as we thought it would when we finished for Christmas.

So back into work mode and there is plenty to do. Here is just a bit of what’s coming up in my diary this month, which I will continue to report back on in future blogs. Make sure you sign up to our E-bulletins and keep an eye on Membership Monday on our social media channels via the Membership Monday slot and our e-bulletins.

Firstly, a number of Organisations are coming together next week to discuss and plan an Independent Living/Disability Event for Summer 2018. This is really exciting and I will keep you posted on progress. I will also let you know how you or your group can get involved soon.

UK Power Networks

We are working on a project with UK Power Networks to promote their Priority Register and introduce them to our Members and groups across Norfolk. I am attending a meeting next week to discuss how UK Power Networks can improve their understanding of social isolation in remote communities. This is in order to tailor their provision for vulnerable customers during power cuts.

Again I will feedback on this event in a future bulletin but don’t forget to find out more about the Priority Register. Contact us for more information at

Priority Register forms are also available from our office at Framingham Pigot.

Funnily enough after saying how rare power cuts are we had quite a few over the festive period and knowing what is going on when it happens is certainly a bonus.

Thetford ILG

Next, we are supporting Tom Fadden at the Charles Burrell Centre in Thetford to work together to set up a new support group in Thetford.

We had a number of people enquiring about what groups there were or telling us that they did not have the transport to travel to groups or events outside of Thetford. So we thought we would offer the opportunity for people to have their own group in Thetford.

Details of the first meeting are below and we hope lots of people come along and tell us what they would like from a group. We’ll meet other local people for a cuppa and a chat. Hopefully, this will begin a great new support network for local people.

We also welcome any local Organisations who would like to be involved in supporting or working with the group in any way.

Thetford ILG

Rail Access

Then there is the Rail Access meeting on January 16th which has an open invitation to anyone interested in getting involved.

See below for more info:

Norwich Access Group, with other Access groups around Norfolk, are meeting to talk about people’s experiences around access issues to train stations and rail services in general.
The meeting is being held at The Enterprise Centre, opposite the Sportspark at the UEA on Tuesday 16th January at 11 am til 1 pm. Room 0.07.
If you would be interested in attending please email or text 07943 734460. Please let us know your access requirements.


Finally, a reminder that there are some great training opportunities coming up:

The sessions are primarily aimed at individual employers but the training provider welcomes anyone interested in attending.

So if you are interested in booking a place for one of these sessions then email Bob Hall: to find out more.

  • Emergency First Aid on the 16/01/18 at the Equal Lives office
  • Good boss training on the 17/01/18 at the Waveney Gymnastics Club, 104 Notley Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0UG
  • Safeguarding awareness on the 18/01/18 at the Equal Lives office

My Christmas cake run down…

I must say I do enjoy a piece of chocolate log and the odd mince pie or two. However, my top cake this year has to be my daughters Christmas Cake. My daughter is taking sugarcraft classes, and this was a very delicious creation!

See you all next week and Please do send me any of your Christmas pics, stories or top tips.

Penny x

christmas cake

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