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News archive

Swanton Morley FC Under 10s team proud to support NANSA
05.12.2017
NANSA, one of Norfolk’s leading disability empowerment charities, has been chosen to have its logo promoted on the new kit for the Swanton Morley under 10s Reds Football team.

The kit was funded by a parent of one of the team members, as a way of supporting the team and NANSA at the same time. The team’s new kit made its debut at the Northgate Cup in Dereham earlier this year and the response has been very positive.

“I’m really excited to be able to help promote a charity like NANSA via our football team” said Swanton Morley Team Manager Nigel Smith. “I can’t think of another junior football team in the area which has a charity on its shirts and we are delighted to be involved. We are already looking at joint fundraising events for next year and I’m currently working on a sponsored run/dribble for the team which will raise money for the club and NANSA.”

“We are really thankful to the Swanton Morley under 10s Reds Team for their support of NANSA” said NANSA CEO Ros Czarnowska. “As a Norfolk charity, NANSA greatly value the support of the local community in helping us raise both much needed funds and general awareness of our work empowering people with disabilities. We are looking forward to working with the team throughout 2018 to raise fund for both NANSA and the club and wish the team every success for the rest of this season.”
New flagship store on Magdalen Street, Norwich celebrates official opening day
14.10.2017
NANSA officially opened its new flagship store on Magdalen Street today.

The store was opened by their service user and Trainee Kerry Staff and the day was celebrated with Personal Shopper sessions and Norfolk Rocks painting for the children.

This new venture is a fusion of a modern charity shop and NANSA’s artshopproject concept which focuses on upcycling, second-hand arts and craft supplies, jewellery and craft workshops. The shop will also host NANSA’s Train and Trade service – A careers support service offering a range of Traineeships that aim to break down the barriers those with disabilities face when seeking employment or education.

The new TV channel "That's Norfolk TV" also featured the opening of the shop and the story can be viewed here
NANSA opens new flagship store on Magdalen Street, Norwich
02.10.2017
NANSA, one of Norfolk’s leading disability empowerment charities, is proud to be opening its new flagship store in Magdalen Street, Norwich this week.

This new venture is a fusion of a modern charity shop and NANSA’s artshopproject concept which focuses on upcycling, second-hand arts and craft supplies, jewellery and craft workshops. The shop will also host NANSA’s Train and Trade service – A careers support service offering a range of Traineeships that aim to break down the barriers those with disabilities face when seeking employment or education.

“We are very excited to be opening our doors in the heart of Magdalen Street”, commented NANSA CEO Ros Czarnowska. “We’ve had a retail presence across Norwich for several years, but the launch of our exciting new venture in such a vibrant community as Magdalen Street gives us the opportunity to really showcase what we can offer.”

“People can expect something a bit different from our new store with a fabulous range of both modern and retro stock, together with our usual great customer service, access to creative crafts and a chance to see how we are empowering people with disabilities.

Mrs Czarnowska added “We are already looking at new and innovative ways to ensure that our Magdalen Street store is as inclusive a shopping experience as possible. We would love the chance to share our ideas with other businesses that have similar goals in enhancing the shopping experience for people with disabilities.”

The new Magdalen Street shop will begin trading on Friday 6 October and NANSA is holding an official opening event on Saturday 14 October.
Ebay shop now open
NANSA Ebay shop now open for business
12.09.2017
Our Ebay shop is now open for business.

Make sure you visit our Ebay page today to bid on some great bargains : http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/nansanorfolk?_trksid=p2047675.l2559

Every purchase you make goes to supporting our work in empowering people with disabilities throughout Norfolk.

Thank you.
NANSA goes vintage
10.09.2017
The NANSA team went back in time to help celebrate Wymondham Vintage Day.

Jazz and brass musicians helped take visitors back to the days of yesteryear at the event, which takes place on Sunday 10 September, 10am-4pm at Market Place, the baptist church, Central Hall and other spots around the town.

Suzanne Nuri from organisers, Wymondham Town Team, said: “This year’s Vintage Day was even bigger than last year with over 90 classic vehicles coming along including a vintage tractor, and we had two vintage buses this year, with a red double decker joining the vintage bus we had running last year.

The NANSA stall was selling a variety of vintage themed items form its charity shops on what was a very successful day.
NANSA hosts Gateway Awards Day to celebrate learner’s achievements
31.08.2017
NANSA recently hosted the Gateway Awards Day to celebrate their learner’s achievements in gaining Gateway qualifications.

The awards were handed out to NANSA service users by both the Lord Mayor of Norwich, David Fullman and the Sheriff of Norwich, David Walker. The Gateway Awards day has become a key date in the NANSA calendar, with excellent attendance by family, friends and supporters of NANSA service users.
Gateway Qualifications empower learners by providing learning experiences that inspire personal development. The learning structures are tailored to the individual, their personality, skill set and ability, and enable them to fulfil their ambition. The focus is on creating the highest quality of qualifications which are accessible to all, and enable the learner to thrive.

The main event of the day was the presentation of the Honor Boreham Award.
This award is given to the service user who it is felt has made the most effort/biggest strides in improvement within themselves and was awarded to Kerry Staff. Kerry works in a Supported Community Work Placement at a driving school and also attends NANSA Aylsham Road Charity Shop as a retail volunteer.

Commenting on Kerry’s award, the NANSA Head of Train & Trade Leon Smith, said “Kerry is an inspirational lady who has worked so hard to achieve what she has and I have every confidence she will obtain employment in the real world of work at the end of her traineeship with NANSA. The support and kindness she offers her co-trainees is truly wonderful and she is such an asset to our work here."

NANSA is committed to its Train and Trade service which offers advice, opportunities and support to people with disabilities and/or complex mental or physical diagnoses living in Norfolk. Train and Trade has a team of Development Coaches and Outreach Workers who work alongside the service user (Trainee) as part of an agreed and collaborative development plan, enabling them to break down the barriers that block their path into training, education or employment. Through a range of traineeships, certificates and work placements the Trainee is able to access a development programme tailored to meet their own specific needs.
NANSA – Formal Notice of Annual General Meeting  - Thursday 14 September 2017
23.08.2017
NANSA – Formal Notice of Annual General Meeting 
 
The Annual General Meeting of NANSA will be held on Thursday 14 September 2017 at 200 Bowthorpe Road, Norwich and we would be delighted if you could attend.
 
We would really welcome this opportunity to share with you what we have been up to recently, and show you our exciting plans for the future. You will also have a chance to see an exhibition on NANSA’s journey since we were founded, and meet the management team who have high ambitions for how we can build on this. 
 
Light refreshments will be served from 6.30pm with the meeting commencing at 7pm. Following the AGM, you will have the opportunity to explore our Adult & Youth Centre, view the exhibition, share your memories of NANSA with other members, and see how we want to take the charity forwards.
 
Limited parking is available on site, and more extensive free parking is available at the Julian Hospital across the road from the Adult & Youth Centre.
 
We do hope you can join us for the evening.  If you have any questions or require any further information in the interim, please contact Andrea Bullimore via email andreabullimore@nansa.org.uk or call 01603 627 662.
 
New choices for young people with disabilities in West Norfolk
12.07.2017
Young people with disabilities in West Norfolk will be able to make the most of a new range of services thanks to a charity partnership between NANSA and West Norfolk Deaf Association (WNDA). NANSA will be delivering the group based weekend and holiday services out of WNDA’S Deaf Centre in the heart of King’s Lynn. The partnership means the service can cater for young people aged 11-17 with a range of disabilities, including mild to moderate learning disabilities.

NANSA “Explore” is a service which supports young people with disabilities and their families through the challenging transition from childhood to adult life. Individuals accessing the service can opt for one of three elements: ‘Be Active’, ‘Be Independent’ or ‘Be Creative’, meaning they can maximise the time they spend on activities geared towards their main areas of personal interest. On top of this, there are plans in place for a variety of leisure activities for the whole group to take part in. The Deaf Centre is well-equipped, safe and welcoming, and a very accessible venue for people with disabilities, so an ideal base for sessions.

“Explore” aims to promote independence, boost social, work and decision making skills while building confidence and encouraging self-advocacy. Young people will be inspired to play an active part in their community and to help and understand others within their peer group through the opportunities provided.

The service is accessed by referral only, either via NANSA on 01603 627662 or Norfolk Children's Services Access & Services Team on 01603 692451. The first session will take place on 8th August 2017. “Explore” will then run on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, plus Tuesdays and Thursdays during school holidays.
Artshoproject Open day
Open Day marks new direction at NANSA’s Artshoproject
23.06.2017
An exciting Open Day is being held at NANSA’s Artshoproject on Earlham Road on Friday 23 June, to celebrate a new direction for the project.
 
The Artshoproject is a well-established fixture at the Earlham House shopping centre on Earlham Road. Its recent revamp means it now offers a new range of upcycling furniture, haberdashery, knitting and crocheting, art books, jewellery and art and craft essentials.
 
The Open Day will run from 9am to 4pm on Friday 23 June, with an official opening by Radio Norwich Breakfast show host Rob Chandler at midday, refreshments for customers, and a 10% discount on all stock throughout the day to celebrate the new look store.  
 
"The Open Day on the 23 June will be a great opportunity for customers old and new to look round the revamped shop, meet the team and find some great bargains" said NANSA CEO Ros Czarnowska. "The Artshoproject is a real emporium for creative people and families and we are looking forward to greeting everyone on the day."
 
The Artshoproject is part of NANSA’s portfolio of retail sites with several NANSA charity shops throughout Norwich and an exciting new flagship shop opening in the city centre in the coming months.  As well as providing vital income for the charity, NANSA shops also give people who use their services access to a supported work experience training initiative called “Train & Trade”.
NANSA lights up City Hall
NANSA lights up Norwich to celebrate Learning Disability Awareness Week
16.06.2017
One of Norfolk’s leading disability empowerment charities NANSA is lighting up Norwich City Hall on Monday 19 June to celebrate the start of Learning Disability Awareness Week.
 
Running from 19-25 June, Learning Disability Awareness Week is an opportunity to raise awareness of day-to-day issues faced by people with learning disabilities, as well as sharing the successes of NANSA service users.   
 
“We are delighted that the City Hall is being lit up to help us celebrate such an important week and are grateful to Norwich City Council for their support” NANSA CEO Ros Czarnowska commented.  “NANSA has been committed to empowering people with disabilities for over 60 years.  Our vision is for people to enjoy opportunities, equality and respect regardless of their ability and we’re working hard to ensure that people of all ages with disabilities can access services and support that enable them to achieve their aspirations.”
 
Throughout Learning Disability Awareness Week, NANSA will be publishing stories from their service users through its Twitter and Facebook channels (@NANSANorfolk).  There will also be a NANSA Twibbon which can be added to by social media users to show their support.  To celebrate the week, a charity Zumbathon is being held at Sloughbotton Park, Norwich on Saturday 24 June from 1-4 with tickets available from £10 on the day.  Tickets can be also ordered in advance by contacting Lucia Alba on 07776 201645 and NANSA will receive a share of all monies raised.
Swaffham Golf Club captain's Charity
26.04.2017
NANSA was delighted to receive a cheque from Swaffham Golf Club last week!

Keith Edmond chose NANSA as the Captain's Charity and worked hard throughout the year with the club to raise a fantastic total!

We are so grateful for everyone's hard work at the club and for Keith and the club's Head PGA Professional, Alan Wright who also delivered golf taster sessions to groups from the NANSA youth and adult services - a fantastic opportunity!

Thank you to Keith, Alan and everyone at the club who made this possible, you have enabled us to continue providing vital sessions and support for people with disabilities from across Norfolk!
Supported Volunteer Placeme
03.03.2017
Congratulations to NANSA Train and Trade trainee Tom!

Tom will be starting the next part of his placement and join John Lewis as a Supported Volunteer every Friday from the 31st March!

John Lewis have offered Tom a merchandising role that will enable him to pursue his existing passion for fashion and window displays etc.

This photo from Friday is Tom sealing the deal with a handshake!

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to Gill and Lizzie at John Lewis who made him feel so welcome and part of the team.

Congratulations Tom!
First Aid Donations
03.03.2017
A huge thank you to Steve from SP services, who has kindly donated two first aid kits and an eye wash station for the NANSA Adult and Youth Centre.

This incredibly generous donation will enable NANSA to continue providing our fantastic services at the centre!
The Card Shop Christmas Card Donations
24.02.2017
Kay, Pauline and Mary got in contact with NANSA in late 2016 to let us know that they had chosen NANSA as the beneficiary for the Christmas Cards sales.

The lovely team at The Card Shop on Salhouse Road wanted to support a local charity that directly supported people here in Norfolk.

We are extremely grateful for their very kind donation which will be used to support NANSA's vital services for children, teenagers and adults with disabilities.

Thank you so much for your kind and generous support!

Picture from left to right: Kay Rayner, Pauline Larkins, Mary Farrow.
Norfolk Care Awards
23.02.2017
Norfolk Care Awards 2017

We are very pleased that for the second year running, NANSA has been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious Norfolk Care Awards. This year it is for “Delivering Excellence through Learning & Development” and it reflects the strong emphasis that we place on continuous development, and the hard work of the training team. The Awards will be announced on Thursday 23rd February – so watch this space!
Norwich Film Festival support NANSA
15.01.2017
Thank you to the Norwich Film Festival for supporting NANSA and making a donation at the Norwich screening of My Feral Heart! An incredible film that spreads a fantastic message! #abilitynotdisability #notsodifferent
Thank you to The Forum and Taverham Nursery Centre
10.01.2017
A huge thank you to the fantastic team at The Forum, Norwich, Elliott's family and the wonderfully generous Taverham Nursery Centre for making the Christmas Tree collection a huge success.

The tree look beautiful and we would like to thank the people of Norwich for their overwhelming generosity to help raise such a fantastic amount for NANSA and The Hamlet.

Donations such as this that ensure NANSA can continue providing vital services for people with disabilities from across Norfolk. Thank you!
Norfolk Emergency Services Carol Service
05.12.2016
Remember that the Norfolk Emergency Services Carol Service at Norwich Cathedral!
NANSA is so grateful to be chosen as the beneficiaries for the collection at the service, thank you for supporting a local independent charity!
Elliott's Tree
01.12.2016
What a beautiful tree!

Thank you so much to Elliott and his family, Taverham Nursery Centre and The Forum, Norwich for creating such a beautiful Christmas Tree! There will be a collection next to the tree all through December! Make sure you visit over the Christmas period!!
Forum Christmas Tree Switch On
18.11.2016
NANSA is very excited for the #Christmas #Tree switch on of Elliott's Tree on the 1st of December! make sure you come along to show your support!
Local Businesses Can Join Campaign and Raise Awareness
17.11.2016
NANSA would like to congratulate Georgia for coming up with a fantastic idea to raise awareness! We hope that local businesses will get involved! For the full story click here.
Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers Recycling Fair
12.11.2016
Lovely morning at the Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers recycling fair! A fantastic opportunity to show the amazing upcycled items created by the Artshoproject!
Wintermas Fair Stall Spaces
07.11.2016
Are you a #creative crafty individual who would like a stall at our Christmas 'Wintermas Fair' for just £10!??

If you would like to book a stall space get in contact with the lovely Artshoproject team on 01603 505 066! We're excited about all the lovely christmassy goodies!
Barclays and the Jubilee Sailing Trust
04.11.2016
NANSA is very excited to announce that the fantastic Joanne Dowson, Manager of the Wroxham and Hoveton Barclays Branch, is fundraising to take a NANSA trainee on a trip with the Jubilee Sailing Trust next April!

The Lord Nelson is a fully adapted three mast sailing ship and this trip will be a once in a lifetime experience for a NANSA trainee! If you would like to support Joanne's fantastic fundraising efforts then please visit her Virgin Money Giving page. Click here.
Halloween Workshops!
28.10.2016
The NANSA Artshoproject have been creating a whole range of beautiful painted pumpkins and Halloween wreaths for you to take home this Halloween! For more information on the Artshoproject workshops click here.
Artshoproject Halloween Workshops!
24.10.2016
These pumpkins look fantastic!!! ????????

The Artshoproject have a variety of fun, interactive and crafty workshops so you can show off your creative talents and learn a variety of new skills!
Ian's Incredible Spartathlon!!!
20.10.2016
NANSA would like to say a huge thank you to Ian for choosing to support NANSA in the incredible 153 Spartathlon which Ian completed in 29 hours and 14 minutes!!!!!!

To take part in such an incredible fundraisng challenge has been absolutely incredible and NANSA would like to thank Ian for the amazing fundraising he has achieved.

If you would like to sponsor Ian and support the vital NANSA services for children, teenagers and adults with disabilities in Norfolk then please visit his Just Giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/fundr…/ian-thomas-spartathlon2016
A Big Thank You to The Plasterers Arms!
12.10.2016
Thank you so much to the fantastic team at The Plasterers for their continued support.

By holding fantastic, creative and fun quiz nights every Monday evening, the team have raised an incredible amount to donate to NANSA!

If you can, get a team together and take part in the quiz, make sure you head to the Plasterers on a Monday night at 8pm!
Ian's Spartathlon!
30.09.2016
From Athens to Sparta, Ian is running 153 miles for NANSA!

Held in Greece, Ian is set to race the iconic ultramarathon Spartathlon, arguably the toughest single stage ultramarathon in the world!

We are so grateful that Ian has decided to fundraise for NANSA at the same time in order to provide funding for our vital services, what a hero!

Click here to support Ian in this challenge

Launch of the Disability Real Action Group Of Norfolk (Dragons, formerly PIP)
28.09.2016
The Disability Real Action Group of Norfolk, known as the Dragons, announced their rebrand at the same time as an online directory of inclusive activites for children and young people with disabilities was launched.

The Dragons helped with the development of the website - which is hosted by Momentum (Norfolk).

The Dragons Project is willing to visit any Norfolk-based youth provision to undertake an accessibility audit, which will be fed back to the organisation with suggestions on how the group can make itself more accessible to young people with disabilities. Inspired by the Paralympics, the Dragons award bronze, silver and gold certificates to organisations taking part.

Project lead for the Dragons, Sarah Harrison, said: “This project has been very successful over the last five years in helping Norfolk County Council quality assure their short breaks services. Being led by the young people themselves, it has ensured that their voice is heard and that services can make improvements that make a huge difference to those using it.

“I am very excited by the new name and logo, which have been chosen and designed by the young people. We now get involved in providing young people with a voice and have been involved in conferences for professionals, helping community groups and services, and raising awareness and visibility of what young people with disabilities can do, and what they need to help them achieve it.”

Dragons member Hannah Gill added: “I have been around on short breaks marking how people have enjoyed it and if they have choices in the services. We have done lots of reviews and I have lost count of how many I have done, but it’s a lot. We look at how accessible the building is and see if it has toilets with emergency cords and their bedrooms to see if they are allowed to bring things from home like duvet covers and posters to make it homely so they don’t feel homesick when they are staying there.”
Gateway Awards Day
30.08.2016
Congratulation to NANSA members who received a range of accredited awards at the NANSA Celebration Awards Day on the 30th August.

The awards were presented by Norwich's Lord Mayor Councillor Marion Maxwell who gave an inspirational speech, telling members to continue achieving their goals and aspirations regardless of their own personal barriers.

"I think that you're all remarkable and don't let anyone tell you otherwise"
Gateway Awards Day
30.08.2016
Congratulations to the NANSA Artshoproject trainees who achieved their qualifications and awards!
Hand Crafted Jewellery
23.08.2016
Workshop for accompanied children (6-11yrs). Participants will have access to a vast selection of materials suitable for hand-crafting simple jewellery. The children have the freedom to decide exactly what they make, and what they make it out of.
Thank you John Jarrold Trust!
07.07.2016
A huge thank you to the Trustees of the John Jarrold Trust for awarding NANSA a grant in order to purchase a new hoist!
NANSA Gains Bronze Award
02.06.2016
NANSA is very proud to have received the Bronze Award from Norwich For Jobs. NANSA is dedicated to supporting people with disabilities in Norfolk to achieve supported work placements and qualifications. Congratulations NANSA!
Reception Opening
19.05.2016
In March, NANSA won the Gateway Prize of £1500 in order to refurbish their reception area for wheel chair users enrolled on the Reception Skills course. The prize, now in its second year, was launched at the Association of Colleges Conference in November and attracts entries from across the world of education and training. NANSA offers opportunities for people with disabilities in Norfolk to gain accredited Gateway Qualifications and work experience.

The need for a refurbished space at the NANSA Adult and Youth Centre on Bowthorpe became apparent to Jacqui Carey-Knight, the course administrator at NANSA. Mrs Carey-Knight says, “The old space was inadequate and restrictions severely affected the tasks that could be offered to learners in order to further their skills. There was a limit of access to equipment that otherwise would enable wheelchair users to take part in the same tasks as none wheelchair users.”

The opening of the new space will encourage learners to be pro-active in their reception skills and promote confidence and independence. NANSA will be able to extend the course numbers from September 2016 due to the increase of space and appropriate facilities.

Photo from left to right back row: Andy Hemming (NANSA Adult Services Manager), Jacqui Carey-Knight (Course Administrator), Daniel Stowers from Gateway Qualifications, Ros Czarnowska (NANSA CEO), Chloe Smith, Bob Atkins (Donated money for materials). Front row: Christine Fulcher NANSA Trustee and Brenda Arthur Honourable Lord Mayor.
Huge thank you to Pete for a fantastic donation!
28.04.2016
The team at NANSA are so grateful to Pete for putting on a Christmas raffle at his workplace, ENSCO PLC.

NANSA has supported this family through sessions and is so thrilled to have been chosen as a charity to support.
Artshoproject's Latest Exhibition 'Spring Apertif'
23.04.2016
This theme has been interpreted by local artists in a variety of ways ways! The exhibition will be running from Saturday 23rd April to Saturday 14th of May.
Final Stages of the Minibus Appeal!
18.04.2016
Thanks so much to everyone who has donated to the Minibus Appeal so far!

We are excited to announce that we've only got £3000 left to raise until we can buy a minibus!

Check out our crowdfunder film here:

https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/nansaminibus

Please share with friends and family to help us reach our target!
Carriers for Causes refurbishes play equipment!
04.04.2016
In the Spring and Summer, (when the British weather allows!) the families attending the Family Centre on Woodcock Road can make the most of being outside, exploring the wendy house, enjoying the sand pit, playing on the NANSA pirate ship and swinging under the shade of the trees!

Unfortunately, some of the play equipment was no longer fit for purpose, the posts were rotten on the swing and their was hole in the bottom of the pirate ship (it wouldn't float for long!).

Without the funds to refurbish this, sadly, families would not have been able to make the most of this outdoor space. But thanks to the local Onestop, advising NANSA to apply to their Carriers for Causes in order to fund the refurbishment, we were chosen.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Onestop for choosing NANSA and enabling families to continue using these lovely facilities as part of the sessions delivered at the centre! The equipment has been fully refurbished thanks to this kind donation.


Artshoproject's Spring Craft Fair
03.03.2016
This will include toys, puzzles, textiles, jewellery, automata, wood turning, sculpture, cakes, cards and lots more!

Join us from 10am-3pm on the 12th of March at the Artshoproject, 1B Earlham House Shops NR2 3PD.
Highly Commended Excellent Person Centred Care!
26.02.2016
NANSA has been highly commended for the Excellent Person Centred Care Award by the prestigious Norfolk Care Awards. The annual event was held at Sprowston Manor on the 25 February, to celebrate and acknowledge award categories of excellent care delivered throughout Norfolk.

NANSA believes that delivering truly person centred care ensures that service users are empowered to achieve inclusion, independence and confidence in their lives.

The award recognises NANSA’s person centred approach by providing disabled people with the opportunity to be in control of the design of the service they receive, and work towards achieving their ambitions. Glenn Butcher who has been attending NANSA for 6 years wanted to help develop and run an annual NANSA fundraising event which greatly has developed his confidence. Glenn said, “I love fundraising for NANSA and I was really happy to be able to help organise and DJ at the event called Sparkle. I’m teaching others at NANSA how to DJ as well.”


Andy Hemming, Adult Services Manager said “NANSA is really proud of the hard work that the staff team has put into being highly commended in this award. We would not be able to do this without the support of the whole of NANSA and our trustees. To be highly commended in the category of person centred care and support shows we put our service users at the heart of our organisation and we passionately believe that this is the right thing to do.”
Norfolk Care Awards
25.02.2016
On Thursday 25th February we will be attending the Norfolk Care Awards 2016!

We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for 'Excellent Person Centred Care and Support'.

You can watch the event live at 6:20pm, click here for instructions on how to stream live:

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NANSA Minibus
19.02.2016
A big thank you from NANSA!

By collecting 500 EDP tokens in January we won funding towards our minibus!

Thank you to everyone who helped collect tokens for NANSA.

We’re still trying to reach our target for the minibus and will be continuing to collect EDP Community Chest Tokens through February!

If you would like to help NANSA to reach our target for the minibus contact the Fundraising Team: fundraising@nansa.org.uk

Thank you!


'Abstract' - Artshoproject's Latest Exhibition
10.02.2016
This is an inclusive exhibition featuring the work of NANSA artists and local artists.

The 6 NANSA artists whose work feature in this exhibition have been exploring abstract art through photography as part of their course where they gain accredited Gateway qualifications.

This is a new project with work ranging from unedited photos through to photo-shopped images using a range of cameras, techniques and subjects.

All are welcome to come along on Friday the 12th, 6-8pm for the Private View held at the Artshoproject.
NANSA Street Smart Self Defence
03.02.2016
Gary Brown, who runs Street Smart Self Defence, teaches martial arts and tips on keeping safe during a session at the NANSA Adult and Youth Centre. The sessions have been running for five months to develop skills which will promote confidence and life skills for NANSA members when they are out and about.

The group were presented with their Level 1 certificates yesterday and are excited to start the Level 2 course.

To see a film of this fantastic course by Mustard TV, click here.
Calling all stallholders!
20.01.2016
The Easter Eggstravaganza at Eaton Park on Friday 25th March 2016 is a community fundraising event for NANSA services. The event will feature an Easter egg hunt, Easter bonnet competition, bouncy castle, colouring in competitions and craft making.

We have pitch spaces available for any stall holders who are interested in attending this event. Last year there were 1500 people at the event and we anticipate that it will be similarly attended this year.

If you would like to hold a stall at this event we would love to hear from you! Please get in touch with us on fundraising@nansa.org.uk.
Norfolk Care Awards 2016
17.01.2016
We are proud to announce that NANSA has been shortlisted for the Norfolk Care Awards 2016 for 'Excellent Person Centred Care and Support'.

The awards night will be taking place on the 25th of February, showcasing excellence and demonstrating a commitment to delivering excellence and quality care and support services across Norfolk.

We are looking forward to attending the evening and will keep you posted!
'And Then There Were Two' - Exhibition at the Artshoproject
09.01.2016
This exhibition features the work of two NANSA artists, Luke Cates and Annette Fernandes. It will be going on until the 6th of February at the Artshoproject on Earlham Road.

Works shown by Luke portray his working developments toward a finished exam piece, which was undertaken last year for a Gateway qualification in Painting and Drawing. The trying out of different mediums, investigation of space and emerging colour is the overriding development in these works. The question of whether the finished piece is 'better' than the studies is debatable, here we see them all at once, at the time of making. The choice is yours!

Annette paints slowly and carefully on acrylic on canvas, yet she lays in her designs very quickly and intuitively. Over the last couple of years Annette has got into building the surface up, taking pleasure in the process. Annette's influences are not known, but any resemblance to Hans Hoffman or other colour field painters of the 60's or 70's is felt to be coincidence.
Artshoproject visit Barclays
18.12.2015
NANSA was invited to take an artshoproject pop up show at the Barclays central Norwich branch on Red Lion Street. The staff were very welcoming and it was a great opportunity to show off the great range of products that the artshoproject prints, upcycles and sells! Thank you Barclays for making us feel so welcome!
Minibus Appeal!
14.12.2015
NANSA is currently fundraising for a minibus! The bus will enable NANSA Adult and Youth services to access a wider range of educational, sporting and recreational activities throughout the year! For more information on how you can get involved email fundraising@nansa.org.uk
Barclays Wroxham Christmas Fair
07.12.2015
The fantastic team at Barclays in Wroxham held a craft fair and raffle to help raise money for NANSA. Customers were also treated to a range of home made cakes and mince pies! Thank you to Joanne and the rest of the Barclays team for all your hard work, we look forward to visiting more branches in the New Year!
Norfolk! Exhibition
25.11.2015
Our Norfolk! exhibition features the work of Nansa artists and local artists.

It will be running until the 22nd of December, pop into the Artshoproject to have a look!
DIY SOS Family Centre
17.11.2015
The centre was a hive of activity this weekend as a team from RG Carter worked throughout the weekend to redecorate the NANSA Family Centre on Woodcock Road.

Children with disabilities and their families will benefit from the centre’s refurbishment which has provided safer accessibility between rooms with an internal makeover which has helped create a fun, enjoyable and positive environment.

Thank you to all of the local businesses involved who helped make this project happen!
Bernard Matthews Youth Awards
29.10.2015
Congratulations to our amazing volunteer Pat Howe who was nominated for the Bernard Matthews Hero Award. A grat way to say thank you and acknowledge all of Pat's hard work with the NANSA Youth and Fundraising team!
NANSA Bowls League
10.10.2015
The NANSA Bowls League held their annual dinner to celebrate the achievements of the group throughout the year. They also presented NANSA a cheque from the raffle that they hold every summer to support NANSA's vital services for people with disabilities. NANSA is extremely grateful for the generosity, hard work and continued support from all of the members of the Bowls League. Thank you!
Groups Workshops
28.09.2015
Hello everyone.
Just to remind you all that artshoproject now offers Group Workshops for you to do with family, friends or work colleagues.
Please see our poster for outline of what's on offer and costs
Ring us on 01603 505066, e-mail; asp@nansa.org.uk or pop in to see us at the gallery/shop
Coop Green Coin Collection
14.09.2015
Coop have kindly chosen NANSA as one of the charities that customers can vote for in store with the green tokens. NANSA will be one of the chosen charities for the next three months so keep a look out for NANSA in you East of England local store and make sure to vote for NANSA!
Sept - Oct Exhibition
12.09.2015
3 MORE

Introducing:
Eloise Hoxley
Melvin Steward
Peter Williams

All 3 artists chosen for this latest artshoproject exhibition have very personal styles of approach to their practice, which are united also by their primarily graphic qualities. The response to ‘personal’ might be that everyone who does art has a personal style; however this is often not the case and there are many artists whose style is either derivative or genuinely tries to hide personality in a deadpan or mechanistic way. This is clearly not the case with our 3 artists here; their styles are exuberant in their own different ways.

Each artist is exhibiting 7 works and would be very interested to have your comments in our Visitors Book.
Overstrand Cricket Club raffle!
05.09.2015
A huge thank you to all the team at Overstrand Cricket Club who held a raffle on The Brian Thacker Memorial Day.
The club held a cricket match between an invited eleven by the chairman and against the clubs first eleven and every year they have a raffle to raise money for their chosen charity of the year. Thank you so much for supporting NANSA!
September Offers on Art Materials
01.09.2015
For this month we are offering a Daler Rowney A4 Cartridge Pad together with a special Drawing Tin Set for only £5.99 which is a saving of £3.09 on previous individual prices!
Childrens Workshops
18.08.2015
See timetable for all the exciting activities.
This series of workshops will be jointly presented by our trainees here at artshoproject.
Seascapes workshop
13.08.2015
Children's Workshop
Accompanied children 4-11 yrs
£5 each
See timetable for further details or ring 01603 505066
Children's Workshops
11.08.2015
Throughout August artshoproject is hosting a series of Workshops for Children, see timetable for activities.
artshoproject trainees will co present workshops with staff.
Special Offers on Art Materials
04.08.2015
Throughout August we have special offers on art materials here at artshoproject.

Occupy the children (or yourself) with Drawing and Painting Equipment on offer!

Drawing Book & Sketch Or Colour Pencils £3.50
.........Save 98p on individual prices when you buy a set.

Drawing Book with a set of Broad Tip Felt Pens £5.00
..........Save 78p on individual prices

Buy a Paint Palette with Block Paints & Brushes
2 styles available (£6.99 or £5.99) and Get Free Paper to value of £1.40.
children's workshop
04.08.2015
August workshops for accompanied children at artshoproject.
Exciting craft activities check out the timetable!
Craft Fair
25.07.2015
Summer Craft Fair at artshoproject Earlham House Shops.
Hand made items from local craftspeople and lots of beautiful things crafted by our project team here at artshoproject.
Pottery, textiles, prints, cards, jewelry, mugs, t-shirts, stained glass, upcycled items, cake stands, jewelry holders and lots more.
10 am - 3 pm Free Entry All Welcome
Special Offers on Art Materials Each Month
03.07.2015
Newsflash!
Here at the artshoproject we are now having special offers on selected art materials every month.
Look out for the offer each month to get great savings on our normal prices.

July's offers;
1/3rd off all Daler Rowney System 3 Acrylics eg 75ml tube was £3.49 now £2.33 assorted colours

and

Pack of 5 assorted colour x A2 Mount Boards was £4.35 now only £3.00

All offers will remain active while stocks of the items last or until the end of the relevant month.
July Exhibition
27.06.2015
"3 Artists" is the latest exhibition at NANSA's artshoproject Gallery.
The work of Shane Landamore, Jo Dunleavy & Suzzanne Hopkins is being showcased.
Come and see this colourful and exciting display, the exhibition is on until Sat 25th July.
Birthday Celebration Exhibition "Something Else"
22.05.2015
"Something Else" marks the 3rd Anniversary of our Official Launch here at artshoproject.
The exhibition will be opened by the Right Hon Lord Mayor of Norwich Councillor Judith Lubbock at 1.30pm on Fri 22nd May.

There will be a Private View with some of the artists in attendance on the same day 6-8pm, all welcome
(Bring your own refreshments or a donation for partaking of ours!)

"Something Else" will remain on display up to and including 20th June.
The work is diverse in approach and medium, mainly 2D but with a few interesting 3D pieces.
It is a celebration of the artistic expression of 42 artists, of these 24 practice their art at NANSA Adult and Youth Resource Centre.
Dandifest Auction
12.05.2015
Auction of artworks from Dandifest Exhibition at Mustard Cafe.
NANSA artists and Barrington Farm artists Tate inspired work which has been on display in the Mustard Cafe as well as works donated by the Norwich Dandies.
The auction will take place on Tuesday 12th May 6-8 pm all welcome.
New Exhibition at artshoproject
11.05.2015
A group artists have rented the gallery space at artshoproject to put on an exhibition.

The exhibition is called "Where are we going?" and will run from Mon 11th May until Mon 18th May.

It features the work of 6 local artists and includes; printing, drawing, textile & sculptor.

Extended Exhibition Dates
22.04.2015
"When The Lord Mayor Sat For Us"
This exciting exhibition has been extended until 2nd May.
Well worth a visit if you haven't already been!
Plant Pot Decor Workshop
16.04.2015
Come and Transform Plant Pots
1.30-3.30 pm Thurs 16th April
£6 per person All Welcome
All materials provided & take your beautiful creations home!
(plants not included)
Pinboards Workshop
15.04.2015
Come and make a lovely display/pinboard.
Weds 15th April 1-4 pm in the gallery here at artshoproject
All materials are provided, choice of 10 + fabrics.
Involves use of hand stapler and hand sewing buttons on.
Cost £10 per person.
What's On This Week at artshoproject
14.04.2015
Felt Jewellery Workshop
9.30-11.30 am Open to All £6 per person ,involves hand stitching.

Paper Flowers Workshop
1.30-3.30 Open to All £6 per person, involves intricate paper folding

workshop experiences
13.04.2015
Now Available... Custom Workshops.

Come and Play at artshoproject!

Have fun with your family, friends or workmates.
We offer custom made workshops for up to 8 people, providing stress free activities in our friendly environment, at a time and date to suit you Mon - Fri between 9.30am and 4pm.
Activities on offer include;
Jewellery Frames
Cotton bag decorating
Plant pot decor
Pin Boards
Felt jewellery
Paper flowers

Or talk to us about your own craft ideas and we will see what we can do!
From £5 per person. Pop into the gallery/shop or phone us on 01603 505066
NANSA Easter Extravaganza
06.04.2015
On 3rd April 2015, the first NANSA Easter Extravaganza at Eaton Park was opened at midday by the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Judith Lubbock. The event included Easter craft making, cake decorating, an Easter Egg Hunt and an Easter Bonnet Parade.

The Norwich Samba band and characters from Millennium Entertainments joined in with the parade, before the Lord Mayor judged the Easter Bonnet competition. An amazing £1200 was raised for NANSA’s family services that provide support and assistance for families who have children with disabilities.

Thank you to all of our exceptional volunteers and everyone who came along on the day.
'When The Lord Mayor Sat For Us'
30.03.2015
In early March the Lord Mayor of Norwich, Judith Lubbock, sat twice for NANSA artists to paint and draw portraits.
The second sitting was in her full regalia including a large hat and heavy chain, no mean feat for an hour and a half!

Trainees from artshoproject took some photographs of this event and together with staff have curated an exciting exhibition from this work.

The work will be displayed from 30th March to 18th April in the gallery here at artshoproject and all participating artists will visit the exhibition on 30th March.
Easter Craft Fair
28.03.2015
Lots of homemade goodies from local crafters at this one day event.
Come and browse;
woollens, pottery, textiles, cards, jewellery, origami boxes, upcycled items, prints, original artwork, cakes and more!
Call for Artists!
13.01.2015
The Artshoproject have a new open exhibition, "Variety", taking place between the 31st of January and the 21st of February, and they are inviting artists to submit their own work.

Only one submission per artist allowed, and it can be no more than one square metre in size. If the work has not previously been displayed at Artshoproject, then it must be for sale.

Submissions can be made Monday the 12th, Tuesday the 13th, and Wednesday the 14th of January (photos are required if submitting 3D work).

If you are interested in submitting a piece of art, or would like to know more, please visit the Artshoproject at 1b Earlham House, Earlham Road, Norwich, or call on 01603 505066.
Quiz & Chips!
09.01.2015
National Chip Week starts next month on the 16th of February and to celebrate NANSA is organising a charity quiz & chip evening for Friday the 20th, starting at 6pm.

Teams can be up to 6 people and the price of entry is £9, which covers entry in the quiz, a fish and chip supper supplied by the fantastic Grosvenor Fish Bar, and a donation to charity. Booking in advance is available, but please bear in mind we can not provide refunds.

The event is to raise money towards the NANSA Diamond Appeal, the aim of which is to completely refurbish, and increase the capacity, of the fifty year old NANSA Youth and Adult Centre. The centre provides a dynamic and supportive environment for young people and adults with disabilities in Norfolk, and aims to give them the opportunity and ability to achieve their goals.

If you would like to book a table or donate a prize, please email nathaliemarshall@nansa.org.uk. Alternatively you can speak to Nathalie at the NANSA Family Centre on 01603 414109.
Nansa Christmas Cards Available
05.12.2014
To celebrate our 60 year anniversary, and to help raise money for our Diamond Appeal, we have three new Christmas card designs available. Each of the available designs has been hand crafted by our service users.

As our fundraising and marketing manager, Nathalie Marshall, said "Nansa is a service user-lead organisation and art is such an integral part of the sessions we provide. Our members wanted to show-case their skills in a Christmas card competition and help raise money for our services and towards our Diamond Centre Capital Appeal. Everyone in Nansa made a real effort and we had some beautiful designs, from which our trustees picked a winner from each age group. I'm so proud to be part of such an enthusiastic team and hope people will support them and buy their cards."

Service Users from the pre-school Family Centre, Youth Services, Adult Services, and Train & Trade, all worked hard to create their own designs and slogans.

Eloise Hoxley and Hannah Gill, who learn retail and customer service skills at our Artshop Project, came up with a Christmas tree design; Amanda Jones at our Youth and Adult Centre created a Rudolph design; and our Snowman design was finger painted by pre-school children with a range of disabilities.

You can buy all of our designs from any of the Nansa charity shops in Norwich, the Cards of Good Causes at The Forum, the Artshop Project on Earlham Road, or the Wrap & Roll Cafe in Hammerton Court at the Julian Hospital.
Big donation from the Wroxham & Hoveton Lions Club
26.11.2014
The Wroxham & Hoveton Lions Club have very generously donated a whopping £2175.

They have also invited us to work with them as the charity of choice for next years Norwich Motorshow in August. Check out their website for more information on the Lions Club and the Norwich Motor Show.
NANSA Runners Diamond Appeal
21.11.2014
This Sunday the 23rd November, the NANSA Runners team will be taking part in the Norwich Half Marathon to help raise money for our Diamond Appeal

The team is Jacqui Ronsdorf, Pauline Robinson, Francis Woodcock, Vicky Moore, Chelsea Dale & Joshua Dale. You can sponsor them by visiting their Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/runningfornansa/

If you would like to cheer our guys on they will be at the Norwich Show ground from 10.30am and they'll be in their NANSA T-shirts.

Please join us in wishing everyone taking part good luck on for Sunday!
Sparkle
12.11.2014
Back in July 2014 I planned a music and entertainment fundraising event to be named 'Sparkle' in aid of NANSA.

The event was to take place at The Talk of the East, Oak Street, Norwich on Friday 7th November 2014

The doors opened at 7pm and there was a good turnout, once inside the party started at 7:30 with live music performed by 'Gameplan', this was followed by a disco (deejayed by Glenn & KC) at 8:30 which ran for the rest of the evening. We also ran a tombola and an auction of various donations.

At the end of the evening speeches were made by a couple of NANSA members as well as the event organisers.

The whole evening was a great success; it was enjoyed by all and raised a grand total of £686.85.

Glenn Butcher
Karen Goodare Sponsored Silence
03.11.2014
Karen Goodare, a NANSA adult centre member was keen to get involved in fundraising for the refurbishment of the centre. Karen a very sociable and chatty member suggested doing a sponsored silence this was viewed by members and staff to be a very challenging task for Karen to take on and quickly got behind her to support her with this goal. Karen had a practise run a couple of days before the main event. On Wednesday 13th August Karen did indeed succeed in keeping silent for the whole day whilst at NANSA and raise over £126.00. Congratulations and very well done. Karen is planning on partaking in another challenge in the new year. We wish her every success with her future fundraising.
New vacancies at NANSA
24.10.2014
NANSA currently have several new job openings available for CEO, a fundraising and marketing assistant and youth workers.

If you are interested in learning more or applying, please visit our vacancies page.
Saxon Court Retired Ladies create a new spin to NANSA fundraising.
30.09.2014
A group of determined ladies from Saxon Court Retirement Housing in North Walsham host regular coffee mornings to support local charities in the area.

This week they not only presented a cheque of £370 to NANSA but caused a spin by launching a new NANSA’s sponsorship initiative to raise the much needed funds to refurbish the 50 year old Youth & Adult Centre in Norwich that supports people with a range of disabilities from all over Norfolk.

The over 60’s from the 27 supported flats in Saxon Court will be the first to sponsor a money spinner donation box that will stand in central North Walsham and should yield over £1000 a year towards the £1 million refurbishment project”.

Nathalie Marshall talked about the importance of the Diamond Appeal Refurbishment Project “During the 1950’s, children with disabilities were often sent away to residential schools for much of their childhood, and when they returned home after completing their schooling there were few work or independent living opportunities available. Therefore, an appeal was launched to provide a sheltered work centre for adults with disabilities, and the NANSA Centre was established in June 1965 at 200 Bowthorpe Road, Norwich.

Fifty years on, much has changed at the NANSA Centre; work contracts were replaced with education, vocational and personal development skills programmes, and accredited training programmes were introduced. A broad and accessible curriculum is now taught, both in-house and at NANSA’s various outreach “Train & Trade” centres, the aim is achieve full community inclusion and independence, either within a working, voluntary or further education environment.

Young people accessing NANSA’s Youth, Transition and Adult Services today expect (and deserve) high-specification facilities, including a safe, warm, healthy and motivating learning and social environment in which they can access high quality learning and personal development programmes.

NANSA launched the essential Diamond Centre Appeal to totally refurbish to current centre to provide a healthy and positive learning environment for future generations of people with disabilities here in Norfolk, through extensive upgrading of our facilities. This will extend inclusive learning and social opportunities to the wider local community once the facilities and learning areas are upgraded.”

The cost of sponsorship for a vortex money spinner is just £300 and by placing the unit in local business with good public footfall, could raise over £3000 in it’s first 3 years.

Mrs Woodhouse from Saxon Court said “we like to support local charities and it’s fantastic that our donation will continue to raise funds and awareness for such an important local project”.

If you would like to sponsor a NANSA money spinner, please contact Nathalie Marshall – Fundraising and Marketing Manager on 01603 414109 or fundraising@nansa.org.uk. NANSA are also looking for influential local members for their Diamond Appeal Committee –if you feel you could offer your skills to the project contact nathaliemarshall@nansa.org.uk
Charity Vintage Fair - 1940's Weekend, Sheringham
25.09.2014
Saturday 20th September 2014 saw NANSA's first Charity Vintage Fair as part of Sheringham's 1940's Weekend.
People came together to enjoy the vintage clothes on offer for sale, great music and dancing, as well as fresh tea and cake. Makeovers were provided by Jackie Hamilton Beauty School offering vintage hair and make-up. Music came from
Over £1150 was raised si special thanks to everybody who came down and contributed to the fun making it such a great day.

The success of the event means that the 2015 1940's weekend will be bigger and better, over two days with even more music, dancing, makeovers, vintage clothes for sale and refreshments. Keep an eye out for the date and further details in early 2015.

To view the video of Saturday's event please click the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbrE7HZCAhs
Call for artists!
23.09.2014
The Artshop Project need portraits for an exhibition taking place between 20th October and 14th November. Submissions can be made on Monday the 13th and Tuesday the 14th October between 9:30am-3:30pm. Artists can submit 1-2 pieces of work, with a max size of 1sq metre, in either 2D or 3D.

For more information please contact the Artshop on 01603 505066 or pop in to speak to one of their team at 1b Earlham House, Earlham Road, Norwich, NR2 3PD.
Andy tickled pink!
21.08.2014
Andy Hemming has dyed his beard pink for NANSA.

Please sponsor him at https://www.justgiving.com/Andy-Hemming/
School For Parents Anniversary
21.08.2014
On Wednesday, we celebrated 20 years of School For Parents at our Family Centre. Past and present users came to picnic with us to mark this fantastic milestone.
Fashion Show 2014
20.08.2014
On the of Wednesday 20th August, local students taking part in a National Citizen Service programme (http://www.ncsyes.co.uk/), choreographed a brilliant show at The Forum, Norwich to raise money for NANSA. They were showcasing some of the great items that can be found in our charity shops throughout Norfolk. Congratulations to all involved on putting such a fantastic show!
Big Broads Challenge postponed
18.08.2014
NANSA's Big Broads Challenge has been postponed and will now take place on Sunday 3rd of May 2015.
New "Safer Places" initiative launched
14.07.2014
Safer Places is a scheme to help people who are vulnerable or disabled to feel safe in the centre of Norwich. 26 premises all within city walls have joined. Glenn Butcher and Andrew Bullock were interviewed by Heart Radio and Andy Hemming was interviewed by BBC Radio Norfolk. Ask Andy for info and a card for you to carry. If in trouble you go into a Safer Places shop and the staff will assist you when you show them your card.



NANSA shine in Lord Mayor's Procession
05.07.2014
Springboard members designed and created costumes for the Lord Mayor’s Procession with the assistance of Pat Howe. The Procession was very successful for NANSA and we were named as runners up.

Representatives of those who took part had lunch with the Lord Mayor, Councillor Judith Lubbock on 11th July and were presented with a cheque for £100, a trophy and rosette

Starting Together – A New Partnership Project with Homestart
01.07.2014
“Starting Together” is a new, joint project between NANSA and Homestart to address the needs of families of pre-school children with disabilities in the Norwich area where the parents/carers experience difficulty in supporting their child’s early development within group settings, either through mental or physical health difficulties or as a result of low social confidence or aversion to group activities.

There will be a weekly programme of themed pre-school activity sessions for six children with disabilities, each with a Home-Start volunteer initially, but with the aim of attendance by their parents as the project progresses.
Sessions will last up to 1½ hours and be followed by a “Coffee and Play” session of up to 1 hour, during which informal support, information and signposting will be given.

Home-Start volunteers will provide home-based information and support sessions for each child with their parent/s following each weekly session.

Once the parent/s have gained the confidence to attend sessions alone with their child, the Home-Start volunteer will instead support the family to access other mainstream pre-school settings such as . playgroups and libraries. The Project is funded by a grant from Awards for All. Staff and volunteer training has begun and the full programme will start in September this year.
Vital Family Support Initiative celebrates its 20th birthday
01.07.2014
School for Parents is 20 years old this year! To celebrate we are having a picnic in the garden of our Family Centre on Wednesday 20th of August, all past and present users of the service are invited. It all starts at 10.30 until 12.30, with speeches at 1115.

Teas/coffees/soft drinks will be available but please bring your own picnic.
Wrap 'n Roll - NANSA's newest Train & Trade venture opens for business
04.06.2014
NANSA’s newest Train and Trade project opened its doors on 4th June, offering a selection of both homemade and local produce. It’s located in Hammerton Court, which forms part of the East Anglia Dementia Care Academy and The Julian Hospital on Bowthorpe Road.

Wrap and Roll is a fantastic employment training project for people with disabilities covering customer service and catering skills. The project has already been approached to provide a catering service for meetings, training and other small functions at the Academy. Trainee places are now currently available.
Success for Team NANSA in local football tournament
02.06.2014
The NANSA football team took part in a six-a-side Norwich City Community Foundation tournament with other Norfolk day services and colleges. 8 members took it in turns to play 27 seven minute games. Team NANSA excelled by winning six games and drawing two; a tremendous achievement considering this was the first time they had ever played together and they had not had the chance to take part in training sessions before the tournament. Many congratulations to the NANSA team.

New players very welcome!
New Reception Skills Class at Adult and Youth Centre
15.05.2014
NANSA introduced a new program; ‘Reception Skills’ to its timetable this year. This is popular with our members who are learning reception practical skills alongside the theory sessions. The members are gaining work experience in a busy reception environment and have developed immensely in confidence since they started in November. The skills we are currently concentrating on include: developing telephone skills, greeting visitors to the centre, creating excel spreadsheets, writing emails and filing. Karen Goodare said she can “grow confidence” from the new reception skills class.
NANSA Artwork Exhibition Secured at John Lewis
10.04.2014
The staff at John Lewis were so impressed after their visit to the artshoproject, they have decided to hold an exhibition of NANSA artwork in their café for the rest of the year which commenced early this month. At any one time, two artists work will be displayed for a total of two months. The team at the artshoproject will be involved in the curation process, helping to set up and take down each exhibition. Please go down and take a look!
NANSA Shines in the Forum on it's Diamond Anniversary
04.04.2014
The Forum buzzed with energy yesterday as the founder members, staff, services users, volunteers and families all came together under one roof at the Forum to celebrate 60 years of supporting people with disabilities in Norfolk , showcasing their services of NANSA and sharing their hopes and vision for provision for those with disabilities in Norfolk in the future.

Original founders enjoyed the celebrations and live sessions throughout the day alongside the many individuals and families who enjoy NANSA’s services and the team of dedicated staff and volunteers who make up the NANSA family.

The first plans were unveiled of the Diamond Appeal to totally refurbish the Adult and Youth Centre on the Bowthorpe Road in Norwich which opened almost 50 years ago. The vision extends the existing building and transforms it into a modern educational centre using smart IT and environmental technologies, arts, fitness and holistic facilities alongside life skills and sensory areas. The project is due to be phased to minimise disruption to individuals who use the centre and to allow for fundraising and sponsorships for each zone.
Asda Collection
21.03.2014
The Asda collection on the 21st March to celebrate Down Syndrome Awareness Week raised over £300! Thank you to everyone who came to see us and supported us!
NANSA Joins the Hate Free Norfolk Campaign
03.03.2014
Youth services and the artshoproject secured funding for the Hate Free Norfolk Campaign which launched on the 3rd March. The public had an opportunity to sign the pledge while enjoying the exhibition. The art instillation was to represent an issue that some of our service users have had negative personal experiences with, and turning it into a positive. Deputy Crime Commissioner Jenny McKibben said it was “a fantastic symbol for the campaign”.
Local MP Visits NANSA Train and Trade
17.02.2014
On Friday 17th January, Conservative MP for North Norfolk, Chloe Smith, experienced herself this fantastic opportunity by visiting Aylsham Road Train and Trade shop. Chloe took time to chat to the staff and trainees about the aims and objectives. Adult Services Manager, Andy Hemming, explained how important it was for people with disabilities to be given the opportunity to learn work skills, and to feel valued with the hope that people will be able to use these skills and qualifications to go on in into paid employment. Chloe was very interested in this venture, and wished us well for the future.
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