Norwich charity organises conference on cuts issue


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The impact of council cuts will be under the spotlight at a conference organised by a Norwich charity today.

Musical Keys provides a service to people with special and/or additional needs across East Anglia.

For more than 20 years the charity has developed a comprehensive programme of music, movement and arts based activities designed to enable participants to learn new skills, build confidence and improve motor skills and co-ordination through interactive sessions.

Like many organisations, it is concerned by the affect of tens of millions of pounds being cut from budgets by Norfolk County Council.

Steve Morphew, (pictured) county council cabinet member for finance, will be among the speakers at the free event at the UEA Sportspark from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

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Others addressing the conference are North Norfolk MP and health minister Norman Lamb, The Barefoot Entrepreneur Robert Ashton, Alex Swallow from the Small Charities Coalition, Amy Brooke of Norfolk County Council, Kate Guyon of Musical Keys, Susan Zeitlin, from Children Assessment Therapy Services CIC and Clayton Anderson, of SOS Evaluation & Training.

They will cover subjects including: County Council budget cuts – bad, but just how bad?; how to make money and a difference; how small charities can survive and thrive in challenging times; short breaks provision from Norfolk County Council; Give Me My Voice – finding out what people think; social impact measurement doesn't have to be difficult – five easy steps to success; and getting the physical environment right (how to make the environment work for children who have sensory integration needs).

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