Kay BurtNBWN members and guests enjoyed the financial market overview from Kay Burt who covered everything from the impact on world markets following the fall in oil prices to returns from investment markets, and from the state of the housing market to FTSE 100 performance.  Kay also talked about the impact of the major pension reform coming into effect from April 2015 and changing rules to ISAs.

If you were unable to attend the lunch, please click here for the report.

Vote for the Charity of the Year!

We also heard from three charities from which members who couldn’t attend are encouraged to vote for as the NBWN ‘Charity of the Year’.

1. St Martin’s Housing Trust – providing alternative housing arrangements and support services for Norwich based homeless people, those with mental health issues and supporting people back into independent accommodation.  St Martin’s Housing Trust also help to support those in need in getting back into education and employment through providing training and support services.  The charity also undertake night based work where they make direct contact with rough sleepers. The support provided is very much tailored to an individuals circumstances and need and provide a valuable service to vulnerable people.

2. Norfolk Community Foundation (NCF) – A slightly different concept, but money is raised in the  usual way . . . NBWN could establish the ‘NBWN Community Fund’, whereby, as well as supporting the work of NCF, it also invites applications from Norfolk community groups for 4 projects up to £1,000.  It could exclusively support issues that mainly affect women such as domestic violence, sexual exploitation or raising aspirations amongst young women or more wide ranging projects such as funding to allow young carers to enjoy a rest from their caring responsibilities, funding for art materials for creative mental health projects, or for befriending services or activities for the socially isolated.  NCF would assess and present the projects and NBWN members get involved by voting on which projects to support and can also recommend projects from groups and charities that are close to their hearts.

3. Age UK Norfolk – Age UK Norfolk offers information and advice to the elderly on a wide range of issues. An important element of their service is to offer care and companionship for older people in need of a helping hand or a friendly face and help them to live independently for longer. They also work hard to raise awareness about older people’s entitlements and benefits to ensure that people in later life and their carers are claiming benefits to which they are entitled as well as helping them to complete forms and make applications.

To choose the charity that you wish to support, please email: Nicole Cole nicole.cole@nwbrown.co.uk