February 2018 

The latest news, views and opportunities in the voluntary sector

In this issue:
Are you thinking about a 'new year, new you'? 
If so, why not volunteer in 2018 and make positive changes both for you and your local community? You can make a huge impact on an organisation and the lives of those who depend on its support.  See our volunteering section to find out more.  
I hope you enjoy reading our bulletin.
Helen Stanbridge, Senior Manager, Volunteer Centre Coordinator
Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary Service

Our AGM: The Need for infrastructure support is clear

We welcomed over 60 participants to this year's AGM, including: local groups and organizations, District & Town Councillors, the Chair of the Council and the mayor.

Linda Tift, Chair of Newark & Sherwood District Council, spoke about the role of volunteers, including our Volunteer drivers and ‘Making Memories’ volunteers, who support the befriending service and people with Dementia/other memory loss:

“Volunteers are an integral part of our society, and without their dedication, energy and commitment, many of the services we take for granted would simply grind to a halt” – Linda Tift.

Participants were then invited to take part in discussion groups, enabling us to gather views on how we can support Newark & Sherwood groups going forward.
The need for infrastructure support from CVS was clear and organisations identified the following priorities:

  • Facilitate ‘new ways of working’, specifically around: building partnerships across all sectors (VCS, Public and private business), networking, sharing of skills and resources and developing a training resource.
  •  Provide more support & opportunities around volunteering especially recruitment, training and retention. 
  • Increase communication via social media, including developing the CVS e-bulletin.

  The annual report and accounts can be found here:

We’d like to thank all who attended the AGM and everyone who works with Newark and Sherwood CVS, for your continued support and dedication.

Nominate someone you know for the Carer of the Year Awards!

Take the opportunity to tell the Nottingham Post about a carer you know who has gone above and beyond to help others by nominating them for this award, now in its third year.  See the Nottingham Post website for the categories and nomination form.

Attend the 'From Harm to Hope: Self-Harm Conference'

Charities can get discounted delegate tickets for the conference run by Harmless Let's Talk Training at Nottingham Conference Centre on 1st March 2018.  Call their office on 0115 880 0280 to book tickets at the reduced price or see eventbrite for more info.


Balderton Memory Cafe

Date: Third Tuesday of the month (20th February)
Time: 10.30 – 12.30pm
Venue:  The Salvation Army, Church Centre, Mead Way, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3GA
Contact:  01909 730886


Bright Ideas Learning Day: Family interventions where parents are problem drinkers

Date: 20th March 2018
Time: 9.30am - 3.40pm
Venue:  Nottingham Conference Centre, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
Contact:  Phone 0115 9163104 or see Central Conference Consultants website


Carer Hub Newark Carers Support Group

Date: 2nd Thursday of the month. Next Session 8th March 2018
Time: Drop in:  9.30—10.30 am (An opportunity to speak to the support worker on a 1-2-1 basis with individual queries) - Group session: 10.30 am—12.30 pm    
Venue:  Castle House Great North Road Newark, NG24 1BY
Contact:  Zena Cameron on 0115 824 8824

Newark Dementia Carers Group

Date: (Last Tuesday of the month) Tuesday 27th February
Time: 10.30am -12.30pm
Venue:  Flowserve Sports and Social Club, Balderton
Contact:  Ken Daubney 01636 702577 or Christine Davison 01636 605426 - or via email.

Making Memories Activity Group

Date: (Every Thursday) 25th January - 15th March 2018
Time:  1-3pm
Venue:  Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, NG24 1BY
Contact:  Amy Hiscock on 01636 679539 or via email.


MS Support Group Coffee Morning

Date: (Every 3rd Wednesday) Next on 21st February
Time:  11am
Venue:  Hardy's Farm Shop Café (The Back Room), off Fosse Road, Farndon, Newark
Contact:  Kate Else on 07817 185744


Ollerton Memory Café

Date: Last Monday of the Month
(26th February, 26th March, 23rd April, 21st May, 25th June)
Time: 1pm – 4pm 
Venue:  Lifespring Centre, Sherwood Drive, New Ollerton
Contact:  Terry Bell - 01623 862478


For details on more events in your area, see our events page


Health and Wellbeing Data Master Classes

Details: One East Midlands event to equip staff/volunteers working in the third sector to access, understand and apply a range of freely available public data sources to support business development.
Date:  7th March in Derby, 14th March in Nottingham
Time: 10am-1pm
Venue: Derby Central Library and Antenna, Nottingham

Contact: Eventbrite - Derby or Nottingham event


New courses from 'WeFindAnyLearner'

Details: 2 new courses: 'Falls Prevention' (Care industries) and 'Children and Young People's Mental Health' (child care, schools, others working with children).
Date: Various
Time: Various
Venue: E
asily accessible within the workplace. This means learners do not attend a classroom but still receive high-quality support throughout their learning journey.
Contact:  C
all 01226 958 888 or email.  For a full list of courses, see their website


Specialist training in unique eating disorders

Details: Gain greater understanding of different types, what recovery means and get support tools.
Date: 24th February, 19th May, 8th September.
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: First Steps Ingham House 16 Agard Street Derby DE1 1DZ 
Contact:  For more information or to book a place on a workshop email Sarah at, visit their website or contact First Steps on 01332 367571.




BBC Children in Need grants

Who can apply: Charities working with disadvantaged children/young people aged 18 or younger
Grant value: Up to £10,000
1 March 2018, 13 May 2018, 2 September 2018 and 2 December 2018 (midnight).

Further details: See the Children in Need website


Garfield Weston Foundation one-off charitable fund

Who can apply:  Registered charities, places of worship and state schools in the UK for projects which benefit communities.
Grant value:  £30 - 150,000 (Total project costs must be above £30,000).
Deadline: 30th June 2018
Further details:  Garfield Weston website



Gregg's Foundation: environmental and community projects

Who can apply: Projects in England, Wales or Scotland which benefit the environment or local communities.
Grant value:  Up to £2,000
Deadline: 9th March 2018
Further details: Gregg's Foundation website:  Environmental grants or Local communities fund.


Wren's Community Action Fund

Who can apply: Projects in areas of England and Wales which are close to Waste Recycling Group landfill sites, showing commitment to protection of the environment.
Grant value:  £2 - 50,000
Deadline: 14 March 2018 (5pm)
Further details: Wren website.


For more info on the options available, see our funding opportunities page.


Home-Visiting Volunteer Opportunity (Home Start)

If you're a person with parenting experience who is looking to 'give something back', you could become a Home-Visiting Volunteer.  Full training and support given. 
Next volunteer preparation course begins 28th Feb 2018. 
Find out more at the Info Coffee Morning on 7th February or email Home Start

N&S CVS Volunteers

On the volunteering page of our website, you can also find a wealth of information about support for volunteers and new volunteering opportunities, including: 
  • Volunteer Coordinator Network

Volunteer managers to come together in a supportive environment to share information, good practice and network.  We usually meet once a quarter.

  • Good Practice Support & Resources

Our Centre supports organisations to involve volunteers with our 'good practice in volunteer management resources and support' - see our dedicated web page.
  • Volunteer Drivers 
Our Voluntary Transport Scheme & Door2Door are looking for drivers in the Newark & Sherwood area. Contact Katie Freeman on 01636 610773, Lucy Fountain on 01636 611220 or email us.


NCVO have a diverse community of over 13,000 member organisations. They provide expert support and advice and keep them up to date with the news that affects them.  Membership is free if your charity's annual turnover is less than £30,000. 
Find out more about NCVO membership.

Volunteers from overseas

The rules about this can be complex and so NCVO have produced some guidelines to help you find your way. 

For even more volunteering opportunities, see our online database.

Have your say

Below are details on some of the Public Policy Exchange symposiums taking place over the next couple of months:

Tackling Discrimination in Sport

Details:  Provides organisations with the opportunity to co-develop robust strategies for combating harmful attitudes in sport and increasing inclusivity, accessibility and equality across all ages and communities nationwide.
Date:  Wednesday 14th March
Venue:  Central London
Contact:  Book your place


The Return to ''Civvy Street"

Details:  providing local military units, local authorities, armed forces champions, public health commissioners, employment support services and other key stake holders, with an opportunity to analyse the significant challenges facing Britain's veterans.
Date:  Thursday 22nd March
Venue:  Central London
Contact:  Book your place

Ensuring Young Carers are Safe, Healthy, Aspiring and Achieving

Details:  Providing professionals with an opportunity to identify priorities for action and develop strategies for effective partnership working. 
Date:  Tuesday 17th April
Time:  10.15am - 4.30pm
Venue:  Central London
Contact:  Book your place


You can find more symposiums, including the 'Gender Pay Gap' and 'Transforming Early Years Provision' on the Public Policy Exchange website.

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