Spring 2019

News, views and opportunities from the voluntary sector

In this issue:
New project brings new Engagement Worker to Newark & Sherwood CVS
Newark & Sherwood CVS have recruited a new Engagement Worker. 
Holly Romanowski will work primarily within the Ollerton & Boughton communities to deliver a new project funded by the Coalfields Community Investment Programme.  The new service aims to provide support, tailored to individual needs with the ultimate aim of helping people into employment.  Participants will have access to a range of volunteering opportunities and will be taught important work-based skills through one-to-one and group sessions, giving them the confidence needed to find employment.

Holly started with us in mid-February, and we'll bring you more about the project as she finds her feet!
Read more
Newark & Sherwood Community Network
Following a successful partnership event with Newark & Sherwood District Council in December 2018, and further discussions at CVS's AGM in January, we have come together with partners and colleagues to develop the Newark & Sherwood Community Network

The Network will provide an opportunity for organisations from across the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to develop a united voice and ensure that issues that are important to them are brought to the attention of the appropriate bodies/organisations and vice versa, always acknowledging that a diversity of views may exist. It will also provide a space for representatives of voluntary and community organisations throughout Newark & Sherwood District to meet and exchange information, ideas and good practice.

Coordinated by Newark & Sherwood CVS, membership is free and open to VCSE, Statutory & Business organisations that operate within Newark & Sherwood District.  To join email
Read more
Time Well Spent: A national survey on the volunteering experience
Time Well Spent is a major new report into the volunteering experience published by NCVO in January 2019. It is the result of a national survey carried out through YouGov’s panel (10,000+ respondents).

The survey focuses on volunteering through groups, clubs and organisations and includes data on recent volunteers, but also lapsed volunteers and non-volunteers.
Read more

Support Groups & Activities

Find details of regular support groups and activities here. To add yours please contact us.
Find one-off events, training and meetings in the next section.
Balderton Memory Cafe
Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 10.30 – 12.30pm
Venue:  The Salvation Army, Church Centre, Mead Way, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3GA
Contact:  01909 730886
Bridge Community Centre Memory Cafe
Date:  Every Tuesday afternoon
Time:  2pm to 4pm
Venue:  Bridge Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Newark, NG24 2DP
Newark Dementia Carers Group
Date: Last Tuesday of the month
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
Ollerton Memory Café
Date:  Last Monday of the month
Time: 1pm – 4pm 
Venue:  Lifespring Centre, Sherwood Drive, New Ollerton
Contact:  Carole or Terry Bell - 01623 862478
Cancer Support Group (Newark)
A new group providing support and friendship to anyone affected by cancer.
Date:  Last Tuesday of the month
Time:  2 - 4pm
Venue:  Collectable Creations Café, London Road, Newark (opposite the library)
Contact:  Niki on 07803 710640 or Self Help UK on 0115 9111661
Carers Hub Newark Carers Support Group
Date: 2nd Thursday of the month 
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 or via email.  
Core Centre, Calverton - Courses
Date: Various, depending on subject (including IT, arts and crafts and languages) - Fees from £3 per hour (If you receive benefits, you may qualify for free learning).
Time: Various, depending on subject
Venue:  The CORE Centre, 17 St Wilfrid's Square, Calverton, Nottingham, NG14 6FP
Contact:  See the Core Centre website or call 0115 847 0551
MS Support Group Coffee Morning
Date: Every 3rd Wednesday 
Time:  11am
Venue:  Hardy's Farm Shop Café (The Back Room), off Fosse Road, Farndon, Newark
Contact:  Kate Else on 07817 185744
Live at Home Schemes
Live at Home offer services and support to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives, and to live securely.  Contact their local offices direct for information about the services provided locally.
Office:  The Aura Business Centre, Manners Road, Newark  NG24 1BS
Contact: 01636 674521
Office:  10 Southwell Business Centre, Crew Lane Southwell  NG25 0TX
Contact: 01636 816565
Hill Holt Wood
Hill Holt Wood (near Norton Disney) provides a wide range of different services, from education and training for 14-19 year olds, adult education courses in the woodland, countryside and forestry management to the provision of “green space” for those suffering from mental health issues.
Contact their Health Coordinator for more information 01636 892836 or email
Age UK Connect
Age UK Connect is a free, friendly and problem-solving service with a focus on helping people maintain their independence. The Connect team can offer information, advice, signposting and practical support around physical and mental health, care needs, housing, finances, social interaction and engagement with community.
If this sounds like something that you, or a loved one, would benefit from, get in touch with the Connect team on 01623 488217
Age UK Notts Connect service only operates in Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark & Sherwood

Events, Training & Development

Sherwood & Newark Citizens Advice Energy Project - Information Session

Do you help other people through your work or volunteering, or maybe run a community group? If so, it is likely that the people you support have some concerns about their energy bills. Sherwood & Newark Citizens Advice would like to invite you to Castle House, Newark, for a short information session on our work and particularly our energy project.

Date:  Tuesday 5th March 2019  
Time:  10:00am to 11:30am
Venue:  Castle House, Great North Road, Newark  NG24 1BY

Organised by:  Sherwood & Newark Citizens Advice

FREE event but places are limited. More details

MARAC Briefing

This two-hour briefing will enable professionals to understand how to use the DASH risk assessment to support survivors of domestic abuse; inform professionals what a MARAC is; to increase participants' confidence in asking about domestic abuse in a sensitive manner and responding to disclosures; increase knowledge of services and identify good practice.

Date:  Wednesday 6th March 2019
Time:  1:15pm to 4:30pm
Venue:  Castle House, Great North Road, Newark  NG24 1BY

Organised by:  Equation

FREE for practitioners/workers who work with clients in Nottinghamshire County only (excluding City)
Book here through Eventbrite

Voluntary & Community Sector Whole Family Working Event

This event, organised by Notts County Council's Building Better Opportunities programme, is for voluntary and community sector organisations working with children and families in Notts.  The purpose of the event is to explore Whole Family Working and how VCS organisations can help to deliver the Troubled Families Programme in Nottinghamshire.

Date:  Thursday 7th March 2019
Time: 9:45am - 12:30pm
Venue: Rufford Mill, NG22 9DG

Organised by:  Building Better Opportunities programme

FREE event.  More details

An Introduction to Community Organising, Principles, Process & Practice

This course is the first of a series that will be taking place in Mid Notts in 2019 as part of Notts County Council's Community Friendly project. It introduces you to Community Organising - the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community Organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.  This event is open to anyone living in Mid Notts, community engagement/development staff working within local voluntary and community sector organisations. 

Date:  Wednesday 13th March 2019
Time:  9:00am - 3:00pm
Venue:  IKON Centre, Sutton In Ashfield NG17 1BY

Organised by:  Community Organising Notts (Notts Social Action Hub AKA Sneinton Alchemy CIC) in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and the Ikon Centre. 

FREE event. More details

Financial Management Training - Responsibilities for Board Members & Trustees

This short seminar is aimed at trustees, volunteers and staff members of small charitable and voluntary sector organisations in Nottinghamshire.  The session will:
  • look at the budgeting process – who can decide what?
  • consider the reports presented to the management committee – what should they include, what level of detail is needed – who should present the reports?
  • cover company and charity law around financial responsibility.
Date:  Thursday 14th March 2019 
Time:  10:00am - 1:00pm
Venue:  Civic Room 1, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark NG24 1BY

Provider:  CA Plus

FREE event.  More details  

Hidden Harm Conference Day
A free skills-building programme to help smaller community and voluntary organisations to recognise and respond to unreported crimes. 'Hidden Harm' is a term used in the Police and Crime Needs Assessment to define victims who do not report certain crimes to the Police - the consequences of which mean that support to the victim is not provided.  The conference day is a day of introductory workshops on key issues underpinning the recognition and reduction of many forms of hidden harm

Date:  18th March 2019
Time:  9:00am - 4:00pm
Venue:  Nottingham CVS, 7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham NG1 3FB

Organised by:  Nottingham CVS

FREE event.  Book at NCVS website here.

Raising Awareness of Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage

This event is for frontline professionals and community workers who want to understand more about Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage. 

Learning outcomes: To explore what is meant by the terms ‘honour based abuse’ (HBA) and ‘forced marriage’ (FM); raise awareness of communities where HBA and FM are prevalent; gain an understanding of the effects of HBA and FM; inform about appropriate referral pathways and help available


Date:  Wednesday 27th March 2019
Time:  9:15am – 1:30pm

Venue:  Richard Herrod Centre, Foxhill Road, Carlton NG4 1RL
Organised by:  Equation

FREE for practitioners/workers who work with clients in Nottinghamshire County 
Book here through Eventbrite


Funding Opportunities

Y-Notts Charity : Financial Grants for Young People

Who can apply:  Y-Notts is a Nottingham based charity that gives grants to young people, or groups, for the purpose of furthering education, training and personal development.  To qualify people should generally be aged 15 to 30 and live in Nottinghamshire.  The charity does not fund undergraduate tuition fees or postgraduate courses.
Grant value: Up to £3,000  Please note that grants are only made where no other funding is available and the charity only makes one-off grants.
Deadline:  This is a rolling programme with no deadlines – applications can be sent at any time for consideration in the relevant quarter.  Trustees consider applications quarterly and may require further information before making a decision, so it could take around 3 months for a decision. 
Further details:  Y-Notts Charity website

Coalfields Community Investment Programme

Who can apply: Projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and which address specific themes (see their website).
Grant value:  Up to £10,000
Deadline: Various
Further details: Coalfields website

One Stop Carriers for Causes

Who can apply:  Projects need to be within 2 miles of a participating One Stop store. Paid for through the carrier bag levy, grants are will be available to support projects that benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places. Grants are available to non-profit organisations and groups only. 
Grant value:  Up to £1,000
Deadline:  None - this is a rolling programme. Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months.  Applicants will generally know the outcome of their application within 20 weeks of applying.
Further details: One Stop Carriers for Causes

The National Lottery Community Fund

The Big Lottery Fund has rebranded as “The National Lottery Community Fund”.  There are a number of programmes to which VCS organisations may be eligible to apply for funding.  Listed below are just a few:

  • Awards for All – A quick and simple way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.
    • Funding size:  £300 to £10,000
  • Reaching Communities – Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.
    • Total available:  Grants of £10,000+  (£190m available this financial year)
  • Partnerships – Through Partnerships funding, grants over £10,000 for organisations which work together with a shared set of goals and values.
    • Total available: £40m this financial year
  • Forces in Mind – Supporting the psychological wellbeing and successful and sustainable transition of veterans and their families into civilian life.
    • Total available: £35 million

Deadline: NONE – These are rolling programmes with no deadlines

Further details: The National Lottery Community Fund funding programmes

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For more information and options see our funding opportunities page

Job Vacancies
Please note that Newark & Sherwood CVS advertises vacancies for paid roles on behalf of small charities & voluntary sector groups only. 

Organisation: CA Plus (Community Accounting)
Job Title: Community Accountant (level 2)
Salary: FTE £26,997 to £32,400 pro rata (pro-rata, according to qualifications & experience)
Hours: 21-35 hrs per week
Advert, job description & application form: For more information and an application pack please go to  
Or phone Gill on 0115 9478940 or email
Closing date: 4.00 p.m. Monday 4th March, 2019
Interview date: Tuesday 12th March, 2019
More details on our website  


Volunteer Drivers Always Needed!
Our Community Transport Service needs new volunteer drivers - particularly in Farnsfield, Bilsthorpe & Ollerton - to help us take people to hospital/medical appointments or to social activities. We have clients throughout the district and try to use local drivers whenever possible. Drivers use their own car and are paid expenses to cover mileage.  
Please spread the word within your networks and feel free to share with those you think might be interested in joining the team.
Contact Lucy or Katie on 01636 611220 or for more details.

Find out more about being a volunteer driver
Newark & Sherwood Community Transport Service encompasses both the Voluntary Transport Scheme and the Door2Door Social Car Scheme.  More about the schemes.

Newark & Sherwood Volunteer Centre 
Supports local groups and organisations in the involvement and recruiting of volunteers. On the volunteering page of our website, you can find a wealth of information about support for volunteers and new volunteering opportunities. 
We also have a range of 
resources on good practice in volunteer management. 
Get in touch with us at


For more volunteering opportunities, see our online database
If you have any volunteer vacancies that you would like us to include in the database please contact 

Have Your Say

Current consultations and surveys where your views could help make a difference

Holiday Hunger Survey

Nottinghamshire County Council is working with partners to help understand what Holiday Hunger related activities will be taking place this year and plans for the future. (More detail is included at the web link below).

Deadline for completion of online survey 8th March 2019

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