March 2018 

The latest news, views and opportunities in the voluntary sector

In this issue:

to the latest edition of our monthly e-bulletin.

I'm Lucy Fountain, the Transport Coordinator at CVS. Part of my role involves recruiting new volunteer drivers and liaising with them over trips for the service. My background is as a trainer and I run MiDAS (minibus driver awareness scheme) courses for volunteer drivers across the District. I'm also a Dementia Champion and facilitate Dementia Information sessions for people wanting to become Dementia Friends.

Enjoy driving? Like helping others? We need YOU!

We're looking for new Volunteer Drivers across the Newark & Sherwood District for two schemes; one where drivers take patients to medical appointments and the other (Door2Door) is a social car service, taking people to day centres, clubs, shopping or to visit friends.

Our volunteers find it incredibly rewarding and do a brilliant job, helping those who use the service to remain independent.  

If you have your own car and would like to help your community, please get in touch with me on 01636 611220 or Katie Freeman on 01636 610773.  You can also email us to find out more. 

Drivers receive a mileage allowance of 43p/ mile. 
Nottingham City Arts run 'Armchair Gallery Sessions'
For older people whose circumstances do not allow for physical visits to cultural collections, this project enables over 65’s in care home settings to visit art and cultural collections via an iPad app. 

The Newark Making Memories Activity Group (see Events/Groups below) had the opportunity to experience a session earlier this month;  you can find out more about this and the project itself, by contacting Amy Hiscock, Dementia Information Manager at Newark and Sherwood CVS, via email 
or on 01636 679539.

NTS Scams Team secure funding for callblockers

The National Trading Standards Scam Team have secured funding from the government to give free call-blocking technology to vulnerable people.  TrueCall Secure Units will be given to people with dementia or other vulnerable circumstances. 

For details on the technology, the eligibility criteria and how to apply, see the Friends Against Scams website.

University of Nottingham funding for organisations taking interns

The programme offers organisations a grant of £1,200 to recruit a student for a minimum of 4 weeks (30 hours a week) where they could undertake a project of value to an organisation. This could be evaluating a service, devising a marketing or fundraising plan or carrying out some research into a policy. The grant would fully fund a 4 week placement.  

Find out more on the University of Nottingham website or by contacting Jacqui Storey on 0115 95 13718.

Nottinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board Meeting takes place

The first meeting of the board for 2018 took place on January 10th, in which the DPH Annual Report 2017 was presented.  This was followed by an update on services for care leavers, a talk on physical activity in Nottinghamshire, information on the 'Better Births' report and the Chair's report.
Notes from this and the March meeting can be found on the Nottinghamshire County Council's website.

Reach UK are recruiting

Reach UK, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire, is recruiting for a Centre Manager in Mansfield and Fundraising and Communications Manager for their Southwell base. See the Reach UK website for details.

Grow Wild offers free seed kits to groups

If you're involved in a group which would benefit from the experience of growing wildflowers or who would like to transform a specific part of your local area, go to the Grow Wild website to apply for a kit.


Balderton Memory Cafe

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


Carer Hub Newark Carers Support Group

Date: 2nd Thursday of the month. (8th March and 12th April 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 or via email.  

Core Centre, Calverton - Courses

Date: Various, depending on subject (including IT, arts and crafts and languages).
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

Newark Dementia Carers Group

Date: (Last Tuesday of the month) Tuesday 27th March
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 March
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 March, 23rd April, 21st May, 25th June)
Time: 1pm – 4pm 
Venue:  Lifespring Centre, Sherwood Drive, New Ollerton
Contact:  Terry Bell - 01623 862478



A programme for anyone in Nottinghamshire, aged 16 or over and with an acquired disability, to experience adapted sports.  Individuals will need to complete the referral form.
Each session is £2 for 12 weeks.

Date: Now - term-time only
Time and venue:  
Monday, 10.30 – 12.00 at the Lammas Leisure Centre
Tuesday, 11.00 – 12.30 at the Festival Hall Leisure Centre
Wednesday, 11.30 – 1.00pm at Hucknall Leisure Centre
Contact:  Jayne Evans on 01623 885945 or via email.


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


From DPA to GDPR

Details: The Data Protection Act 1998 will be replaced on 25th May 2018 by the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  This course aims to help prepare you for the transition.  Places limited to one per organisation and free to Newark & Sherwood based groups/organisations.  £10 for organisations outside of the Newark & Sherwood area.
Date: Monday 23rd April 2018
Time: 10.15am - 12.45pm
Venue: Newark & Sherwood CVS, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, NG24 1BY

Contact: Email or telephone 01636 679539


Dementia Training: Stepping Inside (Stage 1)

Details: Conducted by the Alzheimer’s Society in partnership with DMWS and the County Council, the training is aimed at anyone who may come into contact with veterans aged 65 and over, or who is a veteran 65 and a carer for/has a family member with, dementia.
Date:  16th April 2018
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Kings Mill Hospital

Contact: To enrol, contact the Course Coordinator, John Walker, on 07823 402669 or via email.


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



Unique Eating Disorders: Specialist Training for Professionals

Details: Gain greater understanding of different types, what recovery means and get support tools.
Date: 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, visit the website or call 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
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



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


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


N&S CVS Volunteers

On the volunteering page of our website, you can 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 
As mentioned in our Monthly Feature above, 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.

For even more volunteering opportunities, see our online database.

Have your say

Below are details on some of the events taking place over the next couple of months in which you can contribute your opinion and share your experience with others:

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


Seeking: Patient and staff opinions on Sherwood Forest Hospitals

Details:  The Care Quality Commission is hosting a drop-in session at all three Sherwood Forest Hospitals, for patients and staff to discuss their views on the Trust and its services. 
King's Mill Hospital - 10am to 3pm, Tues 3 April in the Boardroom on Level 1 (near Trust HQ)
Newark Hospital - 10am to 3pm, Wed 4 April in the Boardroom
Mansfield Community Hospital - 10am to 3pm, Thurs 5 April in Seminar Room 3
Contact:  Robin Smith, Deputy Head of Communications, Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 01623 622 515 ext: 4611 or email.

You can find more symposiums on the Public Policy Exchange website.

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We're always keen to hear your views: Contact us to give feedback on this e-bulletin and the content you'd like to see in the future.

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