January 2018 

The latest news, views and opportunities in the voluntary sector

In this issue: a new year and our new E-bulletin!
Packed with news, events, volunteering opportunities and more, our new bulletin enables you to quickly find the information most relevant to you.
I hope you enjoy reading it.

Madeleine O'Sullivan, Chief Officer
Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary Service

Come and celebrate with us at our AGM!

Thursday 25th January 2018
10:30am – 1:00pm
Civic Rooms, Castle House, Great North Road, NG24 1HD

In addition to the normal business of an AGM, join us as we celebrate the work of our volunteers and consider our priorities for the future.

The event will include:

  • The chance to take part in workshops - where we will be seeking your views on these priorities and how we can support Newark & Sherwood groups going forward 
  • Opportunities for networking
  • The option to take a tour of Castle House - if you haven't visited us here before
  • A light lunch - to which we will be inviting Council staff and members, so let us know if you would like to bring your organisation's information stand.
Let us know...
...if you or your group will be represented at the event by emailing or  phoning 01636 679539.  This will help with catering arrangements as a light lunch will be served following the meeting at 12:00 noon. 

Make nominations
If your group would like to make nominations for Officers and Executive Committee Members, email or phone 01636 679539 to request a form.  For further information on joining the Board/Committee, please give Madeleine a call on the number above.

See the agenda
Email or call us as above, if you would like a copy of the agenda for this year's AGM.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Submit your nominations for the Festival of Learning 2018 

Each year the Festival of Learning awards recognise the outstanding achievements of adult learners and inspire others to discover the power of learning for themselves.Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards from Thursday 2 November 2017 to Friday 5 January 2018.
For more information, including full guidance notes, visit the Festival of Learning website.

Read the latest IMH newsletter

The latest issue of the IMH Newsletter is out now and available to view on the Institute of Mental Health website with highlights this month including info on helping clinicians improve their knowledge, confidence and skills at communicating with patients with dementia and a focus on Mental Health in the workplace.

Get free training if you're involved with the Armed Forces Community

This month, Nottinghamshire County Council, with funding from the Community Covenant Fund, will work with (Infrastructure Support) Engineer Group and Forces in the Community to deliver Armed Forces Mental Health First Aid (AFMHFA). 
The courses, which will be held in Balderton (23 – 24th Jan) and Eastwood 31st Jan – 1 Feb), are designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental health and provide help on a first aid basis.
For more information and to book a place go to


Balderton Memory Cafe

Date: Third Tuesday of the month (Tuesday 16th January)
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. Next Session 11th January 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 30th January
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 Cafe

Date: Last Monday of the Month
(22nd January, 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


Professional development for teachers

Details: For teachers of functional skills in English and maths, using a new set of materials developed by Pye Tait Consulting on behalf of ETF (Education and Training Foundation)
Date:  From February 2018
Time: TBC
 Combination of webinars, one-day courses and in-house training
Contact: Register your interest


Courses at the Core Centre, Calverton

Details: Various - from seated yoga to computers for beginners and photography.
Date: Various
Time: Various
Venue: 17 St Wilfrid’s Square, Calverton NG14 6FP
Contact:  Tel:  0115 8470551  Email:  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.




D2N2 technology grants

Who can apply: See website for criteria 
Grant value: £2,000 - £40,000
Deadline:  Not stated
Further details: Contact your local Grant Managing Partner


Flexible Learning Fund

Who can apply:  Providers developing new ways of supporting adults to progress or retrain
Grant value:  Up to £1 million
Deadline: 31st January
Further details:
enable's website


Henry Smith Charity grants

Who can apply: Programmes designed to reduce social and economic disadvantage in the UK
Grant value:  £10,000 - £60,000
Deadline: None - applications are considered on a regular basis
Further details:
Henry Smith Charity website

Tampon Tax Fund

Who can apply: Projects focusing on violence against women and girls/mental health and well-being/improving lives of disadvantaged and/or under-represented women and girls 
Grant value:  Minimum of £1 million
Deadline: Sunday 28 January
Further details: GRANTfinder website


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


On our volunteering page you can find a wealth of information about support for volunteers and new volunteering opportunities. Below are just a few examples of the services we provide: 

Volunteer Coordinator Network

This is an opportunity for volunteer managers to come together in a friendly and supportive environment to share information, good practice and network.  We usually meet once a quarter.

Good Practice Support & Resources

Newark and Sherwood Volunteer Centre supports organisations to involve volunteers with our good practice in volunteer management resources and support.
We can offer free, confidential advice and support.

Volunteer Drivers 
Newark & Sherwood CVS Voluntary Transport Scheme & Door2Door are currently looking for volunteer drivers in the Newark & Sherwood area. For more information, contact Katie Freeman on 01636 610773, Lucy Fountain on 01636 611220 or email


NCVO have a diverse community of over 13,000 member organisations – a third of the voluntary sector workforce in England. They help them thrive by providing expert support and advice, by saving them time and money, and by keeping 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. 
There are no restrictions on volunteering for people from within the EU/European Economic Activity (EEA) area but for those from outside the EU/EEA, there are restrictions based on what type of visa they are travelling on.

 For even more volunteering opportunities, see our online database.

Have your say

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


Symposium: 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

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We're always keen to hear your views. 
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