December 2020

News, views and opportunities from the voluntary sector

In this issue:

HIGHLIGHTS: *An updated website* * a new Radio station* and more *digital dynamics from our own Phoenix  project* All this as we head towards hopefully a better, brighter 2021. Plus your guide to some *seasonal online festivities*

We hope you enjoy checking out our brand-new website
The ‘Phoenix’ project is designed to help community and voluntary groups to adapt and continue providing much-needed community services. Funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community has enabled us to deliver digital training, infrastructure support and develop our volunteer services. Activities have included providing online support, pop-up volunteering clinics, training webinars, telephone services and a brand-new website. All of which we hope will provide information, advice and connect people to the support they need. Find more information about the project HERE

The Listening Line, a new CVS Befriending phone service has now been running for 3 months. What makes Listening Line unique is the fact that we don’t have an age restriction -  we have service users from the age of 38 to 96 years!
Volunteers come from all walks of life and bring many skills to the role of Befriender. We have had some fantastic conversations which have included chats about hiking in the Peak District to horror movies, hair dyeing and favourite recipes!
If you know anyone who you feel may benefit from a friendly, weekly call, please do contact Listening Line to find out more by emailing

9.00am on 16th January is definitely date for the diary with the launch of new local radio station Bowe Radio. Just click on a link on the web page to access this new station which is designed to serve the towns and villages of Sherwood and will provide a combination of music from the fifties to the present day interspersed with items of local interest plus a Sky News report on the hour. Malc Waring is overseeing this project which is the brainchild of Ollerton local John Pearson. The station is run entirely by volunteers and they are currently looking for local ‘correspondents’ to cover all areas as well as presenters. So if you feel ‘last night a DJ saved my life ‘ could be  your theme tune then this might be your moment. Get in touch at The station costs about £5000 p.a. to run so they are also seeking potential sponsors.


Safer Streets Newark is a resident-led community project focusing on identifying active residents from areas that include Chatham Court (Hawtonville) and Lovers Lane and Northgate) Newark. These residents have shown a passion for reducing crime and an enthusiasm to contribute to their community. Facilitated by the Partners including N&SCVS and NSDC and headed by Community Friendly Nottinghamshire, this has already resulted in a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme being established and three more in the pipeline. There is also community garden project and the inspiration Mr. Dave Wilson. Dave, a resident from the Lover's lane area of Newark understands the positive power growing and eating your own food has on both mental and physical wellbeing. 'It has helped me when I have felt low and I know others may feel the same sometimes. This is why I would love to make a community garden in Newark'. This new project aims to provide a therapeutic space which connects the whole community from every age group and background and a base from where new community ideas can spring. If you have a passion for gardening, growing fruit and veg or would just like to offer your help then please get in touch We would love to hear your views, please take a moment to complete the following Listening Questionnaire  to be entered into a prize draw to win a Christmas Hamper

Congratulations to Trevor Clower of Nottinghamshire Carers Roadshows the winner of the Outstanding Service User Involvement category at the National Service User Awards on 10th November 2020  This service offers free support to unpaid carers,throughout Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, creating conversations around their needs and making a difference to their health and wellbeing. Trevor, who has been a carer for over 43 years has continued to run virtual roadshows during Lockdown but will return to face-to-face as soon as possible.

Support Groups & Activities

To add yours please contact us.
Find one-off events, training and meetings in the next section.

U3A Collingham and District is leading the (virtual) way with quite a few of their groups meeting on Zoom. These include a weekly Art Appreciation; Music Appreciation; Scrabble and Rummikub games; Local History group; and Literature (book club) and Photography. They always welcome new members and there is no age limit – you just have to be retired or semi-retired.

 Great News!
Radford Care Groups’  Dementia Information Programme has been selected for the Co-op Community Fund for the period October 2020 – October 2021.This is linked to their local stores and they hope will enable them to  continue with their valued programme for carers.

Many groups have been unable to meet during Lockdown. If a group you know or run is planning to re-start in 2021 please let us know.

Events, Training & Development


Phoenix Project
There are still a few time- slots available on our December digital support clinic on Wednesday 16th December. This will focus on online safety, how to be inclusive, and on creating documentation.Booked appointments of 40 minutes each. Please contact for more information or to book your place.

The Essentials of Community Organising Free Online Workshop. This new live streaming workshop will cover the essential elements of Community Organising and support you to:
  • ‘Listen’ to the community to maintain the wonderful community spirit that has emerged during the pandemic.
  • Reach and Connect with others in your community to support them to make things happen
  • Develop your ideas, new projects & activities
  • Adapt existing projects
Date and Time, Thursday, January 21, 2021. 9:15 AM – 12:30 PM GMT
For more information and to register  visit Community Organising Free Online Workshop
Neighbourhood Watch-Top Tips for keeping your community safe workshop. This short free online workshop is aimed at anyone passionate about keeping the neighbourhood safe. For more information and to register  visit Top Tips for keeping your community safe

The Snow Must go on
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the pantomime . Sadly this year, that may not happen . But, you can still get into the spirit of Christmas with these online seasonal entertainments.
From the Old Vic’s A Christmas Carol to Donmar Warehouse Looking a Lot Like Christmas  and Nottingham Playhouse ‘s Cinderella there is something here for everyone. HERE 


Funding Opportunities

A number of Community Foundations and other organisations have launched funding programmes to assist local organisations in responding to the challenges of the Coronavirus Pandemic.  Below are just a few examples

Thriving Communities Fund
Made possible by the National Academy for Social Prescribing and the Arts Council. designed to increase social connectedness and enable communities to cope with the impact of Coronavirus. Thriving Communities 
Power to Change (England)
Name of Fund: Community Business Crowdmatch
Power to Change has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch Community Business Crowdmatch to support new or existing community businesses responding to the Covid-19 crisis. The scheme will help community businesses, providing services or activities which help local people experiencing disproportionate challenge and difficulty as a result of the crisis  Power to Change  

N&SCVS are also able to help your organisation find suitable funding as well as offer help with funding bids. Find more information on our website HERE

Job Vacancies
Please note that Newark & Sherwood CVS advertises vacancies for paid roles on behalf of small charities & voluntary sector groups only. 
For current vacancies please see our website HERE



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 on 01636 611220 or for more details.

Find out more about being a volunteer driver

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. All organisations need volunteers and especially at Christmas. So if you have time to spare and would like to help please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Louise at

We also have a range of resources on good practice in volunteer management. 
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

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are trying to get a broad cross section of views from people that may have used mental health crisis service in the past 18 months.  The questionnaire is structured against national standards called core fidelity Currently there have been no responses from Mid Nottinghamshire, So please take time to contribute your views and experiences Link to the questionnaire: This survey is available until 18th December.


Contribute to this bulletin

If you have news, opportunities or events you'd like to share, please email the details to us by 25th of the month, for inclusion in the next issue.  Our aim is to issue a bulletin every 4-6 weeks.

We want to help promote activities in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise community - feel free to tag us in your group's facebook posts if you'd like us to share @newarkandsherwoodcvs 

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.

     Christmas Closing Dates

We will be closed for Christmas from end of business Friday 18th until Monday 4th January.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a brighter more hopeful 2021
You  are very  welcome to join us at our Annual General Meeting on .
Thursday 9th January 2020 at 11:30 – 13:00
at the Lifespring Centre, Sherwood Drive, New Ollerton NG22 9PP


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