News, views and opportunities from the voluntary sector

In this issue:


HIGHLIGHTS:  Christmas Trees, Transport and Toys!

Driving Home for Christmas
Good News is that 2021 saw the re-start of our popular Door 2 Door Transport Service. With a brand new co-ordinator behind the wheel, Paul Simpson is the man to call on 01636 611220, to join the scheme or book a trip to see relatives or friend, visit the doctor, dentist or optician and now members can also book hospital journeys. More  information is available here

Win, Win!
CVS have joined the Newark and Sherwood Community Lottery. Now you can give us a helping hand! Join today and be in with a chance to win one of the weekly cash prizes of up to £25,000! There is a 50 to one chance of winning in this lottery for local residents. It’s a fun way to help support and grow your local voluntary transport service. So don’t delay get your tickets here PLUS, be in the draw on the 1st of January 2022 for your chance to WIN a £1,000 DECATHLON voucher to spend on 70+ sports, nutrition & body care products!

A Goodbye and a Hello

We said Goodbye to Maria De Giorgio, Partnerships and Engagement Officer. After two years in her role Maria left for pastures new. We wish her the very best in her new, exciting role and thank her for all her hard work and dedication.
…But it’s a Hello too, to Anna Maggs, our new Transport Development Officer, who will be working with Paul Simpson to develop our Door 2 Door service.

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree
When do you put your tree up? The perennial Christmas question! Well the answer is WE HAVE! This year, our Young Volunteers have decorated a tree for the St Mary Magdalene Christmas Tree Festival. Now in its 13th year, the festival is open to view Charities, business, schools and societies decorate over 100 trees. Check out the opening times and plan your visit. A truly magical sight!

Golden Thread Project
Our Golden Thread Project recently worked with the young people at the Illuminate Youth Club in Edwinstowe.  The young people in the group decided they would like to volunteer to raise money and support the Great Notts Toy Appeal.   They worked fantastically hard to put on a Charity Christmas Quiz raising a fantastic £268, which was used to buy toys which they will now be involved in wrapping and distributing to support the Appeal. The Golden Thread Project is being run for one year and is funded by Boots Charitable Trust @BootsUK.
State of the Sector
Over the next few months, Newark & Sherwood CVS, along with colleagues from other CVSs will be contacting and supporting local groups & voluntary sector organisations to complete an important survey.
It will provide a picture of Nottinghamshire as a whole, with the results feeding directly into the Integrated Care System (ICS). The voluntary sector is a key partner in the delivery of services for the ICS and the final report, generated from this survey, will provide evidence of need, gaps and challenges. It will provide useful support for future grant funding for the whole sector. If you would like to register your interest in taking part please email us here


Support Groups & Activities


Getting out and about in winter is sometimes a challenge. But Andrew Oxnard, our Community Engagement & Development Coordinator, in Ollerton, makes it look like a ‘walk in the park’! He organises the Ollerton Wellbeing Walk, at on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Starting at The Hop Pole Hotel in Ollerton, this short walk lasts around an hour and is followed by coffee. So start 2022 with a New Year, New You and join this happy band for friendship, fresh air and fitness. The walk leader training was kindly organised by Lincolnshire Co-op

In January 2022, we are planning a special edition to highlight all the local groups that have re-started after Lockdown. If you have some news about a group you know or are a member of please get in touch so that your group can be included


Events, Training & Development

The Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy is Nottinghamshire’s plan for improving the health and wellbeing of our residents, and for reducing health inequalities. They want to hear from you on what matters to you and your health and wellbeing. You can give your views by attending a roadshow or by completing one of our online surveys below.
Virtual (Residents) (Book at Eventbrite) Microsoft Teams 15 December 7.30pm – 8.30pm




Funding Opportunities

The Local Communities Fund, is new discretionary grant funding scheme and the successor to the Local Improvement Scheme, the Local Communities Fund consists of a Revenue Programme (split into two parts: ‘Small Grants’ and ‘Large Grants’), a Capital Programme and a Talented Athletes Programme. Find out more information about how to apply here


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

We are always happy to advertise paid roles on behalf of small charities and voluntary sector groups. For current vacancies please see our website here



Volunteer Drivers Always Needed!
Our Community Transport Service needs new volunteer drivers to help us take people to their social activities or medical appointments and hospital appointments (where possible) 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 Paul 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

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
Tell us your views on the Nottinghamshire Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2022 – 2026
It also important to hear from children and young people about what matters to their health and wellbeing in the Children and Young People's Survey.


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 6-8 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.

  Dates For Your Diary

We will be closed for Christmas from end of business Thursday 23rd December until Tuesday 4th January.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a brighter more hopeful 2022

Annual General Meeting
The provisional date for our AGM is 25th January 2022 at Virtual or venue tbc
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