Summer 2020

News, views and opportunities from the voluntary sector

In this issue:


CVS rises to the challenge!

March 23rd saw the world change as lockdown was implemented and everyone had to adapt to change. CVS were pleased to be able to quickly meet the needs of our community. Here is a taster of what we’ve been doing during the last three months….
Our Shopping Scheme has been running since the second week of lock-down. Taking just four days to establish, recruiting volunteers and raising awareness, it has provided a trusted service to complement other local schemes that developed.  It’s been a huge success. We have supported those over 70’s that were self-isolating as well as  extremely vulnerable and shielding people with pre-existing conditions.
Through helping people get their weekly shop, our Engagement Team have connected with even more people in the community, some of whom we may never have had contact with but for lockdown.  
Our Dementia Awareness Officer has been sending people advice and information specifically on how to support people with dementia (PWD) throughout lockdown and explaining to them why they can’t go out. She’s been busy collating activity packs for individual people and staff from residential care settings and community groups to pass on to others and signposting Carers to the different kinds of Virtual Carers Support and virtual training courses that has become available.                                                                                                                         In partnership with Active Notts and Newark and Sherwood District Council, we’ve also been working on a project to encourage physical activity in Ollerton which has included sending physical activity packs out to families. With our Door2Door service temporarily suspended (see update below) drivers re-invented themselves as a telephone check and chat service, phoning clients to make sure they were okay.  
A new dedicated website has been set-up for the national #NeverMoreNeeded campaign. The campaign's aim is to make sure charities’ voices are heard and raise awareness of the vital work they are doing to help the country come through the pandemic and recover. 
Visit the #NeverMoreNeeded website  at
Your Health Your Way
As of 1st June 2020 Your Health, Your Way will be delivering all elements of Nottinghamshire’s integrated wellbeing service, and will be accepting referrals for:  • • Weight Management • • Smoking Cessation  • • Physical Activity  • •  Alcohol Support.  YHYW will be able to provide both one to one and group based support via telephone and online support (Zoom).  Third party and self-referrals can be made online by visiting
Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline
The Nottinghamshire Mental Health Helpline is now available 9am-11pm 7 days per week for anyone living in Nottinghamshire, who needs emotional support or information about what help is available locally for people struggling with mental health challenges. A team of supportive mental health workers are on hand to provide information and advice e.g. techniques that people can use to manage anxiety. They will also be able to direct people to other services where needed. Professionals are also welcome to call the helpline for advice on working with patients with mental health issues. The helpline is being delivered by Turning Point. The helpline number is 0300 555 0730. For more information and mental health resources visit htpps://

Door2Door returns
CVs popular Door2Door service had to be suspended during lockdown. Now, with all necessary precautions in place it looks set to return from July 1st 2020.This transport service requires an annual registration. For more details about how the service works, please contact Lucy Fountain on 01636 611220.
Town Fund
Helping the community to have a voice is at the heart of what we do so we were delighted to be asked to contribute to infrastructure education and heritage workshops and to sit on the board of the committee helping to determine how we might make best use of government funds to develop a Newark for the future.

Support Groups &Activities

Most support groups have been affected by lockdown and are unable to hold  their meetings. So let us know what your group is doing to stay in touch whether it be Zoom meetings or telephone befriending!
Find one-off events, training and meetings in the next section.

Events, Training & Development

Because of COVID-19 all training is exclusively online. Here are some interesting opportunities:-

Public Health England

 New Psychological First Aid training during COVID-19 open to all frontline and essential workers and volunteers
On 15 June is Public Health England (PHE) is launching an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies and aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide this support to people affected by COVID-19.  PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and PHE has been developed this new course as part of our national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education England, FutureLearn and others.
The course is free, and no previous qualifications are required.  By the end of the course, outcomes will include: understanding how emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic can affect us, recognising people who may be at increased risk of distress and understanding how to offer practical and emotional support. The course takes around 90 minutes to complete and is also available in three sessions for the learner to complete at their own pace.


Community Matters

Community Matters  provide advice, information and support to community organisations, charities and public-sector bodies across the UK. They are hosting a networking and information event on Thursday 2nd July. For more details and to register go to

......And if you are interested in a little culture

Check out these online activities to keep the mind and body active during Lockdown.

We can't all get to galleries but thanks to City Arts (Nottingham) we can now colour a Canaletto, create our own Hepworth or take a selfie with Lowry! With special features for people living with Dementia Armchair Gallery brings world class culture and Art to your front room. Please note that this App is only available for tablets. 
With over thirty years experience of devising and running innovative music participation events across Nottingham and the East Midlands, Music for Everyone is now on You Tube. You can also email for information on how to join the online lockdown choir.
English National Ballet’s Dance for Parkinson’s programme provides high quality dance classes for people with Parkinson’s, their family, friends and carers. Now you can join in


Funding Opportunities

Coalfields COVID-19 Recovery and Resiliance Fund
Who can apply: Organisations providing guidance and support to people in crisis or who are experiencing financial hardship.The project must last for a minimum of 2 months (our expectation is that projects will deliver over a six month period rather than our usual twelve month period)
Grant value: up to £10,000
Deadline: 11th September 2020 at 5pm
Further details:

Severn Trent Community Fund

Who can apply: Projects that improve community wellbeing such as :-

  • People: Projects that help people to lead a healthier life and gain new skills
  • Places: Projects that help to create better places to live in and use
  • Environment: Projects that will help look after our natural environment, give people greater access to that environment or help look after water
    Grant value: There are three sizes of grant to apply for
    £2,000 to £10,000 
    £10,001 to £75,000
    £75,001 to £250,00
Deadline: quarterly panels in March, June, September and December
Further details:

Movement for Good
Who can apply: Eligible charities registered in the UK and Republic of Ireland with an income of less than £5million, which support a cause that we know our communities care about: the advancement of education and skills; citizenship or community development; arts, culture or heritage
Grant value: Phase 2 - 10 charities will each receive £50,000
Deadline: Friday 24th July 2020

Further details:

Pebble Grants
Who can apply:
A small funding stream for UK registered charities and recognised churches which are raising money for projects  for which the mainstay is capital costs (building work, refurbishment or the purchase of long-term equipment) or a one-off short-

Lincolnshire Coop
The Lincolnshire Coop Community Champions Spring 2021 applications are currently open. The previous application form said closing date July 2020; but due to Covid this has been extended to November 2020. Forms can be found at . Groups are also able to apply for our staff volunteering through this form.

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

Help us to Help our Communities

We are recruiting to a number of voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees.

Role: Volunteer Trustee

We are a successful local infrastructure organisation with an overarching aim to improve the quality of life for people living in the Newark and Sherwood area and make the district a great place to live. Our mission is to help create, develop and support a robust, sustainable, thriving and empowered community and voluntary sector across the district.

Whether you are an experienced Trustee or want to take your first step then we’d like to hear from you. You will be joining a well-established Board of Trustees. Working closely with the CEO & Board of Trustees, you will help define the strategic direction of CVS shaping the journey that will see CVS achieve its aim to become a recognised centre of excellence and expertise in the third sector.

As a Board we need and welcome people from a variety of backgrounds and who have different life experience. Perhaps you have been on a committee before or have managed your own business. We are looking for people who are conscientious and have the time and ability to work with us. We would of course expect you to share in our core values and beliefs.

N&S CVS Trustee Pack May 2020

Trustee Recruitment Ad 2020.doc




Volunteer Drivers Always Needed!
Our Community Transport Service needs new volunteer drivers - particularly in Farnsfield, Bilsthorpe & Ollerton - to help us take people to 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 07468923254 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. 
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

Mid Notts CVS Partnership
The Mid Notts CVS Partnership (which comprises Newark and Sherwood CVS, Mansfield CVS and Ashfield Voluntary Action) are looking to engage with groups and organisations  and gain insight about them and the impact of COVID-19. This is to establish what support you have and what is needed going forward. We would be grateful if you could find the time to complete this survey in order to assist us with this.

We are trying to reach as many VSO as possible with this survey so please feel free to share  with relevant contacts as you see fit. If you are unable to access the internet or need help completing the survey, please contact the Partnership Development Coordinator, Jo Talbot on 07387 995075


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