News, views and opportunities from the voluntary sector
Citizens Advice service marks its 80th Year
Citizens Advice celebrated 80 years of service across England and Wales on 4 September 2019. The charity was formed at the onset of World War II. It originally helped people deal with the impacts of war, such as rationing, evacuation and losing their home in the Blitz. In its 80 years of service, the organisation has helped the British public find a way forward with a wide range of problems.
At Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark, Welfare Benefits was its top local issue last year with 1,215 people turning to its advisers for help.
Chief Officer, Jackie Insley said: “We are incredibly proud to mark 80 years of providing free, independent and confidential advice for people across England and Wales. Locally, we are committed to helping as many people as we can so they can find the knowledge and confidence they need to move forward, whoever they are and whatever their problem. We’re here for anyone who needs free, impartial and independent advice.”
For details of CAB's Open Advice sessions go here
Blue Badges for those with 'hidden' disabilities
New rules have now come into force which will enable some people with hidden disabilities including autism and mental health conditions to apply for a blue badge.
The new criteria extends eligibility to people who:
- cannot undertake a journey without there being a risk of serious harm to their health or safety or that of any other person (such as young children with autism)
- cannot undertake a journey without it causing them very considerable psychological distress
- have very considerable difficulty when walking (both the physical act and experience of walking)
For drivers or passengers with dementia, anxiety disorders or reduced mobility, the anticipation of travel difficulties such as finding a parking space can build on top of the stress of the journey itself.
The new guidance, which represents the biggest change to the scheme since the 1970s, will offer a lifeline to people who often find road travel difficult by providing better access to work and other amenities. It will also help combat loneliness by enabling them to stay connected to family and friends.
For more information, go to
Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80
Wherever you live you can apply online using the government website https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge
Keeping people living with dementia safe
People living with dementia in Newark are being offered key safes that can be attached to the exterior of their houses so that their loved ones or carers can gain access whenever necessary - but especially in times of emergency. Newark Castle Rotary Club has partnered with Jacksons Buildbase to provide and fit the key safes at the homes of people who are supported by Newark Dementia Carers Group. Jacksons Buildbase are providing them free of charge and they are being fitted by members of the Rotary Club.
For details of Newark Dementia Carers other activities go here
To join Newark Dementia Carers phone Ken Daubney on 01636 702577 or email email@example.com
Flu season is almost upon us - Get your Flu Jab
Flu is a highly infectious disease and can lead to serious complications if you have a long-term health condition like COPD, bronchitis or diabetes. On top of health conditions like these, flu can easily develop into something very serious and could land you in hospital. People with these and other long-term health conditions are eligible for a free flu jab through their GP or pharmacist.
Contact your GP or pharmacist to get the flu jab soon. Find out more about who can get a free fu jab.
Nottinghamshire Heatlhcare Trust are enhancing services for people experiencing a mental health crisis
Thanks to significant funding, Notts Healthcare will soon be providing increased support services to people experiencing a mental health crisis.
From next month they will be able to offer support to people in need 24/7, 365 days a year. The expansion will see increased out of hours and intensive home treatment services, aiming to help people to avoid a hospital inpatient admission. More senior clinicians, nurses, occupational therapists and social workers have been recruited to provide this support. The investment also means that the street triage teams will be able to operate for more hours in the day. Additionally, peer support workers will be recruited to support people who are moving from the care of crisis teams back to primary care or one of the local mental health teams. Find out more
Find details of regular support groups and activities here. To add yours please contact us.
Find one-off events, training and meetings in the next section.
Balderton Memory Cafe
Date: 3rd Tuesday of the month
Time: 10.30 – 12.30pm
Venue: The Salvation Army, Church Centre, Mead Way, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3GA
Contact: 01909 730886
Bridge Community Centre Memory Cafe
Date: Every Tuesday afternoon
Time: 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Bridge Community Centre, Lincoln Road, Newark, NG24 2DP
Ollerton Memory Café
Date: Last Monday of the month
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Venue: Lifespring Centre, Sherwood Drive, New Ollerton
Contact: Carole or Terry Bell - 01623 862478
Cancer Support Group (Newark)
A new group providing support and friendship to anyone affected by cancer.
Date: Last Tuesday of the month
Time: 2 - 4pm
Venue: Collectable Creations Café, London Road, Newark (opposite the library)
Contact: Niki on 07803 710640 or Self Help UK on 0115 9111661
Carers Hub Newark Carers Support Group
Date: 2nd Thursday of the month
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) - Fees from £3 per hour (If you receive benefits, you may qualify for free learning).
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
MS Support Group Coffee Morning
Date: Every 3rd Wednesday
Venue: Hardy's Farm Shop Café (The Back Room), off Fosse Road, Farndon, Newark
Contact: Kate Else on 07817 185744
Live at Home Schemes
Live at Home offer services and support to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives, and to live securely. Contact their local offices direct for information about the services provided locally.
Office: The Aura Business Centre, Manners Road, Newark NG24 1BS
Contact: 01636 674521
Office: 10 Southwell Business Centre, Crew Lane Southwell NG25 0TX
Contact: 01636 816565
Hill Holt Wood
Hill Holt Wood (near Norton Disney) provides a wide range of different services, from education and training for 14-19 year olds, adult education courses in the woodland, countryside and forestry management to the provision of “green space” for those suffering from mental health issues.
Contact their Health Coordinator for more information 01636 892836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Age UK Connect
Age UK Connect is a free, friendly and problem-solving service with a focus on helping people maintain their independence. The Connect team can offer information, advice, signposting and practical support around physical and mental health, care needs, housing, finances, social interaction and engagement with community.
If this sounds like something that you, or a loved one, would benefit from, get in touch with the Connect team on 01623 488217
Age UK Notts Connect service only operates in Mansfield, Ashfield and Newark & Sherwood
Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark - Open Door Advice Sessions
CAB give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward - whoever they are, and whatever their problem.
Open Door Advice Sessions are held at:
Telephone Advice Line: 0344 411 1444 (Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm)
- New Ollerton: 5 Forest Court, New Ollerton, NG22 9PL - Monday & Wednesday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
- Newark: Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, NG24 1BY - Tuesday & Thursday: 9:30am – 2:30pm
Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on: 03454 04 05 06
Online at www.citizensadvice.org.uk
Newark Dementia Carers Group
Newark Dementia Carers Group aims to give those living with memory loss an opportunity to engage in activities they enjoy, and to socialise with others. It also gives carers a chance to relax for a few hours. The group holds regular activities and meetings including:
Activity: "Time Out" Session
Date: 1st Monday of every month
Time: 1:30pm - 4pm
Venue: Flowserve Sports and Social Club, Balderton
Activity: Singing for the Memory
Date: 2nd Friday of every month
Time: 2.30 - 3.30pm
Venue: Gladstone House, Bowbridge Road, Newark NG24 4BZ
Activity: Members Meeting
Date: 4th Tuesday of the month
Time: 10am - 12pm (noon)
Venue: Flowserve Sports and Social Club, Balderton
Activity: Monthly Tea Dance
Date: Last Monday of every month (may vary if last Monday is a bank holiday)
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: Flowserve Sports and Social Club, Balderton
Please note some meetings and activities are for members only.
For more information about Newark Dementia Carers Group, please contact Ken Daubney on 01636 702577 or email: Ken Daubney
Challenging Domestic Violence: Good Practice Guidelines for Working with Male Perpetrators of Domestic Violence
Price: FREE for Nottinghamshire County workers
Date: Newark - 3rd October 2019 / Retford - 4th December 2019
Location: Retford, Newark
Organised by Equation
This one-day course is for workers and volunteers from all sectors who want to understand why abusive men perpetrate domestic violence. It will help you respond safely to perpetrators you may meet in day-to-day working life.
Prerequisites : Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse
Booking is required : 03/10/19 - Newark / 04/12/19 - Retford (link opens in Eventbrite - other dates and locations may be available)
Funded by Nottinghamshire County Joint Commissioners
Domestic Violence and Abuse in Same-Sex Relationships
Price: FREE for Nottinghamshire County workers
Date: 22nd November 2019
Organised by Equation
This one-day course is for workers and volunteers from all sectors who want to understand the impact of domestic violence and abuse on people in same sex relationships, and be able to support them safely and effectively.
We recommend delegates attend Understanding and Responding to Domestic Violence and Abuse before booking on this course.
Booking is required : 22/11/19 - Newark (link opens in Eventbrite - other dates and locations may be available)
Funded by Nottinghamshire County Joint Commissioners, Newark & Sherwood District Council
An Introduction to Community Organising, Principles, Process and Practice
Price: FREE - open to anyone living in Mid-Notts
Date: Monday 2nd December 2019
Time: 9.00am - 3.00pm
Where: Castle House, Great North Road, Newark NG24 1BY
Organised by Community Organising Notts
This course is the first of a series that will be taking place in Mid Nott's in 2019 as part of Notts County Council's Community Friendly project. It introduces you to Community Organising - the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice. Community Organisers reach out and listen, connect and motivate people to build their collective power.
Booking is required. For more information and to book your place go to Eventbrite (link opens in Eventbrite)
Or email email@example.com
Future courses in the series are proposed for:
Other dates and locations are available - contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details
- 3rd February 2020 - Listening Skills for Community Organising - at Castle House, Newark
- 30th March 2020 - Building Power through Community Organising - at Castle House, Newark
- 1st June 2020 - Action Change through Community Organising - at Castle House, Newark
Making Sense of Dementia; what carers need to know
Dates: Thursday 23rd January – Thursday 5th March 2020
Time: 11.00 am – 13.00 pm
Where: Bishops Court, Tuxford Road, Boughton NG22 9HY
Organised by Radford Care Group
This programme of special support sessions for carers of people with dementia will give an improved understanding of all aspects of dementia. This seven week programme has experts guiding the group and also offers mutual support from other carers, refreshments and a chance to get your questions answered in a relaxed and informal setting. Help with respite care is also available (subject to suitability).
Booking is required. For more information or to reserve a place please contact Radford Care Group on 0115 9786133 or email email@example.com
or Bev Pearson on 07745 956880 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Living with Sight Loss Course - Newark
When: Friday 8th & 15th November 2019
Time: 10.30am to 3.30pm
Where: Vine Way Community Centre, 119 Vine Way Barnbygate, Newark, NG24 1QR
Organised by RNIB
Have you or a family member been diagnosed with sight loss?
Share experiences with others in similar situations and find out about services available to you. This FREE two day, friendly, informal, community-based course, aims to help you adjust to your sight condition, increase your independence and boost your confidence. You are welcome to bring along a family member or friend with you.
· Welfare rights
· Getting out and about
· Tips and gadgets for everyday living
· Assistive technology – computers, tablets, phones
· Eye health and Wellbeing
· Leisure, hobbies and interests
Booking is required: Call 0303 123 9999 or Email email@example.com
Funding Surgeries for groups in Newark & Sherwood
Two funding surgeries/workshops are being held in October, giving local groups and organisations the opportunity to meet with the funding teams from The National Lottery Community Fund and The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
- Monday 14th October 2019 - The National Lottery Community Fund
- at Castle House, Newark
- 30 minute slots available from 9am to 1pm
- free to attend, but booking is required : see here for more details and booking information
- Thursday 17th October 2019 - The Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
- at The Lifesprings Centre, Ollerton
- two presentations beginning at 1pm
- free to attend, but booking is required : see here for more details and booking link
BBC Children in Need Small Grants Programme
BBC Children in Need is currently accepting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands that support children and young people who are 18 years and younger.
Organisations must be working to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives. Projects achieve these differences by either working directly with children or seeking to improve their social and physical environments.
Priority will be given to projects where a relatively small amount of money can make a big difference for children and young people.
Deadline: 2nd December 2019 (decision due March 2020)
Further details: BBC Children in Need webpages
One Stop Carriers for Causes
Who can apply: Projects need to be within 2 miles of a participating One Stop store. Paid for through the carrier bag levy, grants are will be available to support projects that benefit local communities – helping to improve lives and local places. Grants are available to non-profit organisations and groups only.
Grant value: Up to £1,000
Deadline: None - this is a rolling programme. Applications are shortlisted on a quarterly basis for panel decision which will take place every three months. Applicants will generally know the outcome of their application within 20 weeks of applying.
Further details: One Stop Carriers for Causes
The National Lottery Community Fund
The Big Lottery Fund has rebranded as “The National Lottery Community Fund”. There are a number of programmes to which VCS organisations may be eligible to apply for funding. Listed below are just a few:
- Awards for All – A quick and simple way to get small National Lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000.
- Funding size: £300 to £10,000
- Reaching Communities – Flexible funding over £10,000 for up to five years to organisations in England who want to take action on the issues that matter to people and communities.
- Total available: Grants of £10,000+ (£190m available this financial year)
- Partnerships – Through Partnerships funding, grants over £10,000 for organisations which work together with a shared set of goals and values.
- Total available: £40m this financial year
- Forces in Mind – Supporting the psychological wellbeing and successful and sustainable transition of veterans and their families into civilian life.
- Total available: £35 million
Deadline: NONE – These are rolling programmes with no deadlines
Further details: The National Lottery Community Fund funding programmes
Please note that Newark & Sherwood CVS advertises vacancies for paid roles on behalf of small charities & voluntary sector groups only.
|Carers Federation : YEI Support Worker
Carers Federation Ltd is a national charity that supports unpaid carers, the people for whom they care and the wider community. This is an exciting role where the successful candidate will support and improve the employment opportunities of Young Adult Carers. Find out more
Closing date: 14 October 2019
|Carers Federation : Young Carer Activity Co-ordinator
Carers Federation Ltd is a national charity that supports unpaid carers, the people for whom they care and the wider community. The role is a very exciting opportunity to use creative and innovative ideas to create an exciting activity programme for Children and Young People. Find out more
Closing date: 14 October 2019
|Self Help UK - Beyond Diagnosis : Macmillan Coordinator
Self Help UK has a vacancy for a Service Coordinator to work in the Beyond Diagnosis Service. Beyond Diagnosis Service provides volunteers to offer one-to-one practical and emotional support to people affected by cancer ... Find out more
Closing date: 15 October 2019
|Sherwood & Newark Citizens Advice : Trainee Debt Caseworker
Citizens Advice Sherwood & Newark are looking to recruit a Trainee Debt Caseworker to join our existing debt team and to assist in the provision of debt advice services to clients... Find out more
Closing date: 16 October 2019
Newark & Sherwood Volunteer Centre
We know that volunteering can make a real difference - to volunteers, communities and the organisations they support. There are loads of ways to get involved. New volunteering opportunities are regularly added to our online database - and it is easily searchable by those looking for a volunteer role to fit their interests.
Once registered with us, organisations can add their volunteer roles direct to the database, they will then receive enquiries direct to their inbox. To check if your group is registered with us, or to sign up so you can start posting your roles contact firstname.lastname@example.org or advertise your volunteer roles here
Support for Groups
On the volunteering page of our website, you can find a wealth of information about support for volunteers, and a range of resources on good practice in volunteer management.
We also host a quarterly Volunteer Coordinator Network which is free and open to anyone who looks after volunteers in Newark & Sherwood (paid or unpaid). This is an opportunity for volunteer managers to come together in a friendly and supportive environment to share information, good practice and network.
Get in touch with our Volunteer Centre Coordinator, Holly, at email@example.com
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 or Katie on 01636 611220 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Find out more about being a volunteer driver
Newark & Sherwood Community Transport Service encompasses both the Voluntary Transport Scheme and the Door2Door Social Car Scheme. More about the schemes.
Current consultations and surveys where your views could help make a difference
Calling all parents, pregnant women and people with respiratory conditions in Mid-Notts
Is one of your family members a parent to a child aged 2-4, pregnant or do they have a respiratory condition where they get a free flu jab from one of the GPs in Mansfield, Ashfield, Newark or Sherwood?
Would they be able to help out the local campaign aimed at these groups to encourage others to get the flu jab? We’re looking for people to have a quick chat about why they’ve had the vaccination.
If you know someone who would be interested you can ask them to email Kerry.Beadling-Barron@nhs.net who will be happy to talk to them.
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.
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