June 2019

News, views and opportunities from the voluntary sector

In this issue:
All Change at CVS!
CVS says hello to Holly Romanowski who has recently joined us. Holly will be taking on two 'interconnected' roles one as Volunteer Coordinator taking over from Helen Stanbridge  and the other as Engagement Worker a new post following a successful bid to the Coalfields Regeneration Trust. (More about this project later)

CVS has also implemented some changes to its management structure that will support the future growth of CVS; strengthen the voice of the sector and provide greater capacity and opportunities for us to help develop and support local groups and organisations. With effect from 1st April, Madeleine O’Sullivan will be Director of Strategy and Helen Stanbridge will be Director of Operations. Both Madeleine & Helen will be visiting local groups and organisations over the next few months to discuss the role of CVS and how we can work with you.

Sadly, we say goodbye to Nickie Anthony and Lis Lawrence - we would like to thank them for all their hard work within the Partnerships and Engagement team and we wish them every success in their future ventures!

Nottinghamshire Mind launches

Bassetlaw Mind and Central Notts Mind (including the former Newark Mind) have merged to become Nottinghamshire Mind.

Nottinghamshire Mind will offer services to meet differing needs - counselling and talking therapies, dementia and memory loss day care provision, peer and group based support, creative therapies, one to one mentoring, training and education.  They offer support, courses and activities in locations across the county - including Newark and Ollerton.

For details, referrals and booking information go to ; follow them on facebook ; telephone 0800 470 0203

Volunteer Recruitment Fair - Saturday 1st June

Newark & Sherwood Community Network have joined forces to host a Volunteer Recruitment Event on Saturday 1st June, from 10am to 3pm at The Buttermarket in Newark.

There will be around 20 groups and organisations who all rely on volunteers in one way or another to help them do what they do. If you've ever thought about volunteering but haven't yet taken the plunge, why not come along and find out about the opportunities that are available.

Newark & Sherwood Community Network

The recently established Newark & Sherwood Community Network is all about groups, organisations and business working together, supporting each other and developing constructive relationships.  Membership is free and is open to VCSE, Statutory & Business organisations that operate within Newark & Sherwood District. Network members came together to organise the Volunteer Recruitment Fair on 1st June, and many of the groups and organisations will be represented there.

The next Network meeting is on Wednesday 10th July 2019 - if your group or organisation would like to join please email and we'll happily add you to the membership.  For more information about the Network, please see our website

Support Groups & Activities

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
Newark Dementia Carers Group
Date: Last Tuesday of the month
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 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 
Time:  11am
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
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

Events, Training & Development

Newark & Sherwood Community Network - Volunteer Recruitment Fair

Over 20 different voluntary, community and charity organisations will be on hand to tell you about what they do, the roles that their volunteers play and what opportunities are currently available.

Date:  Saturday 1st June
Time:  10.00am - 3.00pm

Venue:  The Buttermarket, Newark
Organised by:  Newark & Sherwood Community Network

FREE event - OPEN to all - drop in

Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance - Volunteer Open Days

Come and join the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance at our Volunteers Open Day and find out how you can volunteer for our amazing charity. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet some of the team and speak to our volunteers about the various roles we have available across our Charity. The critical care we provide helps give people their very best chance of survival and recovery. As a charity, we rely on the efforts, ideas and expertise of those who support us, raising both awareness and funds for our critical life-saving work. Your support as a volunteer will be invaluable and whatever time you can give will help us to continue to make a difference within our local communities.

Date:  Saturday 1st June 2019
Time:  11am - 2pm
Location: Notts Office, Unit 2, Chase Park, Daleside Road, Nottingham, NG2 4GT

Date: Saturday 8th June 2019
Time:  11am - 2pm
Location:  Bentley Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, LN4 2QW

To book your place at either event, contact or call 01522 548469.  Tea, coffee and cake will be provided. We look forward to meeting you!

LGBTQ+ Networking and Information Health & Wellbeing Event

Come & learn more about local Healthcare Services and how we are working with our underserved communities, the District Council’s work and an overview training session with David Edgley—LGBT+ Champion.  There will be a wide range of information available from support services.

Date:  24th June 2019
Time:  10am - 2.30pm
Venue:  Castle House, Great North Road, Newark NG24 1BY
Organised by:  Newark & Sherwood CCG and Newark & Sherwood District Council

FREE training event
One delegate per service with priority being given to frontline staff members.  Training will be booked on a first come first served basis.

For more information contact Nickie Anthony on 01636 655719 or email

Change That Lasts Ask Me Community Ambassador training

As well as learning about domestic abuse and how to create safe spaces where survivors can speak out, as a trained Change That Lasts Community Ambassador you will be equipped to listen, believe and guide anyone who shares their personal experiences of domestic abuse towards local specialist support services. Please note the training course isn’t aimed at professionals or career development but is aimed at helping individuals to build confidence to open up conversations around domestic abuse within their own networks and communities.

Dates:  18th and 25th September 2019
Time:  10am - 4pm (lunch is provided)
Location:  Newark
Organised by:  Women's Aid

The training is free and is open to anyone who lives, works, volunteers, or is involved in a community group in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Attendance is required on both days. 

For more information or to complete an Expression of Interest form go to  

Funding Opportunities

Y-Notts Charity : Financial Grants for Young People

Who can apply:  Y-Notts is a Nottingham based charity that gives grants to young people, or groups, for the purpose of furthering education, training and personal development.  To qualify people should generally be aged 15 to 30 and live in Nottinghamshire.  The charity does not fund undergraduate tuition fees or postgraduate courses.
Grant value: Up to £3,000  Please note that grants are only made where no other funding is available and the charity only makes one-off grants.
Deadline:  This is a rolling programme with no deadlines – applications can be sent at any time for consideration in the relevant quarter.  Trustees consider applications quarterly and may require further information before making a decision, so it could take around 3 months for a decision. 
Further details:  Y-Notts Charity website

Coalfields Community Investment Programme

Who can apply: Projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and which address specific themes (see their website).
Grant value:  Up to £10,000
Deadline: Various
Further details: Coalfields website

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

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For more information and options see our funding opportunities page


Volunteer Drivers 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 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.

Step Up Volunteering

“Out of work and want to move forward?  Living in Ollerton and its surrounding areas?  Why not volunteer?"

This is the basic premise behind our new project in Ollerton (funded by Coalfields Community Investment Programme, delivered by the Coalfields Regeneration Trust).  Step Up Volunteering is all about supporting people in to volunteering.

Volunteering can be a valuable stepping stone towards work, a first step, though there are many more benefits to be had. This project will aim to expose those benefits to people, helping them to understand the role that volunteering can play in accessing work, and supporting them to start volunteering.

For more details, contact Holly on 01636 679539 or email
Read more on our website

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

What matters to you about local health and care?

The NHS has recently published a new document called the NHS Long Term Plan.

The plan sets out how services will grow over the coming years to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

To help understand how the plan can fit with what we need in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire it is vital that you share your thoughts views and opinions about local health and care.

There is more than one survey seeking the public's views:

Whether it’s your opinion on what the plan says is important, or how you and your family get health advice, support and services – please join the conversation and make sure your voice is heard.

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