Summer 2018 

News, views and opportunities from the voluntary sector

In this issue:
Welcome to our Summer Newsletter.  Our next bulletin will be in September, unless we hear any news that we can't wait that long to share!!

Age Friendly Nottinghamshire's ‘Take a Seat’ initiative wants more shops, businesses and meeting places to have a seat available in case an older person needs to catch their breath and rest while they're out shopping.  The scheme aims to raise awareness of how older people sometimes struggle to access their local area because there isn’t enough seating available for them to rest.


Advice is also available on how to make premises more age friendly in other ways, such as making sure the floor is level and clutter free to prevent trips and slips, lighting is clear and bright, steps have a handrail, products on shelves are within easy reach, toilets are provided where possible and that any music is played at a moderate level.


Launched initially in Beeston and Mansfield, Take a Seat is free to sign up to for businesses and will be rolled out to other areas of the county over the next two years. If you would like to find out more or own a business that would like to sign up to the scheme please call 0115 977 4438 or visit the website:

It would be brilliant to see businesses across Newark & Sherwood signing up for this great initiative!

Read more

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

GP Extended Access Service

Did you know that GP surgeries across mid-Nottinghamshire now offer evening and weekend appointments?  Appointments are available between 6.30 and 8pm and on Saturday mornings too.
The appointment might not be at your usual surgery, but at another one nearby. Your GP surgery will be able to provide more information about the location at the time of booking.

Just call your own GP surgery and ask for an evening or weekend appointment.
Ask at your surgery, go to: or call the Patient Experience Team Freephone: 0800 028 3693

Celebrate your community champions


Nottinghamshire Community Heroes is seeking nominations for people who go the extra mile for a neighbour, an organisation or a local community. Some ideas for nominees are those who help vulnerable people with shopping, provide a lift to a medical appointment, support young people in their community, volunteer for a good cause, or lead a local community project which has made a difference to people’s lives. 
To nominate go to 
Read more 


Balderton Memory Cafe

Date: Third Tuesday of the month (19th June, 17th July)
Time: 10.30 – 12.30pm
Venue:  The Salvation Army, Church Centre, Mead Way, Balderton, Newark, NG24 3GA
Contact:  01909 730886


Cancer Support Group (Newark)

A new group providing support and friendship to anyone affected by cancer.
Date:  Last Tuesday of the month (26th June, 31st July)
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  (12th July)
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

Newark Dementia Carers Group

Date: Last Tuesday of the month (26th June, 31st July)
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.

MS Support Group Coffee Morning

Date: Every 3rd Wednesday (20th June, 18th July)
Time:  11am
Venue:  Hardy's Farm Shop Café (The Back Room), off Fosse Road, Farndon, Newark
Contact:  Kate Else on 07817 185744


Ollerton Memory Café

Date:  Monday 25th June
Time: 1pm – 4pm 
Venue:  Lifespring Centre, Sherwood Drive, New Ollerton
Contact:  Carole or Terry Bell - 01623 862478


Newark Live at Home Scheme

Live at Home Schemes offer services and support to help older people lead independent, active and fulfilled lives, and to live securely. 
Contact them direct for information about what services they provide in Newark.
Office:  The Aura Business Centre, Manners Road, Newark  NG24 1BS
Contact: 01636 674521


Free core training for new childminders

Are you interested in becoming a childminder? In association with At Home Childcare, Nottinghamshire County Council is offering three days worth of funded training for Nottinghamshire residents.  There may be further extra incentives to train if you live in areas such as Newark, Retford, Sutton-in-Ashfield or Worksop
The next course takes place in mid-June.
Find out more from At Home Childcare


* Big Lottery Funding Surgeries *

The team from the Big Lottery will be hot-desking at Mansfield CVS every 3rd Thursday of the month from 10am - 4pm.  
Dates are:  19th July; 16th August; 20th September and 18th October
To book your 45 minute slot to discuss your ideas and find out more about the funding opportunities email
For more about the different funding streams available from the Big Lottery visit their website

BBC Children in Need grants

Who can apply: Charities working with disadvantaged children/young people aged 18 or younger
Grant value: Up to £10,000
2 September 2018 and 2 December 2018 (midnight).

Further details: See the Children in Need website


Garfield Weston Foundation one-off charitable fund

Who can apply:  Registered charities, places of worship and state schools in the UK for projects which benefit communities.
Grant value:  £30 - 150,000 (Total project costs must be above £30,000).
Deadline: 30th June 2018
Further details:  Garfield Weston 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

Nottinghamshire County Council Community Commemoration Fund

Purpose:  Towns and villages across the county can apply for funds to help them commemorate the Great War in their local area. 
Who can apply:  Local groups such as historical societies, parish councils, schools, uniformed groups such as cadets, scouts and guides, youth clubs, church groups and art societies.
All applications must be supported by the group’s county councillor.
Grant value:  Up to £300
Deadline:   13 July 2018
This round of funding covers events and activities taking place between 1 August  2018 and 11 November 2018.
Further details:  Community Commemoration Fund

Big Lottery Fund Relaunches Reaching Communities England

Purpose:  The Big Lottery Fund is seeking ideas for projects that will improve communities across England. The funding can support project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs and can support work for up to five years.
Who can apply:   To be eligible, groups need to show how their ideas meet the following three priorities: (1) Bring people together and build strong relationships in and across communities; (2) Improve the places and spaces that matter to communities; (3) Enable more people to fulfil their potential by working to address issues at the earliest possible stage.
Organisations that are interested in applying will need to have an initial discussion with the Big Lottery Fund about their proposed idea. If the idea is accepted, the Big Lottery Fund panel of staff will then invite a full proposal.
Grant value:  More than £10,000
Deadline:  NONE - This is a rolling programme with no deadlines
Further details:  Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities
Veolia Environmental Trust Accepting Applications for Projects Starting in 2019

Who can apply:  Constituted not-for-profit organisations can apply as long as their project is located within five miles of a Veolia Environmental Services facility. This could be a landfill site, Energy Recovery Facility or Materials Recycling Facility. 
Projects should fall into one of 3 categories:  Community building; Outdoor spaces including nature reserves & community gardens; Play and Recreation.
Grant Value:  Between £10,000 and £75,000 for capital improvement projects at a single site with discrete start and end dates. Match funding of at least 20% is required, and applicants requesting grants of £40,000 or more require a Third Party Contribution.
Deadline:  The next phases for Stage 1 applications are:
     - Between 1 June 2018 and 30 August 2018 for projects taking place between 7 January 2019 and 25 March 2019.
     - Between 31 August 2018 and 10 January 2019 for projects taking place between 26 March 2019 and 18 June 2010.
Further details:

For more info on the options available, see our funding opportunities page

Job Vacancies

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

Think for the Future is recruiting
Behaviour Mentors (x 3 posts)
Behaviour Mentors are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive programme for pupils who are disengaged with their education and/or overall wellbeing. They work closely with challenging young people aged 11-16, who have been identified by their school as at-risk of being excluded, to address the issues that are preventing them from achieving their full potential and support the process of successfully reintegrating them back into education.  

Hours:  30-37.5 hours (flexible)
Salary:  £17,160 – £20,000 per year

Location:   Various locations across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. The role therefore requires travel and it is essential for the applicant to have access to their own transport.

For further details and an application pack go to
Closing date:  23rd July 2018  (please note, applications will close when posts are filled)

Mansfield CVS is recruiting

Chief Executive Officer

Mansfield CVS is seeking to appoint a full time Chief Executive Officer, to lead the organisation in delivering its new strategic plan, developing internal systems of the organisation and strategically promoting its work with partners in the local voluntary and community sector.

Full Time:  37hrs per week – Permanent Post
Salary:  £33,862.40 per annum

For further details and an application pack visit or email
Closing date: 29th June 2018 at 12noon ; Interview date: w/c 23rd July 2018

Sherwood & Newark CAB is recruiting

Advice Service Manager

We are looking to appoint a driven, highly motivated and experienced individual as our Advice Service Manager. You will be part of a small dynamic leadership team; will contribute to the development and delivery of the service; manage and inspire staff and volunteers and directly supervise and deliver high quality advice through face to face, telephone and other media.  A member of the Senior Management Team reporting directly to the Chief Officer.

Location:​ ​Newark & Sherwood District

Hours:  30hrs per week - Permanent Post
Salary: £25,463 to £27,358 (pro rata) plus Pension contribution

For further details and an application pack, please email: ​​ or call 01623 861769
Closing date:   ​Thursday 28th June 2018 at 10am ; Interview Date: ​Friday 6th July 2018 


N&S CVS 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

Volunteer Coordinators Meeting
Meet with other volunteer managers in a supportive environment to share information, good practice and network. If you're not involved but think it might useful to you, please contact us at for details.  Meetings are held quarterly.

Volunteer Drivers 
Our Voluntary Transport Scheme & Door2Door are looking for drivers in the Newark & Sherwood area - particularly on the Ollerton side of the district.
Contact Lucy Fountain on 01636 611220 or Katie Freeman on 01636 610773 or

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

Below are details on some of the opportunities and events taking place where you can contribute your opinion and share your experience with others:

Public Health Nottinghamshire County

Public Health Nottinghamshire County is looking at Public Health services and would like your help to shape what will be provided from 2020 onwards.  They want to make it as easy as possible for people to use these services and get the information they need to be physically and emotionally healthy.  They have some ideas about how they could do this but want to hear the public's views.
There are two different ways to have your say;
Venue Date Time Link
Retford Town Hall (Ball Room),
17 The Square,
DN22 6DE
4th July 2018 2-4:30pm Book Here - Session 1
Retford Town Hall (Ball Room),
17 The Square,
DN22 6DE
4th July 2018 5-7:30pm Book Here - Session 2
Nottinghamshire County Hall,
West Bridgford,
19th July 2018 2-4:30pm Book Here - Session 3
Nottinghamshire County Hall,
West Bridgford,
19th July 2018 5-7:30pm Book Here - Session 4
John Fretwell Sporting Complex,
Sookholme Road,
NG19 8LL
25th July 2018 2-4:30pm Book Here - Session 5
John Fretwell Sporting Complex,
Sookholme Road,
NG19 8LL
25th July 2018 5-7:30pm Book Here - Session 6

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