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Good Neighbours social afternoons

Good Neighbours is a community based, voluntary run, social outreach to the local community. It’s a free afternoon on the first Wednesday of every month from 1:30 – 3:30pm for the over 50s' put on by The Rock Church in partnership with Rushcliffe CVS and the Carer’s Trust.  Join in with the activities planned or just come and have a cuppa and a chat.

  • Wednesday Mar 1st – Chair based exercises – “Movement afternoon”
  • Wednesday Apr 5th – Quiz
  • Wednesday May 3rd  – Music maker
  • Wednesday June 7th - Bingo!
  • Wednesday July 5th -  Table top games

For further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the church on 07913 426051

Take a Breather - New Respiratory Wellbeing Service

Rushcliffe CVS is working with Nottingham North Take a Breather logo April 17 oval only and East Clinical Commissioning Group to deliver
a weekly community-based respiratory wellbeing service based in Arnold, for people with COPD and other severe respiratory conditions. 

Rebecca Archibald is the service's co-ordinator and works two days a week on the project.

Many people with severe respiratory disease find it hard to manage their condition and can become very isolated, and this can cause low mood, anxiety and exacerbation of their symptoms. 

Read more: Take a Breather - New Respiratory Wellbeing Service

Good news for our Rushcliffe Befriends scheme

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We’re over the moon with the news that we have secured funding from the Big Lottery to continue our successful Rushcliffe Befriends service for another 3 years.hi big e pink for online

Befriending helps people who are lonely and isolated to re-engage with their community, helps with self-esteem and confidence and makes people feel ready to take on life again in the outside world. Rushcliffe Befriends matches volunteer ‘friends’ with people who need that bit of extra help or support.

Read more: Good news for our Rushcliffe Befriends scheme

Rushcliffe Community Awards – Our Voluntary Transport Scheme a Winner!!

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We're really pleased to announce that Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme won the 'Good Deeds' award at the recent Rushcliffe Community Awards ceremony.

Read more: Rushcliffe Community Awards – Our Voluntary Transport Scheme a Winner!!

A Word from Richard McCallum, our new Chairperson

It is with pleasure that I am writing this article on becoming the chairperson of Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Services (RCVS), and an honour in following the footsteps of my illustrious predecessors.  I have lived in Rushcliffe for over 30 years and though mainly retired now I worked for over 35 years in the NHS in a variety of roles – clinical, managerial, public health and as a Director.  I have been a volunteer both in the UK and overseas.

Read more: A Word from Richard McCallum, our new Chairperson

Rushcliffe Play Forum now open on the first Saturday of the month

The Rushcliffe Play Forum is a Registered Charity, its aim
is to support people within the borough of   Rushcliffe play forum picture 2Rushcliffe and surrounding areas, to be imaginative, inspiring, stimulated and motivated to create better and stronger communities.Communities are not just about houses, schools, churches, shops, children, young people, adults, they are about all of these and more. ... We are working together to address the “educational, physical, emotional, cultural and social needs” of everyone. Rushcliffe Play Forum provides a range of services including scrapstore, arts and craft shop, workshops, advice and support. 

Read more: Rushcliffe Play Forum now open on the first Saturday of the month

Valuing volunteers in prison: a review of volunteer involvement in prisons

Clinks is an organisation that supports voluntary organisation who work with offenders and their families. valuing vols in prisonThey have recently produced a report ‘Valuing volunteers in prison’ which outlines the enormous impact volunteers have on the lives and rehabilitation chances of offenders.

Rushcliffe CVS has a particular interest in the Clinks report as we run the visitor centre at HMP Whatton.  You can find out more about the centre on our website here.

The report is available at: 

http://www.clinks.org/resources-reports/valuing-volunteers-prison-review-volunteer-involvement-prisons

Passengers rate Gedling voluntary transport service excellent

All passengers rate Gedling Voluntary transport service very
highly – with over two thirds rating it as for web Gedling CVS driver appeal Richard Morris photo‘excellent’ and all the rating it as good or very good. The service provides safe, affordable, reliable transport for elderly and disabled people living in  Gedling who find it difficult to use taxis or public transport and who don’t have access to a car.

All passengers were sent an annual satisfaction survey this spring to which over 70 replies were received. This is the first year the service has been run by Rushcliffe CVS and feedback proves that it is a much-valued service. Many passengers use the service to get to health appointments, followed by visiting friends or relatives, for social outings, going to the hairdressers and shopping.

Read more: Passengers rate Gedling voluntary transport service excellent

It takes all sorts….

Allsorts, a south Notts-based social group Allsorts Janefor young disabled adults, is looking for new
members and new volunteers thanks to receiving a Big Lottery grant of £10,000. The group is looking to spend the grant on marketing to attract new members and new volunteers so the group can expand.

The group gives disabled adults aged 18 to 40 the chance to get out and about and socialise, something that was very much lacking when the group was started 23 years ago by its founder Jane Hawthorn. The group caters for adults with physical, sensory and mild learning disabilities.

Read more: It takes all sorts….

Become A Safe Place

A place in the community where vulnerable people can get help if they are in distress 
 
9 out of 10 people with learning disabilities have experienced a hate incident over the last year. This can affect their ability to access businesses and services in the community and lead a full life. The Safe Place Scheme provides Safe Places in the community where vulnerable people can go if they get into trouble. They may feel: unsafe, frightened, bullied, or have experienced name calling or violence.

Read more: Become A Safe Place

Need professional help? - ProHelp

ProHelp is a resource of professionals firms, formed to provide free* professional services to voluntary and community enterprises in their local area.

The professional firms undertake one-off projects, which could include feasibility studies, structural surveys, developing PR & marketing strategies and business plans, graphic design and re-branding, legal and accountancy advice and property valuations.

Read more: Need professional help? - ProHelp

Disability Discrimination Guide

ACAS have just updated their Disability Discrimination Guide. You can find it on their website by following this link.

Rushcliffe CVS needs Trustees

Rushcliffe Community & Voluntary Service (RCVS) is looking for enthusiastic volunteers with an interest in the community to serve on its Board of Trustees. The trustee role is interesting, demanding and valuable with members helping to develop the organisation, its services and ensuring its continuity.

RCVS already has a strong trustee group who carry out effective governance. However, there are some areas where more expertise is required, for example, in marketing and communications, HR, business planning and commissioning services.  Trustees can come from any sector or background, for example business, voluntary, education or public sectors.

Anyone interested should contact Carolyn Perry, Chief Executive on 0115 969 9060 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Short leaflets from Disclosure and Barring Service

The Disclosure and Barring Service has a number of new short leaflets, available in pdf and hard copy. These include: Disclosure application process for volunteers, DBS checks: case studies, DBS barring: making a referral.

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Rushcliffe CVS 50+ User Group

The Rushcliffe CVS 50 + User Group was established in October 2011 to assist Rushcliffe CVS in identifying and prioritising the support needs of older people in Rushcliffe and facilitating user involvement in the design and delivery of current and future projects. We would like to broaden the membership so are keen to hear from people who have an interest in older people’s issues to assist us in shaping our services and projects in the future.

Members should be 50 or over and live in Rushcliffe.   We meet every few months and travel expenses are paid.  We may be able to assist with transport as necessary. If you are interested in finding out more, please have a chat with Jess Molineaux on 0115 969 9060 extension 128 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Does your group need DBS/CRB checks?

You can search for an 'umbrella body' to complete checks on your behalf at https://www.gov.uk/find-dbs-umbrella-body .
Nottinghamshire County Council also offers a DBS checking service. For groups in receipt of grant-aid funding, the service is free; for groups not in receipt of grant aid, there is a £10 administration fee. If any organisation wishes to use the NCC DBS service, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Activities and Services for our community

Churches Together West Bridgford have put together a handy leaflet of activities and services as a gift to their community. Many of them are free and they are open to anyone.

The activities are divided as follows:

  • For children and young people
  • For older people
  • For those with special needs
  • For all ages

You can download the leaflet pdfhere.

Further details can be found at www.churchestogetherwb.org