We support community and voluntary groups in Rushcliffe, from advice centres and lunch clubs to wildlife trusts and scout groups. We're here to help and inspire groups and organisations to get started and run professionally. We offer expert advice and assistance with training, fundraising and volunteering, as well as giving encouragement and moral support.
And because we believe in what these groups stand for, we endeavour to represent their views to those who make decisions affecting their work. To get a fuller picture, click on the Services, Projects and Volunteers tabs.
13/14 August and 10/11 September 2016
Another four years have come around and this summer sees the biggest sporting event on the plant take place in Rio de Janeiro. We are marking this across Rushcliffe by inviting sports clubs and organisations to celebrate and get more people active over two weekends - 13/14 August and 10/11 September. Taster events, family fun days, barbeques, inclusive activities, organised matches or tournaments are ways in which people can get involved with Rushcliffe’s celebration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Thursday 25th August, 2 - 8pm
Adbolton Lane, National Watersports Centre
The festival is being held by the Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust and includes events such as archaelogical museum, pond dipping, binocular demo, green wood crafts.
Tel: 0115 958 8242 for more details or download a poster here.
Rushcliffe CVS News keeps you up to date with interesting and relevant news and information for the voluntary sector; we let you know what is going on in and around Rushcliffe, keep you informed about new funding opportunities, policy development, health news and more.
Our July newsletter is now out
Six out of ten people surveyed* say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund wants tohelp change this with their Celebrate! programme.
They are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. You could celebrate something from your community's history or a local hero. Or maybe it could a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better. They have a total of £3.875m for projects in England.
*YouGov poll on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund with 2,109 respondents, June 2016
The Rushcliffe Sports Awards are an integral part of the sporting calendar in Rushcliffe and is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the Borough’s sports people. The Sports Awards aim to mark the achievements, dedication and determination of our athletes and the invaluable contribution of our voluntary coaches, officials and administrators.
The awards are organised in partnership with the Rushcliffe School Sports Partnership and the 2016 awards will take place on Wednesday 23 November at The Becket School.
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I am interested in exploring the meaning and value of food shopping to older people, and in identifying any problems they may have with shopping for food. I have designed the following questionnaire, click on the web link which I would like you to complete as accurately as you can. I intend to share my research findings with food retailers large and small, so that I may help them to respond to the problems older people face when going food shopping. The data you provide through completing this questionnaire will be stored securely, will remain confidential, and will not be shared with any retailer.
Without knowing it, by the time we reach our 40s and 50s many of us will have dramatically increased our chances of becoming ill later in life. Whether we are eating the wrong things, drinking more than we should, continuing to smoke despite everything we know, or just not being active enough, all of these small things can add up to an unhealthy you.
Making better choices today can have a huge influence on our health, and could prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and reduce our risk of suffering a stroke or living with dementia, disability and frailty in later life. But it's not easy in our busy lives – tempting treats in easy reach, bigger portions for everything we eat and technology that allows us to shop, stay in touch and be entertained without ever having to leave the sofa. Modern life is ganging up on us.
As the Beatles said “Help…we need somebody and not just anybody…”
Nicky Mee, voluntary transport coordinator at Rushcliffe CVS, said: “We need someone to help us run the Gedling Voluntary Transport Scheme on a Wednesday and a Friday morning from 9am until 12.30am starting in July. One of our vital volunteers Mary Corcoran (pictured) is leaving to set up a new home in Somerset and we need someone special and dedicated to replace her in the office.”
Volunteering has many advantages both to us and to the people who volunteer. Volunteers tell us it gives them something worthwhile to do, makes them feel good, improves their confidence and self-esteem, gets them out meeting new people and doing new things, improves their skills and gives them something to look forward to.”
/// Special summer disco Friday 29th July, 6 - 8pm. St Peter's Rooms, Ruddington. Download here for a poster///
We are a small group of residential care workers who found that there were limited low cost activities for adults with learning disabilities and even fewer social events eg. discos. Our aim is to promote health improvement through
• Social inclusion
Now in their 24th year the Guardian Charity Awards are the only showcase specifically for small and medium sized UK charities in a sector often dominated by larger organisations.
At a time of continuing austerity, with funding from central and local government increasingly scarce, this is a unique opportunity to highlight the flexibility, innovation and reach into communities that are the hallmarks of the best smaller charities.
Deadline for entries is 19 August.
Go to their website here to see how to apply and list of prizes.
Our Voluntary Transport schemes cover Rushcliffe and Gedling
with the help of our fantastic volunteer drivers and office volunteers.
They provide safe and affordable transport to people who experience difficultes accessing transport.
For more information about the schemes click here .
You can also download a leaflet about the Gedling scheme here.
(A leaflet for Rushcliffe will be available shortly)
Clinks is an organisation that supports voluntary organisation who work with offenders and their families. They 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:
Click on the logo above to view the latest Directory of Activities - currently July 2016. For more information about Rushcliffe Befriends, click here.
July is national Scams Awareness month - make sure you read these posters and be vigilant to the latest ways fraudsters are trying to steal from you. You can click on any of the following five posters to get good advice:
The Nottinghamshire Carers Hub are holding their annual roadshow around the county. In Rushcliffe this will be held at the Lark in the Park event in West Bridgford, NG2 6AT on Wednesday 3 August, 10.00 – 4.00.
For more information, call the Carers Hub on 0115 824 8824.
You can download a poster showing other roadshow venues here.
Monday 1st August, 10.00am – 2.00pm
Julian Cahn Pavilion, West Park, Loughborough Road, West Bridgford NG2 7JE
RACA (Rushcliffe Asian Community Association) are holding their popular event again this summer. Their theme this year is ‘Help someone become a Donor’ with a focus on bone marrow, blood and organs. The Anthony Nolan organisation which specialises in blood cancer donation will be represented.
Other information stands include our own Rushcliffe CVS, Nottinghamshire NHS Blood and Transplant, Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group, Yes I Donate organ donation and Donor Connect. On the healthy theme there will be an exercise session too as well as an Indian Meal.
Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service is a registered charity (number 1079880) and a company limited by guarantee (number 3867757), registered in England and Wales.