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Autumn Newsletter 2023



What's Coming Up

What's been happening?

Summer Playscheme

Forest School

PGL Residential for over 12's

Special Thanks

Services, Projects, Groups


What's Coming Up?

Halloween Playscheme

We have lots of fun themes, games, activities & arts and crafts planned for the Halloween Playscheme this year!


Ocotober Playscheme trips are: White Post Farm, Notts Maze

Each is priced at £20 per child. Please bring a packed lunch. Arrival times & collection times may vary, please see individual posters. We do not have funded places available on trips.

We have been funded by HAF for this year’s October Playscheme! Please see the information below on HAF funding for Free School Meal Places before booking. You will need your HAF code before your booking is active #HAF2023


Forest School

On Thursdays during Playscheme we will be running Forest School Sessions again for Ocotber! Priced at £7, please bring packed lunch. Sessions are from 10am-3pm, held at Dawn House School. Please drop off & collect from The Social Action Hub.

What is Forest School?

Woodland activities to encourage resilience, confidence, independence and creativity within children whilst improving emotional well-being and mental health. Activities include knot tying, bush crafts, identifying insects and plants and general nature based games & crafts.


Autumn Litter Pick

Who’s coming to our Autumn Litter pick? When- 7th October: 11 am -1 pm Where - The Social Action Hub Why- To help keep the community clean and tidy… and enjoy FREE tea & coffee, a soup-to-go, and cake!

Make sure you wrap up warm and grab a hot drink from the centre before you head out!

Equipment can be provided or you can bring your own


DIY Party Packages

The Social Action Hub is introducing DIY Party Packages! Please see the list of items below included in the packages

Location: The Social Action Hub, Kirklington Road, Rainworth, NG21 0JR

Please note the bouncy castle is for outdoor use only as it's too big to fit inside.

If you’re interested in making a booking or finding out more information please email or call 01623490498 We will do our best to accommodate!


Work in Progress!

We are currently having a new 'Chill out' room installed within the building. This brand-new area will be used daily by the children and young adults during sessions. The Chill out zone will also be available for one - to one meeting during room-hire hours.


Room Hire

It’s unknown to some that we hire our rooms/building out, so we’d like to share with you our current availability

T&C’s Apply and can be read through on the room hire booking agreement form.

Pricing: £15 per hour for corporate / £10 per hour for charities or local causes / £5 additional fee for kitchen use.

Please note: during weektime room hires, our staff will still be in the centre however we can do our best to accommodate you and also have the option available to hire private rooms.


Volunteer Drivers Needed

We are struggling to keep up with the demand for emergency food parcels and food for our services in terms of collection & delivery.

We can work around your schedule, most collections are very flexible and are in the mornings, afternoons, and evenings. Emergency food parcels are as and when they are needed - however, we give hours of notice.

Our volunteers communicate via WhatsApp, please download WhatsApp on your phone to be a volunteer. All information on collection times and days will be posted in the group chat

We do require food hygiene training and a DBS, however, we can provide this if you don’t have them.

We are in desperate need of some more helping hands, you can claim mileage back after every collection and delivery

Feel free to call, email, or message our Facebook to arrange an in-person chat or for more information


What's Been Happening?

Summer Playscheme

Summer playscheme was a blast!

Below are just a handful of pictures of some of the activities the children loved to get involved with... Including the Youth Workers too!


Forest School during Summer

Forest School pics from over Summer Playscheme! We have had a brilliant time! Thank you all for coming and taking part

We’ve cooked hot dogs, foxy pizzas, and s’mores over the fire, we’ve done lots of mini beast identifying, making bug houses, and nature wheels, having a go at using tools with assistance, learning how to make fires and playing fun games in the woodland!


PGL Residentials for Over 12's

Our Over 12's had a fab weekend at PGL, they got stuck in with all sorts of activities including Zip wire, Laser tag, Rock climbing, The Giant Swing, Axe throwing, and much more!


The Sherwood Fundraiser

The Sherwood Pub which is a local to our community has raised an enormous amount of money for us here at The Social Action Hub. The fundraiser was to raise funds for food provision and emergency food parcels.

It was a great turnout out and we are extremely grateful for everyone's support thank you to The Sherwood Pub for hosting this event.


Counselling Sessions

The Social Action Hub is offering FREE counselling sessions on Thursday evenings & Saturday mornings delivered by Paul Ainger.

Anyone can refer, our main focus is on targeting men’s mental health, however, everyone is welcome to book for counselling sessions.

Often counselling can give you the space to safely explore confusion, pain, anger, and sadness and connect to the powerful feelings that can arise following abuse, oppression, trauma or bereavement. Or it can simply help you get to know yourself better. It’s all about finding the right therapeutic relationship that helps you feel safe enough to explore yourself and your world.

Would you like a check-in with a qualified counsellor?

Fill in a referral form to book a mental health support session below:


Special Thanks...…

Stakeholders & Partners

The following stores/organisations support Team Foodshare by providing surplus food that is used for emergency food parcels, the free Youth Community Fridge, free meals for kids during school holidays, cooking sessions, The Chatty Café, and The Social Supermarket.

  • Fareshare East Midlands

  • Tesco

  • Asda

  • Sainsburys

  • Aldi

  • Lidl

  • Marks and Spencer

  • Nando's

  • Greggs

  • Blue Cross

  • Co-op

  • Magic Little Grants

  • Midcounties Coop

  • Central Coop

  • Julia & Hans Rausling Trust

  • Hubbub

  • Veolia Community Grant

We are so very grateful to the staff who make sure that our donations are fit for re-distribution and support us.



As The Social Supermarket has seen a decrease in donations in the recent months due to the cost of living crisis, we’d like to thank you all for helping us top up our stock and continuing to donate where you can! All items go to The Social Supermarket & Emergency Food Parcels

Special thanks to:

The Lurcher Pub

The Lurcher was involved in helping us raise funds for The Social Action Hub by running General Knowledge quizzes as well as sticky 13s. The events were very successful and we can't thank The Lurcher enough for running this for us. All money that has been raised will go towards emergency food parcels and food provision.


Staff & Volunteers

Here at The Social Action Hub, we have over 20 volunteers. Our volunteers help to collect donations, work in The Social Supermarket, run projects for example The Chatty Cafe, and much more. Every month we award a volunteer with 'The Volunteer of the Month. Below are Volunteers who have been chosen this quarterly.

August - Helen: For settling in well into the team and continuing with support with collections.

July - Debi: Thanking her for all the hard work and effort she puts in by picking up collections and delivering food parcels.

June - Andrea: Thanking her for all the time she’s given, a joy to work with, and for always being positive.

September - Anne Marie: For all your hard work towards The Social Supermarket and all the spare time she spends collecting donations.


Find out more about our Services, Projects and Groups

WI - Women's institute

The WI is a unique organisation shaped by its members. In 1915, we set out to give women a voice and to be a force for good in the community. Since then, our members and our ambitions alike have grown tremendously. Today, we are the largest women’s organisation in the UK and we pride ourselves on being a trusted place for all women of all generations, to share experiences and learn from each other. A WI membership offers the opportunity to meet women in your local area in-person and virtually, to make friends and make a difference in your community. We campaign nationally on a wide range of issues and provide life-long learning and self-development opportunities for women in England and Wales.

We meet on the 1st Thursday of the month at the Social Action Club. Our programme for the remainder of 2023;

  • 3rd August no meeting but an outing on the Princess Cruiser

  • 7th September Women piolets during the War

  • 5th October talk by RNLI

  • 2nd November Christmas crafts

  • 5th December Christmas meal

Youth Community Fridge - Click on the link

The Social Supermarket - Click on the link

Emergency Food Parcels - Click on the link

Volunteering Opportunities - Click on the link

Google Reviews - Click on the link

Register to become a volunteer HERE



Click HERE to give us your feedback. We'd love to hear from you!

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