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May-tastic Blog Post! 2024



We have so much to share with you about our recent projects and upcoming events!

Please see contents page below to find what you are looking for :)


Contents

What's been happening?


Coming up in May & June


Ongoing Services



 


Donations

Thanks to our donors, funders & supporters, we have received some amazing donations this April, that contribute to a range of different services at The Social Action Hub!


Thank you to:

Sarah Kelley, Thomas Farr Charity, Hubbubs, John from Blidfest, Ravenshead & Blidworth Rotary Club, Co-op, Rainworth Co-op Funeral Care, NCC Fire Service, J N Derbyshire, Newark & Sherwood District Council, Karen Brogden, Beryl Green, Alison Heslop, Holiday Activities and Food


All of your amazing contributions are greatly appreciated!


 

April Playscheme

This April Playscheme, we've had an absolute blast! Thank you to all who came and took part in our awesome sessions, we hope you all had fun! Our session themes this Playscheme were: World Autism Day, Easter, Party Day, Rainworth Recyclers, Messy Madness, A Trip to Neverland & Food Fun!


The First week of April Playscheme had been kindly funded by Holiday Activities and Food (HAF)! Which meant we were able to provide free places and dinners for all children in receipt of benefit related Free School Meals or an EHCP.



For a more in-depth session-by-session breakdown, please click here to see our Facebook Posts.


 

Forest School

We had a fantastic time at Forest School throughout Playscheme on Thursdays! The first session was themed around the 'wonderful woodlands' and entailed magic wands, potions & spells with the fairy of enchantments & using tools to make some fairy furniture. The second session was 'survival kit' themed, and covered topics such as making fires with the kelly kettle, building dens, making mini rafts, a blind sensory trail challenge & survival themed games.



For a more in-depth session-by-session breakdown, please click here to see our Facebook Posts.


 

Community Litter Pick

What a turn out we had at our Spring Litter Pick! We had almost 30 volunteers coming to help tidy up the streets of Rainworth, and collected around 67 bags of rubbish & cleared out the large objects blocking the stream (down pit lane)! That is just incredible.

All volunteers had a tasty bacon / egg cob as a thank you!



Thank you to all who helped out!


 

Open Doors - Palace Players

We have had 3 amazing Music & Movement sessions for under 4's so far, and 1 more to go! The sessions are interactive and encourage young ones to boost their confidence and practice their motor skills.



"Superb, we had a great time! See you next week x"

"Attended today what a great session. My granddaughter loved it. Will be there again next week."


It's not too late to book the last session on 7th May! Book here


 

IPS Employment Specialists - Drop-in Sessions

Are you looking for work but worried about your physical or mental health issues?

IPS Employment Specialists can help you!


Pop in for a drop-in session with Liz, she will be at The Social Action Hub once every 2 weeks! Upcoming dates are: 13th May, 27th May, 10th June, 24th June



 

The Chatty Cafe re-opening

After our closure during the April school holidays for Playscheme, The Chatty Cafe is now back open!

The Chatty Cafe is free and open to everyone, come down and have a chat with one of our volunteers, or someone from the community. Have a cuppa & a tasty pasty!


All you have to do is sign up as a member, free of charge - Sign up here.


Once again we've had a lovely visit from Paddy (Dunromin on The Hill Therapy Dogs) on Thursday 25th April 2024. If you want to meet one of their friendly four-legged friends, they come to visit The Chatty Cafe on the last Thursday of every month.


We've had such a good time catching up over the past 2 weeks, we didn't get a chance to snap any pictures with service users! However, you can see everyone had lots of choice of delicious snacks and drinks.



The Chatty Cafe is open every Thursday during term time from 10am-12pm


 

Revive - Online Charity Shop

Thank you to all who have ordered from our online charity shop! It has been amazing to see the orders come through from something that was once merely a suggestion a few months ago!


Download the 'Spaces for Wix' app to check out our brand new categories: Women's, Men's, Children & Toys, Technology, Car & Travel, Arts & Crafts, Home, Garden, Kitchen & Cleaning, Sports & Leisure, Clothing & Accessories, Beauty, PPE & Baby Bank!


Or, visit our website to browse


We've found some of our best bargains & items that are cheap as chips!



 

Visit from ITV & Claire Ward for East Midlands Mayor


On Monday 22nd April 2024, we had an exciting visit from ITV film crew and Claire Ward for East Midlands Mayor, to take them through The Social Action Hub and all of the projects & services we provide for our community. This endeavour will air on ITV, more information to be released soon.



"A huge thank you to The Social Action Hub for having me today. It was fantastic to hear about all of the great work you’re doing to support the local community in Rainworth. I look forward to supporting you further if I become the East Midlands Mayor, as part of my drive to make the East Midlands the best place to live, work and learn." - Claire Ward


 

April Youth Club Sessions

Youth Club is back on! We have already had so much fun at April Youth Club sessions in the past few weeks, and are looking forward to having more in May.


So far we have enjoyed: World Art Day, Earth Day, The Time Capsule Projects & St George's Day.



To see the latest sessions and timetables, follow our Facebook.


Tonight's session at Rainworth Youth Club is 'May the Force', a session that you Star Wars lovers will love! Book below or see what's coming up.


Please note: We are closed for the bank holiday on Monday 6th May 2024



 


 

May Carboot Sale

We are excited to see you all this weekend for our May Carboot Sale! We have lots of stalls to come and browse, including items from our online shop, that will be at a discounted rate!


£1 Entry Fee per adult


It's not too late to get a stall! There are still spaces outside for a stall, however we don't have any spare tables left to borrow so you'll need to be able to provide your own.

Stalls are £5 each.


Don't miss out on the raffles!


Make sure to fill out a survey with one of our team about your visit, as we are holding these events every month - Your Feedback Matters!


Are you coming? Let us know! I'm coming


 

Women's Institute

Women's Institute (WI) have been frequent room hirers and long time supporters of The Social Action Hub for quite some time. They have recently shared some information about their upcoming session on Thursday 2nd May.



"Thursday 2nd May, the ladies of the local WI will be meeting at the Social Action Hub, Kirklington Road, Rainworth from 6.45 when doors are open for a 7 pm start to 9 pm. Interested in learning more about the local WI group? Why not come along and check us out. We are very friendly, and there's a cuppa and a biscuit waiting for you. No charge for your first visit, and you can find out what we are up to for the year, both on a national and local level of the National Federation of Women's Institute. Last month, we had a party to celebrate the 92nd anniversary of this group setting up. This month, we are doing a spot of flower arranging."


 

Games night at The Lurcher - Pub Fundraiser


Thursday 2nd May will be the start to our games night fundraisers at The Lurcher Pub!


Come and play some sticky 13's, bingo & quizzes to raise funds for The Social Action Hub from 7:30pm


If you miss out, don't worry! More will be running on 6th June, 4th July & 1st August.


We'll see you there!


The Lurcher, Westbrook Drive, Rainworth, NG21 0FB



 

Walk & Talk

On 18th May 2024, we are returning with another Walk & Talk. This time we will be walking to Rainworth Strawberry Hill Health Nature Reserve.


Everyone is welcome, including your 4-legged friends! Come for a peaceful walk through the woodlands and have a chat with other people in your community and make new connections.


Are you coming? Let us know! I am coming

 

Get Into Gardening

Do you want to learn more about gardening? Then this course is for you!


Every Wednesday starting from 1st May 2024, ATTFE are coming to The Social Action Hub to run Get Into Gardening from 10am-1pm.


This course is FREE! Not to mention the free gardening kit for all learners.


The course will run from 1st May - 17th July, so there's still room for late-comers!


All bookings are made through ATTFE, please email college@attfe.org.uk or call 01623 441310


 

April & May Youth Club Timetable

We've had such a brilliant start to Youth Club this April, and there's still much more to come in May! Sessions are for ages 5-12 and are FREE! All children have access to our Youth Community Fridge which provides young people with free food and snacks.



Blidworth Youth Club - Mondays 4:30pm-6:30pm at Blidworth Oaks Primary School

Upcoming Session Dates: 13th May & 20th May


Rainworth Youth Club - Wednesdays 4:30pm-6:30pm at The Social Action Hub

Upcoming Session Dates: 1st May, 8th May, 15th May & 22nd May


 To see our most recent timetables and sessions, please click here to see our Facebook Posts.


Book here:


 

Pet First Aid Course

Just last week we launched our very first Pet First Aid Course with Dunromin on The Hill Therapy Dogs!


Learn how to give emergency first aid to your pets in this accredited course for a minimum donation of £5 (please pay cash as this will be put in a donation bucket for Dunromin on The Hill) - receive a free basic first aid kit!


Monday 17th June 4pm-8pm &

Saturday 22nd June 10am-2pm


Happening at The Social Action Hub!


The spaces are booking up quick, there are still spaces left! Book below:



 

June Carboot Sale

Let's get these community carboots rollin'! Next up: 1st June 2024 (June Carboot)

Make sure you hold onto your pre-loved items if you missed the last sale!


£1 Entry Fee per adult


It's not too late to get a stall! We can provide some tables on a first come, first serve basis.

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Stalls are £5 each.


Don't miss out on the raffles!


All Community Carboot dates:

4th May, 1st June, 6th July, 3rd August, 28th September


Make sure to fill out a survey with one of our team about your visit, as we are holding these events every month - Your Feedback Matters!


Are you coming? Let us know! Please check our events page (event page will be created after 4th May)

 

June & July Youth Club Sessions

Youth Club sessions will continue in June & July. Sessions are for ages 5-12 and are FREE! All children have access to our Youth Community Fridge which provides young people with free food and snacks.


Blidworth Youth Club - Mondays 4:30pm-6:30pm at Blidworth Oaks Primary School

Session Dates: 3rd June, 10th June, 17th June, 24th June, 1st July, 8th July, 15th July, 22nd July


Rainworth Youth Club - Wednesdays 4:30pm-6:30pm at The Social Action Hub

Session Date: 5th June, 12th June, 19th June, 26th June, 3rd July, 10th July, 17th July, 24th July


At the time of this Newsletter, we have not released the timetable for June & July Youth Club. Please check our Facebook for updates.


 

 

The Chatty Cafe

Every Thursday during term time, the community gather for a free cuppa and a chat at The Chatty Cafe from 10am-12pm.

The Chatty Cafe aims to reduce loneliness and food waste.


Everyone is welcome!



"A simple conversation can make someone go from feeling invisible to visible"




 

The Social Supermarket

The Social Supermarket is a donation-based low cost food club open to everyone (no eligibility requirements), that tackles food poverty & prevents food waste.


It is £1 to become a member and you can chose between a £4.50 or a £6 basket.


New items in every week! Including: Pet Bank, Baby Bank & Revive items


A £6 shop is equivalent to £45 in Aldi (price matched Jan 2023), and provides food from a range of supermarkets such as M&S, Tesco, CO-OP, Asda, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsburrys, Nando's, KFC, and more!


How do I join?

Just come to The Social Supermarket and fill out a membership form, then you can shop and choose the items you would like!


Opening Hours: Monday 10am-2pm, Wednesday 12pm-3pm & 4pm-7pm, Thursday 10am-2pm

To see what's in store, and for general information/updates, join our Facebook Group


Please note: We are closed for the bank holiday on Monday 6th May 2024




 

Youth Community Fridge

The Youth Community Fridge is a free service for young people accessing our Over 12's or Under 12's Youth Club that provides food & snacks, which can be accessed at any time during their youth club session.


The YCF provides food from a range of supermarkets such as M&S, Tesco, CO-OP, Asda, Aldi, Lidl, Sainsburrys, Nando's, KFC, and more!


Food includes sandwiches, pasta pots, wraps, ingredients for cooking, fresh fruit & vegetables and tasty pastries & treats.


The Youth Community Fridge co-insides with cooking activities within youth club sessions