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Spring Newsletter

Updated: Mar 23, 2023



What's Coming Up

PGL Residential for over 12's

What's been happening?

Special Thanks

Services, Projects, Groups


What's Coming Up?

Zero Waste Kitchen & Chatty Café

The Social Action Hub is busy activating plans to launch our Zero Waste Kitchen and Chatty Café.

The Chatty Café is being set up to tackle loneliness and isolation.

We will be offering four services, all designed with an aim to reduce loneliness and/or social isolation. They include;

  • ‘Chatter & Natter’ tables, where customers can get together and chat, hosted by Chatty Table Volunteers.

  • Virtual Chatty Café Sessions held on Zoom every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1pm – 1:30pm. Anyone over 18 can join, simply to chat to others.

  • Telephone & Face to Face Befriending Service for anyone over 18 who is experiencing loneliness and could benefit from a weekly chat.

  • Meals served every Thursday from 12-2pm, providing a space to just chill, read a book, get warm and have a chat.

Watch this space!


Litter Pick

This spring we will be holding our Annual Community Litter pick on 1st April 2023 from 10am-12pm. Come and help give Rainworth a deep clean with friends and family. Everyone is welcome. We can provide litter picking equipment, or your can bring your own.

Meeting point is at The Social Action Hub, Kirklington Road, Rainworth, NG21 0JR


British Sign Language Course

This July we are proud to announce our very first British Sign Language course! Taught by Sue Birkin from Proud Hands BSL.

Aimed at adult beginners, you don’t need any experience as this is a basic course and is an entry to a level 1 course.

Basic BSL includes: finger spellings, greetings, numbers, colours and animals

The course is spread over 4 weeks from 3rd July - 24th July at 2hrs a session 4pm-6pm. You will need to attend all 4 sessions to be able to have a place Will be held at The Social Action Hub.

Course is price matched at £30 per person, if you wish to book please follow the link below:


Walk and Talk

To celebrate National Walking Day, we are running a community Walk and Talk!

Join us on the 7th of April 2023 at The Lurcher Pub in Rainworth where we will meet at 11am & set off shortly afterwards.

The Lurcher Pub have given us permission to use the top car park which is furthest end of the pub, should you be coming by car and need to park.

After the Walk and Talk we are going to The Lurcher Pub for a social drink if you would like to join us


Residential at PGL for Young People


Easter Egg Donation

Easter is approaching! So is Easter Playscheme

Easter Playscheme has FREE places for children in receipt of benefit related free school meals & children in receipt of an EHCP funded by HAF

We are aiming to ensure all children go home with an Easter egg so we will be collecting donations from now until the end of Easter Playscheme at the centre between 9am-4pm every day or in The Social Supermarket hours


Easter Playscheme

Easter is approaching! We’ve got lots of fun and exciting Easter themed games, arts & crafts and activities

For Easter, Summer, and Halloween Playschemes we have FREE funded places for children in receipt of benefit related free school meals or children with an EHCP #HAF2023

Our trips this April will be to Gullivers kingdom and to Laser Labyrinth in Worksop each pricing at £20 per child. Please see the posters below for arrival & pick up times Please bring a packed lunch Limited spaces!

Positively Empowered Kids will be coming to run afternoon sessions on Monday 3rd April& Wednesday 12th April to do workshops on mental health & wellbeing.


Forest School

We are also doing Forest School again on Thursdays 6th April & 13th April. Please book this separately following the link below and DO NOT book a playscheme session if your child will be attending Forest School. We will meet at the centre & walk up to the Dawn House School site.


April 2023 Social Supermarket Price Increase

It is with deep regret we inform you that as of April 3rd 2023 The Social Supermarket basket prices will be going up by 50p. Our energy and food suppliers have increased their prices, as many organisations have due to inflation and other economic issues.

£3.50 basket will increase to £4.00 and the £5.50 basket will increase to £6.00.

We have provided a price match comparing our basket to Aldi prices with similar products, and the result speaks for itself. An absolute bargain! Plus,you are helping to reduce food waste and raise money to support the communities most vulnerable people with emergency food parcels, subsidised meals and 121 support. We hope you understand our decision.

Emergency food parcels are still available on a referral basis via a professional body.


What's Been Happening?

Understanding Child Development Course

ATTFE are running a 4 week course around 'understanding child development'. There's all aorta of benefits from this area of learning, whether you work with children or have some of your own. This course is due to end on 23rd March, unfortunately if you did not enrol on 23rd February then you can not join as participants must attend throughout.


Eyelash Extension Course

In February, 6 learners qualified in 'Classic Eyelash Extensions' and 'Russian Volume Eyelash Extensions' Technicians. They have been working hard since November 2022 to achieve these qualifications with professional beautician Alex - beautybybongo. All learners passed practical assessments for each qualification, working on real models.

Well done to you all!


Special Thanks...…


The Jones Trust and Thomas Farr, Boots, Lyndhurst Windfarm, Lady Hind, Rainworth Parish Council, Skipton Insurance, John Lewis Nottinghamshire County Council HAF, Western Power, Miner to Major, and Awards for All have committed to supporting our over 12's provision over the last 12 months, and some activities for the next 12 months. The provision includes weekly open access youth sessions, Forest School, Playscheme and The Tree House Project,, which supports young people experiencing mental health difficulties, isolation and loneliness.

Thanks to Veolia and Nottinghamshire County Council Capital grants we have been able to secure funds that will repair our roof, provide better insulation, replace our old draft doors and replace old strip lights with more energy efficient LED lights. We hope that all the work will be completed by the end of March.

We'd like to thank the Jones Trust, Hubbubs, Arnold Clarke and Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Rainworth Energy, The Co-op, Tesco, Freemason and Comic Relief for providing funds to support Team Foodshare with a range of service that reduce food waste and tackle food insecurity over the past 12 months.

Over the past 12 months our community learning projects have been funded by the Coalfield Regeneration Trust, Futures and The Weslyn Foudnation. We have provided a range of learning opportunities including;

- Eyelash course


- C- Card

- First Aid

- Childcare

- Forest School

- C.V building, job search & interview prep

- British Sign Language


Stakeholders & Partners

We'd like to give Nottinghamshire Community Foundation a BIG SHOUT OUT for all their support over the past 12 years. Our ability to deliver great projects and services over the past 30 years, as well as our proven track record of meeting local needs and demonstrating lasting impact makes us a trusted provider.

The following stores/organisations support Team Foodshare with 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

  • KFC

  • Nando's

  • Greggs

  • Pets at Home

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 recently been experiencing issues with donations, we’d like to thank you all for helping us top up our stock! All items go to The Social Supermarket & Emergency Food Parcels

Special thanks to:

-Gemma -Mark Day -Pat -Mike Yomans -Nichola Bulling

-Christine Rawson

-Anne Marie

Please see donation guidance if anyone wishes to make any further donations


Staff & Volunteers

Congratulations Artur, our Volunteer of the Month for February. Artur has been volunteering with Team Foodshare since 2019 and helps with collecting donations of surplus food with up to 5 collections each week.

Artur is a Food Waste Hero!

Congratulations to Daisy Dady for achieving her NVQ/Apprenticeship in Business Administration Level 3


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;

  • 6th April Our birthday party

  • 4th May flowers with Heather try your hand at flower arranging

  • 1st June Rummikubs

  • 6th July life as a Theatre Nurse

  • 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

Register to become a volunteer HERE



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