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Summer Newsletter 2023



What's Coming Up

What's been happening?

Special Thanks

Services, Projects, Groups


What's Coming Up?

Summer Playscheme

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

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

Summer Playscheme trips are: Magna Science centre, Creswell Crags, CONKERS, and TwinLakes.

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.


The Sherwood Pub Fundraiser

The Sherwood Pub are holding a charity fundraising event in support of The Social Action Hub on 29th July 2023!

The day will start at 2pm, jam-packed with exciting activities such as a tombola, raffles, mini fair rides, tug of war, Over 12’s youth club car wash, water or wine game, win £20 on £1 squares, stalls and an inflatable slide!

A BBQ will be on for some lovely food with live music on later in the evening until late

All funds raised will be distributed amongst our many services such as Youth Club & Playscheme, Over 12’s Youth Club, Team Foodshare (The Social Supermarket, Chatty Café, Emergency Food Parcels, Youth Community Fridge, Too Good To Waste), and Community Learning College


Over 12's Youth Club

Our over 12s Youth Club will still be running through the summer holidays every Tuesday 5:30 - 7:30pm


PGL Residentials for Over 12's


Forest School

Every Thursday during Playscheme we will be running Forest School Sessions again for summer! 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.


DIY Party Packages

The Social Action Hub is introducing DIY Party Packages! Please see 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!


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 week time 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?

Chatty Café Launch

On 8th June 2023, The Social Action Hub held our Chatty Café Launch day! This was an introductory day to our reoccurring Chatty Café mornings, that are held on Thursdays 10am-2pm during term time for an entry fee of £1. The day consisted of free juice, teas & coffees, pastries & fruits as well as amazing local small business stalls selling their products to the lovely people that attended the launch day! Such as: Makers and Menders - wood, textiles & repairs, The Beauty Box - Mobile Beauty Business, Simply Sweetz & Resin Creations - Sweets and resin, Fashion Jewellery Gems N Jewels - Jewellery, Wax Melts & Hand Sewn Items, and more!


Walk & Talk

On the 7th April our Walk and Talk turned out great!

Thank you to everyone who attended, we all had a brilliant time in the sunshine even if it was slightly muddy - The pups loved it!

Afterward, we then had a well-deserved rest at The Lurcher pub.


Community Litter Pick

On the 1st of April, we encouraged the local community to join us on the Community Litter Pick. We managed to fill an astonishing 30 bags!

Thanks so much to everyone who came to volunteer at the litter pick today!! We hope you enjoyed your breakfast cobs, teas, and coffees afterwards.


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, 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:


British Sign Language Course

This July, Sue Birkin from Proud Hands BSL presented our first-ever British Sign Language Course. The Course was aimed at adult beginners who had no previous experience. The course is an entry-level 1, including learning finger spellings, greetings, numbers, colours, and animals.

This course was spread over 4 weeks and is due to end on the 24th July.


Volunteer Week

This month we celebrated volunteer week! We have 19 volunteers who help us weekly through various roles around The Social Action Hub. Including The Chatty Café, The Social Supermarket, and Playscheme/Youth Club. Without their help, we would not be able to run these projects! We are very grateful for all that you do, Thank you!



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:

Sam Reavley

Sam has recently raised money for The Social Action Hub by walking the peak district marathon. We are so grateful for all the hard work and time Sam has put into the marathon and thinking about The Social Action Hub whilst doing this. Thank you again, Sam!

The Venue - Potters

The Venue has helped us raise money by including The Social Action Hub in their very busy Darts and Dominoes games night. Over a series of weeks, The Venue helped us raise money to go towards Emergency Food Parcels and food provision. We really appreciate everyone’s support and contributions to the multiple fundraising events over the last few weeks.

The Lurcher Pub

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


Staff & Volunteers

Claire Penny, CEO was invited to attend a Royal Garden Party in May, in recognition of 30 years community and voluntary service. Claire attended the garden party with her dad and had a lovely day celebrating with other community focused people who have made a significant contribution to society. Claire said ' It's a real honour to have been nominated and chosen to attend such an amazing day. It's a privilege to serve my community and to have made a real difference to people's lives over the past 30 years and I'm extremely grateful to have had this opportunity to have the work I do recognised'.

Claire was also elected as a District Councillor for Newark and Sherwood, representing Rainworth and Rufford Ward in May's local elections. Claire said " I'm so proud to have the support of the local community and that I'm able to do more good work in the community as a District Councillor. It came as a shock to be voted in, and I've already learned a lot about how the council works and I take this responsibility very seriously. I'll be supporting a day of action in Rainworth on the 13th July where NSDC and local volunteers will be street cleaning, tidying up areas of the village, addressing parking issues, unsightly gardens and antisocial behaviour."


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

Register to become a volunteer HERE



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