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Winter Newsletter 2023/2024


 

Contents


What's Coming Up


What's been happening?


Special Thanks


Services, Projects, Groups


 

What's Coming Up?


Youth Club


Our Rainworth & Blidworth Youth Club sessions run through term time:


Blidworth Youth Club On Mondays at Blidworth Oaks Primary School, Haywood Avenue, Blidworth NG21 0RE 4:30pm-6:30pm. These sessions are FREE!


Here's the current timetable below!





Rainworth Youth Club on Wednesdays at The Social Action Hub, Kirklington Road, Rainworth NG21 0JR 4:30pm-6:30pm. These sessions are FREE!


Here's the current timetable below!





 

February Playscheme


Playscheme is back! Our sessions will be running from the 12th of February to the 16th of February, below is our timetable which includes what each day entails.


Please note that unfortunately through this Playscheme, we do not have HAF funding to offer FSM free places.


We look forward to seeing you all there.










 

Homes for Ukraine

We're actively engaged in a program offering specialised assistance for individuals from Ukraine, providing support in various aspects:


  • Volunteering

  • Personalised 1-2-1 support

  • Tailored learning opportunities

  • Information, advice & guidance

  • Activities dedicated to promoting mental health & wellbeing.

Feel free to reach out to us via phone at 01623490498 or through email at info@socialactionhub.com. We're here to help!





 

Party Hire

The Centre is a perfect place to hold a party event. Our packages include kitchen use, Wi-Fi, disco lights, speakers & more. When the weather permits, you can hire our bouncy castle too!


Please see below our Party package prices and extras.



 

Important Changes to The Social Supermarket

Price Increase and Regulations update. Please see the posters below which include all information.




 

Chatty Cafe


The Chatty Cafe is running every Thursday from 10-12 pm. Pop in and join us! It is free entry with cakes and hot drinks provided.





 

What's Been Happening?


Halloween Playshceme

Lots of children enjoyed a full two weeks of Halloween and Bonfire sessions during October half term! We dressed up, danced, and created an abundance of crafts and played lots of games. See below some pictures of just a small fraction of the sessions we provided.




 

Halloween Forest School

Forest School during Halloween half term. We carved pumpkins, made pumpkin bird feeders, had hot chocolates, did a spooky scavenger hunt, asked each other some truth or scares & much more!


During the bonfire night session, we tried some mushy peas & mint sauce, lit sparklers, had a go at lighting fires with a flint & steel, played some games on the field, and created our own comets that we raced through the sky!


Thank you all for coming!



 

Christmas Hampers


This past Christmas, we were on a mission to make a difference in the lives of those in need through The Beacon Project and The Rope Project. These two incredible charities focus on supporting individuals affected by homelessness and those fleeing domestic violence.


By partnering with these charities, we aimed to ensure that our resources directly reached those who needed it the most. This holiday season, we came together to bring warmth and joy to those facing challenging circumstances.


We collected donations to create special Christmas Goodie Bags. Your support helped us provide essential items and a touch of holiday magic to those who may not have had the means to celebrate.


A heartfelt appreciation goes out to each and every person who generously contributed and played a role in making a positive impact!



 

Chad Awards


On Thursday 30th November 2023 The Social Action Hub attended the Chad Business Excellence Awards 2023 and we WON the Sustainability Award!!


Thank you to everyone who has supported us & congratulations to all the wonderful nominees & category winners


We had a great night!


Thank You!


Of course, all of this wouldn't be possible without our supporters!


Thanks to our volunteers, local stores, donors, and Fareshare, we are meeting our aim of preventing food waste from going to landfill.


Thank you to our beneficiaries, funders & donors, and volunteers for keeping our services running and making it possible to set up new projects for the community. We are forever grateful for your consistent support, you are truly heroes!



 

Chill Out Room


Over the last few months, our new chill-out Room has been completed and is now open.


During Youth Club, this space is used as a wind-down, mindfulness space where children and young adults can go and take some time to improve their mental health.


This new space we have to offer is a warm and inviting environment, perfect for our counsellor Paul to run his sessions with his clients.



This space is perfect for hot desking, 1-1 support meetings, and more. Please see below for information regarding room hire.



 

Cooking On a Budget


From November 2023, ATTFE has been running a free cooking course here at The Social Action Hub. This course was to encourage new skills and recipe ideas to cook low-cost, healthy, tasty meals. These sessions have varied in flavour! Ranging from Sweet Potato Mince pies to Cajun Chicken Pasta to Chocolate Yule Logs!


All recipes have been delicious and have included affordable ingredients.


Thank you to Steph from ATTFE for teaching us the good stuff!



 

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 The Social Action Hub by providing surplus food that is used for emergency food parcels, the free Youth Community Fridge, free meals for young people during school holidays, cooking sessions, The Chatty Café, food for animals 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.


 

Donors

As The Social Supermarket has seen a decrease in donations in 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




To the Community...


The Social Action Hub would like to thank our funders and donors for supporting our recent projects which support our mission & values. The support we have received has benefitted 100s of beneficiaries in the past few months, and we are grateful for the opportunities that we have been given.


Special thanks to:



 

Staff & Volunteers


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


October – Geoff Young - Congratulations! You have been noticed by members of staff for your use of initiative when volunteering in the Chatty Cafe. Geoff is someone we can all rely on here at The Social Action Hub.

November - Caroline Bass - Congratulations! You have been noticed by members of staff for the commitment you have put into volunteering, helping us identify issues, and helping implement solutions with collections. Thank you very much for all your hard work.

December- Val Love - Congratulations! You have been nominated for Volunteer of the Month for going above and beyond to help us with our Christmas donations. You have helped put smiles on children's faces over Christmas. Thank you!




 


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." - WI member







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


Room Hire/ Party Packages - 01623790798



Register to become a volunteer HERE


 

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