Community groups get chance to tap in to help package

COMMUNITY groups in Hucknall and other parts of the Dispatch district are being given the chance to tap into a new package of help and support throughout the summer.

Officers from Ashfield District Council and Notts County Council have joined forces with workers from community centres and children’s centres to launch a project aimed at helping hundreds of voluntary-sector organisations.

The support package on offer includes a series of events throughout Ashfield, including one at the Under One Roof centre on Vine Terrace in Hucknall.

It all comes under the umbrella heading ‘All Together Better’.

Hucknall woman Brenda Shelbourne, who has been involved in volunteering for decades, was influential in creating Under One Roof, which brings crucial services together at the same base.

She said: “We are delighted to be associated with this initiative.

“It is a chance for community groups to come along to meet support officers and get help and advice, as well as the latest free resources.

“What is really different about these events is that groups can take along their own ‘wish lists’, which can include any issues or problems that are hindering their organisation.”

The event at Under One Roof is on Tuesday June 12.

There is also a further session at the Acacia Centre in Annesley Woodhouse on Wednesday June 27.

Free to attend, they also offer groups a chance to make sure they are included in the latest mapping of community organisations throughout the district.

Innovative ‘speed-dating’ sessions give committee members the chance to ask quickfire questions of community support advisers. Free e-guides are also available for group members.

Brenda added: “I hope group representatives will take advantage of this opportunity.

“It is a great chance to check out what is available and to make sure your group is in the latest directories.

“We have already used the services ourselves at Under One Roof, so we know just how useful this can be.”

‘All Together Better’ is organised by the Ashfield Community Development Group (ACDG), with support from SureStart children’s centres, Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire (RCAN), which is based in Newstead, and Ashfield Voluntary Action.