At the start of the pandemic, Nottingham's Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector had to adapt to new ways of working in order to continue to support the city's most vulnerable. Amazing efforts have taken place to maintain essential services. We recognise and value the ongoing commitment by all in support of our local communities.
Back in March/April 2020, NCVS began listing details from community-based organisations who were making changes to their service delivery. As we enter a new lockdown in January 2021, it is an appropriate time to put out a call to refresh the details. Many service changes may feel embedded and familiar by now within many organisations. Sadly, in some areas, services may find they need to close.
Please note, we are regularly refreshing this list by collecting information from a variety of sources. We want information to be as accurate and up to date as possible, so we actively request your assistance.
If you have updates regarding your service, please first check here for the original page (last updated on 19 August 2020) to review the changes you may have reported previously. Then please email firstname.lastname@example.org with new information, your amendments, or to confirm the details are still correct as before.
- Bowel Cancer UK
Chat Together is a new (national) digital support group for bowel cancer patients. It is a chance for people to virtually get together and support each other from the comfort of their own homes at this time of isolation. Chats take place once a week, via Zoom, over an eight week period. Choose between two Chat Together groups starting on Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 7pm to 8pm OR Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 1pm to 2pm. Further chats are planned throughout 2021. If these dates don’t suit, please register your interest in the programme and someone will contact you.
Register at https://www.bowelcanceruk.org.uk/how-we-can-help/supportevents/chat-together.
- British Red Cross
Many requests for short term hire of wheelchairs are situations directly or indirectly related to Coronavirus. If you need a wheelchair or commode for a short time, these are available from the British Red Cross Mobility Aids Office in Phoenix Park, Nottingham. You may need to get an elderly person to a Coronavirus Vaccination Clinic, or sadly, to a funeral or other one off occasion. We have a range of wheelchairs always available, and these can be collected from our office or alternatively we can arrange delivery. Opening times are Mon – Fri 10.00am – 12.00pm (0115 852 8029). Our regional office is open during normal working hours on 0300 456 1914 option 5, or go to https://www.redcross.org.uk/wheelchair.
- Diabetes UK
With the current restrictions in place around face to face meetings and travel, Diabetes UK is offering to run remote Zoom sessions to support people to manage their condition prior to and during Ramadan. Sessions will give an overview of what diabetes is, the different types of diabetes, possible complications, the impact of fasting on the body, food choices and the importance of discussing plans with a healthcare professional. These talks can be offered flexibly at a time to suit, and last between 30 minutes to an hour, depending on group size. Contact Roy Bustin, Volunteer Co-ordinator for the East Midlands: email@example.com.
- Nottinghamshire Victim CARE
With the national lockdown we are clearly not currently able to offer home visits or face to face conferences. However, we have become skilled in the use of online video calls. Nottinghamshire Victim CARE is the commissioned service to support victims of crime throughout Nottinghamshire. Part of our free service is the offer of restorative justice, and we are particularly keen to promote and raise the profile of this specific element of support. Restorative justice (RJ) is a consent based process that offers victims and perpetrators the opportunity to enter into dialogue (either through a letter, a shuttle advocate or a conference) with a view to working together to repair the harm that has been caused by the criminal conduct.
To find out more, contact the RJ facilitators, Victoria Willis and Andrew Goodall, through the main Victim CARE freephone (0800 3047575). Or visit https://www.nottsvictimcare.org.uk/restorative-justice/what-is-restorative-justice.
- NUH Sexual Health Service
The Outreach and Health Promotion Team has launched a new email service for young people aged 18-25 for any non-clinical concerns around sexual health, relationships and emotional wellbeing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and a Sexual Health Promotion Practitioner will aim to respond with 48 hours. Free condoms by post are still available to young people aged 13-25. Young people can access this service by calling 0115 9 627 627.