GOTHAM LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Inspire Culture, Learning and Libraries, who are contracted to deliver library services by Nottinghamshire County Council, are looking at different ways to provide sustainable library services. This includes setting up partnerships with community groups and schools across the county. The Gotham Memorial Hall Trustees are looking for interested volunteers to help maintain the current opening times and potentially increase opening times in the future. So, if you would like to gain some work experience or meet new people and love books, we would be interested in hearing from you. Volunteering duties may include shelving books, keeping the library presentable and helping customers in the library. Inspire will offer full training and for those interested, the opportunity to work towards our volunteering certificate.
Please contact Mrs. Pat Dines on 01159830582 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or Eric Perrell on 0115 9749023 or email email@example.com for further details.
About the Scheme
Our Voluntary Transport scheme provides safe and affordable transport to people who experience difficulties accessing transport.
Volunteer drivers use their cars to provide a ‘door to door’ service to passengers who do not have access to personal transport or are unable to access public transport due to lack of service, ill health, frailty or poor mobility.
Here’s what some of our passengers say:
“Makes me feel safe knowing it’s a reliable driver”
“Excellent service, office staff and drivers very helpful and caring”
“Unbelievably helpful, you couldn’t have a better service” Mr S
“Without this service I would be housebound, it is really comforting to know that you are there” Mrs H
Who can use the Transport Scheme?
To use the scheme a person must be a resident of Rushcliffe who is unable to make their journey by public transport or other means. Reasons for eligibility might include geographical remoteness, a lack of public transport, disability or ill health. Passengers using the scheme do need to be able to get in and out of an ordinary car unaided or be accompanied by someone who can assist them.
How does it work?
To use the scheme, passengers must complete a registration form which can be requested by contacting our offices. Dial 0115 969 9060 and press 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send one out to you in the post. It costs £25.00 to register for the year or £35.00 for couples and we re-register all our passengers annually in July.
Once registered on the Scheme, passengers can request up to 3 journeys a week. To book transport, passengers can telephone the office on weekday mornings (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.30pm). We need at least 2 working days notice to book transport so that we have time to allocate a volunteer driver. If a passenger needs to cancel their journey, it is important that they tell us as soon as possible, or in some cases, passengers may still be charged. Cancellations can be made at any time by telephoning the office; an answerphone is available 24 hours on which you can leave messages.
Calculating the cost of the journey?
£1 booking fee per journey
45p per mile for all mileage incurred by the driver
We endeavour to use the nearest driver to your home address. However, please be aware that costs may vary according to where the driver is setting off from as they may be completing other journeys on behalf of the scheme. If the driver has to come from further afield we will inform you.
Passengers may share journeys where this is possible or practical. Passengers who share a car will each be charged the relevant proportion of the total mileage cost.
Payment is made in cash to the volunteer driver who will issue you with a receipt.
Escorts travel free of charge.
Who are the drivers?
All the drivers are volunteers who use their own cars to take passengers on journeys. We have over 80 drivers who are reliable, trustworthy and dedicated. Many are retired and several fit their volunteer driving in around work and other commitments. Drivers choose how often they want to drive and are reimbursed for all mileage incurred. All our volunteer drivers are interviewed before they start, have references checked and a security check through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. They receive support from the Transport Organisers. Here’s what a few of our drivers have had to say about the volunteering for the scheme:
“It is a pleasure meeting new people and giving them a helping hand”
“The passengers are so appreciative”
We always welcome new drivers to join our friendly team. If you have a couple of hours to spare a week, enjoy driving and have a telephone then please get in touch. If you would like to drive in Rushcliffe, please dial 0115 969 9060 and press 1 or email email@example.com .
Every year, we ask passengers for feedback about the scheme. This is then assimilated into a report which is available on our website. You can download last year’s report here.
If you’re 60 or over First Contact gets you help from lots of organisations when you complete one simple checklist.
First Contact gets you advice on:
• Preventing falls
• Home safety and security
• Repairs, adaptations and specialist equipment
• Energy saving improvements to keep you warm and reduce bills
• Housing advice
• Claiming benefits
• Local activities and groups
• Community transport schemes.
• Fire prevention advice
Complete the checklist and you’ll be contacted by people who can help. They may offer a home visit, but will always contact you first (always ask for their ID).
The scheme is a partnership of key agencies and organisations including the police, fire service, NHS, Borough councils, voluntary sector, and operates in a number of areas of Nottinghamshire including Gedling.
” Mr D, of West Bridgford, was really impressed and said that it provided him with a lot of help and useful information. ” First Contact user
Below is a link to the Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service website for more information on First Contact:-
To complete a checklist call Nottinghamshire County Council on 0300 500 8080 or do it online at
Karl Stirland – Assistant First Contact Co-ordinator South Notts – firstname.lastname@example.org
First Contact is managed by Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service in South Nottinghamshire and run by Nottinghamshire County Council.
According to Carers Trust, the definition of a carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.”
There are 6.5 million Carers in the UK and the work taken on by Carers saves the UK Economy a staggering £119 billion on an annual basis but it is taking its toll. 61% of carers surveyed have suffered depression as a result of their caring role and 92% feel more stressed. So who is taking care of the Carers?
Following on from a successful workshop in October 2015, NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group have commissioned three more workshops for Carers to learn about using the power of music to enhance their quality of life and providing them with a specially designed toolkit “My Music Oasis” from Nottinghamshire charity, musicworks. The workshops are FREE for Carers and are part of a series of workshops happening all over the county.
The “My Music Oasis” workshop is designed for people caring for others, and aims to recognise and celebrate the vital role they play, often at a significant cost to themselves.
The fun and interactive workshop, run by musicworks’ training partner, JoCo Learning and Development, looks at how the “My Music Oasis” toolkit is used to capture personalised music and make beneficial use of it in the daily life of a Carer. It will be an opportunity to meet other Carers and socialise whilst creating their own personalised playlists. Participants will receive the toolkit free of charge to keep and use.
The “My Music Oasis” toolkit, designed by Nottinghamshire based charity, musicworks enables Carers to draw together pieces of music and memories that are significant to them and can be used to aid rest and relaxation, and focus the mind on the good times that they have shared with the person they care for.
John Osborne, Chair and Artistic Director of musicworks said, “Understanding the power of music, and how to use it, is a profound way to empower your health and enrich your life. Music has been shown to ease physical discomfort and pain, ease emotional distress, promote spiritual awareness, aid relaxation, enhance relationships, improve quality of life, support life review and bring joy and positivity which are all vital to allow Carers to continue their support of others on a day to day basis. The previous workshop was an inspiring experience – a real privilege to meet such wonderful people and to support them in their role as a Carer”.
Marie Smith, a carer who attended a previous workshop at West Bridgford said “When I attended ‘My Music Oasis’ for Carers, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I needn’t have worried, the welcome was warm and friendly. We spent a lovely afternoon sharing favourite tunes and recounting the memories they evoked. There were lots of smiles and laughter with a few tears in between. At the end of the workshop there was a real buzz. We left with new found friendships and our spirits high. I love playing my playlist, it encourages me to take time out for myself. The workshop was a really enjoyable experience, one I would recommend to other Carers.”
The workshops available in Rushcliffe are:
5th April 2016 (1pm – 4pm) at East Leake Village Hall
13th May 2016 (1pm – 4pm) at Bingham Library
10th June 2016 (1pm – 4pm) at West Bridgford Library
Carers who are interested in taking part in one of the sessions should call 0115 9145879 or 07955016377, email email@example.com or book online at www.joco.gb.net/shop to book a space. The workshop is free of charge.
Places are limited to 12 participants per workshop. To be eligible for a FREE place, carers must be registered with a GP practice in Rushcliffe. Facilities for the cared for person are not available at the workshop but replacement care costs will be refunded.
For more information about the workshop please contact Kate Williams on the numbers above.