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First Contact Signposting Scheme

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 –

First Contact is managed by Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service in South Nottinghamshire and run by Nottinghamshire County Council.

Rushcliffe Carers get a Chance to Make a Music Oasis

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 or book online at 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.

Public Notice – Club Closure 28 February 2015

20th January 2015

Public Notice – Club Closure – 28 February 2015

At the Special General Meeting held yesterday the decision was taken to close the Club with Saturday the 28th February 2015 being the last day of trading.

On what was a very emotional night for nearly all concerned a total of 47 members took part in the ballot with 26 of those voting in favour of the proposal to close the Club.

legionIn truth there were no winners emerging from this ballot – just losers!!

Without elaborating on the evening’s discussions and to summarize events the stark reality of our overall financial situation could not be suppressed or ignored given our negative trading position and our building maintenance obligations.

Once again may we take this last opportunity to thank all of our regular customers for their continued support over the past years.

Please note that we will continue to operate and trade as normal up until the said date.

Yours truly,

Mr. S. Kent

Club Treasurer

For and on behalf of the Club Committee

Proposed closure of Gotham Royal British Legion

15th December 2014

Public Notice – Proposed Club Closure

It is with great sadness that we have to announce that the Club’s present Committee have unanimously agreed that the Club can no longer continue operating mainly due to financial constraints and propose to cease trading at the end of January 2015. In accordance with the procedures a Special General Meeting is to be held on the 19th January 2015 at which a final decision will be made regarding this proposal.

legionPlease be advised that only fully paid-up members will receive a formal letter of invitation and they will be the only people allowed to vote on this issue.  

The financial constraints referred to above relate to the continued down turn in consumable sales, the liability for the maintenance and upkeep of the building. The situation has not been helped by the Club’s inability to attract new Committee Members, particularly in the positions of Secretary and Treasurer respectively.  

Whilst this was an almost inevitable outcome, given the policies adopted by previous regimes in not encouraging the younger generations, it is nevertheless extremely sad that another facility will be lost to the village and the surrounding areas.

The Committee would, however, like to take this opportunity to thank all of those members who have supported the Club over the years and would hope that you will continue to do so over the coming Festive Season as it will be business as usual until the final decision has been made.

To any non-members who may be interested in visiting the Club over the coming weeks please feel free to do so as you may not have another opportunity!

We should not forget that some 16 years ago the Club was pushed to the brink of bankruptcy following a period of unconstrained expenditure by the previous incumbent.

The fact that we survived that particular period and continued to trade was purely down to the unpaid voluntary work carried out by the few and whilst that still continues to this day it is, unfortunately, not enough to ensure survival.

Yours truly,

Mr. S. Kent

Club Treasurer

For and on behalf of the Club Committee

DRIVERS NEEDED – Rushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme

rvtsRushcliffe Voluntary Transport Scheme helps people with no alternative means of transport to get out and about. Journeys include going to the dentist, doctor, optician, shopping, social clubs, and visiting friends or relatives. We are looking for volunteers to join our team of friendly drivers. Expenses are paid for all mileage covered.

For further details please contact the Transport team at Rushcliffe CVS on 0115 969 9060 Weekday mornings between 9.00am – 12.30pm.

Rushcliffe CVS, Level 3a, Bridgford House Pavilion Road, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5GJ

Rushcliffe Community and Voluntary Service is a Registered Charity, No. 1079880 and a Company Limited by Guarantee, No. 3867757. Registered in England and Wales.