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And welcome  to  the  first  update   magazine  about  Neighbourhood   Challenge  in  Newark!  Our  aim  is  to   bring  you  all  the  news  and  projects  as   they  happen  in  your  community.       You  may  have  met  Alex,  Nick,  Stephen   or  Alexa  on  your  doorstep!  We  have   been  listening  to  you  talk  about  the   • things  you  really  love  about  where   you  live,  the  things  that  concern  you,   and  what  your  vision  is  for  the  future   of  Newark  and  Holy  Trinity  Parish.     Residents  and  parishioners  have  then   been  working  with  their  friends  and   neighbours  to  make  that  change   happen!  Our  team  has  been   supporting  residents  with  big  ideas  on   a  number  of  exciting  projects  (some   of  which  you  can  find  in  this  issue!)    

So enjoy,  we  hope  you  get  informed,   inspired  and,  (more importantly  we   think)  involved!  

1  What’s  been    

Happening   in  Newark?        2    In  the  Pipeline       Classes  in  HT  School   *ICT     *Extreme   Workshops   *Community   Café     *Football   at  the  Pavilion    

3   Holy  Trinity  and   RE:generate   Partnership     4     National  Developments                                         5  Get  Involved!             “It   has   been   a     great  privilege  to     be   involved,   albeit   on   the   periphery,   in   the   neighbourhood     challenge   project.   One   particular   success   that   I   would   like   to   highlight…   Many   say   ‘Don’t   forget   the   youth   they   are   our   future’   -­‐   what   a   load   of   twaddle!   They   are   our   present,   the  here  and  now  and  seeing  so   many   young   people   really   enjoying   themselves   at   Family   Night  in  the  centre  is  fantastic  –   a   night   put   together   for   them   by  them.    

This  success  should  not  be  too  surprising  to  any  of  us,  all  the  team  did  was   ask  a  simple  question  ‘What  do  you  want  to  do?’  listened  to  the  answer  and   made   it   happen!!   I   suggest   we   keep   asking   them   and   many   more   groups   and  individuals  to  enable  us  to  build  an  even  stronger  community  for  us  all   to  live  in.”    

Patrick Fisher,  Managing  Director  Beaumond  House    


Holy Trinity   parishioners,  both   parents  and  young   people  voiced  the   need  for  somewhere   for  families  to  meet   and  catch  up!      

In June  a  group  of  17  people  both  adults  and   young   people   met   to   discuss   what   they   wanted   for   their   families   and   friends.   There   were   few   options   for   the   young   people   and   their   families.   Younger   members   present   made   it   clear   that   “youth   group”   had   negative   connotations.    From  this  first  meeting  the  idea   of  FAMILY  Fridays  was  born!   Overall   it   was   decided   that   people   wanted   to   be   able   to   meet   with     family   and   both   their   friends,   and   go   somewhere   which   they   could   call   their   own.   Family   Fridays   has   become   a   place   where   their  opinions  matter.  

P ROJECT IN B RIEF : - Every Friday Night at Holy Trinity Community and Partnership centre. - 7.30pm – 10.30pm - Bar, tuck shop, snacks, pool, table tennis, bingo and other activities!


Since the   first   evening   these   events   have   increased   in   with   new   attendees   each   week,   including   some   of   the   less  active  members  of   the  Parish  Community.       In   addition   to   this,     4   new  people  have  been   trained   as   bar   staff,   and   4   others   people   have  volunteered  their   time  collecting  glasses.  

We also  have  a  resident  bingo  caller  and  a   quiz  master.    Attendees  and  volunteers  take   it  in  turns  to  make  or  bring  food  and  then   there  are  several  people  produce  quizzes  or   wordsearches  to  be  used  each  week.   Numbers  have  ranged  from  35-­‐80  and  the   age  ranges  from  18  months  to  70+  years!       Everyone  is  welcome  to  attend,  a  family  or   children  are  not  necessary.  There  are  people   from  all  sorts  of  backgrounds  and  there  are   always  a  variety  of  activities  on  offer,  suitable   for  anyone  and  everyone!         Open every Friday from 7.30pm until 10.30pm Everyone welcome. Come down and join in the fun, meet new friends!


During Masses  in  the  summer  the  Parish   listening  team  were  Commissioned  by   Father  Michael.      Since  then  the  team  have  had  several  meetings  and  have  moved  forwards   with  sessions  of  Listening  after  Mass.    They  listen  in  a  variety  of  different   ways;     1-­‐2-­‐1   sessions,   couples   or   families   chatting   together   or   larger   groups   of   people   discussing   what   matters   to   them   about   the   Parish   and   the  wider  community  of  Newark.  Also  during  these  sessions  after  Masses   people   can   leave   their   details   with   either   parish   listening   team   or   one   of   the  community  animators  so  that  they  can  follow  up  with  them  at  a  time   which  is  more  convenient.    

P ROJECT IN B RIEF : - P EOPLE FROM H OLY T RINITY P ARISH HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO FOLLOW THE ROOT SOLUTION LISTENING MATTERS

- P ARISHIONERS ARE ENGAGING WITH THIS PROJECT AND COMING FORWARD TO START TO MAKE CHANGES IN THE COMMUNITY

Project in Brief: - contact points for people in the parish who feel isolated alone

Several members   of   an   existing   Parish   group   had   mentioned   a   lack   of   provision   for   people   who   are   suffering   loss.     This   could  include  the  loss  of  a  job,  a  change  in   circumstances,  bereavement  or  feeling  of   isolation   from   the   Parish   or   wider   community.   These   parishioners   decided   to   extend   a   helping   hand   and   a   listening   ear  to  those  individuals.   Sometimes   it   is   the   most   basic   and   simple   contact   that   people   value   the   most.     The   members   go   to   people’s   houses   if   they   are   unable/find   it   difficult   to   leave   the   house.   They   will   also   simply   meet   people   for  coffee  and  a  chat.    


At an  introductory  meeting  between  RE:generate  and  Parishioners,  there   were   a   couple   of   enthusiastic   individuals   that   were   interested   in   the   project   but   said,   “I’m   sorry   we   don’t   meet   your   criteria,     we   are   NG23!”   And  so  the  project  spread!    

On 17th  September  residents  of  Carlton  organised  a  luncheon  club/history   meeting.  Village  residents  from  different  parts  and  varied  backgrounds   brought  photographs  and  memorabilia  to  share  with  others.    People  were   able  to  share  their  histories  in  small  groups  whilst  enjoying  beautiful   homemade  soup  and  sandwiches.     Over   35   Carlton-­‐on-­‐Trent   Residents   attended   and   it   was   thoroughly   enjoyed   by   all.   During   conversations   between   village   residents   other   ideas   developed   for   future   projects   such   as   the   development   of   outside   play   facilities  for  children.     Ideas for more projects in The  Carlton  Conversation  has   Carlton: not  only  brought  parishioners   * Run a similar meeting in the together   with   the   wider   evening for people who can’t community   taken   the   attend during the day. Neighbourhood   Challenge   * Have a visit to “the big house” project   to   new   areas   of     possibly with a tea party and period Newark.   fancy dress.

 


Community Cafe   A  group  of  like-­‐minded  people  have  come  together   to   set   up   a   community   café   for   those   who   don’t   want  to  go  out  to  a  pub  or  bar  but  want  somewhere   to  meet  up  and  socialise  with  friends.       The  coffee  culture  is  active  in  larger  towns  and  cities   in  the  UK  and  they  think  Newark  is  ready  for  it!   ICT  Classes  

Volunteers have  come  forward  to  start  classes   for  older  people  or  for  those  who  require  more   involved  teaching  time.  Holy  Trinity  Primary   School  has  generously  offered  the  use  of  their   facilities  for  the  group.  If  you  are  interested  in   either  taking  part  in  this  programme  or  helping   to  run  it  please  contact  us.  

Are you aged between 10 an Have you got a project

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Have you  got  a  project  idea  that  will  change   you,  your  street,  Newark  or  even  the  world?     If  so  get  in  touch  and  take  part  in  the  Newark   Extreme,  and  get  the  tools  to  do  it!     Time  and  date  TBC.     Social  Entrepreneurs  can  and  do  change  the   world.    As  a  Newark  resident,  have  you  got   what  it  takes?  

Want to  find  out   more,  or  get  involved   in  the  project?  Well,   get  in  touch..!  All   details  can  be  found   on  the  ‘get  involved’   page.    

Social Entrepreneurs DO change


Beginning in  March  2011,  the  partnership  was  formed  to  win  funding   from  NESTA  and  BIG  Lottery  for  a  pilot  Neighbourhood  challenge   scheme….     National  Interest  and  Movements  with  Neighbourhood  Challenge    

                                                             

Nationally the  Neighbourhood  Challenge  project  in  Newark  is  seen  as   both  a  success  and  an  exemplar  of  innovation.      

RE:generate are  currently  leading  with  partners  on  the  National   Community  Organiser  programme,  a  commitment  by  Government  to   train  5000  people  to  do  exactly  what  Alex,  Alexa,  Caroline  and  the   Parish  listening  team  are  already  doing!  This  brings  great  opportunity  to   Newark  as  all  eyes  are  eagerly  on  this  project  to  see  what  the  outcomes   are  of  listening,  building  trust  and  supporting  people  to  take  action  in   their  communities.      

A lot  has  been  expected  in  a  year,  and  a  national  level  people  are   learning  from  this  programme.  They  are  recognising  the  important  fact     that  relationships  which  are  deep,  meaningful  and  which  lead  to   transformation  take  a  long  time  build.    They  are  also  recognising  that   limited  time  frames  make  long  lasting  sustainable  outcomes  more  of  a   challenge.  However  this  a  challenge  which  people  on  the  ground  are   clearly  stepping  up  to.     Holy  Trinity  are  working  with  RE:generate  to  empower  people  and  local   groups  both  in  the  parish  and  the  community.  We  are  also  working  with   Newark  and  Sherwood  Town  and  District  Council  looking  for  resources   to  create  and  sustain  community  projects  to  the  area.    

Newark is  your  town...  so  make  your  voice  heard!  You  can   complete  our  listening  matters  form  online  at     www.welovenewark.org.uk   Or  contact  one  of  the  team,  their  details  are  at  the  back  of  the   magazine.      


Contact Alex, Alexa or Nick with any new project ideas, and they will give you all the help and advice needed to get started! You can also contact them if you are interested in finding out more, or getting involved in any existing projects that have been featured in this Neighbourhood Challenge Update!

CO N TACTS TO CUT-O UT-AN D-KEEP NICK GARDHAM: Nick is the Project Director for Newark. T: 07738 428 521 Nicholas.gardham@regeneratetrust.org

ALEX BROMPTON: Alex is our resident Community Animator for Newark. 07774 005 444 alex.brompton@regeneratetrust.org

ALEXA BELLINGHAM: Alexa is a visiting Community Animator from Bath working closely with Nick and Alex in Newark. 07771 778 196 alexa @regeneratetrust.org

www.welovenewark.org.uk

We welcome  you  to   contact  us.   -­‐    Give  us  feedback  on   this  magazine  (what’s   good?  What’s  not  so   good?  What  needs   including?)   -­‐    Send  us  your   community  photos,     reviews,  artwork  and   pictures.   -­‐    Write  an  article  to  be   published  in  the   magazine.       Drop  by  Holy  Trinity   Presbytery,   Boundary  Road  (Tue-­‐Thu   1  -­‐  4pm  Fri  11  -­‐  2pm)     OR  contact  us  using  the   contact  details  provided.         If  you  are  interested  in  our   work  as  a  charity  and  with   the  Community  Organiser   Programme,  then  check   out  details  at:   www.regeneratetrust.org      


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A newsletter updating Newark residents about the neighbourhood challenge project.

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