Newark and Sherwood Active Volunteer Celebration 2018

More than 85 volunteers attended a day trip to Newstead Abbey on Sunday 3 June as a special thank-you in recognition of the work they do across the district.

National Volunteers Week takes place every year from June 1-7 and provides a timely opportunity for the chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Keith Walker, to express gratitude on behalf of the community for the fantastic contribution volunteers make across our district. 

The trip was organised by Newark and Sherwood District Council in partnership with Newark and Sherwood Volunteer Centre and Nottingham City Museums and Galleries. Those invited were offered free transport and entry to the abbey and gardens and treated to some light refreshments.

Council Community Projects Manager, Andy Hardy, said: “Volunteers Week reminds us of the fantastic contribution that volunteers make to our community so selflessly. Their willingness to invest time and energy to help other is greatly appreciated and should be recognised and the trip is our small way of saying thank you on behalf of all those that benefit from their efforts.”

Those who attended included volunteers from the district council’s Severe Weather Emergency Shelter, Newark Food Bank, National Civil War Centre, Palace Theatre, Beaumond House, Reach Learning Disability, Age UK, Home Start, Town Hall Museum, Citizens Advice, Newark Live at home, Friends of Sconce and Devon Park, Coddington Community Association, Colligham’s Men in Sheds, Edwinstowe United, Newark and District Young Archaeologists Club, Southwell Yarn bomb and Caythorpe Memorial Hall.


The district council offers many opportunities to take part as a volunteer.

Volunteering in sport

VISPA (Volunteering in Sport and Physical Activity) is a volunteer scheme dedicated to sports volunteering.

It enables volunteers to earn points, rewards and recognition for volunteering in Newark and Sherwood.

Volunteer at the Palace Theatre, Newark

If you are interested in theatre, joining the Palace Theatre's support team could be just for you.

This is a voluntary group whose members assist in front of house duties, poster distribution and generally help by being ambassadors for the theatre.

There are also opportunities to meet the theatre's artistes, invitations to special events and most of all a chance to meet new friends.

Volunteer at the National Civil War Centre

Volunteers have a key role to play helping with the day to day business of the council's National Civil War Centre.

Volunteer at Newark Castle

Newark Castle needs volunteers to help keep it running. Do you have time to dedicate to Newark's history? If so why not get in touch today? For further information email us at or call 01636 655714.

Volunteer in our parks

The Friends of Sconce and Devon Park is a group of volunteers who assist the council with the management and maintenance of the park. The Friends meet every other month and new members are always welcome.

Friends of Vicar Water Country Park meet regularly and welcomes new members. Call 01636 655713 for further details.

Volunteer for our Severe Weather Emergency Shelter

Each winter we open an emergency shelter for those who are homeless and sleeping rough. Our shelter opens when severe weather is predicted for three consecutive nights. 

We require volunteers with a desire to help and improve the lives of those who are homeless and rough sleeping.

You will be part of a team that supports rough sleepers by:

  • Providing an emergency shelter
  • Preparing a light supper and breakfast
  • Being available through the night

Contact Cheska Asman on 01636 655643 / for more information.

Newark and Sherwood Community and Voluntary Services (CVS)

Newark and Sherwood CVS provides free support services to voluntary organisations in the Newark and Sherwood District. They can be contacted at:

Newark and Sherwood CVS
Castle House
Great North Road
NG24 1BY

T: 01636 707418

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Newark and Sherwood District Council
Castle House
Great North Road
NG24 1BY

01636 650 000


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