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Here are this week’s snippets of news (08/01/13) ….

Here are this week’s snippets of news ….

begin: We are now booking begin talks for the New Year.  Do get in touch if you want a member of begin to speak to your team about the referral system and service on offer, or for begin staff to attend an event to promote Maths, English, ESOL or other advice we offer.  We can also supply you with a pop-up banner/display and various leaflets and marketing items can be ordered on our website.


13th HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2013: A short ceremony will take place at the Holocaust Memorial within the Walled Garden at Bramcote Hills Park, Ilkeston Road, Bramcote, Nottingham, NG9 3JT on Monday 28th January 2013 at 10.50am for 11.00am. This year has the theme ‘Communities Together: Build a Bridge’. Following the ceremony, tea and coffee will be served in the Walled Garden along with a special Friendship Cake to reflect this year’s theme. If you are able to attend, please RSVP by email to

 New Art Exchange latest showing. Please click here.

 Dunkirk and Lenton Partnership Forum have lots to share. Click for more  details: Timeline Lenton Flats History event for residents/ex residents on 28th  January; Welfare Rights information and advice on benefits changes or personal money issues on 4th February; Membership forms, and AGM, 11th  February.

 New money-saving information house with community workshops planned for Hyson Green by the Partnership Council and Skills Exchange volunteers. They want organisation’s and residents’ views on energy-saving activities and practical projects that will help people in the NG7 area to cut household costs.  Click here to take part in their survey: fuel poverty.

 The women’s charity, Roshni, closed in December 2012 after 26 years of local work to help women suffering from domestic violence.  This service will be missed by begin and the closure highlights the gaps left due funding cuts.  Read more on NCVS’s website: here. 

 New City Community Cohesion project launched to explore long-term ways of building stronger communities in Nottingham. A Community Relations and a Vanguard Plus team are keen to help to support voluntary groups working towards stronger communities.  They want to hear about public or third sector services’ contributions to community cohesion.  Find out more on the NCVS website here.

 Renewal Trust activities for toddlers, children and young people:

SOCATOTS football to help younger ones, aged 10 months to 4.5 years, to develop both physically and socially.  Monday - Thursday at various times at the Brendan Lawrence Sports Hall. Price: £1 per child. Find out more: Jonathan Morley 0115 9112220 or 07879 477336.

DANCE SESSIONS - Zumba to Street Dance for ages 6 to 16 years, Saturdays from 2-4pm, Brendan Lawrence Sports Hall. Price: FREE.  Call the Sycamore Centre, 0115 9112220.

PLAY CLUB - Fun play sessions with different activities every week for ages 5 to 12 years, Wednesdays from 4-6pm at the Chase Neighbourhood Centre. Price: £1 per person. To find out more call the Chase on 0115 8412670.


Ed Miliband speech, 14 December 2012: “Every Briton should speak English”. Labour leader unveiled English-language strategy as part of initiative to improve social integration in Britain. Proposals included a requirement of proficiency in English for publicly-funded and facing jobs. Read more - press summary here; full speech here; Action for ESOL response, including concern about ESOL funding, here.  

Training, Volunteering & Jobs

Supporting Families Teams Workshop to look at the work of the Troubled Families Programme in Broxtowe: Thursday 17th January 2013 9am – 12.30pm Broxtowe Town Hall, Foster Avenue, Beeston.  Please find attached the agenda, registration and Invitation.

 Creating Changes “Introduction to Running Community Development” 2-day course, Tuesday 15th  & Wednesday 16th  January 2013, 9.30am - 4pm, Queens Walk Community Centre, Meadows.  FREE for the Community and Voluntary Sector; £25 for other organisations.  Details and booking form:

 Universal Roots volunteering opportunity for ESOL learners aged 18+ years. An exciting oral histories project is being delivered by Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, in partnership with Nottingham City Homes.  This project aims to help culturally diverse communities to collect and share stories and memories about migration to Nottingham, using the museum’s world collections to inspire discussion. For more details click here.  Hurry - opportunities start in January 2013. 

 Introduction to Campaigning Workshop, Friday 1st February, 9.45am–4pm, Vine Community Centre, Bobbers Mill Road, run by the Sheila McKechnie Foundation and One East Midlands to equip individuals, charities and community groups with the skills to bring about change at a local or national level.  Click here to find out more and register.

 NIACE ESOL for Life and Employment: 10 workshops nationally funded by BIS Jan to March 2013. Aims and objectives are to increase knowledge and understanding of Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and JCP regulations (funding, eligibility and learner attendance regulations); to critically examine tensions between the expectations of the SFA and JCP that may exist; and to share examples of good practice.  30 places available per venue; £35 for non-members. Book here:

 Enable: Assessment Rocks. Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 9:30am – 2pm.  Venue: Kettering Mind, Northampstonshire. For more details click here.

 Bus for Jobs: 1 month free travel in January 2013 for some Jobcentreplus customers who have been unemployed for 13 weeks to 12 months: A consortium of bus companies named "Greener Journeys" (Arriva, First, Go-Ahead, Stagecoach, Kinchbus, National Express, Network Warrington, Blackpool Transport, and Trent Barton) are offering free travel to reinforce the significance of the bus to the economy and to help people – particularly young people – who are seeking employment or training.

 Useful Newsletters/Research/Websites

The East Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership Briefing brings together different sources of information relating Asylum Seekers, Refugees and other Migrant people, Policy, Consultations, and Funding.  Please click here for more information.

Gedling CVS latest e-bulletin is available here, including details of a drop-in WORK CLUB, Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon at the Community Hub, CVS, 22a Main Road, and the 1:1 sessions available by appointment.

NCVS December ebulletins available here and here.

Nottinghamshire First news available here and training bulletin, Jan - March 2013 here.

Migrants Rights Network latest newsletter available now.

Care Training Reach Higher newsletter now available here.


British Council resources to support beginner and volunteer ESOL teachers:

1)        ESOL Nexus resources here

2)        Teaching English CPD resources here

3)        Support for language assistants overseas here

 Recommended fonts for visually impaired students from the ESOL-Research discussion forum and message board:  RNIB website has advice here.  Following pilots with visually impaired people, RNIB chose Foundry Form Sans for printed publications. If you wish to consider buying this, view the font here.  Further accessibility guidance from the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative is here . Other recommendations include: text-to-speech software such as ‘JAWS’  (Job Access With Speech), or ’Kurzweil’,  Screen Magnifiers for low vision learners. 

 Charity/Community Group Spotlight

We have added a new section if you want to be promoted in the newsletter. Send in your article and we will endeavour to publish it here.

 NCVS Volunteer Club, 7 Mansfield Road, is free and people can just drop in on Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. Care Training will be coming to speak at the NCVS Volunteer Club on Tuesday 15th January.. They can help people gain NVQs and QCFs alongside volunteering for free. This can be in areas such as customer service, administration, advice and guidance, health and social care, childcare, and teaching. They can also offer courses in adult literacy and numeracy.  Any queries are welcome.  Contact Stacey Whitby, Direct line: 0115 934 8419, Reception: 0115 934 8400, Email:

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