Newark a better place to Live, Work & Play

Text by Katy Humphrey

Welcome to this month’s amazing event. A bright, sunny morning of networking, speakers and a great breakfast provided by Cox Events

YMCA focused – on sports Village!

First on stage is Todd Cauthorn, Executive Director of YMCA. Todd shared with us all the vision of the new YMCA village in Newark, including an athletics track, multi-use games courts, early years nursery and after-school facilities, health and well-being, an Olympic climbing wall and lots more! The YMCA is focussing on youth development, social responsibility and health and wellbeing, offering services, jobs and support for many in the local area.

It will be opening up 150+ job opportunities, which have just gone live so please do share with anyone that is looking for work or to change their job.

Applications for their early year’s nursery and memberships for sports are also now open.

With a phased opening starting in July, we are excited to see this amazing addition to our wonderful town flourish with the support of local businesses.

Spotlight on Childrens Bereavement Centre

The Children’s Bereavement Centre is a local registered charity that supports children and young people, aged between 3-18, and their families that are suffering life changing trauma due to the death or terminal illness diagnosis of someone important in their lives.

With services available free of charge to communities from across Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire the charity has helped thousands of families and is passionate about supporting children though one of the most difficult periods in their lives.

Bereaved children are extremely vulnerable to mental health disorders as they may be confused and upset by what they are feeling but unable to understand why. Support from the Children’s Bereavement Centre enables the children and young people to talk freely and openly in a safe environment about how they are feeling.

Their support includes a minimum of 8 weekly face-to-face sessions of bereavement and pre bereavement support, play therapy for the younger children and filial therapy which involves working with the whole family to improve communication and relationships. Group activities are also offered to reduce feelings of isolation including peer groups, fun days, and a 2-day residential camp. The service also provides for parents and carers who are offered counselling, advice, and workshops as the charity aims to provide a network of effective support around every bereaved child and young person to ensure the best outcomes for them.

“Despite challenging circumstances we are immensely proud that in the past year 923 families have directly benefited from our support. However since returning to face-to-face bereavement support and group activities, we have been receiving the highest number of referrals in our history and our wait list is longer than it’s ever been. This is at a time when our fundraising has been badly impacted and is still far from fully recovered so support from local businesses would be greatly appreciated. There are lots of ways businesses can get involved from volunteering their time to help at an event or in the Centre, to taking part in one of our fundraising challenges like a skydive or wing walk. For the sporty people we have free places in local half marathons and cycle races and for a challenge the whole family can get involved in we have a 2.2k sponsored walk later this year. You could even support one of our campaigns like the CBC Challenge 22, doing something 22 times or with 22 people or donate for a daisy in memory of your own loved one in our Daisy Remembrance Campaign. We also have great team building events including the hugely popular Dragon Boat Festival and new for this year an Old Skool Sports Day event.

By getting involved and supporting the Children’s Bereavement Centre you will be helping us to continue to accept referrals and ensure early free intervention support remains available for local bereaved children who are facing the most devastating challenges” Rachel Wilson – Fundraising and Marketing Manager

For more information please contact Rachel on or on 07593 439241. Alternatively please visit our website

The Sky is no longer the limit

Air & Space Institute Newark

ASI (Newark) is an international centre of excellence to train people to enter the air and space industry.

ASI training has clear progression routes into the workplace from Level Three through to degree-level with jump-off gateways into jobs for Ground and Engineer roles.

Penny Taylor and Tom Marson from ASI (Air & Space Institute) came to the stage next to share with us how ASI is training people to enter the air and space industry. They are currently based in Newark College until their building is complete over at the Cattle Market (see below).

A huge well done to the 2 students that flew solo to Northampton after only 7 months of training! (With a supervisor in the back seat!)

Not only are students starting to fly by themselves, but East Midlands Airport has hired 8 students as summer staff.

Charity of the Quarter – Prize fund hits £1000

Presenting next month to the members are:

  • Newark Women’s Aid
  • Homestart Newark
  • Mary Elizabeth Siebel charity

The prize for next quarter is: Newark Business Club £250, Newark Round Table £250 plus £500 from Keith Girling BNA Charity
Total: £1,000!

To nominate a charity for the next initiative, please email with the Charity name, Representative and Contact details.

It’s all about- Community Framework

Framework is a charity delivering housing, health, employment, support and care services to people with a diverse range of needs across the East Midlands in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, and Sheffield – more than 18,000 in the year to March 2022.

Working to end homelessness and tackle disadvantage we aim to empower people to build better, more independent futures: during our first two decades we’ve helped around 200,000 people change their lives and overcome homelessness, addiction, mental ill-health and unemployment. Regardless of their past, or the challenges they face, we empower people to achieve financial stability, social inclusion and independence, because we believe that everyone has the right and potential to achieve a better future. 

Framework’s aim is for individuals and families to be decently housed and supported, looking to the future with hope and living in inclusive communities where people are valued for who they are and what they can be. Our services provide a safety net and a platform for real and lasting change. We describe our work in terms of the following four ‘pillars’ but they are interlinked and work together, allowing people to engage seamlessly with a range of services. We believe this is a unique offering to those facing the complexities of homelessness and exclusion, which helps them to build a settled and sustainable future.

Housing: We house and support people who are homeless, prevent others from losing their homes and help them sustain their own tenancies.

Health: We offer specialist health and clinical services to people with all kinds of health issues, because physical and emotional wellbeing is fundamental to living a stable, independent and fulfilling life.

Employment: Our employment services, including volunteering, build skills and employability, because people need financial stability, a sense of self-worth and control over their future.

Support and Care: Our support and care services add to the quality of life, nurturing confidence, building esteem and engaging people as part of a community.

Our Russell House service provides supported housing for up to 15 single homeless people in the Newark area in self-contained studio flats and are supported by staff who are on the premises 24 hours a day. By providing outside links to training, education, and volunteering opportunities the service helps people along a journey away from homelessness and towards independent living. 

Other services we offer in Newark are: Moving forward – this service assists people over the age of 18 to get the support they need to overcome housing and money related difficulties and avoid becoming homeless; Opportunity and Change – an employment-related support project for people facing severe and multiple disadvantages; and JETS – focussed on taking a sector-based approach to helping individuals who have been unemployed find work.

For further information about Framework and the work we do, visit: 

For information on how you can help us:

Contact details: Ron Finnegan, Supporter Engagement Officer t: 07971 871 386 


Newark Book Festival Sponsorship Opportunity 7th – 10th July

Sponsorship opportunity – contact

Vaccine Sanctuary

Helpful advice with a non-judgemental approach to vaccine status or preference.

Contact if you would like a sanctuary delivered to your venue.

Higher and Degree Apprenticeships

Contact Mike Baulcombe for more information about available apprenticeships

Newark Races Sponsorship Opportunity Contact for more information

29th July – professional national level cycle race event!

Action Group Meeting

Meeting on the 23rd of May at 6pm Organ Grinder

Next Meeting – Friday 10th June

We look forward to seeing you and remember to book you ticket using the link below. If you need any more persuasion there are great breakfasts available from our friends at Cox Events. Book your tickets online


For sponsorship opportunities, contact