Groups and Activities 


Ashfield Voluntary Action offers a wide range of groups and activities to adults who want to get the most out of life. 


AVA runs a number of groups and activities which aim to provide an enjoyable social experience for like-minded people. As well as providing the opportunity for people with similar interests to get together, our groups also offer peer support for groups with a shared experience, or outlook. The groups and activities are free to attend unless stated otherwise.


Our groups and activities also help to build people's confidence and reduce feelings of isolation in a warm and welcoming environment.


Our most popular groups include:


Talking Tuesdays

Chatty Crafters

Gardening Club

LGBT+ Group

Grief and Loss Group

Women's Group

Men Chatting Together

Tuesdays Together


Talking Tuesdays - the group meets from 1.30 - 3.30 on a Tuesday. Everyone welcome for a cuppa, chat, games, activities and puzzles in a welcoming environment. 


Our Chatty Crafters group on a Wednesday morning, welcoming crafting enthusiasts of all ages to share their knowledge, learn something new and make new friends at the same time. Click HERE to find out when the sessions are held.


Our Gardening Club - AVA is very fortunate to have its own private and accessible garden - perfect for those of us with green fingers and an interest in gardening. The garden provides a calm and relaxing space and is a safe haven for our resident squirrel, Cyril, a pair of robins and any other wildlife we can attract to this lovely space. When the weather is not very 'gardening friendly' the group can take refuge in the garden room, have a cuppa and a chat, make use of our extensive collection of gardening books and magazines, watch gardening video clips and share knowledge. In the winter months the group runs as a chat and games group. Click HERE to find out more about our garden.


The LGBT+ Group - every Monday afternoon the LGBT+ groups meets and is currently planning our very own mini Pride event. Click HERE to find out more about the group, what it does and why it was set up.


The Grief and Loss Group - this group provides peer support for those who have experienced loss, giving you the chnace to meet with others who undesrtand what you are going through.


The Women's Group - a thriving informal bringing women together in a safe and welcoming environment. The group meets every Thursday from 10.30 - 12.00 in the garden room at Ashfield Voluntary Action.


Men Chatting Together - this group meets every other week from 1.00 till 2.00 in the reception area of the Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Everyone welcome.


We also run the hugely popular Tuesdays Together sessions from 10.00am till 2.00pm at Willets Court on the Leamington Estate in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Click HERE to find out more about the sessions.


The activities we are are in response to community interest. Wherever possible, we offer activities based on what local people have told us what they would like to do.  


Check out our calendar in the 'What's On' section of our website, go to the 'News' section for regular updates or look us up on social media to get a flavour of the sessions we currently offer. 


If you would like to have a chat with Yvonne about the groups and activities we offer, please ring 01623 555 551 or email 


As well as the groups and activities we offer ourselves, we also keep abreast on other groups and activities open to people throughout Ashfiield. Contact us if you would like to know more.


If you would like to talk to someone, or request information on the wide range of ways in which Ashfield Voluntary Action can support you, please complete our simple enquiry form. 



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