Past Work


Hucknall Volunteer Car Scheme


Sadly the delivery of the Hucknall Volunteer Car Scheme was a casualty of the Notts County Council funding cuts. We tried, unsuccessfully, to secure alternative funding to manage the scheme, plus ways to restructure the scheme, but this could not generate enough funds to make the programme sustainable.


So we agreed to streamline provision and made an agreement with ‘Our Centre’ to take on our clients and manage our drivers. Clients looking to avail themselves of this service should now call Our Centre on 01623 753192 to make a booking. This new system is effective from 3rd December 2018.


The Trustees of Ashfield Voluntary Action would like to thank Linda for the for 20 years she spent on administering the Hucknall Car Scheme. Whilst it is a sad loss to our organisation, the valuable service will continue for the clients, with Our Centre.


Talent Match Young and Successful Programme


The Talent Match Young and Successful Programme was a scheme for young people aged between 18 and 24 who were out of work for 12 months or more.


The programme provided one-to-one support, helping young people to access transport, training, work experience, education, mental health care, housing and childcare all aimed at helping them to get the job they wanted.


Often the young people joining the scheme had significant difficulties to overcome and the very real success of the programme stemmed from the high level of support which was on offer. Some of the young people made fantastic progress which has quite literally been life-changing and they went on to secure jobs and training they never previously believed possible.


During the lifetime of the programme 37 young people in Ashfield were supported towards developing the confidence and life skills which helped them to move towards gaining employment. In the last 18 months of the programme 7 young people secured employment, a further 7 went onto a work placement, 2 got an apprenticeship, 12 successfully completed basic skills training, 17 got a formal qualification and 11 went on to a volunteering placement.


Programme Mentor, Teresa Jackson, received a prestigious award from Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire Talent Match, in recognition of the contribution she made in working with young people. Teresa said, “ I was surprised to receive the award, but was pleased to see that they recognised the effort I put in to working with young people”.


Ashfield Voluntary Action would like to work with young people again in the future. If you are a voluntary sector organisation and would be interested in working in partnership with us, please contact our Manager, Teresa Jackson, on 01623 555 551 to discuss future opportunities.

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