Going the extra mile

There was good news from The National Lottery Community Fund for one local charity last month…

And this weekend’s guest on Girls Around Town will be on the phone to the studio to tell June – and you – all about it.

Helen Stanbridge, Newark and Sherwood Community Voluntary Service‘s director of operations, will be explaining just what its Door2Door transport scheme offers residents of the district and how they will be able to benefit from its planned expansion.

Providing a valuable service for vulnerable, isolated and older people, those with long-term conditions and those in rural communities unable to access more conventional forms of transport, the service helps members live more independent lives and stay connected with their communities, their friends and their relatives.

Volunteer drivers use their own vehicles to take people to visit friends, go shopping, on day trips or to essential health-related appointments and the new funding will allow for extensive volunteer recruitment and training.

It will also enable the CVS to recruit an additional member of the team, whose key role will be to develop a fundraising and income generation strategy designed to ensure the future sustainability of the scheme, making it less dependent on public sector funds.

Don’t forget to tune in to 107.8FM or listen online, on the apps or on Alexa from just after 10.20am on Sunday to find out more from Helen…

Especially if you have a friend or family member who might be looking for a little help getting out and about from time to time!

Fancy being a DJ on your favourite local radio station?

Do you love music, love local and fancy yourself as a radio presenter?

Radio Newark – the home of Your Sunday Best of course! – is looking for new voices to join its team and one of them could be YOURS!!

Licensed by Ofcom and run by a dedicated team of volunteers, the station has been serving Newark and Sherwood with feel good music and local information since 2015 from state of the art digital studios at Barnby Road Academy.

It can be heard in Newark and nearby villages on 107.8 FM and elsewhere on Alexa, on its free phone apps or online here.

As a local radio station, it’s important that presenters have strong links with Newark and Sherwood so ideally you’ll live or work in the area or have previously lived or worked here.

Don’t worry if you’ve no previous experience – you’ll be given all the support and guidance you need – just follow this link to find out how to apply, get your applications in by Saturday 31 July and one of the team will contact you..

And if  you don’t want to be a presenter but would like to offer behind the scenes help, the good news is that Radio Newark is on the lookout for support in other areas too…

So if you have administrative and organisational skills, a leaning towards IT and technical or something else to offer, do please get in touch.

A new chapter begins…

Picture by Newark Advertiser

She’s no stranger to interviews but the boot will be firmly on the other foot for next weekend’s guest when she’ll be the one answering questions instead of asking them.

A journalist with 40 years’ experience, Lucy Millard will be joining the Girls Around Town to talk about some of the highlights of her time spent working for the Newark Advertiser.

And about how she’s now put her notebook and pen to one side to take up a new role with what is probably one of the town’s best known and best loved charities, Beaumond House Community Hospice

One of the memories Lucy will be re-living goes right back to her first assignment as a young reporter, when she interviewed the legendary Ken Dodd after one of his equally legendary appearances at the Palace Theatre. As usual, his performance ran over until well past midnight but, ever the gentleman, he was happy to give her all the time she needed to capture her story.

From court cases to council meetings, wedding anniversary celebrations to Royal visits, she’s lost count of the number of events she’s attended and the interviews they’ve involved and has always had a keen interest in helping to promote the work of local charities and volunteers.

So it’s perhaps not surprising that the new job she chose earlier this year gives her the chance to combine the two. She’ll be describing her own role as volunteer co-ordinator for Beaumond House and, with help from Maria Hewitt, the role of its volunteers as well.

Who knows, at this point June may well pass the baton back to Lucy and let her be the one to interview Maria about the 15 years she’s been a volunteer and a member of the hospice fundraising team!

Tune in or listen online between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday to hear Lucy’s stories of days gone by and find out what’s in store for her and her team in the months to come…