Nottingham County Council

Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub

Nottingham County CouncilNottingham Coronavirus Support Hub – There are many local volunteer groups offering help if you are staying at home because of Coronavirus.

To find what services are being offered in your area, use the search below. You will need to answer the yes/no question before proceeding.

Please note that Nottinghamshire County Council does not endorse any of the organisations listed and that users should exercise usual caution.

Guidance for residents who need help from volunteers.

Please scroll down to below the search facility to find information on how to volunteer. 

Get help if you’re staying at home because of coronavirus

Use this service to find volunteer groups and other services in your local area who can help you.

If you’re worried about your health or have coronavirus symptoms check the NHS website.

Are you or the person requiring support currently receiving support from Adult Social Care or Children’s Services? Or do you or the person requiring support have a disability, mobility issues or a need for continuing healthcare? 


If you are a County resident without internet access then please phone 0300 500 8080 (open 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday) and one of our customer advisors will be able to help you complete your support request.

If you are a City resident then you will need to call the City Council Customer Hub on 0115 915 5555 between 9am and 5pm or go to

Volunteering to support

If you are responsible for a community group, faith group, charity, parish or town council and are not listed but are planning to support people who are self-isolating we would like to hear from you.

Guidelines for volunteers during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Please complete the Volunteering to support during the Coronavirus outbreak online form or call 0300 500 8080, and be ready to provide the following information:

  • The name of your group / organisation
  • Contact details – postal, telephone and email address
  • Have you been DBS checked?
  • Area(s) of Nottinghamshire in which you are able to provide support
  • What support you can offer.

If you are an individual wanting to volunteer then please consider joining a local community group or charity in your area. If you would like to continue your registration as an individual volunteer then we welcome your application and you will be required to provide a reference, details will be provided to you as you proceed through the ‘volunteering to support during the Coronavirus outbreak online form’. Following receipt of a satisfactory reference you will be contacted in 7 working days and will be required to complete some online training and submit some identification. Further details will be provided to you at the point of contact.

Please note, we are only able to register volunteers over the age of 16. 

If you have already registered but wish to amend your information on the database then please complete the update details online form.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has updated its guidance and resources to support charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nottinghamshire County Council, Ashfield District Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Browtowe Borough Council, Gedling Borough Council, Mansfield District Council, Newark and Sherwood District Council and Rushcliffe Borough Council will continue to work together to help individuals and groups to provide support to those residents who need it, while meeting our own obligations with regard to providing support to everyone involved. 

Royal British Legion

Royal British Legion says Thanks to Adam

Royal British Legion


The members of the Edwinstowe branch of the Royal British Legion want to say a big ‘Thank you’ to our local Coop branch manager Adam, who leaves the branch this week for a new challenge in the Retford area. Adam and his wonderful team have supported the Legion in a wide variety of appeals and projects and have made a significant contribution to the furthering of the Legions work in this area.

This includes the annual Poppy Appeal and our frequent Coffee mornings to raise important funds. most significantly, the Coop played a big part in our recent project to place a lasting memorial in the Edwinstowe Remembrance garden, when the branch unveiled a new commemoration for the centenary anniversary of the ending of the first World War.

Well done Adam, you have given much to this village and you will be greatly missed. Thanks again and best wishes for the future.


Coronavirus – Corvid-19

A message on Coronavirus  from Nottinghamshire County Council Leader, Councillor Kay Cutts MBE

These are extraordinary circumstances we are facing that will impact on all aspects of our lives as we respond to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

This coronavirus emergency will test us all. We know that people will be anxious about how they will stay safe and live their lives, work and care for their families during these difficult times.

I can assure you that this council is working tirelessly to make sure that every provision is made so that the most vulnerable people are safe and receive the support and assurances they need.

We are following Government advice and whatever measures we take they will be geared towards protecting our most vulnerable residents, our local communities and our workforce. Our services will reflect advice in relation to gathering in groups and social distancing
We are working with service providers to ensure that critical front- line services continue to be delivered to vulnerable people.

As we prioritise the most essential services for elderly, vulnerable people and our most vulnerable children we will have to divert resource away from other areas. Our workforce is having to adapt to new ways of working and learn new skills. We thank them for their resilience and hard work at this challenging time.

We remain in contact with our NHS partners, Government departments and with our District Council partners and are working together to support our communities to respond to the Coronavirus Pandemic in any way we can.

The Council has set aside a fund of £1million which will be used to help support the communities’ efforts to respond and provide for those who are most in need. We will provide more details of this in the coming days.

Our urgent priority for now is to make sure we continue to provide essential support through our Adults and Children’s social care functions and other public health commissioned services. 

Latest update on our buildings, services and events affected

We are working hard to keep our services running and prioritising essential services to support vulnerable residents.

Following government advice to avoid social contact and large gatherings means that some of our services will unfortunately close until further notice. Please see details below:

– Youth services

Our usual group sessions will not be going ahead, however our service will continue to support individual young people through face to face meetings, by phone (or other technology).

– Country Parks

Visitor facilities at Rufford Abbey, Sherwood Forest, Bestwood and Holme Pierrepont Country Parks will close this weekend until further notice. Free public access to country parks themselves will continue, and we encourage our residents to continue to visit, whilst taking note of the social distancing advice from the government.

Please check the individual country park websites for further updates and information.

– Outdoor Education Centres

Our Notts Outdoors Education Centres will close from Monday 23 March until further notice. This includes Hagg Farm, St Michaels, The Mill Adventure Base, Perlethorpe, Brackenhurst and Sherwood Forest.

– Libraries

All Libraries across the county will close from Monday 23 March until futher notice. This includes Archives, Arts, 16-18 Study Programme, Adult, Community and Family Learning. More information about library service disruption can be found at 

– Children’s Centres

All group activities and general public access with cease from 23 March until further notice. Individual appointments may still proceed in some locations.

– Day Services

Group support through our day centres will stop from 23 March, however day care and support will continue to be provided for individuals. We are working with service users and their families to work out how best to continue the support required.

– Registration Services

Anyone registering a birth or a death should do so in the usual way, you can book appointments via our website. We are communicating to all couples that have arranged upcoming weddings to consider postponing their celebration or to limit visitors.

For more information about service disruption during COVID19 please visit

A small favour from you to us Notts…

During this challenging time please, where possible and appropriate, use our online services rather than calling the Customer Service Centre. We’re receiving a high level of calls daily and want to ensure we’re able to answer urgent calls regarding vulnerable residents and our front line services.

Thank you 💚

Don’t forget you can also access some of our services by downloading the MyNotts app.

Plastics Recycling

Plastics Recycling – Nottinghamshire does

In the UK, it’s estimated that 38.5 million plastic bottles are used every day, yet 15 million of these are not recycled.

Let’s all play our part to change that.

You can recycle ALL plastic bottles, including those found in your bathroom, in your kerbside recycling bin in Nottinghamshire! (just remember to remove the lids)

What’s more where possible avoid using single use plastic bottles and help fight the war on plastic…together we can make a difference. 


Compostable wrappers – what to do with them

More subscription magazines are now being sent in compostable wrappers made from potato starch.

Whilst this is a great move away from plastic, unfortunately, there is a bit of confusion on what to actually do with the compostable wrapper – especially as this varies within councils across the UK and the messaging on the wrapper isn’t clear.

Here is our quick guide for Nottinghamshire to help:what to do with compostable wrappers

��Mix it in with your home compost – it’s potato starch so will compost nicely.
��If you don’t have a compost heap, put it in your general waste bin – we cannot recycle this wrapper or compost it. If you place it in your general waste bin it will be sent for Energy Recovery.

��Put it into your garden waste bin or kerbside recycling bin.

Community RePaint Scheme

Community RePaint Scheme – Nottinghamshire

Community RePaint schemes collect reusable, leftover paint and re-distribute it to individuals, families,  Communities and charities in need, improving the wellbeing of people and the appearance of places cross the UK.

Community and voluntary groups can make an appointment to visit the sites and collect paint free of charge CLICK HERE

Disposing of and Donating Paint

Tins of paint should never be put in your bin at home, unless they are empty or contain only solid dried-up paint residue. When tins of paint from a wheelie bin are crushed in the back of a rubbish truck, the paint can spill onto the street and cause problems.

When paint is buried in a landfill, the toxic chemicals it contains can contaminate the ground. Never pour paint down your sinks and drains as it may pollute our water courses.

A much better idea is to donate unwanted paint to our Community Repaint scheme.  Community groups may use the paint to refurbish rooms or buildings used by their members. Housing associations may redistribute the paint to their tenants. It may be used by other groups for craft activities, for training or may even be used for stage sets by community theatre groups. The paint is not intended for resale.

Tins containing liquid paint can be taken to:

  • Calverton Recycling Centre
  • Warsop Recycling Centre
  • Newark Recycling Centre
  • Beeston Recycling Centre

Recycling Centre addresses and details can be found by clicking here.

There are containers for you to drop off your donated tins of paint or you can hand them to a member of staff. Trained site staff will sort through each tin of paint to check whether it can be put into the reuse scheme.

Tins of paint suitable for reuse are labelled and displayed on shelves in the Community RePaint Nottinghamshire container according to colour and type.


Tins of paint that cannot be reused, will not be put into the reuse scheme but will be sent for specialist treatment. The metal or plastic containers will also be recycled where possible.

Read more about the Community RePaint Scheme on the Community RePaint website:

Types of Paint for Reuse

The following types of paint are suitable for reuse:

  • Matt and silk emulsion 
  • Gloss paint – interior and exterior 
  • Eggshell and satin paint 
  • Kitchen or bathroom paint 
  • Undercoat – water or oil based 
  • Primer 
  • Masonry paint 
  • Varnish – water or oil based 
  • Wood stain 
  • Tile paint 
  • Floor paint 

However, some paints cannot be reused in the scheme:

  • Paint not in its original container 
  • Paint tins with a hazardous symbol 
  • Any paint containing lead 
  • Paint thinners e.g. white spirit 
  • Paint stripper or brush cleaners 
  • Wood preservative

£20m A614 upgrade plans progress

£20m A614 upgrade plans progress

The latest plans for the £20m upgrade of the A614, which aims to unlock the economic potential of north Nottinghamshire, have been discussed today (Thursday 4 April) at the County Council’s Communities and Place Committee. 

The Secretary of Transport announced last October that £18m of funding would be allocated to the Council for the scheme following its bid to improve six junctions along the A614 and A6097 between Ollerton and Lowdham. 

The scheme aims to support planned housing developments along the route in Bilsthorpe, Ollerton and Blidworth, reduce peak period traffic congestion for the benefit of commuters and local businesses, and improve road safety for all users.

Detailed designs are being worked up on the junction improvements, but current proposals include:

• enlarging Ollerton roundabout to create a wider island and entry lane approaches to reduce congestion, particularly during the busy peak periods (over 30,000 vehicles use the roundabout each day)
• adding traffic signals to the Mickledale Lane and Deerlane Lane junctions in Bilsthorpe to improve traffic flows and road safety at these locations
• widening the A614 approaches at the White Post roundabout
• creating a roundabout at the A614/A6097 Warren Hill junction to simplify its operation and reduce accidents 
• enlarging the Lowdham roundabout with additional approach lanes on the A612 from Burton Joyce and Southwell.

Councillor John Cottee, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Communities and Place Committee, said: “The A614 forms the spine of the county so this significant upgrade will support new growth and investment along the route for the benefit of local residents and businesses.

“The design of the scheme is progressing well and we look forward to sharing firm proposals with the public to gain their feedback over the summer months.”

The Council is currently working with key stakeholders at Ollerton and Lowdham roundabouts as these junctions are the most complex and largest in terms of scale of works and land required.

A number of public consultation events are being planned for this summer in advance of the planning application being submitted in December, which will allow local people to make comments and discuss issues with the Council. 

The Council will be submitting its outline business case to the Department for Transport in May with the potential to start the improvement on site in April 2021. 

The remaining funding for the project will be coming from the Council, section 106 contributions from proposed developments along the route, including a proposed development at Edwinstowe, and Community Infrastructure Levy money.

Ancient witches marks

Ancient witches marks discovered in Nottinghamshire



Ritual Protection Marks
Commonly known as Witch Marks these Apotropaic marks, from the Greek apotrepein, meaning ‘to turn away’, are most commonly found carved on stone or woodwork near a building’s doorways, windows and fireplaces, to protect inhabitants and visitors from evil spirits.

A few have been recorded at Shakespeare’s Birthplace and spotted in medieval barns like the Bradford-on-Avon Tithe Barn, where they were etched into the ancient timber to protect crops.


Academic and TV presenter, Professor Ronald Hutton, an authority on folklore, says:

“This discovery is significant because it looks like the largest assemblage of protective marks ever found in British caves, and possibly anywhere in Britain. This is a suddenly a large new area of research for historians and archaeologists, and so adds appreciatively to the importance of the Crags as a world resource. This is a hugely important and exciting find, in one of the main current 

growth areas of knowledge about the past. Creswell Crags has already amazed the twenty-first century with its revelations of Palaeolithic designs. 

Now it does so again with a fresh one of medieval and early modern ritual protection marks on a huge scale, making a very impo

rtant contribution, at a stroke, to one of the most significant current areas of new scholarly research.”

Duncan Wilson OBE, Chief Executive of Historic England said of the discovery:

“Creswell Crags is already of international importance for its Ice Age art and ancient remains.  To find this huge number of protection mark

s from the more recent past adds a whole new layer of discovery.  Even two hundred years ago the English countryside was a very different place, death and disease were everyday companions and evil forces could readily be i

magined in the dark.  One can only speculate on what it was the people of Creswell feared might emerge from the underworld into these caves.



£6.00 – £9.00

Join an expert guide on a tour of Robin Hood Cave, the largest of all the caves at Creswell Crags. Discover what Creswell Crags was like during the last Ice Age. Who was here? What was here? What were they doing? How do we know? Find out the answers to these questions and many more in a fascinating tour that lasts about an hour.



£6.00 – £9.00

This is your chance to see Britain’s only Ice Age Rock Art, which was discovered by archaeologists in 2003. These engravings of animals and abstract designs are 13,000 years old, making Church Hole Cave the oldest art gallery in the country.

WITCH MARK TOURWitch marks at Creswell Crags

£6.00 – £9.00

New for 2019. Hundreds of protective marks, known as Witch Marks, have been discovered at Creswell Crags. This is believed to be the largest collection ever found in the UK. Join our tour guide for a unique opportunity to discover the most recent secret revealed at Creswell Crags

New online booking system coming soon, for bookings onto our cave tours at present, please call the visitor centre on 01909 720378

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