Notts Help Yourself July 2021 Provider Bulletin

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Welcome to the July 2021 edition of the Notts Help Yourself Provider e-bulletin. The bulletins will let you know about new developments on the Notts Help Yourself website. If you need more information about these stories or would like to contribute something to a future edition please email

Online Reviews

Did you know that People who use your services including  parents and carers of children can leave a review for you on your page on the Notts Help Yourself website?   This could be one way to help promote your services to potential new clients

A guide on how to leave review for a service can be found on the Notts Help Yourself sign-in page.

Find out more

Online reviews

Adult Social Care

Autism community of practice


We want to see a greater investment in a community-led approach that enables autistic people of all ages, with or without a diagnosis to access information, advice, services and support that helps them to live a good life.  

Can you join us at this first session? There we will:  

  • Outline the work to date 
  • Seek to co-produce the design of the model with local community organisations who will lead this community of practice 
  • Agree the next steps to drive this important agenda 

To be involved or obtain more information please email

Day opportunities

Day service

As part of our Day Opportunities review Adult Social Care have been asking people what they would like to do with their day and encouraging staff to look at communities and other available resources to meet this and achieve desired outcomes.  Staff are working with people in a strengths-based way to look at what they can do, what they want to do and achieve and where they want to do these things. 

As part of this process staff are being encouraged to use the Notts Help Yourself website more and more to look for available options and to let us know where there are gaps in provision.  With this in mind it might be worth checking that your listing on the website is as up-to-date and comprehensive as possible.  We are also listing any gaps within the Provider Corner so keep an eye on this area for further development opportunities.

Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub

Community Hub

The Nottinghamshire Coronavirus Community Support Hub brings together many local volunteer groups and individuals offering help for those who have been staying at home and having to self-isolate because of a positive Coronavirus test result or who find themselves without a regular support network and in need of help due to the ongoing pandemic. As well as requesting support you can also offer to become a Hub volunteer.  The generosity of our volunteers is making a big difference to many hundreds of people in Nottinghamshire and we hope this will continue as we recover from the pandemic. We would love to hear from you if you are an individual wanting to help in your local community.

Register as a new volunteer

Bringing support for the lonely to your fingertips

Loneliness image

Stigma around loneliness can lead to further isolation. This year the Council is offering residents information on how to recognise loneliness, where to find help, and tips on how to feel more connected in your neighbourhood. 

Are you or someone you know lonely or struggling with loneliness?  The new Get Connected section on Notts Help Yourself includes lots of useful tips and links to services that can help.  It also contains A Guide For Tackling Loneliness Toolkit and you can also search for groups, activities, befriending schemes and social care support in other areas of the site.

Find out more

Please help us return to partying…


TenFifty is a monthly club night event that exclusively supports learning disabled and autistic adults to experience the night club scene, make new social networks and have fun within a safe environment. It is held at AndWhyNot in Mansfield on the first Monday of the month.

As COVID-19 rules are relaxing TenFifty are looking to reopen their doors and welcome people back to party with them.

To give them an idea of how interested people are to attend a TenFifty event, please can you ask people you support who may be interested to complete the short survey below

If you would like to discuss our events or have any questions, then please do get in touch:


Access survey

Digital fund for domestic abuse


Comic Relief and the Ministry of Justice have launched a new digital capability fund for not-for-profit organisations with an income of between £75,000 and £10 million who are operating in England and Wales. The programme is part of a £40 million funding initiative announced by the Ministry of Justice in February, for specialist support services to help survivors of rape and domestic abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

There is a total funding pot of £2 million. It is expected that around 25 grants of between £5,000 and £70,000 will be awarded. Successful applicants will also receive digital and technical coaching and expertise from a support partner.

The deadline for applications is 12 noon on 20 July 2021.

Find out more or apply for funding

Childrens services

Early years consultation 2021


To all early years childcare providers – Just a reminder to complete the Early Years Consultation 2021 survey which is open until 31 July 2021.  It’s your chance to tell the Council about how you, in the Childcare and Early Years Sector in Nottinghamshire, have succeeded in managing the challenges of the last year or so, but also a chance to highlight those issues that are still prevalent in the Sector.  Please take this opportunity to have your views represented – along with the chance to win either £100 worth of book tokens or £100 worth of early years training.

For more information please contact: 0115 9772510

Happy home, Happy adults, Happy children

Virtual Family Hub

Most people in relationships have minor disagreements that can sometimes escalate into something bigger, especially at times of stress. 

The Council have developed a new resource for parents and professionals aimed at helping parents resolve their everyday disagreements in a positive manner, mindful of the impact that an unhappy home atmosphere as on their children. 

Please share this resource with your staff teams at team meetings and in newsletters, since if we have en unhappy stressful home life, this naturally impacts on our working life too. 

Visit the virtual family hub                                Check out the YouTube video

Most people in relationships have minor disagreements, that can sometimes escalate into something bigger, especially at times of stress. 

Nottinghamshire County Council have developed a new resource for parents and professionals, aimed at helping parents resolve their everyday disagreements in a positive manner, mindful of the impact that an unhappy home atmosphere has on their children.

Could you please share this resource with your staff teams at team meetings and in newsletters, since if we have an unhappy or stressful home life, this naturally impacts on our working life too.  It’s on our virtual family hub on Notts Help Yourself:  

or have a look at our video on YouTube:

Child poverty

If you’re interested in child poverty Nottinghamshire County Council’s website now has maps at county and district level along with links to lots of useful information.

Find out more

Things to do for families summer 2021

Summer activities

With the Summer Holidays rapidly approaching, how about signposting your staff teams and the families you work with to Family activities for summer 2021.

There’s information about lots of local and national activities, to keep the kids entertained all summer long, many of them free of charge, including face to face activities in the “real world” as well as virtually.    

Childcare providers – updating your information on Notts Help Yourself

The Families Information Service are working to update all childcare providers’ pages on the Notts Help Yourself website every 6 months so that parents and carers have the most current information about your services to children.  Not only is the website used by parents and carers to find childcare, but the Customer Service Centre, Children’s Centres and other Early Years Services use it and direct parents to it to find childcare.  If the information about your childcare services is out of date or not on there, then you could be missing out on new business. 

We need your help to update these pages.  We’ll send out email reminders approximately every 6 months to ask you to check your page on the website and to update any out of date information.

The best way to update your page is online.  You need an account on the Notts Help Yourself website to do this. 

Once you have an account, we can link the page to your login so that you can view and update the information. 

Visit the step-by-step guide on how to register for an account and update your information.

We strongly encourage you to register to update the page online, but if you don’t want do it this way then when you receive the email reminder from us please reply to the email with any changes you want making.

If you need any help with registering or updating your information then contact the Family Information Service  by email:  or by phone: 0300 500 80 80

Support for new micro provider organisations

Are you or someone you know thinking of setting up a Microprovider organisation? Do you already operate a Small or Medium Enterprise in Nottinghamshire and are looking to grow your business?

 If so, Nottinghamshire County Council can offer support such as listening to your ideas, providing information around the legal requirements and care regulations that might apply to the service that is being set up, connect you to training opportunities and direct you to other organisations who can assist you.

Find out more                           Fill out our online enquiry form

Notts Help Yourself website

Find out how the website has been used by the public, including common search terms. See if there are any service gaps your service might be able to fill. You can now also access information on the current gaps for short breaks services for disabled children and young adults.

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Your information

Please make sure that you keep your organisation's details up to date and make any changes on your profile section of the website.