Since 2012, we have been appointed by Nottingham City Council as the Area Lead Organisation for Area 4, which is the Arboretum, Radford & Park and Dunkirk & Lenton Wards. This status provides Castle Cavendish with a unique role to play in supporting the development of the local Voluntary & Community Sector though distributing City Council’s Area Based Grant, and acting as that local Community Anchor for the City Council. Due to our positive performance, this arrangement was extended in 2016 for a further 3 years, and the range of responsibilities was enhanced to match up to the City Council’s additional requirements around:
In addition, and as part of this process, the City Council has also asked Castle Cavendish to take forward the Area Lead Organisation role for Area 7, which covers Wollaton & Lenton Abbey. Again, this will be for the next 3 years, and a similar programme of support will be put in place.
To see more about the above programmes, click on “What we do”.
Since April 2014 we have also been Area 4’s Community Partner in the City-wide Step-into-Work Project. As part of this we have set up a Community Employability Team that works with young people (18-29) furthest from the labour market, helping them gain employability skills and become work ready. In the summer of that year, we received funding from One Nottingham to develop a number of digitally inclusive work clubs across the area. Working with various host partners and local providers, we have now established and run 5 Job Clubs across Area 4.
Castle Cavendish also funds the Dolly Parton Imagination Library across Area 4, working through the Rotary Club of Nottingham and in partnership with the City Council and SSBC. This book-gifting scheme for 0-5 year olds provides a free book every month to children up to their 5th birthday. Currently, we have registered 1,015 children on the scheme, with over 19,000 books delivered.