June 2018 Bulletin 

One Nottingham Board Meeting May 2018 
Citizens’ Survey
As well as taking a look at some major issues affecting the city over the coming months. A busy ON Board considered the results of the annual Citizens survey, the details of which are on the ON website.  The overall findings identify that Nottingham people continue to have a positive view of the city and of public services. They believe that Nottingham people get on well together and show a general picture of a city with comparatively good community cohesion. The Board members queried the progress on increasing physical activity and reducing smoking. The board will also be interested to learn which services the respondents had identified as deteriorating, due to spending cuts. More information can be found on the One Nottingham website by clicking here.

Graham De Max of the City Council, sought the Board’s view on the draft City Council Housing Strategy, which has been written to address investment, growth and standards of housing in all sectors of the housing market in Nottingham Housing has become a priority locally and nationally. Andrew Redfern observed that the issue is about the supply of decent housing, and this is  key to solving the housing & homelessness challenge.

Mike Carr of NTU is keen to see how the new Housing Strategy will fit into the overall plan and how this can be used to nudge key stakeholders and private sector landlords. The strategy will feature in the next council plan (post 2019).

Thank You to Andrew Redfern
Business representative David Tilly thanked Andrew Redfern for his sterling and consistent support to the ON board and for effectively representing the voluntary sector. Andrew has been an ON Board member for over 5 years and will be missed; particularly his contributions around homelessness, system change and Opportunity Nottingham.

Community Cohesion and the Nottingham Citizens Update – Love Nottingham
Sajid Mohammed introduced this item and identified the issues arising from a major piece of research in to hate crime in Nottingham.  Board members agreed that they wanted to concentrate a full discussion and participate in a more in depth look at the issues at a future meeting.

Nottingham Young Creative Awards Celebrates Tenth Anniversary
The Nottingham Young Creative Awards celebrated its tenth year with a sell-out evening of performances and awards at Nottingham Playhouse.

The overall winner on the night was 16-year old Kaia Lucas from Bluecoat Beechdale Academy who was crowned as Nottingham’s 2018 Young Creative of the Year. Kaia won in the 16-18 year-old Visual Arts category by creating a series of paintings of her younger siblings. She stated in her entry that “My Mum is disabled so I play a massive part in their day to day life. I love them dearly.”

The judges praised Kaia’s “Bold use of colour and a mature approach to painting. Kaia has managed to effectively communicate the fondness she has for her siblings in the choice of pose and the treatment of paint.”

Kaia was presented with the award by Nottingham’s Young Poet Laureate Georgina Wilding. The night also included performances from local musicians Nina Smith (who is also a YCA Patron), Louis Croft, Ben Haynes,  the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra and dance performances from Isobel Benson and Alexandra Graham's Dance Group. It also featured a reading by 2016 Young Creative of the Year Award Winner Rebecca Constable, who has since gone on to publish her first book.

2018 has been a bumper year for the Young Creative Awards as it saw a record number of entries (over 600 across the eleven categories) as well as a record number of attendees at the ceremony itself.

We would also like to thank all of the sponsors of the Young Creative Awards 2018 who made the tenth anniversary possible: Confetti, Maber, Tuntum, Nottingham Community Housing Association, Nottingham Trent University, Dance4, Nottingham Music Hub, Skeleton, University of Nottingham, Eversheds Sutherland, Nottingham College, Nottingham CityCare, Let's Move Nottingham and the Pentland Group. In addition we would also like to thank the One Nottingham Board for their continued support.
The final list of 2018 category winners can be found here.
The Nottingham Awards 2018
Nominations are invited for the Nottingham Awards 2018.  The closing date to make a nomination is Friday 27th July. Nominations can be made for people who have made a significant and lasting contribution to Nottingham and who have not been recognised by national awards, such as the Queen‘s honours. 

Recipients should have made a contribution from any or a number of sectors, which are - the voluntary and community sector, the public sector, and private business. For further information or to nominate someone to receive an award please email: Award winners will be announced at the annual Goose Fair Dinner and Nottingham Awards in October.
New Charity Project to Support Foster Children

Nottingham City Council has pledged its support for a new charity set up by a father and daughter to support foster children. Stuart Ferguson and Nicola Barber have launched My Bag, which aims to help foster children through the difficult first few days of settling into a new home.


Drawing on their own first-hand experiences of being both foster and adoptive parents in the City, the pair have raised money to provide children with a bag containing small personal items. These include a blanket, colouring books and a teddy bear for younger children. The idea is to have bags for two age groups – three to 11-year-olds and 12 to 16-year-olds.


The charity aims to generate enough money to pay for around 300 bags a year – each costing between £25 and £30. This will cost up to £9,000 annually. The bags will then be made up and distributed to four social worker bases in Nottingham, which are Loxley House in the city centre, Bulwell Riverside, Clifton Cornerstone and the Mary Potter Centre in Hyson Green.

More information about My Bag is available at, including how to get in touch to make a donation.

Energy Bills: Have your say
Nottingham City Council and local supporting organisations are writing a fuel poverty strategy to further our work to tackle energy bills across the city.

The Council are asking for citizens views on energy bills, energy affordability and energy efficiency to better understand local energy concerns to help in writing the strategy.  Please follow the link below to submit your views via the online questionnaire:

If you know people in Nottingham you think would be interested in expressing their views please share this e-alert with them.

For further information contact Ellen Cooper-Tydeman, Energy Policy Officer
Tel 0115 876 3437  Email

You can also have your say on the Council's proposed designation for a scheme of Additional Licensing for Houses for Multiple Occupation (HMOs)

The current scheme of Additional Licensing of HMOs is due to finish on the 31st December 2018, and the Council is considering introducing a new scheme. The consultation on these proposals are open until Tuesday 10  July 2018

The consultation takes the form of an online questionnaire which can be accessed HERE

For more information on additional licensing please visit

About a Boy - Fostering in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council has produced There Was A Boy in collaboration with 15 other local authorities across the Midlands.The storyline shows a vulnerable teenager’s life in two parallel situations – similar to the 1998 film Sliding Doors – one where he is fostered and one where he is not. The short film shows what a positive influence foster carers can be and how they have the power to make a huge difference to a young person’s life chances and outlook.

You can find out more about fostering with the City Council at or by calling 0115 876 3335. You can also find the fostering team on Facebook by searching for @fosteringnottingham.
Nottingham City Council Policy Digest
Find the latest Policy News by clicking here.
2018 Armed Forces Day Events
There are hundreds of events taking place to celebrate Armed Forces Day across the country. Within Nottinghamshire a wide range of events will be taking place, including parades, football tournaments, and a Proms in the Park musical event. All of the events can be found on the Visit Nottinghamshire website here.
Nottingham Carnival 2018
Sunday 12th August
The Nottingham Carnival, proudly supported by One Nottingham, is a superb multi-cultural event held every summer. The Carnival has been going from strength to strength, developing local artists and practitioners and improving year on year. A number of different groups, clubs, schools and societies get involved every year, bringing a together a diverse mix of arts, music and culture. Hundreds of young people from across the city get involved, bringing together different communities for a great celebration. Anyone can take part in the Nottingham Carnival and it takes hundreds of performers and volunteers to make every Carnival a success. However you are planning on getting involved in Nottingham’s largest festival please contact the Nottingham Carnival as soon as possible to register your interest by email on or phone 0115 9166 066.
UK Young Artists City Takeover

07 - 13 FEBRUARY 2019
2019 marks UKYA’s 10th birthday. Over the past 10 years they have delivered four large scale national festivals in the East Midlands. To celebrate their birthday, they are amplifying the ‘national festival’ - more artists, more days; venues; partners; events, calling this the ‘UKYA City Takeover’.

UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019 will span the city, immersing visitors in an array of extraordinary, innovative and contemporary work from over 200 selected artists from three continents. Visual arts, performance, music and words will animate cultural spaces and unusual places across Nottingham. UKYA City Takeover: Nottingham 2019 promises to be provocative, exciting, discerning and unique. Presenting art across borders, countries and nationalities; taking risks and opening minds.

Entries are now open!

UK Young Artists is seeking submissions for a week-long ‘City Takeover’ in Nottingham. The call is open to artists aged 18-30 working in the following art forms:

Applied Art, Design, Digital Art, Literature, Moving Image, Music, Performance and Visual Arts

The City Takeover is a unique place capable of allowing artists to playfully overlap their experiences and processes leading to new experimentation and high quality risk taking. It advocates for the emerging, the newfound and the ambitious within young contemporary artists. The festival will offer energy, exceptionalism and conversation between artists and the City; giving new learning and future prospects a foundation from which to build upon in collaboration.

UK Young Artists’ open call for submissions closes at 5pm on Monday 9 July. Successful artists will be notified before the end of July.

Find out more here:

Dance4 In The Park Event
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Saturday 28 July 2018
King Edward Park Carlton RoadNottingham NG3 2AR
A fantastic summer family day in King Edward Park and Dance4's iC4C building opposite the park.

Performances, demonstrations, workshops, interactive activities, family walks, an inflatable Helter Skelter, Bouncy Castle and Soft Play fun and much more, all free for the whole family.

Turn up and join in.

Event brochure and map can be downloaded here.

The Nottingham Playhouse: Being Old - A digital Community Project for the Very Young and the Not so Young

The Nottingham Playhouse are looking for elders from the BAME communities of Nottingham for a fabulous project that they is working on.  Can you help them?

BEING OLD will shine a light on the experiences of the elderly, through the charm of a child’s-eye view. Young children will interview elderly people, to create a beautifully insightful and funny film.  

They are looking for volunteer participants aged 70 years and over to openly and honestly discuss how they feel about being old, to examine the good and the bad of this very human experience, and challenge the stereotypes surrounding old age.

The final film will be screened at Nottingham Playhouse on Monday 17th September 2018 and will then be available for everyone to see on Youtube. This is a community project and Nottingham Playhouse will make no money from it.

For another example for this kind of project, follow this link to look at Mass Bolero, which the Nottingham Playhouse made with community members in 2014.

For further information please email:

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