Twenty one

As part of our 21st birthday celebrations we’ve put together a guide of 21 things to do with The Renewal Trust!

1. Do something amazing in your community

We support all kinds of community organisers, groups and projects working tirelessly to help others and make things happen in their neighbourhoods. If you’ve got an idea we can help in all kinds of ways, from practical help to get your project off the ground, to financial support in the shape of a Community Grant worth up to £500.
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2. Try a new sport

We run our very own sports centre in the heart of St Ann’s – the Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre – offering a range of exciting, affordable sports and fitness activities for babies, children, young people and adults. There’s everything from football and tennis for children and young people to Back to Netball for women. The centre is open to people across Nottingham and beyond.
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3. Discover dragons

The Sneinton Dragon is something of a Nottingham legend, guarding the junction of Manvers Street and Sneinton Hermitage since 2006. The 7-feet tall creature with wings spanning an impressive 15 feet was made by local craftsman, Robert Stubley, after we asked local people what piece of public art they’d like to represent their area. It’s not the only dragon that’s been spotted in Sneinton either. One also made an appearance at Green’s Mill in Sneinton last Light Night, as part of our involvement with Nottingham’s first ever Puppet Festival.
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4. Grow your own

Did you know we care for and manage St Ann’s Allotments, one of the largest inner city allotment sites in the world? The site is home to 670 allotment gardens spread over 75 acres as well as a Community Orchard, display and museum plots and a heritage plant nursery. The allotments are so popular there’s currently a waiting list for plots (around 12-18 months), but there are also loads of other ways to get involved including community events and volunteering opportunities.
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5. Launch a rocket into space

In partnership with Ignite Futures, we launched a ground-breaking science project for children and young people aged 0-18 years in 2018, as part of a national programme called Curiosity, funded by BBC Children in Need and Wellcome. The project gave children and young people across Nottingham the chance to discover science in fun, exciting ways, including launching many, many different types of rocket. We’re hoping the project will be back in 2019, so watch this space!
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6. Have a party

If you’re looking for a great place to hold a party or event, why not hire a space at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre? The centre is ideal for all kinds of activities, it’s affordable to hire and best of all, your money will help to support local communities so you’ll be giving something back at the same time.
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7. Launch or grow your business

We run three business centres – Carlton Road Business Centre, The Renewal Trust Business Centre and John Folman Business Centre – providing affordable office space for a whole range of businesses, including charities and community projects. If you’re looking for a space to start-up or grow your business, we’ve got office space available from January 2019 at John Folman Business Centre so why not come and take a look? Your rent will help support local communities, so you’ll be helping to make a difference too.
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8. Find a job

Our back-to-work support service has been designed with the help of local people and it’s designed to provide residents aged 29+ with free, caring, positive, one-to-one help and support – focused not just on finding a job, but finding the job, training or work experience that’s right for every individual. So, as well as helping people with things like their CV and interview skills, we’re also here to listen, understand and give people the kind of individual support they need.
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9. Nurture your talent

We’ve been helping local people discover their creative side since the start of the century! From giving young people the chance to dance with Birmingham Royal Ballet, to running and supporting a huge variety of creative projects and events. In 2017, we opened ‘Place’ on Sneinton Market Avenues, a one-stop shop for community-led art and culture in the area and beyond, including events, exhibitions, activities, public art and opportunities for all. Why not go along to find out more and help shape creativity in the area? You’ll find Place at 25 Avenue C.
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10. Visit a nature reserve in the middle of the city

St Ann’s Allotments is designated a national Site of Importance for Nature Conversation and it’s home to all kinds of rare wildlife including birds, moths, butterflies, damselflies and dragonflies. As part of a £4.5 million, 10-year restoration project, we created conservation areas around the site to provide a ‘green reservoir’ for nature including gardens, woodland, scrubland, ponds and wildflower meadows. Why not take a tour of the site and discover nature and wildlife in the heart of the city? There’s also plenty for history and heritage lovers as the site is Grade II* listed with museum plots, a heritage plant nursery and buildings dating back to the 19th century!
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11. Become the next Wimbledon champion

We run Tennis Tots sessions for 2-7 year olds at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre – open to children across the city. Led by our trained and experienced sports coaches, Tennis Tots is designed to give children basic tennis skills through fun, interactive sessions. Why not bring your little ones along and who knows, they could grow up to be the next Serena Williams or Andy Murray! Either way they’ll have fun – and if tennis isn’t your thing, there’s lots of other sports on offer at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre.
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12. Be a Future Leader of Nottingham

Want to develop your true potential and become a future leader? We run the Future Leaders of Nottingham programme in partnership with many of the city’s leading organisations, to make sure leadership in the city more diverse and representative of all Nottingham’s communities. The programme, which was shortlisted for a National Diversity Award in 2018, will give you the skills, knowledge and experience to become a future leader – whether you work in the private, public or voluntary sector.
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13. Volunteering

We provide a whole range of volunteering opportunities designed to help people develop their skills and experience, from becoming a volunteer sports coach, to helping out with our arts programme at Place, to summer internships for students. We also offer unique, one-off ways to volunteer, such as training local people as community researchers to help shape our projects and services. Through our community connections, we can signpost you to the volunteering opportunity that’s right for you, and introduce you to the projects and people you’d like to volunteer with.

14. Train as a sports coach

Our sports coaches at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre are local people who volunteered and trained with us, going on to lead our programme of sports and fitness activities. Why not follow in their footsteps by volunteering as a sports coach – with the chance to gain training and qualifications if you want to make sports coaching your career?
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15. Keep the kids entertained all holiday

We run affordable holiday camps for children aged 8-14 at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre – every school holiday apart from Christmas. There’s lots on offer including sports, games, fun activities and trips out.
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16. Get Back to Netball

If you enjoyed playing netball at school, why not rediscover the game at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre? England Netball, the national organisation for netball in the UK, runs Back to Netball sessions at the centre, suitable for everyone including beginners. The sessions were featured by national magazine ‘My Weekly’ in 2018 with local participant Jackie Gardner saying “After training, I’m exhilarated. Plus, I’ve made some great friends – we all look after each other.”
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17. Be part of an art exhibition

Local people have always been at the heart of our creative projects, including our art exhibitions. In 2014, we brought the world-famous photographer, Rankin, to St Ann’s Allotments to photograph local gardeners, as part of the national Museums at Night festival. In 2017, we held the Sneinton Pride of Pride exhibition in partnership with the nationally-renowned Caravan Gallery, featuring photographs and memorabilia donated by local people. And very recently, in November 2018, we worked with the well-known portrait photographer Laura Dicken to explore beauty through the eyes of women from different communities in Sneinton, with their portraits displayed at Surface Gallery.
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18. Question, challenge and tackle the big issues

We help our communities question, challenge and tackle the issues that matter to them, through innovative research projects and campaigns, and by supporting community organisers, groups and projects. From our new project, St Ann’s 50/10, which is enabling young people in the area to question and challenge health inequalities in St Ann’s; to Future Leaders of Nottingham, designed to tackle the lack of representation and diversity in leadership locally and nationally; to our work around keeping community buildings and spaces for the community, at a time when many are being sold off to the private sector by cash-strapped local authorities around the UK. If there’s an issue you care about, why not get in touch to see how we can help?

19. Share the pride

Across the UK, many communities are unfairly portrayed by the media and those in power. In reality, our neighbourhoods are home to incredible places and people, doing all kinds of amazing things. We aim to share those stories and put our communities on the map. From events like the Sneinton Pride of Place exhibition in partnership with the nationally-renowned Caravan Gallery, which explored everything that makes Sneinton great through the eyes of local people, to restoring St Ann’s Allotments to its former glory as a place of national importance for wildlife and heritage, as well as a wonderful place for local people to enjoy gardening and the great outdoors.

20. Have lots of fun

Every year we hold a Community Fun Day at Brendon Lawrence Sports Centre which attracts hundreds of visitors. There’s always loads on offer including fun, games, entertainment, bouncy castles, food and more. Why not come along to the next one in summer 2019 and find out what The Renewal Trust is all about?

21. Make a difference

We’re always on the look-out for new Trustees to join our Board and help us shape the future of The Renewal Trust. If you’ve got useful skills and experience you’d like to share and you fancy working with an innovative local charity that’s making a real difference in Nottingham why not get in touch?
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