Welcome to Heart Nottingham, the social action ministry of Heart Church.
As a church we are passionate about serving the city we love and helping to fight poverty and tackle injustice.
The key aim of Heart Nottingham is:
To inspire and release a community of believers to influence a city on an unprecedented scale, bringing faith, hope and love to thousands of people each month through acts of sacrifice, service, generosity and hospitality. Inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ Heart Nottingham has a particular focus on supporting individuals and communities facing issues of disadvantage, isolation and poverty.
We believe that this is best done through partnership work rather than running a large number of projects ourselves. We believe that through a partnership based model we can help more people, at a lower cost whilst releasing a higher proportion of the congregation, all whilst being a bigger influence on the city. This is church beyond the walls!
There are many fantastic organisations operating in Nottingham with whom we have formed strategic partnerships with over recent months. Please take a look below at our church outreach partners. If you would like to get involved (either as individuals or as a Life Group) with any of our partners then please fill out the form below and our Heart Nottingham Coordinator Luke Goss will be in touch. Otherwise look out for the Heart Nottingham stall in the Lightroom!
We have so far formed strategic partnerships with ten outreach partners and we are in the process of adding more. Please browse the partner information below and then fill out the I want to get involved form.
Sign up to get involved in serving Heart Nottingham and our fantastic partners.
One of the Heart Nottingham team will be in contact to share more information about your chosen partner (including required training and paperwork) and to discuss how best we can support you as you look to serve the city.
Emmanuel House is a faith based project in Hockley that exists to support homeless, vulnerable or isolated adults in and around Nottingham. In March 2015 Heart Church begun a partnership with EH to run a Wednesday night drop in service for street homeless and vulnerably housed individuals. Services include food, access to clothes and signposting support around issues such as housing, addiction recovery and employment.
Every Wednesday night 6.15pm-9pm at Emmanuel House, 53-61 Goosegate Nottingham, NG1 1FE.
The rota is once every four weeks. Volunteering roles can include cooking, befriending and offering signposting support.
Please visit www.emmanuelhouse.org.uk to learn more about EH.
A debt advice centre run out the Heart Church office. Nottingham is the second most indebted city in the country and ChaNGe offers a free, non judgemental, confidential service to anyone living in or around Nottingham.
9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
You can volunteer as either a debt advisor (training provided for you to work directly with clients) minimum commitment one day a fortnight or as a support worker (training given to visit clients alongside a debt advisor) minimum commitment one morning or afternoon a month.
Please visit www.changedebtadvice.org to find out more about this project.
Visiting local prisons to run chapel services and support the inmates.
The last Tuesday of every month (Nottingham Prison) with a planning meeting the week before (at City Campus). quarterly visits to Whatton Prison (Sunday mornings).
Roles and required commitment: Team members will be involved in running services (preaching, leading worship, reading scripture, praying, leading breakout groups after the services) as needed. No minimum commitment, you just join the pool of volunteers and attend as available.
Nightstop provides emergency accommodation for 16-25 year olds facing homelessness in the homes of trained volunteer hosts. It is a joint project between Heart Church and Trent Vineyard church.
Placements are taken seven nights a week with referrals administered from the office Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
You can volunteer as either a host (must have a spare room), a driver or as a mentor and befriender. As a host the minimum requirement is that you are available to host for up to three nights in a row at least once every two months. There is no minimum requirement for drivers or mentors.
Please visit www.58i.org/Nottingham-Nightstop/overview.html to find out more.
Nottingham Citizens is an alliance of civic organisations united together to tackle injustice in our city. This includes engaging with those in power on issues such as hate crime, unemployment, low pay, housing, homelessness, domestic violence and issues of sanctuary.
No minimum requirement. Volunteering for NC involves being willing to engage with training and then taking part in meetings with those in power, joining strategy groups and attending ‘actions’ to negotiate for desired change.
Please visit www.citizensuk.org/nottingham to find out more.
The Jericho Road Project is a joint church initiative supporting those involved in the sex industry in Nottingham.
JRP have volunteering opportunities across all areas of their work including outreach, befriending, prison visiting (direct contact roles – all female) as well as help with IT support, drivers, prayer team & tray bake team (non direct contact – these could be male or female. We are also recruiting for our off street outreach work, please use the form below to find out more details re all of these opportunities (and also check out www.jerichoroad.org.uk/about-us.html).
Please visit www.jerichoroad.org.uk/ to find out more.
Hope Nottingham runs Hope House a one stop community support centre in Beeston serving anyone in a position of need or vulnerability; be that through food poverty, long term unemployment, social isolation, homelessness or ill health. Specifically serves the needs of the west of the city (Beeston, Bramcote and surrounding areas). All volunteering takes place at the Hope Nottingham Boundary Road Community Centre, Boundary Road, Beeston, Nottingham, NG9 2RF.
In addition, Hope Nottingham, in partnership with several churches, oversees 13 other foodbanks across Nottingham, some of which are beginning to develop along similar lines to Hope House.
|Hope Cafe||Monday and Wednesday||9.30am-12pm (breakfast 9.30am -10.30am)||Community of volunteers who welcome and support anyone in need. Help with immediate needs but also work towards longer term transformation; Citizens advice, GP access, mental health support, clothing furniture, housing advice, debt support, help with addiction recovery, access to counselling, training, mentoring .|
|Thursday and Saturday||9.30am - 10.30am|
|Family drop-in (free)||Thursdays||3.30pm-5.15pm||Games, crafts, help with homework, snacks, tea and coffee|
|Hope Youth Cafe’||Wednesday||7pm – 9pm||Drama & Dance, Games, Peer Support, Boxing & Football, Craft, Tuck shop|
Commitment to regularly attend the same session at least once per fortnight.
Please visit www.hopenottingham.org.uk to find out more.
IntoUniversity provides local learning centres where young people are inspired to achieve. At each local centre IntoUniversity offers an innovative programme that supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration. There are three centres in Nottingham, one in St Ann’s, one in Aspley and one in Hyson Green.
There are three main volunteering roles available. You can volunteer within the ‘Academic Support Programme’ (after school homework clubs- Primary School yrs2-6 running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3.30pm-5pm and Secondary School yrs7-13 on Mondays and Thursdays 4pm-5.30pm). This requires a weekly 2 hour commitment for at least one half term (7 weeks). Secondly you can support as a corporate mentor (for those in the workplace) or if you attend the University of Nottingham a student mentor (must register via the U of N volunteering department). Please use the form below and we can assist you with this. Mentoring takes place one to one for an hour a fortnight. Finally you can support the ‘Careers in Focus’ programme which involves designing and running an interactive 60-90 minute session introducing a particular career; typically delivered between 9am-3pm in schools or occasionally in a business premise. Staff support is provided by IntoUniversity. This can be a one off commitment or done more regularly.
Please visit www.intouniversity.org to find out more. There is a compulsory training and selection process.
Safe Families for Children is a movement of the church to care for some of the most vulnerable members of our society – children whose parents are going through a hard time or facing a particular crisis. It’s a really simple idea... we recruit Host Families who voluntarily open up their homes, taking in the children for a short spell – normally anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks - whilst their parent get back on their feet. We also recruit volunteers as ‘Family Friends’ to get alongside parents and help them work through the crisis. It’s not fostering and it’s not adoption – just simple kindness and yet it can make a world of difference.
There are four key volunteer roles within SFFC, each with differing levels of required commitment. These are: Host Family; Family Friend; Church Coordinator; and Family Coach. Please check out www.safefamiliesforchildren.com/join-us/ for all the details.
Please visit www.safefamiliesforchildren.com to find out more about this great project.
Encouraging and supporting those interested in fostering and adopting.
An information evening at Heart Church City Campus is planned for Autumn 2015. Please register below if you would like to be kept up to date with these plans.
Please visit www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/love to find out more.