Voluntary and Community Sector

Nottingham’s Voluntary and Community sector is a diverse one. With approximately 1,200 groups in the city, this can range from small church groups helping elderly members of the congregation to national charities with major offices here.

Voluntary organisations work across Nottingham, in a variety of areas to meet the differing needs of residents. Some will work across the city, some in specific areas – it depends on the size of the organisation, its staff force and what it can afford to provide.

Organisations provide wide ranging services, such as care for the elderly, activities for young people, activities and care for disabled people, employability schemes, helping women fleeing domestic violence, helping abused animals, environmental projects, helping refugees and asylum seekers, rehabilitating ex-offenders, helping the homeless and much more.

One Nottingham works closely with the Voluntary and Community Sector in Nottingham, and the sector is represented on the One Nottingham Board, the One Nottingham Chief Officer Group and across the city’s network of partnerships. We support the sector to have a strong, strategic voice across partnerships in Nottingham.

We support the sector to have a strong, strategic voice across partners partnerships in Nottingham. Over the last 12 months, One Nottingham carried out a review of the effectiveness of Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic engagement and out of this a new group has been formed, the Nottingham Voluntary and Community Sector Strategic Reference Group.

Current elected representatives on the One Nottingham Board are:

Professor Cecile Wright

Nottingham Equal (Voluntary and Community Sector, BME)

Andrew Redfern

Framework Housing Association (Voluntary and Community Sector, General)

Sajid Mohammed

Karimia Institute (Voluntary and Community Sector, Faith)

The Faith Sector is also represented on the One Nottingham Board by a nominated representative of the Faith Leaders Group. This is currently Archdeacon Sarah Clark, from the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham.

We also work closely with a range of Voluntary and Community Sector infrastructure organisations in the city, which provide services city wide or in specific local areas, and support other voluntary groups in their work.

 Key Voluntary and Community Sector infrastructure organisations include:

Community Accounting Plus

Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service

Nottingham Equal

Nottingham and Notts Refugee Forum

Nottingham Women’s Centre


Voluntary Sector Area Leads:


 Area 1
Bulwell and Bulwell Forest Right Track Social Enterprise
Area 2
Basford and Bestwood Bestwood Partnership
Area 3
Aspley, Bilborough and Leen Valley Groundwork Greater Nottingham
Area 4
Radford, Arboretum and Park Castle Cavendish Foundation
Area 5
Berridge and Sherwood NG7 Training Employment and Advice
Area 6
St Anns, Dales and Mapperley Renewal Trust
Area 7
Wollaton West, Wollaton East and Lenton Abbey Castle Cavendish Foundation
Area 8
Clifton North, Clifton South and Bridge Meadows Partnership Trust