Centre News Update – October 2016

It’s been all hands to the pump again this month as we started delivering lots of new and exciting projects here at the Edlington Hilltop Centre.  We have developed lots of new qualifications through Open Awards to help local residents be at the cutting edge of the latest skills and learning.

So if you fancy gaining the very latest skills and you are currently looking for work then we probably have just the qualification you need to stand out to the many local employers looking to take on new staff.  Best of all, these qualifications are offered free of charge courtesy of the Coalfields Regenerations Trust.

We are also very pleased to report that the Brelms Trust has awarded the Centre funding to help local residents who are taking part in our Community Volunteer Scheme make the most of public transport and the costs involved in arranging for the correct checks with the DBS Scheme.

The Brelms Trust

and…….finally our very own cartoon superhero Mole-R has made his debut appearance following a very successful teaser campaign across social media networks using the ItsNearlyTime hashtag.  Mole-R kindly loaned his cutting edge wrist band technology to all the Local Headteachers and Heads of Primary Schools and was even seen hanging out about Edlington’s landmarks.

Mayor of Edlington Jo Briggs

L-R Community Officer Rob Reid and Mayor of Edlington Joan Briggs, with Mole-R hiding in the Hilltop Office Window.  #ItsNearlyTime

Following funding from the Edlington Collaborative Mole-R will be working with our little people in the nursery, primary and secondary schools to help them keep their oral hygiene in tip top condition, all with the expert help of our dedicated Dental Team at I.J. Kellam Dental Practice at the Martinwells Centre.

Edlington Dental Practice Edlington Smiles Better Campaign Banner Edlington Hilltop Centre Edlington Smiles Better Campaign Banner

Community Volunteer Scheme

We still have a wide variety of roles within the Centre and across our projects for people to gain valuable work experience and qualifications.

If you have some spare time on your hands or maybe you’re between jobs, then you are very welcome to contact our Volunteer Support Officer Rob Smedley to talk about the options available and to see what would be right for you.  Contact us on 01709 863268 for more information.

Helping Hands Charity Shop

The Helping Hands Charity Shop has been going from strength to strength.  The Charity Shop is a training environment that will enable those manning the shop to gain a level 2 qualification in retail management, which helps to build the capacity and prospects of local people.

Helping Hands Charity Shop

If you have any items that you can donate to the shop, this will be gratefully received and then be put to good use to help people right here in our community.  We can accept clothes, shoes, toys, books, towels, bedding, children’s clothes, brick a brak, ornaments, and cutlery in fact almost all household items, except large items of furniture or underwear.

Cash Bingo Sessions

Cash Bingo takes place every Tuesday evening at 6pm for a 6:30pm start.  Tickets are priced at £8 for 12 games of 6, £6 for 12 games of 4 or £4 for 12 games of 2.


Stop Smoking Sessions

Come along any Tuesday evening between 5pm and 7pm to see our very own stop smoking team.  You will receive FREE nicotine replacement products to help you quit and all the support you need to stay smoke free.  No appointment is necessary.


Register now for Customer Services, Health & Safety, Emergency First Aid, Pre-Tenancy, Horticulture, Certificate in Teaching and Learning, Food Hygiene, Maths, English, ICT and Child Care Qualifications, which are coming up after September.  Places are going fast and are limited to 10 per group.  Call 01709 863268 now to secure your place.

Gamers Club – X-Box and Playstation

If you are a dedicated gamer and would like to join in with our new club, playing retro games on both consoles then please contact us on 01709 863268 and ask for Ben Bonser.

Gamers Club

Community Lifeline/Befriending Scheme

Did you know that 1 in 3 senior citizens around our community are socially isolated, often going weeks and months without spending time talking to someone else? To help support these people we now have a small team of volunteers who man the community lifeline and befriending service.  We make calls either daily or weekly to people in the community, who simply need to hear a friendly voice to talk about their day and enjoy talking to someone who cares.

We are very pleased to report that we now make regular contact with over 250 OAP’s and other Socially Isolated people right here in our community.  We make sure that they are receiving all the help and support that they are entitled to.  If you know someone who would benefit from a new “telephone friend” then this service is for them.  Just call 01709 863268 and speak to Amy who supervises this new service.

Early Help and Benefits Advice Service

If you need help, advice or support with local problem, applying for new benefits, tribunal for appeals or simply want to check your entitlement to benefits then we can help and support you.  We have helped numerous local residents to claim benefits for the first time including PIP, Child and Working Tax Credits, Housing Benefits, DLA, ESA and Job Seekers.

Benefits Advice

Call Gary our Benefits Advice Worker on 01709 863268 for help and advice today.

EYD Allsort’s Kids Clubs & GCSE Revision Club

Edlington Youth Direction CIC

The dedicated team at Edlington Youth Direction CIC now look after the growing number of children who attend our expanding Kids Computer Club.  Now named EYD Allsort’s Kids Club, the sessions run every Tuesday after school between 3:15pm and 5:30pm with computer games and enhanced activities all with an educational and fun aim like face painting, arts & crafts and other activities.  All for £2.00 with a delux snack and carton of pop, under the supervision of fully trained and DBS checked volunteers.

EYD GCSE Revision Club

Also every Tuesday evening between 6:30pm and 8:30pm the team run a very popular GCSE Revision Club which is free for all those who wish to attend.  The session is aimed at helping Year 10 & 11 students to revise efficiently and fully supported by A+ grade A Level Students. 

Community Health Project & the Martinwells Centre Patient Participation Group

Our Community Health Champions have been helping local residents who are patients at the Edlington GP Practice and the Nayar GP Practice with accessing local support networks and self-help services this month.  As we approach the winter months we are aiming to link as many local residents as possible to social activities and support services.  If you know someone who would benefit from getting out and about give our team a call on the numbers below.

FLU JabsIt’s that time of year again and we would encourage you to get booked in early to avoid the winter rush.  Just Call Dr Nayar’s Surgery on 01709 444044 or Edlington Practice on 01709 444004.


Missed AppointmentsWe are very pleased to report that the number of missed appointments has dropped yet again and continues to improve for the 3rd month in a row.  The Practice Managers, Doctors and GP Staff would again like to thank patients for their effort in keeping appointments and for calling to cancel.  Don’t forget to give at least 48 hours’ notice if you can.

We would also like to appeal to any Young teenagers and ‘fresher’ students from within our community who have recently gone onto College or University to arrange to have their Men ACWY vaccines if they missed out before moving onto to their next big adventure.

The Men ACWY vaccine is given by a single injection into the upper arm and protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases. 

At such a busy time it’s easy to forget to get this taken care of, but its not too late, just Call Dr Nayar’s Surgery on 01709 444044 or Edlington Practice on 01709 444004.

Social Prescribing: Working with a range of third sector organisations all our patients can be given onward referrals for free services.  Get in touch in Surgery or call 01709 863268 to access these free services.

Become a Member of our Panel:  Pick up a membership form from your practice or the Hilltop Centre today.

Contact Your Panel:  Please feel free to contact Robert Reid (Chair), Pam Chambers (Vice Chair) or Leigh Calladine (Secretary) on 01709 863268 to discuss the panel or your experiences at the practices.

Activities, Groups and Classes

Water Colour Art Class every Tuesday Evening between 7pm and 9pm, just £3 per session.

Oil Painting Art Class every Friday between 1pm and 3pm, Just £3 per session.

Knit and Natter every Friday morning between 9:30am and 12:30pm.

EYD Allsort’s Kids Club every Tuesday between 3:15pm and 5:30pm.

EYD GCSE Revision Club every Tuesday evening between 6:30pm and 8:30pm.

Cash Bingo every Tuesday evening between 6:00pm and 8:30pm.

Quilting Class every Monday between 10am and 12pm.

Upcycling and Sewing Club every Wednesday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm.

Altogether 4 Autism every Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 4pm.  Check with centre staff for changes in times before attending centre on 01709 863268.