In this very challenging time, we’re highlighting the work of grassroots organisations who are offering direct support to communities in Nottingham. Primary is working with local food projects to create a pay-it-forward fresh food scheme.

If you’re aware of a local project you’d like us to highlight and support, please get in touch. Contact Rebecca at rebecca(at)

And if you’re volunteering to help with any of these initiatives, please carefully follow all guidance on physical distancing and hygiene to keep yourself and others safe.

Pay-it-Forward Fresh Food Boxes

Soul Food Café is a social eating project based at the All Souls Community Centre in Radford, currently providing weekly food parcels and deliveries to local people in need of support. NeighbourFood is a collection-only food market offering sustainable local produce; orders are placed online, and collections take place in person every Thursday, 6-7.30pm, here at Primary.

NeighbourFood and Primary are working with Soul Food Café to supply fresh local produce through a pay-it-forward scheme. You can support this by buying a donation box when you place your order with NeighbourFood. Click here to place your order.

If you want to get in touch directly with Soul Food Café to ask about food boxes, deliveries, or to volunteer, please contact Henry on 07456766177.

Food, Support, and Volunteering

Small Food Bakery, based here at Primary, is a sourdough bakery, kitchen, and grocery store who trade directly with farmers and sell directly to their customers. During the pandemic, they have opened up a new online ordering system, with collections every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Click here to order via their website. You can also add a gift it forward loaf to your order; Small Food Bakery will top up any contributions made and distribute them to the local community. They’re also offering to help any of their customers or suppliers who need support.

Lenton Drives and Neighbours Community Support is a Facebook group providing support to Lenton residents. If you need support during the pandemic, or can volunteer to help others in the community, you can join the group on Facebook by clicking here. The group offers help with shopping for essentials and pharmacy pick-ups for those self-isolating.

Mojatu is a foundation based in Radford, and is offering help and resources to African, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern communities in Nottingham. Click here to visit their website.

Himmah is a grassroots community-based initiative providing services to tackle poverty, racism, and social exclusion. They run a long-term food bank and social eating project, and are now delivering food parcels. Click here for more information or to support Himmah by donating.

Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK is coordinating over 200 ‘mutual aid’ groups across the country, using WhatsApp and Facebook groups to organise volunteers. There are Nottingham-based groups offering help with shopping, dog walking, and picking up prescriptions. Click here for more information or to volunteer.

Nottingham City Council are providing support across the city. If you need help while self-isolating, financial support, referral to a food bank, or would like to volunteer in your area, click here for more information. You can also get support and information by calling 0115 9155555.

Ask Lion have put together a Nottingham directory of information and resources. Click here to visit the directory.

Free Activities for Children and Young People

Primary is currently working with local groups to identify how we can provide children and young people with access to materials and activities, both online and offline.

ChalleNGe Nottingham have compiled a list of free activities from cultural organisations across the city. Click here to find out more or to add your suggestions.

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