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What is a Dementia Friend?

posted 22 Aug 2022, 08:34 by Steve Smith

A Dementia Friend is somebody that learns about dementia so they can help their community.

Too many people affected by dementia feel that society fails to understand the condition they live with. Dementia Friends help by raising awareness and understanding so that people living with dementia can continue to live in the way they want.

What does a Dementia Friend do?

Dementia Friends help people living with dementia by taking actions - both big and small.

These actions don’t have to be time-consuming. From visiting someone you know with dementia to being more patient in a shop queue, every action counts! Dementia Friends can also get involved with things like volunteering, campaigning or wearing a badge to raise awareness.

Who can be a Dementia Friend?

Everyone! Dementia Friends is open to anyone who wants to help people with dementia in their community.

To become a Dementia Friend all you have to do is attend a Dementia Information Session. These are 45 minute sessions that are delivered locally by Sneinton Alchemy's own trained Dementia Ambassador. For more details email or  visit 

Keep Smiling in 2022

posted 22 Aug 2022, 01:42 by Steve Smith

Sneinton Alchemy has re-launched the SMILE 2 which aims to improve social connections and reduce increasing levels of loneliness and isolation in Sneinton which is highlighted as having a high risk of loneliness (Age UK Loneliness Map indicator areas 029A/D) which has been further impacted by Covid-19. The project will last 12 months. It hopes to improve the lives of some people affected by loneliness, who, once they have been ‘listened to’ will either be:
supported to get an activity or group off the ground.
provide a local befriender placement.
signposted to a social group.
See the poster for more info

Fuelling You with Support - Cost of Living Event

posted 21 Aug 2022, 23:40 by Steve Smith   [ updated 13 Sept 2022, 11:54 ]

Sneinton Alchemy is working in partnership with Severn Trent Water and SSAFA to host the Fuelling You with Support ‘Cost of Living Event’ on 1 – 4pm, 22nd September at the Greenway Centre, Trent Ln, Sneinton, Nottingham NG2 4DF
The event will be just ahead of the next fuel increase and will be aimed at those who are struggling financially. A wide range of organisations will be there to provide support, advice and guidance such as Dr Energy, Foodbank, Nottingham City Council etc. With the ‘cost of living’ crisis, you can imagine many people have concerns about how they will cope, and we wanted to provide as much support to Sneinton residents at the event.
If your organisation would like to have a stall at this event, please send an email to
See the attached poster for more info and please share in your networks.

Sneinton Christmas Fair is Back, 4pm Thursday 16th Dec

posted 18 Nov 2021, 09:15 by Steve Smith

Following the distruption to socialising, caused by Covid 19 we are happy to announce that Sneinton Christmas Fair is Back.

Thats right, Sneinton Alchemy have teamed up with Santa, St Christophers Church, The SEND Project Nottingham Academy, the  Renewal Trust and the Dales Ward Councillors to host this eagerly anticipated Xmas special. On the day you can expect loads of stalls and craft activities, live performances from local artiste, Cristingle, Santas Grotto, a local choir and much more. If you would like to volunteer or to find out more contact Beth at Xmas Fair Info

Grant success for Alchemy

posted 22 Jun 2018, 17:17 by Unknown user

A new grant will help Alchemy support the reuse of an important local building
We are delighted to hear that we have been successful in attracting a small grant from the Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) in order to support Project Viability work on the Old School Hall in Sneinton.

This will fund the preparation of a report into the viability of 3 potential new uses for the Hall building, the scope of work and cost involved in making the transformation and the development of a preferred option in light of the 'Heritage Deficit'- in other words the amount of grant funding that might be needed to make the project viable.

Built in 1843, the building is one of the oldest institutional buildings left in the area. Part of a school until the 1970s, the building served as a community centre until 2016 when the Council closed it down and decided to sell it.

You can support the project by giving your feedback on the 3 options for reuse that are being considered.

Alchemy in the mix at dOSH: Saving a local landmark

posted 29 Apr 2018, 14:08 by Unknown user   [ updated 29 Apr 2018, 15:02 ]

Sneinton Alchemy is a partner in the dOSH community alliance: Developing the Old School Hall

dOSH logo
Above: The Old School Hall, with Green's Mill in the background
Above: Network diagram of dOSH  organisations (click to explore)
As a CIC (Community Interest Company) benefitting the Sneinton area, Alchemy has brought a unique angle to the Develop the Old School Hall team. 

The dOSH 'Community Alliance' itself is an un-constituted group made up of representatives from seven local organisations. The group formed to unite the community and find common ground amidst the swirl of opinions and upsets caused when the Hall was closed down as a Community Centre. 

This work is paying off and concrete plans are being drawn up for a sustainable use for this historic local landmark building. The Hall has been recognised as an Asset of Community Value, so whatever happens the new use has to prove significant community benefit.

Sneinton Alchemy brings a long track record of handling grant funding and commissioning project work within the area. It's legal structure also includes an 'asset lock', should it be needed. This ensures that any assets the CIC buys are held for community benefit only, and cannot be sold for individual private gain.

The other six organisations represented in the dOSH alliance are:

Old School Hall Community Association

Best Foot Forward for walks around Sneinton & St Anns

posted 26 Oct 2016, 07:48 by Unknown user   [ updated 26 Oct 2016, 07:51 ]

Free Wednesday weekly walks are part of the 'Living Well' initiative...

We've been contacted by Nicky Newberry of Age UK who organise the walks:

"The walks are free and for all ages. (walkers under 14years must be accompanied by an adult). They are suitable for all abilities whether they are a regular walkers or not.

"The walks offer a chance to meet people and maybe see a different areas.  The St Ann’s & Sneinton walk is a little more strenuous than some as the walk usually includes a visit to Greens Windmill site.

"Meet on Wednesdays at Victoria Leisure Centre to set off at 10:30 am. New walkers will need to complete a registration form on arrival so please come a little earlier.

"Anyone wishing to find out more can call me (Mon – Weds) on the number below or just turn up at the start of the walk. You can also find out more here: Best Foot Forward | Walking for Health"

FREE Public Exhibition at Central Library

posted 1 Sept 2016, 07:07 by Unknown user   [ updated 1 Sept 2016, 07:24 ]

Mapping Nottingham's Identity
Mapping Nottingham’s Identity is an initiative that aims at bringing together all those involved with public spaces in Nottingham. We have worked very closely with Nottingham Trent University and Sneinton community groups and organisations, some of which include:
  • Green's Windmill
  • Salvation Army
  • William Booth Memorial Complex
  • Sneinton Market
  • TRACs Neighbourhood Centre
  • Growin' Spaces
  • Sneinton Festival
  • Hermitage Community Centre
  • SEND project and more. 
Together we have had some great conversations about how we can make the most of our public spaces. During this process we were able to bring you some community furniture made from donated wooden pallets. You may have followed our progress on this through our previous blogs. 
However, if you missed the unveiling of our community furniture at the Sneinton Festival fear not! We will be showcasing the furniture (as well as the process) throughout September at Central Library.

Don't miss our launch this Saturday 3 September 11-1pm at Central Library, including a guided tour.

Although the exhibition marks the final stages of this project we hope that this will be the beginning of a great partnership between Nottingham Trent University, neighbourhoods like Sneinton and the general public, which will last for a few more years, giving us the chance to create a platform for dialogues between communities across Nottingham. 

For more details on our work so far, please visit us at: 

or contact Shabana at

Old School Hall - is demolition the only option?

posted 30 Aug 2016, 05:05 by Unknown user   [ updated 30 Aug 2016, 05:06 ]

The historic Sneinton Community Centre is closing in mid September. What's going on, and what does the future hold for the site?

Word's got out that the Old School Hall community centre near to Green's Mill is going to close in mid September. The Council has taken the decision to close the building on safety grounds following surveyor's reports that put the bill (for repairs alone) at £400,000. 

The medium term plan is to demolish the building in 2017, unless a viable new use can be put forward by the local community for a self-funding and presumably community-benefitting operation. Any ideas...?

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