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Our first newsletter of the new year coincides with the week we go into another national lock-down amidst worry about the new variant of coronavirus and the pressure on the NHS.
So we would like to start the newsletter with hopefully more cheery news – our planned events albeit all online – for the coming month or two, and a reminder of what we continue to offer at the CVS at this time.
We continue to host the Children and Young People’s Network for the Dales, so if you work with young people, volunteer with young people, or you just have an idea or concern you want to share, please join us on the 27th January.
Zoom Coffee Mornings as usual – 10.30 every other Thursday with the first one being Thursday 14th January with a talk from Jo Mellor from registered charity Mentell. https://www.mentell.org.uk/
Also, we are starting a series of ‘how to’ sessions on Zoom, the first two are about our small grants – how to apply to the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund and the Five Ways to Well-being small grant scheme. But, we are keen to run sessions on ‘how to Zoom’ with your community group. We don’t consider ourselves experts by any means but we can help you to join a Zoom meeting, participate in one and to set up your own. We are particularly keen to offer this to those community groups that haven’t had a meeting since March 2020, so that you might consider Zoom as a way forward for your group over the next couple of months. We might even host your first session – depending on how many groups take us up on this offer! So please let us know – email Jonathan or Sarah at the CVS via enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
We are offering one-to-one advice for treasurers of community groups on Wed 20th January.
The New Connections social prescribing service and within that – the Digital Connections project – are still very much up and running. Contact Debbie or Harriet for more information – telephone Harriet on 07483 329396 or email debbie@ddcvs.org.uk
Finally, our printing service is still available, it’s just a case of emailing your document, giving us a little more time to get it done, and collecting from outside the office on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
With best wishes from us all at the CVS for 2021.
This December our very own Debbie Rushworth, one half of the New Connections Team at the CVS, set herself a challenge, which – in her words – has brought ‘laughter and horror in equal measure’!
Debbie says “On my way to my frosty swim on 1st December, it struck me that I am fortunate to be able to choose to get very cold and wet, having a warm home and hot shower to go back to. Our homeless don’t have this choice, their December is just cold and wet. And so Dipcember was born – a personal challenge to swim outdoors, in just a swimsuit, every day in December around the Peak District. There’s been a swim in a blizzard swim at -5.5 degree wind chill, ice-breaking swims, storms and even a waterfall dip on Kinder.”
The Social Prescribing Team even took their Christmas get-together outdoors with Harriet joining Debbie on Christmas Eve. Look out of your window, would you like to be living outside right now? It would be amazing if, together, we could help those who do.
There’s more info at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/d ... and search Debbie Rushworth on Flickr to enjoy videos of this mad challenge (especially the famous blizzard swim) and daily photos!
Wed 20th Jan - Wed 20th Jan
10:00am - 12:30pm
Attended a community meeting and nodded at the wrong moment?
If you are new to the treasurer role or would simply like a refresher on how to manage the books of a small community group, then you might like to book 45mins with Janet Smith , our Finance and Facilities Manager at the CVS.
Janet has plenty of experience in accounts, in particular book-keeping for voluntary and community organisations.
You can send in your groups’ accounts for Janet to take a look at beforehand or come empty-handed but needless to say, you’ll finish with a solid set of guidelines to being a treasurer.
And you can talk to Janet on Zoom or over the telephone and it is FREE – first come first served!
All enquiries to Derbyshire Dales CVS 01629 812154 or email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
Wed 27th Jan - Wed 27th Jan
DDCVS’ Louise Champion will be hosting the next online network for anyone working (in a paid or voluntary capacity) with children and young people in the Derbyshire Dales.
Join us on Zoom to share skills, good practice and information.
Email louise@ddcvs.org.uk for the Zoom link.
As detailed in our bulletin of 23.10.20 there is a new small grants programme for Derbyshire from the Police and Crime Commissioner, whereby community groups can apply for funding if they are doing something that will help communities to develop practical solutions to the problems occurring in their areas. This might be anti-social behaviour or crime, or it might be support for a neighbourhood or community.
The Commissioner will prioritise schemes and ideas that make people less vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime.There are micro-grants (of between £50 and £1,000) administered by local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) organisations which can help, for example, to make homes more secure and ensure vulnerable people are given the help that they need.
In the Derbyshire Dales area, the smaller grants can be applied for, via Derbyshire Dales CVS between 14 October and 1st February 2021. Please note the change in closing date from our previous e-news.
For more information visit the PCC’s website by following this link: www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/VF
To download an application form and guidance as a PDF click here
To download the application form and guidance as a Word Doc please click here
Completed applications need sending to Derbyshire Dales CVS by post or email.
DDCVS – Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1AH
Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
Willing volunteers are sought to help with the work of the Imperial Rooms Good Food Lunch Club, and also with the Out and About Lunch Club in 2021.
Chris Smith is looking at the post Covid-19 period when she hopes to restart the clubs, and needs help with the club’s very important work. Most members of these clubs are retired residents of Matlock who very much look forward to their meals with friends and volunteers at the clubs.
There are various volunteer roles, such as serving food /washing up, helping members to their seats, as well as being a volunteer driver – to collect members of the Out and About Lunch Club on their visits to local cafes and eating places.
If you are interested, in the first instance you should contact Derbyshire Dales CVS by emailing enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or by telephone 01629 812154.
Follow the link to read more about the clubs https://www.matlockoapclubs.co.uk/do-som ...
Wed 13th Jan - Wed 13th Jan
Wed 13th Jan – Special Conditions of Hire: –
This session will explain the need for village hall charities to have a comprehensive hiring agreement in place, and will cover the range of additional special hiring conditions that are required in order to help keep the premises Covid secure.
By agreeing to halls’ terms and conditions of use, it helps to ensure that all hirers, whether by a local community group, individual, business or service provider, have a full understanding of both their legal and Covid-19 safety responsibilities.
Wed 27th Jan – Village Hall Finances: –
For the majority of village halls, the Charity Commission requirements are for simple accounts which can be achieved by anyone, with or without book-keeping knowledge.
None of us could have predicted the current pandemic we are in, nor the financial impact it is having on charities and the communities they support. It has demonstrated however, that now more than ever, village halls need to consider their future long-term sustainability. Be ready when we come out of the restrictions and halls are able to reopen as normal.
RAD will cover the need for holding appropriate reserves and a Reserves Policy, which should help charities navigate any future unforeseen risks.
Reserve your place via the Rural Action Derbyshire website or email Helena Stubbs.
Thanks to support from ,  and the Sussex Heritage Trust, the Heritage Crafts Association is again inviting craft practitioners and organisations in the UK to apply for small grants to fund projects that support and promote endangered crafts (the craft must be listed as endangered or critically endangered on the current Red List of Endangered Crafts).
During the pandemic our craft skills are at more risk than ever before. This fund can now be used to address the specific challenges of COVID-19 to endangered skills and knowledge. There is a maximum of £2,000 available for each project and the Heritage Crafts Association will work with you to develop and support your work.
For example, this may include:
  •  training for yourself to learn a new craft or technique;
  •  training for an apprentice so that you can pass on skills and knowledge;
  •  specialist equipment that will enable you to practice a craft or add a new product to your business;
  •  materials and equipment to start running workshops; or
  •  innovative approaches to supporting and promoting endangered crafts.
The Endangered Crafts Fund is now open with deadlines of 26 February 2021 and 27 August 2021. To apply, please fill in the project outline form and email the completed form to Mary Lewis at mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk.
Eligible projects will be invited to progress to the next stage in collaboration with the HCA and all applications will be judged by a panel. Please note that this is a competitive process and not all applications will receive funding. If you would like to talk over your project idea, please contact Mary at mary@heritagecrafts.org.uk.
Tue 26th Jan - Tue 26th Jan
3:30pm - 4:30pm
This scheme is about increasing the understanding of the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ by people in the Derbyshire Dales who are at a higher risk of developing mental ill health.
The ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’ are a recommended set of evidence-based public health messages which are aimed at improving the mental health and wellbeing of the population.
The ‘Five Ways’ are:
  •  Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; Keep Learning; Give.
The Zoom talk with DDCVS staff will take you through the application form and guidelines for the scheme. And there will be a chance to ask questions.
To book a place please contact DDCVS by email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or call 01629 812154
Tue 9th Mar - Tue 9th Mar
10:30am - 12:00pm
Please join us on Zoom for a talk from a member of staff at the National Lottery Community Fund.
We hope this will be a useful session if you are thinking of applying to either Awards for All (smaller grants up to a max of £10,000) or the large grants from the Reaching Communities programme.
Please email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk if you would like to join us and we will send through the Zoom link.
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