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This week we have our regular Zoom Coffee Morning on Thursday at 10.30 with speakers from the BBC Children in Need grant-scheme and our own Rachel Metcalfe introducing the Community Voice project, which is a new strand of work
We also have Sue Heyes from the Severn Trent Community Fund giving a talk on Zoom on Friday 12th February at 10.30.
If you would like the Zoom links for either of the above please contact us at CVS via email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or telephone Jonathan on 07887 577165.
Our Social Prescribing service – New Connections – continues as usual and we are looking to set up a Walking Befriending Service in the future. If you are interested in hearing more about this, or perhaps would like to volunteer as a Walker Befriender please contact Debbie on 07483 126823.
The small grant schemes that we administer at the CVS are open for applications and we have updated the latest Grants Information which you can download as a PDF or read online: –
Finally, our printing service is still available, it’s 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.
Rachel is now fully immersed in her new role and is working with a wide range of local agencies and groups to ensure we can get you all the up to date information you need about keeping safe and well during the pandemic and beyond.
A weekly newsletter will be put together to share the latest information from Public Health and Derbyshire County Council as well as any other significant developments which need to be shared. There will also be points for discussion where you will be able to respond with any thoughts, queries or requests for further information. As the project continues we hope to do this through our Community Champions.
Could you become part of a network of Community Champions across the Derbyshire Dales to help share key messages effectively and appropriately?
We are looking for individuals, volunteers, groups and businesses to help share information with; neighbours, friends, family and communities. If you would like to find out more or register your interest to become involved please email Rachel@ddcvs.org.uk
Also, if you would like to receive the weekly ‘Community Voice’ newsletter, please email rachel@ddcvs.org.uk
The first ‘Community Voice’ newsletter is available to download here.
And, why not join us at our first Community Voice Forum on Friday 19th February at 10.00am. This will be an opportunity to find out about the role of Community Champion, share any key messages as well as invite you to give any feedback or ask questions you may have about the challenges surrounding Covid 19. To receive a zoom link for the meeting email Rachel@ddcvs.org.uk
The CVS has been hosting our networking online Coffee mornings since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020. So far they have proved a very effective and friendly way for CVS staff to meet up with our members and colleagues, and a useful platform for us to hear about the work of our members and professional services being provided to Dales groups and residents.
A number of groups participating in the meetings have then used their experience to move part of their organisation online using the Zoom platform.
It has been very much a learning curve for the staff at the CVS as none of us had heard of or used Zoom before the arrival of the pandemic.
Forthcoming dates for the Coffee mornings (and occasional afternoon tea meeting) are
Thursday 11 Feb 10.30am-12.00 midday
Thursday 25 Feb 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Thursday 11 March 10.30am-12.00 midday
Thursday 25 March time to be confirmed.
Thursday 8th April time to be confirmed.
If your group would like to do a talk or make a PowerPoint Presentation about your activities & work please contact Jonathan (jonathan@ddcvs.org.uk) or Sarah (sarah@ddcvs.org.uk)
Wed 17th Feb - Wed 17th Feb
9:30am - 12:00pm
The agenda includes:
• Derbyshire Voluntary Action Business
• Infrastructure organisation support during the pandemic
We will be welcoming staff from infrastructure organisations across North Derbyshire to tell us about the additional work they have been doing during the pandemic to support their local communities.
• Covid Update and Community Champions Update
• ‘10 Minute Slot’ – Greg Hewitt, Plastic Free Chesterfield
How your organisation can reduce single-use plastics and sign up to the Plastic Free Pledge
• ’10 Minute Slot’ – Amy Harris, Relate Chesterfield and North Derbyshire
Update on free counselling sessions available through various routes that key workers, voluntary sector workers, young people, people with mental health conditions can access
To receive your link to the meeting please email info@ndva.org.uk
Derbyshire based theatre arts company Babbling Vagabonds is running FREE family workshops in story making and shadow puppet making. The project is in two halves and the first is about conjuring up a great story with family groups.
Babbling Vagabonds said: “As much as we would like this to be an in person workshop due to the current restrictions we have had to make this a virtual one. We know everyone is feeling a real Zoom fatigue but this experience will still be fun as we dive head first into a fast paced, light hearted story making adventure!”

It’s strictly limited to 10 families, muted microphones, cameras optional and the chatbox is the key element in sharing your ideas.


For more information head to Buxton Opera House’s Facebook Page

A virtual Community Camp offering an immersive learning experience! A mix of practical activities, workshop sessions and networking opportunities for people from across the UK who are interested in becoming community leaders, or improve their existing skill set in this area.
The Community Camp will be taking place online throughout March, consisting of two sessions per week.
And thanks to funding from the National Lottery Community Fund, our virtual Community Camp is completely FREE to attend for volunteers!
Community Camp can be for lots of different types of people, those who:
  •  Want to start a community project – or are already doing something and want to take the next step!
  •  Are just starting out on their journey, or those who are more experienced but keen to learn from and share with others
  •  Were involved with mutual aid groups or helping those in their community during Covid-19 and are interested in staying active
  •  Who find that they have a little more time to get involved in their community now due to a change with their education or employment and others who dipped their toe into the community space during Covid-19 and are keen to do more!
For more information and reviews on the 2020 Virtual Community camp, visit https://www.edenprojectcommunities.com/c ...
To apply, applications must be submitted via the online form by Sunday 21st February.
If you have any questions please contact Diana Vogtel by email: dvogtel@edenproject.com
Mary Hague, Public Health Lead for Sexual Health, is collating a list of organisations and community that might benefit from receiving information regarding the Sexual Health Network and DCC’s Sexual Health Promotion work. Information circulated is likely to come from Derbyshire Community Health Services.
If you are interested in receiving such information please contact Jay Grindey, Business Services Assistant, Public Health, Adult Social Care and Health via email: Jay.Grindey@derbyshire.gov.uk
Just a reminder from the Connection Space about the aspects of the Connecting Communities Project currently running. These include COVID safe activities to engage, inspire and help people to feel connected during these ongoing turbulent times. The project is funded from the Social Connectedness Fund, Derbyshire Dales.
There are ‘Winter Wellbeing Activity Packs’, ‘Grow and Gift Kits’ (indoor gardening), ‘Lockdown Recipes to Share’ and ‘Yarn IT’ (knitting/crochet project).
The Connecting Communities Project is FREE for people living in the Derbyshire Dales and hopes to support/prevent feelings of isolation and loneliness across the lifespan in our communities.
If you have any queries or questions, please do not hesitate to make contact by email or phone.
Mary Derrick Tel: 07450195051 or email theconnectionspacecic@gmail.com
Please note that Mary is mostly available on Mondays and Tuesdays to respond to emails and telephone enquiries.
This programme will be open to anyone aged 16-30, not in education, employment or training and looking to meet new people and learn new skills. If you know someone who might benefit from this FREE course, please contact Kate: kate.haywood@princes-trust.org.uk
Each session is an hour long and will help young people to develop their skills and confidence. Sessions focus on:
– Monday 22nd February: Getting to know you
– Tuesday 23rd February: Mental health and Wellbeing
– Wednesday 24th February: Budgeting and Finances
– Thursday 25th February: Employability Skills
Each session lasts for 1 hour and starts at 11am, all sessions will be delivered on Microsoft Teams which is free to download.
Following completion of the programme each participant will receive up to six months of mentoring support from The Prince’s Trust in order to continue developing their skills and to help them secure employment. To find out more, or to apply for a space on the course please contact kate.haywood@princes-trust.org.uk or telephone 07483 972277.
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