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The Better Derbyshire Dales Fund is still going strong thanks to the commitment from the Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire County Council Public Health and North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Last financial year we received 65 applications over the four rounds and made 43 awards varying in size from a couple of hundred pounds to a few thousand pounds. These larger capital awards helped to improve community facilities such as Grindleford Pavilion, Cromford Community Centre, Hathersage Memorial Hall, Baslow Sports Pavilion, The Grand Pavilion Matlock Bath and Matlock Cricket Club.
Our next round closes on Friday 10th August 2018. Applicants can apply for up to £1,000 towards revenue costs and up to £5,000 for capital costs. We are particularly looking for applications that can demonstrate a health benefit to children and families or to older people; or that promote good mental health and emotional well-being in general.
You can download a form and guidelines from our website or if you would prefer a paper copy please call us and we will post one out to you. Telephone: 01629 812154.
There are further rounds this financial year in November 2018 and February 2019.
Derbyshire County Council has just launched the Action Grants scheme and groups, clubs, local charities and other non-profit organisations working in communities across the county are eligible to apply.
Over the next two years there will be 2,000 grants of up to £500 on offer to help groups fund projects and events which will benefit their local communities. 750 grants are available as Youth Activity Grants to support projects and organisations working with young people.
The themes of the grants are:
  •  Youth activity
  •  Community safety
  •  Community activity
  •  Physical activity and sport
The first deadline is 30 June 2018, so groups hoping to get funding for schemes in the school summer holidays are advised to apply before that date.
More information and application pack can be found at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/ne ...
The aim of the scheme is to provide schools with grants of up to £600 for projects or events linked to the teaching or promotion of physics and engineering.
Since the scheme was established in 2005 the STFC and IOP have awarded almost £250,000 to projects that have benefited over 94,000 pupils.
Grants can be used to support a range of projects, for example:
  •  running a school/college based science week activity
  •  purchasing materials/resources outside of the normal department resources
  •  organising a visit to or from a working physicist
Eligibility and timing
The scheme is open to all UK educational institutions (schools and colleges) catering for pupils/students in the age range 5-19.
Application form:  this is available on the website below and submit it by email to schoolgrants@iop.org. Applications will only be accepted by email.
There are three deadlines per year – usually 1st February, 1st June and 1st November
Telephone:  Institute of Physics  020 7470 4800
Tue 26th Jun - Tue 26th Jun
10:00am - 1:00pm
Organised by Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) this session will cover the constitutional and organisational issues involved in managing a charitable village hall. It will help village & community hall managers understand their legal responsibilities.
This session will include:
  •  Understanding your governing document (Trust Deed, Conveyance, Indenture etc.)
  •  Explaining the two different types of village hall trustees
  •  What new charity trustees need to know
  •  Liability of trustees
  •  A free copy of Information Sheet 17 – Trustee roles & responsibilities (usually £10 + VAT)
To Book and make payment directly online using a Credit or Debit card, please  – visit RAD’s website
Alternatively, please contact Helena Stubbs at RAD for an application form. Tel 01629 592970.
Delegate fee:           £30 + VAT (£36)
Limited to 12 places, so book soon to avoid disappointment.
Tue 26th Jun - Tue 26th Jun
10:30am - 2:30pm
Matlock Farm Park  [ Directions ]
You may have heard of The Connection Space, a Community Interest Company based in Matlock. Its aims are to improve emotional health and mental wealth across all life stages and to support and build resilience through therapeutic connections.
The Connection Space is really pleased to offer monthly care farming sessions starting on Tuesday 26th June 10.30 to 2.30 at Matlock Farm Park.
If you would like to take up a place please make contact as soon as possible as places are limited. Tel 07774 309745 or 07718 228439 or email theconnectionspace@icloud.com
In addition, the Connection Space has some remaining funded counselling hours dedicated to people affected by ‘Living with Dementia’. These counselling hours can be accessed by the person with dementia or by others who are affected by supporting their loved one. Same contact details as above. https://www.theconnectionspace.info/
Fri 29th Jun - Fri 29th Jun
9:45am - 1:30pm
The Postmill Centre, South Normanton  [ Directions ]
The Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance, in partnership with Arts Derbyshire and Derbyshire County Council, warmly invite you to attend the East Midlands launch of Creative Health: The Arts for Health Wellbeing.
This event will discuss the report of a research inquiry into Arts and Health by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Arts, Health and Wellbeing. The speakers include: –
  •  The Baroness Ruth Lister of Burtersett CBE, member of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing and Emeritus Professor of Social Policy at Loughborough University
  •  Rebecca Blackman, Director, Engagement and Audiences and Director, Nottingham, Arts Council England
  •  Alex Coulter, Chair of the Culture, Health and Wellbeing Alliance and Project Manager for the APPG on Arts, Health and Wellbeing Inquiry
  •  Cllr Barry Lewis, Leader of the Council, Derbyshire County Council
  •  Dean Wallace, Director of Public Health, Derbyshire County Council
This event is for health and social services to come together with arts and health practitioners and politicians in order to influence thinking and practice, working towards a healthy and health-creating society.
All inquiries to Hilary Fender at Derbyshire County Council – hilary.fender@derbyshire.gov.uk
You can book on Eventbrite now to secure your free place: https://goo.gl/HmLoaG
Wed 11th Jul - Wed 11th Jul
10:00am - 4:00pm
Assembly Rooms, Chesterfield  [ Directions ]
The Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is hosting Turning the ‘TIDE’ – Tackling Isolation and Loneliness in Derbyshire Event.
The event from runs from 10.00 until 4.00 and with lunch and includes:
  •  Keynote speaker on isolation and loneliness
  •  The findings of the recent research in befriending in Derbyshire
  •  A panel of practiti0ners active in the field of addressing isolation and loneliness
  •  First-hand experiences of the difference that befriending support can make
  •  Discussions to investigate partnership working to tackle isolation and loneliness
To find out more and/or to book a place please contact Helen Frudd at South Derbyshire CVS by email helenf@sdcvs.org.uk
Councillors voted unanimously at their Annual Meeting on Thursday (24 May) for current deputy Paul Wilson, 48, to take over the top job at the council from Dorcas Bunton, who is retiring after six years at the helm.
Mr Wilson, who has been at the Derbyshire Dales council in several roles since 1994, started his career in local government straight from school as a trainee.
He said: “One of the things I am quite proud about is that from humble beginnings and a starting point not dissimilar to the apprentices of today I have climbed the career ladder by studying part-time for all my qualifications. Hopefully, my example may inspire others to achieve their own goals and potential.”
Graduating in 1995 with Degree of Master Civic Design from the University of Liverpool, Mr Wilson became a Chartered Town Planner the following year and in 2000 gained a Diploma in Management Studies from the Open University. He was appointed the council’s Planning Policy Manager in 1997 and then Head of Planning Services in 2000 before becoming Director of Planning and Housing Services in 2011.
The full report to the meeting can be viewed on the District Council’s website at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/committee and the broadcast of the meeting can be viewed on the District Council’s YouTube channel at
Hathersage and Eyam ward member Councillor Jean Monks is Derbyshire Dales District Council’s civic leader in the coming year.
A district councillor since 2011, she succeeds Councillor Steve Flitter as Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, and will represent the district at well over 50 engagements in the county in 2018/19.
Councillor Monks, who accepted the civic post at the District Council’s annual meeting on Thursday (24 May), told fellow councillors she would endeavour to be a worthy ambassador and representative of the Dales.
She will also be continuing with the Community Service Awards resurrected by Councillor Flitter in 2017/18. Praising her predecessor’s fundraising efforts, Councillor Monks added: “Councillor Flitter with his wife Ann raised enormous amounts for the Air Ambulance Service and attended over 70 events plus 17 Community Award presentations – a wonderful record.”
Other appointments for 2018/19 included Councillor Albert Catt as chairman of the new Commercial Board, Councillor Jacquie Stevens continuing as chairman of the District Council’s Governance & Resources policy committee, and Councillor Jo Wild as Chairman of the Community & Environment policy committee. The Planning Committee will continue to be chaired by Councillor Garry Purdy.
Councillor Sir Richard Fitzherbert is once again Council Chairman, leading full meetings of the authority, and Deputy Chairman is Councillor Andrew Shirley.
Key Fund has launched its ‘Borrowing in the Wild: An Initial Literature Review into Social Investment from a Rural Perspective’ report. It reviews existing literature on barriers to investment and business development in rural areas as part of its ‘Connect to Invest’ project, supported by the Connect Fund. You can find a copy of the report and read a blog by Key Fund’s Dave Thornett about this work here.
Charities and community groups can now benefit from receiving free resources, courtesy of businesses donating their surplus stocks.
The only requirement is that the charities and community groups register at www.givingworldonline.com, there is even an option to request certain products that would truly help the local community, completely free of charge.
Giving World receives goods from businesses all over the country, and advertises the items on the website for charities to request and pass on to their beneficiaries.
Partnership Opportunities
Giving World wants to expand their reach by creating partnerships with charities to become accessible to more people in desperate need. By working together, we can minimise delivery costs and pool resources to ensure that people get the help they need.
  •  Do you demonstrate expertise and have a proven track record in working with disadvantaged communities?
  •  Do you have in-depth knowledge of local areas and already established links with other local community groups and charities?
  •  Do you display a similar ethos and values to Giving World, sharing the vision of realising people’s potential and creating a fairer society?
If this sounds like it could be you, then register an interest and arrange an informal discussion, by emailing rama@givingworldonline.com. Please provide your name, contact number and organisation details.
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