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Tue 26th Jul
10:00am - 11:30am
Agricultural Business Centre  [ Directions ]
The law on workplace pensions has changed. Under the Pensions Act 2008, every employer in the UK must put certain staff into a pension scheme and contribute towards it. This is called ‘automatic enrolment’. Whether you’re a hairdresser, an architect or employ a personal care assistant, if you employ at least one person you are an employer and you have certain legal duties. This applies to you if you run a small voluntary organisation or charity that employs someone.
John Carter from ProAktive will be giving a presentation on automatic enrolment and there will be a discussion on the planning, implementation and ongoing administration requirements of automatic enrolment. In addition, you can find out if your existing pension scheme complies with automatic enrolment.
This is a free session with refreshments available fro 9.45am. It should last no longer than 90 minutes and at the end you are welcome to stay and network or ask other advice. To book a place please contact Janet Smith at Derbyshire Dales CVS. 
Fri 9th Sep
10:00am - 12:30pm
Agricultural Business Centre  [ Directions ]
Have you ever wondered about the statistics for your area? Maybe you need to gather evidence to show that your community is in need of something? Having some statistics could back up a funding application you’re writing – the Derbyshire Observatory is Derbyshire County Council’s online resource that holds all the statistics and data for the county and can be used to find information that could demonstrate why a project is needed.
The resource can take a bit of getting used to but the Policy Team at DCC has offered to run a half-day session for Derbyshire Dales Voluntary and Community Groups. To book your place contact Sarah Paisley on 01629 812154 or by email
More about the observatory here: – https://observatory.derbyshire.gov.uk/IA ...
As you may be aware, Derbyshire County Council is consulting on proposed cuts to the voluntary and community sector in Derbyshire. Please see the link below:
We encourage our Members to give feedback to Derbyshire County Council about the proposals and to highlight the valuable work of the voluntary and community sector in the Dales.
Congratulations to the Matlock and District Hard of Hearing Club who were successful in their recent application to the Bring Joy Foundation. They were awarded £500 towards the running costs of the group which meets at the Imperials Rooms in Matlock on the first Monday of the month, 2.00 – 4.00pm.
The group’s aim is to provide social and recreational facilities in an atmosphere sympathetic to the hard of hearing.
The Bring Joy Foundation can be contacted via their website http://bringjoyfoundation.org/
The Playing Fields Legacy Fund is a small charity established to get more people, especially the young and disadvantaged, playing sport through a more effective use of playing fields. They offer grants of up to £10,000 to stimulate new investment in playing fields, including funding for:
  •  drainage
  •  levelling
  •  returfing
  •  ATPs
  •  MUGAs and pavilions
Click here for further information. For other funding news updates for both capital and revenue grants, see the Derbyshire Sport Funding News pages – www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/funding-news
The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET) is running a new funding scheme this year and next. They are planning to distribute approximately £30,000 per annum, with a preference for funding either one larger project or a number of medium sized ones, rather than a lot of small schemes. Projects must be located in Derbyshire within 10 miles of a licensed landfill site. DET staff can check this for you if you provide them with the postcode for the site of your project. The type of projects that would be eligible include the provision, maintenance and repair of:
  •  children’s play areas
  •  skate parks
  •  MUGAs
  •  sports fields and other recreational areas, footpaths / bridleways, community centres / village halls.
The deadline for applications is 22 August 2016. Contact Derbyshire Environmental Trust on 01629 539182.
Tips on how to access funding for community projects will be discussed at the next round of Derbyshire Dales public forums in the coming weeks.
The community forums are being staged by the District Council at Hognaston Village Hall (18 July), Bakewell’s Agricultural Business Centre (26 July) and South Darley Village Hall (4 August). All begin at 7pm.
All will also feature a workshop session to discuss improvements to the format of the forums, which are held in every part of the district three times a year to give local people an opportunity informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.
District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “With cash increasingly scarce in local government, we want to make our communities aware of the discretionary grants that still exist to benefit good causes, as well as our own Local Projects Fund grant scheme that helps communities deliver their ambitions.”
More information about the Local Projects Fund is available at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/localprojects ...
Anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales.  The 26 July forum will also feature a live Twitter feed using the #dddc hashtag
In August last year, we amalgamated the Health Development Fund with the community grants streams from the District Council that we administer to form the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund.
This means that although you can apply for funding towards events; play areas and village halls (in line with some of the original funding streams at the District Council) you can also apply for any activity or running cost associated with a community group that addresses health issues.
Applications to the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund are assessed quarterly with the next grants panel meeting on the 18th August 2016. We would like applications submitted by Friday 12th August 2016. If you have any question about the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund please contact Jonathan Simcock or Sarah Paisley at DDCVS on 01629 812154. Or you can download a form and guidance from our website.
The Woodland Trust has 4,750 free tree packs to give away to schools, community and youth groups. The free tree packs are available for planting on one publicly accessible site. The packs available are:
  •  Small (30 saplings)
  •  Medium (105 saplings)
  •  Large (420 saplings)
The number of saplings organisations can apply for depends on the space available. See the Woodland Trust website for details. Packs will be awarded on a first come first serve basis. All applicants need to do is find a suitable site and supply the volunteer planters and tree protection. The woodland should be enjoyed for years to come. The planting area should be accessible to the public so that it can be used and enjoyed by others. Exceptions are made for schools and in circumstances where free access may not be possible, such as on grounds belonging to health organisations, residential care homes or hospices.
The closing date for applying for a free pack is the 7th September 2016. Read more at: Free Trees!
High Peak CVS’ training programme includes the following:
  •  Health & Safety in the Workplace – Tuesday 13th September 2016
  •  Fire Warden Training – Wednesday 21st September 2016
  •  Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults – Tuesday 27th September 2016
  •  Data Protection – Wednesday 28th September 2016
  •  Fundraising for Beginners – Wednesday 5th September 2016
  •  Emergency First Aid at Work – Tuesday 8th November 2016
  •  Making the Most of Gift Aid – Thursday 10th November 2016
  •  Manual Handling – Tuesday 15th November 2016
  •  Trustees Roles & Responsibilities – Wednesday 23rd November 2016
  •  Food Hygiene – Tuesday 24th January 2017
  •  What Every Chair Should Know – Wednesday 22nd February 2017
  •  Emergency First Aid at Work – Wednesday 1st March 2017
For course information or to book your place visit the website – http://highpeakcvs.org.uk/events.asp?typ ...
Or call Jackie Donnelly on 01663 736436.
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