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There are some changes to tell you about regarding the staff at DDCVS.
Louise Champion, who has been working for almost two years as our Community Development Manager on Hurst Farm in Matlock, is leaving this month to take up an exciting new post at Derbyshire County Council. Louise has brought great energy and humour to the role, and has been involved in many pieces of work on Hurst Farm including managing Hurst Farm Community Centre, supporting the development of a Forest School, establishing a youth forum, and a children and young people’s network and setting up a fruit and vegetable co-op. Louise also did sterling working at the height of Covid crisis last year ensuring that vulnerable people were able to get essential supplies. We wish Louise every success in her new role.
Janet Smith, who has worked for DDCVS for over eighteen years, will be leaving her role as Finance and Facilities Manager at the end of June. However, we are pleased to say that Janet is still likely to be doing some financial work for us for a few hours a week, so we are not losing her completely. Janet has been a key member of the DDCVS staff, and many of you will have had contact with Janet in various ways, whether it be greeting you when you visited the office, doing your accounts, attending one of her training courses for treasurers, doing photocopying for you or paying you a grant. Janet has always proved great help and support to our members and to the staff at DDCVS, and she will be missed very much. We hope that she enjoys her extra free time.
As a result of all this, we are currently recruiting new posts at DDCVS, and these are featured in this newsletter. Please pass these opportunities on to anyone you think might be interested.
Administration and Facilities Manager
NJC Scale 20 £25,991 pro rata 20 hours per week
Closing date 4th June, no later than 5.00pm. Interviews will be held on 10th June.
The post will be based at our offices at the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell.
Please see below for the 6 items which form the application pack – you can also email Janet Smith at DDCVS if you would like a pack posting out to you. Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
Business Development Manager – Hurst Farm Estate
NJC Scale Pt 25 £29,577 Hours 37 hours per week
Closing date 9th June, no later than 5.00pm. Interviews will be held on 15th June.
Please see below for the 6 items which form the application pack – you can also email Janet Smith at DDCVS if you would like a pack posting out to you. Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
As we continue out of lockdown and begin to see some of ‘normal’ life returning caution is still needed; Hands, Face and Space.
The next key date for more easing of restrictions is 17th May – Step three.
The Community Voice project continues to share reliable and up-to-date information to support communities as further changes are made.
If you have a question about vaccines, are worried about returning to work or need support to enable you to restart your community group in a Covid secure way then sign up to our weekly newsletters and join us at our fortnightly forums.
Email rachel@ddcvs.org.uk or telephone 01629 812154
Thu 20th May - Thu 20th May
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Next week, we have the following guest speakers: –
  •  Tracy Coates – Community Safety
  •  Georgine Rolfe – Derbyshire Carers Assoication
  •  Rachel Metcalfe – Community Voice
Please let us know if there are other groups or organisations working in the Dales who you would like to be invited to attend.
We really value your participation in these meetings, and look forward to seeing you all there. The ‘waiting room’ for the meeting will be open from 1.45pm
Please contact Jonathan at CVS if you would like the Zoom link, email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or call 07887 577165.
The NHS Volunteer Responders Scheme is a national, app-based, volunteering scheme, that was set up in response to the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.
Derbyshire Dales CVS and 3D are helping with a national evaluation of the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme, and how this worked alongside the local volunteer Covid response. We want to hear from referrers / organisations. There are 2 ways in which you can have your say:
1. Complete the survey:
The survey is about the volunteering response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the changes that would make the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme most useful in local areas in the future. It is going out to many different stakeholders from across the NHS, Voluntary and Community Sector, and Local Authorities. This means that not all questions will feel relevant for all people, and you can select “don’t know” where appropriate. Independent evaluators Traverse are carrying out the national evaluation and they will collate and report on the findings.
Please complete the survey, using the link below, by 19 May. It should take no more than 15 minutes.
https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=1618 ...
2. Come and tell us what you think:
We will also be organising some group discussions to explore in more detail the local community volunteer response to the Covid-19 pandemic, its relationship the NHS Volunteer Responders scheme, and what should happen in future. What you tell us will form part of our local response to the evaluation as well as informing future emergency planning. If you would like to take part please contact Neil Moulden neil@ddcvs.org.uk or Kerrie Fletcher kerrie.fletcher@communityactionderby.org.uk so that we can make sure you are invited.
If you have any questions contact Neil Moulden or Kerrie Fletcher.
Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1-7 June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year.
That’s why the theme for this year’s Volunteers’ Week is ‘A time to say thanks’.
The National Council for Voluntary Organsaitons (NCVO) has put together some useful ifnromation abotu the week, including resources to download and ways to share stories.
• Check the Volunteers’ Week website for information on how you can get involved https://volunteersweek.org/
• Organise online events to connect with your communities
• Download the resources you need https://volunteersweek.org/get-involved/ ...
• Follow @NCVOvolunteers on Twitter and share your inspiring stories, pictures and videos using #VolunteersWeek and #MonthOfCommunity
If you have volunteering roles in the Derbyshire Dales to promote – please contact Gaynor Atkins at Connex Community Support who will be happy to help.
Email gaynor@connex.org.uk
The Willow Project is delivering FREE half day training seminars to deliver Rural Domestic Abuse Awareness Training.
This training will help to increase your awareness on rural domestic abuse. It is free to people who live or work in Derbyshire, for anyone working outside Derbyshire, the project asks for a donation towards the project or they are able to invoice your organisation upon request.
Training sessions are on the following dates: 27th April, 27th May and 27th June. Please note there are limited spaces for each date.
This half-day training will be split into two sections. There will be an hour long e-learning component prior to the training session, followed by a 2½ hour zoom training session
If you would like to book on, please click HERE
A NEW initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available to residents of Derbyshire. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may be hard of hearing.
Tabassum, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains “There are more than nine million hard of hearing people registered in the UK. We have already worked with social workers, housing staff, teachers, the local NHS, and Royal Mail. We wanted to open our programs to the general public, who might also have an interest in learning sign language, especially now that many people have been stuck at home during a third lockdown. We are offering a free 6-week BSL program, which you can enjoy and access from the comfort of your homes, delivered through Zoom”. Signs4Life is leading efforts towards a society in which people with disabilities have full access and are working to raise the public and political awareness of disability provision.
For more details on the free community program for Derbyshire, starting in June, please book via our website for “The Hotpots” group, starting on Friday 11th June 2021 https://signs4life.org/in-the-community/
The Gas Safe Charity runs free, on line ‘Think CO’ workshops to raise awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) risks in the homes of vulnerable people. They are aimed at those staff and volunteers who provide support in the home. After the training you will be more aware of the sources, signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and understand what to do if you suspect a CO incident.
Earlier this year a member of the North Yorkshire County Council’s reablement team was visiting a client, only a few weeks after attending the Think CO workshop. He spotted a gas fire showing signs that it was not working properly and the client described headaches, nausea and dizziness.
After an emergency visit from a Gas Safe registered engineer, the fire was condemned because it was leaking carbon monoxide. This is an example of why this training is so important; it raises awareness and it can save lives. If you or a team member would like to participate in a free, hour long Think CO workshop please click on this link to book: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/115618952 ...
After 300 years in the making, the new Museum of Making in Derby is delighted to be opening its doors from Friday 21st May 2021. On the site of what is widely regarded as the world’s first modern factory at Derby Silk Mill, the new museum will share Derby’s history of making and innovation.
Designed and made with the people and industries of Derby, the Museum will display over 30,000 objects, many of which have never been seen by the public before. To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Derby Museums is excited to be collaborating with arts and cultural organisations on a programme of events across Derbyshire, which will mark 300 years of creativity and making in the region.
Find out more here. What will you make of the Museum of Making? https://www.derbymuseums.org/museum-of-m ...
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