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Here at the CVS we are planning on working more closing with Connex Community Support this year, particularly, in the area of volunteering brokerage. As you may know Connex offer a brokerage service for the Derbyshire Dales via Gaynor Atkins, who works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and would normally be based at the Ashbourne office.
Gaynor can help with signposting people to volunteering opportunities in the area and helping you put together a volunteer role description and then advertising it on a volunteering website. You can contact Gaynor by email via gaynor@connex.org.uk
Also, we are going to be working together to put on a Zoom session about the role of a Trustee. This would be for anyone thinking about being a trustee, but isn’t sure about what it would entail and whether it is for them – it would also suit people who may have been a Trustee in the past but have had a break and would like to be part of a trustee board again.
If you are interested in joining the session please let us know! Tel 01629 812154 or email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
On a side note, Connex Community Support have updated their excellent guide to Food Shopping again! You can download this year as a PDF.
It continues to be a busy time at DDCVS with the new Community Voice project as well as administering our grants programmes, supporting the Friends of Hurst Farm with a variety of projects and running the social prescribing project – New Connections.
The Coffee Mornings continue to be well-attended and are interesting mornings with a variety of speakers. If you would like to be included on the invite email with the Zoom link for our Coffee Mornings please email jonathan@ddcvs.org.uk
This week we have updated the Funding Guide which you can download here as a PDF and read about national and local funding schemes.
It’s a year since many of us started working from home on a regular basis and we would like to thank you all for keeping in touch during this time; attending our Coffee Mornings, asking us questions, supporting our new projects, applying for small grants and using our printing service.
As usual you can contact us by emailing enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or telephoning 01629 812154.
Thu 25th Mar - Thu 25th Mar
10:30am - 12:00pm
This week, we have the following guest speakers: –
  •  Rachel Metcalfe – Community Voice
  •  Juliet Short – Connex Community Support
  •  Patricia Salume – vHelp
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 10.20am
Please contact Jonathan at CVS if you would like the Zoom link, email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or call 07887 577165.
Our network of ‘Community Champions’ is growing and at our last forum we had some really positive discussions about what is happening in our communities around the Derbyshire Dales.  The conversation in the past week has been about some countries suspending the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and what impact this has had on people in our area and whether it is safe to have the vaccine.
Further information has been included on the latest issue of our Community Voice newsletter.  To join the conversation please come along to our next forum which is on Thursday 1st April at 10.00am. If you would like to get involved or find out more please email: Rachel@ddcvs.org.uk
If you would like to receive the weekly ‘Community Voice’ newsletter, please let Rachel know.
Community Voice Issue 3
Community Voice Issue 4
Community Voice Issue 5
Community Voice Issue 6
Community Voice Issue 7
Join us at our next Community Voice Forum on Thursday 1st April at 10.00am.
More information about Community Voice.
Small Grants at DDCVS
We continue to administer a small grants scheme on behalf of Derbyshire County Council, Public Health. This scheme is about increasing the understanding of the ‘Five Ways to Well-being’ by people in the Derbyshire Dales who are at a higher risk of developing mental ill health.
The ‘Five Ways to Well-being’ are a recommended set of evidence-based public health messages which are aimed at improving the mental health and well-being of the population. These ‘Five Ways’ are: – Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; Keep Learning and Give.
There are guidelines to the small grants scheme which explain each of the Five Ways to Well-being more fully and how a project might include or address them, as well as an application form.
If you would like a copy please contact Derbyshire Dales CVS on 01629 812154 or email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
The next closing date for applications is 31st March 2021.
It’s also been agreed that we can continue to administer the small grants (up to £1,000) for the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Vulnerability Fund. We will be able to do this up until July 2021. Please contact Jonathan or Sarah for more information, and keep a look out for a talk from the PCC team, which we hope to organises on Zoom before the end of April.
The PCC Vulnerability Fund would be suitable for a community group planning something that will help communities to develop practical solutions to the problems occurring in their area. This might be anti-social behaviour or crime, or it might be support for a neighbourhood or community.
Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk for an application form/guidance. Or download here.
We met the High Sherriff of Derbyshire – Tony Walker – at our most recent Coffee Morning on Zoom, and he was pleased to tell us all about the Beacon of Hope Awards.
These awards look to identify, and to express thanks to those groups or individuals who have worked tirelessly to keep communities safe, and businesses moving during the global COVID-19 crisis.
While the pandemic is still ongoing, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and their Leaders, as well as the formal institutions of the High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenancy feel it is important now to recognise that many across the County have committed themselves to response and relief efforts since the beginning of the outbreak. The award will seek to highlight those in every sector and locality of the County that have played a key role.
Nominations are open to the public.
If you feel you know of a group or an individual that has gone above and beyond to help others during the pandemic, then the organisations and individuals named above, would very much like to know about it.
To nominate a group or indiviual please vist https://www.derby.gov.uk/council-and-dem .../ where you can nominate someone online.
You will need to include the nominees details as well as a short explanation as to why you believe they are deserving of an award. The closing date for nominations is 14 May 2021.
Fit on Foot is a free, personalised, Fitness Journey unique in both concept and application. It is entirely different from traditional type exercise.
Designed and developed in collaboration with Professor Lettie Bishop of the University of Loughborough and Phill Alcock, UK Athletics Registered Coach (Fitness in running and walking) and International Nordic Walking Federation Instructor, this programme is a unique combination of academic expertise and practical coaching experience.
Delivered online in order to enable the majority of people to take part wherever they may be, and at a time suitable to them, it addresses a number of needs and objectives.
The programme is not only for the able-bodied but includes special modules for anyone with mobility issues, a special section for seniors, and those seeking effective weight management. Other modules deal specifically with mental health and stress as well as specific sessions for family groups. In particular specific modules include fitness walking, mindful walking, pole assisted walking for anyone with mobility issues, Nordic Walking for health and fitness, Adventure Trekking (and navigation), learning to run and improving running with cross-training. Each of these modules can be taken alone or can be combined if desired. The modules are supported by specific Zoom meetings and specialised Webinars.
For further details contact peakfit2@gmail.com or 07484868949
Free virutal training for volunteers who supprot young people in their community. This training is an introduction to mental health and offers ideas to help support young people. It will be delivered by specialist CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) practitioners.
To book your place please email by 14th April.
Dates of training: –
  •  Tuesday 20th April 4.00-5.30pm
  •  Tuesday 27th April 10.30am to 12-noon
  •  Tuesday 4th May 4.00-5.30pm
  •  Tuesday 11th May 10.30-12noon
Email roni.green@derbyshire.gov.uk or susan.wragg@derbyshire.gov.uk
Covid-19 has left many Derbyshire residents with complicated money worries, and debts are set to rise when Government Covid support packages for businesses and individuals end. Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire warns of the dangers of ignoring financial problems.
2020 was a difficult year for many people, and it left many households worried about finances and making ends meet. Many Derbyshire residents have faced a loss of income, financial instability and increasing debts. Redundancy, benefit issues, furlough and low-paid work left many people struggling to afford food, rent or mortgage payments and to pay for energy costs and other bills.
Financial problems can affect our physical and mental health, lead to family breakdown and even homelessness. Therefore, no matter how small or large money worries or debt may be, it is much better to seek advice and support sooner rather than later. Talking through money concerns can be awkward and uncomfortable, but it is the vital first step to getting back on track.
Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire (FAAD) is a partnership of public, private and voluntary organisations that support financial inclusion and capability work across the county. Headed by Rural Action Derbyshire, FAAD provides information on where to get free, impartial advice and support with money worries. If you have concerns, or would simply like to find out more, please contact Joanne Peck, Project Coordinator Financial Action & Advice Derbyshire, 07738 107072 j.peck@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk
HENRY is a charity that supports families and children to create a healthier and happier home environment. The link here explains the programmes that HENRY provides; www.henry.org.uk
Many parents, especially new parents, have been feeling isolated and have concerns due to COVID.
HENRY has several systems in place to help and a number of programmes available free of charge to parents and the public. The link below explains these programmes and there is also a link to apply for any of the Derbyshire programmes. https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-hea ...
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