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We hope all is well with you and your community.
We have updated the COVID 19 Funding and Grants information on our website this week and you can download the PDF here.
We have been preparing for an Online Networking Event on Thursday 13th August; it would be great to see you there. We will have a talk from Foundation Derbyshire and Age UK Derby and Derbyshire – Strictly No Falling. If you would like to join us please email
Our last Online Coffee Morning was well attended and we had some great cross-group working, with sharing of information and offers to get involved with other projects. Our next Coffee Morning will be on Thursday 27th August.
Our Five Ways to Well-being small grants programme is open for applications, with a closing date of 30th September. We will have another round of the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund this year and welcome applications from eligible voluntary groups. The next closing date is 12th November.
If you would like to find out more about the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund, the Five Ways to Well-being small grant scheme or other small grants please contact Jonathan or Sarah at DDCVS.
We have increased our office presence at Bakewell and will review this each month; at present we are not open for drop-in enquiries. We continue to work remotely for the most part; please contact us by phone or email. We can also set up a Zoom meeting if needed, or post information out, it just might take a little longer. Tel 01629 812154 / Email
If you haven’t yet completed our ‘Covid and Beyond’ survey: There’s still time!
Calling community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises of all kinds and all sizes, from all parts of Derby City and Derbyshire.
Tell us about your experience of the last few extraordinary months, and what support you need – and win a £25 supermarket voucher!
Closing date now extended to MONDAY 10 AUGUST
All completed surveys will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 x £25 supermarket vouchers!
We want to hear from community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises of all kinds and all sizes, from all parts of Derby City and Derbyshire. This includes established organisations (whether or not you have been able to provide services during the lockdown), as well as new informal mutual aid / neighbourhood groups; and faith organisations, parish councils and food banks responding to the crisis. We want to find out, capture and share:
• All the good work that you have been doing to make sure that people affected by COVID, especially the most vulnerable, have been supported.
• What you have learned and experienced
• What the impact has been on your organisation
• Crucially, we also want to know what support and resources you will need in future, so that we can make sure that you get this.
The survey should take about 20 minutes, and will ask questions about:
• Your organisation (what you do, where you work, who you support and your annual income)
• What you have been doing (if anything) to support people during COVID (including the kinds of support you have provided, the numbers of people you have helped and the number of volunteers who have been involved).
• The impact of COVID on your organisation, including your income, staff (if any), volunteer numbers, levels of demand, needs and geographical differences.
• Your experience of COVID – what the challenges have been, what you have learned – and what support you will need going forward.
This survey is being carried out by the 3D (Third Sector Support for Derbyshire) network of local CVS, Volunteer Centres and other local voluntary sector support organisations working in partnership with public sector colleagues. If you have any questions, please contact Neil at DDCVS or email
This summer holiday, Tanglewood Days are offering free Family Fun programmes, thanks to funding from the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund.
Booking is essential. Sessions are one hour in length and for a maximum of three families or 12 people/children per session.
Please contact with your booking details or call 07989 492768.
Session times:- 9:30am –10:30, 10:30am—11:30, 11:30am—12:30 and 1.00-2.00pm
·For children aged 4—11 (younger siblings can come)
·Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian
Meeting point: at the Tanglewood Days wood in Tissington (just off Darfield Lane as you leave Tissington past the Tissington Trail carpark). Checkout our website for directions/parking/map.
Please note: No parking permitted outside our wood (please park in the Tissington Trail Car Park or opposite Tissington Hall) and please dress for the weather and woods and prepare to have fun!
Can’t make the sessions? Don’t worry, there will be lots of ideas to get families outside this summer. Please visit or check out the Tanglewood Days Facebook page at ...
Latest news from Babbling Vagabonds, local theatre arts company.
“What a journey we have had these last few months. It’s been a challenge to find the headspace to think our way out of this but we have come up with a fun thing to try out. We know there has been the go-ahead for outdoor performances, and as much as we would love to see you all this summer we simply can’t facilitate all the safety measures that need to be in place, so we have come up with a plan…..We want to see if it is possible to create a shared story online where we work together as a collective using your suggestions and ideas. We know it works in person but due to where we find ourselves we thought we would see if it worked online. So we have dusted off the “Brolly of Beginnings” from last summer and we want to give it a whirl.”
Babbling Vagabonds will share 4 videos, 3 of them with certain challenges. You will then have to share your ideas in any form you choose. The time frame is short as it’s important for the project to have momentum. The final video will be premiered(!) on YouTube on August the 18th.
This project is part of a rescue grant that Babbling Vagabonds have received from Arts Council England.
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Click here to watch the first video.
‘Food for Friends’ is a Hurst Farm Partnership project initiated as a community response to the COVID-19 situation. It has been 3 months now since the start of the ‘Food For Friends’ Project.
In that short time, 127 Hurst Farm households have completed an application form and enjoyed at least one box from the project.
Over the 12 week period – 861 boxes have been collected by residents.
The project is delivered weekly by Friends of Hurst Farm volunteers and is open to all households on the Hurst Farm Estate. Each week a new box is on offer for collection, it always includes weekly essentials, wholesale fruit & vegetables, plus staple store cupboard ingredients at a subsidised cost to the community. The project has received financial support from the DDDC Local Projects Fund and the National Lottery Awards for All.
If you would like to know more about the project or to sign up for a box please contact Louise Champion by email or telephone 07483 383235
Would you like to connect with people when you can’t meet up right now? Or would you like to let more people know who you are and what you are doing?
We’re excited to share the news that we are launching our new Digital Connections project; we know that many people in the Derbyshire Dales are isolated, missing out on social contact, information and activities online. We can help bring you together.
  •  Are you a community group member, who would like a Digital Buddy to help you share information more easily and make activities available to more people?
  •  Do you have members on low incomes, or with disabilities, who need a device and the skills to use it?
  •  Do you need additional kit for your or your members, for example support for people with a hearing loss?
Then we can help! Please download the infographic which tells you more about our project and why we feel it is so important. Please get in touch with Jonathan at CVS, email if you would like to be involved, to find out more.
Wed 2nd Sep - Wed 2nd Sep
2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Derbyshire Dales Children and Young People’s Well-Being Network exists to bring together individuals who support children and young people in the Derbyshire Dales area to share skills, information, experiences, good practice and resources.
The network is open to all groups, organisations and development workers operating in the Derbyshire Dales area.
Join us on Wednesday 2nd September for a virtual catch-up via Zoom!
We would really like to hear from you if you are part of a group for young people – sports – drama – Scouts/Guides – you name it! It’s a great chance to share information about what you are doing at the moment – what you feel able to do / what you would like to do – with a view to supporting each other and helping young people feel less isolated.
To book your place & receive your ZOOM link contact Louise at Derbyshire Dales CVS Tel: 07453 383235 email:
If you are unable to use Zoom or don’t feel comfortable joining an online meeting please do contact Louise as we do hope to meet in person in the future and you might want to contribute your thoughts or ask for support for your work with children and young people. See contact details above
  The Derbyshire Dales Children and Young People’s Well-Being Network
Elvaston Castle Country Park is a Grade II* listed country house four miles from Derby City Centre. The Gardens are Grade II* listed and the Park itself is a Nature Conservation Area, containing a Local Nature Reserve (LNR) of approximately 14 hectares, around 35 acres.
There is a proposal to reduce the size of the Park by around 40 acres and build a new two lane road across currently untouched green belt fields, which the Friends of Elvaston group are very concerned about. If you would like to find out more please email or follow
Greenaway Workshop is a long-established registered charity providing services for people with long term health issues or disabilities and their carers in North West Derbyshire. The Charity is now looking for a dynamic new chair to develop our future strategy and engage more strongly with local youth, adult care and voluntary organisations.
Working in partnership with the local community, Derbyshire County Council and other local organisations, the Charity aims to develop its services in line with changing needs, grow attendance and become even more strongly embedded in the Derbyshire Dales communities. This exciting voluntary leadership role offers a rare opportunity to draw new talent to the existing team and make a lasting difference to the local community.
Time commitment of around 1 – 1.5 days a week including quarterly board meetings. You should be available to visit the workshop on a regular basis.
Before applying if you would like to discuss the role, please contact the Greenaway Workshop and speak/email with Rachael, Workshop Manager. Email
Fri 7th Aug - Fri 7th Aug
10:00am - 12:00pm
A Business Development Webinar to help you to adapt & recover from the COVID-19 crises. This webinar will help you to ‘bend but not break’ and will cover the following:
  •  East Midlands external analysis & business goal setting
  •  Case studies of businesses that did well during COVID 19 & what can we learn from them?
  •  The business growth opportunities across the East Midlands
  •  How to maximise social & community impact & build back better
  •  Building a business case for investment
  •  Preparing for growth: Investment readiness
  •  Funding and investment opportunities (includes top tips on securing a grant from the Social Enterprise Support Fund)
To register for this event please email Natasha Jolob:
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