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Derbyshire Dales CVS Email Newsletter
It has been good to catch up with our Members and ‘regulars’ over the past few weeks and find out how you are and what you are up to.
Please do get in touch if you need support or advice, and please share this newsletter amongst your communities.
This week we pressed the submit button on our Data Toolkit for the NHS which felt like a great achievement.
Last week we updated our list of free resources. on our website as well as put together a guide to funding and grants.
There are a couple more funds detailed in this week’s newsletter and we will add them to the guide next week.
We have also put together a new resource sheet on shopping for your community – hope you find it useful.
We have combined two of the rounds to the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund to a Midsummer Round with a closing date of Monday 22nd June. Please contact us for an application form and guidelines.
As you may know, we are receiving referrals from DCC’s Community Response Unit. Those being referred are people in need of support from the voluntary and community sector.
We are also working closely with Connex Community Support to find appropriate services for people, and to deploy volunteers that have been passed on to us by the Community Response Unit.
Contact us as usual by phone or e-mail. Please note that the road entrance to the Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell is now closed.
Wed 29th Apr - Wed 29th Apr
2:00pm - 2:45pm
We are scheduling two further online get-togethers for DDCVS members over the next few weeks.
The purpose of the ‘online coffee mornings’ is to get your feedback and input regarding how you and your community is coping under the coronavirus situation.
If you wish to attend either event, you need to email Jonathan Simcock at the CVS so that he can send you an invitation with the link. Email jonathan@ddcvs.org.uk
The next meeting is on the date shown and it is in the afternoon. After that we will be ‘meeting’ on Tuesday 5th May at 10.00.
Charitable village halls are obviously concerned about maintaining their usual management practices and charity requirements during the coronavirus shutdown. Some government messages indicate that the hospitality and leisure sector will not be a priority for the easing of restrictions on movement. It may be that village halls will remain closed for the foreseeable future.
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has issued a useful coronavirus Briefing Paper in response to the number of frequently asked questions from managers of community buildings nationally.
In order for charitable village halls to remain compliant, the Charity Commission has published guidance on interim measures during the coronavirus outbreak. Amongst the guidance, you can follow advice on your charity’s operational issues such as the using of reserves and restricted funds, AGMs and other meetings (postponing or cancelling), charity commission returns, holding meetings online, etc.
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From Rural Action Derbyshire
Please be aware of the risk of legionella bacteria affecting the water systems of village and community buildings during the coronavirus shutdown.
Legionnaires’ disease is a potentially fatal pneumonia caused by legionella bacteria. Everyone is potentially susceptible to the infection but some people are at higher risk e.g. those over 45 years of age, those suffering from chronic respiratory disease, smokers and heavy drinkers.
Legionella tends to be associated with larger water systems (e.g. hotels, hospitals and cooling towers) but can live in smaller water supply systems. Under Health & Safety Legislation village hall management committees will have to consider the risks from legionella that may affect staff or members of the public and take suitable precautions.
As a minimum precaution, please flush water systems once a month while closed and again before opening to avoid risk of legionella. Further information in Action with Communities in Rural England’s (ACRE) Health & Safety Information Sheet and on the Health and Safety Executive website. https://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/hsg2 ...
The School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) provides unique training and support to social entrepreneurs, charities and social enterprises.
Are you committed to creating social or environmental impact? Or has your social enterprise been affected by Covid-19?
This programme has helped almost 2,000 people like you to start up, build and scale social enterprises, charities, community projects and impact-led organisations.
Apply before 30th April!
Click the link to find out more and apply https://www.the-sse.org/our-courses/prog ...

Over the next five years, the foundation has pledged to award £20 million in grants to charities, Community Interest Companies and community groups. Grants between £100 and £100,000 are available.


The fund has the following priorities:

  •  People – Projects that help alleviate suffering and hardship of people in vulnerable situations
  •  Environment – Projects that will help protect and preserve the environment
  •  Communities – Projects that provide a better and healthier community to live in and use

The application deadline is Sunday 31 May 2020. More information: https://cadentgas.com/cadent-foundation/

The Derbyshire Young Carers Service is still taking referrals and offering support to families during the COVID-19 lockdown.
If you’d like to make a referral please go to www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk/young-carers-service to download the referral form.
Or telephone 01773 833833.
Bereaved people may feel cut off from their usual support network at this difficult time, while also coping with the coronavirus situation.
The Cruse website www.cruse.org.uk has lots of supportive information to help anyone deal with their emotions if they have been bereaved.
Experienced bereavement volunteers are still available for free telephone support sessions for adults by phoning:- 01246 550080. Leave your name and phone number clearly on the answer machine and your call will be returned.
Messages are accessed regularly each day. Or email chesterfieldcruse@gmail.com with the same information.
For young people there is the Hope Again website www.hopeagain.org.uk with message boards to share their experiences, and a lot of information for young people and their families.
Anxiety UK have a series of recorded webinars on the theme of Coronavirus Anxiety. They’re hosted by Anxiety UK therapists on subjects like feeling trapped, staying at home, OCD and other specific subjects.
This new service is to help those in need during this period of isolation and to help combat any feelings of loneliness that people understandably may experience during the government lock-down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
If you, or anyone you know would like a regular phone call from the Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service to have a friendly chat and to just keep in touch, then please call them to let them know. They will ask for a name and telephone number, and one of their volunteers will call you at least once a week.
If you live in Derby, South Derbyshire, Erewash or Amber Valley – Please Call 01332 777850
If you live in Chesterfield, Bolsover District, North East Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales or High Peak – Please Call 01298 608720
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