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There’s a lot going on this ‘term’ at DDCVS! We have our Zoom Coffee Mornings as usual – 10.30 every other Thursday. Our next Coffee Morning will be on Thursday 28th January and we will welcome Gary Beharrell from the Lloyds Bank Foundation and Ellie Scott from Rethink.
We have started a series of ‘how to’ sessions on Zoom, these are on how to apply to the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund and the Five Ways to Well-being small grant schemes and have been well-received and we look forward to applications from participants! We will be organising more, and will update in the newsletter/website in due course. Janet’s one-to-one advice for treasurers of community groups went very well last week, and again, when we are able to offer these in the future we will add to the website.
We also have our first ‘how to Zoom’ with your community group, this coming Friday. We are particularly keen to offer this to those community groups that haven’t had a meeting since March 2020, so that you might consider Zoom as a way forward for your group over the next couple of months. Please let us know if you are interested – email Jonathan or Sarah at the CVS via enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
Specific funding talks are planned too – on Friday 12th February – a talk from Severn Trent Community Fund about their funding stream and on the 9th March – the National Lottery Community Fund. To book a place at any event please email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk so that you can be sent the Zoom link.
Finally, our printing service is still available, it’s a case of emailing your document, giving us a little more time to get it done, and collecting from outside the office on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
Rachel will be joining the Derbyshire Dales CVS team leading on the new and exciting ‘Community Voice’ Project. Rachel is very familiar with the work of the organisation and through her current role at The Farming Life Centre she has built a really positive working relationship with everyone.
The new role is to provide consistent, timely and accurate information about Covid-19 to the community as well as promoting how we can keep healthy and safe during these challenging times. To help share this information, Rachel will be looking to set up a Community Champion Network throughout the Derbyshire Dales. This will involve recruiting a number of Community Champions who will be key in sharing this information amongst their own networks and beyond – watch this space…!’
Rachel will give regular updates and presentations at various meetings and networking events along with attending DDCVS coffee mornings. Rachel says: ‘Having attended most of these from the start of the first lockdown I know they are a fantastic source of local information and a friendly place to meet others – even if it is virtually! What I think is really important about this project is that it is a two way process. Part of my role is to feedback any issues, concerns or misconceptions to Public Health that have been raised within the community via the Community Champions or through other local groups. This is crucial information which will enable local agencies to understand the impacts of the restrictions and threat of the virus at a neighbourhood level. I look forward to working alongside you and helping to keep our communities safe, healthy and well informed’.
Want to know how to get online?
Digital Connections is a project run by Derbyshire Dales CVS to support community and voluntary groups to connect digitally with people in the local area.
We want to encourage groups and communities to reduce isolation, create more conversation and improve wellbeing.
What’s in it for you?
• An increase in your membership by reaching more people
• Better communication with existing members
• More opportunities to share interests and experiences
What are we offering?
• Free 1 to 1 support choosing and using a device
• Guidance to adapt your activities to be delivered online
• Funding to buy the equipment that you need to get started (please ask for more details).
Stepped approach to involving community groups
To help you work through the process, we have set out the following offer for community groups in the Derbyshire Dales,
Step 1 – An individual or group introduction to Zoom session
Step 2 – An invitation to attend our online coffee morning
Step 3 – DDCVS will host a zoom meeting for your group
Step 4 – Your group will host its own meeting with DDCVS support and back up
Step 5 – Who knows where this can take you!
For more information please contact Jonathan Simcock at Derbyshire Dales CVS either by emailing jonathan@ddcvs.org.uk or telephoning 07887 577165.
The Derbyshire Alzheimer’s Society team has launched a survey aimed at gathering views on life during the pandemic.
The online survey is open to anyone living in Derbyshire. In particular, the team wants to hear from people who have a dementia diagnosis or are concerned about their memory, anyone who knows someone with the condition (including carers), or has a general interest in dementia.
The responses will help to inform our understanding of the impact of the pandemic on people in Derbyshire and help us shape future services.
Supporting people with dementia through the pandemic survey: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Derbyshire_2021
The survey closes on Sunday, 14 February. For further information please email local@alzheimers.org.uk
Matinée Outreach is a free arts-based project for people living with dementia (and their carers) who are isolated by Covid19 and not comfortable with online activities.
• Do you live with dementia, or care for someone living with dementia?
• Have you felt socially isolated and not comfortable using online technologies?
• Have you been frustrated over lockdown by the lack of activities you can do, and missed learning and trying new things?
As we find ourselves in another lengthy lockdown this is an invitation to take part in something creative and new from the safety of your own home.
Using the phone and post you will have 1:1 sessions with a professional artist.
The sessions often centre around conversations on the phone with the artist focussing on topics and themes, and then often having some activities afterwards that you can try at home. The topics and themes will all be centred on the interests and motivation of the person living with dementia.
The artists are both experienced in working alongside people living with dementia and are looking forward to working creatively and flexibly with you via telephone and post.
Get in touch with Frances Watt on 07449 732322 or email admin@matineederbyshire.org.uk if you would like to know more or take part.
  •  Have you been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Condition?
  •  Are you the parent/carer/friend of someone living with Autism?
  •  Do you want to meet like-minded people and benefit from peer support?
  •  Do you want to have an input into Derbyshire’s support services?
If so, the Autism Alliance is the group for you! The Autism Alliance is an informal and non-judgemental quarterly meeting, where individuals living with ASC, parents, family and friends, carers, and professionals can meet to share their experiences of ASC and benefit from peer support, meet a visiting speaker and learn a little more about ASC, meet the teams behind Autism Information & Advice and Living Well with Autism, and feed into what support is available in Derbyshire.
The meetings will be a safe and positive space where experiences, ideas, thoughts and feelings can be shared openly – however, if talking is not for you, you can simply come along and listen in. Everyone is welcome. Meetings will be held on: Wednesday 20th January 2021, Wednesday 21st April 2021 and Wednesday 21st July 2021.
The meetings will all be held over Zoom and take place at 15:00 (3pm).
To join please telephone 01332 228790 or email: autismservice@citizensadvicemidmercia.org.uk
The Gas Safe Charity is offering a free, online Zoom workshop aimed at front line staff and volunteers who visit or work in the homes of vulnerable people. The workshop lasts about an hour and explains the sources, signs and symptoms of high and low level carbon monoxide risks in the home and includes relevant scenarios to explain what steps to take if carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected.
To find out more and book one of the 9 workshops taking place before the end of March 2021, please click on the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/115618952 ...
The team at Severn Trent Community Fund has been busy pulling together stories, photos and videos from some of the fantastic causes that the fund has supported to date.
This will help create the new Community Fund Stories webpage. It tells the story of the Severn Trent Community Fund so far.
Please take a look and share as appropriate – www.stwater.co.uk/communityfundstories
The Fund is open for applications as usual and we have a Zoom Funding Talk booked for Friday 12th February at 10.30 with Sue Heyes, Community Fund Officer.
If you would like to book a place please email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or call 01629 8121254.
A new resource has been developed by Derbyshire County Council Public Health. It is relevant for any organisations that are supporting others right now – including staff, volunteers, or residents.
A stepped approach to the promotion of mental health and well-being is recommended, whether you are considering staff or resident well-being, or both. Not everyone will require signposting to specialist mental health services, and input at an early stage can often prevent later mental health distress.
The resource provides:
• a guide for you to plan and structure your organisation’s response to mental health and well-being
• a framework to support yourself, your staff and your volunteers
• key actions
• information and signposting
Village Halls Week is a national celebration of the 10,000+ village halls which can be found across England, their volunteers and the difference they make to the rural communities they serve.
Join ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England) as they celebrate the resilience of village halls from 25 to 29 January with a list of activities.
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