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If you are looking for office accommodation for your organisation, we have space in our offices that might be just what you’re looking for. Up to three workstations are available in a number of configurations, including as a whole dedicated office, to rent straight away. This would be ideal for a small voluntary organisation, or small business. Our offices would give you:
  •  A modern office environment
  •  Up-to-date ICT, including Wi-Fi and fast Broadband
  •  High quality photocopying and network printing
  •  Use of meeting rooms
  •  Dedicated, direct-dial phone numbers
  •  Dedicated lockable filing cabinets for your paperwork
  •  Free car parking for staff, volunteers and visitors
  •  Kitchen and toilet facilities
  •  A friendly and supportive working atmosphere
  •  Location in Bakewell at the Agricultural Business Centre, a short walk from the town centre.
Terms are negotiable depending on your requirements. So, if your organisation is interested in high-quality office accommodation in the heart of Bakewell shared with the DDCVS team, please contact Janet 01629 812154 or email: janet@ddcvs.org.uk
A very significant number of the groups Derbyshire Dales CVS works with are concerned with some aspect of ‘health’ issues, even though that might not be their main aim. For example, a luncheon club or a parent and toddler group, that stop people from becoming isolated or lonely, may prevent ill health.
In recognition of this, the North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Derbyshire County Council contribute towards our Information, Advice and Development support to groups in the Derbyshire Dales.
Part of the funding received forms a small grant fund to support health-related activities in the Dales.
In August last year, we amalgamated the Health Development Fund with the community grants streams from the District Council that we administer to form the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund.
This means that although you can apply for funding towards events; play areas and village halls (in line with some of the original funding streams at the District Council) you can also apply for any activity or running cost associated with a community group that addresses health issues.
Applications to the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund are assessed quarterly with the next grants panel meeting on the 12th May 2016. We would like applications submitted by Friday 6th May 2016.
If you have any question about the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund please contact Jonathan Simcock or Sarah Paisley at DDCVS on 01629 812154. Or you can download a form and guidance here 
At the heart of every community is a place where people get together – village halls, community centres, public libraries, and exhibition spaces. Topps Tiles believes that these spaces – where communities gather – to learn, to celebrate, and to get to know each other – help make Britain great and deserve to be transformed.
Topps Tiles is giving you the chance to win up to £2,000 worth of vouchers to spend on tiles or materials that will help transform your community space.
So if you help to run, look after, or regularly use a community space that you think could benefit from a bit of love, then submit your nomination via www.toppstiles.co.uk/tranformations. The competition closes at 5.00pm on 4th March 2016.
Funding for community groups proposing to undertake well-planned tree planting projects during National Tree Week, 26th November to 4th December 2016, or as soon as possible afterwards. Deadline for applications is 31st March. More information available on www.treecouncil.org.uk/Grants/Community-Trees
Wed 17th Feb - Wed 17th Feb
Agricultural Business Centre  [ Directions ]
Derbyshire Dales District Council Area Community Forum – the agenda will include an overview of spending plans for 2016/17 including a Council Tax announcement, an update by Digital Derbyshire and BT on the roll-out of fibre-optic broadband locally as well as the popular Question Time session.
Anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Any questions or further information please contact Ros Hession on 01629 761302.
(Community Forum for Matlock is 23rd February).
Fri 13th May - Fri 13th May
Whitworth Centre Darley Dale  [ Directions ]
Baroness Estelle Morris, First Taste’s Patron, is to launch the First Taste’s fourth chair based exercise CD. This latest CD is being produced specifically to support stimulative work to encourage gentle exercise with older people with dementia  in care settings such as residential care & nursing homes as well as day care centres, although many other groups will find it useful.
Copies of this new CD will be available for purchase at £8 per copy at the Launch. This event is open, free of charge,  to anyone who would like to attend. Please contact Iris Wagstaffe if you would like to attend this event on 01629 733849.
Mon 11th Apr - Mon 11th Apr
County Hall, Matlock  [ Directions ]
Derbyshire Mental Health Forum is hosting a FREE Mental Health Awareness course in the Dales in April. This is part of a two-year training programme which Derbyshire Mental Health Forum (DMHF) started in November 2015. The course will develop knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills about mental health. The training is aimed at a wide range of non-Mental Health public facing staff e.g. libraries, leisure centres, housing, benefits advisors and each course will have a mix of participants from different agencies.
Courses available across Derbyshire in other locations from February onwards. For more information or a booking form please email mha@dmhf.org.uk or call 01773 599 995
Mon 4th Jul - Mon 4th Jul
9:30am - 1:00pm
Rural Action Derbyshire is delivering half-day seminars across the county to increase awareness, the seminar is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their understanding of the subject, and would be of particular interest to those whose work may bring them into contact with the people at greater risk of suicide and self-harm. The seminars are supported by funding from Public Health at Derbyshire County Council and are free to those living or working in the county.

The Dales seminar will take place in Ashbourne but there are other venues across the county including Buxton and Heanor. For more information contact Rosanna Dobson on 07710 094700.
Local people with a connection to the parishes of Taddington, Chelmorton, Flagg, Blackwell in the Peak, Brushfield and Sheldon are being urged to take part in an online survey to have their say on housing issues.
Derbyshire Dales District Council particularly wants to hear from young people interested in setting up a home for the first time, families needing a bigger home, people struggling in high cost rented homes and older people who may have a need to downsize.
A District Council spokesperson said: “For many people buying a home in the Peak District can be a real challenge – and local shops and services, which help to keep our communities sustainable and vibrant, are put under pressure as the population changes. Our key corporate priorities include enabling new homes for local people and supporting the local economy – that’s why we are working in partnership with local parish councils and parish meetings to deliver these targets.”
A postcard inviting residents to take part in the survey will be dropping through every letterbox in the parishes soon. Before any options are considered, the District Council needs the community to help us identify what the housing need is. The survey can be completed online at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/taddingtonarea or call the District Council’s Rural Housing Enabler Isabel Frenzel on 01629 761256 before the deadline of Monday 29th February.
Led by Keep Britain Tidy, the Clean for the Queen initiative aims to encourage schools, community groups and individuals to spend a few hours together litter picking in their local area. This is to tie-in with Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be celebrated officially in June 2016. It is hoped that events will take place throughout the spring, with a national litter blitz planned for the 4 – 6 March 2016.
The District Council is encouraging local schools, Town/Parish Councils & Parish Meetings and community groups to get involved by organising an event to tidy up their neighbourhood or park by registering on the C4TQ  website http://cleanforthequeen.co.uk/home/2365
The District Council is offering support by providing or loaning equipment such as litter pickers and can also arrange to collect the bags of rubbish after the event. More information can be found on the website http://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/streets-a-transport/street-care-and-cleaning/litter/clean-for-the-queen or by ringing Ros Hession at the District Council on 01629 761302.
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