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We were sad to learn that former Trustee of DDCVS, Patricia Leake, passed away recently. Patricia joined the Board of Trustees in the early years of the CVS and served as a trustee for over ten years. She was a loyal supporter of the voluntary sector and continued to actively support and engage with events after stepping down as a Trustee. Many people in the Dales will also remember her work for Victim Support, and her involvement in the local classical music scene. Patricia brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Board, as well as a great deal of humour and common sense. She’ll be much missed by everyone at DDCVS.
Last week we updated the list of Resources – where you will find links to activities to download or take part in – download as a PDF – Keeping Busy.
This week we have updated the Funding and Grants information on our website – download the PDF here.
Just a reminder that our Five Ways to Well-being small grants programme has a closing date of 30th September – this might be appropriate for your group if you are working towards improving mental health, and doing or using one of the Five Ways to Well-being. More detail here.
Coming up, we have the regular coffee morning on Thursday 16th July in the morning, and in the afternoon of that day, another Zoom meeting for anyone involved with a Mutual Aid Group or COVID 19 Community Suport Group. We would like to get people together to talk about their experiences of volunteering with their community support group, to share information and think about what next for their group. For further information please email
Finally, if you are involved in a community building or village hall, make sure that you have registered to receive information from Rural Action Derbyshire as they share guidance and fact-sheets from ACRE as soon as they are available. See – ...
We are maintaining an office presence at Bakewell though working 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
Our efficient and high-quality photocopying service is still running!
However, we must ask that you email your copy us with details of the job and we will contact you to arrange a time for collection or we will post it out to you.
At the moment, we are sorry but we cannot do ‘on-the-spot’ jobs. The main door is locked at the Agricultural Business Centre and access to collect anything is by appointment only.
Please email or phone 01629 812154 to discuss any printing jobs.
Below is a reminder of what we can do!
  •  High quality black & white or colour copying (A6, A5, A4, A3) for: newsletters; meeting papers; booklet making; flyers; programmes; orders of service; postcards; posters. No job is too small!
  •  We print on high quality, recycled 80gsm paper (with a range of colours available) or up to 250gsm (with notice).
  •  We also offer: Single or two sided; A3 banners up to 1.2 m long – ideal for posters and signage; Folder and centre-stapled booklets; A4 stapling and letter fold; Enlarge & reduce up to 400%; Sort, staple, and lamination.
Thu 16th Jul - Thu 16th Jul
10:30am - 12:00pm
Our next online Coffee Morning will include two guest speakers. We will have Sam Tock from Connex Readycall Macmillan and Bev Shephard from Haarlem Artspace (based Haarlem Mill, Wirksworth).
Regular attendees will know that this event is a chance for you to speak with DDCVS staff, meet other Voluntary & Community group members from within the Dales and to raise any issue(s) concerning your group and community.
If you need any advice guidance re Zoom feel free to contact Jonathan Simcock by email
For an invitation and link to the meeting please contact Jonathan, as above.
Rural Action Derbyshire (RAD) has set up a Rural Hardship Support Fund to help people in rural areas of Derbyshire who are suffering extreme hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This has been possible thanks to an award of £2,000 from The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Rural Action Derbyshire has also been receiving some donations through their website, which is also going toward this fund. Applications to the Hardship Fund will be by referral (see below for the list of referral organisations) and individuals will need to meet the criteria to qualify.
The fund will provide regular food parcels and assistance with some critical household expenses.
Application is by referral from any of the following:
• Derbyshire Rural Chaplaincy team
• Farming Community Network (FCN)
• Farming Life Centre (FLC)
• Feeding Derbyshire Food Banks or Community Café
• Citizen’s Advice
Criteria for support:
• In severe financial hardship (unable to pay for basic necessities such as food, household bills, rent etc.)
• Unable to access other support such as government schemes or waiting for payment from such schemes
• In severe emotional distress or poor mental health, anxious, lonely, depressed, and with no current treatment plan or referral to mental health services
• Living or working in a rural area of Derbyshire
Rural Action Derbyshire is particularly targeting people associated with the farming industry including farmers and workers in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and countryside services who have been adversely affected by Covid-19, and people living in isolated rural communities. For further information please email or go the RAD website
Thu 13th Aug - Thu 13th Aug
We will be hosting a Networking Event with a Bakewell focus, though everyone is welcome to join us; we will have a speaker from local funder, Foundation Derbyshire.
Please contact Jonathan Simcock at the CVS for an invitation.
Sowing Hope
Age UK Derby & Derbyshire’s Sowing Hope project aims to bring the positive wellbeing impacts of gardening and tending to plants to older people suffering the mental health impacts of quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic. Working with local lunch clubs, social groups, mutual aid organisations and support agencies to coordinate distribution, Sowing Hope has reached 400+ older people in the community in its first round.
Recipients are supplied with a self-contained ‘garden in a paper bag’, tied with ribbon and delivered to their doorstep. The kits include a biodegradable pot with compost, a few seeds (this time for calendula, or pot marigold), and a booklet of wellbeing activities themed around the plant.
The project also offered an adapted kit designed to be posted to care homes and older people with access to their own growing spaces in order to maximise reach. It is estimated that these kits have offered access to the project for a further 400 older people living in care settings.
Phase two of the project is already in motion and has a waiting list of 100 recipients, though referrals are still being taken. Improvements are planned, such as larger print, professionally produced booklets, and a different range of activities to account for varying tastes. For more information contact Lindsey Coombs, Falls Prevention Service Advisor (North) Carehomes, Email or Tel: 01773 766922.
A NEW fundraising initiative has been launched by the Peak District National Park Foundation. The fund will support the issuing of fire prevention messages and post-fire restoration work. A combination of hot and dry weather and an increase in visitor numbers following the easing of Covid-19 lockdown has led to a spate of fires across the National Park. Many have been attributed to careless use of disposable barbecues, dropped cigarette ends and litter such as glass bottles. Jen Lowthrop, chair of the Foundation, said: “Our enjoyment comes with a responsibility on all of us to help care for the Peak District’s unique and fragile landscapes and wildlife. Damage to the environment, wildlife, habitats and vegetation takes years to recover. Fires are also catastrophic to the peat itself, which not only provides habitat but vital carbon and water storage.”
You can donate to the fire fund at ...
Since lockdown all the Strictly No Falling community sessions have been cancelled and Care Homes closed to our service. Derbyshire County Council, who fund the SNF service, moved quickly to provide support funding to the instructors. With this, a well-being service has been established to include a weekly phone call from instructors to their class participants. Many instructors have also set up Zoom sessions, WhatsApp groups, made DVDs, and produced YouTube sessions (see links below).
SNF is now moving into phase 2 where it will continue to offer support and hopefully soon be able to restart some sessions, referrals are being accepted into the service.
Jo Briggs, Falls Prevention Service Manager said, ‘On receipt of the referral we will contact the client and signpost them to a session that meets their needs. The instructor will make contact, provide our homework and information booklet and stay engaged until the class returns’. The easiest way to refer is through our online form, see link below. ...
Or call Jo Briggs, Falls Prevention Service Manager – 07837 277 252. Also – Jo will be a speaker at the DDCVS Coffee Morning on 30th July!
YouTube Links ... ... – scroll down to the Super Six Challenge workout!
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s mental health support line was introduced to offer support and guidance to Derbyshire residents, of all ages, who are experiencing increased mental health needs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The support line has moved to a Freephone 0800 number.
From 1 July 2020, call 0800 028 0077. The service will be available between 9.00am – midnight, seven days a week.
It will continue to provide telephone support to people who are experiencing the following:
• Increased distress or anxiety as a result of current events
• Reduced contact with our services
• A need for longer term help – for example signposting to IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapy) services.
It will also form a professional point of contact for health and social care partners, to support any individuals in mental distress. For more information about the support line and wider information about our services during this time, please visit the Trust’s website at ...
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