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We hope all is well with you in your community – please do continue to share with us via email or our social media – what you have been up to. Via https://twitter.com/home   https://en-gb.facebook.com/DDCVS/
This week it has been Volunteers Week and what an interesting time to be volunteering; it might be something you have done for years, you might now be doing it differently, it may be something you have just started in response to the coronavirus pandemic. We are all very grateful for the time and efforts of volunteers across the Derbyshire Dales.
The British Red Cross has designed some training for anyone who is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Whether you’ve been deployed by a charity or have decided to lend a hand to a neighbour, it tells you what you need to know to look after yourselves and others. See: – https://rise.articulate.com/share/bOiebd ...
This week we have put together a practical guide on how to have a good Zoom meeting. It has some tips for what to remember when running an online meeting but we would be interested to hear your recommendations too! You can download it here.
We will be hosting our next Online Coffee Morning on Thursday 18th June at 10.00 am, please email jonathan@ddcvs.org.uk for an invitation.
This week we have updated the Funding and Grants information on our website – download the PDF here.
And our partners at Connex Community Support have updated the guide to Food Shopping in the Dales – download here.
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 enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
DDCVS Members
News from our members and regulars.
At Wirksworth Community Growers the garden has been flourishing with a rota of Growers coming in, to work in a socially distanced way, outside.
The Growers continued with growing plug plants for the local Rotary sale but took orders by email and made appointments for people to come to the Garden to collect them.
Rosemary says “We helped raise £2,000 for the Jigsaw Food Bank through the plug plants sale. Many of our Growers live alone, are older and suffering from the isolation of lock down and so we have been keeping in touch in various ways. We are having our first Garden day this coming Sunday, in a socially distanced way – we will have pairs working in different parts of the Garden , and a picnic lunch with bring your own food”.
Eyam Together Creates would usually meet each week in the Mechanics Institute and work on crafts and embroidery as well enjoying the chance to catch up over coffee.
Marjorie says: “We have a zoom meeting each week and support each other by telephone whenever we can. We’re all still enthusiastic about supporting Aqua Box charity and have been knitting and exchanging wool whenever we could. Obviously nothing is being shipped out of the country at the moment but I’m sure the charity will be delighted by our lock down efforts.”
Recently members have started meeting up in gardens in small groups, taking their own coffee and socially distancing. But as some members are shielding, the weekly zoom is still going so that they can all keep in touch.
Marjorie has even taken on a new challenge – learning the piano from Singing for the Mind leader Betty Horton via video call.
Growtheatre, which usually meets in Ecclesall Woods, has gone online too, through much determination of leaders to get the online safety aspects right for their participants, parents and leaders. Rachel Newman, joint director of the Community Interest Company formed in 2012 says ‘We try and make our sessions as dynamic as possible and get our members working both indoors and outside. Household objects, amazing finds in our gardens and backyards, the whole family’s wardrobes and pets, cuddly toys and plastic fish have all made their way into our sessions!”
More about growtheatre via this link – http://www.growtheatre.org.uk/ the lock down video diary by the seniors is worth a watch – ‘what Parents / School / Boris think I am doing…’ is very telling!
From Rural Action Derbyshire: –
Focus on Opening of Pre-Schools
Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) has issued recent guidance for village hall management committees to help them make the necessary preparations for the phased re-opening of community premises. It is based on the Government’s recovery plan roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis – ‘Our Plans to Rebuild’.
For further information on re-opening of halls and to download the ACRE Guidance, click on the button below:

Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June

Key points from Dept for Education Guidance 12th May 2020 regarding re-opening of nurseries and early years childcare settings
Halls must remain closed for non-school or essential activities
Apart from allowing Pre-Schools to re-open from 1 June, please remember that The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 are still in place which state at clause 7:
A person who is responsible for a community centre must ensure that, during the emergency period, the community centre is closed except where it is used to provide essential voluntary activities or urgent public support services (including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions or support in an emergency).
Cleaning in non-healthcare settings
Government Regulations on how halls comply with safe opening are not yet available. However, RAD suggests that halls begin to prepare by referring to the ACRE Guidance for Pre-Schools and also follow the Government guidance on cleaning in non-healthcare settings and minimise the risk of Legionnaires’ Disease.
Refer to the Health and Safety Executive page on Legionella and the refer to this practical guide on controlling legionella in unused water systems.
Phased return of Sport & Recreation in England
This is the latest Government guidance (updated 1st June) on the re-opening of outdoor sports and recreation facilities. You can access the full guidance for providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation on the gov.uk website.
Staying Covid-19 Secure Poster
Letter to Parish Councils
This information is taken from the email update from Rural Action Derbyshire sent on 26th May. To see a full version of this please click on the link below.
Update 26th May
At the end of 2019, National Lotteries Community Fund (NCLF) commissioned a report on issues surrounding social prescribing funding, this report was due to be released in April 2020. Unfortunately circumstances meant that it was not possible to release the original report as planned in April. Due to Covid-19 the landscape for social prescribing services has changed, therefore a new survey is in place to get an extra snapshot of current views on challenges facing the sector, and how the new working environment may present opportunities for social prescribing schemes.
Many of our Members at CVS offer social prescribing activities, but as ‘social prescribing’ is often associated with a GP surgery or health-related services some of you may not realise that this means your group!
Any community group that meets, albeit online at the moment, is offering a social prescribing service. Whether you are comparing your photographs, tending a community allotment, providing a hot lunch in a community venue or simply meeting for a brew and weekly raffle, you are helping to ease any loneliness that people may feel.
So please take 5 minutes to look at this survey and complete if appropriate. The survey will close on 12th June 2020.
Active Derbyshire has added some additional dates for local clubs and groups to access, along with some new topics. All sessions are FREE of charge and will be hosted online, 6.00 to 8.00 pm. Further details about the course content and links to book can be found below:
Planning for your Future
• Monday 15th June – 6pm – 8pm. https://www.activenotts.org.uk/events/20 ...
• Tuesday 7th July – 6pm – 8pm. https://www.activenotts.org.uk/events/20 ...
Introduction to Legal Structures
Wednesday 24th June
Developing a Marketing Strategy
Tuesday 30th June
Volunteer Experience
Tuesday 21st July
There are also several online sessions run by Street Games for young people and staff and volunteers working with young people, including sessions on mental health. There a lot of separate links so if you would like more information please contact Sarah Paisley at DDCVS and she can explain further. Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
Also training dates coming up on Safeguarding – go to https://www.activenotts.org.uk/events/2020/07/safeguarding-and-protecting-children130
Again, there are more dates available – please contact Sarah as above.
Enterprise has gone digital in Derbyshire – Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for a free 2 day DIGITAL business programme within the city and county.
This programme will be open to anyone aged 18-30, not in education, employment or training, and looking to learn new skills in self-employment.
Programme: 22 & 23 June 2020 9.30am-4.30pm
Location: Log in from smart phone, tablet device or computer.
If you have someone that might benefit from this FREE course, contact 0800 842 842, or the local team on 07919 221 443.
Wed 17th Jun - Wed 17th Jun
As we cannot get together to run a funding workshop in person just yet Sue Heyes, fund officer for the Severn Trent Community Fund, is offering a virtual workshop which will take you through the Community Fund, what it will support and how to apply.
You will need a laptop or tablet and access to WiFi.
To book a place and receive the details of how to log into the session please email Sue at sue.heyes@severntrent.co.uk.
Each session will be limited to 25 people so depending on demand Sue may need to add another date.
Once you have booked your place you will be sent all the details you need to access the session.
  •  The Small Business Grant Fund – Provides grants of £10,000 as well as additional small grants that are being made available for specific sectors (hospitality etc) or for businesses in shared premises.
The LEP is concerned that not many businesses are applying for grants and thinks it may be because of poor connectivity with specific ethnic and cultural communities and believes that the voluntary and community sector may be able to assist in enabling this reach.
So – if you are aware of community organisations that support specific cultural or ethnic groups please could you highlight the grants with them. All districts should have information about the grants they have available on their websites, here is the Dales link – https://www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/servi ...
  •  D2N2 VCSE Board Member Recruitment – There will be a vacancy on the D2N2 Board at the end of July 2020. The advert went live yesterday – http://www.d2n2lep.org/News/voluntary-an ... with closing date of 22nd June.
As well as representing the VCSE perspective at Board level the role is also expected to be the inclusion voice at Board. All information about the role can be found in the material online. D2N2 values the role of the VCSE in strengthening our people, places and economy.
  •  The Building Better Opportunities (BBO) programme continues to support people who are not in any paid employment and can help during this time – albeit in a socially distanced way until restrictions loosen. To find out more please visit the BBO Stakeholder Manager website here: https://bbo-d2n2.org.uk/
Thu 11th Jun - Thu 11th Jun
10:00am - 12:00pm
Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE) is running a series of Recover & Bounce Back Business Planning webinars to help social enterprises and co-operatives to adapt their business models , access cash, and recover in the new social economy. The next one is taking place from 10am to 12 noon on 11th June 2020. For more details and to register for this event please click on the link below.
Wed 17th Jun - Wed 17th Jun
To mark policy day during Small Charity Week, the National Centre for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) will be discussing how small charities can build organisational resilience, considering the impact of Covid-19.
The Charities Aid Foundation, as part of their Resilience Programme, has identified six characteristics of resilience for small and medium sized charities. In this webinar, based on these characteristics, NCVO will share policy insights and practical tips to help strengthen and support small charities in such a challenging climate.
The webinar is free to attend and run by policy and impact experts at NCVO, Beth Clarke, CAF’s Resilience Programme Manager will also be joining the session.
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