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It continues to be a busy time at DDCVS with the new Community Voice project, administering our grants programmes, supporting the Friends of Hurst Farm with a variety of projects and running the social prescribing scheme – New Connections.
We continue with our Zoom Coffee Mornings too and this week on Thursday 11th March, we will be hearing from Rachel Metcalfe about the Community Voice project as well as Priscilla Yeung from ‘Combat Loneliness through Home sharing’.
Our future Coffee Mornings will include updates from the following organisations / projects: Connex Community Support; an online payments system for voluntary and community groups; the Heritage Lottery Fund; Deaf and Hearing Support and the Willow project – raising awareness and provding training about domestic abuse.
If you would like the Zoom link for our Coffee Mornings please email jonathan@ddcvs.org.uk
Thank you to Connex Community Support for updating the guide to Food Shopping. You can download this year as a PDF.
Also – to note that from the 1st March 2021 the Citizens Advice Derbyshire Districts has a new freephone number – 0808 2787 954.
As usual you can contact the CVS by emailing enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or telephoning 01629 812154.
The Community Voice Project continues to develop along with our network of Community Champions. Our forums have been well attended where information, experiences and concerns have been shared.
There have been discussions around the Roadmap out of lockdown, the impact of children returning to school, community testing, the vaccination process, mask wearing along with local data sharing.
If you would like to get involved or find out more please email: Rachel@ddcvs.org.uk
If you would like to receive the weekly ‘Community Voice’ newsletter, please let Rachel know.
Community Voice Issue 3
Community Voice Issue 4
Community Voice Issue 5
Join us at our next Community Voice Forum on Friday 19th March at 10.00am.
More information about Community Voice.
Last Thursday saw our first Facebook Live!
Louise Champion, Hurst Farm Community Development Worker started a series of Facebook Lives – called Hurst Farm Story Time – to coincide with World Book Day.
Please join us next Thursday at 4.00pm for the next session!
You can like and follow Hurst Farm Story Time on Facebook.
We think you’ll agree that Louise has missed her calling!
New Connections – Steps Together
Do you enjoy walking? Do you want to help others get out and about?
Our new project, STEPS Together, needs volunteers to accompany people building their confidence and fitness or just for company.
If this is you, please contact Debbie and Harriet by email – enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or telephone 01629 812154.
Click the link for a PDF of more information about the STEPS Together project!
One of the National Council for Voluntary Organisation’s ‘trusted suppliers’ – Zurich Insurance – is now providing an online package designed specifically to meet the needs of charities and other not-for-profit organisations with an annual income of less than £300,000. It covers public liability, employers’ liability, contents insurance and trustee indemnity. The cost starts from £96, and you can spread payments monthly with an interest free direct debit.
Find out more about the new online insurance package.
You can download DDCVS’ list of insurance providers to the voluntary and community sector here – List of Insurers.
An opportunity has arisen to become Treasurer of a local community centre in Bakewell. If you are thinking of giving some time and volunteering locally this would be a perfect position for someone looking to make a contribution to the lives of people living in Bakewell and surrounding area.
It would suit someone with experience in accounting or finance and would include attending six meetings a year and working with the administrators to produce monthly account reports for the Management Committee. The present Treasurer would be happy to work with the new volunteer by showing them the work required.
If you, or anyone you know of, might be interested please get in touch with Sarah or Jonathan at the CVS in the first instance. Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
In addition willing volunteers are sought to help with the work of the Imperial Rooms Good Food Lunch Club, and also with the Out and About Lunch Club in 2021.
Chris Smith is looking at the post Covid-19 period when she hopes to restart the clubs, and needs help with the club’s very important work. Most members of these clubs are retired residents of Matlock who very much look forward to their meals with friends and volunteers at the clubs.
There are various volunteer roles, such as serving food /washing up, helping members to their seats, as well as being a volunteer driver – to collect members of the Out and About Lunch Club on their visits to local cafes and eating places.
If you are interested, in the first instance you should contact Derbyshire Dales CVS by emailing enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk or by telephone 01629 812154.
Follow the link to read more about the clubs https://www.matlockoapclubs.co.uk/do-som ...
Just a reminder of services included within the Connecting Communities Project which is funded via the Derbyshire Dales Social Connectedness Fund.
Please feel free to refer or encourage self referral for people who are living in the Derbyshire Dales to access this free service who may be experiencing loneliness and isolation.
In brief..
  •  Seasonal Wellbeing Activity Packs to inspire, suggest and engage.
  •  Grow and Gift Kits to nurture, grow and gift on to another, linked with own self care.
  •  Yarn It – crochet, knit or create with yarn – supported project linking with other charities and organisations, all skill levels welcome.
  •  Community Garden – Wild Thyme Garden Matlock – supported volunteering opportunities in local green space.
  •  Recipe to Share – sharing ‘ail safe’ recipes used during the pandemic, from Derbyshire to collect in a book to share.
Also a new Community Garden Project in Matlock.
Please feel free to contact for further information or queries. Mary Derrick – Tel: 07450195051
  Connecting Communities
Small Grants at DDCVS
We continue to administer a small grants scheme on behalf of Derbyshire County Council, Public Health. This scheme is about increasing the understanding of the ‘Five Ways to Well-being’ by people in the Derbyshire Dales who are at a higher risk of developing mental ill health.
The ‘Five Ways to Well-being’ are a recommended set of evidence-based public health messages which are aimed at improving the mental health and well-being of the population. These ‘Five Ways’ are: – Connect; Be Active; Take Notice; Keep Learning and Give.
There are guidelines to the small grants scheme which explain each of the Five Ways to Well-being more fully and how a project might include or address them, as well as an application form.
If you would like a copy please contact Derbyshire Dales CVS on 01629 812154 or email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
The next closing date for applications is 31st March 2021.
It’s also been agreed that we can continue to administer the small grants (up to £1,000) for the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Vulnerability Fund. We will be able to do this up until July 2021. Please contact Jonathan or Sarah for more information, and keep a look out for a talk from the PCC team, which we hope to organises on Zoom before the end of April.
The PCC Vulnerability Fund would be suitable for a community group planning something that will help communities to develop practical solutions to the problems occurring in their area. This might be anti-social behaviour or crime, or it might be support for a neighbourhood or community.
Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk for an application form/guidance.
A short interactive workshop designed for everyone who works directly with families with pre school children. It provides a timely update for experienced staff and a comprehensive overview for new team members from children’s centres teams, health visitors, JobCentre Plus, social care, schools, and other community groups etc. This free workshop will:
  •  Explore what the early years and childcare entitlements are and why we have them.
  •  Consider the difference they make to children’s and families’ outcomes.
  •  Consider eligibility criteria for funded two, three and four year olds.
  •  Unpick other schemes and government initiatives that support families to reduce what they pay for childcare.
  •  Examine the role parent facing roles play in supporting families to take advantage of the entitlements and reduce childcare costs.
This online workshop will take place on Friday 19th March 10.00 until 12.30.
Rural Action Derbyshire is now offering further Suicide Awareness Training dates.
This free training is supported by funding from Derbyshire County Council. It consists of both individual online e-learning and a group virtual training session delivered via Zoom. The e-learning consists of three short modules which take approximately 1 hour to complete in total and which MUST be completed prior to attending the half-day group virtual training.
This training package enables participants to:
• Examine their own and society’s attitudes to suicide
• Find out about (and challenge) the myths that surround suicide
• Discover possible suicide risk factors and warning signs
• Find out how they might help someone at risk of suicide
• Share learning with other people working and volunteering in Derbyshire
The event is only available for people in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City) working either in a paid or voluntary capacity with the public (particularly vulnerable groups at greater risk of suicide and self-harm) or acting as community representatives. Please note that registering your place on Eventbrite does not guarantee a place for you on the course. Registrations will be reviewed to ensure that places are given to delegates who meet the above criteria.
To see availability and request a place please follow the links below for each date and complete the registration process. A link to the e-learning will be sent to you when your place is confirmed.
For further information please contact Claire Symonds, Suicide Awareness Lead, Rural Action Derbyshire. Telephone: 07745 327198
Email: c.symonds@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk
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