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Thu 19th Oct - Thu 19th Oct
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I am pleased to invite you to the Annual General Meeting of Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service.
This year, our AGM will be combined with a Networking Event for local voluntary organisations, community groups and statutory partners, where you can meet other local organisations, and promote your own organisation and its services.  The networking event will begin after the AGM at around 1.30 pm with presentations by Wirksworth Community Growers and local funders Foundation Derbyshire. Light refreshments will be provided. If you would like to book a stall for a display promoting your organisation’s work, please let us know. Please book early as places are limited.
In addition, we will also be presenting our annual Derbyshire Dales CVS Award to a local voluntary organisation, and the recipient of the award will be telling us a bit about their work.
If you are attending our AGM and Networking Event, please let us know by telephone on 01629 812154, or by e-mailing enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk . The venue is accessible, and it can be reached by public transport. There are several pay-and-display carparks near to the venue. If you have any other requirements to enable you to participate fully in the AGM, please let us know, and we’ll do our best to meet them.
Yours sincerely
Neil Moulden
Chief Executive and Company Secretary, DDCVS
The Better Derbyshire Dales Fund will support organisations or specific projects that aim to develop or strengthen communities and/or people’s health and well-being. We are also interested in supporting less popular causes and work that supports disadvantaged and marginalised sections of the community. There is a capital strand that will support village halls, community centres and sports clubs with costs towards improving facilities for their community.
There are quarterly rounds for applications with the next closing date being Friday 3rd November 2017. Please contact Sarah Paisley or Jonathan Simcock at DDCVS for an application form. Tel 01629 812154 or email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk
The form can also be downloaded from our website by going to http://www.ddcvs.org.uk/projects
The next deadline for the 5 Ways to Wellbeing grant-scheme is Tuesday 14th November. This small grants scheme is administered by DDCVS on behalf of  Derbyshire County Council Public Health.
Groups can apply for a maximum of £3,500 for any voluntary and community project that addresses the ‘5 ways to wellbeing’ particularly for people with a higher risk of experiencing mental health and wellbeing problems.
We would prefer applications from groups that are constituted and have group bank account. However, if you are an individual or a number of individuals with an idea which you think is suitable for this fund please contact us and we’ll see how we may be able to help.
  •  Applicants should be willing to attend mental health awareness training, this is free training funded by DCC Public Health.
  •  Applicants must be a voluntary and community organisation in the Derbyshire Dales.
  •  Projects must increase the understanding of, and participation in, the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’.
  •  Applications should demonstrate who their target group is and how the group will benefit.
  •  Applicants should be willing to share news of any award made and highlight how it has contributed to the ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’.
If you would like a copy of the application form and guidelines please contact Sarah Paisley at DDCVS or you can download these from the projects page on our website.
New Community Orchard for Tideswell
Congratulations to newly establish group Tidza Orchard who have great plans to establish a community orchard in the village of Tideswell. With permission from the Parish Council, they have two plots, one on Wheston Bank which will be a Heritage Orchard growing traditional favourites and local Derbyshire and Yorkshire trees and a Children’s Orchard at Richard Lane playground with dwarf varieties of eating apples.
The orchard harvests will be for all the community to share and the group is looking for passionate volunteers and subscribers to help raise funds, lend equipment and plant trees.
Most recently the group has had confirmation from the Bennett Trusts that it has ordered their complete wish list of fruit trees and these are due for delivery in November so there is much to do in terms of preparing the sites. If you would like to help or just want to know more about the project please contact the team by email tidzaorchard@yahoo.com
Already they have a second project on the go which is to create a flower meadow on Wheston Bank. Local experts have already offered their expertise such as the Hay Meadows on the Eastern Moors or the Cornfield Annuals created at Knowsley near Liverpool. It is hoped that beekeeping groups may also want to keep bees there in the future.”
LEVEL creates, promotes and celebrates the art that difference makes through projects that engage and inspire people with complex needs. With renewed Arts Council and Derbyshire County Council funding, Level is strengthening its board to help deliver its new and innovative programme.
Applications are welcome from arts creatives and thinkers and people with experience in business, education, technology and social services. The trustees, who are initially elected for three years, meet four times a year. Further information from trustees@levelcentre.com or phone 01629 734848 for an appointment.
Find out more about the organisation www.levelcentre.com
In addition, LEVEL is looking for a clerk to help the board organise and record its meetings. Duties will include an agenda-setting meeting, circulating the papers, recording the meetings and producing minutes. Pay will be commensurate to the duties. Further information from and applications to trustees@levelcentre.com.
The Connection Space Community Interest Company is running an 11 week Care Farming Project. Therapeutic activities that connect with nature, animals and people, to support health and wellbeing will be facilitated by an Occupational Therapist, Counsellor/Psychotherapist and dedicated/trained volunteers within a supportive and therapeutic environment.
Who could attend the project: –
  •  People who have memory difficulties, mild cognitive impairment or are living with any level dementia
  •  Older adults living with mental health needs
  •  People living in the Matlock, Derbyshire Dales area
Individuals referred to the project may: –
  •  Be experiencing a level of social isolation.
  •  Have limited opportunities to access meaningful and purposeful activity within their everyday lives.
  •  Enjoy being outside, connecting with nature, being with animals, caring for animals, being active, using existing skills, learning new skills, getting involved, trying new experiences.
  •  Feel apprehensive about accessing statutory day care services.
  •  Have needs that are not met in alternative day care/community group environments.
Other people who may benefit from this project include carers of those attending the project.and individuals seeking volunteering opportunities.
For more information contact The Connection Space Community Interest Company (CIC) please email theconnectionspace@icloud.com
Or telephone 07774 309745 or 07450 195051.
A new publication called THE GOOD TIMES aims to celebrate the impact of charities and the voluntary sector across Derbyshire. Edited by Kate Dawson of Well Read, who works with charities and the public sector to improve their communications, the newsletter turns the spotlight on a charity or project each month as well as sharing insights and tips on charity marketing, PR and stakeholder engagement.  You can subscribe and read previous issues on Well Read’s website.
Kate is on the lookout for stories about project and services that are breaking new ground in some way, or which are influencing policy or practice to help share the learning. So whether you’re improving people’s health, working with local communities to build capacity or delivering a service which alleviates pressure on statutory services, please do get in touch with Kate to tell her about your work. Her email address is kate.dawson@wellreadpr.com
A project manager has been appointed to help create a master plan for the regeneration of the Derbyshire Dales’ biggest housing estate.
It was announced in May that the 600-home Hurst Farm Estate in Matlock had been chosen as one of only three council areas in the whole of the East Midlands to win £100,000 Government cash to support a two-year detailed feasibility study.
Now Marie Schmidt, a chartered landscape architect with experience in community regeneration, has been appointed as Estate Regeneration Manager, reporting to a project steering group.
Based at Derbyshire Dales District Council, which, along with Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), Waterloo Housing Group and the Friends of Hurst Farm, successfully won the £100,000 from the Government’s Estate Regeneration Fund, Marie is looking to kick-start the estate’s regeneration.
She said: “I will be working with the Friends of Hurst Farm, all the residents and stakeholders to survey the estate, gather the required data and undertake consultation within the community to develop a new vision for the estate.  The resulting strategic plan and data will allow for future development to be more co-ordinated and will provide the evidence needed to apply for further funding.
“Poor housing and neighbourhood design can significantly impact on life chances and the estate regeneration process proposed and supported by the funding can offer a real opportunity to transform the way people live on Hurst Farm long term.”
In addition to the Government funding, the masterplan project is to receive £21,525 from the District Council’s Revenue Grants Unapplied Reserve.
Marie added: “The study will look at the many complex underlying issues such as the physical infrastructure of the estate including parking, road surfacing, green spaces and maintenance, supporting the development of community assets like the community centre, the school and social club and the creation of more local employment and training opportunities.”
Marie will shortly be announcing new communications channels for the Hurst Farm Project in addition to web pages at www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk/hurstfarmproj ...
Applications are invited from non-statutory organisations (voluntary, community groups and local non-profit making organisations) for any amount between £2,501 to £25,000 to fund local projects which help to deliver the Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan priorities.
The next round of small grant applications closes on 1st November 2017. Applications are invited for amounts up to £2,500. There are 3 opportunities to apply for a small grant per year.
Application forms, guidance, the full Police and Crime Plan and deadline dates can be found on the Commissioner’s website in the Grants section:
Contact Sarah Greensmith, PARTNERSHIPS AND GRANTS OFFICER if you have any questions – 0300 122 6006.
The Trust provides grants to small, UK based organisations to carry out projects that provide help to disabled children and their families on a daily basis. The Trust has a small grants programme open for applications at any time, providing grants of up to £10,000, usually for one-off projects and delivers programmes for children, their siblings and families. The trustees are particularly keen to support:
  •  Hydrotherapy pools
  •  Multi-sensory rooms
  •  Mini buses
  •  Young carer’s projects
  •  Sibling projects
  •  Bereavement support
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