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Congratulations to Anna Casey of Friends of Hurst Farm who was presented with the DDCVS Annual Award at our recent AGM and Networking Event. Our Chairperson, Martin Townsend presented the award to Anna together with a cheque for £150 for the Friends of Hurst Farm Group.
Anna has been involved with the group since 2014 and is instrumental in getting people together and making things happen. The Friends of Hurst Farm manages the community centre on Hazel Grove along with the small groups that meet there regularly such as the weekly Youth Club and the Golden Club for older residents.
After the formal business of the AGM was over we enjoyed a talk from Rosemary Blenkinsopp of the Wirksworth Community Growers about their community garden in Wirksworth.
With the agreement of Wyvern Rail, the group has created a community garden at the top of the slope overlooking Wirksworth Station. Besides crops, they have a shed, a polytunnel, a clay oven and keep bees in the far corner of the site. Anyone is welcome –  to help or just to enjoy the garden. The garden work days are on the first and third Sundays of the month from 11.00am till 3.00pm
We then broke to enjoy the buffet and a chance to network, coming back together to listen to Rosanna Dobson from Foundation Derbyshire.
Rosanna led us through the process of applying for a grant from the Foundation and what sort of projects are funded. She took questions/answers and then we broke for more networking and tea.
We appreciated seeing so many of our members out on such a wet day and we would like to thank Rosemary and Rosanna for their time, all those groups who set up information tables about their activities and projects as well as our Trustees, of course!
  Networking and AGM in Wirksworth
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.
Grants are available for projects that can create jobs, develop rural community services or grow businesses in the rural areas of Derbyshire.
Grants are available to help fund: developing rural services, small-scale culture and heritage developments and improvements, rural tourism (new small tourist attraction) farm productivity, farm diversification, micro and small business support and forestry improvements.
Councillor Tony King, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration at Derbyshire County Council which manages the scheme in the Peak area of Derbyshire, said: “These grants are a great way of giving small rural businesses and community groups the helping hand they need to grow.  Rural businesses play a key role in supporting the local economy and providing employment opportunities for local people and it’s a priority of ours to do what we can to support them.
“If you’re a small business, farmer or community group in the Derbyshire Dales, High Peak or Staffordshire Moorlands, we’d really like to hear from you so please get in touch to see how we can help.”
Derbyshire County Council and District Councils are working with Derbyshire Economic Partnership and local partners to help distribute a £1.7m funding pot from the European Union to support rural businesses in parts of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Applications for Peak Leader will close on Thursday 30 November 2017.  For more information about the Peak LEADER Rural Grants Scheme email LEADER Manager, Amanda Brown on amanda.brown2@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 538475 or 07971314619 or for Bolsover and North East Derbyshire scheme visit:  . http://www.bned-leader.co.uk/  or for Bolsover and North East Derbyshire area info@bned-leader.co.uk or call 01246 217200   http://www.bned-leader.co.uk/
Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is launching the findings of new research into the value and impact of voluntary befriending services.
The report, Befriending in Derbyshire, which was launched on 1 November to mark the start of Befriending Week, found that:
  •  Loneliness and isolation do not just make people unhappy – it also has a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy.
  •  Those who receive support from Befriending Services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connections, independence, and wellbeing.
  •  Over 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services – if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £762,000.
  •  For every £1 spent on providing volunteering the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.59.
Kerrie Fletcher, Community Development Manager of South Derbyshire CVS who commissioned the research said “I know that befrienders all over Derbyshire make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of people who would otherwise be alone. This report evidences that in black and white – and helps us make the financial case for investment in these amazing services.”
Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network, run by South Derbyshire CVS is a network of befriending services for adults across Derbyshire. It exists to make sure that isolated and vulnerable adults who could benefit from befriending support are able to do so, and that people who use befriending services can be confident that they are safe and well run.  More information at derbyshirebefriending.org.ukThe network publishes a Directory of Befriending Services in Derbyshire which can be downloaded from https://www.derbyshirebefriending.org.uk ....
The ‘Value and Impact of Befriending in Derbyshire’ Report is available from the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network Team: befriending@sdcvs.org.uk; Tel 01283 219761.
For a number of years Foundation Derbyshire has delivered small, local community grants on behalf of Comic Relief.
This year the criteria are slightly different, with a shift towards helping local groups fund their core costs rather than individual projects.
The amount the Foundation has to distribute is very limited and the maximum grant you can apply for is £5,000. If you are interested please call the grants team first,  as only those groups with a very strong fit to the Core Strength Programme’s aims, will be considered.
Tel 01773 525860 or email hello@foundationderbyshire.org
Or visit the website www.foundationderbyshire.org
The Do Something Different Club is a club in the Matlock locality run solely by volunteers, giving people the chance to ‘get out and about’ who cannot easily attend regular lunch/social clubs due to limited mobility.
The Club aims to put isolated people in touch with each other so that they can talk – even if it is on the ‘phone – until the next meeting – these meetings are once a month.
The Do Something Different Club arranges a volunteer to collect people from their home and take them to a local venue, usually for a meal out, and the chance to socialise.
The club really needs volunteer drivers who are willing to collect people from their homes, drive them to the venue and stay and join in the activity, and then drive them home again.
Drivers need to be willing to be DBS checked, have a clean and current driving licence, to be sympathetic to people’s needs and to be willing to stay and participate – this might be having a pub meal which sadly due to lack of funds at present, you would have to pay for.
Petrol costs for drivers are reimbursed.
If you are interested in helping out please contact Chris or David on 01629 583512 or 01629 732585.
Fri 1st Dec - Fri 1st Dec
9:30am - 4:00pm
Nottingham CVS  [ Directions ]
One East Midlands’ annual conference for the VCSE will debate major issues facing the sector – focusing on some key themes, and look at national, regional and local responses; including:
  •  European Funds – a significant part of VCSE delivery, is tapering to an end by 2022. Their replacement will be a new Shared Prosperity Fund but how successful is the VCSE at influencing this replacement fund
  •  Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) are rewriting their Strategic Economic Plans. How are the needs and priorities of the VCSE being embedded
  •  Building links between Health and Wellbeing provision and economic planning. How is this happening, what are the implications and how can the VCSE influence
The event is free to One EM members, £35.00 for non-members For more information and to book your place visit http://oneeastmidlands.org.uk/node/5697
DCC is asking Derbyshire residents to help shape their budget for the year ahead by taking part in a quick survey. The survey asks you to tell the County Council what services are important to you and where you’d like more or less money to be spent in 2018-19.
You can have your say on areas from unlocking economic growth and improving Derbyshire’s roads, to supporting library services and encouraging healthy lifestyles.
Complete the budget consultation survey to be in with a chance of winning £100 of Amazon vouchers.
The deadline for responding to the survey is Sunday 12 November 2017.
  •  Lawn Tennis Assoication – Transforming British Tennis Together https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/news ... This fund is open to a wide range of organisations to create the right mix of facilities to get more people playing tennis.  Over the next 10 years, they hope to invest £125m into tennis facilities.  The next deadline is 28th February 2018.
  •  Derbyshire Action Grants. https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/news ... The fund isn’t open yet, so watch this space!  Derbyshire County Council is planning to make hundreds of grants available through their Youth, Community and Sport Action Grants.
  •  Sport England’s Community Asset Fund – Update. https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/news ... Competition remains fierce for this capital fund which is to improve, protect and develop sports facilities.  However, this grant programme is still open for applications.  If you are thinking of applying, check out our hints and tips to preparing a good bid to this fund have a look at Active Derbyshire’s Top Tips – https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/non- ....
Thanks to Edwina Archer, Funding Development Officer, Active Derbyshire for information. If you would like to speak to Edwina directly about funding for sport please contact her on 01773 571228.
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