Archive for February 3rd, 2011

What does full cost recovery mean to your organisation?  Do you know how to analyse your performance and contribute to improving your outcomes?  If so, this half-day workshop will enable you to answer these questions and more!

By the end of this session, learners will:

Understand what Full Cost Recovery is and its importance in determining the costs of service delivery;

Recognise the importance of determining unit costs, ensuring organisations are better placed to argue the true costs of the delivery of their services ; and

Have the knowledge to assess their impact – ensuring financial data contributes in various ways so that organisations can assess their impact and secure their share of increasingly scarce resources.

 Date and Time: Wednesday 2 February 2011

                              9:30 am to 12.30 pm

Venue:                Community Action, 4 Charnwood Street, Derby

Cost:                   Free – voluntary and community sector

                             £50 – statutory organisations

 For more information or to book a place email Liz Gumbley or call 01332 227738 by Friday 28 January 2011.                                

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We are now able to send out regular newsletters with a new publicity team and plan to keep you updated on events at Tara Centre.

Our biggest news is that our much appreciated teacher, Gen Tubpa has had to resign due to health issues.  Kelsang Dragden has kindly accepted to join us as our new Resident Teacher and we are going to literally give him a warm welcome with a bonfire and baked potato evening this Tuesday 5pm! Everybody is most welcome to come along. 

What’s on

Why not treat yourself to a break at beautiful Ashe Hall, home of Tara KMC?

Saturday 29th January

Re-Treat yourself! Enjoy being guided through light meditations to refresh and re-energise yourself to enjoy the year ahead.

Create your own break on a flexible weekend:

FRI  11th Feb   FOOD FOR THOUGHT – Meal and meditation evening

SAT  12th Feb  ACCEPTING WHAT IS – Day Course with Kelsang Dragden

SUN 13th Feb  ADVICE FOR A HAPPY LIFE with Prayers For World Peace on Sunday morning with Kelsang Dragden.

New class

Join Kelsang Dragden at Thursday nights for a new class called ‘The Magic of Meditation’.


Help Tara Centre function as a place of peace for everyone.  Volunteers can help in the cafe, grounds, reception, shop, building/maintenance, painting/decorating, cooking…

Skills or no skills, everyone can be a part of this very special place.

Please see our website for more info

Tara KMC, Ashe Hall, Ash Lane, Etwall,

Derbyshire, DE65 6HT

Tel: +44(0) 1283 732 338   Email: meditate@taracentre.org


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FREE LGBT awareness course

On Monday 28th February South Derbyshire CVS is running a one day  awareness course looking at:

  • terminology and the media
  • legislation
  • local sources of information and support

This is available as a fully funded accredited option at OCN level 1. To book a place call 01283 219761 or email jaymies@sdcvs.org.uk.

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Please find attached an article on Debt Advice for inclusion.

Emma  – Financial Inclusion Derbyshire, Manager

Financial Inclusion Derbyshire

c/o Rural Action Derbyshire (formerly Derbyshire Rural Community Council)
Church Street
Derbyshire DE4 4EY

Direct Tel: 01629 821929
Mobile: 07584 237937
Switchboard: 01629 824797
Email: e.bates@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk

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Thursday 24th February 2011

Registration at 9.15am (Training 9.45am – 1.15pm)

Refreshments provided


Tibshelf, Nr Alfreton

Venue TBC



Wednesday 16th March 2011

Registration at 9.15am (Training 9.45am – 1.15pm)

Refreshments provided



Venue TBC

Suicide is a problem for society as a whole. To increase awareness – and to help remove the stigma which can be a barrier for those in need of help – this FREE half-day training seminar should be of interest to anyone who wishes to:

  • Examine their own attitudes
  • Find out (and challenge) the myths that surround suicide
  • Discover the likely suicide risk factors and warning signs
  • Find out how you might help someone at risk of suicide and self harm
  • Take advantage of a great networking opportunity

The training is open to everyone; the general public as well as those whose work is more likely to bring them into contact with people at greater risk of suicide and self harm.

Demand for this training is high and places for this event are limited so advance booking is essential.

Bookings are only accepted with a completed booking form and are allocated on a first come first serve basis with priority to people living or working in the Tibshelf & Bolsover and surrounding areas.

N.B: Please do not be put off if you are unable to attend this seminar – the training will be held at various locations throughout Derbyshire until June 2012. 

If you wish to attend, please complete the attached booking form and return to:


Or by post to:

Sharon Lovell

Rural Action Derbyshire

Church Street




I am pleased to also tell you that we now have a website.  You can check it out at www.sapt.info

Sharon Lovell – Suicide Awareness Partnership Project Officer

Rural Action Derbyshire (formerly Derbyshire Rural Community Council)

Direct Tel: 01629 821921

Mobile: 07769 142424

Switchboard: 01629 824797

Email: s.lovell@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk

Days of work: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday


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Please find attached an invite to the two recruitment events (general poster & recruiting mature volunteers event) that are being held in February.  I have also attached a booking form for organisations who would like to attend as well as the recruitment posters for both events.

Joanne Drake – Volunteer Services Coordinator


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Please find attached Derbyshire County Council Job Bulletin No 2054 – Issue dated 28 January 2011 for your information.

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Community groups and charities across the region have the chance to access free office furniture through www.givingworldonline.com which will become available over the next few weeks in Nottingham.

Giving World Online is a free website that provides charities and community projects access to free surplus goods such as quality unwanted furniture and rebranded stock from companies and organisations.

Anyone who is already registered with Giving World Online should keep an eye out for the office equipment on the website.

Meanwhile projects not yet registered with Giving World Online that are interested in accessing the furniture should do so now to be able to apply for the goods when they become available.

All interested groups must be able to arrange to collect the goods when they are made available from the premises which are based in Nottingham.


Registered Charity No. 1105883

Company Limited by Guarantee No. 5184361

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 Marches Energy Agency (MEA) has been appointed as an Expert Consultant for the Energy Saving Trust’s Green Communities program. There is no charge to community groups for any of the services which are available, which includes support with:

  • Carbon saving in a community building- identifying opportunities for ‘easy wins’ and energy efficiency improvements.
  • Community-scale renewables- pre-feasibility studies for larger renewable energy systems which could be owned and operated by a whole community.
  • Long term carbon reduction action planning- shaping your groups ideas into a credible and effective long term action plan which can be monitored while it is achieved.
  • Business planning for carbon saving projects- developing opportunities for self-sustaining businesses associated with community-scale climate-change projects   

This is a great opportunity to secure additional support to expand upon what has gone before, or to address any new issues.

Working through Green Communities, MEA can assist you to develop and improve your community energy project, build partnerships and access funding. Following a consultation (which may include a site visit) you will receive a review of your proposed project and a short report outlining clear recommendations for further action.

To receive this free support, you will need to complete and return the Green Communities application form.  The application process is relatively informal and Green Communities allow you to indicate a preference in the application for the consultant you want to provide the support you are requesting – there isn’t a specific section for this but we suggest you add it at the bottom of section 2 or at the bottom of the form – please do refer to previous work with MEA, and request further impartial support from one of MEA’s Expert Consultants for your current project.

To find out more about Green Communities please visit http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/cafe/Green-Communities/Project-Support/Green-Communities-Expert-Support or call the helpline on 0844 848 0077.

Caroline Harmon – Project Manager

07748 508704

Marches Energy Agency

Charity number 1070942

Company Limited by Guarantee, number 3443349, registered at the above address


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DCLG’s new barrier-busting site

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a new service designed to help volunteers, community groups and social enterprises overcome bureaucracy and get things done in their neighbourhood. If you need central government’s help to get rid of barriers, you can submit a request online.

Visit the Barrier Busting website

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