RNIB College Loughborough is a specialist in providing support to students with a sight loss, we also support students with a wide range of disabilities; learning disabilities, autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, communication problems, physical disabilities, chronic illness and hearing loss. Most of our students have learning disabilities.

We partner with Loughborough College for students wanting to study at a higher level, but receive our support.

The Open Day will be a fun day for all the family – people will  need to book on so they know who is coming.

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Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service with Rural Action Derbyshire –

helping to keep village halls and community buildings safe!

We are offering a choice of two half-day ‘Fire Safety in Village Halls’ training seminars:


Baslow Village Hall

Wednesday 2nd November 2016

2.00pm  –  4.30pm

Baslow Village Hall, Nether End, Baslow, Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1SR


Delegate fee – £40


Hulland Ward Millennium Hall

Tuesday 8th November 2016

2.00pm – 4.30pm

Dog Lane, Hulland Ward, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 3EG


Delegate fee – £40

The current fire safety law in England and Wales is covered by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005.

It applies to general fire precautions and other fire safety duties in non-domestic property, which includes community buildings.

Helping village & community hall management committees understand their legal responsibilities.

The sessions will include:

  • The need to appoint a ‘competent person (s)’
  • How to carry out a ‘fire safety risk assessment’
  • What fire safety precautions to use – where it is reasonable & practical to do so
  • Useful tips for village hall committees
  • The need for a Fire Safety Policy

Please see the full details in the attached booking form. If completing the form electronically, you may need to ‘Enable Editing’ or ‘View – Edit’ to be able to enter text.

Booking Form


Universal Credit – the DWP has described it as the biggest shake-up to the benefits system since it began, with six working age benefits replaced with one.

In conjunction with Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire (FAAD), Derbyshire County Council Welfare Rights Service is running a series of FREE Universal Credit Seminars across the County, aimed at Health & Care professionals.

You are invited to attend one of our seminars:

 Erewash: Friday 16 September 2016 at Granville Resource Centre, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton NG10 4HD (9.30am -12.30pm)

 High Peak: Friday 21 October 2016 at Buxton Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Buxton SK17 6HX (1.00pm -4.00pm)

 South Derbyshire: Wednesday 9 November 2016 at Hatton Jubilee Hall, Station Road, Hatton DE65 5EL (9.30am -12.30pm)

 The aim of the seminar is to develop your knowledge of Universal Credit and how it will affect your service users. By the end of the seminar, attendees will;

–          Have increased confidence about how to deal with UC matters

–          Be able to explain the rules about Alternative Payment Arrangements

–          Be able to explain to service users how the roll-out of UC may affect them

The seminar includes a workshop about how to prepare your Service Users for UC. Attendees will receive a comprehensive advice and information pack.

To book a place on this free seminar, please email: welfarebenefits@derbyshire.gov.uk

Please use UC Seminar Erewash, UC Seminar High Peak or UC SeminarSouth Derbyshire as the subject and include your:

  • full name
  • email address
  • contact telephone number
  • name and address of your organisation

any special access requirements

With thanks to Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire for this information

Postcode Local Trust is currently inviting applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment.

Organisations must complete an Online Application Form, which is only available through the website until the closing date of Friday September 30th at 5pm.

 Registered charities* in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.

(*Please note that in order to apply for over £2,000 you must hold a current registration number with either the Charity Commission for England & Wales and/or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR))

 Applicants will usually hear back around 10 weeks from the closing date of applications.

Examples of eligible projects would include: community gardens and growing spaces; habitat creation/preservation; outdoor, wildlife and environmental education; the creation of new green spaces; outdoor and path access improvements; community energy initiatives (e.g. solar panels for community-owned/charity buildings, micro-hydro schemes etc.).

 For more information on eligibility and criteria, please visit the Applying for a Grant page and thoroughly read the Guidance Notes before applying: http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/

Previous applicants who were unsuccessful are welcome to reapply for a new project, whilst current awardees can reapply so long as their current project is fully completed with the evaluation returned by the end of October.

Postcode Local Trust was established in 2015 to provide financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.

Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery

The two latest Derbyshire Sport Funding Updates:

1) Western Power grant for energy saving measures – now open.  This fund will be of interest to clubs with their own buildings and need a small grant of up to £1K to help them with improvements such as insulation measures, heating improvements, double / secondary glazing, draught proofing, energy efficient lighting, energy saving appliances and water reduction measures.  Although the fund has only recently reopened, it’s a limited pot of £50K (first come first served).  It looks like most areas of Derbyshire are covered by the grant.

2) Update on Sporting Lives FundingI went to the HLF’s official launch of the programme on Monday.  There were some good speakers who detailed some interesting projects which I’ve included in this item.

3) Further news about the BLF’s ‘Celebrate’ fund.  The Big Lottery has added more money to the funding pot, however, there is now a closing date of Friday 21st October 2016.

 4) OneFamily Community Awards Fund Now Open. This is a small national fund open to OneFamily customers who can nominate projects.  Winners are then decided by an online vote open to customers and non-customers.  Awards are generally up to £5K, but can be up to £25K.  Closes 19th October 2016.

5) Food provision grants for Holiday Activity Clubs – now openJamie Oliver helped set this fund up last year.  Clubs, schools, local authorities, youth groups etc… can apply for up to £5K to provide food as part of holiday activity programmes which can include sport.  Closes Friday 30th September 2016.


1) People’s Postcode Trust Small Grants – closing date 30th September.  This fund provides grants up to £2K to clubs and CICs and up to £20K to charities for projects that focus on a number areas including healthy living initiatives.  They report that they are oversubscribed, so they will be giving preference to projects which ‘show innovation and tangible sustainability’.

2) Mcdonald’s Competition to ‘Win Kit for your Child’s Football Club’.  They are offering six sets of 15 kits as prizes.  Competition is likely to be very high, however it’s a really easy application form.  The completion closes October 2nd.

3) Aviva Community Fund – Now Open!  Past winners of grants from this fund include schools, a gymnastics academy, swimming club, wheelchair sports club, cricket and football clubs…  Successful applicants to this fund will need to rally lots of votes.  However, it looks like it’s a short and easy application form.  Grants range from up to £1K right up to £25K.  The closing date for entries is October 11th.

4) Don’t miss the opportunity to ‘Celebrate England’!  This is a limited opportunity from the Big Lottery Fund.  Although it’s a £3.75m pot, when it’s gone it’s gone!  Grants of up to £10K are available for one off events or activities including projects which celebrate sport or use sport as an engagement tool.  The first batch of successes include a sports club celebrating the opening of their new centre, a football club celebrating its 125 anniversary, a wheelchair rugby tournament and football tournaments.

5) Derbyshire Sport Funding Surgeries in October and November.  This is a head up on some 1:1 funding advice surgeries I will be doing in Chesterfield, Derby and Ripley.  I will also be doing a session in Chesterfield on 27th October which will focus on small grants, particularly Sport England’s Small Grants fund.  Rachel Dyer will also be there to talk about Sport England’s Club Matters.

Click here for all these funding news items and much more.

There’s also loads of other interesting things on our website including job vacancies and information for coaches.

1) Funding update on Tesco’s Bags of Help Community Grant Scheme – this fund, which is open (with no deadlines) to clubs, schools, local authorities etc, now provides grants of up to £5K for projects that deliver a physical environmental improvement or encourage the use and long term sustainability of outdoor spaces.  Two recent successes include Mickleover Cricket Club and South Derbyshire District Council.

2) New Table Tennis Grants for Primary Schools and Special Schools – Table Tennis England is offering a grant of £300 to help towards the cost of their indoor and outdoor table tennis packages, which are already offered to schools at a heavily subsidised rate.  And for those schools which want to set up their own table tennis club, or build links with a club in their community, Activity Grants of up to £400 are also available. Possible uses of this grant include coaching fees and teacher training.  Closing date 28th September.

3) Calling all Sports and Heritage Fans!The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is looking to support sporting heritage projects.  Join the HLF as they launch their ‘Sporting Lives’ campaign – Monday 19th September in the historic Pavilion at Trent Bridge cricket ground.  Booking is essential.  They have a number of guest speakers providing examples of the type of projects which could be funded.  Matlock Baileans Hockey Club will be giving an account of exploring and celebrating Matlock Baileans’ 70 year hockey heritage through their ‘Jolly Hockey Sticks’ project.

4) Cast Your Vote Today! – Derbyshire sports clubs Ripley Rangers and Long Eaton RFC have made it to the voting stage of Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving 2016 scheme.  You don’t need to be a customer to vote.  So, if you want to support either of these clubs or one of the other groups shortlisted click here.

5) An Update From Foundation Derbyshire – Foundation Derbyshire advise that they have a number of donor funds which are currently looking to support good projects.  They also have a funding workshop and funding surgery planned for November.

6) Table Tennis England Disability Table Grant Schemegives the opportunity to organisations including community groups, charities and not for profit Leisure Providers which work with people with disabilities or impairments to purchase a table tennis table at a subsidised rate, with prices starting from £160.

7) The next round of the East Midlands Airport Community Fund will close 23rd SeptemberThe Community Fund awards grants to support eligible projects that have a long lasting community and / or environmental benefit. Grant awards are up to a maximum of £2K per application.  Check their guidance because only part of Derbyshire is covered by the scheme.  This area is generally to the east and to the south of the county, including an area of south Derby.  If your club is in the right area, it is a great fund for projects needing kit and equipment.

8) Sports Wheelchairs for Court SportsLoughborough University has published some guidelines about sports wheelchairs.  This item also provides a link to where you can find grant funding for sports wheelchairs.

9) Funding guide for energy efficiency improvements in community buildings the Centre for Sustainable Energy has provided this guide.  In terms of grants, they have suggested the Big Lottery’s Awards for All as a possible source.

Click here for all these news items and much more.