Derbyshire CCGs held their Joint Governing Body meeting on 28th September. The proposals in the paper that went to that meeting were agreed by all the four Derbyshire CCG Boards.

In brief, while not ideal, the news is better than we thought it might be when the proposed cuts were announced in July. There won’t be any cuts in funding this financial year for our befriending or practical help services, but there will be a small cut for the vSPA service and for Infrastructure.

Discussions continue with the CCGs to look at how these services are to be delivered in 2019/20, and there will be more consultation/engagement about the discretionary grant for befriending, with recommendations about the future of this service going to the CCGs’ December Board.

Since the CCGs meeting, there has also been a Derbyshire County Council Improvement and Scrutiny Committee (Health) meeting held on 1stOctober. We are yet to hear the outcome of this meeting but as soon as we do we will let you know.

Keep watching this space!


Sight Support Derbyshire have a mobile information service that serves to deliver eye health information and demonstrate aids for visually impaired people, their friends and carers.

They visit retirement villages, health care centres, libraries, garden centres, events and local groups such as coffee mornings. The aim is to help people by telling them what support is on offer from the organisation and to promote eye health.

Visits are usually for 2 hours in a morning or afternoon and all they need is a table or small space to set up a table.

The volunteer drivers talk for around 10 to 15 minutes about the services and then people are welcome to look at the aids, equipment and leaflets on offer.

If you would like a visit from them, please contact Lynne Smitheringale – Mobile Resource and Information Officer (works Mondays and Tuesdays) on 01332 292262 or email Lynne.smitheringale@sightsupportderbyshire.org.uk.

More about Sight Support Derbyshire
Sight Support Derbyshire are a registered charity and have been serving the visually impaired community in Derbyshire for over 100 years. We provide an understanding and education about visual impairment, with a variety of services that include a help-line, eye clinic support, social groups, children’s activities, and visual impairment awareness training. We also have Visual impairment Information Days that are set up to give people access to information about aids and equipment and what support is available in their area. Our aim is to extend our services to benefit every visually impaired person in Derbyshire.”


Could you or somebody you know spare a few hours a week to help one of the 180,000 people in the UK with sight loss?

Volunteering with your local Guide Dogs Mobility Team as a My Guide volunteer is an inspiring and rewarding way to meet people, get involved in new activities and make a real difference to a person with sight loss.

My Guide volunteers and the person with sight loss form a ‘partnership’ and work together to meet goals, which can be anything from wanting to get out of the house and being able to use the bus to the local shops independently to attending football matches or trying new activities!

Guide Dogs are currently recruiting for My Guide volunteers across Derbyshire, and would love to hear from you if you’d like to find out more about volunteering.

To find out more please contact Elizabeth Felgate at elizabeth.felgate@guidedogs.org.uk or call the Nottingham office for an informal chat on: 0345 143 0221 #changealife

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**UPDATE** Campaign against the cuts #CVSSOS Visit our campaign website at cvssaveourservices.wordpress.com to  find out how you can support us and get the latest updates

We received some unwelcome news today, the 70th Anniversary of the NHS. A letter from our local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group telling us they are planning to cut all our grant funding.

The CCG grants pay for a number of CVS services which help older and vulnerable people across South Derbyshire keep well, stay independent, and have vital social contact.  This includes befriending groups, practical help such as fetching someone’s essential shopping or giving them a lift, vSPA which links people with all kinds of community support services, and the support and small grants given to help local voluntary and community groups who work with vulnerable people.

The funding we receive from the CCG is more than a third of all our income so this is seriously bad news.

We are only one of a number of organisations across Derbyshire who will have received similar letters today and the impact will be disastrous.  Those who rely on our services – many of whom describe them as a lifeline, without which life wouldn’t be worth living, will be devastated. So will the volunteers who generously give so much of their time for free and make these services possible.

We know that the CCG was under pressure, but to find out that we are going to lose all our grant is terrible news – especially on a day when we would have liked to be celebrating 70 years of our NHS and the additional investment being made by Government.

It’s also short sighted, when health services are under so much pressure, to slash affordable, community-based, preventative support that does so much to keep people out of hospital.  The CCG’s own equality assessment says that the cuts will increase social isolation and loneliness, which is a cause of depression and early death.

What can you do?
A final decision will be made by the CCG in August after a period of consultation and the cuts would be implemented from the end of November.

We will be doing our absolute best to make the case that the CCG needs to keep investing in these services, as an individual organisation and with our colleagues around the county. You can help us with this.

*Tell us how you will be affected*
The CCG is asking us to provide evidence about the impact of the cuts –  though by 27 July!  We are going to be writing to our service users – individuals and organisations – to ask about how they will be affected if our services close.  We also want to hear from family members/carers/friends, those who refer to our services and of course from volunteers. Please do take the time to tell us – and if you haven’t had a letter and would like one, get in touch.  Email managers@sdcvs.org.uk

*Ask questions of the CCG*
Derbyshire CCGs are holding a number of stakeholder engagement events to brief people about their financial position and plans to make savings. The South Derbyshire one will take place next Friday (13 July) at 9.30 am, at the Emmanuel Church Hall in Swadlincote and there are other dates and venues around Derbyshire. Anyone wishing to attend needs to contact Southern Derbyshire CCG to request a place – email: sderccg.communications@nhs.net

*Is your organisation also being cut? Let us know and let’s support each other*
If your charity is CCG funded and you have also had notice of a grant cut, do get in touch so that we can work together to make sure we all make the best possible case to decision makers about the impact of their decision.  Let’s help and support each other at this difficult time.

For more information contact the South Derbyshire CVS Management Team
managers@sdcvs.org.uk  or 01283 219761

Looking for something to do this summer?

Are you aged 13-24?

Derbyshire Libraries need volunteers to help with the reading challenge: – create displays, encourage participants to take part, listen to children chat about books and help out with activities and events

When do they need you?

From July – September 2018

What’s in it for you?

  • Experience the rewards of working with children
  • Help others – make a difference in your community
  • Build your confidence – learn to do something new
  • Gain valuable skills for future employment
  • Complete the Community Service element of the  Duke of Edinburgh award


Complete the Volunteer application form 2018 and return to any Derbyshire Library before 30th June 2018


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Walk for Parkinson’s – Calke Abbey on Sunday 29th April 2018

 Help out on the day as walkers join us in the grounds of the National Trust’s beautiful Calke Abbey in southern Derbyshire. Walkers choose a gentle 2-mile stroll around the woods and parkland of Calke Abbey, or a more challenging 9-mile walk that takes them alongside Staunton Harold Reservoir and through the village of Ticknall. Walk Marshals are crucial to the smooth running of this event, and we could not do it without you!

As a Marshal, you would:

  • stand on the event route and direct people taking part
  • make sure signage is correct
  • liaise with the event organisers, and report participant progress and any incidents
  • help participants who get into difficulty
  • offer enthusiastic encouragement

What you could get out of volunteering

You will help to raise money to support Parkinson’s UK’s work to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

You will have the chance to:

  • work as part of an enthusiastic team to deliver the best possible experience for people taking part
  • learn how events are run and gain experience of dealing with members of the public, branches, supporters and members
  • be part of a friendly team
  • learn more about Parkinson’s UK

What we’re looking for

 To fulfil this role you will have:

  • strong communication and observation skills, as you will be talking to participants and Parkinson’s UK staff
  • the ability to stand for long periods of time
  • a friendly, enthusiastic and proactive manner, as you will be dealing with the public and directing and helping people taking part
  • good attention to detail, as you will be making sure signage is correct


Parking at Calke Abbey is free to all volunteers and walkers. Toilets are available at the main Calke Abbey ticket entrance.

 Event schedule

 08:30-9:00am Volunteers arrive and register at registration tent at the Start/Finish of the walk by the car park at Calke Abbey (please arrive no later than 9am)

09:15                           Registration opens for walkers

10:00                           Walk Starts

16:00                           Event closes (estimate)

You may be required to be at a Marshal point until the last walker passes you, on the 9 mile route this could be all day. Please let us know if you would prefer a shorter shift.

You may bring camping chairs and a picnic to make your shift more enjoyable.

 Find out more:

 If you would like to know more about the role before applying please contact Lucy Dalgress on 07795 970 118 or via email at ldalgress@parkinsons.org.uk


Local volunteers and organisations shortlisted for the South Derbyshire Community Awards were celebrated at last week’s Awards ceremony, where the winners were revealed

Compere Karen Bailey opened proceedings, and representatives of the District and County councils, South Derbyshire CVS, Chamber of Trade and Toyota Manufacturing UK praised all the nominees for their hard work and contribution to the local community.

Sponsors for each Award Category then announced the winners and runners up and presented trophies and certificates.

First up was the Long Service Award for a volunteer of many years’ service.  Presenting Winner Mick Lunn of Friends of Eureka Park with his trophy, Kim Coe from Pro-Medical 2002 Ltd told the audience that Mick had done a huge amount of work enabling local people to enjoy and use the park. She said “Mick is a very modest man who insisted that he is not worthy of an award.  Those who know him beg to differ”.  Also up for this award were Alison Flint of Treetops Hospice and Allan Jeffrey from South Derbyshire CVS.

The Unsung Hero trophy went to John Harvey for his acts of kindness to neighbours and with Church Gresley Community Group. Clive Leake of Clive’s Candles, presenting the award, said John had received two separate nominations from neighbours, one of whom had written “His acts of kindness are most amazing.  He’s a man who care about other people and wants to make life better. I am privileged to have him for a neighbour”.  Joy Law, who hosts a befriending afternoon tea group in her home, and Betty Shipton of the Different Strokes Group were the runners up.

Next up was the Volunteer Team Award presented by David and Christine Wain of David Wain Insurance.  David said “The young of today often get a bad name – this award proves otherwise.  I hope they all have a bright future”.  The trophy was won by 16-year old Kai Higham for his work with the Shoutout Group.  He was nominated by Anne-Margaret Stephenson who said “He is a lovely lad who puts all the members first.  I’m proud to know him.”  Runners up Aden Lee Hallam from Citizens Advice South Derbyshire, and Tom Ephgrave from Hilton Youth Group received their runners-up certificates.

The Volunteer Team Award went to South Derbyshire CVS Befriending Volunteers.  Tony Preston of Mercia Marina presented them with the award.  He told us “Volunteer befrienders provide support to vulnerable members of the community.  They are a kind and compassionate bunch of individuals who share their time to brighten the lives of others”.  Worthy runners up Hilton Youth Group and the Hoover Group were also praised.

The Compassionate Company Award, for a business which has made a difference to the local community, went to family business The Dance and Music Centre. It was presented to Nikita Robinson by Gary Musson from Swadlincote and District Chamber of Trade who noted Nikita’s caring and encouragement for her students as well as her willingness to support community events.  Runners up were The Bluebell Tea Rooms and The Railway Inn.

Darren Perry of Timms Solicitors presented the Local Charity or Voluntary Group trophy to Swadlincote based charity Bank House, singled out for their caring and committed support for local people with mental health issues.  Darren said “The commitment shown by staff and volunteers is extraordinary.  Two other charities Different Strokes and Shoutout received runner up certificates.

There was a final surprise when Helen Hydes from Toyota Manufacturing UK presented a Special Award to Betty Shipton for her many years’ dedication for the Different Strokes group. Betty, aged 85 still works tirelessly to support the group.  Helen also presented the group with a cheque for £500 as part of the company’s celebration of 25 years at its South Derbyshire site.  Betty said she was delighted but surprised to receive the award: “until she mentioned the Different Strokes group, I had no idea she was talking about me!”

Local MP Heather Wheeler closing the formal proceedings congratulated the winners and runners-up and said that everyone nominated was a winner.

Nominees were then free to enjoy the rest of the celebration evening included which included goodie bags for the nominees, entertainment from singer Nikita, a buffet supper, photo booth, sweet cart, popcorn and candyfloss, face painting and a magician.

Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters.

 Photographs on our website at www.sdcvs.org.uk/community-awards 

Results in full: South Derbyshire Community Awards 2017


Sponsored by Pro-Medical 2002 Ltd

For a volunteer who has given their time and energy over a number of years, and made a real difference

Winner:  Mick Lunn (Friends of Eureka Park)

Runners up: Alison Flint (Treetops Hospice Care); Allan Jeffrey (South Derbyshire CVS)


Sponsored by Clive’s Candles

To thank a volunteer who goes above and beyond for their community but never seems to get the recognition they deserve

Winner: John Harvey (Church Gresley Community Group)

Runners Up: Joy Law (South Derbyshire CVS Befriending);Betty Shipton (Different Strokes)


Sponsored by David Wain Insurance

To recognise a young person under the age of 25 who has shown enthusiasm and commitment and made a real difference

Winner: Kai Higham (Shoutout)

Runners Up: Tom Ephgrave (Hilton Youth Group); Aiden Lee Hallam (Citizens Advice South Derbyshire)


Sponsored by Mercia Marina

For a great volunteer team that stands out for its commitment and hard work, that has made a real impact on the community

Winner: South Derbyshire CVS Befriending Volunteers

Runners Up: Hilton Youth Group; The Hoover Group (Help Our Own Village Eradicate Rubbish), Aston on Trent.


Sponsored by Swadlincote & District Chamber of Trade

To recognise a local business which has made a real and positive difference to the local community

Winner: The Dance & Music Centre

Runners Up: The Bluebell Tea Rooms, Swadlincote; The Railway Inn, Swadlincote


Sponsored by Timms Solicitors

Winner: Bank House (South Derbyshire Mental Health Association)

Runners Up: Different Strokes Group; Shoutout


Sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing UK Ltd

Winner: Betty Shipton (Different Strokes Group)