It’s that time of year again! The South Derbyshire affiliation period runs from September to August. If you are not currently affiliated with us, here’s a little more information to what affiliating with us could do for your group or organisation. It’s free! All you need to do is fill in the short membership form (see the link a little further down) and return it to us.

Why affiliate?

•    Be part of a community of local voluntary and community groups.  This way we can join up, learn about and from each other and have a stronger collective voice.

•    Member benefits.  Our affiliates benefit from reduced rates on some of our training courses, and special member rates for other services such as meeting room hire and photocopying.

•    Let people know what you do – and how to find you.  All our affiliates (if they wish) are listed on Community Directory Derbyshire, the searchable online database of voluntary and community groups.  It also helps us to respond to the many requests from local people for help and advice – if we don’t know about you, we can’t tell them about you.

CVS also offers all kinds of other services to local groups including training, funding advice, volunteer recruitment, payroll service, admin services and help and advice on any issue to do with running your voluntary groups.  Our networks and forums give you the chance to meet and talk to similar groups and partners from other sectors. We have a regular ebulletin and use social media and our blog to share information such as grant/funding alerts, training and events, legal updates and job vacancies.  We also welcome contributions from our members – the bulletin has a circulation list of around 500 people so it’s a great way to share your news, events and vacancies.

New for 2016 – The Community Fridge

The South Derbyshire CVS Community Fridge is a new project.  We receive donations from businesses of food that would otherwise go to waste including:-

Fresh fruit and vegetables
Chilled and frozen food
Dairy products such as butter and cheese
Baked goods such as bread, rolls and cakes
Tinned, dried and packets of food such as baked beans, tinned veg (e.g. we have a lot of artichokes at the moment!) cereal, pasta and rice
We are building up a database of groups that could put donated food to good use, who we can contact when we get a delivery or offer of food.

The food must be used for community benefit and be not-for-profit.

All you will need to do is fill in a short registration form below and return it to us alongside the affiliation form.  It is FREE – there is no charge to join.

Don’t miss out!  Please return your completed affiliation form by the 7th November to Elspeth Frudd – email development@sdcvs.org.uk or post it to South Derbyshire CVS, 46-48 Grove Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DD.
If you have any questions please call 01283 219761.  

Click on the Affiliation and Community Fridge Registration Form link to download the form.
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About South Derbyshire CVS

A local charity which has been working in South Derbyshire for over 20 years, we provide support to voluntary and community groups and to individuals in need across the district.  Membership is free, and the support we offer to local charities and community groups includes:

•    Training, including the Derbyshire Volunteer Passport (a free, accredited training course for people who volunteer with children and young people or with vulnerable adults in Derbyshire)

•    Funding advice including a number of small grants that we administer, search for larger grants on the Trustfunding database or support with funding applications

•    Support Services including a Payroll Service, photocopying, laminating; hire of projector, display boards and hearing loop

•    Room hire in the centre of Swadlincote for training, meetings or 1:1 meetings

•    Our Volunteer Centre can advertise your volunteer vacancies or support you to develop volunteering in your group – we also have a regular Volunteer Organiser Forum for people who manage volunteers as part of their role

•    Voluntary Sector Voice – bringing people from voluntary and community organisations to network, work together, share ideas and have a collective voice, and to make our views known to decision makers

•    Information and support  on any aspect of setting up and running a voluntary group or charity – governance, charity registration, developing policies, employing staff, managing money – if we don’t know the answer we will find out for you.

•    We also have regular ebulletins covering a wide range of issues including funding opportunities, training, consultations, legal issues, policy updates and job vacancies

RAD is offering Training in:

Marketing your Village & Community Hall

Good publicity & marketing is key to successful communication within your local area leading to better community engagement
RAD is offering a choice of two half-day ‘Marketing your Village Hall’ training seminars:

Ashover Parish Hall
Thursday 17th November 2016
2.00pm – 4.30pm
Milken Lane, Ashover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 0BA
Delegate fee – £40

Duffield Parish Hall
Thursday 24th November 2016
2.00pm – 4.30pm
St Alkmund’s Parish Church, Church Drive, Duffield, Derbyshire, DE56 4BA
Delegate fee – £40

Successful marketing leads to increased bookings, increased interest and more volunteers; ultimately, towards a thriving village hall. These training session consider the charitable objects of village and community halls; who its customers are and what they might need or want. It covers marketing principles, gives guidance on developing a marketing strategy and explores different ways of promoting a village or community hall.

For the benefit of managers of all types of community buildings – not just charitable halls.

The sessions include:
• Understanding your hall’s charitable objectives
• Marketing principles
• Developing a marketing strategy
• Knowing your market – real and potential users of the hall
• How to identify and capitalise on your ‘unique selling point’ (USP)
• Different ways to promote your hall
• How Social Media can be used to promote activities in your hall
• Community Directory Derbyshire

Click on the Booking Form link for more information and the Booking Form itself.

Outreach Workshops

Highly Sprung is passionate about education & outreach. Providing educational opportunities for young people forms a key part of the company ethos and vision & we are pleased to offer unique workshops associated with the tour of Fall Out to schools and community groups.

In addition to the performance the tour draws on the company’s expertise in working directly with audiences of young people, offering the following opportunities for education and community participation…

Mental Health Workshops

Workshops are focused on the exploration of mental health and well being in young people. Through physical theatre, debate and investigating the characters from Fall Out, young people in schools and/or community groups are invited to deepen their understanding of the issues affecting the characters from Fall Out and develop more positive attitudes toward mental well being.
Workshops are suitable for students both with and without experience or interest in performing arts, and so can be accessed by young people from across the curriculum.

These workshops have been developed with input and guidance from mental health organisations:
Young Minds
Service Six

Duration: 1.5 hrs.
30 young people (max)

Performance Skills Workshops

This workshop provides participants with a high energy, challenging opportunity to engage in the company’s style of physical theatre.
Working through a range of games, exercises and activities participants will learn the techniques and approaches to creating physical theatre using a style of performance that expresses a narrative through movement that speaks and text that moves.
Working with an experienced practitioner, participants will gain the skills needed to create their own devised performances, explore text and understand the key principles behind producing work from scratch. Addressing the key skills required for students to enhance their abilities in movement, directing and critical analysis.

Duration: minimum 2.5hrs.
30 young people (max)

Performance Makers

To support the performance of Fall Out and increase opportunities for participation, Performance Makers invites groups of young people from schools and the community to work with Highly Sprung to develop a short performance/curtain raiser for presentation before performances of Fall Out.

The short performance aims to highlight the emerging talent of local young performers aged between 14 and 21, working creatively to explore the themes from Fall Out.

Working with professionals from Highly Sprung young people are invited to produce their own response to Fall Out. Performance Makers supports, develops and showcases new skills in physical theatre.

Duration: up to two days
Available for larger groups or multiple groups

The performance of Fall Out and the associated workshops have been developed in consultation with mental health charities.


Copyright © 2016 Highly Sprung Performance Co., All rights reserved.
As part of the Fall Out Tour


I’m Sharon, I’m a local mum of 3 and I have recently got involved with the charity Free Cakes For Kids Nottingham and Derby and I’m excited to announce that we are expanding our outreach to cover more areas of Derbyshire and Burton-on-Trent! Our service is free, friendly and confidential.

Our mission is for no child or young person in our local area to go without a birthday cake.

The way it works:

A charity/organisation/school completes a referral form if they believe that the child or young person would not otherwise (or would struggle) to receive a birthday cake for financial, health, disability reasons (our eligibility criteria is quite relaxed because we don’t believe in putting people in boxes). In your case it would possibly be children in hospital on their birthday, children nearing the end of treatment or children who you feel could do with a pick me up.

Afterwards we’ll contact our baking team and ask for a volunteer to bake the cake. We can liaise with the charity or directly with the family to deliver to an appropriate location – whether this is a public place, a school or the family home.

We are able to cater for complex dietary needs and do our best to match a theme based on the child’s interests.

We offer birthday cakes to older individuals where deemed appropriate, examples of older people we have helped in the past include homeless individuals, disabled adults, abuse victims, terminally ill individuals.

We have a food safety policy which includes no nuts in any of our cakes.

If you come across any families who you feel may struggle to provide a birthday cake for any reason please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If it’s preferable, the family can contact us directly and self-refer, in this instance we will ask for evidence of their situation or a professional which we can contact to verify their need.
OR if you are a keen baker, why not consider joining our team of bakers. We can help cover the costs of ingredients if required.

If you are interested in our service and would like a referral form or would like to find out more, please let me know by return email or by calling 07791499718.

You can find us on Facebook too “Free Cakes For Kids Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire”

The Santander Bank has teamed up with Crowdfunder to launch new £200,000 fund to support social enterprises and community projects across the UK.

For the first time, one of the UK’s largest banks is partnering with a crowdfunding platform in an innovative collaboration to support social enterprises and community projects across the UK. Community projects looking to support social change are now able to present their ideas on Crowdfunder.co.uk and unlock matched funding of up to £10k from Santander’s new Changemaker Fund.

The new fund is open to social enterprises, small charities and community groups helping disadvantaged people in the UK. Eligible projects seeking funds of up to £20,000 and focussed on skills, knowledge and innovation that get the crowd’s backing will receive 50% (£10,000) of their funding requirement from Santander.



The Friends of Cromford Canal Volunteer Recruitment Worker

£7.40 per hour 6 hours per day for 2 days a week for 40 weeks (Temporary Contract).

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to help us strengthen our team of dedicated volunteers. You will be working for the ‘Friends of the Cromford Canal’ ensuring the historical narrow boat ‘Birdswood’ and Leawood Pumphouse attracts volunteers in sufficient numbers and with appropriate skills to enable the business to remain viable, adapt and expand into new areas.

You will liaise with team members and managers to identify current and projected staffing requirements identifying risks to the business and operations.

You will plan to plug these gaps, lighten the workload of key staff and build stronger teams by attracting new volunteers and retaining existing volunteers. You will engage partner organisations and manage mutually beneficial relationships to ensure they understand the strategic aims of the organisations you represent. You will develop the use of university intern programmes, college work placements, return to work schemes, etc.

You will attract potential volunteers by creating, developing and maintaining recruitment campaigns and representing the organisations at events promoting the benefits of volunteer work for both the volunteer and the organisations.

For a copy of the Job Description and details on how to apply please email your details to recruitment@birdswood.org.

To discuss this position in more detail please contact the Operations Manager on 07552 055455. The closing date is 12 noon Monday 24th October 2016. Interviews will be conducted the following week. The Friends of Cromford Canal (2016) Registered Charity No. 1164608


Deadline for expressions of interest 14 November 2016

Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is seeking expressions of interest to carry out a piece of research that will evidence the impact and social return on investment of befriending services in Derbyshire.

This will involve working with a number of befriending services across the county and looking at a range of different models of befriending.

Up to £15,000 is available for this piece of work.

STAGE ONE – to be completed by 31 Jan 2017

  • Identify, analyse and summarise existing research evidence into the impact of loneliness and isolation on health and wellbeing and how different models of befriending can make a difference
  • Pull together and analyse data already available from befriending providers in Derbyshire
  • Analyse the external environment and demographic trends and what this is likely to mean for befriending in Derbyshire
  • Agree with Derbyshire Trusted Befriending network a framework and timetable for carrying out stage 2.

STAGE TWO – to be completed by 31 May 2017

  • Work with befriending service providers around the county to develop an evidence base involving different providers, types of befriending and geographical areas (urban/rural and in different parts of the county).
  • Evidence the scope, outcomes, impact and value of current befriending provision in this area. This should include both quantitative and qualitative data including case studies based on beneficiary/volunteer ‘stories’.
  • Carry out an analysis of the Social Return on Investment for befriending provision in Derbyshire
  • Present all the evidence as a written report


If you are interested in carrying out this piece of work please send a written proposal by 9am on Monday 14 November to kerrief@sdcvs.org.uk

This should outline:-

  • How you would approach this research
  • Details of individuals who would be involved in carrying out the research and a short summary of relevant skills/experience
  • Examples of any similar research you have carried out
  • Costs for Stage 1 and Stage 2. The total cost should not exceed £15k.

Additional resource has been set aside to present key findings and stories in imaginative and accessible formats that we can share with potential volunteers, service users and funders. This could be in any format including interactive online content, animation, film or print media.  If you would be interested in carrying out this piece of work in addition to the formal research please also tell us in your proposal how you would approach this.

More about Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network can be found at www.sdcvs.org.uk/community/derbyshire-trusted-befriending-network

If you have any questions about the research please contact Kerrie Fletcher, Community Development Manager, South Derbyshire CVS on 01283 219761 kerrief@sdcvs.org.uk


Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network was established in 2012 as part of Derbyshire County Council’s Adult Care Prevention Strategy. South Derbyshire CVS was chosen to act as the strategic delivery partner and has managed the project since then.

The aim of Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is to ensure that every adult who needs befriending support has fair and equal access to it, and also to ensure that those who use befriending services can be confident that the service they receive is safe and well run.

The network currently has 29 members, all of whom are providers of befriending services within the county of Derbyshire (excluding Derby City).  A recent mapping report (attached) found that 1039 befriending volunteers with 33 befriending services give approximately 1598 hours each week.  The types of befriending offered include home visiting, buddying, telephone and email support, group befriending and supporting people to develop peer friendships.