This lunch group is for people of any age who live alone, or who are lonely, isolated or vulnerable. The group takes place at St George’s and St Mary’s Church Hall in Church Gresley on a Wednesday lunch time (meeting at 11.30 for the people having lunch) and is currently open every other week due to a lack of volunteers.

The lunch group also has more capacity for people to attend the lunch itself, so if you know someone who might like to go, please pass the word on.

The lunch is a 2 or 3 course meal costing £4 and taxis can be arranged for people (at a £4 charge any extra subsidised by the group).

If you would like to help out at the group, they need volunteers to:

Cook a basic 2/3 course lunch usually as part of a team of 3 or 4.

Help in the kitchen to either cook or wash up.
Set the room up for lunch, lay the tables and serve the meals.

Can you help with any of the above?

Contact David Hardy on 07753609184 or email David.n.hardy@btinternet.com

NB – Each person volunteering would need to undergo a simple application process to fit in with the Church of England safer recruitment policy.
Each person would need to sign a copy of St. Georges Church Safeguarding Policy.
Each person would have to have a DBS check.

We have been made aware of a need in Swadlincote and South Derbyshire for adults who need support with learning to read and write.

Would you be interested in becoming a Pioneer to set up a local group to help people that want to learn how to read?

There is a national charity, called Read Easy that sets up local volunteer-led groups where local people can then come and get support to learn how to read.

If you would be interested in becoming a Pioneer to set up a group in South Derbyshire, (or volunteering for a group once it has been set up), details of how to go about it can be found on the Read Easy website: https://readeasy.org.uk/

South Derbyshire CVS might be able to help with the pioneer process and setting up a group – contact volunteering@sdcvs.org.uk / 01283 219761 for more information.

Please click here to see the official photographs from the Awards night.

Launched for the first time in 2017, the South Derbyshire Community Awards recognise and celebrate the local people who do so much for the communities of South Derbyshire.
Organised by South Derbyshire CVS and Swadlincote and District Chamber of Trade, the Awards are sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd and seven other local businesses and organisations. Cathy Miles, Community Development Manager at South Derbyshire CVS said “We set the Community Awards up because we wanted to improve peoples’ aspirations and increase the morale in South Derbyshire. There are so many people doing great things, yet there wasn’t a formal way of recognising their achievements.”

The Awards were opened by representatives from Swadlincote and District Chamber of Trade, South Derbyshire CVS and Toyota, who commended the nominees for their contributions to the community. Over 50 nominations were received for the seven categories, of whom 22 people were shortlisted to attend the Awards ceremony.

The first award to be presented was the Long Service Award. This award recognises individuals who have given their time over a number of years to the organisation or cause they support and was presented by Colleen Hempson, representing sponsor East Midlands Airport. Shirley Dowler, the longest serving nurse at Queen’s Hospital in Burton won this category for having given over 54 years’ service, dedicating her life-time to helping the residents of Staffordshire and South Derbyshire. The three runners up for this award were Lesley Nominton, who has volunteered for 12 years at Rosliston Forestry Centre’s Environmental Education Project, Roy Hyde who has been Gresley Old Hall’s Chairman since the 1950s and Meg Frier, who has volunteered with South Derbyshire CVS’ Lunch Club for 12 years.

Next came the Unsung Hero Award, sponsored by Clive’s Candles and presented by Clive Leake. The three shortlisted nominees were Dane Clements from the St Giles Hospice Shop in Swadlincote, Eddie Wadsworth, a South Derbyshire CVS Befriending volunteer and Karen Belinda Richards from Friends of Eureka Park. All of the volunteers were nominated for working quietly behind the scenes at their respective organisations, never seeking out recognition, but consistently putting in the hours. Winner Dane Clements was nominated by the St Giles Hospice Shop manager, who said “Dane is a good team player, cheerful and happy despite all the challenges he has faced. This award gives me the ideal opportunity to highlight what Dane has and goes on to achieve.”

The third category to be presented was the Young Volunteer of the Year award, for volunteers under the age of 25, sponsored by Smith Partnership and presented by Darren Perry. This award was a particularly close contest! Harrison Chambers, who volunteers for People Express and Swadlincote Asperger’s Society was announced as the winner. The two runners up were Josh Hyde, a Jog Derbyshire leader for Aston Joggers and Scout Leader for 107th Scouts and Callum Hull, who has volunteered for South Derbyshire District Council’s youth engagement project, Dreamscheme since 2014.

The shortlist for the Team of the Year award was made up of three very different volunteer teams: Leonard Cheshire’s Fete 2018 team, Overseal Gala Committee and Ticknall Luncheon Club. This award was sponsored by Mercia Marina and presented by Tony Preston, Mercia Marina’s Sales and Marketing Manager. Tony told us when presenting Ticknall Luncheon Club with the trophy, “The volunteers are enthusiastic, unassuming and give their time for love of the service they are providing.”

Following on from the Team of the Year, the Community Minded Company award recognises local businesses who are making a difference to their community – through fundraising, going the extra mile for their customers, or making their services accessible and friendly for those in need. Sponsored by the Swadlincote and District Chamber of Trade, the award was presented by Chaiman Rob Coe. The shortlisted organisations were Bright Side Vets, Melbourne Life Community Magazine and St Giles Hospice Shop in Swadlincote. All of the businesses were worthy of the trophy, but Bright Side Vets were crowned the winner, for not only trying to make the experience of visiting the vets as positive as possible, but also for the work they do in the community, organising events and bake sales where the proceeds go to charity.

The Local Charity or Community Group of the Year was the next award to be announced by sponsors Timms Solicitors, represented by Jo Robinson. The three groups up for the award were: Castleton Park Community Group, Church Gresley Community Group and the Magic Attic Archives. Castleton Park Community Group won this category and said “it was such a lovely surprise!”

Last but not least came the Love Where You Live or Work award. This category was brand new for 2018 and sponsored by South Derbyshire District Council. The Project Support Team at South Derbyshire CVS, South Derbyshire Geocaching and Swadlincote Dance and Music Centre were shortlisted for this award, and the winner and runner-up were presented their certificates by Nicola Lees, Economic Development Officer at SDDC. Nicola said “This award recognises groups or individuals who help look after the local environment or community – anything from reducing litter, recycling waste, or encouraging others to take pride in South Derbyshire.” South Derbyshire Geocaching was the worthy winner, for running community litter pick events and helping people to get active and outdoors.

The evening had a final surprise and a standing ovation for Roy Hyde, when Toyota representative Michelle Holmes awarded him Toyota’s ‘Special Award’ to recognise a lifetime of voluntary work. Michelle said “Roy has achieved a great deal in the many years he has been volunteering. He never shouts about his achievements or what he has done, he simply gets on with doing something he likes – helping other people.”
With the formal award presentations over, the nominees and guests enjoyed their goody-bags, a sweet cart full of tempting treats from Churchill’s sweet shop in Swadlincote, formal photograph sessions and fun ‘photo booth’, as well as the opportunity to dance to the acoustic music provided by the Swadlincote Dance and Music Centre, Chris Baldwin and Leah Wilcox.

The results in full for the 2018 Community Awards are:

Long Service Award, sponsored by East Midlands Airport
To recognise an individual who has volunteered their time and energy over a number of years, making a real difference to the organisation or cause they support.
Winner: Shirley Dowler – nurse at Queen’s Hospital Burton
Runners Up: Lesley Norminton – Environmental Education Project volunteer
Meg Frier – South Derbyshire CVS Lunch Club volunteer
Roy Hyde – Gresley Old Hall and the Miners Welfare Association volunteer

Unsung Hero, sponsored by Clive’s Candles
To recognise someone who goes above or beyond for their community, who quietly gives a lot but never gets the recognition they deserve.
Winner: Dane Clements – St Giles Hospice Shop volunteer
Runners Up: Eddie Wadsworth – South Derbyshire CVS Befriending volunteer
Karen Belinda Richards – Friends of Eureka Park volunteer

Young Volunteer of the Year, sponsored by Smith Partnership
Recognising a young person under the age of 25 who has shown enthusiasm and commitment to an organisation or cause, and made a real difference.
Winner: Harrison Chambers – People Express volunteer
Runners Up: Callum Hull – Dreamscheme Project volunteer
Josh Hyde – Aston Joggers volunteer

Team of the Year, sponsored by Mercia Marina
This award is for a team of people who stand out for their commitment and hard work, who make a difference to their community or cause.
Winner: Ticknall Luncheon Club Team
Runners Up: Leonard Cheshire Fete 2018 Team
Overseal Gala Committee

Community Minded Company, sponsored by Swadlincote and District Chamber of Trade
To recognise a local business in South Derbyshire that makes a difference to the community they work in, through fundraising for a good cause, giving time and skills, or going the extra mile to make their services accessible and friendly to those in need.
Winner: Bright Side Vets
Runners Up: Melbourne Life Community Magazine
St Giles Hospice Shop team, Swadlincote

Local Charity or Voluntary Group of the Year, sponsored by Timms Solicitors
This award is to recognise a local charity or community group doing great work in South Derbyshire.
Winner: Castleton Park Community Group
Runners Up: Church Gresley Community Group
Magic Attic Archives

Love Where You Live or Work, sponsored by South Derbyshire District Council
To recognise a person, group, project or organisation that has done something to make a difference to the local environment or community, creating a safe place for everyone to enjoy.
Winner: South Derbyshire Geocaching
Runners Up: Project Support Team at South Derbyshire CVS
Swadlincote Dance and Music Centre

Toyota ‘Special’ Award, sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd.
An exceptional award for that exceptional person.
Winner: Roy Hyde

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