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The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
  • Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

Eligible Coalfield Wards in South Derbyshire are: Church Gresley, Midway, Newhall & Stanton, Swadlincote

Most voluntary and community organisations and groups working to regenerate coalfield communities are eligible to apply including registered Charities, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Societies, Community Interest Companies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs).

Closing date for the next funding round is 17 March 2017 (but you need to complete the eligibility survey at least 7 days before this if you want to submit an application/.

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Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has announced new opportunities for community groups to apply for crime reduction funding to enhance their work.

The latest round of the Commissioner’s Community Action Small Grants scheme is underway which invites community groups and non-profit organisations to apply for a grant of up to £2,500 to help them achieve their community safety goals.

The Commissioner ring-fenced £275,000 from his annual budget for grassroots crime prevention work – £200,000 which is allocated in large grants of up to £25,000 once a year and £75,000 to be shared among smaller projects in grants of up to £2,500 in three separate rounds.

Community groups have until March 1 to apply for a small grant for projects delivered in the next 12 months. Further rounds will close on July 1 and November 1 this year.

Announcing the grants, Mr Dhindsa said: “Community work provides a vital link in the path towards safer and cohesive communities. Many organisations are finding it difficult to sustain their services with little external funding available and my small grant scheme aims to not only protect this valuable community safety work but also to enhance it.

“Keeping our towns, villages and communities crime-free is a joint venture and I’m grateful for the hard work that goes on at ground level to create safer living environments. I’m looking forward to receiving applications from organisations which are passionate about bringing communities together, giving people a purpose and skills and those that support the safer Derbyshire ethos.”

The Commissioner has outlined a number of key priorities in the journey towards safer communities. These include keeping vulnerable people safe from harm, supporting victims, maintaining strong and effective partnership working, tackling drugs and alcohol and working with young people to tackle repeat victimisation and prevent reoffending.

The Commissioner chose four organisations to share £9,245 in the first round of his Community Action Small Grants scheme, which closed in November 2016.

Recipients included Ashbourne Road and District Allotment Association which received £1,990 for site security to reduce crime, Salcare for its Escape Domestic Abuse Service which received £2,255, 1st Draycott and Wilne Scout Group which received £2,500 for a security initiative at Draycott Leisure Green and Hilton Youth Group which was allocated £2,500.

In his large grant allocation, the Commissioner received 47 applications worth a value of £1.07m.

The Commissioner was so impressed with three of the applications and how they underpinned the priority areas of his Police and Crime Plan he offered them a three-year funding arrangement outside of the grant initiative to sustain their services for a longer period.

These comprise the award-winning Rhubarb Farm which received £20,000 for training, the Eastern European Networks CIC which received £25,000 for its EEN Centre, and the Padley Group which received £20,000 for engagement work at its After Hours Homeless Centre.

The three projects will receive a combined total of £65,000 annually for the next three years.

Meanwhile, 10 projects shared a total of £206,280 in the Commissioner’s Community Action Large Grant Scheme.

Full details of grants awarded are available on the Commissioner’s website at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/

Back in October we let you know about Derbyshire County Council (DCC)’s consultation on Social Value in commissioning and procurement of services in Derbyshire


Commissioners are required by law to consider the social value of their approaches to procuring public services when awarding a contract.  This means looking beyond the price of a contract and considering the economic, environmental and social benefits to a community, over and above the goods/services being purchased.  A group of representatives from different DCC departments produced a draft Social Value Strategy as well as a structured framework and guidelines, to make sure commissioning and procurement processes maximise social value in future across DCC.  The consultation, which closed on 20 Nov 2016,  asked for feedback on these.

17 responses were received, 9 from voluntary groups in addition to a joint response from 3D (network of CVS and other voluntary sector support organisations in Derbyshire)  As a result DCC have made some changes Framework – latest documents are attached.  Responses to the documents were generally positive, comments made were more about other barriers to contracting such as timescales and lack of time/opportunity for consortia building.  The requirement for £2m Professional Indemnity Insurance for small contracts was also raised .  DCC agree and are looking to review and activate a range of levels of insurance subject to levels of contract values in future.  Thanks to everyone who responded.

A report and final strategy documents went to DCC Cabinet meeting on 31 January 2017 and you can download the papers from the DCC website (Agenda item 8) at:


Derbyshire County Council is holding a celebration event for carers on Thursday 2nd March 2017 from 10.30am – 2.00pm at

Post Mill Centre Market Street South Normanton Derbyshire DE55 2EJ.

The event will host information stalls from a range of organisations who support carers in Derbyshire and the opportunity to meet other carers and professionals.

A light lunch will be provided.

There will be a short address at 11.30 by Councillor Smith (Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Deputy Council Leader) to launch the new Carer Support Service and Carers in Derbyshire website.

Please help us to make this event a huge success by extending this invitation widely and promoting it to as many carers as possible through your networks. Information flyer attached.

Carers should book a place directly with Derbyshire Carers Association on 01773 743355 or by e-mailing info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk

Transport to the event can be arranged for carers.

Information stalls will include;

  • Free legal advice for carers
  • Welfare benefit advice for carers
  • Art therapy for carers
  • Strictly No Falling advice
  • Fire safety advice
  • Blue Badge scheme
  • Carer Emergency Card Service
  • Carer Passport scheme at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital
  • Dementia Support Service
  • Hand and head massages from professional therapists
  • Learn about Time Swap
  • Learn about Befriending


DSC & IoF North West Conference

Wednesday 8 March, Partnership for Learning, South Road Speke, Liverpool, L24 9PZ

Book your place here: https://www.dsc.org.uk/event/dscandiofnw/

You said “more regional events”……We say “see you in Liverpool on Wednesday 8 March!”

Everyone you work with has an impact on your organisation and beneficiaries. DSC is working together with IoF North West and bringing you 15 practical and inspiring sessions, to help you work together with others.

15 workshop sessions covering…

…Marketing and promotion, fundraising and managing yourself and others.

  • A conversation with Debra Allcock Tyler about women and leadership
  • Fundraising regulations
  • 10 fundraising gaffs and how to avoid them
  • Writing for impact – get it read not binned
  • Learn to love change
  • Love your donors to death
  • Make colleagues friends of fundraising
  • Big marketing ideas for small organisations
  • Tackling Trustees
  • The pleasure and pain of working with people
  • Attracting Major Donors: from pipeline to principal gifts
  • Digital email campaigns – what does success look like?
  • Making social media work for you
  • Diversifying your income stream
  • Presentations with punch

Speakers include Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive of Directory of Social Change and Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of Institute of Fundraising.

IoF North West members can attend for only £95 for the whole day. Plus, the first 50 non-IoF members to book can also attend for this day rate of £95.

This event takes place at Partnership for Learning, South Road, Speke, Liverpool, L24 9PZ.

Book now to avoid missing out! We look forward to seeing you there.




Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2017 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund.

Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Examples of previous projects supported include:

Theatre company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.

Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.