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Befriending Champion Poster August 2016

If you would like to circulate the poster, a high quality PDF can be found by clicking here: Befriending Champion Poster August 2016

More information on what Befriending Champions do can be found on the Derbyshire County Council website


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South Derbyshire CVS has had good news – Derbyshire County Council Adult Care has agreed to extend our contract for the Connect Befriending Service for another year.  We are really pleased about this – we can now continue to provide this essential service which deploys volunteers to support lonely and isolated people in South Derbyshire for another 12 months at least.

However many other befriending services – along with some other SDCVS services including Social Car services and the Volunteer Centre – are still under threat.  Many of them are funded by voluntary sector grants.  As you will know from previous ebulletins, Derbyshire County Council Adult Care is proposing to stop all its grant funding from the end of September.  The consultation period has now ended and we are all waiting for a final decision to be made next month.

Derbyshire Befriending Services are asking funders to think again, pointing out that the cuts would be a false economy.  A ‘Save Befriending’ Facebook page has been set up at https://www.facebook.com/savebefriending/ and you can show your support for befriending services that will be affected at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/save-befriending-services-for-the-vulnerable-in-derbyshire.html

Volunteer befrienders make a massive social and financial contribution – a 2015 survey of provision found that 754 volunteers giving their time to 31 befriending services contribute around 1571.5 hours’ time each week. If they were all paid the minimum wage this would cost £439,517 per year. Volunteer-based befriending offers high-quality care at a rate which represents incredible value for money.

A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation found chronic loneliness increases the chances of an early death by 14% – a similar impact to being overweight or smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  Volunteers provide a vital social lifeline as well acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the community, looking out for people who are most vulnerable.  With a quarter of the population of Derbyshire now aged over 65, the need for befriending has never been greater, while referrals for befriending from families, GPs, social services and others have never been higher.

Befriending services around the county provide a vital lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities, linking them up with the friendship and support of trusted volunteers.    In return for a relatively small investment, the difference they make to people who are lonely and isolated is huge.  We very much hope that the funders will reconsider their decision and find a way to continue to fund these valuable services.

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The Safer Living Foundation is a joint venture between HMP Whatton, Nottingham Trent University, the National Probation Service, and Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Police. The charity adopts a multi-agency approach; with a strong research and evaluation component, it is focused on reducing sexual (re)offending through preventative and rehabilitative initiatives.

We are recruiting volunteers across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to work with adults and young people convicted of sexual offences. Circles’ Volunteers are from all walks of life and all ages. They are emotionally stable and approachable people who have a mature outlook. They combine an empathic approach with the ability to maintain firm boundaries.

The most effective Circles are those that meet frequently over an extended period of time. We therefore ask Volunteers to commit to a couple of hours per week for approximately 18 months.

To equip you for this challenging and very rewarding role, you will have full training, ongoing professional support and expenses reimbursed. Your appointment requires satisfactory references, completion of the training and an enhanced DBS check and prison vetting.

Enabling local communities to prevent further sexual abuse…


We particularly welcome applications from men who are currently under-represented

 Please note – this is a rolling recruitment programme – there is no formal closing date for applications.

Get in touch:

Telephone: 01949803 259

Email: anne.mcmeekin@hmps.gsi.gov.uk

Website: www.saferlivingfoundation.org

Read more in the Volunteer Leaflet

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South Derbyshire District Council  is considering making a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) covering the area as highlighted in red on the enclosed map (for the link to the map click here.) This is as a result of recent anti-social behaviour concerns (specifically around the Town Hall with the street drinkers) which have been raised by members of the public &local businesses as well as by partner agencies.

Public Space Protection Orders were introduced through the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and are designed to stop individuals or groups of individuals committing anti-social behaviour in a public space.  In order for a PSPO to be made the Council has to be satisfied that the behaviour carried out or behaviour that is likely to be carried out meets the following requirements:-

  • The behaviour has had or is likely to have had a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality;
  • is, or is likely to be persistent or continuing in nature;
  • is, or is likely to be unreasonable; and
  • justifies the restrictions imposed.

To find out more, click on this link for the Website Page



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citizens uk

welcome for citizens uk post.pngVolunteers needed!

For a Welcome Committee in support several families of Syrian refugees from the war in Syria who will be being homed in the area by Derbyshire County Council. We are currently fundraising, sharing information and campaigning in support of refugees from war nationally and internationally and need volunteers to help with:

  • Project development
  • Contacting organisations
  • Fundraising
  • Coordinating community action
  • Writing literature, researching and using social media
  • Sharing information

Additionally, there are training sessions in community organising, held by Citizens UK, that are available and we will also be regularly meeting to brainstorm ideas, build our campaign and share information with each other.

Contact us now at derbyshire-citizens-uk@hotmail.com or call and leave a message on 07581 346 805 to find out more!

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The ACT Team will be holding their next hate crime discussion which will be focused around disability (mental and physical); the leading topic being ‘I’m disabled…get over it!’.

It will be held at the St James’ Centre, Malcolm St, Derby, DE238LU on the 29th September, from 3:30-5:30pm.

Anyone is welcome to attend.

Please see the poster below:



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Don’t know what hate crime is? Unsure where or how to report it? Want to know how to help victims of hate crime? Maybe interested in becoming a third-party reporting centre?

You’ll find all the answers at one of these FREE half day training sessions being held on either: Tuesday 20 October or Wednesday 9 December in Committee Room 1 at County Hall, Matlock.

Aims and Objectives of the course:

This course will provide you with an introduction to some of the critical issues involved in supporting people affected by Hate Crime. It is designed to draw upon your own experiences and organisational procedures and will use a range of interactive training techniques.

Participants will:

• Gain an increased understanding of Hate Crime and its effects
• Look at Hate Crime nationally and what this means for Derbyshire
• Further develop skills that to help you support people facing different forms of Hate Crime.
• Have an opportunity to strengthen individual, team and organisational practices when responding to Hate Crime.

Key Themes to be explored:

• Identity
• Key Definitions
• Effects of Hate Crime
• Additional Mechanisms of Support
• National Perspective
• Derbyshire facts and figures
• Barriers to Reporting
• Empathy
• Risk Assessment
• Taking a Report and Referral

Who should attend?

• All Community Safety partners and professionals who would like to know more about hate crime and how to increase reporting.
• Elected Members
• DCC staff – frontline staff and line management – any department

Always obtain line managers approval prior to booking.

For further information contact Alison Chandler on 01629 538473, email alison.chandler@derbyshire.gov.uk or go to http://www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/.

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