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The South Derbyshire Sustainable Community Strategy is being revised and we want to know what you think of the new strategy.  Deadline for responses is 26 March 2017.

More information….

South Derbyshire Partnership brings together representatives of public services, local businesses, voluntary and community groups and residents to work together to help improve the district, concentrating on the things local people have said are important for a better South Derbyshire.

The Sustainable Community Strategy sets out South Derbyshire Partnership’s vision for the district, what we think our priorities should be, and how we will work together to achieve them. Having agreed priorities helps us decide how best to focus our efforts and resources. By working together, bigger and better things will be achieved rather than if one organisation was working on its own.

Our vision is of a dynamic and caring South Derbyshire, able to seize opportunities to develop and empower successful communities, whilst respecting and enhancing the varied character and environment of our fast growing and diverse District.

You can download a copy of the strategy here  (PDF, 547 KB)

or contact development@sdcvs.org.uk and we will send one to you.

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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 (original post at https://wordpress.com/post/sdcvs.wordpress.com/10719 )

 

The consultation closed on 20/11/16.  17 responses were received, 7 from voluntary groups.  3D (network of CVS and other voluntary sector support organisations in Derbyshire) submitted a joint response. As a result Derbyshire County Council (DCC) have made some changes to the 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 will go to a DCC Cabinet meeting on 31 January and you can download the papers from the DCC website (Agenda item 8) at:

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/meetings_decisions/meetings/cabinet/3112017_cabinet.asp

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UPDATE 25/1/17

The consultation closed on 20/11/16.  17 responses were received, 7 from voluntary groups.  3D (network of CVS and other voluntary sector support organisations in Derbyshire) submitted a joint response. As a result Derbyshire County Council (DCC) have made some changes to the 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 will go to a DCC Cabinet meeting on 31 January and you can download the papers from the DCC website (Agenda item 8) at:

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/meetings_decisions/meetings/cabinet/3112017_cabinet.asp

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Derbyshire County Council is consulting on plans to consider Social Value when procuring local services, including those from the voluntary and community sector.

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 is supporting the development of Social Value across the council. It has 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.

A consultation is now taking place on the strategy, priorities and support needed by potential providers to demonstrate social value.  Voluntary and community sector organisations, service users and service providers are encouraged to take part.  Closing date 20 November 2016.

To read more and take part go to Derbyshire County Council’s website at

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have_your_say/consultation_search/Consultation_search_index/2016_social_value_strategy.asp

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Newhall Thriving Communities – what it is, how you can get involved

Thriving Communities is a new approach to working at a local level with people and communities, to make sure they get the services they most want and need (not what professionals think they should want or need).  Thriving Communities “aims to address the complex needs of families who face multiple challenges and are often in crisis. The aim is to develop a better understanding of these families and their lives to inform how public sector and voluntary sector partners can work better together to support them.”

The approach has already been piloted in other parts of the county.   In South Derbyshire the pilot area is part of NewhallScott Clayton is the Thriving Communities Worker for this area and he will be working in/with the community, using local knowledge gathered to inform the development of services at the highest level.  He is employed by Derbyshire County Council and reports directly to a strategic director.

Get involved

 Find out more:

  • A Thriving Communities Introductory Session will be held on Tuesday 13th September 2016: 9.30am – 1.00pm,  venue to be confirmed.  This will be a chance for interested parties to come together for an interactive introduction to Thriving Communities.
  • We will also be inviting Scott to give an update at our Community Forum later in the year.

 Mapping local support services

  • An initial piece of work is taking place to map what agencies and services are working in the area already – including voluntary and community groups.  What is being provided and what difference is it making?  What assets are there and how are they used?  If you provide support in (or to people/families from) Newhall, let Scott know so that you can be included in the mapping

Talking to local families

  • Do you know a family in Newhall that would like to help with the research by talking about issues that affect them?  If so, let Scott know – a referral pack is attached.  This will involve letting a (trained/DBS checked) researcher spending ‘a day in a life’ to gain a real understanding of what life is like for them, what are their aspirations, priorities and feelings on the area.  They want to talk to families of all kinds / households of all sizes. Their identities will be kept confidential and the family will receive a small financial ‘gift’ to thank them for their time.
  • Would you be interested in helping carry out the research? A free training session will take place on Wednesday 28th September 201630am – 1.00pm  at the Old Post Centre, Newhall.   Contact Scott to find out more / put your name forward.

Thriving Communites Recruitment Pack Newhall

For more information contact:

Scott Clayton,  Thriving Communities Development Officer

Chief Executive’s Office, Derbyshire County Council

Tel: 07970 372468

Email:  scott.clayton@derbyshire.gov.uk

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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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Heritage Trail Public Consultation poster Julaugsept2016

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South Derbyshire CVS would like to say a bit thank you to everyone who attended the focus groups, and those who have completed a survey about the proposed cuts to grants to voluntary and community groups including South Derbyshire CVS.  If you haven’t responded yet, there is still time for you to make your views known.

If you want a flavour of what this will mean for some of the local people who use our services, the Burton Mail recently interviewed Elsie, who is one of our social car clients.

You can read this at  http://www.burtonmail.co.uk/south-derbyshire-pensioner-devastated-about-possible-service-cuts/story-29474438-detail/story.html

The article quotes me as saying I ‘sympathise’ with the funders – which I’m sure you’ll realise doesn’t quite represent my feelings on the matter!  While I do appreciate that funders have difficult decisions to make, I think this is absolutely the wrong decision.  It will hurt those in our communities who are most vulnerable – those who rely on our services or who are helped by the local voluntary and community groups we support.  A colleague said to me recently that in prison they put people into isolation as a punishment – yet that is what will happen to some of our service users if they lose our support.

We had expected to lose some of our funding, but the scale of what’s proposed has been a shock – some services may be cut completely at the end of September.  We are extremely worried about the effect this will have on isolated and vulnerable local people.

It’s really important that local people who are concerned about what the cuts will mean, make their voices heard now.  Nearly 80 people turned out at the two consultation focus group events last month.  Both events were packed with people keen to say what our support means to them and to urge funders to reconsider. Many more people have responded to the consultation survey.  We hope that the council will listen to them and reconsider.  The consultation will go on until 24 July and we urge anyone else who has concerns to respond to Derbyshire County Council’s consultation, which is open until 24 July, or to contact their local county councillor.

Anyone who wants to respond to the consultation can do so online using the link below, or contact us if they’d like a paper copy.  Our original briefing about the cuts is at the bottom of this email.

http://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/have_your_say/consultation_search/Consultation_search_index/proposals_to_stop_grant_funding_to_voluntary_and_community_sector_vcs_providers.asp

 

Kerrie Fletcher, Community Development Manager

Original blog post about the proposed cuts:
Funding cuts to local voluntary groups proposed – have your say

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