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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


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Over the last 3 months we have given out over 4,840 items of food!

The food bank is now low on UHT Milk, dried pasta, coffee and tins of rice pudding, custard, peas and carrots.

Can you donate an item to help re-stock the shelves?

Donation points can be found in Swadlincote Library, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s or can be brought directly into the CVS.

Call 01283 219761 or email info@sdcvs.org.uk if you want more information.

Thank you for all your support – we couldn’t do it without you!

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South Derbyshire CVS is a busy local voluntary sector development agency. We work with individuals, communities and groups, to improve the quality of life in South Derbyshire. We provide direct services as well as supporting the voluntary and community sector across the district. We are looking to expand our team and have the following vacancies (all based at South Derbyshire CVS in Swadlincote).

Closing date for all posts is Wed 23 Nov 2016 at 9am.

To apply: Full details and application packs can be found on our website at www.sdcvs.org.uk/vacancies

Community Development Officer
Salary £23,935 pro rata 18.5 hpw
We have a vacancy for an experienced development worker to be part of a team supporting the voluntary and community sector in South Derbyshire. We are particularly looking for someone with great volunteer management skills/knowledge to focus on volunteering development. Interviews for this post will take place on 8 Dec 2016

Senior Administrator
Salary £19,238 – £20,456 Full Time 37 hpw
We have a vacancy for an experienced administrator to provide administrative support to the board of Trustees, CEO and Senior Management team. We want someone who is confident working at a senior level in a busy environment. Someone who can work on their own initiative to develop and maintain office systems that enable the smooth running of an organisation. Interviews for this post will take place on 1 Dec 2016.

Volunteer Co-ordinator
Salary £22,434 pro rata 18.5 hours per week
We are looking for someone to be the initial point of contact for CVS project volunteers. Recruiting, training and managing volunteers to support the delivery of South Derbyshire CVS services including developing systems for a new NHS funded project that provides time limited support to individuals at critical times in their life. Interviews for this post will take place on 30 Nov 2016.

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Are you a charity or voluntary organisation which supports children, young people or families in South Derbyshire?  Come and join us at two local events 
South Derbyshire CVS Community Forum – Supporting Children, Young People and Families
Community Forum – Supporting Children, Young People and Families

Thu 29 September 1-3pm at Hilton Village Hall, Peacroft Lane, Hilton, DE65 5GH. 

This event will bring together charities and voluntary groups from South Derbyshire and South Dales.  There will be:

  • An update from Derbyshire County Council on REHO (radical rethink of the early help offer) and changes to local children’s services;
  • Some facts and figures on the health & wellbeing of young people locally
  • A chance for you to share what you offer, discuss what the issues are for you on the ground and explore opportunities for new work

The event is free –  coffee and cake will be provided.

To book please Email bookings@sdcvs.org.uk or ring Elspeth Frudd on 01283 219761. If you can’t make the event but would like to be involved in future let us know.

Booking Form: Booking Form

Event Poster: Event Poster

Agenda: Forum Agenda

Marketplace Event – Wed 19 October  (time/venue TBC)
A drop-in event where local school staff can come and meet local charities and voluntary groups face-to-face, find out about the support and services they offer for children, young people and families and agree how best to work together.  Places will be limited so please contact us to register your interest before the end of the month.  Email bookings@sdcvs.org.uk
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

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New proposals about Derbyshire County Council funding for voluntary and community groups will go to Cabinet on 20 September.

The original proposal was to cut nearly £1.4m from the Adult Care Grant Aid Budget, which would have meant 45 organisations losing their grants.

The new proposals are that:

  • 5 counselling services and 2 tai chi groups will be given 3 months’ notice that their funding will end;
  • The Voluntary Sector Development Budget (for one-off start up grants) will also be cut;
  • The remaining organisations will continue to be funded for 18 months (until 31 March 2018).  Locally, this includes funding for South Derbyshire CVS and Mencap Gateway Club. The funding for this will come from Adult Care, Public Health Prevention Fund, the Chief Executive’s Department and the Members Community Leadership Scheme.

During the consultation, 1,829 questionnaires were returned (201 from people using South Derbyshire CVS services) and 802 service users, carers, volunteers and staff attended local focus groups (78 attended the focus groups at South Derbyshire CVS) to have their say about how the proposed cuts would affect them.

If the proposals are agreed this is good news for us – a big thank you again for everyone who took the time to support us by responding to the consultation, writing to their elected representatives or attending a focus group.

The paper also says that no funding is assured beyond 31 March 2018 and that any future funding will be subject to review and informed by its future prevention strategy – “The VCS will be a key partner in developing this strategy and future funding will be linked to the priorities that emerge.”

The Cabinet will meet on 20 September – agenda and papers for the meeting areon Derbyshire County Council’s website here:

The paper on VCS Grants is agenda item 19 and can be downloaded here:


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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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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.



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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