Archive for the ‘Health & Social Care’ Category

vSPA Southern Derbyshire is currently involved in a pilot project to look at the benefits of Social Prescribing to support positive mental health and wellbeing for people who may:

  • Be socially isolated
  • Have low level mental health issues such as mild depression or anxiety
  • Have a long term condition
  • Have caring responsibilities
  • Be on a low income or unemployed

We have a limited amount of funding to support activities which engage with people in these categories and who are resident in South Derbyshire.

We wish to talk to Voluntary and Community Sector groups who are already working with the target groups, or who have an idea for activities which might engage with them.

 We are particularly interested in talking to groups which engage with men in the age range 40 to 60.

If you think your group’s activities fit the criteria or you have an idea for a new activity please contact me by 31st October 2016:

Pam Wood

vSPA Manager

South Derbyshire CVS

Telephone: 01283 219761

Email: pamw@sdcvs.org.uk



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We are now taking bookings for seminars from October 2016 through to June 2017 – please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk  and search for Suicide Awareness Seminars to view available dates and locations. The attached poster lists the seminar programme in full. (See below.)

This popular half-day session is free to attend for anyone living or working in Derbyshire. The seminar is suitable for anyone who wants to improve their understanding of the subject, and would be of particular interest to those whose work may bring them into contact with people at greater risk of suicide and self-harm. The seminars are supported by funding from Public Health at Derbyshire County Council. Please note that bookings are limited to 3 per organisation per seminar.

If you are experiencing difficulties using the Eventbrite site due to software restrictions in place at your organisation, please email sat@ruralactionderbyshire.org.uk and we will assist you.

Suicide Awareness Poster Oct 16 to June 17

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Derbyshire LGBT+, the county’s only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT+) support agency are pleased to announce the launch of their new project ‘Golden Rainbows’.

The project funded by Lloyds bank aims to reduce the isolation and loneliness often experienced by older LGBT+ individuals who live and or work in rural Derbyshire.
This new innovative project is being run in partnership with Rural Action Derbyshire who in some research they conducted highlighted that older (50+) people who self identified as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgender (LGBT) had no access to specific LGBT services in rural Derbyshire.

Previous research has shown that in an aging population, older people can experience social isolation and loneliness (Beaumont, 2013). We already know that loneliness is a significant issue for older LGBT people (Kuyper & Fokkema, 2010). We also know that older people are ‘Coming Out’ later in life (Clemmons, 2014).

Loneliness and social isolation is an area in which there has been little research completed, older LGBT people are a forgotten group. From working with this group in Derby City, we realise that because of the history of LGBT people, getting older can be much more complex than their heterosexual counterparts. Older LGBT people are more likely to face aging alone as they often have given up their relationships with their biological families to live LGBT lives, this means that it is likely they will not have that support from immediate or extended families.

Likewise, if they have had a same sex relationship they may have lost their partners through bereavement. Men over the age of seventy will have experienced their younger lives in an era when homosexuality was criminalised and in general other LGBT older people will have experienced in younger lives societal and familial prejudice and discrimination.

Further research indicates that social isolation and loneliness in older people has serious effects on health (Cattan et al, 2005, Luo et al, 2012) and self identifying as LGBT doubly impacts on health.

The ‘Golden Rainbows’ project has five main objectives;

1. Form a network of support agencies that will enable Derbyshire LGBT+ to identify the demographic group.
2. To research evidence on the needs and experiences of older people living in rural Derbyshire
3. Conduct a local needs assessment.
4. Make an application for Big Lottery funding to action the findings of the ‘Golden Rainbows’ project and set up specific LGBT support services throughout rural Derbyshire.
5. Feedback to partners, support agencies and the older LGBT community about the outcomes of the ‘Golden Rainbows’ project.
The project lead officer Connor Fittall said “Research from Rural Action Derbyshire and Derbyshire LGBT+ has shown that older LGBT+ people experience high levels of isolation and loneliness in relation to their heterosexual counterparts. This isolation and loneliness is doubled if an older LGBT+ person lives in a rural area of the county”.

Connor Fittall would like to talk to anyone who self identifies as LGBT+, is over the age of 50 and lives or works in rural Derbyshire about their needs, experiences and what support they would like from Derbyshire LGBT+.

Please see the attached survey Derbyshire LGBT+ are running to establish what types of support this particular group in our community needs. Click here to download the Isolation and Loneliness Survey 2016

Contact details are:
Telephone: 01332 207704
Email: connorgoldenrainbows@derbyshirelgbt.org.uk
All correspondence will be kept in the strictest confidence

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Mon 11 July 2016

11.00 – 12.30 at The Old Post Centre, Newhall

The Care Act 2014 is the most significant reform of social care legislation in more than 65 years, putting people and their carer’s in control of their care and support. The new duties and responsibilities took effect in April 2015.

Derby City Council working with the NHS Derbyshire Local Education & Training Board is offering these free briefing sessions to provide an overview of the Act and the new regulations, and will cover:

  • An introduction and overview of the Care Act
  • The new duties and responsibilities for local authorities
  • The wellbeing principle
  • New rights for people and carers.

To book a place – or for other dates/venues – contact Chyna Burton (Adults Team Administrator, Derby City Council). Telephone 01332 642771 or email chyna.burton@derby.gov.uk

Download a flyer: Care_Act_2014_Workshop_Flyer_Swadlincote_ (PDF,272KB)

Thanks to Derbyshire Mental Health Forum for this information

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Grants up to £40k – recovery from drug & alcohol dependence (application deadline Fri 8 July at 12 noon)

Derbyshire County Council is offering grants for projects which improve the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of people recovering from drug and alcohol dependence.  Funding will be single, non-recurring, 12 month (from Oct 2016) grants of up to £40k.

They welcome applications from small, local projects and organisations (organisations with an income of less than £750k) which deliver or support one or more of these recovery elements:

  • education, training and employment (including volunteering)
  • accommodation and independent living
  • support networks, families, friends and kinship relationships
  • financial capability and inclusion
  • diet and nutrition
  • leisure activities (including sports, physical activities and hobbies)
  • maintaining abstinence and/or controlled behaviour
  • self-actualisation or positive thinking and effective decision making.

They particularly encourage bids which:

  • Acknowledge diversity and suggest ways to encourage equality of access, opportunity and outcomes in specific localities or across the whole of Derbyshire.
  • Have been developed in partnership with service users
  • Show evidence of service user involvement in both the bids and delivery
  • Are innovative and provide added value to the client’s experience.
  • Further evidence of partnerships with other local organisations or with substance misuse service providers is also welcomed where this provides a broader and/or better service to meet identified needs.

Full details and an application form can be found on Derbyshire County Council’s website at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery_funding/recovery_from_alcohol_and_drug_dependence/default.asp

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South Derbyshire CVS is helping South Derbyshire District Council to survey South Derbyshire residents aged 50+ (Closing date 7 July 2015)

 We want to find out what leisure and physical activities people take part in, what they would like to take part in, and also to find out opinions on community safety in South Derbyshire. The information provided will be used for the future planning of services – so it’s important that people have their say.  The survey was last carried out in 2008.

Everyone who completes the survey can choose to be entered into a prize draw to win one of 10 x £50 supermarket shopping vouchers OR a 3 month pass for Green Bank or Etwall Leisure Centre, provided by Active Nation.


 Complete the survey online – click on the link below to start.  It should take you no more than 15 minutes.



Complete the survey as a Word document – Click here to download survey –  and email it to: development@sdcvs.org.uk


Post it (freepost so no stamp needed) to:

South Derbyshire CVS
46-48 Grove Street
DE11 9DD


We can print and send copies to you, and it is also available in other formats such as large print.  We can help anyone who needs help to fill it in.


We would also love to come and talk to groups of residents to ask about some parts of the survey in more detail. 


Contact Kerrie Fletcher or any member of the South Derbyshire CVS Development Team on 01283 219761 or development@sdcvs.org.uk


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The next Southern Derbyshire Health & Social Care Forum meeting will take place on Wednesday 29 April 2015 at St. Oswald’s Church Hall, Ashbourne, DE6 1AJ. Registration will be at 9.30am and the meeting will run from 10am-12.30pm.

The agenda will include:

Building Social Capital – Derbyshire County Council
Officers from Derbyshire County Council will be attending the Forum to discuss the work of the Health & Wellbeing Board’s Social Capital Task and Finish Group which is helping to inform the development of the HWB’s approach to investment in the Voluntary and Community Sector for 2016/17.

Southern Derbyshire vSPA Six Month Review
The Southern Derbyshire vSPA project which launched at this Forum in October 2014 has now been operating for six months. There will be a presentation about what the project has achieved so far, what has worked well, what can be improved and how it is helping to support older and vulnerable people in Southern Derbyshire.

Credit Unions
Credit Unions can have a huge impact on the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Come along and find out what is happening in Derbyshire and how people are able to access Credit Union services in our area.

To book a place, or for more information, please contact Pam Wood at South Derbyshire CVS on 01283 219761 or email pamw@sdcvs.org.uk.

See the flyer here: HS Forum Flyer

Download a booking form here: SD HS Forum Booking Form 29th April 2015

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