Archive for the ‘South Derbyshire Community Forum’ Category

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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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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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Calling all Community Facilities/Buildings, Sports Groups, Open Spaces

Does your organisation provide or use any of the following?

  • Open Spaces such as parks, recreation grounds, natural green spaces, greenways and children’s play areas
  • Sports facilities such as pitches, multi-use games areas, tennis courts and changing rooms
  • Built facilities such as Community buildings, Community Centres and Village Halls

South Derbyshire District  Council is preparing a new Open Space, Sport and Community Facility Strategy, to help plan for the future, and provide adequate open space, sports and community facilities for the growing population of South Derbyshire. A draft strategy has been prepared and an Executive Summary of this can be downloaded below


This is an important document as it will set out a vision of how those living in South Derbyshire might be catered for up to 2028, and will influence investment in these kinds of facilities over the next 5-10 years.

  • What do you think of the draft strategy and what is missing?
    SDDCare asking for feedback on the document.  If you support it, they would like to know that.  They would also like to hear if you think anything has been missed out or is wrong.  Although the draft has quite an emphasis on sport and physical activity, the strategy does also cover community halls and similar spaces, and other kinds of activities that take place in them.  So do contribute!
  • Are you planning or considering a Capital Project at your premises or in your community?
    For example children’s play provision, green space improvements, new games areas, nature areas, changing areas, village halls or community buildings. The Council is working to establish a list of capital projects which are proposed or under consideration.  Some projects could be eligible for funding through the strategy. If you do have a proposed project please complete the form attached or email/post the information to Zoe – contact details below.

How to respond

The deadline for feedback and project information by 26th February 2016.

To respond, or if you have any questions about this process, or wish to discuss in more detail please contact:

Zoe Sewter, Open Space & Facilities Development Manager

South Derbyshire District Council, Civic Offices, Civic Way, Swadlincote DE11 0AH

01283 595753 (direct line)



South Derbyshire CVS Database Update

Finally, we are working hard to update our database and directory of community groups and facilities in South Derbyshire – this includes community buildings and facilities.  Many of you have already completed update forms, thank you. If you haven’t, there is still time –  and another copy of the form can be downloaded below:

Please send this back to update@sdcvs.org.uk or post to South Derbyshire CVS, 46-48 Grove Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DD

Kerrie Fletcher, Community Development Manager, South Derbyshire CVS


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Swadlincote has been selected to work with Sainsbury’s throughout 2016 as part of its Waste less, Save more initiative. Over the next year, Sainsbury’s will work closely with South Derbyshire District Council  and the community to deliver a number of activities and initiatives designed to help residents waste less food and save money.

This is a project managed by Sainsbury’s in partnership with South Derbyshire District Council. The project officially launches week commencing 25 January.

Swadlincote will be the main focus for measuring waste reduction the waste reduction activities but we expect there to be benefits to all communities across South Derbyshire.

A budget of £1 million has been ring-fenced to invest in Swadlincote to find out what works and what doesn’t. The aim is to try ideas and innovations to share with rest of the country. Funding will be administered through a grant scheme. The grant scheme will open in February 2016 and run throughout the year.

You are invited to help shape ideas at a community consultation event at South Derbyshire Community Forum on Wednesday 27th January  – 11am to 1.30pm (venue and agenda to follow).

For more information or to book a place contact the Community Development team at South Derbyshire CVS, email development@sdcvs.org.uk / tel 01283 219761

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21 people attended our last Community Forum, which took place on 31 July.

Topics covered at this session included:

  • A presentation and discussion on building Social Capital from Rob Lowe, Senior Policy Officer at Derbyshire County Council
  • An update on the South Derbyshire Small Grants Self Help Fund from Cathy Miles, Development Officer at South Derbyshire CVS
  • A presentation on the new DIG-IT project (free computer and internet training) from Jane Swindall and Tory Smith,  South Derbyshire CAB
  • An update on Charity Commission new guidance for charity trustees from Kerrie Fletcher, Community Development Manager at South Derbyshire CVS.

Copies of all the slides and notes can be downloaded below.

The next Community Forum will take place later this year.  If you have any suggestions about topics or issues you would like us to cover, then please get in touch by emailing development@sdcvs.org.uk or telephoning Kerrie Fletcher on 01283 219761.

Download notes and presentations:

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