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**UPDATE** Campaign against the cuts #CVSSOS Visit our campaign website at cvssaveourservices.wordpress.com to  find out how you can support us and get the latest updates

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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The Coalfields Community Investment Programme (England) is a £500,000 fund created to support activities that tackle some of the key challenges that still remain in coalfield communities. The fund is open to projects that deliver in the top 30% most deprived coalfield communities and that will make a positive difference in addressing the following themes:

  • Skills: Growing the skills of people in order to increase their opportunities
  • Employment: Developing pathways to increase the number of people in work
  • Health: Supporting projects that increase participation in activities/services that improve the health and wellbeing of people in former coalfield communities.

Eligible Coalfield Wards in South Derbyshire are: Church Gresley, Midway, Newhall & Stanton, Swadlincote

Most voluntary and community organisations and groups working to regenerate coalfield communities are eligible to apply including registered Charities, Companies Limited by Guarantee, Community Benefit Societies, Community Interest Companies, Charitable Incorporated Organisations and Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASCs).

Closing date for the next funding round is 17 March 2017 (but you need to complete the eligibility survey at least 7 days before this if you want to submit an application/.

Find out more and apply online at

http://www.coalfields-regen.org.uk/what-we-do/support-people-into-work/coalfields-community-investment-programme-england/

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Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has announced new opportunities for community groups to apply for crime reduction funding to enhance their work.

The latest round of the Commissioner’s Community Action Small Grants scheme is underway which invites community groups and non-profit organisations to apply for a grant of up to £2,500 to help them achieve their community safety goals.

The Commissioner ring-fenced £275,000 from his annual budget for grassroots crime prevention work – £200,000 which is allocated in large grants of up to £25,000 once a year and £75,000 to be shared among smaller projects in grants of up to £2,500 in three separate rounds.

Community groups have until March 1 to apply for a small grant for projects delivered in the next 12 months. Further rounds will close on July 1 and November 1 this year.

Announcing the grants, Mr Dhindsa said: “Community work provides a vital link in the path towards safer and cohesive communities. Many organisations are finding it difficult to sustain their services with little external funding available and my small grant scheme aims to not only protect this valuable community safety work but also to enhance it.

“Keeping our towns, villages and communities crime-free is a joint venture and I’m grateful for the hard work that goes on at ground level to create safer living environments. I’m looking forward to receiving applications from organisations which are passionate about bringing communities together, giving people a purpose and skills and those that support the safer Derbyshire ethos.”

The Commissioner has outlined a number of key priorities in the journey towards safer communities. These include keeping vulnerable people safe from harm, supporting victims, maintaining strong and effective partnership working, tackling drugs and alcohol and working with young people to tackle repeat victimisation and prevent reoffending.

The Commissioner chose four organisations to share £9,245 in the first round of his Community Action Small Grants scheme, which closed in November 2016.

Recipients included Ashbourne Road and District Allotment Association which received £1,990 for site security to reduce crime, Salcare for its Escape Domestic Abuse Service which received £2,255, 1st Draycott and Wilne Scout Group which received £2,500 for a security initiative at Draycott Leisure Green and Hilton Youth Group which was allocated £2,500.

In his large grant allocation, the Commissioner received 47 applications worth a value of £1.07m.

The Commissioner was so impressed with three of the applications and how they underpinned the priority areas of his Police and Crime Plan he offered them a three-year funding arrangement outside of the grant initiative to sustain their services for a longer period.

These comprise the award-winning Rhubarb Farm which received £20,000 for training, the Eastern European Networks CIC which received £25,000 for its EEN Centre, and the Padley Group which received £20,000 for engagement work at its After Hours Homeless Centre.

The three projects will receive a combined total of £65,000 annually for the next three years.

Meanwhile, 10 projects shared a total of £206,280 in the Commissioner’s Community Action Large Grant Scheme.

Full details of grants awarded are available on the Commissioner’s website at http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/

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Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2017 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund.

Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Examples of previous projects supported include:

Theatre company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.

Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.

http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/business/community/community-directplus#customerdonationfund-2

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Young people aged between 12 and 25 can apply for grants of up to £500 for projects that raise the awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants. The funding is being made available through Grow Wild, the biggest-ever wild flower campaign, bringing people together to transform local spaces with native, pollinator-friendly wild flowers and plants.

Two funding streams are available. Transform a Space and Get Creative. The Get Creative stream will support young people who wish to use visual art, music, poetry, dance or theatre to share this message.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to showcase their project at an event in Edinburgh between 23rd and 25th June 2017. The Transform a Space stream will support projects led by young people who want to transform a space in their community using native wild flowers and plants, these projects will need to involve other people in the community that are a different age, such as a local primary schools, residents groups or community projects.

To be eligible for either stream applicants must be known to a youth, community or education organisation that can receive the funding on their behalf. The closing date for applications is midday on the 27th February 2017.

https://www.growwilduk.com/content/grow-it-2017

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Organisations that have a Community Directplus account with the Co-operative Bank have until 31st March 2017 to apply for funding from the Customer Donation Fund.

Since 2003 the Co-operative Bank Donation Fund has donated over £701,000 to 815 organisations. The money can be used to support special projects and fundraising activities; and all Community Directplus account holders are eligible to apply.

Examples of previous projects supported include:

Theatre company 20 Stories High which received funding towards three dictaphones, 12 MP3 players and the work of an experienced Technical Manager in order to help develop and stage a new production.

Wiltshire Wood Recycling, a not for profit organisations, which received funding towards new tools, boots, hard hats and high-viz jackets for the workers.

http://www.co-operativebank.co.uk/business/community/community-directplus#customerdonationfund-2

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The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st March 2017.

Organisations must normally be registered charities or in the process of applying for registration. The Weaver’s Company Benevolent Fund supports projects working with disadvantaged young people (aged 5 to 30 years) to ensure that they are given every possible chance to meet their full potential and to participate fully in society. The Fund also aims to help young people at risk of criminal involvement to stay out of trouble and assist in the rehabilitation of offenders, particularly young offenders both in prison and after release. Grants are usually no more than £15,000 per annum, and to make sure grants of this size have an impact, the Weaver’s Company will not fund large organisations.

To be eligible for funding, local organisations such as those working in a village, estate or small town should normally have an income of less than £100,000. Those working across the UK should normally have an income of not more than £250,000. Grants are usually given for one year.

http://www.weavers.org.uk/content/grant-application-guidelines

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