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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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Thanks to the Derbyshire Mental Health Forum for this information:

We are pleased to send you the latest details of our FREE Mental Health Awareness training courses in venues across Derbyshire.

This is a basic level introductory course focusing on adults and aimed at people who have no previous mental health training or who are non-mental health workers whose work or volunteering brings them into contact with people with mental health problems. The courses are funded by Derbyshire Public Health and the CCGs and are part of an ongoing programme of training aimed at the voluntary and statutory sector.

Interest in these free courses is very strong so places are limited to five people per organisation per course. Early booking is advised.

All courses run from 9.30-4.30. Lunch is not provided but hot drinks will be available (either free or to purchase) on the day.

To book places on any of these courses please return one booking form for each participant. Click HERE for the booking form.

Click HERE for the poster.

Click HERE for the list of dates and venues available.

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Derbyshire Mental Health Forum is offering free ‘Building a Wellbeing Consortium’ training for its member organisations and other local voluntary sector mental health providers.

‘Building a Wellbeing Consortium’ will take place on Friday 14th October 2016, 10 am to 4.30pm at St James’ Centre, Derby.

The course is aimed at Derbyshire Mental Health Forum member organisations and other local voluntary sector providers and will look at the basics of consortium working, for a range of delivery organisations who feel they could contribute to a bigger service by working in partnership.

Experienced national trainer John Gillespie will take you through the process of building a consortium and Sylvia Green and Kim Harper from the Derbyshire Social Inclusion Consortium (SinC) will lead discussion on local options.

Booking priority will be given to MH Forum members, however if you are not a member but would like a place please contact  Angela Kerry at Derbyshire Mental Health Forum

E-mail: angela.kerry@dmhf.org.uk

Tel: 01773 599995

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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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Salary circa £22,212 p.a. – NJC Point 25 + Benefits

This appointment is subject to enhanced DBS approval. A full driving licence is required.

Please apply with your up-to-date detailed CV, giving full employment history, current salary details and a covering personal statement or letter addressing several points from the post’s ‘Person Specification’ (see below). Submit all appllication documents via email to:  recruitment@derbyshireadvocacy.com

Application closing date: Monday 22nd August

Interviews will be held: Monday 5th September

Supporting documents

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“Loneliness is not having anyone to tell that you are lonely”

 Did you know? In the UK, more than 1 million people aged over 65 say they often or always feels lonely. We have 1,000 older people waiting for a Silver Line Friend. They have chosen to be called Silver Liners.

By volunteering as a Telephone Friend for The Silver Line, we match you to a Silver Liner that you call once a week.

“Just speaking to someone helps me cope a little better…” – Silver Liner

 This is a volunteer role that you can do from home or from work. All you need is access to a telephone and the internet. We ask for a commitment of up to a year where possible and the ability to make your call on the same day and time each week. Friendship calls can be made between 8am and 8pm Monday – Sunday.

The Silver Line pays for the cost of all friendship calls and for safety reasons we also record the calls.

In the time it takes to read the paper, watch the news or take a trip to the shop, you can volunteer with The Silver Line. A regular 30-minute call from a friend really can change the life of a lonely person.

See how a call from a Silver Line Friend makes a big difference by searching ‘The Silver Line’ on YouTube.

About The Silver Line:

The Silver Line is the only confidential, free helpline for older people across the UK, open every day and night of the year. Our specially trained helpline staff:

  • Offer information, friendship and advice
  • Link callers to local groups and services
  • Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect

If callers would like to be put in touch with Silver Line Friends, they can receive a weekly friendship call or a regular friendship letter. Silver Line Friends are volunteers who have contacted The Silver Line because they enjoy talking to older people.

Practical Considerations:

To be a Silver Line Telephone Friend you will need:

  • To be aged 18 and over
  • Access to the internet and an email account
  • A UK, Channel Isles, or Isle of Man, landline telephone (we cannot facilitate calls from other countries)
  • To be able to commit to a 30-minute friendship call, at the same time and day each week, for up to a year
  • To want to speak to, and build a relationship with an older person


Further FAQs:

  1.  Does this vacancy require any particular skills, qualities or experience?

The most important skills you need as a volunteer in this role is to enjoy conversation with older people and have the ability to listen.

  1. Is this role flexible?

You must be able to commit to the same time and day each week to make your 30-minute friendship call. Your call can take place any day of the week, from 8am – 8pm.

  1. What does the application process involve?

Our application process requires each volunteer to complete an application form and provide details for two references. There will be a 20/30-minute telephone interview and then a 90-minute training session that takes place on the phone, with up to 5 volunteers.

  1. Is there anyone that is not suitable for this opportunity?

This role is not suitable for anybody under the age of 18.

The Silver Line website: http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/

The Silver Line Volunteering Page: http://www.thesilverline.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering/

Do-It voluntary Opportunity Link: https://do-it.org/opportunities/dad9485a-5c71-4184-a057-ee3b80309378

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