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Umbrella are holding a number of sessions during the summer holidays for families in Southern Derbyshire and Derby City with children and young people with Special Educational Needs and / or disability, and are for the whole family – including siblings.  The session are a good opportunity to meet other people, and have some fun in a calm and relaxed environment.

Umbrella are not able to take responsibility for individual children, but there are members of the family support team and volunteers on hand to help with activities.  parents remain responsible for children/young people at all time and must stay with

Please see below for details of each session and the booking form, and please pass the details on to any families which may be interested.

Bug themed Family Fun session for the whole family. 

There will be a workshop with Bugs ‘n’ Bones, bringing their animals for us to hold and stroke, as well as animal art and craft activities.

On: Wednesday 26th July 2017 from 9:45am -12 noon.

At: St Oswald’s Village Hall, Mayfield Road (off School Lane) Ashbourne, DE6 1AN

Cost: £4.00 per child/young person toward refreshments and activities, to be paid at the time of booking.

Activities: There will be Animal themed art and craft activities, as well as a visit from Bugs ‘n’ Bones, who will bring a selection of reptiles and furry animals for us to hold, stroke, and find out about. Parents/Carers must be responsible for children/young people at all times and stay with them.

Places must be booked, and are limited to 25. These sessions are for the whole family, parents, siblings, children and young people you MUST book your session by calling  01332 785658 or emailing the booking form below to familysupport@umbrella.uk.net

 Please click here for the bugs’n’bones booking form


Cooking themed Family Fun Session

For the whole family.  There will be a workshop with Cooking Stars, who will be helping us cook pizza pies and rock buns,  as well as a feely game, and craft activity, at the end of there workshop we will all get to eat what has been made….yummy!

On: Monday 31st  July 2017 from 10 am -12 noon.

At: Sawley Methodist Church Hall,  214 Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, NG10 3GU

Cost: £4.00 per child/young person toward refreshments and activities, to be paid at the time of booking. Parents/Carers must be responsible for children/young people at all times and stay with them. Places must be booked, and are limited to 25. These sessions are for the whole family, parents, siblings, children and young people you MUST book your session by calling  01332 785658 or emailing the booking form below to familysupport@umbrella.uk.net

Please click here for the cooking session booking form


Family Fun Park Visits

For the whole family. Come along with your own picnic, explore the parks and take part in some of our activities.  We will have bubble and bug fun, sensory activities and crafts; enjoy the park and have fun together.

On: Saturday 5th August 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

At: Shipley Park Slack Lane Heanor DE75 7GX


On: Wednesday 30th  August 2017 from 10am to 4pm

At: Markeaton Park, Derby DE22 4AA

Cost: These events is FREE so why not come along to both parks. You need to bring your own picnic.

Parents/Carers must be responsible for children/young people at all times and stay with them.

Please let us know if you are coming so we can ensure there are a good range of activities for all ages and abilities call  01332 785658 or emailing the booking form below to familysupport@umbrella.uk. net

Please click here for the picnics booking form.

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If you are struggling to find work, have been out of work for a while, or are looking to build your skill-set up, have you considered that volunteering could help you do this?

Yes, you need to focus your efforts on finding any type of paid work, but whilst you are searching for jobs, if you can give a couple of hours a week to volunteer, it can help in a number of ways.

Here’s how:

  1. You can put your voluntary experience on your CV, which helps break up long gaps where you have been out of work.

2. It shows you are willing to actively find work experience, that you want to gain skills and it helps to demonstrate your level of motivation and commitment.

3. It keeps you involved with people – which can help you stay positive. It can help you build networks of people who may know of other job openings. If you are really lucky, sometimes volunteer roles can lead to paid roles in the same company.

4. You’ll have more to say at interviews – you will be able to give examples or demonstrate where you have experience through your voluntary work

5. It can set you apart from the crowd. Finding work is very competitive and even small differences can help tip the balance. Volunteering it quite a big thing – you’re giving your time for free and it really can make the difference on your CV and at interviews.

6. Build skills and experiences that are useful in the workplace. Think of ‘buzzwords’ that you see on job adverts – teamwork skills; customer service experience; flexible; hard-working; experience of using Microsoft Office; working in a busy, fast-paced environment; interpersonal skills. Believe it or not, you can learn the same skills in certain types of voluntary roles.

So where can you find voluntary work?

Do-It.org is a national database of voluntary opportunities.

Go to your local Volunteer Centre (South Derbyshire’s is in South Derbyshire CVS, 46-48 Grove Street, Swadlincote  DE11 9DD) – volunteering@sdcvs.org.uk, tel 01283 219761.

Put a search in your preferred search engine and look through the results.

See below for some opportunities which are currently being offered at South Derbyshire CVS:


If you are looking to work in Social Care, with elderly people or a care environment, our Practical Help Voluntary role might be a great one, as it involves helping people who have recently come out of hospital (or help prevent them from being admitted in the first place)

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You’ll benefit from volunteering, but you’ll get to help real people who are in real need of some help too.

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This year’s Volunteers’ Week 2017 theme was appropriately named ‘You make the difference’. At a time where services are being cut back and resources squeezed, volunteers really do make a huge difference.

Many services wouldn’t exist without volunteers – such as befriending, volunteer drivers who take people people who can’t use public transport to medical appointments, and local charity shops, playgroups, lunch clubs, heritage organisations, sports organisations, self help and community groups must be mentioned too! These services in themselves hold an immense value for those who rely on them – where would they be without them? So if you volunteer, you should be immensely proud of what you do.

Each year we hold a Volunteers’ Week thank-you event which is free and is open to anyone who volunteers in South Derbyshire.  This year’s theme was a Summer Tea Party, held at the local Town Hall in Swadlincote. Despite the cold and rainy days preceding the event, the weather held out for a sunny but windy day, which simply made the bunting outside look all the better for dancing in the breeze! There was tea, a rather large cake, and plenty of strawberries since they’re in season now. We also dabbled in our first attempt at summer drinks – possibly something to work on for future years, as the recipe for the ‘tropical fizz’ wasn’t quite right!

Over 50 volunteers attended this year. It was fantastic to see the Town Hall full with such a buzz. As something a little different this year, we decided to try a ‘sound bite’ room to record volunteers’ experiences.  We were inspired by Radio 4’s ‘The Listening Project’ and wanted to see if we could capture our interviewees’ thoughts and feelings regarding volunteering – watch this space to see the videos once they’re finished.

Aside from catching up with other volunteers, we had music, games and plant pots for people to decorate – the results looked pretty spectacular from those who completed theirs.

Finally, we took the opportunity to introduce the South Derbyshire Community Awards which are being sponsored by Toyota and will held at Burton-on-Trent Golf Club later this year. We’re really looking forward to giving the people and local organisations who are so dedicated to their community the recognition they deserve!

There are six categories which people can be nominated for –

  • Long Service Award
  • Unsung Hero
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer Team of the Year
  • Compassionate Company
  • Local Charity or Voluntary Group

Keep an eye on our website as the details will be released soon – http://www.sdcvs.org.uk/volunteering/community-awards 











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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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Do you have an experience to share about Care Homes? Do your members or service users?

Healthwatch Derbyshire wants feedback on Care Homes in Derbyshire over the next few months, and would appreciate your help with this.

They want to hear people’s (good or bad) experiences, which can be fed through to Healthwatch by phone, email, or via our website patient feedback centre http://www.healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk/give-feedback/

If possible, they would also like groups to put up a poster, or put an advert in your next newsletter or raise awareness of the campaign via social media – see communications kit attached. They can supply hard copies of the poster on request.

For more information contact

Karen Ritchie
Chief Executive, Healthwatch Derbyshire

Tel: 01773 880786
Web: http://www.healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk

Care Home Communications Kit

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Salary: £36,000 pa
Full Time: Monday to Friday
Based in Derby
Closing Date: Sunday 26th March 2017
Interview Date: Thursday 30th March 2017

Direct Help & Advice (DHA) is an exciting, fast-paced and diverse Charity seeking to appoint a new Head of Finance to ensure an effective full financial management accounting service is delivered to meet the Charity and Trading Company’s goals in line with our strategic plan.

You will be a Qualified Accountant (ICAEW, ACCA, CIMA or equivalent) with experience of the non-profit sector and accounting for a charity. You will possess a strong track record of leading a finance department with the ability to think and work at a strategic level and drive forward change often in very challenging circumstances.

As a senior role reporting directly to the CEO, you will assist in leading on financial change and help drive activities and organisational efficiencies that will help grow and deliver the needs of the charity. You will need the ability to present financial information in an engaging way with effective decision making and be able to influence and engage others both internally and externally to the organisation. You will also be a team player, able to form good working relationships with your colleagues.
The successful candidates duties will include:
 Contributing to the Charity’s business development strategies
 Provision of financial forecasts, budgets and KPIs
 Monthly management accounts, KPI reports
 Monitoring and reporting of above to CEO, Board and senior management
 Management and delivery of the day to day financial support service.
 Statutory annual and quarterly accounts, VAT returns, etc.
 Payroll and pensions administration
 Maintenance of Finance & IT Risk Register and Disaster Recovery Plan
This is not a complete statement of all duties.

The post holder will also be required to co-operate with the Charity on all matters of compliance including Health and Safety, Safeguarding, child protection and welfare.
Please do not delay in getting your application in. DHA are keen to progress to interview ASAP and we are really looking forward to telling you more about this opportunity.
For an application pack please visit http://dhadvice.org/jobs/ or email: hr@dhadvice.org.

Completed applications should be emailed to hr@dhadvice.org or returned in an envelope marked confidential to Human Resources, Direct Help & Advice, Phoenix Street, Derby, DE1 2ER, to arrive no later than the closing date. CV’S WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

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