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Looking for something to do this summer?

Are you aged 13-24?

Derbyshire Libraries need volunteers to help with the reading challenge: – create displays, encourage participants to take part, listen to children chat about books and help out with activities and events

When do they need you?

From July – September 2018

What’s in it for you?

  • Experience the rewards of working with children
  • Help others – make a difference in your community
  • Build your confidence – learn to do something new
  • Gain valuable skills for future employment
  • Complete the Community Service element of the  Duke of Edinburgh award


Complete the Volunteer application form 2018 and return to any Derbyshire Library before 30th June 2018



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calke abbey walk


Walk for Parkinson’s – Calke Abbey on Sunday 29th April 2018

 Help out on the day as walkers join us in the grounds of the National Trust’s beautiful Calke Abbey in southern Derbyshire. Walkers choose a gentle 2-mile stroll around the woods and parkland of Calke Abbey, or a more challenging 9-mile walk that takes them alongside Staunton Harold Reservoir and through the village of Ticknall. Walk Marshals are crucial to the smooth running of this event, and we could not do it without you!

As a Marshal, you would:

  • stand on the event route and direct people taking part
  • make sure signage is correct
  • liaise with the event organisers, and report participant progress and any incidents
  • help participants who get into difficulty
  • offer enthusiastic encouragement

What you could get out of volunteering

You will help to raise money to support Parkinson’s UK’s work to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.

You will have the chance to:

  • work as part of an enthusiastic team to deliver the best possible experience for people taking part
  • learn how events are run and gain experience of dealing with members of the public, branches, supporters and members
  • be part of a friendly team
  • learn more about Parkinson’s UK

What we’re looking for

 To fulfil this role you will have:

  • strong communication and observation skills, as you will be talking to participants and Parkinson’s UK staff
  • the ability to stand for long periods of time
  • a friendly, enthusiastic and proactive manner, as you will be dealing with the public and directing and helping people taking part
  • good attention to detail, as you will be making sure signage is correct


Parking at Calke Abbey is free to all volunteers and walkers. Toilets are available at the main Calke Abbey ticket entrance.

 Event schedule

 08:30-9:00am Volunteers arrive and register at registration tent at the Start/Finish of the walk by the car park at Calke Abbey (please arrive no later than 9am)

09:15                           Registration opens for walkers

10:00                           Walk Starts

16:00                           Event closes (estimate)

You may be required to be at a Marshal point until the last walker passes you, on the 9 mile route this could be all day. Please let us know if you would prefer a shorter shift.

You may bring camping chairs and a picnic to make your shift more enjoyable.

 Find out more:

 If you would like to know more about the role before applying please contact Lucy Dalgress on 07795 970 118 or via email at ldalgress@parkinsons.org.uk

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Local volunteers and organisations shortlisted for the South Derbyshire Community Awards were celebrated at last week’s Awards ceremony, where the winners were revealed

Compere Karen Bailey opened proceedings, and representatives of the District and County councils, South Derbyshire CVS, Chamber of Trade and Toyota Manufacturing UK praised all the nominees for their hard work and contribution to the local community.

Sponsors for each Award Category then announced the winners and runners up and presented trophies and certificates.

First up was the Long Service Award for a volunteer of many years’ service.  Presenting Winner Mick Lunn of Friends of Eureka Park with his trophy, Kim Coe from Pro-Medical 2002 Ltd told the audience that Mick had done a huge amount of work enabling local people to enjoy and use the park. She said “Mick is a very modest man who insisted that he is not worthy of an award.  Those who know him beg to differ”.  Also up for this award were Alison Flint of Treetops Hospice and Allan Jeffrey from South Derbyshire CVS.

The Unsung Hero trophy went to John Harvey for his acts of kindness to neighbours and with Church Gresley Community Group. Clive Leake of Clive’s Candles, presenting the award, said John had received two separate nominations from neighbours, one of whom had written “His acts of kindness are most amazing.  He’s a man who care about other people and wants to make life better. I am privileged to have him for a neighbour”.  Joy Law, who hosts a befriending afternoon tea group in her home, and Betty Shipton of the Different Strokes Group were the runners up.

Next up was the Volunteer Team Award presented by David and Christine Wain of David Wain Insurance.  David said “The young of today often get a bad name – this award proves otherwise.  I hope they all have a bright future”.  The trophy was won by 16-year old Kai Higham for his work with the Shoutout Group.  He was nominated by Anne-Margaret Stephenson who said “He is a lovely lad who puts all the members first.  I’m proud to know him.”  Runners up Aden Lee Hallam from Citizens Advice South Derbyshire, and Tom Ephgrave from Hilton Youth Group received their runners-up certificates.

The Volunteer Team Award went to South Derbyshire CVS Befriending Volunteers.  Tony Preston of Mercia Marina presented them with the award.  He told us “Volunteer befrienders provide support to vulnerable members of the community.  They are a kind and compassionate bunch of individuals who share their time to brighten the lives of others”.  Worthy runners up Hilton Youth Group and the Hoover Group were also praised.

The Compassionate Company Award, for a business which has made a difference to the local community, went to family business The Dance and Music Centre. It was presented to Nikita Robinson by Gary Musson from Swadlincote and District Chamber of Trade who noted Nikita’s caring and encouragement for her students as well as her willingness to support community events.  Runners up were The Bluebell Tea Rooms and The Railway Inn.

Darren Perry of Timms Solicitors presented the Local Charity or Voluntary Group trophy to Swadlincote based charity Bank House, singled out for their caring and committed support for local people with mental health issues.  Darren said “The commitment shown by staff and volunteers is extraordinary.  Two other charities Different Strokes and Shoutout received runner up certificates.

There was a final surprise when Helen Hydes from Toyota Manufacturing UK presented a Special Award to Betty Shipton for her many years’ dedication for the Different Strokes group. Betty, aged 85 still works tirelessly to support the group.  Helen also presented the group with a cheque for £500 as part of the company’s celebration of 25 years at its South Derbyshire site.  Betty said she was delighted but surprised to receive the award: “until she mentioned the Different Strokes group, I had no idea she was talking about me!”

Local MP Heather Wheeler closing the formal proceedings congratulated the winners and runners-up and said that everyone nominated was a winner.

Nominees were then free to enjoy the rest of the celebration evening included which included goodie bags for the nominees, entertainment from singer Nikita, a buffet supper, photo booth, sweet cart, popcorn and candyfloss, face painting and a magician.

Many thanks to all our sponsors and supporters.

 Photographs on our website at www.sdcvs.org.uk/community-awards 

Results in full: South Derbyshire Community Awards 2017


Sponsored by Pro-Medical 2002 Ltd

For a volunteer who has given their time and energy over a number of years, and made a real difference

Winner:  Mick Lunn (Friends of Eureka Park)

Runners up: Alison Flint (Treetops Hospice Care); Allan Jeffrey (South Derbyshire CVS)


Sponsored by Clive’s Candles

To thank a volunteer who goes above and beyond for their community but never seems to get the recognition they deserve

Winner: John Harvey (Church Gresley Community Group)

Runners Up: Joy Law (South Derbyshire CVS Befriending);Betty Shipton (Different Strokes)


Sponsored by David Wain Insurance

To recognise a young person under the age of 25 who has shown enthusiasm and commitment and made a real difference

Winner: Kai Higham (Shoutout)

Runners Up: Tom Ephgrave (Hilton Youth Group); Aiden Lee Hallam (Citizens Advice South Derbyshire)


Sponsored by Mercia Marina

For a great volunteer team that stands out for its commitment and hard work, that has made a real impact on the community

Winner: South Derbyshire CVS Befriending Volunteers

Runners Up: Hilton Youth Group; The Hoover Group (Help Our Own Village Eradicate Rubbish), Aston on Trent.


Sponsored by Swadlincote & District Chamber of Trade

To recognise a local business which has made a real and positive difference to the local community

Winner: The Dance & Music Centre

Runners Up: The Bluebell Tea Rooms, Swadlincote; The Railway Inn, Swadlincote


Sponsored by Timms Solicitors

Winner: Bank House (South Derbyshire Mental Health Association)

Runners Up: Different Strokes Group; Shoutout


Sponsored by Toyota Manufacturing UK Ltd

Winner: Betty Shipton (Different Strokes Group)

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Over the summer, DCC published its draft 2017-21 Council Plan for consultation. This stated  16 priorities and described the Council’s vision and commitments for each.  We felt that we should submit a response to this. A draft was circulated in our ebulletin– timescales were quite tight so thanks to everyone who came back with comments or suggestions. A link to the plan, and a copy of our response, are below.  We’ll keep you informed of any feedback.

You can read the draft plan on DCC’s website at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/council/policies_plans/council_plan/

Response submitted by Michelle Skinner, CEO of South Derbyshire CVS:

We welcome the commitment to partnership work with the voluntary and community sector (VCS) as crucial to delivering quality, value for money services, and a stated commitment to “Build better relationships between councils, businesses and the voluntary and community sector”. As a sector we are able to draw in resources not easily accessible to either the public or private sector – for example public donations, sponsorship, grant and trust funding, and volunteer time and skills – adding value to any investment.

We hope that the review of delivery and commissioning models will include (i) a commitment to ensuring smaller, local voluntary sector providers and social enterprises are able successfully to bid for and deliver services – not just larger providers; and (ii) assurance that grant funding will be recognised as having an important function in resourcing voluntary sector provision, particularly for smaller groups, for whom competitive tendering is less likely to be a realistic option.

There is a network of thousands of voluntary and community organisations in Derbyshire, and these play a vital role in providing community based support to vulnerable people, older people, children, young people and families and the wider community.  For example:

  • Supporting older and vulnerable people and people with disabilities or health conditions to be independent, bringing people together and enabling them to access and enjoy social, leisure and physical activities.  For example, community transport/social car services, shopping, befriending, buddying and mentoring services, befriending groups, lunch clubs, self-help, support and social groups and those offering a wide range of arts, physical activities and hobbies.
  • Providing support and activities to children, young people and families of all kinds.  For example youth groups, childcare, playgroups, parent and toddler groups;  family/parenting support; food banks and benefits advice; help and advice and peer support for families with children with disabilities; sports; arts; uniformed groups such as guides, scouts and cadets which engage young people in positive activities.
  • In addition, services such as vSPA and the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network work to link people effectively with local community support services that help them to meet their needs; and umbrella organisations like CVS and Volunteer Centres help groups develop, grow and find volunteers with the time and skills to support their work.

We would also like to see acknowledgement of the role that volunteering plays in helping people develop skills and get valuable skills, and in acting as an accessible step towards paid work, particularly for those who face the greatest barriers.   Through participation in volunteering, volunteers themselves can access new experiences and learning opportunities that can be life changing.  One of our staff gave the example of a local resident who came to and then volunteered to help prepare community meals. This ultimately led to her decision to do a degree in nutrition which will have a deep effect on both her and her children’s lives.

We would like the VCS’s role to be acknowledged more in the plan, and an explicit commitment to supporting and working with us as partners to make sure local residents, especially the most vulnerable, are offered and able to access all the support and opportunities available to them.

There is strong evidence linking social isolation with poor mental and physical health outcomes and we would like to see a specific commitment to addressing people’s social needs and to addressing loneliness and isolation.

Finally, we are pleased to see a commitment to ‘Champion local communities’.  Our experience is that some of the best solutions are those that grow organically from within local communities themselves, rather than those provided ‘to’ or ‘for’ them.  As a voluntary sector support organisation with 20 years’ experience of community development work, we can give many, many examples of successful and thriving voluntary self-help, social and activity groups which support some of the most vulnerable in our communities.

However, we also know that it takes time, skill and support to encourage and enable people to organise and act – particularly in those communities which have the least experience and least confidence. The Plan talks about the Council ‘establishing new ways of supporting community activity’ – while we welcome this commitment we would like you to trust us (VCS infrastructure) to deliver this thereby making best use of  existing local support and expertise.  We would argue that some ‘vibrant networks of local staff and local people who work together to tackle local problems’ already exist within our local voluntary and community sector and would welcome the opportunity to build on these.

On local charity with which South Derbyshire CVS works contacted us in relation to this consultation to say that “I think your response [i.e. our draft response to the Council Plan which we circulated to local voluntary groups] is good. I think it comes over as positive but clear on the need for local support from CVS and local organisations. As you say local communities and vulnerable people often need help to build confidence and knowledge to access the opportunities available to them. With your experience and skills you play a vital role in helping local people to act for themselves.”

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South Derbyshire CVS has two Passport courses coming up in September and October.

The course is a perfect opportunity for anyone in Derbyshire who is looking to start volunteering, or who already volunteers and would like to add to their skill-set and knowledge with some accredited training. Attendees must complete all five sessions to receive their accreditation.

The training is free, and with one course in the evening and one in the daytime, there is the opportunity for people who work during office hours to attend.

Please click below to download:
the SEPTEMBER course poster and booking form – evening course
the OCTOBER course poster and booking form – daytime course.

Contact training@sdcvs.org.uk or call 01283 219761 to book.

The course explores five subjects:

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
What is equality? Who might be discriminated against?
How, as a volunteer can you promote inclusion?
Keeping Yourself and Others Safe
Identify different types of abuse – what would you do if you suspect someone you’re volunteering with is being abused? How do you keep yourself safe whilst volunteering?
Health and Safety
Who is responsible for Health and Safety? Explore case studies and discuss how you can keep yourself safe in relation to Health and Safety
First Aid 
In this practical first aid session, learn what to do if there was an accident; how to treat bleeding wounds, what to do if someone is choking and much more!
Person Centred Approach 
Explore what is meant by the term ‘Person Centred Approach’;
look at different ways of communication and how to actively listen
and engage the people you are volunteering with.

Please click below to download:
the SEPTEMBER course poster and booking form – evening course
the OCTOBER course poster and booking form – daytime course.

Contact training@sdcvs.org.uk or call 01283 219761 to book.


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Would you be interested in volunteering in the Peak District National Park?

If you are interested, contact Nazarena Plumb at nazarena@peak-district-challenge.com for more information.

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We are looking for volunteers for the Peak District Challenge 2017!

The event is taking place from Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd September and is based in Hathersage in the glorious Peak District National Park (easily accessible by train from Sheffield and Manchester).

We have a variety of roles and time shifts available starting from Friday 22nd September 5pm – all the way through to Saturday 23rd September at 11pm.

We are looking for help for the following roles:

·         In headquarters to register entrants, prepare goody bags, keep the hall tidy, prepare and serve     food

·         On checkpoints around the Peak District to record people’s times, cheer them on and give them food and drink (having your own car is handy for this role)

·         In taking photos and video clips so that entrants remember their challenge forever (there is a competition prize for the best photo and video clip taken on the event)

The event has a very friendly atmosphere and is a chance to support some incredible people and great causes.

We also have a celebration day on Sunday 24th September in Hathersage that you would be invited to, including swimming in the heated outdoor pool and going for a nice pub lunch together.

We have free overnight accommodation available on the hall floor on the Friday night for volunteers.

Help to support this fantastic charity challenge (which is raising money for a variety of fantastic causes). One cause that is especially close to our heart is S.A.L.V.E. International who create opportunities for children living on the streets of Uganda to build a brighter future. In 2016 we raised over £5000 for S.A.L.V.E. to help them to build a rehabilitation home to help children to adjust to life off the streets before being reunited with their families. But we want to raise even more this year!

In 2017 we are also raising funds for great causes such as; Macmillan, Child Brain Injury Trust and Rain Rescue.

Interested? contact Nazarena Plumb at nazarena@peak-district-challenge.com for more information.

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CQC has been asked by the Secretaries of State for Health and for Communities and Local Government to undertake a programme of local system reviews of health and social care in 12 local authority areas.

These reviews, exercised under the Secretaries of State’s Section 48 powers, will include a review of commissioning across the interface of health and social care and an assessment of the governance in place for the management of resources.

We will look specifically at how people move between health and social care, including delayed transfers of care, with a particular focus on people over 65 years old. The review will not include mental health services or specialist commissioning but, through case tracking, will look at the experiences of people living with dementia as they move through the system.

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, said: “People should be able to expect good, safe care when they need it, regardless of how this care is delivered. And yet we know there is wide variation in how health and social care systems work together, with some local systems working together effectively to ensure people get the right care, while others struggle to do so – these reviews will seek to examine why these levels of variation exist.

“Our intention is that the review findings will highlight what is working well and where there are opportunities for improving how the system works, enabling the sharing of good practice and identifying where additional support is needed to secure better outcomes for people using services.”

The purpose of the reviews is to provide a bespoke response to support those areas facing the greatest challenges to secure improvement.  On completion of the review our findings will be reported to each local authority area’s health and wellbeing board.

A further eight sites for review will be identified in the coming months and once all 20 reviews have been completed we will be publishing a national report of our key findings and recommendations.

The first 12 areas are:

•    Birmingham
•    Bracknell Forest
•    Coventry
•    East Sussex
•    Halton
•    Hartlepool
•    Manchester
•    Oxfordshire
•    Plymouth
•    Stoke
•    Trafford
•    York


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