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cruse-logoSupporting the Bereaved

 Can you lend a hand?



is extremely rewarding but it does require commitment and a willingness to train. We are looking for good listeners rather than good talkers.

 Our next basic 36 hour training course begins in January 2017 in Derby; interviews will be in November and December.


We offer support to anyone affected by bereavement.

Our trained volunteers speak either face to face or on the phone with clients.

 We see clients of all ages from 6 years and from all cultures, sexuality and religious backgrounds.

Our volunteers operate over Derby City, South Derbyshire and East Staffordshire


All are welcome to an Open meeting on Monday 17th October,

7-30pm at the Red Cross Centre, Liversage Street, Derby, DE1 2LD for people who may be interested to find out more about the training and volunteering for Cruse.


and to register an interest in this course, contact Pam, leaving your name, email address and phone number

 01332 841486         or            psutton@broadway53.plus.com



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Volunteer Flyer Homestart

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Asda Tickled Pink Bucket

Collection Volunteer

Help us reach £200,000 raised for breast cancer!

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Asda’s Tickled Pink campaign which supports the work of Breast Cancer Now and Breast Cancer Care.

To celebrate we are holding in store birthday bucket collections to launch Breast Cancer Awareness Month over the first weekend in October.

All you need to do to help us reach our target is fill one our collection slots either with a friend or we’ll pair you up with some of our other fantastic bucket collection volunteers.

What will I be doing?

– Collecting in your local Asda store for one (or more) 3 hour slots on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd October

– No money handling or counting will be required

What commitment is required?

– 3 hours over the weekend of 1st/2nd October

What skills and qualities will I need?

– A friendly face and a big smile

What support will there be from Breast Cancer Now?

– Everything you need to collect on the day will be ready waiting for you

– We’ll provide you with a named contact at Asda to ask for on the day of your collection

– You’ll receive a thank you with the total raised in your store

How to apply:

If you are able to spare a few hours on Saturday 1st or Sunday 2nd October please complete our short online application form.


Come along, enjoy the day and join in with the buckets of birthday fun. With your help we can help reach our target of £200,000 raised for people affected by breast cancer!


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Befriending Champion Poster August 2016

If you would like to circulate the poster, a high quality PDF can be found by clicking here: Befriending Champion Poster August 2016

More information on what Befriending Champions do can be found on the Derbyshire County Council website

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Volunteer recruitment/Celebration Event

Thursday 15 September, 10.30-12.30 p.m. at Etwall Children’s Centre

Tuesday 20 September, 4.00-6.00 p.m. at Rink House, Swadlincote

Come along for information on volunteering opportunities to enhance your CV, learn new skills and knowledge, increase employment opportunities, meet new people and increase self-confidence.  A chance to meet and talk to existing volunteers as we also celebrate their achievements.

Volunteer opportunities are available within Derbyshire County Council Children’s Services Department

 Join us for tea and cake.

Book your place, please call:

Etwall Children’s Centre, Hilton Road, Etwall, DE65 6HZ – 01629 533610

Rink House, Rink Drive, Swadlincote, DE11 8JL – 01283 229709 (Option 1)

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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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For the training link, click here

Apply now: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-you-can-do

Or email: VolunteerRecruitment@nspcc.org.uk

To open the above information as a PDF click here: New-schools-service-volunteer-role-profile-nov15dw-pd


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