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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Sinfonia Viva Launches Carers’ Choir

Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, the East Midlands’ only professional orchestra, is launching a new initiative to bring together local people who are carers for family  and friends.

The new Carers’ Choir will be open to people across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire who will come together once a month to enjoy music and potentially have opportunities for performing.

The choir, which will be free to join, will be launched on Tuesday March 21, 7.30pm to 9.30pm at The Voicebox, Forman Street, when carers and support groups are invited to come along for a taster session.

The choir will be led by award-winning choral conductor David Lawrence who will introduce a selection of choral favourites, songs from popular shows and pop favourites.

The Carers’ Choir has been set up as part of Sinfonia Viva’s 35th anniversary programme – enabling more people than ever to experience creative music making.

As well as a packed concert programme across the region and beyond, Viva is aiming to work directly with 3,500 people over the next 12 months through a series of education and community creative projects.

The project has been made possible for a year with a £13,000 grant from the Bupa UK Foundation’s Caring for Carers Funding programme as part of its focus to help unpaid adult carers to support, manage and improve their own health.

To ensure its future, Viva has launched an anniversary appeal to encourage people to donate £35 to fund its increased education and community work – including the development of the Carers’ Choir

Sinfonia Viva Education Manager Marianne Barraclough explained: “We have a national reputation for working with communities to develop high quality and award winning engagement projects.

“Our work has included creating music with people in hospitals, hospices, schools, nurseries, special education needs settings, care homes, rural communities and in inner city areas.

“The success of our own community, education, choral and music making projects along with others both locally and nationally – from rock choirs to the famous Military Wives – show the popularity, appetite and benefits of shared singing.

“Singing together is proven to be an excellent way of boosting self esteem and confidence, releasing pain and stress-relieving endorphins and being a part of a team that is creating something.

“There is a significant number of people locally who are carers for family members from children with special needs to elderly parents and many more who are furthermore juggling work and caring responsibilities.

“There is widespread recognition that, as well as practical support, carers can feel socially isolated.  They greatly benefit from the opportunity to take a well-deserved break and enjoy a group activity.

“The Carers Choir is a natural progression for us as an Orchestra and meets the needs of an often hidden section of our local community.

“It is an opportunity to join like-minded people and enjoy the chance to try something new together in a relaxed and supportive environment.

“People don’t need to have any previous choral experience and David Lawrence is fantastic at helping people to find their voice.”

Sinfonia Viva is working directly with carer support groups and service providers across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to encourage people to join. However, anyone who is caring for a friend or relative – full time or part time whilst still working – is also invited to attend.

For more information, please contact Andrew Nesbitt at Sinfonia Viva, Tel: 01332 207602 or email andrew@vivaorch.co.uk

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The South Derbyshire Sustainable Community Strategy is being revised and we want to know what you think of the new strategy.  Deadline for responses is 26 March 2017.

More information….

South Derbyshire Partnership brings together representatives of public services, local businesses, voluntary and community groups and residents to work together to help improve the district, concentrating on the things local people have said are important for a better South Derbyshire.

The Sustainable Community Strategy sets out South Derbyshire Partnership’s vision for the district, what we think our priorities should be, and how we will work together to achieve them. Having agreed priorities helps us decide how best to focus our efforts and resources. By working together, bigger and better things will be achieved rather than if one organisation was working on its own.

Our vision is of a dynamic and caring South Derbyshire, able to seize opportunities to develop and empower successful communities, whilst respecting and enhancing the varied character and environment of our fast growing and diverse District.

You can download a copy of the strategy here  (PDF, 547 KB)

or contact development@sdcvs.org.uk and we will send one to you.

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For the full job description click here.

Application Guidance Notes

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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


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/

Back in October we let you know about Derbyshire County Council (DCC)’s consultation on Social Value in commissioning and procurement of services in Derbyshire


Commissioners are required by law to consider the social value of their approaches to procuring public services when awarding a contract.  This means looking beyond the price of a contract and considering the economic, environmental and social benefits to a community, over and above the goods/services being purchased.  A group of representatives from different DCC departments produced a draft Social Value Strategy as well as a structured framework and guidelines, to make sure commissioning and procurement processes maximise social value in future across DCC.  The consultation, which closed on 20 Nov 2016,  asked for feedback on these.

17 responses were received, 9 from voluntary groups in addition to a joint response from 3D (network of CVS and other voluntary sector support organisations in Derbyshire)  As a result DCC have made some changes Framework – latest documents are attached.  Responses to the documents were generally positive, comments made were more about other barriers to contracting such as timescales and lack of time/opportunity for consortia building.  The requirement for £2m Professional Indemnity Insurance for small contracts was also raised .  DCC agree and are looking to review and activate a range of levels of insurance subject to levels of contract values in future.  Thanks to everyone who responded.

A report and final strategy documents went to DCC Cabinet meeting on 31 January 2017 and you can download the papers from the DCC website (Agenda item 8) at: