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NAVCA Awards


The Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network (co-ordinated by South Derbyshire CVS) was shortlisted in the 'Collaboration and Partnership Working' category of the NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) Awards in London on 19 March. Rich Murrell, DTBN Co-ordinator, and DTBN steering group member Dave Radford (from the Volunteer Centre Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire) attended...  (read more)

Community Managed Libraries


Derbyshire County Council’s Libraries for Derbyshire strategy was agreed by Cabinet on 20th December 2018. Part of this strategy is to transfer 20 libraries to community management – including 3 in South Derbyshire: Melbourne, Etwall and Woodville. Derbyshire County Council are now seeking organisations to take on the running of Community Managed Libraries, and have arranged open d...  (read more)

Saving Lives in the Local Community 'Call Push Rescue Kits' on loan to the community from the CVS


The CVS is working with Derbyshire County Council on a project they are doing with the British Heart Foundation to get more people confident in saving lives.    Groups can loan ‘Call Push Rescue' training kits - which are easy to use and packed with everything you need to give life-saving CPR - from the CVS DURING MARCH. You don’t need to be a qualified ins...  (read more)

HumanKind - Stories of loneliness and isolation at Calke Abbey


For more than thirty years, the story of Calke Abbey and its significance has been built around the story of a reclusive and socially-isolated family who guarded the Estate from modern life and lived eccentric, disconnected lives. Today, as awareness grows of the enormous challenges posed by loneliness and the harmful impact of social isolation on more and more lives, the National Trust are lookin...  (read more)

‘IsLAND’ OFFERS support to help isolated and lonely people in Derbyshire


Community efforts to tackle isolation and loneliness in Derbyshire are to receive a boost from the National Lottery Community Fund. The IsLAND Project (Isolation and Loneliness Action Networks Derbyshire) will support local voluntary organisations and community services to work together and reach more isolated and lonely people. This will include raising awareness of social isolation and its...  (read more)

CONSULTATION OPEN: Proposals to change Learning Disability Support


Derbyshire County Council plans to transform learning disability support so it focuses on an individual’s strengths to help them achieve personal goals rather than fitting people in to services that are available. It is seeking your views on their proposals - you have until March 31 to give your views online. Under the council’s proposals: People who are assessed as having the most c...  (read more)

Derbyshire Home from Hospital Support Service


South Derbyshire CVS (SDCVS) are pleased to be able to share the news that they have been successful in tendering for the Derbyshire Home from Hospital Support Service. SDCVS will be leading a consortium of voluntary sector organisations from across Derbyshire which includes Amber Valley CVS, Chesterfield Volunteer Centre, Erewash Voluntary Action CVS and Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and...  (read more)

New Volunteer Opportunity Registration Form

23 January 2019

Do you have a volunteer opportunity in South Derbyshire you would like us to advertise for you? (It's free!)  We advertise volunteer roles on the national online volunteer opportunities database,, via our social media pages and to prospective volunteers we see in person at the Volunteer Centre. Simply fill in the short form online:  (read more)

South Derbyshire CVS Voluntary & Community Sector Rep Elections results


Elections for voluntary & community sector representatives to sit on the South Derbyshire Partnership Board for the next 3 year period have now concluded. We are very pleased to announce that the following people are the new representatives: • Matt Buckler from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust• Mike Firbank from Churches Together in Swadlincote• Rich Seal from Homestart South Derbyshire• Cla...  (read more)

NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups grant funding cuts decision


We’ve finally had a decision about cuts to our NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) grant funding next year. We aren’t losing all our funding (the original proposal). However about two thirds of CCGs funding to South Derbyshire CVS will end in March. 3 grants to our practical help, befriending and vSPA services, will end and funding for our group support and Volunteer Centre services will...  (read more)

Response to government's Loneliness Strategy


The government recently published its Loneliness Strategy “A Connected Society. A strategy for tackling loneliness – Laying the foundations for change”. This is a plan designed to facilitate a shift in the way that government, the public, private and voluntary sectors, and society understand and act on loneliness and isolation. The Strategy highlights the three overarching goals guiding the ...  (read more)

Local action tackling Loneliness and Isolation across Derbyshire


Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network has today launched a report on the findings of the conference it held over the summer. The launch of the report, Turning the TIDE: Tackling Isolation and Loneliness in Derbyshire Event, coincides with national Befriending Week 2018. The ‘Turning the TIDE’ conference in July brought together a wide range of organisations and groups in order to h...  (read more)

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