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The IsLAND project (Isolation & Loneliness Action Networks Derbyshire)

11/06/2019

We're thrilled to be able to announce today that our IsLAND project (Isolation & Loneliness Action Networks Derbyshire) is one of those to receive funding from The National Lottery Community Fund!

Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network (DTBN) was established in 2012 with funding from Derbyshire County Council Adult Care as part of its Prevention Strategy, to ensure that adults needing befriending support could access services and could be confident that they were safe and well run. Originally the network's membership was traditional 1:1 befriending services but its remit has widened over time to include informal, group and peer support and to tackling wider loneliness and isolation agendas. The network also developed a quality assurance scheme - the DTBN Quality Mark, aimed at small organisations.

County Council funding ended in 2018 but we can announce today that 3 years of funding has been secured from the National Lottery Community Fund for a new initiative. The IsLAND project aims to take the work of DTBN forward, and to tackle loneliness and isolation in Derbyshire by:

  • Reaching more people across Derbyshire who are lonely and isolated, and helping them to access appropriate support
  • Providing specialist training that will enable services to offer effective support to people with more complex needs;
  • Expanding the network to include more varied organisations / services that tackle loneliness and isolation, and quality assuring their services;
  • Raising awareness of social isolation and its impact, recruiting more volunteers and encouraging informal social action.

This will include developing a new website, so watch this space! (In the mean time visit www.derbyshirebefriending.org.uk)

If you would like to know more, please contact Cathy Miles (Manager - Community) or Helen Frudd (Support Worker - Community) at South Derbyshire CVS on befriending@sdcvs.org.uk.

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