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COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS)

Stronger South Derbyshire is our dedicated website set up to support the local community response to Covid 19, which is updated regularly. If you want to know how you can help, know someone who needs help, are a community group needing support, or if you’re just looking for links to reliable information, visit www.strongersouthderbyshire.org.

Changes to our Services

Due to the social distancing measures introduced by the Government, South Derbyshire CVS premises are currently closed to the public and visitors, and staff are working from home. All our group activities and most community based face to face services have stopped for the time being.

South Derbyshire CVS and the Derbyshire Home From Hospital Support Service are continuing to support vulnerable individuals who are self-isolating and who don’t have any family or friends who can help, with essential food shopping, collecting medication, and  telephone befriending/welfare calls. We can also tell you about other services which may be able to support you. If you have not used our services before you should first register for help via the Derbyshire Community Response Unit.  Register online at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/communityresponse or by telephoning 01629 535091 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm). They will take some basic information and then pass your details on to us.

If you want to help or volunteer please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 07458 304315.

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Connect Befriending Service


Everyone needs friends - but making that first step can feel hard.

South Derbyshire CVS befrienders and buddies are there for adults of any age who are feeling isolated or finding it difficult to get out and do the things they would like to do - whatever the reason. Whether it's a friendly phone call, a regular visit or someone to go with you to take part in activities in the community, we may be able to help.

Or why not make a difference by volunteering to be a befriender or buddy?

To find out more contact us on 01283 219761 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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 Befriending in Derbyshire: Its Value and Impact

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Befriending in Derbyshire: An Independent Assessment of its Value and Impact is a piece of independent research commissioned by Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network and published in November 2017.  The report concludes that: 

  • Loneliness and isolation does not just make people unhappy - they also have a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy.

  • Those who receive support from Befriending Services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connections, independence and wellbeing.

  • Over 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services – if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £672,000.

  • For every £1 spent on providing volunteering the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.69.

 For more information on this report please click here.

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