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COVID 19 (CORONAVIRUS) - Changes to our Services

South Derbyshire CVS premises are currently closed to the public and visitors, and most staff will work from home. All of our group activities and most community based face to face services will stop for the time being. This includes face to face Befriending, Befriending Groups and Travelling Lunch club; Active Travel and Social Car; Safer Homes and Shopmobility.

Vulnerable people who are self isolating and who don’t have any family or friends locally, can now register for help via the Derbyshire Community Response Unit – they will then refer in to local services. Register online at www.derbyshire. or by telephoning 01629 535091 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm).

Anyone who has a health condition that puts them in the high risk group can register for priority help if they don’t have anyone to support them. You should have had a letter telling you how to do this – if you haven’t but think you may be eligible, find out more at or call the government helpline on 0800 0288327.

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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.



 Befriending in Derbyshire: Its Value and Impact


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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