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Artcore Newsletter  {18 Dec 2014} shimAdd News1324 to Scrapbook
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Derbyshire Network Latest news  {11 Dec 2014} shimAdd News1323 to Scrapbook
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WEA Brochure  {11 Dec 2014} shimAdd News1322 to Scrapbook
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Winter Friends Project  {8 Dec 2014} shimAdd News1321 to Scrapbook

The Winter Friends project aims to help disabled people, people with a long-term health condition and/or those aged 65 or over with everyday tasks in winter.
Could you spare some time to be a Winter Champion or a Winter Friend and help someone who would otherwise struggle to cope? Help could include clearing snow from a path, collecting prescriptions or taking someone to an appointment.

Click here for further information.

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In Focus with One East Midlands November 2014

Welcome to In Focus, our monthly policy e-bulletin, which includes regional and national policy developments. If you have any comments, please get in touch by emailing information@one-em.org.uk.

Committee to scrutinise draft Protection of Charities Bill

The former charities minister Nick Hurd has been appointed to a new joint committee of MPs and peers that will hear evidence on the draft Protection of Charities Bill, which will give tougher powers to the Charity Commission.

Draft Protection of Charities Bill parliamentary committee issues call for evidence

The committee of MPs and peers that will examine the draft Protection of Charities Bill has issued its call for evidence.

Gift aid: Understanding donor behaviour

Donors are put off claiming gift aid because they believe there will be a cost to the charity or themselves, and are unwilling to share personal information in case they are contacted with a fundraising ‘ask’, according to new research published by HM Revenue & Customs.

Gift aid donations from trading arms

The Charity Commission has said it will update its guidance on charity trading following advice given from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Consultation on The essential trustee

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a consultation on an updated draft of its guide to trustees’ duties, The essential trustee (CC3).

Remaking the State commission

Acevo has launched a new commission on the role that civil society should play in future public service delivery, and warned of a care deficit in public services.

Understanding Charities Group launched

A cross-sector alliance of charities has formally launched the Understanding Charities Group, aimed at improving public trust and confidence in charities.

The Road Ahead 2014

Charities are likely to continue to face an environment of reduced public funding and rising poverty among beneficiaries well into the next Parliament, according to an NCVO report, entitled The Road Ahead 2014.

High Peak CVS November Newsletter  {2 Dec 2014} shimAdd News1319 to Scrapbook

Good Morning!


Please enjoy the latest edition of our View From the Peak newsletter. News and pictures from some of our fabulous small groups across the High Peak.


If you’d prefer a paper copy, please let us know and we will send you one.

Click here to view newsletter.

Click here for Social Media Flyer.

South Derbyshire CVS  {2 Dec 2014} shimAdd News1320 to Scrapbook

Does your organisation need volunteers or donations over the festive season?


Each year South Derbyshire CVS/Volunteer Centre is contacted by people wanting to volunteer their time, or to donate items, over the Christmas/New Year period.


Do you have activities or events that one-off or short-term volunteers could help with?

Do you need donations of food, gifts or other items?


Tell us what you need so that we can include them in our festive campaign #itsthesmallthings


Tell us:

·         What you need to be donated or what you want volunteers to help with

·         When you need it

·         Who to contact

·         How to contact you

·         If there is a deadline (e.g. if you need volunteers to apply by a certain date) please make this clear


We will post your request using social media and other publicity - so if any details are not to be shared with the public please make this clear.
Derbyshire VCI Consortium's Consultation Events - 3rd / 4th December  {25 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1317 to Scrapbook

Derbyshire VCI Consortium's Consultation Events - 3rd / 4th December

I'm writing to invite you to attend one of our consultation events (in either the north or south of Derbyshire) on the topic of Troubled Families and Worklessness. Given the current work you do among children and young people, I thought this event might be of interest to you, and that you could provide a valuable contribution to the discussion on what more can be developed within the topic of troubled families and worklessness in Derbyshire. Places are booking up, so it's best to book now, not to be disappointed. To book your place just click on the event below and register yourself.


Click here for Events poster.

Click here for more information

Click here for membership form

Troubled Families and Worklessness:
North Derbyshire
Wednesday 3rd December; 9.30am-1.30pm @ Arkwright Centre, Chesterfield


South Derbyshire
Thursday 4th December; 9.30am-1.30pm @ Direct Help and Advice, Ilkeston


These events (funded through the Big Lottery's Awards for All) are free to attend and will run from 9.30am-12.30pm with a free buffet lunch provided afterwards, allowing for networking and the discussions to continue. The overall aim of these consultations is to better understand the challenges around troubled families and worklessness, and explore ways in which the voluntary and community sector within Derbyshire might be able to tackle the challenges faced by troubled families and worklessness. Following these events, our intention is to approach the Lottery, and other funding bodies, with some project ideas to combat the challenges, using partnerships and ideas developed through these consultation events.

Each Consultation Event will include:

  • Some time to hear what other attendees' organisations are doing in the area of troubled families and worklessness.
  • An expert keynote speaker will be outlining the challenges facing children and young people in the area of troubled families and worklessness.
  • An open discussion to develop ideas of how to combat the challenges outlined.
  • An update on the Derbyshire VCI Consortium's activities.
  • Free Networking Buffet Lunch.
  • Free tea and coffee throughout.

For more details on these events and to book your place please contact tom.wyke@dvcic.co.ukor click on the links above. Please feel free to pass on this invitation to other people you feel may be interested in attending.

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Stay warm and Good Neighbour


The Stay Warm and Healthy in Derby Partnership has secured funding to enable two new projects to go ahead this winter.

For further information go to the funding page.

CAB Prepayment Meter Campaign  {18 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1315 to Scrapbook

As Winter rapidly approaches and people start switching on more lights and turning up the heating, more and more find that they are having difficulty maintaining domestic fuel payments, especially with regard to the costs associated with pre-payment meters – on average paying £80.00 more than direct debit customers.

Citizens Advice are running a national campaign to raise awareness and argue for a better deal for customers facing such difficulties.  You can help by raising awareness amongst your own staff and customers, and by taking the following action.

1.    Sign the national CAB petition asking energy suppliers to give prepayment meter users a better deal:



2.    Ask your clients to complete a survey to tell CAB how much and how often they top-up their meter in winter compared to the summer.



3.    Follow #fairprepay on Twitter

As a well-known advert would say – every little helps – so please take just 5 minutes of your busy day to help others who may face such difficulties.

Thank you.

Public Engagement on the use of Council Funded Community Transport and Local Bus Services   {18 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1314 to Scrapbook

You may be aware that Derbyshire County Council is carrying out a series of consultations on a range of services in order to meet its £157m budget cuts by 2018. 
In line with this we have now launched some public engagement to ask transport users about the journeys they make on council-funded local bus services and community transport services. 
I am writing to ask for your support in helping to promote our user survey. Please find enclosed a poster relating to the survey which I hope you will be able to display as appropriate. 

You can find out more about this and other consultations at www.derbyshiresiov.uk/challenge

Many thanks for your support.  

Artcore November Newsletter  {17 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1313 to Scrapbook
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Healthwatch Derbyshire  {13 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1311 to Scrapbook



Healthwatch Derbyshire is carrying out a study to find out how parents

and carers experience the process of having a child diagnosed with

Autism, including the help and support received before and after the

diagnosis.  They wish to give the opportunity to talk through these

experiences, both good and bad.

The information you provide  will be collected anonymously and put into

a report that will be considered by those who run and buy services that

diagnose Autism so that they know what does and doesn’t work well.


Please click here to see attached poster for more information. Any further information please contact


Jas Dosanjh as below


Jas Dosanjh (Mrs)

Community Involvement Worker

South Team

SDCVS - Team Update and National Funding Opportunities  {13 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1312 to Scrapbook

News from our Community Development and Funding team…


We welcome the new vSpa workers Nayyer Bhatti, Karen Chesters and Janet Wignall  who have taken up their new posts and currently learning the ropes. They have varied and extensive knowledge of the Voluntary Sector and Adult Social Care and we look forward to implementing the single point of access scheme with them.


The next Communities and Equalities meeting will be 10th December at 9.30am at SDDC, more details from Pam Wood to follow.


Funding opportunities

Please watch this space for news on Funding Seminars and Information. Working with the District Council we will be providing some sessions around fundraising and Social Media in the new year following from Kevin Curley’s speech at our recent AGM. (Transcript and useful handouts with loads of funding pointers can be found on our website http://sdcvs.org.uk.)


We have two Small Local Grants Managed here at the CVS:-


1)      Self- Help Group Support- Apply at any time

South Derbyshire CVS administers the voluntary sector Community Care self help fund. If you are thinking of setting up a health or social care related peer support group , and live in South Derbyshire you can apply for up to £500- Please contact cathym@sdcvs.org.ukfor an application form.


2)      South Derbyshire Partnership- Health and Wellbeing Small Grants Fund – Apply at any time


The aim of the Health and Wellbeing Small Grants Fund is to support voluntary and community groups whose activities contribute to the good health and wellbeing of people in South Derbyshire.

The fund is administered by South Derbyshire CVS on behalf of the South Derbyshire Partnership.

● Who can apply?


Any voluntary or community group which has a constitution or set of rules and which supports people living or working in the district of South Derbyshire can apply. The group must also have a bank account with at least two signatories although South Derbyshire CVS will be able to hold grants for newly formed groups.

● How much can we apply for?

Grants are between £200 and £1000 and can be used to match fund.

● What kind of activities may be funded?

Activities must have a positive effect on people’s general health and wellbeing but can address physical, mental or social issues.

● Who do we want to reach?

Activities aimed at the following communities will be given priority:


-          Families

-          People living with long term conditions

-          Carers

-          People with poor mental health

-          Older and vulnerable people

● What can we apply for?

Groups can apply for both capital, e.g. equipment, and revenue, e.g. additional staff costs, volunteers’ expenses. For example a group wishing to start a dance class could apply for the cost of paying a sessional class leader, room hire costs and the cost of buying a CD player.

For more information and to request an application form, please contact: Cathy Miles Cathym@sdcvs.org.uk


National Funding Opportunities

The last funding ebulletin detailed some local grant schemes, here are some national ones that may be applicable to your group or organisation:

The Grow your Tenner 2014 campaign has launched with donations of up to £10 will be matched by Localgiving.com. This means that taking Gift Aid and fees into account, every £10 donation will be worth £21.55. Monthly donations of up to £10 per month for six months will also be matched. All charities with active memberships are eligible to receive match funding, with up to £12,000 available for each group depending how long the money lasts. Localgiving is an online donation site, which unusually allows groups which are not charities, but have charitable objects, to claim Gift Aid, the refund of income tax on donations. This can particularly benefits smaller community groups. There is a cost to join, and a fee taken from donations, but if you regularly receive online donations it could be very useful. For further information visit http://localgiving.com/gyt/about.

Applicants to the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Communities programme will be offered additional funds to develop their organisation’s knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver more effective and sustainable services. Funding of up to 10 percent of a project, to a maximum of £15,000, will be available. The money will need to be spent by the end of the first year of the funded project. To be eligible, applicants must have been successful at the first stage of the Reaching Communities application process.

For further information visit www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/global-content/press-releases/england/151014_eng_rc_develop-skills-and-knowledge.

The Government's International Development Department has launched the UK Aid Direct fund to help small and medium-sized organisations make an even bigger difference in the developing world. The fund will run over five years, with a total of £30million in new grants available in the first round. It offers community partnerships grants of up to £250,000 for small UK-based non-profit organisations with an annual income below £1,000,000, and impact grants of between £250,000 and £4,000,000 to medium-sized non-profit organisations based in the UK or in one of the department’s priority countries with 25 percent match funding needed. The first funding round will focus on health, and welcomes applications with a specific focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. The deadline is Friday 21 November. For further information visit www.gov.uk/international-development-funding/uk-aid-direct.

The Homophobic, Biphobic and Transphobic Bullying Grant will make grants of £100,000 to £750,000 to voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations with creative ideas to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in England’s schools and playgrounds. The Government has made it clear that it does not want any young person to go to school dreading the treatment that he or she will receive and that it is unacceptable for a child to be bullied, victimised or harmed in any way. This fund is a way of working towards that. They are particularly interested in bids that engage in partnership with at least one high performing school so that good practice can be shared. The deadline for Stage One applications is 12noon on Thursday 3 December 2014. For further information visit https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/Common/View%20Notice.aspx?site=1000&lang=en&noticeid=1617209&fs=true.

Registered charities, voluntary organisations, schools, churches and community interest groups can apply for a small grant of up to £10,000 or a larger main grant for projects of up to three years from Children in Need. Projects must benefit children and young people aged 18 years and younger who are experiencing disadvantage through illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties or living in poverty or situations of deprivation. The next deadline for small grant applications is Monday 1 December 2014 and for main grant applications Thursday 15 January 2015. For further information visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1N4ddmFHns8VPKjyp3PMYwn/apply-for-a-grant.

The Education Endowment Fund gives grants above £50,000 for projects that improve the educational attainment of pupils who are eligible for free school meals. Their focus is on supporting projects that are likely to show a measurable impact. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 1 April 2015. For further information visit http://educationendowmentfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funding.

When starting school, children from the poorest backgrounds are up to 19 months behind others of the same age in development of vocabulary, and the difference persists throughout their schooling. Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and the Sutton Trust have launched a £1million Parental Engagement Fund to support organisations to develop methods of working with parents to bridge the gap in the early and primary school years. Funding for the projects will range from £50,000 to £200,000 over two to three years. Applications are open until Friday 5 December. For further information visit www.suttontrust.com/programmes/parental-engagement-fund.

First World War heritage grantsof £3,000 to £10,000 are available from the Heritage Lottery Fund to help people discover more about the war, and mark the centenary. This programme has a short application form, and is suitable for everyone, including first-time applicants. The Heritage Lottery Fund also provide grants of more than £10,000 for First World War projects through other current funding schemes. For further information visit www.hlf.org.uk/looking-funding/our-grant-programmes/first-world-war-then-and-now.

The Neighbourhood Planning programme funds the production of neighbourhood plans has proven extremely popular and funds for the £7,000 grants have been spent. Further money has now been allocated by the Government to cover expenditure from November 2014 to March 2015, until the next budget starts in April. For further information about applying for a bridging grant or for direct support visit http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning.

The Department for Communities and Local Government is offering grants up to £2,000 for local groups to host an event which encourages new communities to formally embark on neighbourhood planning. The workshop must be run by knowledgeable and enthusiastic advocate of neighbourhood planning, with the aim of giving a community the information they need to begin the neighbourhood planning process. The funding is aimed especially at areas that have a low take up of neighbourhood planning, and meetings should be able to attract at least 10 communities. For further information visit http://mycommunityrights.org.uk/neighbourhood-planning/apply.

British Science Week community grantsis a new scheme offering £500 for community groups to promote science to people who may not traditionally be engaged with science. These might be people from BME communities, people with low socio-economic status, those not in education employment or training, or who live in a remote and rural location. The deadline is Tuesday 2 December. For further information visit http://britishscienceweek.org/plan/grants.

DLDC November Newsletter  {10 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1310 to Scrapbook

Please find attached the DLDC November Newsletter.


Many thanks



National Befriending Website  {5 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1308 to Scrapbook

It’s National Befriending Week (1-7 November) and we’re launching a new website to recruit more volunteers.  Find out more about volunteering as a befriender and search for volunteering opportunities anywhere in Derbyshire at  www.derbyshirebefriending.org.ukThe website is an initiative of Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network, a network of befriending schemes from all over Derbyshire, managed by South Derbyshire CVS.


More than 750 Derbyshire volunteers give an estimated 1570 hours each week offering support and friendship to isolated or lonely people of all ages, in their local communities.  But there are many more people wanting a befriender.  The Connect Befriending Service at South Derbyshire CVS, for example, has 84 people waiting to be matched with a volunteer.


To help fill the gap the new website will act as a ‘one-stop shop’ where local people can find out more about volunteering as a befriender and search for volunteering opportunities in their local area. 


Volunteer befrienders in Derbyshire make a huge contribution to the lives of some of the most vulnerable people - but there are many more people wanting this kind of help. We hope the new website will make it easier for people to find out where help is needed, and will encourage them to offer their time.  Please spread the word!


University of Derby Volunteering Newsletter  {5 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1309 to Scrapbook

The November edition of the Volunteering Newsletter is out and it’s a special edition for our Volunteering Fair next week! You can view it online here: https://careerhub.derby.ac.uk/docs/30/VolunteeringNewsletterNovember.pdf


We now have a Twitter account @DerbyUniVol so you can keep up to date with the latest news and see your opportunities being advertised to students.


For future editions of the newsletter we are launching a ‘Volunteer of the month’ feature. This is your opportunity to celebrate a student volunteer that your organisation hosts. If you would like to nominate a student to be recognised please email around 100 words on why to volunteering@derby.ac.uk 


As always, please do not hesitate to send us your opportunities, events and case studies of our student volunteers.

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One EM policy news

One East Midlands awarded £30,000 of Big Lottery Fund

The Big Lottery Fund has £630,000 of Lottery funding to 36 organisations across England to raise awareness within the voluntary community and social enterprise sector of the opportunities available through the European Social Fund.

Developing the third sector business case for health improvement services

One East Midlands and Public Health England are currently working in partnership on an innovative project to support third sector organisations delivering health improvement services across the East Midlands.

Other policy news

Draft Protection of Charities Bill

A draft of the Protection of Charities Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in June, has been published by the government.

20 percent tax on direct mail

Charities which have single sourcing contracts for production and postage of their direct mail will have to pay 20 percent VAT on those contracts from 1 October, HM Revenue & Customs has confirmed.

Registering of merged charities

The Charity Commission has updated its information on when merging charities should inform the commission of their merger.

Fundraising at train stations

Only charities that are members of the Fundraising Standards Board and file their annual returns on time with the Charity Commission will be able to fundraise at more than 1,000 train stations in England and Wales under a new initiative to promote safer giving on the rail network.

Blue, Red and Yellow Books of the Voluntary Sector

At the recent Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrats party conferences ACEVO and the Charities Aid Foundation launched Blue, Red and Yellow Books of the Voluntary Sector featuring essays showcasing the parties thoughts on the sector.

Links CVS News  {4 Nov 2014} shimAdd News1307 to Scrapbook

Click here for the latest newsletter.

Click here for the EMIN report.

Skills Support for the Third Sector  {27 Oct 2014} shimAdd News1305 to Scrapbook

Do you work in the Third Sector?


Are you looking to grow your organisation?


Do you need to up skill your members of staff?


Find support for your organisation and staff with a wide range of training programmes provided by a sector-led partnership in the Third sector. They are specifically designed to match your organisational needs at no cost to you, your business or your employees.


Available for Social Enterprises, Not for Profit and Voluntary Sector organisations with less than 250 staff looking to manage, sustain and grow their organisations through

accredited training.


Derbyshire Learning & Development Consortium (DLDC), Community Action Derby, Nottingham CVS, Enable and Ingeus are working together in partnership with the Local Enterprise Partnership D2N2 and the Skills Funding Agency to improve

voluntary sector skills and support organisational growth.


DLDC and Community Action will be delivering a series of workshops across Derby City and Derbyshire from November 2014 – January 2015 to enable interested organisations to gain further information and to sign up for accredited training.


Workshop topics include:-


· Creative Ways to Grow & Thrive

· Strategic Business Planning

· Up-skilling your workforce

· Achieving Stronger Board Support



For further information and dates, please contact info@consortium.org.uk or 01332 265960


Please note that places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!