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Chesterfield Community Care Farm  {15 Aug 2016} shimAdd News1353 to Scrapbook

Are you looking for a great day service while getting fit and active?

Love the outdoors and animals?

Why not come and see what we can offer you.

Open Day & BBQ

26th August

10.00am - 3.00pm

Free open day for anyone with SEBD or extra educational needs.

Come and see what we do, what you can learn and to see if Chesterfield Community Care Farm is the place for you.

Booking is essential in order to avoid missing out.

To book a place please contact;

Ian or Jack : 01246 859333/492



Our main office and 23 acre farm is located just 10 minutes from junction 29 on the M1

Address: Mill Cottage, Pilsley road, Lower Pilsley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S45 8DL

Support/Carers for attendees must be provided with them for the taster days.

Paper Space: Arts & Crafts Exhibition  {22 Jun 2016} shimAdd News1352 to Scrapbook

Gallery 5 will be open to the public Monday to Friday from Monday 20th June- Friday 8th July exclusively for this exhibition...

Look out for all the main events during this time all open to the public:

Thursday 23rd June: 1-3p.m Official Opening Afternoon:

Drinks and nibbles will be provided, open to all at Derby Steps and the public

Saturday 25th June: 10:30-1:30p.m Book themed arts/craft workshop at Gallery 5

Thursday 30th June: 6-9p.m Various Arts and Crafts stalls and a Creative Workshop at Gallery 5. The Derby Night Market will be on 5-10p.m

A BIG THANK YOU to all artists and crafts people who have participated and to Joe Johnson who has helped organise this event with students from Horizons 6th Form, part of St Martins School Derby.

  {22 Oct 2015} shimAdd News1351 to Scrapbook



Please see links below for details of FREE training for the voluntary sector to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation being held in Derby in November. If you’re interested, please click on the links to book places.






  {29 Sep 2015} shimAdd News1350 to Scrapbook

YMCA Derbyshire is seeking talented business and professional people, who embrace the Christian values of Protect, Trust, Hope, and Persevere which underpin and motivate our work, to direct and guide our strategy and oversee our governance.


We are entering a new phase, with the development of new Campuses for Learning and Development, on our established reputation for provision of supported accommodation, training and childcare services in the city of Derby and Derbyshire.


We are particularly interested in people with the following skills:


Training and Education
Legal sector
Human Resources
Health Services
Business Development
Fundraising and PR
Community Links


We are holding an introductory evening event on 12th October 2015 at YMCA Derbyshire Campus for Learning and Development with a view to appointing up to five new Board members and a range of Strategic Advisers, all voluntary positions, to take up new roles from January 2016.


For more details please contact Jenna Shaw,

YMCA Derbyshire, 770 London Road, Derby, DE24 8UT

Tel: 01332 579554 or email jenna.shaw@ymcaderbyshire.org.uk

South Derbyshire CVS Training  {12 May 2015} shimAdd News1349 to Scrapbook

Here is news of our latest training opportunity!


An update report and awareness training for our joint project with Derbyshire County Council looking at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Trans Domestic Abuse.


For full details click here – hope you can join us 

Links CVs - May Day Gala  {16 Apr 2015} shimAdd News1347 to Scrapbook

This years Gala is taking place on Monday 4th May, if you are interested in booking a stall (£20 each) for your organisation please contact Lynn Bagshaw from Derbyshire Unemployed Workers' Centre on 01246 231441.


Click here to view poster

Click here to view programme for the day.


South Derbyshire CVS - Community Forum  {16 Apr 2015} shimAdd News1348 to Scrapbook

The Community Forum is about to launch in 2 weeks!


Please find attached a poster for the launch of South Derbyshire Community Forum. The Forum is for South Derbyshire Voluntary and Community Groups and will take place on Monday 27 April, 10am - 12.30pm at Swadlincote Town Hall,

The Delph, Swadlincote, DE11 OAG.


This is a great opportunity for your group or organisation to come along and talk to Foundation Derbyshire about their range of  grant schemes for your project.


For more information or to book a place contact Kerrie Fletcher on Tel: 01283 219761 or Email: kerrief@sdcvs.org.uk.


Click here for flyer.

  {30 Mar 2015} shimAdd News1346 to Scrapbook

You can view the April edition of our Volunteering Newsletter online here: http://goo.gl/5mmZ73


If you would like to share your opportunities with our students and graduates you can register on our new opportunities site here.


Please remember if you would like to nominate a student to be recognised for their volunteering please email around 100 words on their involvement with your organisation to volunteering@derby.ac.uk 


Don’t forget to join us on Twitter - @DerbyUniVol - to keep up to date with the latest news and see your opportunities being advertised to students.


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

HEN-KEEPING COURSE AT RHUBARB FARM  {9 Mar 2015} shimAdd News1345 to Scrapbook


Have you thought about keeping hens? Do you know what it involves? Want to learn?

Rhubarb Farm is running a one day course on Hen-Keeping to help those planning to keep hens, or people who have got hens and feel they need to know more.


For more information see the events page.



  {4 Mar 2015} shimAdd News1344 to Scrapbook

Social Inclusion Consortium Launch 


An exciting new voluntary sector collaboration for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Area - the Social Inclusion Consortium* - has just been launched.


Following last autumn's meeting of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire voluntary sector infrastructure organisations, a working group has turned the ideas for a consortium into reality. The Social Inclusion Consortium (working title) plans to increase in membership and will be bidding for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Big Lottery's Building Better Opportunities Programme. The founding members had this to say:


Kim Harper of Community Action said " This launch is the starting point from which to build the membership of the Social Inclusion Consortium. The issues to be addressed are complex, our geography is challenging and we need a structure that optimises opportunities for collaboration and localised delivery. We are confident we now have this structure. Plans would see different lead organisations/networks taking forward three key projects within one overall Building Better Opportunities Programme. Our member organisations, our networks and our strategic relationships are the building blocks for growing the Consortium and for high impact work to address social, economic and financial exclusion".


Jill Pateman of Bassetlaw CVS said "We have taken the learning and developments within the Big Lottery Transforming Local Infrastructure programmes one step further. We now have the foundations across our Local Enterprise Partnership area from which to build a genuine voluntary sector led bid. We are committed to ensuring that the grass roots organisations that work with excluded groups in the D2N2 area have the opportunity to apply their local knowledge and expertise to achieve the positive outcomes that our Local Enterprise Partnership is looking for".


Sylvia Green of Rural Action Derbyshire added "Infrastructure organisations have a leadership and development role in a defined area. We have joined together to spearhead an approach that would ensure European and Big Lottery funds benefit those furthest from the labour market and maximise investment in delivery via local voluntary organisations. We are focussed on the five priority groups that experience the greatest challenges and are working to sustain the vital role that voluntary organisations play in improving the life chances of excluded groups".

Helen Kearsley-Cree of Nottingham CVS explained "We have been working to the D2N2 Social Inclusion Framework. This was a significant piece of work led by One East Midlands and they will continue to act as a communications, engagement and influence link with D2N2. Looking across a number of other Local Enterprise Partnership areas our approach is in sync with how collaborations are developing there too. It's good to see how voluntary sector infrastructure has really stepped up to the mark".


*This is the result of the work carried out by the four infrastructure agencies mandated at the joint (Notts/Derbys) infrastructure meeting last October. There will be a Partnership agreement for members to sign (under development) and for delivery agents there will be a due diligence process.  


Derbyshire Learning and Development Consortium will be part of the consortium, if you would be interested in helping us deliver against this programme please contact jenna.shaw@consortium.org.uk


  {2 Mar 2015} shimAdd News1342 to Scrapbook

We still have places available to attend the South Derbyshire International Women’s Day event next Friday at Oaklands Village in Swadlincote. I would be grateful if you could help promote this event with your colleagues and service users by forwarding this email or putting up a copy of the attached poster.


The event will be held over lunch time and early afternoon and includes a free buffet lunch. The programme for the event is as follows:


12pm – 1pm – Arrival and Buffet Lunch with an opportunity to look around the stalls provided by local services (including Burton & SD College, Citizens Advice Bureau, Local Domestic Abuse Services, Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, Derbyshire Police, South Derby’s CVS, Health and Education and Training agencies).

1pm – 2pm – Guest Speakers including  Heather Wheeler MP, Eileen Banton MBE (Former long service Swadlincote Police Officer), Kate Allies (Rosliston Environmental Education Officer and recent recipient of a life time achievement award).

2pm – 2.30pm – Networking opportunity and further chance to speak to stall holders, other attendees and the speakers.


The theme for the International Women’s Day 2015  is ‘Make it Happen’ and the Colour purple has been adopted this year and in honour of this we will be having  a Purple based quiz for attendees to take part in.


Why purple?

From 1908, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) in Great Britain adopted the colour scheme of purple, white and green to symbolise the plight of the Suffragettes. Purple symbolised justice and dignity - two values strongly associated with women's equality. The three colours were used for banners, flags, rosettes and badges to show solidarity.


Event Details:


When: Friday 6th March

Format: Buffet Lunch from 12.00pm; speakers commences 13.00pm am; event closes 14.30pm

Cost: This is a FREE event.

Venue: Oakland’s Village, Hall Farm Road, Swadlincote, DE11 8LH   

Parking: Available behind the Village Complex off  Hall Farm Road and elsewhere in the town centre (free of charge).


If you are able to attend this event could you please respond to this email (chris.smith@south-derbys.gov.uk) or tel: 01283 595 924 to book a place.



International Women's Day 2015 #Make it Happen  {26 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1341 to Scrapbook

What are you doing for lunch on Friday March 6th?


Why not join us and Make it Happen in South Derbyshire?


South Derbyshire is delighted to be offering a second International Women’s Day event following last years success - so make sure you are a part of it!


If you can join us please contact Chris Smith at  chris.smith@south-derbys.gov.uk to book a place.


Our first "challenge" to you is to think how you can contribute to our "Purple theme"


 This is a great opportunity for networking and celebrating South Derbyshire Women - do not miss it!


                       See you there!

South Derbyshire CVS VCI Passport Training  {18 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1340 to Scrapbook

Please find attached this new opportunity for you to obtain free training for your volunteers!

Please circulate this to your teams and any potential volunteers who might be interested in accessing this training.

Many thanks

Click here dates.

Open advice morning at DHA Derby  {17 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1339 to Scrapbook

Derbyshire housing providing FREE Saturday advice session to meet increased demand

Direct Help & Advice Derby, formerly known as Derbyshire Housing Aid, are holding a one off Saturday advice session to enable those who may face barriers to seek specialist housing advice outside of the normal weekly working hours.

The drop in will take place on Saturday 7th March between 9.30am-12.30pm.

About DHA

DHA are a locally based Not for Profit charity, providing FREE specialist legal advice to people who may face homelessness, possession action or eviction from their property or suffering serious disrepair. Increase in demand and customer feedback has suggested that some of our client groups have found it difficult to attend weekdays during office hours, especially working parents, carers or shift workers. We are DHA believe everyone should be able to access expert advice and support when it comes to housing and this is just one of the ways in which we are looking to extend our services in order to support the residents of Derbyshire and East Staffordshire. If the service proves popular, we may consider extending it. Further details about the Saturday session and our normal opening hours can be obtained by ringing our main office number 01332 287850 or visiting our website at www.dhadvice.org

Personal Development Matters Training  {16 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1338 to Scrapbook

We are soon to run a four day course called ‘Navigate’  from the Artcore premises off Charnwood Street.


Go to the Events page for further information. 


Volunteering Newsletter - University of Derby  {12 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1337 to Scrapbook

You can view the February edition of our Volunteering Newsletter online here: https://careerhub.derby.ac.uk/docs/47/Volunteering-Newsletter-February-edition.pdf


If you would like to share your opportunities with our students and graduates you can register on our new opportunities site here.


Please remember if you would like to nominate a student to be recognised for their volunteering please email around 100 words on their involvement with your organisation to volunteering@derby.ac.uk 


Don’t forget to join us on Twitter - @DerbyUniVol - to keep up to date with the latest news and see your opportunities being advertised to students.


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

  {10 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1336 to Scrapbook

Please see below the details for the SEN Network meeting on 18 Feb.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about Employment Law.


Social Enterprise Network Meeting


Employment Law session on 18 February – 3.00pm – 5.00pm at Community Action


Tracey Orton from Your HR Lawyer in Nottingham will be coming along to support voluntary/community organisations to improve their skills and knowledge relating to the following areas:


·         Employing a new person

·         Equality and Diversity

·         How to keep employees on track

·         Dismissal

·         New flexible working including shared parental leave

·         Employee engagement

To book a place email nila.exley@communityactionderby.org.uk


Community Action Newsletter  {10 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1335 to Scrapbook
Click here to view the latest Newsletter.
Community Partnership Scheme Grants  {5 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1333 to Scrapbook

Press release from South Derbyshire District Council regarding the Community Partnership Scheme grants. Applications are open until Wednesday February 18th.


Still time to get your grant applications together


A South Derbyshire District Council scheme offering financial support to community groups and the voluntary sector has received a positive response – but there is still time to get your applications in.


There has been a high level of interest in the Community Partnership Scheme, which provides grants to a wide variety of organisations and projects, from parish councils and sporting groups to arts, heritage and environmental ventures.


In the past the scheme has helped with improving facilities for those with disabilities, for purchasing major equipment and for refurbishing community buildings.


Grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 will be awarded as matched funding to support capital projects with a value of £4,000 upwards, and anyone who thinks they might benefit has until Wednesday, February 18 to submit an application.


Councillor Jim Hewlett, Chairman of Housing and Community Services at the District Council, said: “The popular Community Partnership Scheme was relaunched back in December and, as always, has received an excellent response.


“It has really fired the imagination of those who are working hard to better the communities of South Derbyshire and we’re only too happy to support them where we can.


“The scheme offers support and advice as well as money and has been designed to assist those seeking to attract external funding, such as Lottery money, to the area.


“Anyone who thinks they may be eligible shouldn’t hesitate to get in touch.”


Application forms are considered by a panel of councillors who make recommendations to the Housing and Community Services Committee, which is due to make the final decision on awards in March.


Organisations will normally only be allowed to receive one grant per financial year.

If a project is supported the applicant will be advised of the amount granted and any conditions attached.


More information is available by contacting Community Partnership Officer Ian Hey on 01283 228741 or by emailing ian.hey@south-derbys.gov.uk


February Community Fire Safety Champion Newsletter  {5 Feb 2015} shimAdd News1332 to Scrapbook

Please follow the link below to the February Edition of the Community Fire Safety Champion Newsletter.