Below are news stories from

Amber Valley CVS

March – April

Derbyshire County Council Procurement and Commissioning Sessions Adult Social Care at Derbyshire County Council will shortly be launching tendering processes for a number of contracts; in particular,

  • Carers support 
  • Dementia support
  • Home from Hospital
  • Assistive Technology
  • Independent Statutory Advocacy
  • Independent Community Advocacy
  • Mental Health Independent Living
  • Low level support services
  • Autism Information and Advice

VCSE Leadership programme has worked with Adult Care to organise two sessions where Adult Social Care commissioners will talk about the background, processes and schedule and going forward, more generally about the procurement and commissioning requirements.

The first session is a face to face session at “The Hub” in South Normanton on Tuesday 14th March, 10-11.30am. Places are limited to 35, so if you would like to attend, please book by emailing Depending on the response, we may have to restrict attendance to one person per organisation. 

The second session will be a virtual Teams session on Wednesday 22nd March at 10am. The Teams invite is below:

Engagement – Derbyshire and Derby Dementia Support Services

The Derbyshire Dementia Support Service is currently provided by the Alzheimer’s Society and the Derby City Dementia Support Service is provided by Making Space. Both Services play a key role in delivering the outcomes and objectives highlighted in the Derbyshire Well Pathway for Dementia, Joined up Care Derbyshire – Strategic Vision 2022-2025.

To support re-commissioning of these services the commissioners are undertaking engagement with both people living with dementia and their families and carer’s to gather feedback about the support provided. They really want to hear your views about these services to ensure we are supporting in the areas most needed.

The surveys should take between 10-15 minutes to complete.

The client survey is available here

The professionals survey is available here

Neighbourhood Watch’s biggest recruitment drive in recent times launched –

a BETTER PLACE TO LIVE. We would all like to achieve a better place to live no matter our starting point – whether it be working together to reduce fear of and opportunities for crime, supporting our neighbours, reducing isolation and loneliness, or making new friendships. With 2.3 million members already, the campaign aims to:

  • attract even more members
  • encourage groups to be more active
  • encourage all local group members to register their membership nationally

Read more at : to learn more about the campaign

  • Order printed material such as membership flyers, join postcards, crime prevention booklets or Coordinator Packs that brings all that material together
  • Look at ways to support the campaign in our BETTER PLACE TO LIVE Campaign Pack

January – February

You-Create is calling all young people of school or college age in and around Belper, Duffield and surrounding communities. If you enjoy painting, writing prose or poetry, taking pictures, drawing cartoons, or making films, this could be for YOU.

You-Create will enable YOU to show your talents in a public exhibition and be judged by professional artists and writers with cash prizes to be won too!

The exhibition will be held on February 18-19th 2023 at Number 28, Market Place, Belper DE56 1FZ, between 10am-4pm. EXHIBITS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 10th FEBRUARY ; sponsored by Belper & Duffield Rotary

Home from Hospital Discharge support  – has been extended to support the current NHS pressures . Contact us for more information , or to volunteer your help for neighbours.

Derbyshire County Council are promoting Soft Market Testing for a Low Level Support Service – to express interest or give views, look at Source Derbyshire/ Proactis portal.

Tips to prevent your home from being burgled from Neighbourhood Watch:

Leaving home? Use this free home security checklist to leave your home safe and secure.

November -December

Duffield Helping Hands – RJ Weston Centre started a campaign in the summer to raise funds through public and business donations.

“We’re aiming to raise £3000 in on-line donations to set up Duffield Helping Hands. This is a bold ambition and we’re holding several special events to highlight our campaign.  Call us for more details on 01332 840349 .

Donations made online at Helping Hands for Duffield ( from midday Tuesday 29th November to noon on 6th December are eligible for match funding.

For those who don’t feel comfortable or able to donate online we are happy to accept cash donations. Please put them in a sealed envelope marked ‘Duffield Helping Hands’ in the Weston Centre’s letterbox marked for attention of S Brooksby. I will make sure this is added to the online total and is matched from the pledged funds.”

Donations plus the match fund value will enable us to help more people in our community .

Active Partners & Walk Derbyshire Stakeholder Events announced

The vision of Walk Derbyshire is to make everyday walking the norm for all residents of Derbyshire.  We will do this by adopting a systems approach to walking which will create a culture of walking across the county, with a focus on areas with the highest levels of inactivity.

Walk Derbyshire will be hosting stakeholder events,  in each district and borough to explore what a systems approach means, whilst considering local data and insight. This will help identify local priorities; and how we collaboratively develop a community engagement plan.

The first stakeholder event/s will be online and will focus on understanding the Walk Derbyshire ambition, why it’s important and what a systems approach means?

9th January 2023 – AMBER VALLEY 10.30am – 12.00noon

A second stakeholder event, face to face , will consider how the data and insight we have can help us to focus and start to develop a community engagement plan.

6th February 2023 – AMBER VALLEY – 1pm – 3pm

Book your place now


Have your say on Devolution ;We want to know what you think about a proposed East Midlands Combined Authority.

The consultation on the proposed devolution deal, which covers Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Nottingham, runs until 9 January. Devolution has the opportunity to:

  • Bring more funding for our area: the devolution deal will bring more funding to our region – £1.14 billion – and powers to improve transport, adults skills training, housing, the environment, and to encourage the creation of good quality jobs that give people a decent standard of living and a better quality of life.
  • Enable more decisions about the East Midlands taken in the East Midlands: devolution is a chance for the people who live in our region to have a much greater say over issues that affect them, including by directly electing the first regional mayor for our area.
  • Bring more opportunities for our region: devolution will provide us with more of the tools to help our area recover from Covid-19 and put us at the front of the queue for further devolution of funding and powers in future.

Please fill in the survey online at  Or you can ask for a paper copy by contacting or 0800 260 0536. You can also use these contact details to ask for a copy in other formats and languages.

Get Involved – opportunities to influence health ;

Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust  Governor Vacancies – vacancies are in Amber Valley, Derby City East, Derby City West, Erewash and High Peaks and Derbyshire Dales. Governors are volunteers and very much valued by the Trust. Nominations opened last week and close at 5pm on 12 December 2022. For more information see information attached.

Derbyshire Community Health Services (DCHS): DCHS are looking to recruit a patient survey volunteer to support their ‘Falls Prevention Group’ in obtaining feedback from patients regarding the experience they have had whilst attending our weekly support group (more information attached).

LGBTQ+ experience of health and care services – Healthwatch Derby would love to hear your experiences of health and care services if you identify as LGBTQ+. Please click the link to take part in their survey.

Patient Safety Partner – please see attached role advert for a patient safety partner. The Patient Safety Partner (PSP) is a new and evolving volunteer role developed by NHS England to help improve patient safety across health care in the UK. Derby and Derbyshire Integrated Care System (DDICS), are excited to welcome a team of PSPs to work alongside staff, patients, and families to influence and improve safety across our ICS. PSPs can be patients, carers, family members or other lay people (including NHS staff from another organisation). Some examples of what you might like to be involved with include, talking with patients and staff about safety and what matters to them, support the safety training of staff, being part of project teams working to improve safe care and our systems and developing patient safety information resources.

Maternal Mental Health – Healthwatch Derbyshire have launched a campaign focusing on maternal mental health. They would like to gather views on the mental health challenges facing new and expecting parents.  The aim is to improve mental health support in maternity care and ensure birthing parents are supported before, during and after birth. This is part of a national piece of work to understand better what is working and what needs improving for people who develop mental health difficulties relating to their maternity experience. Our local survey can be found here:

Check out upcoming events with CVS – Frontline Workers meeting 17th November at Somerlea Centre, Leabrooks and AGM 23rd November at Strutt Centre , Belper. Call or email for more information.

Warm Spaces to share and reduce your heating cost – grants to add or extend places where people can meet to share a warm space and company. For more detail ; 

Voluntary, community and charity organisations in Derbyshire can apply for a grant to set up warm spaces this winter. We have launched a £50,000 Warm Spaces Fund to support organisations to provide a warm refuge for residents and their families struggling to heat their homes. Organisations can apply for up to £1,000 towards the cost of opening up community venues or to extend their opening hours during the colder months

If you would like to apply for a warm spaces grant please email for an application form.  There is more information on the DCC website: Warm spaces – Derbyshire County Council

September – October 2022

Salcare wish to have your views as part of  plans for the future of their centre. Please complete this short survey ;

Adult Social Care Strategy ;Derbyshire County Council is developing a new Adult Social Care Strategy for Derbyshire which will put people at the heart of services and change the way services are delivered. They would be interested to hear your views.

As well as DCC’s own local priorities, the strategy includes information about the forthcoming national changes for Adult Social Care announced by the Government which you may be interested in hearing more about.   The following sessions are being held throughout November – all welcome:

  • Monday 7th November – Face to Face – Postmill Centre, off Market St, South Normanton, Alfreton DE55 2EJ – 10am-12pm
  • Friday 4th November – Virtual on Microsoft Teams – 1pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 8th November – Virtual on Microsoft Teams – 6pm-8pm.

If you wish to attend either the face to face or the virtual meeting you will need to book a place by telephoning:01629 531307 or emailing:

If you are booking on to a virtual session the link will be sent to you via email close to the date of the meeting.

Give some feedback on services from local CVS and other infrastructure organisations – post your thoughts and ideas on this jamboard ;

Connect@ forum ( for health & social care discussions and networking ) We are face to face at Strutt Centre Belper on 28th September , 10am – 11.30am . Come and join the southern derbyshire event for voluntary sector organisations and JUCD/ Derbyshire ICS discussions.

Consultation on  Affordable Credit aimed at all adults who live or work in the Derbyshire area. The survey aims to find out more about residents’ experiences of borrowing and saving and awareness of local community banks. It should take around 15 minutes to complete and there’s a chance to win £20 in ‘Love to Shop’ vouchers.

The survey closes on the 15th October and can be accessed via the following link:

Gambling Related Harm – Derbyshire Public Health have been working to better understand gambling-related harm across the county. This includes how, if any, identification is undertaken by frontline services, and whether vulnerable residents can access specialist treatment services with ease. To begin these conversations, the Public Health department and OHID are hosting a joint, awareness-raising online event on Tuesday 11th October, 10am-12pm. Contact;Greg Stenson ( or Andrea Barber (

Due to the funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II , our office will be closed on Sept 19th , messages can be left on the answer machine.Our sympathy from trustees, staff and volunteers are extended to King Charles and the Royal Family at this time 

July- August 2022

Summer Holidays are coming – We are excited to announce that you can now book your place on to our popular holiday activities and food programme. With holiday clubs running across the county from Monday 25th July – Friday 2nd September, there is plenty to get involved in. Have a look
at It’s about me (  to find out what’s on in your area and details of how to book a place for your child(ren). #HAF2022

How to keep yourself and other residents/clients and staff safe from the dangers of heat:

Find more information on keeping safe in hot weather can be found here ;The full guidance can be found here:

With additional information here:

Connect@ forum ( for health & social care discussions and networking ) We are face to face at Strutt Centre Belper on 28th July , 10am – 11.30am . Come and join the southern derbyshire event for voluntary sector organisations and JUCD/ Derbyshire ICS discussions.

Vote for Home of the Great British Railway -There is a chance to vote for Derby to become the home of the Great British Railway. Derby has been shortlisted to one of six cities and they are asking for the public to vote (although there will be ministerial visits to all the cities to help them decide too).  You can only vote once and by 15th August.

May June 2022

CVS is changing – its Volunteering Platform ; visit to tell us about your volunteering opportunities OR to identify your wish to give time as a volunteer . Volunteers are not just wanted , they are needed. This new app is live NOW.


Get information about cost of living support hereCost of Living Support – Get government support to help with the cost of living (

Summer Activity programme funding –

The grant portal for applications to deliver summer holiday programmes opens on Monday 30 May 2022! 

To start a NEW grant application
Use this link to start your first grant application or to start additional applications for each programme you wish to apply for. If you are looking to deliver programmes in different venues or for different cohorts of young people you will need to submit a new grant application for each programme

Derbyshire HAF 2022 Summer Funding Application Form

The Derbyshire HAF’s ‘It’s about me!’ remains a programme aimed at engaging children and young people eligible for benefits-related free school meals. Alongside ensuring every child receives a healthy meal, access to physical and enriching activities; organisations must also provide daily nutritional education, a food education session for families and be able to signpost families to relevant local services.

If there is anything in the guidance document you do not understand, or if you would like to discuss your plans ahead of starting a grant application, contact the programme team (contact details below).

Derbyshire HAF 2022 Delivery Guidance document

April 2022

GreenSpring – for those who provide activity linked to nature, environment, outdoors;

We are collecting information about how people interact with nature and asking questions about the kind of green activities people may like to try in order to improve their wellbeing. The information we gather will be used to inform providers of Green Social provision so that they can plan activities that people want to take part in.                      

March 2022

Amber Valley and Erewash Primary Care Networks and Place Alliances, we would like to invite interested partners, organisations, patients, residents and citizens to a virtual session being held Wednesday 30th March 2022, 6.30-8pm to learn more about the exciting ‘Team Up’ developments that are happening across Amber Valley and Erewash.

Team Up is an ambitious programme of transformation.  You can read more about Team Up Derbyshire by clicking on this link: 

Team Up aims to create one team across health & social care who see all housebound patients in a neighbourhood. This team will provide routine, planned and urgent care. If someone is housebound and needs a service, this team will deliver it! This team is not a new or ‘add on’ service – it’s a teaming up of existing services – with general practice, community, mental healthcare, adult social care and the voluntary & community sector all working together. The overall aim is to keep people safe at home and provide the best, most seamless care, keeping people out of hospital wherever possible. Team Up Derbyshire aims to ensure that person-centred care services are provided at the right time, in the right place, by the right person. As a result, people should be able to live well, for longer.

If you would like to attend the session (held via Microsoft Teams) on Wednesday 30th March 6.30-8pm please contact Rachel Stephenson ( and she will send you an invitation and the meeting link.

Voluntary & Community Sector review –

Last chance to respond to the DCC consultation which is reviewing the funding to local organisations;

Derbyshire  County Council are inviting as many organisations, stakeholders and members of the public to comment on the proposals before March 23rd.
You can share your views by completing the online questionnaire

January 2022

Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Review Consultation

In February 2019, Derbyshire County Council decided to undertake a comprehensive review of all of the grant funding that they provide, and set out their ambitions to develop a council-wide approach to the allocation of funding in the future.The review has considered all of the grant funding they currently provide and has identified 62 specific grants which are awarded on a recurring annual basis to a range of Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations. These ‘recurring grants’ have not been subject to review, despite having been made over many years.
Proposals could lead to changes which impact a number of (VCS) organisations operating across the county.
Derbyshire  County Council are inviting as many organisations, stakeholders and members of the public to comment on the proposals.
You can share your views by completing the online questionnaire

The deadline for responses is 23 March 2022. 
If you need a paper copy or information in a different format please contact Call Derbyshire tel: 01629 533190.


November – December 2021

Thank you to all who donated food and gifts to CVS appeal for foodbanks, Childrens Services “Mission Christmas” or Smalley Community group for the Heanor area. 

October 2021

Recruiting NOW for voluntary positions on Amber Valley CVS Board for the year 2020-21. Management skills needed, representation from local organisations also in need. email for further details


August 2021

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As local residents and voluntary and community sector organisations we have until 30th September to give views on the consultation document for housing and economic growth.

Please use the link below to respond directly. Whilst housing plans are important, they also need to include consideration of the infrastructure needed to support this additional units and also the economic growth that a new influx of population will offer . This is an opportunity For  aspirations and needs of us as community organisations to be highlighted and pushed forward through this process.

Please use this link –

June 2021

Keep Safe ;How to order coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid lateral flow home test kits for twice-weekly testing :

Information on ordering and collecting kits

May 2021

HAF / Holiday Programme ; Derbyshire County Council has secured funding from the Department for Education’s Holiday Activity and Food (HAF) to help us deliver an ambitious Summer and Christmas holiday programme. The HAF programme will seek to address holiday hunger, inactivity, isolation and learning loss across the county. To achieve this, we need a range of providers across the county and respective districts to help deliver an enriching and exciting holiday programme that will provide the children and young people attending with their best summer ever!

We need to ensure we deliver on these key outcomes of the programme:

Food – served in line with school meal standards

Physical Activity – minimum of 1 hour per session / day for all young people

Enrichment – fun, engaging, enriching activities for all young people

Link to DfE guidance material

Grant applications are welcomed using our online application form (deadline for submission 13 June 2021), link below.

PCC Vulnerability Fund ; still time to make an application to this fund for your community group. For further details contact

In addition , grants for 5Ways to Wellbeing are also open – please contact us for this years guidance.

March 2021

Job Vacancies ;Are you looking for employment , close to and supporting your local community ? Please check out the vacancies at Amber Valley CVS . Now recruiting for the gardening service. New positions coming soon.

Covid 19 ; Keep going Derbyshire – every action you’re taking to help stop the spread is making a difference .Vaccination in Amber Valley is going well, but the message is still ” Hands , Space, Face”.

Voluntary Sector Roadmap; let us know your plans to meet up as voluntary groups for support with this and promotion of your activity. 


February 2021

Are you looking for employment , close to and supporting your local community ? Please check out the vacancies at Amber Valley CVS . Closing date imminent for Befriending role , still time to apply for Volunteer Co-ordinator and Community Development workers. Still to come , Tackling Inequalities through Physical Activity.

Community Voice – use your community connections to pass on factual , up to date information about covid, vaccinations and the wonderful community response in Amber Valley. Champions of Community Voice will receive a weekly newsletter to share and take part in a regular forum with Public Health leads to gain further knowledge to give as feedback to friends, family, neighbours , community connections.

If you have any questions regarding vaccinations, testing or wellbeing in the Amber Valley area please contact;

PCC Vulnerability Fund ; still time to make an application to this fund for your community group. For further details contact

January 2021

Happy New Year everyone – lets hope we hear from a great number of you for our existing and new volunteer roles. In a whirlwind and hopefully exciting start , please check out the vacancies page for staff positions and contact us if you have time to volunteer for covid response volunteer roles

December 2020

Covid 19 Update

Coronavirus can spread easily indoors – To help reduce the spread: open windows throughout the day to allow fresh air in. Open windows when tradespeople visit. Use extractor fans in bathrooms and kitchens.

National restrictions have been tough but everything you’re doing is helping in the fight against coronavirus. Remember hands, face, space. If you have symptoms self-isolate and get tested. Let’s keep going!


For your specific questions about Covid 19, Amber Valley residents can email and a local public health representative will review your query and respond. Please note , this is NOT an emergency response information source.

Derbyshire Police plea for Halloween;

This weekend, we are asking parents, carers, and grandparents to talk to their children to find out where they are going and who they are with.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have seen an increase in reports of  young people gathering in groups of more than six, which goes against the government’s coronavirus advice.

Current advice for Derby and Derbyshire  in Tier 2, is that you can only meet with people outdoors in groups of no more than six.

Inspector Rich Buxton said: “We know it is hard for children and young people to not be tempted to meet their friends at evenings and weekends – especially when they are allowed to be together all day in school.

“But we need them to play their part in reducing the spread of Covid-19. The spread of the virus is still very much real and happening, and now more than ever we need them to be following the rules too.”

If officers see a group of more than six children or young people together at any one time, they will approach the group, engage with them, explain the current guidance to them, and encourage them to follow it.

Enforcement will always be a last resort and given the age of the groups, it won’t be them that get issued with a fine. Instead, this will go to their parents, who will have to pay within 28 days.

As Halloween approaches, please encourage your children to not meet their friends in any groups larger than six.

Message Sent By;Emma Page (Police, Comms Officer HQ, Media team)

The Big Consulation

The Big Consultation asked young people and the adults who care for them to give us feedback on the proposal to replace the Derbyshire Youth Council with a strategic participation network. There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the proposal and this has now been agreed by the county council’s cabinet.


  • 1290 people responded to the survey and 78% agreed with the proposal
  • 819 young people aged 11-15 replied
  • 82% of responses were received from young people aged 25 and under

Please follow this link for a copy of the cabinet report including the full results of the survey:


The plan is to link together community youth groups and school councils to develop a wider network to hear the views of young people. Derbyshire County Council would like to ask for your support, and for your projects to engage and become involved in this network through leads from your projects who work directly with youth voice.


Initially this will be a virtual model with a member of the children’s participation team facilitating the network. From the consultation responses we know that young people would like some face-to-face contact, and once COVID-19 restrictions are eased and it is safe to do so, we will explore the scope to develop a hybrid model which includes some face-to-face engagement.


The new network will provide support and opportunities for young people to engage with senior managers and decision makers at the council, and other local agencies, through surveys and questionnaires. This will also be an opportunity for young people in communities to raise their views, concerns and be involved in influencing future priorities and service planning.


In relation to next steps Derbyshire County Council are making contact with youth project leads directly to develop the network. If you would like to get involved please contact



Pcc Unveils Pioneering Fund To Fight Crime and Vulnerability

In an innovative move, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa has developed a new Vulnerability Fund – worth £485k – as part of a dedicated effort to tackle the social problems known to increase the risk of crime or victimisation.

Micro-grants from £50 to £1,000 will be available from local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) for projects such as target hardening to improve security at the homes of vulnerable people including repeat victims of crime and those who are isolated through age, frailty, poor mental health or mobility issues.


Larger grants will also be available for communities, charities, voluntary and non-profit organisations to make a real and lasting difference in their areas. This may include projects providing support for vulnerable people coming out of lockdown; services, advice or self-help groups offering emotional and practical support to prevent people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and those that help and encourage vulnerable people who have lost their jobs or income during the pandemic to get back into work or training to minimise their risk of becoming involved in crime.


“This is a hugely ambitious scheme and will provide help for communities in a way that has never been done before,” said Mr Dhindsa.


“Social isolation, poor health, lack of opportunity and disability increase the risk of exploitation. The pandemic has exacerbated those challenges and created additional pressure for those on low incomes, the unemployed and those shielding.


“This fund will directly target vulnerability as means of protecting people and lessening the threats they are exposed to. It focuses on the individuals, families and communities that require urgent support to safeguard lives and prevent harm. It also empowers communities themselves to take action and work together on the issues which impact on residents most.


“Having police officers who are accessible and visible in our communities is critical for public safety but there are valuable and effective community services out there which can help build resilience in individuals, promote cohesion and prevent personal crisis. It’s all about teamwork.”


Information and guidance to help people understand how the fund can help them is available on the PCC’s website and there will also be opportunities to discuss problems and potential solutions with neighbourhood policing teams, Neighbourhood Watch groups and local CVS in the coming weeks.


The scheme will allocate funding to Amber Valley CVS, Bassetlaw CVS (Bolsover), Links Chesterfield & NE Derbyshire CVS, Derbyshire Dales CVS, Erewash VA CVS, High Peak CVS, Community Action Derby and South Derbyshire CVS for distribution of local grants.


Support will be provided to help groups offering positive social, leisure, artistic, cultural, spiritual or physical activities that bring people together remotely or in socially distanced ways to prevent people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime.


Other grants will provide help for young people, particularly those who are vulnerable to becoming a victim or perpetrator of crime due to their family or life circumstances, people with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or mental health conditions, or those with a history of or vulnerability to substance misuse.


For more information and to download an application form, visit the PCC’s website by following this link:


Derbyshire Peoples Voice Survey;

Public sector partners across Derbyshire and Derby are running a consultation to find out how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the lives of residents. The information gained will help partners to understand more about what can be done to support residents over the coming months.
The survey is on the county council’s website and closes on 6 November. It takes around 10 to 15 minutes to fill in.

Where to find Coronavirus guidance

Find out about Test and Trace here:

Find a range of information sources from Public Health England here:

Find current guidance on staying alert and safe including social distancing here:

Find guidance about face coverings including how to make your own here:

Find lots of useful information for the public in Derby and Derbyshire here:


Find information about Coronavirus in range of formats including great resources for children and easy read information here:


Where to find Covid-19 support after July 31st 

The NHS volunteer responders programme will remain active after 31 July 2020, and previously shielded and/or otherwise vulnerable patients can still access this support.

Covid-19 Support in Amber Valley

You can see the extent of the Covid-19 response across Amber Valley on our map here:

The map shows where volunteers have stepped forward, where local mutual aid groups have formed and which food banks have remained open. As you can see Amber Valley has come together to form a very strong support network.


Due to current Covid-19 restrictions many of our usual volunteer opportunities are currently unavailable, however we are still seeking volunteers who may be able to help with Covid-19 support efforts including getting shopping to those in isolation, making telephone befriending calls etc. Contact to find out more about how to get involved.

As opportunities become available again you will find them listed on our volunteer opportunities pages here:

You may also wish to join your local support group, details of which can be found below.

These local groups may also be able to help if you need support because you are isolating.

Many local groups are listed on a national database here:

Ripley – Facebook group: and telephone 07561 611541

Alfreton – Facebook group:

Belper – Facebook group: and telephone 01629 888111

Crich and South Wingfield – telephone helpline: 01773 447533


Heage and surrounding villages – Facebook group: and telephone 07835 561442

Duffield – Facebook group:

Little Eaton – Facebook group:

Smalley Community Group – telephone: 07805797022


Kilburn and Denby: Neighbourhood Watch – telephone: 07756 762192 Facebook page:

Heanor, Codnor, Marlpool – Facebook group to support elderly and vulnerable in isolation:


Amber Valley – Covid-19 support group on Facebook: and telephone: 07593 071504



Click here for good practice guidance for Covid support volunteers and groups 

Food Bank information

Current information on local food bank availability and opening times:

Derbyshire County Council’s Community Response Unit

If you need help:
The Community Response Unit can help you if you have no friends or family you can call on and you are self-isolating because:


  • you or a member of your household is at risk
  • you are struggling to meet your basic needs because of financial, social or health restrictions
  • you are pregnant
  • you have underlying health conditions
  • you are aged 70 or over.

You can get help you with shopping, or fetching your prescription or finding someone to have a chat with.

You can register for help online here:

Or telephone 01629 535091. Phone line opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and Saturday 9am to 1pm.

An approved partner volunteer organisations will be in touch with you as soon as possible to offer you the help you need.

If you want to help:
Could you help people in your local community who don’t have anyone else to call on during the coronavirus outbreak?
You could be asked to help with:


  • food shopping and delivery
  • checking up on people who are isolated with a phone call or online help to prevent loneliness and check whether there is anything they need
  • collecting and delivering prescriptions

You need to be aged from 18 to 70 to volunteer, and to be fit and well.

Register your interest by calling Amber Valley CVS on 01773 512076 or emailing


Citizens Advice – Coronavirus: find out what it means for you.

Find advice on benefits, work, financial concerns, health information and where you can find support here:

Coronavirus – Support and advice for people affected by dementia.

If you or someone you care for are worried about coronavirus and need support and advice, call Alzheimer’s Society’s  Dementia Connect support line on 0333 150 3456 or see their website

Getting support with your mental health

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a new telephone-based support line for local people of all ages and their carers who are experiencing increased distress or anxiety during the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Available between the hours of 9am – midnight every day of the week. Call 0300 790 0596.

Derbyshire County Council have compiled a useful list of helplines and websites here:

Rethink’s Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service have launched a new emotional support helpline accessible Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. Call 01773 734 989.

New Leaf Detox and Treatment have a guide on how to support a loved one with Bipolar Disorder here:


Health and Wellbeing guidance from the NHS.

Advice for patients, inpatients and tips for self-care during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Covid-19 public information from Joined Up Care Derbyshire:

March 2020

Integrated Health & Social Care and the role of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations – have your say

Amber Valley CVS is working with colleagues from around the county, to look at how local voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises (VCSE) can be part of new plans for joined up health and social care – an Integrated Care System.

New local structures and partnerships are being developed in Derby & Derbyshire to support and manage this new way of working, and it’s really important that VCSE organisations small and large are an integral part of this.

We want your views on :

• How we can best work together, to make sure VCSE voices and experiences from diverse organisations are heard, inform the design, development and deliver of integrated care?

• What existing networks and communication systems can we build on?

• What are the challenges, opportunities and gaps – what else needs to happen and what can we do better?

We invite you to join us for a discussion with other VCSE organisations, public sector and other colleagues on Wednesday 18 March 10am to 1pm at the Ballroom, Whitworth Centre , Dale Rd North , Darley Dale , Matlock DE4 2FS

Please contact Lynn Allison to reserve your place at this event

If you can’t make this, there will be other opportunities to have your say, so please contact Amber Valley CVS , 01773 512076 / to express your interest in knowing more and we will keep you informed


On 12 February 2020, the Borough Council’s Cabinet agreed the format and content of an updated Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) for the purposes of public consultation.The key purpose of a SCI is to set out how local planning authorities will involve local communities, businesses and other organisations in the planning process. The requirement for local planning authorities to produce a SCI was one of the changes to the development planning system introduced by the Government through the Planning & Compulsory Purchase Act 2004. This reflected a greater emphasis on consultation and involvement with local communities in the planning process, in relation to both the preparation of development plan documents and the determination of planning applications. It recognised that effective community involvement in the planning process will help to ensure that planning policies and decisions on planning applications will better reflect the needs and concerns of local communities.In 2006, Amber Valley Borough Council adopted a SCI, setting out the procedures and methods that the Borough Council will follow in preparing plan documents and in determining planning applications, as well as specifying the range of groups and organisations that it will consult and involve.Whilst the adopted SCI has continued to underpin the consultation and engagement undertaken by the Borough Council in relation to development plans and planning applications, there is now a need to review and update the adopted SCI, given changes in planning legislation and national planning policy since 2006, as well to reflect current practice and expectations in relation to community involvement in the planning process.The updated Statement of Community Involvement will be published as a basis for consultation for a period of 6 weeks. However, as this 6 week period ends on Friday 10 April 2020 (Good Friday), the consultation period will be extended to Tuesday 14 April 2020.The draft updated SCI can be viewed or downloaded via the Borough Council’s website from 4.30pm on Friday 28th February 2020 (see link below).
A hard copy of the draft updated SCI can be also viewed in Reception at the Borough Council’s offices at the Town Hall, Market Place, Ripley, during normal opening hours (Mondays/Tuesdays/Thursdays/Fridays – 9.00 am to 4.30 pm; Wednesdays – 10.00 am to 4.30 pm).
Any comments on the draft updated SCI should be sent by email to, or by post to:
The Planning Policy Team
Amber Valley Borough Council
Town Hall
to arrive by no later than 4.30 pm on Tuesday 14 April 2020.Any comments received will then be taken into account before a final version, incorporating amendments to the draft as appropriate, is agreed and formally adopted.The SCI will then be reviewed within 5 years from the date of adoption, in accordance with the duty on local planning authorities introduced by the Town and County Planning (Local Planning) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017.


January 2020

Dementia Friendly Films 2020 – the programme is now available , for details contact  ;>New Dates for Mental Health First Aid – see Mental health training webpage:Mental health first aid – adult
4 and 11 February 2020 at Chesterfield  17 and 18 February 2020 at Derby5 and 12 March 2020 at AshbourneMental health first aid – youth
17 and 24 March 2020 at Chesterfield 23 and 30 March 2020 at BuxtonJoined Up Care Derbyshire update; message from Dr Penny Blackwell, JUCD Place Board Chair• DDCCG, the City and County Councils have met as a Joint Strategic Commissioner Group and are working to develop a set of shared strategic priorities, informed by Health and Wellbeing Plans, Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and the JUCD STP Refreshed Strategy, which they aim to share with the JUCD Board in February.This will enable us to progress to an Integrated Care System in shadow form from 1st April 20 and fully 1st April 21.•Places will continue as a component of ICP’s when they are established in shadow form in April 2020, and it will be for ICP’s to determine how best to structure themselves in order to deliver the services their population want and need.NEW free NHS app ; New Year to all – and a good time to change your life and role with work opportunities at CVS . Please see the job vacancy page for Help at Home Domestic work in Amber Valley & Erewash and an exciting Board Admin Support role based in Ripley. We are also re advertising the Befriending position.

December 2019

Social Prescribing Network Event; for organisations that offer services or activities that Social Prescribing Workers, GP Link Workers, LAC , Community Connectors can refer to. A Market Place for Link Workers to find out about the Derbyshire county wide offers.
Join us on Tuesday 17th December 2019 1pm – 4.30pm at Erewash Voluntary Action , Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, NG10 4HD

November 2019

URGENT – see our jobs page for current work opportunities within the community development team. Closing Date Monday 25th Nov.Partnerships between NHS Trusts and VCSE – Survey Request from NAVCA
NAVCA, the national membership body specifically for local sector support and development organisations (also known as local infrastructure) in England are working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to conduct some research into partnerships between NHS Trusts and organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.More specifically, the research aims to understand examples of these partnerships, how they come about, what supports them and the impact that they achieve. This is all with a view to making practical recommendations for how people can be supported in both the voluntary and public sectors and improve partnerships.
This survey forms an important part of this research and will be vital to creating recommendations in the final report. The survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete and your time in completing this will be greatly appreciated.
Survey Link ;This survey is for those working within VCSE- Deadline for completion of this survey is Monday 2nd DecemberDerbyshire Law Centre are involved in a project to help EU citizens and their families apply for Settled Status or Pre-settled Status under the new EU Settlement Scheme. Contact Romany Kisbee-Batho Tel: 01246 550674 Fax: 01246 551069 Text: 07781 482826 Email:
Co-operative and Social Enterprise Development Agency (CASE) is a social enterprise and co-operative established in 1982 that is the trusted organisation for co-operatives, social enterprises and community enterprises in Leicester and Leicestershire. We support co-operatives and social enterprises to develop and grow and we promote co-operative ways of working.If you are a social enterprise or charity in the East Midlands that has a good idea or proposal to generate income from trading then please feel free to get in touch with Natasha Jolob, Social Impact and Investment Adviser on Tel: 0116 222 5010, Email:

Foundation Derbyshire has launched the Derbyshire Flood Relief Appeal, in response to the recent floods across parts of Derbyshire and Derby City.Money donated will be used to support individuals, families and communities that have been affected.Please donate via our JustGiving page.  Charity Registration No: 1039485
Well Being Roadshow – 29th November 10am – 30m , Co-op Belper- FREE physical health check, personal well being check ,Nordic walking , variety of tasters.
Accessible Belper presents Johnny Victory – 22nd November , 1pm – 5pm Strutt Community Centre for further information contact
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  1. Using a mobile phone, send the text message ‘Register’ to the number 999.
  2. A text message will be sent to you in reply; please read all of it.
  3. Reply ‘Yes’ to this.
  4. Your phone is then registered with the emergencySMS service.
  5. From then on you can text 999 should you need to, and type your message,

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P3 launches the Derbyshire Independent Living ServiceFriday 1st November 2019 marks the official launch of the Derbyshire Independent Living Service.The service, delivered by the social inclusion charity P3, working alongside Derbyshire County Council and The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health will focus on people’s housing needs, delivering personalised support to enable people with mental ill-health to maintain their home and be in control of their housing needs.The newly reorganised support service (formerly known as iDecide) will offer a choice-led approach to support people’s wellbeing whilst enabling them to maintain their tenancy.
For more information please contact us on 01773 742051 | email |
October 2019Amber Valley CVS AGM and workshops is on 6th November ; join us at Lumb Farm , Marehay for gentle movement, dementia friends , autism awareness and Breakfast Butties – 9.45 – 3pm. For further details call 01773 512076 or email for the schedule.Joined Up Care Derbyshire; the refresh of the strategic plan is now available for comment on 2019Homestart
Volunteer for Homestart in Amber Valley , to support parents with children age 0-5. Training offered, support for volunteers locally at Amber Valley CVS
Ripley Man Cave
Only for Men – every Tuesday at Amber Valley CVS. Social space and opportunity for practical outlet from 10am – 12.30pm. Ask for Paul.
Budget Buddies Training
One day training for participants to identify the causes and effects of debt , attendees will learn tools to manage their own budget. October 17th , Pinxton Village Hall. To book, please email If there are dietary or access requirements, please let us know.
Active Amber Valley strategy
A new partnership strategy to improve physical activity of those living, working and studying in Amber Valley has been launched. View the strategy on the website of Active Derbyshire ( part of the Active Partners trust )
Derbyshire County Councils Recovery Grants are now open for groups to apply for. The grant application and supporting information can be found at –

July 2019Joined Up Care Derbyshire Stakeholder Consultation Event – 17th July, 2.30pm – 4pm Post Mill Centre , South Normanton DE55 2EJ. For further information contact ;Emma Plummer, Place Manager Amber Valley: or
Richard Murrell, Place Officer Amber Valley:
Carers in Employment Event – Wednesday 3rd July.
At Haveli Restaurant, 10 Attenborough Lane, Chilwell, NG9 5JW
Registration and welcome drinks from 11.30am – 12.00pmA FREE Indian lunch will be provided
At the event, you will be able to network with other like-minded employers and find out more about the support that is available for Carers in Employment
Limited spaces are available please confirm your attendance and book your place by emailing; or call DCA on 01773 833833

May 2019Health & Social Care Forum – for Southern Derbyshire voluntary and community groups – at The Strutt Centre, Derby Rd Belper , 22nd May 10am – 12.30 . Contribute your views to health & social care planning and changes relating to “Joined Up Care” , Dementia Support Services and the like.
Belper Arts Festival – Woollen Woods Saturday 18th May 10-4 The Market Place BelperAccessible Belper and Belper Arts Festival are pleased to announce that this magical experience is fully accessible this year. All barriers to wheelchairs and mobility scooters have been removed and there will be also be a Changing Places facility (Mobiloo). So this year’s wander around our historic deer park decorated with Woollen wonders will be a welcoming day out for all. There are also history talks about the heritage of this brilliant town in No. 28Front
Line Workers Network Meeting ; meet old & new contacts and share updates of your work or services .Venue: Somercotes Village Hall Nottingham Rd, Somercotes, Derbyshire DE55 4HTDate: 14 May 2019 Time: 1.30 – 3.00pm

April 2019Help a lonely, isolated person in Amber Valley -We currently have around 30 people in Amber Valley waiting for a Befriender.
Amber Valley CVS are running FREE Befriender training at Amber Valley CVS, 33 Market Place, Ripley DE5 3HA;
Session 1 – Wednesday 8th May 2019 1-3pm
Session 2 – Wednesday 15th May 2019 1-3pmTo book a place and confirm your attendance please call 01773 512076 or email
Accessible Belper Press releaseBack by Popular demand – After last year’s success at Belper Goes Green, the Belper Arts Trail will provide a Mobiloo!Last year the Green Festival in Belper demonstrated that ALL residents and visitors should have the opportunity to enjoy the event, whatever their physical needs.At least a quarter of a million disabled people in the UK require specialist facilities to go to the toilet or be changed. This often means the only suitable place where their basic needs can be met is their own home. A Mobiloo solves this problem and we will have one at the Arts Trail as well as the Green Festival. With an electric hoist and changing table as well as a toilet and wash-basin, the Mobiloo enables people with even the most complex requirements to get out and about to enjoy the same opportunities as everyone else.The event will be truly accessible to all • Safe, dignified & hygienic • Hassle free & affordable • Check out for more information.

A Day Long Celebration of Living Well in Belper
In response to requests Wednesday 15th of May will bring together a lively variety of activities throughout the day for people living with dementia at Nailers Football Club 10am – 4pm. This includes those living with the condition, families, friends and those who want to know more.
Fleet Arts will be providing a menu of opportunities to indulge creativity with;
Movement tasters 10.30am – 11am/11.30am – 12pm
Weaving drop-in 10am – 4pm
Earth painting 10am – 1pm
Then from 1.00pm-2.00pm there will be a special guest appearance by the One and only Johnny Victory! ( Singing the songs we have loved from 1920s onwards his entertainment is legendary.
He will be followed by a Space to Dance. Fifties and Sixties music til you can dance no more!
Last Dance at 4.00pm. Just £2 per person to cover refreshments (pay on door).

March 2019Could your group run Somercotes Library?Contact us now to discuss your or call 01629 536166 and leave your details. We’ll call you back.

Come to the Open Day at Somercotes Library on Tues 9 April 2019 – 12-6pmCyber security toolkit for VCS organisations has been published on the Safer Derbyshire website, which you may find useful in Employment training event in April for employers as part of our Carers in Employment project.For more information Tel: 01773 833833 and speak to Reah Marshall or E-mail: As an employer you need to have signed up to the Carers in Employment pledge prior to attending this event.Research shows that using a flexible working approach achieves impressive business results where employers support working carers.We support carer friendly employers to:Improve Employee Morale,Improve Employee Retention,Reduce Absenteeism,Attract the Best Staff.Get the Support and Training you need to help the carers working for you. Share ideas and best practice with other employers. Gain recognition for the support you offer to your staff.

Issue 10 of Ironville Newsletter is now available . To access a copy of the village newsletter of interest and enjoy its articles and other contents, please get in touch with the editor – Andy ( or text Tracey (07555584913)This Newsletter comes to you via “Unicorns,” a local voluntary group celebrating and promoting the rich heritage and culture of the village through social events and effective communication. For further information why not visit our web site: Dance @ Ripley Leisure CentreFebruary saw the start of this relaxed Tea Dance at Ripley Leisure Centre each Friday 11am – 1pm. This dance is hosted by people living with dementia and their partners and was created and is led by Chris & Carol Hill and Lynn and Peter Scott from the burning desire to be able to dance as they wish.No formal training is required and any style of dance is welcomed, people can even come to listen to the music and make music requests as a music streaming service is (requests so far have included rock & roll, twist, jive and pop). A £2 charge is made as you arrive at reception, hot drinks are provide but those attending are asked to bring their own nibbles, cake is very welcome and they have sourced some lovely chinaware bring style. This group is run by the participants themselves therefore it is encouraged that people living with dementia attend with their partner, family member or friend.Our first meeting of 2019 ;Southern Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Health & Social Care Forum, Don Amott Memorial Hall, Peacroft Lane, Hilton, DE65 5GH.Hear the latest about ” Place” arrangements in localities and share your ideas and news

Wednesday 13th March 2019, 10am to 12.30pmNeurological Conditions Information and Advice Event Richmond Village Aston on Trent, Richmond Drive, Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, DE72 2EAFriday 22nd March 2019 10.30 am – 2.00 pmFor more information contact Rosalind NicklinT: 01332 794306 E:

February 2019Accesible Belper ; Roll Up! Roll Up!…. at Accessible Belper we mean that Literally!Yes today we can announce that with the support of the Midland Co-operative Group, we have been able to provide ramps for the shops in Belper to share ensuring access to wheelchair users, pushchairs and others with mobility difficulties.Customers who may not be able to manage the steps into their favourite shops or eateries can now ring in advance of their visit to book the ramps. They simply have to look up the phone number of where they want to visit on the business website or Saturday 23rd February Accessible Belper will be officially launching the ramps with the help of the Belper Town Council Mayor. This is another major step/roll forward in welcoming every resident and visitor to the delights of Belper Town, whatever their needs.Barriers are being broken down in every way, in the Most Accessible Town in Derbyshire !
Dementia Friendly Films ;The 2019 season of dementia friendly films kicks off in Belper with the original version of the classic feel good musical ’42nd Street’. . We’d love to welcome anyone living with dementia and their friends, family and carers them to the Nailer’s Conference Centre at Belper Football Club on Monday 18th February 2019.“The liveliest and one of the most tuneful screen musical comedies that has come out of Hollywood” The New York TimesThe doors open at 1pm, and the film starts at 1.30pm, and the show should be over by 3.45pm.For details of all our dementia friendly film screenings across Derbyshire contact ;Matinée Project Coordinator Tel: 07449 732322 Email:

Dining with Dignity’ ;You are warmly invited to attend the ‘Dining with Dignity’ event to mark Nutrition and Hydration Week 2019.The event will be held on Monday 11 March starting at 10.00a.m. with registration from 9.30a.m. at County Hall, Matlock, DE4 3AG.The event will include talks and demonstrations on nutrition and hydration from a variety of guest speakers. There will also be information stands to browse and the opportunity to network. Lunch will also be included.To register your attendance please sign up via Eventbrite so we are able to estimate numbers for lunchFor more information and if you have any special dietary requirements please email (however you will still need to register via Eventbrite)
Ripley Town Council are looking for local schools, nurseries, craft groups, Scouts and Guides, individuals and businesses within the wider Ripley Township (Heage, Nether Heage, Bullbridge, Sawmills, Waingroves, Marehay, Street Lane and Lower Hartshay) to come together to ‘wool bomb’ Ripley Market Place this MayWool bombing is when you cover objects or structures, in this case, trees in Ripley, with decorative knitted or crocheted materials as a form of street art. You can knit/ crochet whatever you like, for example, animals, insects, flowers, pom-poms and scarves to be placed on the trees. They don’t have to be perfect, just colourful!Ripley Town Council are working alongside Ripley St. John’s School to lead the project. We will help you install your creation on the trees on or around Saturday 18th May, in the late afternoon.If you would like your school, craft group, Scout, Guide group or business to be involved and create a ‘wool bomb’ or if you are a local resident with knitting skills and would like to take part, please get in touch with Hannah by emailing or by calling 01773 513456 (Mon-Fri 10am until 3pm) or please call in to our office on Grosvenor Road.
Village Halls -Save the Date!
We already have the date for the 2019 Village & Community Halls Conference which will be held on Friday 8th November 2019. As everyone rated the venue as excellent and met all our needs, the event will again, be held at The Post Mill Centre in South Normanton.

#HelloNeighbour challenge ;Nextdoor, the free app and website for neighbours, has partnered with the charity Giving Tuesday to challenge its members to pledge an hour a week to help tackle loneliness, with the aim of giving one million minutes to support neighbours in need in their communities before 2019.
How to get involved with the #HelloNeighbour challenge:Step 1: Pledge your support to the #HelloNeighbour campaign by visiting their website at:
Step 2:
Find and connect with like-minded people in your community through Nextdoor to discuss who and how you would like to support the #HelloNeighbour challenge. Talk about and post how you’re planning on meeting the challenge, from saying hello to a stranger to inviting a neighbour over for coffee.
Step 3:
Share how your #HelloNeighbour challenge goes and what you’ve done to help your neighbours on Nextdoor and your other social channels using the hashtag:#HelloNeighbourMental health training webpage has now gone live on the DCC website at .Please note places can sometimes fill-up very quickly because of high demand. The courses form part of rolling programmes of courses with new dates and venues across Derbyshire being released in time-blocks.New courses will be publicised on the new mental health training webpage and where referred to on the webpage via Eventbrite,
CHARITY Gig to support First Steps
Amy Hudson will be holding a Charity Gig Saturday 9th February 2019 to raise money for First Steps. The event is £5 per person, and will include a live band, disco, and silent auction and raffle, with prizes such as Olivia Burton Watches, and a signed Manchester United Football Pennant. If you would like a ticket please contact Amy via: GigFalls Prevention- research and social marketing projectNorth West based social enterprise, Unique Improvements has been commissioned by Derbyshire County Council to deliver a combined research and social marketing campaign to help prevent and address the impact of falls amongst older people.We’d really like to keep you involved and informed about the work.If you would like to take part in the insight gathering stage, find out more about being a Falls Champion, would like us to come visit your group/staff meeting, or just be kept up to date with things like the small grants pot, then for details of our event on 31st JanuaryOctober 2017We need your votes to secure vital funding for our Man CaveAmber Valley Centre for Voluntary Services (AVCVS) who provide support to Amber Valley people with voluntary action are calling for the support of the local community to help win funding for their Man Cave project as part of the Aviva Community Fund 2017.  Our Man Cave Project is relying on votes to increase our chances of winning funding of up to £25,000 which we hope will go towards restoring our venue which is an old, unused building and providing materials for our Man Cave volunteers to use. Only projects with the most votes will become finalists, so additional support is vital.The Man Cave was set up in June 2017 with the aim of providing a regular meeting space for men who traditionally do not join in with group social activity, including those with health problems, learning difficulties, mental ill health and suicidal thoughts. At the Man Cave, they find company but in focusing themselves around a practical task we believe more interaction will take place. In completing practical projects using skills they bring with them or acquire through working together we believe confidence, self esteem and mental well being will be improved.The group has 10 gentlemen who attend on a weekly basis, but the more the merrier and new members are always welcome. They come together to work on gardening projects and restoration of furniture. With the help of this funding, they would like to buy materials to make items such as work benches and recycling items to make lamps and wall planters, as well as making the building they use, more sustainable.Paul Smith, lead Man Cave volunteer said, ‘Since the Man Cave started, I have noticed a positive. change in both myself and the other participants. We have become more sociable and better at working as a team.We discuss ideas and can bring all our different skills and techniques together and learn from one another, whilst having a bit of banter at the same time’.He added, ‘The Aviva Funding would make a great difference to our Man Cave group as we would be able to utilise the building better and make our group self-sustainable, hopefully attracting new members to join’.To get behind the Amber Valley CVS Man Cave project and help make a difference in your local community, visit and submit your vote by 21st November 2017.For more information about the Man Cave, please call AVCVS on 01773 512076 / or call in at our office at 33, Market Place, Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 3HA

April 2017Amber Valley CVS seek volunteers for their Home from Hospital schemeRipley based charity, Amber Valley Centre for Voluntary Services (AVCVS) are looking for local volunteers to provide practical and emotional support to individuals who are being discharged from hospital or a care facility.Volunteers will provide low level support to people who have no other support network around them, in order to speed and ease the transition from hospital to home and prevent re-admittance. Tasks may include shopping for basic food stuffs, turning on heating, offering a lift home or popping in to their home to check on their well-being.Pippa Woodbridge, Home from Hospital Worker said, ‘We are looking for volunteers, specifically from the Belper, Ripley, Heanor or Langley Mill areas to offer support for up to 6 weeks, with at least weekly visits for supportive, social conversation and ad hoc practical support which will encouraging the individual to care for themselves at home.’She added, ‘Volunteers can choose the day or time that they are able to provide support.They will be supported by myself and will be given training beforehand. They will be able to claim back any out of pocket expenses and will have access to additional signposting and services for each individual that they help. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age and they will require a DBS (Police check) to be carried out prior to them volunteering’.Each single volunteers input will encourage a person’s adjustment to their home environment and participation with the wider community. Ongoing health or social care will be provided by other statutory services such as the NHS, to the person alongside this volunteering activity.This help will support the NHS and Derbyshire Hospitals by removing some of the barriers to lone patients returning and staying home following discharge.The Home from Hospital service is funded by the NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group.If you are interested in finding out more information about how to become a Home from Hospital volunteer, please contact Philippa Woodbridge on 01773 512076 or email

NEWS ARCHIVE Spring Clean your group with the help of Amber Valley CVS’ FREE training course – January and May 2016 Amber Valley CVS 2015 Food Bank appeal – December 2015 Amber Valley Voices awarded funds from Amber Valley CVS – October 2015 Amber Valley CVS thank their Befrienders – August 2015 Somercotes Infants School Charity Carousel Day – 14th June 2015 Volunteer and potentially end up with a job – May 2015