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Below are news stories from Amber Valley CVS

October 2019 Amber 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 admin@avcvs.org for the schedule. Joined Up Care Derbyshire; the refresh of the strategic plan is now available for comment on www.joinedupcarederbyshire.org.uk September 2019

Homestart 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 paul@releaseonline.org.uk. 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 – https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/community/lottery-funding/recovery-from-drugs-and-alcohol/recovery-from-alcohol-and-drug-dependence-grant.aspx  
July 2019 Joined 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: e.plummer@nhs.net or Richard Murrell, Place Officer Amber Valley: richard.murrell@nhs.net Carers in Employment Event – Wednesday 3rd July. At Haveli Restaurant, 10 Attenborough Lane, Chilwell, NG9 5JW Registration and welcome drinks from 11.30am – 12.00pm A 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;employers@derbyshirecarers.co.uk or call DCA on 01773 833833  
May 2019 Health & 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 Belper Accessible 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. 28 Front 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 2019 Help 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 1-3pm To book a place and confirm your attendance please call 01773 512076 or email paulclarke@avcvs.org Accessible Belper Press release Back 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 www.mobiloo.org.uk 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! (johnnyvictory.com) 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 2019 Could your group run Somercotes Library? Contact us now to discuss your plans:community.libraries@derbyshire.gov.uk 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 – 12-6pm Cyber security toolkit for VCS organisations has been published on the Safer Derbyshire website, which you may find useful: https://www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/what-we-do/cyber-crime/cyber-security-toolkit/cyber-security-toolkit-for-voluntary-organisations.aspx   Carers 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: employers@derbyshirecarers.co.uk 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 (acadman175@yahoo.com) 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: http://unicorns.comli.com/Index.htm Tea Dance @ Ripley Leisure Centre February 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 12.30pm   Neurological Conditions Information and Advice Event Richmond Village Aston on Trent, Richmond Drive, Aston on Trent, Derbyshire, DE72 2EA Friday 22nd March 2019 10.30 am – 2.00 pm For more information contact Rosalind Nicklin T: 01332 794306   E: rosalind.nicklin@richmond-villages.com
February 2019 Accesible 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 www.accessiblebelper. org. On 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 Times The 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: admin@matineederbyshire.org.uk   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 lunch For more information and if you have any special dietary requirements please email adultcare.info@derbyshire.gov.uk (however you will still need to register via Eventbrite)   RIPLEY TO BE WOOL BOMBED! 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 May. Wool 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 deputyclerk@ripleytowncouncil.gov.uk 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.
January 2019 Welcome back , hoping for a great year in 2019 ! Thank you to all who donated to the Food Bank appeal – local food banks were grateful for this during December and January
December 2018 Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all staff , trustees and volunteers at Amber Valley CVS. We will be CLOSED from 12pm on Christmas Eve and re OPEN at 9.30am on 2nd January, ready to support you during 2019. #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: go.nextdoor.com/helloneighbour. 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:#HelloNeighbour   Mental health training webpage has now gone live on the DCC website at https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/mental-health-and-wellbeing/mental-health-training/mental-health-training.aspx . 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: amyh@firststepsed.co.ukCHARITY Gig Falls Prevention- research and social marketing project North 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 email: Falls@uni.uk.net for details of our event on 31st January   October 2017 We need your votes to secure vital funding for our Man Cave Amber 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 https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-2857  and submit your vote by 21st November 2017. For more information about the Man Cave, please call AVCVS on 01773 512076 / admin@avcvs.org 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 scheme Ripley 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 philippawoodbridge@avcvs.org
Homestart Would you like to volunteer with Homestart in Amber Valley to support families with children under 5? Homestart Derby are extending their activity and will be working from Amber Valley CVS office to train and support local volunteers and families.


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