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Below are news stories from Amber Valley CVS

December 2018

Amber Valley CVS – our AGM is on 4th December; 3.15 – 5.00pm at St Josephs Church Hall, Butterley Hill, Ripley. Your opportunity to become Chair, member of the Board of Trustees or respond to our consultation on priorities for the coming year. Contact lynn@avcvs.org / 01773 512076 for more information.

November 2018

Befriending Services – Amber Valley CVS

Derbyshire CCGs are undertaking further engagement with voluntary sector organisations and service users to understand what the impact would be if grant funding was not continued for the Befriending Services. Please take the time to complete the online survey , or contact Amber Valley CVS ( 01773 512076 / Lynn Allison ) if you would like to complete a hard copy. Responses after the closing date are being collected.   https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/vcs_grant_engagement


Codnor Bowls and Social Club ; Xmas Fayre and Table Top sale ; Saturday 24th November 10am – 2pm, Goose Lane Codnor – start your Christmas preparations early .


The Healthy, Warm and Well 2018 Booklet can be accessed via these links;

·         https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/adult-care-and-wellbeing/adult-care-services.aspx

·         https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health-protection/severe-weather-planning/severe-weather-planning.aspx

·         https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/your-health/keeping-warm-in-winter/keep-warm-in-winter.aspx

·         https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/your-health/your-health.aspx


Derbyshire Trading Standards Service has received information that there are cold callers ringing residents in Derbyshire claiming to be from Derbyshire County Council, informing them that they have overpaid Council Tax and seeking their bank details.

We would urge residents not to give bank details over the phone to any caller that they have not verified the identity of.  Derbyshire County Council would not cold call residents with an enquiry of this nature.  Within Derbyshire council tax is collected by the District Councils and any enquiry regarding under or overpayment would be conducted by letter with contact details that can be verified.

If you have any concerns regarding the caller’s motives, please notify the Police by calling 101 or ring Citizen’s Advice Consumer Services (CACS) on 03454 040506.


October 2018

New Era for First Taste

Like the boards of many small charities the Trustees of Darley Dale based First Taste Charity have been facing the challenges of both attracting new hands-on Trustees and securing funding to continue and develop the Charity’s work of promoting the stimulative care of frail older people, so many now with dementia, in care /nursing homes and day care centres across Derbyshire as well as ensuring future such work..

Over the past year First Taste Trustees have been working with the Board of AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire to secure a future and legacy for our work and have agreed to integrate First Taste’s work into AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire.  This will ensure that First Taste’s vital work including: intergenerational projects; care staff training; developing specific resources such as chair based exercise CD’s & reminiscence DVD’s is protected and hopefully developed, both in care settings as well as being extended to frail older people still living at home. 

First Taste held its last Annual General Meeting on Monday 15 October at the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale following which the Charity Commission is being asked to formally dissolve the Charity as from 31 October 2018.  

All First Taste’s existing funds are being administered by AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire but are ring-fenced and can only be used for First Taste’s projects and programmes and to progress this vital work.To identify the particular work that First Taste has undertaken and to retain the First Taste name AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire are establishing a specific stream of work to be known as “First Taste”.  This will include: all the projects and programmes currently running as well; seeking to develop the intergenerational work; care staff & carer training; development of more specifically tailored resources for use with work with older people with special needs, and seeking innovative ways to reduce loneliness and promote health and wellbeing across the generations.

The First Taste Office at Ladygrove Mill will remain operational until the end of March 2019 where  Iris Wagstaffe, First Taste’s Voluntary Secretary, is working to support the embedment of the Charity’s work into that of AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire.


“Fit for the Future”;Village Halls & Community Buildings Conference
Rural Action Derbyshire & Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire
Friday 23rd November 2018
The Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, Alfreton, DE55 2EJ
Time 9.15am to 3.15pm
This first cross-county conference dedicated to community buildings, it is an ideal opportunity for anyone with an interest in or involved with managing a village hall or community facility, to learn how to become more sustainable and ‘fit for the future’.

Remember to book your place on the  free upcoming conference on Cyber Crime to highlight the key cyber risks and threats to the voluntary and community sector and provide advice on how to prevent them. Please follow the link below for more information and details on how to book your place.



Carers wanted to take part in a study looking at the impact of caring.

Researchers from the Psychology Department at the University of Derby are working with Derbyshire Carers Association on several projects to better support carers to effectively manage the multiple demands of caring.

We would like to invite Carers to come and take part in the study looking at the impact of caring and how Carers build resilience.Researchers from the University of Derby are happy to meet Carers in their own homes, at the University or at a DCA Centre in Derby, Ripley, New Mills or Chesterfield.

This will be a chat about how Carers build resilience and cope with their caring responsibilities.

If you know of any Carers in Derbyshire that you think would like to take part then please pass on this information.For more information or to volunteer to take part please call Angela Bradley at Derbyshire Carers Association on 01773 833833

September 2018


This summer the artists’ group Non Zero One ran a public call-out asking people to ‘put her forward’ nominations of living women that deserve recognition for what they do and for the positive impact they have had on people around them.

From hundreds of nominations, 25 women were invited to be 3D-scanned and 3D-printed into statues, and now they will be unveiled as part of Heritage Open Days, the country’s largest festival of history and culture.

Accessible Belper are proud to announce that our very own Siobhan Fennell is one of the 25 chosen women. Her statue will be unveiled at No28 Community Hall on Sunday 16th September at 4.30pm.The unveiling will celebrate Siobhan and everything she inspires, and include a short presentation by non zero one. Come along and join the celebration.

Derbyshire CCG funding cuts to voluntary sector

Important – Health Scrutiny Meeting about NHS cuts on 10th September, 2pm , County Hall Matlock
This is your chance to help our NHS staff and our health charities to fight the cuts in a very practical way.

Here is what you can do:

  • come to the meeting – overt public interest always rattles cuts happy bureaucrats
  • write to the Chair with a question you would like to ask in person on the day
  • write/phone or visit one or more of the councillors on the committee to express your concerns and request their support in referring the matter to the Health Secretary.

For further information request a copy of Cllr Maurice Neville email from L Allison/ C Watson at Amber Valley CVS

Will you be affected personally  by funding cuts to voluntary sector infrastructure organisations or befriending services ?

Ruth George MP will lead a debate on Tuesday 4th September, 6pm to 6.30pm in Westminster Hall in Parliament which will be available to be viewed on Parliament.uk website.

Any information that local groups or their service users would like to send  about the impact on them and their service users across Derbyshire would be very welcome to this email address. ruth.george.mp@parliament.uk


Derbyshire Carers

On Friday 21st September DCA will be celebrating achievements in the first year of both our County Adult Carers Service and Young Carers Service.

We will be hosting an information and activity day at the Postmill Centre, South Normanton between 10.00 and 1.00.

We will be joined by many organisations who offer information, advice and services for Carers.

Free treatments and activities will be available for Carers as well as delicious home baked cakes.

Call 01773 833833 or email info@derbyshirecarers.co.uk to book a place

Aug 2018

Neighbourhood Watch and our sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

We’re talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart.We want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

Find the nomination form here – https://joinin.coop.co.uk/opportunities/159 and complete it before nominations close on September 5

Health Watch Derbyshire – We are carrying out a survey to find out peoples experiences of care and treatment for cataracts.

We want to find out what works well, and where things could be improved, so that patients can be part of the design and delivery of services to meet their needs.

The link to the survey is here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cataract-survey.

The closing date is Sunday 2nd September 2018.

Individuals who complete the survey can enter our prize draw for a £30.00 Marks & Spencer gift voucher

Healthwatch Derbyshire, Suite 14, Riverside Business Centre, Foundry Lane, Milford, DE56 0RN

Consultation on proposed merger of four Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

The four Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are seeking the views of local patients and organisations on proposals to merge into a single organisation. The aim is to strengthen how CCG staff work efficiently together, to commission services which are equally available to all residents across the county and to make the best use of the money available to the local NHS.

Now is the time for us to share information about what the merger could mean and seek views from our key stakeholders. You can find more information and give your views by using the following web link: http://www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/have-your-say/consultations/the-future-of-erewash-hardwick-north-derbyshire-and-southern-derbyshire-nhs-clinical-commissioning-groups/

 There are two public meetings scheduled to discuss the proposal, as detailed below:

Thursday, 9 August
5.30pm – 6.30pm
St. Peter’s in the City – Function Room
St. Peter’s Street
Derby DE1 1SN 

Monday, 13 August
5.30pm – 6.30pm
Whitworth Centre – Ballroom
Dale Road North
Darley Dale
Matlock DE4 2EQ 

Please register your attendance by emailing: sderccg.communications@nhs.net

The consultation will run until Tuesday, 14 August 2018.

July 2018

(Un)Happy Birthday – NHS 70th Anniversary marked by grant cuts to local charities

Amber Valley CVS is one of dozen of local charities who received the unwelcome news of the Clinical Commissioning Group plans to cut all funding for it valuable  infrastructure work including supporting groups to access funding and members of the public to hear of volunteering opportunities as well as  Befriending, Home from Hospital services and services we support such as vSPA.

Whilst we feel the decision about cuts across the voluntary sector is short sighted when health services are under so much pressure and voluntary sector support in Amber Valley and Derbyshire play a huge part in easing this pressure we must prepare you and ourselves for some change. We will continue to lobby CCG and Derbyshire funders, alongside our CVS colleagues to change this decision, however your support as volunteers, service users and member groups will be vital and appreciated. Please email views to admin@avcvs.org / complete our survey to you and return to collettewatson@avcvs.org

Joined Up Care Derbyshire Stakeholder Events

Health and social care services locally, and nationally, are facing financial pressures and many hospitals and other organisations across the country are struggling to balance their books.The NHS in Derby and Derbyshire has an estimated financial gap of £80m this year. This means services we fund will cost £80m more this year than the annual budget we receive. This is before savings required by local authorities is factored in.The financial challenge is therefore significant and despite saving millions of pounds over the last three years across health and social care Derbyshire still has this financial gap and it must be addressed.

  • The local health and social care system is running a series of workshops to begin to brief our closest stakeholders about the financial challenge we face. These will take place across Derbyshire during July and you will be able to:
  • Hear more detail about the financial challenge – and what we are doing about it
  • Take part in a workshop that will test out the values we should be using when making difficult decisions about funding
  • Find out further ways in which you can get involved and help us meet the challenge. We are holding sessions in each of our localities at various times during the day to aim to allow everyone to attend who wishes to. The sessions will be led by a CCG Executive and local clinicians and will take place at the following dates, times and venues:

Attendance is on an invited basis but anyone wishing to attend needs to confirm their intention by emailing sderccg.communications@nhs.net and include their name, affiliation and the session they would like to attend.

Weds 11 July, 2pm-4.30pm

Thurs 12 July, 6.30pm-9pm

St. Peters in the City – Function Room

St. Peters Street

Derby DE1 1SN

Weds 11 July, 6.30pm-9pm

Thurs 12 July, 9.30 am- 12pm

St. Thomas’ Church

Chatsworth Road

Chesterfield S40 3AW

Fri 13 July, 9.30am-12pm

Emmanuelle Church Hall

28 Vicarage Gardens

Swadlincote DE11 8LS

Fri 13 July, 2pm-4.30pm

North Wingfield Community Resource Centre – Function Room

Whiteleas Avenue

North Wingfield S42 5PW

Mon 16 July, 2pm-4.30pm

Erewash Voluntary Action CVS
Granville Centre

Granville Avenue

Long Eaton NG10 4HD

Mon 16 July, 6.30pm-9pm

Buxton Methodist Church

Chapel Street

Buxton SK17 6HX

01298 27065

June 2018

What have Duffield & Somercotes got in common ?

Derbyshire County Council have launched their 12 week public consultation for the proposed public library service strategy ‘Libraries for Derbyshire’. You can complete their consultation questionnaire at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/librariesforderbyshire until Monday 30 July.
As part of the consultation DCC has organised drop in sessions across all 45 libraries in Derbyshire for you to meet with them and to discuss their proposals in person.
In each of the 20 communities proposed for community managed libraries, they have also arranged a community libraries focus group, in which you will be able to give your views, discuss the practicalities and challenges and decide if you want to take your interest further.
To read DCC’s proposed strategy and to find out more details on all their consultation events, including details on how to book your tickets for the focus group please go to their dedicated library strategy webpage: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/librariesforderbyshire.

Horsley Woodhouse Carnival – 14th July 2018 -Would you like to volunteer as part of a team to sell programmes or refreshments on the day of Horsley Woodhouse Carnival? Please contact us with what help you can offer 01773 512076

Tender Opportunity

Please see information below which is available on Source Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Adult Care will be inviting tenders from organisations experienced in the provision of visual impairment rehabilitation, information and advice on Thursday, 23 August 2018. The visual impairment rehabilitation, information and advice service will support people with a visual impairment, or who have recently experienced sight loss, to remain independent and at home and also access appropriate and timely information and advice. The service will also operate a mobile resource centre and a range of community drop in events at venues across the county.

An information event will be held on 3rd July 2018 at Committee Room 1, County Hall, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG between 09:30 and 12:30.Places are strictly limited to two persons per organisation.

To book a place please email:louise.cope@derbyshire.gov.uk

Plastics Campaign by Greenpeace

Every year, up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans. That’s a truckload every minute!
Greenpeace is campaigning to stop this.

From UK beaches to the depths of the Arctic – plastic is causing big problems for our oceans and the creatures that live there. But it doesn’t have to be this way.
Here’s a link to join our campaign if you want to get involved:

May 2018

Volunteering Opportunities Fair

We all value people who give their time to support organisations and businesses. As part of National Volunteering Week (1st-7th June) Amber Valley Community Voluntary Service (AVCVS), in partnership with DerwentWISE, are hosting a Volunteer Opportunities Fair on Tuesday 5th May 2018 at the Gothic Warehouse, Cromford from 12.00 -14.00. Come along pick up information or talk to organisations about what volunteering is available in Derbyshire.

Whether you have one hour a week or one day a month there will be something that you can offer. Lynn Allison says, ”the benefits to volunteering include social interaction, improved mental and physical health, so what can you do to help a cause that you care about.” It could be building dry stone walls, working in a museum, updating websites, posting social media, reception at a visitor centre, restoring canals – there is something out there for you.

More details can be found on DerwentWISE website/events or you can contact Tania at derwentwise@derbyshirewt.co.uk or Lynn at lynn@avcvs.org.

CT4TC announces its new name – Derbyshire Community Transport
Community Transport for Town and Country (CT4TC) will become Derbyshire Community Transport from 4 May 2018. The move is in light of feedback from staff and service users and also marks our new status as a part of leading transport social enterprise HCT Group.
Explaining the change, Patrick Dawson, Derbyshire Community Transport Chief Executive, said “In April this year we joined HCT Group – the UK’s largest transport social enterprise. This will help us to face the future with real confidence and we felt we should celebrate this new beginning with a new name.
“We’ve also listened to the feedback of our service users, our stakeholders and our staff. They have all told us that it would be better to have a name which reflects where we’re from and what we do rather than a ‘jumble of letters and numbers’.”
The new name will be applied to new things as we go along – waste not, want not.
“What we won’t change is what we do and why we do it. Derbyshire Community Transport remains committed to our founding mission – we believe that no-one should be prevented from enjoying a full life because of a lack of access to transport. We’ll continue to provide our wide range of community transport services to as many people as we can.”
Dai Powell, Chief Executive of HCT Group, said “We’re delighted with the move. Derbyshire Community Transport is setting out its stall, looking to new opportunities in the months and years ahead to serve the community in Derbyshire. We believe the future looks very bright indeed.”

Volunteer Week Celebration – 5th June 2018 10am -12.30 at Gothic Wharf , Cromford Mills , Cromford sees the launch of a NEW Conservation, Environment & Heritage VCI Passport and showcase of volunteering opportunities. Go along to find out more or contact Tania Pells at Derwent WISE for more details.

Horsley Woodhouse Carnival – 14th July 2018 -Would you like to volunteer as part of a team to sell programmes or refereshments on the day of Horsley Woodhouse Carnival? Please contact us with what help you can offer 01773 512076

April 2018


  • Your vote could see local group named a winner in this year’s The People’s Projects – make sure you have your say
  • General public gets to decide which community projects get National Lottery funding support
  • Film of The Volunteer Centre’s Safe & Sound project will be aired on ITV on Thursday April 19th and viewers can vote on this year’s worthy winner.

A local community group in Chesterfield is calling for your vote to secure £40,000 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects. The Safe & Sound Project, which is based within The Volunteer Centre in Chesterfield and which provides emergency care to elderly and vulnerable adults, is one of five groups in The Calendar South ITV region in the running for a share of up to £150,000 of funding.

Now in its 13th year, the Big Lottery Fund, ITVand The National Lottery are teaming up to give the public a chance to decide how National Lottery funding should be put to good use in their local area.

Designed to celebrate some of the incredible projects the Big Lottery Fund has supported over the past year, 95 community-based schemes are now shortlisted across the UK. In each region, the three with the most public votes will receive grants of up to £50,000. This will help them to continue their work to improve local people’s lives. The entire amount up for grabs across the UK is a life-changing £3 million.

On Thursday April 19th on ITV,The Volunteer Centre in Chesterfield will showcase its Safe & Sound project, on ITV Calendar South regional news at 6pm. To be in with a chance of winning, The Volunteer Centre is calling on viewers to support its bid. Voting opens at 9am on Monday 16 April at www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk.

If successful, The Volunteer Centre will use the grant to expand the current project by recruiting more volunteers giving them greater capacity to tackle as wider range of tasks as possible.

Dave Radford, Manager of The Volunteer Centre said: “This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. We urge local people to get behind us. If successful, our project will make a real difference to our local community by allowing us to recruit and support more volunteers and offer much needed support to those in most need.”

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “As the largest funder of community activity in the UK, we are proud to support grassroots groups that are using the vision, determination and drive of local people to strengthen communities. The People’s Projects showcases the best of these and is a chance for you to have your say on how National Lottery funding can benefit your local community.”

Since 2005, around £39 million has been awarded through the Big Lottery Fund, National Lottery and ITV/STV partnership to 865 Good Causes across the UK.

Voting closes at midday on Monday 30 April 2018. People can vote once per region and will need an email address to vote**. To support the Safe & Sound Project and for Ts& Cs please visit www.thepeoplesprojects.org.uk

March 2018

Somercotes Choral Society are singing happy thanks to a grant from Amber Valley CVS

Our Community Funding Development Worker, Collette Watson attended the Somercotes Choral Society weekly session to present them with a cheque for £250. This was from the Amber Valley CVS Small Grants Fund to help with the groups running costs. Pictured below is Jen Adams from the group along with their Musical Director, Neil Farley with the rest of their team behind them.

Somercotes Choral Society

Somercotes Choral Society

Any group in Amber Valley can apply for the Small Grants Fund, just as long as you have a constitution and a bank account. For further details, please contact Collette Watson at Amber Valley CVS on 01773 512076 / collettewatson@avcvs.org

If you would like more information about the Somercotes Choral Society, please visit www.somercoteschoralsociety.co.uk

February 2018

Success of community campaign sees new road crossing installed

Amber Valley CVS’s Community Organiser Kirsty is there to support local community members to take their ideas and turn them in to reality. Back in 2016 Kirsty met Eileen, a very inspiring lady who has dreamed of seeing a new crossing on Mansfield Road, Heanor for over 60 years. With Kirsty’s support Eileen was finally able to bring this vision to life.

Gathering support for the crossing was a real community effort. Kirsty used her Community Organiser skills to break the mission down in to small manageable steps. Eileen contacted Cllr. Celia Cox who was fantastic at guiding the team through the political process of presenting a petition to Derbyshire County Council. Cllr Celia Cox arranged a site visit with residents and DCC officers and accompanied both Eileen and Kirsty to present the petition, signed by over 140 local residents, to the Cabinet Member. Now that the crossing has been installed residents can feel much safer crossing between bus stops.

Kirsty says “This achievement is such a great example of what can happen when one person takes the lead to bring a community together, communities can really make the difference! I may have provided some support but all of the passion, dedication and energy came from Eileen herself, she is an amazing lady!”

Eileen says “Everyone is delighted with the outcome”.

If you have a community idea that you would like to see happening in your area and would like support, contact Amber Valley CVS on 01773 512076

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


Well done Kirsty!

Some of our members of staff took part in the Derbyshire Sport September Workplace Challenge ‘Find your 10 minutes’. By doing so, our Community Organiser, Kirsty Barker won a Fitbit activity tracker.

Here’s Kirsty (left) receiving her prize this morning from Rachael Dyer of Derbyshire Sport. Well done Kirsty! We look forward to seeing you power walking around Amber Valley very soon!

September 2017

The Insolvency Service has published a series of videos called ‘if only’ based on true stories around financial abuse and scamming, please see the link below.


The link will also be added to the Safer Derbyshire website under the financial abuse page https://www.saferderbyshire.gov.uk/what-we-do/safeguarding-adults/derbyshire-safeguarding-adult-board/financial-abuse/financial-abuse-guidance.aspx

June 2017

Better health starts at home public consultation

What is this consultation about?

NHS commissioners working across Derbyshire have outlined proposals to make changes to the prescribing policy in Derbyshire. This would see less NHS money being spent on products for short-term minor illnesses where there is insufficient evidence of benefit or cost effectiveness and which are available to buy over-the-counter. The result would see more NHS money being available to invest in the diagnosis and treatment of serious medical conditions.  In 2016/17 over £150 million was paid out on GP practice prescriptions.  Of this, it is estimated that over £3 million was spent on medicines that are available to buy over-the-counter and which are only used for illnesses that often get better without any treatment.  With increasing demands on NHS resources it is important to ensure that money allocated to the NHS is spent in the best possible way.

We want your views

The “Better health starts at home” consultation document will tell you why we want to make the changes and what they could mean for you or the people that you support. It will tell you how you can get involved and share your views with us and what we will do with your views once the consultation has finished. We would be most grateful if you could share this information with all of your contacts as we want as many people as possible to share their views.

The consultation document and questionnaire is available at GP surgeries, pharmacies and other community venues in Derbyshire.  It is also available on request and to view and download Click here

More information is available from


The consultation feedback form is available to complete on Survey Monkey at: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/betterhealthderbys

To request a consultation booklet, or for more information, please email enquiries@northderbyshireccg.nhs.uk or call 01246 514176.

If you would like someone to come out to visit your group to provide further information and take feedback on your views please contact us.

Thank you,

NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group
NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group

May 2017

Be part of the UK’s biggest celebration, recognising the contribution of the 22 million people who volunteer in their communities.

During Volunteers’ Week, hundreds of events and celebrations will take place across the country to say thank you to volunteers, recognising the important contribution they make.  We would like there to be lots of events like this in Amber Valley too.  It’s a great opportunity for you to organise a party/ get together/ soirée, whatever you would like to call it, specifically for your volunteers as a way of saying thank you to them and let them know how much you appreciate them and how their time, makes a huge impact on your group or organisation.

The National Council for Volunteering Organisations (NCVO) have put together a really handy resource pack for you to use. It includes copies of their logos, posters and bunting which you can download and print off. Ideas of how to publicise your event, invitation templates, thank you cards, certificates and much, much more.

Download the new resource pack (pdf)

Amber Valley CVS can also help you promote your event as we can advertise it on our website and social media pages.  If you do organise something, we would love to see some photos of your event so please do email them over to us or post them on our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/AVCVS

Amber Valley CVS staff celebrate Red Lippy Day

On Friday 5th May 2017, staff from Amber Valley CVS joined in the Red Lippy Day as a way of remembering ladies of a certain era and how they have succumbed to this dreadful disease.

Red Lippy Day 2017 for Dementia – Amber Valley CVS Staff

April 2017
Amber 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


Victims of antisocial behaviour in Derbyshire can gain support from a new service put in place and funded by Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.

The Commissioner set about introducing a new ASB Support Service after talking with traumatised victims whose sense of safety had been shattered.

“I feel very strongly that we need more avenues of support for victims to enable them to cope and recover and no longer live in fear or distress,” he said. “Antisocial behaviour comes in many shapes and forms, none of which is acceptable, which is why I want the service to be available to all victims of such abhorrent crimes – be they of a nuisance, personal or environmental kind.”

Adults and children will be able to seek help from the service through self-referral, whether or not they have reported what’s happening to the police.

Steve Jones of Remedi said: “Remedi are delighted to be extending our support services to all victims of anti-social behaviour across Derby and Derbyshire. We are very much looking forward to working in partnership with key ASB agencies to provide both emotional and restorative support services to help those affected by ASB to cope and recover.”

The service will be run by Remedi Restorative Services as an extension to Derbyshire Victim Services, working alongside other support services in the county.


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