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South Derbyshire Community Forum 21 August: Mental Health & COVID-19

Our online Community Forums are FREE and open to volunteers, local charities and community groups in South Derbyshire. They offer a chance to chat to each other & our community workers, to share best practice and good ideas as well as any problems or gripes, and to catch up on what’s happening in the local area.

21 August 2020

Our next Online Community Forum will take place on Friday 21 August 2020 at 9.15-10.15am. It will focus on Mental Health & COVID-19, with a presentation from Jo Hall, Clinical Psychologist at Derbyshire County Council.

For more information / to book visit:

Help us improve our online Community Forums

We have created a short survey to gather feedback on our online Community Forums. You do not have to have attended a forum to take part. As well as anyone that has attended, we would also like to hear from those that would like to attend but have not, for whatever reason. There are 11 questions, all optional and it should only take around 5-10 minutes to complete.

To take the survey visit:

Thank you!

Important Service Update From SDCVS

Hello Everyone,

We feel it is a good time to reach out as we, like other organisations, are having to review our service offer in response to the easing of the lockdown.

In many ways it feels far more confusing than the total lockdown that was imposed in March, and people remain concerned about their safety.  We hear daily how people are not quite sure of the ‘rules’ now, and we want to let you know how we are tackling this.

Firstly, please be assured that we are working on getting our services back to normal as soon as reasonably possible. But we have to be very careful about how we do this, making sure that we do so in a safe way and that we have measures in place to keep everyone safe.

We have to be particularly mindful that many of our service users are in the clinically extremely vulnerable ‘shielded’ group, and many more are vulnerable due to their age or health conditions, and so we have to be particularly careful to protect them from risk of infection.

We are looking at each of our services one at a time and planning for as safe a return as possible. There will be changes and please bear with us during this complicated time.  We need to undertake specific risk assessments to keep staff, volunteers and our service users safe whilst the coronavirus is still in general circulation.

South Derbyshire CVS – Our Building 46-48 Grove Street
The building remains closed and the majority of staff have moved to new ways of remote working. This is largely from home and occasional face to face meetings where absolutely necessary. You can still contact us by phone or email and we are still open Monday to Thursday 8:30-16:30 and Friday 8:30-16:00.  The food bank has moved to Hill Street Baptist Church – more information below under Food Bank.

Changes to our Services
All our group activities, and most community-based face to face services remain closed for the time being. This includes befriending visits, befriending groups, Travelling Lunch Club, Social Car and Shopmobility.

Our telephone befriending service continues, however for the time being our volunteers will not, for now, be making any home visits (indoors or outdoors). As Government guidance changes, we are reviewing the service and in particular assessing how and when we might safely start to resume face to face visits. We will update you as soon as there are any changes.

Practical Support (Home from Hospital)
We continue to provide practical support to people at home, including to those who are vulnerable or self-isolating due to the pandemic. This includes our shopping service and collection and delivery of prescriptions. The service is provided maintaining strict social distancing, with assessments and referrals all taking place by phone, email or using online platforms.  This support is available countywide, with delivery partners providing the Home from Hospital Support Service in other districts – see our new website at

As ‘shielding’ restrictions are lifted we know that some support (such as NHS food box deliveries) are going to end over the next few weeks. Please be assured that our services will continue to be there for as long as people need them.

Active Travel/Social Car
We hope to resume our Active Travel scheme ASAP and will confirm when we can take bookings in due course. When we do start again we will only be providing this as a service for patients who need an urgent face to face medical appointment, and who do not have any family or friends who can provide transport. For the time being, we will not be able to take bookings for routine podiatry or dental appointments etc. nor can we take Social Car bookings for shopping or social activities.

Volunteers and service users will be asked to follow new guidelines to limit the risk of spreading the virus, including using PPE and maintaining social distancing. Service users should expect to wear a face covering and need to be able to get in and out of the vehicle without assistance. We will not in any circumstances transport people with Covid19 symptoms or who have tested positive for the virus.

We will be reviewing this again mid-August and will let you know as soon as we make any further changes. Many of our regular volunteer drivers are themselves clinically vulnerable and we are urgently recruiting for new volunteers to ensure we can provide the required level of service. If you know someone who might be interested in volunteering with us please let us know – they need to be under 70, not clinically vulnerable and with access to their own car. Training and necessary PPE will be provided.

To enquire about the Active Travel service, telephone our main number on 07458 304316.

If you are interested in volunteering as a driver, and would like to find out more please email or telephone 07458 304315.

Safer Homes
Our Safer Homes service has now resumed. The service provides home safety / crime prevention advice to older and vulnerable people in South Derbyshire and Erewash districts who have been victims of crime or who are at risk. The service also installs safety measures such as additional door and window locks and other safety equipment free of charge. 

At the moment we are prioritising Police referrals and any visits that were previously cancelled. We are not accepting self-referrals to this service at present. We will let you know when this changes. To find out more, email or telephone 0758 304316.

Food Bank
Our food bank provides emergency food parcels and other essential supplies to people in financial difficulties. The service has now moved to Hill Street Baptist Church and parcels can be collected by appointment on Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9:00-16:00.

If you need a food parcel or want to make a referral please email or phone in advance to arrange an appointment, so we can ensure social distancing measures are in place. Telephone 07458 305314 or email If emailing, please include your telephone number with your message so we can get back to you as soon as possible.

We are getting some generous donations but always need more – if you would like to donate food you can drop it off to Hill Street Baptist Church on the days/times listed above, or if that doesn’t suit then call the number provided and we can make alternative plans.

If you know of someone in need of a hot meal we do support a hot meal delivery referral service from our partners at Churches Together. Please refer via the Community Response Unit at Derbyshire County Council on 01629 535019.

The clothes bank is currently not physically open but if you need a clothes parcel please contact Hill Street Baptist Church by email or call 07765762286, leave a message and they will get back to you.

Support to Voluntary and Community Groups
Our Development Team have moved all networks and forums, including funding advice sessions online, in fact they are doing even more events now!

If you belong to a community group, whether newly formed in response to the pandemic or an existing group or charity, would like to set one up, need some funding advice for your group, want to recruit volunteers, or need any other kind of support or guidance, then please do not hesitate to get in touch. This includes support or guidance about reopening your services. Email A Development Officer will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

We’ve just launched a survey for all voluntary, community, social enterprise and CV19 response groups. We want to capture their experience of this unprecedented time, find out what the current pressures and issues are, and ask what support will be needed over the next few months. This is being done in partnership with our colleagues across the county.  The survey closes on 31 July and can be found at – please respond and share this information with any local groups known to you.  All respondents also have the chance to win a £25 supermarket voucher!

Thank you as always for your support during this period and going forward.

Please get in touch if you have any questions – email or telephone 07458 304316.

Cathy Miles
Senior Manager, Operations
South Derbyshire CVS

COVID & BEYOND: Survey deadline extended to 10 August

Tell us about your experience of the last few extraordinary months, and what support you need – and win a £25 supermarket voucher!

Closing date extended – now 10 August 2020

We want to hear from community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises of all kinds and all sizes, from all parts of Derby City and Derbyshire.

This includes established organisations (whether or not you have been able to provide services during the lockdown), as well as new informal mutual aid / neighbourhood groups; and faith organisations, parish councils and food banks responding to the crisis.

All completed surveys will be entered into a draw to win 1 of 3 x £25 supermarket vouchers!

We want to find out, capture and share:

  • All the good work that you have been doing to make sure that people affected by COVID, especially the most vulnerable, have been supported
  • What you have learned and experienced
  • What the impact has been on your organisation
  • Crucially, we also want to know what support and resources you will need in future, so that we can make sure that you get this.

The survey should take about 20 minutes, and will ask questions about:

  • Your organisation (what you do, where you work, who you support and your annual income)
  • What you have been doing (if anything) to support people during COVID (including the kinds of support you have provided, the numbers of people you have helped and the number of volunteers who have been involved)
  • The impact of COVID on your organisation, including your income, staff (if any), volunteer numbers, levels of demand, needs and geographical differences
  • Your experience of COVID – what the challenges have been, what you have learned – and what support you will need going forward.

To start the survey visit:

This survey is being carried out by the 3D (Third Sector Support for Derbyshire) network of local CVS, Volunteer Centres and other local voluntary sector support organisations working in partnership with public sector colleagues.

If you have any questions, or if would rather complete the survey on paper or as a Word document, or if you need someone to help you fill it in please email

Important Message for CVS Befrienders re 4 July Easing of Lockdown Restrictions

As you may know, Government guidance for the general population has changed and lockdown restrictions are easing further from tomorrow (Saturday 4 July).

However, we must stress that for CVS staff and volunteers we are not changing anything yet and volunteers should not make any befriending visits on behalf of CVS at this time and until we advise otherwise.

Please continue telephoning your befriendee and providing contact and support this way – they and we are very grateful.

We want to reassure you that we are working on getting our services back to normal but we have to be very careful about how we do that and make sure that we have measures in place to keep everyone safe.

If you have any questions about this please email

Thank you, as always, for your support during this period and going forward.

Launch Of The Stronger South Derbyshire Regular Giving Fund

Helping local people in crisis during Covid 19 and beyond

South Derbyshire CVS has been supporting our local community for almost 25 years, with the current crisis highlighting that we are needed now more than ever.

Yesterday we launched the Stronger South Derbyshire Regular Giving Fund and we’re asking all our friends, partners and local communities to help either directly by signing up to become a member and/or by helping to get the message out. A regular monthly donation together with Gift Aid where appropriate, means we can ensure that local people in crisis across South Derbyshire really do get the help they need, when they need it.

You might be surprised to know that not all of our services receive ongoing grant funding sufficient to cover the cost of running them – for example, our Food Bank. Last year (2019) we gave out well over 1,000 food parcels and it is likely to be much higher this year due to the economic impact of COVID-19.

To help us plan ahead and make sure we are always there for local people in need, we are appealing for people to become Stronger South Derbyshire Regular Giving Fund members, which simply entails signing up to make a regular monthly donation.

Our initial aim is to reach 500 members, helping to give us the means to support even more people in the months and years to come. As well as the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting vital community services, members will receive a special impact bulletin at least twice a year, detailing the work we’ve been able to carry out with your ongoing support.

Monthly donations of any amount are welcome – as an example, £5 will provide an emergency food parcel for a child for 1 day, £20 will feed a family for 3 days and £50 will feed a family for a week.

Signing up can be done in just two steps:

  1. Setting up a regular donation via standing order or through PayPal
  2. Confirming membership by filling out a short form.

Full details of how to do this are available on the Donate page of our website

We understand that not everyone will be able to help us with a regular donation. If you would like to help us in another way, you could spread the word by sharing this email with your contacts, or share our posts about this appeal on social media. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you for your support!

Joined Up Care Derbyshire – Public information on coronavirus in Derby and Derbyshire

Joined Up Care Derbyshire (JUCD) is collating the latest local health service information in one place throughout the pandemic:

If you know of anyone who does not have access to the internet, can’t access information from the JUCD website or can’t locate the local health or social care information they need on the website, then they can call Healthwatch Derbyshire on 01773 880786, Monday – Friday 10.00am  – 3.30pm, and the team will endeavour to help them find the information or advice they need.

Grants and Funding Information during COVID 19

Stronger South Derbyshire – Small Grants for Community Support during CV19 

We know this is a particularly difficult time for your group or organisation and that you’ll be facing even more challenges than usual. We also know that relatively small amounts of money can go a long way in the right hands and that’s why we’re making our small grants application process even more accessible. 

Like all funders, we have a limit to the grant resources available but we want to ensure that local groups and community organisations closest to their communities in South Derbyshire have access to additional funds during this crisis especially where it can really make a difference.

Applications are currently being sought from groups based and operating in South Derbyshire for sums of up to £500. This could be used to help people in practical ways, or provide emotional support, or helping people stay connected, or finding new ways to support your beneficiaries during this difficult time. We don’t want to be too prescriptive about the way the money is used but we do want to be able to understand how your beneficiaries will be helped during the CV19 crisis.


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • We can’t pay grants directly into the accounts of individuals, or groups of individuals who have come together recently to provide informal support services to their communities, who don’t have a constitution and bank account. If you are an informal group like this please talk to us before making an application.  We may be able to support you by holding the grant your behalf and making payments when you provide receipts or invoices.
  • Only one application may be submitted per organisation.
  • Funds to make grants or financial donations to other organisations or to individuals.
  • Organisations that discriminate on the basis of age, race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability or other unlawful basis.
  • Organisations that are religious charities whose activities only promote the furtherance of their religion or only benefit their own religious members.
  • Organisations that are political parties or campaigns.

Eligible Expenditure

This unrestricted funding can be used for core costs, staffing, volunteer costs, supplies and equipment, communications or other critical charitable areas. Applicants must be able to describe how the grant will improve the situation for their organisation and community.


We intend to review applications on a continuing basis until the fund has been fully dispersed. We will email you to let you know whether we can offer a grant or not as swiftly as possible. If your organisation is not a registered charity, it is possible that we will need to make further checks on your organisation, and if so, it may take slightly longer.

If you would like to apply please email for an application form. Applications may be shared with other donors and funders who are approaching us offering support. We will also keep you informed of any other grants you might want to apply for.

Finally, we want to thank you for all the amazing work that you are doing in your community in this time of crisis. It’s greatly appreciated.

Other COVID 19 Funding

For other available COVID-19 funding, please see the Funding page, which we will continue to update as we receive more information.

Coronavirus Letter Friends Appeal

Age UK Derby and Derbyshire have launched their Coronavirus Letter Friends Appeal, asking people to write a letter to an anonymous older person isolated at home. People can send their letters to Age UK who then distribute them. The aim is to ensure older people feel valued and in contact with the outside world and to give them a boost by receiving a letter in the post. For more information on how to take part, download the document below:

Information for Organisations and Groups Working with Volunteers

It’s fantastic that so many people are offering to help during COVID-19. However, volunteers need to protect themselves as well as the people they are helping.

With this is mind, South Derbyshire CVS has collated some short video guides offering practical information on how to keep volunteers and the people they are supporting safe. Subjects include Volunteering During COVID-19 and Safeguarding.

Whether you are a formal organisation working with volunteers supporting older or vulnerable people by carrying out roles such as shopping, collecting prescriptions and telephone befriending, or one of the many Facebook groups being set up for grassroots neighbourhood and community support, please feel free to use and share these videos.

Watch the videos here:

The following guidelines offer further information about how to keep yourself and others safe when providing support to vulnerable people:

Staying active while you’re at home

Active Derbyshire has created an Active at Home webpage to help provide individuals with tools and ideas about what they can be doing to stay active:

Sport England has launched its ‘Join the Movement’ campaign, which gives people ideas on how to get active at home. At the campaign’s website you’ll find a range of home workout options – including existing free exercise content and advice from organisations such as the NHS, and workouts from popular fitness brands and influencers. You can also share images of the creative ways you’re getting active at home using the tag #StayInWorkOut.