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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 https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/donate/.

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: https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/public-info-covid-19.

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.

Restrictions

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.

Timescales

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 stronger@sdcvs.org.uk 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 https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/funding-for-groups/, 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: https://strongersouthderbyshire.org/resources-for-groups/.

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: https://www.activederbyshire.org.uk/active-at-home.

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 Stayinworkout.org 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.

Covid-19 Scam Warning

Scam text messages have been reported which make claims that UKGOV has issued a payment of £458 to all residents as part of its promise to battle COVID-19.
 
The messages contain a link, which recipients are asked to click on in order to apply for the money.
 
These messages are a scam.
 
Do not click on links in unsolicited text messages or emails. If you receive this message or similar, delete it.
 
The www.gov.uk website is the authoritative source for information that issued by the Government.
 
If you think you have been a victim of fraud, contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or visit their website at www.actionfraud.police.uk.
 
For further information, or to report a similar scam, contact the Citizens Advice consumer service on 0808 233 1133.
 
Please be aware that it may take longer for your calls to be answered during this difficult time.

Derbyshire County Council – Community Response Unit

Derbyshire County Council are calling on Derbyshire’s network of community groups, voluntary organisations and businesses to help coordinate the community response to COVID19 by joining the Derbyshire Community Response Unit.

The Community Response Unit will help those in need by delivering services such as:

  • 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
  • preparing meals.

If you’re involved in a community group, voluntary organisation or business and you have members who are below the age of 70 who are fit and well they would like to hear from you. 

Please fill in the DCC questionnaire if your group or organisation can help here: https://www.derbyshire.gov.uk/social-health/health-and-wellbeing/health-protection/disease-control/coronavirus/community-response-unit/community-response-unit.aspx.

South Derbyshire CVS will be working with Derbyshire County Council to help coordinate volunteer response locally, more information to follow.

Public urged to be vigilant over doorstep callers during coronavirus response

Keep yourself safe when accepting help

There are lots of good neighbours and great community groups rallying round to support people affected by the current situation. However sadly a small number of individuals have used the situation to take advantage of vulnerable people. Derbyshire Police is urging people to be vigilant, particularly over doorstep callers, during the coronavirus response. Their advice can be found here:
https://www.derbyshire.police.uk/news/derbyshire/news/news/forcewide/2020/march/public-urged-to-be-vigilant-over-doorstep-callers-during-coronavirus-response/.

Looking for help?

If you are struggling due to the current situation, and don’t have a family member, friend or trusted neighbour who can offer support, then be careful only to go through a trusted organisation or group you know – contact South Derbyshire CVS on 01283 219761 or projectsupport@sdcvs.org.uk and we will link you up with support. available.

Want to help?

Similarly if you want to volunteer your time it’s best to go through an organised group, for your own safety and those you’re helping. If you don’t know where to go, get in touch and we’ll let you know where help is needed email volunteer@sdcvs.org.uk.

More information about local community support and help needs will be updated as we get it here.

About Stronger South Derbyshire

We are a group of organisations working together to create a Stronger South Derbyshire – a district in which people, communities, groups and organisations work together and support each other.

This site has been set up by local charity South Derbyshire CVS on behalf of Stronger South Derbyshire, to help local community responses to the Covid 19 pandemic so we can work together, support those affected – and support each other.