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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.

Next SDCVS Online Community Forums + Help Us Improve Them!

Our online Community Forums are open to any volunteers in South Derbyshire who are organising and/or coordinating COVID-19 support in their local community or neighbourhood. 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. If you can’t attend on these dates but would be interested in the future please let us know by emailing

2 July 2020 – Disability

Our next Online Community Forum will take place on Thursday 2 July 2020 at 9.15-9.45am. It will have a focus on disability, specifically learning disability and autism. Tickets will be available until 2pm on 1 July. 

For more information / to book visit:

16 July 2020 – Befriending and Learning from the Covid-19 Response

On Thursday 16 July at 9.15-9.45am, the forum will focus on befriending and learning from the Covid-19 response at CVS and in our neighbourhoods. Tickets will be available until 2pm on 15 July.

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!

Online Training with Citizens Advice Mid Mercia

Open to all volunteers and community group leaders in South Derbyshire, these online sessions have been organised by South Derbyshire CVS and will be led by Citizens Advice Mid Mercia.

Limited places are available so if you are interested in attending we would encourage you to book ASAP. Please note that booking information will be held by both SDCVS and Citizens Advice.

Debt and COVID-19

Thursday 25 June 2020 at 2.30pm on Zoom.

Led by Megan Mousley from Citizens Advice, this session will cover the impact COVID-19 has had on household debt, types of debt advice, and the support that Citizens Advice can offer to clients both now and going forward. It will comprise of a 30 minute talk, followed by a Q+A session.

Book your place here:

Digital Skills

Wednesday 8 July 2020 at 10am on Zoom.

Led by Lynn Webster from Citizens Advice, this session will comprise of a 30 minute talk, followed by a Q+A session. It will cover the support Citizens Advice can offer to help people develop their digital skills and access a range of info/services online, such as:

  • Using a computer or device
  • Online basics
  • Online safety
  • Office programs
  • Managing money
  • Finding a job
  • Improving health
  • Public services
  • More internet skills (video calling, online shopping, social media etc.)
  • HMRC support with: Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Tax PAYE, VAT, National Insurance.

Book your place here:

Gamble Aware

Wednesday 22 July 2020 at 09:55am on Zoom.

Led by Greg Stenson from Citizens Advice Mid Mercia’s Gambling Support Service, this session will comprise of a 1 hour presentation, followed by a Q+A session. Content will include how to spot clients at risk of gambling whilst engaging in a conversation with regards to harmful gambling, short-term practical intervention strategies, and referral pathways for long-term specialist support.

Book your place here:

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.

Online South Derbyshire Community Forum 12 May 2020

At South Derbyshire CVS our Community Team are missing the opportunity to meet up with community groups at our regular Community Forums, so we have decided to host a series of special short forums online!

These special online forums are for volunteers in South Derbyshire who are organising and/or coordinating support in their local community or neighbourhood during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It will be a chance to chat to each other as well as our community workers in an open and honest environment, share best practice and good ideas as well as any problems or gripes you are experiencing.

On Tuesday 12 May, there will be a range of 1/2 hour time slots to choose between. The same information will be relayed at each slot so you only need to attend one.

The time slots are:

  • 8:15 – 8:45
  • 10:00 – 10:30
  • 16:45 – 17:15
  • 18:00 – 18:30.

The Forums will be held on Zoom. If you have never used Zoom before – don’t panic! You shouldn’t need to set up an account to join in. The meetings will be password protected for your peace of mind – once you have registered we will email you a link the evening before the event, which will enable to you to join. All you need is an email address and access to the internet. When you register please note that we do ask for the name of the group or organisation you are representing, this is to ensure we don’t have any uninvited guests!

For more information and to reserve a place go to:

Tickets will be available until 4pm on 11 May.

If you can’t attend this time but would be interested in the future please let us know by emailing

Giving Tuesday Now

Today is #GivingTuesdayNow a global day of unity in response to COVID-19. We would like to say a huge THANK YOU to our amazing community for all your support!

If you can and would like to make a donation, please visit

Any donations will be used to help us provide emergency food parcels, collect essential shopping, make friendly phone calls and support, older and other at risk people who are self-isolating, and who have no-one else to call on, to make sure they cope through the crisis and beyond.

We’ll also be launching a new giving initiative next week, so watch this space!

30 April consultation deadline – changes to CVS funding

We’re asking local groups to respond urgently before 30 April to county council proposals which include a cut to our funding – not good news at a time like this!

We’d asked for an extension to the deadline in current circumstances but have been told this isn’t possible – so please have your say if you can before then.

For more information and to have your say, click on the following link:

Thank you.

Introducing Our New Group Support Volunteer

We have recently recruited Jodie Cook to a new role as Group Support Volunteer for South Derbyshire CVS. She will be giving all the groups that have registered with us a call over the next couple of weeks to have a chat about the work they are doing and how we can better support them. Please see the below note from Jodie. If you would like to contact her directly, you can do so by emailing


I am Jodie and I usually work as the National Volunteer Manager for P3 – my day job is to work alongside P3 staff to recruit and support volunteers across the country. I am also responsible for sourcing training opportunities for staff and volunteers for the charity.

I have a background in Community Development and have worked within a CVS for three years before I joined P3. In that role I supported community groups with all aspects of their development and facilitated networks and forums.

I have volunteered on a community centre committee and have organised fundraising events to support the centre. I am now the Vice Chairperson for Tibshelf Community School – a very different type of volunteer role.

When I am not working I love to walk my dog on the trails close to my home and have teenage boys who occasionally converse with me – usually when they need food or a lift somewhere.

I am delighted to be able to offer my support to SDCVS at at time when I find myself not working for the first time since my 13 year old was born. I hope to reach you by telephone in the next two weeks and may follow this up with an email if unable to speak to you. I would love to know what your group is doing to support people and how SDCVS can support you in this incredibly challenging time.

I am looking forward to getting to know all of you and hope to help by mapping out the fabulous work that you are doing in response to Covid 19 to keep communities safe both mentally and physically.


East Midlands Airport COVID-19 Community Relief Fund now live

The East Midlands Airport COVID-19 Community Relief Fund is now live. Voluntary, community & charitable organisations that are helping people during the pandemic are invited to apply for a grant.

Grants will be awarded to provide funds for supplies and equipment, publicity materials, or other critical items that are required to enable groups to deliver their COVID-19 emergency response. You must be able to describe how any emergency grant will maintain/enhance your service. Money should not be used for ‘business as usual’ activities – unless these support vulnerable people.

The application is really simple and should take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. There is no cap on the amount an organisation can apply for.

For further information and a link to the application form visit:

If you would like to talk to one of the East Midlands Airport Community Team then please email Harry Winter:

For more COVID-19 funds, visit the Funding page on the Stronger South Derbyshire website: