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Clerk RFO: Stephanie Lloyd

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I'm mindful that as we appear to be emerging from the worst of the pandemic, there are people in other parts of the world who are less fortunate and our thoughts are with them right now. It's no surprise given what we've all experienced over the year, that mental health issues are now emerging across all ages and all communities. Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 takes place between the 10th and 16th May and I'd urge you to read Mind's schedule of online events; they look great.

If you're living with a long term health condition, the challenges are probably even greater and so the support being offered under the 'Living Well with a Long Term Condition' programme look really valuable. I love the idea of taking control of your health by learning new skills each day of the week. The sessions offered last two and a half hours each and are delivered over a six week period.

Finally, and as we edge closer to the lifting of further restrictions in June, now's the time to let the SDCVS team know about your support group or activity so we can spread the word and help get people involved. And what's more…we even have some funding available to help kick start those groups, so please do get in touch.

A bumper edition, with lots going on. Happy reading.


Roger Moors

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Mental Health Awareness Week runs from 10 – 16 May 2021 and this year the theme is Nature. Derbyshire Mind has curated a week of free activities focusing on nature and mental wellbeing.

For more information visit:

Living Well with a Long Term Condition

Citizens Advice Mid Mercia are now delivering their free Living Well with a Long Term Condition (LWLTC) programme online. It is for anyone in Derbyshire and Derby City living with a long-term health condition; helping you live well, gain confidence and learn new skills.

The next six-week LWLTC course starts on Wednesday 9 June. To attend the online course, participants would need access to a PC, laptop or tablet that has a webcam and audio facilities.

For more information download the LWLTC leaflet here.

Support and Funding for Groups

Over the next year the Community Development Team at SDCVS will be offering a selection of information sessions, funders workshops and training to help people run their groups, raise their profile and meet other likeminded organisations. Subjects will include improving your social media skills, writing funding bids, safeguarding, and how to manage your money. For more information, visit the Events page on our website at:

SDCVS manages two small grant funds available to local voluntary, community and not-for-profit groups, which help to improve health & wellbeing including mental health, or support self-help. Micro Grants of up to £200 are also available to smaller community groups who are not constituted. For more information, visit the Funding Advice page on our website at:

The Community Development Team can also provide support via phone or email. You can email the team at or telephone our temporary remote CVS reception on 07458 304316.

Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service Training

Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service currently has spaces available on the following online training:

  • Wed 5th May - Brief Interventions - Let's Talk About Drugs & Alcohol
  • Tues 18th May - Alcohol Awareness
  • Wed 26th May - Brief Interventions
  • Thurs 27th May - Alcohol Awareness
  • Thurs 10th June - Substance (Drug) Awareness
  • Wed 16th June - Brief Interventions
*To attend Brief Interventions you MUST have completed one of DAAS' other courses.

These course are all FREE to health, social and community staff and volunteers working with adults in Derbyshire and can be booked at:

You can also read the latest DAAS Training Newsletter here.

Derbyshire Mental Health Community Groups Network

Do you volunteer or work within mental health in Derby or Derbyshire? If so Derbyshire Mental Health Forum would love you to join them at the next networking meeting, online on Wednesday 5 May at 1.30pm - 3pm. Email for the Zoom link.

Compassion-focused Ways of Working Effectively in Groups - Online Workshop

Think like a Tree and Transition Leicester have been given a grant from the National Lottery and Transition Bounce-Forward to offer a series of 4 workshops specifically for groups in the Midlands. The workshops will be online via Zoom and will offer many skills, based on the science of compassion, for better and more harmonious group working, and to share tools for when things aren't going quite so well.

The workshops have been commissioned specifically for the needs of voluntary groups (you can attend as an individual or invite your whole group. If you work on a paid basis with groups you can access a subsidised place too) and will be run by Kate Lucre, expert in compassion-focused work.

The workshops are being offered at a subsidised rate of £20 for all 4 (non-subsidised rate £160).

Dates are Mondays in May: 10, 17, 24 and June 7 2021, Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm (participants need to commit to all 4 dates).

For more information / to book, visit the Think like a Tree website at:

Derbyshire Carers Association - Memory Loss Support Group

Derbyshire Carers Association's monthly virtual Memory Loss Support Group is for carers who are caring for someone with memory loss. For more information download the poster here.

Work Club

Work Club (offering free help and support with CV writing, covering letters, application forms, searching and applying for work online and using Find a Job) restarted on the 27 April at The Old Post Centre, Newhall. Appointments are on a 1:1 basis and need to be booked in advance. To book, ring the The Old Post Centre on 01283 552263. For more information download the poster here.

Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week will take place from 3 - 9 May 2021 and this year's theme is 'Coming through it together'. The UK Council on deafness are working with their members and partners across the UK to raise awareness and campaign together with a focus on positivity.

Derbyshire County Council have collected together details of events, services and information about the week on their website at:

Covid Information Connectors

The Covid Information Connectors initiative was commissioned by Derbyshire County Council Public Health and South Derbyshire Partnership and South Derbyshire CVS co-ordinate it.

The aim is to circulate up to date and reliable information to communities and report back to Public Health with any concerns, issues or questions residents of South Derbyshire may have. A network of Covid Information Connectors is being created across South Derbyshire to ensure that residents from every community stay up to date with the latest official guidance and advice.

You can read the sixth edition of Covid Information Connectors bulletin here.

Job Opportunities
Umbrella Vacancies

Umbrella enables disabled children and young adults to realise their full potential. They are based in Derby City and provide local services in Derby City, Amber Valley, Erewash, South Derbyshire and South Derbyshire Dales.

Premises officer
Umbrella are looking for a diverse individual to work across their sites taking on day to day maintenance, bookings, health and safety and IT. 16 hours a week over 3 days. Scale 18, £9.59 - £10.62 per hour.

Umbrella House Administrator
Supporting Umbrella House, being the first point of call for visitors and phone calls, managing social media posts, organising and ordering supplies at both Umbrella House and The Ronnie MacKeith Centre, maintaining the archive system, assisting with the smooth running of the office and attending staff meetings.16 hours a week: 2 days in the office 9am – 4pm and 3 hours from home for social media. Paid at minimum wage/national living wage.

Activity Support Workers (must be drivers)
Working with children and young adults up to 30 years old with varying levels of needs (some including personal care). Supports are in group settings, one to one or two one, working at Umbrella House, Annie's Place or in the community. Applicants must be qualified to (or currently undertaking) Level 3 in Child Care, Health and Social Care, Education or similar. Contracts are permanent and various hours are available.

Closing date for all roles is 9 May at 11.59pm.

For more information visit:

Housing Navigator (Offsite Properties) - YMCA Derby
35 hours per week

As part of the Accommodation Team your role will be to assist in developing and engaging people. To ensure YMCA Derby are providing a high quality, non-judgemental, empowering, holistic service by delivering an effective and efficient service to residents and promoting a safe and caring environment.

Closing date: 9 May 2021

For more information visit:
Good Neighbour Officer - Community Action Derby

The post holder will take direct responsibility for the coordination, administration and
support of the Good Neighbour development along with Local Area Coordinators
(LAC) and Community Hub partners. They will be responsible for the support of
communications and as needed, working with Good Neighbours to develop
neighbourliness across Derby City in line with the Community Hub Principles.

Closing date: 9am on Thursday 13 May

For more information visit:

Money Advice Quality Officer - Citizens Advice Mid Mercia

Salary: £25440 (dependant on experience)
Hours of Work: 37.5 per week
Location: Church Gresley (DE11 9NR) and Sinfin (DE24 3DS)
Status: Permanent

You will be working as part of a diverse and well-used service, providing high-quality advice and support to service-users with money advice issues. The quality officer role incorporates supporting advisers to ensure the advice clients receive is accurate and delivering a limited specialist advice and casework on all money advice queries.

Closing Date: 14 May 2021

For more information download the full job description here.

Posted: Tue, 04 May 2021 11:55 by Stephanie Lloyd

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