The first-ever national #VillageHallsWeek will run from 22nd – 28th January 2018. This is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the valuable role that village halls provide to England’s rural communities and to celebrate the great work of the volunteers who tirelessly manage and maintain them for the benefit of local people.

In Derbyshire alone, Rural Action Derbyshire estimates that annually, there are around 2,500 voluntary charity trustees who freely give up their time to manage over 250 rural community halls. We believe they should be recognised for providing these vital facilities that enable people to be connected and underpin rural community life.  They provide vital facilities, activities, and services that would not otherwise be available.

Come along and find out about the Derbyshire Law Centre – services include housing issues; homelessness; debts; rights in work, and more.

The Health and Social Care Forum is a friendly and informal meeting and welcomes new members. It is well attended and provided and relaxing atmosphere where groups are able to network and share information.

The Forum is frequently used as a consultation mechanism by statutory bodies, giving organisations the opportunity to influence decisions at the highest level.

Agenda items will include:

  • The role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Building Social Capital and Resilient Communities in Derbyshire
  • Evidencing outcomes and measuring the impact of Voluntary and Community Sector Services
  • Networking and partner updates
  • Update on the review of investment in the Voluntary and Community Sector

The Gas Safety Charity is running a free, interactive half-day workshop to help organisations become more aware of the sources, signs and symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning.

Open to public bodies, charities and private care agencies, the training will introduce you to the
signs and symptoms of CO poisoning. This includes the numerous health risks associated with
frequent, low-level exposure to this odourless, invisible and toxic gas. For example, the potential increased risk of falls and signs of dementia.