News & Events

Volunteer Drivers needed to help Matlock people get ‘out and about’

The Do Something Different Club is a club in the Matlock locality run solely by volunteers, giving people the chance to ‘get out and about’ who cannot easily attend regular lunch/social clubs due to limited mobility.

The Club aims to put isolated people in touch with each other so that they can talk – even if it is on the ‘phone – until the next meeting – these meetings are once a month.

New research shows the Value of Befriending

Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is launching the findings of new research into the value and impact of voluntary befriending services.

The report, Befriending in Derbyshire, which was launched on 1 November to mark the start of Befriending Week, found that:

  • Loneliness and isolation do not just make people unhappy – it also has a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy.
  • Those who receive support from Befriending Services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connections, independence, and wellbeing.
  • Over 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services – if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £762,000.
  • For every £1 spent on providing volunteering the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.59.

Comic Relief – Core Strength Programme

For a number of years Foundation Derbyshire has delivered small, local community grants on behalf of Comic Relief.

This year the criteria are slightly different, with a shift towards helping local groups fund their core costs rather than individual projects.

The amount the Foundation has to distribute is very limited and the maximum grant you can apply for is £5,000. If you are interested please call the grants team first,  as only those groups with a very strong fit to the Core Strength Programme’s aims, will be considered.

Community Funding Opportunities  

Grants are available for projects that can create jobs, develop rural community services or grow businesses in the rural areas of Derbyshire.

Grants are available to help fund: developing rural services, small-scale culture and heritage developments and improvements, rural tourism (new small tourist attraction) farm productivity, farm diversification, micro and small business support and forestry improvements.

Networking and AGM in Wirksworth

Congratulations to Anna Casey of Friends of Hurst Farm who was presented with the DDCVS Annual Award at our recent AGM and Networking Event. Our Chairperson, Martin Townsend presented the award to Anna together with a cheque for £150 for the Friends of Hurst Farm Group.

Anna has been involved with the group since 2014 and is instrumental in getting people together and making things happen. The Friends of Hurst Farm manages the community centre on Hazel Grove along with the small groups that meet there regularly such as the weekly Youth Club and the Golden Club for older residents.