News & Events

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.

Knowing how important the issue of health and social care is to the community of Ashbourne and its surrounding villages, the committee of the Ashbourne and District 50+ Forum has arranged a meeting to find out more details about the proposed merger of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Royal Derby Hospital) and Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (Queen’s Hospital) and how this merger could impact on service provision across the borders and the rural areas.

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.

The internationally famed ‘parkrun‘ activity is being launched here in the Derbyshire Dales.

The first of the free 5k run/jog/walk sessions will take place on Saturday 30 December at Hassop Station and there will be a parkrun every Saturday at 9.00 am from then onwards.

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s sports development team were delighted to be involved with the initial working group meetings for the start-up of the event, which has now been taken on by volunteers.

Tampon Tax Fund 2018/19

Now in its third year, the Tampon Tax Fund, which was first announced by the Chancellor during the 2015 Autumn Statement, is providing £15 million in large grants to women’s charities in the UK.

The current fund will cover the financial year 2018-19. The minimum grant is £1 million. There is no maximum level of grant. The grant must represent more than 50% of the applicant’s collective annual income. Grants may be for one or two-year projects, with a maximum of two years up until 31 March 2020.

Vegetarian Society Offers Grants to Celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2018

The Society is providing grants of funding for events and activities that attract those beginning their vegetarian journey, meat-reducers and the veggie-curious, but are inclusive of the wider vegetarian community.

There are two levels of funding in 2018:

  • Small grants of up to £200.
  • Large grants of up to £2,000. (Applicants will need to demonstrate how their activity will have a bigger impact.)