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Energy Advice

Marches Energy Agency is offering free advice sessions for people on low incomes or in living in fuel poverty.

If you work for an organisation that supports people on a low income or living in fuel poverty you may be interested in getting in touch with the Marches Energy Trust. See

If you can provide a venue and bring a group of  10-15 people together who would benefit from advice on: –

Dementia Friends – free one-hour information session

Rosalind Nicklin, Community Relations Manager at Richmond Village Aston on Trent, volunteers as a Dementia Friends Champion for the Alzheimer’s Society. Rosalind is offering local charities and groups a free one-hour Dementia Friends information session, for people to learn more about dementia and how you can help to create dementia friendly communities. To find out more about holding a Dementia Friends information session for your organisation please contact Rosalind on 01332 794300.

Bakewell Neighbourhood Plan Proposal

Bakewell Town Council has prepared a ‘pre-submission draft’ Neighbourhood Plan for the Bakewell Neighbourhood Area and is seeking comments from people who live, work or carry on business in the Neighbourhood Area. The Plan sets out a vision for Bakewell Parish which reflects the views and feelings of local people and contains planning policies for the development boundary, environment and heritage, housing, community facilities, employment, transport and communications.

News for Tiny Teddies Creche – Ashbourne

The Tiny Teddies Community Creche was set up by local parents who understood the desperate need for the provision of a creche at the leisure centre in Ashbourne. It opened in April nearly three years ago, as a charity, and has been a lifeline to so many parents. That first group of children is now at school, and it’s time to look for some new parents who would like to be involved in running the creche behind the scenes. Being a trustee means that you work together to help keep the creche going. Meetings are four times a year, and you’ll gain experience of managing staff, statistics, running promotions and publicity and all sorts of skills useful in any business or charitable work. If you’d like to become a trustee for a year, please get in touch by email

A Readycall Story

Readycall Macmillan provides befriending and practical support to people aged 60 and over in the Derbyshire Dales, who are vulnerable or isolated.  Jill and Nick (a befriender) tell us about their own experiences with the service. Jill contacted Readycall after seeing a poster locally, she says:

I am normally very active and enjoyed going out walking, then I had an illness which put me in hospital for several months.  My legs still aren’t very strong, which makes it difficult to go out on my own.  Having been born in 1926, I do need help with ‘technology’ and the internet – this is important to me as my children are all over the world and I like to keep in regular contact.

New strategy to improve sport and recreation across the Dales

Derbyshire Dales District Council has adopted a new strategy setting out the supply and demand requirements for indoor sports facilities, playing pitches and open space.

Research gathered from more than a year’s worth of community consultation and facility assessments led to the creation of the Derbyshire Dales Built Sports Facilities, Playing Pitch and Open Spaces Strategy 2017.