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Derbyshire Charities Join Forces

Two Derbyshire charities are joining forces to extend Hospice at Home services to more patients across the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire.

Blythe House Hospicecare and Helen’s Trust, based in Chapel-en-le-Frith and Bakewell respectively, have been discussing their organisational compatibility for over 12 months, and this formal partnership – officially launched on 7 September 2020 – is the natural progression of the special relationship.

Plunkett Foundation supports rural communty businesses across the UK

A dedicated programme of support has been launched by the Plunkett Foundation to help rural community businesses.

Thanks to funding from the Co-op, Plunkett will offer a dedicated package of free Covid-19 support for open and trading community businesses, as well as those developing groups that have been affected by the pandemic.

The new scheme will focus on getting one-to-one support to groups that need it the most. This will include free practical support from Plunkett’s national network of specialist community businesses advisers. All forms of community business – including woodlands, farms, bakeries, pubs and shops – will be able to get support, advice and guidance on a range of issues such as;

Update from DDCVS

We held our second Online Networking Event this week, with a focus on the town of Ashbourne. We had 21 participants (including 3 members of staff) so were really pleased! It was great to see and hear from you all. We had presentations from Foundation Derbyshire, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire – Strictly No Falling and Phill Alcock on Nordic Walking.

Digital Connections

Would you like to connect with people when you can’t meet up right now? Or would you like to let more people know who you are and what you are doing?

We recently launched our new Digital Connections project at the CVS as we know that many people in the Derbyshire Dales are isolated, missing out on social contact, information and activities online. And we would like to help bring you together!

Stepping into autumn

Derbyshire Dales District Council’s sports development team are stepping into autumn with new exercise opportunities for local people.

A new ‘Couch to 5K’ training programme launches in Ashbourne this Friday, 11 September, along with a New ‘Run Fit’ class. Team member Janet Chadfield (pictured) said: “The Couch to 5K program is perfect for those new to exercise or anyone who finds the thought of running very daunting. Often when people start an exercise program they can overdo it, feel defeated and give up before they really get started. This program supports people from day one and starts very simply with a combination of walking and running. Gradually, over time, this will build up fitness and stamina to the 5K run.”

Joined Up Care Derbyshire is keen to hear your stories

COVID-19 has created some big and potentially long-lasting changes in the way that people across Derbyshire look after their health and care needs.

JUCD wants to hear from as many people as possible about what those changes have been, how they have impacted their lives both positively and negatively, and what lessons we can learn moving forward.

Karen Lloyd, Head of Engagement says “We will be asking people to tell us their ideas for how they would like to look after their health and care in the future. We will ask people what they have stopped doing during COVID, what they started doing differently and what they plan to carry on doing. This might be about how they use health and care services or about how they look after their own health and care. The more people that take part, the more we can learn so please encourage everyone you know to take part in this important opportunity to shape health and care across Derbyshire “.