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The Arkwright Society is looking for enthusiastic volunteers

The Arkwright Society is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help tell the story of Sir Richard Arkwright at Cromford Mills near Matlock. We are looking for volunteers to join our excellent team who greet our visitors in the Visitor Centre and help them get the most out of their visit to the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. We are also looking to recruit Tour Guides to really bring the mill to life with our Mill Tours. These are both a great opportunity if you have a few hours spare, want to meet new people, or simply enjoy talking to people, and enjoy living in the Derwent Valley.

National Lottery Heritage Fund

We had a good morning with Mark Humphries, Engagement Manager, Midlands and East for the National Lottery Heritage Fund on Wednesday 10th July.

Mark gave us an overview of the application process and talked about what made a good application. We also had chance to talk as a group about the different project ideas that people had, and the sort of the grant they needed.

New Charity to Support Ashbourne

The Ashbourne Partnership Charitable Trust has been formed to provide grants to benefit a wide range of organisations and activities, including local environment projects, heritage and arts projects and innovative events which promote community spirit and wellbeing.   The scheme may also be used to facilitate match funding from other organisations.

Derbyshire Environmental Trust

The Derbyshire Environmental Trust (DET) is running its own funding scheme aiming to distribute around £40,000 in 2019/20, with a preference for awarding a small number of medium sized grants, rather than one larger award or a lot of small grants. The Scheme has operated annually since 2016/17 and a decision about future years will be made in due course.

New Member of Staff for CVS – Community Development Manager for Hurst Farm

Louise Champion, who started the new role of Community Development Manager on Hurst Farm estate just over a month ago, has already been very busy developing new projects and supporting existing work on the Estate. Louise, who comes from a youth and community work background, will be managing and developing Hurst Farm Community Centre where she will be based; and will be working with Friends of Hurst Farm CIO to manage projects such as the Community Café, the Youth Club and Stay and Play, and develop new projects and initiatives. She will also working closely with other partner organisations to deliver the Estate Regeneration Project on Hurst Farm. Louise said: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for me, and I’m delighted to be able to work with the residents of Hurst Farm and other agencies to develop the huge potential of the estate, and to help people to address the issues that matter to them’.

Ping in the Community

Ping Pong Infographic

Ping in the Community provides table tennis packages for community organisations and venues, allowing them to introduce and embed social table tennis into their community.

Table tennis has a wide range of benefits for individuals and communities as a whole, including promoting physical and mental health and creating social connections to reduce social isolation and loneliness.