There are some changes to tell you about regarding the staff at DDCVS.
Louise Champion, who has been working for almost two years as our Community Development Manager on Hurst Farm in Matlock, is leaving this month to take up an exciting new post at Derbyshire County Council. Louise has brought great energy and humour to the role, and has been involved in many pieces of work on Hurst Farm including managing Hurst Farm Community Centre, supporting the development of a Forest School, establishing a youth forum, and a children and young people’s network and setting up a fruit and vegetable co-op. Louise also did sterling working at the height of Covid crisis last year ensuring that vulnerable people were able to get essential supplies. We wish Louise every success in her new role.
Futures is delighted to announce that the next round of the ESFA Community Grants funding programme, will be accepting applications from 3rd May to 4th June 2021. This initiative gives voluntary and community organisations with a turnover of less than £750,000 an opportunity to access funds to deliver projects that help engage and progress ‘hard to reach’ individuals towards the labour market.
Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for projects or initiatives that help people take steps towards a future career and reduce unemployment and inactivity.
Community Grants Coordinator, Ashley Wilkinson says ‘We have been able to support some really interesting initiatives in the previous rounds of and hope to be able to give further opportunities in this round.
Volunteers’ Week takes place between 1-7 June every year and is a time to recognise and thank volunteers. During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and made a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year.