We will be in Ashbourne on Tuesday 25th September at St Oswald’s Church Hall. This will be a chance for community groups based in Ashbourne and surrounding villages to ask advice of their local CVS and find out more about the Better Derbyshire Dales Fund and the sort of activities or equipment that it can fund.

Derbyshire County Council Environmental Studies Services is delivering a full day training opportunity – ‘Learning Beyond Your Classroom Conference’.

The Conference aims to:

  • Provide ideas, inspiration and skills for you to use the natural and built heritage as a resource for teaching a wide range of curriculum areas.
  • Explore the opportunities for learning using the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site.
  • Explain the benefits of outdoor learning relating to pupil attainment, engagement, well-being and behaviour and the importance of connecting children to their local environment.

This year Healthwatch Derbyshire would like to showcase their work on older people’s mental health at their Annual General Meeting.

The organisation will share findings from their dementia report, an overview of the Enter and View visits which were undertaken at local care homes, and a carer’s story which highlights an individual’s experiences of care for their elderly relative who has dementia.

Save the date – Thursday 18th October is our AGM – at the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell.

Lunch provided from 12.00noon, AGM business from 12.30 and we will have a networking event from 1.30.

If you are a voluntary or community organisation working in Bakewell would like the opportunity to publicise your group please do get in touch to reserve a stand.

We are pleased to host a funding talk and workshop from the Heritage Lottery Fund in Matlock. The Heritage Lottery Fund distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK.

The projects that HLF funds vary from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings, from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training.

Middleton by Walking is a walking festival during October half term based in Middleton by Youlgrave. This October is the first year of the festival – walks and activities will focus on the Sites of Meaning stones. You can learn more about the festival and its walks on the following links.