News & Events

Go the Distance – Online Programme of Art

Exquisite puppets, music dedications to loved ones, nature-inspired animated projections, a good dose of tomfoolery, and a cheeky game of bingo will all feature in the new Remote Access programme as part of First Art’s Go the Distance Festival.

Throughout late May and June, Uninvited Guests and Fuel, Urban Projections, Half a String, Wild N Beets and Tit for Tat will present their works via the Internet, with a focus on audiences in Mansfield, Ashfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire.

New Connections

The past seven weeks have been busy for the new Social Prescribing service – New Connections – which was due to launch in April. The service has adapted so that we can provide more tailored support during the COVID-19 lockdown period.

We have been working with a range of local partners such as Connex, Careline and COVID-19 Mutual aid groups to ensure people are getting the support they need while they stay at home. We have been making calls to people who have asked the Derbyshire Community Response Unit or their GP surgery for support. Some of these calls have been to help people manage the practical challenges of staying at home and self-isolating, like food shopping and collecting prescriptions. However with routines changing, family and friends unable to visit, and services that normally support people face-to-face reduced or stopped, it’s easy to see why some people have found this period mentally and emotionally challenging too.

Funding and Grants

The Funding Guide has been updated this week – Click here to download Funding Guide.

Added this week: –

The Swimathon Foundation is providing grants of between £250 and £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship from the effects of COVID-19, especially where access to financial support is not otherwise available. These range from National Governing Body Affiliated Swim Clubs, Aquatic Clubs and Swim Schools to Independent Swimming Organisations.

How to involve and safeguard volunteers during coronavirus

On Thursday 14th May the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) hosted a webinar – how to involve and safeguard volunteers during coronavirus – and you can access a recording of the webinar on their YouTube channel.

See : – NCVO YouTube

Also there are further useful resources on the NCVO website: –

Health and Well-Being in the Derbyshire Dales

Derbyshire Dales Place Alliance and Derbyshire Dales Health and Wellbeing Partnership have been successfully working closely together over the last couple of years empowering people to live a healthy life for as long as possible through joining up health, care and community support for citizens and individual communities.

Now, more than ever, the joined up approach in Derbyshire Dales is essential and partners are working closely together regardless of organisational boundaries. As a member of the Alliance, DDCVS is part of the weekly Dales Community Resilience meeting which brings together members to co-ordinate responses to the current crisis. Planning is now underway to maintain the approach taken over the last few weeks and to continue to ensure community resilience is at the top of everyone’s agenda.