Update from DDCVS

This week we held our Annual General Meeting via Zoom combined with a Networking Event.

Thanks to those who joined us, we hope you found it useful and with any luck we will be back in one of the Derbyshire Dales’ welcoming community venues next year – with a tasty array of sandwiches and cakes!

As well as the formal business of accounts and nominating Trustees, our AGM is a chance to present our Annual Award in memory of our very first chairperson, Jim Heslop. This year the award went to Ossie’s Kitchen based at St Oswald’s Church Centre in Ashbourne.

Ossie’s Kitchen has been going for a relatively short time – it opened in June 2019 – and initially set up as a monthly gathering for food and friendship in the church hall. Like all churches and church halls it had to close to social gatherings from March but that didn’t stop the team from thinking about how to provide meals to the community during the coming months.

Ossie’s Kitchen has grown to offer a hot cooked meal, collection or delivery EVERY WEEK!

This week they prepared 111 meals which on the one hand is a fantastic achievement – but on the other it is now clear that they are meeting the needs of people experiencing real financial difficulties. Rev’d Nigel Rode commented that about a third of their original cohort come for a hot take away meal, as many have said, it was not just the meal they came for, it was a chance to get out of the house and talk to others over a meal.

COVID 19 has certainly highlighted many issues in our communities and we really hope that our social prescribing project may be able to support some of those who used to attend the pre Covid Ossie’s Kitchen.

We would like to reiterate our congratulations to Ossie’s Kitchen for all their efforts and commitment this year. To find out more about them please visit their website. https://www.ashbournechurch.org.uk/get-involved/church-activities/ossies-kitchen/

You will find our Annual Review for 2019-2020 on our Publications page.

This week we have updated our list of grant-schemes and you can download the PDF here.

Also, we held a Zoom talk with Sue Heyes from the Severn Trent Community Fund which was really helpful, and Sue has shared slides and a PDF of the questions that the online application asks any applicant. If you are thinking of applying to the scheme and would like copies please email sarah@ddcvs.org.uk

We continue to work a mixture of remotely and in the office so the answerphone, post-box and email address are checked regularly. Please ring or email in advance if you need to arrange to come in to see us as the picture can change. Contact the team on 01629 812154 or email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk