Update from DDCVS

We held our second Online Networking Event this week, with a focus on the town of Ashbourne. We had 21 participants (including 3 members of staff) so were really pleased! It was great to see and hear from you all. We had presentations from Foundation Derbyshire, Age UK Derby and Derbyshire – Strictly No Falling and Phill Alcock on Nordic Walking.

There are short notes available from the session- so if you weren’t able to join us but would like the information please drop Jonathan an email jonathan@ddcvs.org.uk

Our next informal Coffee Morning, again on Zoom, will be on Thursday 24th September. We have decided that we will focus this Coffee Morning on the question of re-starting your community group. We hope to have a good discussion covering risk assessments, consulting with your committee, consulting with your members and understanding the guidance avilable. If you would like to join us please contact Jonathan as above.

This week, we have updated the COVID 19 Funding and Grants information on our website and you can download the PDF here.

Please do you drop us a line if you need help sifting through what might be an appropriate fund for your roup or if you would like us to cast an eye over your application before clicking submit.

Also don’t forget that we still have two small grant schemes at the CVS – one is around improving mental well-being and that’s the Five Ways to Wellbeing scheme – next closing date 30th September. More information here.

And the Better Derbshire Dales Fund which is a very general fund which supports anything of community benefit – you can apply for up to £1000 for revenue costs and up to £5000 for capital costs – improvements to village halls, community centres, sports facilties and so on. More detail here. 

We continue to work a mixture of remotely and in the office. Currently the office is staffed every day, apart from Monday but please ring or email in advance if you need to arrange to come in to see us as though staff are in, they may well be taking part in an online meeting.

We can set up a Zoom meeting with you, arrange to telephone you, or post information out to you. As we have said before on the subject of Zoom meetings, we are very happy to set up a trial session, just 10 minutes or so, with anyone who has been thinking about joining our coffee mornings or their local club online, but isn’t sure about the technical aspect. Tel 01629 812154 / Email enquiries@ddcvs.org.uk