Thursday, 11 April 2019

Befriending Service.

Dear Colleague


It is with regret that I have to inform you that from the 1st May 2019 we will not be accepting any new referrals for our befriending service.


This is due to two key issues:


1. Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group decided that they will no longer fund befriending. Derbyshire County Council is still supporting us.

2. Our waiting lists are high and the board of trustees took the decision that going out to visit clients to put them on a waiting list was not good use of staff time and raises expectations we can’t meet.


Linda will be spending the next few months out and about in Erewash to recruit more volunteers to support our direct services including befriending. The trustees have agreed to revisit this in six months’ time and if more volunteers are recruited we will be opening up the list again.


We know that the service is desperately needed and as far as we are aware, ours is currently the only Befriending service in Erewash. We are doing everything we can to ensure that the service continues.


I am collating any responses to this to feed into our funders to highlight the impact this would have if we lost the service. 


If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact me.


Kind regards





Stella Scott

Chief Executive Officer


Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Volunteers Week Thank You Event

Thank you

to all our amazing volunteers


Your commitment and contribution as a volunteer really makes a difference



On: Thursday 6th June

10am - 3pm

At: Erewash Voluntary Action,

Granville Avenue, Long Eaton


Volunteers Week

1st - 7th June 2019
Over 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year and this contributes to an estimated £23.9 billion to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution.


These 21 million are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contribute to a range of other essential services and support.


At the Volunteer Centre in Erewash we provide vital direct services with the help of volunteers in the form of befriending, sitting to allow carers a break, shopping and transport.  Just one hour a week makes a huge difference to someone’s life and for the volunteer it too can alleviate loneliness, help to make new friends and learn new skills. Free training is available as well as social events. People from all walks of life volunteer and all ages from teens to people in their 80s and beyond – it is therapeutic.
For more information contact:
Linda Brown on 0115 9466740



Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Meet the Funders

Are you looking for funding?



Wednesday 5 June 2019

10.00am - 2.00pm


Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue,
Long Eaton


There will be a number of grant giving organisations in attendence who will be available for you to talk to, seek advice and ask questions.



· Community and voluntary groups and organisations

· Not for profit organisations

· Charities

· Social enterprises / community interest companies

· Statutory services (not all grant organisations provide funding for statutory services)


No need to book - TURN UP ANYTIME


Teas and coffee will be provided


For further details contact
Catriona Paterson - Development Worker,

Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue,
Long Eaton, NG10 4HD

Tel 0115 9466740 or email:


Thursday, 28 February 2019

Social Connectors Drop In.

Do you want to know about local groups,

support services and social activities?

Come along to the  


Long Eaton Health Centre on the third Monday of the month   10am—12 noon 
Sawley Medical Centre on the last Tuesday of the month    
10am—12 noon


Littlewick Medical Centre, on the last Thursday of the month    10am—12 noon

For more information , please contact Jo Hallam, Development Worker,
Erewash Voluntary Action,  Tel: 0115 9466740  Email:

Wednesday, 27 February 2019

Joint Information Cafe







Tuesday 9th April 2019


St Andrew’s Methodist Church - Bath Street, Ilkeston, DE7 8BD

(Entrance off Wilmot Street)

CALL IN ANYTIME BETWEEN 11.00am and 1.00pm

· Find out what is happening in Erewash - groups, activities and volunteering - and how to become involved


· Tea, coffee, cake and biscuits provided free of charge


Everyone Welcome


For further details contact Cats or Jo at

Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, NG10 4HD

Tel: 0115 9466740.




Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Home From Hospital Scheme

Derbyshire Home from Hospital Support Service

South Derbyshire CVS (SDCVS) are pleased to be able to share the news that they have been successful in tendering for the Derbyshire Home from Hospital Support Service. SDCVS will be leading a consortium of voluntary sector organisations from across Derbyshire which includes Amber Valley CVS, Chesterfield Volunteer Centre, Erewash Voluntary Action CVS and Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales. The service will cover the whole of Derbyshire, excluding Derby City, and will be delivered by a combination of staff and volunteers. The aim of the service is to provide practical support for vulnerable people when they leave hospital or for those living at home but at risk of admission to hospital.

The service will provide the following sorts of short term practical support for up to six weeks:
  • Undertaking simple shopping and ensuring the client has a plan in place for this at the service end date.
  • Making sure the home environment is warm, comfortable and clean.
  • Arranging for key safes to be fitted and community alarm or telecare systems to be provided, where this is an identified need.
  • Supporting clients to pay bills and make appointments.
  • Collecting clients’ medication prescriptions.
  •  Supporting clients to maintain and improve their social networks.
  •  Supporting clients to understand care options and plan their future support.
  • Signposting to other statutory, voluntary sector and community organisations.
During the six week period the service providers will also work with people to make sure that they are able to manage independently or with the right support from other appropriate services.

The new contract will start from 1st April 2019, more information will become available as the service is implemented during the next few months. If you would like more information please contact:

Pam Wood
Direct Services Manager
South Derbyshire CVS
01283 219761