Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Erewash CCG Funding cuts

As you may hear or see in the media we have had formal notification from Derbyshire CCG’s regarding funding cuts.
Derbyshire CCGs face a significant financial challenge. A final decision will take place in September 2018.
We are presently involved in an “Engagement Process”. As part of this, we are required to seek the views of our members, volunteers and clients.
Please can you take the time to fill in this short questionnaire. 
66 amazing responses to our short questionnaire on funding cuts.

Thank you for all your support.

If you would like to give feedback on how this will affect our services and its potential impact of discontinuing funding, please email or to: Patient experience Team, Tollbar House, 1 Derby road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5FH.
Please let us have any of your comments as well.
PRESS RELEASE – Erewash Voluntary Action – CVS – 9 July 2018
(Un)happy Birthday – NHS 70th Anniversary Marked by Grant Cuts to Local Charities
Local charity Erewash Voluntary Action – Council for Voluntary Service is one of dozens of local charities who received an unwelcome surprise on the 70th Anniversary of the NHS today – a letter from the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Group telling them that it plans to cut all its grant funding.
CCG grants pay for a number of CVS services which help older, disabled and vulnerable people in Erewash keep well, stay independent and have vital social contact.  This includes befriending and shopping, transport to local community groups, monthly tea dance, and the support via small grants given to help local voluntary and community groups in Erewash who provide a range of activities. 
Stella Scott, CEO, said:
“The grant funding we receive from the CCG is half of our income, so this seriously threatens our charity’s services.
“We are only one of a number of organisations receiving this news today and the impact will be disastrous. Those who rely on our services – many of whom describe them as a lifeline, without which life wouldn’t be worth living – will be devastated. So will the volunteers who generously give so much of their time for free and make these services possible.
“We had been told that the CCG was under pressure, but to find out that we are going to lose all our grant is terrible news - especially on a day when we had hoped to be celebrating 70 years of the NHS and the additional investment being made by Government’’.
“It’s also short sighted, when health services are under so much pressure, to slash affordable, community-based, preventative support that does so much to keep people out of hospital. The CCG’s own equality assessment says that their cuts will increase social isolation and loneliness, which is a cause of depression and early death.”
Third Sector Article:

Representatives from Derbyshire CCG Boards met on Friday 17th August to make their final decision on proposals regarding discretionary funding to the voluntary sector.


Some questions were raised by board members about impact on local frontline health services if the voluntary services disappeared. It was therefore proposed and agreed to delay a decision for a month, so that ‘rapid service reviews’ can be carried out and to allow further engagement with county council and those affected. Once this has been done, another meeting in public will be held to present and agree final proposals
This is unexpected, and slightly better news than we expected – in the short term at least. While the eventual outcome might be no different, the delay does mean that the 3 month notice period is also delayed.

We will continue to make the case for funding these essential community services.
Local TV and press were also present – including this report in the Derby Telegraph 

Decision Day has been postponed to

the end of November



Christmas Tea Dance

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Shopping and Befriending Services

Erewash Voluntary Action - Shopping and Befriending Services 


During the last few weeks we have had calls asking if the services are due to close.  We are pleased to be able to inform partners that these services will be continuing. The services are currently funded through Derbyshire County Council so are not part of the current round of NHS funding cuts.


The Announcement that Community Concern Erewash is closing has no impact on our services.


The board and staff are committed to continuing this vital service for as long as we can.


Please pass this information onto any colleagues you may have and we look forward to receiving your referrals.


I hope this helps to clear up the current confusion over services.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018


Erewash Voluntary Action


Annual General Meeting


How to maintain a Healthy Organisation

Free to Erewash Groups

The voluntary sector is currently under greater pressure than ever before and the financial implications facing many organisations in the sector are challenging.  

Erewash Voluntary Action is putting on two free seminars for Erewash groups designed to help organisations work through the issues that need considering if they are to maintain a healthy organisation.


For organisations run by volunteers or staff there will be a session in the morning 10am – 12Noon 

Who should attend: Members of organisations run by volunteers and without any paid staff or Staff and trustees from organisations with paid staff.
Aims of the session are to explore:
·        Reserves
o   What reserves should you have?
o   What reserves do you have?

o   Reserves policy and when to spend reserves
·        Planning for sustainability
o   Financial planning
o   Income generation
o   Core and project income
o   Cash flow forecasting

o   Cost reduction
·        When  trouble may  strike
o   Hoping for the best, planning for the worst
o   Mergers/collaboration/partnerships
o   Communication
o   Winding up ‘properly’ and how to leave a lasting legacy
o   Who to talk to for help /resources
·        Small groups forum – exploring  the idea of a small groups forum
      ·        Future financial planning

       o   Looking at the economic trends and how they may apply to your group

o   Short term and long term financial planning

These sessions will be facilitated by Peter Stone Consulting.

AGM commences at 1pm

Thursday 27th September 2018

Join us at

Granville Avenue, Long Eaton

Derbyshire, NG10 4HD

 To book please complete our booking form for more information call Stella Scott on 0115 9466740  

Thursday, 16 August 2018





Are you feeling depressed and anxious, struggling to cope with the stresses and strains of modern life?  Why not join us at Long Eaton Library for our new writing for well-being sessions?  Research confirms that writing expressively is therapeutic, relaxing and good for you, boosting self-confidence and feelings of well-being,

Whether you’ve never written anything but shopping lists before, or been a secret scribbler for years, come and be inspired by music, location, colour, language, essential oils, and the seasons.  Begin a well-being journal, a short story, or a memoir about your life, become a diarist or explore your poetic self with tips and support from an experienced tutor, Chrissie Hall.

Our sessions are relaxed, friendly and informal, suitable for all ages (0ver 16s) and abilities, if you need to bring a writing buddy along to help you access these sessions please contact me. Places must be booked in advance.

Session Dates – this is a six week course with each session following on from the next,   A nominal charge of

£2 00p per person will be payable on the day.  The course will run from September – December at fortnightly intervals.  Dates & venue to be confirmed.


If you would like to express an interest in this course please contact Janet Devereux, Secretary, Erewash Writers Group,  0115 8498519

Wednesday, 1 August 2018




Wednesday, 5th September 2018

5pm - 7pm

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

People from all walks of life volunteer to develop new skills, gain new experiences, meet people and make new friends and, most importantly to have fun!

We invite you to come along and meet with staff and other volunteers. It will be an opportunity for registered volunteers to discuss their volunteering roles, look at new opportunities and find out about events and training coming up in the next few months.

Anyone who has been thinking of volunteering is most welcome to pop in to find out more too!

The Volunteer Centre can help you find the opportunity that is right for you. Check out to see just what is on offer.

Refreshments will be provided

The Team look forward to seeing you

Tel: 0115 9466740



3 C’s course – Chat Chill and Create. This is a Free course.

Please can you promote the 3 C’s course – Chat Chill and Create.  This is a Free course.

The course starts on Thursday 20 September 2018 for 7 weeks until 1 November from 10.00 am – 12 Noon at Erewash Voluntary Action Granville Avenue Long Eaton Derbyshire NG10 4HD.

 No particularly experience of art is required the aim of the group is to help improve people’s confidence and mental health and wellbeing using create activities and an opportunity to socialise with others.  All materials will be provided.
Kate Smith – award winning children’s illustrator and designer and mental health champion will be leading the course.
To book a place on the course contact Kate Smith Tel 07950781948 or email

Please can you promote to service receivers and share with volunteers and colleagues.