Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Befriending Champions

We are today hosting Befriending Champions Training. to find out more click on the link:

Do you want to help lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire?

Then be a Befriending Champion!
• Do you work or volunteer in a role that brings you into contact with the public?

• Do you want to help people in Derbyshire who are lonely or isolated?

• Are you part of a local group which supports people who are lonely or isolated?

• Do you have an idea that could help reduce loneliness or isolation in your area?
If so, the Befriending Champions Project may be just for you!
As a Befriending Champion you will receive:
Free training to give you the skills and knowledge to

become a Befriending Champion - lunch provided!

• The chance to be part of a network of other like-

minded Befriending Champions

• Support to help develop ideas for projects that reduce isolation and loneliness

• The chance to apply for a microgrant to make your

idea become a reality

• Other training opportunities – such as becoming a

Dementia Friend.
The next Befriending Champions Training Session will be held on
Wednesday 5th July 2017 at
Erewash Voluntary Action CVS, Granville Centre, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, NG10 4HD from 9.30am to 3.15pm

We are also taking bookings for training sessions across Derbyshire throughout April and May 2017

To find out more about being a Befriending Champion and the microgrant scheme, please contact:
Richard Murrell, Befriending Champion Co-ordinator

Tel: 01283 219761 Email:

Monday, 20 March 2017

Co-op Local Community Fund

Choose us as your
Co-op local cause

Your support will benefit your community by

When Members buy Co-op branded products and services, the Co-op

will give 1% to a local cause. Your support can help raise more for causes

in your community.

Go online and make us your cause by March 2017.





See some of the causes that Co-op members have helped to fund this year



Co-op members are adding to it every time they buy selected Co-op brand products from our stores and funeral homes


Monday, 13 March 2017

Befriending Training

Fantastic Befriending Training held this morning by Clare Salmons and Linda Brown.

Find out more about becoming a volunteer befriender on our website or by visiting

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Beauty for Ashes

 Beauty for Ashes

New six week course designed to empower you to

make the right choices in life...

The impact of health & well-being:

Environmental triggers

Ways to improve self-esteem

Behavioural patterns which can hold you back

Breaking out from fear, hopelessness and self-doubt

Gaining confidence and self-worth leading to a

positive healthier life

For more information regarding arranging a course, our next course venue and dates or how we can help you

or your organisation please, call Helen on:

 Commencing tomorrow
9th March 2017
Erewash Voluntary Action,
Granville Avenue,
Long Eaton,
NG10 4HD
Contact Helen Walker: 07856 907321



Tea Dance

Just setting up for our fantastic Tea Dance today 8th March 2017!

Come along one and all


Erewash Volunteer Centre

Granville Avenue,

Long Eaton

NG10 4HD

  (Fully Accessible building)

EVERY 2nd Wednesday of the month
1.30pm - 3.30pm
£3 each - includes tea/coffee and cakes/biscuits
For those who wish, optional dancing to music from the golden era of tea dances will be available

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Spring Newsletter 2017


Please find a link to our latest newsletter Spring 2017.

Mens Sheds - new venue


10.30am - 12.30pm

Derventio Housing

Ilkeston Office, The Orchard Works

1 Grenville Road

Ilkeston, DE7 8HT

A Men’s Shed is a larger version of the typical man’s shed in the garden – a place where he feels at home and pursues practical interests with a high degree of autonomy.
A Men’s Shed offers this to a group of such men where members share the tools and resources they need to work on projects of their own choosing at their own pace and in a safe, friendly and inclusive venue.
They are places of skill-sharing and informal learning, of individual pursuits and community projects, of purpose, achievement and social interaction. A place of leisure where men come together to work



· Stamp Collecting

· Coin collecting

· Wood Working

· Pyrography Marquetry

Chat, share and learn

Free tea and coffee

Qualified skilled supervisor instructor on hand.
No Booking necessary. Just come along!
‘If you’ve got any ideas or skills bring them with you’.

£2 per session
Tell us what you want to do.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

Promoting Volunteers.

Yesterday Claire was at the Asda store In Long Eaton promoting volunteering

Befriending Week

During Befriending Week we were able to highlight the benefits of befriending in the community.
Following the TV feature on the funeral of Mr John Kearns, we contacted BBC East Midlands Today to say that John had been receiving services from us. This resulted in a filming session at the Tea Dance and coverage on the television of our befriending service. We have since received a number of new requests for people to volunteer but we always need volunteers to meet demand. Supporting people in our community is very important as we know there are many people who are socially isolated.
Please call for 0115 9466740 for more information on how you can help.