Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Passport Scheme - Erewash

Passport Scheme - Erewash


The Passport Scheme is a five week course FREE to volunteers.

Each session will cover a different topic as listed below.

If you want to develop your skills, add new qualifications, brush up on your knowledge, or add  to your CV this course is the one for you.


Session 1-

Equality, diversity and inclusion
Wednesday 1st May 2019 1pm - 3.30pm
Tutor: Jenny Nettleship


Session 2 -

First Aid
Wednesday 8th May 2019 1pm - 3.30pm
Tutor: British Red Cross


Session 3 -

Keeping yourself & others Safe
Wednesday 15th May 2019 1pm - 3.30pm
Tutor: Jenny Nettleship


Session 4 -

Health and Safety
Wednesday 22nd May 2019 1pm - 3.30pm
Tutor: Jenny Nettleship


Session 5 -

Person Centred Approach
Wednesday 29th May 2019 1pm - 3.30pm

Tutor: Jenny Nettleship


Venue: Erewash Voluntary Action, Granville Avenue, Long Eaton,  NG10 4DH



At the end of the course volunteers will be awarded a certificate.


For more information or to book a place call Stella on 0115 9466740 or email





Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Foundation Derbyshire

Foundation Derbyshire
Funding Workshop
Are you an Erewash Community group, not for profit organisation or charity?

Looking for helpful funding advice?
Foundation Derbyshire are a small grant funder using funds from local philanthropists. Most grants are up to £2000.

A funding workshop will be held on:


Wednesday 21st November 2018


9.30am – 11.30pm


Erewash Voluntary Action

Granville Avenue,

Long Eaton, NG10 4HD
To book your place at the funding workshop complete the booking form and return to Lee at Erewash Voluntary Action email
Telephone 0115 9466740.



Five Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Scheme

Small Grants Scheme 2018/19

 Applications up to £1000  

will be considered


Derbyshire County Council Public Health department has set up a Five Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Scheme which aims to improve the mental wellbeing of people living in Derbyshire by providing community based activities and services that help people access the ‘Five Ways to Wellbeing’.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give. Theses are simple things individuals can do in their everyday lives which have been proven to help people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Applications are welcome from voluntary and community groups/organisations delivering services in Erewash.

4.30pm on Friday 14th December
 This grant scheme is administered by Erewash Voluntary Action. To request an application pack please contact Catriona Paterson - Development Worker

Tel: 0115 9466740  

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

National Befriending Week 2018

1 TO 7 NOVEMBER 2018
Everyone needs other people but not everyone has someone. For people who become isolated because of ill health, disability or social disadvantage being matched with a befriender often fills a big gap.
People and communities are encouraged to recognise the benefits of befriending and its role tackling loneliness and social isolation during the annual Befriending Week from 1 to 7 November. 
This year’s theme is “Befriending Builds Communities” and will celebrate the work of befriending organisations and projects throughout the country and raise awareness of befriending and the impact it has on individuals and communities.

The Volunteer Centre in Erewash recruit befrienders, sitters, shoppers and drivers to help people referred throughout the borough.  If you have just one hour a week to spare to help someone near to you and would like more information please call 0115 9466740, pop in the Centre on Granville Avenue in Long Eaton, email or check out the national volunteering website and search for opportunities via your postcode.
People from all walks of life and all ages volunteer and for some it can help them meet new friends, learn new skills, find a new career and feel valued. Out of pocket expenses and training is provided.

The team look forward to hearing from you, it might just be the best thing you ever did! Thank you.


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 

Click here to read the papers for today's Derbyshire CCGs Governing Bodies in Common meeting, which includes the review of Voluntary and Community Sector funding via discretionary grants, infrastructure organisations (VCS) and voluntary Single Point of Access services.
Despite some opposition proposed cuts of £299,114 to voluntary sector services have been approved. Also agreed - to cease funding for vSPA social prescribing service across Derbyshire. At moment still supporting infrastructure


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