Thursday, 21 January 2021

Development Worker – Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


Development Worker – Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


Development Worker – Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

To work on a new project to raise mental health awareness with a range of voluntary and community groups including sports organisations across Derby and Derbyshire.

35 hours, including some weekend and evening working (for which Time off in Lieu will be given)

Salary: £24,050 (Pro Rata) 12 month contract

Are you enthusiastic about empowering people to promote good mental health and suicide prevention awareness within the voluntary and community sector including sports groups? 

We need a new Development worker who will engage with a range of identified organisations and enable their workers and volunteers to:

  • Understand the need to promote mental health across their contacts
  • Access training, develop mental health policies and action plans
  • Signpost to ongoing advice and support


A commitment to the promotion of good mental health and an interest in supporting groups  is essential. Our target groups will be local Voluntary and community groups, football clubs, gyms and boxing clubs and identified workplaces.

You will need excellent communication skills, and an aptitude for learning. You must be self motivated and able to work independently within an agreed framework. You will be self-supporting so must be fully computer literate. You will need to be able to work flexible hours and to travel across Derby and Derbyshire. Posts will be based at our office in Long Eaton with the possibility of hot-desking with a partner organisation in the north of the county.

Please email lee for an application pack

or send an A4 SAE (Large letter stamp) to

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



INTERVIEW DATE: Thursday 11th March 2021

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Tuesday, 8 December 2020

Thursday, 5 November 2020

The Commissioner’s Vulnerability Fund

 The Commissioner’s 

Vulnerability Fund

The 'Vulnerability Fund' has been set up by Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa. The focus of the PCC's Vulnerability Fund is on policing and crime, community safety and helping to create safer and stronger communities.

Applications should consider alignment to the Police and Crime Plan priorities and broader community safety objectives in local communities. Consideration may be given to contributing to broader health and social care programmes but only where match funding is already agreed from other partners and there are linked crime and policing-related outcomes which make individuals or communities safer and stronger.

The Commissioner will be looking for projects:

  • which help individuals to live safely and without fear of crime in their homes.

  • which empower the local community to tackle problems in their neighbourhood areas.

  • are organised by (and involving) community/neighbourhood groups.

  • can demonstrate that they can make a difference to local communities.

  • that take a new and sustainable approach to tackling long term problems.

  • that foster good relations between partner agencies and communities and do not work in isolation.


There are two funding strands to the Vulnerability Fund

Micro-grants from £50 to £1,000
Micro-grants can be applied for from Erewash Voluntary Action CVS. For an application form and criteria contact the Development Worker Catriona Paterson by email   

Applications can be made up until 1 March 2021

Large grant from £1,000 to £25,000

Larger grants of between £1,000 and £25,000 will be available for communities, charities, voluntary and non-profit organisations to make a real and lasting difference in their areas. This may include projects providing support for vulnerable people coming out of lockdown; services, advice or self-help groups offering emotional and practical support to prevent people from becoming victims or perpetrators of crime and those that help and encourage vulnerable people who have lost their jobs or income during the pandemic to get back into work or training to minimise their risk of becoming involved in crime.

For more information and to download an application form, visit the following website

The application deadline for large grants is 13 November 2020


Important Information concerning the fund

The Vulnerability fund:

  • is Derbyshire-wide including Derby City

  • can be used for meeting capital or revenue costs

  • is available to the voluntary and community sectors, charities and non-profit making associations on behalf of the individuals and communities they work with.


Are you eligible?


  • Your group/organisation must have a set of rules, memorandum of understanding or Constitution (governing document)

  • Your group/organisation must have an active management team/board of Trustees of at least three people who are unrelated

  • Your group/organisation must have a bank account in the name of the group with at least two unrelated signatories.

Thursday, 22 October 2020





Erewash Voluntary Action is leading the Connect Erewash project on behalf of Derbyshire County Council Public Health.

Connect Erewash is a project to reduce isolation and loneliness, and to work with communities and groups to identify activities to help improve or reduce isolation in communities. 

We would like to find out how you connect with other people, barriers you experience and if you would like to get more involved in your community.

Please complete the Connect Erewash questionnaire using the online link to the survey. The questionnaire is short and will only take a few minutes to complete.  All completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw for a £25 supermarket voucher.

If you would like a copy of the questionnaire emailed or sent in the post, contact Lee Tivey at Erewash Voluntary Action email

Connect Erewash contributes to the Community Wellness approach ensuring people live happy and healthy lives and know where to get help when required. Four Erewash Community Networks have been established in Sawley, Kirk Hallam, Petersham and Cotmanhay.

For further details about Connect Erewash contact Catriona Paterson at Erewash Voluntary Action email  Tel: 0115 9466740




Thursday, 3 September 2020

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Erewash Small Grants Scheme


The Erewash Small Grant Scheme is being re-launched today following a review of the scheme priorities by Erewash Voluntary Action in partnership with the funders. 


The grant scheme is funded by Derbyshire County Council Public Health, Derbyshire County Council Adult Care Services and Erewash Borough Council.


Community groups and organisations can apply for up to £1,500.  Applications can be made anytime, there are no deadlines.


The Erewash Small Grant Scheme has three priority themes and applicants must meet at least one of the themes to be eligible to apply.  The priority themes include:


  • Health Inequalities
  • Community Wellness
  • Building Resilience


Applications can be made by voluntary or community groups with a constitution, registered charities or charitable incorporated organisations, community interest company or social enterprise, other not-for-profit and parish councils.


For further details about the Erewash Small Grant scheme including an application pack and scheme guidance contact the Development Worker at Erewash Voluntary Action – or telephone 0115 9466740


Find all the forms on the Erewash Voluntary Action website:

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Here at the Volunteer Centre at Erewash Voluntary Action we are providing help for those in the community who may be struggling with tasks such as shopping and medication collections from chemists. Volunteers are also providing a friendly telephone call as no home visits are being carried out in present circumstances.

The office has never closed, open every day Monday to Friday until 3.30pm and volunteers have been carrying out tasks across the borough, without their help we don’t know what we would do so a huge thank you to them.

To date we have received over 530 referrals and have responded promptly to those needs.

The Shopping Project is still being provided via referrals from Social Services or Health Authority, people can refer themselves via the CV Response Team at Derbyshire County Council or call us on 0115 9466740.

The Home From Hospital Support Service is available for anyone being discharged from hospital needing some help or for anyone at risk of being admitted to hospital. Referrals for this service have to go through a central hub, call 01283 817417 or email

If you wish to refer someone or have need of services yourself please call us for more information.