Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Time Swap

Time Swap! Swap time not money.

Sharing Time & Skills in EREWASH

What do you like doing that could help others in your community?


Earn time by helping and sharing skills & talents with a member in your community and then spend that time on something you would like help with or maybe you would like to learn something new?


1 hour = 1 hour


Exchanges can include gardening, computer skills, cooking, sewing, basic DIY, dog walking, music lessons, cup of tea & chat


Come along to our next get together to find out more.

Ø   Monday 19th June: 11–12pm -
Ilkeston library
Ø   Thursday 22nd June: 1–2pm -
Long Eaton library
Free tea, coffee and biscuits.       Everyone Welcome!
New members can now join online at
To find out more call Jo 07974 269193 or  01629 532049 


Monday, 5 June 2017

Community Connectors


People of Erewash connecting with other local people, activities, groups and services.


Community Connectors are local people who will use their local knowledge and involvement to connect people of Erewash to other local people, services, activities and groups. We recognise local people living and working in Erewash know the community better than we do, and are the best people to help others.

A network of Community Connectors will be led by the people of Erewash, adopting a person-centred approach to improving health and wellbeing.

They will identify strengths, potentials and opportunities (assets) that already exist in the local community. By gathering the views of local people, they will establish what is important to people in their community, identify changes they would like to see and what would help to make those changes. This approach will empower local people by encouraging them to use the skills, knowledge and interests they already have and engage in the community. Existing connections will be further strengthen across Erewash by identifying and working with groups, forums or organisations we don’t already have links to.  


The Erewash Voluntary Action Development Worker will support Community Connectors who want to enhance and strengthen their involvement in their community.  Connectors may be actively involved in a local group, regularly come into contact with local people or may already be supporting others and linking them to resources of some kind. They gather and share information on services and support within Erewash, and link people to existing groups, assistance and support. 

 Community Connectors will receive regular ongoing support from the Community Connectors Development Worker. Frequent one to ones and peer support meetings will be arranged, in addition to social events and access to a secure social media forum. They will receive training to enhance their existing knowledge and develop new skills. Agreed out of pocket expenses will also be paid.


If you would like to know more about Community Connectors or would like to get involved please contact 


Jo Hallam, Development Worker           Tel: 0115 9466740        



Befriending Week

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.