This is a blog created to show you what goes on here at Erewash Voluntary Action. It focuses on the activities that take place here and services we offer. Below on the right hand side are our projects, forums and training sessions we offer. If you were looking for the Erewash Voluntary Action website please click this link www.erewashvoluntaryaction.org.uk
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.
APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE RETUREND BY
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the national volunteering website www.do-it.org.uk 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.
66 amazing responses to
our short questionnaire on funding cuts.
Thank you for all your
If you would
like to give feedback on how this will affect our services and its potential
impact of discontinuing funding, please email email@example.com
or to: Patient experience Team, Tollbar House, 1 Derby road, Ilkeston,
Derbyshire, DE7 5FH. Please let us have any of your comments as well.
(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
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
“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.”
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
We will continue to make the case for
funding these essential community services.
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
Erewash Voluntary Action - Shopping and Befriending
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
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