Erewash Voluntary Action - Caring for our Community



Our Mission:

Erewash Voluntary Action CVS works towards a caring and more inclusive society by developing and supporting individual and group voluntary action that responds to local community needs and wishes.


What we do:

We provide help, information and support to voluntary and community groups operating in Erewash ask for Stella Scott.


Volunteering we help you recruit, train and support Volunteers - ask for Linda Brown.


We recruit from all sectors of the community including, Voluntary, community, public and private sectors. Volunteers from all walks of life and all ages who wish to support others in the local community.



We hold Bi-monthly Volunteer Organiser Forums with guest speakers, great for networking, good working practices and sharing your experiences with others regarding managing volunteers. Call us for our next date.

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Training for volunteers who volunteer with children or vulnerable adults we offer the Derbyshire Passport Scheme. Next Sessions.

Click the poster for dates of our next Passport training.

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We also provide other training events let us know what you need. For the latest Training events download our current newsletter.

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If you would like to volunteer for any of the below projects, please download our application form here.



Our projects include:


       Befriending / Sitting Service:


Sitting Service

The sitting service was set up to allow carers to get out and have a well earned break. They may be caring for someone 24 hours a day without any respite and this service enables them to do whatever they wish for a while without worrying about their loved one.


Befriending Project

Our volunteers also befriend people in their area who are lonely, isolated or housebound. calling in for a weekly chat and a cuppa goes a long way. Note:- Task is visiting in the home, not taking client out. Not for those people in Residential / Nursing Homes or in Warden Assisted Housing.


       Mental Health Buddy Scheme

The role of the Mental Health Buddy is to provide a befriending service to support people who are experiencing mental health issues. The aim is to enable and encourage the individual to join a local community group and participate in activities.


       Shopping Project

We provide a shopping service for people who are unable to shop for themselves and have no family or friends to help. Shopping can be carried out on a weekly basis by volunteers if available. Shopping project Referrals are received from Social Services, Health professionals, Call Derbyshire, or Voluntary Sector Single Point of Access


       Transport Project

We provide a transport service for people (paid for via groups and organisations) who are unable to access public transport.


       Home From Hospital

       Sensor Bulbs operate dusk to dawn. Bayonet fitting. Collect from us - FREE

       Winter Survival packs for vulnerable older people - FREE Download the leaflet download the leaflet.



We act as a voice for the local voluntary sector for voluntary and community groups

We attend meetings with:

Erewash Local Strategic Partnership

Derbyshire Partnership Forum

Derbyshire Economic Partnership

Long Eaton Chamber of Trade

Derbyshire Constabulary

Police Commissioner

Erewash Dementia Action Alliance


Membership is Free for the First year!

Thereafter the cost is 10.00 per annum payable on a rolling basis provides some discounted prices and a voice at our Annual Meeting. Members can borrow equipment from us and use our colour photocopying and scanning services.

The best reason to become a member is to give your group or organisation a voice.

Download our membership leaflet and form here.


We send out regular emails and newsletters to groups and to volunteers. You do not even have to be a member!


Our Annual reports can be downloaded from the Charity Commission website. Put our name or charity number in the search box.


We are funded by Derbyshire County Council, Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, our own earnings and public donations.


We are members of Long Eaton Chamber of Trade, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, NAVCA and NCVO.



Erewash Voluntary Action CVS registered Charity No. 1069838

Company Limited by Guarantee No 3537038

Please click on the picture below to see our YEAR in the LIFE of Erewash Voluntary Action.

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There are a number of training events coming up soon to provide support, advice and information for groups, organisations and individuals.


Voluntary Sector Forum

-        Wednesday 2nd November 2016




Mental Health Information Day

-        Wednesday 16th November 2016


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For further information contact Catriona Paterson Development Worker at Erewash Voluntary Action

Tel: 0115 9466740 or email




Development Workers Network

-        Thursday 8th December 2016



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Futures in Mind - GRID

-        Monday 30th January 2017


Voluntary Sector Forum

-        Thursday 9th February 2017


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Quality for Health

-        Wednesday 1st March 2017

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Is your Group Looking for Funding?


Erewash Small Grants Scheme

Small grants are available through the Erewash Small Grants Scheme for local Erewash community and voluntary groups. Groups can apply for up to 1,500 as long as projects meet at least one of the health priorities of the scheme. The aim of the grant is to help improve services and opportunities for local people. Applications can be made at any time using the grant application form. For further details contact Catriona Paterson Development Worker at Erewash Voluntary Action or telephone 0115 9466740. Erewash Voluntary Action manages the small grants scheme in partnership with Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group, Erewash Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council Adult Care.


Foundation Derbyshire

Foundation Derbyshire manages an endowment fund of over 6 million. The average grant is around 1,000 and usually covers a 12 month period. Programmes may cover equipment (capital) and general running costs. Applicants are advised to seek confirmation from Foundation Derbyshire. Contact the grants team 01773 514860 or email



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Erewash Voluntary Action is leading a new mental health project which is funded through an Innovation Fund obtained by Hardwick Clinical Commissioning Group as part of a project on behalf of Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group.

The aim of the project is to encourage groups to become mental health friendly and develop opportunities for people with mental health issues to participate in local groups and organisations. Many people
experiencing mental health are socially isolated and lack self confidence.

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The third edition of Erewash Engage the newsletter for the Erewash Mental Health Innovation Project. This is a new project aiming to develop opportunities for people who use mental health services to access local community groups and organisations. The project is also for those who feel joining a local group would help to improve their emotional health and well being.


Comments and feedback please send to Catriona Paterson Development Worker at Erewash Voluntary Action Tel 0115 9466740


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Volunteer Centre Erewash

Celebrates 30 years serving local people.

1983 2013.


What do Volunteer Centres do?

Volunteer Development Agencies (often know as volunteer centres or volunteer bureaux) provide support at a local level for individual volunteers and volunteer involving organisations. They have six core functions:


1.   Brokerage
VDAs primary function is to match both individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate opportunities in the local community. VDAs hold information on a comprehensive range of opportunities. They offer potential volunteers support and advice matching their motivation to volunteer with appropriate volunteering opportunities.

2.   Marketing volunteering
VDAs stimulate and encourage local interest in volunteering and community activity. This may include promoting and marketing volunteering through local, regional and national events and campaigns .VDAs will manage and promote a national brand for volunteering.

3.   Good practice development
VDAs promote good practice in working with volunteers to all volunteer involving organisations. They deliver training and accreditation for potential volunteers, volunteers, volunteer managers and the volunteering infrastructure.

4.   Develop volunteering opportunities
VDAs work in close partnership with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies as well as community groups and faith groups to develop local volunteering opportunities. VDAs understand the potential offered by the local communities and work with them to realise this potential. VDA will target specific groups which face barriers to volunteering. VDA work creatively to develop imaginative, non-formal opportunities for potential volunteers.

5.   Policy response and campaigning
VDAs identify proposals or legislation that may impact on volunteering. It will lead and/or participate in campaigns on issues that affect volunteers or volunteering. VDAs campaign proactively for a more volunteer-literate and volunteer-friendly climate.

6.   Strategic development of volunteering
As the local experts on volunteering VDAs inform strategic thinking and planning at a regional and national level.


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What does a CVS do?

All CVS support, promote and develop local voluntary and community action through the following five key functions:

Services and support

CVS promote the effectiveness of local voluntary and community groups by providing them with a range of services. These may include access to basic facilities, such as meeting rooms, photocopiers and ICT equipment or more involved services such as community accountancy and employment advice. CVS also support local groups through regular newsletters, training, funding advice and specialist services.


As a focal point for the local voluntary and community sector, CVS encourage networking between individuals and groups within the sector, and between local groups and the statutory and private sectors. This allows local groups to learn from one another, establish contacts and work more effectively. CVS also help different communities to organise their own networking activity.


With government encouraging involvement of voluntary and community groups in shaping and delivering services, CVS enable the views of local groups to be represented. For example, many CVS run voluntary and community sector forums which provide an opportunity for local groups to put forward their views on national and local policies.

Development work

Over the years, the local voluntary and community sector has pioneered some of the essential public services that we now take for granted. Child protection and care for the elderly, for example, had their origins in, and were developed by, the voluntary sector. This tradition has continued into the 21st century, and today CVS take the lead in identifying gaps in service provision and work with groups to develop new and innovative services to meet these needs.

Strategic partnerships

CVS work in partnership with local government and other statutory agencies to shape the delivery of services. CVS play a key role in empowering local groups to take part in partnerships and are directly involved in a wide range of regeneration, neighborhood renewal, health and social care, learning and other government initiatives. Strategic partnerships may be sub-regional, district wide or neighborhood. They may cover several issues or have a particular focus.




EREWASH CVS your only local quality accredited Volunteer Centre




The most up-to-date list of all the voluntary and community groups active in Derbyshire


The voluntary groups, organisations, social clubs, charities, social enterprises in this directory are all based in - or work within - Derby and Derbyshire.

The directory is maintained and contributed to by a network of 14 organisations across the region including ourselves.


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Disclosure and Barring Scheme Check


As voluntary groups often support vulnerable people and children you may be asked to complete a DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) check. 

A criminal record does not necessarily prevent you from volunteering. Erewash Voluntary Action will process any DBS forms for their direct service volunteers.


Erewash Borough Council can act as an umbrella body for local voluntary organisations. The charities are responsible for checking their own applications which are then passed to the Personnel department at the Borough Council for further checking, processing and countersigning.


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The Volunteer centre holds a monthly Tea Dance:

Come Along and Be Part of our Wednesday Afternoon Social Club

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!

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Inside our HQ building

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Room Hire


Erewash Volunteer Action has several fully equipped rooms for hire by community voluntary groups, suitable for either meetings or training events with catering for any event. Workshop space available.

All rooms are versatile for different layouts. Tea & Coffee can be provided.

Full Disabled Access. The premises were designed for use by disabled people and are used regularly by Derbyshire Adult Community Education and other training providers.

U3A Have various Interest groups that meet at Erewash CVS. Photography, Coffee Morning, Mixed Media, Dance, Quiz Group, Laptop Group, Gardening Group & Family History.

Rooms for 2 or 3 people to around 100. Wi-Fi, projector, screen, flipcharts etc. Day, evening and weekends at reasonable rates.

We also may be able to offer long term office accommodation.

Car Park and on street parking.


 Erewash Voluntary Action - Caring for our Community



0115 946 6740


(4.30PM Fridays)



Erewash Volunteer Action

Granville Avenue

Long Eaton


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Last updated: 2nd August 2016

Erewash CVS is a Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England & Wales No 3537038 and a

Registered Charity (England & Wales) No 1069838.

We gratefully acknowledge support from Erewash CCG, Derbyshire County Council and the people of Erewash