EREWASH VOLUNTARY ACTION CVS LTD
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.
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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 August 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.
If you would like to give feedback on how this will affect our services and its potential impact of discontinuing funding, please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.”
The CCG is holding a number of public stakeholder engagement events to brief people about their financial position and plans - including one next Monday afternoon at Erewash Voluntary Action Granville Avenue in Long Eaton starting at 2.30 pm.
1. Erewash Voluntary Action is an Erewash based charity working to improve the quality of life for people in Erewash by providing services to individuals in need as well as supporting voluntary groups and communities to help themselves. Members of the public can contact the organisation on 0115 9466740
2. For more information, or if you would like us to arrange for you to interview service users or volunteers, please contact Stella Scott CEO - details below.
66 amazing responses to our short questionnaire on funding cuts.
Here is a quick snapshot report of feedback.
Thank you for all your support.
Third Sector Article:
A Big Thank you to the Asda Foundation who donated £6000 to Erewash Voluntary Action towards our transport scheme.
Jon, the Community Champion, and Ben, the Store Deputy Manager along with Shiralee, People Manager and colleague Gaynor from Asda Long Eaton presented the cheque at our Christmas Tea Dance.
Due to this fantastic donation we are recruiting new volunteers for our Transport Scheme.
In 2017 we received 56 NEW transport referrals, a 14% increase from last year.
Our 15 volunteer drivers provide transport to over 40 clients per month on a regular basis, driving 6415 miles last year. We have set ourselves a target of increasing our drivers to 30 in 2018. With your help we are hoping to encourage people to think about volunteering to help members of their local community. Please find poster attached if you could advertise for us.
Volunteers make a huge difference in the Erewash community and the rewards to them can far outweigh any rewards to the people they help – it is a two way process. Volunteering equates to an enhanced quality of life and in some cases can prevent social isolation.
Anyone can be a volunteer and just an hour a week makes a difference to someone’s life. Erewash Voluntary Action are based at Granville Avenue, Long Eaton – opening hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 4.30pm on Fridays, telephone 0115 9466740. Call or pop in for an application form.
See below for more information on our direct services and volunteering
What we do:
If you would like to volunteer for any of the below projects, please download our application form here.
Our projects include:
· Befriending / 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.
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.
Filming of our Tea Dance and coverage on the television of our befriending service.
Please click on the above link to see the video.
Erewash Sound interview with Linda and Clare
It links to a list of podcasts and currently Linda and Clare are the 8th one down (this will change over time.)
· Mental Health Volunteering
The role of the Mental Health Volunteer 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.
· Community Connectors
Helping people of Erewash connect with other local people, activities, groups and services.
· 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.
www.do-it.org.uk is the UK’s only national database of volunteer vacancies. It enables you to look for opportunities that suit you.
You can search by:-
How far you are willing to travel
Area of Interest
Area of Activity
When you are available
Volunteer Centres are the local agencies that promote and develop volunteering. Many of the opportunities on Do-It come from Volunteer Centres.
If you can't find a suitable opportunity on Do-it, your local Volunteer Centre might be able to help.
Contact details are overleaf. Confidential interviews are available.
We recruit from all sectors of the community including, Voluntary, community, public and private sectors.
UPCOMING EVENTS / TRAINING
There are a number of training events coming up soon to provide support, advice and information for groups, organisations and individuals.
Training for volunteers who volunteer with children or vulnerable adults – we offer the Derbyshire Passport Scheme.
VCI 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.
Venue: The Granville Centre, Granville Ave, 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 Scott – Chief Executive Officer
Tel: 0115 9466740
We also provide other training events – let us know what you need.
For the latest Training events download our current newsletter.
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 email@example.com 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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ARCHIVE FUNDING BULLETINS:
Erewash Voluntary Action is leading the Erewash Mental Health Partnership which is funded by Erewash Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Erewash Mental Health Partnership aims to develop opportunities for people with mental health issues to access local community groups and organisations in order to participate in activities. Volunteering opportunities are also available and actively promoted to service receivers.
Erewash Voluntary Action is working with community groups and organisations in Erewash encouraging groups to become more mental health friendly. Mental Health Champions who have attended Mental Health First Aid England training are taking responsibility to ensure a welcoming and supportive environment for service receivers.
Volunteers are involved to befriend and introduce people to groups and activities supporting them to attend for the first few times. Peer volunteers are also being included to help and encourage service receivers. Volunteers are provided with mental health awareness training to develop their skills and understanding of mental health.
Information about Erewash activities is shared across the network included statutory, community and voluntary and private partners to help improve signposting and referrals.
Partnership events are organised for service receivers and partners.
For further details about the Erewash Mental Health Partnership contact
Catriona Paterson – Development Worker
Tel: 0115 9466740
The fifth 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 Catriona@erewashcvs.org.uk Tel 0115 9466740
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
FUTURES IN MIND
Erewash Voluntary Action is working as part of the Future in Mind partnership in Erewash. Future in Mind is a government plan to help ensure that by 2020 children and young people are able to achieve positive emotional health by having access to high quality local provision as well as a range of support enabling self-help, recovery and wellbeing.
Erewash Voluntary Action is responsible for:
· Mapping voluntary and community groups that provide activities and opportunities for children and young people in Erewash.
· Identifying training needs of community and voluntary groups to help develop skills and understanding of mental health before issues and symptoms escalate.
· Organising mental health awareness training in children and young people to train leaders to become mental health friendly.
· Signposting and providing information to all organisations about groups and activities for children and young people.
· Organising the Erewash Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Network quarterly meeting to which any group or organisation can attend that are providing services for children and young people.
· Organising volunteer passport training for young people identified as potential volunteers.
For further details about Future in Mind contact either
Stella or Catriona at
What have you done for your wellbeing today?
Good mental health is important to help us all live a healthier, happier life.
There are some easy steps that you can take they’re known as the Five Ways to Wellbeing:
These easy steps improve how you feel each day, they don’t take up much time and they don’t have to cost anything either
Being around other people can help to boost our mood and help us feel connected to the wider world
Evidence shows that improvements in your physical health can help improve your mental health
Taking notice is about making the time to appreciate the world around us.
Learning new skill can boost confidence and give you a sense of achievement
Help someone - volunteer
Helping others, saying thank you, or just giving someone a smile can help to improve your self-esteem and your wellbeing
Want to know more?
Erewash Voluntary Action,
Granville Avenue, Long Eaton, NG10 4HD
Jess Holmes – Five Ways to Wellbeing Worker
Tel: 0115 9466740
COMMUNITY DIRECTORY DERBYSHIRE
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.
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.
Volunteer Celebration 'Race
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!
Inside our building
SIZE MEETING ROOM
SIZE MEETING ROOM
We also have two interview rooms, one holds up to 6 people the other is 1 to 1 room.
MAIN ENTRANCE OFF CAR PARK
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.
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 Voluntary Action. 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 available. We also may be able to offer long term office accommodation.
Car Park and on street parking.
Last updated: 20th August 2018
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