Annual Reports


I am very pleased to introduce NDVA's Annual Report for 2015/16. It highlights NDVA’s important role in supporting organisations working in the health and wellbeing voluntary sector across Derbyshire.

NDVA continues to be very well respected by both health and care commissioners and frontline staff and is regarded as the 'go to' place to access, engage with and seek the opinions of the health and social care voluntary sector. NDVA is used as a mechanism for consultation and, as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board and a partner in 21c JoinedUpCare is working hard to represent the voluntary sector. Over the last year the focus has very much been on added value.  NDVA staff have been more involved in supporting the growth of social capital and building community resilience. This has been done at both a strategic level and at grass roots; supporting frontline activity and helping our members to form links and partnerships.

NDVA's vision is to see a well-connected and supported voluntary and community sector that is regarded as an equal partner to statutory services in health and care service pathways.

Meetings of NDVA's Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum continue to be extremely well attended, on average 65 different groups are represented on every occasion. With lively and impassioned debates taking place between speakers and Forum members, there was much to hear about and discuss during the course of the year and we take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in knowing, through evaluation, that both the presenters and the audiences found these sessions useful and informative.

The Mental Health Liaison Service supports 42 mental health service providing groups; representing them at all levels in the commissioning process. It plays an important strategic and planning role in the provision of voluntary sector mental health services across the North of the county. The service holds meetings throughout the year, sends out regular ebulletins and works closely with mental health commissioners, NHS mental health service providers, Derbyshire County Council, other stakeholders and partners in the South of the County. The service also administers grants on behalf of Hardwick CCG for the provision of support to mental health self-help groups and their umbrella organisations.

The now very well respected vSPA (Voluntary Sector Single Point of Access), commissioned by North Derbyshire, Hardwick and Erewash CCGs, continues to take referrals from health and care professionals, and the voluntary and community sector. The service has gone from strength to strength, supporting people who live in Derbyshire to access the invaluable preventative and supportive health and wellbeing services the voluntary sector provides. During this period the service was evaluated and decisions made to continue with a further years ‘proof of concept’ as a county and city-wide model.

In July 2015, with the support of North Derbyshire CCG and one year’s funding, NDVA took the lead on the incredibly successful Dronfield 2gether Project. Following a successful recruitment campaign, a community development worker was employed to work alongside local people to support and enable them to build community resilience and grow social capital. Her remit includes working with ‘no fixed office space’; to be truly part of the community and to further develop the pool of Dronfield 2gether Champions, empowering them to drive forward their aspirations for the town and its communities.

NDVA members' and stakeholders' feedback, throughout the year, shows how valued our services are and that the health and social care voluntary sector and commissioners really appreciate having a specialist infrastructure organisation to see the ‘bigger picture’, inform, represent, administer funding streams and to design and manage innovative new liaison projects that support access to voluntary and community services. NDVA’s 2015–16 Annual Survey shows excellent feedback from members as to the value they give to NDVA services. I am grateful for the continuing support of the NDVA membership.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I would like to thank the NDVA staff for all their efforts and commitment over the last year.

Finally, I would like to thank my fellow Board members for their support. We are all very proud to be associated with such an inspiring organisation as NDVA.

Heather Fawbert


21 September 2016


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