DVA Job Vacancy - Finance and Grants Officer

Thursday, 18 April 2019 14:54 Written by


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New Opportunity at Derbyshire Voluntary Action

Do you want the opportunity to work for a successful, dynamic and innovative organisation that champions the work and changing needs of the health related Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire?

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is an independent charity, which strategically represents and champions the work of the health and care voluntary and community sector.  We provide vital support to a diverse range of local charities and community groups through our work and also connect people and resources to projects and ideas.

We are currently seeking an exceptional and experienced Finance & Grants Officer to join our growing team.

Finance and Grants Officer
22.5 hours per week
£24,313 FTE + 5% pension contribution

The post holder will provide professional and comprehensive management of Derbyshire Voluntary Action’s finance function, working closely with Project Managers, the Chief Executive, Treasurer and Board of Directors. In addition, they will be responsible for the smooth operation of Derbyshire Voluntary Action’s small grants schemes, taking ownership of the process, including setting application deadlines, working closely with panel members, communicating with applicants and completing regular monitoring.

Application closing date: 12.30pm Monday 13 May 2019

Interview date: Wednesday 22 May 2019

Please click on the links below to open the documents:

Application Form
Job Description
Person Specification
Equal Opportunities Form

Exciting New Opportunity at Derbyshire Voluntary Action

Do you want the opportunity to work for a successful, dynamic and innovative organisation that champions the work and changing needs of the health related Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire? 

So why not work for Us!

Derbyshire Voluntary Action is an independent charity and specialist infrastructure organisation for the health and social care voluntary and community sector.

COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD is an exciting brand-new 3-year initiative, which will develop and facilitate opportunities for the University of Derby and Chesterfield’s Voluntary and Community Sector to work collaboratively together in ways that will strengthen Chesterfield communities.

We are seeking to recruit a key member of the COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD team, to bring the project to life and make it happen.

Project Support and Marketing Officer
30 hours per week – 0.8 FTE
£22,401 FTE + 5% pension contribution

The first point of contact and “linchpin” of the Centre, providing administrative support to fellow team members, setting up and maintaining office systems, and providing hands-on assistance to the team in a number of key areas.

Closing date for applications: 12.30pm Tuesday 23 April 2019

Interview dates: provisional date Friday 3 May 2019

For an application pack please call 01246 555908 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click on the links below to open the documents:

Application Form

Job Description

Person Specification

Community efforts to tackle isolation and loneliness in Derbyshire are to receive a boost from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The IsLAND Project (Isolation and Loneliness Action Networks Derbyshire) will support local voluntary organisations and community services to work together and reach more isolated and lonely people.

This will include raising awareness of social isolation and its impact, finding new ways to reach out and support people, and encouraging more people to take action in their community to prevent people being lonely. The project will also offer specialist training for staff and volunteers to better understand and support people who have complex needs, such as dementia and mental health conditions.

The project will be managed by Swadlincote-based charity South Derbyshire CVS.  Kerrie Fletcher, Corporate Services Manager, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have this new funding, which will help grassroots voluntary and community groups across the county work together to tackle social isolation.

“We know that being lonely has a terrible impact on people’s health and quality of life - equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  We also know that small interventions can really help. By encouraging and supporting individuals, groups and communities to take action we can all make a difference.”

The project will build on the work of Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network, expanding its membership and remit to address wider issues of social isolation. Research by the network estimated the value of the support its members provide in mitigating social isolation is worth £7 million per year but costs £800K – a social return on investment of £8.59 for every £1 spent.

Anyone interested in supporting the project or wanting to know more should contact Rich Murrell at South Derbyshire CVS on 01283 219761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Free IT Support Classes

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:47 Written by

Derbyshire Voluntary Action has been working closely with colleagues at the University of Derby in Chesterfield for the past 18 months to think about ways in which the community and the university could work more closely together to share their resources, make the most of their assets and generally strengthen the community sector in Chesterfield. 

In autumn 2018, we applied to the National Lottery Partnerships Fund for funding for a three-year work programme, including research, work placements, volunteering, training and joint project work. 

We are thrilled to say our bid has been successful, and that on 1 April we will be taking on three new offices to form the “COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD Centre” at Derby Uni’s St Helena Campus.  The Centre will be a focal point for the project, performing a linking and liaison role between our VCS groups and organisations and the University’s health and social care staff, researchers and students.  

We want this exciting new project to be 100% community-led.  From the outset there’ll be many opportunities for our members to be involved and to benefit from the activities we’ll be developing.  We’ve already held some very successful Focus Groups and there’ll be more of these to come over the next couple of months.

We’ll be sending out regular updates via our bulletins, Twitter and press releases, so you won’t miss out on any of the fantastic opportunities coming.

Read the full press release HERE.

Pic1 - Vice Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell (4th right) with University and Derbyshire Voluntary Action colleagues at St Helena Campus.

Pic 2 - Pictured outside the new COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD Centre at St Helena are: L-R: Derbyshire Voluntary Action Chief Executive, Jacqui Willis, University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Chair of the Derbyshire Voluntary Action Board, Heather Fawbert and University of Derby Head of Adult Nursing, Michelle Brown.

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Interested, want to know more?  Sam would love to hear from you:  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile: 07926 361183

Mental Health at Work - new digital gateway launched

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:35 Written by

A major study into workplace wellbeing by the mental health charity Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.

The survey of more than 44,000 employees also revealed that only half of those who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it, suggesting that as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.

These findings are revealed as a new online Mental Health at Work ‘gateway’ is launched today by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. Mind, with support from The Royal Foundation, Heads Together and 11 other organisations, has created the UK-wide portal as a free resource for both employers and employees.

The gateway brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need.

In-depth analysis of the survey has revealed that offering managers proper support can make a huge difference. Managers who felt their employer supported their mental health, or actively built their skills in supporting team members with mental health problems, were far more likely to feel confident in promoting staff wellbeing.

Manager confidence, in turn, is closely linked with whether employees feel able to disclose. Those staff who felt their manager supported their mental health or could spot the signs that someone might be struggling were far more likely to say they would be able to talk about their mental health at work.

Mental Health at Work can be found at

The 11 partners are Heads Together, CIPD, the Federation of Small Businesses, the City Mental Health Alliance, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, the Work and Health Unit, Public Health England,

Dementia Support Service - New Provider

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 14:01 Written by

Message from Phil Wall, Commissioning Manager – Dementia and Sensory Services,Adult Care Commissioning Team

We would like to inform you that Alzheimer’s Society have been successful in winning the new contract to deliver the Derbyshire Dementia Support Service.  This means that from 1st December 2018 Alzheimer’s Society will take over responsibility for delivering this service from Making Space.

This decision is the result of a competitive procurement process led by Derbyshire County Council in conjunction with the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups. The procurement of this service has been undertaken in line withthe Public Contract Regulations (2015) and involving a carer as part of this process.

There will now be a transition period until 1st December 2018,when new referrals to the Derbyshire Dementia Support service will be directed to the new provider. During this time please continue to access support and groups in the same way you do now and be assured that the service will continue to be delivered.

Referrals for the service should continue to be made to Making Space:

Telephone: 01246 592010

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please support us by making other colleagues and staff aware.


DORA 2017

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:46 Written by

Are you a carer?

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:43 Written by

Healthwatch Derbyshire want to hear from carers in Derbyshire about how you could be better supported in your role as a family carer in relation to health and social care services. A family carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without that help.
Carers play a vital role in supporting people who are frail, ill or disabled, but, in doing so, they often become vulnerable themselves.
In the next 20 years, it’s anticipated that over nine million people will become an unpaid carer and offer support for a loved one or friend. It’s vital that these carers get the help they need to look after themselves and others.

Please take the time to answer a few questions about your caring role;

vSPA Referrers Questionnaire 2018

Thursday, 26 July 2018 15:06 Written by

Please click on the link below to read the vSPA Referrers Survey 2018 responses.

vSPA North and Erewash Referrers Survey July 2018


Please click on the link below to read our Annual Survey 2017 - 18 responses.

Derbyshire Voluntary Action Annual Survey 2017 - 18


Chief Executive of the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Dr Chris Clayton, was in Chesterfield last Thursday to present latest NHS plans to remedy the £80m hole in the county’s health budget. And what he had to say did not go down well with Derbyshire’s charities and voluntary groups who support the most vulnerable in our communities.  They find themselves facing potentially devastating cuts to funding and support which will result from a proposed £38m first round of NHS savings.
Chesterfield’s Derbyshire Voluntary Action is one of the 40 organisations affected by the proposals.  It provides vital help and support to over 300 local small charities and volunteer-led groups, many of whom depend on its small grants programme for their survival.  Jacqui Willis, Chief Executive was at the Engagement meeting and spoke up for her members.  She said, “I left the meeting feeling frustrated and disappointed.  The voluntary sector is not responsible for the mess the Derbyshire CCG’s have created and yet we are in the first line of fire when it comes to cost savings.  On the evidence of today, the CCG’s plans seem to be half-baked and simply not thought through.  The ripple effect from this will be catastrophic.”
Currently, CCG grants of £205,000 per year pay for Derbyshire Voluntary Action’s three main services: providing representation, information services, and grants schemes for small groups, such as social groups and lunch clubs; support and advice for the mental health voluntary sector; and its flagship award-winning social prescribing service, vSPA, which links vulnerable people such as the elderly and those with long term conditions to services and community-based help and support, to enable them to live better in their own homes and be less reliant on NHS services.
Continued Jacqui, “We’ve got a very short time to respond to the proposals. I’ll be working hard over the next couple of weeks to report back on the many impacts these cuts will have, not just for Derbyshire Voluntary Action but for the hundreds of groups we support.  We urge anyone who knows the very valuable work we do to support us by telling us how they will be affected should our services disappear.”
You can let Derbyshire Voluntary Action know your views by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or better still complete a short online survey at

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An Independent Review set up to ensure people across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and Chesterfield continue to receive excellent hospital services now and into the future has made a series of recommendations in a report that has recently been released.

The Hospital Services Review (HSR) Report strongly recommends that to continue to provide high quality services across the region, hospitals must work together even more closely and in ways that connect teams across all sites.

The central theme is for local people to continue to get as much hospital care as possible in their local District General Hospital. This includes a recommendation to keep all seven emergency departments (EDs) in Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Chesterfield, Doncaster, Rotherham, the Major Trauma Centre and ED at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and the ED at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.
Among the proposals are the establishment of new networks of care; two new regional centres of excellence to support the networks - a Health and Care Institute and an Innovation Hub. The report also recommends further work is undertaken with regards to children’s and maternity services; and that overnight and weekend services for emergency gastrointestinal bleeds are consolidated.
For more information and to view a copy of the report:
A simple summary of the key points made in the Report can be viewed HERE.
The report will be received by the Collaborative Partnership Board of Health and Care Working Together (which is also known as a shadow Integrated Care System) and then subsequently by the boards and governing bodies of the organisations within the partnership.  Comments are invited from everyone and you can send yours in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 13th July 2018.

The next stage will be for the independent review team to gather all comments and share these with the Joint Clinical Commissioning Group and the Collaborative Partnership Board.
If you would like someone to come out to visit your group to provide further information and take feedback on your views, then please telephone the Patient Experience Team at North Derbyshire CCG on 01246 514328 to arrange a convenient time.

A new initiative is being launched this month to increase cancer awareness across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.

Be Cancer Safe is a community approach to improving cancer survival in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.
The aim is to make everyone aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, know what screening is available to them and ultimately increase the number of people diagnosed at an earlier stage. This will be achieved through a range of community based activities and initiatives.

The movement is being coordinated by South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance, part of Health and Care Working Together in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, and delivered in partnership with voluntary sector and health organisations.

Julia Jessop, South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance Programme Director, said: “In South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire we have more people diagnosed with cancer than the England average. We want to change this and work together with our communities to make South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire cancer safe.

“We know that historically, some groups in our community are less likely to attend screening than others, and through Be Cancer Safe activities and initiatives, we aim to make sure everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer and the screening available. Detecting cancers earlier greatly increases the chance of survival.”

The following organisations will be working in conjunction with local health and social care, charitable and voluntary organisations to deliver activities across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire. Voluntary Action Rotherham in Rotherham and Barnsley; Aurora Wellbeing Centres in Bassetlaw; Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in Doncaster; Sheffield Local Authority in Sheffield and Derbyshire Voluntary Action in North Derbyshire and Hardwick.

Ordinary members of the community can get involved and be supported to raise awareness with their family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. They will do this by word of mouth, distribution of information and signposting people to the range of services available to them. They will assist in giving information which is beneficial to others, motivate people to be more aware and alert to cancer symptoms and seek early medical assistance.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Be Cancer Safe social movement email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, the area you live in and your contact details or visit

You can listen to Jacqui Willis, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Voluntary Action, being interviewed about the Be Cancer Safe social movement on Peak FM radio

Derbyshire Voluntary Action

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 21:00 Written by


Happy New Year from all of us at what is now officially Derbyshire Voluntary Action (Formerly NDVA). We will, of course, continue to work hard to support and represent the health and social care voluntary sector and to maintain our good relationships with all our members and partners.
Please note - The main office email address is now: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff emails are their first name followed by
Our telephone number and postal address will remain the same.
The web-site is currently the same but is in the process of being thoroughly up-dated.


NDVA have been informed that the paper that went to Derbyshire County Council Cabinet, recommending the extension of grants to a range of community and voluntary organisations across Derbyshire for a further twelve months from 1st April 2018 has been approved. 

The Cabinet Report can be viewed HERE.

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