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5 Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Scheme

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:40 Written by

 

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing poster

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing guidance notes

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing application form

Healthy Bolsover Grants Scheme

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:03 Written by

 

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Department has set up a small grants scheme in each of its locality areas to help support local groups and communities improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Who can apply?

The scheme will provide small grants of up to a maximum of £2,000 for local community and voluntary groups to improve the health and wellbeing of local Bolsover residents at grass roots level.

Priority will be given to new projects or to enhance existing projects. The small grants have an overarching theme of building Social Capital and supporting mental health in Bolsover.

Click here to open the Healthy Bolsover Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Healthy Bolsover Grants Scheme guidance notes

Applications should be returned to Derbyshire Voluntary Action by 4.30pm on Friday 23 November 2018

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 mentalhealthatwork.org.uk.

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.

 

Healthy North East Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme

Thursday, 09 August 2018 08:12 Written by

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Department has set up a small grants scheme in each of its locality areas to help support local groups and communities improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Who can apply?

You could be a voluntary / community group or even a group of local people within the North East Derbyshire District Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Grant funding of up to £1,000 per applicant is available.

Priority will be given to new projects or to enhance existing projects. The small grants have an overarching theme of building Social Capital and supporting mental health.

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme guidance notes


Applications should be returned to Derbyshire Voluntary Action by 4.30pm on Friday 23 November 2018 

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Department has set up a small grants scheme in each of its locality areas to help support local groups and communities improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Who can apply?

You could be a voluntary / community group or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Grant funding of up to £1,000 per applicant is available.

Priority will be given to new projects or to enhance existing projects. The small grants have an overarching theme of building Social Capital and supporting mental health.

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme guidance notes
 

Applications should be returned to Derbyshire Voluntary Action by 4.30pm on Friday 23 November 2018

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; https://healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk/2018/07/carers-engagement/

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 https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DVAannualsurvey.

See how you can help at https://dvasos.wordpress.com/

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: http://www.healthandcaretogethersyb.co.uk/
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 www.facebook.com/groups/BeCancerSafe/about/.


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 https://www.peakfm.co.uk/news/local/north-derbyshire-residents-can-play-their-part-in-improving-cancer-survival-rates/

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 @dva.org.uk
 
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.

Happy Days disco events

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:02 Written by

 

Happy Days disco events are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Harley’s Bar in Staveley.  Find out more by reading the leaflet HERE.

First Steps Derbyshire Wins National Recognition

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:00 Written by

First Steps Derbyshire has won a major national healthcare award in recognition of its work to support young people and adults with eating disorders and its relationship with health professionals across the east midlands.

First Steps in Agard Street was founded in 2004 by CEO, Cathy Cleary who as a teenager suffered with an eating disorder and recognised that through her own experiences and recovery, that other sufferers and their families needed support that was not always available from NHS and community services. 

The charity has won the Supported Self Care category sponsored by NHS England Integrated Personalised Care a joint national programme with the Local Government Association at this year’s HSJ Awards which are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the health care service in England.

The award was in recognition of First Steps Eating Disorders online befriending service which the judges said: ‘is a wonderful example of a truly person centred service that compliments local NHS services and that demonstrably transforms people’s lives. An example we can all learn from’.
The online befriending service typically involves 40 trained volunteers – many of whom have personal experience of eating disorders and a positive recovery – who provide online practical support for around 50 local people at any one time.

Click here to read the full press release.

Joined-up Care Derbyshire newsletter

Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:58 Written by

 

Joined-Up Care Derbyshire is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for our area. It is made up of the ten largest NHS organisations that operate in Derbyshire and the City and County Councils.

Read the plans, and find out how you can get involved, in the first edition of the Joined up Care Derbyshire newsletter ‘Together We Are Better’, which can be opened by clicking here.

 

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Department has set up a small grants scheme in each of its locality areas to help support local groups and communities improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Who can apply?

You could be a voluntary / community group or even a group of local people within the Chesterfield Borough Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Grant funding of up to £1,000 per applicant is available.
 

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme flyer

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Chesterfield Health & Wellbeing Partnership Small Grants Scheme guidance notes
 

Applications should be returned to NDVA by 5pm on Thursday 11th January 2018

Healthy North East Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 16:28 Written by

 

Derbyshire County Council Public Health Department has set up a small grants scheme in each of its locality areas to help support local groups and communities improve the health and wellbeing of local residents.

Who can apply?

You could be a voluntary / community group or even a group of local people within the North East Derbyshire District Council area, who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community.

Grant funding of up to £3,000 per applicant is available.
 

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme flyer

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme application form

Click here to open the Healthy NE Derbyshire Small Grants Scheme guidance notes


Applications should be returned to NDVA by 5pm on Thursday 11th January 2018

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