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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

Hope Springs Xmas Fayre

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:31 Written by

Derbyshire Carers Association newsletter

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:24 Written by

 Click here to read the Winter edition of Carers News

Mental Health Together newsletter

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 14:11 Written by

 

In the December edition of Mental Health Together monthly e-bulletin there are updates on some of the things they've been involved in over the last month, as well as further ways in which you can get involved. There is also information relating to other local mental health news stories.

Click here to read the December bulletin.

Mental Health Together can be contacted on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rethink MASH

Thursday, 23 November 2017 13:45 Written by

Rethink MASH held a Fundraising Event on Saturday 18th November at Chesterfield Community Centre, Tontine Road, Chesterfield. One of the lucky winners of their raffle was Rachel, our Senior Administer.  Adrian Rimington, co-ordinator of Rethink MASH visited our offices to give a very happy Rachel her prize. 

 

Befriending in Derbyshire: Its Value and Impact

Monday, 06 November 2017 12:12 Written by

New research shows the Value of Befriending

Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is launching the findings of new research into the value and impact of voluntary befriending services.
 
•   Loneliness and isolation does not just make people unhappy - it also has a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy.  
•   Those who receive support from Befriending Services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connections, independence and wellbeing.
•   Over 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services – if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £762,000.
•   For every £1 spent on providing volunteering the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.59.
 
Dave Radford, Manager of Chesterfield Volunteer Centre, said “I know that befrienders all over Derbyshire make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of people who would otherwise be alone. This report evidences that in black and white – and helps us make the financial case for investment in these amazing services.”
 
“Befriending is a god send” - Barbara
Barbara was referred to us some time ago and had a variety of problems.  She was struggling to do things alone as she lacked confidence and was becoming more and more isolated.  This led to a deterioration in her eating and a decline in her overall health.  A volunteer, Maureen, was introduced to Barbara and since that time she has come on immensely.  Maureen is extremely good with Barbara and as well as helping her with healthy eating and budgeting she has increased her activity within the community.

“I wouldn’t be able to get to any of my medical appointments if it weren’t for Maureen.  In fact I don’t know what I would have done without the befriending service,” Barbara said.
 

Click here to open the 'Report'

Click here to open the 'Key Messages'

Healthwatch Derbyshire Speak Out newsletter

Monday, 14 August 2017 15:03 Written by

Healthwatch Derbyshire are an independent organisation that represents Derbyshire residents using health and social care services. They want to hear from you about GPs, hospitals, dentists, any NHS service, as well as social care funded services, such as care homes.

Click here to read the Spring edition of the ‘Speak Out’ Newsletter from Healthwatch Derbyshire.

www.healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk

Free Cakes for Kids

Monday, 14 August 2017 14:45 Written by

Free Cakes For Kids Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough are a charitable organisation completely run by volunteers, providing free birthday cakes for children (and adults in exceptional circumstances) who would otherwise find it difficult to receive one without charity assistance. Since their launch in May 2015, they have provided over 650 cakes to disadvantaged individuals and expanded from Nottingham into Derbyshire and Loughborough.

Click here to open the leaflet and find out more.

Carers in Derbyshire are now on Facebook

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:25 Written by

The Carers in Derbyshire website is a one-stop-shop for unpaid/family carers who are looking for information, advice and local carer support services. The website was created for carers, by carers with support from local organisations including Derbyshire County Council, health and voluntary sector services.

The website now has a Facebook page which hopes to become a community and source of support for carers as well as a place to share information, news and details of events.

Please get involved and support the page and website. Business cards and posters to promote the website can be ordered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dronfield 2gether video

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 13:42 Written by

 

Watch Shelley Hinson, Dronfield 2gether Coordinator, talk about the work happening in Dronfield in this short video.

Golden Rainbows Chesterfield

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:13 Written by

A new monthly social support group called Golden Rainbows Chesterfield will be launching in Chesterfield on 9th May 2017.  The group is part of Derbyshire LGBT+ and is open to people who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgender over the age of 55.  Last year’s Golden Rainbows survey showed that there was a great need in Chesterfield and the surrounding areas for support for older LGBT people.  The experiences of older people can often result in feelings of isolation and loneliness and Derbyshire LGBT would like to help build a social and supportive LGBT community in Chesterfield.

The group will be confidential and free to attend.  The group will meet monthly at the Assembly Rooms in the Chesterfield Market Hall, which has lift access from the ground floor, and all are welcome for refreshments.  The launch event will be on Tuesday 9th May 2-4pm, and the group members will have a say in what activities or speakers are booked for future meetings. 

If you have any queries please contact Derbyshire LGBT+ on 01332 207704 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

The Farming Life Centre is a small charity based on a working farm in Blackwell. The charity runs a variety of services for the farming and rural community across the Peak District. They are looking for new members for their Rural Social Groups. These take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at their Centre based at Blackwell Hall Farm, between Buxton and Bakewell.
 
The groups are very relaxed, sociable and friendly. They offer the opportunity for people to meet together for conversation, trips out, enjoy refreshments, speakers and other activities.

What our members say about the groups -
 
'I'm a new member. I've been made very welcome. I appreciate the good company'
 
'It's so welcoming and down to earth'
 
'I love to come and chat, it's a highlight of my week, it keeps me going for the rest of the week. I won't make doctors or hospital appointments for Wednesday afternoon!'
 
Everyone is welcome so if you or someone you know would be  interested to come along to the social groups please contact Karen Kidd on 01298 85162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
The Farming Life Centre
Blackwell Hall Farm, Blackwell Near Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9TQ
Tel : 01298 85162
www.thefarminglifecentre.org.uk
Charity Reg No: 1130259

New Carers in Derbyshire Website

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:11 Written by

Derbyshire County Council are delighted to introduce the new website for carers: www.carersinderbyshire.org.uk

In recent years carers have told Derbyshire County Council that they've found it difficult to know whether information they found online about support and services was reliable, relevant and up-to-date. Carers in Derbyshire aims to make it easy for carers by being a ‘starting point’ and ‘one stop shop’ for carers who need information and advice about what is available in Derbyshire to support them.

The website has been created by a partnership of unpaid family carers, Adult Care and local health and voluntary sector organisations. A full list of partners is available on the website.

As well as general information about topics such as carers rights, carer assessments, emergency planning and welfare benefits, there is a searchable directory of local services including

·       Carer support groups

·       Social activities and groups

·       drop-in services

·       respite and sittings services

·       advice lines

The Adult Care Information Team will be administrating the website so if you have any queries or would like to suggest any improvements or amendments to the website, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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