Are you a dynamic community worker with a real asset-based approach to tackling loneliness and social isolation?

Can you make a real and long-lasting difference to the lives of people living in Chesterfield?

Are you passionate about creating positive opportunities for people?

If so, we want to hear from you!

The Connect to Self Care Service (C2SC)* will support clients who are lonely, isolated or are at risk of developing, or living with a long-term health condition. This unique service will work holistically to increase people’s social and physical activity; and help increase emotional and practical support within the community of Chesterfield. The C2SC team will work as part of an integrated system to improve people’s social connectivity, health and wellbeing. The service will also enable GPs and other health and care professionals to connect their patients to a range of non-clinical and community support services.

*Connect to Self Care (C2SC) Chesterfield is an enhanced social prescribing and self-care service, which includes:

1. Community Navigators - based in the community, providing social prescribing support in local hubs and GP practices and face-to-face support to individuals to access social, community and voluntary services. 

2. Social Connectors (volunteers) - provide support by directly assisting clients to engage with existing community activity and identifying opportunities for community-based social contact. Supported and managed by a Community Coordinator.

3. A Support and Outcomes Officer.

The Community Coordinator will be passionate about reducing loneliness and isolation, increasing physical activity, building resilience, increasing financial stability and supporting the development of social networks.  They will do this by recruiting local people to a team of volunteer Social Connectors, and support them to change lives by making best use of their personal qualities, skills and experience to inspire and support local people to achieve their goals.

This post is subject to an enhanced level DBS check.

Closing date for applications: 12.30pm Friday 1st March

Interview date: Monday 11th March

Click on the links below to open the documents:

Application Form

Job Description

Person Specification

Monday, 28 January 2019 16:19

Job Vacancies - Derbyshire Voluntary Action


Exciting New Opportunities 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 two key members of the COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD team, to bring the project to life and make it happen.

30 hours per week – 0.8 FTE
£29,909 FTE + 5% pension contribution
Project lead, responsible for the development, management and oversight of the delivery of all aspects of the project and oversight of the operation of the COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD Centre at St Helena Campus. 

Click on the links below to open the documents:
Application Form
Guidance Notes on completing the Application Form
Job Description
Person Specification
Equal Opportunities Form
Project Summary document
Project Support and Administration 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.

Click on the links below to open the documents:
Application Form
Guidance Notes on completing the Application Form
Job Description
Person Specification
Equal Opportunities Form
Project Summary document

Closing date for applications: 12.30pm Wednesday 20 February 2019
Interview dates: 26 and 27 February 2019

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:47

Free IT Support Classes

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.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019 11:21

North East Derbyshire Community Group

Share your current or past experience as a breast, colorectal, prostate cancer patient, carer or supporter by:

·      Sharing your views on our local programme
Becoming a member of the programme advisory group

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

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:40

5 Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Scheme

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing guidance notes

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing application form

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:03

Healthy Bolsover Grants Scheme


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 5pm on Thursday 28 February 2019

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,

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 14:01

Dementia Support Service - New Provider

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.


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