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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

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 16:14

Supporting victims of crime roadshow

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.

 

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

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,

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