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Newsletter 7 Aug 2020

Date: 6 Aug 2020     

High Peak CVS

Newsletter 7 Aug 2020


Job: Development Worker (Social Prescribing)

Organisation: High Peak CVS

Salary: Salary £24,313 pa Working hours 37 per week.

Fixed Term for 12 months (option of extending dependent on funding).

Job Share/Part Time can be Considered

Location: High Peak CVS Office, Whaley Bridge (although extensive travel across the High Peak will be required)

High Peak CVS is a charitable organisation that supports community and voluntary groups across the High Peak area of Derbyshire. An exciting opportunity has now arisen for a Development Worker leading on Social Prescribing across the High Peak (excluding Glossopdale) to join our small and dedicated team.

The post will be based at the High Peak CVS office in Whaley Bridge although travel throughout the High Peak will be required. Building relationships with the Primary Care Network is essential and the main role will be to develop and deliver a Social Prescribing service in the High Peak that will link patients referred from GP surgeries with appropriate services and support from the voluntary, community and non-profit sector.

The successful candidate will report to the Chief Executive Officer.

Previous experience of working in a charity and/or health care environment would be beneficial to your application but not essential. We are particularly keen to hear from anyone that has a background in one or more of the below areas (but this is not essential and other backgrounds will be considered):

- Children and Young People

- Mental Health

- Long Term Care Management

- Dementia Care

- Emotional Health and Wellbeing

- Finance and Benefits,

- Housing,

- Employment,

- Social Care

This is a fantastic opportunity to play a key role for an organisation who do great work.

An information pack and application form can be downloaded from our website www.highpeakcvs.org.uk/jobs or email: hello@highpeakcvs.org.uk.

The closing date for all applications is: Monday 7 September 2020 at 5pm.

Interviews will take place on Tuesday 21st September and Thursday 24 September.

Please note that CV’s will not be accepted but can be included alongside a completed application form.

Due to the number of expected applications we cannot offer feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

If you require the application pack in any other format please let us know.

Social Prescriber - Job Advert

Social Prescriber - Application for Employment

Social Prescriber - Job Description

Social Prescriber - Person Spec

Social Prescriber - Guidance Notes for Applicants

Social Prescriber - Equal Opportunities

News: High Peak CVS goes Nordic Walking

We are living through unprecedented times and like many organisations have been doing our best to navigate the strange new worlds of Zoom, Skype, Webinars and teleconferencing and while we have all learned some new skills and had some fun with the new technology, there’s no substitute for face-to-face contact with your teammates – albeit at a safe social distance. So when local Nordic Walking expert Phill Alcock of Derbyshire based fitness organisation Lifefit offered us the chance to try out the sport for ourselves, we jumped at it.

The team spent an enjoyable afternoon in Whaley Bridge Memorial Park getting to grips with the basic techniques, all under Phil’s expert eye and learning about the huge health benefits that Nordic Walking can bring.

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Phill said  "I have Nordic Walking classes for Parkinson's, Arthritis, in fact anyone with movement issues plus the able bodied. In addition, weight management, balance and fitness for the over 55’s."

Phil is currently working with High Peak CVS to develop new self-help walking groups in Whaley and Buxton under the banner of 'Cando'. Cando aims to enable members to lose weight, increase fitness and improve mental health without the aid of gyms or special clothing. Phill added "We are currently piloting a course in readiness for any Government campaigns, which would include Eco therapy walks with or without poles."

Group’s development worker Rob Baker said "HPCVS are delighted to be working with Phill on this exciting project. The team have seen first-hand how Nordic Walking can benefit not only fitness but improve mental health as well". 

Keep tabs on the HPCVS website and social media channels for more information about Cando and Nordic Walking in the coming days.

If you are interested in getting started with Nordic Walking in the High Peak then you can get in touch with Phill at britishnordicwalking.org.uk/pages/phill-alcock

You can find general information about the benefits of Nordic Walking on the British Nordic Walking website and facebook page www.facebook.com/britishnordicwalking

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News: Tall Tales Summer School

High Peak Community Arts have just launched their usual creative summer school – but this year with a difference that means anyone can get involved in activities, from sound design, to art making, to dance.

Young people from Glossop and Buxton have been taking part in the Tall Tales performing arts project since May, with more than 20 workshops being run online by writer Lucy Jackson, musician Gareth Carbery, dancer and performer Trixi Bold, artist Frances Walker, filmmaker Mark Turton and sound designer Kris Gjerstad.  They have worked with nearly 20 young people on a theme of Voices of a Changing Earth. Collectively, they have created a story about the choices we are making now, different future worlds and humorous reflections on the unexpected events of 2020.

 Now it is time for the summer school, where they will work more intensively to produce a finished work, which this year will be broadcast online as a live event on 28 August. Sessions began on the 3 August but it is not too late to join in.

The lockdown and social distancing rules have put so many restrictions on the way we work, but necessity is the mother of invention, so High Peak Community Arts are taking the opportunity to offer activities out to everyone in the High Peak.

High Peak Community Arts have come up with 4 activities which will be shared with online videos, and some with written instructions which can be requested in the post.  Anyone interested should visit the website or phone 01663 744516 and leave their details to receive more information. 

The activities include; help create soundscapes for the event using your phone or a recorder to collect unusual noises; design posters that represent either the events of 2020 or your imagined best possible world; help make landscape installations by crafting people, animals and plants; learn and film yourself in a dance choreographed by young member, Georgia Tyler.


News: Tenants and Landlords to Minimise Homelessness

If you're struggling with finances and finding it difficult to pay your rent, it's important that you act as soon as possible to avoid becoming homeless.

News: Mental Health Support Information

If you want to talk to someone about your emotional wellbeing the Derbyshire Mental Health support line is on 0800 028 0077 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).  It's staffed by mental health professionals and is for all ages.

If you are having thoughts of self-harm or suicide The Samaritans can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on telephone 116 123 or contact Samaritans online www.samaritans.org

A broad range of advice, support and information on emotional wellbeing and mental health is available at -

News: Charity of the Year

Rural Action Derbyshire are delighted to be shortlisted for the Charity Times Awards 2020 – Charity of the Year (with an income of less than £1million).

This is a wonderful achievement for Rural Action Derbyshire staff, trustees and volunteers and they are very proud to continue to serve the rural communities throughout Derbyshire.


News: Stop Fly Tipping at Charity Shops

Staff and volunteers at Blythe House Hospicecare’s charity shop in
Chapel-en-le-Frith are urging local people to stop unloading items outside
when the store is closed.

They politely ask that people do not leave donations outside the shop – this is classed as fly-tipping and is a punishable offence.  The volunteer team are so eager to help with your very kind donations, when the shop is open. To check or ask any questions in advance call 01298 814587.’ 

For more information about Blythe House shop services during the current situation, visit blythehousehospice.org.uk/our-shops/

News: Peer Support Voluntary Sector Leaders

Online peer support sessions for voluntary sector Leaders from IVAR.

The chance to sign up to an online peer support session, offered by The Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). Dates are currently available up to the end of September.

These 90 minute sessions, for up to 10 voluntary sector leaders at a time, will give you the opportunity to explore and discuss the challenges you are currently experiencing, precipitated by the COVID-19 outbreak. You may be facing huge stress and uncertainty, and hope that these sessions will offer a space to share experiences, dilemmas and worries.

As a by-product of this work, IVAR will also feedback to funders the kinds of challenges that voluntary sector organisations are currently facing. This will help funders to think about what kind of support they need to be offering, and how.

If you are unable to attend, but would like to be kept informed about future dates email vanessa@ivar.org.uk.


News: Station Step-Free Access Petition

A petition to "Require all train stations and trains to have Step-Free Access" has now been accepted on the Government petition website.

This issue affects local stations at Chinley and New Mills Central.

The petition will be presented to parliament if sufficient signatures are obtained, and must then be considered.  Deadline 28 January 2021.


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