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Date: 27 Apr 2020     

News: URGENT! - Cuts to DCC Funding

Proposed DCC Cuts to Funding: Urgent – response needed by 30 April.

Time Running OutDerbyshire County Council contacted us in February to let us know it proposed changes to the way it funds CVS’ and similar voluntary sector support organisations across the County.

The proposals include an overall cut of 12% to the overall budget, a redistribution of remaining funds so that each district gets an equal grant, and more clarity and consistency about what the grants will achieve.

In the High Peak the changes to the funding allocation will mean a cut of around 44% to take effect from October 2020.

Infrastructure funding in the High Peak is distributed between ourselves and our colleagues at New Mills Volunteer Centre, Connex and The Bureau in Glossop. The potential impact of these cuts is huge for us all.

Before we could share the proposals, and invite you to respond to the county consultation, the COVID-19 epidemic hit us all. We, like all of you, have focussed all our efforts on responding to this - making sure that vulnerable people get support from local voluntary groups and services they know and trust. The response has been incredible and highlights the importance of the voluntary sector across our community.

We wrote to Derbyshire County Council a month ago asking them to extend the consultation deadline until the crisis had passed so that you (and we) would have time to think about the impact it would have and submit a considered response.

Their reply, received today, was that the consultation would end as planned on Thursday 30th April and that they would consider responses received by that date.

We know you are all under huge pressure personally, professionally and, for many of you, as an essential volunteer – which is why we asked for the consultation to be extended. But the deadline is now 3 days away and we need you to respond if you possibly can, on behalf of your voluntary group, or as a local agency we work with, or just as concerned individual residents.

You can respond to the consultation online at: 

Our position

We welcome the longer-term funding commitment. We also understand the principle of each district being funded fairly to provide consistent services, with clearly defined outcomes, across the county. 

However, we are concerned about the impact of the new proposed funding allocation as this will mean cuts to the support we can provide to you, as local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in the High Peak, at a time when we all face so many challenges and are so busy making a difference to those who need us most. We are asking you to respond to the consultation and tell Derbyshire County Council what the impact of this will be.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us directly. We want to continue to support you now and in the future. Now, more than ever, we are all part of a national family of local charities and community groups working together to support communities during this time of crisis.

James Bromley - CEO High Peak CVS 

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News: Council Funding for Local Community Groups

Councillors have been given extra funding so they can help local groups in their area.

Each year every councillor has £3,860 which they can donate to groups in their area which aim to improve the lives of local people. At a meeting on Thursday 23 April DCC Cabinet agreed a proposal to double this amount of money, giving each councillor £7,720 for this financial year.

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News: East Midlands Airport Community Fund

The East Midlands Airport Community COVID-19 funding online application is now live and inviting voluntary, community and charitable organisations that are helping people during the pandemic to apply for a grant.

The grants awarded are to provide funds for supplies and equipment, publicity materials, or other critical items that are required to enable groups to deliver their COVID-19 emergency response.  You must be able to describe how any emergency grant will maintain or enhance your service.  Money should not be used for business as usual activities – unless these support vulnerable people.

The application is really simple and should not take any longer than 5 minutes to complete.  There is no cap on the amount an organisation can apply for.

For further information and a link to the application form

If you would like to talk to one of the East Midlands Team email Harry Winter

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News: Nighttime Walk to Return in May 2021

High Peak hospice’s nighttime spectacular walk set to return on Saturday 15 May 2021.

A nighttime walk organised to raise vital funds for hospice care in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales is set to get the whole community glowing when it returns next year. 

Blythe House Hospicecare’s Glow Twilight Walk was due to take place on Saturday 18 July 2020, but following recent Government measures, and in times of such unprecedented uncertainty, this year’s walk is being postponed. 

The hospice has worked with event partners and the venue over the last few weeks, and is delighted to announce a new date for the 10k event on Saturday 15 May 2021. 

If you have already registered for this year’s Glow Twilight Walk, your place will be transferred automatically to the new date in May 2021. If you cannot make the new date, you would like a refund, or if you have any queries email:  

Blythe House Hospicecare healthcare assistants continue to support palliative and end of life patients in the local community during the ongoing COVID-19 situation. If you would like to make a donation to support hospice services throughout this time, visit:

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News: Enterprise Online Training in Derbyshire

Princes Trust are now recruiting for a FREE 2-day DIGITAL business training programme within the city and county.

This programme will be open to anyone aged 18-30, Not in education, employment or training and looking to learn new skills in self-employment.

If you have someone that might benefit from this FREE course, phone 0800 842 842, or the local team on 07919 221 443.

Learn all about self-employment AND how to set up and run your own business. Includes marketing, invoicing, taxation, finances, skills for business and funding. Join  on 18th and 19th May 2020 9.30am-4.30pm.

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News: Derbyshire Law Centre

Derbyshire Law Centre are open for business to provide you with free confidential advice on issues regarding housing, debt, immigration, employment, discrimination and one-to-one personal navigator service.

They have assessors ready to take your call who will be able to arrange a call back from a Legal Advisor or Solicitor, if required.

All face-to-face appointments are temporarily suspended, however, telephone appointments are available and these will be arranged by assessors.

Available to take calls Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.30pm on 01246 550674, Freephone 0800 707 6990; SMS/Text: 07781482826, Text Box: 018001 01246 550674. Alternatively you can email:

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