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Date: 10 Jun 2020     

News: New Development Worker Rob Baker

A Big High Peak CVS Welcome to Rob Baker – our New Development Worker leading on Group Support.

Rob BakerOne of the areas that we at High Peak CVS are particularly proud of is our work in supporting community groups and organisations across the whole district. This ranges from helping a new group set up, developing a constitution and committee through to accessing funding and promoting their success. It is vital that we are able to offer this level of support to our members as it empowers groups to offer essential services and support to local people and communities.

We are delighted to welcome Rob Baker to the team as our new Development Worker (Groups) and we did a short Q&A to get to know him better and introduce him to you all:

What was it about the role of Development Worker (Groups) that attracted you to the position?

I believe that the best way to support community groups is to equip them with the tools to help themselves. The desire, need and passion for a community group, event or project is out there in abundance but the knowledge of how to put that idea into practice is not so easy and that’s why organisations such as High Peak CVS are so vital in offering the expertise, advice and guidance required to support new groups to form and existing groups to grow and thrive. The opportunity to be a part of that and help to tackle serious issues that affect communities in the High Peak is tremendously exciting. I passionately believe in communities working to help themselves, to deliver the essential services and facilities that they need and to build a sense of pride and achievement in what can be done when people work together.

What are you looking forward to the most?

Working with any of the fantastic voluntary groups across the High Peak will be incredibly rewarding but I am particularly excited to work with the smaller, community based groups that grow out of a single good idea or need and blossom into an essential part of the communities they serve.

Tell us something about you?

I am involved with several small community groups, through which I developed my interest in community activism and volunteering. I am the Secretary of the Friends of Conduit Street Playing fields, one of the organisers of Tintwistle, Hadfield and Padfield Litter Action and the elected High Peak Borough Councillor representing Tintwistle ward. As part of the friends group, I have spent the last few years working on a project to redevelop a piece of public land in Tintwistle Village creating a new children’s playground and social meeting space. We have installed new play equipment and picnic benches and organise regular events for the community.​

Rob will be getting in touch with all our members over the coming weeks and months to introduce himself and understand more about your group and how we can support you. In the meantime, if you have any queries or feel you would benefit from some help and advice please do get in touch directly with Rob on:

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News: High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant

The High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant is a small grant scheme aimed at supporting new groups that have responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic or existing groups that have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus.

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership in the High Peak is a core strategic group that comprises representatives from a wide range of organisations to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across the High Peak. A sub group of the Health and Wellbeing Partnership has been developed which is looking at ways to develop and encourage social connectedness across the High Peak. 

How much can you apply for?

Up to £500  

Who can apply?

Any voluntary/community groups or local people within the High Peak area who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community during the pandemic are eligible to apply for funding.

For example, your group might be a neighbourhood watch, mutual aid, a social group, a self-help group or another type of community group that provides help and support.

We want to hear from people who’d like to make a difference to their community.  Whether you are a formal group with working rules or a group of neighbours that have got together to support your local community, please think about applying. Speak with HPCVS for advice and if the application is successful they can support you to deliver your project.      

Grants that support the following High Peak Connect focus areas will be prioritised but all applications will be considered:

 Supporting Expectant or New Families

 Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

 Supporting Children and Young People

We are aware of the restrictions and pressures COVID-19 has had on small groups and organisations and we want this grant to help where it’s needed. We are willing to consider supporting groups with CORE costs and operational expenditure where appropriate where evidence is provide that proves this will help the immediate and long term sustainability of the group.

What do you need to show on your application form?

 Information on what you will deliver with the grant money. This needs to be specific about what you plan to do and what you will spend the money on.

 Evidence of how the project meets the needs of people in your community. This can be as simple as having a list of people already waiting to get involved in the project.

 How you will know if your project has been successful. For example, what impact do you expect the project to have on people in your local community?

 How the project will contribute towards one or more of the High Peak Connect Priorities.

 How your project/group will continue to benefit local people into the future.

Monitoring and Evaluation

As a condition of funding all successful applicants will be expected to complete a short End of Project Report on the impact of their project.  This will be provided with the Decision Letter if you are successful and will provide guidance on the type of information we are looking for.  This report must be returned to High Peak CVS at the end of the funded project/activity and demonstrate that the funding was used for the purpose it was intended.  This information will allow High Peak Connect to assess the impact and overall effectiveness of projects for future funding.


Completed application forms (with all supporting documentation) should be submitted to High Peak CVS as detailed in the application form. There is no deadline but the funding is restricted so will close when it has been fully allocated.

A small grant panel comprising of representatives from High Peak CVS, Public Health and another Partnership member will meet on a regular basis to make decisions on the applications.

If you are a formal constituted group or a group with working rules payment will be made to the successful applicants via cheque or BACS within 2 weeks of the panel’s meeting.  If you are not a formal constituted group or a group with working rules High Peak CVS will reimburse you for receipted expenditure or process invoices on your behalf.

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be required to submit their End of Project Report. The grant scheme will be administered by High Peak CVS.

Applications should be returned to:High Peak CVS via email to Donna Wren:

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Application Form May 2020

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Guidance Notes 2020

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News: Hospice Volunteers 800+ Support Visits

Volunteers at Blythe House Hospicecare in the High Peak have provided over 800 support visits to local people who are elderly, vulnerable or isolated during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Community Volunteer team has been on hand to help with tasks including shopping, prescription collections, transport to medical appointments, telephone companionship and pet walking, over the last three months. 

Dedicated volunteers have also collected personal protective equipment, kindly donated by local individuals and businesses, for the hospice’s nurses and healthcare assistants to continue providing palliative and end of life care safely. 

The Community Volunteer programme provides support and companionship to Blythe House patients, who are affected by life-limiting illnesses such as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and neurological conditions like motor neurone disease. 

Following the lockdown announcement in March, the team offered to help anyone across the local community, who needed extra support during the unprecedented circumstances. 

Volunteers helped to spread the word about the service by giving their time, in-line with Government exercise restrictions, to post over 5,000 Here to Help leaflets in more than 300 residential streets and 65 essential shops.   

Vicci Wild and Julie Forrest have taken the huge task of coordinating the volunteer efforts across the High Peak, including in Buxton, Chapel-en-le-Frith, Chinley, Combs, Dove Holes, Furness Vale, Hayfield, Longnor, New Mills, Quarnford, Tunstead Milton and Whaley Bridge. 

Read more about the hospice’s services during the coronavirus pandemic:  

Find out more about the Community Volunteer team, including how to volunteer:

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News: Deaf-initely Women Double Celebrations

All staff and Management Committee members at Deaf-initely Women are
celebrating at being chosen as finalists for two East Midlands Charity Awards.

  • The Best Social and Digital Media award
  • Small Charity: Big Impact award

Deaf-initely Women is a local charity for all deaf females including BSL users, deafblind and hard of hearing women. The charity is run by deaf women and delivers services to their peers across Derby and Derbyshire through provision of accessible events, workshops and classes.

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