community news 2021 11

Bid success for green entrepreneurs
Two new carbon-cutting projects have become the first to get funding from our Green Entrepreneurs Fund as part of a countywide drive to help tackle climate change.

We launched the £2 million fund in partnership with the University of Derby in March to support green economic recovery across Derbyshire by offering financial assistance to businesses and organisations interested in developing and investing in green energy and carbon reduction schemes.

Now grants of £20,000 have been awarded to the following initiatives to help get them off the ground:

* Longcliffe Quarries – to install new inverter equipment at their Brassington site which will significantly reduce their energy consumption and is expected to cut their carbon emissions – by 40,000kg of carbon dioxide emissions and equivalent gases each year

* Hayfield Sustainable Transport – to develop software to help businesses in the area organise themselves into transport groups and operate Micro Car Clubs, on-demand shuttles, and shared e-cargo bikes.
In addition to grants for alternative energy, clean fuel, low carbon or carbon reduction schemes, we have also set aside a £100,000 training fund to support individuals to retrain with skills to enable them to enter the field of alternative energy. To find out more click here

It's firework season again
Nights are drawing in, Guy Fawkes' Night will soon be here, then Diwali and New Year's Eve. So here are some reminders about using fireworks properly and being considerate to other people in your area

* Buy fireworks from reputable retailers
* Read all the instructions before you light them
* Store fireworks properly, following all the safety instructions
* You're only allowed to use category F1, F2 or F3 fireworks at home, check before you buy
* Let your neighbours know in advance
* You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
1) Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
2) New Year's Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am.
* Keep pets indoors away from noise
* Give outdoor pets extra bedding to burrow in
* Let near by farms and stables know
* Buy silent or low-noise fireworks if possible.
If you're planning to use fireworks this year stay safe and be considerate to neighbours and animals. Click here to find out more

Improving partnership working to reduce the number of children who come into care

We're working closely with a number of partners to look at ways to better support children and their families to reduce the number who need to come into care.

Initial feedback from partner agencies and our own social workers has shown that improvements to referrals, communication frequency and impact tracking could deliver significant benefits.

A pilot project is already underway in one locality area, working with one of our domestic abuse partners, to assess the potential benefits. Feedback and learning from the pilot will be used to shape further opportunities to work with other partners to improve inter-agency processes.

The pilot project is part of our Achieving Great Futures programme which is transforming our approach to working with children, their families and our partners to improve outcomes and the way we work.

We look forward to sharing feedback about the outcome of the pilot soon.

Organisations who would like to know more about the programme are welcome to get in touch – please email

Thank you to everyone who has supported the work to date to help us reduce the number of children who come into care.

Vaccine booking system now open for 12 to 15-year-olds
If your child is aged 12-15 you can now use the national booking site to book their Covid-19 vaccination.

Covid-19 is usually mild in most children, but it can make some children unwell. One dose of a Covid-19 vaccine gives good protection against your child getting seriously ill.

Vaccinating children can also help stop the spread of Covid-19 to other people, including within schools.

Some children are being offered two doses if either:

* they live with someone who is more likely to get infections
* they have a condition that means they're at high risk from Covid-19.
Find out more, and book here

Click here for more NHS COVID information.

Could you foster Derbyshire children?

Why not join in our informal and relaxed online Talk Fostering event this month and find out more about it?

We need Derbyshire homes for Derbyshire children and are looking for people from all walks of life to become foster carers.

You can be single or in a relationship, married or in a civil partnership, LGBT+, any ethnicity, race, culture or religion, working or not, and either rent or own your home. All you need is a spare room and to be aged 21 or over.

You don't need any special qualifications, but all our foster carers are special people who care about and like children.

Potential foster carers can see the event on Tuesday 9 November from 6pm-7pm in Facebook and then join through Microsoft Teams.

Vaccine pop-up clinics
If you work with people in the Shirebrook area, please let them know about an up and coming Covid-19 vaccine walk-in clinic at Shirebrook Health Centre on Saturday 13 November from 9.30am-4.30pm.

1st, 2nd and booster dozes of Pfizer plus 2nd doses of AstraZeneca are available at the Patchwork Row health centre, no booking required.

Further pop-up Covid-19 vaccine clinics will take place at the health centre on December 11 and January 8. Click here to find out more

Sign up to receive info on main roads closed because of snow

Winter is on its way, did you know that you can sign up to receive emails from the council whenever snow or ice blocks main roads?

You'll get emails when we have to close roads, and then again as they are re-opened. Just visit our website and enter your email address.

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Posted: Fri, 05 Nov 2021 12:38 by Sarah Kitchener

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