Community News 2022 02

Derbyshire Grant applications now open
Community projects, groups and charities that support people across Derbyshire can now apply for extra funding through our new £1.5m Derbyshire grants scheme.

To be eligible, projects need to support one or more of the council's five main priorities and help local communities to thrive.

These priorities are:

* Helping residents feel safe
* Supporting young people
* Encouraging residents to be more active
* Supporting 'green' issues and sustainability
* Encouraging people to get involved in their communities.
Groups can apply for grants of up to £50,000 – or more in exceptional circumstances. Visit the Derbyshire County Council website for more information

It's Time to Talk about mental health
If you run a Derbyshire group that works with children, young people or men then you may be interested in signing up to a new mental health and suicide prevention awareness project.

The Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Awareness Project is led by Erewash Voluntary Action and we're funding the project on behalf of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

The project will work with local organisations who have regular contact with the target audience including businesses, independent gyms and football clubs.

Groups will be offered free mental health awareness and suicide prevention training and resources alongside support and advice.

It's all part of our Time to Talk Derbyshire campaign which began on 7 February. Since the launch, more than 50 local businesses and organisations have got involved with the campaign, sharing messages and promoting the support on offer. Please visit the Derbyshire County Council website for more information.

Hospitality and tourism jobs on offer
Hundreds of hospitality and tourism jobs are set to be showcased at a local recruitment fair in March.

The Hospitality & Tourism Jobs Fair will be at The Whitworth, Darley Dale on Monday 21 March. A wide variety of exciting, rewarding and long-term careers will be offered by the county's hospitality and tourism industry.

Offering a fantastic opportunity for both job seekers and employers, the free jobs fair takes place during English Tourism Week (18-27 March 2022) and aims to address the ongoing hospitality recruitment crisis, whilst helping to change perceptions that hospitality jobs offer 'long hours for little pay'.

The event, which is run by Visit Peak District and Derbyshire which we help to fund, will include live have-a-go demos, one-to-one advice, fast-track applications and inspirational speakers promoting the industry as a great place to work.

It's free to attend. Turn up on the day or register in advance. To fond out more please visit the Experience Peak District and Derbyshire website for more information.

Planting a tree for the Platinum Jubilee
A hornbeam tree has been planted by our Civic Chairman Councillor Jean Wharmby to mark our support for the Queen's Green Canopy.

The Queen's Green Canopy is a nationwide tree-planting initiative created to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.

People across the country are being encouraged to plant trees as part of the Queen's Green Canopy, just one of a number of national initiatives and events to mark the Queen's 70 years on the throne.

The tree was planted in a grassed area close to the Sett Valley Trail in Hayfield. Two hawthorns and two rowans were also planted nearby.

As well as supporting the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, the trees planted will count towards the council's target of planting one million trees across the county by 2030.

Anyone planning on planting a tree can get advice from our Countryside Service by emailing

Please visit the Derbyshire County Council website for more information.

Grant funding to voluntary and community groups - Have your say

Do you run a group that receives a recurrent grant from the county council? Or you, or your group members, may have a view about these grants? If so, please don't forget to have your say if you haven't already done so.

We're running an online consultation about grants to 62 voluntary, charity and community sector groups in Derbyshire and want these groups, their stakeholders and members of the public to all have their say.

Conversations started last summer with the groups and the consultation gives further opportunity to help shape the council's new approach to grant funding which is designed to create a fairer and more consistent approach to how we allocate funding. Recurrent grants are currently given annually to support the work done by the voluntary and community sector in their activities with residents.

Please help to spread the word. The consultation closes on Wednesday 23 March.

Please visit Derbyshire County Council website for more information.

Find out about jobs and careers with us
If you want to stay in the loop about jobs and roles with us you can follow Derbyshire County Council careers on social media.

You can hear about the wide variety of opportunities on offer to work with us from our #derbyshirecountycouncilcareers social media pages.

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We have vacancies in home care, countryside, information technology, adult education, climate change – all sorts.

Please visit Derbyshire County Council website for more information.

Free advice about your energy use at home
Did you know you can get free advice from the Warmer Derby & Derbyshire helpline on reducing your energy use, tackling energy-related problems, and making your home warmer and more energy efficient. Call 0800 677 1332 free of charge, email or check out the energy savings trust website

Marches Energy Agency, which runs the helpline, also issues a monthly newsletter packed full of the latest climate news, events, and resources for people in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. If it's happening, this is the place to find out about it! Many of the items are contributed by readers and you can sign up here

Posted: Mon, 21 Feb 2022 11:57 by Sarah Kitchener

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