Community News 2023 02

Community News 2023 02

Help with transport to some health appointments

Did you know there is free transport available to get you to certain routine health appointments?

We're running a scheme offering free transport to a variety of routine health appointments including vaccination appointments and some screening programmes.

The Grab a Cab project is running until 31 March 2023. The offer is open to all ages and is not means tested so you do not need to be receiving benefits to be eligible.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

Mental health and wellbeing grants

Funding is available to enable groups to deliver a range of physical activity and wellbeing-based sessions across Derbyshire with the aim of improving mental wellbeing.

The grants are open to small to medium voluntary, community or social enterprise groups working within Derbyshire (excludes Derby City).

Groups can apply for up to £5,000.

Applications opened on the 20 February 2023 and deadline for applying is 10th March 2023.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire mind website.

Do you have a prepayment energy meter?

Lots of people on traditional prepayment energy meters are missing out on hundreds of pounds worth of energy support – and time is running out.

A significant proportion of Energy Bill Support Scheme vouchers – worth £400 in total – that have been sent by energy companies to prepayment meter households have not been redeemed yet.

If your supplier has your correct details, they should have already let you know how you'll get your discount, which will be either through vouchers or a credit directly to your smart prepayment meter.

If you have a traditional prepayment meter then you will get discount vouchers which you will need to redeem at a top up point. Vouchers are usually valid for three months – however, all Energy Bill Support Scheme vouchers will have expired by 30 June 2023 and you will not be able to use them after this date.

To find out more please visit the Energy Savings Trust website.

Free home insulation and air source heat pumps

A new energy efficiency scheme, Connected for Warmth, is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to eligible households nationwide. If your Council Tax Band is A-D, then you could qualify.

Free Air Source Heat Pumps are available to households that don't currently have a central heating system, if your circumstances make you eligible.

These offers are free for both property owners and landlords. Funding is available on a first come first served basis. We're supportive of this scheme.

Connected for Warmth is an awarding-winning programme, managed by AgilityEco in partnership with Affordable Warmth Solutions, and funded by National Grid.

To find out more visit or call 0800 995 6564 for insulation, or 0121 592 0162 for heat pumps.

To find out more please visit the Connect for Warmth website.

Pay less to travel by bus

Do you travel by bus for work, shopping or to medical appointments? If so, you could benefit from a £2 cap on fares until the end March.

Millions of passengers will save money on single bus journeys, backed up by £60m from the Department for Transport.

During the pandemic bus passenger numbers dropped significantly and figures show usage has not returned to pre-pandemic levels.

So, ensuring you and your family can access affordable bus fares will hopefully tempt you to choose buses for local journeys.

This also helps to reduce carbon emissions. The scheme's estimated to take at least two million car journeys off the roads across the country, cutting congestion and pollution for everyone.

To find out more please visit the website.

Could you change the life of a local child?

Find out more about fostering in Derbyshire at our next online information event on Wednesday 22 February from 6.30-7.30pm via Microsoft Teams. You can drop in at any time and just listen in or ask as many questions as you'd like.

You'll find out more about being a foster carer and about the fostering payments and allowances, and you'll hear details of the training and support we give our foster carers.

You can offer short or long-term care, ranging from single-night emergency stays to placements which last for several years.

Derbyshire is an inclusive authority and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities (for example, LGBT+, any ethnicity, race, culture and religion). You can be single or in a relationship, married or civil partnership, be in work or not, and either rent or own your home.

To find out more please visit the Talk Foster Event Facebook page.

Win film festival tickets!
If you'd like to enjoy a night of adventure from the comfort of the theatre, we have just the prize for you.

Enter our prize draw to be in with a chance of winning tickets to the Banff Mountain Film Festival in Buxton!

Get set for a night of thrilling adventure. The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is bringing a new collection of epic adventure films to Buxton Opera House on Saturday 22 April, and we've got a pair of tickets to give away.

Join the world's top adventurers as they climb, ski, run and bike in remote corners of the planet. Witness spectacular scenery, nail-biting action and world-class storytelling – up on the big screen!

To be in with a chance of winning, simply fill in this form. The closing date is Monday 10 April.

To find out more please visit the Banff Centre website.

We agree budget and one of the lowest council tax rises

We have set our budget for the year ahead and agreed a council tax rise of 3.75% – one of the lowest increases in the country.

At a meeting of Full Council on 15 February, we set our net budget for 2023-24 at £678.2 million and agreed the council tax rise which is below the maximum 5% limit set by government and predicted to be among the lowest rises in the country.

To find out more please visit the Derbyshire County Council website.

Posted: Wed, 22 Feb 2023 11:29 by Sarah Kitchener

Tags: Community