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Mayor of Derby's Quiz Night

17 October 2017

Join the Mayor of the City of Derby for a unique quiz night in the historic surroundings of the Silk Mill Museum. If you've got a head for trivia or a mind for miscellany, why not come along and ... read more »

Carers Listening Events

05 October 2017

Derbyshire Carers Listening Events Please note that the event previously announced to take place on 10 October has been cancelled. Southern Derbyshire CCG has allocated some charitable funds ... read more »

Premier Inn Derby offer FREE venue for community groups

05 October 2017

Premier Inn Derby is generously offering FREE use of the restaurant for voluntary and community groups between 12 and 4pm Monday to Thursday. So if you are holding a coffee afternoon or a get ... read more »

Derbyshire Sport Funding News

14 September 2017

Click for the latest funding news from Derbyshire Sport for September. read more »

Join us for 'i Tea'!

06 September 2017

Come along for some friendly advice on all things technical - from help with shopping or paying bills online to creating a Facebook or Twitter account. Bring your own laptop, mobile or tablet or ... read more »

Introduction to Trainer Skills - City & Guilds 7300

29 August 2017

The City & Guilds Introduction to Trainer Skills is designed to provide a sound introduction to the concepts of a systematic approach to training. It is comprehensive in content at this level, ... read more »

Joined Up Care Derbyshire - have your say!

29 August 2017

NHS organisations and local councils have come together to develop plans for the future of health and social care. Derbyshire's Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP), Joined Up Care ... read more »

FREE online courses!

29 August 2017

We're working with Lloyds Banking Group to offer FREE online courses on managing your finances and online security. The three courses are: Online and mobile bankingMake money workKeeping your ... read more »

Training - tell us what you want!

22 August 2017

We're planning on offering more training to our members and we'd love to hear what training courses would be useful for your organisation's staff or volunteers. Click here to fill in a tick box ... read more »

FoodShare Network - FREE food for charities!

21 August 2017

Join the FoodShare network to receive surplus food for your charity or community group Collect food with FareShare FoodCloud FareShare Foodcloud connects your charity or community group to a ... read more »

Derby University Funded Internship Programme

21 August 2017

The Derby Internship Programme has placed over 200 interns in roles ranging from film production to community engagement. The programme is a fantastic way for students and graduates to access ... read more »

Proposed merger between Burton Hospitals and Derby Teaching Hospitals

17 August 2017

Derby and Burton Hospitals proposed merger will help to retain a vibrant district general hospital in Burton, secure specialist serices in Derby for a wider population, and ensure appropriate use ... read more »

Become a Community Action Trustee!

17 August 2017

Are you passionate about the voluntary and community sector? Do you have experience of managing or working in the sector? Is your organisation a member of Community Action Derby? If you ... read more »

Youth Social Action Fund

19 July 2017

Youth Social Action Fund - engaging more young people in volunteer opportunities £14,644 funding into Derby Three Derby city organisations have been successful in securing funding through ... read more »

Touch Wood - a creative project

19 July 2017

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New match funding for sport

19 July 2017

Does your club have a healthy membership base and a project which needs to raise some funding? The County Sport Partnership Network (CSPN) has developed a new funding model in conjunction with ... read more »

Chellaston Neighbourhood Plan - update

03 July 2017

Derby City Council has received two applications from the Chellaston Neighbourhood Planning Forum to firstly, amend the existing Chellaston Neighbourhood Area designation to encompass the whole of ... read more »

Annual Survey - last chance!

28 June 2017

If you've used our services in the last year we'd love to hear what you think. Results from our annual survey help us plan our resources for the year ahead so that we can deliver the services you ... read more »

Over £80,000 goes to Community Action members!

28 June 2017

With support and guidance from Community Action over £80,000 has been awarded to the following voluntary organisations to deliver their projects in the first six months of 2017: Surtal ... read more »

No Hungry Child Derby - volunteers & donations wanted

27 June 2017

The Mandela Community Centre in Pear Tree Road has launched a project to help feed local school children during the summer holidays after a report was released claiming that children on free ... read more »

Refugee Week Programme 2017

13 June 2017

Refugee Week is 19 to 25 June and there are some great events going on in Derby to celebrate the contribution refugees make to the UK. Click here for more information about Refugee Week and for ... read more »

Mentor a young person to give them a brighter future

08 June 2017

TwentyTwenty helps hundreds of disengaged young people each year to develop self-belief and motivation, while achieving academic qualifications and learning work ready skills to help them find and ... read more »

FREE Media Training 13/6

08 June 2017

FREE Media Skills training Event name: BBC Media Skills Organisation/trainer's name: Voluntary Arts England and Sinfonia Viva Event location: Déda, 19 Chapel Street, Derby DE1 3GU Country: ... read more »

Charity Store Wars Derby

01 June 2017

The sun was shining for a great start to Charity Store Wars Derby on 1 June - the start of National Volunteers' Week. Seven charity shops were teamed up with seven local businesses to see which ... read more »

Funding, Support and Enterprise Fair - 25 May

11 May 2017

Funding Support and Enterprise Fair Thursday 25 May 10am to 12:30pm University of Derby Community Action and the University of Derby are working in partnership to give voluntary and community ... read more »

Artcore - Art for Life Sessions

04 May 2017

Artcore runs weekly Art for Life sessions every Wednesday from 1-3pm that enable positive health and wellbeing. Art for Life is open to people of all ages with a disability or learning difficulty. ... read more »

Impact Reporting for Social Investment - Key Fund Workshop

04 May 2017

Key Fund Workshop - Impact Reporting for Social Investment 22 June 9:30am to 1pm Community Action Did you know that when you apply for social investment you now need to map out your social ... read more »

Headway Derby's new Support Cafe

02 May 2017

Headway Derby has launched a new project funded from the proceeds of the charity's recent black tie charity event. The 'Support Café' will offer a drop-in and advice service from 1pm to 3pm, ... read more »

Well for Life Funding Success

25 April 2017

Well for Life - formerly known as Derbyshire Positive Support - has been in existence for over 27 years, supporting people living with or affected by an HIV diagnosis. Initially it was financed by ... read more »

'Shadow' Sustainability Transformation Plan

11 April 2017

A network of Derby and Derbyshire carers have produced a 'shadow' Sustainability Transformation Plan called 'A New Approach For All'. The carers said: "We did this because we were concerned that ... read more »

Funding, Support and Enterprise Fair - 25 May

11 April 2017

Funding Support and Enterprise Fair Thursday 25 May 10am to 12:30pm University of Derby Community Action and the University of Derby are working in partnership to give voluntary and community ... read more »

Group Allotment Plots

30 March 2017

Looking for a healthy activity for your members? Ashbourne Road District Allotment Association is keen to encourage more people to take up allotment gardening. The mental and physical benefits of ... read more »

Inclusive Cycling Volunteer Training

30 March 2017

Derbyshire has 6 inclusive cycle hire centres with a fantastic ranges of adapted bikes suitable for anyone to use even if their balance, use of their limbs or ability to learn new skills is ... read more »

Derby Opportunity Area - VCS Subgroup

09 March 2017

Derby has been selected by the Department for Education to be an Opportunity Area (OA) and as such is tasked with improving the educational attainment and outcomes for children and young people in ... read more »

Interested in running Arboretum Cafe?

28 February 2017

Derby City Council is conducting soft market testing with suitably experienced interested providers to find out the level of market interest in operating and providing appropriate services as part ... read more »

Cash for Kids - grants available!

21 February 2017

Gem, one of the largest commercial radio stations in the East Midlands, launched its own charity - Cash for Kids - last November having supported lots of charity campaigns in the past. Cash for ... read more »

FREE Finance training courses

16 February 2017

Derby CAS offer FREE finance courses and workshops specifically designed and run for the benefit of people involved with the finances of a group either as a treasurer, bookkeeper, member of a ... read more »

New ADD Buddy service for help and advice

14 February 2017

Are you, or is someone you know, trying to solve difficult problems and in need of some friendly help and advice? The St James Centre, in association with other agencies, can help through the ... read more »

Volunteers wanted for new ESOL project

14 February 2017

Derby Adult Learning Service is looking for volunteers for a new ESOL project aimed at hard to reach learners. Supported by ESOL staff, volunteers will be trained to help people get to grips with ... read more »

Youth volunteering abroad - EU grants

09 February 2017

Youth exchanges and volunteering abroad How to apply for an EU grant? Do you work with young people? Are they interested in volunteering abroad? In meeting young people from other countries? ... read more »

Tender Opportunity - Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

25 January 2017

Derby City Council, in its capacity as the Authorising Body under the terms of the Mental Health Act 2007 Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), has a legal duty to protect people in care homes ... read more »

Workshop - raise your organisation's Facebook profile

05 January 2017

Come along and find out how to raise the profile of your organisation on Facebook - FREE workshop. According to JustGiving, the online fundraising platform, people who give through Facebook donate ... read more »

New service - Bilingual Crisis Buddy Service

22 December 2016

This is a new project funded by the Big Lottery Help Through Crisis Programme to help you. DHA are delivering this service with partners across Derbyshire county and Derby city. Derbyshire ... read more »

East Midlands Ambulance Service Tips

20 December 2016

As we head into winter and the temperature falls East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) has some top tips to help you and your loved ones stay well this winter. Winter is one of the busiest ... read more »

Just Good Friends Club

29 November 2016

Just Good Friends Club - A Nightclub Event for Adults with Learning Disabilities Tuesday 13 December - 7 to 11pm Christmas Nightclub Event The Spot Wilmot Street West, Derby DE1 2JW Tickets ... read more »

Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers

24 November 2016

Derbyshire County Council is looking for emergency volunteers to help should a crisis arise in the county Derbyshire Emergency Volunteers Would you be interested in helping people who have been ... read more »

First Steps Awareness and Stigma Film

08 November 2016

First Steps has launched a video to reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders and difficulties - the video was created with different perspectives on what eating disorders mean to people as ... read more »

Derby Advice Services

20 October 2016

Looking for advice on benefits, housing, jobs, care, disability, deby or immigration in Derby? Click here to see at a glance where to get help. read more »

Our facts and figures 2015/2016

13 October 2016

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Social Value Consultation

27 September 2016

Derbyshire County Council has launched a consultation into their plans to include Social Value when procuring local services, including those from the voluntary and community sector. The Social ... read more »

Tender opportunity from DCC

31 August 2016

Provision of Domiciliary Care (planned and unplanned), Emergency 24/7 Support, and Core Care and Support, at four Extra Care Schemes Across Derby. The schemes are Cedar House, Greenwich Gardens, ... read more »

Aquarius - 'Time of my life' service

25 August 2016

Aquarius runs a service called 'Time of my Life' which supports people over 50 who are currently experiencing alcohol misuse or who are at risk of harm from alcohol misuse. This is often a hidden ... read more »

A change in service

18 August 2016

Our services to you - a few changes The funding cuts to Community Action - and all voluntary organisations in the city - mean that we have had to make some changes to the way we deliver our ... read more »

Marketing Derby Ambassador Course - one free place!

21 June 2016

Marketing Derby has kindly offered a free place on the Derby Ambassador course on Thursday 7 July to voluntary and community organisations in the city. If you would like to find out about the ... read more »

Funding Fair brings in funding!

08 June 2016

At our recent Funding Fair at Derby Silk Mill one organisation made a connection with a very generous person. Creative Carers, an organisation run by and for carers, has received a donation from ... read more »

BITC - professional help for your organisation

19 May 2016

ProHelp is a group of professionals firms who have formed to provide free professional services to community based, not-for-profit social enterprises working for the social regeneration of your ... read more »

Citizens Advice - moving forward without DCC

19 May 2016

When Derby became the first city in Britain without a walk-in Citizens Advice service, many feared for the well-being of Derby's most vulnerable. Fortunately the staff and volunteers of Citizens ... read more »

DCC consultation on care homes and day centres

18 May 2016

Consultation on the future of directly provided Care Homes and Day Centres Derby City Council is required to make cuts of £45m by 2019 and is therefore undertaking a review of its services. ... read more »

New fund for the arts!

10 May 2016

New Fund - The William and Griselda Kerr Fund This fund has been established to support groups that use the arts, such as music, dance and drama, to work with and help some of the most vulnerable ... read more »

Business Connectors - helping voluntary organisations

20 April 2016

Would you like to find out how to link in with local businesses and work more in partnership with them? Come along to a Business Connector session and find out more. Nick Tooley, Derby's first ... read more »

HLF - 19 Derby projects share over £1million

01 March 2016

A recent crop of National Lottery-funded projects have highlighted Derby as a city of makers, birders, cricketers, hip-hoppers, soldiers and settlers. Nineteen projects of all shapes and sizes ... read more »

£3.6million of funding into Derby

21 January 2016

From April 2014 to March 2015 a total of 96 projects were funded in Derby amounting to a total of £3,652,661! Funding for projects came from: • Awards For All - £389,032 - 48 ... read more »

Biggest annual survey of voluntary organisations

19 January 2016

Biggest annual survey of charities and voluntary organisations Take part in the biggest annual survey of charities and voluntary organisations. The survey, run by a coalition of charities, is ... read more »

New Bid-writing Service

24 September 2015

Would you like to know which funders to approach for funding? Do you struggle with writing funding applications? Community Action's bid writers can help! Community Action has a new bid writing ... read more »

AGM Film 2015

10 September 2015

We held our short AGM and Volunteering Fair on Wednesday 9 September at Derby Silk Mill Museum. Over 130 people came along and we had 42 organisations with stands who were looking to recruit more ... read more »

Quality Standards Recognised by DCC and CCG

04 June 2015

Derby Information and Advice Network and Sound Advice Quality Standards recognised by Council and Southern Derbyshire CCG Council Cabinet in March agreed to recognise quality standards such as ... read more »

New bid-writing service for VCS

02 April 2015

Community Action is delighted to announce the imminent launch of a new bid-writing service for the voluntary and community sector in the city. Derby City Council has been pivotal in taking this ... read more »

Funding success with Community Action support!

11 February 2015

£94,000 in funding for three organisations from The Heritage Lottery Fund! Three local organisations have been successful in securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund after attending ... read more »

East Midlands Wood Recycling - Citizens' Eye film

12 November 2014

East Midlands Wood Recycling CIC is a Social Enterprise that was set up to reclaim, reuse and recycle wood providing good quality wood for sale to people in Derby and beyond at a great price. Wood ... read more »

Latest film from Citizens' Eye - Plus One

02 October 2014

In December 2013, Barnardos joined forces with Derby's major cultural institutions to launch the Plus One initiative. Set up in order to give children in care the opportunity to experience live ... read more »

Looking for office space?

17 June 2014

Community Action has offices to let in Charnwood Street just a short walk from the city centre. The property can be rented as a whole or split into three units and is offered at very competitive ... read more »

Choose Well - advice on medical help

26 February 2014

Get the right service first time Health leaders in Southern Derbyshire have launched a campaign to help patients get the right treatment at the right time. The drive to help people Choose Well was ... read more »

DCC Ward Profiles

15 January 2014

Local Support Services Framework. Please click for Derby City Council's ward profiles. read more »

Cuts Campaign - next steps

19 November 2013

Cuts Campaign - the next steps The VCS Leadership Group would like to thank everyone who was involved in the Day of Action on 5 November. As you will now be aware the decision was not ... read more »

DCC Budget Consultation

14 November 2013

Derby City Council Budget Consultation 2014/15 to 2016/17 Derby City Council has published its budget consultation document for 2014/15 to 2016/17 and is seeking your comments on the ... read more »

Unfair Deal for Derby - Colin's Story

29 October 2013

In this short film Colin Boocock, Chair of Famous Trains Model Railway, talks about the support his organisation has received from Community Action in developing project ideas and securing funding. ... read more »

Unfair Deal for Derby - Suzie's Story

28 October 2013

In the sixth of our Unfair Deal for Derby films Suzie talks very openly about how volunteering has helped her to develop new skills, improve her self-confidence and define a sense of purpose after ... read more »

Unfair Deal for Derby - Karina's Story

25 October 2013

In part 5 of the Unfair for Derby campaign series of films Karina Martin, Project Director at Upbeat Communities talks about the organisation's work. Click for news of the Unfair Deal for Derby ... read more »

Unfair Deal for Derby - Maureen's Story

22 October 2013

In part 3 of the Unfair for Derby campaign series of films Maureen, a volunteer with Age UK Derby and Derbyshire tells the story of how she became involved in volunteering and what it means to ... read more »

Unfair Deal for Derby - Adrian's Story

22 October 2013

In the fourth of the Unfair Deal for Derby series of films - Derby City Council's Adrian McNaney talks about Community Action's work in Derby. Click for news of the Unfair Deal for Derby campaign ... read more »

Unfair Deal for Derby - Richard's story

17 October 2013

In part 2 of our 'Unfair Deal for Derby' series Richard Ball, voluntary services coordinator at Derby Hospital Foundation Trust, talks about the support the Trust has received from Community ... read more »

Unfair Deal for Derby - Maggie's story

17 October 2013

The first in a series of very short films demonstrating what the services of voluntary and community organisations mean to individuals and organisations, be they volunteers, service users or ... read more »

DCC betrays most vulnerable

16 October 2013

This week Derby City Council will once again blame national funding cuts to disguise their lack of proactive local leadership when they meet to approve their proposed cuts to voluntary and ... read more »

DCC Funding Recommendations 2014/15

09 October 2013

Derby City Council's funding recommendations for the voluntary and community sector are now available to view or download. The final decision on the proposed cuts will be made at the Cabinet ... read more »

Social Enterprise Network Launch

10 July 2013

Community Action held the launch of Derby's Social Enterprise Network at the YMCA in Derby on 4 July. 25 different organisations attended the event with guest speakers: Mayor of Derby, Cllr ... read more »

Reach Out Archive

24 November 2009

View our Archive If you would like to read past copies of Reach Out, the fortnightly ebulletin from Community Action, please click on the link above. We also publish a monthly training and events ... read more »

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