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Best wishes

Kerrie Fletcher, Community Development Worker


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After a great deal of thought and a lot of inactivity on this blog, we have decided to combine the information from the Volunteer Centre and South Derbyshire CVS into a single online source.

Please will you follow, subscribe and generally be nice to the CVS Development Team’s blog at:

I am leaving the Volunteer Centre at the end of this week and I wish everyone working in volunteering in South Derbyshire all the best for the future and my thanks for making me so welcome in the South Derbyshire community.

Dave Thomas

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Volunteer Managers’ Forum – Training Needs Analysis

At today’s Volunteer Managers’ Forum, we discussed the training needs of volunteer managers in South Derbyshire. From this it is clear that we could do with a session that is a general introduction to volunteer management. We will set this up soon.

Watch this space for news.

In addition, we have circulated the Training Needs analysis carried out by the countywide network of Volunteer Centres, Volunteer Centres Derbyshire.

You can see it here: Volunteer Centres Derbyshire Training Needs Analysis November 2010 (PDF File)

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Voluntary Sector Forum / Volunteer Managers Forum

Yes, the title says it all. The South Derbyshire Voluntary Sector forum which now incorporates the Volunteer Manager’s Form is tomorrow, Wednesday 8th June 2011.

Voluntary Sector Forum

Wednesday 8th June 2011

Emmanuel Church Hall

Church Street


DE11 8LF


9am coffee for 9.30 Start

  1. Introductions
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Information Exchange
  6. Derbyshire County Council Youth Services Locality Manager’s Update

    Maureen Evans

Coffee (11am)

  1. Group Presentation by Fiona Francis, Sight Support Derbyshire
  2. South Derbyshire Partnership Feedback

    Board Members and Sub Group Reps

  3. Compact
  4. Proposal to rename the VSF – The Civil Society Forum
  5. CVS AGM – 18th October – Voluntary Sector Marketplace
  6.  AOB
  7. Date of Next Meeting

 1pm LUNCH followed by ‘Fringe Meetings’  

Please Note these meetings will run concurrently so you will be able to choose which meeting you attend. Agendas for each meeting can be found below:

South Derbyshire District Council

Values & Attitudes Group

8th June 2011: 1pm for Lunch

1.30pm start


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the Previous Meeting
  3. Matters Arising
  4. First Contact Project – What is it? SDDC involvement/Voluntary Sector Involvement – Diane Woods SDDC Pam Wood SDCVS
  5. Community Cohesion Action Plan – Martin Guest, SDDC
  6. CVS Update – Pam Wood, SDCVS
  7. Election Update – Martin Guest SDDC
  8. Events Update – South Derbyshire Day, Liberation Day – Martin Guest SDDC
  9. Proposed change to Forum name – Equalities & Communities Forum
  10. Any other business
  11. Date of Next Meeting

Voluntary Sector Forum

Volunteer Managers’ Forum

Wednesday 8th June 2011


1:30     Introductions

1:35     Information Sharing

Please use this opportunity to talk about your volunteering successes and setbacks.

We’ll also feedback information from the South Derbyshire Strategic Volunteering Partnership meeting.

1:45     Training Needs for Volunteer Managers

Report back from the Volunteer Centres Derbyshire Training needs analysis and update of local additions and amendments.

2:00     Motivating Volunteers

This will be a bite-size session looking at strategies that we can use to motivate volunteers. This topic scored very highly on the county’s training needs analysis.

2:30     Finish

We promise to finish on time

Derbyshire Children and Young People’s Trust

Moving Forward Together!



  1. Introductions
  2. Apologies
  3. GRID Members Feedback
  4. Derbyshire VCI Passport scheme-Find out how this scheme is supporting volunteers working with children and young people across Derbyshire
  5. AOB
  6. Date of next meeting
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Bearing A Torch for the Olympics

June 29th is the deadline for nominations for volunteers to be an Olympic torch-bearer in Derby/ Derbyshire next year.

The press release is as follows:

Time Ticking To Nominate Torch Bearers

There is less than a month left in a campaign being run by LOCOG for people to nominate someone special to carry the Olympic Torch into Derby.

Last month the city was gripped by 2012 fever with news that the Olympic Torch will visit Derby as part of a 70-day relay tour of the UK ahead of next year’s Games. It is fantastic news which will put Derby in the global spotlight – with the wider public, businesses and stakeholders across Derbyshire including the University of Derby, Derby City Council, Derbyshire County Council and many others looking forward to this landmark occasion. Around 8,000 torchbearers are needed to carry the torch on its way around the country, with 90% chosen from public nominations. And in Derbyshire, the BBC Big Screen, co-managed by the University, will capture the local stages of the torch relay.

Organisers LOCOG – the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games – is looking for ‘inspirational people’ who have made a contribution in their community as part of the Moment to Shine campaign. The deadline for entries is June 29. It aims to choose 2,012 torch bearers nationally, although sponsors Samsung, Coca-Cola and Lloyds TSB will also launch separate appeals. Rory Slater, Derbyshire’s 2012 Legacy Coordinator said: “This truly is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of this special event in Derby. We encourage nominations from all walks of life – but time is ticking to get those entries in!” LOCOG are keen for a wide range of society to be represented through the torch relay so the appeal goes out to worthy names within the charitable sector, the business sector, young people, sports coaches and athletes to name but a few. In Derby, we are planning a series of cultural celebrations which will take place at various city locations enabling every community to be part of this global event. The eyes of the world will be on Derby and to get into the spirit of the Games, we will welcome the arrival of the Olympic Flame to Derby on the evening of the 29 June, where the Celebration Cauldron will be lit followed by an exciting ceremony and stage show. The celebrations will showcase our diverse communities and our rich cultural life over the weekend and all the events and activities will be free of charge and open to all people from the city and beyond.

More details will follow as plans take shape. To nominate a torchbearer through the Moment to Shine campaign you visit the website which can be found at .

You must be aged 12 or over at the time of nomination and have the permission of your nominee.

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Style On A Shoestring – The Cheque Presentation

Back in March 2011, we organised Style on A Shoestring in partnership with the British Heart Foundation.

This week, we presented the cheque for £428 to the BHF for their share of the proceeds.

Style On A Shoestring Cheque Presentation to the BHF at SDCVS

Style On A Shoestring Cheque Presentation to the British Heart Foundation

Left to Right: Sophie Jardine, Fundraising Manager from the British Heart Foundation, Gladys Pickering, Volunteer (and Fashion Show model), Jo Smith Chief Executive of South Derbyshire CVS (and Fashion Show model), Dave Thomas Volunteer Centre Manager.

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City & Guilds 7300 – Introduction to Trainer Skills

This 2 day accredited course is based on the training cycle, and covers:

    • planning (including session planning)
    • delivery (participants will deliver a 10 or 15 minute ‘session’ that they have planned)
    • evaluation (self, peer group and course evaluation)

The course also covers:

    • presenting yourself
    • effective communication
    • setting ground rules
    • use of icebreakers
    • the learning environment
    • training resources
    • gaining and maintaining attention
    • motivation
    • assessment

To gain the accreditation the knowledge and practical skills gained on the course will be assessed by:

  • a short multiple choice quiz
  • an observation (by the course tutor) of the participants’ 10/15 minute micro-teach, on which they will receive feedback.

Next Course Dates:

    • Wednesday 6th & 13th July 2011 9.30am – 4.00pm both days

(including light refreshments)


  • South Derbyshire CVS, Meeting Room

Course & Accreditation fees are £100.00, where eligible funding is not available.

To book a place call Chris Wagstaff on 01283 219761 or

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