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Newsletter 5 Jun 2020

Date: 4 Jun 2020     

High Peak CVS

Newsletter 5 Jun 2020


News: High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant

The High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant is a small grant scheme aimed at supporting new groups that have responded to the current COVID-19 pandemic or existing groups that have been directly impacted by the Coronavirus.

The Health and Wellbeing Partnership in the High Peak is a core strategic group that comprises representatives from a wide range of organisations to improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities across the High Peak. A sub group of the Health and Wellbeing Partnership has been developed which is looking at ways to develop and encourage social connectedness across the High Peak. 

How much can you apply for?

Up to £500  

Who can apply?

Any voluntary/community groups or local people within the High Peak area who come together to support the health and wellbeing of their community during the pandemic are eligible to apply for funding.

For example, your group might be a neighbourhood watch, mutual aid, a social group, a self-help group or another type of community group that provides help and support.

We want to hear from people whoíd like to make a difference to their community.  Whether you are a formal group with working rules or a group of neighbours that have got together to support your local community, please think about applying. Speak with HPCVS for advice and if the application is successful they can support you to deliver your project.      

Grants that support the following High Peak Connect focus areas will be prioritised but all applications will be considered:

 Supporting Expectant or New Families

 Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing

 Supporting Children and Young People

We are aware of the restrictions and pressures COVID-19 has had on small groups and organisations and we want this grant to help where itís needed. We are willing to consider supporting groups with CORE costs and operational expenditure where appropriate where evidence is provide that proves this will help the immediate and long term sustainability of the group.

What do you need to show on your application form?

 Information on what you will deliver with the grant money. This needs to be specific about what you plan to do and what you will spend the money on.

 Evidence of how the project meets the needs of people in your community. This can be as simple as having a list of people already waiting to get involved in the project.

 How you will know if your project has been successful. For example, what impact do you expect the project to have on people in your local community?

 How the project will contribute towards one or more of the High Peak Connect Priorities.

 How your project/group will continue to benefit local people into the future.

Monitoring and Evaluation

As a condition of funding all successful applicants will be expected to complete a short End of Project Report on the impact of their project.  This will be provided with the Decision Letter if you are successful and will provide guidance on the type of information we are looking for.  This report must be returned to High Peak CVS at the end of the funded project/activity and demonstrate that the funding was used for the purpose it was intended.  This information will allow High Peak Connect to assess the impact and overall effectiveness of projects for future funding.


Completed application forms (with all supporting documentation) should be submitted to High Peak CVS as detailed in the application form. There is no deadline but the funding is restricted so will close when it has been fully allocated.

A small grant panel comprising of representatives from High Peak CVS, Public Health and another Partnership member will meet on a regular basis to make decisions on the applications.

If you are a formal constituted group or a group with working rules payment will be made to the successful applicants via cheque or BACS within 2 weeks of the panelís meeting.  If you are not a formal constituted group or a group with working rules High Peak CVS will reimburse you for receipted expenditure or process invoices on your behalf.

On completion of the project, successful applicants will be required to submit their End of Project Report. The grant scheme will be administered by High Peak CVS.

Applications should be returned to:High Peak CVS via email to Donna Wren:

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Application Form May 2020

High Peak Connect COVID-19 Support Grant - Guidance Notes 2020

News: Hospice Sunflower Memories

Inviting local people to remember a loved one by donating to the hospice and receiving a personalised sunflower plaque to plant in their garden.

People across the High Peak and surrounding communities are invited to commemorate the memory of a loved one by helping to raise funds for Blythe House Hospicecare, hosting its Sunflower Memories appeal throughout this month, where supporters can dedicate a flower in memory of someone special, and make a donation to support care and services. 

Usually the special event every June sees the hospice garden in Chapel-en-le-Frith come alive in a blaze of bright yellow and orange sunflowers, but this year, due to the ongoing situation, donors will receive a personalised sunflower plaque, to plant in their own home or garden. 

There are plans to re-create the hospiceís field of sunflowers virtually; and people are invited to send a photo of their planted plaque, so that the Blythe House fundraising team can share tributes and reminiscences on social media. 

Katie Holt, Supporter Engagement Officer, explains: 'The Coronavirus pandemic is affecting all of us, but at Blythe House, our nurses and healthcare assistants are continuing to provide end of life care to patients in the comfort of their own homes. Our hospice team is also on hand to give telephone support, counselling and guidance, to patients, families and carers throughout the ongoing situation. 

'We are very proud to be supporting hundreds of members of our local community who are elderly, lonely or isolated; helping with shopping, medication deliveries, transport to hospital for chemotherapy or other treatments, and walking pets.' 


News: Understanding Autism

Level 2 Understanding Autism course starting at New Mills Adult Education Centre in September 2020.

This qualification aims to develop learners understanding of autism and the principles of supporting individuals (adults and children) with autism - covering the person-centred approach and influence of positive communication methods, how to support positive behaviour, and how individuals with autism can be supported to live healthy and fulfilled lives.

Itís useful for learners who provide direct support and those working in sectors such as:

  • healthcare
  • social care
  • leisure
  • entertainment
  • education and training
  • nursing

The course may also be of interest to parents and carers of young people with autism.

When: Mondays 6:30 - 9pm every fortnight
Start date: 14 September 2020
Course length: 24 weeks
Cost: contact the centre for more information

This course may be FREE is you are employed and earn under £17,004.00 per year. Fee remissions are also available for people on certain benefits. Please contact the centre to discuss your circumstances.

Email New Mills Adult Education Centre newmills.ace@derbyshire.gov.uk

News: Enterprise Digital Webinar

Enterprise has gone digital in Derbyshire - Prince's Trust are now recruiting for a free 2 day DIGITAL business programme within the city and county.

This programme will be open to anyone aged 18-30, not in education, employment or training, and looking to learn new skills in self-employment.

Programme:     22 & 23 June 2020 9.30am-4.30pm
Location:           Log in from smart phone, tablet device or computer.

If you have someone that might benefit from this FREE course, contact  0800 842 842, or the local team on 07919 221 443.

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