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At High Peak CVS small groups are what we are about.

Local community and voluntary organisations are at the heart of most of our rural communities here in the High Peak and their importance has never been more magnified since they were taken away from us during the pandemic lockdowns.

Now as we emerge back to some resemblance of life pre-pandemic, High Peak CVS has been making some big steps towards not only reconnecting with some of its members face to face, but hosted its first online High Peak Community Voice forum recently too.

The purpose of this forum is to ensure we are the true voice of the community. It is a forum open to all voluntary and community groups operating within the High Peak and an idea which came from another of High Peak CVS’s platforms, the Small Groups Advisory Panel, whose members had expressed a desire to hold a networking type of event in which all High Peak CVS members could meet and be involved. This forum offers groups the chance to meet, exchange information, share ideas, good practice and innovation and give groups the opportunity to have a voice and to be heard.

The Small Groups Advisory Panel, from which the Community Voice idea was conceived has been instrumental in the way it has helped to drive how the CVS’s Development Team operates, and is possibly more vital than ever in these ever-changing times. The panel is a representation of the many varied small groups the CVS helps and supports providing a collective soundboard to make sure our organisation is best addressing the issues and difficulties members are currently facing.

It was agreed at the last meeting to open the membership of this panel up to more representatives of groups we support to make it as diverse and effective as possible.

If you are a member of a group and feel your opinion being heard by our Development Team on how we work would be beneficial, then please get in touch.

Email Group Development Workers Deb Boden or Clare Batchelor on

High Peak CVS’s next Small Groups Advisory Panel meeting will take place on Wednesday 15th June at Holy Trinity Church, Whaley Bridge at 1pm. (TBC)

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