News! Gardening Volunteers Wanted

Can you help us get our bowling green looking at its best for the community? 

The grass requires a weekly cut for the bowlers and we would like to plant lots of flowers to really brighten up the place. We also have a large poly-tunnel and we would love to set up a community gardening project.

We welcome your ideas and help!

To volunteer or for more information please contact;

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Tel: 01246 731189

Training! Workplace Health Champions

Are you interested in promoting health and wellbeing in your workplace?

Do you want to support your colleagues to lead a healthier lifestyle and also to create a fun healthy workplace?

If so, why not attend a FREE 1 day course that will equip you with the skills to make a difference?



Friday 12 July 2019
9:30am - 15:30pm
Cotmanhay and Ilkeston Adult Community Education Centre


For more information on becoming a Workplace Health Champion and to register;

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Employment! Business Development Manager

An exciting opportunity to join Bolsover Woodlands Enterprise Ltd. (BWE) - an organisation with an established track record for innovative training and employment practice. BWE use local countryside, woodlands and the natural environment to support adults with disabilities to gain new skills and build their confidence. 

BWE are looking to appoint a Business Development Manager, initially for a fixed term of 2 years; part of the role will be to secure funding to sustain the post beyond this period. The post holder will work alongside existing staff, volunteers and BWE board of Directors to develop and expand the organisations range of services in order to safeguard its future and enable BWE to reach its full potential. 


Post Details

Fixed term: 2 years (initially and subject to annual funding confirmation)

Salary: £32,000 per annum (pro rata)

Hours: 3 days per week with flexible working pattern

Base: BWE office base is Unit K1, Bolsover Business Park, Woodhouse Lane, Bolsover, S44 6BD; it is envisaged that the post holder will have a home base with regular contact and visits to BWE offices.



For more information click here or contact Richard Smithson on 01629 537075

To apply click here and follow the instructions to see the Job Description and Person Specification and download an application form.

Please note that applications must be made using the official forms available on the website - CV's will not be accepted.

CLOSING DATE: Monday 20 May 2019
INTERVIEW DATE: Friday 31 May 2019

Candidates are asked to ensure they are available on the planned interview date

News! Warmer Derby and Derbyshire

News! Amazon Warehouse in Derbyshire

Amazon is opening a new warehouse in Derbyshire, which will be located at Gander Lane, Barlborough to help meet customer demands and create 200 permanent jobs in the area.

Amazons vice president of UK customer fulfillment said: "We are delighted to open a new Amazon building in the Chesterfield area and begin recruitment for more than 200 new permanent roles with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one. We are very much looking forward to welcoming a new team, who will play a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers."

According to Amazon pay will start at £10.50 in the London area and £9.50 for the rest of the UK for all full time, part time, temporary and seasonal employees. They will also be offered a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount. 

They will also be offering employees an innovative programme called Career Choice that provides funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years. 


If you are interested in applying for jobs at Amazon click here. 
Job posts will be pick, pack and ship customers orders and recruitment will begin later this year. 

News! Dementia Engagement

Joined up Care Derbyshire - Dementia Engagement 

Joined up Care Derbyshire (also know as Derbyshire's Sustainability and Transformation Partnership - STP) brings together Health and Social Care organisations across Derbyshire. 

We are engaging the priorities for our Derbyshire Well Pathway for Dementia and we want to find out what is important to people living with dementia, their carers and the staff who support them.

We would value your opinion in shaping the Derbyshire Well Pathway for Dementia as we want to build and improve opportunities and services for people to live well with Dementia. 

Your responses to this survey will hopefully help us find out what is important to you and where there may be needs for improvements. 

Click here for the survey. 

Funding! Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Friday 5th April saw the launch of the much anticipated £3 million Village Hall Improvement Grant Scheme. This followed the announcement in the  Autumn 2018 budget, that to mark the centenary of the Armistice, the government would support several initiatives, including making available grant funding to support improvement projects for village halls.

Village hall committees across England are now able to apply for grants of up to £75,000 towards refurbishment and alteration of their buildings, from improvement works on existing facilities through to new meeting rooms. The new scheme, which will help around 100 community building projects to get on site and start work, was opened by Rural Affairs Minister Lord Gardiner  (middle) and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick  (left) and were introduced by David Emerson CBE (right), at the Oxton Village Hall in Nottinghamshire.

The grant funding is being managed by ACRE, on behalf of Defra with support from the county based ACRE Network. The grant aims to help fund the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for their communities:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

There will be greater emphasis given to applications who have already secured most of the funding. 

Speaking at the launch, hosted by the Rural Community Action Nottinghamshire, Minister for Rural Affairs Lord Gardiner said:

Village halls are the cornerstone of our rural communities. They provide vital spaces and facilities for people across the country – from fitness and social activity through to healthcare and education.

I am delighted to launch officially this £3 million grant scheme for village halls, supporting these important hubs for our local communities.

Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick said:

Village halls are the heart of rural communities. This £3 million will help ensure that people living in villages across the country will be able to enjoy these important assets for many years to come.

Many village halls were built as memorials to local people who lost their lives in the first world war and this funding is part of our national commemoration of the centenary of the armistice.

The new funding will cover 20% of the total costs of a project. The remaining funding can come from a combination of charity reserves, fundraising, local authority funding and other grants. The application must be a village hall or similar rural community building and a registered charity. New build projects will not be eligible to apply to the fund due to their high costs and long timescales.

For further details about the fund and how to apply, follow the link below to the ACRE website, or contact Helena Stubbs at RAD on: 01629 592973 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Click here to see how you can apply.