News! Aquatic Helpers Volunteering Opportunity

Are you aged 15 or over?
Do you have an interest in teaching or coaching swimming?
Would you like to volunteer in your spare time?

Bolsover District Council is looking to recruit aquatic volunteers to help support our swim teachers at The Arc, Go Active to provide you with your first steps into a career in aquatics.

We are holding a FREE workshop with Swim England gor successful applicants to undertake their Aquatic Helper course which will equip you with the basic skills needed to begin assisting with swimming lessons and to support our qualified swimming teachers.

Places for the workshop will be allocated following a selection process which will involve a short formal interview, to ensure you have the right skills for the role.

Following attendance at the workshop, Bolsover District Council will provide you with volunteering opportunities at Go Active.

SO, if you have an interest in swimming, as long as you're 15 years or older, whatever your circumstances; a student, in work or a parent, we would love to hear from you. 

The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th November. 

Please send your contact details along with a short statement to explain why you would like to become an Aquatic Helper to:

David Hall or Jamie Bend (Duty Managers)
Tel: 01246 242365
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News! Workplace Health Champion Training

Are you interested in promoting Health and Wellbeing in your workplace?

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

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

Course Date

Thursday 22 November 2018
9:30 - 15:30pm
Hunloke Community Centre, Chesterfield

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

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Tel: 01629 537662 

News! October 2018 Funding Newsletter

To view the October 2018 edition of the Funding Newsletter, detailing all the major funding opportunities of the last 30 days click here.

For further information on anything in the newsletter, or to receive further advice and guidance for your specific project or application, please contact the team:
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News! Training Seminars

Autumn Training Programme for Village & Community Halls

Rural Action Derbyshire is committed to offer a range of training opportunities specifically designed for those organisations with a responsibility of managing community buildings.


Marketing and Social Media
When: Wednesday 12 September 2018, 10am until 1pm
Where: Town Hall, Bank Rd, Matlock, DE4 3NN
Fee: £30 plus VAT  (total charge is £36)

Successful marketing leads to increase bookings, increased interest and more volunteers; ultimately, towards a more thriving village hall. This training session considers the charitable objects of village and community halls; who its customers are and what they might need or want. It covers marketing principles. gives guidance on developing a marketing strategy and explores different ways of promoting a village or community hall.


Trustee Roles and Responsibilities - Charitable Village Halls
When: Tuesday 18 September 2018, 10am until 1pm
Where: Town Hall, Bank Rd, Matlock, DE4 3NN
Fee: £30 plus VAT (total charge £36)

Your village hall management committee - constitutional and organisational issues involved in managing a charitable village hall.
This session will help village hall managers understand their legal responsibilities.


Health and Safety in Village and Community Halls
When: Wednesday 26 September 2018, 9:30am until 12:30pm
Where: Town Hall, Bank Rd, Matlock, DE4 3NN
Fee: £30 plus VAT (total charge £36)

Session includes:

  • Key statutory health and safety requirements for village halls
  • How to prepare a health and safety policy and a health and safety file
  • The five steps to risk assessment
  • Your first aid box and the recording of accidents and incidents
  • Free copy of ACRE Information Sheet 15 - Health and Safety legislation and village halls


Know your halls Governing Documents and how to amend
When: Wednesday 3 October 2018, 9:30am until 12:30pm
Where: Town Hall, Bank Rd, Matlock, DE4 3NN
Fee: £30 plus VAT (total charge £36)

Session includes:

  • Know your governing documents (Conveyance, Trust Deed, Lease, Indenture, etc.)
  • What it means to be a corporate village hall charity and should we change?
  • Regulary review and update your charity's governing document
  • Understanding your powers to amend and the correct procedure to follow
  • A free copy of Information Sheet 40 - Village halls, governing documents and title deeds (usually £12)


PAT - Portable Appliance Testing
When: Tuesday 16 October 2018, 1:30pm until 4:30pm
Where: Don Amott Memorial Hall, Peacroft Ln, Hilton, DE65 5GH
Fee: £100 plus VAT (£120 reduced rate through RAD; normally £144)

Quick test working with RAD - helping to keep village halls, community buildings and workplaces safe. You are required by law to ensure that the electrical equipment you supply or is brough into your community hall is safe. PAT Testing is a simple process that anyone can do following these simple guideline.

The Health and Safety Executive allows anyone to PAT test their applicances with appropriate training. By learning to carry out your own PAT testing you can:

  • Carry out testing at a covenient time
  • Avoid expensive call out costs
  • Test appliances brought in by hall users


Future training events for your diary

24 October - Trustee Induction Training for village halls

Nost RAD training held at Matlock Town Hall is limited to 12 places, so please book early to secure your place. Places can be booked and paid for through our website, or you can download a booking form if you prefer to pay by BACS or cheque.






For further details of each event and how to book your place should you decide to attend click here.

News! DCC Action Grants

Sport and Physical Activity Action Grant

An active life with regular engagement in physical activity and sport can have a hugely beneficial impact on people's lives, local communities and Derbyshire as a whole.

The Sport and Physical Activity Grants could support:

  • Projects that aim to introduce physical activity or sport to a non-sporty group of people
  • The growth in the number of people that can take part in an activity or sport
  • Taster activities to gauge interest in future, long term provision
  • Projects that get communities moving together
  • Projects that help people regulary access green space and the natural environment
  • Activities that use physical activity to improve mental health and wellbeing

To be successful, you'll need to demonstrate how your project:

  • Addresses physical inactivity or a gap in provision
  • Has consulted with people to find out what they'd be interested in
  • Reduces inequalities
  • Increases access to physical activity or sport

Community Safety Action Grant

Crime, fear of crime and anti-social behaviour is an important consideration in the quality of life of local communities.
The Community Safety Action Grants could support activities such as:

  • Setting up a youth club/sports club to support diversionary activities
  • Hiring of equipment to enable local community groups to clean up and eyesore in the local area
  • Website development for a charity working in the community safety arena
  • Supporting victim work

To be successful, you'll need to demonstrate how your projects meets some of the criteria below:

  • Addresses Local needs to combat crime and disorder, and anti-social behaviour
  • Tackles harm from alcohol, drugs and violence
  • Reduces fear of crime
  • Helps build cohesive communities and encourages diversionary activities
  • Helps raise awareness of scams and online fraud
  • Supports activity benefiting a designated area

Your project will need to demonstrate how ongoing activity will benefit the community and meet an identified need which can be evidenced. Your project will need to be delivered promptly and within agreed timescales.

Youth Action Grants

the Youth Action Grants Programme aims to support and encourage a diverse range of youth and community activities that will improve the quality of life for local communities in Derbyshire. They are to support activities for young people ages 11-19, and up to 25 with special needs and disabilities, in their out of school time.

The Youth Action Grants could support activities such as:

  • Running a school holiday scheme
  • Setting up a youth club
  • Celebrating young people's achievements
  • A young people's arts or music projecr
  • Offering new activities for young people
  • Activities encouraging young people's entrepreneurship
  • Activities developing young people's employability skills
  • Promoting young people's activities

To be successful, you'll need to meet the criteria below:

  • Working with young people aged 11-19 (up to 25 with special needs and disabilities)
  • Out of school time activity
  • Support activity benefiting a designated area or area of interest in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City)
  • Be time limited and not require ongoing funding from the Council
  • Show how the funding can benefit young people beyond the life of the funding
  • Meet an identified need which can be evidenced
  • Be delivered promptly and within agreed timescales
  • Show how young people have helped in the identification of activity or have been consulted/engages
  • Show what difference will be made

To find out more information on deadlines and eligibility, please visit the Derbyshire County Council Website.

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News! Rhubarb Farm Tour

Tour of Rhubarb Farm

For anyone that is interested in learning more about the work of Rhubarb Farm, come along to a one of our tours!

Thursday 20 September, 10:00am
Hardwick Street, Langwith
NG20 9DR

You will hear about the history and development of the farm, see the facilities, look at the growing and meet staff and volunteers and hear all about their journeys. Please allow 1.5 hours for the tour, which will then be followed by drinks and homemade cakes, or you can stay for the community lunch we serve every day for volunteers (£1)

We advise you to wear sensible shoes as the ground can be rough and muddy is the weather is wet.

Please allow extra time as Rhubarb Farm is tucked away behind the old pit village of Langwith and not easy to find!

No need to book, just turn up!

News! I-Venture 2019 Launch

I-Venture 2019 Launch
Friday 14 September 2018
The Postmill Centre, Market Close, South Normanton, Alfreton, DE55 2EJ
4:00 - 6:00pm

Refreshments will be available.

In October 2019, 24 selected students from four schools representing Bolsover District; Frederick Gent, Shirebrook Academy, Stubbin Wood and Tibshelf Community School, will take part in an expedition to South Africa. This will be at the end of a 15 month programme.

During their 10 day expedition the students will be:

  • delivering first aid training to the local communities
  • working with two schools
  • working alongside lead ecologists to study the wildlife population
  • conducting an environmental impact study
  • learning about other cultures

The event will go as follows:

4:00pm - Team photo

4:20pm - Welcome

4:30pm - Guest Speakers

5:00pm - Presentations of kit

5:15pm - Student Fundraising

5:30pm - Africa Wild Trails (parent/carer presentation)

6:00pm - Close of event

Please RSVP via email to:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm on Friday 7 September