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Working with and supporting communities helps people to look after each other. Personal and community resilience are obviously linked. This may be a long term undertaking, but could be the best way to increase wellbeing amongst Erewash citizens over time.

The Development Workers Network is open to all development workers in the Erewash area. It provides a space for these workers to meet and exchange information, and to learn about services on offer. The network, based at Erewash Voluntary Action, brings together individuals who support clients in the Erewash area to share skills, information, experiences, good practice and resources.

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We established the voluntary sector forum for leaders of voluntary sector groups within Erewash as a means of connecting the local community. It is common for different agencies to introduce new roles working in the community, all with the same aims. It seemed obvious there was a need to connect these people and groups.

Simply through individuals being in the same room and sharing information about their roles we have increased understanding of and awareness of the services currently on offer and improved signposting for local people. The forum, based at Erewash Voluntary Action in Long Eaton, provides an opportunity to discuss issues of common concern, gain mutual support and take collective action. It campaigns and raises the profile of the community and voluntary sector’s work and helps facilitate cross-sector partnership working.

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An online directory of voluntary, social and community groups in Derbyshire has been set up by the voluntary sector at www.communitydirectoryderbyshire.org.uk. Currently covering more than 3,500 groups, it enables users to search for groups within their community around specific interests.

Wellbeing Erewash is working with the voluntary sector to promote the website and increase people’s understanding of what is available.

The voluntary groups, organisations, social clubs, charities, social enterprises in the directory are all based in - or work within - Derby and Derbyshire.

We are introducing a new role of ‘community connectors’. These can be volunteers or people working in trusted roles with members of the public to help connect people to groups and assets. Their main role will be to communicate with individual citizens, asking what is important to them, what they need and considering how best it can be provided.

The project is being supported through Erewash Voluntary Action and has a community connector development worker, Jo Hallam, working for a year to develop a network of connectors across our communities.

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Time banks allow people to offer their time and skills - such as home DIY and garden maintenance - and receive time back from other people with different skills in return.

We are developing the Erewash Time Bank part of the Derbyshire Time Swap project which has more than 100 members. A time bank broker, Jo Perkins, has been recruited for Erewash to develop this further over the next two years. You can read Jo's blog post about her work.

Time banking is an easy way for people to become a valued part of their community as well as giving practical help to those who need it. More than 70 time swaps have taken place already. 

For more information about Erewash Time Swap including finding out about membership, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or call Jo on 07974 269193. Visit: derbyshire.gov.uk/timeswap

Quality For Health (QfH) is an innovative quality assurance system for the voluntary and community sector. Voluntary groups are able to measure the impact they are making on outcomes and through training have the opportunity to network and share ideas across the community.

The ability to produce evidence across a number of levels is a vital tool for voluntary groups in being able to deliver local health services for local people. The system was originally developed by Voluntary Action Calderdale and has been adopted by Wellbeing Erewash with 13 organisations going through the process. The programme is hosted by Erewash Voluntary Action.

One of the first groups to go through the programme was the British Red Cross independent living team. The team supports service users who have been diagnosed with dementia and their carers. The programme involves completion of workbooks, supported and validated by the identification of significant evidence, that demonstrate ability and compliance with the QfH standards.

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The University of the Third Age (U3A) is a national organisation with local groups which organises visits, courses and other activities. There are groups in Ilkeston and Long Eaton – click here to find out more. 

Working with and supporting communities helps people to look after each other. Personal and community resilience are obviously linked. This may be a long term undertaking, but could be the best way to increase wellbeing amongst Erewash citizens over time.

People and groups possess skills and experience that can help others to stay well and healthy, physically and mentally, for example helping to fix a neighbour’s fence or taking some bread and milk to a family who needs it. We want to promote the exchange of skills and knowledge through volunteering and ‘Time Banks’ for Erewash, where people can share or swap the skills they have within the community. We are also strengthening our voluntary services as we believe voluntary /community groups and volunteers offer so much to help people to stay well and support each other. It doesn’t always need a clinical service to do this.

We have so many assets in Erewash, together we can stay well.

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