Tuesday 21st November 2017

BEFRIENDING CHAMPIONS MICROGRANT FUNDING – call for final applications for 2017

Befriending Champions microgrant funding is for projects or activities anywhere in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City) that help people to be less lonely and isolated. Projects might include, for example, setting up or developing a good neighbour initiative, a social group, befriending or other activities that bring adults of any age together to reduce social isolation. Successful applicants will be expected to attend (or have attended) a half-day Befriending Champions training session. Grants of up to £1,000 are available.

Applicants will need to detail how their project or activity meets two or more of the following the criteria:

  • Reaching out to people in the local community who are lonely or isolated
  • Supporting people in the local community who are lonely or isolated
  • Improving the quality of life of lonely or isolated people in Derbyshire.

 

What kind of things can a microgrant pay for?

Any costs directly involved in making your project or activities happen, including:

  • Equipment
  • Activity costs
  • Hiring a venue and
  • Volunteer out of pocket expenses.

 

The final deadline for applications to be submitted for 2017 is THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER 2017. Any applications must reach us by then so that they can be considered by the Panel on Wednesday 13th December 2017.

 

How to apply

To apply you will need to send us a completed application form along with a copy of your governing document (constitution or memorandum and articles of association) and a copy of a recent (not more than 3 months old) bank statement in the name of your organisation. Please read the Guidelines before completing your application.  If you would like an application form or want more information please contact Richard Murrell, Trusted Befriending Network Co-ordinator at South Derbyshire CVS, on Tel: 01283 219761 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Wednesday 8th November 2017

New research shows the Value of Befriending: launched during Befriending Week 1st-7th November 2017

We are pleased to announce that the research we commissioned to assess the impact and value of Befriending services in Derbyshire has been officially launched. This took place at the South Derbyshire Community Forum on Wednesday 1st November and tied in with the start of Befriending Week. Please click here for a copy of the Value and Impact of Befriending Research Report and click here for a copy of the shorter ‘key messages’ document.  Please let us know if you would like hard copies of either.

Please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01283 219761 if you would like any more information.

Best wishes

The DTBN Team