COVID 19 VIRUS
- Community Hall Closure - Cllrs have reviewed the most recent government advice and have made the decision to close the Community Hall with effect from 20/03/20, until further notice.
- All UPC Playgrounds will reopen on 18/07/20. Please observe the guidance click here. Thank you for patience & your cooperation
- Get Covid Facts not Covid Fiction
Derbyshire County Council is launching a new campaign aiming to help people get the facts about coronavirus.
There’s lots of misleading information circulating on social media and in the news, leading people to wonder what is true and what is not.
The new campaign ‘Covid 19. Get the Facts’ provides trusted, professionally sourced information about some of the main issues people may have questions about.
This includes the Covid vaccinations, the importance of prevention measures such as wearing a face covering and social distancing, as well as information about a wide range of other Covid-19 related topics.
Keep an eye out on our social media for the new campaign, and you can also read up on all the facts at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/covidfacts
- A booklet which gives advice on a range of issues such as theft, fire and personal safety has been launched in a bid to target countryside crime and emergencies in Derbyshire.
The Derbyshire Rural Safety and Crime Prevention Guide has come about through a collaboration between Derbyshire Constabulary, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service and East Midlands Ambulance Service.
The booklet covers issues which have been highlighted as a priority for the rural communities of Derbyshire and gives advice on how to prevent them, to help people stay safe and to reduce crime and accidents.
From a crime prevention perspective, topics include farm machinery, plant and vehicle theft, livestock worrying and theft, fuel theft, equine crime, fly-tipping and poaching.
There is also a wealth of important safety information, including the safe storage of flammable materials, fire and electrical safety, winter driving advice and help in medical emergencies.
PCC Hardyal Dhindsa said: “People living in rural communities face different challenges but our emergency services are committed to supporting everyone and doing everything they can to keep them safe. It was clear when I visited every village in the county that people wanted easy access to information and this booklet provides a wealth of tips, useful numbers and advice.
“I’m proud that in recent years we have boosted the rural policing presence to make more remote communities safer, we are proactively tackling road safety issues and I very much hope that this booklet will add to their feelings of safety.”
A link to the booklet can he found below. Please share with your contacts where possible.
Derbyshire Rural Safety and Crime Prevention Guide | Derbyshire Constabulary
- The Commissioner's Vulnerability Fund which has been setup to improve the lives and safety of vulnerable people and their families across Derbyshire has reopened for new applications after it was inundated with pleas for help.
Through the first round, almost £342k has been awarded to charities and community groups to protect vulnerable individuals and their dependents from crime, victimisation and exploitation.
The Commissioner was flooded with requests for grants in the first phase of the scheme which closed in October 2020 – exposing the hardship and financial difficulties many projects are facing during the pandemic – and has set aside cash usually earmarked for his Community Action Grant to extend support for those who need it most. In the second phase of this funding initiative approximately £275k is available for projects which support the PCC’s ambition to create safer, more engaged communities.
The funding will be invested in projects which tackle the wider social issues that contribute to crime and provide practical help rather than operational policing initiatives that directly cut crime
Grants are available from £50 up to £25k to support and improve lives and make Derbyshire a safer place to live. This fund helps both individuals and groups, protecting people, helping victims and keeping crime at bay. From tackling ASB, making property more secure, protecting those who are vulnerable for any reason to supporting sustainable community projects, this fund can help.
To make sure the money is used where it will make a real difference, you need to tell us where the problems are. The Commissioner will prioritise schemes and ideas that make people less vulnerable to becoming a victim of crime. There are micro-grants (of between £50 and £1k) administered by local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) organisations which will help, for example, to make homes more secure and ensure vulnerable people are given the help that they need. Larger grants (of between £1k and £25k) are available to make a real and lasting impact in local communities. The deadline for large grant applications is Friday 26 February 2021. A link to our website can be found here, where details of how to apply for a grant can be found –Vulnerability Fund (derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk).
- North East Derbyshire residents are being asked to come for a coronavirus test as part of the county council’s targeted community testing programme. Our testing centre is at the Clay Cross Social Centre on Market Street, Clay Cross, S45 9JE and is open every day from 9am to 7pm.
One in three people who have the virus don’t have any symptoms, so everyone is invited to come along and get a test to protect their family.
The testing is NOT for people with actual coronavirus symptoms - they should book a test – see here: Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). ou can find out more about the testing by visiting www.derbyshire.gov.uk/communitytesting
- Derbyshire County Council has been working in partnership with The Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) to develop a new digital apps library. Health and care professionals and Derbyshire residents can now search and download from 100s of quality assured health and wellbeing apps. All of the apps on the new library have undergone rigorous checks by ORCHA to ensure that they are of the highest possible quality. All the apps have been reviewed against over 300 criteria including ease of use, clinical/professional assurance and data and privacy.
Apps include help with mental wellbeing, healthy lifestyles and even long-term condition management. Visit the new website at derbyshire.orcha.co.uk and search and compare apps for FREE.
- PUBLIC SPACE PROTECTION ORDER has come into force, if you are a dog owner find out what this means to you here.
- POLICE UPDATE -It is now possible for you to get in touch with the Police in a range of different ways, to report non-emergencies.
If you don’t want to speak to someone on the phone, you can send us a message on social media, use our website, or speak to a call handler on Live Chat.This will then free up our call handlers to answer the phones to those that would prefer to physically speak to someone.
Our team of helpful call handlers are here for the people of Derbyshire 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The links you can use to get in touch digitally are Facebook: Send a message to us on www.facebook.com/derbyshireconstabulary Twitter: Send a direct message to our contact centre via www.twitter.com/derpolcontact Website: Use our online forms and Live Chat by visiting www.derbyshire.police.uk Our website houses a number of online forms, where you can report a crime, road traffic incident, anti-social behaviour, apply for licenses and firearms certificates, as well as use ‘Your Area’, where residents can find out more about, and contact, their local Safer Neighbourhood Teams. If you can, please consider contacting us digitally, so our call handlers are free to speak to those that don’t have any access to the internet to do so. Please note, in the case of an emergency, you should always phone 999.I will also like to bring this to the attention of more vulnerable members of the community we have recently had some incidents across Unstone and Dronfield area about fraudulent phone calls pretending to be from the police and asking for bank details and requesting sums of money and also asking you to call 999 and giving them code words. I must stress that we DONT EVER ASK FOR ANY BANK RELATED INFORMATION OR ACCOUNT DETAILS.
- DRONFIELD WELL BEING GROUP is a mental health peer support group, it was established in Spring 2020 with the aim of providing a safe environment to support people affected by mental health issues. Please click here for further details
- PEAK UPDATE - the latest updates are available on the Peak website: http://www.peakliaison.co.uk/
- ROAD CLOSURES - Main Road Troway 15th-26th February for electrical works, Townend Apperknowle 3rd-5th February for water works, Summerly Road Apperknowle 5-9th April for gas works.
- PUBLIC FOOTPATH NO.4 UNSTONE - 10th January 2021 to 10th June 2021, closed for its whole length, to allow for installation of the new hard standing surface. Use Public Footpath No.3 as an alternative.
- NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH. The local police are promoting the Neighbourhood Watch scheme, and are currently looking for people to set up neighbourhood watch schemes in the area , as the village only has one scheme running at the present time. Grants may be available to cover costs. Further details are available on:https://www.derbyshireneighbourhoodwatch.co.uk/
- THE MOBILE LIBRARY SERVICE - Sheffield Road Unstone - future dates TBC.
- ACTION GRANTS, Derbyshire County Council are offering grants of up to £10K, for the benefit of local communities, find out more at www.derbyshire.gov.uk/action.
- DERBYSHIRE ALERT - Is a website/community network that is free to register on and allows partner agencies such as Neighbourhood Watch, Action Fraud, Fire and Rescue Service etc to send alerts out,regarding local crime information, appeals, updates to crimes, crime prevention advice etc to registered users. Members of the public can register to receive alerts, their contact details are recorded it allows the police to send alerts to specific areas and send appeals to specific groups such as residents with working cctv, residents with dash cams, dog walkers etc. It also gives the user the ability to feedback information to the police and information about specific areas. Please visit www.derbyshirealert.co.uk.for further info.
- CARE LINE BEFRIENDING SERVICE - (http://www.ageconcernchesterfield.org.uk/careline.php providing a free telephone befriending service to older people who are socially isolated or lonely, trained volunteers ring up to three times a week for a friendly chat or potentially arranging help if needed.
- VOLUNTEERS WANTED, do you have a spare few hours to help to return the Telephone Boxes within the Parish to their former glory? If so please contact the Clerk via the Contact Us page or Tel: 07341 850210.
- DERBYSHIRE CONNECT - Shopping Bus Service, for more information please click here
- USE IT OR LOSE IT - LOCAL BUS SERVICES . The No.14 & 15 bus routes are currently under review, help to safeguard the future of these routes by using the service
- SCAM ALERT - for news on the latest scams from DCC, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org
- DEFIBRILLATOR - Unstone Parish Council have installed a defibrillator machine at the Fred Hopkinson Memorial Hall on Crow Lane in Unstone, it is located next to the main entrance doors. In case of emergency contact 999 for the access code
- NEDDC Update It's now four weeks since the country entered its third national lockdown, and while the Coronavirus continues to dominate all of our lives, I wanted to use this update to highlight some of the other work we are doing as a Council. As you may have already seen, we have been in talks with Killamarsh Parish Council for the past year to look at ways of improving the health and wellbeing offer to local residents.
This will bring a number of benefits to existing and new users alike, such as investment in the facility, together with our many years of experience in running leisure centres.
There will be more information in the next issue of our residents' magazine 'the NEWS', so please make some time to have a read when it lands on doormats next month.
On the subject of leisure, I'm proud we have been able to support the national vaccination effort by turning Sharley Park Leisure Centre into a Covid-19 vaccine site.<https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/news-and-media/latest-news/sharley-park-leisure-centre-in-clay-cross-opens-as-covid-19-vaccination-site>
Although there are many more now, at the time, the Centre was one of only two sites which were the first in the County to be converted from public spaces to carry out the vaccination programme.
This is an amazing achievement for all concerned, and I'd just like to once again thank everyone involved for making this possible, as well as our staff who continue to support the vaccination programme there.
We have now launched the next round of our Community Action Grants Scheme<https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/news-and-media/latest-news/community-action-grant-funding-scheme-extended>, with funding up to £500 available for groups in the District.
The deadline for applications is 31 March, so please help to spread the word to anyone or any groups you think could benefit.
We continue to work hard to administer the Covid-19 support grants for businesses, so if you know of anyone who might benefit, please direct them to the information on our website.<https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses-grants>
Staying on the subject of grants, I'm really delighted to let you know that we have been awarded a further £1M from the Government to spend on improving council homes in the district by installing external wall insulation on them to improve their energy efficiency and reducing their CO2 emissions by an incredible 216 tonnes per year. This will go a long way to helping with our carbon emissions and climate change targets and comes following a previous £550k grant we received late last year which has helped us to refurbish and insulate over 100 homes in Mickley. Keep a look out on our website for more updates on this really exciting news.
Also, you may know that we now have a dedicated Covid-19 support team<https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/news-and-media/latest-news/council-set-to-launch-covid-19-support-team> to protect public health on the front line by offering support and guidance to residents and businesses in the District.
Over the next few months, the team will be focussing on supporting businesses and providing advice on being Covid compliant. There is also information for businesses on how to make their premises Covid-safe on our website.
I was pleased to hear that the Beat the Street game,<https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/news-and-media/latest-news/beat-the-street-has-huge-impact-on-physical-activity-levels-in-clay-cross> which took place in Clay Cross, was such a success with so many people taking part and getting active. It's more important than ever that we do all we can to keep physically and mentally well.
Congratulations must go to our apprentice Abdul Hakim on his national Coach Core award.<https://www.ne-derbyshire.gov.uk/news-and-media/latest-news/teenager-battles-against-odds-to-scoop-top-award> This is a great example of how someone with determination and a drive to succeed can go on to great things and I'm so pleased the Council have been able to support Abdul.
Cllr Alex Dale
Leader of the Council
North East Derbyshire District Council