Derbyshire County Council Community News

Community News – 12 January 2021

Derbyshire County Council sent this bulletin at 12-01-2021 04:49 PM GMT

Community News, Derbyshire County Council.Information for local groups, societies, clubs, parish and town councils 12 January 2021 Welcome to the latest issue of Community News. We’ve written this for local groups, clubs and parish and town councils, to keep them up-to-date with news from the council. Our aim is to send this newsletter out every fortnight. Please feel free to share this newsletter with your members or residents, or use the information in the newsletter on your website, or in your publications. If you’ve any queries please email us at

Stay at home
stay at homeOnce again we find ourselves in a national lockdown and this will naturally bring feelings of frustration, sadness and even anger. If you’re struggling to stay afloat during these difficult times, there is help and support available if you need it with lots of advice around mental health and wellbeing on our website. It’s really important that we all stay at home as much as possible to crack down on this virus and help reduce the spread. Government restrictions on travel mean we must reduce the number of journeys we make as much as possible and ‘stay local’ – which means avoiding travelling outside your village or town.

It means working from home unless you really cannot do your job without being at work and only leaving the house for:
essential goods and services
health care
outdoor exercise once a day either alone, with people from your household (or support bubble) or one other person.

Get all the information you need to know about the latest national lockdown on the Government’s website. Thank you Derbyshire. We will get through this.

Support for the most vulnerable support for the most vulnerableOur Community Response Unit offers lots support for people who have no one else to help them out. The team can help with food shopping and delivery, collecting prescriptions and can also offer a friendly check in call for anyone who lives alone and has no friends or family to call on. If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable you must take extra steps to stay safe during the lockdown period and the response unit is here for you if you need it. If you are shielding make sure you are familiar with the Government guidance. You can request help online or by calling 01629 535091. Phone lines are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Learning from home support
Do you need a bit of support to help your child learn from home? We appreciate that it can be difficult for parents to encourage their child to learn from home until they can return to school. We know schools are pulling out the stops to help pupils learn online, but there’s a list of resources on our website too to support your child’s learning including links to online lessons, range of lesson learning packs and online safety tips. Find out more here

Still here for you
Almost all of our services continue to run as normal during this period of national lockdown but inevitably there are some restrictions on face-to-face services to keep everyone safe. Take a look at our latest update to see what’s open and which services are affected. Find out more here

Winter food vouchers
We’ve delivered almost 26,000 food vouchers to families across Derbyshire over the past few weeks to support them during the winter months. The food vouchers are part of the £2.2 million from the Government’s Covid Winter Grant Scheme. The second set of vouchers will be sent to families in February to cover the half term period.  Find out more here