9 July – Community News from Derbyshire County Council – foster for Derbyshire, crowdfunding success, green entrepreneurs, needle phobia, domestic abuse, healthy school meals.

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Change a life – foster for Derbyshire

We're always looking for people to help us transform the lives of young people in our care. Could you become one of our foster care heroes?

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We’ve just launched our new ‘All about fostering’ email bulletins. We’ll walk you through everything you need to know about fostering with Derbyshire County Council in bitesize chunks through a series of six bulletins – each covering a different topic delivered straight to your inbox. You can sign up to the bulletins here

We welcome foster carers aged over 21 from all walks of life – single, married, straight, gay or trans, from any ethnic origin, working or not, renting or homeowners and we’re looking for carers for children of all ages and abilities.

If you have a spare room and are interested in fostering our fostering team would love to hear from you. We offer weekly payments, allowances and full training and support.

For more information about fostering in Derbyshire you can also visit our website.


Nightwatchmen coming to record office

More than £3,000 has been raised in a crowdfunding campaign to buy a recently re-discovered nightwatchmen’s logbook.


The logbook details the 'goings-on' in Belper by night in the 1830s.

The book of reports, from 1833 to 1836, had been missing for decades, but resurfaced and was up for sale for £3,000.

Derbyshire Record Office and Belper Historical Society joined forces to secure the book for the record office where it will be well looked after and freely available for everyone to see.

They launched a crowdfunding campaign on 1 July which reached £3,400 in just a few days – 27 days ahead of target. 


Interested in alternative energy?

Could you think about retraining in the field of alternative energy? A unique opportunity has opened with the launch of our Green Entrepreneurs Scholarship Scheme.

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We've set aside a £100,000 fund offering grants of up to £1,500 to help Derbyshire residents learn new skills in the alternative energy industry.

It’s part of our wider Green Entrepreneurs Programme which we fund and run in partnership with the University of Derby to help support green economic recovery across Derbyshire.

The grant will allow individuals to study around their existing responsibilities. Applicants will demonstrate their plans for studying and gaining skills and qualifications in low carbon technologies that contribute to a net-zero carbon economy.


Help if you're anxious about needles

Did you know that there are strategies you can use to help with needle phobia?

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If you, or someone you know, would like help to deal with needle phobia, this video developed by Dr Vic Jeganathan could help.

Aware that up to 10% of people are affected by a phobia of needles, particularly in the younger age group, Vic and his colleagues developed the video to help ease anxieties and offer practical support and advice to anyone worried about getting the Covid-19, or any other, vaccine.

Vic is a research officer with Derbyshire Community Health Services who works for the county council’s public health team on covid-related matters.


Take part in our domestic abuse survey

We'd like you to help shape our services following the introduction of the new Domestic Abuse Act.

We, along with Derby City Council, are running a domestic abuse needs survey to find out the level of support needed for those affected by domestic abuse.

The new Act defines a wide-ranging legal definition of domestic abuse which incorporates a range of abuses beyond physical violence, including emotional, coercive or controlling behaviour, and economic abuse.


Healthy eating campaign in schools

Our catering service is asking all primary schools in the county to get behind our new healthy eating campaign.

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Our Food Explorers campaign aims to spark children’s curiosity around food, widen their knowledge of different foods from around the world and help them to make healthier choices.

Primary schools are being sent information and an activity pack for them to use with their students. The activity pack, ‘Adventures of a food explorer’ includes videos and activities.

The pack includes information on how fish on the school menu is caught and how Quorn is made. Activities include an obstacle challenge at Lea Green Learning and Development Centre to show how different food types affect physical and mental performance.

If you have a child at primary school why not see if your child's school is taking part?