25 October – Community News– take our survey for a chance to win £100, Shine a Light, care worker jobs, action on plastic, library space opportunity, new police panel members sought, bird flu, domestic abuse week, Safer gambling week, Stress Awareness week

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Your Council Your Voice - win £100

Shine a light event - Cromford Mills

We're recruiting care workers

Taking action on single-use plastics

Could you use a space in our library?

New members sought for police panel

Keep birds? Reduce the risk of bird flu

Domestic abuse week

Safer gambling week

Stress awareness week

Your Council Your Voice – win £100

We want you to take part in a wide-ranging survey asking for your views on our services and how our budget should be prioritised for the year ahead.

YCYV 2021

Our annual Your Council Your Voice survey runs until Sunday 28 November and we'd really like you to fill it in so that we can hear your views on how we spend your money, as well as on a number of other topics related to our work.

Tell us what you think about the services you use, how satisfied you are with them and which ones you think are most important and why.

The survey also asks you whether the Covid-19 pandemic has changed your opinion of the council and the services we provide, and if it has had an impact on your satisfaction with the way we run things.

Anyone filling in the survey can enter a prize draw, with one person winning £100 of shopping vouchers.

Shine a Light event - Cromford Mills

Shine A Light

Shine a Light is a new night-time attraction celebrating the county’s rich heritage by lighting up two Derbyshire landmarks using large-scale projections. The first showings at Chatsworth took place over the weekend (pictured).

And there are two more events to go this week, with tickets still available.

The spectacular will be at Cromford Mills, home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, in the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, on Thursday 28 October and Friday 29 October from 6.30pm.

We commissioned the large-scale experiences from Derbyshire-born duo Illuminos to celebrate our county's history while boosting the visitor economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic – and providing fun and entertainment for all the family.

Tickets are £8 for adults and £6 per child (aged 4 to 16 inclusive, free for 3 and under).

We're recruiting care workers

Do you like helping people? Could you make a career out of helping those who need it?

care worker

We’re recruiting people to help older and disabled residents live independent lives in their own homes as well as in residential care.

Why not make a difference and care for others? No experience is needed, we’ll give you the training and support you need.

Find community care worker jobs here

Taking action on single-use plastic

We're working to cut the use of single-use plastic with a commitment expected to drastically reduce the amount of unnecessary waste we produce.


We plan to:

  • recognise and avoid buying and using single-use plastics for use in council buildings and services, where possible
  • look for more sustainable alternatives
  • where suitable alternatives aren’t available, make sure that single-use plastic products contain a recycled content of at least 30% or can themselves be recycled.

Our commitment to reduce our use of single-use plastics is part of our drive to reduce emissions to net-zero by 2032 or sooner and help the rest of Derbyshire reduce carbon emissions generated within the county to net zero by 2050 or sooner. 

Could you use a space in our library?

Groups, businesses and residents are being asked to come forward with their ideas for using a former café space in Chesterfield Library.

Chesterfield library

Café Browser closed its doors in March 2020 due to the first national coronavirus lockdown and has not reopened.

It had been struggling to thrive in recent years due to competition from a number of new cafés and eateries opening up close by.

At a meeting earlier this month we made the decision to close the café permanently. We'll remove all catering equipment and re-use it elsewhere.

Any business or group which might want to run their own venture must be self-funding and run it as a separate entity from the council as no financial assistance would be available.

If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in using the space at Chesterfield Library, please email ask.library@derbyshire.gov.uk. Ideas should be submitted by Friday 26 November.

If you would like to comment on the the decision to close the café at the library in New Beetwell Street (above) please email cs.catering@derbyshire.gov.uk.

New members sought for police panel

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two volunteers to play a part in the way crime and disorder is tackled in Derbyshire.

Derbyshire Police and Crime Panel is looking for two new independent members to sit on the panel, which scrutinises the work of Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

The Police and Crime Commissioner is responsible for setting the priorities and resources for Derbyshire Constabulary and supporting community safety activities.

All independent panel members get training and can claim reasonable expenses.

Keep birds? Reduce the risk of bird flu

If you keep birds you're being urged to take action now to protect them and avoid any outbreaks of avian flu, more commonly known as bird flu. 

avian flu

Our Trading Standards team is backing the call, which has been issued by the UK’s four chief veterinary officers.

There are currently no cases of avian flu in the UK, but over the past year 26 outbreaks have been confirmed nationally in kept poultry and captive birds, with more than 300 cases confirmed in wild birds. Two cases affected parts of Derbyshire.

Domestic abuse awareness month

October is Domestic Abuse Awareness Month. Domestic abuse isn’t just physical, it can be emotional,sexual, financial, or even digital – where someone uses technology to abuse or intimidate someone. Please spread the message to your communities that the Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Helpline offers a range support and advice to victims, their friends or family.

Safer gambling week

safer gambling

November 1 – 7 is Safer Gambling Week. A chance to share advice and support around keeping safe when having a flutter.

Gambling is a popular pastime and it’s enjoyed by lots of us.

We’re not here to stop people from enjoying the odd bet or two - but we do want to highlight the warning signs that show gambling could be becoming a problem.

Some of the common signs of gambling becoming harmful include:

  • Spending more money and time on gambling than you can afford
  • Lost interest in activities like spending time with friends and family
  • Constantly thinking and talking about gambling
  • Chasing your losses and using gambling to get out of financial trouble
  • Feeling anxious, worried, guilty, or depressed.

During Safer Gambling Week we’ll be sharing advice and support for people who think they might have an issue with gambling.

Stress Awareness Week

stress awareness

1st - 5th of November is Stress Awareness Week and it's something that we've all probably been experiencing more of over the past 18 months.

During Stress Awareness Week why not get some handy tips on how to cope if things are starting to get on top of you.

The NHS has lots of advice here. 

Every Mind Matters also has a helpful mind plan that can help. Take a look, and try it out, here. 

Sometimes, talking can help. The Derbyshire Mental Health Helpline and Support Service is available 24/7 on 0800 028 0077.