19 April – Community News from Derbyshire County Council – Care careers, Earth Day, new cycle trail, e-bike hire, Jubilee grants, Jubilee memories, compost bins, community equipment at recycling centres

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Health and social care careers website

If you, or someone you know, is looking for a job, change of career or have retired early but would like to try something new, check out a new website promoting careers in care across Derbyshire and Derby.

caring career care work

Jobs in both the NHS and in the social care sector, including with Derbyshire County Council, have been brought together on one website to give residents easy access to all care jobs locally including work in hospitals, care homes or in the community.

Created by Joined Up Careers Derbyshire, which brings together health and care organisations across the city and county, the website is part of the Your Caring Career campaign designed to help recruit essential health and care staff. 

New cycle trail open

cycle family

Five miles of new and improved cycling trails linking Hardwick Hall, Pleasley Pit Country Park and Pleasley Vale are now open and ready to be explored.

The new £550,000 trails are part of a project led by us to support local tourism and encourage people to get out into nature and explore their local environment.

Your say on e-bike hire in the High Peak

Residents and visitors are being invited to have their say on e-bike hire in the High Peak as part of plans to improve facilities across Derbyshire.

Have your say and be in with a chance of winning a £50 shopping voucher. The closing date is Friday 6 May 2022.

The project is part of our pledge to reduce the emissions it generates 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.

Read more about cycling in Derbyshire.

Eco Centre celebrates Earth Day

Join us to help celebrate Earth Day on Friday 22 April at our Derbyshire Eco Centre at Middleton-by-Wirksworth from 10am to 2pm.

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If you have unloved items in your wardrobe, books that you’ll probably never read or accessories that you’ve rarely worn here’s your chance to exchange them for something you prefer in the ‘Big Exchange’. If you have nothing to swap you can still buy a £1 token in aid of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and exchange it for something that takes your fancy. There will be bargains to be had.

As well as the Big Exchange there are free workshops including willow hoop weaving, making fabric food wraps and getting creative with wooden pallets. Families can make seed bombs or a bug hotel to help make their gardens more wildlife friendly. Workshops need to be prebooked.

Grants for Platinum Jubilee celebrations

If you're in a community group organising events or activities to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this year, funding is available to help you.

Queen Elizabeth II official platinum jubilee pic

All 64 of our councillors have been given an extra pot of money to help local groups in their area mark the Platinum Jubilee and people are being encouraged to get their applications in now.

Every year each county councillor receives £3,860, called the Members Community Leadership Scheme, which local groups can apply for to go towards community causes, and this year an additional £1,500 Platinum Fund has been added which is available now.

Groups seeking funding should contact their local county councillor explaining the nature of their project, activity or event, the amount needed, what other funding may be available and how it will benefit the community.

Libraries want your Jubilee memories

Derbyshire libraries are creating an archive of memories of the Queen, in order to celebrate Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee.

We'd love to hear all stories and memories of the Queen. These can be memories of Jubilee celebrations in the past, seeing or meeting the Queen in Derbyshire or even watching celebrations on television.

There are two ways to contribute if you have a memory to share. You can visit your local library, write your memory on a card and hand it to library staff. Or you can submit your memory online.

Platinum Jubilee

You can get a discounted compost bin

Do you already have, or are you hoping to have, green fingers?

compost bin

Either way compost is at the heart of any gardening. The good news is that we’ve recently renewed our home composting scheme. This offers discounted prices for Derbyshire residents on the purchase of compost bins, including a buy-one-get-one-half-price offer on the traditional-style composters  

And Derbyshire schools are eligible for two free compost bins from us, proving they haven’t already claimed them in recent years. Enquiries about these should go to our waste management team wastemanagement@derbyshire.gov.uk

Community equipment collection at Recycling Centres

community mobility equipment recycling

In a pioneering scheme we’re calling on residents to take unwanted mobility equipment to their local household waste recycling centre so that it can be reused by people who need it. Equipment to help people live more independently at home is delivered to residents on behalf of the county council by a company called Medequip. Kit delivered ranges from wheelchairs and ‘rise and recline’ chairs to small aids like Zimmer frames, walking sticks and toilet frames. Now collection points for equipment that residents no longer need have been introduced at five of our recycling centres ready for collection by Medequip. As well as providing a more convenient alternative for some people, it also reduces the number of journeys Medequip has to make to collect items from individual homes which helps to cut carbon emissions.

The scheme is running at our recycling centres at Loscoe, Stonegravels, Ashbourne, Northwood (Darley Dale) and Bolsover. There are plans to roll out the scheme to our other sites at Bretby, Ilkeston and Waterswallows (Buxton) later this year.

So far 450 items have been recovered from the recycling centres and of these 350 (78%) were returned to warehouse shelves for re-use with just the remaining 100 going for recycling. Larger pieces of equipment, including electrical kit, will continue to be collected by Medequip from people’s homes.