Community News from Derbyshire County Council – 22 May 2023 🔹 Time Swap 🔹 Matlock markets 🔹 Buses news 🔹 Foster Care Fortnight 🔹 Million Trees 🔹 Greener Towns 🔹 NetZero newsletter 🔹 Join the Smile Squad

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Time to start swapping

Do you have some spare time on your hands? Looking to connect with other people in your community? Or perhaps you need some jobs doing? 

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Derbyshire Time Swap brings people together to use their knowledge, skills, and most importantly, time, to support each other.

The idea is simple – as a Time Swap member you can earn 'time' by giving help and support to other members in your community. This could be things you enjoy or are good at. You can then spend that time on getting help from other members.

South Derbyshire CVS are running the countywide scheme on our behalf and you can learn more by watching this inspiring video showcasing the scheme on YouTube

Two markets in Matlock on Wednesday

There's nothing quite like treating yourself and your family to fresh food and drink direct from the people who made it. And you can do just that if you visit Matlock on Wednesday, where there are two markets to browse and enjoy.


We're holding our first producers’ market at County Hall on Wednesday 24 May from 10am to 2pm, which coincides with the town’s regular Wednesday market down the hill at Hall Leys Park.

So if you're in search of fresh produce and handmade goods come to Matlock, visit both markets and fill your basket full of the best produce the county has to offer as well as meeting the producers themselves.

Visitors to the producers’ market will be able to park for free in County Hall car park off Bank Road, and entry to the event is free too.

Bus latest

There’s good news for bus users this week after the Government confirmed the £2 bus fare cap has been extended until 31 October 2023. 

And there’s further great news about extra buses for Derbyshire. See if any of these can help you get out and about and leave the car at home.

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  • A new bus service, the Breezer Hope Valley Service, will tour part of the Peak District over the summer months.
  • Bus services in south Derbyshire, to Burton, Hatton, Doveridge and Uttoxeter are about to improve. Changes for the 401 bus service include an extension of the route to better serve the Dove Valley Business Park at Foston, an extra two early morning services and extra evening services in each direction. These will start on 22 May 2023.
  • Changes to the Matlock to Sheffield route are about to start. The service will go from an hourly service to every 30 minutes between Sheffield, Chesterfield and Matlock, with every other journey also being extended onto Matlock Bath and Wirksworth. 

It's Foster Care Fortnight

Could you consider fostering and change a child's life? To mark Foster Care fortnight we're asking you to think about it. We have children across Derbyshire waiting for a foster family.

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Fostering can be incredibly rewarding and is a chance to make a huge difference to the life of a local child.

Once approved, you’ll receive training and financial support and will be supported every step of the way by the our fostering team.

There are a range of different types of fostering opportunities to suit different existing family and work commitments and we are encouraging you not to count yourself out.

To be a foster carer you don’t need any special qualifications, you just need to:

  • be aged 21 or over with no upper age limit
  • have a spare room – or space in your bedroom for a cot for children aged up to two years old.

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities (for example, LGBT+, any ethnicity, race, culture and religion). You can be single or in a relationship, married or civil partnership, be in work or not, and either rent or own your home.

Million Trees news

Have you heard about our ambition to plant up to a million trees across Derbyshire by 2030?

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The Million Trees project is part of our efforts to tackle climate change.

We aim to facilitate the planting of trees through engagement with volunteers, businesses, partners and landowners. 

And you can record any trees that you've planted since June 2021 on our database, so these can be added to our total.

You can find out more about the Million Trees project by signing up to our Million Trees newsletter.

Have your say on Greener Towns

Do you live in or near Buxton or Long Eaton?


If you do please visit information sessions about plans to put a 20mph limit in both towns.

The Greener Towns initiative would mean a 20mph limit which could improve health and could encourage healthier and more sustainable modes of transport.

A lower safer speed, with fewer accelerations and decelerations could improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions, and could encourage more people to walk or cycle for shorter journeys.

The information sessions have been organised at Long Eaton Town Hall on Wednesday 24 May 2023 from 3pm to 8.30pm and at The Pump Room, Buxton on Thursday 25 May 2023 from 3pm to 8.30pm.  

Sign up to NetZero news

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Are you keen to learn more about how you can help the environment?

We're working towards reducing the amount of carbon emissions generated in Derbyshire but it's not something we can do alone. We need your help too.

You can get tips on how to reduce energy and waste as well as information about how you can be greener delivered straight to your inbox.

Join the Smile Squad

Join the smile squad, get advice on how to care for your child's teeth and gums. Photo shows child in yellow T shirt brushing their teeth.

During National Smile month we’re offering lots of support around how to care for your family’s teeth.

‘Join the Smile Squad’ offers lots of advice and support around how to care for your children’s teeth.


Oral health affects a wide range of things including your child’s confidence, education and self-esteem.

However most oral health problems are preventable if the right tooth care routine is set up from the start.

NHS dental treatment for children is free so take your child for their first appointment as soon as their first baby tooth comes through.