Community Action Grant Success Stories

New Tupton Evangelical Church Food Bank

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant. The group received £500 to re-stock the foodbank and offer free coffee mornings for local residents. The project addressed social isolation, provided support, and improved health & wellbeing to those in need within the local community. The project lead, Sylvia Tidmarsh said, "The grant we received from North East Derbyshire District Council for our foodbank was a great help. Because of Covid-19 and having to close for 6 months, we needed to replenish the food. We then opened again and gave out food parcels to those in need. I would like to say a big thank-you to you."

Morton Village Hall Community Café

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant. The group received £500 for new tables for the community café. The project addresses social isolation and provides an environment where villagers old and young can meet and socialise. Mr & Mrs Randle, local residents stated "It's a wonderful facility that was needed in the village and we're looking forward to going. We can’t go out much now due to our age, but our weekly visits to the cafe will keep us going and Monday can’t come quick enough for us. The cafe really will help us feel less isolated."  The Cafe is due to reopen in the village hall in Morton on Monday 17th May at 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Eckington Town Team

Produced an Eckington Memory Walk booklet detailing an easy walk around Eckington to help encourage physical activity. It highlights how the town has changed over the last 50 or so years and was delivered by local volunteers to local venues, nursing and care homes. For more information about the walk or to request a booklet, please email Eckington Town Team This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01246 439010

The Dronfield Knitters for the Homeless project

Has over 60 online members and the group has helped to reduce loneliness and isolation among their volunteers. Funding was provided to replenish the yarn stock and the group knitted over 500 hats and snoods which were donated to homeless people and rough sleepers in the area. Liz Hepworth from the group said “In a very small way our group shows that someone cares enough to help. The funding from NEDDC has enabled our project to thrive and we are very grateful for the help. We could not have continued after the first weeks without it”. One volunteer group member said “I love being part of something that makes a difference and stops me feeling so lonely".

The Dronfield Heritage Trust

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for the Dronfield Hall Barn Community Christmas Project. The group received £500 to purchase Christmas lights, gazebos and equipment. The project addressed social isolation by providing an uplifting event for the community and a chance for volunteers to get involved. It also provided an opportunity to network with businesses to help develop future relationships. Some of the feedback stated from attendees were; “'It was lovely to be a small part of it', “Fabulous, well done to all”.

1st Wingerworth Brownies

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant to purchase vital equipment to secure the future of the Unit. The group received £370 to purchase extra equipment to ensure Covid-19 safety; stationery and craft equipment so each Brownie could have her own pack and sports and storage equipment. The aim of the project helps support Council priorities by addressing local issues and concerns, and it enabled local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers and organisations. Nikki Tugby, Leader of 1st Wingerworth Brownies said, “Had we not received funding through this project, we would have had to seriously consider the future of the unit as we simply would not have had the means to provide suitable craft, activity and cleaning equipment when face to face meetings resumed.  This funding has alleviated a great deal of pressure and stress from our adult volunteers, who can now plan confidently for face-to-face meetings, safe in the knowledge that this project has funded all of the essential items needed to run those meetings safely and in line with Government guidelines and Girl guiding policies.”

Killamarsh Badminton Club

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for an Open Badminton Project. The group received £490 to set up a new club night at the local sports centre for new young players and members of the local community, which offered 10 weeks of free badminton with active club members offering coaching and guidance. The aim of the project was to improve physical and mental wellbeing, increase exercise and it also enabled local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers. Darrell Eyre from the KBC said “The take-up for club attendance based on feedback at the end of the sessions was an overwhelming success, with some of the new young players looking to join the club”.

Temple Normanton School Playscheme group

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for a Community Woodland Project. The group received £500 to improve a community meadow area, enable crown lifting of a woodland area and the instillation of two benches. The aim of the project helped support Council priorities by addressing local issues and concerns by improving wellbeing, encouraging exercise, enabling local action by empowering and supporting local volunteers, and enhancing biodiversity by supporting new habitats, wildlife corridors and managing open spaces to promote vital plants and pollinators. Stephen Wright, Project Manager said, “Some residents noticed immediately the difference the work had made, as they can now sit, enjoy and appreciate the woodland. Thank you for this much needed and appreciated grant funding.”

The Hub at Gladstone in Clay Cross

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for a Mining Memories project. The group received £500 for activities including the collection of stories and memorabilia from local people who had been involved or had memories of mining in the area. An exhibition also took place and training for participants. One of the participants commented “Had I not took part in this heritage project it would have been particularly difficult to have found a way through the last lockdown. I live on my own and found the dark evenings lonely, but this project gave me a chance to refocus on things and gave me something to do“.

5th Dronfield Cubs

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for a new outside activity zone. The group received £500 which enabled the group to meet outdoors each week. The funding was used to provide planters for each section to use for gardening projects and a new campfire circle, which is available for Scouting and Guiding and for local families and other groups. The activities have enabled young people to learn about gardening and help complete their Gardeners Badge and engage new volunteers. Chris Smith, Group Leader said “I can't believe how something so simple can change so much over time! Thank you to everyone who has supported us with this grant. The results are beyond our dreams!”

Pilsley Village Sports Association

Were successful in applying for a Community Action Grant for jet tasing and storage equipment. The group received £500 for the items which will help maintain the outside of the pavilion and adequate storage to ensure that the building is safe. A representative from the Association said “We would like to thank the NEDDC again for its help in securing the equipment.”