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Community Erewash updated information 12.05.20


Local Info

Cotmanhay Community Network 

What support do they offer?  Offering food parcels to the Ilkeston, Cotmanhay and Kirk Hallam areas for the most vulnerable within the community. They will be able to provide parcels on Wednesdays and Thursdays; a team of volunteers will be assembling and delivering the parcels. Cut off for food parcels are at 5pm each Tuesday anything that comes in after will be sent out the following Wednesday.


If you would like to refer a family please do so by emailing the Community network directly; all referrals MUST be done via email.

Information they require:

Family name


How many people in the family.

Contact information.  


What support do they offer? Food and essentials for all in need. This food bank requires information about the individual/family to sign them up to the scheme.

People using the service can still go to the foodbank but strict distancing procedures are in place.

Contact details:

Belfield St,




Telephone - 0115 944 2996
Email -

 Opening times: Now open 10am – 16:00 each day 



The Big Kirk Hallam 

What support do they offer? This community shop is open to the public and enforcing the strict guidelines around social distancing. There are many affordable products to buy between 50p – £2.00 including meat, vegetables, drinks, hand soap etc.  

Contact details:

Kenilworth Dr,

Kirk Hallam,



Telephone - 0115 8371380

Facebook page -

Wednesday 2-4pm, Thursday 10am-12noon, Friday 10am - 12noon 



Long Eaton and Sawley Food Bank 

What support do they offer? Food hampers and essentials through a referral process.

If DCC employees want to make a referral for a family they are working with please contact to complete a online e-voucher referral.  



Community Meal – Erewash

What support do they offer? Volunteer lead project who are providing cooked meals for residents across the whole of Erewash which volunteers deliver.

Please contact Benjamin to refer the elderly and vulnerable people within your community.

Contact details:

Benjamin Pierre Durnan-Fletcher         

Telephone - 07548288652 


Cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak

The government has announced a £3 million fund for food redistribution organisations help them cut food waste during the coronavirus outbreak.  All food redistribution businesses and charities will be encouraged to bid for grants over the coming month, including those whose volunteer programmes have been affected by social distancing measures or those that cannot access their usual commercial support network. 


If you've been referred, you should be told where the food bank is. If it's run by the Trussell Trust you can check the address on their website. If you live in a rural area and can't afford to travel, your nearest food bank might be able to deliver. Call or email them to check. 

Trussell Trust 

Phone: 01629 592970 

They have an alphabetical list of all food banks.

If you would be interested in getting involved, please contact Jo Peck at 



Local Info;


DHA – Direct Help and Advice Housing Ilkeston

What support do they offer? FREE specialist housing advice.

Tel: 0115 930 0199



Erewash Borough Council – Housing Support





EMH Homes

What support do they offer? Housing Support within the Erewash Area.

Telephone: 0300 123 6000






Please contact your housing provider or mortgage lender (these details will be on any correspondence that you have received from your provider)


Morrisons Foundation – Covid 19 Homeless Support Fund. The Morrisons Foundation has announced a Homeless Support Fund aiming to fund charities caring for the homeless during the Covid 19 outbreak and ensure help gets to those who need it.

The Foundation recognises that homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid 19 because of underlying health conditions and are less able to access basic sanitation. 

There is a total of £500,000 for this fund and awards of up to £10,000 are available.  Smaller requests will allow more charities to be supported from the fund.

Registered charities that care for the homeless can apply to cover the broad areas:

  • Outreach and support to rough sleepers
  • Delivery of services in hostels and shelters
  • Information and advice

Applications can be made at anytime. 



Mental Health/Emotional wellbeing/ Staying active

The coronavirus (COVID19) outbreak is going to have an impact on everyone’s daily lives, as the government and the NHS take necessary steps to manage the outbreak, reduce transmission and treat those who need medical attention.

It may be difficult, but by following guidance on social distancing, or staying at home, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, the NHS and your community.

During this time, you may be bored, frustrated or lonely. You may also feel low, worried, anxious, or be concerned about your health or that of those close to you. Everyone reacts differently to events and changes in the way that we think, feel and behave vary between different people and over time. It’s important that you take care of your mind as well as your body and to get further support if you need it.



Dr Radha's five mental health tips for lockdown

Dr Radha Modgil from BBC Radio 1’s Life Hacks shares her top five tips on how to stay mentally and emotionally well during the coronavirus lockdown, all beginning with the letter C.

Sticking to a routine, making sure we take care of ourselves, and using our creativity in new ways are all ways she suggests we can ease the psychological toll that staying inside is having on all of us.






Derby and Derbyshire: Emotional Health and Wellbeing.










An online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.




Online chat: Available






Qwell is a free online Mental Health and Wellbeing resource for parents and carers of young people under the age of 18 that requires no formal referral, instead only requiring the user to set up an account on the website.






Available 365 days of the year via mobile, tablet and desktop devices from 12 noon to 10pm Monday-Friday and 6pm-10pm at weekends




Derbyshire LGBT+


Specialist LGBT+ support for young people and their families across Derbyshire. Currently offering online support via youth groups, one to one support over the phone and email.


Online chat: Available on Facebook





Telephone: 01332 207704   Email:



The Mix


Essential support for under 25’s, including mental health, housing and relationships




Every Mind Matters


Every Mind Matters is the new national platform for good mental health, from Public Health England. It aims to make it easier for everyone to look after their own wellbeing and improve their mental health, by providing a digital hub full of advice, tips and resources and a new online tool to help everyone create their own action plan.








What support do they offer? Offering mental health support and can be contacted by telephone, letter, e-mail and mini-com. There's also a face-to-face service, available at their local branches. They are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year.




Telephone: 116123






Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity that provides counselling and mental health support and training in UK schools. They have lots of online resources for professionals to support through the covid-19 pandemic.





Telephone: 020 7923 5581 Out of hours: 07850 265681




Action for Children


We protect and support children and young people, provide practical and emotional care and support, ensure their voices are heard, and campaign to bring lasting improvements to their lives. Offering support around fostering, adoption and through resources.


Daily tips and tricks on how to boost your wellbeing/ Feel Good Booklet








Men-Talk is all around the subject of improving men's mental health, raising awareness, removing the stigma and ultimately reducing male suicide.  Men-Talk are continuing to offer mental health support to anyone who needs it. They are providing talks, listening, sharing and signposting online.






Child line


Information and advice on managing anxiety, bullying, internet safety, staying safe and a place you can speak to trained councillors.


Telephone: 0800111  

Online Chat: Available on their website



Rethink Mental Health


We support people who are having difficulties with their mental health across the whole spectrum of mental illnesses. We do this by offering targeted goal-focused support, developing peer support and volunteer opportunities across Derbyshire, and also peer support groups where there is a need




Telephone: 01773 734989



Deaf-initely Women

What support do they offer? Definitely Women have created a new group for women who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and any hearing loss.

Every Thursday 2-3pm – we will be around on Facebook group but most of us will be using Zoom – more private and able to see each other with subtitle.

Especially in this difficult time with Coronavirus, we want to support you to prevent feeling isolated and lonely. We want all deaf and hard of hearing women to be included to discuss various topics, drop in chat or even just a quick hello!

We will be setting up Zoom topic group, we will include caption/voiceover/BSL.




Vita Minds


Vita Minds are new NHS providers within the IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Services) community commissioned by Derby and Derbyshire CCG. 

The service is now live and offers a range of talking therapies for depression, generalised anxiety disorder, mixed depression and anxiety and a range of other conditions - the full list is on their general information leaflet

People can refer themselves directly into the service either by calling 0333 0153 496 or by visiting the website and using the self-referral form 

Vita's new service further increases the options and accessibility for patients being referred into the service and in the current circumstances offers a service that does not require face to face appointments.






First Steps know this time is particularly difficult for many, therefore they are providing a range of weekly opportunities for their service users and anyone seeking support to come together and support each other, learn something new, create together by using their interests and skills and just have some fun.

The First Steps team is working with some wonderful collaborators from around the country to bring opportunities which you can engage in focused on our well being and positive mental health.

Activities include:

- Be Creative is a collaboration with Lorna Collins

- Mindfulness Monday Mornings and Tuesday Evenings

- Mental Health Training

To find out more and follow the links to join in click HERE





Online Support Schedule 


Activities are running everyday via Zoom or Social Media platforms. You can get engaged with some Mindfulness sessions, learn new skills at Mental Health Training, get creative at Art Workshops or join one of our fantastic wellbeing groups where you can talk and discuss different topics with other people

(see below)




Domestic Abuse  

If you are in immediate danger call the police 999

Silent Calls to the police (if you can’t speak) – 999 55


For more advice and guidance on domestic abuse, please see                



The National Domestic Abuse Helpline 


Provide guidance and support for potential victims, as well as those who are worried about friends and loved ones.




0808 2000 247

24 hours a day

Free Calls



Safer Derbyshire


Derbyshire 24/7 helpline




08000 198 668



Women’s Aid 


Provides additional advice, extra support is available designed for the current coronavirus outbreak, including a live chat service.








Support if you are worried about hurting someone

If you are worried about hurting the ones you love while staying at home.





0808 8024040




Domestic abuse support for all genders from all communities

We are continuing provide our services and will be supporting by telephone, text and e mail during our normal working times of 9.30 – 5pm Monday to Friday



01773 765899






Domestic Violence support for members of the LGBT+ community




0800 999 5428                     





The Men’s Advice Line 


 A confidential helpline for male victims of domestic abuse and those supporting them.






0808 801 0327

















Derbyshire County Council


If you are concerned that a child is suffering or is at risk of significant harm please contact Call Derbyshire/Starting Point.





Support for Children and parents in regard to mental health, safety, bullying etc.




Child Line


If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, contact our professional counsellors for help, advice and support. 





Call Derbyshire 01629 533190 Starting Point 01629 535353












ACT has also launched free online seminars on safeguarding and they are exploring e-learning modules in safeguarding – if you are interested in finding out more please follow them om Twitter  or Facebook https:/// and/or sign up to their newsletter via the website.



For concerns that are not immediate you can contact Derbyshire police using any of the below methods:

Facebook – send them a private message to /DerbyshireConstabulary
Twitter – direct message their contact centre on @DerPolContact
Website – complete the online contact form
Phone – call them on 101.

Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak



 Parental Support

Local Info;


What support do they offer? Home-Start works with families in communities, starting in the home our approach is as individual as the people we’re helping. No judgement, it is just compassionate, confidential help and expert support. Families struggling with post-natal depression, isolation, physical health problems, bereavement and many other issues receive the support of a volunteer who will spend around two hours a week in a family’s home supporting them in the ways they need. Due to the current Covid-19 situation there will be changes to the way HomeStart offer their service.


Telephone: 0115 930 4640

 Email: Complete contact form on the website



Erewash Children’s Centre Facebook

What support do they offer? Daily updates, information and clever ways to keep your child entertained.

Contact via Facebook: Why not give the page a like?

Facebook page: https:






Community Support

Local Info


What support do they offer?

Erewash Voluntary Action has set up a new service in response to the COVID-19 Virus and people who are in self-isolation. This will be a time limited service to provide a one-off shop or prescription collection service in response to those most in need; to people who have no other support network at this difficult time to provide them with some much-needed shopping essentials.

Self-referrals for this service can now be made by either calling Erewash Voluntary Action on 0115 9466740 (9.00 – 3.30pm) or complete the attached CV-19 Referral Form with as much information as possible and return to

Once the referrals have been received, we shall allocate a DBS checked and trained member of staff or volunteer. Please call to limit exposure, we will not be conducting a face to face meeting prior to allocation, so it is imperative that a CV-19 Referral Form is completed in full.

Telephone: 0115 946 6740






Here is a link to an online version of the Living Well with Dementia Programme:     

It has been developed by Derbyshire Community Health Services & Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust who are currently unable to provide their face to face Living Well with Dementia groups due to COVID-19. This resource could be helpful to people with mild dementia and their carers & families. It has some useful links to activity ideas & resources towards the end of the course.


Neighbourhood Watch Network

The Neighbourhood Watch Network supports individuals and groups to create safer, stronger and active communities. To find your local neighbourhood watch please go the OurWatch website on the link below and enter your postcode.



Definitely Women have created a new group for women who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing and any hearing loss.

Every Thursday 2-3pm – they will be around on Facebook group but most will be using Zoom – more private and able to see each other with subtitle.

Especially in this difficult time with Coronavirus, they want to support you to prevent you feeling isolated and lonely. They want all deaf and hard of hearing women to be included to discuss various topics, drop in chat or even just a quick hello!

They will be setting up Zoom topic group, and will include caption/voiceover/BSL.

Visit their website  to find out more.

You can also read the latest Deaf-initely Women newsletter HERE.



Support for Children and Young People

Local Info;



Derbyshire – Your Sexual Health Matters

What Support do they offer? Our Sexual Health Matters provides a free and confidential condom and lube by post service to people who live in Derbyshire and Derby City. If you are 13 to 15, one of our practitioners will call you for a chat - we will require a mobile or land line telephone number before we are able to process your order.






Childrens guide to Coronavirus




Covid-19 Packs for Children





Action for Children -




Daily tips and tricks on how to boost your wellbeing/ Feel Good Booklet






Telephone: 0800111   Online Chat: Available on their website


UNICEF for Every Child




ONLINE Postal Condoms 







Local Info;  If you would like to become a volunteer for Derbyshire County Council please contact your local Youth and Community Engagement Workers - Please see details at the top of the page.



Coronavirus (COVID-19): health, care and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions

This guidance describes the terms of use around the government’s free council car parking scheme for NHS workers, social care workers and NHS Volunteer Responders.


Derbyshire Fire and rescue Service – Befriending Service - Website


“Staff working on our telephone befriending service will contact people who are already known to the Service, over the age of 70, or identified as vulnerable and have a general friendly chat about a range of subjects”.


Derbyshire Carers Telephone Befriending


If you feel you as a Carer would benefit from telephone support, or wish to discuss the Telephone Befriending, please contact DCA on: 01773 833833.


British Red Cross online training course for coronavirus volunteers

Whether you’re volunteering with a charity or lending a hand to a neighbour, this step by step guide tells you how to look after yourself and others.  This training was designed by the British Red Cross for anyone who is responding to the coronavirus outbreak. Whether you’ve been deployed by a charity or have decided to lend a hand to a neighbour, it tells you what you need to know to look after yourselves and others. The content of this course will be regularly updated to reflect the latest situation and advice from government.