Make a #CVSSOS Pledge

Pledge your support to help our campaign or tell us what SDCVS means to you – click here to send your message or email: sos@sdcvs.org.uk

We will share pledges on this page.

Recent Pledges

“CVS is such a caring approachable centre, everyone is so helpful, it would be very much missed by lots and lots of users please everyone put pen to paper and help keep it going.”

–  Member of local community


“I know numerous vulnerable, chronically ill, lonely people who have used and valued several services available at CVS and their lives have been made easier. To cut funding is scandalous and unjust.”

– Member of local community


“I work as one of the Befriending Coordinators at South Derbyshire CVS and know first hand just how well used and how much in demand our services are. We receive the majority of our referrals from health and social care professionals so the very fact that the CCG are proposing cuts to our services mean those working in the NHS will not have services to refer to. Existing statutory services have, in recent years, reduced in number and often are time limited. We have countless referrals from health teams who can support individuals for a set period e.g. 6-8 weeks but then recognise that they need on going support which they then refer to the voluntary sector – to our services. Our work not only enhances and supports the invaluable work that our incredible NHS does but it is preventative too. Befriending people who are lonely and isolated can and does reduce the need for them to lean more heavily on GP practices for example. Our Social Car Service actively supports people getting to hospital and GP appointments and therefore saves money otherwise lost in missed appointments. Whilst tough budgetary decisions need to be made I would ask that the CCG look at the whole picture and not take easy decisions which could in the end cost more.

“As an ex nurse I believe in the NHS and know the CCG have hard decisions to make but I also know what valuable work we do and the difference it makes to people lives.”

– Louise Scott


“From my recent experiences with the South Derbyshire CVS, the help received has been invaluable.

“Community and clubs are often run by volunteer enthusiastic amateurs who can, at times, become overwhelmed by legislative requirements to provide safe environments for people to recreate and enjoy their leisure interests. The South Derbyshire CVS has helped to enlighten and guide by provision of advice in a friendly, informed and professional manner.

“Not everything can be delivered via a Help page on a website and the hub and services provided by the South Derbyshire CVS are so important to individuals, community groups and clubs to continue to follow their interests, bringing people together to share experiences, develop friendships and ultimately improve community wellbeing. Reduction or withdrawal of these services would have a detrimental on community life.”

– Jan Robinson, Centaura Field Archery Club


“I would like to ask you to think again about the funding cuts to the CVS in Swadlincote. As a newly formed group, we found them invaluable when when we ran into difficulty trying to form the constitution for the group, and the need for a charity number. We were also very lucky to receive funding for a computer from CVS. What a great help they were. The computer is also used by our members to find out availability of social cars [CVS’s transport scheme]. What a fantastic charity CVS is. Please, please think again about cutting their funding.”

– Church Gresley Community Group


“I can’t imagine our small community having to cope without CVS services we have lost so many support services already, CVS is the link and gateway that holds everything together and signposts to those few services that are left, they are the central go to place – without them a lot of vulnerable and needy people would suffer terribly. Please do everything you can to keep them open! They have worked tirelessly for years improving, growing, diversifying to keep up with increasing demands as more and more people fall into hard times.”

– CVS Service User


“CVS has established itself as a hub coordinating volunteers who support many different schemes which all add value to the lives of the local community. Without their coordination, volunteers and hard work the local community will be set back significantly and the effect will be huge. Without these groups to refer to there will be patients who will increase their demands on their GP service as there is no alternative.”

– Referral Organisation


“Without these services there would be many lonely people in the area, for some its the only time they meet others, so life is very depressing for them. Attending such things makes people happy so therefore health improves. May I add its also good for volunteers many of us being retired so gives us a lift too.”

– CVS Volunteer


“Having worked alongside the team at CVS for 20 years I cannot speak highly enough for their hard work and dedication to the organisations and individuals that they serve. I cannot imagine why there is even the contemplation of removing their funding or how on earth it is envisaged that the gap that will be left in the services will ever be filled.”

– Partner Organisation


“When I first took on the running of what was the ‘Evergreens club’ I didn’t have a clue of how I would manage it, so came to the CVS for advice. The advice I have been given was invaluable, not only about rules and the constitution which didn’t exist, but with how to apply for grants to help get equipment that we needed. I took this group on with only nine members all eighty plus, now we have approx 40 members and a thriving group which serves the elderly and lonely in our local community. We have weekly meetings and 4 trips each year and we do fundraising but do need help with room hire etc. Without the help and advice I received I don’t believe we would have managed to keep going.”

– Elaine Hodge, Hatton Friendship Group


“It would be with great sadness if the plug was pulled on CVS as it is a great service that everyone has a fantastic word for.”

– NHS


“This service is a credit to the area, they have supported patients all over South Derbyshire and to lose this service would be a shame to the service users who gain confidence, a purpose in life and a feeling of belonging within a large and sometimes lonely community.”

– Referral Organisation


“Very short sighted to not support volunteers who are now taking on the workloads of NHS and council employees as their services have been cut. Fire fighting when a person is in crisis is a complete and foolish way of managing wellbeing in both health and social care.”

– Local Volunteer


“At a time when so much valuable work has been done, both locally and nationally, to prove the benefits of social contact for vulnerable people’s well being and savings made to the health service in the long term, it is vital that these services, which offer incredible value for money, are encouraged and supported by the health service. To cut the funding to these services now would be short sighted for the CCG’s and detrimental to the voluntary organisations, service users and volunteers. Thousands of people would become socially isolated which could result in increased visits to GP’s and hospitals. The old adage of prevention is better than cure has never been truer.”

– Diane Claridge, Befriending Networks

Befriending Networks has over 300 members UK wide who run successful befriending schemes. We have been working with the Scottish and English governments on strategies to tackle loneliness and social isolation. Therefore we represent the national voice of befriending services.


“CVS have helped us so much. I am really worried we won’t be able to access their help in the future.”

– Community Group


“The CVS is a vital link for health and social care offering an excellent service and support. There are patients who have greatly benefited from having a befriender, from joining a social group, from using the social car scheme that would otherwise have struggled and become frailer, more depressed and sicker.”

– Referral Organisation


“I think this is a really valuable asset to the community as a whole. I think the people it helps most may not be able or inclined to fill out an online questionnaire so I just wanted to add another voice to how important these services are to people and how much they are appreciated and valued.”

– Member of the local community


“We work very closely with the CVS and understand its unique and specialised position in being able to nurture and develop community projects. They are a vital catalyst for local action and support of local residents – small groups / small charities are crucial. They have personal, genuine connections and knowledge to help shape and transform local lives. Support that larger charities can simply not offer. Without them lives will be poorer – the loss of CVS services is extremely short sighted and will result in residents feeling more isolated, well-being and health will also be affected.”

– Partner Organisation


“CVS is an invaluable support to people that are vulnerable and need the services that they provide.”

– CVS Service User


“Please do not strip us of vital community services that make a significant difference to people’s lives and help them stay well, integrated and valued members of society.”

– Referral Organisation


“To take away the CVS and the vital advice and support it gives to small groups, isolated villages and individuals, is taking from the ones who need it the most.”

– Community Group


“From my perspective, it would be a complete travesty , if funding is withdrawn, lots of people rely on the CVS’s and other non statutory services, most CVS’s are the life blood of the community and in my opinion the community will suffer enormously if funding is withdrawn.”

– Referral Organisation


“CVS provides vital services to Swadlincote and the surrounding areas. People benefit from the vast amount of services they offer, which is cost saving in comparison to other service provision that would be available. By accessing services through CVS less impact is felt on other services such as the NHS. As well as the services they offer there would also be the lose of support to local services and the partnership working between those which benefit many local people.”

– Partner Organisation


“CVS and their services are very important to Swadlincote and all the people that use CVS.”

– CVS Service User


“There is a massive need for these services which my colleagues and I rely heavily on to support the people we see. If these were cut or reduced it would have a massive impact on the people who use them and the services who support them for other reasons.”

– Referral Organisation


“Very short sighted, will put vulnerable people at risk and therefore put more pressure on other services – doctors etc.”

– CVS Volunteer


“Swadlincote desperately needs these services, there is a lot of problems CVS can help with in this area.”

– Partner Organisation


“Provides a vital lifeline to so many people. Often the volunteers also gain from their input, so they may also suffer from not having a focus in life, which would then impact on their health, with a knock on effect on statutory services.”

– Referral Organisation


“Services like this are a vital part of any functioning community.”

– CVS Service User


“If you are not able to, or have a reduced ability to share the information and services you provide with us, then this will have a negative impact. We receive your newsletters and we send you ours. This helps to share information on a range of subjects and about your services to colleagues here, but particularly to the wider population in South Derbyshire.”

– Partner Organisation


“The CVS and vSPA provide an invaluable service. They have the expertise and local knowledge to be able to provide appropriate social interaction and support for the frail, elderly, vulnerable people in this area. It would be extremely difficult for the care coordinators in this area to continue effectively supporting their patients without CVS.”

– Referral Organisation


“The CVS is a support for all. It is non judgemental and without the service many people will flounder. We need the CVS.”

– CVS Service User


“Vulnerable people who receive support at home would be at increased risk of harm if services were withdrawn.”

– Referral Organisation


 

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