You may or may not know that The Volunteer Centre’s Safe & Sound project has reached the final of The Big Lottery / ITV People’s Choice awards.  This project offers emergency care to elderly people who have nowhere else to turn.  Help can be anything from taking someone to a medical appointment to more complex personal care issues.

It is important that you make your vote count for two reasons: (1) Without it this project could close later this year: (2) Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover receive less lottery funding than almost anywhere else.

So let’s change that and bring some funding into our communities.  It takes about a minute to vote and you can vote as many times as you have email addresses.  Simply follow the steps below:

  • Go to thepeoplesprojects.org.uk and select the Calendar South region on the map (light green)
  • Five projects will appear, click on the Safe & Sound project (you can watch the video on that page if you want)
  • Click on the button ‘select this project’ and press continue
  • Enter name, email address (and verify) phone number and post code
  • You will receive an email asking you to verify your vote, if you do not click on this link your vote will not be counted

If you would rather vote by post card (or as well as) then call into the Centre as we have some printed out ready to go.  Equally if you would like to vote via our computers then we can arrange that.

The Volunteer Centre Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire – is a local volunteering development agency working independently to support organisations from the voluntary, community and public sectors.
In our core work we promote, support and develop volunteering and aim to make a positive impact on the quality of the volunteering experience for individual volunteers and organisations that work with them.


The Volunteer Centre is part of a national network of agencies concerned with volunteers and volunteering – NCVO. We embrace these NCVO beliefs:

“We believe that volunteering is integral to delivering and supporting a diverse range of services and activities that enrich communities. Volunteering builds community capacity and helps to create cohesive, resilient communities that are better able to meet the social and economic challenges they face.”

We are committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity.

We do this by:

– Collating and publicising volunteering opportunities
– Supporting volunteers to make informed choices
– Providing training and support for voluntary organisations
– Promoting good practice and other quality issues
– Developing new volunteering initiatives

Publicity and outreach work is carried out at venues in the Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire area as we make our service accessible to everyone. We provide extra support to those volunteers who need it for whatever reason and ensure our service is accessible for people with disabilities. We are working to recognised quality standards and an equal opportunities policy underpins all our work.

Safe & Sound is our ‘volunteering on demand’ service, giving assistance for one-off SAFE AND SOUNDsupport.  By providing a team of ‘rapid response’ volunteers we are be able to react immediately to the needs of the elderly and vulnerable instead of waiting for them to reach crisis point.

ef-logo-5-clearElderfriends is our befriending service, managed by the Volunteer Centre, and aimed at lonely and socially isolated people who are over 50 years old and live in Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire.

Working in partnership with Macmillan the macmillan-safe-sound-logo-3-2‘Macmillan Safe & Sound’ project recruits volunteers within the community to befriend people who have a diagnosis of cancer. We also help in practical ways.

If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities in your area then you can contact us by phone, post, email or best of all popping into the centre for a face to face interview.

The Volunteer Centre Opening Times:

Monday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED
Public holidays: CLOSED

Some 250 volunteer-involving organisations are registered with us. If you would like to know more about volunteering opportunities or any aspect of our work you can contact us using the form here >>

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Registered Charity in England No: 1107942

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