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Following House of Commons and the Lords

The Parliamentary Unit in Church House Westminster now offer a weekly round-up of speeches, questions and votes in parliament by bishops each Friday when parliament is sitting.  Either bookmark the dedicated website or follow the Church of England’s Parliamentary Unit 


Men in sheds

A method to reach out to men see: 


Dementia resource

First Taste Darley Dale have produce another high quality resource ‘Food for Thought’ launched in February this DVD follows ‘Where’er You Walk’. It is designed to support memory work with older people in day care or care homes and features local Derbyshire scenes with little narration and selected musical accompaniment. Contact First Taste tel: 01629 733 849, retail £10 each. To try before you buy you might loan from our library in Church House tel 01332 388684.

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Financial Action and Advice Derbyshire 

Produce a regular newsletter which is free to download go to: 

They are working to train frontline workers and raise awareness of local agencies. For more information see the June newsletter. 

Also featured is the Policy and Partnerships manager response to the Department of Education Child Poverty strategy 2014-17. In brief that the strategy focussed too much on tackling worklessness as a root cause of child poverty and not enough on reducing the cost of living, improving insecure, low paid and low skilled jobs and improving childcare.

Joseph Rowntree Foundation suggest one way to tackle child poverty could be paying the Living Wage.  

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JRF report looking at the impact of Community visitors in care homes 

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Church Action on Poverty
Produce outlines for church services aimed at particular times of the year, the one recently produced for Pentecost is a reflection on food poverty and hunger and includes prayers, readings and all age activity elements could be used at other occasions.

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Research is being conducted into mental health services in the county

To participate you can complete a questionnaire online go to:  If you need a paper copy and freepost envelope contact Richard Edgeworth at Springfield Consultancy e:

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The All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain    
Led by Frank Field and the Bishop of Truro. See The Inquiry intends to pose a series of key questions to each of the political parties in the run-up to the next general election about how they will respond to rising hunger and food poverty in this country. 

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A Rocha newsletter features a Derbyshire church- St Johns, Mickleover
which has developed its work as an Eco congregation since its award in August 2013 see For more about A Rocha UK, contact 18/19 Avenue Road, Southall, Middlesex, UB1 3BL Telephone: 020 8574 5935 Email: churchenewsuk@arocha.orgWebsite: 

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Unit cost to the public purse

The Cabinet Office has published a unit costs list – helping to answer questions like, how much does an A&E visit or a homicide cost the state? For organisations that bid for public contracts, having unit cost information at your fingertips will be really helpful – particularly if your organisation can articulate the savings it generates for the public purse. The spreadsheet is easy to download in Excel :  Research for social enterprise as a way to resource your activity. One East Midlands now host information from Stepping up to Enterprise see: 

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Social Economy Alliance: Consultation

The Social Economy Alliance is currently doing a consultation to better forward the views of social enterprises in the run up for the 2015 General Election.  See details.

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