Derbyshire Dales District Council
Welcome to the 2013 edition of the Peak District Partnership’s newsletter.  This edition serves as our Annual Report for 2012/13, highlighting work delivered in partnership to tackle the areas’ main challenges and the difference it has made to people living and working in the Peak District.  
 
During 2012/13 partners have:
  • Increased the availability of affordable housing in rural areas
  • Helped manage and reduce household debt, preventing people from becoming homeless
  • Helped more vulnerable people live independently at home for longer
  • Assisted Peak District businesses to start up or expand
  • Increased opportunities for younger people to access apprenticeships
  • Supported health and wellbeing projects in local neighbourhoods
In March this year, the former Derbyshire Dales & High Peak Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) became the Peak District Partnership (PDP). The Partnership aims to build on the work of the LSP since 2003, driven with great passion and enthusiasm over the last four years by our former Chairman Professor John Herbert, who we sadly lost in December of last year.  The Board remains committed to making the Peak District a better place to live, work and visit through its advocacy role to promote rural interests amongst strategic decision makers, focusing the collective resources of partners to tackle key priorities and adding value to existing activity.  
 
To this end, partners are developing a suite of signature Peak District initiatives to be championed by the PDP.  During 2013/14, our primary focus for joint activity / shared actions will be on Health and Wellbeing and the Economy.  Focusing our attention on a smaller number of key priorities will help us achieve more impact with the things that we do.  Our more focused approach will be embodied in a new statement of community priorities, replacing the current community strategy, which comes to an end next year.
 
To help tackle our main challenges we’ve welcomed new faces onto the Board from the Clinical Commissioning Groups and Chamber of Commerce.  I look forward to working with our new colleagues as we develop the work of the Partnership.

Chairman, Dr Peter Dewhurst
In the Derbyshire Dales, work started on 68 new affordable homes in 2012/13 at two sites in Darley Dale.  34 homes at the Olympian Way site are almost complete and a further 34 homes are being built on the site of the former Gracelands Garden Centre.  A third site, comprising 15 homes at Greenaway Lane is also being developed.  A further 33 homes across six sites are due to commence construction during 2013/14. Since 2002, Derbyshire Dales District Council, working with partners, has enabled over 1,000 new affordable homes in the Dales and helped secure over £51 million in new housing investment.
 
Beyond 2013/14, the outlook for housing development in the Dales remains promising. Details are still being worked up but a funding commitment that should see a further 163 homes has been made by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). The key to this successful bid was District Council support of £832,000. Derbyshire Dales District Council used receipts from Right To Buy sales and contributions from private developments to secure a total investment of approximately £17.5m.
 
In addition to new development, adaptations funded by Disabled Facilities Grants were completed in the homes of 41 people. Two empty homes are also being returned to use thanks to a partnership between Derbyshire Dales District Council and Waterloo Housing Association. The properties, one in Darley Dale and one in Bakewell, are being improved and made available for local families during 2013/14. 
 
The Age UK Housing Options service in the Dales continues to perform miracles, helping to generate just under £650,000 in additional welfare benefits for older people in 2012/13.  The District Council funded free debt advice service in the Dales, run by the Citizens Advice Bureau in Matlock, also helped 184 people manage debts totalling over £2.35m last year. This is a 48% increase in the number of people supported the previous year.  Both Age UK and the CAB are continuing their excellent work during 2013/14 with grants from Derbyshire Dales District Council.
 
In High Peak, 55 affordable homes were delivered in 2012/13 through a mixture of HCA funded schemes and Section 106 contributions from developers. One scheme delivered with Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust enabled the conversion of a derelict church and church hall into seven apartments for rent and seven apartments for shared ownership. 79 Disabled Facilities Grants were also issued during the year to help people live more independently. 
 
The Borough Council is working in Partnership with Peaks and Plains Housing Trust to deliver an empty homes project. The project is funded by High Peak Borough Council and to date has delivered two affordable units with a further seven units anticipated for completion by the end of 2013/14. It is hoped that the project will also draw in additional energy saving funding and work is also taking place with Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service to improve fire safety measures.
 
The Borough Council is also working in partnership with the Peak District National Park Authority to deliver a Rural Housing Enablement Project.  The aim of the project is to work with communities, statutory and voluntary sectors partners in the delivery of affordable housing within the Peak District National Park.  Parish Housing Needs surveys are carried out to assess and identify the housing requirements of the village. Work is then undertaken working with the Parish Council and local community to identify suitable sites and to enable the provision of affordable housing including housing for rent, shared ownership and other ownership models. The project will investigate the potential and where possible plan for the delivery of community led housing initiatives such as Community Land Trusts.

For further information on these projects contact:
Rob Cogings, Head of Housing at Derbyshire Dales District Council - Tel: 01629 761 354 or email robert.cogings@derbyshiredales.gov.uk
or
Ian Young, Strategic Housing Manager at High Peak Borough Council - Tel: 0845 129 7777 or email ian.young@highpeak.gov.uk.
The District MATs (Multi-Agency Teams) have been working to develop local priorities to help deliver countywide objectives. The 5 teams (3 in High Peak and 2 in Derbyshire Dales) work with the 0-19 years age range and their families to deliver children’s services, education welfare, homelessness family resource workers, youth services and careers advice.  They have also been the main lead in the initiative helping families in need of additional support which works with community safety teams to support families with anti-social behaviour orders/issues or offending records, low school attendance and with parents out of work.
 
As youth provision in the county continues to be reviewed, partner organisations have supported a programme of positive activities during the summer and half term breaks, aiming to reduce anti-social behaviour and improve community wellbeing.  Teams have also played a key part in the Wealth Health & Wellbeing project in Gamesley and Fairfield providing careers, training and employment advice to young people in their own home.
 
The proportion of young people aged 16-18 not in employment, education or training (NEET) in the High Peak and North Dales area has previously been above the national average (with particular concentrations within the High Peak).  However, encouragingly, the latest figures (January 2013) show that the High Peak and North Dales NEET average has reduced to 5.3%, which is now below the Derbyshire Average of 5.7% and national average of 5.8%. To help further reduce NEET levels, drop in sessions for young people under 20 to help with CV preparation, application forms, interview techniques and covering  letters are being offered in Buxton and Glossop. The Glossop session also offers access to other agency support e.g. Adullam Housing and Barnado’s Aftercare.
 
A Skills Festival was also held at the Dome, University of Derby Buxton, bringing together employers, training providers and staff with young people and their parents to discuss the range of opportunities for young people once they reach the age of 16. The event followed on from apprenticeship days held previously in Gamesley, Fairfield and Matlock.

For further information please contact Elaine McDonald, Multi Agency Team Manager - Glossop, Derbyshire County Council - Tel: 01629 533 848 or email elaine.mcdonald@derbyshire.gov.uk.

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With the support of Business Peak District and our public and voluntary sector partners, 11 free training and business networking events were delivered in 2012/13 to over 370 delegates, ranging from marketing and using social media, to exporting products ‘Made in the Peak District’ and dealing with HR and tax issues.  
 
Derbyshire Dales Business Advice helped 169 established and new start businesses during the year, with 86 jobs created by these businesses. 288 Dales businesses have now been assisted since the service was launched in 2011, helping to create 141 jobs.  The service works in partnership with the PDNPA Business Advisor with the National Park officer primarily assisting pre-start businesses and Derbyshire Dales Business Advice mainly focusing on those businesses with growth potential. 
 
These projects have helped fill the gap left in the area following the withdrawal of agencies such as Business Link.  
 
Community events to help stimulate demand for higher speed broadband in our rural areas have also been delivered.  126 residents / businesses attended events during the year and people interested in becoming local champions have also been referred onto the Digital Derbyshire project.
 
The LEADER funded Extending the Season (ETS) project has focussed on developing and promoting local food products and their supply chains, and linking this to the tourism sector. The ETS team, from the University of Derby Buxton, worked with Visit Peak District and Derbyshire to launch the Inspired by the Peak District E-Shop (www.visitpeakdistrict.com/see-and-do/New_Eshop.aspx) on the Visit Peak District website, providing an important route to market and a showcase opportunity for local food and drink providers and suppliers.  Other achievements include launching new food trails such as: the Peak District Cake Walk, Peak Pedal and Eat trails and Taste of the Peak Food trail, and adding farm shops and local producers to the Peak Explorer phone App.
 
Working with local activity providers, companies and community organisations, the University of Derby has also developed the concept of ‘Learning Laboratories’ providing opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience in the area.  Since the initiative was set up many of the University’s Buxton based students have taken up the opportunity to work with local employers. For further information go to www.udbemployable.co.uk.

For further information on these projects please contact Giles Dann, Policy & Economic Development Manager at Derbyshire Dales District Council - Tel: 01629 761 211 or email giles.dann@derbyshiredales.gov.uk
Wellbeing projects, funded by the Tameside and Glossop NHS, are well underway to encourage promotion of the 5 Ways to Wellbeing principals:



Two workshops have been convened for local groups to hear about how they can work together to promote wellbeing amongst their own communities.  Examples of projects include:- 
  • Friends of Etherow Lodge Park – creating opportunities to encourage more people to use the park including volunteering, training and activities such as a Country Skills event (incorporating wood turning, weaving and spinning), Green gym sessions with trained volunteers, intergenerational work with local schools to develop a picnic area designed by the children and arts projects with Hadfield Theatre
  • Write from the Heart – community writers have promoted the 5 Ways to Wellbeing principles to other local groups through creative writing and arts. This growing community has extended its classes for local residents, produced a website, published 5 Ways poetry books and displays in all of the Glossopdale GP surgery waiting rooms and a Community Directory promoting local activities.
The Wealth, Health and Wellbeing project has been piloted in the High Peak, aimed at delivering key services to ‘hard to reach’ households to help tackle health inequalities.  On week one of this 3 part model, leaflets were hand delivered to some 150 homes in target areas alerting residents of the opportunity for free specialist advice on debt management, reducing energy costs, employment and training, credit union facilities, housing, and family health.  Just under 50% of the householders approached during week 2 requested appointments with one or more services. Teams from local partners - Citizens advice, public health, the Council and credit union attended appointments directly in residents’ homes, or on the mobile bus facility.  
The project has increased interest in the Credit Union facility as an option to using high interest lenders and loan sharks, and improving attitudes towards saving.  245 Accounts have been opened in the first 16 months of the scheme which also operates a Payroll Deduction scheme for anyone who lives and/or works in High Peak.  

For further information please contact Lesley Stevens, PDP officer, High Peak Borough Council Tel: 0845 129 7777 or email: lesley.stevens@highpeak.gov.uk
A partnership of the Peak District National Park Authority, Derbyshire County Council and Staffordshire, Barnsley and Sheffield councils has secured £5m in Government funding to enable the 3.5 million people in the surrounding urban areas of Greater Manchester, Sheffield, Derby, Nottingham and Stoke-on-Trent to cycle into and around the Peak District. The scheme provides four new routes which will enhance the network of traffic free cycling in the Peak District. The programme aims to deliver economic, health, recreational and environmental benefits to residents of the national park, as well as those living in surrounding urban areas. The proposal includes plans to enhance towns and villages and other hubs on the new routes to provide an enhanced cyclist welcome.  Places like Buxton, Matlock and Bakewell could benefit from this funding.

Good news from DCC Public Health - the ‘Choosing Health’ funding will now continue until the end of September 2014.  This will allow the Partnership to make contributions towards local projects within the area. 
Our next Board meeting is due to be held on 6 November at Aldern House, Bakewell.  You can access the minutes from our previous meetings here.
 
 
Phn: 01629 761 100
Email: giles.dann@derbyshiredales.gov.uk
 
Phn: 0845 129 7777
Email: lesley.stevens@highpeak.gov.uk

 


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