Fighting Poverty



Eats and Treats

Thursday 10th March 2016, 11:00am – 2pm, Bolsover Assembly Rooms


 Bolsover Community Volunteer Partners (CVP) Fighting Poverty Team held an 'Eats and Treats' Event to target vulnerable adults, hard to reach individuals and families struggling with impact of poverty in Shirebrook. Hosted by the local Christian Centre on Wednesday 21st May 2014, the Partner Team, of representatives from the statutory and voluntary agencies working in the Bolsover District, joined together to work in new ways with 43 people struggling with a complex range of health, social and financial difficulties. Several of the attendees had been targeted by loan sharks or were victims of anti-social crime.

Sharing the day with the 43 individuals, plus many young children was a most rewarding experience for everyone involved. Attendees learned a great deal to help improve their physical and emotional health and wellbeing, how to keep themselves and their children safe; further, how to develop their practical skills and knowledge and build their confidence to access existing, local resources and services available to all.

It was a requirement of the day that attendees talked with and listened to The Bolsover Healthy Neighbourhoods Team, The Derbyshire Library Service, Stop Smoking Team, Health Trainers, Derbyshire Police Service, Shirebrook Children's Centre, Citizens Advice Bureau, Illegal Money Lending Team - Stop Loan Sharks initiative and the Rhubarb Farm Project, which also provided the raffle prize of a basket full of healthy food and fresh vegetables. Members of the Women's Institute demonstrated how to cook food healthily on a limited budget and provided a most delicious, 3 course healthy lunch. Other treats included relaxation, reiki, massage, nail care and manicure, none of which the attendees had experienced before. The young children enjoyed the activities in the creche. Details of the Shirebrook Food Bank and Shires Credit Union were on display.

Most attendees aspired to find a job with a living wage and avoid debt. The event provided a step towards achieving that aim. Jodie Cook, who facilitated the day on behalf of CVP, thanked everyone who had contributed to the success of the event.

Members of CVP staff attend a county wide food forum and county wide financial inclusion forum  and will feedback to the fighting poverty group regularly. We are compiling a list of email contacts for anyone wishing to attend the fighting poverty group meetings. If you interested in keeping up to date with developments at a local and district level email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added as a contact. Anyone interested in supporting fighting poverty initiatives is welcome to attend.

After the succes of our secound Eats and Treats event we have been awarded funding for 4 more to be held throughout the Bolsover District including Creswell, Pinxton, Shirebrook and Bolsover Town. Any agencies that would like to be involved in these fantastic engagement events should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

Poverty Audit Project


CVP will be undertaking a ‘Poverty Audit’ across Bolsover District during 2015. This work will be undertaken in conjunction with the Bolsover District Fighting Poverty Forum and is part of the VCS Anti-Poverty Strategy. Through undertaking this piece of work we are seeking to increase community ‘voice’, influence, power and control and raise community aspirations.

Poverty Audit Project 





Fighting Poverty Forum

Tuesday 15th March 2015, 9.00am networking for a 9.30am start, Shirebrook Christian Centre ,NG20 8DG

The Fighting Poverty Forum is open to any community or voluntary organisation working in the Bolsover district and exists to share good practice, information, skills, experience, and resources in order to tackle Poverty locally. This includes tackling financial exclusion and building financial capability, tackling food poverty and increasing access to affordable food and tackling low skills and raising aspirations. The Forum represents the sector by providing voice and influence at a strategic level.

March 2015 Forum presentation  24 March Forum feedback  FAAD - Benefit sanctions and how to avoid them

Feedback from 20th January 2015 Forum

VCS Fighting Poverty Strategy

Poverty Audit Project 


Food Poverty Strategy

Bolsover Food Poverty Forum September 2013

Bolsover Food Poverty Forum February 2013

Loan Shark Activity Presentation