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Supporting People in the High Peak &
Derbyshire Dales

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales is a local charity providing vital support services to older, disabled and vulnerable people in the community across the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales.  We have offices in Buxton and Ashbourne, with some services available from Bakewell.  We also offer some of our Aspire services in Tameside.

Severn Trent boosts our wheelchair accessible vehicle fund!

We recently had the good fortune to receive a cheque for £10,000 towards the replacement of our small wheelchair accessible vehicle.  We were put forward for support by the Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin, and we are very grateful - this really helps us towards our £25,000 target.

Below: the cheque presentation - from left to right:

Juliet Short, VCSPD Operations and Development Manager (Ashbourne)

The Rt Hon Sir Patrick McLoughlin

Sarah Griffiths, Severn Trent

Howard Gunn VCSPD Head of Transport

Lynn Limb, VCSPD Car Scheme Co-ordinator (Ashbourne)


BUT......we still need more funding by the end of September if we are to replace the vehicle! Can you help us?  Maybe you could do a fun run.  Or how about a sponsored Bake Sale? We may be able to help you organise a fundraising event for us. Give us a call and talk over your idea.

If you think you can help, or you could make a small donation, please call 01298 23970 for more information.

Thank you!

Free Will writing service in support of Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales!

I'm happy to announce that Nigel Davis Solicitors are offering us a free Will writing service for our staff, volunteers, clients and any supporters. They will not charge you for writing your Will, but suggest that you might instead make a donation to our charity of £100 for  having a single basic Will drawn up, or £150 for a pair of basic mirror (‘husband and wife’ style) Wills. 

You can make donation by cheque payable to Voluntary & Community Services Peaks and Dales, and send it to us or drop by in person and see us at our Buxton or Ashbourne offices. You can also donate by Paypal - just click the 'Donate'button on the right hand column on this page.  

Nigel Davis Solicitors’ head office is in Ashbourne, and they have a branch office in Uttoxeter; but they can also take your instructions and draw up your Will by email, by telephone and/or by post. They are also able to arrange home visits for older people or those for whom getting out is a problem. 

For more information about these services please email or telephone them on 01335 346772, or visit their website

Alternatively, or in addition, you may wish to leave a gift (sometimes called a ‘Legacy’) in your Will to Voluntary & Community Services Peaks and Dales. No matter how big or small, leaving a gift in your Will will make a real difference!

Our deepest thanks to Nigel Davis solicitors for this generous offer.

Replacing Tilly!

Those of you who use our Volunteer Transport in Buxton may have been transported in our small wheelchair accessible vehicle, affectionately known in the office as 'Tilly'.  Well, Tilly is now getting to be a ripe old age, and we feel it is time to put her out to pasture!

We are busy writing grant applications to help us raise money to replace Tilly, but we have a way to go yet.  We need to raise another £10,000 towards replacing the vehicle with a new, updated version.  This is essential to those older and disabled people in the area who need to access medical appointments, day care, therapeutic activities and so on, for whom public transport is not a realistic option.

Above - Tilly vehicle, not looking too bad, but she has just been washed!

Can you help us us carry on helping older, disabled and other vulnerable people to get to medical appointments, and to tackle social isolation by taking them to social and therapeutic activities?  We need to replace the vehicle soon, so any donations would be gratefully received.  

You can donate by clicking on the 'Donate' button in the column on the right, or by sending a cheque made payable to 'Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales' to either of our office addresses, or by dropping in to our Buxton or Ashbourne offices.  Or call us for details on 01298 23970.

Thank you 

Grant keeps wheelchair loan service rolling in the Dales!

Our Ashbourne office has just received from a  £750 grant from Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Local Projects Fund.  This will help us to continue the service and ensure the wheelchairs we can loan out are kept in tip-top condition.  The grant will fund a regular monthly visit for maintenance, and also cover any spare parts, or if necessary, replacement of chairs.  This should mean that if you need a wheelchair, we should almost always have one available for loan if you phone in advance to book it.

The service is free of charge and only requires a £10 deposit for a loan of two weeks, which can be extended by agreement with the office.  Any deposits which are donated are also used to help support the service.  If you would like book a wheelchair, please call our Ashbourne office on 01335 348600 or 01335 348602. 

Visit from Ruth George MP
We hosted a visit from Ruth George, MP for High Peak recently where she met a number of staff and volunteers, heard about our current work with people in need, current and future projects and some of the challenges in the sector at the present time. 
Following her visit, Ruth commented: "It was great to meet the team at Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales and learn more about the difference they are making to the lives of local people. I saw at first hand how services are designed around people in need, helping them to live safer and more fulfilled lives - I will be making sure that I do my bit to spread the word."  

Pictured: Front: Kate Shenton, Head of Aspire, Gill Geddes, Chief Executive, Ruth George MP, rear, Carole Gregory, Home Support Manager, Lee Hancox, Deputy Manager, Aspire.


We are an NCVO Quality Accredited Volunteer Centre  Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation (VCQA) is the quality mark for Volunteer Centres (and other organisations providing Volunteer Centre functions). Accreditation provides assurance that the Volunteer Centre is providing a high quality and effective service.


Services We Provide


If you want to volunteer in Buxton, or the Derbyshire Dales, our role is to provide advice and information about the wide range of voluntary work opportunities.

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales will undertake a basic assessment and arrange introductions to those organisations in need of volunteer help where the interests of a particular volunteer are best suited.

Readycall in the Dales

Readycall Macmillan provide support to people aged 60 and over, living in the Derbyshire Dales.  Support is available for people who are or have been affected by cancer or other life limiting conditions and those who care for them.

Assisted by trained volunteers, we provide befriending, shopping, practical support and subsidised transport for cancer related medical appointments.

Contact Ashbourne Office 01335-348600 or Bakewell 01629-693693 for further information.

Volunteer Transport & Car Scheme

Covering over 530 square miles of some of the most rugged and remote areas of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales, our volunteer drivers help to provide transport for older people (over 65), disabled people and people with learning difficulties which would prevent them from using public transport.

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales provide transport to take individuals and groups to medical appointments, meetings, social outings and to any mainland UK holiday destination.

Aspire Disability Support service

Aspire Disability Support Services  have been supporting children and young people with disabilities for more than 15 years. We now support Adults up to the age of 55 years. We support individuals with a variety of disabilities and additional needs from mild needs to severe/complex needs.

Our service is a project run by the Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales and our office is based in Buxton, Derbyshire.

We cover support in the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and Chesterfield area primarily and we also have a service in Tameside. We can provide support in other areas depending on funding.

Home Support

The Home Support Service provides assistance with personal care and gives practical support to older and disabled people and people with learning difficulties in their own home from 25 years onwards.

Our service is registered with CSCI (Commission for Social Care Inspection).

Our service is funded by Social Services and the Primary Care Trust.

Home Maintenance Service

The Home Maintenance Service provides a maintenance services in particular to disabled and older people though its services are open to everyone. It provides its own tools and equipment and no job is too small.

Rates are competitive and a good quality of service is provided by local trusted traders who've been police checked.

Handy Van Service

The Handy Van Service operates in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales. The scheme provides free Home Fire & Security checks to ensure vulnerable people can remain in their homes while staying safe and secure.

As well as fitting safety equipment the scheme will carry out up to 2 hours of small practical tasks in the home such as putting up shelves and replacing light bulbs. The service will make 2 free visits a year.

PAT Testing

We have staff members who are fully DBS checked and trained to provide Portable Appliance Testing.

PAT testing is a requirement for businesses and we can provide this at a competitive rate.

Contact the Buxton office and ask for the Home Maintenance team for a quote.

Hearing Aid Battery Collection

Those with NHS hearing aids issued by the Audiology Department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, can call in at Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales in Buxton, to collect their replacement batteries.

Please bring brown booklet or white card issued at the time of having your hearing aids fitted. Batteries cannot be allocated without this proof of entitlement. 

Volunteer Befriending

Our High Peak Befriending Service is aimed at lonely and socially isolated elderly residents who live in Buxton, Chapel and the surrounding areas.

Volunteers are recruited as befrienders who will then visit people at their homes and provide them with some company.

Wheelchair Loans

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales has a number of wheelchairs available to loan out. This is a free service, though a deposit of £10 is requested when these are first collected.

Meeting Room & Projector Hire

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales have meeting rooms available to hire in Buxton & Ashbourne and a number of digital projectors which can be hired for presentations.

Cleaning Service

The Cleaning Service is a social enterprise created by Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, using experienced cleaners.

We use local people who are Police checked (Disclosure & Barring Service) and are a member of Derbyshire County Council's Trusted Trader Scheme.


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  • Calculate gross and net pay for all employees.
  • Print payslips.
  • Print weekly and monthly analysis reports.
  • Advice on payment due (PAYE, NI)

Readycall in the Southern Dales

Who are we?

Readycall provides befriending and practical support to people aged 60 and over in the Derbyshire Dales, who are isolated, vulnerable or lonely.

If you could us a little help, perhaps someone to call in for a cup of tea and a chat, or to help you with shopping, then please get in touch with us.

 You can make a donation to the charity through Paypal.

Registered Co. 2918492
Charity N
o. 1067193

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Last Modified: 10 Jul 2018