Working Groups

The responses to our consultations suggested to us that as well as Communication & Engagement, there are 2 key areas in which to focus the efforts of Big Local; People and Place and these have resulted in six working groups being identified.  For more information about the groups and their projects, please click on the links below:


Grassland Hasmoor Big Local provides opportunities for residents of all ages to actively engage in their chosen projects and volunteer to make community improvements.
Projects are created by residents who have aspirations to make their neighbourhood an even better place to live.  GHBL encourages investing
time in the community and, sometimes, we wonder...where does the time go? 
From improving recreational facilities and making green spaces accessible to all GHBL supports residents to come together to create meaningful change! But, where does the time go? Click the link below on our Snapshots to see where the time has gone in past months.

Our August 2023 Volunteer Hours infographic.

For previous Volunteer Hours click the following links- January 2022, October 2021, September 2021, July 2021, June 2021, May 2021 & April 2021.

 For a round up of the year 2022 click here. For a round up of the year 2021 click here.

  • As well as the projects that are already up and running, we are always keen to hear about new project ideas and to welcome volunteers to sign up to groups to drive ideas forward. Please see the Events section of this website for details of working group meeting dates or contact our support workers Dallas Asher on 07825 183569 or Karin Evangelides on 07825 294346 who will also be able to provide information about our current volunteering opportunities.

The role of the Working Groups is to:

  • Raise awareness and involvement
  • Try to understand the main issues, locally
  • Assess the challenges and barriers
  • Establish a number of long-term goals
  • Set down some short-term milestones
  • Develop an Action Plan
  • Submit Funding Proposals to GHBL Board
  • Collect the evidence and review progress

We want to involve as many local people as possible so if you are interested in joining one of the Working Groups, please contact our support workers Dallas Asher on 07825 183569 or Karin Evangelides on 07825 294346 for more information.

Built Environment Working Group

The Built Environment Working Group's aim is to make the village centres more attractive for local people and visitors, to promote Grassmoor and Hasland's existing offer and attract new interest from outside the area from both visitors and inward investment.

In previous year’s the Working Group has linked up with local business and community groups to provide summer flowering displays in Hasland village centre and environmental projects such as the wildflower project to raise awareness about biodiversity, bees and pollination. Since 2018, the Working Group has established an annual programme of events that local residents both look forward to and participate in that help to create a sense of place. These include Grassmoor Village in Bloom, Grassmoor Village in Lights and Christmas Trees on Hasland and Grassmoor High Streets. 2020 has been a most unique and difficult year because of the Covid-19 pandemic but GHBL working groups have continued to deliver their programme wherever it has been possible to do so. The Built Environment Working is no exception and Christmas 2020 will once more see Christmas trees light up and twinkle outside Grassmoor Methodist Church, Hasland Methodist Church and Hasland Working Men’s Club.


If you would like to share your ideas or get involved please contact Dallas Asher or Karin Evangelides Big Local Support Workers.


Grassmoor in Lights Competition

 Grassmoor in Lights had another glittering year, several of the residents brought extra sparkle to the community and lit up their gardens and houses.

The competition results are in!

BUSINESS- First prize; The Sportsman inn. Second prize; The Peak Pharmacy. Third prize; Clare's Cafe.

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RESIDENTS- First prize; Maurice Wardle. Second Prize; Joint winners Sandy and Jade, Sean Rowland. Third prize; Sabrina Smith, Sharon Fletcher.

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Senior Citizens Working Group

The Senior Citizens Working Group supports inclusive social activities across a range of interests which provide older people with opportunities to engage and participate within their community whilst keeping fit and improving their digital awareness.

Coffee, Tea & IT Plus, Strictly No Falling, chair based exercise and Generation Games.

Coffee, Tea and IT Plus, is a one to one project that enables older residents to bring in their electronic devices and improve their digital awareness as they learn to send emails, shop online, get in touch with friends, take photos and anything else they wish to try. scwg wedbsite 2

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Running alongside the C, T & IT sessions are Generation Games physical activities such as new age kurling and Boccia, both of which can be played sitting or standing and Strictly No Falling chair based exercises. Three volunteers, David Maric, Barbara Arrandale and Kyle Wall-Billyeald, have taken part in an Age UK Derby Derbyshire training course and are fully qualified to instruct Chair Based Exercise classes


Sessions run throughout the year, every Thursday morning 10:00 to 12:00 in the Hasland Hub which is located within Hasland Working Men’s Club.

For more details please click here or contact our GHBL Support Workers.


Men In Sheds


New items 2Do you enjoy making or repairing things? Would you like to learn new skills or share your skills and knowledge with others? Do you have some spare time? Or would you just like to meet up and socialise with like minded people over a coffee? If so you are invited to come and meet us at one of our weekly sessions.

We have two fully fitted workshops suitable for most woodwork projects, we are happy to provide advice on DIY projects and provide training for new members no matter what skills or experience you have. We have members who have worked with wood related jobs for most of their adult lives and some with little or no experience.

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Many of our new projects are aimed at supporting wildlife and we hope to see our nesting boxes, bee & bug hotels and bat roosting boxes in use in the local community, we have also been experimenting with pyrography designs. We plan to attend local functions this summer including Grassmoor Fun Day and Hasland Gala where a full range of our hand made products will be on sale. We aim to reopen our busy workshop when Government rules permit indoor meetings and we are looking forward to welcoming new members to our group.If you want to learn new skills or share your passion for making things then come and have a chat with us. We are a very friendly bunch so feel free to come and have a look around our workshop. We are also very keen on recruiting more Ladies to our group for more info ring Rob on 01246 852467

Grassmoor & Hasland Men in Sheds meet every Tuesday & Friday from 14.00 to 17.00 in their workshop at the rear of Grassmoor Methodist Church, Chapel Road Grassmoor S42 5EJ.


Grassmoor Past & Present History Group

Grassmoor Past and Present is a local history group open to all who are interested in researching family or local history. Through the group Facebook page members can post their memories, photographs and knowledge of the village and its history. You can access the Facebook page by clicking on to the following link. If you wish to make contact with lost family and friends this is a good place to start. Membership is free and open to all. The group also holds monthly committee meetings and members of all ages are welcome to attend. Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 lockdown and continuing restrictions meetings are not taking place but as soon as restrictions lift they will resume at Grassmoor Community Centre, dates for 2021 can be found in the events calendar below

The members committee are involved in research and the current topics are: - local families and named people on the Methodist Church and school foundation stones and lastly relocation of the Miner's Colleiry Wheel.

Anyone interested in finding out more or joining the group, please contact Karin Evangelides through Facebook page or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Employment and Skills Working Group

The Working Age Families Working Group is focusing on activites to increase employability skills, community enterprise and business engagement and to tackle issues such as financial exclusion, healthy eating and social isolation.

DUWC Advice Sessions

To ensure people have access to support on issues such as debt and financial exclusion GHBL has commissioned Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre to run drop in sessions at Hasland Hub, Hasland Working Men's Club, Hampton Street, Hasland S41 0LH every Wednesday afternoon between 1.30 - 3.30pm. Similar sessions are held at Grassmoor Community Centre, New Street, Grassmoor S42 5EE on Thursday mornings between 10am - 12noon, funded by the Parish Council.


 Community Cinema

Runs every forth Wednesday, doors open at 10am, film advertised in the Board outside the Hub @ the Club. everyone welcome. £1:50 charge, free refreshments.

Grassmoor and Hasland Youth & Children Support Group

The Grassmoor and Hasland Youth & children Support Group's focus is on activities for different age groups of young people, including sports, cultural, educational or recreational sessions and developing links with young people and their parents and carers through their schools, groups and community events.


Summer Activities

The group has worked hard engaging with partners and activity providers to run a series of activities in the summer holidays at both Eastwood Park and Barnes Park.  This has helped develop links with young people and their parents and carers as well as providing fun things for children and young people to do in the school holidays. The Summer Activities Programme 2021 is going ahead and will be a 6 week holiday programme offering Samba Sports activities; Mondays and Wednesdays, 11am - 3pm Eastwood Park, Hasland. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11am - 3pm Barnes Park, Grassmoor. Wanted volunteers on hand to enable us to make sure everything runs smoothly on the day.  If you can spare some time in the summer holidays, whether for one session or more, please get in touch with one of our support workers as soon as possible by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

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'Make at Home Meals' bags for youngsters were provided by Fare Share/Rural Action Derbyshire and administered by GHBL volunteers during the summer and half-term holidays and we hope these will continue so watch out for information as each holiday approaches. During May 21 half term our volunteers distributed 4 large shopping bags of food to each of 59 local families. A huge thank you goes out to our volunteers and Grassmoor Community Pavilion.  

Easter Egg Hunt went ahead 13th April at Barnes Park attracting 57 Children (and their Parents) and again on the 20th at Eastwood Park. All children received a healthy packed lunch, easter egg and the we also provided craft activities and team played sports by Samba!

Valley Cids Blend Youth Outreach Project

Youth Workers are out and about in Grassmoor every Monday evening between 6.30 - 8.30pm providing a weekly youth activity programme for young people aged 11 - 18 from Barnes Park Community Pavilion. The first hour of the session is aimed at the younger children and the latter hr for the older end. Check out Blend's website here.


Community Support Service

Our overarching priority is to engage and involve as many people as possible to help shape focus and deliver a range of local activities, developing strong relationships with residents, groups, businesses, service providers and community facilities. Key elements of our Communications and Engagement approach are: 

  • An annual Forum and monthly Partnership Board meetings that anyone can attend
  • Public meetings to enable people to get involved with existing, and develop new projects
  • Engaging with stakeholder groups directly (e.g. schools, groups and service providers)
  • Dedicated workers to support groups to set up new projects and recruit and develop the capacity of volunteers to be able to turn ideas into reality
  • Dedicated contact links, such as telephone, email, website, Twitter and Facebook (see back page), linking to partner sites wherever possible
  • Using established printed media including local press, shopper’s guides and council publications and producing our own publicity materials
  • Electronic information screens and posters in local shops, venues and notice boards
  • Organising our own or attending other local community events, using our “Big Red Tent” to promote GHBL and engage with the local community in an informal setting.
  • Delivery of a Small Grant Application Fund providing up to £500 for local groups

GHBL Support Workers

GHBL currently employs 2 part-time Support Workers, Dallas and Karin, to act as the interface bertween the community and the Partnership. Their role is to listen to the community and its ideas, present these to the Partnership Board for consideration and pass back its decision.  They provide advice and support to projects to ensure that they are successful and create outcomes that underpin those of Grassland Hasmoor..., and encourage ongoing community engagement and inclusivity.  If you have any questions about Grassland Hasmoor... Big Local or to find out more about any of the projects or activities below, please contact Dallas This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel 07825 183569 or Karin This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel 07825 294346. 

 Digital Display Screens

Several businesses in Grassmoor and Hasland have signed up to host digital display screens featuring regularly updated information about GHBL to keep their customers up to date with GHBL activities and events in the two villages and how they can get involved.  If you would like your business to host a screen, please contact one of our Support Workers.

Useful Information Leaflets

One of the first ideas this group had was to produce Useful Information Leaflets for each village containing details of activities, clubs and services in the area.  In 2020 both Information leaflets will be online documents only and you can find Grassmoor Useful Information Leaflet here and Hasland Useful Information Leaflet here.  If you know of any other regular activities that take place in your area that could be included in future, please let us know.

 Summer Events

GHBL sponsors two annual summer events, Eastwood Park Gala, a long established and well attended event organised by Friends of Eastwood Park and Grassmoor Funday which was established by GHBL as a result of our earliest community consultation that identified the desire for an annual event in Grassmoor along the lines of the Gala.  The events take place in June and July respectively and you can find out more about these in the Events section of this website.

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