Tuesday, 15 May 2018 12:41

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

This week (14 to 20 May 2018) is Mental Health Awareness Week. The week is focusing on stress and how we handle it.

We all know what it’s like to feel stressed – it’s part of everyday life. But when you’re overwhelmed by stress it may lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust wants to encourage employees and employers to create a mentally healthy workplace where everyone feels valued and supported.

Simple ways to reduce stress and take care of your wellbeing at work include:

- Recognising the signs of stress

- Trying different coping techniques such as deep breathing

- Trying mindfulness – focusing on the here and now and creating space to think

- Looking after your physical health – including eating healthily and taking regular exercise

A simple but effective technique is called HALT - Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired. Stress often makes it harder to keep focused on the things we need to look after ourselves.
Focusing on our most basic needs helps us feel more grounded and in control and is a simple mindfulness technique. Try asking yourself if HALT applies and do something to help:

H - Hungry? Take a break and get something to eat

A - Angry? Get in touch with someone supportive who can put you at ease

L - Lonely? Arrange to spend time with people

T - Tired? Give yourself permission to rest.

For employers, steps to a less stressful workplace could include:

- Creating a workplace where everyone feels valued and supported

- Creating a stress-awareness space where staff can share their thoughts when feeling stressed

- Consider training staff in emotional intelligence and resilience

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is a great time to think about how we can all address the causes of work-related stress. More information on the week is available from the Mental Health Foundation.


Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing poster

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing guidance notes

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing application form


Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:45

DORA 2017 Coffee Mornings

Tuesday, 24 April 2018 10:27

Your recipes wanted!


Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team are putting together a healthy eating cookbook - and we need your recipes! We are collecting dishes that fit into the following categories - Breakfast, Snack, Light Meal, Drinks and Dessert. This must be a personal or old family recipe - we will get into trouble if anyone copies from a cookery book!

If you want to submit something, then send in your list of ingredients and the cooking method. We'd also be keen to hear any interesting snippets of information about this dish -such as how you got the idea or why you like it. A high resolution digital photo would also be good but this isn't compulsory.

When we have enough recipes, our Co-op Community Dividend payment will meet the printing costs. We will then give the books away free of charge to anyone accessing cancer support services.

Send in your recipes to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A new initiative is being launched this month to increase cancer awareness across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.

Be Cancer Safe is a community approach to improving cancer survival in South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire.
The aim is to make everyone aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer, know what screening is available to them and ultimately increase the number of people diagnosed at an earlier stage. This will be achieved through a range of community based activities and initiatives.

The movement is being coordinated by South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance, part of Health and Care Working Together in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, and delivered in partnership with voluntary sector and health organisations.

Julia Jessop, South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire Cancer Alliance Programme Director, said: “In South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire we have more people diagnosed with cancer than the England average. We want to change this and work together with our communities to make South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire cancer safe.

“We know that historically, some groups in our community are less likely to attend screening than others, and through Be Cancer Safe activities and initiatives, we aim to make sure everyone is aware of the signs and symptoms of cancer and the screening available. Detecting cancers earlier greatly increases the chance of survival.”

The following organisations will be working in conjunction with local health and social care, charitable and voluntary organisations to deliver activities across South Yorkshire, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire. Voluntary Action Rotherham in Rotherham and Barnsley; Aurora Wellbeing Centres in Bassetlaw; Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust in Doncaster; Sheffield Local Authority in Sheffield and Derbyshire Voluntary Action in North Derbyshire and Hardwick.

Ordinary members of the community can get involved and be supported to raise awareness with their family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues. They will do this by word of mouth, distribution of information and signposting people to the range of services available to them. They will assist in giving information which is beneficial to others, motivate people to be more aware and alert to cancer symptoms and seek early medical assistance.

If you are interested in getting involved in the Be Cancer Safe social movement email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, the area you live in and your contact details or visit

You can listen to Jacqui Willis, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Voluntary Action, being interviewed about the Be Cancer Safe social movement on Peak FM radio

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 21:00

Derbyshire Voluntary Action


Happy New Year from all of us at what is now officially Derbyshire Voluntary Action (Formerly NDVA). We will, of course, continue to work hard to support and represent the health and social care voluntary sector and to maintain our good relationships with all our members and partners.
Please note - The main office email address is now: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff emails are their first name followed by
Our telephone number and postal address will remain the same.
The web-site is currently the same but is in the process of being thoroughly up-dated.


NDVA have been informed that the paper that went to Derbyshire County Council Cabinet, recommending the extension of grants to a range of community and voluntary organisations across Derbyshire for a further twelve months from 1st April 2018 has been approved. 

The Cabinet Report can be viewed HERE.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:02

Happy Days disco events


Happy Days disco events are held every 3rd Tuesday of the month at Harley’s Bar in Staveley.  Find out more by reading the leaflet HERE.

First Steps Derbyshire has won a major national healthcare award in recognition of its work to support young people and adults with eating disorders and its relationship with health professionals across the east midlands.

First Steps in Agard Street was founded in 2004 by CEO, Cathy Cleary who as a teenager suffered with an eating disorder and recognised that through her own experiences and recovery, that other sufferers and their families needed support that was not always available from NHS and community services. 

The charity has won the Supported Self Care category sponsored by NHS England Integrated Personalised Care a joint national programme with the Local Government Association at this year’s HSJ Awards which are regarded as the ‘Oscars’ of the health care service in England.

The award was in recognition of First Steps Eating Disorders online befriending service which the judges said: ‘is a wonderful example of a truly person centred service that compliments local NHS services and that demonstrably transforms people’s lives. An example we can all learn from’.
The online befriending service typically involves 40 trained volunteers – many of whom have personal experience of eating disorders and a positive recovery – who provide online practical support for around 50 local people at any one time.

Click here to read the full press release.

Thursday, 07 December 2017 11:58

Joined-up Care Derbyshire newsletter


Joined-Up Care Derbyshire is the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership for our area. It is made up of the ten largest NHS organisations that operate in Derbyshire and the City and County Councils.

Read the plans, and find out how you can get involved, in the first edition of the Joined up Care Derbyshire newsletter ‘Together We Are Better’, which can be opened by clicking here.

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