Healthwatch Derbyshire are an independent organisation that represents Derbyshire residents using health and social care services. They want to hear from you about GPs, hospitals, dentists, any NHS service, as well as social care funded services, such as care homes.

Click here to read the Spring edition of the ‘Speak Out’ Newsletter from Healthwatch Derbyshire.

Monday, 14 August 2017 14:45

Free Cakes for Kids

Free Cakes For Kids Nottingham, Derby and Loughborough are a charitable organisation completely run by volunteers, providing free birthday cakes for children (and adults in exceptional circumstances) who would otherwise find it difficult to receive one without charity assistance. Since their launch in May 2015, they have provided over 650 cakes to disadvantaged individuals and expanded from Nottingham into Derbyshire and Loughborough.

Click here to open the leaflet and find out more.

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:25

Carers in Derbyshire are now on Facebook

The Carers in Derbyshire website is a one-stop-shop for unpaid/family carers who are looking for information, advice and local carer support services. The website was created for carers, by carers with support from local organisations including Derbyshire County Council, health and voluntary sector services.

The website now has a Facebook page which hopes to become a community and source of support for carers as well as a place to share information, news and details of events.

Please get involved and support the page and website. Business cards and posters to promote the website can be ordered by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


What is this consultation about?

NHS commissioners working across Derbyshire have outlined proposals to make changes to the prescribing policy in Derbyshire. This would see less NHS money being spent on products for short-term minor illnesses where there is insufficient evidence of benefit or cost effectiveness and which are available to buy over-the-counter. The result would see more NHS money being available to invest in the diagnosis and treatment of serious medical conditions.  In 2016/17 over £150 million was paid out on GP practice prescriptions.  Of this, it is estimated that over £3million was spent on medicines that are available to buy over-the-counter and which are only used for illnesses that often get better without any treatment.  With increasing demands on NHS resources it is important to ensure that money allocated to the NHS is spent in the best possible way.

We want your views

The “Better health starts at home” consultation document will tell you why we want to make the changes and what they could mean for you. It will tell you how you can get involved and share your views with us and what we will do with your views once the consultation has finished.

The consultation document and questionnaire is available at GP surgeries, pharmacies and other community venues in Derbyshire.  It is also available on request and to view and download Click here

More information is available from

The consultation feedback form is available to complete on Survey Monkey at:

To request a consultation booklet, or for more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01246 514176.

If you would like someone to come out to visit your group to provide further information and take feedback on your views please contact the CCGs on the number above .

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 13:42

Dronfield 2gether video


Watch Shelley Hinson, Dronfield 2gether Coordinator, talk about the work happening in Dronfield in this short video.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:13

Golden Rainbows Chesterfield

A new monthly social support group called Golden Rainbows Chesterfield will be launching in Chesterfield on 9th May 2017.  The group is part of Derbyshire LGBT+ and is open to people who self-identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and Transgender over the age of 55.  Last year’s Golden Rainbows survey showed that there was a great need in Chesterfield and the surrounding areas for support for older LGBT people.  The experiences of older people can often result in feelings of isolation and loneliness and Derbyshire LGBT would like to help build a social and supportive LGBT community in Chesterfield.

The group will be confidential and free to attend.  The group will meet monthly at the Assembly Rooms in the Chesterfield Market Hall, which has lift access from the ground floor, and all are welcome for refreshments.  The launch event will be on Tuesday 9th May 2-4pm, and the group members will have a say in what activities or speakers are booked for future meetings. 

If you have any queries please contact Derbyshire LGBT+ on 01332 207704 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The Farming Life Centre is a small charity based on a working farm in Blackwell. The charity runs a variety of services for the farming and rural community across the Peak District. They are looking for new members for their Rural Social Groups. These take place on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons at their Centre based at Blackwell Hall Farm, between Buxton and Bakewell.
The groups are very relaxed, sociable and friendly. They offer the opportunity for people to meet together for conversation, trips out, enjoy refreshments, speakers and other activities.

What our members say about the groups -
'I'm a new member. I've been made very welcome. I appreciate the good company'
'It's so welcoming and down to earth'
'I love to come and chat, it's a highlight of my week, it keeps me going for the rest of the week. I won't make doctors or hospital appointments for Wednesday afternoon!'
Everyone is welcome so if you or someone you know would be  interested to come along to the social groups please contact Karen Kidd on 01298 85162 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The Farming Life Centre
Blackwell Hall Farm, Blackwell Near Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9TQ
Tel : 01298 85162
Charity Reg No: 1130259

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:11

New Carers in Derbyshire Website

Derbyshire County Council are delighted to introduce the new website for carers:

In recent years carers have told Derbyshire County Council that they've found it difficult to know whether information they found online about support and services was reliable, relevant and up-to-date. Carers in Derbyshire aims to make it easy for carers by being a ‘starting point’ and ‘one stop shop’ for carers who need information and advice about what is available in Derbyshire to support them.

The website has been created by a partnership of unpaid family carers, Adult Care and local health and voluntary sector organisations. A full list of partners is available on the website.

As well as general information about topics such as carers rights, carer assessments, emergency planning and welfare benefits, there is a searchable directory of local services including

·       Carer support groups

·       Social activities and groups

·       drop-in services

·       respite and sittings services

·       advice lines

The Adult Care Information Team will be administrating the website so if you have any queries or would like to suggest any improvements or amendments to the website, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:57

Remap - Volunteers Wanted

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