‘Social Connectedness’ is about a person’s social support network – their personal relationships and interactions with others that make them feel good and bring them happiness.
The ‘Feeling Connected’ project wants to find out about social connectedness in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield.  We want to understand how we can help people who feel lonely and isolated to make more and better social connections.
Over the next four months we will consult and engage with local residents, groups and organisations, and community venues, so we can:

- raise the profile of the benefits of being socially connected

- raise awareness of existing services which support social connectedness

- identify current provision

- identify where targeted interventions could help

- identify interventions, initiatives and activities which help people to feel socially connected and which could be further supported and developed in North East Derbyshire and Chesterfield.

Stage 1 of our engagement is with local residents.  Please help us by clicking on the link and completing our residents’ survey.

A PDF version of the survey can be downloaded HERE.

A large print PDF version of the survey can be downloaded HERE.

The survey closing date is 14 February 2020.
For more information contact Derbyshire Voluntary Action: 01246 555908 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 06 September 2019 14:17

Derbyshire Carers Strategy

Derbyshire Carers Association and Derbyshire County Council want to strengthen the ways in which mental health carers are supported through the carer’s service and reinforce partnership working to strengthen the help available to mental health carers across the health and social care system.
They are holding two workshop sessions and invite mental health carers and all partners to join them to explore the current barriers, priorities and solutions in supporting mental health carers effectively. An action plan will be produced from the sessions which will form part of the Derbyshire carers strategy.
Join them to share your knowledge, experiences and views on either:
Thursday 3rd October 2019 10.00am -1.00pm Strutts Centre, Derby Road, Belper DE56 1UU
Tuesday 8th October 2019 10.00am -1.00pm Coney Green Business Centre Wingfield View, Coney Green Road, Clay Cross, Chesterfield S45 9JW
Please book onto one of the sessions by calling Derbyshire Carers Association on 01773 833833 or emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Refreshments will be provided.
If you require further information please contact Derbyshire Carers Association on 01773 833833

Friday, 06 September 2019 14:13

Active Age befriending project

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 12:20

Parent and baby friendly films

Wednesday, 19 June 2019 12:14

CAFE 101

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 11:27

Derbyshire LGBT+ Drop In

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:47

Derbyshire Carers Association newsletter

Click here to read the newsletter.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:42

Carers in Derbyshire newsletter


The first edition of the Carers in Derbyshire newsletter is now available!
The newsletter is aimed at unpaid / family carers who support someone living in Derbyshire and will share information, news and events.
You can read the May 2019 edition and also sign up to receive future editions of the newsletter straight to your email inbox on the link below.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:34

Young Persons Support Group

Community efforts to tackle isolation and loneliness in Derbyshire are to receive a boost from the National Lottery Community Fund.

The IsLAND Project (Isolation and Loneliness Action Networks Derbyshire) will support local voluntary organisations and community services to work together and reach more isolated and lonely people.

This will include raising awareness of social isolation and its impact, finding new ways to reach out and support people, and encouraging more people to take action in their community to prevent people being lonely. The project will also offer specialist training for staff and volunteers to better understand and support people who have complex needs, such as dementia and mental health conditions.

The project will be managed by Swadlincote-based charity South Derbyshire CVS.  Kerrie Fletcher, Corporate Services Manager, said:

“We are absolutely delighted to have this new funding, which will help grassroots voluntary and community groups across the county work together to tackle social isolation.

“We know that being lonely has a terrible impact on people’s health and quality of life - equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.  We also know that small interventions can really help. By encouraging and supporting individuals, groups and communities to take action we can all make a difference.”

The project will build on the work of Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network, expanding its membership and remit to address wider issues of social isolation. Research by the network estimated the value of the support its members provide in mitigating social isolation is worth £7 million per year but costs £800K – a social return on investment of £8.59 for every £1 spent.

Anyone interested in supporting the project or wanting to know more should contact Rich Murrell at South Derbyshire CVS on 01283 219761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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