Befriending in Derbyshire: Its Value and Impact

Monday, 06 November 2017 12:12 Written by

New research shows the Value of Befriending

Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network is launching the findings of new research into the value and impact of voluntary befriending services.
•   Loneliness and isolation does not just make people unhappy - it also has a serious impact on physical and mental health and life expectancy.  
•   Those who receive support from Befriending Services say that it reduces isolation and improves their social and community connections, independence and wellbeing.
•   Over 1,100 lonely and isolated people across Derbyshire benefit from over 70,000 hours befriending support given by 765 volunteers from 28 befriending services – if they were all paid for the time they give, this would cost £762,000.
•   For every £1 spent on providing volunteering the social benefits and cost savings to other services are worth £8.59.
Dave Radford, Manager of Chesterfield Volunteer Centre, said “I know that befrienders all over Derbyshire make a huge difference to the lives of hundreds of people who would otherwise be alone. This report evidences that in black and white – and helps us make the financial case for investment in these amazing services.”
“Befriending is a god send” - Barbara
Barbara was referred to us some time ago and had a variety of problems.  She was struggling to do things alone as she lacked confidence and was becoming more and more isolated.  This led to a deterioration in her eating and a decline in her overall health.  A volunteer, Maureen, was introduced to Barbara and since that time she has come on immensely.  Maureen is extremely good with Barbara and as well as helping her with healthy eating and budgeting she has increased her activity within the community.

“I wouldn’t be able to get to any of my medical appointments if it weren’t for Maureen.  In fact I don’t know what I would have done without the befriending service,” Barbara said.

Click here to open the 'Report'

Click here to open the 'Key Messages'

Healthwatch Derbyshire Speak Out newsletter

Monday, 14 August 2017 15:03 Written by

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.

Free Cakes for Kids

Monday, 14 August 2017 14:45 Written by

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.

Carers in Derbyshire are now on Facebook

Wednesday, 09 August 2017 13:25 Written by

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.

Dronfield 2gether video

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 13:42 Written by


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

Golden Rainbows Chesterfield

Wednesday, 26 April 2017 09:13 Written by

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

New Carers in Derbyshire Website

Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:11 Written by

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.

Remap - Volunteers Wanted

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 09:57 Written by

Age UK Memory Lane sessions

Friday, 10 February 2017 15:04 Written by

Age UK Derby & Derbyshire have new Memory Lane sessions running as follows: Wednesday 10am-12pm at Blackwell Community Centre (Woburn Close, Blackwell, Alfreton DE55 5HH), and Wednesday 1-3pm at Walton Village Society (Walton Back Lane, Walton, Chesterfield S42 7LT).

Each of these will be running weekly from the 8th of February. The Memory Lane service provides friendly and inclusive sessions for older members of the community, supporting physical and mental wellbeing through creative activities, social opportunities, appropriate physical activity (delivered by a qualified Chair Based Exercise instructor) and reminiscence. The content of the sessions is user-led, and all groups are relaxed and dementia friendly. The cost is £2 per 2 hour session, including refreshments.

For more information contact Lindsey Coombs, Memory Lane Service Worker (North)
Tel: 01773 768240 Mob: 07375 359965
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New P3 Derbyshire Outreach Service

Friday, 10 February 2017 14:57 Written by

New carers support group in New Mills

Friday, 10 February 2017 14:53 Written by


Local people who take care of a loved one are being invited to a brand new respite group in New Mills.

The free Wellbeing for Carers group will take place from 1 to 3pm every Wednesday at New Mills and District Volunteer Centre, starting on the 1st of February.

Helen Bollard, Group Development Co-ordinator said: “If you’re caring for a family member, friend or neighbour, I would love for you to come along to this group and enjoy some quality time relaxing and meeting like-minded people.

“The weekly sessions will enable carers to focus on themselves and have some time away from their caring responsibilities. Sometimes, carers very rarely get the opportunity to enjoy some ‘me time’ and I really hope this group helps to give local people some time to relax and meet others in a similar situation, to make friends and deter social isolation.

“The group will provide relaxation, pampering, outings, wellbeing classes, leisure opportunities and crafts. During the first session on the 1st of February, we will be enjoying a lovely afternoon tea so that people can get to know each other and have a chat. I have got different activities planned each week including a pamper session and monthly mini bus outings.”

For more information, please contact Helen on 01663 744196 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spoda – update

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 15:20 Written by

Please read below for an update about Spoda from Dot Inger, Spoda Project Manager.

It is with sadness that I write this email to update you on the current situation within Spoda.

From the 1st April 2017 the  service provision for Derbyshire  families and concerned other affected by another’s substance use will be integrated within the new drug/ alcohol and family service Derbyshire Recovery Partnership, as the new service will not be having specific family workers then Spoda staff are not able to transfer over to the new provider.

From the 6th February Spoda will cease to take any new referrals for one to one work, though telephone support and advice will be available until the 30th March 2017.

Spoda will continue until July of this year to deliver our Someone For You Project which provides support to Derbyshire grandparents/kin carers who are caring for grandchildren/children affected by parental substance use, this work is funded via Lloyds Foundation Trust with additional financial support from NDVA and Foundation Derbyshire. This project may be able continue for a further two years if between April and July of this year Spoda can get some additional funding with core costs.

We will also continue to support our current case load of clients that are bereaved by substance related bereavement and if required we will be delighted to assist Bath University with any further research on families bereaved by substance related bereavement.

Click 'Read more' below.

Monthly Autism Family Support Hubs

Thursday, 19 January 2017 15:43 Written by

Thanks to funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Autism East Midlands are able to offer meeting points across the region for families affected by autism to access regular support, play and leisure activities, social events, specialist training and advice.

The Hubs will give parents and carers the opportunity to access advice and support, whilst activities will also be provided for the children and young people who attend with their parents.

The new Family Support  Hubs will be set up during 2016, initially starting in Nottingham City, Heanor, Worksop and  Retford, followed by Chesterfield, Kirkbyin-Ashfield, East Leake, and Newark in Autumn 2016.
Hubs will take place at a regular time each month.  Details for your local Hub can be found on the events calendar of their website at

For more information please view their flyer.

View From The Peak newsletter

Friday, 09 December 2016 10:34 Written by

Click here to read the newsletter.

Here it is - the long awaited public release of the Joined Up Care Derbyshire Sustainability & Transformation Plan.  Please click the link below to open (be warned it is 72 pages!)

Joined Up Care Derbyshire - Full Document (published Friday, 18 November 2016)

Five priorities have been highlighted so far:

1. To do more to prevent ill health and help people take good care of themselves.

2. To tailor services so they look after and focus on people in their communities, so people get better, more targeted care and support.

3. To make it easy for people to access the right care, whenever it is needed, so everyone gets better quality, quicker support across the system. This would help keep Accident & Emergency, Minor Injury Units and Urgent Care Centres free for patients who really need them.

4. To get health and social care working seamlessly together so people get consistently high quality, efficient, coordinated services, without gaps or duplication.

5. To make organisations as efficient as possible so money is pumped into services and care, with running costs kept low. 

Joined Up Care Derbyshire sets out our five year plan from now until 2021, it’s a “live” document and will continually evolve. Over the coming months, health and care leaders have told us they will talk to the public and staff in partner organisations regularly to keep everybody informed and involved. 

Click here to open the SDCCG STP webpage 

If you have any questions about Joined Up Care Derbyshire please contact:
Gary Thompson, Senior Responsible Officer, or Ifti Majid, System Managing Director, at:
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T: 01332 888 080

Hope Springs Recovery Centre new timetable

Friday, 18 November 2016 15:36 Written by



Hope Springs Recovery Centre have published their new weekly timetable, which can be viewed here.

One to one support is available daily and drop in is available daily 10am – 4pm.

Derbyshire Carers Association newsletter

Friday, 18 November 2016 15:32 Written by

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Healthy and Warm booklet 2017

Friday, 18 November 2016 15:22 Written by

Your guide to council, health, voluntary and community services in Derbyshire 2017
This booklet includes information about saving energy in your home and keeping warm, well and healthy. Derbyshire County Council aim to promote better health through addressing the issues people face living in cold, damp conditions by improving the energy efficiency and warmth of their homes. This booklet also offers health advice and other practical advice about your home including useful contacts for other relevant agencies.

Click here to download the booklet.

First Steps Awareness & Stigma Video 2016

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 15:15 Written by

The aim of this video is to reduce the stigma surrounding eating disorders and difficulties. First Steps created this video with different perspectives on what eating disorders mean to people as individuals, and to help break some stereotypes.

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