Derbyshire LGBT+ newsletter

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 16:21 Written by

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Voluntary Sector Awards 2016 - the winners

Wednesday, 02 November 2016 15:48 Written by

This year’s Voluntary Sector Awards were held on 19th October 2016 at the Pomegranate Theatre in Chesterfield.  Hosted by the Volunteer Centre Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire, this was the fourth year of the awards ceremony.

Young Volunteer of the Year (Sponsored by UNISON Chesterfield Borough Branch)
Winner: Khadiza Arif - Gussies Kitchen

Volunteer of the Year 2016 (sponsored by UKATA) - Winner: Kevin Redfern - Ashgate Hospicecare

Volunteer Team of the Year (sponsored by Brampton Brewery) - Winners: Springwell Community Arts

Volunteer Long Service Award (sponsored by MiTechcad) - Winner: Dr Louise Jordan - Helen's Trust

Staff Long Service Award (sponsored by DCC Public Health) - Winner: Deanne Callendine - Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service

Most Innovative Project (sponsored by Inspec Solutions) - Winner: Independent Living Group - Fairplay

Organisation of the Year with an income under £25,000 (sponsored by Octantis Ltd) - Winner: Accessible Derbyshire

Organisation of the Year with an income between £25,000 to £100,000 (sponsored by NEDDC) - Winner: Loundsley Green Community Trust

Organisation of the Year with an income over £100,000 (sponsored by Chesterfield College) - Winner: Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Credit Union

Outstanding Contribution to the Voluntary Sector - Chris Jones - Dronfield Swimming club

If you know an individual or an organisation who has made an outstanding contribution to volunteering in the area, then now is the time to recognise their achievement’s and nominate them for one of the awards. You can nominate your own organisation, staff member or volunteer for any of the prestigious awards available on the night.
Nominations are open and the closing date for nominations is Friday August 5th 2017.

Click here to read more about the nomination categories and how to nominate.

Men Going Forward

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 10:58 Written by

Men Going Forward will relaunch in September 2018.

British Lung Foundation Breathe Easy Groups

Tuesday, 06 September 2016 15:30 Written by



 ‘You don’t have to face living with a lung condition on your own’

……… find out how the British Lung Foundation and your local Breathe Easy group can help

What we do

We are the only UK charity looking after the nation’s lungs

Our aim is always to improve care - and to prevent, treat and cure lung diseases

We offer hope through research

We've been researching lung conditions for 30 years and it remains at the heart of what we do.

We provide information

A wide range of information is available on our website and in print (free of charge), covering the many aspects of lung health (including COPD, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, Asthma, Mesothelioma), exercise, pulmonary rehabilitation, healthy eating, oxygen therapy, information for carers…and much more.

Our friendly helpline team, including nurse advisors, is on hand to provide free, confidential, information and advice . Available from 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone: 03000 030 555 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Web community – available 24 hours a day for people to chat online with others  who may be in a similar situation, ask questions or just have a look at what people are talking about.

We campaign for positive change in the UK's lung health.

Have you thought about volunteering or fundraising for the British Lung Foundation?

To find out more about the services and support available from the British Lung Foundation and how you can be involved, why not visit our website: or contact our helpline:  telephone 03000 030 555 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy is the support network of the British Lung Foundation and we have over 230 Breathe Easy groups across the UK.

Groups are free to join.  They are run by members to provide an opportunity for people affected by a lung condition to meet.  New members are always welcome and family and friends are encouraged to come along to meetings.  Meetings, usually held monthly, are informal and fun.  Members hear from guest speakers, including health care professionals and gain valuable information and tips to help with their breathing and better manage their lung condition. There is usually a respiratory nurse or physiotherapist at meetings for members to talk to.

Members enjoy taking part in raffles, quizzes or bingo at meetings and of course, there is always a plentiful supply of tea and coffee!  Many groups also organise fundraising events and outings throughout the year.

Click here to find a Breathe Easy Support Group in your area.

Core - supporting victims of crime in Derbyshire

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:58 Written by

Core is a new service supporting victims of crime in Derbyshire. It is a partnership between several organisations including Derbyshire Domestic Abuse Services, Safe and Sound, Refuge and SV2.

There are different phone numbers for the different specialisms, to view them all click HERE

You can also visit: for more information.

Derbyshire Carers Association is on the move!

Tuesday, 02 August 2016 10:34 Written by

Please see information below from Derbyshire Carers Association.

Our Head Office, White House, The Willows in Ripley, has been provided ex-gratia by Derbyshire County Council for nearly three decades.  Due to many circumstances we are now moving to nearby offices in the Ripley area.  This move, coupled with new ways of working in a flexible, innovative and mobile manor in the community will add huge value to the services we provide to the army of Carers in Derbyshire.
Derby City
In Derby City, DCA have moved from offices on Babington Lane to accommodation at Pride Park - Ground Floor, 22 Mallard Way DE24 8GX (Our contact details remain the same).  We hope to develop a new carer drop-in, in the City Centre.  We will keep you posted
Outreach and Innovation
DCA are developing exciting, innovative ways of helping Carers.  These include pop-up carer Centres across the City working in partnership with the Local Authorities, GP practices and  Hospitals.  We are where you need us, in your local pharmacies, Age UK, The MS Centre and alongside other partners to develop an effective outreach service and continue our proactive campaigns to reach Carers.  Our provision in the county will continue to include a busy Carers Centre at 69 West Bars, Chesterfield.
We are also developing a stronger on-line presence and are highlighting our successes such as our recent Health Service Journal and British Medical Awards nominations for carer Identification and support.
We will continue the successful development of our engagement initiatives with Carers in Derbyshire and have ensured all Carers, partners and stakeholder are fully informed and supported.
DCA CEO Narinder Sharma said; “As the number one provider of Carer support in Derbyshire we receive plentiful evidence that our hard work is having a positive impact in the county. Our current relocations and new, innovative ways of reaching out to Carers reinforce the fact that DCA goes from strength to strength. These are exciting times for the Association and for sustained Carer support in Derbyshire.”
Relocations are currently taking place and all current phone numbers and email addresses will remain to allow a planned, smooth transition. Please call our HO on 01773 743355, Derby office on 01332 200002, Chesterfield office 01246 222373 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Derbyshire Sustainability Transformation Plan

Thursday, 14 July 2016 14:03 Written by


 At the recent NDVA Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum we welcomed Ifti Majid, Acting Chief Executive of Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, who gave a presentation on the Derbyshire Sustainability Transformation Plan (STP).  Click here to view the presentation and find out more about the STP.

News from 21c #JoinedUpCare

Friday, 17 June 2016 11:10 Written by

Find out the latest 21C #JoinedUpCare news in issue four of the newsletter which is available to download here.

May Day Celebrations

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 13:13 Written by

NDVA were among the many organisations represented at the May Day celebrations in Chesterfield on Monday 2nd May.  NDVA were there to raise awareness and celebrate the fantastic services provided by the Voluntary and Community Sector in Derbyshire. 

 NDVA's Sue Thickett and Jacqui Willis with Fairplay's Heather Fawbert


Nenna Kind Cancer Support Drop In Centre

 Headway North Derbyshire

Action for Children's Space 4 U

Thursday, 28 April 2016 08:33 Written by

Action for Children's Space 4 U service supports young people aged 5 to 18 who are seriously affected by someone else's substance misuse. This could be a parent, sibling or close friend.

Action for Children Space 4 U works with children and young people to improve all areas of the young person's life at school, at home and in the

Please see the following flyer for more information and how to make referrals. 

Action for Children have other support services available including;
Derbyshire Young Carers
Branching Out

Macmillan Safe & Sound Project

Thursday, 28 April 2016 08:23 Written by

No one should face cancer alone. When you’re affected by cancer, having the right kind of support, at the right time, is essential. The Macmillan Safe & Sound project is a recovery project, committed to providing practical help and befriending to people living with cancer or a cancer associated condition.

People diagnosed with cancer or a cancer related condition can be referred to the project by:
• self- referral
• family and friends
• Doctors and health professionals

They can help people affected by cancer from the following GP practices in Bolsover:
• Welbeck Road Health Centre
• The Friendly Family Surgery
• Castle Street Medical Centre

The Safe & Sound Project is also looking for volunteers. As well as supporting people affected by cancer with practical tasks and befriending they also need people to help set up and run support groups.
If you're interested in volunteering please find out more by visiting the Chesterfield & District Volunteer Centre website or giving them a call on 01246 276777 

Click here to download the flyer for the Macmillan Safe & Sound project.

Shadow Home Secretary visits Rhubarb Farm

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 15:46 Written by

Standing L-R:  Kath Sharpe, Langwith Society and Rhubarb Farm Director, Hardyal Dhindsa, Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, Andy Burnham, Jennie Street, MD, Ebbie Olukoya, Rhubarb Farm bookkeeper, Alan Charles, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Cllr Sandra Peake, Alan Charles, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner.  Front row:  Luke Kelly, Site Supervisor and ex-offender mentor and volunteer Conor.

On Thursday 7th April Andy Burnham, at the invitation of the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, visited Rhubarb Farm to learn about their work with ex-offenders and drug and alcohol misusers. He met volunteers and staff and supporters of the Farm, and learnt about their stories and how the Farm has helped them.

The Police and Crime Commissioner has funded Rhubarb Farm with three different grants to support their work, and they were very pleased to have the opportunity to demonstrate what they have achieved in helping people back into society, and into employment.

As a small social enterprise, Rhubarb Farm may not have large numbers, but they make a big impact on the lives of the people they help both in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.
To find out more about Rhubarb Farm visit their website.

Blythe House Hospice launch new services

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 14:20 Written by

Carers Support Group

Blythe House Hospice is to launch a new Carer’s Evening Support Group. 

From 12th April 2016, the support group will meet in the lounge of Blythe House Hospice, and will then take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 5-7pm.

The group aims to provide a safe, relaxed environment whereby people can share problems, concerns or experiences with others who are in a similar situation.

Carers don’t need to book and they don’t need to attend all of the sessions, they can just turn up to the sessions that would be most useful to them.

Click here to view the Carers Group Poster.

Click here to view the Carers Group Programme.


Bereavement Support

Blythe House Hospice is to launch two new bereavement groups, starting in April.

Drop-In Bereavement Support Group - This group is open to all and will take place at Blythe House Hospice on the 1st Tuesday of every month, 5.30pm-7pm. There is no need to book.

Therapeutic Bereavement Support Group - This group will take place at Blythe House Hospice on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 5.30pm-7.00pm.   This group will be facilitated by a qualified and experienced counsellor, providing a more structured approach to exploring the grief process. Attendance at this group is by appointment only.

Click here to view the Bereavement Group Poster.


If you would like any further information, please contact Louise Furmston at Blythe House Hospice:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01298 875080. 

Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) is pleased to present their new Bereavement Support Service. Funded by the Big Lottery the service will aim to provide support, information, friendship, advice and guidance to all who have been affected by the loss of a loved one through an asbestos related disease.  DAST cover the whole of the East Midlands and will be looking to source local meeting venues across the counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Burton-upon-Trent.
The service includes:     

- Home Visits
- Accompanying to the Coroner’s Inquest
- Welfare Benefit Advice and assistance
- Emotional support
- Group meetings and forums
- Telephone befriending service
- Signposting/referring onto to local specialist services

Click here to open the launch flyer.
Click here to open the booking form.

New Walking for Health Group at dora

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 16:21 Written by

A new group is being set up under the auspices of DORA.  The new group is Walking for Health and is open to anyone with mental health issues over the age of 18 in the Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire and Bolsover districts.

A steering group has been formed which is meeting regularly to undertake the adminstration needed to start up such a group such as roles, funding, a constitution, public liability insurance, publicity and a code of conduct.

An inaugural walk is being scheduled for early April when the weather is, hopefully, better.  The provisional date is Tuesday, 5th April, 1.30pm starting out from the DORA office.  The plan is for a short walk along the Chesterfield Canal from town to Tapton Lock where there will be a stop for tea (or coffee) and cake, funded by the group, somewhere in the vicinity.  The return leg back to town has yet to be finalised.  Back in town we will call at a café for celebratory refreshments.

Anyone interested in joining the group should contact Mark at DORA on 01246 540750 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Derbyshire OCD Group

Friday, 15 January 2016 09:02 Written by

The Hartington Unit in Chesterfield is hosting a new OCD group on Mondays from 4pm-5pm.

They've produced a newsletter and you can view it HERE

For any further information, please contact:
Rob Passey
Rethink Mental Illness
39 Holywell Street
S41 7SH
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01246 232465

View From The Peak newsletter

Thursday, 17 December 2015 15:29 Written by


Newsletter of the Small Groups Project – High Peak Community and Voluntary Support (CVS).

The latest edition of the View From the Peak newsletter includes news and pictures from some of the fabulous small groups across the High Peak, this issue includes some new groups and also services available locally that maybe very useful.
Click here to view the newsletter.

Rethink Mental Illness Derbyshire Sustainable Living

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 14:26 Written by

Rethink Mental Illness Derbyshire Sustainable Living is a floating service that delivers tenancy related support to people for up to a nine month period depending on need. There are currently vacancies with no waiting lists and referrals can be processed quickly.

For more information click HERE
For the referral form click HERE

A devoted father who helped rebuild his son's life following a devastating brain injury has won a national award for his dedication to helping other families affected across Derbyshire.

Peter Shaw, was awarded The Stephen McAleese Outstanding Contribution to Headway Award at an annual awards ceremony at The Dorchester Hotel, in London, on Friday 11 December.

The award is in recognition of Peter devoting 14 years of voluntary service to local brain injury charity, Headway North Derbyshire. Peter first became involved with the charity when his son Neal, 50 and from Chesterfield, sustained a severe brain injury in a road traffic accident in 1999.

Since Neal's injury, Peter has supported the group in reaching out to local brain injury survivors and their families. In 2002, Peter became chair of Headway North Derbyshire, managing the group, supporting members and campaigning with local decision makers for better services.

Peter's national award is made even more special as the honour is named after Neal's good friend, Stephen McAleese, who sadly passed away as a result of a brain injury.

Peter was presented with his award by double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, who is Vice President of the charity. The awards ceremony, organised by Headway – the brain injury association, celebrates the inspirational achievements of survivors of brain injury and their carers in the face of adversity, as well as the outstanding contributions individuals have made to the charity.

"I cannot think of a more deserving individual than Peter for this prestigious honour," said Peter McCabe, Chief Executive of Headway UK.

"What makes Peter particularly incredible is his humility. For more than 14 years he has used his insight and sensitivity to help understand and campaign for better brain injury services. He has truly made an outstanding contribution to Headway."

The Headway Annual Awards celebrate the exceptional efforts of survivors of brain injury and those caring for them.

To find out more about Headway North Derbyshire visit their website

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