Pathway to Achieve

Friday, 18 September 2015 08:30 Written by


A pathway to new opportunities for mental health clients in Amber Valley

People recovering from mental ill health can now find help from a new service provided by Amber Trust which supports them to access training and education, volunteer for local groups/organisations and improve their chances of returning to work. 
Pathway to Achieve has been set up to help people facing a broad range of challenges to improve their confidence and self-esteem, build on their skills and interests and maximise their potential.
The project will explore the ambitions and skills of each client to build on their existing talents and achieve new ones.  Clients of the scheme will receive support to find and take part in volunteering opportunities, access training and education, as well as being given help and information designed to help them back into employment. 

Click here to read the full press release.
Click here to open the referral form.

To find out more contact Amber Trust on 01773 742051 or email Paul Farnsworth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A support group for any parent who has lost a son/daughter, at whatever age, however long ago.  A chance to come along and talk informally, to share with others who have been through this loss.

Drop-in 2-4pm first Tuesday of the month  The Education Centre, Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Calow S44 5BL

For more information contact    Jan on 079 86 595 315 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The group is run by The Compassionate Friends (TCF)

‘Support and friendship for bereaved parents and their families by those similarly bereaved’    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

National helpline 0345 1 23 23 04      

STAND TO – Ready when you are

Friday, 17 July 2015 14:55 Written by

Local alcohol support dedicated to Derbyshire Veterans and their Families

STAND TO acknowledge, understand and appreciate the sacrifices that ex forces personnel and their families have made.

STAND TO also understand that for some of you, alcohol can be an issue.

STAND TO offer inventive and evidence based, individual, long term support to those who need it across Derbyshire (except Derby City).

At STAND TO our dedicated, empathic, experienced and highly trained staff, (who themselves are ex forces), have a particular understanding of the issues ex forces personnel and their families may face.

Click here to visit the Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service website and read more.

An eighteen month pilot scheme that provides online support to people in Derbyshire suffering from common mental health problems, such as work related stress, anxiety and relationship difficulties, has been launched by NHS Hardwick CCG and the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN). 
Online support will be provided through Big White Wall, which has already helped more than 30,000 people, including thousands from the UK armed forces community, and is also supported by the Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health and Help for Heroes.
Big White Wall offers free, safe anonymous online support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from the comfort of your own home. There is a choice of safe therapeutic services, including self-help courses, also accessible online.
Big White Wall is available to all Derbyshire residents aged over 16. People should visit and enter their Derbyshire postcode to access the service. 95% of members report feeling better as a result of using Big White Wall, and 73% share something for the first time.
The service is funded by the East Midlands Academic Health Science Network. This is the first time that an online mental health service has been trialled in the East Midlands and the scheme will be evaluated by NIHR MindTech HTC.

To find out more about the Big White Wall you can watch the video via the link below.

Derbyshire Young Carers website

Thursday, 13 November 2014 09:30 Written by


Derbyshire Young Carers website has now been launched.  To find more information about their service, how to refer and what support they provide please follow the link;

New Website to recruit more Derbyshire Befrienders

Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:20 Written by


A new website aimed at recruiting befriending volunteers across Derbyshire launched on 1 November by the Derbyshire Trusted Befriending Network during National Befriending Week.

Click here to open the new website

The Befriending Network was set up a couple of years ago and brings together a number of organisations which provide befriending services to adults in Derbyshire. The aim of the network is to make sure that isolated and vulnerable adults across the county have regular friendly contact with a person, can meet new people and feel more a part of their community, and it ensures that befriending services are safe and well-run.

More than 750 Derbyshire volunteers already give an estimated 1,570 hours each week offering support and friendship to isolated or lonely people of all ages, in their local communities. 

The new website gives details of people who are looking for a befriender and organisations which are looking for volunteers, and people can also find out about the benefits of becoming a volunteer and read about befrienders' experiences.

Women's Self Injury Helpline

Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:51 Written by


A UK wide helpline (0808 800 8088) for women and girls affected by self injury is now up and running (click here to open the flyer).
Initially the helpline will operate on Wednesdays from 7-9pm and Thursdays from 3-5pm but it’s hoped these hours will be extended as the service grows.
All calls are confidential and answered by specially trained female volunteers.
Calls are free from landlines and most mobiles and won’t show up on bills.

Accessible Derbyshire

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:10 Written by


Derbyshire is a beautiful county but for some people accessing all that Derbyshire has to offer is difficult. 

If you have a disability or have mobility difficulties and use a wheelchair, pushchair or scooter our hills and valleys and their old, listed buildings – the very things that make Derbyshire special - can seem out of reach. 

Accessible Derbyshire have a dream: to make life easier for people with disabilities, their families and Carers.  

Their aim is to bring together - in one place - all the information you need to get out and about in Derbyshire and the Peak District and enjoy life to the full.

Whether you are looking for a level stroll round a pretty village followed by afternoon tea in a quaint café, a meal in a local pub, fully-accessible holiday property or hotel, want to know where the Changing Places toilets are or fancy a more adventurous accessible activity such as cycling, sailing or climbing the hills on a Boma 7 all–terrain wheelchair their website for you!

Click here to open the Accessible Derbyshire website.

Visually Impaired Equipment Loan Service

Tuesday, 01 July 2014 10:14 Written by

Visually impaired residents will be able to borrow equipment from Buxton Library to help them with everyday tasks thanks to a successful Big Lottery bid by local organisations.

Items for loan from Buxton Library will include colour detectors, note detectors, talking kitchen scales, talking measuring jugs, PenFriends (audio-labelling devices), a hand-held video magnifier, a Brailler and a reading machine that scans in printed pages and reads them out.

Directory of Befriending Services in Derbyshire

Wednesday, 28 May 2014 08:34 Written by

The new and updated edition of the directory of Befriending Services in Derbyshire is available, containing details of befriending providers across the county.

Click here to download the new edition of Befriending Services in Derbyshire

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