‘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.

Derbyshire Carers Strategy

Friday, 06 September 2019 14:17 Written by

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

Active Age befriending project

Friday, 06 September 2019 14:13 Written by

Parent and baby friendly films

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CAFE 101

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Derbyshire LGBT+ Drop In

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Derbyshire Carers Association newsletter

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Carers in Derbyshire newsletter

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:42 Written by


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.

Young Persons Support Group

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 10:34 Written by

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.


Free IT Support Classes

Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:47 Written by

Derbyshire Voluntary Action has been working closely with colleagues at the University of Derby in Chesterfield for the past 18 months to think about ways in which the community and the university could work more closely together to share their resources, make the most of their assets and generally strengthen the community sector in Chesterfield. 

In autumn 2018, we applied to the National Lottery Partnerships Fund for funding for a three-year work programme, including research, work placements, volunteering, training and joint project work. 

We are thrilled to say our bid has been successful, and that on 1 April we will be taking on three new offices to form the “COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD Centre” at Derby Uni’s St Helena Campus.  The Centre will be a focal point for the project, performing a linking and liaison role between our VCS groups and organisations and the University’s health and social care staff, researchers and students.  

We want this exciting new project to be 100% community-led.  From the outset there’ll be many opportunities for our members to be involved and to benefit from the activities we’ll be developing.  We’ve already held some very successful Focus Groups and there’ll be more of these to come over the next couple of months.

We’ll be sending out regular updates via our bulletins, Twitter and press releases, so you won’t miss out on any of the fantastic opportunities coming.

Read the full press release HERE.

Pic1 - Vice Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell (4th right) with University and Derbyshire Voluntary Action colleagues at St Helena Campus.

Pic 2 - Pictured outside the new COMMuniTY CHESTERFIELD Centre at St Helena are: L-R: Derbyshire Voluntary Action Chief Executive, Jacqui Willis, University of Derby Vice-Chancellor Professor Kathryn Mitchell, Chair of the Derbyshire Voluntary Action Board, Heather Fawbert and University of Derby Head of Adult Nursing, Michelle Brown.

Share your current or past experience as a breast, colorectal, prostate cancer patient, carer or supporter by:

·      Sharing your views on our local programme
Becoming a member of the programme advisory group

Interested, want to know more?  Sam would love to hear from you:  email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mobile: 07926 361183

5 Ways to Wellbeing Small Grants Scheme

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 10:40 Written by


Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing guidance notes

Click here to open the 5 Ways to Wellbeing application form

Mental Health at Work - new digital gateway launched

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 09:35 Written by

A major study into workplace wellbeing by the mental health charity Mind has revealed that poor mental health at work is widespread, with half (48 per cent) of all people surveyed saying they have experienced a mental health problem in their current job.

The survey of more than 44,000 employees also revealed that only half of those who had experienced poor mental health had talked to their employer about it, suggesting that as many as one in four UK workers is struggling in silence.

These findings are revealed as a new online Mental Health at Work ‘gateway’ is launched today by HRH the Duke of Cambridge. Mind, with support from The Royal Foundation, Heads Together and 11 other organisations, has created the UK-wide portal as a free resource for both employers and employees.

The gateway brings together information, advice, resources and training that workplaces can use to improve wellbeing and give employees the mental health support they need.

In-depth analysis of the survey has revealed that offering managers proper support can make a huge difference. Managers who felt their employer supported their mental health, or actively built their skills in supporting team members with mental health problems, were far more likely to feel confident in promoting staff wellbeing.

Manager confidence, in turn, is closely linked with whether employees feel able to disclose. Those staff who felt their manager supported their mental health or could spot the signs that someone might be struggling were far more likely to say they would be able to talk about their mental health at work.

Mental Health at Work can be found at

The 11 partners are Heads Together, CIPD, the Federation of Small Businesses, the City Mental Health Alliance, Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, the Work and Health Unit, Public Health England,

Dementia Support Service - New Provider

Wednesday, 15 August 2018 14:01 Written by

Message from Phil Wall, Commissioning Manager – Dementia and Sensory Services,Adult Care Commissioning Team

We would like to inform you that Alzheimer’s Society have been successful in winning the new contract to deliver the Derbyshire Dementia Support Service.  This means that from 1st December 2018 Alzheimer’s Society will take over responsibility for delivering this service from Making Space.

This decision is the result of a competitive procurement process led by Derbyshire County Council in conjunction with the Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups. The procurement of this service has been undertaken in line withthe Public Contract Regulations (2015) and involving a carer as part of this process.

There will now be a transition period until 1st December 2018,when new referrals to the Derbyshire Dementia Support service will be directed to the new provider. During this time please continue to access support and groups in the same way you do now and be assured that the service will continue to be delivered.

Referrals for the service should continue to be made to Making Space:

Telephone: 01246 592010

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please support us by making other colleagues and staff aware.


DORA 2017

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:46 Written by

Are you a carer?

Monday, 06 August 2018 12:43 Written by

Healthwatch Derbyshire want to hear from carers in Derbyshire about how you could be better supported in your role as a family carer in relation to health and social care services. A family carer is someone who provides unpaid support to a family member or friend who couldn’t manage without that help.
Carers play a vital role in supporting people who are frail, ill or disabled, but, in doing so, they often become vulnerable themselves.
In the next 20 years, it’s anticipated that over nine million people will become an unpaid carer and offer support for a loved one or friend. It’s vital that these carers get the help they need to look after themselves and others.

Please take the time to answer a few questions about your caring role;

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