Mickleover Ladies’ Golf Club Fundraiser


Mickleover Ladies’ Golf Club have been fundraising for the last year and today presented a cheque for £1520.00 to Derbyshire Mind.  The money will support their Enjoying Derby Walk Programme.DSCF2209a

Caron Kirkham who accepted the cheque on behalf of Derbyshire Mind said:

“This sizable donation has come at a good time for the Enjoying Derby project as our funding from Lloyds TSB runs out on March 31.  I came out to Mickleover Golf Club last year when Jean Bingham said she was nominating Enjoying Derby for her charity and didn’t imagine then how much they would raise.  It’s very affirming when people make this sort of donation because the stigma and fear around mental health means that it’s not something people want to know about.  It’s good to know that some people understand the issues of mental health and want to help.


We walk twice a week, every week with Enjoying Derby.  We have between 15 and 20 people attending each walk.  As well as the obvious benefits on their physical health, people enjoy the social contact, having a structure to their week and feeling better for getting out, walking in green spaces around the city.  It’s been a very successful project since the first walk in 2008.  We’ve worked with some great partners like Derby Museum and Derby City Council to create history walks and nature walks in Derby’s nature reserves and parks.

The outgoing President of the Ladies Team at Mickleover Golf Club, Jean Bingham said:

“Each captain chooses a charity for which funds are raised during the year. I was particularly keen to support a local charity and having been involved with Derbyshire Mind for many years, and being a keen walker, the Enjoying Derby project seemed the ideal choice.”

For information about Mickleover Golf Club, please call 01332 513339.

For details of enjoying Derby walk programme please contact Caron on 01332 345966 extension 4 or email caron.kirkham@derbyshiremind.org.uk or visit the Derbyshire Mind website on www.derbyshiremind.org .uk


Derventio Choir and Derbyshire MIND



Derby’s Derventio Choir has supported many local good causes over its 21 years’ existence, and their chosen charity for last year’s Christmas concerts was Derbyshire Mind.

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On Tuesday February 4th members of the choir welcomed Wendy Beer, chief executive of Derbyshire Mind, to their rehearsal and presented her with a cheque for £200.


The money had been raised at concerts given in December by the choir at Littleover Baptist Church, St Mary’s Church in Chaddesden and St Edmund’s Church, Allestree.

Wendy told the choir that the money would help to keep the “Enjoying Derby” project going.  The project has developed over a hundred themed walks in and around Derby which help people who are recovering from mental health problems to become fit and active again.  Alongside the physical benefits of walking, participants also enjoy meeting new people and learning more about their own city and community.

Attached photograph shows Wendy Beer, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Mind, receiving the cheque from Peter Branson, chairman of the Derventio Choir, with choir members looking on.



Mental Health First Aid Course

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Derbyshire Mind are now offering Mental Health First Aid Training.  This is a two day training course designed for people who do not have any specialist mental health training or experience.  It would be suitable for any staff member.  At the end of the course, participants will be able to recognise the signs and symptoms of a range of common mental health problems and will be able to offer practical support and signposting for a number of issues from stress, panic attacks to suicide attempts.  The aim of the training is to enable people with mental health problems to access help promptly, cutting through their own and other’s prejudice about mental health.  The cost of this training is £198 per person including the course materials.  The course delivery is very flexible and may be delivered over two full days or spread out over a number of sessions. Maximum number of participants on the course is 16 with two trainers.  The MHFA course is accredited by the Open College Network (3 credits at Level 3) which is an optional extra at a cost of £70 per student.

Participants on MHFA courses come from a wide range
of backgrounds, from family members wanting to gain more understanding of
what a relative is going through, to employers, and to people who are likely to
come into contact with those at risk of mental health problems, such as police,
ambulance staff or community workers.  There is widespread ignorance of
mental ill health in the general population and there is the associated stigma
too. For some the stigma can lead to delays in people seeking help and support.
There is also a lack of confidence in what to do if someone is distressed or in
a crisis situation. MHFA is a response to this with the aim of improving mental
health literacy throughout communities, with the belief that mental health
crises, such as suicidal and self-harming actions, can sometimes be avoided
with early intervention.

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First aid for physical injuries teaches people how to give initial care until medical treatment is accessed, and MHFA does the same for someone experiencing mental ill health.  However, in teaching people how to give initial care, the course also dispel the fears people often have when they come across someone they suspect is experiencing mental ill health or is in distress.

http://www.mhfaengland.org/MHFA-England/en/mhfa/mhfa-courses/  for more information.

To book or for more information, please contact Caron Kirkham, Derbyshire Mind, 3rd Floor Kelvin House, RTC Business Park,

London Road, Derby DE24 8UP  Tel 01332 345966 extension 4   caron.kirkham@derbyshiremind.org.uk


Next Course 10 and 11 March 2014 at Kelvin House