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Derbyshire Mind need you on our team

Derbyshire Mind need you on our team for a bucket day collection

on Saturday 5th October Derby County vs Luton Town at Pride Park in Derby

3pm Kick Off


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Volunteering and raising funds for Derbyshire Mind benefits people in Derby and Derbyshire who have or are experiencing

difficulties with mental health issues, by providing events to improve their mental wellbeing

The team at Derbyshire Mind will provide regular updates about the event, times/meeting points and a volunteer lead on the day to provide guidance and support!  Thank you from the Team at Derbyshire Mind.

Gnome Roam Sunday 14th July 2019, 10am

 Foremarke Hall, Milton, Derbyshire DE65 6EJ

Cost: £2 per person, under 2’s free

Walk a trail to spot gnomes (and their woodland friends!) Plus, story-telling, activities and refreshments

Great fun for all the family! Picnic with gnomes at midday (you bring the picnic; we’ll provide the gnomes!)All proceeds go to Derbyshire Mind to support local people,

*This event compliments Peak Running’s ‘Brooksie’s Bash’ Trail Race in aid of Derbyshire Mind. Visit for more information.

Derbyshire Mind gains new Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM)


Derbyshire Mind has been awarded the Advocacy Quality Performance Mark (QPM) from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi).

The QPM is the UK’s only independent quality performance mark for organisations offering independent advocacy; an essential service for people who need support to express their needs and have increased choice and control in their lives.

To gain the QPM, independent advocacy providers have to undergo a rigorous self-assessment process and policy review.

This is followed by a structured site visit for NDTi assessors to meet advocates and the people they support.  As well as it being good practice for Local Authorities to provide advocacy to people at risk of exclusion, commissioners are required to provide statutory independent advocacy under the Mental Capacity Act, Mental Health Act, and more recently the Care Act.


The Advocacy QPM provides them with a robust benchmark to measure independent advocacy services, ensuring they select the very best providers.


Sarah Harrison, Service Director said “On behalf of Derbyshire Mind, I am delighted with the recommendation that we are awarded the QPM for a further 3 years in recognition of the high-quality support provided by our dedicated team of advocates.”


Gail Petty, QPM Manager and Lead for Advocacy and Rights at NDTi said:

The Advocacy Quality Performance Mark is only awarded to advocacy organisations who can demonstrate that they are providing excellent services to people often experiencing challenging situations in their lives.  It indicates that they have the training and policies in place to ensure people’s rights are upheld and their preferences are heard and responded to.”

Originally developed by Action for Advocacy (A4A), the Department of Health funded NDTi to review and revise the QPM in 2014, working with providers, users and commissioners of advocacy services. The application process was streamlined to be as straightforward as possible, while retaining the rigour required to ensure that high standards are met.  It is available to organisations providing independent advocacy in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.  Further information can be accessed and applications can be made via

Derbyshire Mind achieves Dignity Award for a further 2 years!


Derbyshire County Council run the Derbyshire Dignity Campaign jointly with NHS Derbyshire. The aim is for every social care and health service team, establishment and provider to be giving a consistent experience of dignity and respect for all who receive a service.

Dignity is the foundation for all health, social care and other public services and is the responsibility of everyone involved at all levels.

Successful applications result in the organisation achieving the award for 2 years after which they have to apply again.

We have held the award since September 2016 and are delighted to have once again been successful in our application and hold this now until January 2021.

“The whole ethos of our advocacy services is to put the person at the centre of decision making, respecting their dignity and their choices and is at the heart of the culture in our team.”


Sarah Harrison

Service Director

Ryan Puts Mind Over Matter



Ryan Cooper is cycling 1066 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats to raise money for mental health charity Derbyshire Mind. 

Ryan, 38, of Duffield, has planned his own route, which he will complete in 11 stages averaging 97 miles a day. He said: “I will be cycling for up to 10 hours a day, passing through some of the most scenic countryside Britain has to offer, including iconic bridge crossings, mountain passes and historic locations along the way.”

Ryan will be supported throughout the ride by mum Monica and brother Gavin, who will be completing the journey alongside him in the ‘TEAM ry support car’, which has been designed and produced free of charge by OMG Signs of Little Eaton. 

The ride starts on Monday July 30th at 9am. To make a donation please visit:

We are accepting donations until 10th November 2018.

 Visit for regular updates.