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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 www.qualityadvocacy.org.uk.

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: www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/teamrychallenge

We are accepting donations until 10th November 2018.

 Visit twitter.com/teamrychallenge for regular updates.

 

Running free, feeling great – the story of Jog Derbyshire, Kedleston Hall and Derbyshire MIND

Imagine jogging through the trees, with the wind in your hair, a smile on your face and surrounded by nature. You’re jogging simply for the fun of jogging, with no competition against anyone else. Sounds like the perfect recipe for feeling great, doesn’t it?

That’s why the partnership between Jog Derbyshire, Derbyshire MIND and the National Trust in creating the Kedleston Hall Trails has proven so successful.

Last month saw the handover of a £1,000 cheque to Derbyshire MIND – the culmination of a year of working together on the monthly event. For not only are the people attending getting so much out of it, but their entry fee for the jog of just £2 is a worthy contribution to the work of the local charity.

read the full article here  ….. 

Toyota

Thanks to Toyota, Derbyshire Mind was pleased to receive a donation as part of their charitable work this year. The money will go towards the support of our services and the Enjoying Derbyshire Wellbeing Project. We were one of many beneficiaries, marked at a celebration event in the Spring 2018.  You can see the full press release on this here.

Enjoying Derbyshire

We are pleased to announce that we have a new logo for Enjoying Derbyshire and our sincere thanks to Lubrizol for developing this for us. The logo is intended to represent our intention to develop a wellbeing programme of activities which will take place across the County of Derbyshire and in Derby to complement our walking programme. We look forward to sharing news of this programme and up and coming events as soon as we can so please do watch this space!