A friendly beginners mindfulness course, designed to help you enjoy the benefits of gentle movement and bring a sense of calm to your week! – A Derbyshire Mind ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ course in collaboration with Kat Rooney Yoga and Mindfulness
About this Course:
Join us for some gentle movement, mindfulness, and much-needed relaxation from the comfort of your own living room!
This free 6 week online mindfulness course led by local Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher Kat Rooney has been specially designed for our Enjoying Derbyshire programme to help you enjoy the benefits of gentle movement and bring a sense of calm and happiness to your week! Each session with have a different theme which ultimately will provide you with a toolkit of calming grounding techniques.
You can join us for the full 6 week group course, or just for individual sessions, it’s completely up to you!
Course Dates: Wednesdays: 24th Feb, 3rd Mar, 10th Mar, 17th Mar, 24th Mar, 31st March 2021
This friendly and enjoyable 6 week group is part of Derbyshire Mind’s Enjoying Derbyshire community wellbeing programme and so is aimed at people living in Derby or Derbyshire with a mild to moderate mental health condition or who are currently feeling anxious, isolated, or low, particularly as a result of lockdown.
If you have any questions, please contact Derbyshire Mind on firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Exploring Your Inner Resilience’ is a seven week online course for 18-21 year old students that is designed to explore feelings of stress and anxiety and build resilience. An Derbyshire Mind ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ course in collaboration with Bello Mind and Soul.
About this Course:
Join local Creative Arts Practitioner Dani Bello for an online wellbeing and empowerment course, designed specifically for students (18-21 years old) living or studying in Derbyshire and experiencing low mood and worries as a result of keeping up with studies and the ongoing lockdowns!
This 7-week course will invite you to explore your inner resilient self and help you to ignite your inner strength and power. By taking part in the creative activities, you will be lead on a journey of self-discovery and learn to support yourself in the best way!
Each session will help you explore and express a range of different emotions such as combating loneliness, anxiety, stress, low self-esteem and so much more. You will be leaving each session feeling uplifted and motivated, and having so much more energy to focus on yourself and your studies during this difficult and unpredictable time.
Course Dates (Delivered via Zoom):
Course Dates: 4th March 2021, 11th March 2021, 18th March 2021, 25th March 2021, 1st April 2021, 8th April 2021, 15th April 2021 from 7.00pm – 8.30pm
This friendly and enjoyable course is part of our Enjoying Derbyshire community wellbeing programme and so is aimed at students in Derby/Derbyshire aged 18-21 who are currently feeling isolated or low, particularly as a result of this latest lockdown, or experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Like all of our Enjoying Derbyshire courses, this course is free and is kindly funded though donations and fundraising.
If you have any questions, please contact Derbyshire Mind on email@example.com
Music of Our Lives is a 4-week online wellbeing group where our relationship with music and the songs we love is used as the starting point for reflection.
An Derbyshire Mind ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ course in collaboration with Derbyshire Music Therapy.
About this Course:
Music and song often captures how we are feeling or touches us emotionally at times when we need that support that words and talking cannot provide. In some cases music may be our only refuge, either due to loneliness and isolation or simply because music makes us feel understood when it seems nobody else can understand.
In this four week short course, music therapist Alex Blood from Derbyshire Music Therapy, will lead you on a journey into the music you love. Together we will explore how music can bring back memories, support us when we are feeling low, lift us when we are feeling happy, and how it brings us together as a community! Alex will facilitate the sharing and discussion of why music is supportive to us during times when we are not feeling so strong. During the session you will have the opportunity to share your experiences and talk about your own special pieces of music and song, as well as being offered recommendations or listening activities to carry out between sessions to reflect on next time.
Two Groups of this Course Are Being Run Together:
There are two groups running for this course, based on age, as we felt that these two different age groups would have different musical experiences and music memories which would work better if they were delivered separately. So we have group one running on Wednesday evenings, and group two running on Thursday mornings:
Group One is for the 18-50 year old age group and meets online on Wednesdays on these dates: 17th February 2021, 24th February 2021, 3rd March 2021, 10th March 2021 at 6.30pm – 7.30pm
Group Two is for the 50+ year old age group and meets online on Thursdays on these dates: 18th February 2021, 25th February 2021, 4th March 2021, 11th March 2021 from 10 am – 11 am
This friendly course is part of our Enjoying Derbyshire community wellbeing programme and so is aimed at anyone in Derby/Derbyshire who is currently feeling isolated or low, particularly as a result of this latest lockdown, or experiencing mild to moderate mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Like all of our Enjoying Derbyshire courses, this course is free and is kindly funded though donations and fundraising.
Have you heard about journaling? Journaling is super simple, and involves keeping a written notebook to explore your thoughts and feelings surrounding a topic or the events of your life.
There are really not any rules although most journaling is a daily exercise, but it is not a planner or a diary.
Journaling is a really useful check-in tool. There are times in our lives when we feel balanced and motivated, and other times when we’re stressed and overwhelmed. Taking time each day to put pen to paper and just letting your thoughts flow helps you to reflect on it all and feel better.
Journaling has well known benefits, like a boost in mindfulness, wellbeing, memory and communication skills. But studies have also found that writing regularly in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, and more self-confidence!
Some people just like to let their thoughts out each day by writing about whatever comes to mind, but some people like to write around a ‘journal prompt’. A journal prompt is a thought or a question for you to specifically think about that day. It could be something like ‘What makes you a good friend?’ or ‘What would your letter to your teenage self say?’, then you let your thoughts run free around that topic.
Using prompts is a great way to start your new journaling habit as it removes the problem of ‘what should I write about today?’. So for our Winter Wellbeing Journal activity we will be providing you with a prompt each day for you to use.
Look at your journaling time as a personal relaxation time, and a time to get to know yourself a little bit more. It’s a time when you can de-stress and wind down. Choose to write in a place that’s relaxing and soothing, maybe with a cup of tea. Look forward to your journaling time. And know that you’re doing something good for your mind and body.
So how will our Winter Wellbeing Journal daily activity work?
Every day we will post a simple journal prompt on our both our Derbyshire Mind Facebook and Instagram pages. You are then invited to write this down into your journal notebook. It will be written in the form of a question and is designed to start you thinking! You can then find time that day to get comfy with a cup of tea and explore the question by letting your hand write. It is a great idea to set aside a dedicated time to write each day.
Then, each week on a Friday afternoon at 1.30pm you are invited to join me on Zoom for a virtual cup of tea, to have a chat, and discuss how we have got on with our journaling that week. Stay as long as you like! I look forward to connecting with you all.
What do you need to take part?
All you need to take part in our Winter Wellbeing Journal activity and to start your daily journaling practice is a notebook, a pen and a comfy chair (and maybe a cosy hot drink!). You might like to find a new blank notebook and a pen that feels nice to write with. Maybe you have a fancy notebook tucked away somewhere from an old christmas present. Starting your journal is a great opportunity to dig it out!
If you want to join in with our Friday virtual meet ups, then you will also need either a laptop or a phone that you can use to click on the Zoom link, or type in the meeting code and password:
Try to find time to write every day. Set aside a few minutes every day to write. This will help you to build up the new habit. We will be posting the new prompt each day at 10am.
Make it easy. Keep a dedicated pen and notebook handy. Then when you want to write down your thoughts, you can. You could also keep a journal in a computer file if that’s better for you.
Write whatever feels right for you. Your journal doesn’t need to follow any certain structure. It’s your own private place to discuss whatever you want. Let the words flow freely. Try not to worry about spelling mistakes or what other people might think.
Use your journal as you see fit. You don’t have to share your journal with anyone. If you do want to share some of your thoughts with trusted friends and loved ones, you could show them just parts of your journal.
Try different environments. You could take your journal outside and sit on a bench to write. Try a local park, or space in nature. Your garden works well too. A bit of fresh air will help your brain.
If you don’t like the prompt that day, feel free to write something else. You could even draw pictures or make a collage to support your thoughts if you would like to.
I hope you feel inspired to join in with our daily journaling activity and find it a useful way to support your wellbeing this winter!
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.
Mindful Crafts is a creative group taking place 1-3pm on the second Monday of each month during Spring / Summer 2019 at Quad, on the Market Place, Derby.
Each month there will be a different theme. All workshops will be delivered in a relaxed and supportive environment, suitable for adults to learn new skills whilst improving confidence and self esteem.
These workshops are free to attend and all materials are provided on the day, just bring yourself! You are welcome to bring a bottle of water with you, with other refreshments are available from the on-site coffee shop.
Booking is recommended as places are limited.
Delivered in partnership with Quad as part of their Year of Wellbeing, Derbyshire Mind’s Enjoying Derbyshire project and Step Ball Change.
Call Derbyshire Mind: 01332 623732
1:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 8th April 2019
1:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 13th May 2019
1:00pm – 3:00pm on Monday 10th June 2019
Each session is set out to be welcoming and supportive, with different themes. If you’re not sure about trying something out, please ask a member of staff for more information about what it is to help you decide what you would like to participate in.
Jog Derbyshire and Kedleston Hall host a fun and friendly monthly trail run (or jog or walk) around the beautiful Kedleston Estate to raise money for Derbyshire Mind whilst promoting the benefits of outdoor exercise.
For £2 entry you can sign up to do a 5K or 10K route. Registration starts opens from 8:30am and includes a group warm-up before the 10K set off first at 9:00am.
The route starts off with an uphill which allows regular runners a challenge whilst enabling walkers to enjoy the scenery more! Dogs are welcome too.
At the end you can collect your 20% off voucher for the café and relax with other participants.
This event is run by volunteers who take registration, set up markers for the route and lead the way. If you would like to volunteer to help please contact Jog Derbyshire for more information.
Please be aware that if the main entrance gates are closed, an alternate entrance to Kedleston hall is available off Mercaston Lane.
Explore and experience a range of health, wellbeing and relaxation exercises and methods tailored to improving mental wellbeing.
You will join a small, friendly group supported by two qualified staff members. During this course you will learn what core strength is and through gentle exercises learn how to develop your strength and flexibility. Participation is voluntary and exercises are tailored to the abilities of the group. No previous experience is required.
This course is designed and delivered by Derby Adult Learning Service in partnership with Derbyshire Mind.
Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
Free to attend
This workshop is free to attend and is suitable for adults with no previous experience, who would like to improve their mental wellbeing.
7-9pm for 10 weeks
Starting Thursday 17th January 2019
For more information or to book a place:
Booking is recommended as places are limited. T: 01332 717 900 E: firstname.lastname@example.org