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Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2020

Derbyshire Mind is holding its 52nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 13 October 2020, at 4 pm, via Zoom (due to the current pandemic). 

As well as being a statutory requirement the AGM is also a great opportunity to talk to our Chair, Trustees and Chief Executive and learn more about the work of Derbyshire Mind. This is a public meeting and is open to all.

If you require further information or wish to attend please e-mail or call Derbyshire Mind on 01332 623732. 

The officers and members of the Board of Trustees look forward to welcoming you to the meeting.

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


If you or anyone you now is interested in volunteering for the afternoon and is 18 years or over and would like to see Derby County vs Luton Town play for free

Enrol today
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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

Mindful Crafts at Quad, Derby

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.


To book:

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



QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS


What can I expect from the session?

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.