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Mindful Crafts at Quad – Spring 2019


Mindful Crafts is a creative group taking place 1-3pm on the second Monday of each month during Spring 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 10th December 2018



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.


Please be aware that the January session will take place in a room upstairs, rather than the usual room downstairs. Lifts are available.

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.


Monthly Kedleston Hall 5k or 10k Trail

poster image for event showing joggers by a lake with date and time information for the event

Kedleston Trails: Sunday 26th August 2018
Registration from 8:30am, race starts 9:00am
Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, DE22 5JH

Join us for a friendly jog or walk around the beautiful Kedleston Hall estate. This isn’t a competitive race and suitable for beginners and those looking for a challenge can still push themselves on the longer route. The day starts with registration and warm up, and ends with a 20% discount voucher for the café for the chance to chat with fellow participants – yum!

This monthly event is organised by Jog Derbyshire and managed by volunteers. Dogs welcome. Parking for the race is free as it is before the Hall opens to visitors. To find out more about jogging or how to get started click here.

Mindfulness Workshop in Ripley – Saturday 18th August

Find out more about Mindfulness and give it a go in this free taster session led by a Derbyshire Mind staff member with three years’ experience of hosting a group and delivering taster sessions.


The total session will last up to two hours but will include three different basic mindfulness practices to help you explore mindfulness and find out what works best for you. Participation in the practices is by choice and you can opt out at any time.


The workshop will start with an introduction to help you decide which parts of the morning you would like to participate in, and there be breaks between practices and chances to discuss every aspect of the practices being offered. There will also be a refreshment and comfort break.


As the practices involve staying with what arises, mindfulness can feel challenging, so please get in touch if you have any questions before you come along.


If you are interested in attending, please get in touch (details below) so we have an idea of rough numbers to expect and to complete an event registration form prior to the event. You are still welcome to join us if you haven’t booked in advance and we will ask you to complete the registration form before starting.


Book a place or ask a question:

Call or text: 07825 212 103
This number is active on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday daytimes. Please leave a message with your name and number to request a call back outside of these times.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where is it?
The Croft
Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service
Slack Lane

When is it?
10:00am – 12:00noon, Saturday 18th August 2018

How much is it?
It’s free, yay! We would like as many people as possible to be able to be able to join us as we believe that wellbeing is for everyone.

Do I need to bring anything?
No, just bring yourself

What should I wear?
As long as you’re comfortable it doesn’t really matter.
You will be invited to take you shoes off as part of the practice if you would like to. This is voluntary and not essential.

What if I’m late to the start of the workshop?
If you are joining us after we start, we simply ask that you take a seat to the side and complete a registration form if you have not already done so and join in the next practice.

I’m not very flexible, does that matter?
Yoga body not required as chairs are available.

Do I need to be religious or have a faith?
No, whilst mindfulness and meditation have their roots in Buddhism, this is not a religious practice and can be used as an everyday tool for grounding.

Is this session open to anyone?
All Enjoying Derbyshire workshops and events are open to adults over the age of 18.

I’m not sure if this right for me or if it will trigger me, what can I do?
It can be challenging to be with your own thoughts and there is always the option to opt-out of the different practices or head to a quiet space away from the group.
One of the questions on the registration form is an opportunity for you to make the facilitator aware of anything you might want us to know or could find difficult.
If you’re not sure if it’s right for you, please get in touch to ask any questions.

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  ….. 


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!