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Music of our Lives – A 4-week Enjoying Derbyshire wellbeing course

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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.


To Book Yourself A Place:

To book a free place on one of these 4 week courses just visit: 


If you have any questions, please contact Derbyshire Mind on

You can learn more about Derbyshire Mind and the Enjoying Derbyshire wellbeing programme by visiting:

You can learn more about Alex Blood and his psychodynamic approach by visiting his website:

Winter Wellbeing Journal: A Collective Wellbeing Activity

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:

Zoom Meeting: Derbyshire Mind Winter Wellbeing Journal Coffee
To Join the Zoom Meeting on Fridays at 1.30pm:

Meeting ID: 956 7048 1820
Passcode: WWJ2020

Top Tips to help you:

  • 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!

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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