12 May – Community News from Derbyshire County Council – Decision on homes for older people,, free second-hand office furniture for community groups, Shine a Light returns to local landmarks, Public Involvement fund, Mental health awareness week, countryside safety

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Decision on homes for older people

Free, second-hand office furniture for community groups

Shine a Light returns to local landmarks

Public Involvement Fund - now open for applications

Mental Health Awareness Week

Stay safe in the countryside


Decision on homes for older people

A decision has been made to close seven of our care homes, which need major refurbishment to bring them up to modern care standards.

The decision follows a public consultation on future options for the homes which need significant repairs including replacing boilers, heating systems, refitting all kitchens and bathrooms, roofing works and installing sprinkler systems.

Each home would also need completely rewiring by September 2022, which would mean residents would have to move out for up to 40 weeks.

Even if all the repairs, costing around £31m, were carried out, the homes are no longer fit for purpose, don't have the space to use essential equipment, and can't be adapted to provide high-quality care to older people with increasingly complex needs.

We'll support residents to move to local, suitable and reasonable alternatives for their care or alternative accommodation of their choice.

And we'll consult staff and trade unions to support employees to find suitable alternative roles to minimise redundancies

Free, second-hand office furniture for community groups

Following the re-organisation of office spaces, we’re giving away used office furniture free of charge to Derbyshire community groups, charities and schools.

The furniture which includes desks, pedestals and bookcases is available on a first-come first-served basis after office spaces at County Hall, Chatsworth Hall and John Hadfield House in Matlock were re-organised to support a more flexible approach to delivering services.

Any local groups that could make use of the furniture can visit our website for more information about what’s available and how to collect.

Shine A Light returns to local landmarks

This autumn and winter, spectacular large-scale projections will light up Derbyshire landmarks with a unique fusion of music, visuals and sound when Shine A Light returns.

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You can watch Derbyshire’s history unfold in magical night-time shows projected on to four heritage venues as part of the new Shine A Light programme from Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire, which will run from September 2022 to February 2023.

The large-scale projections will take place for the first time at Elvaston Castle near Derby, Barrow Hill Roundhouse at Chesterfield and the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall near J29 M1. Cromford Mills will host the unique outdoor events for a second year.

Public Involvement Fund - now open for applications

The East Midlands Academic Health Science Network (EMAHSN) has launched its annual public involvement fund, offering 15 awards of £2,000 to successful organisations and groups in the region.

This funding is aimed at health, social care, charities and voluntary organisations and groups. EMAHSN welcomes applications that encourage public involvement in health and care research, innovation, transformation, and improvement.

Applications to the scheme are now open and close at midnight on Thursday 30 June 2022.

Mental Health Awareness week

mental health

It's Mental Health awareness week (9-15 May) and this year it's all about getting connected and combating loneliness.

Most of us will have experienced times when we feel a little isolated or disconnected from the world around us.

Everyone feels lonely from time to time - loneliness can affect anyone and the recent pandemic has increased a lot of people’s feelings of being alone.

But feeling lonely or isolated can have a negative impact on your mental health - especially if these feelings go on for a long time.

Research suggests that loneliness is associated with an increased risk of certain mental health problems, including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, sleep problems and increased stress.

So it’s really important that we all work together to help tackle it.

Stay safe in the countryside


We’re reminding people who are getting out and about in Derbyshire’s countryside this spring to take care in fields and areas of moorland where farm animals are grazing. Local residents and visitors to the area need to be aware of their surroundings especially when a path enters a field, or they are crossing open access land.

The Derby and Derbyshire Local Access Forum (DADLAF) – an organisation we set up with Derby City Council to advise on outdoor recreation, rights of way and access to the countryside – gives the following advice to keep people and livestock safe:

  • Avoid getting between cows and their calves
  • Be prepared for cattle to react to you, especially if you have a dog with you
  • Move quickly and quietly around the herd
  • Keep your dog close and under control on a lead around cows and sheep
  • If you are threatened by cattle let your dog go to allow it to run to safety
  • Don’t panic or run. Most cattle will stop before they reach you. If they follow, walk on quietly
  • Always check local signs as there are situations when you must keep your dog on a lead for all or part of the year
  • Leave gates as you find them or follow instructions on any signs
  • Always clean up your dog’s poo as it can cause life threatening illness in people, livestock and wildlife
  • Don’t let your dog stray from the path or area where you have right of access
  • Don’t feed livestock, horses or wild animals as this can cause harm
  • Don’t leave bags of dog poo around even if you intend to pick them up later. If you cannot find a waste bin you should take it home with you.

The Derby and Derbyshire Local Access Forum is looking for people with an interest in the great outdoors to sign up as volunteers – particularly land managers and people with experience in forestry, farming, outdoor education, local communities, nature conservation and business/ tourism.

Anyone interested in joining the Forum should contact Gill Millward on 01629 539656 or by email gill.millward@derbyshire.gov.uk