News from Derbyshire County Council – 8 September 2023 🔹 Honouring Millie Bright 🔹 Woodland Festival 🔹 Carer's emergency card 🔹 Eye Health Week 🔹 Helping autistic people 🔹

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Derbyshire Now, Derbyshire County Council

Latest news in this edition:

Honouring Millie Bright

After making us all proud in the European and World cups, it's proposed that England football captain Millie Bright is made an Honorary Freewoman of Derbyshire.

Millie Bright

Millie grew up in in Derbyshire having been born in Chesterfield where she attended Killamarsh Junior School and Eckington School. She began her footballing career at the age of nine playing for her local team, the Killamarsh Dynamos. Millie has played for both Doncaster Rovers Belles and Chelsea.

Millie’s senior international career began in 2016 and she has represented her country ever since, becoming the team’s captain this summer.

Our councillors are meeting on Wednesday and if they agree to grant the title, which is a mark of distinction, we'd make it formal, as required by law, on a date to be agreed.

Make a date for the Woodland Festival

Have you got this great family event in your diary yet? You won't want to miss this year's Derbyshire Woodland festival at Elvaston Castle Country park.

Vikings woodland festival

Our Derbyshire Woodland Festival, now in its 22nd year, is on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September.

It's a weekend of good-value entertainment for all the family, celebrating traditional and contemporary woodland crafts.

There's also a Viking invasion, outdoor theatre, storytelling, working horses, a fairground and a wide range of food and drink.

The cost is £15 per car or £7.50 per motorcycle per day. A weekend ticket is available for £20. Payment is by cash only. Dogs are welcome on leads.

Look out for the updates and follow the festival on Facebook


Emergency planning for unpaid carers

If you provide unpaid care to a family member or friend, have you thought about making an emergency plan in case you’re suddenly unable to carry out your caring role?

emergency planning for carers

Our carers emergency card can help you feel more prepared in an emergency for example, if you become poorly or are admitted to hospital.

By carrying the card, it can alert emergency services and anyone else who might help you in an emergency, that someone relies on you. Your card will have a unique reference number and a contact number for our call centre team who can help you arrange support for the person you care for based on the information you have provided in your emergency plan.

As part of the application process, we’ll ask for your details, what you'd like to happen if you're unable to carry out your caring role, the details of the person you care for and what care you provide. You can also nominate emergency contacts such as family members who can assist in your absence. 


Eye Health Week events

Sight Support Derbyshire is holding two support events for people affected by sight loss during National Eye Health Week 2023.

eye sight test

The sessions will cover lots of topics such as reducing stress, relaxation, healthy eating for good eye health and keeping positive. There will also be chair-based exercises and yoga.

The events are being held on:

  • Tuesday 19 September, 10.30am-12, at 2A Wentworth House, Vernon Gate, Derby, DE1 1UR
  • Wednesday 20 September, 10.30am-12, at the Assembly Rooms, Market Hall, Chesterfield, S40 1AR.

You can find out more and register your place by emailing or by calling 01332 292 262 and asking for Victoria.

National Eye Health Week runs from 18 – 24 September.


Helping autistic people

If you are autistic or support someone who is autistic, you may be interested in a new programme we're funding.

autism training

Run by Neurodiverse Self Advocacy – a non-profit voluntary group - the free, six-session programme is designed to support autistic people – including those waiting for an autism diagnosis or who self-identify as an autistic person - as well as their families and support networks.

The next programme starts on Thursday, September 28 at 7pm and has been developed by and is facilitated by autistic people and features online and face-to-face sessions on a range of subjects, including:

  • Wellbeing and health advice
  • Rights and reasonable adjustments
  • Accessing support networks.

There’ll also be guest speakers and the chance to take part in question and answer sessions.

To find out more or book a place visit

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