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  • Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carer Support and pamper day at Clay Cross

    Carers Support and Pamper Day

    At Clay Cross Social Centre, Market Street, S45 9JE

    WEDNESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    Open to the public from 11am – 2pm

    Come along for your FREE BODY MOT

    BLOOD PRESSURE & HEART RATE, HEIGHT/WEIGHT & BMI, BODY FAT % SKELETAL MUSCLE % VISCERAL FAT %

    FREE HEALTH CHECK THERAPISTS

    ORGANISATIONS FOR SUPPORT AND ADVICE

    REFRESHMENTS

    Supported by Derbyshire Carers Association

    For further information please contact Bob Steer on 01246 864661

  • BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    BRIGHT SIDE COURSES – Taking steps to feeling more positive through learning new skills

    The Autumn courses are now available from the Bright Side project, which is offered free by Derbyshire County Council Adult Education Service, to anyone who is experiencing mental health issues, emotional or psychological distress or those feeling socially isolated.

    One in four of us will experience mental health issues in a year. The courses are normally 12 hours long, spread over several weeks.

    They deliver a rich variety of practical and hands on skills, including dancing, singing, cookery, gardening, dry stone walling, relaxation and arts and crafts activities, all delivered in a small friendly and supportive group.

    People with understanding and experience of mental health issues are helping us design the Bright Side project because they know how learning new skills can help.

    Additional support will be provided to help you join in, enjoy yourself and move on.

    East Derbyshire Leaflet

    West Derbyshire Leaflet

    South Derbyshire Leaflet

    For more information please contact brightside@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01629 536 569

  • Feeling Low, Anxious, Isolated? Drop in group in Chesterfield

    Feeling Low, Anxious, Isolated? Drop in group in Chesterfield

    You may be interested to know that DORA 2017 are running mental health related drop in coffee mornings at Monkey Park in Chesterfield.

    They run on the 1st Tuesday each month from 10.30am – 2.30pm and you will find a friendly and welcoming social environment.

    It will give you a chance to socialise, find out what is going on in the community, join in with activities including arts, crafts, games or just have a chat.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Event

    Mental Health and Wellbeing Event

    Connect 5 – Mental Health and Wellbeing Event

    Thursday 10th May 2018

    10.30am – 3.30pm

    Assembly Rooms, Market Hall, Chesterfield

  • Mental Health Carers Art Group - Chesterfield (Not DCA facilitated)

    Mental Health Carers Art Group - Chesterfield (Not DCA facilitated)

    Meets every Friday, 10.30am – 12.30pm.

    Chesterfield Labour Club, Saltergate, Chesterfield.

    It’s a small group, all materials provided, refreshments too.

    There’s painting, drawing and, of course, we draw on our experiences as Carers.

    There’s no stress, no competition.

    Every encouragement is given for Carers to find that talent they don’t know they have.

    We learn from each other in a friendly environment. Enthusiasm is all that’s needed!

  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Update

    Personal Independence Payments (PIP) Update

    In December 2017 the High Court ruled that recent restrictions to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) discriminated against people with mental health problems.

    All the people receiving the personal independence payment benefit (1.6million) will have their claims reviewed and some of them may have their payments increased if their initial assessments are found to be discriminatory.

    New regulations introduced last year stated that if a claimant could not make a familiar journey by themselves then they would be eligible for a bigger payment, however if they could not make such a journey due to psychological distress then they would not be entitled to this payment. This has now been ruled as “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health conditions

    If psychological distress affects your ability to make familiar journeys, then there is a chance that you could be entitled to more support. The Government has stated that it will write to everyone who has been affected and that if you are now entitled to these extra payments then it will be backdated to when you had your original decision or to December 2016 (which is when a court first ruled that people should be entitled to more support).

    More information Click the link to visit the BBC article BBC News Article

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