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Newsletter 18 May 2020

Date: 18 May 2020     

High Peak CVS

Newsletter 18 May 2020


News: Mental Health Awareness Week 18 to 24 May 2020

This year, perhaps more than ever, it’s important to highlight the work going on across the High Peak supporting people with mental health and wellbeing issues.

Mental Health Awareness WeekThe COVID-19 pandemic has brought about many changes in the way we live and the pressure we are under – isolation, job risk, financial strain and bereavement are amongst just a few issues that people are dealing with on a daily basis.

Mental Health Awareness Week is an opportunity to not only raise awareness of the risks associated with mental health problems but to also celebrate the incredible work that is going on across the district in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Derbyshire. High Peak CVS work daily with amazing volunteers and organisations that work tirelessly to help their local community and we want to take this opportunity to say thank you to every single one of you. Between Monday 18 May and Sunday 24 May 2020 we would like to hear from you about the work you and/or your organisation are doing to support the Mental Health and Wellbeing of our community.

The theme this year is around Kindness and we know there is plenty of this going around the streets and community of High Peak  

If you are on Facebook or Twitter please share with us your story and service that we can celebrate by using the hashtag #HighPeakKindness and tagging in High Peak CVS so we can share this with the world!  If you are not on social media please do send us your stories to hello@highpeakcvs.org.uk

If you or someone you know is struggling at the moment please do have a look at our database which has a number of local services available that can help and are ready to hear from you – highpeakcvs.org.uk/directory.asp

Mind – the Mental Health Charity also offers some fantastic sources of information, guidance and support and can be accessed here: www.mind.org.uk

Finally, on behalf of everyone at High Peak CVS, thank you again for all your hard work and dedication in an incredibly difficult time.

News: Emotional Support Line

Phone 01773 734989
Text 07537 410028
Mon - Fri 9am-7pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm

Rethink Mental Illness are the lead provider of Derbyshire Recovery & Peer Support service and their focus in challenging times is the safety of everyone, while they recognise the impact the situation may be having on people’s mental health.

They are now providing an Emotional Support Helpline, using a single point of access contact centre. This Helpline is for anyone feeling they need emotional support. This might be due to ongoing support needs, worries about the current situation, feelings of anxiety or loneliness – or any other reason. The Helpline will run during normal office hours 9am to 7pm but will be monitored and times changed to meet growing need.

Rethink and partners continue to support their existing client group, through telephone and digital contact.


News: Rural Hardship Fund

Rural Action Derbyshire has set up a Rural Hardship Support Fund to help people in rural areas of Derbyshire who are suffering extreme hardship as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Applications to the Hardship Fund will be by referral and individuals will need to meet the criteria  to qualify. 

The fund will provide regular food parcels and assistance with some critical household expenses. People will also be able to access information on other support available to them relative to their specific needs.


News: Charity Virtual Quiz with High Peak MP

Virtual quiz night hosted by local MP Robert Largan in aid of Blythe House on Friday 5 June.

High Peak people affected by life-limiting illness are set to benefit from a virtual fundraising quiz hosted by the borough’s MP. Robert Largan MP is set to host a general knowledge quiz on Friday 5 June, to raise money for Blythe House Hospicecare. 

A suggested minimum donation of £5 per household will ensure that the hospice can continue to provide free services to local people who are affected by life-limiting illnesses including cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and motor neurone disease. 

Throughout the ongoing COVID-19 situation, hospice nurses and healthcare assistants continue to deliver palliative and end of life care to patients and families across the local community. The hospice team is also delivering counselling, advice and support over the phone. 

Robert said: ‘Blythe House do amazing work and I’m really pleased to be able to help support them during this difficult time when a lot of traditional fundraising efforts are not possible. I look forward to testing the people of High Peak on their pub quiz skills!’ 

Alistair Rogerson, Business Development Manager at Blythe House Hospicecare, added: ‘We are very grateful to Robert for giving his time for free and offering to host this quiz in aid of the hospice. If 50 households take part, donating just £5 each, the money raised will pay for 15 hours of Hospice at Home care for a local patient who wishes to die in the comfort of their own home, surrounded by their loved ones.’  

The quiz winner will receive a hamper of gifts including biscuits, activities and a House of Commons bottle of whisky donated by Robert. 

Registrations are limited so to avoid disappointment, find out more and sign up online now blythehousehospice.org.uk/event/quiz-night-with-robert-largan-mp/

News: Counselling Courses at Glossop

Counselling Information Session Glossop Adult Community Education Centre
Friday 3 July 2020 10:00 am until 12 noon.

Level 2 – Certificate in Counselling

This course is designed for those who want to learn counselling skills to help and support others in a voluntary or employed capacity, providing skills for a variety of roles. This course will be a useful progression route for those interested in furthering their study or widening their role. To ensure that learners get the most from the course and can achieve the qualification, there is an induction. 

Level 3 - Diploma in Counselling

This course is designed for those seeking to enhance their functional role through counselling skills. Learners will gain an understanding of a range of skills and examine schools of thought/theoretical models. This course is a useful progression route to Level 4 counselling, and for those interested in furthering their study or work role. In order to enrol on this course, you will need to hold a GCSE or equivalent in English.  To ensure you get the most from this course and can achieve the qualification, there will be an induction.

To book your place on the information session email: 
or telephone Glossop centre on 01629 535895 and leave a message. 

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