Health & Wellbeing

Arts & Literature

  • Expressive Writing Workshops for Carers: Arranged by Derbyshire Carers Association and facilitated by Derby based writer Sophie Sparham, who will guide you through different writing exercises to help you experience the benefits of expressive writing. Online via Zoom – Thursdays 1:00–2:30pm on 13th, 27th August 2020.
  • Free Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook: The Wellness Society aims to bridge the gap for people who find long-term private therapy unaffordable yet are reluctant (or unable) to get help from overstretched mental health services. They have put together a workbook which some might find useful as a tool to build resilience during the current pandemic:
  • Shopkeep Arty: Live drawings from artists that people can join in with. You can see examples of the past works and also re-watch them. Please note some are paid for and others are free of charge:
  • The 52 Weeks Festival will run from May 2022 – May 2023 and aims to bring Derbyshire together through: Celebrating heritage and culture; Supporting individuals and organisations to develop their activities and impact; Bringing in new arts, culture and entertainment; Inspiring people of all ages to take part; Bringing communities together; Improving individual well-being. Festival organisers would like to develop a clear picture of existing arts and culture activity across all parts of Derbyshire and would be grateful if individuals and organisations could take 5 minutes to complete an online survey. Click here to complete the survey.
  • The Big Book Weekend was a new online festival in May, that brought together British book festivals cancelled due to coronavirus – sessions still available to watch:
  • Willington Arts Festival is still going ahead despite COVID-19, but as a virtual festival this year. They are looking for artists of all categories – mixed media, painting, photography, poetry etc. who would like to display their work. Closing date Saturday 19 September:


Food & Nutrition

Mental Health

Our Other Support page also has contact details for local organisations offering Mental Health & Emotional Support:

The Outdoors


  • Connecting People, Connecting Support is an online space where people with dementia, family members and care staff can access research-informed resources that promote quality of life:
  • The Royal Voluntary Service has launched a Virtual Village Hall with a programme of themed online activities designed to enjoy at home. Sessions are led by expert tutors, Royal Voluntary Service activity coordinators, volunteers and some well-known faces, and require very little space or equipment. You’ll find a wide range of sessions to take part in, like creative arts and crafts, music and singing, cooking and baking, dance and exercise, and technology skills. Join in with live sessions or catch up on demand when it suits you: