Derbyshire Voluntary Action Health & Social Care Voluntary Sector Forum

The Forum is open to any health related or wellbeing voluntary group in Derbyshire. It meets quarterly throughout the year and is a friendly, informal meeting and always welcomes new members. It provides an atmosphere where groups are able to ‘network’.  Members are also able to hear and debate presentations on current issues and the Forum is frequently used as a consultation mechanism by statutory bodies.

If you would like to be added to our Forum mailing list please email

Upcoming Forum dates:

Wednesday 22nd May 2024 – see below for details

Wednesday 17th July 2024 venue tbc

Wednesday 16th October 2024 + AGM venue tbc

Wednesday 22nd May

10am – 12.45pm

Birchwood Room, The Post Mill Centre, Market Street, South Normaton, Alfreton DE55 2EJ

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1. Looking After Yourself – Dr Melanie Hani, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Practitioner for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector, Derbyshire County Council

‘Looking after Yourself’ talks about boundaries and how to protect your time and your mental health. Dr Melanie Hani’s role is to support the well-being and mental health of those working or volunteering in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.

2. Think Fest! 2024 – Songs that saved our lives – Ellie Marie Scott, The Georgia Bird Foundation

ThinkFest! is Derbyshire’s first mental health style festival that opens up conversations and awareness around mental health, suicide and wellbeing in Chesterfield town centre. This year, it will back at Vicar Lane on Saturday 25th May from 10am-3pm with an exciting line up of entertainers, workshops and panels.

3. Trauma Informed Derbyshire – Lizzie Watt, Public Health Lead, Derbyshire County Council

Derbyshire County Council Public Health are collaborating across the system with education, health and care providers to work towards a trauma informed county. We are supporting the development of a better understanding of the impacts of trauma across the life course and how being trauma informed can help us all to promote recovery, reduce inequalities and improve the life chances of all who live and work in Derbyshire.

4. Derbyshire County Council Consultation on Discretionary Funding

a. Consequences and wider implications to the VCSE of loss of discretionary funding; that is funding which is not a statutory responsibility of Derbyshire County Council.

b. As statutory services pressures increase, what implications does this bring to a voluntary sector at stretched capacity?                        

Read about the consultation –

5. Evaluating the VCSE Memorandum of Understanding in Derby/Derbyshire

The Memorandum of Understanding was launched in June 2023 and set out cultures, behaviours, aspirations and actions necessary for the Integrated Care System, the Integrated Care Board and the VCSE sector to work effectively together as partners. It was recognised that for the MoU to be effective, it would need to be evaluated annually. We will be creating a space to facilitate conversations on the seven key questions relating to VCSE engagement priorities outlined in the MoU.