Living Well Derbyshire – Reimagining mental health support and realising the new community framework

Derbyshire Voluntary Action (DVA) are pleased to announce that we will be working in partnership with Erewash Voluntary Action (EVA), High Peak CVS and our Place Alliance colleagues to provide Living Well Collaboratives across Derbyshire.

Stella Scott, Chief Executive of EVA, and lead partner in the bid said, “I am delighted that we will be leading on this project working alongside Derbyshire Voluntary Action and our partners in High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and Glossop”.

The Collaboratives will be inclusive forums for people to come together to support the transformation of mental health services in Derbyshire. They are a unique and exciting opportunity to develop a shared understanding of the needs of people using our current mental health system. These face to face and virtual meetings, supported by local coordinators, will enable an opportunity to listen to local voices and develop a better offer that’s responsive to an individual’s needs.

Natasha, who’s early experiences of being born to a mother in prison and growing up surrounded by drugs and crime shaping her life said, “I want to feel that services are shaped around my needs, not the other way around.”

Derbyshire has a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform community mental health – both how the system works, and the outcomes achieved for people like Natasha.

The partners in each area will ensure that people with lived experience, voluntary sector and mental health professionals come together to improve access to care and support by creating new community based front doors to mental health for all adults and older adults in need of multidisciplinary support at a local level.

Jacqui Willis, Chief Executive of DVA said, “We are very excited to bring together people with lived experience, carers, voluntary and community sector, mental health services, frontline health and care professionals, and system leaders to be change makers across the two collaboratives for Chesterfield, NE Derbyshire & Bolsover.”

“Our collaboratives will:
o Be committed to significantly improving outcomes for people in our local communities.
o Listen to the people with lived experience.
o Believe in the value of collaboration; sharing knowledge and insights and working together to achieve real system change.
o Have a strong desire to develop innovative ways of working to improve mental health support for people and help them flourish.”

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The Living Well collaboratives bring investment in three new coordinator roles across Derbyshire.
Derbyshire Voluntary Action will employ a coordinator, who will join our Mental Health Liaison Service, to support the Chesterfield, and North East Derbyshire & Bolsover collaboratives.

To apply for the Collaborative Coordinator post, please email or visit