The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health

About Us:

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Our organisation supports people living with or recovering from, mental ill health. Our main objective is to promote independence and to support clients to take responsibility for finding their own solutions to their difficulties. Many of our clients tell us they feel isolated, and yet because of the stigma attached to mental health problems, they lack confidence in everyday social situations which others take in their stride.  We aim to provide non-threatening opportunities for clients to socialise and in doing so increase their self-esteem and the opportunity to live a fulfilling life.

Our aim is to improve mental health and promote independence for clients in Derbyshire.

We do that by:
  • Providing specialist adult and adolescent mental health support services
  • Providing Wellbeing Hub and Safe Space facilities to improve the lives of individuals living with or recovering from mental ill health
  • Accepting self-referrals and referrals from statutory agencies to work individually with people with mental health problems and to promote independence to access a variety of DFMH services
  • Being client-centred in all of our activities

Our Services:

Direct Payments/Personal Budgets

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Direct Payments are payments made to people who need support (following a community care assessment), and Personal Budgets (following a health professionals assessment), enabling individuals to buy their own care or support services.

We aim to be flexible so as to provide the specific support that the client wants, and will work with adult social care and mental health teams to deliver support plans tailored to individual client need. Services can include access to services (such as the gym), with managing activities of daily living, and with living with mental health conditions such as anxiety or obsessional difficulties. This type of support can be one to one or via telephone support.

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service

This service is open to anyone over the age of 18 living in Derbyshire who is experiencing mental ill health and will offer access to targeted one to one support from staff, telephone support and community-based groups.

Accommodation Based Support

Housing Support is carried out by an Individual Support Worker (ISW).  All support staff are initially trained to meet Care Certificate standards and then Diploma level 3 in Health and Social Care.  Specialist training is also provided such as budget management, mental capacity act, alcohol and substance abuse, suicide awareness, eating disorders and hate crime awareness.

Following a referral, an assessment is carried out by a Support Manager or trained ISW assessor and if the criteria for Housing support is met using the current criteria from DCC, the client is offered a service and a support action plan is put in place.  This type of support is free of charge.

Wellbeing Hubs and Safe Spaces

The aim of the Federation Wellbeing Hub is to provide a friendly, relaxed and supportive setting for people living with or recovering from mental ill health. Whilst attending either Hub or Satellite

safe spaces, individuals can access activities linked to the 5 ways to Wellbeing and other mental health recovery methods.

Youth Support Services

Bridging the Gap is a flexible service – support can be accessed at the young person’s home or school, at the Federation’s office, or elsewhere in the community, e.g cafe or park.

The service is accessible to any young person aged between 15-25, living in the High Peak or North Derbyshire Dales areas of Derbyshire. Referrals are accepted from professionals of both statutory and voluntary sector organisations, carers and self- referrals are also accepted.

Flower in the Field Project

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The Federation runs a community garden project called ‘Flower in the Field’ which is based in Darley Dale. Individuals are encouraged to be active outdoors doing gardening, growing vegetables, creating habitats for wildlife and other activities connected to nature. It is also good for people to just sit, relax and enjoy a local green space.

The project is based on 8 petals shaped allotments that local groups can ‘adopt’ and maintain.

Get Involved:

 

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For information to become involved either as an individual or as a group, please contact our main office on 01629 733915 and speak to a member of our team.

 

Website:
Tel: Matlock Office: 01629 733915 – Buxton Office: 01298 212602
Email: mainoffice@dfmh.co.uk
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Address: Matlock Office

Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health
Unit 7
Lime Tree Business Park
Lime Tree Road
Matlock
Derbyshire
DE4 3EJ

High Peak Office

Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health
11a Market Street
Buxton
SK17 6JY

 

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The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health
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The Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health
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Our organisation supports people living with or recovering from, mental ill health. Our main objective is to promote independence and to support clients to take responsibility for finding their own solutions to their difficulties.
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