EIGHT good causes groups in Derbyshire have received £231,492 between them.

Using money raised by HealthCalm CIC, through The Health Lottery, the grants were awarded by People’s Health Trust through Active Communities, a funding programme which invests in local people and groups in communities, with great ideas to make their communities even better.

The groups who received funding are:

Food and Education Enterprise CIC – £24,848

This new 18-month project aims to deliver a series of activities to encourage friendships, build community cohesion and improve connections. Activities include cooking workshops, arts and crafts sessions and multicultural events. The project is aimed at refugees, mainly from the Persian speaking community in Derby, with participation from the wider community. Participants will shape the project through a focus group. Participants will form friendships, build community networks and integrate more effectively. They will also collectively identify issues and challenges, and work together to influence decision making.

People Express – £25,400

This project is based on a pilot run in partnership with Swadlincote Asperger’s Society (SAS) last year. It will offer drop-in creative training sessions benefitting adults with Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome from Derbyshire. There will also be the opportunity for participants to go on to apply for a work placement on a creative industries training course. Regular weekly activities will provide a familiar environment, encouraging participants to participate regularly and meet new people, form friendships and learn new skills together. Participants will remain in control of the project via a steering group.

Play and Recycling Centre – £10,392

This existing two-year project aims to deliver craft workshops to local people in the Abbey Ward area of Derby. There will be fortnightly sessions for older people, which is the continuation of previously Trust funded work. There will be monthly sessions for parents with young families, plus additional sessions during school holidays for this group. The project aims to support local people to feel more connected in their community, which has experienced high population turnover, by providing opportunities for people to meet regularly to form and strengthen relationships. Sessions will be informal, with time built in for refreshments and a chat. The crafts and themes of workshops will respond to participants’ ideas.

Our Vision Our Future – £46,330

This two-year project builds on an existing programme of social and educational activities for adults with learning disabilities in Chesterfield. The project is developed and delivered by adults with learning disabilities from the local area. It provides weekly activities and a drop-in service to improve self-advocacy skulls, strengthen social relationships, build confidence and increase independence amongst group members.

Artcore Limited – £40,838

This two-year project will extend a current pilot project offering art workshops for adult migrants living in Derby. The project will run weekly workshops for people who are newly arrived from other countries to this community. The workshops will enable participants to tell their stories through art. The group will run in the Normanton and Arboretum wards of Derby. Many of the people who attend feel isolated and experience language barriers – the workshops will give them a welcoming space, in which to form friendships and learn new skills. They will be supported to engage with the wider community via exhibitions showcasing their work. Participants will input into project design and development, via regular interviews and group discussions.

Derbyshire LGBT+ Limited – £28,436

This two-year project will extend a current pilot project, to set up social groups in which older LGBT+ people living in Derbyshire can gain peer-support. In order to try and reach as many older people as possible, it will run in four satellite locations. The groups aim to link participants to their peers and with other activities run by the applicant; the groups will give them a welcoming space in which to gain mutual support. Participants have been involved in the design of the project from its inception, and will continue to lead and shape delivery and development.

Spiral Arts – £31,752

This existing two-year project previously funded by People’s Health Trust, aims to deliver activities designed to further engage residents in developing the community garden of Derby Arboretum, to foster cohesion in this multicultural neighbourhood. Spiral Arts will work with the newly-constituted Friends organisation to plan and plant the garden through fortnightly gardening sessions, and to plan and deliver three festivals each year. Participants will create sculptures, decorations and art installations through creative workshops. The project also aims to renovate the Arboretum’s currently neglected pavilion so it can be used for storage, community group meetings and as a visitor centre.

Local Welcome – £23,496

This new two-year project aims to bring together small groups of volunteers and refugees in Derbyshire to cook and eat a meal together, whilst answering six simple questions to help them build bonds and improve the refugees’ English. The idea has been co-designed with Syrian refugees in the East Midlands, and the project will be open to anyone seeking sanctuary or granted refugee status in Derbyshire. The intention of the project is to build an inclusive and integrated community and to support refugees into employment and training.


Chris Lunn, Director of HealthCalm CIC said: “We are delighted that money raised by HealthCalm is supporting such important local projects.”

Active Communities is for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year, that are seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 a year for projects lasting up to two years. For more information, please visit

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