How to enjoy a CALM derbyshire with derbyshire mind

I’m so delighted to share that I have recently been appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees for Derbyshire Mind. Given my passion for improving mental health, helping organisations create CALM workplaces for work/life brilliance, coaching individuals to find CALM and supporting my local community in Derbyshire, this appointment brings all of these elements together perfectly.


Part of a federated network of local Minds across the country, Derbyshire Mind focuses on improving mental health and wellbeing for people across Derby and Derbyshire. They provide a range of advocacy and community wellbeing services designed to support people with mental health problems as well as raising general awareness of how to proactively manage for better wellbeing and are committed to developing new and innovative services for the future.

creating a CALM future

At an exciting time in the growth and development of Mind, they have been looking for strategic thinkers with a range of skillsets and experience to help them lead the charity in their decision making and planning for the future by expanding the current board of trustees. And so I was over the moon to be given the news that I would be joining the board this summer.


I wanted to give a shout out to their amazing community project – ‘Enjoying Derbyshire’ – which offers a variety of community based activities, groups, and courses in Derby and Derbyshire, all designed to boost mood and improve our mental wellbeing. With many different ways to improve our mental and physical wellbeing it can be hard to know where to start or what to try, which is why it’s always important to have a mix of different activities so that everyone can ideally find something that suits their needs. What’s more, all of the Enjoying Derbyshire activities are free to attend.

Movement and Mindfulness

Some recent events as part of this project have been Movement and Mindfulness with the brilliant Kat Rooney (who some of you will have met through the Calm In A Box Slow Down in 60). This session is all about gentle movement and time to learn about different mindful techniques to help you centre and ground yourself when things get overwhelming.

take your pick

The Mindspace meet up is a lovely way to connect with likeminded others during a gentle stroll around Markeaton Park every other Friday morning. Music of Our Lives with Derbyshire Music Therapy involves exploring how music can bring back memories, support us when we are feeling low and lift us when are feeling happy. And as the power of the natural environment for improving our sense of wellbeing and connection is now starting to become more and more understood, Wild Wellbeing is a session led by the fabulous Derbyshire Wildlife Trust on how we can benefit from nature right on our own doorstep.

good mood with food

I’ve also been taking part in a four week nutrition course led by Eva Humphries from Wholefood Warrior. With two sessions per week, one information sharing session and one cook along it’s a great way to learn something new or refresh what you already know but struggle to put into practice around diet and to be inspired by the weekly challenge. I haven’t been able to make the live cookalongs yet and so it’s great that the course is flexible to fit around you if you can’t make the timetabled session.
Find out more about what Derbyshire Mind can offer at