News! First Arts Remote Festival


Virtual live portrait sessions, a bumper creative activity kit packed with puppets, comics and a self-isolation themed colouring book are just some things happening as part of a new long-distance Festival that kicks off today across communities in Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire. Devised and produced by First Art, Go the Distance will bring a wide range of quality arts and cultural experiences direct to people in their homes to offer some light relief and find ways to connect people and communities during the Covid-19 situation.


Go the Distance will be made up of several chapters, evolving throughout this extraordinary time and responding to the world around us. The first chapter is made up of two strands, Everybody's Home and Remote Access.

Everybody's Home is a specially curated kit, packed full of fun things to do and resources that will be sent out free of charge to hundreds of homes in North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire. Working closely with Mansfield District Council and other district councils, the packs will also provide vital contact and service information about Coronavirus, especially for people in communities who may be completely isolated or not able to access this information online. 

Included will be a colouring book for all ages, capturing moments and how lifestyles have changed during the pandemic, together with a letter writing kit, part of which includes a special letter for people to write to key workers that may form part of a larger scale event later in the Festival. There are also activities such as make a puppet show, creating a comic book, a selfie-isolation frame, a scavenger hunt, a time capsule, and origami amongst other things. Materials for the activities will also be supplied in the kits. 


The other strand to Chapter one, Remote Access, is a series of artist projects that provide a bit of fun and entertainment to people's lives in these moments of isolation. Remote Access will work with artists to inspire audiences to access some quality content online when they are not physically able to connect with one another. 

Applications for Remote Access are now open and further details including the brief can be found at The deadline for applications is 10am on 27 April. 

'Rubbish Portraits' by Lucie Sheridan will kick-start Remote Access. This is a live art experience where Lucie creates a very quick, while-you-sit brush and ink portrait. The experience is a little bit like a photo booth but Lucie chats with the 'sitter' and it's the chance to have a totally personal portrait which isn't rubbish at all and good fun!

This will be free to all those living in the Ashfield, Bolsover, Mansfield and North East Derbyshire districts. Booking is on first come, first served basis and to make sure it's fair, it's one per household. The first event will take place on Friday 24 April with a number of others taking place into early May. More information about the sessions and how to book can be found at

More details of Go the Distance Festival and all that is happening can be found at and on social media with the hashtag #gothedistancefest. 

Funding! Connect Bolsover Small Grants Scheme

Charities, Parish Councils and community organisations operating within the district of Bolsover can now apply for a grant of £200 - £1,000. The grant can be used to help deliver projects/services that meet 'Connect Bolsover' criteria. As a priority, we wish to support organisations that are already established and delivering essential services to vulnerable and/or isolated residents within the district of Bolsover.

The new grants application process is now live on and via this link on our website: 

Please note: There is no deadline for this funding. We will be working hard to get a response to applicants as quick as possible. Apply now. 

News! Emotional Support Helpline

If you need some support, a listening ear, or you just want to chat. Here at Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service, we are launching our helpline to offer emotional support to you.

GIVE US A CALL ON: 01773 734989

(Monday - Friday, 9am until 5pm)

News! Volunteer for Bolsover

Sign up as a volunteer for Bolsover


Bolsover Together launches COVID volunteering scheme. 

In partnership between BCVS and Bolsover District Council, Bolsover Together have launched a way of signing up as a community volunteer across Bolsover District.

People who sign up to the scheme will receive a call from a local support officer from BCVS and will then be connected to a community organisation offering support services to people at this difficult time. With that organisation, they will be able then to negotiate the details of how they can help.


Please follow this link:  

News! Young Persons Support Group

Young Persons Support Group

(for people aged 7-15 in Clay Cross)

This group will offer support for young people (aged 7-15) who are dealing with issues surrounding palliative care and bereavement. The group will explore issues such as relationships, communication, emotional resilience, loss and anxiety. 

The support group is running a six week programme starting on Tuesday 25th February (every Tuesday 6-8pm)


The support group will be held at;

Hillstown Methodist Church 
Langwith Road, Chesterfield, S44 6LY


For more information or to book a place, please contact Jo or Liz at Ashgate Hospicecare:

Jo (mobile): 07393 011 414
Liz (mobile): 07890 562 061

Alternatively call the hospice on: 01246 568801 


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News! Health Literacy Awareness


Is it your job to communicate to people about health?

Did you know that 60% of people do not understand health information when words and numbers are included?

We are running an essential, FREE course to help transform the way you work by raising awareness of:

  • what health literacy is, and why it's important 
  • how health literacy is relevant to your role
  • the impact of health literacy on individuals' health and wellbeing and the services that support them
  • the tools, techniques, resources and information that can support people and promote health literacy 


- Wednesday 12th February, Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, DE55 2EJ
- Tuesday 21st April, Ashgate Hospice, Chesterfield, S42 7JD
- Wednesday 1st July, Post Mill Centre, South Normanton, DE55 2EJ

All sessions are 9:00am - 12:45pm


To book a place or for more information contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.