Updated statistics…..

graph imageOur new ‘radar’ chart is ready to view  here on our blog homepage – please take a look at the right hand side of this page and click on the chart type image to open up the newly updated Project statistics, showing a summary of results from health and well-being questionnaires undertaken with service users who attend our groups and activities here in North East Derbyshire.

Everyone who has taken part in North East Derbyshire activities on a regular basis has been asked a set of questions regarding their health and well-being at the start of their involvement and then again more recently this year, to see what impact the project has had on their lives. The results take an average of those results and shows an overall improvement in many ways over the past year.

The chart demonstrates the growth in confidence and improvement in many areas of the lives of the visually impaired people who have joined in with our project – particularly in ‘knowledge of services available’, ‘feeling happy’, ‘feeling useful’ and in general ‘life satisfaction’. Good news indeed!

Until next time……

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Project Development Worker

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It’s all go at the Groups!

Dronfield Social Group

Thank you to Dennis, who attends our Dronfield Social Group was happy to talk about and record his thoughts and feedback on what coming along to the group means to him. Here’s a short excerpt from our discussions……

Chesterfield Spire Social Group

MargaretWith all of the North East Derbyshire Groups back up and running after the festive break, here’s a little feedback from our recent Chesterfield Spire social group who enjoyed their Valentine themed afternoon tea…..

Around 25 social group members (with a visual impairment) from the Chesterfield area attended our afternoon social group on 9 February, to celebrate Valentines Day. A fun afternoon was had by all who came along, joining in with the raffle and quiz.



A big thank you to the volunteers who helped out, serving teas and Valentine cakes.

As part of the monitoring from the Project funders (Big Lottery), we also had a visit from Davinder Palak (pictured below)  who came along to meet some of the people involved with the Project and find out what it means to them. I’m pleased to say that we received positive feedback from her on how things are progressing!

Until next time….

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Project Development Worker

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Fabulous Feedback – part 2!

Please take a few minutes to listen to some great feedback from Peter, who attends our North East Derbyshire Groups in Bolsover and Shirebrook, who was happy to be filmed talking about what it means to him to come along and join in our activities…..


A big thank you to Peter for supporting us with the feedback and helping us to understand the difference our Groups make.

Until next time….

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker

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Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2016!

The North East Derbyshire Project continues to thrive, with a wide variety of Activities, Outings and regular Social Groups planned for the coming year in Chesterfield, Clay Cross, South Normanton, Alfreton, Shirebrook, Bolsover and Dronfield.

Looking back over 2015, it has been a happy and busy year with some great feedback from those who have already joined in our activities and groups…..

As well as our regular groups we have some key themed events coming up in the new year:

afternoon tea clipartOn 9 February we are having a Valentines themed ‘Afternoon Tea’ at the Parish Tea Rooms in Chesterfield, and a commemoration of the Queen’s 90th birthday on the 14 June as a fundraiser for Sight Support.

On 9 August we are also holding a ‘3 Decades’ themed event celebrating the 3rd year of the North East Derbyshire Project with a buffet, entertainment and fancy dress, also being held at the Parish Tea Rooms near the Spire church in Chesterfield.


If you or someone you know is visually impaired and would like to take part in the groups and activities please get in touch:

Chesterfield Office: 01246 551727  or Bolsover Office: 01246 562136

Until next time…….

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Project Development Worker



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……It’s Christmas!

Christmas Trees at the Spire Church in Chesterfield

treeThe Church of Saint Mary and All Saints hosted the Christmas Tree SSD treefestival in November. Over 100 decorated trees adorned the aisles, alter and nave around the church, whilst festive music played for visitors.

The trees were individually and imaginatively decorated and installed by local businesses and organisations – Sight Support Derbyshire having their own tree as part of the display (pictured right).


‘Party on’ in Clay Cross

Xmas PartyTo celebrate a positive second year, the North East Derbyshire Project Groups gathered for a Christmas Party at the Social Centre in Clay Cross. Members from all the groups from across the project came together to have a fun afternoon of food and entertainment.

Thanks to Ernie Allen for the entertainment – singing songs from the 40s swing era and more recent Christmas tunes, which got a few feet moving and dancing. dancing

With 70 visually impaired members joining in the festivities, and volunteers and Sight Support staff helping out, it was a fabulous festive party!  Thank you to all the Volunteers who helped out making the party a success, volunteersfrom driving and guiding our members, to serving food and helping with drinks and coats, they were all kept very busy. kitchen staff

Thanks also go to……  The Clay Cross Social Centre staff – Irene, Brian, Louise & Joni – who did a great job with the catering, serving and helping out (pictured to the right).

Martyn & crackerscongaAnd to Martyn for his hard work in making and donating 70+ Christmas crackers – for everyone at the party – Martyn pictured to the left with some of the crackers in his festive outfit.

The entertainment also prompted a spontaneous conga and some festive high kicks from some of the members and volunteers (pictured right and below).

high kicksparty table





There was also a raffle prize draw, with the main prize of a packed Christmas Hamper won by Winnie.

“What a lovely time we’ve had”,  “Thanks for organising such a fun afternoon ladies!” and “You’ve really made Christmas for me” are just some of the comments made about the party from the members who came along.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Until Next Time…….

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker




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Food and Fundraising…..

Meal out at The Little Castle

Carvery sign - Little Castle

At the beginning of November,  20 of our North East Derbyshire group members went out on a trip to the Little Castle at Duckmanton for a carvery meal. With 3 volunteers and staff attending it was a lively, fun and busy afternoon.

Whilst chatting, two ladies found out that they used to work together many years ago:

Meeting up“If I’d stayed at home we would never have met, how lovely”, “Without coming here today on Maureen & Chloe’s trip we would never had the chance to meet again after all this time”

Everyone enjoyed their meal and also the service “The waiting staff have been really accommodating and helpful” – big thanks to the staff at The Little Castle for their support.little castle meal

Another lady said “I don’t know what I’d do without these outings and groups, I would hardly see a soul without it, what a happy afternoon it’s been”.


Mayors Coffee Morning Fundraiser in ChesterfieldMayor and Mayoress

This year the Mayor of Chesterfield – Barry Bingham has chosen 3 charities, which mean a great deal to him, for his Annual Appeal. Funds raised through his Appeal are to be shared between: Sight Support DerbyshireNenna Kind and  The Chesterfield Royal Hospital Eye Centre.


On 10 November a Fundraising Coffee Morning was organised by North East Derbyshire staff for the Mayors Appeal. There were plenty of scones, jam and cream as well as tea and coffee, served by our volunteers and staff, served up at the mayor meeting VIPParish Tea Rooms in Chesterfield. More than 40 visitors (including our VIP’s)  came along to the event, bought a cream tea and tried their hand on the tombola.



There was also a “Guess the toy Dog’s name” – which was won by Denise,guess the dog name comp winner with the winning name of ‘Dusty’ (pictured right).

The Mayor and Mayoress attended the event and chatted to many of our visitors, with the Mayor giving a short and personal speech at the end of the event.

Just over £200 was raised during the afternoon, all of which will go towards the Mayors Annual Charity Appeal. A huge thank you goes to Maureen and Chloe for the organising of the event, to the volunteers who helped out and to Irene Moore for her hard work and kind donation of the delicious home baked, cream tea scones. cream tea


Until next time……

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Development Worker

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Fabulous Feedback!

I’m pleased to share with you some filmed feedback taken recently with members from two of our North East Derbyshire Social Groups.

Our first film is with Jean who attends the Chesterfield Group and the second is with Margaret who attends the Bolsover Social Group. They were both happy to share their thoughts and feelings about what coming to the group has meant to them…..

Thank you for watching!

Until next time….

Diane Naylor – North East Derbyshire Project Development Worker


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