Derby City Mission was started in 1989 initially working a debt advice service, "Jubilee", and a food "Basics" bank, which was the first food bank nationwide. Jubilee clinics are run by trained advisors at different venues and have assisted many people when at their most vulnerable.



DCM acquired premises in 1996 and started a project to assist deprived children at Christmas. Other projects were initiated with schools and street outreach. In 2009, Street Pastors were launched to help people partying in Derby on Friday and Saturday nights, and an outreach to street homeless people was started with food and companionship.

In 2011, DCM moved to Charnwoord Street  and in 2015, it took out a lease on an industrial unit to house the Basics bank and provide a logistics base for the Derby Churches Nightshelter, a project which started in 2013 in response to the city council's cuts in funding for hostel beds.