Derby City Mission are delighted to have received the Coronavirus Mental Health Response Fund, as part of a programme that aims to help Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations based in England continue to provide mental health services during this pandemic in Derby.

Mind is administering the fund in partnership with the Mental Health Consortia, who represent the leading mental health organisations in England. The programme is supported by the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC).

Project Summary:

To help people become resilient individuals who can self-manage and rebuild their own lives, Derby City Mission wish to provide mental health support through a new befriending and buddying scheme utilising trained and DBS checked volunteers who are supported by salaried staff.  In addition, use it's network of existing and new statutory, business and voluntary sector partner organisations to find people safe, secure, sustainable tenancies, manage debt and claim benefits and run a series of programmes to help people into employment. 

So, although the majority of the people we are engaging with are through Jubilee as the busiest project at the moment, the funding is also for engaging with Safe Space clients, through our Employability program and through the Befriending program.

Sarah Fowler, Head of Poverty Prevention says “With the funding we have received, the Poverty Prevention Department are able to provide more support to those people who are struggling with their mental health at the moment through our new befriending programme and well as to better support people who are in debt, who are unemployed or who are having problems with their tenancies.”


Contact us if you need someone to talk to, we'd be happy to have a chat with you and see how we can support you at this time. 

Call us on 01332 460346 or email [email protected]