Being around other people can help boost our mood and makes us feel connected to the wider world. Putting aside time to develop relationships with friends, family, neighbours and colleagues can improve how you feel.

Ideas to help you connect with people in South Derbyshire:

Food Hub

The ‘Buh Doof’ food Hub is a social eating project that prepares freshly cooked meals for the community in local venues. Come along to the events at Oaklands and Gresley to meet people over a 2 course meal. Payment for the meals is via a donation.

For more information about the food visit the Facebook page at: or you can contact South Derbyshire CVS who manage the project on 01283 219761

Buddying service for families

HomeStart recruits and trains parent volunteers to support local families who have at least one child under the age of 5 and who are struggling to cope for whatever reason. It could be post-natal depression, disability, mental health issues, domestic violence, parenting, bereavement, addiction and much more. Our volunteers provide confidential emotional and practical support by visiting families in their own homes on a one to one basis for as long as the family needs.

Telephone: 01283 210107 (Citizens Advice Reception)

Email: [email protected]


Physical activity

Joining a physical activity group is a great way to connect with people whilst at the same time getting fit in the process. To find out what clubs are available in your area visit the ‘What’s near you’ section on the website or click the link here: ‘Link’

If you are wanting to search for a particular activity then visit the club and activity search page on the Active Derbyshire website at:

The Travelling Lunch Club

The travelling lunch club provides monthly trips to different venues across South Derbyshire to socialise with friends and to meet new ones over a 2 course meal. The club is open to any person over the age of 65, living in South Derbyshire who may feel lonely or isolated.

A minibus will pick you up and drop you off at home. Please don’t worry of you are in a wheelchair or have some other need, dietary or otherwise as the lunch club will do it’s best to cater for everyone.

The annual registration fee to become a travelling lunch club member is £5. Each outing costs £15 for transport to and from the venue and a 2-course meal.

For more information or to book your place contact South Derbyshire CVS who manage the project via e-mail at [email protected] or call 01283 219761

Connect Befriending Service

Everyone needs friends – but making the first step can feel hard

South Derbyshire CVS befrienders and buddies are there for adults of any age who are feeling isolated or finding it difficult to get out and do the things they would like to do – whatever the reason. Whether it’s a friendly phone call, a regular visit or someone to go with you to take part in activities in the community, we may be able to help.

Or why not make a difference by volunteering to be a befriender or buddy?

To find out more contact South Derbyshire CVS who manage the project on 01283 219761 or e-mail [email protected]

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