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These might be challenging times but our Derbyshire Spirit shines through. Everyone is working together to look after our people and our place.

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Shelagh's sewing circle

Shelagh Cheetham from Dronfield and her army of nimble-fingered volunteers are helping to keep Derbyshire safe by sewing face masks.

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Styling it out in lockdown

One dapper Ada Belfield resident was treated to a stylish haircut that lifted his spirits during lockdown.

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Royal Derby Hospital discharge team

Getting people home safely

As day services at our Newhall Centre are currently closed, caretaker Sue Kemp has been redeployed to the Royal Derby Hospital discharge team.

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Laptops help residents connect

One Glossop charity is helping people in care homes and hospitals to stay connected thanks to refurbished computer tablets

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Amber Valley Voices

The little things still matter

A Swanwick choir has carried on making music despite coronavirus.

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Lockdown rambles raise funding

A former Derbyshire County Council employee is using her experiences of lockdown to raise vital funds for families affected by bereavement.

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Musical look at lockdown

One musical Derbyshire resident has turned their talents, and their lyrical musings, to life in lockdown.

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Sweet delivery

Residents and clients in our care homes have been receiving sweet treats thanks to a huge donation of Easter eggs.

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Creating caring cards

One crafty youngster has been making wonderful cards to help spread a little happiness.

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Planting joy

Keen gardeners at our Whitemoor Centre in Belper are not letting coronavirus get in the way of creating wonderful floral displays.

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24 hour cycle challenge

Keen cyclist Tom Hodgson is gearing up to complete a gruelling 24 hours cycle challenge to raise vital funds for local cancer charity Ashgate Hospice.

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Capturing life in lockdown

Ridding’s photographer Tony Fisher is capturing life in lockdown in a series of photos from across the county.

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Matlock food bank

Support for the body and soul

One local church has been offering online support as well as providing food for vulnerable and elderly residents.

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Helping hands scarecrow

A straw filled carer is helping promote the good work that front line staff are doing during coronavirus.

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Motorbike mental health

Motorbike fan and mental health champion Paul set up a mental health support group for bikers that is helping people through the current crisis.

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Children voice their spirit

Kinder Children's Choir might not be able to physically be together at the minute but that’s not stopping them making wonderful music.

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Pupils enjoy VE Day celebration

Although some of our schools aren’t open at the moment, the majority that were celebrated VE Day in style.

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Hardrian's Wall virtual challenge

One of our Derbyshire County Council colleagues laced up her hiking boots and completed an incredible virtual challenge for charity.

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Home grown goodness

The Shirebrook Neighbourly Allotment Group are supporting their community by delivering complimentary SNAG boxes full of tasty meal ideas to local residents.

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Tasty treats

Thomas Colledge House Care Home, Bolsover received a marvellous donation from Staveley Morrisons for their residents.

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Clean minded community spirit

Seven year old Max is another of our community spirited Derbyshire youngsters.

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Care packages for carers

Briarclose care home staff enjoyed a special treat to say thanks for all the hard work and care they’re providing.

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Marvellous Morton

The village of Morton has rallied together with an amazing show of community spirit to help support and provide for one another.

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Derbyshire VE celebrations

Even though we can’t get together at the minute, Derbyshire residents had some socially distanced VE Day celebrations.

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Crafting wildlife

Crafty members of The Chapel en le Frith Women’s Institute have cared for local beauty spot the Tramps Garden since 2015.

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Erewash community support

Community across Derbyshire are coming together to help support each other during these uncertain times.

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Care home resident gardening

Blooming lovely

The residents at Holmlea care home love a nice garden and they’re making sure their patch is blooming lovely.

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Stay at home scarecrows

Bamford villagers have been busy producing lockdown themed scarecrows as part of the Stay at Home, social distanced celebrations for VE day.

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The Lockdown Choir

Silver tongued members of The Lockdown Choir have created a beautiful tribute for VE Day.

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Community clean up

One young Derbyshire resident is showing his Derbyshire Spirit by helping clean up his county

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Sue Upton

Poetic words

Sue Upton has been busy putting pen to paper to come up with a poem all about the challenges that residents, families and services are facing.

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Thank you NHS

Chloe, aged 10, from Belper has created a wonderful tribute to the hard work of our NHS workers.

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Braving the shave

Lynda Broom from Church Gresley bravely took the plunge and let her husband shave her head for charity.

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Checking in and helping out

New Mills and District Volunteer Centre is one of the groups working with the council’s CRU and they quickly rose to the challenge .

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The Belper Moo

One Derbyshire town has hit the global headlines with their innovative way of bringing the community together.

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Long distance tennis

Ashbourne Tennis Club have been finding ways to make sure their members can stay active during lockdown.

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Brownies keeps crafting

The Brassington Brownies, Guides and Ranger leaders have been incredibly busy, and crafty, during lockdown.

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Taking time to appreciate

Local farmer Patricia Green has been phoning people who she knows might be struggling during lockdown.

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The challenge is on!

One Derbyshire family has been setting brain teasing challenges for passersby as part of their daily routine.

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Online community theatre

Theatre lovers have the chance to check out some online local dramatic talent thanks to a group of Tideswell thespians.

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Sewing hope

From sowing plants to sewing essential items for NHS workers, the Draycott Dibbers have turned their hands to a good cause.

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Delivering community unity

The Community Unity Project is a new volunteer group set up to help the local community during coronavirus and beyond.

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Toe tapping fitness

Theatre, fitness and falls prevention have all been combined to create a great resource for people at risk of falling.

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100th birthday celebrations

Centenary celebrations

One Yeaveley resident celebrated his 100th birthday in style thanks to caring neighbours and friends.

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Thanks for staying safe

The Safer Neighbourhood team in South Derbyshire have made a video thanking the public for staying at home.

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Donating food

The University of Derby’s Union of Students has donated £2,000 of food and drinks to support students and vulnerable residents.

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Inspiring fundraiser

10 year old Jacob was so inspired by Captain Tom Moore's fundraising that he wanted to do something for the NHS.

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Everything's coming up roses

A green fingered Derby gardener received a blooming wonderful surprise from local police officers.

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Matlock Bath

Matlock Bath music

Residents in Matlock Bath are enjoying communal music events thank to musically minded residents.

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Holme Hall unites

Volunteers from Holme Hall Unite have been working to deliver food parcels and good cheer to local residents.

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Choir sends virtual birthday wishes

One Dronfield parishioner received a wonderful birthday surprise from her local church.

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Fire service support EMAS

Fire service colleagues will be joining East Midlands Ambulance Service to support in the coronavirus response.

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Medical supplies at hospital

Donating kit

Frontline NHS staff at Chesterfield Royal Hospital have received PPE kit donated by the University of Derby to help them in their work treating coronavirus patients.

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Helping people

We've supported more than 2,000 people with requests for food, help and companionship in the last few weeks.

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Delivering medicines

Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and Derbyshire County Council are working together to get medicine to people who can’t get to a pharmacy.

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Saying thanks

Thousands of social care staff are working hard at the front line to look after people. This is how a nine year old said thanks recently.

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Derbyshire Sounds

Missing the sounds of the Derbyshire countryside? Voices from the Peak could fill that gap.

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Keeping in contact

Care homes aren’t open to visitors but people still need to stay in touch with their families and friends. Council staff are bringing in technology to keep relationships in place.

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Thanks from Stanley

Bin crews received a lovely message from a family in Stanley to say thanks for their hard work.

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Your spirit

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