Healthy lives

Live Life Better Derbyshire is a county wide health and wellbeing service. It offers help to become more active, or improve your diet or overall wellbeing, weight management and support to stop smoking.   The help and advice is free.

The Derbyshire Health Referral Scheme helps people with certain long term conditions to increase their physical activity.

The Active Derbyshire website provides information about sport and exercise opportunities across Derbyshire. It includes a walking for heath scheme which runs guided walks around the county and Jog Derbyshire which is a network of local, fun and sociable jogging and running groups. These groups are open to anyone.

Derbyshire Sport − find out your nearest sports venues, clubs and teams.

Derbyshire Village Games is a community spirited sport project across rural Derbyshire. It uses inter village competition, festivals and events to encourage people to take part in sport and recreation.

Heart of Derbyshire − new scheme where local businesses sign up to offer healthier food choices.

Improving mood and mental wellbeing

Derbyshire County Council has produced a guide covering advice and information on how to improve mental health and wellbeing, what to do in a crisis and details of support services available in Derbyshire.  It is available here.

There are also resources on emotional health and wellbeing which includes signposting to services to help with five evidence based steps to improve emotional and mental health:

  1. Connect, including Befriending services that can help if you are feeling lonely and isolated.
  2. Be active, including Active Derbyshire
  3. Keep learning, including information about courses for adults
  4. Give to others, including  Volunteering
  5. Take notice, including NHS Choices Moodzone


Other useful resources


If you suspect your parents are lonely, read the When They Get Older website’s loneliness guide.

Mind’s guide on how to cope with loneliness has advice on how to help someone you know who’s lonely.

Tips for combatting loneliness from Campaign to End Loneliness

British Heart Foundation resources

This British Heart Foundation booklet describes how to keep your heart healthy with physical activity when you are over 65.


Age UK resources

Age UK provide a range of advice for keeping fit in older age

Chartered Society of Physiotherapists resources

Published by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists this leaflet contains expert advice from physiotherapists on keeping healthy as the years go on.