The Chesterfield Royal Hospital charity has launched its annual Christmas card competition, with the team hoping this year’s will be the biggest and best yet.
Young people across the area are being encouraged to submit their festive designs ahead of the 12th November deadline, with the winning designs to be professionally produced and sold to raise funds for the charity this Christmas.
Ken Godber, Charity Director at Chesterfield Royal Hospital said: “The response we had last year was wonderful and the standard incredibly high. It was heart-warming to see so many youngsters come together and get creative in support of the charity and this hospital and we appreciate so many schools making it a part of their lessons and activities.
“We all know that last Christmas was a difficult one for so many people so we’re hoping for an even better response this year and would like to everyone to get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier and encourage your children or grandchildren to send us their designs. It’s for a fantastic cause and all money raised through the sale of these Christmas cards will go towards helping our patients to receive the very best care and treatment and to provide our staff with a great place to work.”
A new family-friendly game that aims to get people exploring Chesterfield – on foot or by pushbike – is being backed as part of a Chesterfield Borough Council project.
TagTap JTH (Join The Hunt) is a free exploration-based game created by local family man Peter Hunt after he and his family enjoyed playing the popular Beat The Street game which ran in Chesterfield last year.
Inspired by its ability encourage people to get out and about across the borough, the council has now joined forces with the creator to back the smartphone-based game as part of its Year of Outdoors project.
It means from the 17 July there are 350 points around the borough to check into, including in many of the fantastic parks and green spaces – expanding the game from its initial testing in New and Old Whittington.
Councillor Jill Mannion-Brunt, cabinet member for health and wellbeing said: “We’re really excited to be working with Tag Tap to help bring this game to Chesterfield. It’s great to see local people innovating new ideas and it ties in really well with our Year of Outdoors project, which encourages people to explore the great things we have on our doorstep.
“We hope this game will help encourage everyone to get out this summer and explore our beautiful borough – it’s a fantastic way to keep little ones entertained during the school holidays, but is also really fun to explore on your own.”
Peter Hunt, the creator of TagTap JTH explained: “I initially thought of TagTap JTH during lockdown as a fun way for my kids to get active but also with the element of a clue or question to find the next location as a sneaky way to incorporate a bit of education. After setting up a small game in the New and Old Whittington areas and inviting others to have a go it really took on a life of its own. We have only had extremely positive feedback and everyone that plays it absolutely loves it.
“We have expended the game to cover the whole of the chesterfield borough area with well over 350 tags, we hope this will give everyone young and old a chance to have a go at the game and to get active especially after the terrible 18 months we have had to endure. Our main objective is to get people out being active in a fun way, so lets do it together, get competing and winning some prizes. Best of all it’s free.”
The game has starting locations around the borough which you can find listed in the app. Simply head to one of these TagTaps then with the app open on your phone, tap the point and you’ll be given clues to find the next location, solve the clues and hunt out the next point.
There is a leaderboard of players and participants will need to find as many points as possible to be named the TagTap Champion.
The game will run all year but the championship will be time limited meaning hunters will need to be quick to work their way up the leaderboard. There will also be a competition amongst schools later this year.
Find out more about TagTap JTH and download the apps for free to start playing by visiting: https://tagtap.co.uk/
Chesterfield’s Year of Outdoors encourages residents and visitors to explore Chesterfield’s parks and open spaces by providing a range of free or low cost ideas and activities to get involved in. Find out more on the council’s website: www.chesterfield.gov.uk/year-of-outdoors
The Summer Holidays are a great time to spend some much-needed quality time with your loved ones, and now restrictions are easing just in time for the schools breaking up, there’s no better time to get back out there and enjoy everything the local area has to offer!
So whether you’re simply looking for somewhere to help the youngsters burn off all their energy, or you fancy a big day out with lots of entertainment, we can guarantee you there’s something to suit everyone this Summer in Chesterfield!
Here’s our selection of some of the things you could be getting up to in July and August, but don’t forget to check out all the great events taking place across the town throughout the year at https://www.chesterfield.co.uk/events/
Spireites’ Sports Club
After a great season on the pitch for Chesterfield FC and seeing the England team inspire us all in the European Championships, this summer is a great time to get your youngsters playing the beautiful game. Luckily, Chesterfield FC Community Trust is on hand to give coaching sessions to kids of all ages and abilities in the area.
Chesterfield Borough Council has organised a wide range of events for all abilities and ages, aimed at getting people active in the town’s fabulous outdoor spaces. Want to get closer to nature? Maybe you want to meet new people? Or you just want to have a steady stroll and some fresh air… Make sure you head over to our events page and get booked onto one or more of the great activities on offer.
Indulge in a weekend of foodie heaven at Hardwick when The Great British Food Festival heads to the historic house this Summer! Along with wonderful food and drink there will be chef demos, competitions, artisan talks, games and activities for the kids, and excellent live music. Taking place 30th July – 1st August 2021.
Get your air guitars at the ready, as A night of legendary music is set to take over one of the most picturesque settings in Derbyshire! A dazzling collection of performers from London’s West End, including former stars from the smash hit musical ‘We Will Rock You’, come together in the height of summer to present an incredible tribute to one of the world’s great rock bands. Don’t miss it!
Enjoy a day of fun, food and environmentally-friendly shopping at the Plastic Free Festival, taking place in New Square this August. Featuring great entertainment from local poets and dancers, along with a range of information stalls giving you advice on how you can do your bit to reduce plastic consumption in your home and the wider community. Remember to take your own containers, cups, bottles and bags!
There can’t be many better ways to unwind than to sit back with a drink and some popcorn, enjoying a classic movie in one of Derbyshire’s most idyllic settings; the famous grounds of Chatsworth House. Book your place under the big screen and take advantage of a full bar and great food, both available via a click and collect service.
Chesterfield Pride is back for 2021, promising to be one of the biggest LGBTQ+ events in the region. The event at Stand Road Park once again features an all-star lineup including Big Brovaz, Booty Luv, Kelly Wilde and Black Lace. The celebration takes place on August 22nd.
Head over to Matlock Farm Park for this brilliant family-friendly event… Alongside the usual attractions including a whole host of farm animals and the UK’s largest jumping pillow, the Park will have the super strong competitors flexing their muscles in a battle to win various competitions. Events on the day include the caber toss, eight-tonne tractor pull and the massive stone carry!
Have you played a game at Chesterfield Escape Rooms yet? Chesterfield’s newest visitor attraction has three mind-boggling puzzles to pick from, ensuring you, your family and friends have a great day out! You can try to ‘Rob the Bank,’ Escape from the ‘Crazy Cat Lady’ or break out of jail in ‘The Governor.’ Try to escape before the time runs out!
Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May. The foundation’s main theme this year is nature, and how connecting with the great outdoors can improve our health both mentally and physically.
Chesterfield Champions have been raising awareness of various mental health initiatives recently, with some carrying out activities to mark the occasion this week.
If your business is hosting any mental health awareness activity throughout this week, remember to let us know by tagging Destination Chesterfield on social media!
Surecare has launched a new training ‘Hail Yourself’ training package with staff this week. The training will talk about various aspects of mental health. The training is not only designed to help the company’s dedicated care staff to look after the service users, but also help them to look after themselves and each other.
Helen Axup, Registered Manager at Surecare said: “Mobility issues stop a lot of people being able to go out and mixing as they would like to. We as a company want to promote ‘a healthy mind helps a healthy body’.
“I am in the perfect position to see first hand how mental health effects various different people, whether it is the people we care for with SureCare, under-appreciated care staff or the people we know socially. It doesn’t matter who they are, we are a human race and we should offer support and understanding. This gave birth to our ‘Hail Yourself’ training because the person you should start with is yourself.”
The team at Heathcotes Group are sharing a number of resources with colleagues and service users to help raise awareness of mental health and signpost colleages and service users to resources.
Tom Matthews, HR Business Partner at Heathcotes Group has created a blog discussing the impact of the past year and the measures we can take to support good mental health.
East Midlands Chamber’s director of resources and mental health first aider Lucy Robinson explains how businesses can help their employees to cope with the huge disruption brought on to their lives over the past 14 months.
Lucy’s blog post takes a look at the data behind mental health epidemic, employee mental health concerns and what employers can be doing to look after staff.
For Mental Health Week, Spire Radio will be taking part in the Mental Health Minute. It takes place on-air at 10.59am on Friday 14th May, and will feature celebrities and various other messages relating to the subject of mental health.
The video below shows last year’s ‘Mental Health Minute’:
Chesterfield Royal Hospital
A brand new VIP lounge has been launched at Chesterfield Royal Hospital to improve the wellbeing offer for staff, with the help of airline or aviation staff who are currently furloughed, grounded or made redundant due to the pandemic.
The crews used their exceptional customer service skills and expertise to provide the hospital staff with a little bit of respite, as well as an opportunity to chat and share experiences.
Find out more about the hospital’s ‘Project Wingman’ initiative here
Chesterfield Borough Council
A selection of ‘Mindful May’ events taking place this month, organised by Chesterfield Borough Council as part of the Year of Outdoors.
Residents are invited to book onto a number of different outdoor activities aimed at getting people out amongst nature in the town’s excellent green spaces.
Businesses across Chesterfield and the Midlands region are being offered the chance to boost productivity by working with the University of Derby to provide better mental health support for employees.
The Mental Health and Productivity Pilot will see the implementation of new workplace interventions at pilot organisations and the rollout of existing approaches in small, medium and large businesses across the Midlands Engine region. Find out more about the pilot here.
Derbyshire Institute of Sport
A Derbyshire Institute of Sport project to put health and wellbeing at the heart of its support for the business community has proved a winner, with more than 100 people joining a mental health webinar about the importance of switching off from work and de-stressing.
The webinar, by DIS sports psychology lead Dr Phil Clarke, was the latest in a series of monthly, 30-minute ‘lunch and learn’ webinars available exclusively to businesses who sponsor the Community Interest Company.
360 Wellbeing Centre says their professional team are available to help with any psychological, physical or social symptoms of poor mental health.
The centre has also launched ‘The Hub Spot,’ a serene and tranquil work space available to hire by the hour. The space is designed for people to professionally meet with clients, get work done in a stress-free environment, take video conferencing calls or simply just to relax and unwind. Unlimited tea and coffee is also available to suit individual tastes. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
The largest bouncy pillow in the UK is now open to visitors at Matlock Farm Park, following the attraction’s recent reopening.
Visitors have been welcomed back to the park since covid-19 restrictions were relaxed earlier this month, giving families their first chance to see and feed the wide variety of animals being looked after
The huge jumping pillow is the latest addition to the Park, which offers indoor and outdoor play areas, both of which have been carefully designed with younger children in mind. The outdoor play area features a wooden pirate ship, slides and climbing areas, with a large sandpit, Wendy house and sit-on original tractor.
Lotty Hawkins, Assistant manager at Matlock Farm Park said: “We’ve been so keen to have a new outdoor play area for a while to provide an even better day out to our customers and whilst it’s been a very tough year financially with the closure, we decided to really go for it and buy the UK’s largest Jumping Pillow! It’s a been a huge hit with visitors.”
The attraction recently gave people a sneak preview on its social media channels, by releasing some drone footage of the new pillow:
Currently staff at the park aren’t allowing children under the age of two years to use the pillow at regular times for safety reasons, but there will be opportunity in the park’s parent and toddler mornings which run during term time, Monday-Friday between 10:00am-11:30am.
The park also has a variety of events taking place throughout the summer for all ages, including an interactive reptile weekend and birds of prey day. In addition, The Snow Sisters and The Big Bubbleman will also be paying visits to the park on selected dates in May and June.
Matlock Farm Park supports the marketing and economic growth of the town through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 180 organisations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.
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