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New Derbyshire base for Derwent Rural Counselling Service

Added on: 5th September, 2018 by abby@agentpr.co.uk

New Derbyshire base for Derwent Rural Counselling Service

Pic caption: (left to right) DRCS chair Nicola Adams and CEO Janette Smeeton at the new premises in Belper.

Last Updated:
Wed, 5 September 2018

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A CHARITY which supports people with mental health problems has expanded into new premises in Belper in Derbyshire.

Derwent Rural Counselling Service (DRCS), which has a team of 70 freelance and employed staff and has seen rapid growth and success in the last few years, has expanded its services across Derbyshire with a move into 8 Green Lane, Belper.

The building, which was formerly an architects office, has been converted to 6 consultation rooms and office space to cope with an increased demand for DRCS services in the area.

The team formerly used GP surgeries and meeting rooms in the town but the new base will mean that DRCS can offer 7,800 potential appointments annually at Belper.

Janette Smeeton, chief executive at DRCS said: “The changing landscape of the NHS and pressures on spending, mean we must keep evolving as an organisation.

“We are very excited to be launching the expanded service in a new building in Belper.

“DRCS’ ethos is that all our clients should experience a high quality service that provides the best opportunity for them to achieve a full recovery and having facilities like this means we can offer the right surroundings for even more people affected by mental health issues.”

DRCS also operates as a provider of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme service; Talking Mental Health Derbyshire (TMHD); alongside Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and Relate.

It is the largest voluntary sector provider of counselling services including talking therapies and well being programmes in Derbyshire and the Peak District with above national recovery rates and shorter waiting times.

It has a 28-year track record of working with individuals suffering from common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and long term conditions. Service users can self-refer or be referred by their GP. DRCS also works with businesses and schools.

DRCS now operates from bases in Belper, Bakewell, Derby, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Long Eaton and Matlock treating people from the Amber Valley, Erewash, Chesterfield, Buxton, Matlock, Ashbourne, Derby, Swadlincote and the Peak District. It also uses GP premises across the region.

Nicola Adams, chair of trustees for the Bakewell-headquartered charity said: “This is an excellent step in implementing the board’s strategy for organic growth.

“DRCS is a market leader in our sector and continues to operate at the cutting edge in our field of expertise. This expansion means we have an improved infrastructure to meet the continued growth in demand for our services. The building provides a welcoming, safe environment for both clients and staff.”

For further information about DRCS visit www.drcs.org.uk

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