The Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal 2020 will support mental wellbeing in Derbyshire

There are two strands to this year's appeal:

  • to raise £15,000 to help Derbyshire Mind deliver a range of community wellbeing courses and activities as part of its Enjoying Derbyshire project
  • to provide a variety of courses, workshops and activities to help anyone and everyone in the diocese maintain their wellbeing. 

People who live in the Diocese of Derby - indeed the entire world - have been through a challenging time this year, challenges that will continue for many months to come.

But as well as the medical - the physical - havoc wreaked by the pandemic, Covid-19 has also affected the mental wellbeing of so many people.

The strain of lockdown - having to stay at home, isolate, keep apart from our family and friends, staying away from work, the concern over job security and finances and the worry of catching an unpredictable disease - has taken its toll.

So, this year, the Bishop of Derby's Harvest Appeal aims to support some of the fantastic work being done to help people with their mental wellbeing.

As well as raising funds for Derbyshire Mind, the Diocese of Derby is partnering with other agencies to deliver activities that will offer a Christian-based approach to mindfulness and wellbeing.

>> Download the 2020 Harvest Appeal poster

Diocesan Mental Wellbeing Events

Activities organised by the Diocese of Derby that anyone can join Read More

Enjoying Derbyshire

Find out more about Enjoying Derbyshire on the Derbyshire Mind website Read More
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What is mental wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing doesn't have one set meaning.

We might use it to talk about how we feel, how well we're coping with daily life or what feels possible at the moment.

Good mental wellbeing doesn't mean you're always happy or unaffected by your experiences.

But poor mental wellbeing can make it more difficult to cope with daily life.

Evidence suggests there are five steps a person can take to improve their mental health and wellbeing: connecting with other people; being physically active; learning new skills; giving kindness to others; and being present in the moment (mindfulness).

A message from Bishop Libby 

Bishop Libby 3 1500 72 20181215Jesus promises us peace: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.’

Every aspect of our personal and nation life has been affected by Covid - 19.

We have faced loss, anxiety, disruption. And life has felt far from peaceful. Our hearts have been troubled; our hearts have been afraid. But scripture says, ‘Do not be afraid: peace be with you’.Jesus cared about wellbeing: he cared about people’s mental, physcial, emotional, and spritual health.

Jesus desired for us ‘life in all its fullness’, and recognised how far short life falls from that ideal for us much of the time.

Therefore, this year, our Harvest Appeal seeks to grow the good fruit of ‘Peace of mind’, inviting both participation and generosity.

I pray that this project will encourage us to attend to our own wellbeing, as a sign of the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

I pray that this project will encourage us to share the grace of God with others who need to know the peace of Christ.

I pray that this project will encourage us to be generous in supporting Derbyshire Mind to support the wellbeing of our communities through their Enjoying Derbyshire programme, sharing in the work of the Kingdom.

Peace be with you.

What is Enjoying Derbyshire?

Enjoying Derbyshire is Derbyshire Mind’s programme of community wellbeing activities delivered across Derby and Derbyshire and is funded solely through donations from organisations, individuals and fundraising events. 

It includes activities and courses carefully designed to boost mood and improve mental wellbeing for people with mild to moderate mental health difficulties.

It provides a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities to help people keep their minds active, alleviate stress and boredom, give a sense of worth, get people out of the house and socialise, and to help deal with a number of mental problems encountered by people with particular issues.

Working in partnership with fellow local providers and voluntary sector services, such as Adult Learning Services, and lots of individual wellbeing practitioners, Derbyshire Mind designs its Enjoying Derbyshire activities around the Five Steps to Improving Wellbeing.

With many different ways to boost mood and wellbeing, the Enjoying Derbyshire programme aims to have something to interest everyone available across the county and city. 

The activities are welcoming, supportive and inclusive.

Derbyshire Mind

Derbyshire Mind is one of a network of local Mind charities across the country and its focus is on improving mental health and wellbeing for people across Derbyshire and Derby City. 

It provides a range of advocacy and community wellbeing services designed to support people with mental health problems as well as the wider population, and are committed to developing innovative and responsive services which further promote mental health awareness and wellbeing.

Through more than 50 years of experience and local work supporting people experiencing mental health problems, Derbyshire Mind has developed and provided a range of different services including the Enjoying Derbyshire Community Wellbeing Programme. 

Derbyshire Mind works in partnership at a local level with statutory, independent and voluntary sector agencies in the health and social care sector.


What might your donation be spent on?

Your donation will be used to deliver any one of the community wellbeing courses and activities within Enjoying Derbyshire.

The more that is raised, the more activities can be delivered and the more people in Derbyshire can be supported to improve their mental wellbeing.

Just as an example, here are some activities Derbyshire Mind has run in the past, but there lots of exciting ideas for new activities and services for the future too.

£75 pays for one Mindful Crafts session

£100 pays for one volunteer for a year

£250 pays for one Tai Chi For Wellbeing session

£500 pays for one Anxiety Relief session

£700 pays for a Simple Cooking course

£1300 pays for the delivery of a Quilting for PTSD course.



If you are able to contribute to this year’s appeal please visit where you can donate directly to the appeal.

If you are a UKtaxpayer please consider gift-aiding your donation.

For other ways to donate, please contact the Bishop of Derby's office.

In mid-March this year, parts of Manicaland, rich agricultural lands in eastern Zimbabwe, were devastated by Cyclone Idai.

The cyclone brought rain, flooding and landslides, but worse was the devastation as a dam burst its banks sending huge rocks, some over 10 tons, down the valley, destroying homes, crops and livelihoods.

The Diocese of Manicaland provided shelter in their schools and churches in the aftermath, bringing comfort to the bereaved, care for the injured, and food for those who had lost everything before the larger agencies came with support. The church has worked closely with other agencies to ensure the most vulnerable were not left out.

The cyclone has felt like the final straw breaking people who have already suffered so much.

They have endured a long political crisis that led to an economic crisis with hyperinflation.

In 2016 they were badly affected by drought. These resourceful people are feeling overwhelmed by this latest crisis. To support them the Mothers’ Union is planning trauma healing support.

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Isaiah 25:4 For you have been a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in their
distress, a shelter from the rainstorm and a shade from the heat.

>> Mary's Story

But the church wants to do more. They are really concerned about the elderly and widows who are living in communal tents, often looking after orphans. The church would like to build them simple homes, away from the danger area.

The government has offered land. 

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As a diocese, we will partner with The Diocese of Manicaland, who will provide cement, bricks and roofing sheets, which we will finance.

The community will then contribute local materials and their labour to construct homes for their needy neighbours. Each home will cost around £900 to build. We are aiming to generate funding for 20 family homes which gives us a target of £18,000.

Can you help these vulnerable people to have a dry home, safe from future storms?

Please help in any way you can.

Donations should be made payable to ‘The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal’ and sent to Mr Edward Latham, 64 Birkinstyle Lane, Shirland, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6BS.

Harvest Appeal prayer:

Gracious God,

we hold before you the people of Manicaland.

Be a refuge in turmoil of economic challenges  
for those struggling to make ends meet and feed their households.                                

Be a safe haven for those most vulnerable:
the elderly, the disabled and the orphans.

Bless the work to provide the shelter of new homes
for those who lost everything in Cyclone Idai .

May your people live in peace and unity,
overshadowed by your grace and mercy,

that they might bear witness to your love and protection              
in Jesus Christ our Lord.


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Harvest Appeal banner webres 2019

Mary (not her real name) and her husband had a dream for a strong and solid house where their children could growup in safety.

Mary's husband used to travel to South Africa to earn money and, bit by bit, they were gathering the materialsto build their home.

When the cyclone struck, MAry and her family were still living in a mud and thatch hut.

Mary doesn't know what happened during ths chaos of the winds, rain and floods.

Tragically, her husband and two children are still missing.

She fears they are dead.

The flood also swept awayall the building materials the family had bought.

Since the disaster, Mary has been living in a tentwith her surviving child.

The localchurch has given help, bringing food and comfort and ensuring her child stays in the school.

But Mary is traumatisedand longs for safe shelter.

Can you help Mary and other vulnerable people to have a dry home, safe from future storms? 

Donations should be made payable to ‘The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal’ and sent to Mr Edward Latham, 64 Birkinstyle Lane, Shirland, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 6BS.

Harvest Appeal banner webres 2019

Details of the 2019 appeal will be coming soon

Please send donations to:

Edward Latham,
64 Birkinstyle Lane,
DE55 6BS

Cheques should be payable to The Bishop of Derby’s Harvest Appeal.


Printed posters are available from the Bishop's Office, please email: or call 01332 840132.

You can download a copy here

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