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Celebrating Derbyshire Spirit

29 April 2020

We’ve had a fantastic response from you following the launch of our Derbyshire Spirit campaign – but we want to hear from even more of you!

Trudy LowenWe’ve all had to step up to new challenges - changing the way we deliver vital services for local people and playing a key role in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak.

And we’re celebrating the amazing work that is contributing to that effort, recognising our own contribution and that of our partners and sharing the good news happening in our communities.

You’ve sent us some fantastic examples of how you’ve changed the way you are working to support Derbyshire residents.

That includes Trudy Lowen who has swapped helping families and groups discover a love of books to helping out on the frontline.

Trudy usually works as a Sure Start librarian but is now answering calls from the public in our Community Response Unit (CRU).

A Samaritans volunteer for 11 years, she felt she had skills she could use to help people who have no family or friends with support with food and prescription deliveries.

Trudy said:

“Callers are often distressed and we try to help by referring them to the voluntary partners who the county council is working with in the community.

“I do feel that myself and my colleagues at the CRU are making a difference to people in need in Derbyshire. We are a point of contact and comfort but also give practical support.”

Some of our staff are featured in our video on the Derbyshire Spirit website, which features partner key workers and really captures the true Derbyshire Spirit.

We really want to feature as many stories about our work as possible so please share what you are doing, how it is different and how you feel about it with us by emailing