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North East Derbyshire Active Neighbourhood Pilot

Pilot area: Clay Cross and Danesmoor.

Focus: families and young people.

Desired Outcome: Walking for travel within and between our key communities, with an objective of achieving better connected communities and improving the health and well-being of our residents.

Lead Partner: Derbyshire Voluntary Action (DVA).

In collaboration with: North East Derbyshire District Council, Active Derbyshire, First Art, Live Life Better Derbyshire, Parish Council, DCC Public Health, Rethink.

Update – January 2024

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the walking survey back in July.

The Active Neighbourhood Pilot in Clay Cross has secured £100K until March 2025. The first phase of the pilot is complete and focused on engagement with residents living in Clay Cross and Danesmoor to find out more about existing walking habits and behaviours.  We had an amazing total of 556 respondents to the survey and your responses have given us four key priorities to focus on next with young people and families:  

  • Safety and anti-social behaviour.
  • Footpaths (condition and lack of furniture).
  • Signposting, information, and awareness raising.
  • Points of interest – i.e. green areas, historical sites, and cultural attractions.

We are just starting the second phase of the pilot and plan to work closely with anyone from the local community who would like to be involved to find some practical ways to get us all moving more, help to co-design solutions and action some of the findings.

Derbyshire Voluntary Action (DVA) are leading this piece of work with a working group of partners supporting the walking agenda in Clay Cross. We’ve successfully recruited a Community Connector to continue to engage with residents and support this piece of work. We are working closely with First Art who will run creative engagement sessions around walking and there will be a series of planned one-off events and workshops with interested residents to co-create new walking opportunities.

We will stay connected to let you know how things are shaping up over the next 15 months, but we’d love you to consider joining the working group to add your resident voice. Contact Juliet Grace email: to find out more.  Or if you prefer to connect with our Community Connector, Andy Rouse, email: to have your say, volunteer or to support solutions on the ground to get Clay Cross Walking.

Juliet Grace said “We all know that walking is a great way to get exercise, save money on petrol, access our local parks, shops and facilities and so on. That doesn’t mean we find it easy or bother to do it! This pilot project means local people in Danesmoor and Clay Cross get the chance to shape new ideas and solutions that work for them. Everyone is welcome to get involved and there will be lots of opportunities to share your thoughts and ideas to get us all walking more.’’ 

Andy Rouse said “There are so many people in Clay Cross and Danesmoor who already have a positive attitude towards exercise and health, and to all of you, I have a great admiration however, if you’re like me, you can probably always find a good reason why doing something active for yourself, or even just having a 15-minute walk is a bigger chore than it needs to be. I recently started walking with my daughter and after just a few walks, I already feel like I’ve found a new and exciting opportunity in my life to become a healthier person whilst enjoying being out in the community and feeling so much better for it.

“I’ve joined this local project as the Community Connector so over the coming year, you’ll hopefully be seeing more of me out and about encouraging all generations to try and adopt a healthier lifestyle, but I’d like to ask you, could you do more for yourself and your family? This pilot scheme will provide some funding for a number of local incentives, so now is a great time for you, your friends and your family to engage in a healthier lifestyle. So, whether you decide to make a change today or sometime in the near future, I’d like to urge you to support us wherever you can but at least take some time out to reflect and see if you can do more for yourself or our local children. May I also take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck in 2024 and I hope you can engage to becoming a better version of yourself.”

Look out for more information on this webpage and please do get in touch if you’re interested in getting involved.

Online stakeholder engagement meeting and local area insight event – 09th Dec 2022

Face to Face stakeholder event – 02nd Feb 2023

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