New Ilkeston base for DRCS

DRCS which supports people with mental health problems has expanded into new premises in Ilkeston to meet a growing demand.

The charity, 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 21-22 Burns Street in Ilkeston.

The new move coincides with a promotion for Ruby Kent who becomes office manager on site and the recruitment of a new apprentice administrator Alex Doar.

The building, which was formerly Geldards Solicitors, has been converted to 14 consultation rooms and office space to cope with an increased demand for DRCS services in the area.

DRCS formerly used GP surgeries, the Ilkeston Resource Centre and NHS buildings in the town but the new spacious base will mean that the charity will be able to offer 19,000 potential appointments annually for its referrals in the area.

Janette Smeeton, chief executive at DRCS said: “We are very excited to be launching the expanded service in a new building in Ilkeston.

“This premises is much more suited to our needs and the improved infrastructure means we can look at offering more appointments with our counsellors and therapists.

“We believe that for our clients to have the best opportunity of a full recovery we should offer a high quality service, in a welcoming and safe environment which is easily accessible. This premises benefits from great bus links and a nearby public car park.”

DRCS 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 30-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.

As well as Ilkeston, DRCS now operates from bases in Alfreton, Belper, Bakewell, Derby, Chesterfield, Long Eaton and Matlock treating people from the Amber Valley, Erewash, Derbyshire Dales, High Peak, Derby City, North East Derbyshire. It also uses GP premises across the region.

Pic caption: (left to right) DRCS CEO Janette Smeeton, Ruby Kent and Alex Doar.

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