New trustees for Derwent Rural Counselling Service

DRCS has appointed four new trustees.

Phil Askham, Gary Jones, Colin Davies and Helen Crapper have joined the board taking the total number of trustees to nine.

Mark Serby, chair of trustees for the charity, said: “The trustee role is a vitally important one, keeping the needs of individuals across the county who attend our counselling services and well-being programmes at the front and centre of what DRCS does every day.

“We are very pleased to have made these four appointments and look forward to helping DRCS through the range of skills they bring.”

Inspired by DRCS’ work across the region, former chartered surveyor and retired Sheffield Hallam University lecturer Phil Askham brings a host of property and education experience to the team.

Matlock-based Phil said: “I first became aware of DRCS in 2018 and gained an appreciation of the value and quality of the work of the charity, along with an awareness of the increasing need for such services. As a trustee I bring the benefits of my experience in Higher Education as well as a long-standing knowledge and experience in both commercial and residential property.”

Graphic designer Gary was attracted to DRCS by the passion and dedication of its staff to providing a range of counselling, talking therapies and well-being programmes.

Sheffielder Gary said: “I’ve worked with various charitable organisations on a voluntary basis, choosing a different one each year, as a way of giving back to the community. I’m very passionate about subject of mental health and well-being and am keen to make a difference to services and availability of treatment to those suffering various mental health conditions.

It soon became clear that the values held by DRCS matched my own, and am excited to get involved with an organisation that puts the care and recovery of their clients at the forefront of everything they do.”

As an experienced senior manager, company and charity director Colin has worked in the charity and social enterprise sector for over two decades.

In 2018, Sheffield-based Colin accepted the full time role of Development Director working for the city’s Hope City Church looking at Capital, Community, Business and Organisation Development projects.

He added: “I am looking forward to using my strengths including strategic management and leadership, governance, financial management and business development acumen to further help DRCS.”

Chartered accountant Helen Crapper said: “Having a farming background, I fully appreciate the need for access to mental health services in rural locations and the benefits that such services bring to individuals and the community.

The services of DRCS and their importance to the local communities have always been held close to my heart and it has always been a desire of mine to give back to the community and equally support DRCS in their great service. The opportunity to become a trustee has given me an amazing opportunity to do both.

I’m excited to use strengths gained from my business and academic background as well as my personal experiences to assist DRCS achieve their vision for the charity.”

DRCS operates as a partner of Talking Mental Health Derbyshire (TMHD), who are a provider of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme for Derbyshire Health Care Foundation Trust. DRCS is the largest provider of counselling in Derbyshire with above national recovery rates and reduced waiting times.

Its counselling services including talking therapies and well-being programmes in Derbyshire and the Peak District, with a 30-year track record of working with individuals suffering from common mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, stress and long term conditions. DRCS also works with businesses and schools.

DRCS operates from bases in Bakewell, Derby, Chesterfield, Alfreton, Belper, Long Eaton, Ilkeston 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: New trustees for DRCS – (Left to right) Phil Askham and Colin Davies.

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