If you’re affected by Mental Illness, come along to DORA’s next networking event at Chesterfield’s Winding Wheel Wednesday 14th of March, 11 am til 3pm. 

The theme of the day is Raising Awareness and people are invited to come down, ask questions and find out more. 

DORA is both an acronym:
   Organisation for
   Awareness of Mental Health Issues

and a tribute to a wonderful lady who volunteered with us until she was laid low by illness at the age of 95 years. She remains an inspiration to all that knew her, and those who are still learning about her.

We started out way back in the late 1980s under the acronym NEDCASH (North East Derbyshire & Chesterfield Association of Self Help) with a mandate to help set up self-help groups for people affected by mental health issues and to help these keep running. 

The number of groups has waxed and waned over the years from 45+ to around 20 depending on needs.
Geographically, DORA’s support umbrella covers groups in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover, but the main thrust is in Chesterfield.

DORA is entirely run by volunteers. An elected management committee oversees volunteers running the day to day affairs of the office. 

Organisations who have confirmed attendance at DORA’s Day on 14th March:

·         Citizens Advice Bureau
·         Rethink Mental Health
·         Derbyshire Mind
·         Making Space
·         Steps to Change
·         Sanctuary Carr-Gomm 
·         Derbyshire Carers Association
·         Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health
·         Headway
·         Bipolar UK
·         Ally Cat Crafts
·         M.A.S.H.
·         First Steps Derbyshire – Eating Disorders
·         The Volunteer Centre – Chesterfield
·         Others to be announced when confirmed

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