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Derby County Community Trust
14 Pride Point Drive
DE24 8BX

07812 302051

COVID-19 Update Thu 2 April 2020

Due to the social distancing measures introduced by the UK government as a response to the threat of COVID-19, Active Choices has changed the way it works with clients during the impact of COVID-19, including:

  • A bespoke offer for each client regarding keeping in touch depending on client need
  • Two daily quizzes via WhatsApp, one in the daytime and one in the evening
  • A number of daily challenges have been set via WhatsApp for participants to engage in. They include Ready Steady Cook, music and sporting challenges
  • Hosting two virtual coffee groups a week
  • Home workout videos which have been sent to all clients. DCCT staff team continue to devise new home workout routines on a weekly basis.


Active Choices is a healthy lifestyle and behavioural change programme which helps people who have struggled with substance misuse issues.

The programme works with referrals from Derby Drug and Alcohol Services as well as offering closed group support with partners such as YMCA, Phoenix Futures, Jericho House and Studio House – which then link in with the wider community programme.

Delivery has been extended into Derbyshire and there are now hubs in Swadlincote, Ripley and Ilkeston too.

It has helped over 1,000 people with substance misuse issues to turn their lives around, which has given them the opportunity to receive one-to-one support and take part in worthwhile activities at a critical point in their recovery. Activities include:

  • Gym
  • Social football
  • Circuits
  • Boxing
  • Swimming
  • Representing Derby County at regional and national football tournaments
  • Walking group
  • Sporting qualifications
  • Monthly community meal

The programme has been instrumental in Derby successfully improving the number of drug-free exits from treatment services through a personalised plan that introduces structured and meaningful activities into individuals’ daily routines.

The service also works with individuals with drug problems returning to the community from custodial prison sentences, supporting them to change behaviours to break offending patterns.

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