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Supporting People in the High Peak &
Derbyshire Dales

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales is a local charity providing vital support services to older, disabled and vulnerable people in the community.  We have offices in Buxton and Ashbourne.

Grant keeps wheelchair loan service rolling in the Dales!

Our Ashbourne office has just received from a  £750 grant from Derbyshire Dales District Council’s Local Projects Fund.  This will help us to continue the service and ensure the wheelchairs we can loan out are kept in tip-top condition.  The grant will fund a regular monthly visit for maintenance, and also cover any spare parts, or if necessary, replacement of chairs.  This should mean that if you need a wheelchair, we should almost always have one available for loan if you phone in advance to book it.

The service is free of charge and only requires a £10 deposit for a loan of two weeks, which can be extended by agreement with the office.  Any deposits which are donated are also used to help support the service.  If you would like book a wheelchair, please call our Ashbourne office on 01335 348600 or 01335 348602. 

Visit from Ruth George MP
We hosted a visit from Ruth George, MP for High Peak recently where she met a number of staff and volunteers, heard about our current work with people in need, current and future projects and some of the challenges in the sector at the present time. 
Following her visit, Ruth commented: "It was great to meet the team at Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales and learn more about the difference they are making to the lives of local people. I saw at first hand how services are designed around people in need, helping them to live safer and more fulfilled lives - I will be making sure that I do my bit to spread the word."  

Pictured: Front: Kate Shenton, Head of Aspire, Gill Geddes, Chief Executive, Ruth George MP, rear, Carole Gregory, Home Support Manager, Lee Hancox, Deputy Manager, Aspire.

Take Five to Give Five 

is our new campaign!  

We want to encourage everyone to consider ways to support older people to remain active, independent and connected during the winter months and beyond. Many people are already ‘doing their bit’ to help, but with this campaign, we want to encourage people who perhaps have never raised funds for charity before, or have lots of ideas to get friends and family to join in and support ‘Take Five to Give Five’!    

We'd like you to spend 5 minutes to consider how you could help us:-

  • Maybe you could organise a team of 5 people to raise funds to help us deliver our services?
  • Could you spend 5 hours to be a volunteer driver or befriender?
  • Could you donate £5 to help us provide a befriender to an isolated older person?

Join us today and 'Take Five to Give Five' .

For more details contact


We are an NCVO Quality Accredited Volunteer Centre  Volunteer Centre Quality Accreditation (VCQA) is the quality mark for Volunteer Centres (and other organisations providing Volunteer Centre functions). Accreditation provides assurance that the Volunteer Centre is providing a high quality and effective service.


Services We Provide


If you want to volunteer in Buxton, or the Derbyshire Dales, our role is to provide advice and information about the wide range of voluntary work opportunities.

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales will undertake a basic assessment and arrange introductions to those organisations in need of volunteer help where the interests of a particular volunteer are best suited.

Readycall in the Dales

Readycall Macmillan provide support to people aged 60 and over, living in the Derbyshire Dales.  Support is available for people who are or have been affected by cancer or other life limiting conditions and those who care for them.

Assisted by trained volunteers, we provide befriending, shopping, practical support and subsidised transport for cancer related medical appointments.

Contact Ashbourne Office 01335-348600 or Bakewell 01629-693693 for further information.

Volunteer Transport & Car Scheme

Covering over 530 square miles of some of the most rugged and remote areas of the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales, our volunteer drivers help to provide transport for older people (over 65), disabled people and people with learning difficulties which would prevent them from using public transport.

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales provide transport to take individuals and groups to medical appointments, meetings, social outings and to any mainland UK holiday destination.

Aspire Disability Support service

Aspire Disability Support Services  have been supporting children and young people with disabilities for more than 15 years. We now support Adults up to the age of 55 years. We support individuals with a variety of disabilities and additional needs from mild needs to severe/complex needs.

Our service is a project run by the Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales and our office is based in Buxton, Derbyshire.

We cover support in the High Peak, Derbyshire Dales and Chesterfield area primarily and we also have a service in Tameside. We can provide support in other areas depending on funding.

Home Support

The Home Support Service provides assistance with personal care and gives practical support to older and disabled people and people with learning difficulties in their own home from 25 years onwards.

Our service is registered with CSCI (Commission for Social Care Inspection).

Our service is funded by Social Services and the Primary Care Trust.

Home Maintenance Service

The Home Maintenance Service provides maintenance and gardening services in particular to disabled and older people though its services are open to everyone. It provides its own tools and equipment and no job is too small.

Rates are competitive and a good quality of service is provided by local trusted traders who've been police checked.

Handy Van Service

The Handy Van Service operates in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales. The scheme provides free Home Fire & Security checks to ensure vulnerable people can remain in their homes while staying safe and secure.

As well as fitting safety equipment the scheme will carry out up to 2 hours of small practical tasks in the home such as putting up shelves and replacing light bulbs. The service will make 2 free visits a year.

PAT Testing

We have staff members who are fully DBS checked and trained to provide Portable Appliance Testing.

PAT testing is a requirement for businesses and we can provide this at a competitive rate.

Contact the Buxton office and ask for the Home Maintenance team for a quote.

Hearing Aid Battery Collection

Those with NHS hearing aids issued by the Audiology Department at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, can call in at Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales in Buxton, to collect their replacement batteries.

Please bring brown booklet or white card issued at the time of having your hearing aids fitted. Batteries cannot be allocated without this proof of entitlement. 

Volunteer Befriending

Our High Peak Befriending Service is aimed at lonely and socially isolated elderly residents who live in Buxton, Chapel and the surrounding areas.

Volunteers are recruited as befrienders who will then visit people at their homes and provide them with some company.

Wheelchair Loans

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales has a number of wheelchairs available to loan out. This is a free service, though a deposit of £10 is requested when these are first collected.

Meeting Room & Projector Hire

Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales have meeting rooms available to hire in Buxton & Ashbourne and a number of digital projectors which can be hired for presentations.

Cleaning Service

The Cleaning Service is a social enterprise created by Voluntary and Community Services Peaks and Dales, using experienced cleaners.

We use local people who are Police checked (Disclosure & Barring Service) and are a member of Derbyshire County Council's Trusted Trader Scheme.


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Payroll Services for Employers

Services we offer:

  • Calculate gross and net pay for all employees.
  • Print payslips.
  • Print weekly and monthly analysis reports.
  • Advice on payment due (PAYE, NI)

Readycall in the Southern Dales

Who are we?

Readycall provides befriending and practical support to people aged 60 and over in the Derbyshire Dales, who are isolated, vulnerable or lonely.

If you could us a little help, perhaps someone to call in for a cup of tea and a chat, or to help you with shopping, then please get in touch with us.

 You can make a donation to the charity through Paypal.

Registered Co. 2918492
Charity N
o. 1067193

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Last Modified: 23 Apr 2018