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All thees activities are in the local community.

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Steps to Excellence

Best Start Volunteer Training

The STEPS to Excellence programme aims to help people be more successful & fulfilled.

Helps individuals move beyond where they have become stuck to a more fulfilling and successful lives.

People who have completed the STEPS programme often feedback that they have:

  • Raised confidence and self esteem
  • Increased willingness to try new things
  • Are more open to change
  • Recognise their own potential
  • Take greater accountability for their lives
  • Have become self motivated enabling them to set goals and create their own future

“Thanks to this course my life is going to make a dramatic change for the better”
Julie Child-Cavil

If you would like find out more?
Please contact:

Diane Cairns on 0114 2521072 / 07946 436163  or email

Our toddler groups need you!

Can you spare a few hours a week, during term time, to help at a local toddler group?

Full training is provided, you will gain new skills & certificates in First Aid & Food Hygiene – which could help you find work in the future.

If you have children yourself, we provide a free crèche during training sessions, and ongoing support once you are volunteering.

To be added to the waiting list or for more information, please contact:

Fiona Spotswood: 07507 072134

Woodland Experience

Parents Are Experts

This course will provide you with a range of skills, tools and techniques & positive personal experiences to help improve mental health & wellbeing, utilising a quality outdoor space. Manor Fields Park, City Road

Course future date(s):
19 Oct – 7 Dec 2022

To find out available spaces and to book
Please contact:

Diane Cairns – 07946 436163

Reduce the frustration of being a parent by learning how to let your child lead their own learning. This will improve your relationship with your child, improve their concentration and prepare them to be lifelong learners.

If you are interested and require more details when the next course will be taking place  Please contact:

Shannon on 0114 2651188

Employment Progression Programme (EPPs)

Take PART Online

Ready to return to work?

Recognise your skills, overcome your barriers, learn about interview skills.

Dates for next course are to be confirmed Please contact:

Jane Cartwright: 0114 2655145

Take PART is MCDT’s wellbeing guide and Positive Activities Recording Tool.

It is based on the ‘5 ways to Wellbeing’. TakePART asks you look back over what you have been doing each week and record your wellbeing activities.

To be added to the waiting list please contact:

Gemma Gervis: 07918 054945

Latest News

2408, 2023

NEW Monthly Carers Group

NEW Monthly Carers Group It’s a chance to meet other carers in a similar situation as yourself for a chat and a drink. We’ll aim to

The Little Schema Shop

These children’s books mirror the “lived experience” of children. Understanding why children do what they do improves relationships, reduces frustration and provides insight into what children could be learning. Valuing how children play rather than what they are playing with provides affirmation, promotes confidence, builds resilience and enhances a child’s imagination.


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