Peaks and Dales
Volunteering and Advancement project

The Peaks & Dales Volunteering and Advancement Project offers people with disabilities the opportunity to receive training for personal development and to help them work as a volunteer.

The PDVA project received funding from the Big Lottery Reaching Communities Fund in August 2010.

If you would like to know more about the project or are interested in any of the training below you can contact the project staff by phone on 07805 878 729 or by e-mail at

Currently available training

Computer Skills

PDVA IT Training - Claire Robertson receiving computer trainingThe project currently offers a 6 session course, run in community settings, that provides training in Computer Skills and Internet Access for people who find formal courses do not meet their needs.

Personal Empowerment Course

This course, for people with disabilities or parents of children with disabilities, aims to inform and help build confidence.

It looks at the ‘Seven Needs for Independent Living’, how to deal with barriers to inclusion and services, and to assist individuals to set achievable goals for the next few months or year.
This course will next run in the Matlock area in Spring 2015.

Access Auditing SkillsBeth Furness speaking at the launch of the DDD Access Group

Have you ever tried to attend a public event or a family function only to find that the implied disabled access is not there? Then getting involved in your local access group and our training maybe just what you need.

You will receive training on:

  • how to ask the right questions of service providers
  • what to do if what you find is not what you expected
  • what the law says you should expect the under the equality Act 2010
  • how to evaluate if the provider is meeting their responsibilities under the Act
  • how to mediate or make a complaint
  • getting involved in public consultations
  • opportunities to take external training to lead you to become an access consultant


A bit more about the project…

We are now in our 5th and final year and though we have seen changes in staff and volunteers we have achieved much in the last 4 years.

We have developed an Equality and Inclusion Training workshop for schools and community groups. This has been delivered by staff and volunteers in schools and community groups across the project area of the High Peak and Dales of Derbyshire, to children ranging in age from 4-16+.

Lady in a sporty wheelchair facing away from the camera, wearing a purple shirt with "Sport without barriers" written on the backWe have worked with High Peak Disability Sports Group to promote Inclusive Sport Opportunities and have worked with the group to run Sports without Barriers events for the last 4 years
As part of this, we have delivered training to 33 Derby University Students who are now putting on Inclusive Sports events for young people in the High Peak.

As part of Disability History Month in 2013 we delivered our Equality and Inclusion workshop to a varied audience at the University in Buxton and as a result in 2014 we were invited back to deliver our workshop to 38 Event Management Students, as access for people with disabilities had not been included in the past.

Haley Ambrose, who joined the project in 2013, has been delivering our Computer Training to groups and individuals across the project area. This has been in the form of a series of one to one sessions, with the assistance of volunteers, to people who are new to computers and the internet and who have found that formal courses do not meet their needs.


Derbyshire Dales Disability Access Group logoWe have set up an Access Group for the region called the Derbyshire Dales Disability Access Group.

This group has carried out audits in the Dales area and is currently working with Derbyshire Dales District Council to audit all the car parks before the installation of new pay machines, including looking at changes to the layouts to make them more disabled accessible.

The project is lead from the New Mills Volunteer Centre on Union road where we have our office
on the top floor which is served by an accessible lift.

The office is not open every day but staff can be contacted at the details on the New Mills Office Contact page.