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Growing Lives

Growing Lives provides learning and support specially designed to draw out new skills and new confidence in people. We don’t believe that real change can come from forced learning, but we do think helping discover a new talent is a great way to encourage a different outlook on life.

When you’ve been out of work for some time, it’s easy to forget what you have to offer. Growing Lives is designed to awaken an interest, a passion, a confidence and maybe even a new career. There are plenty of learning activities for people to get involved in, including a bike club, computer suite, art, crafts, cooking and gardening.

The benefits include:

  • New practical skills and knowledge
  • Better physical and mental health
  • One to one mentoring and support
  • More confidence
  • New friends and new opportunities

The ultimate goal of Growing Lives is to support people to build the skills and tools they need to make long-term changes to their lives, so they can set and pursue their own personal goals and reach their potential.

Find out how you can support Growing Lives by donating useful items, or making an online donation.


Growing Lives is based at our Cotmanhay site in the heart of Ilkeston. It is free to people:

  • Derventio already works with
  • Who live in Derbyshire and are in drug or alcohol recovery

We are happy to offer visits and taster sessions to help people see if the project is right for them. Visitors are welcome to bring along someone for support, such as a professional or friend.

Get in touch

For more information about Growing Lives please contact us on growinglives@derventiohousing.com or 01159 443 865 / 07714 791 098. The referral form can be downloaded below.

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