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A New Era for First Taste

Like the boards of many small charities the Trustees of Darley Dale based First Taste Charity have been facing the challenges of both attracting new hands-on Trustees and securing funding to continue and develop the Charity's work of promoting the stimulative care of frail older people, so many now with dementia, in care /nursing homes and day care centres across Derbyshire as well as ensuring future such work.

Over the past year First Taste Trustees have been working with the Board of AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire to secure a future and legacy for our work and have agreed to integrate First Taste's work into AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire. This will ensure that First Taste's vital work including: intergenerational projects; care staff training; developing specific resources such as chair based exercise CD's & reminiscence DVD's is protected and hopefully developed, both in care settings as well as being extended to frail older people still living at home.

As the former First Taste Charity’s activities are now incorporated into those of AgeUK Derby and Derbyshire and the First Taste Office at Ladygrove Mill, Two Dales, Matlock is now closed down anyone needing information about First Taste’s programmes needs to contact AgeUK Derby and Derbyshire either by mail at their address at 29a Market Place, Heanor, Derbyshire, DE7 7EG; by telephone at 01773 766922 or email at administration@aukdd.org.uk

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We deliver stimulative arts programmes to, and for the benefit of, frail, older people in care: many suffering the problems attached to dementia.


Residents in care/nursing homes and members of day centres need help to maintain active minds and bodies – which in turn adds a sense of ‘well being’ to their lives.


Help us continue to establish the way forward with accepted Life Long learning Programmes for older people in the 4thAge of their lives.

Stimulate and Soothe

DVD “Where’er You Walk”

A film of sights & sounds to stimulate and soothe which as been specifically produced for use by care staff working with older people with dementia but can also be used to support care staff training in reminiscence.

60 Minutes
£10 per copy
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New Era for First Taste

Like the boards of many small charities the Trustees of Darley Dale based First Taste Charity have been facing

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About us

First Taste is the name of a charity that promotes arts educational and stimulative activities for frail older people in nursing and residential care homes and day care centres principally, but not exclusively, in the Derbyshire Dales. This small, local charity was started in 1997 by six people committed to improving opportunities for learning in residential and day care settings. All had personal experiences of older relatives in care. Their vision was to bring into homes qualified arts tutors to conduct interactive creative sessions and to encourage the development of the holistic skills of homes and day centres care staff.