01629 733849



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.
In conjunction with the then local Community Education Council they ran a successful pilot scheme in two homes.
Encouraged by positive responses from residents, relatives and home staff, the volunteers, with advice and help from the local Rural Community Council, then organised themselves into a formally constituted body with charitable status. First Taste was born and, with grant aid from a number of statutory and voluntary sources, has developed over the past 17 years an extensive arts educational programme covering painting, craftwork, ceramics, music and movement, singing, poetry and reminiscence.
Further disciplines have been added: i.e. IT skills, photography, armchair exercise, hand massage and gardening.


Our list of qualified tutors now consists of 12.


Would you like to help us?

If you or your organisation can help us, a contribution will have a direct result for our many elderly clients. Your single donation, regular direct debit, legacy or contribution in memory of a loved one can really make a difference to what First Taste can achieve.

For further information on any of these ways of donating please contact us by one of the methods below.

First Taste, ladygrove Mill, Two Dales, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2FH
Phone: 01629 733849
Email: firsttaste@btinternet.com

Annual reports:

For the 2018 annual report click here
For the 2017 annual report click here
For the 2016 annual report click here
For the 2015 annual report click here
For the 2014 annual report click here
For the 2013 annual report click here
For the 2012 annual report click here
For the 2011 annual report click here
For the 2010 annual report click here
For the 2009 annual report click here
For the 2008 annual report click here