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First Taste Charity
New Era for First Taste
Nov 17, 2018

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.

First Taste held its last Annual General Meeting on Monday 15 October 2018 at the Whitworth Centre, Darley Dale following which the Charity Commission was asked to formally dissolve the Charity as from 31 October 2018.   All First Taste’s existing funds are being administered by AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire but are ring-fenced and can only be used for First Taste’s current & forthcoming projects and programmes and to progress this vital work

To identify the particular work that First Taste has undertaken and to retain the First Taste name AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire is establishing a specific stream of work to be known as “First Taste”.  This will include: all the projects and programmes currently running as well; seeking to develop the intergenerational work; care staff & carer training; development of more specifically tailored resources for use with work with older people with special needs, and seeking innovative ways to reduce loneliness and promote health and wellbeing across the generations.

Some of First Taste’s Trustees, tutors,volunteers and project workers will continue to support both the delivery of existing projects using their particular experiences, skills & knowledge as well as helping to develop the First Taste work-stream & to maximise on AgeUK Derby & Derbyshire countywide outreach .

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.


Andrea Walker-Patrick

Date: 17 Nov, 2018

As the former First Taste Arts Educational Topic Manager and Adviser Trustee I hope that our legacy will continue with arts education and training being a constant presence in care establishments: something proven to benefit both residents/clients and care staff. My heartfelt best wishes for a successful future goes to AgeUK Derbyshire and their active trustees and staff. Andrea Walker- Patrick.