Rolls-Royce Fund 2018

A government report in February 2016, found that more than one in nine children had not set foot in a park, forest, beach or any other natural environment for at least a year. A separate study published in March 2017, found that children from poorer backgrounds were less interested in being outdoors in nature than children from more affluent areas.


But just five minutes’ “green exercise” can produce rapid improvements in mental wellbeing and self-esteem, with the greatest benefits experienced by the young, according to a study at the University of Essex.


In 2017 the Foundation Derbyshire Rolls-Royce Fund selected the theme of Mental Health and Young People. This allowed us to award three superb local charities who went on to offer direct counselling services to over 125 children and young people. This 2018 theme builds on that work by taking a step back and looking at part of the prevention agenda, using some of the simplest, effective ways to build up mental health resilience in children throughout Derby and Derbyshire.

The 2018 Fund harnessed the power of existing charities, community groups and voluntary groups already working with disadvantaged and vulnerable families, offering an investment for projects, which would educate around the importance of green exercise and outdoor play and foster a love of the great outdoors.

2018 Grant Recipients

QClub at Quad: A new project for the summer holiday period allowing their members to break free of the building and explore and carry out art works in parks and nature reserves around the City. To find out more about Qclub click here

Derbyshire Young Carers via Derbyshire Carers Association To support their young carer’s programme, allowing young carer’s to experience social outings immersed in nature and the great outdoors.. Developing friendships and offering a chance to connect and unwind

Home Start Derby: The grant awarded by Rolls-Royce will fund additional hours, so Home Start Volunteers can support struggling families with accessing outdoor spaces..

Past themes:

2016: Children and Mental Health

Three grants were awarded to the following groups

Derbyshire Federation for Mental Health: To expand their ‘Bridging the Gap’ service, which provides counselling to adolescents (mainly aged 15 – 19) with a myriad of mental health concerns.

Derby Cruse Bereavement Care: To help stabilise their children’s counselling service, which has faced funding cuts

Relate Derby & Southern Derbyshire:  To provide funding for the ‘SafeSpeak’ project a specialist young people’s counselling service.


2015: Support to Domestic Abuse Services

Awarded to Derbyshire Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse Service (DDVSAS)