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Peak District Partnership

The Peak District Partnership was formally known as the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak Local Strategic Partnership (established in 2003). It draws together organisations working in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak from the statutory, voluntary and business sectors.

The Partnership aims to focus the collective resources of partners on priorities that have been agreed by partners and add value to existing activity.

The Partnership is chaired by University of Derby (Buxton) Strategic Director, Dr Peter Dewhurst supported by Vice-Chair, Neil Moulden, Chief Executive of Derbyshire Dales Council for Voluntary Service.

In December 2014 partners agreed a new Statement of Priorities 2015- 2019 [PDF 523KB].  The Statement provides the framework for Partnership activity over the next five years and replaces the 2009-2014 Sustainable Community Strategy.


  • To bring together public, private, voluntary and community organisations to deliver the Partnership's shared vision for the Peak District
  • Oversee the preparation, delivery, monitoring and review of the Community Priorities Statement for the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak (Peak District sub region)
  • Develop and deliver shared, outcome focused priority actions to tackle the main challenges identified in the Community Priorities Statement and report progress on implementation back to the wider community.
  • The Partnership's primary focus for joint activity / shared actions will be on Health and Wellbeing and the Economy, whilst continuing to recognise the links with Housing, Young People and the cross-cutting issues of community safety/cohesion, access to services and climate change
  • Co-ordinate and rationalise partnership activity and ensure that the work of the Partnership builds on the work that is already going on in local communities
  • Provide a lobbying / advocacy role for the Peak District
  • Promote joint initiatives delivered by partners


The Partnership operates at three levels, each having a clear role:

  • Partnership Board – to agree the Community Priorities Statement and the priority partnership actions required to implement it
  • Partnership Executive - to ensure the decisions of the Board are implemented
  • Task and Finish Groups – to develop and implement priority partnership actions

Board Membership

The following partners are represented on the Board:

Terms of Reference


Achievements from partnership working during 2012/13 include:

  • Helping 169 young people at apprenticeship events to seek jobs and training
  • Setting up a credit union facility for people who work or live in High Peak
  • Securing funding for a worker to support homeless young people in the Peak District
  • Providing free debt advice helping over 184 Derbyshire Dales households manage debts totalling £2.35m
  • "Wealth, Health and Wellbeing" services, which address debt, poverty, and employment on the Gamesley and Fairfield estates
  • Promoting '5 Ways to Wellbeing' to local groups to help them improve wellbeing within their communities.

The Peak District Economy

In November 2013, Peak District partners commissioned an independent economic assessment of the wider Peak District area. The primary aim of the research was to update the evidence base, confirming and expanding upon the existing understanding of the area, and to demonstrate its economic potential.

The research highlights the distinct opportunities for economic development offered by the wider Peak District and the significant contribution it can make to achieving the economic objectives of the Local Enterprise Partnerships which overlay the area.

Funding information

 Information on funding opportunities for businesses and social enterprises in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak is available here.

Partner activities to support the economy and improve Health & Wellbeing

Heart of Derbyshire Campaign

Recently launched by Derbyshire County Council, Heart of Derbyshire aims to give customers a healthier choice when eating out or purchasing takeaways from Derbyshire caterers. The Peak District Partnership has agreed to help promote the initiative to residents and businesses in the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak.

Invest to Grow

The University of Derby has secured £16m from the Regional Growth Fund to deliver the Invest to Grow programme, providing grants or loans (up to 30% of investment costs) to established businesses to help them innovate, grow and create new jobs. Sectors targeted include:

  • Food & Drink Manufacturing
  • Construction, Medicine / Bio-science
  • Logistics
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing
  • Low Carbon technology
  • Creative Industries
  • The Visitor Economy

The minimum award size is £15,000. The Peak District Partnership is helping to promote the assistance available to local businesses though its networks.

Manchester Credit Union in the High Peak

Credit unions are non-profit making financial co-operatives owned and controlled by their members. They offer savings, great value loans and insurance products, plus they are local and ethical and exist solely to benefit their members.

A Credit Union is now up and running in High Peak. Anyone living or working in the High Peak can become a member of the Manchester Credit Union.

Board Minutes and Presentations


Policy & Performance

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