Spotlight on Padley Group

We’re delighted to introduce you to the Padley Group. This worthy charity was established in 1985 by the Bridge Street Nuns. Based in Derby, the charity works with deprived and vulnerable people with a range of issues including homelessness, mental health issues, learning difficulties, drug or alcohol addiction and long term unemployment.

The charity operates two main centres, the Homeless Centre and the Development Centre. The Homeless Centre runs for 365 days of the year. It acts as a hostel and drop in centre where people are provided with professional support to make positive changes in their lives. As well as offering a bed, it also provides food, clothing, washing and laundry facilities and activities. It also provides access to the community psychiatric nurse, street drinkers clinic, drug users clinic, chiropodist, hairdresser, optician and dentist.

The Development Centre is an accredited training unit and was established to assist people with learning difficulties, mental health issues, physical disabilities, and severe autism. The staff delivers therapeutic and expressive arts, woodwork, project work, life skills and yoga-based exercises.

In addition to the centres, the Padley Charity shop, catering and office facilities provide work experience for the long term unemployed and people with learning disabilities.

Each year the two centres receive 40,000 visits. They are a lifeline for vulnerable people. However, since cuts in Local Authority and NHS funding, the charity is reliant on donations and fund raising activities to keep these vital services open. If you would like to make a donation, please visit the Padley Group donation page.

As part of their marketing, the Padley Group uses silicone wristbands to raise much needed funds and to further awareness of their cause. The bands match their charity colours and bear their logo and website address.

For further information about the Padley Group and their work, visit their website at