About the Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST)

The Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) was set up in March 2002 and since then we have been striving to help and support victims of devastating and debilitating ill-health conditions caused by exposure to asbestos. We also support family members and carers.

Our holistic service includes help with welfare benefits and Government Compensation.  We also act as a support group by sending out regular newsletters and invitations for meetings and conferences.  This enables people to meet others diagnosed with the same condition, to help them to overcome their feelings of isolation and to support each other.  Along with other groups around the Country we act as one voice to campaign for justice for victims of asbestos related diseases.

For Further information please visit www.asbestossupport.co.uk



The AGM and Christmas Social is being held on Wednesday 29th November 2017 at the Spot, Wilmot Street West, Derby, DE1 2JW.  10.30am – 1.00pm

DAST TO Welcome Japanese visitors on the 6th July 7 pm.

This will be held at the White Swan, St Mary’s Gate, Chesterfield S41 7TJ.

A delegation of Japanese asbestos victims and families are visiting the UK and DAST would like to welcome them to Derbyshire, introduce them to the work of DAST and the Chesterfield and District Trades Union Council.

DAST will be displaying 3D artwork and there will be an opportunity to listen to the asbestos plight in Japan.

There will be a complimentary buffet served.

For information about the event, please contact joanne.gordon@asbestossupport.co.uk or ring 01246 380415.









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DAST launched their Asbestos in Schools Project at the New Art Exchange in Nottingham Monday 24th October 2016. For more information visit Asbestos in Schools flyer

There was the opportunity for guests to view an exhibition of all DASTs projects including Asbestos in Schools, the DIY and the Heritage Lottery.

All visitors were entered into a prize draw whilst able to enjoy some free cake!

To see DAST’s Asbestos in Schools Leaflet visit: Asbestos in Schools Bkl

For more information call DAST 01246 380415

To see DAST’s Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK Leaflet visit: Asbestos Forum leaflet 2015 low re


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UKATA sponsored a Coffee Morning for DAST on the 22nd April 2016.

This was the first DAST Coffee Morning of 2016 for mesothelioma and lung cancer patients, their carers and their families to come together and share experiences, chat and ask DAST any questions they might have.

There was also the opportunity to speak to June Morley, Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist from Kings Mill Hospital.

The event took place at the Markham Vale Environment Centre, Markham Vale, Chesterfield S44 5HY. The venue is just off junction 29A of the motorway and has ample parking.

UKATA provided catering and refreshments and nearly 20 guests attended.

We received positive feedback following the event and have sponsored another DAST Coffee Morning for 2017, see below for details.

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DAST exhibiting at our AGM 2016 at The Hilton Hotel East Midlands

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Following last year’s success, UKATA sponsored DAST’s Coffee Morning on the 6th March 2017.

This was again held at the Markham Vale Environment Centre, Markham Vale, Chesterfield S44 5HY.

From 10:30 am – 12:30 pm the meeting was aimed at anyone diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

13:00 pm – 15:00 pm was aimed at bereaved families.

Karen Lord from Mesothelioma UK was in attendance and was available to answer any questions along with the DAST staff.

Yana Ng, an art therapist from Cavendish Cancer Care also attended to give a short presentation and to deliver Art Therapy.

UKATA provided catering and refreshments and again received great feedback from the DAST staff.

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Friday 7th July 2017 is Action Mesothelioma Day.

DAST are holding an event from 11.00am – 1.00pm At the Roundhouse, Derby College, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE.

Speakers will include Joanne Gordon from DAST, as well as Macmillan Lung Cancer Nurse from Kings Mill Hospital – June Morley.

Their final speaker will be Jason Addy, a fantastic speaker and campaigner.

They will also be performing short monologues from information gathered as part of their Heritage Lottery project and their winning poem.

There is also an opportunity to sponsor a corn dolly, which will form part of an art installation on the day. Each corn dolly will represent someone who has been made ill by mesothelioma.

Sponsorship forms will be available shortly.

To book a place or for more details please contact DAST 01246 380415 joanne.gordon@asbestossupport.co.uk