Sunshine Barn

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Frances passionately believes that anyone who is dealing with a distressing or challenging situation in life, whether an adult or a child, deserves a ‘safe place to land’ a place which is comforting, nurturing and non-clinical where they can find support and respite, and space to recover or think clearly.

Set in the beautiful Derbyshire countryside just outside Ashbourne, Sunshine Barn provides such a space. Redundant farm outbuildings have been sympathetically restored to provide a suite of therapy rooms for Brighter Futures Personal Growth and its associated company Nature and Nurture CIC (a social enterprise). Within Sunshine Barn, we have created a peaceful, private and cosy sanctuary for our clients.  The rooms are homely and non-clinical, and are beautifully furnished.  Several provide direct access into a private garden and paddock area, enabling our clients to interact with animals and nature if they wish.

Visitors to Sunshine Barn are assured of complete confidentiality and discretion at all times, and for clients in the public eye we can make arrangements to guarantee exclusive use of the facilities. Private, free parking is available adjacent to the property.

When people are experiencing distressing circumstances in their lives, the therapy hour can rush by very quickly, and people do not always feel ready to leave at the end of their session.  Here at Sunshine Barn, they don’t have to. We encourage clients to take advantage of all that’s on offer here before or after their therapy or coaching session– perhaps experiencing a treatment, relaxing with a book, having a snooze, or sitting peacefully in the garden. Parents of our younger clients, and other visitors to Sunshine Barn – here on retreats, training events and workshops, can also benefit from all it has to offer.

Do visit our gallery to see images of the rooms at Sunshine Barn, which include:

  • Adult counselling/coaching room
  • Childrens’ therapy room
  • Waiting room
  • Treatment room
  • Kitchen
  • Group/training room
  • Conservatory


The refurbishment of Sunshine Barn has been supported through LEADER in the Peak District Rural Action Zone, part of the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union, and is delivered by Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DEP).

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