Community Action – Annual General Meeting 2014

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In October 2014, Community Action held their Annual General Meeting. With over 100 attendees, the event took a look back on the achievements and successes of the organization as well as looking forward to a bright future.

Community Action supports a wide range of community groups and individuals with training, advice on funding, volunteering training and recruitment and other services, to help local people in their local communities.

Over the last year we have trained 19 learners from 16 voluntary sector organisations following 12 or 28-month apprenticeships in: volunteer management, Business Administration, Fundraising and Management. Seven unemployed learners also received support through employability training.

We support organisations with the recruitment of volunteers and have placed 234 people into volunteering to gain experience and to help them with their skills development. Two volunteers explain how valuable the experience of volunteering has been for them.

Community Action has worked with and provided advice to 118 different organisations over the last twelve months, 187 people have attended our events and 317 people have attended training and funding workshops.

Citizens’ Eye produced a short presentation examining the work of two organizations which have been assisted by Community Action, East Midlands Wood Recycling and Fitness, Fellowship and Fun.

Derby Plus One Arts And Culture Program

In December 2013, Barnardo’s joined forces with Derby’s major cultural institutions to launch the Plus One initiative. Set up in order to give children in care the opportunity to experience live performance, film and creative workshops in the city, the scheme has seen a number of successes in the following months.

Citizens’ Eye met up with the key people involved in the initiative from Derby Theatre, Déda, Derby LIVE and QUAD to discuss the origins of the Plus One scheme and how it is shaping up for the future. We also spoke to Derby County’s Shaun Barker and representatives of Barnado’s and heard their perspectives on the scheme and why it is such a valuable enterprise for children in care living in Derby.

For more information on the Plus One scheme please visit the following websites:

Derby Theatre 

Derby QUAD

To hear more about Derby Deda’s Plus One Ambassador

To find out more about fostering through Barnados

Steps For The Future

Established in 2009, Derby-based dance group Steps for the Future has established a strong record for providing young adults with differences a safe and supportive environment where people can meet, make friends and – of course – dance.

Keen advocates of creative exploration, the group aims to enrich the lives of participants while discovering new means of expression and encouraging everyone to reach their full potential. Citizens’ Eye Derby went along to see them practice at their regular meeting hall at St. Peter’s Church in Derby city centre, and had the pleasure of catching up with the group at Broomfield College, where they performed a number of dances as part of their campaign to help raise disability awareness in schools and the workplace.

Steps for the Future love to put on a show, and have performed outside Derby cathedral, in the Westfield centre and elsewhere – they provide a professional, unique and most importantly fun service for both private and corporate events, in addition to successful projects with the emergency services and government advertisement campaigns.

For more information about Steps for the Future, call 01332 292262 or visit their website:

Adult Safeguarding in Derby

6X4A9376Many organisations work together across Derby to ensure that all vulnerable adults are protected from any form of abuse. This harm or exploitation can be sexual, physical, financial, psychological or result from acts of omission and can be in the family, or any part of the wider society. The process taken to monitor, and act on these types of risks is known as Safeguarding, and Derby City Council has a team that operates as a focal point for significant referrals within the community.

There are many ways that issues can be identified, monitored and avoided at an individual organizational level as part of the broader Safeguarding initiative. In addition to speaking to Griff Jones (Safeguarding Manager – Derby City Council), Citizens’ Eye Derby spoke to 3 different organisations to understand how they deal with their Safeguarding responsibility. These were:

Derby Homes – Company that manages Derby Council houses
Transition 2 – College for young adults with Learning Difficulties and Autism
Sahahra – Day Centre for Elderly Pakistani men and women

More detailed information and contact numbers can be found at the Derby City Council website HERE


International Women’s Day Derby 2014

iwd-poster-online International Women’s Day is a coming together of women from all backgrounds and cultures to celebrate their experiences and achievements through the ages and up to the present day. These diverse events from across the globe celebrate women in roles such as politics, economics, social and family matters, the arts and entertainment. 

In March 2014, Citizens’ Eye Derby met with organisers Vanessa and Sonya along with a variety of contributors to International Women’s Day in Derby and discussed what the day meant to them.

Patricia spoke to us about the importance of Women’s Guilds and Cooperatives which pre-date the Suffragettes. Francis from the Derby Museum spoke of the role played by women in The First World War and the subsequent changing attitudes, while Carla from the RAF discussed women in the RAF today.

Angie from Derby County Football Association spoke about the wide range of sporting activities available to people of all ages, while Bianca from No More Page Three discussed the objectification of women in the media.

If you would like to get involved with future International Women’s Day events get in touch with Women’s Day Derby or check out their Facebook page.