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:

International Women’s Day Derby 2014

20140301-000020.jpgIn countries as varied as Afghanistan, Vietnam, Armenia, Cambodia, Cuba, Madagascar, Russia and Zambia to name a few, International Women’s Day is celebrated as a national holiday. In China, Nepal and Macedonia it’s a public holiday for women only. Now there’s an idea!

In Britain it does not have the same level of state backing or publicity, even though it’s recognised by the United Nations. For those who aren’t familiar with Women’s Day, it’s to celebrate, respect and appreciate women and their contributions to the world and the local area.

It’s a day to acknowledge women’s economic, political, and social achievements; a time for women to gather, share experiences, ideas and creativity, to feel inspired, empowered and supported in our lives.

Derby has a fine history/herstory of celebrating International Women’s Day in style. For years, there were gatherings at the Women’s Centre, but it has now grown large enough that last year the celebration took over the new Council House building and more than 600 people attended. The feedback was extremely positive, due, we suspect, to the great work of everyone involved in making it happen, most of whom were volunteers.

This year, on Saturday 8 March, the International Women’s Day festival will take place at the Darwin Suite of the Assembly Rooms from 10:00 till 4:00, where there will be workshops, stalls, a Red Tent, information, food, live entertainment and maybe a surprise or two… Free admission. All ages and genders welcome.

This year’s theme is ‘Generations’: a chance to appreciate the older women who came before and the younger women who are active now, to encourage dialogue, sharing and appreciation of what each generation has done, is doing and how together we can continue to push for quality and equality in women’s lives in Derby and the world.

If you’d like to volunteer to support the organisers and help the event run smoothly on the day, please contact Women’s Day Derby. Details below.

Later in the evening there will be an opportunity to celebrate, honour and recognise the Inspirational Women of Derby at an awards ceremony at Holiday Inn Riverlights, from 7:30 till 12:00 midnight. Formal dress. Tickets are £10-12, including canapés and entertainment, available at the daytime event and from Vox Feminarum beforehand. Contact details below.

Citizens’ Eye Derby caught up with Vanessa Boon and Sonya Robotham, respective chair and vice chair of the organising group for IWD Derby, to find out what’s in store for participants this year. Watch the video to find out…

We are impressed with the diversity of exciting, inspiring, political and fun activities available for everyone. Adi and Charmaine from Citizens’ Eye will be there to capture the variety of activities, the atmosphere and the experiences and reactions of participants to the festival.

Come and share your thoughts about the day with us.

For more information, go to…

Twitter: @WomensDayDerby

For tickets and to vote for the Inspirational Women of the Year awards, please contact Vox Feminarum at…

Phone: 07779 560284

When a supportive community feels like family

Citizens’ Eye Derby recently went to visit some neighbours who, over the years, have created a sense of family amongst themselves, providing each other with support, care and company.

In these days of fractured communities, it’s refreshing to listen to Arthur and Barbara speak about the ways in which the neighbours support each other, both practically and socially. It’s interesting to hear Arthur’s view that the design of the close plays an important role in how their micro community works so well, particularly when compared to other areas with busy roads where people don’t even know the names of their next door neighbour. While for Barbara, the act of reaching out to help brings its own rewards.