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.
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:
To hear more about Derby Deda’s Plus One Ambassador
To find out more about fostering through Barnados
Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place on 1-7 June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. It’s run by NCVO in partnership with Volunteer Development Scotland, Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland) and Wales Council for Voluntary Action.
From showcasing the different volunteering roles on offer, taster sessions and team challenges with new partners, to volunteer recruitment events, awards ceremonies and launching new volunteering campaigns, events take place throughout the country.
We were asked by Community Action to make a short film looking at how, where and why some of the people in Derby volunteer. In this short film we hear from volunteers Luke, Karnage, Megan, Nick, Vanessa and Sarah about what they do, and how their volunteering has helped them gain new transferable skills, be more in touch with their community, and how they’ve set and achieved new goals through their continued community activity.
In 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.
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For tickets and to vote for the Inspirational Women of the Year awards, please contact Vox Feminarum at…