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

Volunteering for Success

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 ScotlandVolunteer 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.

For more information about volunteering in Derby contact the Volunteer Centre Derby team at Community Action on 01332 346266, Twitter @VolCenDerby or like their Facebook page


Derbyshire Mind – Enjoying Derby

For people suffering from mental health problems, going outdoors can be a difficult challenge to overcome – facing the wider world often proves to be a daunting prospect which increases feelings of anxiety. Without a support network to provide an opportunity to get out and about and meet new people, those with mental health issues may find themselves lacking in motivation and consequently feel isolated and alone.

Enjoying Derby is an initiative by Derbyshire Mind which offers guided walks to people with mental health problems, giving them the opportunity to enjoy both the physical and mental health benefits of a good walk. A Local Mind Association affiliated with National Mind, Enjoying Derby is one of several independent groups from around the UK. Meeting outside the Assembly Rooms on the Market Place every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pm, the group enjoys walks of various lengths ranging from less than a mile to up to 3 miles, both in and around the city centre and with occasional day trips taking them further afield.

The Citizens’ Eye Derby team met with the project co-ordinator Caron Kirkham to discuss the wider benefits of the initiative, as well as joining the group on a short walk through Derby city centre. A beautiful sunny day, we discovered first hand just how enjoyable the walks are to the members of the group, who not only experience all the health benefits of a good walk but also the opportunity to socialise and make new friends. The walk took us inside Pickford’s House Museum to enjoy a slice of Derby’s Georgian heritage, where we interviewed some of the walkers in the peaceful adjacent gardens.

For more information on the scheme, visit the Derbyshire Mind website at to find out where and when the next walk is taking place, or contact Caron directly on 01332 345966 Ext: 4.


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