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.
Last September Citizens Eye Derby shed a little light on Money, Power, Respect, a community project run by young volunteers at Global Education Derby. Back then it was a small group utilizing hip-hop music to express thoughts and feelings on various issues affecting themselves and the local community.
Following a grant by the Big Lottery Fund MPR have now extended their license to three years’ service. The structure has also tightened due to the employment of Jimmy Batchelor as Project Manager and Karnage as an Assistant Youth Worker.
In tribute to their success a short video can be seen below in which Jimmy discusses the group’s expansion and its goals for the future. Feel free to share and leave comments.
If you would like to find out more please visit www.mprderby.org.uk.