Many 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
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.
Citizen’s Eye Derby attended the local PCC (Police & Crime Commissioner) Q&A session on Thursday 11th April. The event was held at the Quad and co-hosted by Community Action and BME Network. It focussed on issues affecting local BME communities, and gave members of the public the chance to put questions to various local authority figures including our PCC Alan Charles.
We spoke to a host of representatives to identify expectations before the event and thoughts afterwards on whether or not they deemed it successful. Alongside Mr Charles we interviewed Michael Mudzamiri, head of BME Network; Hardyal Dhindsa, Deputy PCC; Bev Stewart, Project Manager at Open Doors Forum; Tony Michael, Moderator of the Q&A event and Chair of the Hadhari Project; and Jack Atwal, Police Commander for Derby City, Derby South and Erewash.
Soon after the Q&A we got in touch with Wellington, a member of the BME Network who had raised concerns with the panel regarding recruitment equality within the police force. He has since been in touch with Jack Atwal and the Derby Police HR department in relation to his own application, and the system itself has changed from phone calls to online applications. It’s a story that provides reassurance that local authorities are listening to the public to better suit tax-payers’ needs.
These interviews can be seen in our film below. Feel free to share and leave comments on this blog.
Anyone interested in the 2012-2017 Crime Plan can view it here: http://www.derbyshire-pcc.gov.uk/Document-Library/Public-Information/Police-and-Crime-Plan-2012-2017.pdf
If you would like to find out more about the BME Network contact Michael Mudzamiri on 01332 227735.