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.
“People want a life, not a service” is the tagline given by Neil Woodhead, the Project Manager for Derby’s new concept of Local Area Co-ordination [LAC].
This core idea is fundamental to the work of LAC, as it helps vulnerable people to identify and achieve their vision of a good life, with as little intervention from official services as possible and more reliance on their own skills and contacts, including community resources, such as neighbours, local associations and other support networks.
Does this sound like a hark back to ‘the good old days’ when communities supported each other and worked together to take care of their more vulnerable members? There certainly is a strong element of that old-fashioned ethos in this new-fashioned style of working that Derby City Council is piloting in two areas of the City: Alvaston and Arboretum.
In the following film, we hear from a few of the residents who have received support from project workers, Raj and Simran (based respectively at Arboretum and Alvaston libraries) to move away from being mere service users, into creating a good life for themselves integrated within the community.
To find out more about the project contact Neil Woodhead on 01332 642565 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.