Adult Safeguarding in Derby

6X4A9376Many 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

More detailed information and contact numbers can be found at the Derby City Council website HERE


Ozbox – Putting the gloves on for a positive future

Boxing has long represented individuals at the peak of their physical fitness, competing to defeat opponents through a combination of strength, skill and agility.

Though the image of boxing tends naturally to be linked to aggression, this is not the reality of the sport says Steve Osbaldeston MBE. He has seen many young people use the power of boxing to improve their sense of self worth whether by transforming their physical shape, boosting their self image and confidence, or by changing their addictions or anti-social behaviour, to enable them to tackle future challenges.


The idea of former police officer Steve, Ozbox is a free club based in Derby, which provides boxing training to build general health and fitness while also encouraging self-discipline. Inclusive in its admission Ozbox is also proud of the strides it has made to promote community cohesion and respect among the multi-ethnic communities of Derby. In addition to the general fitness, confidence, and behavioural benefits previously mentioned, Ozbox has succeeded both in reducing tensions involving disenchanted groups and gangs and in breaking down barriers between communities.

Each of its nine full-time gyms around Derbyshire located at Peartree, Alvaston, Normanton Park, Allenton and Caxton, provides a warm and welcoming environment for males and females of all ages and cultures. The latest addition to the network of Ozbox clubs is the Mandela Centre in Normanton.


Ozbox classes offer the choice of geneStill_ Chantelle being interviewed in the ring5_100_1056ral fitness training or boxing training delivered by a team of coaches headed up by former Olympic boxing coach, Brian Hinckley. A veteran of the sport who was forced to retire through injury, Brian was initially asked to help a friend with the coaching of some young people at Ozbox and found the enthusiasm and commitment so compelling that he decided to continue his coaching on a regular basis.

Ozbox now has six full-time coaches, a PC and a seconded PCSO (himself an ex-boxer) both provided by Derbyshire Constabulary, as well as Steve.

Such has been the success of the Ozbox scheme that it has attracted interest from neighbouring Police authorities keen to replicate its positive outcomes in their regions.

Citizens’ Eye went along to the Monday evening Ozbox training at Allenton and spoke to Steve, Brian and members of the coaching team, as well as some of those who regularly attend, to find out more.

If you are interested in going along to try out one of the Ozbox sessions, you can find details of training times and gym locations at




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.


Filming, chatting and snapping. A busy June for the team!

Winners 2012

Shining Stars 2012 award winners & Mayor of Derby Cllr Lisa Higginbottom

Volunteers’ week has been and gone. In fact, it seems ages ago now.  Our Citizens’ Eye guys were really busy filming, snapping photos and interviewing people in Derby about their volunteering experiences during the week.  The flashmob went really well – see previous posts – and we were really blessed with the weather and turnout on the day 🙂



This year’s Shining Stars volunteering awards event (also to mark Volunteers’ Week) was a major success. 70 volunteers took part in the celebrations, all receiving thank you certificates from the Mayor of Derby.  We also saw some individual achievement awards given out on the day and heard some inspiring stories too.  A very humbling experience. 

The Citizens’ Eye Derby team were there on the day to film the event.  See below:

We’re currently busy working on a youth volunteering film with the fantastic Money, Power, Respect team based at Global Education Derby. The MPR project has been nominated for the NCVYS Young Partners Award – sponsored by BIG Lottery and Participation Works.  Fingers crossed they get the recognition they deserve.

We’re also working on an annual review film for our host organisation Community Action Derby.  It will cover the many different work areas, projects and services delivered by Community Action.  This will be shown at the Community Action AGM at The Riverside Centre on Thursday 13 September.  So, popcorn at the ready everyone!

Starting Volunteers’ Week in style

The 1st of June each year signals many things such as the coming of summer, but it’s also the the start of Volunteers’ Week.  This special week celebrates the role and work that volunteers across the country make to their local communities and charities.  It’s also a chance for volunteer centres to raise the profile of the types of roles that volunteers perform to challenge mis-conceptions, and showcase the benefits of volunteering.

This year Community Action Derby decided to do something a little bit different for Volunteers’ Week by inspiring people across Derby to volunteer to be part of a flashmob.   These spontaneous eruptions bring people from all walks of life together, to occupy a public space for a few minutes normally with a dance routine.  And so it was at 12:15 on a quiet, slightly cool Friday that the Market Place in Derby suddenly erupted with the voice of Lulu & James Brown.  Within seconds a team of dancers appeared on the scene to lead the unsuspecting crowd into a routine.  To the amusement of some lookers the crowd started to grow with more and more people joining in.  The result was 10 minutes of high energy fun that put a smile on the face of everyone who took part.  And when the music stopped the crowd dispersed as though nothing had happened, but the difference could be clearly seen in the big smiles that everyone carried.

Citizens’ Eye Derby were on scene to capture the flashmob on film.  Here’s what we ended up with.