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 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!
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.