Derby Plus One Arts And Culture Program

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:

Derby Theatre 

Derby QUAD

To hear more about Derby Deda’s Plus One Ambassador

To find out more about fostering through Barnados

International Women’s Day Derby 2014

iwd-poster-online International Women’s Day is a coming together of women from all backgrounds and cultures to celebrate their experiences and achievements through the ages and up to the present day. These diverse events from across the globe celebrate women in roles such as politics, economics, social and family matters, the arts and entertainment. 

In March 2014, Citizens’ Eye Derby met with organisers Vanessa and Sonya along with a variety of contributors to International Women’s Day in Derby and discussed what the day meant to them.

Patricia spoke to us about the importance of Women’s Guilds and Cooperatives which pre-date the Suffragettes. Francis from the Derby Museum spoke of the role played by women in The First World War and the subsequent changing attitudes, while Carla from the RAF discussed women in the RAF today.

Angie from Derby County Football Association spoke about the wide range of sporting activities available to people of all ages, while Bianca from No More Page Three discussed the objectification of women in the media.

If you would like to get involved with future International Women’s Day events get in touch with Women’s Day Derby or check out their Facebook page.


Volunteering for Success

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 ScotlandVolunteer 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.

For more information about volunteering in Derby contact the Volunteer Centre Derby team at Community Action on 01332 346266, Twitter @VolCenDerby or like their Facebook page


Real people, real change: Community Action 2012-2013

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The Community Action AGM held on Wednesday 4 September was very well supported this year, with over 100 people from local organisations and charities attending to find out about the work they are doing both to support vulnerable groups in Derby and to promote positive social integration within our communities.

Citizens’ Eye Derby was asked to direct and produce a film to highlight the work done by Community Action. The film demonstrates just some of the services provided, including volunteering support, the provision of training and education, and supplying advice on a number of different aspects, including funding, to Derby-based charities.

The film was presented during the AGM.

The following film features contributions from:

·        Someone who was made redundant and regained their confidence and also a new job through a volunteering opportunity arranged by Community Action.

·       A member organisation of Community Action. One who has benefited from advice on fundraising and other areas such as the training and recruitment of volunteers and

·        A learner who has benefited from the training support provided by Community Action.

For more information about Community Action take a look at their website

Shining Stars 2013

Shining Stars is an annual event that takes place in Derby during Volunteers’ Week.  It is organised by the Volunteer Centre Derby team at Community Action.

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign, which takes place on 1-7 June and celebrates the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

This year’s Volunteers’ Week focused on saying ‘Thank You’ to the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, and to recognise the way that organisations celebrate the work of volunteers across the UK.

Now in its third year, Shining Stars is a celebration event to recognise the contribution that volunteers make to life in Derby.  The event was held at Deda in Derby on Wednesday 5 June.

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The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Fareed Hussain – pictured above with volunteers from Victim Support – presented the awards to the volunteers, who represented 26 different voluntary organisations in the city with 100 volunteers receiving certificates and awards.

Citizens’ Eye Derby was asked to get involved this year. We filmed a series of short interviews with the nominators and asked the question; “just why have you nominated this person?” and more. Take a look at the film below

For more information about Shining Stars contact Community Action on 01332 346266