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.

Victim Support

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


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.