Community Action’s short AGM and Volunteering Fair was held on Wednesday 9 September at Derby Silk Mill Museum. Over 130 people came along and the Volunteering Fair attracted 42 stands made up of organisations looking to recruit more volunteers. The event also celebrated (with cake) the end of the successful ERDF project.
As in previous years the Citizens’ Eye team produced the AGM film showing a very busy year at Community Action.
Bridging the Gap is a project that aims to bring together different generations in the Chaddesden Community in the spirit of understanding and working together to ‘Bridge the Gap’.
The project, funded by the Big Lottery Awards for All and Chaddesden Ward Neighbourhood Board, began in spring of this year with people from Age UK Rock of All Ages Choir, pupils from Lees Brook School and users of Chesapeake Community Centre, coming together to plan and rehearse a show that would demonstrate that people across generations face the same challenges in life and are not so different.
The project culminated in a show on 27 June at Lees Brook School and the Citizens’ Eye team were there from the beginning of the project to record how it all came together and tell the story of ‘Bridging the Gap’.
The purpose of the Project was to experiment with opening-up a space in Normanton which had fallen into disrepute, and making it public again. The other aim was to try and bring people together through gardening, a semi-permanent piano, and transient events that would attract people to the area. It was led by Dan Robertson of Sustrans, supported by Derby City Council, local businesses, and a number of volunteers.
Kashmir, who is a volunteer with the Indian Community Centre, was concerned that she might be in the very early stages of dementia. She felt this because her mother has dementia. In conjunction with Making Space, this short film was made, to be used in different forums, to encourage Indian women, whose primary language is Punjabi, to talk about their concerns with their families, and seek help and advice at the earliest opportunity.
In October 2014, Community Action held their Annual General Meeting. With over 100 attendees, the event took a look back on the achievements and successes of the organization as well as looking forward to a bright future.
Community Action supports a wide range of community groups and individuals with training, advice on funding, volunteering training and recruitment and other services, to help local people in their local communities.
Over the last year we have trained 19 learners from 16 voluntary sector organisations following 12 or 28-month apprenticeships in: volunteer management, Business Administration, Fundraising and Management. Seven unemployed learners also received support through employability training.
We support organisations with the recruitment of volunteers and have placed 234 people into volunteering to gain experience and to help them with their skills development. Two volunteers explain how valuable the experience of volunteering has been for them.
Community Action has worked with and provided advice to 118 different organisations over the last twelve months, 187 people have attended our events and 317 people have attended training and funding workshops.
Citizens’ Eye produced a short presentation examining the work of two organizations which have been assisted by Community Action, East Midlands Wood Recycling and Fitness, Fellowship and Fun.