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Networks and Forums

Derby 50+ Forum

Derby 50+ Forum aims to inform and empower older people living in Derby. It's part of a national movement of older people's forums, is independent of the Council and has an elected management committee. For more information please contact Derby City Council.

Derby Advice and Information Network

Derby Advice and Information Network is a group of voluntary and statutory, information and advice providers who work together to develop the quality and accessibility of information and advice for vulnerable people. DIAN does this through supporting joint working, networking and accessing external funding. It produces a bi- monthly bulletin of local developments and members share an contact list with details of the expertise of other members. The Network has also developed a quality standard for local information and advice providers. For more information please contact Ian Chennery or call 01332 642753.

Derby Allotment Forum

Derby Allotment Forum brings together representatives from management committees of public and privately-owned Allotment sites in Derby city to discuss current issues and share good practise. For more information call 01332 640789 or email

The Derby BME network

The Derby BME network helps BME groups to develop capacity and ensure there is equal access to information, services, opportunities and resources. For more information please call 01332 227734 or email.

Derby City Sport Forum

Derby City Sport Forum brings together clubs, facility operators, governing bodies and others interested in promoting and developing sport for the city and its residents. For more information contact Ian Cotter or call 07796 982135 or try Kevin Palmer on 01332 280738.

Derby Compact

The Derby Compact is a commitment to open, transparent and fair working practices by statutory and voluntary and community sector partners. Its aim is to improve relationships, communication, participation and services to create a better Derby.

Derby City Council is currently reviewing its commissioning process and is looking to build in more recognition of social value and support for local organisations to bid. 

Further Information can be found at: Derby City Council

Derby Green Spaces Forum

Derby Green Spaces Forum brings together representatives from 'Friends of Groups' that help to manage and maintain Derby parks, local nature reserves and other green spaces; the Forum aims to discuss current issues and share good practise. For more information call 01332 640789 or email

Disabled People's Diversity Forum

Disabled People's Diversity Forum used to be called the Disabled People's Advisory Committee. It is made up of members from organisations of, and for, disabled people. For more information please see the Derby City Council website.

Food Networking Forum

Food Networking Forum aims to provide networking opportunities for anyone involved in the collection or distribution of food to vulnerable people in Derby, South Derbyshire and the surrounding area. For more information please contact Guy Freeman.

Forum of Faiths

Forum of Faiths for Derby identifies how the views and experience of the broad range of faith groups in the city can be drawn together and contribute to wider public life. For more information please call Phil Henry at the Multi-faith Centre on 01332 591285 or Janet Tristram at the St James Centre on 01332 604066.

Gender and Sexuality Diversity Forum

Gender and Sexuality Diversity Forum meets twice a year and represents groups who work with men, women, gay, lesbian and transgendered people. For more information please contact Derby City Council.

The Health and Wellbeing Network

The Derby Health and Wellbeing Network aims to ensure that the voluntary and community sector is more closely aligned with the arrangements for the planning and commissioning of services overseen by the Derby Health and Wellbeing Board.

For more information contact Kath Cawdell or call 01332 346266.


Hostels Liaison Group

Hostels Liaison Group brings together providers of housing, supported and associated services provided to non-statutory homeless people. To find out more, contact Rachel Morris or call 01332 579550.

Minority Communities Diversity Forum

Minority Communities Diversity Forum meets four times a year and represents groups who work with Black and Minority Ethnic Communities. For more information please contact Derby City Council.

Neighbourhood Forums

Neighbourhood Forums are open public meetings for all local residents, community organisations and businesses. The forum is your opportunity to find out what's happening in your neighbourhood. You'll have the chance to talk to your local councillors, police, housing and community safety agencies. To find out more please click here.

New Communities Networking Forums

New Communities Networking Forum's objective is to act as a platform for communication between all organisations who are involved in representing or supporting new communities in Derby and the surrounding area. The meeting encourages the sharing of information and best practice, and the provision of mutual support. For more information about this forum, please contact Pop Gill at Derby City and Neighbourhood Partnerships or call 01332 64 3044.

Self Help Forum

This forum is for voluntary organisations to meet together, network, share experiences and issues they may have, and work closer together in partnership. 

The forum is a great opportunity for groups to raise awareness of the fantastic work they do in the local community.

Health speakers are invited along to each forum.

They are organised four times a year - March, June, September and December at different venues around Derby.

For more information email  or ring 01332 227738.

Southern Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum

Southern Derbyshire Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum discusses matters of common interest and aims to inform and influence strategic planning in mental health. Membership of the Forum is open to any voluntary organisation operating in the area that provides services for people experiencing, or recovering from, mental health problems. For more information about the network click here.

Volunteer Co-ordinators Forum

Brings together volunteer involving organisations across all sectors in Derby city to: promote and celebrate volunteering and voluntary action; share models of good practice and policy; remove barriers to volunteering: and promote diversity. To find out more contact Kate Richardson or call 01332 346266.