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Celebrating Dignity and Respect in Derby

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National Safeguarding Week 2019 was celebrated in style in Derby with an afternoon ‘Digni-tea’ attended by the Mayor of Derby, Councillor Frank Harwood. The event, held at St Martin’s Community Centre in Flint Street, launched a new initiative between Derby City Council, Derby Homes and Community Action Derby to encourage local organisations to take part in a national drive to improve dignity in the services they provide by applying for the Community Respect Award.


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Local organisations and service users were treated to afternoon tea and cake at the community centre which was decorated with bunting and also hosted the ‘Stay Safe Market Place’ area showcasing the work of organisations.

Certificates for reaching the required standard to reMayor PCC Tony.jpgceive the Community Respect Award were presented by The Mayor, Councillor Frank Harwood and Allan Breeton, Derby Safeguarding Adults Board Independent Chair. 

Right: The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Frank Harwood with Police and Crime Commissioner for Derby and Derbyshire Hardyal Dhindsa and Allan Breeton, Independent Chair of Derby Safeguarding Adult Board. 


Speakers at the event included Lorraine Testro, Head of Housing Management at Derby Homes, Hardyal Dhindsa, Police and Crime Commissioner for Derbyshire, John Yates-Harold from Derbyshire LGBT+ and local poet Matthew Fowler. The awards were preceded by entertainment from Singfin Choir (main pic above).  The speakers talked about the importance of dignity and respect from different perspectives with anecdotes that everyone could relate to.

Below: PCC for Derby and Derbyshire Hardyal Dhindsa (left), Jamie Gratton froJohn Yates-Harold.jpgJamie Gratton.jpgm Aquarius and John YPCC.jpgates-Harold from Derbyshire LGBT+ (right).






Kim Mayor Matthew.jpg Left: Kim Harper CEO of Community Action with The Mayor of Derby, Councillor Frank Harwood and poet Matthew Fowler






Dignity in Care is a national campaign, led by the National Dignity Council, to encourage individuals and organisations to put dignity and respect at the heart of care in the UK.  

The Dignity Award benchmarks against ten key statements - the Dignity Principles:

1   Have a zero tolerance of all forms of abuse.

2   Support people with the same respect you would want for yourself or a member of your family  

3   Treat each person as an individual by offering a personalised service 

4   Enable people to maintain the maximum possible level of independence, choice and control

5   Listen and support people to express their needs and wants

6   Respect people’s right to privacy

7   Ensure people feel able to complain without fear of retribution

8   Engage with family members and carers as care partners

9   Assist people to maintain confidence and positive self esteem

10 Act to alleviate people’s loneliness and isolation

Dignity Award Recipients :

Commissioning Delivery Hub

Aspen House Ltd

Disability Direct - Enable Centre

Integrated Sexual Health Services

Safeguarding Adults and Professional Standards Team

The Community Respect Award recognises community and voluntary sector organisations within Derby that can demonstrate their ongoing commitment to promoting and delivering dignified services. If your organisation is successful in obtaining the award it will assist you when making applications for funding to Derby City Council and Derby Homes.

Community Respect Award Recipients:

Marty's Tots

Little Angels

Ignite and Connect

Derby Community Parent Programme

Baby People

Trinity Church

For more information or to apply for an award visit the Derby Safeguarding Adults Board website.  We hope to see you at the next Digni-tea event in 2020!