Thank you to everyone who came along to our AGM and Equality Alliance for Derby development event at Derby QUAD in the Market Square - we had a great turnout with 92 people attendingand 19 voluntary and community organisations having stands.
The morning started with a presentation from Carole Mills, CEO of Derby City Council who praised the work of voluntary sector organisations and offered the Council's support for partnership working in the future.
Following on from Carole we heard from Jack Atwall, the Knife Angel project lead. The 27 foot (8.23 metres) tall sculpture 'The National Monument Against Violence and Aggression' is on display outside Derby Cathedral until Thursday 29 October and is intended to raise awareness of the growing problem of knife crime. Jack explained the sentiment behind the sculpture and what it hopes to achieve.
Next we heard from Amo Raju, CEO of Disability Direct, who talked about the development of an Equality Alliance for Derby in partnership with Community Action and why it was needed, citing the rise in hate crime incidents and people's experience of discrimination in the city. There was overwhelming support for an Equality Alliance and the need to take this forward.
Our AGM was the next item on the agenda and our Chair of Trustees, Kevin Curley, took everyone through Community Action's busy year highlighting the positive impact we have had on organisations including the Derby Recovery Network and Glebe Allotments who both secured funding with support from Community Action's Development Team.
Following the close of the official business of the AGM everyone was invited to network with the stand holders over refreshments.
Above: Our fabulous Community Action volunteers!
Above: Carole Mills, CEO Derby City Council
Above: Derbyshire Victim Services