In October 2019 Community Action Derby and Disability Direct, two of Derby’s leading voluntary sector organisations, announced the development of an Equality Alliance for Derby city at an event at QUAD in Derby. The event highlighted the need for such an alliance with overwhelming support from voluntary and community organisations as well as Derby City Council and Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS.
The Equality Alliance will champion the views of people who are under-represented in society - those with protected characteristics (age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, and sexual orientation) - at a local level.
The next phase of the Equality Alliance will involve voluntary and community organisations that represent people with protected characteristics, coming together to discuss how best to support, encourage and promote community cohesion in the city. Ideas and outcomes from this phase will be showcased at a large-scale launch event in Derby this spring - watch this space! The event will give all interested organisations the opportunity to share experience and good practice and work collectively to make intolerance, hate crime and inequality things of the past.
Amo Raju, CEO of Disability Direct said: “A single organisation championing equality in Derby is long overdue. At a time when inequality through harassment, intimidation and discrimination is rife in society, Derby needs to have a voice which can challenge such behaviour. Disability Direct is proud to have a key role in the creation of the alliance and looks forward to working with Community Action in the months ahead.”
Kim Harper, CEO of Community Action Derby said: “We are really pleased to be launching an Equality Alliance for Derby. We have been working on this for some time with our partners at Disability Direct and I believe that now more than ever it is really important that we work together to ensure that Derby is a great place to live for all of its communities. The Alliance will enable the voluntary and community sector and our local partners to come together to identify the challenges that are making life difficult for many of our citizens and develop policies and programmes to combat inequality.”
It is important that the Equality Alliance is led and designed by organisations and people whose lives have been affected by inequality - in any form - so that their experiences can be used as a catalyst for change to shape the future. Look out for more details of the launch event coming soon.
Funded by the Big Lottery, the Equality Alliance promises to be a positive step for Derby - laying the groundwork for a future free of inequality.