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Shared Histories Project & National Dignity Action Day 2020

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Invitation from Derby City Council:

Booking is required.  Please email to register and reserve your tickets.

We would like to invite you to join us on Friday 31 January for this year’s National Dignity Action Day #DAD2020.  The event showcases the national ‘Shared Histories Project’ which includes a presentation that explores the contribution of Commonwealth force in the British army.  The ‘Shared Histories Project’ aims to strengthen feelings of British identity and the confidence of being British, improve citizenship, a sense of belonging and ultimately improve community relations.

Continuing with the military theme, we also have some guest speakers who will share their history and personal experiences of how they’ve overcome challenges in their lives, and we will also be showcasing some projects in the city which work to support veterans and some of our most vulnerable residents.

There will also be a range of service providers offering information, advice and signposting including ‘Healthwatch Derby’, who want to hear from guests of their own personal experiences of health care services in the City.  We will also be screening the short film ‘War Memorial Village Derby 70th Anniversary Commemorative Film’ during lunch in the Sanctuary.

This year the event is being co-hosted at St Martins Church & Community Centre in Allenton by Derby Adult Safeguarding Board, Derby City Council, Derby Homes and the War Memorial Village Derby.

Event Details:

Friday 31 January 2020

12noon – 3.15pm

St Martins Church & Community Centre, Flint Street, Allenton, Derby DE24 9BH

Full Programme

Arrival 12noon              Registration & Refreshments

Sanctuary Space

12.30pm – 12.35pm     Introduction – Cllr Jonathan Smale

12.35pm – 1.20pm       Shared Histories Presentation                 

Main Hall

1.20pm – 1.45pm         FREE Lunch, Market Place & Networking

Sanctuary Space

1.45pm – 3.15pm        Dignity Action Day Presentations


Welcome & Introduction

‘Safeguarding our City’

Allan Breeton

The Road to Recovery

‘Life after the Military’

Guest Speaker

Jericho House

‘Providing dignity and support’

Guest Speaker

Derby Homes

‘Dignity in Housing’

Lorraine Testro

Derby City Council

Adults, Health & Housing Lead

Cllr Roy Webb

Community Respect Award & Dignity Award Presentations


Allan Breeton

Mayor of Derby

Closing Remarks


We will also be fund raising for the Mayors Charities; the Air Ambulance & Derbyshire Children’s Holiday centre.

Booking Details

Booking is required.  Please email to register and reserve your tickets.

Further information about the Shared Histories Project

The WWII Shared Histories Project & Travelling Museum; a fascinating presentation that focusses on the role Caribbean, African and Asian; Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim soldiers played during WWII.  The ‘Shared Histories’ project highlights the significant contribution towards the war effort these soldiers made, which is largely unknown or not fully appreciated.  The projects seeks to heighten the awareness of our ‘brothers and sisters in arms’, and challenge racist, Islamophobia and anti-Semitic attitudes. 


Please note there is NO PARKING at the venue.  There is on street parking; however this is limited as it is a residential area. Please be aware that parking at the district centre is limited to 2 hours. If you are able to please use the large free car park next to JD Gym and Allenton Market.  St Martins is only a short 6 minute walk (0.3 miles) from this car park.  If you are unable to walk this distance, and choose on street parking, please show courtesy to the local residents when parking. Drivers will be able to drop off and collect passengers outside St Martins.

Bus Services - Arriva operate services approximately every 20 minutes from Derby Bus Station from Bay Stands 15 & 18, which stops at The Mitre or Bingham Street respectively.  Average journey time is 15 minutes.

Walking directions; JD Gym/Allenton Market to St Martins Church & Community Centre. 0.3 Miles – 6 minute walk.