Derby Opportunity Area are committed to closing Derby’s social mobility gap. This is Derby is a key projects tackling this issue, led by Derby County Community Trust, Derby’s Cultural Education Partnership and Derby Sport Forum. We are empowering young people to improve essential life skills such as resilience, emotional well-being and employability. The project supports the work of the Derby Opportunity Area, which aims to increase the number of children achieving a good level of development, improved attainment in schools and benefiting from a broad range of experiences.
The vision is to use the power of sport, arts and cultural activities to improve the essential life skills of young people in Derby. We believe that this will enable the city to overcome one of the most serious challenges of our time. We would hope to see a city where young people are thriving regardless of their circumstances.
In Derby there are thousands of young people who are born with the odds stacked against them through no fault of their own. They are less likely to achieve in school, they are more likely to become unemployed, become involved in crime and have lower life expectancy than their more affluent peers.
Our partnership is led by Derby County Community Trust, Derby Cultural Education Partnership and Derby Sport Forum. Derby County Community Trust use the power of Derby County FC to improve people's lives, Derby's Cultural Education Partnership provides high quality artistic, cultural and educational experiences, and Derby Sport Forum is a collective of community based sports clubs and groups in Derby.
So far we have engaged 1,911 young people in sports, arts and cultural activities as either a participant or volunteer. We have established 10 hubs in 9 of the most deprived wards and a SEND hub where we have delivered 120 hours a week of activities. In our communities we have held 5 roadshow events with 1 big celebration planned for Saturday 13th July.
We have been using activities to develop young people’s essential life skills by taking part in regular extra-curricular activities that develop non-cogitative skills.
The skills that we are trying to develop include:
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Through partnerships with a wide range of arts, culture and sporting organisations, there are many activities and opportunities for young people taking place across Derby. Help spread the word to let young people know they can take part and get involved – tell them about this website so they can explore what’s on!Take Part