Our sessions are delivered around the Boulton and Alvaston.
They vary from sports sessions to arts-based workshops, allowing the young people to experience a wide range of new activities and skills. These types of sessions allowed the young people to improve their behavioural and life skills in a fun and safe environment.What's On What's On
Every Wednesday, thirty young people around the Boulton area participating in a casual football and multi-sports session. Some of the young people who first started coming to the sessions were not comfortable socialising with other people. This session gave many of them a chance to engage with like-minded young people, make friends and grow in confidence.
Callum aka Freckles: “I enjoy going these sessions because it gives me a safe place to go, meet new people and get more active in a chilled-out environment.”
BoxFit at Allenton Boxing ClubMore
A range of young people participate in our BoxFit class, from 6 to 13-year-olds. Some with autism and other additional needs. BoxFit allows the young people to focus their anger issues in a positive and productive way during the weekly sessions. As well as increase their level of fitness.
Liam: “One of the Trust Coaches saw me throw a can on the street and asked me why I was littering. I’ve never thought of Derby as being any good. I was always bored and just didn’t care. They invited me to the BoxFit session – I haven’t missed a session since. It gives me a place to go and something to do that I actually really enjoy.”
Decorating the 'E'More
Our trainees who joined us in February 2019 were set the task of designing the ‘E’ of our DERBY letters. The traineeship is designed to equip learners aged 16-18 with the skills they need to get back into education or employment. This is the theme that inspired the ‘E’ as they focused on their new skills including CV writing, interview techniques and qualifications.
Artcore at Alvaston Primary SchoolMore
In these weekly after-school sessions young people are given the opportunity to explore different clay, mosaic and canvas painting techniques. Catering to a KS1 audience, the sessions are simple but transfer important life skills, as well as teaching the children artistic techniques in a social setting. With between eight and ten participants per session, the programme has reached a goof number of young people and has increased their enthusiasm for these different forms of art.
‘I want my mum to buy some.’
Two of our This Is Derby trainees were asked to speak to delegates of the project about their experiences as part of the programme. Freddy, a keen magician, performed a trick to the room with no prior planning and everyone was amazed by his talents.
Lauren spoke on the panel with others including representatives of the Department for Education, Rolls-Royce and several local headteachers, and held her own during the discussion where she told the audience that her confidence had increased dramatically and that the project had inspired her to apply for an apprenticeship.
One of the kids who attended the Easter holiday Circus Skills sessions struggled to learn some of the performances. In particular, the spinning plate trick. With the help and encouragement of the professional performers and coaches, he didn’t quit. He persevered and by the end of the school holidays, he could balance a plate on the end of stick like he was part of the circus himself.