Baby People are insanely passionate about our youth and community with the imperative need to liaise and collaborate with schools in the district. We offer many workshops and classes including street dance, graffiti, our new urban fitness event ‘Baby Run’ and cooking classes specialising in vegan menu options promoting health and wellness. Our staff members come from various backgrounds and abilities ranging from singers and MC’s to sound engineers.What's On What's On
Baby People RunMore
Every Tuesday between 4-5pm we invite young people to join us for a run around the Derby area, we meet at the Baby People studio where we begin our run and visit various cultural venues around the city. Our recent tour took place at the local exhibition day at the Quad observing the different art on display, running to the building in intervals to ensure fitness took place. This is a fun and interesting way for young people to learn more about Derby and visit places they may have never gone themselves. The run is facilitated by staff, yet the running group is primarily made up of young people. Our young people learn how to encourage each other and themselves and the urban run helps them to stay fit and healthy in a fun and interesting way with their friends.
Jungle Book at Derby TheatreMore
We teamed up with Derby Theatre to look at the ways the characters and story of The Jungle Book relates to the lives of our young people. As the Jungle Book was being featured at the Derby Theatre, the young people had the opportunity of performing a musical and drama piece before one of the main shows at the theatre and at various schools. Baby People’s tutors constructed workshops to enable our young people to write songs for the performance. The young people were also enabled to partake in arts and crafts where they made masks and art in the form of a giant sculpture and costume of Kaa, the snake from The Jungle Book and create their own poetry. This experience gave the young people the opportunity to express themselves through creative mediums and the confidence to showcase what they had created in front of an audience.
This Is Derby Baby People StyleMore
In April, Baby People hosted its very own talent show, entry was free and it was an opportunity for our young people to show off their talent. The talent show gave our young people the opportunity to showcase all their hard work giving them the confidence and courage to perform in front of their family and friends. This talent show enabled them to gain experience of performing in front of an audience. The talent show was a way of bringing projects from external areas of Baby People into the limelight as previous students were able to partake in the talent show. Moreover, the show was an opportunity for family and friends to become integrated into the Baby People community and see what we do here.
World Environmental Day 2019More
World Environmental Day took place on the 5th of June 2019. Our tutors facilitated a day based on environmental stability where they taught our young people about the ways they can contribute towards sustaining the environment through recycling and composting which are both ways of practicing sustainability they can do within the Baby People studio. The young people were taught about how recycling and composting is beneficial to our natural environment and the detrimental impact consumption and waste has on the world. The young people then created music and art based around and inspired by nature, the environment and sustainability. They also learnt what types of materials can and cannot be recycled to encourage them to recycle correctly. World Environmental Day, which is celebrated across the globe, is a good way for our young people to learn about their impact on earth and what they can do to live more sustainable lives and reduce their waste and consumption.
We are currently running a 20 week music studio skills course, with morning and afternoon sessions four days a week. On Tuesday mornings the young people do core skills such as maths and science and learn music and art skills the rest of the week. At the end of the course the young people will achieve a bronze arts award which is an arts and music award. Within the course there will be a Dragons Den-type experience called Shark Tank where the young people have to come up with ideas for a project which benefits Derby community. The winner will win some money to put towards their ideas. Moreover, during the course the young people will go to cultural organisations such as the Quad, Derby Theatre, Déda. We are trying to look at ways those organisations and other organisations may offer apprenticeships. On Wednesdays the young people work on video documentary film-making, as well as music production, singing and rapping depending on what the young person is interested in. Through the music course young people will gain the opportunity to engage in the community coming up with ideas themselves as well as gaining employability skills and improving their music abilities and lyric writing. They will also have the opportunity to work with our tutors who are professionals with expertise in their field.
“There is nothing else, this is all we have you learn and it’s good”.
Our Think Big project aims to give our young people a platform for suggesting and creating change in Derby. The project consists of various activities facilitated by our Baby People tutors that enable the young people to think about their potential impact on their community. The project consists of the young people realising what concerns them in their local community and what they would like to change such as attention paid to knife crime, climate change and environmentalism or litter and rubbish on the streets. The young people will then have the opportunity to create music and art that can be showcased to local politicians, this will be an opportunity for young people to express their thoughts to change makers. So far, our young people have signed a ‘Wall of Commitment’ thereby committing to being a part of the project and wanting to contribute to change in the Derby community. Think Big will be an amazing opportunity for our young people to achieve political and social agency where they find themselves capable of making change in the world and their community.