Supporting local communities run creative activities that are more inclusive.
Celebrating Diversity was a training programme designed to help local community groups to be more aware of the needs of minority groups. The programme included awareness raising of working with ethnic minority communities, the deaf community, older people, people affected by dementia and the LGBT community, so that they can fully engage in the activities groups run. The programme included the creation of subtitled and translated films to reach deaf and polish speaking communities. Links to these films can be found below.
As part of this project we have developed an easy guide to ways in which we would encourage minority communities to take part in our work. We have also put useful links for specialist groups and organisations who could help.
If you wish to encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transexual communities to feel included in your activities you could promote them through Derbyshire LGBT+. We would also recommend asking Derbyshire LGBT+ whether their logo could be used on your publicity as this would be a welcome symbol for the LGBT+ community. There is a drop-in group being set up for over 50’s in Swadlincote that meets in our building on the first Wednesday of every month from 1-3pm called Golden Rainbows.
South Derbyshire is aiming to be a Dementia Friendly Community. There are an increasing number of, mainly older couples, living in the community where one of them is affected by memory loss and/or dementia. The impact of this diagnosis can hugely affect the person’s confidence to socialise, take part in activities, meet new people and visit new places. We would encourage every group to have at least one member take part in a Dementia Friends awareness session. Information about upcoming sessions and who to contact can be found here. The Alzheimers Society has a branch in Derby and staff who work in the district, they can provide and volunteering opportunities.
Access for All provides bespoke training for the needs of your group to ensure your activities are accessible for D/deaf* and disabled participants.
Communication Unlimited is a funded organisation that provides the D/deaf community with BSL (British Sign Language) interpreters for activities, they also can supply interpreters to community groups. There contact number is 01332 369920.
*Within the D/deaf community there are different ways which people choose to identify themselves, with a capital ‘D’ signifying they feel they are part of the Deaf community, and a small ‘d’ signifies that they do not want to identify themselves in this way.
The Open Centre provides creative activities that promote good relations between all British citizens no matter what their background or belief. For example; a workshop where you can write your name in Arabic, painting your hands with Henna, printmaking using symbols of African culture and world food cookery sessions. People Express also has a list of experienced BAME (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) artists who run workshops inspired by their cultural heritage.
If your community group would like to ensure that they have an understanding of the needs of different faith groups then The Multi-Faith Centre could help. They have a resource library that shows all the different faiths, their customs and what you can do to help them feel welcome.
EMCCAN (East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network), based in Nottingham, can provide access to professional artists from around the world (e.g. Africa, the Caribbean, Brazil) who are experienced at running workshops (they will require a fee) with community groups in ‘all things carnival’! This includes headdress making, costume making, samba dancing and much more!
People Express supports community groups to set up their own projects or programme of different activities. We encourage groups to provide a wide range of creative activities, from printmaking to light graffiti, composing songs to making films, dance workshops to puppet making and creative writing. We also encourage groups to work with a range of artists in terms of age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity and social background to help the opportunities to become as inclusive as possible. Below is a selection of images from different workshops that groups have taken part in.
People Express is part of the Derbyshire wide network of ‘Breastfeeding Welcome Here’, organisations and is a registered Safe Place.