Success stories and achievements

Success and achievements come in many forms and we'd like to share some of those with you.



4 successful applicants receive Heritage Lottery Funds

Artcore - A heritage project aound the theme of water, this was part of a larger project with elements also funded by the Arts Council. - £10,000.

WW Winters Photography - The first private owner of heritage to receive HLF funding in the East Midlands.  The project will engage volunteers in conserving and cataloguing the glass negatives in their collection. - £51,800.

Impact Derby - An Intergenerational youth led project to explore what life was like for immigrants of the Windrush era. £32,600.

St Thomas Church - A project to carry out repairs to the church with activities to engage people in the heritage of the building.  Initial grant of £30,700 - £179,200.


Clarity Video Coaching

Clarity has recently completed an evaluation of the development of a video coaching tool in conjunction with Newcastle University. The tool has been used in schools and early years settings in Derby and helps education staff to develop their practice when supporting children's speech and language. It allows protected time where a member of education staff can reflect and share approaches in an inter-professional discussion with a Speech and Language Therapist . The evaluation of the video coaching tool can be seen on this YouTube video. The video was presented at the EAPRIL - European Association for Practitioner Research on Improving Learning Conference in Cyprus in November 2014, and conference delegates had the opportunity to discuss the approach in a flipped presentation with Rachel Lofthouse - our representative who is Head of Teacher Learning and development from Newcastle University.

We have plans to apply for research funds in 2015 to further develop and evaluate the tool.

If you would like to know more about video coaching, or our work, we would love to hear from you on 01332 404265 or alternatively you can visit our website on

Jo Flanagan and Bibiana Wigley

Home Fairy

Home fairy is here to help

A deaf and partially-sighted business woman has set up a 'not-for-profit' home support and befriending service to those who are at risk from becoming isolated.

Home Fairy, run by Marie from Derby, is expanding her business to help disabled people in and around Burton who need an extra helping hand with everyday chores. She is looking for new clients and staff.

The business supports all ages of disabled people, including deaf and deaf-blind, those with mobility problems, learning difficulties or autism. Specially trained staff work with elderly, adults or families with disabled children.

Marie said that her inspiration for setting up the business was due to the number of elderly, disabled, deaf and deaf-blind people becoming lonely and isolated.

She said: "It's easy to become lonely when you are deaf or deaf-blind without any close friends or family nearby to help and I wanted to stop this happening to people in the local community.

"People who are deaf or deaf-blind can't get out and about as easily as sighted people and it can lead to fear.

"I wanted a team of carers to be able to go into homes, befriend the people - many who are old - and help them with their cleaning and shopping if they need it."

But Marie is keen to make the distinction between befriending and just having help with chores.

She said: "Befriending can be beneficial to everyone, even those in residential homes.

"It gives people a chance to chat about all sorts of things, share concerns which in turn means less anxiety and better emotional health.

"It also helps maintain social skills and gives people access to social activities that they may not be able to reach on their own.

"Having a carer or befriender go in also means that there is less pressure and demand on family members - many of which want to help more, but can't due to work commitments."

Marie herself was born deaf in one ear, and then became deaf in the other ear at the age of three after suffering meningitis and developing Meniere's Disease - which affects the inner ear.

She became visually impaired after a car accident as an adult. But she hasn't let this affect her life.

Marie, who teaches British Sign Language for Derby Adult Learning, said: "I'm very independent and try to do as much as possible on my own.

"I love the work that I do to help others but I saw that there was this gap in the care market and I am in a unique position to be able to help, where others may not be.

"If people want a chat, or help with walking their dog, or feeding their chickens, we can help."

For more information about the services that Home Fairy offer, visit or email

Wellbeing Works - Impact Champion RBS SE100 Wellbeing Awards

Congratulations to Rashpal Rai and her team in Derby for being crowned 2014 Impact Champion at the RBS SE100 Wellbeing awards. This award recognises their work getting people from disadvantaged backgrounds back into work, and addressing their educational, training and wellbeing needs.

Wellbeing Works delivers successful specialist behaviour change programmes, aimed at improving the emotional and physical wellbeing of disadvantaged clients, supported by funding from the National Lottery.

P.A.C.E Derby (October 2014)

Here is the story of P.A.C.E. - P.A.C.E. was set up three years ago by Craig Fletcher. At the time Craig ran his own private organisation in carpentry and joinery, as well as working for a voluntary organisation. He was really interested in developing a social enterprise and felt that he could 'sell professional services' to the private sector but wanted to form a business where he could create an ethical structure and provide support services for people living with a disability.

So his story began. He found a building, and starting from scratch talked to business contacts, trade suppliers and friends who provided him with 'bits of scrap materials' to make the building fit for purpose - Craig said "people came up trumps just at the right time". Moving forward some five months and P.A.C.E. opened its doors in October 2011.

P.A.C.E started off with a gym having specialised gym equipment, so that people with disabilities could get involved in physical activities. Some of their clients were referrals from the NHS Occupational Therapy department, and P.A.C.E. led on providing services for people with disabilities who were receiving 'Personal Budgets'. As a provider of people living with a disability additional support was sometimes needed and customers can purchase the support of a member of the P.A.C.E. team who are available for that extra help.

During his journey, Craig commented about:

• "obstacles which often came along and got in the way"

• "what a steep learning curve it was developing a social enterprise organisation"

• ".. and sometimes there were financial problems"

but with "huge committment, self-confidence developing P.A.C.E. was such a rewarding one".

Today,as well as community support for people with disabilities, P.A.C.E. also offers training sessions, PAT testing, has its own community café and craft centres offering various activities

For more information visit the P.A.C.E website or call 01332 987621.

New to P.A.C.E.

A new venture, added to the already diverse services is the new Supported Housing Service. Welcome to Spencer Braydon Phillips, who joins Craig and Lisa Higginbottom as a director to the organisation. The new service leases out properties from the private rented sector, (there are 15 units at the moment); this then enables PACE to provide homes to people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

As well as providing them with a home the service offers various levels of support, helping them to sustain there tenancy, helping them learn about household chores, going to appointments with them, supporting them with budgeting, healthy eating and contacting agencies on their behalf. This service was set up to provide a holistic approach to helping a person and trying to 'give them a more stable quality of life' and a structure around it.

For all of these services there are 12 staff and 7 volunteers who provide support and guidance. Craig said " there is an amazing team of people - both excellent staff and volunteers - all who have a wealth of experience, bring along some laughter and help P.A.C.E. to do it right". P.A.C.E. provide services which link together and benefit our customers and the wider community.

Volunteers are a valuable asset to the organisation. They are highly committed and love to support our customers. In addition to helping us, a few of our volunteers took on the 'Ice bucket challenge' to raise money for the 'Motor Neurone Disease' Association. Well done.

We firmly believe that through innovative and quality services we can generate business to secure the future of a fast growing ethical company.

And finally for P.A.C.E. their goal is to be 'self-sustainable' so they can continue to develop and provide professional services for people with disabilities, and for homeless people with passion, energy and enthusiasm.


Culture Train (October 2014)
Culture Train is a Company Limited by Guarantee, Not For Profit organisation, and was established in 2011. Working from the heart of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site Culture Train has been formed to bring together organisations, groups and individuals to explore potential for new ways of working, new partnerships within the cultural sector, and creative and innovative projects. They secured £38,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its first project Reppin Endz Derby, which is a youth led project which fuses history, heritage, and hip hop to create fresh perspectives on Derby history. Young people are at the heart of the project, collecting memories and research about their local park, writing and recording hip hop tracks to interpret both the history, and people's experiences, of these unique community spaces. "We are absolutely delighted to have secured funding to take forward Reppin Endz" coments Rosa Straw a founding director of Culture Train. "It's a fresh project which takes a different approach to history and puts young people at the heart of the story. People don't necessarily put history and hip hop together but actually they work very well. History is about people and experiences, hip hop is about ideas, thoughts, and reflections on experiences. Merging the two is powerful and we can't wait to see how the project develops."

Culture Train worked in partnership with a group of hip hop artists (aged between 18 and 25) and Global Education Derby, to develop the project with support from Derby Local Studies Library and East Midlands Oral History Archive. Reppin Endz Derby began in May 2014. It will run until May 2015 and will cover four parks in the city: Osmaston Park, Chaddesden Park, The Arboretum and Darley Park. At the end of the project there will be a celebration gig where the young people will perform their tracks plus a digital exhibition hosting the material and stories collected by the young people throughout the project. To find out more visit

For the future.... Culture Train is keen to develop more partnerships with both the cultural, and wider, third sector. Their aim is continue to create dynamic and powerful work - and to work in partnership with others to achieve this. "The Community Action Derby Social Enterprise Network and workshops have been superb" comments Alan Foord a founding director of Culture Train. "For us it is brilliant to be able to make new links with other organisations, meet people, and keep up to date with what's happening in the third sector and Derby. We can't stress enough how valuable it has been to have an organisation such as Community Action available to us".

For futher information about Culture Train please visit



Local Consultancy shortlisted for National Award


Disability Consultancy based on Pride Park has been shortlisted for a National Award in the category of Innovation.The annual awards are held by Social Enterprise UK; the national body for Socail Enterprises - organisations which combine the aims of objectives associated with Charities but trade and generate their own income like and other business. Nimbus' appearance on the shortlist is down to work they have been doing with their Quality Assurance scheme CredAbility which recognises good practice in businesses and other organisations for disabled people. One such organisation is Derby City Council who were awarded one of the quality marks for the Accessibility of the refurbished council house. The Innovation Award will be presented by Great British Bake off star Sue Parkins at the end of November at the home of the London Symphony Orchestra. To read more on Nimbus: Disabilty Consultancy please visit

Chris Tully of Ripplez CIC our East Midlands winner 2013

Congratulations to Chris entered the Ernest & Young Entrepreneur of the year award, and was successful in being a 2013 Midlands award winner. The award is held in more than 400 cities in more than 50 countries worldwide. The UK programme provides an opportunity for our country's entrepreneurs, to showcase their talents and celebrate their success.

Chris is the Chief Executive of Ripplez, a Community Interest Company (CIC) which started as a Social Enterprise in 2011. Ripplez has a team of 31 employees, providing family nursing, business support, company management, and support to young parents. Ripplez also delivers Family Nurse Partnership in Derbyshire and East Staffordshire supporting first time mothers and the Footsteps Parent Group. To read more about the good work Ripplez do visit

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