Community Action Derby Relocate To New City Centre Home

By: Connect Derby
 
DERBY, U.K. - Feb. 14, 2022 - PRLog -- Community Action Derby, which has been at the forefront of co-ordinating the volunteer effort during the COVID-19 pandemic, has expanded its operation with a move to the iconic Shot Tower building in the heart of the city centre.

The charity, which provides support and guidance for voluntary and community groups across the city, has moved from its existing home on Charnwood Street to the Shot Tower on Albert Street, which has been part of the successful Connect Derby managed workspace scheme since 2015.

As the Volunteer Centre for Derby city, the organisation also offers a brokerage service for potential volunteers and organisations and supports all those organisations that engage with volunteers.

During the first lockdown in March 2020, the team at Community Action Derby joined forces with Derby City Council and other statutory organisations, local community organisations and volunteers, to create the Derby COVID Community Response Hub in order to help the most vulnerable people in the city.

Community Action's Charnwood Street office became the 'de facto' headquarters for the COVID Community Response Hub, co-ordinating the support effort, matching up potential volunteers with people in need and co-ordinating food donations for the city's food banks.

The charity had been planning to move across the road to one of its vacant buildings, but the increase in demand for its services, and social distancing requirements, meant that was no longer a feasible option.

Shot Tower joined the Connect Derby portfolio of managed workspaces in 2015, following a complete £1m refurbishment to transform it into a virtual business hub to encourage people from disadvantaged communities to set up their own business and support not-for-profit groups, start-ups, graduates, and other people considering self-employment.

In 2018, the building was taken on by one expanding business, but was vacated due to the pandemic.

With the Derby City Council owned building vacant, it made sense to bring Community Action's services to a more central location, which provides additional space, increase visibility, and raises the profile of the organisation.

Commenting on the move, Kim Harper, CEO of building Community Action Derby said:

"Moving to the Shot Tower will bring a variety of opportunities for Community Action and our Hub partners.

"The building will provide a welcoming open space that will allow us to provide all of our services from a central and accessible environment.  The Volunteer Centre and café will be available for anyone to drop in and relax and we are very much looking forward to moving in and continuing our work."

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