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This Is Derby

Collaboration Collaboration


This Is Derby is a city-wide collaboration which aims to provide opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the city to raise aspirations, have meaningful experiences and achieve their potential.

Derby County Community Trust has led a consortium of partners since 2018, delivering on the Department for Education’s Opportunity Area fund in the first project of its kind in Derby.

Over 3,000 children and young people and their families were supported by the original project which brought sports and arts organisations in the city together for the first time to encourage participation, increase activity and provide opportunities.

Since the culmination of the original project in 2019 with a huge celebration event which took over the streets of Derby’s city centre, the partnership has continued to go from strength to strength and attracted further funding from the Department for Education and Arts Council England to sustain activity.

The partnership is now recognised by Derby City Council Stronger Communities Board as the leading partnership for young people issues in the city. It is embedded within Derby’s Youth Alliance, which is a collective of organisations now working together under the #thisisderby banner delivering projects that support young people throughout the city.

Young people from within the project are now leading on an exciting Derby Podcast, which aims to provide young people in the city with a voice on issues that are important to them and their local community.

For more information on current This Is Derby projects, please fill in the form below or contact us on 01332 416140 or [email protected]

“This is Derby has given young people across the city the opportunity to experience cultural and sports opportunities. It has enabled extraordinary moments to be shared between young people, staff and creative organisations. It has unlocked creativity and given young people who are often sidelined the opportunity to shine.”

Education Manager, This is Derby Partnership

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We worked with all the city’s major cultural partners to deliver diverse, exciting and meaningful activities within the nine geographical hubs:

  • Abbey
  • Allenton
  • Alvaston
  • Arboretum
  • Chaddesden
  • Derwent
  • Mackworth
  • Normanton
  • Sinfin

There were also specific SEND and Digital hubs, providing the broadest range of inclusive activities for all participants.

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For more information on current This Is Derby projects, please fill in this form or contact us on 01332 416140 or [email protected]


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Fundraising and Events

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Derby 10K

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