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Communities in DSpace
40 Years Of Derby CarnivalThis documentary celebrates the 40th year of the Derby Carnival, an annual arts, culture and recreational project/event planned and organised by the Derby West Indian Community Association. The Derby Caribbean Carnival has been going for many years and in fact started out as a small festival in 1975 being held at Moorways Sports Centre where members of the community came together to organise various activities in order to raise funds. Although the carnival is organised by the DWICA, we work collaboratively with other organisations and interested parties to programme and deliver the event. It was not until 1986 when more emphasis and resources were put into the carnival and they employed a worker for Caribbean Focus 1986. From here on in the carnival became a much bigger venture, attracting much more interest not just from the East Midlands region but nationally. Originally the carnival was held over one day on a Saturday but in 1998 we tried a new approach whereby the carnival was held over two days with the procession taking place on the Saturday and events, such as stage show with internationally acclaimed artists, fun fair, beer tent, sound systems, arts and craft stalls, food stalls (selling Caribbean as well as European foods) being held on Osmaston Park on the Sunday. This proved to be very successful and since then the carnival has been held over a two day period. Over the years most of the funding has been provided by the organisation itself but we have been fortunate in the past to also have received funding from Arts Council (East Midlands), in kind support from Derby City Council, although more recently we have received infra-structure cost from the Derby City Council. We have been sponsored by Derbyshire Building Society, Rolls Royce, Western Union and Midland Mainline to name just a few. During the carnival period it can attract as many as 150 volunteers to help in areas such as the organising of the carnival, carnival workshops, carnival queen show, marshalling duties both on the procession day and on carnival day as well as doing other duties. The carnival costume workshops provide an opportunity for the professional facilitators to pass on the skills of costume making to both young and old, in order that they can then start to take over the running of the costume workshops.
Derby Voice Documentary ShortThis observational documentary short captures the enthusiasm and passion of the Derby Voice exhibition part of research project responding to the need for creating a space for civic dialogue and social cohesion in relation to justice and protest in the UK. The objective of Derby Voice is to provide a platform to those young people in our city, to showcase their artistic talent and for their views on the issues that matter to them to be heard loud and clear. Being born and brought up in the city this was an ideal opportunity to utilise my expertise and experience e and capture and documentary t the event for future dissemination and a starting point for others to have dialogue around the issues raised. This all so offered a unique opportunity of collaboration between creatives across the university and beyond.
EnthusiasmEnthusiasm provides dedicated youth work mentors to support a minimum of 60 young people aged 11-18 who are most at risk of exclusion from education, offending and anti-social behaviour – including the influence of negative peer groups and gangs, or those who are behaving in ways that require a multi agency response. Most of the young people are identified by various partner agencies and referred through Vulnerable Children Meetings (VCM), Neighbourhood Tasking Meetings and other partner agencies which may include Police, Housing, Anti-Social Behaviour Teams, Children and Young People Department (CYPD), Schools, Health Services, Volunteer and Community Sector Organisations and other agencies working within different areas. This short documentary follows some of the participants who engaged with the project that gave them access to the creative facilities of the university and how creativity can give you a voice and help to express one self through art.
Mapping young children’s conceptualisations of the images they encounter in their familiar environmentsThis article examines young children’s conceptualisation of the images they encounter within the familiar environments of the home and community settings, focusing on case study data from two, 4-year-old children. The data discussed are taken from a study involving a group of children aged 4–5 years. A participatory mapping approach was adopted, enabling children to be positioned as both message creators, through the production of their multimodal map texts, and message receivers as they sought to make meaning with the image-based texts they encountered within their environments. The use of a mapping activity supported identification of the children’s knowledge of different texts which may not so easily be put into words. The study revealed that, for children, the context and location of images are important, with the presence of images and artefacts enabling familiarity with a place. Furthermore, movement was identified as an intrinsic part of their multimodal engagements. Adopting a social semiotics theoretical framework, this study aims to explore the ways in which young children conceptualise images in their environment. This paper emphasises the need to take account of the embodied, spatial and multimodal nature of making practices, given the importance placed on these by young children themselves.
Supported internships as a vehicle for broadening and deepening the social inclusion of people with learning disabilitiesObtaining employment for young people with learning disabilities remains challenging and they may not be able to experience work that offers them the opportunity for broader and deeper social inclusion. Supported internships (SIs) offer a possible solution to this problem, providing a bespoke, structured study programme designed for students with disabilities. This paper explores, through an ecological systems approach, the experiences of three graduates, six interns, two job coaches and three colleagues, from a long running SI in a large private sector organisation that delivers utilities in the midlands. The organisation has many different departments and interns work in several of these, including the mailroom, reprographics, catering, health and safety, reception, and customer services. The researchers conducted small focus groups and interviews with the participants described above. Thematic analysis identified three core phenomena of relevance to understanding the relationship between the SI programme and interns’ experience of deepened and broadened social inclusion. The first theme illustrated positive changes to interns’ and graduates’ self-concept (e.g., self-determination) and participation, the second captured accounts of reciprocity in relationships, and the third contained insights into the SI practices that were relevant to improved social inclusion. The SI did lead to the broadening and deepening of social inclusion for interns and graduates. The person-centred ethos of the SI, personalised approaches to workplace adaption, and feedback policies were practices that began to emerge as implicated in this impact. Positive developments to self-concept emerged as important in building interns’ and graduates’ capacities for participation. The study also demonstrated that an ecological systems approach is useful as a basis for conceptualising and investigating changes to the amount and quality of social inclusion, as experienced by people with learning disabilities.