Derby is celebrating the Dignity Action Day on Friday 1st February and Derby Safeguarding Adults Board is hosting the Derby Annual Dignity Tea at St Martins Church and Community centre.

There will be an afternoon Digni-tea and launch of the new ‘Community Respect Award’ at 2.00pm until 3.30pm, which is being delivered in partnership with Derby Adult Safeguarding Board and Community Action Derby.

We will also be celebrating the official relaunch of the Allenton Big Build project on Friday 1st February to include an 18 hour extravaganza event, reflecting the 18 months construction period.

All are welcome to attend from people working within the care community to those with a passion to treat others with dignity and respect.

Cllr Webb, Cabinet member for Adults, Health and Housing, said:

“We always look for people who have shown great respect for others personally or professionally and who have acted as a ‘Dignity Champion’ so they can be acknowledged at the event”.

A Dignity Champion is someone who believes passionately that being treated with dignity is a basic human right, not an optional extra. The national dignity in care campaign has aimed to encourage people to register as dignity champions and there are already over 1000 of them in Derby and Derbyshire. Many of them are making changes, usually simple, often cost-free changes which improve the services people have. This is the key point about dignity work – it is about practical changes at the face-to-face point of service delivery.

We want to encourage more people not only to sign up as champions but to also give active meaning to the role by inviting you and your team to check yourselves out by applying for the Dignity Award or Community Respect Award.

The new Community Respect Award has been co-created by Derby Safeguarding Adults Board, Derby City Council, Derby Homes and Community Action Derby. The purpose of the Award is to provide the community and voluntary sector with a self-assessment style toolkit that will enable them to measure themselves against the 10 Dignity Do’s. Advice, support and training will then be available to enable the organisations to plug the gaps, with the objective of raising the minimum standards of safeguarding and dignity within the voluntary sector.

You can find out more about becoming a dignity champion on the dignity in care website and about our dignity award and 10 point dignity do’s checklist on the Derby Safeguarding Adults Board website.

The Dignity Tea will be between 2.00pm and 3.30pm at St Martins Church & Community Centre, Flint Street, Allenton, Derby, DE24 9BH

To book a place email Carl Willis or call 07881 852858

Please note, there will be media present and a film company who are producing a corporate documentary of the project, please let Carl know if you do not wish to appear in any video/photography.