About the Organisation
We are a Christian charity founded in 1989, initially as a debt advice service and the first food bank nationwide. We have now evolved into a direct access homeless service covering Derby and the surrounding area. We offer daytime services for people in crisis, like our safe space for Derby’s rough sleepers and for vulnerable and destitute people in the community including our Street Pastor Programme. We offer a unique and busy service in Derby City and are very excited about expanding after a huge demand for our services. Our full range of services include:
- Safe Spaces – launched in March 2019 providing entrenched rough sleepers with a ‘safe space’ to get help and support in the day and to be temporarily accommodated overnight, working in partnership with the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office (OPPC), Public Health England, Derby Homes, and East Midlands Ambulance Service.
- Accommodation – we run a number of projects that support people who struggle to find accommodation in Derby, and we provide our Safe Space 4 sleeping pods, and 2 rooms and are currently extending provision to an additional 8 bedspaces.
- By My Side – light touch programme supporting drug and alcohol recovery, includes providing activities, signposting, and referral to outside agencies.
- Street Pastors – part of a national scheme helping to keep people safe between 10pm and 4am on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Community shop & Café. This provides dignity by allowing people to choose food items instead of a food parcel and in a warm and welcoming café area.
- My place – project for ex-offenders to support them with finding and maintaining accommodation.
- We also provide our Jubilee Debt Advice Service and run a Food Bank for local people.
Derby City Mission recently received £107,000 in funding from the Night Shelter Transformation Funds capital stream to turn a large hall at their day centre into 8 single room units to enhance their current provision for people facing homelessness.
They have established architectural drawings for the renovation of the building along with a fire risk assessment. Due to the nature of the renovation their plans do not require planning permission and works have already commenced with contractors currently on site and due be completed by mid-May. Plans/ drawings are available on request.
Derby City Mission would now welcome light touch support on a pro bono basis, from a Project Manager or QS to help them manage the following elements of the renovation:
- Ensuring they stay within budget.
- Ensuring that timeframes are met.
- Mentoring them through the process to ensure they have covered everything.
To begin by end February 2023