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At our zoom meeting last month, the suggestion was made to organise some ‘face-to-face get together time’ around a topic to do with the project. We can meet each other, chat and consider how we each might want to work with the refugee family, or not.


The first of these has been organised for Monday May 9th at Strutts from 6 – 9.00 pm.

There will be training for two hours and then discussion/chat on whatever you want to talk about. We will provide some light refreshments.


“Everybody’s Business” is about safeguarding. The course will be delivered by Ann Cruickshank, an experienced safeguarding trainer and retired Headteacher. Ann is a member of the Derby and Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Partnership Training Pool and Chair of their Education Hub.

You will receive an accredited certificate for attendance. 

Ann's experience of working with a diverse range of families, including refugees and asylum seekers, will give us the opportunity to consider, alongside the safeguarding training, what some of the vulnerabilities of the family we hope to support may be.


If you are thinking of volunteering with us, or would just like to come along and find out more, please sign up for this as soon as possible, as spaces will be limited. Apply by sending a message via the first contact form on our Contact Us page and if you want to volunteer there’s a form on there too.




Some 50 or so Belper folks met together last week with the Mayor and Deputy of the Town Council to consider what support could be put in place for locals who are offering to take in Ukrainian refugees. The government scheme is still a mess and visas hard to come by, but some Ukrainians are managing to get through.


As a start, though more will be needed in time, two groups have been set up. One is looking at how to match refugees with hosting households. The other is considering how to support English language learning.


If you want to be on their mailing list, either because you can offer help or because you would like to host but think you will need support along the way, please contact:

John Porter

Mayor of Belper

Councillor for Belper South, Milford & Makeney

Mobile 07500832771

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