The Derby West Indian Community Association is a registered Charity and has been established for over 66 years.
The Derby West Indian Community Association is a membership organisation with a particular emphasis on improving the conditions of life for the inhabitants of Derby and its community of West Indian heritage. Since its first meeting back in 1955, the association has gone from strength to strength across the decades and is still as committed to the community it serves.
Known most fondly for our annual Caribbean carnival which parades through the city each year, the centre also supports all generations through our events and advocacy work. Based at our Carrington street centre home since 1982, the charity continues to work in collaboration with our funders, the local authorities and other community groups to advance and promote the wellbeing of the community.
For up to date information or if you would like to contact the charity please call 01332 371529 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What We Do
Over the years the DWICA has been at the forefront of many community campaigning issues. It is our obligation to take up representation and advocacy roles on behalf of our members and the West Indian community we serve. Throughout our over 60 year history, we have launched a number of projects to help the community, from health to education. We have also offered guidance and support for a number of people, especially during major crisis' in our community like the Windrush scandal.
More recently, we have begun finding new ways to serve our community and have launched the Covid Kitchen a twice-weekly hot meal delivery to elderly and vulnerable members of our community during the Coronavirus pandemic. Community is at the heart of our message and we strive to make ours more harmonious with our work. To find out more about how we serve our community and our projects, past and present, please click the links below.
The centre is always looking for new members and volunteers for the organisation. If you would like to get involved with the charity in any way, please get in touch. There are mainly volunteer roles but also the chance for paid positions at the charity should they be available:
Serving the elderly community in Derby has been a long-standing commitment from the organisation. With a focus on improving physical and mental health and providing a community spirit to those who may be feeling isolated, DWICA has a number of events that we welcome all to attend.
Currently, we have classes on the ancient Chinese martial art, Tai Chi, on Mondays from 11:00 am to 12:00 am, with Wild Horse Tai Chi’s Carol. On Tuesdays we have a drop-in session for elders who might be struggling with their computers or other devices, this starts at 2 pm. And, on Thursdays we have the Derby County Community Trust come in to give their free Chair Exercise classes from 11.00 am. For more up to date details on our elder's classes, please refer to the calendar.
The Association also has a number of amenities on offer at our Carrington Street centre, such as computers which members can come and use at their leisure. There is also a bar and large television for sports and entertainment, located in the Main Hall, which elders are always welcome to use with friends.
To find out any more information on what DWICA has to offer elders or to enquire about our events. Feel free to call the centre on 01332 371 529 and ask for the Elderly Project Officer, Adam Slater.
The Children and Young people section of the charity has been dedicated for decades to the betterment of the younger generation in Derby. Every week we have a number of classes at the centre, including Be Dramatic drama club and other seasonal activities. Alongside our Stronger Together project classes, we also have the long-standing Cultural Roots Carnival Troupe which is based at our centre. To find out more about our brilliant classes please click the Youth activities link below or view our weekly events or calendar.
The highlight of the year is our Summer School which runs in the last week of August holidays. The week-long school has seen exciting trips organised across the country, sports and arts activities, and of course an education and celebration of black and West Indian history/culture. As the Summer School approaches its 40th year of operation, we are always looking for new and exciting classes to match the young people's interests. In 2020 we had DJ lessons, Crazy Golf, drama and two trips, one to Derby museum and another to Bounce Revolution.
For more information on how to sign up to Summer School 2021, please click the link below. If you would like to get involved or know more, please call 01332 371529 and ask for our Children and Young People Officer, Hollie White.
The centre has a number of weekly and annual events. To see a full list please click the links below. Our main hall and committe rooms are also available to hire. Click Venue Hire to find out more: