Over a number of years, the Derby West Indian Community Association has been involved in an array of projects. Here are some highlights over our 60 decade history:

Across the Decades Exhibition 

On 25th November 2016, the Exhibition to mark 60 years of the formation and achievements of DWICA was launched. This was the culmination of over a year of planning, gathering, sieving, collating and even disseminating a large amount of artefacts, material and information.

The launch was attended by civic dignitaries, a Member of Parliament, DWICA membership and members of other voluntary and community organisations. This included:

  1. The Deputy Mayor of Derby City Council, Councillor John Whitby
  2. The Rt Hon Dame Margaret Beckett MP
  3. Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mr Hardyal Dhindsa
  4. Derby City Councillors Balbir Sandhu, Roy Webb, Janghir Khan, Dom Anderson and Gulfraz Nawaz
  5. Mr Arif Ali and Ansel Wong from Hansib Publications
  6. Various partner organisation representatives from Déda, Artcore UK, Hamaari (Voice of East-Africa), Ukrainian Association and others.

We also had the pleasure of welcoming Mr Ben Cunningham, the Chairman of the Jamaican Diaspora UK.

It was a very pleasant afternoon as guests viewed the Exhibition and networked, tasting food from across the Caribbean.

Thanks to the Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery Celebrate who provided funds for the research work, the Standing Exhibition and celebrations which enabled people from the community to view the Exhibition for two weeks.

People’s Health Trust Health Project (2013-2020)

After the Pilot Project in 2013, DWICA was successful in receiving a grant from The Peoples Health Trust for a 2 year period, for the development, delivery and management of a range of health and wellbeing activities for the elderly BME communities in Derby.

Healthy Active Lives

In 2016 the Project was extended for another 2 years, addressing health inequalities by facilitating/delivering a range of health/socialisation activities to reduce social isolation and increase physical activity amongst the elderly. Our aim is to encourage the elderly to live “Healthy Active Lives”.

Healthy Active Lives Project sponsored by Peoples Health Trust has worked successfully, to deliver a wealth of activity and information to the community during the 24 months ended May 2018.  We worked in partnership with:

  • Derby City Council – Public Health Community Engagement
  • Peoples Express
  • The Stroke Association
  • Healthy Eating Solutions Ltd
  • Breathing Fire Black Women’s Theatre Company – providing social/interactive entertainment

The Health Champions met and discuss health topics of concerns and helped in planning and organising health awareness sessions such as:

  • Stay Warm and Healthy
  • Dementia
  • Healthy Eating: Sugar & Salt
  • Healthy exercise – Chair Yoga
  • Men and Cancer

We continue to offer weekly gentle exercise (Tai Chi) to members. There are more spaces available and we look forward to seeing more members from the West Indian Community in attendance.

The Project has created network which enable people to interact through going out on trips and inter-community centres exchanges; thus preventing loneliness and isolation through these networks.

We are pleased to say that the project has been extended for a further 24 months from May 2018 to May 2020. 

Come and join DWICA Health Champions. Please contact Nezrine Hudson (01332 371529) for further information.

Regular health events are held with the help of ‘Health Promoters’ who are a group of like-minded people who assist with the planning and organising. Come and join DWICA Health Promoters. Please contact Nezrine Hudson (01332 371529) for further information.