Volunteers at Derby County Community Trust shared their experiences of volunteering within the Trust today by speaking to the Minister for Civil Society during National Volunteers Week.

Baroness Diana Barran, who works within the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, was in the area to discover more about the impact of volunteers. As part of this visit, she attended the Community Trust's holiday coaching session at Powerleague on Pride Park, where volunteers were helping to run the day.

The Trust has several volunteers of all ages across all departments, a selection of which were in attendance to tell Baroness Barran all about the work they do and the impact it has on the community.

Speaking of her visit, the Minster recognised the pivotal role that volunteers have played throughout the pandemic. She said: “On every level, volunteers have stepped up, put their hands up and been absolutely brilliant.”

Simon Carnall, Head of Community, at Derby County Community Trust, said: “It was fantastic to introduce the Minister to so many of our young people volunteers today.

“They support delivery across so many of our projects, including our youth wellbeing Winning Minds programme all the way through to our Premier League Kicks sessions which encourage positive behaviour and physical activity across the city.

“The work they do never goes unnoticed, but to have that recognised at such a high level during National Volunteers Week is a huge testament to how much they do.”

Derby County Community Trust are proud to provide opportunities for young people as part of the #iwill Fund, which is made possible thanks to joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high quality social action opportunities. Sport England is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund, and has backed our Winning Minds initiative which support youth wellbeing across Derby and Derbyshire.