Derby County Communities Trust

INDE city centre

Staff at 11 Derby companies are to benefit from a unique loyalty card scheme for independent businesses - a new scheme devised by Bondholder Smith Partnership.

The INDE card will offer discounts to those who work at independent organisations in the city to try to ensure the future of a diverse, vibrant, and sustainable high street.

Among those taking part are Bondholders BEAR, Bustler Market, Derby County Community Trust, QUAD, Smith Partnership, The Palfrey and Elements Tea and Coffee House.

INDE was the concept of Smith Partnership’s Business Development Executive, Tom Erskine who said “We believe that a city centre, populated by thriving businesses is essential for the future success of Derby and that is why we are so keen to support other independent companies and organisations. The INDE loyalty card scheme means that our respective employees will be encouraged to support each other while, of course, being given some great offers."

Hattie Shaw, Marketing Manager of BEAR, said: “Derby has an incredibly tight-knit and welcoming community of independent businesses; a community that we are immensely proud to be a part of."

Andy Darke, Events Manager at Bustler Market, said: “We didn’t hesitate when asked to be involved with INDE as it supports two things that are pivotal to Bustler Market; being local and independent. The more businesses involved means more support for local, independent business.”

And Megan Patrick, Marketing and Communications Manager at Bondholder Derby County Community Trust said: “We wanted to be involved with the INDE scheme to showcase to other businesses and charities that the way we can work together and complement one another’s provision isn’t always obvious but can be extremely effective.”

To find out more about INDE, or to have your business participate in the loyalty scheme, please contact Tom Erskine at

Bondholders' yoga swap

An innovative new venture between Bondholders Derby County Community Trust and Smith Partnership will see yoga being swapped for legal advice.


Derby County Community Trust’s collaboration with city law firm, Smith Partnership, is aimed at improving the welfare of the staff of both organisations.

Initially, the Trust will provide in-house yoga and relaxation as well as mental health first aid training for Smith Partnership staff.

In return, Smith Partnership lawyers will give the Trust’s team an introduction to wills, conveyancing, mortgage applications and pensions.

Will Turner, Derby County Community Trust Business Development Manager, said: “Smith Partnership has always been a great supporter of Derby County Football Club, so we are thrilled, as the club’s charitable arm, that they should want to engage with us. We are licensed deliverers of courses for both youth and adult mental health first aid. We are also experts in physical health, so we are starting in that arena with yoga sessions.

“In return, our staff, who are predominantly quite young, will receive legal advice workshops surrounding key life milestones from mortgage applications to pensions."

Claire Twells, Smith Partnership’s Business Development Partner, said: "We are committed to helping to develop the local community and our staff. Together we are sure we will build a great and long-lasting partnership which benefits us all. We are delighted to be working closely with Derby County Community Trust because it seamlessly completes the circle between the football club, ourselves and the Trust."

Derby County Community Trust Tackle Mental Health

2017/18 has seen Bondholder Derby County Community Trust launch a new initiative in local primary schools to improve mental well-being and reduce stress around SATs and the transition up to secondary school.

The programme, which is unique to Derbyshire, will see the Community Trust work alongside the Premier League Primary Stars initiative focusing on addressing two key milestones amongst year six pupils: SATs and the transition into year seven.

Disability Officer, Lauren Asquith, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce such an impactful initiative. Mental well-being is very prevalent at the moment and preventative initiatives are proving to be vital across age groups.”

The three key strands of delivery will be:

1. Resilient mind - coping strategies, goal setting, planning ahead, stretch and relax
2. Healthy mind - health , lifestyle , diet
3. Active mind - physical activity to combat stress and anxiety / linking activity to revision clubs/
transitions festivals linking into the secondary schools pupils will be going to.

Alongside the work with pupils, the Derby County Community Trust will support both teachers and parents to ensure the programme maximises its potential through a series of workshops.

Community Trust Investment Peaks

Bondholder Derby County Community Trust invested its highest figure ever last year helping the region's communities become and remain active.

The total investment of £1.7 million exceeded 2016's investments by £300K, seeing growth in several projects. The National Citizen Service, is one of these projects, having had 524 Year 11 and 12 students taking part throughout the summer - giving an increase of 750% from the previous year.

Health programmes have also expanded, including a new cancer recovery service; offering those living with and recovering from cancer tailored physical activity.

Simon Carnall, Head of Community, said: “It has been another successful year for the Trust, using the power of Derby County Football Club to improve people’s lives. We are privileged to be in the position we hold at the heart of our local community, delivering a huge array of outstanding projects for the betterment of those communities.

“The variety and extent of our community activities continues to expand year on year and we now attract funding in excess of £1.3 million into the local area. The scheme has had a very strong financial year increasing its annual turnover to over £1.7m as well as increasing its full-time staffing levels.
“We are very proud of our achievements over the course of the past year and this report is our chance to make sure that people are aware of who we are, what we do, and why we do it.”

Bondholders Merge

Bondholders Derby County Community Trust and Sporting Futures have merged.

Derby County Community Trust and Sporting Futures said the decision to unite made “perfect sense” given the existing close relationship between the two organisations and the complementary nature of what they both offer.

Both charities use sport as a focal point to change people’s lives for the better and are supported by local and national trusts and initiatives alike.

Will Turner, Director of Sporting Futures, said, “The synergy between the work delivered by ourselves at Sporting Futures and specifically in the current inclusion work delivered by the Trust is obvious, so the exploration of merging the two charities formed naturally.

“As discussions have gone on, this merge makes perfect sense - putting both charities together in terms of growth, experience and knowledge will add further value and credibility to the core charity functions as well as increasing the profile of the Derby 10K and other events.  Both sets of trustees and organisations have now agreed to take this forward.”

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust, said, “Derby County Community Trust has a great history of working collaboratively with Sporting Futures. We are delighted that we can take this relationship to the next level by integrating Sporting Futures’ staff and delivery programmes into our wider Trust.

“As an organisation we are committed to developing and delivering programmes across Derbyshire that improve the lives of our local community, and bringing Sporting Futures’ quality of staff, expertise, track record of delivery and partners into DCCT enables us to do even more of this amazing work. We are delighted that we have been able to make this amalgamation work and are excited for what the future will bring.”

The move will see Sporting Futures’ flagship event and fundraiser, the well-known Derby 10K, come under Derby County Community Trust’s umbrella.

Emma Pilgrim, Events Manager at Sporting Futures said, “The event has gone from strength to strength, and now in its 18th year the involvement of the Trust will only serve to support the growth of the race even further.

 “All previous runners can expect the same race organisation and route as previous years, and all profits made will go towards supporting the same charitable activities that Sporting Futures have always delivered across Derbyshire.”

Sporting Futures’ work under the Trust will now proceed with immediate effect.

National Win for Derby County Community Trust

Bondholder Derby County Community Trust has been awarded the Professional Community Programme of the Year Award, sponsored by the Professional Footballers’ Association, at the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards.

The Trust received a cheque for £1,000 at the ceremony hosted by HRH The Earl of Wessex in London.

Sharon Dale, Health Manager at Derby County Community Trust, commented on the Award: “Winning a Community Sport and Recreation Award means we are able to showcase the amazing work we have done at Derby County Football Club. It gives our programmes a huge amount of credibility and raises our profile, which allows us to share this success with our partners, participants and staff.

"We are grateful for the prize money and will use it to continue working with local people who need our support in getting active and improving their lives.”  

Derby County Community Trust works in partnership with fellow Bondholder Derby City Council to deliver a range of health-related programmes to increase physical activity and improve the health and wellbeing of the local community.

The Trust runs the programme, Active Choices, which is a personalised prevention programme considering a person’s health status, lifestyle and personal preferences providing support in the recovery and community integration of people who use Class A drugs and those misusing alcohol. People taking part in the programme are offered a range of interventions such as free gym memberships at Derby City Council leisure facilities, swimming, boxing, badminton and, of course, football.

Andrew Moss, Chair of the Sport and Recreation Alliance, said: “Derby County Community Trust and the Active Choices programme provides tangible change to individuals and the local community, through the power of sport and recreation.

"It’s a great example of how sport and recreation can be used as a tool to improve not just physical but also mental wellbeing.”

Bondholders Launch Breakfast Club

Thanks to a new initiative by Bondholders Derby City Council and Derby County Football Club, pupils across six schools in Derby now have access to regular breakfast clubs.

Derby City Council, working together with Derby's private sector, has launched a new scheme, ensuring all pupils receive school breakfasts during the academic year. 

The initiative was launched at the iPro Stadium, with Bondholder Derby County Community Trust and Derby County Football Club

The scheme follows two years of persistent work by Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet member for education and skills, together with local entrepreneur Kavita Oberoi.

Sarah said: "I am passionate about the future of our children in Derby.  Enabling them to receive the best education possible is a key priority for myself as Cabinet Member and for this administration.  

"I encourage as many businesses as possible in the city to get involved, and support this initiative in our schools.  We can all afford to donate, no matter how small the sum, to ensure this continues beyond its first year."

PKF Cooper Parry Deliver on Partnership with Derby County Community Trust

Bondholder firm PKF Cooper Parry have been announced as partners of fellow Bondholder Derby County Community Trust (DCCT).

The accountancy firm has strengthened its relationship with the Trust by becoming the sponsor of the core delivery coaching.

PKF Cooper Parry branding will take pride of place on the kit worn by the Trust’s team as they deliver sporting provision at grassroots level and in schools across Derbyshire.

Brett Critchley, IT Solutions partner at PKF Cooper Parry, said: “Cooper Parry and DCCT have a lot in common - we’re both passionate about supporting our local community and encouraging young people to fulfil their potential.

“The Trust do some really valuable work and support huge numbers of people in the area and we’re very proud to be able to play a small part in their continued development.”

Simon Carnall, Head of Community at the Community Trust, said: “The success of our scheme is built on the foundations of great partnerships and being able to add PKF Cooper Parry to that list is fantastic. We look forward to seeing the positive impact from working together.”

DCFC Communities Trust's new HQ

Bondholder BB&J Commercial has closed a deal for fellow Bondholder DCFC Communities Trust to move its HQ to a stunning 5,215 sq ft office on Pride Park.

The two-storey building, located at 14 Pride Point, is the perfect location for the growing communities arm of Derby County Football Club which is dedicated to serving the community and supporting local projects and charities as part of the Football Club’s long-term commitment to the city.

As a major employer and occupier within the city, we’re thrilled to have now completed two deals with Derby County FC in the past 6 months. We have been able to quickly and successfully match the specific requirements of the football club on both occasions and, with this latest deal, accommodating the Trust so close to the stadium was particularly important.
— Chris Wright, BB&J Commercial

In the short time since the deal, the firm has begun the move into its new head office.