The contribution made by Safe and Sound to an innovative city-wide inclusion project has been recognised at a prestigious awards evening.

The Derby County Community Trust (DCCT) 2022 annual awards were held at Pride Park – attended by a wide range of participants, staff, supporters and stakeholders. The glittering event celebrated key aspects of the Trust’s work to make a difference in communities across Derby and Derbyshire – helping with their educational needs to improve their health, offering support, providing purpose or simply extending the hand of friendship.

The Inclusion Project which brings together DCCT, Safe and Sound, Baby People and Bridge the Gap, won the Community Impact Award in recognition of the outstanding contribution it has made to the wider local community.

The project has worked with more than 900 children and young people since its inception. Partners involved offer a huge range of activities aimed at increasing the capacity and capability of mainstream schools to provide effective inclusion interventions and support vulnerable students as well as delivery community-based hubs to offer further support.

Safe and Sound CEO Tracy Harrison explained: “I am delighted that the Inclusion Project, which brings together expertise from a number of different organisations, has been recognised with this award.

“The DCCT awards are a highlight in the city’s voluntary sector calendar – highlighting the positive impact that they and a wide range of other organisations play in local people’s lives. “As a local charity, Safe and Sound greatly value the partnerships that we have in the city and county and look forward to developing these further to support people through challenging and sometimes devastating times in their lives.”