Promoting social cohesion
and good community relations
through understanding and
Derby Open Centre
43 Pear Tree Road
Derby DE23 6PZ
Tel: 01332 360737
We are grateful to Derbyshire Humanists (www.SecularDerby.org) for funding this leaflet
ince it was established as Many organisations use our Our services are used by:
a charity in 1981, tens of services as part of their Equality and
thousands of pupils and adults Diversity training because a visit to ● Schools – as part of RE and Citizenship
have benefited from the services the Open Centre can bridge the
● Other educational establishments: colleges, university, nurseries
provided by the Open Centre. gap between theory and personal
experience. ● Public sector organisations: Police, Fire Service, PCTs, City and
Prejudice comes from fear and County councils, Prison Service, Probation Service, Social Services,
fear comes from ignorance. Our The Open Centre is not a faith- Magistrate training etc.
aim is to replace ignorance with based organisation and its unpaid
understanding and fear with Trustee Directors include religious ● Private sector companies and organisations
welcome. and non-religious individuals from a ● Local groups interested in good community relations
range of communities.
Social cohesion is a high priority
for all public institutions, including Our staff are members of the
schools which now have a legal different communities that make up
obligation to promote it throughout our city. They are all CRB (Criminal Our services include:
the curriculum. However, this Records Bureau) checked to work
extract from a recent Ofsted report with children and they are all ● Visits to places of worship: Islamic Mosque, Hindu Mandir,
on a Derbyshire school shows that trained to provide the information Sikh Gurdwara, black-led Christian churches, rural churches
there is still much to be done: about our different communities in and chapels.
a sympathetic way pitched at the
“There are no ● Workshops on a wide variety of topics including: Asian food, Asian
correct level for those visiting us –
costume and dress, Hindu and Muslim wedding ceremonies, Mehndi
opportunities to link to from 5 to 95!
(henna) hand painting, African-Caribbean food, black history.
the wider community Demand for our services is very ● Speakers for school assemblies and lessons as well as for talks, debates
through fieldwork and high. We do make a charge but and panel discussions for schools and adult groups.
contact with local our income never quite covers our
religious groups” costs so we are always searching for
The Open Centre is here to help
all local schools meet Ofsted’s Booking our services
Please see our web site for the most up to date list of our services, our
current price list and a form to make an on-line booking enquiry.
We look forward to welcoming you to Derby Open Centre.