Forums - how you can take part

Making sure we consult and enable everyone to take part in our work.

Voices in Action Youth Council

Young people aged 11 to 19 can become members of the Voices in Action Youth Council by becoming a representative of their school, support group or youth project.

If you want to join Voices in Action or would like to be involved in other consultation activities, Please visit the Voices in Action page.

Derby 50+ Forum

This forum aims to inform and empower older people living in Derby. It’s part of a national movement of older people’s forums, is independent of the Council and has an elected management committee. Any resident in Derby over the age of 50 can join the forum who:

  • attend four meetings a year
  • take part in consultation activities
  • receive regular mailings keeping them informed
  • attend subject specific meetings on key topics.

The forum is also open to all voluntary and community organisations in Derby that have older people as members or have an interest in older people. It aims to bring these groups together to strengthen the voice of older people and help influence issues in Derby.

Contact us if you live in Derby, are over 50, and want to get involved.

Diversity forums

Derby Diversity Forum

Community organisations, voluntary sector and third sector groups can contribute to Derby City Council's decision-making processes and make sure that their voices are heard and influence services by being represented on the Derby Diversity Forum. Diversity forum's have been active within Derby City for over 30 years and play a key role in service design and delivery.

The Derby Diversity Forum provides opportunities to check and challenge the quality of the Council’s services and key strategies and plans with diverse communities through a number of different ways:

  • Experts from organisations who work closely with our diverse communities share views at forum meetings.
  • Members of the forum act as a critical friend when we are developing new policies, procedures, plans or services.
  • The forums help us to carry out equality impact assessment work in targeted areas.  
  • Members of the forum share information, experiences and expertise with each other to develop a broader understanding of Derby's diverse needs.  
  • Members work together on key issues of importance to both the Council and their community through participating in topic based ‘task and finish’ groups.

Derby Diversity Forum meets six times per year, with representatives having an opportunity to all get together. The first part of the meetings are held as one core group however this is then followed by breakout sessions to make sure that all members of the forum can bring specific issues to Derby City Council's attention and contribute to key decisions in a targeted way. There are currently five breakout groups in operation:

  • Disabled People's Sub-Group - representing groups of disabled people.
  • Gender Sub-Group - representing groups who work with men and women.
  • Minority Communities Sub-Group - involving representatives of ethnic minority communities.
  • Older People’s Sub-Group - representing groups who work with or provide services to people aged 50 years and over.
  • Sexual Orientation Sub-Group - representing groups who work with and provide services specifically to gay, lesbian and transgendered people.

Forum meetings are held at the Council House at either 6pm to 8.30pm or 10am to 12.30pm. Contact us on 01332 643472, if you want to:                                                                                                                         

  • make a presentation to the forum
  • receive further information on the forum or any of its sub-groups
  • become a forum member.

Contact Pam Thompson on 01332 643472 for more information on any of the three diversity forums.

Neighbourhood forums

Neighbourhood Forums are open public meetings for all local residents, community organisations and businesses, chaired by a local ward councillor. They are an important part of neighbourhood working in Derby.

Every electoral ward in Derby has at least one Neighbourhood Forum held at a local venue every two or three months. The forum is your opportunity to find out what’s happening in your neighbourhood - the problems and the successes - and to discuss the big issues and priorities. You’ll have the chance to talk to your councillors, local police and other providers of services and have a say about what your priorities are for your neighbourhood.

Useful forms

Contact details

Post address:
Communications and Consultation
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 643475
Minicom: 01332 640666
Strategic Services and Transformation
Derby City Council
The Council House
Corporation Street