Derby County Community Trust
Derby County Community Trust (DCCT) were awarded a Silver Employer Recognition Scheme Award in 2019 for their outreach to the Armed Forces community.Derby County Community Trust use the power of Derby County Football Club to improve lives and communities through physical activity, sport, health and education.
In 2019, over 30,000 people took part in their activities, after an investment of £3.2 million in connecting with the community. Not only do the numbers show that their outreach is growing, but the quality of these interactions is central to their focus.
How we help veterans
We work with veterans and Defence personnel formed a new part of their outreach into Derbyshire communities in 2019. Specific activities included hosting an annual Remembrance Day fixture and launching their first veterans-only events, including a family sports day and visits to local football clubs.
Simon Carnall, Head of Community, said: “We pride ourselves on creating meaningful experiences and we continue to deliver projects that have been in existence from our beginning: football coaching, schools delivery, post-16 education courses; but our extension into new areas of project delivery, which go far beyond the traditional reach of a football club, continue to develop.
“Our Health programme is an amazing example of how we use the power of the football club to interact with different groups in society. Over the last few years our expansion into supporting older groups with falls prevention, encouraging social interaction and staying active has grown hugely.
“We take pride in the accomplishments of our participants and their emotive and inspiring successes and look forward to continuing to grow and develop opportunities for the communities we serve”.
Upon signing the Covenant pledge in 2017, Derby County Community Trust committed to actively supporting the Armed Forces through promotion, seeking to support employment of veterans and of their spouses, endeavouring to offer flexibility in granting leave for Reservists or Service spouses and offering opportunities for current and ex-Service personnel to take part in weekly physical activity sessions.
Help Us Fit More Veterans!
Since becoming a charity, we have managed to fit over 50 veterans with top-class hearing aids! However, we still have more than 2,500 veterans who need our help in getting back to a normal standard of life after the hearing damage they received in their years of service. Any donations we receive are a huge help in the lives of our vets and we are eternally grateful for whatever you may be able to spare.
Proudly supporting those who serve!
UK Veterans Hearing Help (now the UK Veterans Hearing Foundation) received the Bronze Award in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme in 2016, in 2019 we achieved Silver level and in 2020 we achieved the highest level Gold. The scheme provides an award for organisations that pledge, demonstrate or advocate support to defence and armed forces community.