OUR HISTORY - 2017
A YEAR OF BIG CHANGES
Our plans for 2017 were to continue doing what ‘we do so well’ with the Bread Run, Food Bank and the Christmas Project but also add more community based projects plus The Big Change (see below).
The year started with something quite unique and totally unplanned thanks to a massive donation from M&S Intu, Derby which lead to Our ‘Truly Fantastic M&S Cosmetic Give-away’
Hosted at Osmaston Park Community Centre on 31st January and the following week at Bramblebrook Community Centre we ‘gave away’ £16,000 worth of M&S cosmetics. Some items were 'partly used testers' but they majority were 'damaged goods' which M&S could not sell and rather than throw them away they were gifted to us.
As they were donated/used/damaged products we could not sell them so guests were asked to make a donation ‘entrance fee’ of £3, to cover room hire and admin costs. A disclaimer was signed by every guests to ensure they knew what 'they were getting'.
The donation entitled them to take away up to 10 items, with the value of the items ranging from £5 to over £150 each.
The Bread Run and Food Bank continued to operate and expanded to cater for 1200 families a week.
THE BIG CHANGE
To enable our expansion plans and also to show that we were are more than a group of Facebook 6th March saw the registration of Derby in Need CIC at Companies House in England & Wales No 10653834.
This change in status allowed us to move away from hosting ‘fundraising events’ to allowing us to host free events for our members, which were funded from outside sources, primarily by the Asda Foundation
Mother's BBQ & more
63 guests, including Mummies and their children received free BBQ food and drink and they also enjoyed a huge tombola with guaranteed prizes and afterwards a disco.
Easter Sunday Fun Day
On Sunday 16th we hosted our Easter Sunday Fun Day, where all kiddies received free Easter Eggs from the Easter Bunny, a free buffet and drinks and a disco.
The eggs were donated by an anonymous business man from Derby and a joint venture with BITC (Business in The Community) and Blue Arrow Recruitment.
The School's Out Café
On Monday 17th April we opened our School’s Out Café for the first time at Osmaston Park Community Centre.
The aim of the café was to provide low cost nutritional meals to impoverished families.
During the week we served 982 meals and desserts to children and adults with children’s main course meals starting from just £1.00.
The Big Hot Cross Bun Give-away
As a precursor to St George’s Day during the time the café was open we gave away hundreds of assorted flavoured Hot Cross Buns including traditional, chocolate/orange, assorted fudge and spicy cheese, courtesy of a massive donation from M&S Food, Intu, Derby.
St George's Day Celebration
23rd April - St George’s Day was celebrated by over 150 guests and including fun games, a St Georges Day parade around Osmaston Park, 'the ceremonial slaying of a dragon' (see video) and lots of fun for our guests followed by a disco and free BBQ
School's Out Café
29th May saw the re-opening of our School’s Out Café and during the week we served over 1400 meals at our low prices including a new ‘specials menu’.
Father’s Day, 18th June was celebrated by a BBQ where Daddies received free food and drink and we launched our Mega Meal challenges which included The Mega Breakfast, The Cereal Challenge and The Burger Challenge and the Half Yard Of Ale Challenge.
Charity Fundraising Party
25th June saw us host a party and disco for a young lady to raise fund for her chosen charity, Solving Kids Cancer and subsequently we sponsored her entry into the pageant connected to the fundraising.
Summer School's Out Café
31st July - the first day of 5 weeks of our School’s Out Café, during which we served over 2215 children’s meals and more than 1100 adult meals plus desserts.
However, the success of our café resulted in Kevin, our Managing Director being threatened ‘that if I didn’t put our prices up, they’d send the boys round’ during the penultimate week. The threat was reported to the Police and resulted in front page headline news in The Derby Telegraph and an interview and article being shown on East Midlands Today news a few days later.
(Please click the bold links to see the article and the video. Please excuse the quality of the video)
Ignoring the threat, which didn’t turn into anything more, we continued and have opened the café every school holiday since.
Other Summer Events
During the summer holidays we also hosted other events including weekly Teddy Bear’s Picnics and Stay and Play days to entertain the children of our members.
Last Week of Café
During the last week of the café we took our guests on a culinary trip around the world, visiting a different country each day.
We were able to do all of this during the Summer holidays thanks to a donation from the Asda Foundation.
School's Out Café
23rd October saw the re-opening of the School’s Out Café which resulted in our serving 753 children’s meal and 454 adult meals plus 598 desserts.
Osmaston Lunch Club
On 3rd November we launched our Lunch Club at Osmaston Park Community Centre we’re we served a choice of 3 course lunches from our menu, to our guests for just £2.00 for all 3 courses. Lunch Clubs now run every 2 weeks on a Friday.
Bramblebrook Lunch Club
On 7th November we launched our Lunch Club at Bramblebrook Community Centre on the same basis except on Tuesday’s excluding School Holidays.
27th November - our first Kiddies Halloween Party where 97 invited guests received free food and were entertained throughout the evening with a disco and party games.
Bramblebrook Christmas Lunch
December 5th saw us help cater for Bramblebrook Community Centre’s Community Christmas Lunch which was free for 46 invited guests courtesy of the Asda Foundation.
Noel's Bring & Buy Sale
On 9th December we hosted our first ‘Noel’s Bring & Buy sale’ where members were invited to sell or buy new unused unwanted gifts.
The Christmas Project
Following a poll of our members we changed our Christmas Project to include
Part One - Kiddies Christmas Party
16th December we hosted our first Kiddies Christmas Party and all 152 invited guests were treated to a free Xmas themed buffet, a visit from Santa, presents and a disco.
Part Two - Christmas Lunch Catering
20th December Cafe DinDin catered for 56 children from the resident nursery at Osmaston Park Community Centre providing a traditional 3 course Christmas Lunch.
Part Three - Lunch Club Christmas Meal
22nd December saw our Osmaston Lunch Club Christmas Lunch where we catered and supplied a 4 course Christmas Lunch for £3 per person to 28 people and 12 regulars received free meals through our Lunch Club Loyalty Scheme.
Part Four - Christmas Day Lunch
25th December, courtesy of Village Street Primary School, we cooked and served 112 ‘sit down 4 course meals’ for our guests who all received presents from Santa, which were donated by local businesses and a charitable group who bake and deliver free cakes to sick children in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
This event was heavily supported by the Village Street School, who allowed us use of their kitchen and hall for the meal, the schools suppliers also provided all the food we needed for the event (excluding the meat) and we were kindly helped also by PACE, who lent us a mini bus which enabled us to collect and return 22 elderly guests. We also received support from another company who also lent a mini bus and driver to collect and drop of guests and food donations from the Asda Foundation. In addition to the ‘seated meals’ we also delivered 32 meals to guests who couldn’t attend the event.
What a Busy Year
In addition to all the above events, we launched our catering division Café DinDin, which provided 11 free buffets for our members for wakes, birthdays and weddings serving over 2000 people at different functions.
Café DinDin also catered 17 ‘paid’ buffets for other events, with cold finger buffets costing only £2.00 a head.
The Heroes of Derbyshire Awards
June 2017 - Kevin, our Managing Director was nominated in the Community Volunteer Sector of the Heroes of Derbyshire award and attended the presentation night as a Finalist but he didn't win the award and was acknowledged as Runner Up.
As we grow bigger the amount of support we receive increases and to list all this year’s support would take pages of web space.
So instead please visit Our Partners to find out who helped this year.