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A pioneering project, set up by the Labour-led City Council to help feed Derby’s school children, is going from strength to strength.

With one in five children going to school hungry, action was badly needed to ensure Derby’s kids get the best possible start to the day.

Pupils at Derwent Community School now enjoy the daily crunch of Cornflakes and the playful snap, crackle and pop of Rice Krispies as part of Derby City Council’s Free Schools’ Breakfast Club Scheme, which aims to boost academic performance.

The Free Schools’ Breakfast Club Scheme – Breakfast of Champions is a partnership with Derby City Council, Derby County Football Community Trust, local entrepreneurs and business leaders. The pilot project, which now includes Derwent Community School, is being run in several schools across the city and the hope is that it can be extended to every city school.  The various partners have donated funds to kick-start the unique project and support further fundraising activities to keep it going.

Labour Councillor Sarah Russell, Cabinet member for education and skills, said:

I’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our partners in supporting this project to get off the ground. It’s a scandal that so many of our children go to school hungry and we want to change that. Families are really struggling to make ends meet and many find it difficult to put food on the table.  We want to help with that. We know that ensuring children get a decent breakfast at the start of the day helps them concentrate, learn and get the most out of their education.

Commenting on the initiative, Nadine Peatfield, Labour’s candidate in the forthcoming Derwent Ward by-election said:

The Breakfast Club pilot has been a fantastic success at Derwent Community School and, if elected as Derwent Councillor, one of my first actions will be to work with the City Council in bringing Breakfast Clubs to Breadsall Hilltop Primary and Roe Farm Primary schools.

Mrs Julie Housden, Headteacher at Derwent Community School, said:

We are very pleased to be included in the Free Schools’ Breakfast Club Scheme. We have about 20 pupils who regularly attend our Breakfast Club and they have really benefitted.

Our pupils are happier, brighter and have much more energy thanks to eating a nutritious breakfast. It ensures that they don’t miss out on a meal which provides them with the brain fuel they need to get them through their lessons until dinner time. The Breakfast Club is also an opportunity for pupils sit together and spend the equivalent of family time with one another. Thank you Derby City Council and partners for including us in the Scheme.

 

Free Schools' Breakfast Clubs are really working

A pioneering project, set up by the Labour-led City Council to help feed Derby’s school children, is going from strength to strength.

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The sale of Middleton House, the first of three Council-owned properties in the city centre, marks start of Labour-led Council’s Masterplan.

Martin Rawson, Labour Councillor and Deputy Leader of the City Council commented:

By putting Middleton House up for sale we are bringing dormant and under-used properties into the market to meet commercial, social and residential requirements. I’m hoping that private landowners will follow our lead and together we’ll achieve another element in the city centre regeneration programme.

The 1.43-acre site, located in Derby’s Central Business District and the Cathedral Quarter comprises a three storey Grade II listed building dating from 1912 and Middleton House, an early 20th century building enclosing an internal courtyard. The site is suitable for a variety of uses through conversion and part development which may include residential, educational, hotel or office use.

The Council’s regeneration programme within the City Centre Masterplan calls for the sale of dormant and under-used sections of the city to be developed in partnership with the business community.

Commenting on the sale, of Middleton House to kick-off the masterplan. Eleanor Deeley from Cushman and Wakefield, the Council’s property advisor, said:

This is a very exciting development in the historic heart of the city and an opportunity to add to the vitality of the strengthening city centre.

City Centre Masterplan kicks off

The sale of Middleton House, the first of three Council-owned properties in the city centre, marks start of Labour-led Council’s Masterplan.

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Local business woman Nadine Peatfield has been selected by Labour Party members of Derwent Ward to represent them in the forthcoming by-election.

The parenting entrepreneur is the founder of Lots for Tots magazine and the Bump to Five Show. What started as a small magazine in Derby now provides invaluable local information to 80,000 parents across the Midlands.

Nadine explains why she wants to be a Councillor for Derwent Ward:

With my business experience in mind, I hope to effect change within the Derwent Ward both by relating to the needs of parents and children and by much better communications with residents; I plan to utilise my business links to nurture a sense of pride in the community and get residents involved in their neighbourhood.

There are issues within the Ward that need to heard by understanding ears and a business mind determined to take action. Through Lots for Tots I’ve been providing a service to parents in Derby for eight years. Now I want to apply that experience to help the residents of Derwent Ward.

Deputy Leader of Derby City Council & Labour Councillor for Derwent Ward Martin Rawson is delighted that Nadine has been selected:

It’s fantastic that the local party members in Derwent have selected local business woman Nadine as their candidate for the by-election. This election is going to be about standing up for local residents against the worst of the Tory Government cuts.

The Derwent by-election came about when local Councillor Bill Wright passed away a few weeks ago. Martin Rawson attended the funeral and said:

It’s a sad reason to hold a by-election and my condolences go out to Bill’s family, a local man who was popular amongst the Ward.

Derby Business Woman Campaigning for Derwent Ward

Local business woman Nadine Peatfield has been selected by Labour Party members of Derwent Ward to represent them in the forthcoming by-election.

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