Tansley Car Boot sale in May sunshine is a very different proposition than the frozen fields of February! So sunny was it in fact that many of the DRS team had to take naps to revive themselves! Not Steve Cooke of course. He is made of sterner stuff....possibly bionic. We made £221 to help fund our various projects and it's all thanks to the generosity of people who donate to us! Thank you soooo much!!
Saturday morning saw one of our favourite events of all the lovely things we do! The amazing Muslims in Need Team organised for a HUGE container to arrive at the warehouse and about thirty of us took several hours to fill it with 16 tons of aid which is now on its way to Syria!
This is when everything comes together.: all your generous donations; all the sorting done by our wonderful team of volunteers; the experience and commitment of the fantastic team at Muslims in Need; the energy and teamwork of everyone who turned up on the day!
Thank you again to everyone who made this possible. Look out for more news when the container arrives at its destination!
Hey! Take a look at your fingers!! Are they green by any chance......?
We need YOU at our new DRS Allotment! Meet amazing people! Learn new skills! Grow your own vegetables! Give them to me to taste!
Sometimes we at DRS like pretend we are "roughing it" down at the warehouse....But just in case you haven't been down for a while, here's the truth..
Although these premises are still only temporary and we continue to look for a more permanent solution, at our current location we have the following facilities; a very large open area; four adjoining rooms organised into Moses Basket and Car Boot sorting room; a kitchen for our sole use; an office with all the filing cabinets you could wish for; a reception area that we have yet to exploit for all its potential.
If you have an idea of how we can make even better use of all this lovely space to help refugees abroad and in the UK, please get in touch!
n the story, Robin Hood was a hero because he stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
In DRS we now have more than sixty volunteer heroes who give up their own time to help others near and far.
(Perhaps our uniform should include green tights? What do you reckon?)
We were all sad to say goodbye to one of our amazing volunteers, Ali, on 31st March but also very excited to wish him well on his new adventure! Ali has been an invaluable member of the team and we will miss him very much! It might be drab and grey out there but it's always bright and sunshiny in our warehouse!
Derby People's Diary Zine launch was a lovely event yesterday. Loads of inspiring people and "humanity in action" everywhere! The first copies of the zine will be available at the warehouse for your perusal.
DRS were represented by King Zak of Tansley, Lord Lawrence of the Lanyards, Hafiz the Brave and Bossymomma Ju. Hafiz did a stormin Q&A set, clearly another of his many talents!
So the Bad News: our old warehouse space is now a building site. The Good News? Our new (temporary) space is spacious, warm, light and much more appropriate for a soon-to-be-a-charity badass team such as DRS!
The photos tell the story!!
Jess and Adam from Sheffield arrived at our warehouse to be met by the wonderful Moyra yesterday. Their mission was to load up their van with bags and bags of sorted donations and deliver them to Calais. We are so grateful to Jess and Adam for this - our own van is truly on its last legs.
Happy to add that the donations have now arrived safely in Calais!
Refugee Week will take place in Derby from 16th to 23rd June. DRS will be kicking things off with an Open Day at our warehouse on the 16th. Please let us know if you would like to help us organise a great day...maybe including refreshments? games? Face-painting, Pin the tail on the Steve??