Saturday, 28 November 2009

Re:union /09

This year was three times as busy, with around 100 people calling in to see old friends and party. It was a brilliant atmosphere all night, and it was so nice seeing everyone again!

Friday, 27 November 2009

Christmas Nativity 2009

Christmas Nativity
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
The Drop Inn was approached to create Three gift baring young people instead of the Three wise men. They brought a Wii and skate board to keep the traditional scene contemporary and fun for the young people.

Christmas Nativity
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
Laura posing with the first finished Model. We were thinking of making some more for security dummies, for our window. This model had been scaring people from the office window for weeks!

Christmas Nativity
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The construction of the Models for the Christmas Nativity scene. Look at Andrea helping out with the Art and Crafts expertise :)

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Vinspired National Awards 2009

Tom Stone WON the national Genius Award for Innovation and Creativity, and Laura Taylor WON the regional Transform Award.

Inside the Indigo O2 Arena, where there everyone was served really nice food and plenty of wine.

Regional Legend Award (Neil Fowkes), Regional Transform Award (Laura Taylor), and National Genius Award (Tom Stone).

Andrea is posing with James Caan after asking him who he was.

Tom and Laura just after the Awards had been announced. Two winners form the same organisation, it was so exciting!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Award for Operation Relentless involvement

The Drop Inn has WON an Award for it's initiatives to improve public confidence and safety during operation Relentless 2009!! With in a week of joining this operation the Staff and young people at The Drop Inn cleaned up an act of graffiti vandalism to the Belper Skate Park. There was racist graffiti all over the Skate Park, which was believed to have been done early in the day. The Drop Inn team alerted the police, council and the press and set off with their safer neighborhoods anti graffiti kit to clean it up. Three hours of cleaning and the Skate Park was all clear of racial graffiti, then the council came to re-paint the last of the mess the graffiti paint had left. Thank You to all the young people and staff involved, and Thank You for this award!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Freshers/09 - Paint 2

Freshers - Paint session
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
Everything was carefully sketched out then drawn over in marker pens before painted. There is some really good designs, which would be nice to eventually U.V on the main wall!

Freshers - Paint session
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
This is to give the Freshers a chance to get some of there are work on the walls, and hopefully gain some ownership. There is some really nice art work emerging, looks like we'll have a new line of creative young people just come through our door!

Monday, 23 November 2009

cater for the Skater update

Unfortunately the construction of an indoor skate park had been postponed which was largely down to the priority of other events and also finalising the designs. The final designs have now been drawn up so all going well the materials can be ordered now and construction could start in a week! The latest design from the young people will definitely get a lot of attention once constructed! It's a really exciting project so we'll keep everyone up to date with the progress! We have also thought up some names and potential logo's for the indoor skate park. It's going to be so cool!

Thank you,

Whitemoor Centre Visit

I am delighted to say that the visit to white moor day care center was certainly a memorable experience for everyone that attended. we started with a presentation and a short role play session delivered by the police to show "hate crime" situations that may arise in everyday life, and how these can be avoided/ tackled.
This then lead onto a heart felt performance from members of white moor theatre group following the story of a character born with down-syndrome, and how their life was affected by "hate crime" and the general stereo-types that follow.

At lunch time we were provided with a choice of three meals including; Chicken tikka with rice, Jacket potato with salad, or a bean-chili.

After lunch, Andrea lead a presentation for the Drop Inn, explaining what we provide as a youth center, projects we have run amongst the community, Issues we face, and a video of the recent inter-generational project from Andrea's "linking lives" work.
So far the day had consisted of "sit and watch" activities, so we decided to take it a step further with an interactive drum session in which The drop inn provided white moor members with various percussive instruments. This activity reached far further than every one of our expectations. With a smile on every face and a vibrant energy amongst the center, we continued to perform with "poi" and the circle percussion. Our activity was so successful that the police decided to cancel their quiz activity and let us carry on with our inclusion work. Jasper provided well know chart songs with his guitar, while the rest of the room participated with drumming, dancing, tai-chi, break-dancing, or just a pleasant sing along. It really was a fantastic experience.

We were thanked at the end by the police, staff from white moor, and, one member from white moor stepped to the mic to give a heart touching personal thank you from himself and the rest of the members.
One staff member said "Thank you so much for your time, I don't think you realize how much this means to them. It's the happiest I've seen them all year"

It really was a rewarding day to see a smile put on everyone's face. We look forward to future inclusion work bringing communities together.

The Drop Inn

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Game-on Tournament

The Game-On tournament was a really good atmosphere! We had a pretty good turn out for the first one. Each person that arrived and paid entrance got a ticket which gets them £1 off anything at The Game-On store on King Street, Belper!

This poster was put all over town, with the basic information about the tournament. This Games tournament was a first for Belper on this scale and definitely a first for the Drop Inn and Game-On. We basically converted the Drop Inn into a giant arcade, the atmosphere was amazing as you walked around. There was so many different games going on at one time!

This was the tournament break down on the second poster. Showing which ages category will be playing what game.

Game-On Tournament
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
On all the other screen's there was retro classic games like Crash team racing, halo, Soul Caliber, and many more on request. The projector that had skate on it swapped for Need for speed Shift later on as the crowd changed. On the other T.V's that were set up there was also the chance to test some of the latest released games like left 4 dead 2!

Game-On Tournament
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
Guitar hero was set up for the entire duration, only to be upgraded by the full band kit. This screen was used as the back ground music which created such a nice atmosphere. The other main speakers from our sound system were used for this screen, so the quality of sound was the best for this music based game! It was a great experience!

Game-On Tournament
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
Fifa 10 was the first tournament to be set up with more people wanting to compete on it. There was a few people saying thegame was more interactive with it being played on a cinema sized projection screen. This game was later replace for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 for the over 18's tournament. This screen also had the base bins from the Frankenstein sound system so it sounded brilliant. As you walked around you could hear the thundering base from this room!

Game-On Tournament
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
Another really popular game was Mario Kart for the Wii. Which we had intended only leaving on for the younger people attending, but due to popular demand it stayed on all day. It was projected on the new smart board which also made the colours of this already bright game even more colourful!

Game-On Tournament
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
Skate 2 was a huge success at the Games Tournament, with The Drop Inn having a large skate following!

Thank You Game-On cant wait till the next big games event in easter next year!

Friday, 20 November 2009

Auction 2009

The auction wasn't half as busy as we had hoped. However we still raised £400 which we will put towards a personal license. We gave also thought it would be nice to save some of the expensive items back and host another auction in the new year. Thank you to all who did attend, and another huger thank you to the people involved in setting it up!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

PP Report 18/11/09

See what news we have. This document it the current updates and up and coming projects.Publicity and promotions Manager report 18/11/09

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Freshers/09 - Paint

We have started a big painting project to last a couple of weeks. This is to give our new younger members a chance to put their artwork on the walls and gain a sense of ownership. It was really good fun splashing paint around again!

Freshers - Paint session
Originally uploaded by thedropinn

Plan Scratch Workshops

After the radio broadcast for the DJ workshops there will be a second workshop running along side. Alex a DJ from one of the safe raves will be coming along to run some workshops on scratching vinyl.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Thursday, 12 November 2009

NEW Drum Kit

We have a NEW drum kit. So now we have two Drum Kits for anyone wanting Drum Lessons!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Freshers/09 - Climbing Wall

The Climbing wall arrived on the Freshers night this year. It got a huge response with loads of people having ago.

Freshers Climbing Wall
Originally uploaded by thedropinn

Freshers Climbing Wall
Originally uploaded by thedropinn

Freshers Climbing Wall
Originally uploaded by thedropinn

Freshers Climbing Wall
Originally uploaded by thedropinn

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Game-on Tournament Launch

Game-on Tournament
Originally uploaded by thedropinn
On the 21st of November Game-On and The Drop Inn are putting on Belpers Biggest games Tournament. Under 18's till 7.30pm £1 entry, over 18's £2 open till late. There is 4 projectora and four main competition themes. We also have set up a retro games corner for all the old classics. Hope to see you all there. D-i x

Remembrance Sunday

The Remembrance Sunday service had a good turn out at Beaurepaire Gardens (Bridge Foot). Some of our young people attended to lay a wreath and pay their respects on behalf of all the young people at the Drop Inn. We will Remember Them.

Remembrance Sunday
Originally uploaded by thedropinn

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Game-on Raffle Draw

Over the last wee Game-on have been running a raffle for The Drop Inn. The winner of the Raffle has WON a Nintendo Wii games console. The prize will be presented to the winner at the Grande Auction on the 20th of November. Thank You Game-on!

Thursday, 5 November 2009


This was the Drop Inn's idea of and alternative Fireworks display. We did the eclipse Firework display last year and wanted to do something completely different. We booked some professional fire performers in to perform a short impact fire show.

They were spinning fire staffs, nun-chucks and breathing fire. It was only a short 10-15 minute show but was really entertaining and something a bit different from the usual fireworks everyone else does. Thanks to Rowland and Gritz! We also had our usual bonfire night BBQ which was very tasty!

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

TooDoo Profile

TooDoo - things to do in Derbyshire profile. Click TooDoo To see our profile. It should be updated soon with a listing of our attractions and current projects.

DJ Shookz workshops

Originally uploaded by thedropinn
We are up to the 7th session and it is going really well. The two young people have been selecting their track listing and practicing hard. They are getting close to performing on a live broadcast. Thank You Shookz!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Clothes Order [5]

The 4th clothes order has gone in, which now has brought the total people wearing our Clothes Brand up to 20+. Hopefully if we next year we can reach 50 people. D-i x

Nottingham Conference

Andrea attended a conference in Nottingham called the commissioning Road show, were there was promotion of the work the Drop Inn organization has been up to. Andrea has made some more really important links and hopefully we will get to work with some more of these really enthusiastic organizations! D-i x

Up-and-Coming Drop Inn Events