We are very lucky in Derby to have a wide range of religions and beliefs in our local community. Talking about and exploring religious practice and beliefs can be a sensitive issue and for some people is seen as challenging. At the Open Centre, we are about breaking down barriers and encouraging tolerance and understanding. The Open Centre’s motto is ‘Promoting understanding through personal experience’ – and there is no better way to do this than to encourage visits to the different places of worship in our community.
We currently work with consultants from the NHS, Magistrates, Police, Teachers, Educators, and Probation Service amongst many other organisations.
Our Faith Trails usually start at the Open Centre and can include:
Each Place of Worship is a short walk away from the Open Centre. Each talk/visit usually lasts about 45 minutes, with plenty of opportunities to explore and ask questions on a range of topics. Most of these visits take place in the morning so we do not disrupt prayer schedules at the Places of Worship. If you would like an afternoon visit, please contact us to discuss the possibilities (Church and Sikh Gurdwara). All visits are led by Open Centre staff, who are DBS checked and trained, many of whom are also from a particular faith community. However as our services are often in high demand, we cannot always guarantee a person from a particular faith community for each specific Places of Worship but we do have a range of staff members, who are experienced and knowledgeable enough to lead visits to a variety of Places of Worship. See our staff page for more details.
Our recommended group sizes for visits to Places of Worship are between 10-25.
However we do not take part in any acts of worship during our visits.
At many Places of Worship, especially the Sikh Gurdwara, visitors will have the opportunity to try their traditional food for free. Please let our staff know if any visitors have any specific food allergies so we can advise you accordingly.
For any additional information regarding Open Centre visits, please give us a call on 01332 360737.