The same lack of knowledge appears to exist in the latter ward, though, where 92% of people asked knew nothing about the boards or forums.
But, for Dawn Gee, a member of the Normanton Empowerment Team, the lack of knowledge about forums and boards in the area has been a source of frustration for years.
Joining the board was suggested to her by the council when she showed an interest in the community by campaigning to get a telephone box that was attracting drug addicts removed.
Deanna Stringer, 43, of Loudon Street, in Arboretum ward, certainly thinks so.
That left the top three areas for funding as Sinfin and Osmaston, Arboretum and Normanton, with those boards receiving a total of for 2013 14.
fly tipping and anti social behaviour, and there was funding for young people's tennis coaching sessions.
Few people in Derby know about council neighbourhood boards and forums
Arboretum's board has provided cash and supported a campaign on reducing prostitution and kerb crawling, helped with an event to promote services and shops, and run "compactor days" at which people could dispose of large unwanted goods.
As the Derby Telegraph carried out its survey, it was clear there was often a will to get involved.
One of the more popular forums in the city is in Spondon, where there was an average attendance of 43 at meetings in 2012 13.
Naveed Khaliq, of Rosehill Street, said he had heard of the boards but did not realise there was one in his area.
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The idea is for people who know the area to make decisions affecting it and anyone, though they may not know it, can apply to be a member.
This financial year, Labour controversially changed the way boards were funded so that the amount each ward received was based on the level of need in that area.
Vice chairman Councillor Evonne Williams said the organisers advertised them using Twitter, Facebook, an e newsletter and magazine, as well as posters.
Tahira Waseem, 38, of Arboretum Square, is a former member of the Arboretum board.
Her frustration came to a head with a particularly poorly attended forum in June, where she said two police officers, one councillor, two council officers and two members of the public attended.
"The forums are for the neighbourhoods to get involved, so all the people living there should know about them. People should also know they have the opportunity to sit on neighbourhood boards."
Each board represents one of the city's political divisions and is made up of councillors, police, residents, charity bosses, and people from organisations such as Derby Homes and youth groups.
He said: "The crime rate is so high. To make it a better community, the residents need to get the chance to liaise with police and local services. I'd like more details about where they meet."
In Sinfin and Osmaston, cash was secured for community groups, youth activities were supported and work took place to cut traffic problems at Redwood School.
As the Derby Telegraph carried out its survey, no one was against the idea of boards and forums in principle. And it would be difficult to claim they had not achieved anything of late.
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But in the Normanton ward, our survey found that 88% of people didn't know anything about the boards or the forums.
She said: "They should just put advertising up in shop windows in Normanton Road and Pear Tree Road. People would see them."
She said: "It would be nice to get newsletters through sometimes, telling me what the outcomes of the meetings are."
Steven Whitfield, of Ryan Close, Sinfin, said: "The council should make it clearer. I should have had a leaflet through the door just a black and white thing explaining what boards and forums are."
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said: "I've never even seen the Normanton forum advertised outside St Augustine's Community Centre and I think it should be as it is held here.
She agreed that boards and forums in the Normanton area were not properly advertised.
The problem does not seem to be endemic across the city. Levels of advertising and forum attendance vary.
Could one way of improving knowledge be doing more to tell people what boards have achieved?
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