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Community Energy Survey - have your say!!!
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:32am
Community Energy Survey - have your say!!!

Leicestershire County Council has adopted a Carbon Reduction Strategy for Leicestershire; the intention of this strategy is for Leicestershire to contribute its share of meeting the Government's legally binding target of a 34% reduction from 1990 levels by 2020

One of the four priorities of this strategy is to support and develop small-scale community-owned renewable energy and energy efficiency projects. Community energy projects have a number of benefits including being able to generate income for communities and community groups. More »

To develop our approach to providing appropriate support we would like to identify the level of interest Leicestershire communities have in participating in community energy projects.

For more information on community energy and to read some practical case studies click here.

To complete the Community Energy Survey which should take no longer than 10 minutes click here.

Please note the survey closes on 20th December 2014. » Less

Superfast Leicestershire - FREE workshops for businesses
Posted: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 10:32am
Superfast Leicestershire - FREE workshops for businesses

Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce are providing a range of business support services for Leicestershire as part of our broadband project.

Free events and demonstrations are currently being held throughout the county to help local businesses understand the benefits of using new and exciting digital technologies. Through the workshops and events that Superfast Leicestershire and the Chamber of Commerce ebusiness club are hosting, businesses across Leicestershire will be able to understand the fundamental changes that are necessary to keep on top of technological advances. The Superfast Leicestershire business support service pages are full of information on how to get the most from your business click here More »

The specialist advisors leading on the workshops will demonstrate how increased internet upload and download speed can lead to commercial innovation, increased business growth and better productivity. The programme of events includes 12 two-hour events and demonstrations, 24 full-day action planning e-business workshops enabling you to put knowledge into practise and finally the prestigious one day expo that is expected to be held next year. There are a number of topics that the events cover including Search Engine Optimisation basics, online marketing for local businesses, blogging for business and much more.

For information on the events and workshops taking place throughout Leicestershire click here » Less

Apply online for first time school admission places and infant to junior school transfers
Posted: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 1:28pm
Apply online for first time school admission places and infant to junior school transfers

Parents of children who will be four years old before 1st September 2015 and starting school for the first time or transferring from an infant to junior school need to apply for a place before the 15th January 2015.

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place at their local school if all available places have been filled.

You can apply for your child's place online at: www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684 or email: admissions@leics.gov.uk. More »

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision online on 16th April 2015. » Less

Posted: Wed, 05 Nov 2014 4:58pm
Befriending Week

Volunteers spend an hour a week sharing tea and a chat with older people who would otherwise be lonely. Befriending Week is an opportunity to thank them for the difference that they make to people in Harborough District in the towns and the villages.

If you are over 65, live alone and would like someone to visit you at home please ring 01858 439263 and talk to Jenny.

If you want to make a real difference volunteering for just one hour a week, please get in touch by phone or email jyoung@vasl.org.uk or call in to VASL at the Settling Rooms in Sainsbury's car park. More »

More info at vasl.org.uk/our-projects/befriending-service » Less

Halloween: Are you in or are you out?
Posted: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:17pm
Halloween: Are you in or are you out?

There is always an increase in calls relating to anti-social behaviour on Halloween and we want to encourage trick or treaters to respect people's wishes and not to knock on doors where they are not welcome.

A campaign to reduce the number of complaints about Halloween related anti-social behaviour has been launched by the Leicestershire Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group

Double sided posters are being distributed with two messages:

  • Residents who want trick or treaters can display the message: 'Trick or Treaters Welcome Here,'
  • Those who don't, can display the other side that says: 'No Thanks Trick or Treaters.'

Posters are available from police stations, in libraries, council offices and community centres for collection. Or you can download it from www.leics.gov.uk/halloween or from the police website. More »

Many young people in Leicestershire will be knocking on doors in the spirit of Halloween and, if done in the right manner, this isn't anti-social behaviour but can be fun.

We'd encourage parents to accompany young children and take time to talk to their older children about responsible trick or treating and to find out what their plans are for Halloween and where they are going to be."

We are asking residents to be tolerant of young people who are trick or treating but we are here to support residents who experience genuine problems. If you are affected by anti-social behaviour please call Leicestershire Police on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free** and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

  • Calls to 101 cost 15p for the entire call from both mobile phones and land lines.
  • Please note some mobile phone service providers may charge for this call.
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Fireworks Spectacular at Snibston
Posted: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:51pm
Fireworks Spectacular at Snibston

Journey through the ages

(In conjunction with LOROS and The Fleet Auction Group)

Live music from Jersey Budd and Rihanna Tribute Act.

Choreographed fireworks, bonfire, fairground rides and food, Free museum entry including the Battle Dress Exhibition.

Saturday 1st November 5pm*

Tickets: Advance £5, Gate £7, Under 3s free
Family of 4 (2+2) £18 Pre-booking only

*The only vehicles allowed on site will be vehicles with disabled parking permits (which must be prebooked over the phone when purchasing tickets) and their last entrance is at 6.15pm. More »

Tickets available from;

Snibston reception desk
www.snibston.com
By calling 01530 278444
email snibston@leics.gov.uk
LOROS shops - click here to find your nearest one www.loros.co.uk/support-us/shops/
See website for additional stockists. » Less

National Shared Lives Week 11 - 19 October - Living Good Lives
Posted: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 9:02am
National Shared Lives Week 11 - 19 October - Living Good Lives

Shared Lives not only offers people entering into a Shared Lives arrangement the chance to be part of a family, but also to be part of the wider community. Shared Lives also supports people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions and older people to live more fulfilling and independent lives.

Find out more about Leicestershire's Shared Lives Service and their carers at an event on 15 October 2014, 10am - 3pm at Glenfield Sports Pavilion, Gynsill Lane, Glenfield LE7 7AG.

This event is open to service users, families, health and social care professionals, care organisations, shared lives carers and anyone who may be interested in using shared lives services or becoming a carer. There will be a number of exhibitors promoting healthy lifestyles as well as Memory Plus. Why not come along and speak to existing shared lives carers and members of the Shared Lives team to find out more about the range of services our carers can offer? These include: More »

  • Family-based alternatives to residential care and day centres
  • Longer term placements, short breaks and day services from their own homes
  • Support for older people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, physical disabilities and dementia

Leicestershire's Shared Lives Service want to recruit more skilled and experienced carers, so if you are interested in becoming a Shared Lives carer come and talk to us on 15 October or visit our website www.leics.gov.uk/sharedlives, call us on 0116 305 3964 or email sharedlives@leics.gov.uk. » Less

Don’t forget - 31 October is the deadline for secondary school applications
Posted: Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:21pm
Don’t forget - 31 October is the deadline for secondary school applications

Parents of children who transfer schools next year are reminded that 31 October 2014 is the closing date to apply for secondary school places.

Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31 October 2014 closing date.

The transfer process is the same for all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, academy, foundation, trust, faith, free or studio schools.

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. More »

You can apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684.

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 2nd March 2015. » Less

Top 5 tips to make your home more secure during the winter months
Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:28am

1. Burglars are less likely to target a home that looks occupied. Use a timer to switch lights on when you're away.

2. Close your curtains and blinds so burglars can't see your valuables through your windows.

3. Lock your sheds and outbuildings – and an outside light can blow the cover of darkness for a would-be thief.

4. Install a burglar alarm – the box on the front of your house will act as a visible deterrent, but you should also set the alarm for when you're away.

5. Carry out a general security check. It takes no more than two minutes to lock your windows and doors.

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:27am

Did you know that by simply entering your postcode on the Neighbourhood Watch website, www.ourwatch.org.uk you can find out what crimes have been reported and the outcome?

You can also find out if there is a Neighbourhood watch scheme near you, and how to set one up if there isn't!

REMEMBER:

THERE IS NO CHARGE AT ALL TO JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:20am
Neighbourhood Watch and comparethemarket.com reveal special edition logo

The iconic Neighbourhood Watch window sticker has been given a new 'meerkat' twist as the famous characters use their cheeky charm to help attract a wider audience.

Members both new and old are able to obtain a special edition Neighbourhood Watch window sticker by emailing Marion Lewis OBE at nhwn.1@btinternet.com providing your name, address and required number of stickers.

Posted: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 10:19am

BT has helped to launch a child internet safety portal – with the backing of the Prime Minister.

David Cameron hailed the new Internet Matters.org portal, which was founded by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media and helps parents safely surf the web with their children.

Working with online safety experts, InternetMatters are there to guide you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet

Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community
Posted: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 4:53pm
Become a Waste Action Volunteer and make a difference to your community

We're currently recruiting Waste Action Volunteers (WAV's), who are experts in helping others to reduce the amount of rubbish that they send to landfill.

In Leicestershire, every two weeks we throw away enough waste to fill the Albert Hall; we need your help to reduce this.

Why get involved?

  • you can help residents in your community to reduce their waste and save money
  • gain work experience in waste and environmental topics
  • learn new skills and gain experience to add to your CV
  • meet new people, make new friends and get involved with your local community

After initial training, Waste Action Volunteers are expected to volunteer just 30 hours a year. You can use your skills and experience to choose how you do this. More »

Debbie Wilbur, a Waste Action Volunteer from Hinckley, said: "I wanted to become a WAV because I've always had an interest in the environment and was brought up not to waste things. I did an environmental degree but work as a supply teacher, so volunteering as a WAV fulfils my desire to work in an environmental capacity."

She uses her skills and experience as a teacher and brownie leader to volunteer to educate children about reducing waste and making our surrounding environment a much nicer place to live.

To find out more or to apply visit: www.lesswaste.org.uk/become_a_volunteer » Less

Are you a business in the Harborough area interested in fibre broadband?
Posted: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 8:19am
Are you a business in the Harborough area interested in fibre broadband?

If you are a small or medium sized business or a home-based business in the Harborough area then the Superfast Leicestershire team would like to invite you to their superfast business conference and exhibition.

Working with Harborough District Council, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Chamber of Commerce, the Superfast Leicestershire team will be demonstrating the business benefits of high-speed fibre broadband and digital technology.

The event will also launch the fantastic Superfast Leicestershire business support programme, and give an update on the fibre broadband deployment rollout; including plans to increase coverage within the 'final 10%'. More »

The BT mobile fibre broadband showcase will also be at the event. This is a high-tech, specially adapted broadband demonstration vehicle that includes all of the equipment used in the roll out of fibre broadband including what you normally see - like the new green street side cabinets - as well as what you don't - like how fibre optic cables are 'blown' underground.

When and where:

  • Wednesday 1 October 2014, 9am - 2pm (arrival and refreshments from 8.30am).
  • The Three Swans Hotel, 21 High Street, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 7NJ.

How to book:

The day will begin with a conference session (9am - 12noon) with presentations and the launch of the business support service. Businesses are asked to pre-book for this session as places are limited, please click here to book your place.

From 12 - 2pm there will be an exhibition and drop-in advice session - this is an open session which booking is not required for.

If you have any queries about this event please email: info@superfastleicestershire.org.uk

For more information on Superfast Leicestershire please visit: www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk » Less

Are you are interested in learning something different?
Posted: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 8:53pm
Are you are interested in learning something different?

Then why not expand your horizons and build up your experience with a Stepping Stones rural skills training course?

There are a variety of courses available including Dry Stone Walling, Coppice Management and Hurdle Making for the 2014/15 season.

Full details are available online at www.leics.gov.uk/stepping_stones_training.htm or contact the Stepping Stones Project on 0116 305 7221/7264 or email: steppingstones@leics.gov.uk for more information and to book a place.

Apply online for secondary school places
Posted: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 8:52pm
Apply online for secondary school places

Parents are urged to look out for the school place application packs for children who transfer to secondary school in the autumn term 2015 that will be landing on their doormats over the next couple of weeks.

Remember that moving to the next school is not automatic and parents need to apply for a place before the 31st October 2014 closing date.

The transfer process is the same for all community, voluntary controlled, voluntary aided, academy, foundation, trust, faith, free or studio schools

If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place. More »

You can apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684.

Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision on 2nd March 2015. » Less

Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:13pm
BOOK NOW - Community Action Seminar 2014

The RCC is pleased to announce that booking is now open for this year's Community Action Seminar which will take place at County Hall, Glenfield on 2nd October from 5 – 8pm.

Open to Parish Councils, Village Hall Committees, Community Groups, Businesses and Individuals, this LRP funded event will provide a varied insight into local community led projects, initiatives, support services, and funding opportunities via a market place of information stalls and displays as well as a range of presentations and interactive workshops. The event will also include presentations to this year's winners of the RCC Village Achievement Awards. More »

An outline agenda for the evening has been set, with the announcement of stall holders, speakers, and workshop contributors due over the next couple of weeks.

Attendance at the event is free of charge but with limited spaces available it is advisable to book early to ensure your place.

For further information or to book places please visit: www.ruralcc.org.uk/events

Or contact the RCC Community Action Team via ruraladvice@ruralcc.org.uk or 0116 2662905 » Less

Posted: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 8:55pm

Harborough District Council are offering a Staying Healthy grant fund which is an opportunity for community and voluntary groups, not for profit organisations and social enterprises to apply for up to £2000 to deliver health and well being projects within the Harborough District. The deadline is Friday September 12th at noon. Use the link for more details: -

www.harborough.gov.uk/info/200017/children_and_family_care/409/health_improvement/10

Any applications should demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following; More »

-Improved self reported mental health
-Increased awareness of Dementia and increased amount of dementia sufferers accessing services
-Decrease rural isolation
-Aid older people in living longer in their homes
-Increased number of children, young people and adults being active.
-Reduce prevalence of smoking, alcohol and substance misuse.
-Reduce % of obese individuals

Please contact Hollie Hutchinson on the contact details below if you would like further information.

Telephone: 01858 821289

Email: h.hutchinson@harborough.gov.uk » Less

New Slimming World group in Kibworth
Posted: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 8:45pm

New Slimming World group opened at Kibworth Bowling Club. Join consultant Olivia who has herself lost 8 stone with Slimming World along with other Slimmers every Tuesday 9.30am. For more information call Olivia 0779 2007572.

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Posted: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 1:09pm
Save Money - Enrol before 31 August on an Adult Learning Course!

Are you looking to meet new people, learn new skills and gain valuable qualifications that could change your life for the better?

Leicestershire Adult Learning Service is taking enrolments now on a range of inspiring and affordable courses. Even better, if you are currently unemployed and receiving benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, you can get most courses for free and we also have a low income fund to help people get on our courses without financial hardship.

Even if you are a full paying learner you can use our earlybird discount offer and enrol before 31 August 2014 to secure your place on a course and save 20% on your course tuition fees, but sign up now before this limited offer ends next week! More »

If you are not sure what course you need to take your career in a new direction our qualified staff are trained in giving information, advice and guidance to make the process as easy as possible. We have a range of free courses to help improve your chances of getting back into work too.

Our new brochure is available now and we hope you will enjoy browsing our exciting and affordable range of courses and look forward to seeing you on one of our courses soon.

Download our new brochure here, use our quick and easy course search online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, or call our advice and enrolment team on FREEphone 0800 988 0308.

Why not come along to one of our classes and experience the life changing impact that learning can have for you? Switch onto learning and a brighter future! » Less

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