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Community groups in Leicestershire can cut their carbon emissions and their energy bills. Leicestershire County Council's SHIRE Community Climate Change Grants were launched in October and have received a warm welcome.
Parish and Town councils, charities, community groups and religious organisations can apply for up to £5,000 towards a wide range of community schemes in Leicestershire, including energy efficiency audits, new heating systems, renewable technology and insulation in community buildings such as village halls, community centres and church halls, as well as composting, recycling and food growing projects, surveys, training courses, volunteer days and community events relating to climate change and energy efficiency. More »
Although there is no closing date for applications, funds are limited and must be spent by the end of March 2010.
For further details contact Kate Nightingale (Grants Administrator) on 0116 305 7971 or » Less
Have you got 'green fingers'? Have you ever considered volunteering your gardening skills?
Call 0116 305 0552 . Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Join our heritage team to become a 1620s Garden Volunteer. Share and learn new skills.
The New Year is a great time to take the leap and go for it, whatever your age or ability. Leicestershire Adult Learning Service courses can help you gain skills and confidence that are crucial for everyone in life and in work.
Learning is like a health club for your brain. And an active mind can stimulate physical activity and keep your spirits high!
It's an all-around fantastic tool for better health!
• creates a curious mind and increasing our knowledge leads to an enriching and happier life More »
• can help us make new friends
• helps us to support our children with their learning at school
• new work skills increases our chances of employability or promotion
• helps us to adapt to change and to keep an open mind
• keeps us fit, healthy and active.
Time, finance, distance and lack of confidence can be barriers to accessing learning. So we're helping learners wherever possible by offering day time, evening and one-off Saturday courses in locations around the county to fit in with work and family commitments.
Courses are available at the reduced fee or may be free for learners on low incomes or certain benefits.
They range from short, supported tasters for adults with low confidence, to those leading to qualifications. Look out for additional courses starting throughout the year too.
Whatever you choose we will support you every step of the way.
Contact us to find out what's starting soon near to you on 0800 988 0308 or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn » Less
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You can still sign up to an Adult Learning course before 31 August and receive 10% discount on your course tuition fees.
The autumn is traditionally the time to enrol onto a course, and there are 100s of inspiring learning opportunities that could help to change your life for the better.
Some courses lead to valuable qualifications that could impact on your life with job progression, a new career, confidence building to help your children at school or improve your general health and wellbeing with a new interest or increased fitness. More »
Simply browse the courses online, call into your local library or learning centre to pick up a brochure, or call our Freephone enrolment line to get more information on courses. » Less
Would you like to acquire new skills, gain more qualifications, find a different job, develop a new interest or simply take your life in a new direction? The new-look adult learning autumn course programme offers 100s of daytime, evening and weekend learning opportunities that could help you change your life for the better!
View online or browse the course search - visit www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn. Alternatively brochures will be available in County libraries from early August.
If you enrol before 14 August you get a massive 20% off your course tuition fees! More »
You may also be able to pay by instalments to help you spread the costs. If you are in receipt of certain benefits or have a low household income (a single household income of £18,572 or a joint household income of £23,716), you may already be able to access a 70% discount on tuition fees, or courses may be completely free.
Our Learner Support Fund is also available to help meet costs relating to your course, such as your tuition and exam fees, childcare, transport, books and materials, so please ask at enrolment.
Remember - the 20% Early Bird discount also applies to all courses starting next spring and summer!
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Enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/golearn or ring our enrolment line 0116 305 0820 or freephone 0800 988 0308. Our team of advisors can offer advice about courses and enrolment fees. If lines are busy then please leave your phone number or email address and we will get back to you as soon as possible. » Less
An open public meeting is being held at 6.30pm on 10 June in Kibworth Library to hopefully identify local people who are prepared to take on the management of volunteers as well as put together a business case as to how the library can be sustainably financed.
Local sight loss charity Vista has launched a brand new Mobile Support Service for older people at risk of developing sight loss in Leicestershire.
The service, in partnership with Leicestershire County Council, will tour the county in a specially designed mobile unit, providing information, support and advice.
Throughout May it will visit a variety of locations across the Harborough region.
The Mobile Support Service will visit Kibworth Health Centre, Smeeton Road on Monday 11 May 1.30pm – 4pm. More »
1.8 million people are living with significant sight loss in the UK, and evidence suggests that over 50 per cent of sight loss is due to preventable or treatable causes. Vista will raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sight loss, the importance of early diagnosis and the links between lifestyle and sight loss.
Manned by friendly staff, the vehicle features an open plan welcome area, leaflet display and a seating area for individual consultation and support. During their time on board, visitors can:
- Learn how a healthy lifestyle can reduce the risk of sight loss, the importance of regular sight tests and spotting conditions early
- Find out more about the support and services available through Vista
- Discover equipment and technologies that can support people with sight loss.
The programme will also support older people already experiencing sight loss, enabling them to access dedicated information, advice and support in their local communities.
I am about to embark on my 5th 90 minute run around the LCFC pitch to raise money for the LCFC Foxes Foundation chosen Charities. My first run took place at the very last match played at Filbert Street before the match against Spurs and I raised £800. In my last 3 runs I have challenged myself to run full laps of the King Power Stadium pitch. I managed to raise £2,711 in 2012 running 51 laps before the West Ham match and raised £1,242 in 2013 running 52 laps before the Watford match . Last season was a great occasion as the team won the Championship and gained promotion to the Premier League. I managed to raise £1,051 running 50 laps before the Doncaster Rovers match.
I have just turned 54 and am not getting any younger... but once again I will be challenging myself to run as many full laps around the pitch before the QPR match that takes place on Sunday 24th May. Those of you who know me will know that I will give maximum effort running around the four corner flags where I am hoping to hit the 50 laps mark once more.
This season's LCFC Foxes Foundation beneficiaries:
Leicester Hospitals Charity
Leicestershire Autistic Society
Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research (Leicester & Rutland Branch)
Lord Mayors Appeal (Prostate Cancer UK – Silver Star Diabetes – Leicester Sea Cadets)
LCFC Foxes Foundation Charity Number 1144791 More »
I would really appreciate it if you would make a donation to my just giving page.
Donations can also be made by texting GUNN61 With the amount i.e. £5 to 70070
I also have the good old fashioned paper sponsorship if preferred.
Many thanks in anticipation of your help.
Richard Gunn. » Less
More Leicestershire homes and businesses gearing up to reach the high-speed broadband fast lane
A £9.2 million contract to expand high-speed broadband to even more rural communities across Leicestershire was signed on Friday 13th March.
The partnership between Leicestershire County Council and BT will see more than 10,000 extra homes and businesses get access to fibre broadband technology as part of the Government's Superfast Extension Programme.
The latest multi-million pound Superfast Leicestershire contract, signed at Prestwold Hall, Loughborough, includes £3.45m from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), £2.3m from BT, £2m from the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) as part of its Local Growth Deal and £1.45m from the county council. More »
Pam Posnett, Leicestershire County Council's cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "This contract builds on the success of our current rollout and will enable us to drive broadband speeds up across rural Leicestershire.
"This is an exciting project that is continuing at pace, connecting more communities and businesses together thanks to the internet."
Steve Henderson, BT's regional director for next generation access, said, "The Superfast Leicestershire partnership has already made fibre broadband available to tens of thousands of homes and businesses across the county. This has transformed the way people use the internet, the services that local businesses are able to provide, and the way that everyone can learn online. We're delighted to have been selected by the council to work with them to extend that reach even further in the coming years."
Areas of the county expected to benefit from the contract extension and get access to fibre for the first time include Frisby on the Wreake, Eastwell, Seagrave, Shawell, Lockington, Congerstone, and Orton-on-the-Hill, as well as additional parts of South Wigston, Stoney, Stanton, Blaby, Ullesthorpe and Burton on the Wolds.
A revised interactive map is now available on the Superfast Leicestershire website that shows the full expected coverage across the county. The first properties to benefit from this latest phase are expected to go live towards the end of 2016, with the rollout expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
More than 25,000 premises already have access to superfast broadband thanks to the first Superfast Leicestershire contract signed between Leicestershire County Council and BT in 2013. As part of this work, 124 green roadside fibre cabinets have already been installed and more than 270kms of fibre cable laid.
Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: "Today's announcement marks the next step in the transformation of the digital landscape of Leicestershire. We want as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits of superfast broadband, and this new £9.2 million investment will help us reach another 10,000 local homes and businesses. By 2017, 95% of the UK will be able to access superfast speeds and I congratulate Superfast Leicestershire for the remarkable progress they have made already in helping us deliver this."
We're booking our holidays this week - brush up YOUR holiday phrases with a Leicestershire Adult Learning Service 6 week beginners language course:
French @ Coalville – 25th Feb
Greek @ Mkt Harborough – 24th Feb
Italian @ Coalville – 27th Feb
Italian @ Groby – 24th Feb
Italian @ Loughborough – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Coalville – 24th Feb
Spanish @ Enderby Brockington – 26th Feb
Spanish @ Hinckley JCC – 25th Feb
Spanish @ Thurmaston Roundhill – 25th Feb More »
Explore the county on a local parish walk
If you feel like strolling around an historic town or rambling through the woods, exploring on foot is a great way to relax, discover new places and keep active. Most people in the county live within 500 meters of a footpath, meaning many sights and attractions are only a short distance away.
You can now see all local parish walks on our new website.
The Harborough District Sport & Physical Activity Team are currently trying to develop the scheme and create more pathways to provide more residents living in Harborough the opportunity to access the Exercise Referral Scheme. Furthermore, trying to make GP's/Practitioners around Harborough more aware of the scheme so we can use the programme as a way of improving the Health & Wellbeing of our communities.
Exercise Referral is a countywide scheme whereby patients will get referred from their GP's/Practitioners to undertake a 12 or 16 week exercise programme at one of our leisure centres or outreach classes located in the Harborough District. More »
The scheme is 12-weeks and allows participants to:
- Get a special rate
- Take part in exercise at a convenient venue in the local community.
- Exercise Under the guidance of qualified exercise professionals.
The 12-week programme offers clients ongoing encouragement and support to make the first steps in becoming more active on a regular basis.
Activity options include gym-based, health walks and community exercise classes and are based at different locations/times across the district for ease of access.
For more details please see the attached newsletter. » Less
A call has gone out to honour Leicestershire people and places in the second round of Leicestershire County Council's Green Plaque Awards scheme.
Nominations are now open for the scheme at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques with a closing date of Friday 23rd January when a dozen of the county's most famous people and buildings will be shortlisted by a panel of judges, before votes are sought for the top six from the general public.
The scheme has had a successful first year with the public nominating and voting for the local people and places they wanted to see honoured with an Award. More »
The first six recipients included writer and comedian Graham Chapman from Melton, Burbage's Dambuster pilot Geoffrey Rice, social reformer Charles Booth from Thringstone, teacher/missionary Alice Young from Enderby, Kibworth Harcourt's First World War hero James Lochhead Jack and The John Taylor Bellfoundry in Loughborough.
Details of the scheme so far, photos of the events in honour of the six finalists from 2014 and the criteria we use to evaluate nominations are all available at http://www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques. » Less
January 2015 - what better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity?
If your New Year's resolution is to boost your job prospects, pursue a new interest, learn IT skills, improve your health and wellbeing or to brush up on English and Maths for FREE, now's the time to get back into learning!
The GoLearn spring 2015 course programme offers you an inspiring range of learning opportunities. Choose from part-time day, evening and weekend courses at venues across Leicestershire with huge discounts available for learners on certain benefits, or courses may even be FREE! More »
There are a variety of enjoyable courses where you can learn useful new skills that will positively impact on your life. With 100s of inspirational part-time courses to choose from - some leading to a recognised qualification - discover the many ways you can improve your health and wellbeing during 2015!
• Over spent at Christmas? Learn how to get to grip with your finances
• Low self-esteem? Discover how to improve your confidence
• Need a creative outlet? Express yourself on a cookery, art, writing or pottery class
• Over indulged during the festive season? Improve your health and fitness with Pilates, ballet or yoga
• Is music the soundtrack of your life? Sing for your wellbeing or learn to play the guitar
• Inspired by fabric and textiles? Need to update your wardrobe? Master the art of sewing and stitch crafts
• Lacking confidence with computers or your new Tablet? Learn the basics and more!
Find your ideal course and enrol now! Download a course brochure or search and enrol online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, call 0800 988 0308 or pick up a copy from any Leicestershire Libraries or Adult Learning Enrolment centre. » Less
Help celebrate young people's achievements in your community by sending in your nomination for the Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015. The Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People 2015 aims to identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The award is open to 13 to 19 year olds, and individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent / carer, or any other agency or individual.
The categories for 2015 are: More »
- Young Braveheart
- Young Volunteer
- Young Sportsperson
- Young Artist
Plus over the coming four years there will be a special category dedicated to commemorating the centenary of the First World War. This year we are looking for a Young Poet to help commemorate the Centenary of the First World War through poetry.
The closing date for entries for the 2015 awards is 31 January 2015.
Why not sign up NOW for a GoLearn! adult learning course?
Our New Year courses are booking up fast so don't miss out by leaving it too late.
There's something for everyone, with classes to gain skills and qualifications to help with work, as well as leisure and interest subjects running in local centres and libraries. Our English and Maths classes are FREE and are at a range of levels from beginners up to Level 2. Why not try out a new language, learn the basics or gain a qualification in computing, learn to paint or make jewellery in one of the range of arts courses, or maybe improve your fitness by joining a yoga or pilates class? More »
We also offer courses for adults who do not yet feel confident or ready to come to a more general course to learn in supportive, safe groups in other locations.
Many courses are FREE for learners in receipt of certain benefits and there's even extra support for learners who are on low incomes, so please ask at enrolment.
The Skills for Jobs programme will assist those over 19 with FREE courses to help with skills, qualifications and practical help to get back into work and then progress onto additional learning when the time is right.
There's no better time to embrace new learning opportunities for your future wellbeing and prosperity!
Download our New Year course brochure
Enrol online www.leics.gov.uk/golearn
Call 0116 3050820 or FREEphone 0800 988 0308 » Less
Make the most of the extended Park & Ride services throughout December.
Offering a fast, frequent and hassle-free service, the Leicestershire Park & Ride gets you from Meynell's Gorse, Enderby or Birstall to the city centre every 12 - 15 minutes.
As well as Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm, the Park & Ride service will also be running every Sunday in December*, giving passengers more time for Christmas shopping whilst avoiding the trauma of traffic and the perils of parking.
It doesn't stop there, wanting to grab a bargain in the sales? The Park & Ride will also be running on Boxing Day. More »
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 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.