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‘Respect and Tolerate’ - tackling anti-social behaviour
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:10pm
‘Respect and Tolerate’ - tackling anti-social behaviour

Lighter nights often lead to an increase in anti-social behaviour as more people socialise outside. Because of this, residents often complain about issues such as noise nuisance because they feel it affects their quality of life and makes them feel unsafe in their own homes.

Young people in Leicestershire who are now enjoying the lighter nights are being urged to be mindful of their actions in an effort to combat anti-social behaviour.

As part of the 'Respect and Tolerate' campaign, the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group are encouraging young people to behave responsibly and think carefully about the consequences of their actions and the harm anti-social behaviour can cause. We are asking them to be respectful of people, their properties and their communities. More »

We are also asking local residents to think about what constitutes anti-social behaviour and consider whether young people are just playing as opposed to causing anti-social behaviour.

If you are affected by anti-social behaviour then please report it on the 101 number or to your local council.

For further information visit: www.leics.gov.uk/asb

For information on activities for young people, please look on your local council's website or ask at your local library. » Less

SIBS Wildlife Activity Day
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:09pm
SIBS Wildlife Activity Day

Snibston Discovery Museum is offering an activity day for the siblings of disabled children in Leicestershire on Saturday 26 April 2014, 10.00am – 3pm.

This one day event for siblings aged 8 -14 offers the opportunity to get in touch with your wild side and try den building, pond dipping and lots of fun and games with an experienced group leader.

Places cost £5 per child and should be booked in advance. For more information visit www.snibston.com/welcome/events or contact the Engagement Officer on 0116 305 3424 / 0116 305 4114 or email: engagementteam@leics.gov.uk

Have your say on future libraries
Posted: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 8:25am
Have your say on future libraries

A consultation has launched for residents, stakeholders and county council staff to have their say on the proposals for the future of libraries in Leicestershire.

The consultation is taking place from today (April 7th) till July 7th and full details are online www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries, including dates and venues of local public meetings in May and June.

The council is proposing changes because:

  • From 2015, the council plans to save £800,000 per year from its current £5.6 million libraries budget
  • People are increasingly using E-books and the internet instead of borrowing books from libraries
  • Libraries are increasingly being used as community hubs, hosting a series of activities

The council is proposing to: More »

  • Continue to operate the 16 most-used libraries but reduce their opening hours
  • Support communities to run the other 36 local libraries. If community groups do not come forward, some libraries may close.

More information including the consultation form is available at www.leics.gov.uk/futurelibraries.

For general enquiries or comments please call 0116 305 7034 or email futurelibraries@leics.gov.uk. » Less

Save a packet or save your life?
Posted: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 8:24am

Leicestershire County Council's Trading Standards has joined forces with Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service to highlight the serious fire risks posed by cheap, illegal cigarettes.

Legal cigarettes are made with special self-extinguishing paper that if left unattended will go out by itself. Cheap illegal cigarettes don't use this paper which places smokers at a far greater risk of house fires. This week a YouTube video launched which reveals the fire risks linked with illegal cheap cigarettes. More »

Illegal tobacco causes damage to communities and like all cigarettes are harmful. There are additional health issues with illegal tobacco as they are not manufactured in a regulated way and in some cases they have even been made from sweepings up and rat droppings.

Help stop criminals selling cheap tobacco in Leicestershire. If you have any information to help Trading Standards call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more on the campaign including the you tube video clip visit www.leics.gov.uk/illegal_tobacco. » Less

Dementia Awareness Support Comes to Kibworth
Posted: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 9:43pm

Dementia Awareness Week is an annual event supported by the Alzheimers Society. The ongoing theme is 'Remember the Person' and events are taking place all over the UK to raise awareness of the symptoms and issues around the diseases which collectively are known as Dementia. Fund raising at all levels for research and support for those who have a form of Dementia and their carers is one of the most important reasons for Dementia Awareness Week along with high profile conferences and meetings to influence policy and encourage joint working between agencies. More »

Carers Support

On Monday 19th May there will be an information/awareness session at The Well in the High St. from 2-4pm. If you have a form of dementia or care for someone who does and you would like to know more about dementia and the support that is out there or just need information or someone to chat to please come along – refreshments will be available.

Kibworth does not at present have a support group for carers so if you care for a child/parent/friend or relative with any illness/disability you are also welcome to come along on the 19th May to tell us what your needs are and what you would like from a general carers group for those living and caring in Kibworth and surrounding villages. We look forward to seeing you!

Dementia Friends Workshops

Two Dementia Friends Workshops will be held in Kibworth during the week. They will be facilitated by Dawn Mays who is an Alzheimers Society Dementia Champion and will take place at Kibworth Grammar School Hall on:

Thursday 22nd May from 7-8 pm

Saturday 24th MAY from 10-11am

The workshops are designed to raise awareness of the nature of dementia and to look at the ways in which a community can become dementia friendly to help those with dementia and their carers to remain active in the community. The sessions are free, include coffee and cake and those attending become Dementia Friends -encouraging businesses/groups/individuals/organisations to help.

All those living and working in Kibworth and surrounding villages are welcome to attend, particularly those from businesses/community groups and organisations. Although we can cater for people who haven't booked there is a maximum number for each workshop so further workshops can be organised in the future if needed.

Please let us know if you wish to attend either date by contacting:

Jacki Shorley – 0116 2792104

Su Coward – 0116 2793185

Martyn Wyburn -0116 2793478 » Less

Award-winning tango singer Martín Alvarado to perform in Kibworth
Posted: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 10:42pm

Award-winning tango vocalist, Martín Alvarado, comes to the UK in May as part of his 27th international tour and among the dates is one in Leicestershire.

The Buenos Aires-born troubadour, who will perform at the Grammar School Hall in Kibworth on Saturday May 10 at 7.30pm, has earned worldwide renown for his exceptional tenor voice.

Tickets for the Kibworth concert are £10 in advance or £12 on the door. They are available at Kibworth Post Office and online at https://www.musicglue.com/l-tango-promotions/listings/ More »

Alvarado is now widely considered to be one of the most exciting contemporary vocalists in traditional tango to have emerged from Argentina for decades. He has even been described as a successor to the late, great tango singing superstar, Carlos Gardel, who died in 1935. » Less

Posted: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 5:28pm
Are you a professional, volunteer or carer? JOIN US on 30 April for a free advice event

Safe and sound at home - FREE EVENT

30 April, Salvation Army, South Wigston. Contact jenny.brown@leics.gov.uk to book or for more information.

If you visit someone in their own home as a professional, volunteer or carer, then you are invited to a day of seminars, exhibitions, videos and demonstrations on some of the dangers that can affect vulnerable people intheir own homes:

Distraction burglary: adult abuse: fire in the home: falls: bogus callers

PLUS the opportunity to attend a Dementia Friends training session and help England meet its target of one million dementia friends by 2015. More »

Salvation Army, South Wigston. Leics. LE18 4UZ » Less

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Online health directory is just a click away
Posted: Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:25am
Online health directory is just a click away

A new online directory has been launched by East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) to signpost people to extra help and advice for a variety of health conditions.

The initiative brings together almost 100 organisations in one searchable database accessed through the CCG's website. This will help people to easily get in touch with the right support group or find out more information on particular health conditions.

The directory has contact information for a variety of voluntary organisations and groups offering help and advice for people with long-term conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. In addition, the directory is an excellent opportunity for carers to find out more about managing health conditions and to help them connect with people in a similar position. More »

Dr Dave Briggs, ELR CCG Managing Director, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to provide our patients and GPs with this online directory. It is a fantastic resource and means we can quickly put people in contact with the right support group.

"The directory also provides help and advice for carers, or those looking for support to give up smoking, as well as signposting where to go for mental health, stress or anxiety conditions.

"This means that our patients will benefit from additional support to help manage their condition, which we hope will help them to feel more in control of their own health and wellbeing."

Jacqui Mowson, carers delivery officer at Support for Carers Leicestershire, added: "The self-help guide to support groups is very user friendly and easy to use. We will certainly be recommending the website to our carers and will use it as a resource for ourselves."

The directory is available on ELR CCG's website – www.eastleicestershireandrutlandccg.nhs.uk – by clicking the Find your local support group button on the front page. Users can search by category or by typing in their postcode. There is also an Online form for any voluntary or not-for-profit self-help groups who wish to be added. » Less

Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 6:54pm
Book your Tea Dance place for National Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014

The County Council will be co-ordinating Tea Dances at three venues across the county to promote National Nutrition and Hydration Week 2014. Why not book an elderly relative, neighbour or friend on a scrumptious afternoon tea dance.

  • Tuesday 18 March, Roman Way Community Centre, Market Harborough. Tel: 0116 305 2398; 0116 305 2398
  • Wednesday 19 March, Ibstock Palace Community Centre Tel: 01530 262400; 01530 262400
  • Thursday 20 March, Loughborough Town Hall. Tel: 01509 2319140

There will be music, afternoon tea, with sandwiches, cake and a free health and wellbeing pack - to illustrate the importance of eating good healthy food and by making small changes to eating and drinking habits, older people can improve their quality of life. Tickets are only £3.50. For more information visit: www.leics.gov.uk/nhw2014 More »

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Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 6:53pm
CHOICE UNLIMITED - Information, Services, Ideas, Products and Innovation

For disabled people, older people and carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Venue: Leicester Tigers Stadium, Aylestone Road, Leicester. LE2 7TR

Date: Weds 9 April 2014 10am – 6pm

Exhibitors will be covering:

Accommodation : Domestic support : Education and training : Health and Wellbeing : Lifestyle and Leisure : Personal Support : Repairs and maintenance Services : Services for Carers : Staying Independent : Support and Advice : Transport : Work and Voluntary Support

Admission is FREE. Refreshments will be available throughout the day. More »

To register or find out more contact 0116 222 50050116 222 5005 Text: 07910 864 59407910 864 594. Email : events@choiceunlimited.co.uk. www.choiceunlimited.co.uk

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Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 6:52pm
New Dates released for Pre-Driver Days - 2014

Join us at Mallory Park on a Pre Driver Day:

www.tjunction.org.uk or call 0116 305 6515; 0116 305 6515

Take part in a mock theory interactive quiz, test your reactions on a batak board. You will have chance to take part in two practical driving sessions with a qualified instructor in a dual controlled car.

Choose from the following dates:

Monday 14th April

Friday 11th August

Friday 25th April

Monday 18th August

Friday 30th May

Friday 22nd August

Monday 21st July

Monday 20th October

Friday 28th July

Friday 24th October More »

Please note all days are Time: 9.00 – 16.00 Venue: MalloryPark, Kirkby Mallory. Leicestershire. LE9 7QE

What the drivers say:

"Brilliant fun and I have gained a lot of confidence" James Devine

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Posted: Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:51pm
'Making it Real' in Leicestershire event - Friday 28 March 2014: 10am - 4pm:

Personalisation 'Making it Real' in Leicestershire

ARE YOU: a user of social care or a carer? a health and social care professional?: a service provider in the area?

We would like you to help by attending an event on

Friday 28 March 2014: 10am - 4pm: Gynsill Lane Sports Pavilion: Gynsill Lane, GLENFIELD. LE7 7AG

THE AIM is to work out: what we have achieved so far: what needs to be done to make things better: how we can continue to capture your views

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE contact: andrea.chapman@leics.gov.uk 0116 305 9569. Deadline for bookings Tues 18 March 2014. More »


The County Council is committed to working together with communities and people of Leicestershire: to check the progress we are making with Personalisation.

Personalisation aims to give people, who need help from Adult Social care, more choice and control over how they live their lives. » Less

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Kibworth Beauchamp appoints new voluntary Tree Warden
Posted: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 5:21pm

Kibworth Beauchamp Parish Council has welcomed Mrs Carole Broughton as its new Voluntary Tree Warden.

Carole, who lives and farms in the village, has already completed a survey of local trees, highlighting those that may need attention. She is one of an army of wardens across Leicestershire, and will be working closely with her counterpart in Kibworth Harcourt.

Trees are important to the environmental health of an area, and some are protected by Tree Preservation Orders. All trees within the local Conservation Area are automatically protected. In Kibworth Beauchamp, depending on their location, some trees are in the care of Leicestershire County Council, some are protected by Harborough District Council, and others are owned by the Parish Council. More »

If you see a tree that needs attention, or you plan to undertake some work to a tree on your land, it is a good idea to contact either the Parish Council or Harborough District Council beforehand. » Less

Posted: Sat, 01 Mar 2014 5:21pm

The 12-strong shortlist for the first round of Leicestershire County Council's green plaque awards scheme has been revealed.

Monty Python actor Graham Chapman, a Dambusters pilot and a book printer are among the county's great and good in with a chance of receiving one of the six prestigious awards which are being made for the first time.

Now, the county council is asking the public to decide which individual or building should receive a green plaque by voting for their favourites.

County council leader Nick Rushton said: "The judges had a tough job but they have come up with an exciting shortlist and now it's over to the public to decide who or what should gain recognition." More »

A panel of judges drew up the shortlist following dozens of nominations from the general public and voting is now underway with the shortlist comprising:

• Charles Booth, social reformer and philanthropist (Thringstone)

• William Henry Bragg, Nobel Prize winner for Physics (Market Harborough)

• Graham Chapman, founding member of 'Monty Python's flying circus' (Wigston & Melton)

• The John Taylor Bellfoundry, Loughborough

• Arthur Newberry Choyce, WWI Poet (Hugglescote)

• Sergeant John Hannah, awarded the Victoria Cross (Birstall)

• Brigadier-General James Lochhead Jack, awarded the Distinguished Service Order (Kibworth)

• John Theodore Kenney, artist who illustrated Thomas the Tank Engine (Kibworth)

• The Old Courthouse, Melton Mowbray

• Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Rice DFC RAF VR, Dambuster pilot (Burbage)

• Henry Wills, printer of Ladybird Books (Loughborough)

• Alice Young, missionary and teacher (Enderby)

Voting for your six favourites couldn't be easier. You can vote online at: www.leics.gov.uk/greenplaques or pick up and drop off a voting form at your local Leicestershire Council library. You can also send your list of favourites to: Green Plaques, Communities & Wellbeing, Room 500, Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, LE3 8RA. The closing date for entries is Monday April 7. » Less

Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 9:32pm
New Challenges, New Chances!

The Leicestershire Adult Learning Service is starting new courses for adults next week after February half term. Wellbeing courses range from Creative Sewing and Calligraphy Workshops at Countesthorpe to Pilates at Wigston, from Jewellery Making at Loughborough to Indian Cookery at Thurmaston. There are also English and Maths courses, and Computing at various levels including Digital Photo Editing at other venues around the County.

It's a great opportunity to take up a new challenge, make new friends and learn something new. More »

It's not too late to learn – sign up now by calling our FREEphone enrolment line on 0800 988 0308. Our friendly advisors will be able to help you choose a course and enrol over the phone, or alternatively visit www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn to search for courses and enrol online. » Less

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:07pm
Pledge to Become a Snow Angel!

One in two of us will slip on an icy pavement when the weather turns cold – and the odds are greater for older people or those with mobility problems.

It's been a mild winter in the UK so far, but a cold snap is always just around the corner - and can mean that vulnerable people are too fearful to even leave their homes.

We can all make sure this doesn't happen in our neighbourhoods.

Sign our pledge and become a Snow Angel!

Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 4:20pm

Due to the inquiries that we have received , particularly from parents of our younger students, we have decided to add an additional week to our Easter programme, full details of which can be found by clicking the blue link above.

We look forward to seeing you soon

Kind regards
Bradley Woodward

Posted: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 9:54am

There is a 100-hour pharmacy on the Market Harborough Medical Centre site which is open evenings and weekends.

It may save you a longer journey into Northampton or Kettering.

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Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 2:51pm
TOP TEN TIPS on how to keep a warm home

Warm homes

If you live in Leicestershire you can request a free energy check from a Warm Homes Officer. Call your local District council and ask for this service. District numbers are listed below.

  • Keep both your living room and bedroom warm – whatever type of heating you use.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk and keep doors closed to block out draughts
  • Main living room temperature should be 18-21 degrees C(64-70 degrees F) – the rest of the house at least 16 degrees C
  • Keep your living room warm throughout the day and heat your bedroom before going to bed
  • Switch timer settings for heating to come on before you get up and switch off before you go to bed.
  • Never use hot water bottles in the same bed as an electric blanket even if the blanket is switched off.
  • Unplug electric blankets before you go to bed (unless you have a thermostat control for safe all night use)
  • Test your electric blanket every 3 years (AgeUK or your fire service may be able to do this for you)
  • Keep your room temperatures above 16 degrees C – anything less you could be at risk of hypothermia, hert attack or a stroke
  • As a last resort you could sleep in one room if it is very cold weather – but get help from family or friends to move your bed (Take care if there is a gas fire in the room and turn it off before going to bed)

District Council Offices More »

Blaby District 0116 275 0555

Charnwood 01509 263151

Oadby & Wigston 0116 288 8961

Harborough District 01858 828282

Hinckley & Bosworth 01455 238141

Melton 01664 502502

North West Leicestershire 01530 454545 » Less

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 2:38pm

Following the switching off or dimming of streetlights in a number of areas across the UK, the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) (NHWN) and Suzy Lamplugh Trust carried out a survey to learn more about the possible effects of these changes on residents' behaviour and perceptions of crime.

Read more and download the full report using the link above.

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