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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

LOROS Lottery Collectors
Posted: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:31am
LOROS Lottery Collectors

LOROS LOTTERY

URGENT – CAN YOU HELP?

Want to meet people, get some exercise and help a local charity raise much needed funds? We urgently require lottery collectors to call four-weekly on small, established rounds in Eyres Monsell (Saturdays) and New Parks (Bringhurst Road area). Calls are made on a four-weekly basis.

Would you or someone you know be interested in collecting LOROS Lottery subscriptions for us? Maybe you have just moved house and don't know anyone in your area? We are desperately looking for anyone with a couple of hours to spare. There is no cold calling involved and everyone on the round has indicated that they would like a collector to call. Most importantly, it is a very worthwhile way of supporting LOROS. More »

Give Elaine a call at the Lottery Office on 0116 2318430 if you would like to have an informal chat and find out more about becoming a LOROS Lottery Collector. » Less

Posted: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:22am

There are only a few days left to offer your help in deciding which changes to make to the local NHS policy on funding cosmetic surgery. The survey lasts until 9am on Thursday 17 April 2014.

The East Midlands Cosmetic Procedures Policy details the cosmetic surgery that is not normally publically funded and the procedures that are only funded when certain criteria are met. The criteria are based on clinical evidence, expert opinion and value for money.

All NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in the East Midlands are now working together to review the 2011 East Midlands Cosmetic Procedures Policy, and want people's opinions on whether the proposed changes are reasonable and fair. More »

The region's NHS clinical commissioning groups agree that, in general, cosmetic procedures have relatively small health benefits compared to many other forms of healthcare.

Change are being proposed to policies for cosmetic surgery to treat certain conditions of the nose, earlobes, both men's and women's genitals and breasts, including dealing with female breast implant problems. The policy also makes it clear that hair transplants to correct baldness will not be routinely funded on the NHS.

Jonathan Gribben, a Nottinghamshire public health consultant working on the review, said: "The public image of 'plastic surgery' has been shaped by media coverage of private surgeons enhancing people's body image. However, some cosmetic surgery is available to NHS patients, but only if there is compelling clinical evidence for it.

"But are our policies reasonable and fair? That's what it's really about and we would welcome your views on the proposed changes by completing a short questionnaire. You do not need to have undergone – or be applying for - cosmetic surgery to take part in this survey. Everyone's comments count."

Dr Tim Daniel, a Leicestershire consultant in public health and medicine, said: "In the whole of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in 2012/13 cosmetic procedures were given to just 2,350 NHS patients, out of a population of more than a million people. Of these patients, most of them, just over 1,700 were for the removal of harmless skin growths or lumps, which are only removed if they are causing pain, infection or bleeding. About 140 were for the removal of varicose veins which needed treatment for clinical reasons.

"In the same year the NHS undertook just 42 procedures for breast implant removal and/or replacement for patients in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland – again for clinical and not cosmetic reasons. The CCGs are proposing that the policy is changed to clarify that, for eligible women whose original surgery was done by the NHS, the CCGs will also fund the insertion of replacement implants. Re-insertion was not previously commissioned. This is in line with Department of Health guidance following problems with PIP implants in 2011/12, although there have been no PIP implant removals in Leicestershire to date."

The cosmetic procedures questionnaire can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/emidscosm2014 or you can phone for a paper copy by calling 0116 295 4183. » 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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Spring discounts on local bus routes
Posted: Mon, 24 Mar 2014 12:27am

This spring, the County Council is offering discounted bus journeys across Leicestershire.

Money saving 50p vouchers will be valid from 24th March to 19th April 2014 for use on selected services, including service 120 from Coalville to Leicester.

Look out for the Spring Saver adverts in local newspapers, and Spring Saver leaflets at libraries, service shops and post offices. They include the Travel for 50p vouchers which simply need to be filled in and handed to the driver of the promotional service. More »

For further information or copies of the voucher leaflets, please contact:

Tel: 0116 305 0002
Email: stg@leics.gov.uk
Web: www.leics.gov.uk/transport_promotions » 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 »

Visit:www.thinklocalactpersonal.org.uk/

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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Posted: Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:50pm
Art Exhibition

The ASHBY GUILD OF ARTISTS are holding their Spring Art Exhibition at Ticknall Village HallDE73 7JW

on May 24th, 25th and 26th.2014. 10-5 (11am Sun) Entry 50p- donation to charity. Come and browse a fine section of paintings by Guild members. Free parking. Refreshments available. If you love painting or wish to enhance your walls - come and be inspired. Set in a beautiful village with walks and close to Calke Abbey- make a day of it!

Help to Buy boost for Leicester housing market
Posted: Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:47pm
Help to Buy boost for Leicester housing market

Housebuilder Morris Homes has praised the impact of the Government's Help to Buy scheme in Leicester for the support it gives buyers hoping to get onto the property ladder.

According to a new report from the Department for Communities and Local Government, which provides figures to the end of December, Leicester is in the top 30 of the 56 unitary authorities in England for take up of the landmark scheme*.

Morris regional sales director Cindy Cade says that Help to Buy has been a great success at its two developments in Leicester, where the initiative is now used for one in three purchases. More »

Cindy said: "Help to Buy has provided a huge boost to Leicester buyers that were previously locked out of the market as they struggled to raise the kind of deposit needed to secure a mortgage.

"Buying a new home is now more accessible and we have seen huge take-up of the scheme at the Abbey Quarter and Richmond Park, both from first-time buyers and people moving up the property ladder.

"With Help to Buy only available for a limited time buyers appreciate that they need to move fast to take advantage of this opportunity. There is now a real momentum in the market and we urge people in Leicester to come and talk to us to see how the scheme can help them get moving on the property ladder."

Help to Buy means buyers only need a deposit of five per cent of the value of the home, and it is available at all of Morris' developments in Leicester. A range of three and four-bedroom homes are available, priced from £164,750 or £131,800 with Help to Buy**.

For more information on the Abbey Quarter and Richmond Park call 0845 601 5667 or visit www.morrishomes.co.uk » 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: 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.

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 4:28pm
Aged 60 years or over and driving in winter weather?

Winter driving conditions can test even the most experienced driver and statistics show that there are more people driving later in life.

The Safer Driving with Age (SAGE) instructors offer a 1 hour assessment giving older drivers help and advice so they can remain safe motorists.

If you are aged 60 or over, you can book onto a 60 minute Safer Driving with Age assessment and be given the chance to gain valuable experience and boost your confidence on the roads.

Try a 1 hour assessment with a friendly approved driving instructor on local roads for only £25. More »

Contact us on 0116 305 7233 Email: roadsafety@leics.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 9:00pm
Dignity Action Day - 1st February 2014

Dignity Action Day is about taking the time to do something, however small to remind society that dignity in care is everybody's business.

For more information visit: www.dignityincare.org.uk/Dignity_Action_Day

Dignity Action Day #DAD2014 is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people's rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.

The theme this year is 'Have you got time for 'Digni-tea'?, ensuring people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. More »

Why not get involved in your community and by supporting Dignity Action Day will:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of Dignity in Care
  • Provide someone with an extra special day
  • Demonstrate that everybody in the community has a role to play in upholding Dignity in Care
  • Remind the public that staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too
  • Provide a great community networking opportunity.

On Dignity Action Day health and social care workers are asked to promote dignity in their place of work and also to ask members of the public to promote dignity for people in their communities

Leicestershire County Council celebrates their own Dignity Awards annually, recognizing Best Practice and encouraging providers to promote and deliver dignified services. They also run informative workshops which attract a cross section of providers such as carehomes, homecare and also includes voluntary, day services and luncheon clubs. » Less

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