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Posted: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:37pm
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

Red Hot World Buffet prooves popular with Leicester diners
Posted: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:31am
Red Hot World Buffet prooves popular with Leicester diners

Red Hot World Buffet Leicester has had a successful opening, serving over 25,000 people in its first six weeks. In this initial period, the venue has made 6,000 sushi rolls, which when stacked up on top of each other, would be twice as tall as Leicester Cathedral.

The 400-seater venue, part of the Highcross Shopping Centre, cost £2 million to develop, making it the most expensive restaurant in the city. Offering cuisine from 10 different countries, the venue has so far served over 1,000 pizzas, 600 litres of curry and 48 gallons of ice cream. More »

"It's been an incredible start for everyone involved with the venue," commented Mellissa Rynn, manager of Red Hot World Buffet Leicester.

"The response from diners has been great and they have been impressed with the quality of the food at a price which is great value for money.

"I have been especially happy with how much of a hit we have been with families. The first few weeks of the school summer holidays have been the busiest since we opened, and we predict this to continue right through until September."

Jo Tallack, general manager at Highcross, added: "We are thrilled that our new Red Hot World Buffet has proven to be such a success with Highcross shoppers.

"We pride ourselves on our diverse food offer in St. Peter's Square and Red Hot World Buffet certainly adds to the multicultural cuisine on offer at the centre."

Red Hot World Buffet offers cuisine from across the globe including Chinese, Indian, Mexican, Italian and Thai, with prices starting at £8.99 on weekday lunches for the all you can choose buffet and children under 10 always eating half price.

For more information on Red Hot World Buffet, please visit www.redhotworldbuffet.com. » Less

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

Keep fit, save money and make the most of the summer
Posted: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 9:10am
Keep fit, save money and make the most of the summer

Enjoy the Leicestershire countryside this summer. There are walking, cycling & horse riding routes for all ages and abilities.

If you would like to get fit, have fun or simply enjoy the weather why not take a look at the routes and groups local to you. Most people in the county live within 500 metres of a footpath or bridleway and there are also some great country parks to explore.

For more information and to see what's to offer, visit: http://ow.ly/zMIxp.

An online map of the county's rights of way is available here: http://www.leics.gov.uk/pathsmap.htm.

Posted: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 3:13pm
Switch onto learning and a brighter future!

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

Well the good news is, you can get all of these from joining one of the Leicestershire Adult Learning Service 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. More »

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!

Our courses are available during the day and evening, and in response to learner demand we have introduced a programme of Saturday courses, so there will be something to suit everyone!

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.

Dale Marshall, one of our learners who enrolled onto our IT Skills for Jobseekers course, says "I think you all do a fantastic job in helping people get back to work. Not only do you offer the chance of learning real skills, but also in my case you gave me back my confidence which when you are seeking employment and constantly being rejected can be a very fragile thing". Dale has now achieved his goal and has been successful in getting a job!

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? » Less

Don't miss your chance to comment on library proposals
Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 9:45am

People have until noon on July 7 to have their say on the county council's proposals for communities to run up to 36 libraries.

The council is proposing to:

  • 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. Any closures would be covered by a weekly mobile library service.

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.

A consultation form and full details are available at www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries - so far, around 2,000 people have completed forms and 1,000 have attended meetings.

Have your say on Snibston consultation before July 7
Posted: Wed, 02 Jul 2014 9:45am

People have until noon on July 7 to comment on county council proposals for Snibston.

A series of meetings have taken place, including with the Friends of Snibston, heritage and tourism bodies and season ticket holders. So far, around 500 people have responded.

The council is proposing to save more than £240,000 per year from Snibston Discovery Museum's annual £800,000 subsidy, by:

  • Developing a mining museum by the end of 2015, based around Snibston's historic colliery buildings, the Century Theatre, the site's railway line and the playground.
  • Demolishing the existing Snibston gallery.
  • Improving the country park, with landscaping, planting and improved links to the museum.
  • Encouraging volunteers and the community to get involved in the museum and country park.

The consultation page includes details of the proposals, frequently asked questions and Snibston's current budget figures: www.leics.gov.uk/futuresnibston.

Posted: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 4:03pm
Leicester Does Vintage

The vintage stallholders are hand-picked and offer a wealth of knowledge gained from years of experience with each one bringing their quality, affordable vintage clothing, jewellery and kitchenalia.

Vintage lovers can while away the hours browsing through rail after rail of fabulous one-off vintage finds. Students looking for affordable, stylish bargains won't be disappointed either!

As well as the fabulous vintage stalls, you can also expect a mini vintage day out - with a vintage tearoom, serving afternoon tea on dainty china, vintage inspired workshops, a pop up beauty parlour, armed with rouge and heated rollers, ready to transform you into a vintage starlet, live music and much, much more! There really is something for everyone! All for £2!

Book your place on a FREE cycling course today!
Posted: Sat, 28 Jun 2014 4:00pm
Book your place on a FREE cycling course today!

Regardless of your cycling ability, if you are aged 16+ sign up for one of our courses taking place across Leicestershire.

In England, over two million adults cycle at least once a week - isn't it time you joined the growing number?

We are encouraging people to make more journeys by bike. It's a great way to stay in shape, save money and contribute to the environment.

Our friendly course instructors will teach you road safety and help increase your confidence on two-wheels. Each course lasts two hours a week for five weeks and is open to any skill level, we even provide equipment if needed. More »

For full details and a list of course locations, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/cyclecourses.

Already made your mind up? Book your FREE place now at the above web address, quick and hassle free.

What are you waiting for, get involved!

Contacts:

Tel: 0116 305 3179
Email: choosehowyoumove@leics.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:44am
First communities to benefit from £18.6m fibre broadband roll-out are announced

An £18.6m project to bring superfast fibre broadband to rural Leicestershire today announced the first communities to benefit from the scheme.

In the first phase, around 10,000 homes and businesses across the county will have access to high speed fibre broadband from summer 2014 onwards.

Pam Posnett, cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce the first rural communities to benefit from the Superfast Leicestershire project.

"The county and district councils, BT and the European Regional Development Fund have all made a significant investment to make sure that the rural areas of Leicestershire are on the same footing as towns and cities. More »

"Extending high speed fibre into more rural areas will enable households to better access online movies and TV, communicate with family and friends and work more effectively from home."

For the first time, superfast fibre broadband will be available in the following communities, where the majority of homes and businesses will be able to connect to the new network:

Charnwood

  • Cossington and parts of Burton on the Wolds, Woodhouse, Woodhouse Eaves and Wymeswold

Coverage will also be extended in: Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, Rothley and Sileby

Harborough

  • Church Langton, Foxton, Smeeton Westerby, South Kilworth and parts of Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt

Coverage will also be extended in Market Harborough

Hinckley and Bosworth

  • Fenny Drayton

Melton

  • Ab Kettleby, Old Dalby Village and parts of Asfordby

Coverage will also be extended in Melton Mowbray

North West Leicestershire

  • Parts of Long Whatton

The £18.6m Superfast Leicestershire project will be delivered by Openreach, BT's local network business, and will bring fibre broadband to more than 62,000 homes and businesses in the county.

This high-speed network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all communication providers, therefore offering Leicestershire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.

This will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by commercial operators to enable 96 per cent of Leicestershire homes and businesses to access high speed broadband.

Kasam Hussain, BT's project manager for Superfast Leicestershire, said: "After months of behind the scenes planning and survey work we're delighted to be able to reveal the first locations we expect to benefit from this fantastic project. Look out for our engineers as they hit the streets to lay the brand new fibre infrastructure that will extend faster broadband far and wide across Leicestershire." » Less

Posted: Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:43am

From Leicestershire Police, a very big, big thank you to all of you who are volunteers for Neighbourhood Watch, Street Pastors and the myriad of other volunteering groups that together are making a real difference within our communities in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

Phil Iley
Volunteers Policy Development Manager
Leicestershire Police

Calling all gardeners
Posted: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 1:22pm
Calling all gardeners

Leicestershire County Council and Garden Organic are currently looking for enthusiastic new recruits to encourage other people in Leicestershire to share their love of composting and growing their own food.

The two schemes, Master Composters and Master Gardeners both require an initial weekends training at Ryton Gardens (Garden Organic's centre) before donating a minimum of 30 hours of their time in the following year to help raise awareness of the benefits of composting, growing their own food and supporting people with any queries. More »

Volunteers can use their own skills and enthusiasm to choose how they would like to raise awareness and support their local communities which could range from attending roadshows to setting up their own composting or food growing clubs. You could even support your work colleagues to compost or grow food during your lunch break!

If you think this could be a great opportunity for you then contact John Levison on John.Levison@leics.gov.uk or by calling 0116 305 6376 by 20 June for Master Composters or by 4 July for Master Gardeners.

Further information can be found at:

Master Composters: www.lesswaste.org.uk/master_composter
Master Gardeners: www.mastergardeners.org.uk » Less

Join our Carers’ Week Quest
Posted: Sat, 14 Jun 2014 1:17pm
Join our Carers’ Week Quest

National Carers Week runs from 9 – 15 June 2014 and this year's theme is Carers' Week Quest. The aim this year is to reach out to the thousands of carers nationwide who are missing out on support and services.

One in eight of us are currently carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. The very nature of caring means very often people don't identify themselves as carers. Rather, they think of themselves simply as wife, husband, son, daughter, mum, dad or perhaps grandparent, niece or nephew helping a loved one. More »

Without the right help and support caring can have a devastating impact – carers can quickly become cut off with their physical and emotional health, work and their finances all hit hard.

Leicestershire County Council is committed to carers of all ages and has added its own pledge to the Carers Week Pledge Wall:

"Leicestershire County Council pledge to recognise and value all carers, including young carers, through recognition, advice and support"

  • Young carers in Leicestershire can now apply for a free Young Carers ID card, which enables health care staff to recognise them as a young carer. Young carers often feel excluded when they visit the GP, attend a hospital appointment, or during an emergency, involving the person they care for. Families are able to decide what information they would like health professionals to share with the young carer before the situation arises, so they are more involved in their loved-ones care. For more details or to apply for a card visit www.leics.gov.uk/young_carer
  • Adults who undertake unpaid caring roles can now benefit from free training, funded by Leicestershire County Council. Starting in the summer, carers across the county can find out about dealing with stress, getting help with the role of caring, understanding 'personalisation', the safe handling of medication and moving and handling. For more details and to book a place, call Debbie on 0116 251 0999 or e-mail enquiries@claspthecarerscentre.org.uk

Further information on the advice and support available for carers is available at www.leics.gov.uk/carers » Less

Posted: Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:34am

Local housebuilder Morris Homes, which is developing the Abbey Quarter in Leicester, has seen a surge in the number of people looking for new homes during May.

The findings follow an analysis of visits to its website and its developments across the Midlands compared to the same period last year. The number of people looking for new homes hit its peak over the second Bank Holiday weekend in May, when visitors to the website increased by 200% compared to the same weekend in 2013.

Cindy Cade, regional sales director for Morris, said: "Spring is traditionally the best time of year to buy or sell a home, but our research shows that this year people have been more motivated than ever to find their perfect home. More »

"We're expecting June to be another busy month as more people are feeling evermore confident about the market, and are interested in using schemes such as Help to Buy.

"We're urging local buyers who are thinking of starting their house-search to book an appointment with our experienced sales advisors at the Abbey Quarter to find out more about the properties and buying schemes available."

Morris has a selection of three-bedroom homes available at the Abbey Quarter in Leicester, priced from £164,750 or £131,800 with Help to Buy*.

To find out more about the homes and schemes available visit the sales office at Abbey Park Road, Leicester, LE4 5AP (open daily 10.30am – 5.30pm), call 0116 253 0970, or visit morrishomes.co.uk

*Help to Buy scheme available on selected plots only, subject to terms and conditions. Deposit price based on 5% of full purchase price. Price of £131,800 is based on full purchase price of £164,750 when paying 80% up front with Help to Buy, with an equity loan for the remaining 20% interest free for the first 5 years. After year five, you will pay a fee on the equity loan of 1.75%, rising annually by the retail price index plus 1%. YOUR HOME IS AT RISK IF YOU DO NOT KEEP UP REPAYMENTS ON YOUR MORTGAGE OR ANY OTHER LOAN SECURED ON IT. Offer subject to use of a mortgage broker from Morris Homes' panel. For full terms and conditions visit morrishomes.co.uk/help-to-buy. Prices correct at times of going to press. Image representative only. » Less

Park and ride from as little as £1.48 a day
Posted: Thu, 29 May 2014 12:35am
Park and ride from as little as £1.48 a day

Commuters can make summer savings on park and ride services to travel from as little as £1.48 per day based on a 6-day week using a 4-weekly ticket.

Offers will be available when presenting the driver with a promotional voucher between June 2 and July 11.

The tickets can be used for unlimited day travel between the park and rides sites at Birstall, Enderby and Meynell's Gorse and Leicester.

  • 10-day ticket will be available to buy for £22 (usual price £26)
  • 4-weekly ticket will be available to buy for £35.50 (usual price £42)

The vouchers can be downloaded from www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/villages or can be picked up from terminal buildings at Birstall and Enderby. They are also available on park and ride buses and other selected local outlets (while stocks last). Alternatively, vouchers can be requested by calling the helpline on 0116 305 0002. More »

Passes can be purchased at any time during the offer period, even on the last days of the promotion and are subject to terms and conditions.

The park and ride services are operated by Leicestershire County and Leicester City Councils. » Less

Posted: Fri, 23 May 2014 6:27pm
Have your say on the future of libraries in Leicestershire

Libraries Consultations

Our libraries consultation was featured on ITV news this week, if you missed it you can watch it here http://ow.ly/xaKbB

Don't forget you can still have your say on the consultation by visiting http://ow.ly/xaTzg before the 7th July 2014.

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 9:46am

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

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 9:46am

In April and the early weeks of May, two people in North West Leicestershire and one person in Rutland have been targeted in a scam that has become known as 'courier fraud.' Each of the offences resulted in between £200 and £1100 being lost.

The fraud involves phone calls to the victim by someone claiming to be a worker at their bank, or a police officer. The caller says that there have been irregularities with their bank accounts.

Read the full details using the link on this page.

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 9:45am

May is Scams Awareness Month!

As you are probably aware, there are thousands of different types of scams, and it can get confusing and difficult to know how best to protect yourself.

This week the campaign is focusing on mail scams. Royal Mail have some helpful information on their website here, explaining what to do if you suspect you are receiving scam mail.

Posted: Thu, 22 May 2014 9:43am

We've created an interactive online game that people can play on their computer or tablet device.

The user is presented with 4 scams and has to identify clues, getting a score which he or she can share on social media at the end. It's a fun way to get consumers involved and may appeal to a younger audience.

If you are holding an event or conducting any outreach activity it would be well worth taking a tablet device (if you have one) so that you can encourage members of the public to have a go.

www.citizensadvice.org.uk/sam14-game

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