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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
- Majority of people surveyed in Leicester mistakenly believe apprenticeships are just for school leavers
- Two fifths would not consider an apprenticeship as a route to a new career
- The survey shows age is a perceived barrier – almost a fifth think they are too old
- In fact, almost a third of current British Gas apprentices is aged over 30
Discontented workers in Leicester, looking to change careers, could be limiting their options by assuming that apprenticeships are just for school leavers, according to new research released today by British Gas. More »
The independent survey* by British Gas to mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week reveals that 40% of people in Leicester would not even consider an apprenticeship as a route to beginning a new career. Almost a fifth (18%) believe they are too old.
Only 1% of people in the survey thought you could undertake an apprenticeship in your 30s. In fact, almost a third of current British Gas apprentices are over that age.
Whilst the research highlights misconceptions over who can apply for an apprenticeship, it is clear that people recognise the value of this kind of training. Almost a fifth (19%) of people said that if they had their time again they would definitely do an apprenticeship, whilst a further 28% said they would seriously consider it.
Around seven in ten (71%) of those surveyed acknowledged that an apprenticeship was a great way to start a successful career. 88% of those surveyed appreciated that the main benefit of doing an apprenticeship was learning new skills. Almost two thirds (60%) highlighted that the main plus point was learning by doing, rather than from a book.
National Apprenticeship Week begins today [Monday 14 March] - five days of events being staged around England and Wales to showcase what modern apprenticeships bring to businesses, individuals and the economy.
As part of National Apprenticeship Week, British Gas is seeking to redefine people's views of apprenticeships by opening the doors to its academy in Leicester to give people the chance to find out what a modern apprenticeship really involves.
Laura Morris, Academy Manager for British Gas in Leicester, said:
"It's clear from our research that while many people see the value in apprenticeships, they don't necessarily realise that the training is suitable for everyone of working age – whether that's a teenage school leaver, a parent wanting to earn while they learn, or someone looking to retrain for a new career later in life.
"People in Leicester may be limiting their options and not exploring an apprenticeship as an exciting career route.
"At British Gas, we're striving to be an inclusive employer and our apprentices come from all walks of life. Almost a third of them are over the age of 30, and many are career-changers. I'd encourage people to consider undertaking a high-quality apprenticeship no matter what stage of life they're at."
British Gas has hundreds of apprentices in training across its six academies in Hamilton, Leeds, Leicester, Thatcham, Dartford and Tredegar, investing around £30,000 for each apprentice it trains. The business also has a 95 per cent retention rate for apprentices and is rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. » Less
We are hosting a Summer Fun Day at the Queens head Pub in Saddington on the 10th of July and would love for you to come and visit, We will have stalls, along with our BBQ and a Giant Slide, Bouncy Castle and Penalty Shootout too
Miller Homes Midlands has had a successful start to the year, selling out four developments and launching four new sites
This success has been helped by the expansion of the sales team with Donna Salmon and Emma Weston joining Miller Homes with a combined 32 years in the housing industry.
Donna and Emma bring with them a wealth of housing experience and join the Miller Homes team as sales managers. More »
They join sales director Alastair Parsons and sales manager Julia Portington to help drive sales across the region, keeping the award-winning housebuilder ahead of its competitors.
As Alastair explains, the move is paying dividends: "The region has had an excellent start to the year and we've already sold out at four developments. We're delighted with the rate of sales and this is testament to our whole team, the high quality housing on offer, and desirable locations where we continue to build."
"This year is set to be an extremely positive one for Miller Homes as we expanded further into the Midlands region. We've already launched phase four at Stretton Glen and phase two at Langley Country Park and also have plans in place to build seven new developments in 2016. We're really looking forward to welcoming many more happy customers."
Miller Homes has also just been awarded five stars, the highest level attainable, in the Home Builders Federation (HBF) National New Home Customer Satisfaction Survey for the fifth consecutive year.
Eyres Monsell Show committee will be hosting their annual Horticultural Show on Saturday September 10th 2016.
This will be at The Community Center Hillsborough Road Eyres Monsell LE2 9PQ.
Open to the public at 1.30pm admission 50p. Schedules will be available at the Community Center or can be posted on request.
Staging will be from 9am till 11am.
Presentation and Auction of produce will take place at approx 3pm
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.
Families will be able to keep their little ones entertained this half-term at Red Hot World Buffet in Leicester.
The 'all you can choose' buffet restaurant, located on the corner of High Street and Highcross shopping centre, is hosting free face painting and balloon modeling sessions for young diners, starting on 13th February.
Balloon modeling takes place between 1pm and 4pm daily apart from 15th and 17th February, with additional sessions on 27 and 28 February.
There will also be face painting on 14th February (2pm – 4pm), 15th February (1pm to 3pm), 17th February (1pm – 3pm), 19th February (1pm – 3pm) and 21st February (2pm – 4pm). More »
Rahul Kotwal, general manager at Red Hot World Buffet in Leicester, said: "This half-term we are inviting families to spend an afternoon here, trying out the activities and enjoying a meal together.
"Our range of food, which includes Italian, Thai, Indian and British, means there's something for everyone and both kids and adults will love the live cooking stations. Children under 10 can also eat for half price."
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
Find examples and your nearest showroom by visiting www.lrrn.org or call 0330 355 0707
Award-winning housing developer Waters Homes has donated £650 to help buy a defibrillator for the village of Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, where it recently built a selection of two three-bedroom houses for Seven Locks Housing.The life-saving equipment will be wall mounted outside Boboli restaurant on Main Street, giving people 24-hour emergency access to a heart-start machine.Dominic Waters, development director at Waters Homes said: "As soon as we heard that Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council was looking to raise funds for the defibrillator we stepped in to help. It's great being able to leave a legacy and to give something back to a community that welcomed us with open arms."A briefcase-sized box will house the defibrillator, which gives clear spoken instructions on how it should be used. In the UK, over 30,000 people have a cardiac arrest outside of hospital care each year with survival rates as high as 75 per cent if treated with prompt defibrillation.Welcoming the donation, Dr Kevin Feltham Chairman of Kibworth Harcourt Parish Council and County Councillor said: "We are fortunate to have defibrillators at the health centres and Kibworth High School but they are only accessible during office hours. This gift from Waters Homes will enable us to install a defibrillator that is always accessible, in one of the busiest parts of the village."We must also thank Sarah and Lino at the Boboli restaurant for agreeing to home the apparatus and East Midlands Ambulance Service for their advice and training in CPR."For more on Waters Homes visit www.watershomes.co.uk.
Staff at some of Leicester's top businesses tucked into an early Christmas feast of turkey and mince pies at Red Hot World Buffet in the heart of the city.
Reindeers, Christmas trees and sparkling lights welcomed 40 diners as the 'all you can choose' buffet chain showcased its festive offering.
Christmas is typically a busy time for the restaurant, which has six venues across the UK, with three tons of turkey and gammon and 300,000 drinks served up to nearly a quarter of a million diners during the festive period last year. More »
Rahul Kotwal, general manager at Red Hot World Buffet Leicester said:
"We love Christmas at Red Hot World Buffet and it was great to show a number of people what we can offer for their Christmas party. We can accommodate parties large and small and from turkey to chinese, pizza to pasta, there's something for everyone here to enjoy."
Diners can eat as much as they choose from just £9.99 per person.
6 November 2015 – 9 January 2016
New Walk Museum
53 New Walk, Leicester LE1 7EA
Paintings, sculpture, ceramics, prints and multi-media dazzle in one of the largest group shows of art in the city.
Leicester Society of Artists celebrates the arrival of 28 newly elected members this year to join the many talented artists showing their latest work for the first time.
The LSA Student Award winner, sponsored by the West End Gallery, is featured in the exhibition.
Take the opportunity to stroll down historic New Walk this winter, have a coffee in the museum cafe and discover the huge range of art created by artists living, working and studying in Leicestershire and Rutland. More »
Thursday 5 November 6.30 – 8.30pm: exhibition opened by Cllr Piara Singh Clair and free exhibition preview. Free admission to New Walk Museum and to the exhibition.
Exhibition sponsors: Charles Stanley personal investment service
Image: John Barradell, 'Enneas-Duos', gilded mixed media » Less
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
City centre shoppers in Leicester have provided a £1,600 boost for therapeutic work at the Bradgate Mental Health Unit – and it's all the result of a polite request for shampoo!
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust occupational therapist Karen Thompson, who works with patients across eight wards at the unit on the Glenfield Hospital site, wrote to shopping giant John Lewis last year, asking for donations of toiletries.
She said: "I was hoping they would be able to provide us with some samples of shampoo and other personal care items for patients who are often admitted at very short notice and don't always have time to pack home comforts." More »
But managers at the Highcross store were so impressed with Karen's letter that they plucked her from scores of requests to feature in their community fund initiative.
Restaurant customers are given plastic coins to 'donate' to one of three chosen causes over the course of three months – and the scheme to support patients in the acute mental health wards emerged a clear favourite.
The result was a donation of £1,641 for the wards, out of a total of £3,000 donated by John Lewis to their three community causes.
Sarah Fisher, community liaison co-ordinator for John Lewis's Highcross branch, visited the unit to present Karen and Gill Norris, senior occupational therapist at the unit, with a cheque.
She said: "The panel who select our customer fund recipients were all really impressed with Karen's letter and a lot of panel members could relate to it because they know or are close to people who have mental health needs.
"We were even more impressed when Karen took the time out to come and see us to say thanks – and we were delighted with the result. The Bradgate Unit was a clear favourite with our customers – not bad considering she only asked for shampoo"
Karen and Gill have already begun discussions with patients at the Bradgate Unit to decide on how best to use the donation.
Said Karen: "We work closely with therapeutic liaison workers at the unit to provide healthy lifestyle therapeutic activities and the patients have told us they would like to use some of the money to buy self-care items, particularly aromatic products and rich skin creams, for example, that help with sensory awareness. As well as helping to boost their self esteem and help with therapeutic relaxation, it can help to bring a touch of home into the ward.
"We're also considering cricket and tennis sets for outdoor activities. It's wonderful to know so much will be possible thanks to support from people in the community."
Gill Norris said: "This is a wonderful boost for our patients and we are thrilled at Karen's hard work for the patients here. She's done so much, including organising mental health awareness raising events at Glenfield."
Pictured (left to right) are Sarah Fisher, Karen Thompson and Gill Norris » Less
A specialist talking therapies service for adults in Leicester city who are stressed, depressed or have anxiety, is asking people to comment on how it can extend its range of therapies.
The service is a partnership between Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) service and third sector providers Adhar and Fit for Work.
The team offers confidential, recovery-focused talking therapies for people aged 16 and over (including the over 65s) who are registered with a city GP. More »
The service is keen to receive views on how the use of online technology and extended clinic hours might further improve the quality of the service and are asking people to complete a short online survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/OpenmindIAPT . Printed copies are also available on request from email@example.com
The survey closes at 5pm on Friday 28 August.
The Open Mind team is also inviting previous and current Open Mind service users to join its service development group.
This group will provide an opportunity to meet and share experiences of the service and work together with staff and partners to shape future improvements.
The next meeting is on Monday 10 August from 6pm to 7.15pm at the Open Mind base, Gwendolen House, on the Leicester General Hospital site – postcode LE5 4QF. Interpreters will be available if requested in advance.
Anyone interested in taking part is asked to book their place in advance by calling Shamim on 0116 295 2151 » 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!
Follow us on facebook for all the latest news and course information - Facebook.com/Leicsgolearn
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
Tim Rose paints in oils and watercolour subjects ranging from architectural studies to portraits. He has exhibited widely and has had paintings displayed with the Royal Watercolour Society - Royal Institute of Watercolourists - and the Sunday Times watercolour competition Tonight Tim will be producing a painting in watercolour featuring architecture 7pm - 9.15pm £2 for members £5 for visitors ample free parking wheelchair access visitors are very welcome to join us for this demonstration Woodbrook Vale High School Grasmere Road Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 2STTue 28 Jul
The 'Together We Won the War' exhibition, has been developed and co-ordinated by The Race Equality Centre and tells the stories of racial minority communities from Asia, Africa and the Caribbean who played a significant part in supporting the war effort both in terms of offering manpower and resources to Britain. The exhibition showcases how people from across the world were recruited into the British armed and auxiliary forces and celebrates their contributions.
The exhibition will be showing at the Leicester Adult Education College, 54 Belvoir Street, Leicester, LE1 6QL from Monday 29th June - 24th August 2015. Opening hours 9-8pm. More »
The Exhibition has currently been shortlisted for a National Lottery Heritage award. Please vote for our project to win best heritage project 2015. www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards/heritage » Less
Come along and enjoy an afternoon of jazz, Hosted by Her Grace, Frances, The Dowager Duchess of Rutland.
Taking place on Saturday 18 July, 12 – 3.30pm this prestigious event will help to raise vital funds for local sight loss charity Vista.
You can expect great performances from jazz band 'Something For The Weekend' and there will also be a variety of craft stalls, a raffle, deli stand, Pimm's bar and refreshments.
A partnership between the NHS, prison service and Leicester artists is harnessing art to boost the mental wellbeing of young men at Glen Parva Young Offenders Institute.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) Glen Parva and Soft Touch Arts from Leicester, have joined forces to launch an innovative year-long programme of creative arts workshops.
LPT provides a wide range of physical and primary mental health care services at Glen Parva aimed at maintaining the prisoners' mental wellbeing, and the project will also inform research into the value of arts projects in the rehabilitation of offenders. More »
The work features in a short film published by LPT on its YouTube channel.
A total of 40 workshops have been organised for prisoners to help improve their sense of wellbeing and brighten their surroundings. To date, around 80 young men have participated in the workshops, which continue until October 2015.
Keiran Walsh from award-winning Leicester charity Soft Touch Arts and his colleagues are working with staff and prisoners at Glen Parva, particularly young men who have a diagnosis of mental health needs combined with alcohol and substance misuse.
The £10,000 project is supported by the Big Lottery Fund, charitable donations and contributions from LPT and Glen Parva.
Said Keiran: 'The workshops are now well under way. We're working with young prisoners to create artwork that will be displayed on the wall of the visitors' centre which is a very large area with bare walls where friends and family come to visit.
'There are no fixed ideas about what the work should look like but we have all agreed it should have positive themes and that everyone in each group will have input into the final design. '
'The prisoners came up with the idea of producing life-sized silhouettes of themselves which they decorate with images and phrases that tie in with the theme. They have all spoken really positively about what they have done".
Natasha Garraway-Charles, LPT's head of healthcare at Glen Parva, said: "The art project provides a unique opportunity for healthcare staff to engage with the young men and offer education and support in a non-traditional setting. The project offers an opportunity to improve the mental wellbeing, self-esteem and sense of achievement of the participants through positive engagement."
Alison Clarke, Governor of Glen Parva said: "The partnership between LPT, Glen Parva and Leicester artists is an excellent initiative that is helping to increase the health and wellbeing of some of the vulnerable young men in our care.
"Art is an excellent way of reaching out to offenders with mental health or substance misuse issues and it is great that we will have their artwork on display around the prison."
Following completion of the project in October, a launch event is planned for World Mental Health Day. The work will also feature in LPT and Bright Sparks' annual open art exhibition at Leicester's West End Gallery from Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 8 October.
To find out more about LPT's prison healthcare services visit www.leicspart.nhs.uk (A-Z of services).
NOTES TO EDITORS
1. Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT) provides a range of health and wellbeing services mainly for people living Leicester, Leicestershire and. Trust serves a population of one million, has a budget in excess of £267 million and employs approximately 5,400 staff. More details at www.leicspart.nhs.uk
2. Glen Parva is a busy young offender prison catering for more than 800 young males aged from 18 to 21, from all over the country.
LPT provides a wide range of physical and mental health care to all prisoners, based on their individual needs.
3.Soft Touch Arts creates brighter futures for disadvantaged young people. Established in 1986, the Leicester-based charity uses the arts, media and music activities to inspire and engage young people, helping them to develop creative, social and employability skills.
4. The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invests over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.