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Posted: Wed, 03 Dec 2008 12:19pm

Application materials are now available for the fifth funding round of the vcashpoint scheme. Grants are awarded to young people in England, aged between 16 and 25, to set up exciting and creative voluntary projects that benefit their communities. The scheme has a total budget of £1 million available for distribution, with individual grants capped at £2,500.

Projects that involve young people in their organisation, planning and implementation will be supported. The funding can be used to design and undertake schemes that will benefit the applicant's community and will have a positive impact in the long-term. More »

The deadline for receipt of applications is 26 January 2009. » Less

Posted: Fri, 28 Nov 2008 1:08pm

www.mynhw.co.uk will be releasing the Winter edition of their Newsletter soon. To ensure that you receive this newsletter and future editions to be published in 2009 please register your details with us using this link.

We are also looking for events and news to add to the site, please let us know what is happening in your local area.

Marion Lewis - Chair NHWNetwork (England & Wales)

Posted: Mon, 10 Nov 2008 11:37am
Great Restaurant Discounts

Eat out for 1/2 price using the Gourmet Society at the UK's best restaurants.

The Gourmet Society has over 32,000 members in the UK who regularly dine out at their favourite restaurants throughout the Midlands, North East and Southern England.
With almost 2,000 restaurants members are spoilt for choice whether they wish to dine in Leicestershire, Newcastle, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford to name but a few places with Gourmet Society restaurants.
Leicestershire Villages users are able to save £20 on membership, by using the promotional code: VILLAGES

Posted: Fri, 07 Nov 2008 3:43pm

During the afternoon of Tuesday 4th November a number of distraction burglaries occurred around the force area. 3 of these were in the North of the county in the Coalville and Thurmaston areas but later in the evening a further distraction burglary occurred in Enderby which is in our South area.

Film Screenings in Your Village!
Posted: Wed, 05 Nov 2008 2:27pm

Current and potential volunteer promoters of Centre Screen, the mobile cinema scheme for Leicestershire, are invited to attend an informal event to be updated on developments and to provide feedback. If you’ve not yet had Centre Screen come to your village then you can find out how it all works. It is an opportunity for you to meet fellow volunteers and share experiences and you will also have the opportunity to look at what films are coming up. The events will be attended by representatives from Phoenix Arts, who manage Centre Screen, Leicestershire County Council, who fund it and the Arts Development Officer for the nearby local authority who also fund and support the scheme.
Dates of events are:
Monday 10th November, 7pm – 9pm at Hoby Village Hall, 32 Main Street, Hoby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3DT
Tuesday 11th November – 2pm – 4pm at Botcheston Village Hall, Main Street, Botcheston, Leicestershire, LE9 9FF
Tea, coffee, biscuits & cake will be provided!
For further information, directions to the venue and to book your place please contact Emily Horwood on 0116 267 0015 or ehorwood@leics.gov.uk

Posted: Mon, 03 Nov 2008 4:56pm
Recipe Competition

Recycle for Leicestershire - Recipe Competition Are you creative in the kitchen? Can you turn last night's left overs into a three course meal? If so then recycle for Leicestershire want to hear from you!
They are looking for innovative ways to turn that forgotten carrot or potato into an impressive dish!
All you have to do for a chance to win one of the fabulous prizes, including a first prize of vouchers to the value of £150.00, is submit a recipe of your own choice. For details see the attached leaflet or log onto www.leics.gov.uk. Competition closing date 28.11.08.

Suicide Awareness Training
Posted: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 3:07pm

The Rural Community Council is now delivering Suicide Awareness Training to Leicester City. On November 26th there is an all day training course which targets occupational groups at risk e.g. vets, doctors, dentists, haulage workers and those working in the mental health area,

If you know someone who might benefit from this training and they are in one of the above groups, do please give Nickie Philbin a ring or drop her an email.

Direct line is 0116 268 9712 or email nphilbin@ruralcc.org.uk

Posted: Mon, 27 Oct 2008 12:36pm
LIFE CONTINUES AT 40

How messing about on boats saved Britain’s waterways

On 25 October 1968, a single piece of Government legislation transformed the UK’s ailing waterways from an all but abandoned Georgian transport network into a booming tourism success story now enjoyed by more than 1.5 million people every week.

To mark the 40th anniversary of one of the most important moments in the 200 year history of the UK’s canals, British Waterways is calling on visitors old and new to help celebrate the vibrancy of today’s 2,200 miles network of waterways by contributing their holiday memories to a giant virtual scrapbook. More »

By the 1960s, commercial boat traffic on Britain’s canals had all but collapsed. But encouraged by waterway enthusiasts and campaigning groups, Harold Wilson’s Government recognised for the first time the important role that waterways had to play in tourism and leisure and, with the 1968 Transport Act, secured the future of this valuable asset for future generations.

Forty years on, Britain’s love of messing about in boats has led to significant positive effects:

More visitors discovering their local waterway
Last year, 252 million visits were made to British Waterways’ canals and rivers
95% of visitors to the waterways say they enjoyed their experience
· Healthy local economies

Every year, waterway visitors spend almost £1 billion in local communities
· More active communities

62% of canal users say they’re more active as a result of living near a waterway
· More canals and rivers to enjoy

Since 1968, the canal network has expanded by more than 20 per cent
· Boats being a boon for even more Brits

Three times more boats use the waterways for leisure as in 1968
Last year, holiday makers spent 800,000 nights aboard hire boats
4 out of 5 people who took a boating holiday say they would do so again

Robin Evans, British Waterways’ chief executive says, “Our unswerving love of messing about on the waterways has ensured that the UK’s network of 2,200 miles of canals and rivers remains open to all in 2008.

“Looking at the waterways today, it is perhaps easy to forget that in 1968 many were in near terminal decline. We still have a lot of work to do, but where the waterways were once only loved by just a small handful of enthusiasts, they are now valued and enjoyed by an enormous number of walkers, cyclists, boaters, anglers and visitors from all walks of life.

“Over the past 40 years, the waterways – offering respite from our busy urban centres and unique perspectives on our beautiful countryside - have provided millions of people with wonderful holiday and family memories. We’re calling on people to share their photos, drawings and nostalgic jottings of memorable day trips, holidays and visits to help us capture these moments in a giant waterway scrapbook that will be available for others to see. Photos and memories should be sent to .”

The scrapbook will be online at www.waterscape.com/40years. Following a vote later in the year, an exhibition of the winning memories will be displayed at The Waterways Trust’s National Waterways Museums. » Less

Posted: Fri, 24 Oct 2008 9:53am
Funding Guide 2008 now published

The new RCC Community Funding Guide has just been published. In addition to hints and tips on applying for funding you will find details of over 150 funders.

Climate change and energy advice
Posted: Wed, 22 Oct 2008 10:12am

The Rural Community Council(Leicestershire & Rutland)are hosting 2 seminars that will help people to understand and react to climate change issues and rising fuel costs.
VENUE 1 : Kibworth Grammar SchoolHall (Harborough District)
DATE: 22nd October 2008

VENUE 2 : Thornton Village Hall (Hinckley & Bosworth)
DATE: 30th October 2008

To book a place please contact dcook@ruralcc.org.uk
0116 2689706

Programme (MS Word, 696 Kb)
RCC achieves national accreditation
Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:03am

The Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland) has been awarded a national quality standards accreditation, making it only the 7th RCC out of 38 in the country to reach this standard.

In 2005 the RCC reached Defra Level 1 followed in 2006 with Level 2. In August 2008 the RCC submitted a wide range of documents and policies for inspection. In September telephone interviews were conducted by the inspection team with key stakeholders. On 14 /15th October an inspecting officer from ACRE (Action for Communities in Rural England) visited the RCC and carried out a series of interviews and a further inspection. More »

Not only is this RCC the first outside the South Western Region to achieve Level 3, it also had the honour of being given the result immediately after the inspection was completed. This is highly unusual as most RCCs have to provide supplementary information before accreditation is given.

Nikki Hening, a trustee of the charity and an accredited inspector herself said, “A great deal of hard work has gone into this result and everyone should feel extremely pleased. To obtain 6 areas of good practice identified is excellent and a tremendous achievement. It makes me proud to be a Trustee of such an RCC.”

For further information contact RCC Chief Executive Jeremy Prescott on 0116 2689700 » Less

Posted: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 1:52pm

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WORRIED ABOUT 'SUPERBUGS?'

WANT PROTECTION FROM 'INFECTION?'

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Contact details:
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Blue Badge Holders still miss out on benefits
Posted: Thu, 02 Oct 2008 12:51pm

Leicestershire County Council, Age Concern and other agencies in the LAA partnership are still concerned that people who are in possession of a blue disabled badge for their vehicle are still not claiming extra money they may be entitled to. Under most circumstances people over 65 probably should be claiming Attendance Allowance which is worth an extra £44.85 or £67 per week. No-one is interested in your income or your savings it is not means tested and will not affect any other benefit.

During the month of October those people who have a blue badge and are over 65 and not claiming Attendance Allowance are invited to ring FREEPHONE 0800-5677-047 between the hours of 1.30pm to 4pm Monday to Friday to speak to a trained advisor. All paperwork will be completed for you. More »

PLEASE ONLY RING BETWEEN THESE TIMES. » Less

Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 12:48pm
Col Sir Andrew Martin Memorial Cricket Competition

The Col Sir Andrew Martin Memorial Cricket Cup Final

The final of the Col Sir Andrew Martin Cricket Competition, run by the competitions volunteers at the Rural Community Council, was played at Newtown Linford between Newtown Linford and Sharnford Cricket Clubs on Sunday 28th September. Sharnford emerged winners over Newtown Linford.

Following the match, trophies were presented by the Chairman of the Rural Community Council (Leicestershire & Rutland) Mr Dale Mortimer.

Twelve village cricket teams entered the competition.

Performance of "Africa's Hope" on Monday 29th September at William Bradford Community College, 6.00pm
Posted: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 5:02pm

Leicestershire County Council will be hosting a performance of "Africa's Hope" at William Bradford Community College, on Monday 29th September, at 6.00pm and we would like to invite you to attend this FREE performance.

Mashirika is a youth performing arts company from Rwanda, consisting of survivors from the 1994 Rwandan genocide. ”Africa's Hope” was developed in collaboration with the Aegis Trust and tells the story of the Rwandan genocide, its aftermath and Rwanda’s road towards a hopeful future. Through their performance, the group conveys sensitive issues in a theatre environment and challenges people to confront the tragic outcomes of prejudice, division and racism. More »

The play has been extremely successful in previous visits to the UK, including a performance at the 2005 G8 Summit in Gleneagles. The play is being further endorsed by Leicestershire County Council, as it supports the Council's Community Cohesion and Equality and Diversity strategies, as well as addressing issues relating to the Citizenships agenda in schools.

The Council is very excited about this opportunity, and we would welcome your support and involvement in what promises to be a unique and powerful learning experience for all individuals involved.

If you are interested in attending the event, or have any questions or queries regarding the performance, please contact Noel Singh, Policy Officer, Leicestershire County Council, on 0116 3057020.

For further details, go to
http://mashirika.aegistrust.co.uk/ » Less

Warning Re Leaflets Charging For Neighbourhood Watch
Posted: Thu, 25 Sep 2008 12:12pm
Warning Re Leaflets Charging For Neighbourhood Watch

We have recently had several phone calls from members who have been worried by leaflets arriving on their doorsteps which appear to be asking for money in return for membership of Neighbourhood Watch. Bob Scott, the Partnerships Coordinator for the Force, said; “Neighbourhood Watch is about communities in local areas working together to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of crime. Leicestershire Constabulary provide a free messaging system to alert members of local incidents and to provide crime reduction advice. Neighbourhood Watch volunteers based in police stations, supported by police staff, provide this information. All their services are completely free. There are other charity organisations, operating independently, who provide similar services, however they do make an annual charge for these. It is a matter of personal choice, but there is no need for anyone to pay for these services”

Posted: Wed, 24 Sep 2008 2:50pm
Special offer at the library - FREE films and music

Fancy chilling out this autumn watching a great movie or listening to your favourite sounds for FREE? Well just pop into your nearest County library and ask about the latest credit-crunching offer!

Just borrow 6 books on your ticket and save money with a free loan of any CD, DVD or talking book. This seasonal special offer is available in all Leicestershire libraries and mobiles that stock these items from 22 September until 5 October.

The library service has a great range of DVDs and CDs to keep everyone entertained, including new titles, available at the majority of Leicestershire libraries. The collections include children's films, blockbusters, Bollywood, television series, drama and classics, plus a huge range of music to choose from, including … More »

• pop and rock
• jazz
• classical
• easy listening
• films and shows
• asian music
• music DVDs.

Head of Leicestershire County Council’s Library Service, Margaret Bellamy, said: “We have a great range of CDs, DVDs and talking books to suit all interests and ages. I’m delighted that we can offer this fantastic deal to all our users, including new library members who can join for free”.

Anyone wanting more information about this offer or Leicestershire Library Services should call into any County library, telephone 0116 305 6988, email libraries@leics.gov.uk or visit www.leics.gov.uk/libraries » Less

Grassroots Grants Programme for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 11:02am

Voluntary Action Leicester and Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation (LLRCF) have been successful in submitting a partnership bid which has been approved by the Community Development Foundation (who are administering this on behalf of the Office of the Third Sector). This has resulted in VAL administering the grants programme and LLRCF leading on the ‘Endowment Match Challenge’.

A total of £1.24m will be available to community groups in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland between 2008 and 2011. To be eligible, groups must have an average annual income of £20,000 or less over the last 3 years. The programme objectives are flexible and groups will be able to apply to ‘meet locally identified needs’ and build their own capacity. The maximum award available to groups will be £5,000. More »

Voluntary Action Leicester are delighted to be in a position to fund grassroots level community groups and support the vital work that they do in their communities.

Application forms, guidance notes and Frequently Asked Questions regarding this programme are available on Voluntary Action Leicester's website

http://www.voluntaryactionleicester.org.uk/home-page.

For further details regarding the Grassroots Grants programme, please contact Angela Riley at VAL on (0116) 2575052 or email angela@voluntaryactionleicester.org.uk » Less

Home Secretary Pledges A Community Crime Fighter for Every Beat
Posted: Mon, 22 Sep 2008 1:02pm
Home Secretary Pledges A Community Crime Fighter for Every Beat

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is set to use her Labour Party conference speech to pledge to empower communities to fight crime.

She will announce a £5 million fund to train "community crime fighters" Ordinary members of the public will be instructed on how they can work with neighbourhood police teams to combat crime, she will say.

About 3,600 volunteers, including members of neighbourhood watch teams, will act as a link between police, local authorities and the public.

They will help to publicise the effects of community punishments so people know what has happened to criminals not sent to jail. And they will tell police about local crime priorities. More »

In her speech to Labour members in Manchester, the Home Secretary will promise "fair rules and firm action" and will pledge to be "on the side of communities". » Less

Posted: Mon, 15 Sep 2008 10:23am

Not in My Neighbourhood Week provides an excellent opportunity for Neighbourhood Watch Schemes to take advantage of the week-long national focus placed on profiling those who work hard on a daily basis to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour and make our communities safer. Weeks of action such as this also help to increase public confidence in local agencies.

We do hope that as many Neighbourhood Watch Schemes as possible are able to take part in the week which runs from 13th-17th October .

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