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Leicestershire Trading Standards
Posted: Mon, 04 Aug 2008 12:40pm
Leicestershire Trading Standards

RIP OFF TIP OFF
Leicestershire Trading Standards manage the rogue trader reporting website. Officers are encouraging Leicestershire residents to report any business that is engaged in unfair trading practices. All information is treated confidentially and can be left anonymously if required. All information is welcomed but Trading Standards are especially keen to hear about:

•Car Clocking
•Cowboy tradesmen
•Aggressive Selling techniques
•False claims concerning the business, product or service
•Counterfeit goods
•Illegal sales of age restricted products More »

Visit the site at www.ripofftipoff.net and please provide as much information as you can. » Less

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Posted: Thu, 31 Jul 2008 4:01pm
Exciting Youth Dance Opportunity

Retina Youth Dance Company

Retina Dance Company is auditioning young dancers to take on a unique trip to Belgium. They are looking for 15 to 19 year olds that live in the East Midlands to create a new dance piece on, that will be performed in the Body Dynamics festival in Bornem, Belgium in October.

Retina is a professional international touring contemporary dance company based in Nottingham. As well as their touring productions they specialise in teaching contemporary dance to young, old, community and professional dancers. More »

Retina is looking for dancers with skills, but most importantly a passion to learn something new, push themselves physically and people that are willing to work hard to create a great new performance piece.

The audition is on Saturday August 16th at Leicester College and then you need to be available for rehearsals on October 4th – 5th, 11th, 18th. You will travel to Belgium on Friday October 24th, the festival is on the Saturday and Sunday and you will return on the Sunday evening.

To register for the audition or find out more Contact Joanna Smuga-Lumatz , admin@retinadance.com or phone 0115 947 6202 (ext 225)

Supported by Retina Dance Company, Dance 4, Youth Dance England, Arts Council England and Leicester College. » Less

Exciting TV Opportunity
Posted: Thu, 10 Jul 2008 11:06am
Exciting TV Opportunity

BBC 3’s ‘Freaky Eaters’ are looking for people to take part in a new series of programmes

Do you have an unusual eating problem which controls your life?
Do you find many foods difficult to eat?
Do your friends and family think your eating habits are weird?
Are you at the end of your tether and desperate to sort out your diet?
Freaky Eaters is a series about people who live with unusual eating habits. Each week our resident nutritionist and psychologist offer advice and support to help individuals tackle their eating problems. More »

If you or someone you know would like to take part, please call: 020 7907 0899 or email: freaky.eaters@betty.co.uk » Less

Posted: Tue, 08 Jul 2008 2:46pm
"We Heard it Through The Grapevine..."

The Grapevine is a brand new online message forum aimed at older and disabled adults, their family, friends and carers, but it can be used by anyone - from anywhere in the world!

Users can log-on to discuss topics including news, sport, the arts or share jokes, poetry and recipes.

Visitors to the site can also talk about what it's like to be getting older, to live with a disability and to care for others.

You can also send a message to David Sprason, our Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care. You could give feedback about your care or make suggestions to help us continue to improve our service. Don't miss your chance to have your say! More »

Jackie Harman, who is disabled and deafened, is a regular user of The Grapevine. She said: "I found it hugely difficult to communicate and interact with people. The Grapevine has opened up a whole new world for me as I can now communicate with others safely through the internet."

The Grapevine is run by Leicestershire CareOnLine, which uses the internet to help reduce isolation and improve the quality of life for older and disabled people and carers.

CareOnLine recently won the Innovative Information and Communications Technology Award at East Midlands Health and Social Care Awards 2008.

For questions or help using the site, please e-mail: grapevine@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 7538. » Less

Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 11:41am

Up-to-date news for consumers

Posted: Mon, 23 Jun 2008 8:36am
Free! - Friendly, Business Advice from the Experts

Business Advice

Confidential, free advice on all trading standards matters including help for you to solve your consumer complaints.
We can also help you to access available Rural Business Grants
Contact Us: Telephone: (0116) 305 8000
Email: trading-standards@leics.gov.uk

Posted: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 10:17am

Please find below a link for the latest details about Neighbourhood & Homewatch Week 2008 and the launch of the official NHWN website – www.mynhw.co.uk

Both commence on Monday 16th June 2008.

http://www.mynhw.co.uk/launch.html

Please circulate this to your colleagues, local Neighbourhood Watch groups and grassroots members.

Regards

Marion Lewis
Chair
Neighbourhood & Homewatch Network (England & Wales)

Posted: Wed, 11 Jun 2008 4:13pm

A new £50 million grant programme has been launched to make locally grown food accessible and affordable to Leicestershire communities.

Grants from £2,000 up to £500,000 will be awarded to not-for-profit groups and organisations delivering such projects as growing, processing, marketing and distributing local food; composting and raising awareness of the benefits of such activities.

To find out more please call the Changing Spaces Advice Line on 0845 3 671 671 or visit: www.localfoodgrants.org

Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 12:51pm

In 2008 the Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week will commence on 16th June 2008 for one week, and will focus on developing safer communities.

Use this link to publicise the local events in your street, village or town.

Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 12:50pm

This message has been passed onto us from our colleagues in Northamptonshire.

Please be aware that a marked Anglian Water van was stolen in the north of the county yesterday.

The registration of the stolen Anglian Water Vauxhall Vivaro van is FE07 DNF

Anglian Water clothing and ID belonging to one of the water firm's employees were inside the van and were also taken.

The van, which was stolen with the keys, was driven off by a man in his 20s.

Police are warning people to beware of offenders who commit distraction burglaries by posing as bogus water company officials.

Posted: Tue, 03 Jun 2008 3:25pm

Crimestoppers has just set up a charity page on the social networking website Facebook. This is a really exciting step forward for the charity, as we begin to reach wider audiences via social networking and the internet in general. Our Facebook page not only provides information about who the charity is, but also has a live feed of some Most Wanted featured appeals. Additionally, there are case studies, YouTube videos and a discussion forum, encouraging people to discuss crimes that have been in the news recently. More »

To make the maximum impact of our Facebook page, I’d really like to encourage you to become a fan of Crimestoppers on Facebook and ask your friends, family and contacts to do the same. Use this link to view the page! » Less

Posted: Mon, 19 May 2008 4:47pm

Coalville & District Community Transport is to provide a new service for frail older and disabled people living in the Markfield and Stanton under Bardon areas. The service will be a social car scheme, involving volunteers using their own cars to transport people to health related appointments etc. Community Transport is now recruiting volunteer car owner/drivers to help them deliver this service to people in Markfield.
Contact Rosemary Leeson on 01530 510515 or Carol Mills on 01530 512456 for more details about volunteering with Community Transport

Neighbourhood Watch.
Posted: Fri, 09 May 2008 12:23pm

Membership is free.......and always will be.

Reports are coming in that residents of the Leicestershire area are receiving demands for an annual joining fee per household to become members of Neighbourhood Watch.

Do not pay.

Car Key Burglary Warning for South Leicestershire
Posted: Fri, 09 May 2008 12:19pm

Use the link below to read the latest crime warning from Sgt Granger.

Have you seen one of our buses?
Posted: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 2:36pm
Have you seen one of our buses?

We have put some adverts on Arriva buses around the county and wondered if YOU have spotted one.

Let us know where and when you've seen them by telling us in the discussion forum.

Posted: Tue, 29 Apr 2008 2:15pm
Top village list - OUT NOW!!

The list of the top 100 village & town sites on Leicestershire Villages has been unveiled for the period between January and March 2008.

To find out how well your village has done just click on the title above or go to the Help section.

If you would like any help in getting your village further up the list you can come along to a FREE training session or you can contact us on 0116 3055676 or email admin@leicestershirevillages.com.

Leicestershire Cares Team Challenge
Posted: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 12:35pm

Leicestershire Cares is a registered charity which encourages businesses to get further involved in their local community/voluntary organisations through a variety of projects. They are looking for projects that could be undertaken by one of their teams - for more information please see below.

Posted: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 11:11am
HOWARD, THE ONLINE ASSISTANT IS HERE TO HELP UK CONSUMERS

The UK European Consumer Centre launched ‘Howard’ the online, interactive shopping assistant - a free tool to help consumers make informed and safer choices when shopping online.

A scheme initially set up in Denmark and Ireland, by simply entering the website’s address and country, Howard will return with a number of details.

Firstly it will reveal when the website was registered. Experience shows that consumers should be very wary when prices seem too good to be true and payment is required in advance by an unsecured method such as bank transfer or cash payment.

Posted: Tue, 08 Apr 2008 10:17am

People and their Heritage - a free conference providing an opportunity for heritage and conservation enthusiasts to meet and see what others are doing.
Speakers include Chris Gordon of Natural England, Colin Hyde of East Midlands Oral History Archive, as well as volunteers from local heritage groups and Leicestershire County Council to give updates on local projects.

Posted: Mon, 07 Apr 2008 4:05pm

1000's of people over 60 do not claim money that they are entitled to either because they think that they will not qualify or that the forms are far too complicated. It is thought that as many as 50% of those over 60 pay more council tax than they should because they have never informed their council that they are on low income. Many people struggle with day to day tasks and have difficulty moving around both inside and outside their homes. For more advice about the benefits that are available then either contact your local council or Age Concern 0116-299-2233 or look at the DVD on Entitlements for Older People Leics CC web site link 'It's Yours, Claim It'

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