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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
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: email@example.com
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.
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.
New weekend volunteer sessions are being launched with the second special event taking place on Sunday 4th May (10am to 3pm) at Donisthorpe Woodland Park.
The event will introduce you to a typical volunteer day with an opportunity to work with award-winning chair-maker Peter Wood from Greenwood Days. Under his expert guidance, you will have the chance to practice the traditional art of willow weaving and make a bird box to go up in the park.
Anyone interested in volunteering at Donisthorpe Woodland Park is very welcome to attend, however, places are limited so will need to be booked in advance by calling 0116 305 5000 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Safe and sound at home - FREE EVENT
30 April, Salvation Army, South Wigston. Contact email@example.com 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
Join us this April Half Term on our fantastic Holiday Clubs at Moira Village Hall.
Come along for the first week of the holidays and take part in our Star Academy week where we will be working towards a performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Book onto the second week of the half term and take part in our Under the Sea theme where we will be going on a trip to a local swimming pool.
Book now to avoid disappointment, only £13 for the day!!!
To book -
Visit our website: www.clubscomplete.co.uk
Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call us on: 01530 267317
New weekend volunteer sessions are being launched with two special events on Sunday 9th March and Sunday 4th May (10am to 3pm) at Donisthorpe Woodland Park.
Both events will introduce you to a typical volunteer day with an opportunity to work with award-winning chair-maker Peter Wood from Greenwood Days. Under his expert guidance, you will have the chance to practice the traditional art of hazel coppicing on Sunday 9th March and try your hand at willow weaving on Sunday 4th May.
Anyone interested in volunteering at Donisthorpe is very welcome to attend both or either of these days to find out more. However, places are limited so will need to be booked in advance by calling 0116 305 5000 or emailing email@example.com. More »
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 »
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 : firstname.lastname@example.org. www.choiceunlimited.co.ukCallSend SMSAdd to SkypeYou'll need Skype CreditFree via Skype » Less
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 »
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
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
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 »
MOIRA CANAL FESTIVAL
This year's festival is due to take place over the weekend of SATURDAY 17th & SUNDAY 18th May (only 3½ months away). It is, therefore, time to start the processing of enlisting volunteers to staff the various access gates to the site.
If you would like to show your support for Moira Canal and would like to volunteer to support the festival on 2014, please contact Steve Rhodes at email@example.com, before the end of MARCH. Details about the volunteering opportunities can be viewed below. More information about the festival can be found at www.moiracanalfestival.co.uk More »
Although the festival provides two great days of entertainment, fun and pleasure, for the local and wider communities, there is a more serious side to the event and that is to make money to fund a number of things including : the running of the festival itself, ensuring that future festivals can take place, the upkeep of the furnace site along with the Moira section of the Ashby Canal and, ultimately, the further renovation works required to eventually re-link Moira to the rest of the canal network.
As fund raising is important it is therefore essential that we make every effort to collect as much money as possible particularly at the points of entry to the site and it this aspect where our Gate Volunteers are of maximum value to the whole event.
The layout, of the festival site, means that there are 7 potential access points where we can collect entrance fees and all of these points need to be continuously covered, from 9:30 in the morning until 4.00 in the afternoon (i.e. six and a half hours) , on both days. Ideally we would like to have an average of two people, at any one time, in attendance at each gate so you can see that this requires a serious number of volunteers to ensure that we get maximum coverage.
Generally speaking we would ask volunteers to commit to a two hour (or up to a maximum of three and a half hour) tour of duty, but even one hour can be a valuable contribution, and this can be on either Saturday, Sunday or even both days, depending upon whatever suits your availability and whatever time you can spare.
We have broken the days down into the following, very flexible, slots to enable us to plan the gate coverage :
Saturday 17th May
[09:30 until 12:00] / [12:00 until 14:00] / [14:00 until 16:00]
[09:30 until 13:00] / [13:00 until 16:00]
Sunday 18th May
[09:30 until 12:00] / [12:00 until 14:00] / [14:00 until 16:00]
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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!
Commuters to the city are now able to benefit from extra savings by using a group ticket in the morning peak.
It costs £3.50 for up to five people travelling together in the same car, making the price as low as 70p per person for a return journey. Group tickets are available all day every day, including Saturdays.
If you're looking at saving even more on your commute into Leicester, a 26-week ticket has now been reduced from £250 to £230 and the 52-week ticket has been reduced from £470 to £420. www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/fares More »
There are also minor timing changes to Meynell's Gorse (103) weekday journeys in the afternoon peak. The frequency remains at 12 minutes but the departure times will change slightly. Please see www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/park-and-ride-leicester/meynells-gorse for details.
Park & Ride services run every 10 to 15 minutes from Birstall, Enderby and Meynell's Gorse and are run by the county and city councils.
Come along to a FREE cooking session to learn how to use your leftovers and save up to £60 a month.
Your local class is taking place at Castle Rock High School, Meadow Lane, Coalville, LE67 4BR on:
- Thursday 6th March 2014 from 6-9pm
- Thursday 13th March 2014 from 6-9pm
- Thursday 20th March 2014 from 6-9pm
Our practical, fun and FREE cooking sessions can help you make the most of your food.
• Find out how reducing your food waste can save you money
• Pick up tasty, money saving recipe cards More »
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
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.
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 »