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Leicestershire County Council are here to support people leaving hospital, with a free food hamper* which is available until 31 March 2014.
How do you get this service?
If you know someone on a hospital ward or a person who would benefit from the Hampers 2 Home service, talk to staff who will be able to help you.
For further information call the RVS on 0845 601 4670 or
the patient advice & liaison service (PALS) on 0116 295 0830
Hampers are available to other vulnerable people*. Call 0116 305 0004 for details. More »
Potential service users must live in the county, (ie. Paying their council tax to the county council) due to funding restrictions. We accept referrals from NHS staff, GPs, Social Services, self referrals, and from carers and family members.ALL our volunteers are fully trained and briefed, they have had a successful 'Disclosure and Baring Service' check (the old CRB) prior to being an active volunteer with this service.
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Start your journey on the road to learning!
The next few weeks see the start of hundreds of courses across the County, as Leicestershire Adult Learning Service welcomes thousands of people who are keen to return to learn.
With a wide variety of examination and general interest courses on offer, we can help you on your way to improve your life. The Spring is the prime time for adults seeking to develop their potential by enrolling on part time study courses. Gaining further skills for work by enrolling on a new course of learning can vastly open up the field for people wishing to enhance their career prospects, or for those wishing to follow a new and life-changing direction. More »
Get the qualifications you need to change your career, make new friends, or learn a new craft or skill – by enrolling on one of our many courses you'll be taking that first step to a new life.
We are offering adults the chance to improve their skills and get qualifications in English and Maths completely free, and a range of ICT qualifications for just a £35 registration fee*. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!
Check out our course search at www.leics.gov.uk/golearn, or for further details on courses and to enrol call our FREEPHONE enrolment line on 0800 988 0308. Staff can give advice about the help available for those in receipt of benefit or on low incomes – meaning many courses are completely free of charge. Enrolment for courses is taking place now, don't miss out, classes begin soon!!
Why not discover how you can 'GoLearn' today, there really has never been a better time to start!
With Christmas approaching, using the Internet to purchase goods or services saves considerable time and effort – and also presents you with the widest choice.
There are, however, risks associated with online shopping and you need to take care with what you are buying, from whom, and how you pay for your purchases.
Read our handy tips from Get safe Online
Leicestershire Police is giving away free ice scrapers to urge motorists not to leave their vehicles unattended with its engine running while de-icing them.
Leicestershire Police are also urging motorists to make sure they clear their windscreen completely and not to drive off until it is clear.
Leaving your vehicle unattended with the keys in the ignition could be seen as not taking reasonable care, and might invalidate any insurance claim if your vehicle is stolen in this way.
The free Scrapers will be given on a first come first serve basis and are available at all police stations.
1. Burglars are less likely to target a home that looks occupied. Use a timer to switch lights on when you're away.
2. Close your curtains and blinds so burglars can't see your valuables through your windows.
3. Lock your sheds and outbuildings – and an outside light can blow the cover of darkness for a would-be thief.
4. Install a burglar alarm – the box on the front of your house will act as a visible deterrent, but you should also set the alarm for when you're away.
5. Carry out a general security check. It takes no more than two minutes to lock your windows and doors.
Leicestershire County Council is urging people to pick up the popular free calendars which are full of home safety, health and wellbeing advice including a warm and well checklist with essential contact numbers.
Just in time as a handy Christmas gift for grandparents and elderly neighbours they are available in all Leicestershire libraries or from County Hall until stocks last.
They feature a fascinating selection of vintage images and memorabilia of Leicestershire people, wedding photos and 50's adverts. More »
Do you remember products such as California Syrup of Figs or Horniman's Tea?
Produced specifically to support vulnerable and elderly people to stay safe and well, the calendars contain lots of useful advice which will help people feel more confident in their own homes and inform residents of important public health messages.
There are important contacts, details of trustworthy organisations who offer help and support, including police and trading standards. Each month features messages with timely reminders such as checking smoke alarms.
The calendar is produced and designed by Leicestershire County Council on behalf of the Home Safety Action Group (a Leicestershire partnership group )and will be delivered personally to all ICare community meals customers, including lunch club attendees.
Diversity Hub is a Leicester-based charity that trains and supports people to be leaders.
We empower people to make a positive difference to themselves, their families, friendship circles and wider communities.
We celebrate the diversity of British society. Our programmes reflect this and where necessary challenge discrimination.
Diversity Hub's vision is of a society where we all recognise our capacity and responsibility to be leaders, wherever we are, and have the confidence and insight to act in the interest of ourselves and others.
Leicestershire County Council is currently consulting on school term and holiday dates for the academic years 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19.
If you are the parent or carer of a child aged under 17 or an employee of a Leicestershire school there are two options for your consideration:
Option A - which follows the pattern of neighbouring local authorities and
Option B - which follows Leicestershire's own pattern
For more information and to complete the survey online visit: www.leics.gov.uk/school_term_holiday_consultation.htm More »
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Trading Standards officers have launched an appeal for residents to help them crack down on criminals selling cut-price cigarettes and tobacco, which are usually not of UK origin.
Trading Standards want to hear from anyone who has information about cheap cigarettes being sold in the county.
Information can be provided anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Cheap cigarettes are usually either smuggled or fake and are usually not of UK origin.
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. More »
Healthwatch Leicester have written to senior members of NHS and CCGs requesting involvement in a review of patient complaints procedures following the Clywd-Hart report.
The letter highlighted that Healthwatch Leicester would be willing to represent the views of patients and make useful contributions to help improve the current complaints process for local people.
If you have recently made complaints about doctors, clinics, dentists and hospitals please get in touch and tell us about your experiences call 0116 2574 999 or email email@example.com.
Parents of children who will be four years old before 1st September 2014 and starting school for the first time or transferring from an infant to junior school need to apply for a place before the 15th January 2014.
If parents apply late - even if they live next door to the school - their child is unlikely to get a place at their local school if all available places have been filled.
You can apply for your child's place online at: www.leics.gov.uk/admissions. For general enquiries about the admissions process please call the Customer Service Centre on 0116 305 6684 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. More »
Online applicants will receive an email acknowledging receipt and be able to view the decision online on 16th April 2014. » Less
The FREE Arriva Bus App is now available to download, allowing you to:
View timetable information
Plan journeys from your front door to your destination with the 'Trip Planner'
View walk-route maps to your nearest stop with the 'Bus stop finder'
Buy tickets on your mobile via 'm-ticket'
Save important journeys and trips with 'favourites'
Receive local news and access bus service updates for your chosen area
The Arriva Bus App features bus services throughout the UK, except for those operated on behalf of Transport for London. It is available for download now by iPhone users, and will be followed shortly by an Android version at the end of November 2013.
Launching during National Road Safety Week, it is to remind motorists to 'Stop for the Lollipop' being spearheaded by Leicestershire County Council in a bid to raise awareness that failing to stop is not only dangerous but illegal too. New signs that include the message 'Stop for the Lollipop, it's the law' will go up around the county in the coming weeks.The temporary signs feature real life school crossing patrol Stella Dalby and will be placed in areas where there has been an issue with drivers failing to stop when instructed to do so.Peter Osborne, Leicestershire County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "Thankfully most drivers respect the authority of our 115 school crossing patrols but sadly there are a minority who continue to flout the law, putting the lives of children and the patrols themselves at risk."The school crossing patrol sign means the same as a red traffic light. Motorists who fail to 'stop for the lollipop' can be prosecuted and face a fine of up to £1,000 and three penalty points on their licence."The new signs are going up near schools where this has been a problem, and we hope they will get the message home - we don't want to see any drivers prosecuted, but they will be if people's safety is put in jeopardy."Sites where signs will be put up include A6006/Welby Lane Asfordby Hill, Station Road Market Bosworth, A5070 London Road Hinckley (St Peters), A4304 Main Street Lubenham and Shackerdale Road, Wigston.Stella, who patrols in Lubenham said: "I love the job and the fact that I am able to help children but since I started in September there have been around 12 incidents where vehicles have failed to stop for me and others where they have either stopped yards in front of me - or have driven around the lollipop."The majority of motorists do drive well and I would like to thank them for stopping, but my message to those that don't is please take extra care."Failing to stop or driving dangerously is putting children's lives in danger and is illegal. It is just not worth the risk."For more information on the campaign visit: www.leics.gov.uk/lollipop- The theme for this year's National Road Safety Week is "tune in" to road safety and avoid distractions. For more on this visit: http://www.roadsafetyweek.org.uk/
National Anti-Bullying Week runs from 18th - 22nd November and this year's theme, 'The future is ours, safe, fun and connected', focuses on encouraging children and young people to take the lead in creating a future without bullying, by using new technologies to promote positive communications rather than being held back by cyber-bullying.
Children and young people have more chance of achieving their full potential without bullying. Together we can make it clear that we do not accept bullying in our schools, clubs and teams and create environments where all children can develop their skills and talents. More »
The Age UK charity is back this Winter with their 'Donate a Coat' appeal.
Last year celebrities Geri Halliwell, Lynda Bellingham, Stephen Fry and Mollie King from the Saturday's all took part in donating their coats to this great cause.
All you have to do is donate any coats or jackets to one of Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland's 23 shops and this will help keep needy local older people warm this winter. Our 'Spread the Warmth Campaign' will once again focus on raising awareness of the issues that affect older people during winter. More »
'Spread the Warmth' is being run nationally because this winter 24,000 older people may not survive the cold weather – that's 200 deaths a day that could be prevented
Remember: One good quality coat could be worth £10 to Age UK so get donating.
We're all human: we daydream, get side-tracked, run late and make mistakes. But on roads, distractions can be fatal. This year focuses on the theme of tuning in to road safety and avoiding distractions.
We're asking Leicestershire drivers, riders and pedestrians to promise to keep focused on the task at hand, and never put themselves or others in danger for the sake of a call, text or other activity that can wait.
The week will include appealing to drivers to turn off their phones and never attempt to multi-task at the wheel. But this is also about all of us looking out for ourselves and each other, however we're using roads, by not speaking to someone else on the phone who's driving, and taking care to stay focused while on foot or bike: including getting off the phone, taking out headphones and following the good old green cross code to get across roads safely. More »
There are lots of activities happening across the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership area. This will include activities to engage school pupils such as 'theatre in education' performances, 'cycle hubs' aimed at making cyclists safer and reminders for drivers both in terms of education and police enforcement. » Less
Did you know that by simply entering your postcode on the Neighbourhood Watch website, http://www.ourwatch.org.uk/you can find out what crimes have been reported and the outcome?
You can also find out if there is a Neighbourhood watch scheme near you, and how to set one up if there isn't!
THERE IS NO CHARGE AT ALL TO JOIN NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH IN LEICESTER, LEICESTERSHIRE & RUTLAND
Save money and avoid queuing for a car parking space this Christmas by getting on board the Park & Ride. The roads of Leicester are always busy around the festive season, but with Park & Ride you can get from A to B, hassle free.
Extra services are running every Sunday 10am to 5.30pm in December giving you even more opportunity to get into town to do your Christmas shopping. Services are also running on Boxing Day 10am to 5.30pm to get you to the sales.
The Park & Ride is closed Christmas Day and New Years Day. Normal services will resume on Thursday 2nd January. More »
Group tickets cost only £3.50, after 9.30am Monday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday throughout December for up to 5 people travelling together.
The Park & Ride services run from Birstall, Enderby and Meynell's Gorse to Leicester city centre every 10 to 15 minutes.
It's a tasty time for the Community Meals Service.
National Community Meals Week (11-16 November), is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the benefits the Community Meals Service in Leicestershire.
Leicestershire residents now have a fantastic choice of services, 365 days a year including:
- Hot meals and salads
- Breakfast and tea packs plus snacks
- Help serving food and making hot drinks
- A shopping service with no delivery charge for meals customers
- Frozen meals
Not only are the meals on offer delicious, they are nutritionally balanced too and can cater for special dietary requirements, be they cultural, medical or just personal taste. So there really is something for everyone! More »
So, if you know anyone who would benefit from any of the above services, visit www.leics.gov.uk/community_meals to find out more. » Less
Healthwatch Leicester is an independent organisation with the responsibility of becoming the consumer champion for patients, users of services and the public across health and social care in the City.
•Have you a thorough knowledge of the City of Leicester and warmth for the diversity of its people?
•Do you have a good understanding of and a commitment to improving the health and social care of the people of Leicester?
•Would you like to head up or become a Director of a new organisation which will give residents and communities a stronger voice in how these services are provided? More »
If so, we would like to hear from you.
These are exiciting opportunities for people who really want to make a difference.
Leicester is a diverse City with a young population. We would welcome applications for the position of Healthwatch Chair and Directors of the Board from all sections of the community.
If you would like an informal discussion with Philip Parkinson, the Interim Chair of Healthwatch Leicester please call Deborah Govender on 0116 257 4963 to arrange.
Closing date for applications Friday 4pm 22nd November 2013 » Less