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Are you looking to meet new people, learn new skills and gain valuable qualifications that could change your life for the better?
Well the good news is, you can get all of these from joining one of the Leicestershire Adult Learning Service inspiring and affordable courses. Even better, if you are currently unemployed and receiving benefits such as Jobseekers Allowance, you can get most courses for free and we also have a low income fund to help people get on our courses without financial hardship. More »
Even if you are a full paying learner you can use our earlybird discount offer and enrol before 31 August 2014 to secure your place on a course and save 20% on your course tuition fees!
Our courses are available during the day and evening, and in response to learner demand we have introduced a programme of Saturday courses, so there will be something to suit everyone!
If you are not sure what course you need to take your career in a new direction our qualified staff are trained in giving information, advice and guidance to make the process as easy as possible. We have a range of free courses to help improve your chances of getting back into work too.
Dale Marshall, one of our learners who enrolled onto our IT Skills for Jobseekers course, says "I think you all do a fantastic job in helping people get back to work. Not only do you offer the chance of learning real skills, but also in my case you gave me back my confidence which when you are seeking employment and constantly being rejected can be a very fragile thing". Dale has now achieved his goal and has been successful in getting a job!
Our new brochure is available now and we hope you will enjoy browsing our exciting and affordable range of courses and look forward to seeing you on one of our courses soon.
Download our new brochure here, use our quick and easy course search online at www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn, or call our advice and enrolment team on FREEphone 0800 988 0308
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People have until noon on July 7 to have their say on the county council's proposals for communities to run up to 36 libraries.
The council is proposing to:
- 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. Any closures would be covered by a weekly mobile library service.
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.
A consultation form and full details are available at www.leics.gov.uk/haveyoursay/futurelibraries - so far, around 2,000 people have completed forms and 1,000 have attended meetings.
People have until noon on July 7 to comment on county council proposals for Snibston.
A series of meetings have taken place, including with the Friends of Snibston, heritage and tourism bodies and season ticket holders. So far, around 500 people have responded.
The council is proposing to save more than £240,000 per year from Snibston Discovery Museum's annual £800,000 subsidy, by:
- Developing a mining museum by the end of 2015, based around Snibston's historic colliery buildings, the Century Theatre, the site's railway line and the playground.
- Demolishing the existing Snibston gallery.
- Improving the country park, with landscaping, planting and improved links to the museum.
- Encouraging volunteers and the community to get involved in the museum and country park.
The consultation page includes details of the proposals, frequently asked questions and Snibston's current budget figures: www.leics.gov.uk/futuresnibston.
Regardless of your cycling ability, if you are aged 16+ sign up for one of our courses taking place across Leicestershire.
In England, over two million adults cycle at least once a week - isn't it time you joined the growing number?
We are encouraging people to make more journeys by bike. It's a great way to stay in shape, save money and contribute to the environment.
Our friendly course instructors will teach you road safety and help increase your confidence on two-wheels. Each course lasts two hours a week for five weeks and is open to any skill level, we even provide equipment if needed. More »
For full details and a list of course locations, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/cyclecourses.
Already made your mind up? Book your FREE place now at the above web address, quick and hassle free.
What are you waiting for, get involved!
An £18.6m project to bring superfast fibre broadband to rural Leicestershire today announced the first communities to benefit from the scheme.
In the first phase, around 10,000 homes and businesses across the county will have access to high speed fibre broadband from summer 2014 onwards.
Pam Posnett, cabinet member for rural broadband, said: "It gives me great pleasure to announce the first rural communities to benefit from the Superfast Leicestershire project.
"The county and district councils, BT and the European Regional Development Fund have all made a significant investment to make sure that the rural areas of Leicestershire are on the same footing as towns and cities. More »
"Extending high speed fibre into more rural areas will enable households to better access online movies and TV, communicate with family and friends and work more effectively from home."
For the first time, superfast fibre broadband will be available in the following communities, where the majority of homes and businesses will be able to connect to the new network:
- Cossington and parts of Burton on the Wolds, Woodhouse, Woodhouse Eaves and Wymeswold
Coverage will also be extended in: Barrow upon Soar, Loughborough, Rothley and Sileby
- Church Langton, Foxton, Smeeton Westerby, South Kilworth and parts of Kibworth Beauchamp and Kibworth Harcourt
Coverage will also be extended in Market Harborough
Hinckley and Bosworth
- Fenny Drayton
- Ab Kettleby, Old Dalby Village and parts of Asfordby
Coverage will also be extended in Melton Mowbray
North West Leicestershire
- Parts of Long Whatton
The £18.6m Superfast Leicestershire project will be delivered by Openreach, BT's local network business, and will bring fibre broadband to more than 62,000 homes and businesses in the county.
This high-speed network is available on an open, wholesale basis to all communication providers, therefore offering Leicestershire households and businesses the benefit of real choice from a highly competitive market.
This will build on the existing fibre networks already provided by commercial operators to enable 96 per cent of Leicestershire homes and businesses to access high speed broadband.
Kasam Hussain, BT's project manager for Superfast Leicestershire, said: "After months of behind the scenes planning and survey work we're delighted to be able to reveal the first locations we expect to benefit from this fantastic project. Look out for our engineers as they hit the streets to lay the brand new fibre infrastructure that will extend faster broadband far and wide across Leicestershire." » Less
From Leicestershire Police, a very big, big thank you to all of you who are volunteers for Neighbourhood Watch, Street Pastors and the myriad of other volunteering groups that together are making a real difference within our communities in Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland
Volunteers Policy Development Manager
Leicestershire County Council and Garden Organic are currently looking for enthusiastic new recruits to encourage other people in Leicestershire to share their love of composting and growing their own food.
The two schemes, Master Composters and Master Gardeners both require an initial weekends training at Ryton Gardens (Garden Organic's centre) before donating a minimum of 30 hours of their time in the following year to help raise awareness of the benefits of composting, growing their own food and supporting people with any queries. More »
Volunteers can use their own skills and enthusiasm to choose how they would like to raise awareness and support their local communities which could range from attending roadshows to setting up their own composting or food growing clubs. You could even support your work colleagues to compost or grow food during your lunch break!
If you think this could be a great opportunity for you then contact John Levison on John.Levison@leics.gov.uk or by calling 0116 305 6376 by 20 June for Master Composters or by 4 July for Master Gardeners.
Further information can be found at:
National Carers Week runs from 9 – 15 June 2014 and this year's theme is Carers' Week Quest. The aim this year is to reach out to the thousands of carers nationwide who are missing out on support and services.
One in eight of us are currently carers looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend. The very nature of caring means very often people don't identify themselves as carers. Rather, they think of themselves simply as wife, husband, son, daughter, mum, dad or perhaps grandparent, niece or nephew helping a loved one. More »
Without the right help and support caring can have a devastating impact – carers can quickly become cut off with their physical and emotional health, work and their finances all hit hard.
Leicestershire County Council is committed to carers of all ages and has added its own pledge to the Carers Week Pledge Wall:
"Leicestershire County Council pledge to recognise and value all carers, including young carers, through recognition, advice and support"
- Young carers in Leicestershire can now apply for a free Young Carers ID card, which enables health care staff to recognise them as a young carer. Young carers often feel excluded when they visit the GP, attend a hospital appointment, or during an emergency, involving the person they care for. Families are able to decide what information they would like health professionals to share with the young carer before the situation arises, so they are more involved in their loved-ones care. For more details or to apply for a card visit www.leics.gov.uk/young_carer
- Adults who undertake unpaid caring roles can now benefit from free training, funded by Leicestershire County Council. Starting in the summer, carers across the county can find out about dealing with stress, getting help with the role of caring, understanding 'personalisation', the safe handling of medication and moving and handling. For more details and to book a place, call Debbie on 0116 251 0999 or e-mail email@example.com
If you are a resident of Moira, have children aged 0 to 5 and have not yet registered with your local Sure Start Children's Centre then this is for you!!
Moira Sure Start Children's Centre offers lots of free, fun sessions for families with children aged 0 to 5 years and everyone is welcome!!
And...for a limited time only, any new families registering with the centre will receive a FREE CONKERS DAY PASS for up to 2 adults and 4 children!!
To contact the centre, please our attached flyer or find us on Facebook at Moira Sure Start Children's Centre.
The RCC and the North West Leicestershire District Council are working jointly on pilot projects in Moira and Donisthorpe. Views are sought of residents and those who work and spend time in the Ashby Woulds area to help shape the future of the villages.
We would like you to join us on one of three short community walks and discussions about how the area should develop and improve.
More information and details of walks attached.
Are you interested in riding out in a group with other like minded people from the local area?
Are you fed up with riding alone?
We are looking to arrange weekly rides for both male and female riders (over 16 years of age) of all abilities - whether you are an experienced 100 miler or just starting out on your first road bike, you are more than welcome to come along.
We plan to ride out every Saturday morning from Mora Furnace, enjoying the surrounding countryside over distances of between 20 and 60 miles, simply for the joy of cycling. We may even grab coffee and cake while we're out! More »
The first ride is scheduled for Saturday 17th May leaving from Moira Furnace at 9 am
Please contact Andy or Sara on 07970 305515 for further details or simply just turn up on the day.
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Commuters can make summer savings on park and ride services to travel from as little as £1.48 per day based on a 6-day week using a 4-weekly ticket.
Offers will be available when presenting the driver with a promotional voucher between June 2 and July 11.
The tickets can be used for unlimited day travel between the park and rides sites at Birstall, Enderby and Meynell's Gorse and Leicester.
- 10-day ticket will be available to buy for £22 (usual price £26)
- 4-weekly ticket will be available to buy for £35.50 (usual price £42)
The vouchers can be downloaded from www.quicksilverbus.co.uk/villages or can be picked up from terminal buildings at Birstall and Enderby. They are also available on park and ride buses and other selected local outlets (while stocks last). Alternatively, vouchers can be requested by calling the helpline on 0116 305 0002. More »
Passes can be purchased at any time during the offer period, even on the last days of the promotion and are subject to terms and conditions.
The park and ride services are operated by Leicestershire County and Leicester City Councils. » Less
BT has helped to launch a child internet safety portal – with the backing of the Prime Minister.
David Cameron hailed the new Internet Matters.org portal, which was founded by BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media and helps parents safely surf the web with their children.
Working with online safety experts, InternetMatters are there to guide you through the many issues children can experience when using the internet
In April and the early weeks of May, two people in North West Leicestershire and one person in Rutland have been targeted in a scam that has become known as 'courier fraud.' Each of the offences resulted in between £200 and £1100 being lost.
The fraud involves phone calls to the victim by someone claiming to be a worker at their bank, or a police officer. The caller says that there have been irregularities with their bank accounts.
Read the full details using the link on this page.
May is Scams Awareness Month!
As you are probably aware, there are thousands of different types of scams, and it can get confusing and difficult to know how best to protect yourself.
This week the campaign is focusing on mail scams. Royal Mail have some helpful information on their website here, explaining what to do if you suspect you are receiving scam mail.
We've created an interactive online game that people can play on their computer or tablet device.
The user is presented with 4 scams and has to identify clues, getting a score which he or she can share on social media at the end. It's a fun way to get consumers involved and may appeal to a younger audience.
If you are holding an event or conducting any outreach activity it would be well worth taking a tablet device (if you have one) so that you can encourage members of the public to have a go.
As you are probably aware, there are thousands of different types of scams, and it can get confusing and difficult to know how best to protect yourself.
According to the Trading Standards Institute, only five per cent of scams are reported. This is because so many people feel shame or embarrassment at being caught out. We don't want people to suffer in silence. We want you to help us encourage your neighbours, relatives and friends to report scams or attempted scams to www.actionfraud.police.uk or 0300 123 2040. More »
The Neighbourhood & Home Watch Network (England & Wales) (NHWN) Board of Trustees has named the finalists in the National Neighbourhood and Home Watch Awards 2014.
Outstanding Achievement Award (Coordinator)
Finalist: Eric Tindall (Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire)
Eric goes above and beyond in his role as coordinator and has worked in excess of 3,000 hours on NHW initiatives since 2010.
Read the full details using the link on this page
We are pleased to announce that we have secured free Public Liability Insurance for all Neighbourhood Watch and Home Watch schemes across England and Wales to enable volunteers to carry out their roles. The policy starts from the 1st April 2014 and will run until the 31st March 2015.
The policy covers any scheme registered with an Authority recognised or verified by the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network. This includes the police service, the local authority or constituted NHW Associations.