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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 »
Proposals to improve urgent care services across East Leicestershire and Rutland will see the public asked for their views on three options during an eight-week consultation, which will include a survey and events across the area.
Currently urgent care services (minor injury and illness) differ in what is offered from place to place and opening times are confusing for patients and clinicians alike, which is why East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group (ELR CCG) decided there was room for significant improvement. It is also important that pressure is eased on busy accident and emergency (A&E) departments and to ensure that local services provide consistently high quality and safe care seven days a week. More »
Tim Sacks, the chief operating officer of ELR CCG, said: "We are determined to make sure that urgent care services across East Leicestershire and Rutland are effective and easy to access. Our proposals for change are built on the feedback we've had so far from the public and clinicians as well as detailed analysis of information about our local population, housing developments, transport and current use of services.
"Subject to the outcome of public consultation, our plans to improve would see urgent care provided in a different way, in the right locations and at the times we know people use them the most. We are looking forward to hearing people's views on the options for the future and their help through our consultation, to make the best decision about the future of these important services."
Throughout the review, which began in 2012, ELR CCG has been listening to local people's views of the existing services and how they could be improved. This has included a number of surveys and public events as well as a significant contribution from members of both Healthwatch Leicestershire and Healthwatch Rutland.
The urgent care consultation runs from 24 February until 18 April and more information will be available on ELR CCG's website www.eastleicestershireandrutlandccg.nhs.uk once it begins.
As well as an online questionnaire during the consultation, there will also be a number of public events at which people can learn more and have their say.
To register to attend a drop-in session call 0116 295 4183 or email: email@example.com
27 February 2014: 3.30pm–5pm, Congregational Church Hall, High Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7JD
6 March 2014: 5.30pm–8.00pm, The Samworth Centre (Sure Start Centre), Burton Street, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1AE
13 March 2014: 5.30pm–8.00pm. The Council Chambers, Blaby District Council, Desford Road, Narborough, LE19 2EP
20 March 2014: 1.30pm–4.00pm, The Pavilion, Coventry Road Recreation Ground, Coventry Road, Lutterworth, LE17 4RB
26 March 2014: 1.30pm–4.00pm, Voluntary Action Rutland, Rutland Volunteer Centre, Lands' End Way, Oakham, Rutland, LE15 6RB
3 April 2014: 12.00pm–3.00pm, Oadby & Wigston Bassett Street Community Centre, Bassett Street, Wigston, LE18 4PE » Less
Free Adult Cycling Courses are taking place across Leicestershire
The courses are taking place around the county and aim to help anybody over the age of 16 feel more confident on two wheels and make more journeys by bike.
The courses, which take place for two hours a week for five weeks, are ideal for people who have never been on a bike before, riders who want to improve their confidence and people who haven't cycled for years.
Cycling is a great way to stay in shape, save money on the costs of running a car and an ideal way to explore the county. More »
Courses running in the Blaby area include:
- Glenfield, County Hall, Thursdays 6-8pm
3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th April & 1st May
Also courses in June & August/September
- Enderby Police HQ, St. Johns, Tuesdays 5.30-7.30pm
1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th April
Also courses in August/September
For a full list of the adult cycling courses visit www.leics.gov.uk/cyclecourses or download the information leaflet attached (PDF leaflet will be attached to the e-mail).To book your free place call us on 0116 305 3179 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org » Less
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.
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 »
Dignity Action Day is about taking the time to do something, however small to remind society that dignity in care is everybody's business.
For more information visit: www.dignityincare.org.uk/Dignity_Action_Day
Dignity Action Day #DAD2014 is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people's rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.
The theme this year is 'Have you got time for 'Digni-tea'?, ensuring people who use care services are treated as individuals and are given choice, control and a sense of purpose in their daily lives. More »
Why not get involved in your community and by supporting Dignity Action Day will:
- Raise awareness of the importance of Dignity in Care
- Provide someone with an extra special day
- Demonstrate that everybody in the community has a role to play in upholding Dignity in Care
- Remind the public that staff have a right to be treated with dignity and respect too
- Provide a great community networking opportunity.
On Dignity Action Day health and social care workers are asked to promote dignity in their place of work and also to ask members of the public to promote dignity for people in their communities
Leicestershire County Council celebrates their own Dignity Awards annually, recognizing Best Practice and encouraging providers to promote and deliver dignified services. They also run informative workshops which attract a cross section of providers such as carehomes, homecare and also includes voluntary, day services and luncheon clubs. » Less
Big Energy Saving Week is a national campaign to help people cut their fuel bills by ensuring they are getting the best deal on their energy supply, saving energy through raising awareness of energy efficiency as well as finding out what financial support they may be entitled to. The campaign will run throughout the week starting 27th January 2014.
In support of this national campaign the RCC will be running a stall at Loughborough Market on Thursday 30th January in partnership with Charnwood Citizens Advice Bureau and the Warm Homes Officer for Charnwood. More »
The stall will have some freebies to give away on the day and will include energy booklets and leaflets that consumers can take away for future reference, as well as being able to receive specific information on request. We will also be able to signpost consumers to further information and help available.
The primary message of Big Energy Saving Week is that consumers can save money and energy if they CHECK-SWITCH-INSULATE.
Check: Contact your energy supplier to check you are on the best tariff and payment method for your circumstances, or if they can offer you any discounts to cut your bills. Contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau to check you are not missing out on any benefits or tax credits that could boost your income.
Switch: Visit an accredited switching website to see if you could get your energy cheaper elsewhere. Shopping around for your energy supplier could save you as much as £200 if you have never switched before. If you use heating oil as your main fuel, see if there are any local oil buying clubs you can join. If not, you may want to start your own.
Insulate: If you're worried about how much money you're spending to heat and light your home, or just want to spend less, there are some simple steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient. Keep in the heat by insulating the cavity walls and the loft of your home – you could save up to £320 per year. Most suppliers are giving away free or discounted insulation and other energy efficiency measures so ask if you're eligible.
You have until 31st January to nominate young people aged 13-19 living in Leicestershire for the 2014 Lord-Lieutenant's Award for Young People.
Help Lady Gretton, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire identify, celebrate and reward the very best examples of achievement by young people in Leicester and Leicestershire through your nominations.
Five categories are available:
- Young Braveheart;
- Young Volunteer;
- Young Voice;
- Young Most Improved Sports Player; and
- Young Artist.
Don't forget the closing date for nominations is 31st January 2014, the success of these awards relies on your nominations. More »
Don't miss your chance to book on Tea Dances across the county during Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014.
Tickets are only £3.50 - Music, dancing and afternoon tea can be enjoyed along with compere, host and DJ Eddie with ballroom, latin and sequence dances.
A choice of dates and venues:
Tuesday 18 March, Roman Way Community Centre, Market Harborough. 0116 305 2398
Wednesday 19 March, Ibstock Palace Community Centre. 01530 262400 email@example.com
In bad weather reduce your speed, increase your stopping distance and allow extra time for your journey
It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions, drive slowly and manoeuvre gently
Check weather forcasts and listen to local radio for latest travel advice to help with alternative routes
In very bad weather consider if the journey is necessary
Be prepared, keep a shovel, torch, wellies, warm clothes and a blanket in the car
Make sure your vehicle is well maintained
Check tyres for pressure and tread - consider fitting winter tyres More »
Leicestershire Trading Standards is currently investigating a number of complaints relating to doorstep sales of mattresses.
We have received complaints from vulnerable consumers in Narborough, Burbage and Thurlaston. Some of the consumers were cold called by telephone first, or were cold called at home by a sales rep and pressurised into buying mattresses for between £200 - £400. Payment appears to be always be cheque/card rather than cash. We have a number of concerns about the way in which these mattresses are described and being sold. We will also be getting one tested to check for the safety requirements. Trading Standards always advises residents not to purchase good from 'cold callers'. If you receive any reports of similar activity please contact Trading Standards on 0845 404 05 06 use firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you savvy online? Perhaps not as streetwise online as you would like to be or think you are?
The National Fraud Agency is launching a new campaign today, Cyber Streetwise, to help give us all some essential tips to improve our performance online and help keep important stuff safe. You can read more about the campaign at www.cyberstreetwise.com Neighbourhood Watch are supporting this campaign to help get us all be a bit more streetwise online.
The Neighbourhood and Home Watch movement is one of the largest voluntary crime prevention initiatives across the country. Groups typically operate in a variety of communities to help bring neighbours together who want to look out for each other, creating strong, friendly, active communities where crime and antisocial behaviour is less likely to happen.