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‘Respect and Tolerate’ - tackling anti-social behaviour
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:10pm
‘Respect and Tolerate’ - tackling anti-social behaviour

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

SIBS Wildlife Activity Day
Posted: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:09pm
SIBS Wildlife Activity Day

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: engagementteam@leics.gov.uk

Have your say on future libraries
Posted: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 8:25am
Have your say on future libraries

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.

For general enquiries or comments please call 0116 305 7034 or email futurelibraries@leics.gov.uk. » Less

Save a packet or save your life?
Posted: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 8:24am

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.

For more on the campaign including the you tube video clip visit www.leics.gov.uk/illegal_tobacco. » Less

Posted: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 5:28pm
Are you a professional, volunteer or carer? JOIN US on 30 April for a free advice event

Safe and sound at home - FREE EVENT

30 April, Salvation Army, South Wigston. Contact jenny.brown@leics.gov.uk 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

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Leicester Navy Training Corps TS CUTLASS
Posted: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 9:17am

Leicester Navy training Corps have opened a new venture in Braunstone Town. T S CUTLASS aims to provide opportunities for young people between 8 and 18 years of age to gain valuable life skills for adulthood such as teamwork and leadership. This is achieved through land and water based activities including canoeing, sailing, power boating, windsurfing, engineering communications, navigation and field craft based on the traditions and training of the maritime services. Earn skills and qualifications that can help as you enter adulthood whilst having fun!! More »

Unit meets at:
Winstanley Community Wing, Winstanley Community College,
Kingsway North, Braunstone Town,
Leicester LE3 2BD

Monday and Thursday 19.00 - 21.00

Email: tscutlass@gmail.com
Phone: 07511 832 590
web : tscutlass.co.uk
FB : Leicester Navy Training Corps- T.S.Cutlass
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Craft 'n' Chat
Posted: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 7:15pm

New social crafting club opens March 24th 2014.

Meets monthly at The Parish Centre, Desford Road, Narborough, Leicester, LE19 2EL.

7.15 pm to 9.15 pm

£2 per person to include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Knitting and Crochet, Fabric Crafts, Paper Crafts

Just bring along your current project.

Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 6:54pm
Book your Tea Dance place for National Nutrition & Hydration Week 2014

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 »

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Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 6:53pm
CHOICE UNLIMITED - Information, Services, Ideas, Products and Innovation

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 : events@choiceunlimited.co.uk. www.choiceunlimited.co.uk

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Posted: Tue, 04 Mar 2014 6:52pm
New Dates released for Pre-Driver Days - 2014

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 »

Please note all days are Time: 9.00 – 16.00 Venue: MalloryPark, Kirkby Mallory. Leicestershire. LE9 7QE

What the drivers say:

"Brilliant fun and I have gained a lot of confidence" James Devine

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Posted: Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:51pm
'Making it Real' in Leicestershire event - Friday 28 March 2014: 10am - 4pm:

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

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE contact: andrea.chapman@leics.gov.uk 0116 305 9569. Deadline for bookings Tues 18 March 2014. More »


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

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Posted: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 9:32pm
New Challenges, New Chances!

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 »

It's not too late to learn – sign up now by calling our FREEphone enrolment line on 0800 988 0308. Our friendly advisors will be able to help you choose a course and enrol over the phone, or alternatively visit www.leics.gov.uk/GoLearn to search for courses and enrol online. » Less

Opportunities to have a say on urgent care service
Posted: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 9:29pm

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: communications@eastleicestershireandrutlandccg.nhs.uk

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

Posted: Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:01pm
Adult Cycling Courses

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 oisin.walker@leics.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:07pm
Pledge to Become a Snow Angel!

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!

Park & Ride group tickets are now available from 7am
Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 7:12pm
Park & Ride group tickets are now available from 7am

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.

For more information visit www.quicksilverbus.co.uk. » Less

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 2:51pm
TOP TEN TIPS on how to keep a warm home

Warm homes

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

Posted: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 2:38pm

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.

Posted: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 4:28pm
Aged 60 years or over and driving in winter weather?

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 »

Contact us on 0116 305 7233 Email: roadsafety@leics.gov.uk » Less

Posted: Mon, 27 Jan 2014 9:00pm
Dignity Action Day - 1st February 2014

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

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