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Tue, 19 Jul 2016 6:00pm
Leicestershire Stakeholders forum - Digital Divide

The Superfast Leicestershire Stakeholder Forum

The Superfast Leicestershire Stakeholder Forum is to be held on the 19th July 2016, from 6 – 8pm at Leicestershire County Council, County Hall. The Forum invites representatives from towns and villages across Leicestershire to get up to "speed" with how the County and BT will be making good strides in the coming months to reduce the "Digital Divide". Alongside this, we will discuss the need to ensure that we have an effective plan to increase coverage and connect those areas currently outside the contracted deployment. More »

In the delivery of our vision to connect the whole of Leicestershire with fibre broadband, we will rely on new and innovative technologies to increase coverage; this could include new fibre solutions and wireless broadband which will also be discussed at the forum.

The Superfast Leicestershire project team will be on hand to answer your broadband questions including,

- Is your area part of the Superfast Leicestershire deployment programme?

- How can I help communicate news to residents and businesses locally?

- What technology is being deployed and what speeds can be achieved?

- What do businesses and residents need to do to access high-speed fibre broadband in deployed areas?

- How can we increase coverage to the "Final 4%" in Leicestershire?

You will also receive, further information about additional funding that we have secured.

For more details of the stakeholder event, please visit: http://www.superfastleicestershire.org.uk/news-and-events/ » Less

Mon, 11 Aug 2014
  • Do you have a new and exciting project that will make a huge difference to your community?
  • Does it have that creative 'wow' factor that will make people want to know more?
  • This is your chance to win £20,000 for your local project within North West Leicestershire – and applications are open now.

North West Leicestershire District Council are launching the '£20,000-for-seven' campaign as part of their empowering communities agenda. In a competition that will be decided by a public vote, £20,000 is available in each of seven distinct areas of the district. Voters will get to choose one project in each of the seven areas as their favourite. A further seven pots of £10,000 are available for smaller projects district-wide. More »

Applications for '£20,000-for-seven' funding can be made until Monday 29 September.

A drop-in briefing session for community groups and organisations will take place at the Council Offices in Coalville on:

Tuesday 19 August - 3pm to 7pm
Thursday 11 September - 3pm to 7pm.

You do not have to book to attend.

If you are intending to come along please drop us an email to twentyforseven@nwleicestershire.gov.uk so that we have an idea of numbers.

For more information about £20,000-for-seven and to apply for your community project, visit www.nwleics.gov.uk/twentyforseven » Less

Thu, 06 Feb 2014


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 steve.rhodes1954@googlemail.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]
[09:30 until 13:00] / [13:00 until 16:00] » Less

Mon, 20 Jan 2014

This year marks the centenary of the First World War. Many people are getting involved with projects to commemorate and remember. Funding could be available to help support your project.

The Heritage Lottery Fund are holding a free event for people to attend and find out more about the funding they have on offer. The event will be held in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on 20th March from 10am till 1pm. The event will cover:-

Heritage Lottery funding starts from £3,000 - find out about different grant programmes and how to apply
Discover what support is available to help you make your application
Learn how to access local heritage resources that could benefit your project
Hear from a successful applicant currently undertaking a First World War project
More »

For further details and to book your place please contact Sarah Finch at sarahf@hlf.org.uk or on 0115 934 9062. » Less

Mon, 23 Dec 2013

In Leicestershire we provide NHS complaints advocacy and IMCA – Independent Mental Capacity Advocacy. All POhWER's services are free, independent and confidential.

NHS Complaints Advocacy can support anyone who wishes to make a complaint about the service, care or treatment provided to them by the NHS.

People can self refer or Healthcare professionals, stakeholders and friends can refer to us –

-Via the web site www.pohwer.net
-By telephone on local rate number 0300 200 0084
-By email at pohwer@pohwer.net
-In writing at POhWER, PO Box 14043, Birmingham, B6 9BL. More »

If you refer someone, we only need the persons name and contact details (just a phone number is fine) and a note to say that they have asked to be referred to POhWER for help.

If you would like any further information about the NHS Complaints Advocacy or any other services POhWER provide, please contact Penny Bodger-Yates by email p.bodger-yates@pohwer.net » Less

Mon, 25 Nov 2013

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.

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Fri, 22 Nov 2013

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 info@healthwatchleics.co.uk.

Tue, 19 Nov 2013

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.

Mon, 04 Nov 2013

Dig out shoes dancing shoes and come along to the next Sunday Tea Dance
at Hermitage Leisure Centre on 10th November.

After a highly successful event earlier this year, the next Tea Dance will be held from 3-6pm.

With leaders Barry and Jayne Earnshaw and feature live music provided by Gary Cole on the keyboards.

Admission costs £4.00

Contact Hermitage Leisure Centre on 01530 811215 to find out more.

See you there!

Mon, 04 Nov 2013

Go MAD Thinking, the organisation behind Think Leicestershire, has a new on-line interactive thinking platform - iCheev - which helps individuals and groups achieve better results faster through accelerated thinking.

The platform comes in two guises - a free version, available to anyone and a professional version available for a fee.

As a thank you to our amazing community and to enable Think Leicestershire to achieve even more for the city and county, we are giving a professional version of iCheev to all of our current and future Community Coaches and Difference Makers. More »

Your free iCheev will be coming to you in November and future editions of E-News will include some top tips to help you get the most from the platform. There is nothing you need to do but if you would like a preview of iCheev then take a look at: www.icheev.com » Less

Fri, 01 Nov 2013

The Government is currently consulting on their proposed route for a High Speed Rail line between the Midlands and Leeds. The proposed line goes through North West Leicestershire and includes an East Midlands station at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby.

Leicestershire County Council and North West Leicestershire District Council want to encourage as many residents and businesses as possible to respond to the Government's consultation and make their views known.

HS2Ltd is the company created by Government to develop and promote a high Speed Rail network. They have organised a series of Information Events with information about the proposals in your local area. More »

A range of technical staff will be present at these events to answer questions about the design, environmental impact etc. in relation to the route. There will also be sound booths for people to experience the noise levels they can expect once HS2 is in operation.

HS2Ltd local Information Events are:

MEASHAM on Wednesday 27th NOVEMBER from 12 noon – 8.00pm at Measham Leisure Centre, High Street, Measham, DE12 7HR

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH on Thursday 5th DECEMBER from 12 noon- 8.00pm at Hood Park Leisure Centre, North Street, Ashby de la Zouch, LE65 1HU

Please note that the Government's consultation will close on JANUARY 31st 2014. More information about the consultation, including how to respond, can be found on HS2Ltd website: www.hs2.org.uk

To plan your journey to the information events, HS2Ltd recommend you can use the simple door-to-door journey planner provided by www.transportdirect.info . If you do not have access to a private vehicle, or have difficulty accessing public transport and this will prevent you from attending the information event, please contact 020 7944 4908 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) to discuss possible alternative solutions.

More information on HS2 can be found on our dedicated HS2 page - click here » Less

Wed, 30 Oct 2013

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

Thu, 24 Oct 2013

Over the last couple of years there have been an increased number of enquiries from communities around Leicestershire seeking advice and funding to purchase and install accessible Community Defibrillators or Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) or sometimes equally referred to as Public Access Defibrillators (PAD's)

Please use the links above to get advice on such schemes and see if you are eligible to obtain a unit for free or for a reduced price - or alternatively where & how you can apply for funding to cover the cost of purchasing and installing a unit. More »

Community awareness of the location and use of the AED is essential and awareness sessions should be considered as part of the overall scheme. » Less

Thu, 24 Oct 2013

Over the last couple of years there have been an increased number of enquiries from communities around Leicestershire seeking advice and funding to purchase and install accessible Community Defibrillators or Automated External Defibrillators (AED's) or sometimes equally referred to as Public Access Defibrillators (PAD's)

Please use the links above to get advice on such schemes and see if you are eligible to obtain a unit for free or for a reduced price - or alternatively where & how you can apply for funding to cover the cost of purchasing and installing a unit. More »

Community awareness of the location and use of the AED is essential and awareness sessions should be considered as part of the overall scheme. » Less

Wed, 23 Oct 2013

Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp – can we help you?

Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp is a group of professional firms that offer advice and guidance for free to not-for-profit organisations across Leicestershire and Rutland.

We can provide:
•Accountants – business & strategic planning; tax; insolvency advice and more
•Marketing/PR Consultants – developing marketing strategies or promotional literature templates; logo design
•Architects, Structural & Quantity Surveyors – plans and costings to accompany funding bids and more More »

A list of example projects we can assist with is as attached.

Please note that due to a backlog of legal requests we are currently unable to accept applications of this nature at the present time.

The next deadline for returning application forms for support from Leicestershire and Rutland ProHelp is Monday 4th November to be presented the following week.

For more information and application pack please contact:

Katharine Lightbown
Community Development Team
Leicestershire Cares
0116 275 6469

www.leicestershirecares.co.uk » Less

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