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Holocaust Memorial Day 2018

Posted: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 11:44

An invitation to Leicestershire County Council's Holocaust Memorial Day event 2018

Tags: Community, Events

The Building a Stronger Britain programme is now open

Posted: Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:38

The Building a Stronger Britain programme is now open to applications.

Grants are available for project costs of up to £50,000.

The programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities, stand up to extremism in all its forms and offer vulnerable individuals a positive alternative, regardless of race, faith, sexuality, age and gender.

The BSBT programme is a strand of the Government's Counter Extremism Strategy (October 2015) and they are looking for local projects that ultimately counter extremism and build stronger communities.

For further information on the BSBT application process please use the following web link, this also contains the online portal for application submissions to be made.


It is strongly recommended that groups who want to apply for this funding contact their local Counter Extremism Community Coordinator first.

Groups in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland with any queries about this programme should contact:

Ben Smith

Counter Extremism Community Coordinator

Email: ben.smith3@leicester.gov.uk

Tel: 07710 148722

This information is also held on the LLR Community Foundation website here: https://www.llrcommunityfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funds/building-a-stronger-britain-together/

Tags: Funding, Grants, BSBT programme, Community Foundation

Women's Vote Centenary Grant

Posted: Mon, 15 Jan 2018 11:13

Closing date for applications is 31st January 2018

Government Funding is now available to support local and community groups across England to celebrate the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

Two grants are available:-

Small Grants of between £300 and £2,000 for grassroots projects to run small-scale events and activities

Large Grants of between £2,000 and £125,000 for projects that increase the understanding of and engagement with democracy and encourage women to participate in public life.

To find out more about the grant and how to apply visit www.womensvotecentenaryfund.co.uk for details.

Tags: Funding, Grants

SHIRE Funding for Carers Projects Application Deadline Approaching

Posted: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 10:13

SHIRE Funding for Carers Projects 2017-18

A maximum one-off grant of up to £5,000 is available for community projects in the 2017-18 financial year, which can deliver activities to support carers with the following:

  • to feel less isolated and better supported
  • to enable them to continue to undertake caring responsibilities
  • to have a life outside of caring
  • to reduce incidences of carer breakdown
  • to enable carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities

The deadline for applications in the 2017-18 financial year is Wednesday 31st January 2018.

Tags: Funding, Grants, Carers, SHIRE Grant

Draft Strategic Growth Plan Consulation

Posted: Fri, 12 Jan 2018 07:48

Draft Strategic Growth Plan Consulation

Consultation 11 January - 5th April 2018

Consultation on Leicester & Leicestershire's Draft Strategic Growth Plan is now open.

A copy of the Draft Plan and information on the evidence used in its preparation are now available on a dedicated website www.llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk

The Plan puts forward proposals for the new housing and transport improvements that would be needed to attract jobs and investment to Leicester and Leicestershire from now until 2050. It will also be used to support bids for Government funding to delivery the infrastructure needed to support growth.

Comments on the Draft Plan are invited as part of a county-wide consultation open until 5th April 2018. A summary leaflet and a consultation questionnaire have been prepared and both are available on the website.

The plan estimates that Leicester and Leicestershire needs 96,580 new homes and 367-423 hectares of employment land from 2011-2031. Some of these homes have already been built or have planning permission. The plan identifies further dwelling and employment land need beyond 2031 and includes major infrastructure improvements such as an A46 Expressway to the south and east of Leicester as well as upgrading the A5 and A42 to expressway status.

To read more visit www.llstrategicgrowthplan.org.uk

Tags: Neighbourhood Planning, strategic growth, Consultation

Community Action Public Clearance Sale

Posted: Tue, 09 Jan 2018 10:00

Community Action Public Clearance Sale

Community Action is ceasing its management of Bassett Street Hub and Library this year, and we are beginning the process of clearing out some of our rooms of furniture and resources

Our 1st Public clearance SALE will be held on Wednesday 31st January 10am – 5pm

@Bassett Street Hub and Library, South Wigston. LE18 4PE

Furniture, Resources, Kitchen Equipment, Books and Small Electronics all available for amazing prices


Tags: Community

Hospital Event - Experience of People with Disabilities

Posted: Mon, 08 Jan 2018 09:56

Hospital Event - Experience of People with Disabilities

Leicester's Hospitals will be holding a special event in Leicester on January 16th which will explore the hospital experience for people with a disability.

To find out more visit:- Hospital Event

Tags: Events, NHS

Joining Forces Project

Posted: Wed, 03 Jan 2018 09:38

Joining Forces is an Age UK Leicester Shire & Rutland Project in partnership with SSAFA supporting veterans born before 1950, their widows/widowers, families or people who care for veterans.

The service covers Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Support includes: information & advice,, form filling, meeting other veterans, befriending, accessing services, connecting with other communities and carer support.

Tags: Community, Events

Ringing Remembers

Posted: Tue, 02 Jan 2018 11:58

Ringing Remembers

In memory of 1400 bell ringers who died in the First World War, Remember Together are running a Ringing Remembers campaign aiming to recruit 1400 new bell ringers. This is a call out to all of us and an opportunity for everyone, a chance to make this wonderful ancient tradition open to all. For more information, please email the Remember Together, Ringing Remembers team.

For further information visit Ringing Remembers

Tags: Community, projects, history

Approval of Leicestershires' Communities Strategy

Posted: Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:11

Approval of Leicestershires' Communities Strategy

At its meeting on 12th December, Leicestershire County Councils' Cabinet approved the Refreshed Leicestershire Communities Strategy:Working Together to Build Great Communities. The Strategy outlines how the Council proposes to work with communities and partners to build on the positive contributions communities make in Leicestershire.

Tags: Community, Strategy, Volunteering, Asset Based Approach, Social Action