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Fri, 25 Oct 2013 8:49am
Healthwatch Leicestershire holds first public meeting in Melton

Melton locals spoke out about their health and social care experiences in the first of our public consultation events on Tuesday 22 October.

Some of the issues highlighted at the event were:

•Public transport and journey times need to be addressed when planning health and social care strategies
•Excellence in local services such as midwifery should be recognised
•Local facilities should be made better use of for minor operations
•Hours should be increased for the minor injuries unit
Wider issues were also raised, including a call for front line staff to be fully qualified and improvements to be made in facilities for younger people living with mental health challenges. More »

During the event locals were also invited to choose five items that they felt were most important from a long list of official priorities currently being considered by the Health and Well Being Board.

All ideas and suggestions are being collated and will be published on our website, alongside information gathered at meetings held in the other six Leicestershire districts.

The purpose of these meetings is to ensure that Healthwatch puts its resources to best use by concentrating on issues that are most important for people living in the County, especially those currently using Health or Social Care Services. » Less

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 2:26pm

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 2:07pm

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

Mon, 21 Oct 2013 3:53pm

Leicestershire County Council has launched a £124,000 SHIRE Community Building Grant Fund to support Community Buildings across Leicestershire.

A maximum £6000 grant and or £4000 loan can be offered to constituted management groups who manage community buildings in Leicestershire.

There is a mix of funding available to cover both capital work – improvements for buildings – and support for business planning, advice and training - improvements in how the buildings are run.

Leicestershire County Council is looking to support costs of: More »

•Major repairs, such as new roofs and floors:
•Improvements that increase Community Building capacity or enable wider usage such as extensions and internal refits.
•Acquisition of buildings (via purchase or long lease) in order to provide a community facility.
•Construction of new Community Buildings.
•Training and development of the committee members, volunteers and staff running Community Buildings
•Support with strengthening governance, developing business plans and community consultation.

Applications will be considered by a Grants Panel. For applications to be considered by the next panel meeting in December, applications need to be submitted by Wednesday 20th of November.

For more details about the fund and how to apply, please visit

or contact Andy Hayes 0116 305 7269 » Less

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