Leicestershire County Council recognises that Village Halls and Community Centres are highly valued facilities at the heart of communities. They provide local people with a place to meet where news, information and ideas can be exchanged, views expressed and actions discussed and agreed. They also provide the base from which services for the local community are offered, often by local community groups and where people meet for social, recreational and educational events and activities.
The County Council supports community buildings because of their value to local communities and currently provides a range of assistance including Grants, advisory and support services and web services such as the Leicestershire Villages and Parishes website. In order to ensure that future support is most effective in helping to maintain and develop community building services the County Council is currently considering the focus of its support and where existing as well as any additional resources might best be directed. Your views are essential in shaping the outcome of this review and, ultimately, influencing the availability of resources to support community buildings in Leicestershire. More »
For the purpose of this survey, we consider a Community Building to be a building that:
- is operated on a not-for-profit business model and the running of which is governed by a Board of trustees, Management Committee or Parish Council
- offers space for other community groups and organisations to use either regularly or on an ad-hoc basis.
For example: Village Halls, Church Halls ,Community Centres, Memorial Halls, Village Institutes, Scout Huts
Buildings that are purpose built and used for sport and leisure such as sports clubs & pavilions and leisure centres are not within the scope of this survey.
If your group or organisation is responsible for the management of a community building we would be grateful therefore if you would complete this short survey.
www.leics.gov.uk/community_buildings_assessment_survey.htm (can be accessed by clicking the title link)
Consultation Period: Ends January 31st 2013
Who can get involved?
Representatives of groups or organisations responsible for the management of Community Buildings.
How can I get involved? If you would like further information please contact:
Community and Places Team
Telephone: 0116 305 7269
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Is your internet stuck in the slow-lane?
What could you do with super-fast speed?
Leicestershire County Council, working with a range of partners, including District Councils, is seeking to improve broadband speeds across Leicestershire.
Local authorities and the Government will invest almost £8.5m. A supplier will be contracted in the summer 2013 and the rollout will take 2 years after this.
A briefing session has been organised to help communities and businesses get up to speed on the project. More »
This will be held on;
11th February 2013 - 6.30-8.00pm (refreshments available from 6.00pm) at Sparkenhoe Committee Room, Leicestershire County Council
This event is open to community broadband groups, Parish Councils and local businesses.
If you wish to attend please contact Kate Harvey (email@example.com, 0116 305 7016) and provide the following information:
Name; Village or Parish Council represented; business name (if relevant); email address.
The deadline for registration is the 25th January 2013.
If you have any specific queries regarding broadband please contract Matthew Kempson (firstname.lastname@example.org, 0116 305 6179) » Less
We are seeking your views on the draft strategy for health and wellbeing in Leicestershire.
This strategy is our overarching plan to improve the health and wellbeing of children and adults in the county and to reduce health inequalities.
The strategy is driven by our joint strategic needs assessment, the overarching assessment of the health and wellbeing needs of our population across the wider health and social care economy.
Over the next three years Leicestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, in partnership with local stakeholders, aims to “add quality and years to life” by improving health throughout people’s lives, reducing health inequalities and focusing on the needs of the local population. More »
Please follow the link to the County Council website to Have your say on the draft strategy by reading the document and completing the form. » Less
Leicestershire County Council (LCC) is committed to creating opportunities for more power to be shifted towards ordinary citizens and to people who use publicly funded services. In December 2011 it launched Phase 1 of a new and exciting initiative called the ‘Innovation Challenge programme’.
Due to the success of Phase 1, LCC have now launched a Phase 2 programme supported by a further round of bursaries. In Phase 2 the idea is to build on the processes put in place for Phase 1, but widening the scope and focusing outcomes to include early intervention and prevention priorities. More »
Phase 2 bursary funding is targeted at the whole provider market offering health and social care or housing related support services. Providers can apply for bursaries of up to £20,000. For information about applying for a bursary please refer to www.leics.gov.uk/innovation
In Phase 1 the challenge was for providers to create new ways of enabling people who receive housing related support services to be more involved in the design and delivery of that support and for providers to develop more personalised ways of working. Bursaries were available and the Council worked in partnership with Community Catalysts www.communitycatalysts.co.uk who provided the project support to the successful providers.
A total of 8 projects were successful and here are two examples:
Adullam Homes Housing Association Limited
The “‘My Living Voice’ project builds on the talents and assets of a group of people supported by Adullam and involves working with community artists Katherine Brown www.beautyandutilityarts.com and Winsome Ruddock: www.wb-arts.co.uk/ plus writers David and Sue MacKrell email@example.com to create a visual and creative record of their experiences before, during and after a period in custody. A key outcome of the project has been the improved confidence and self esteem of the people involved in the project along with increased employability skills with people making decisions and working as part of a team.
An exhibition of the creative art work produced by the Adullam group will go on display at St Nicholas Church Leicester LE1 4LB from 5th – 8th December from 10.00-2.00pm.
NW Leicestershire District Council has been another successful provider in the Phase 1 bursary programme. Their project has involved tenants in sheltered housing schemes in the NW Leicestershire villages coming together to share memories whilst cutting, sewing and creating a large quilt with images of family life, work and commerce.
Participatory artist Rikke Digerud-Waring has led the quilt making sessions and the quilt along with a wall hanging will go on display from 5th December at Snibston Discovery Centre, Coalville. This will be a private viewing but visitors to Snibston will be able to see the quilt there during December. For more information on the exhibition contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information or to apply, please visit www.leics.gov.uk/innovation.htm
or contact email@example.com or 0116 305 4699 » Less