St Matthew’s Big Local is now recruiting

We are looking for people to join our exciting team. Supporting to deliver our vision and make a real difference in St Matthew’s.

Could that be you?

St Matthew’s Big Local is now recruiting.

  • Community Development Worker – 26 hrs a week. (Job share considered): £23,376 per annum pro rata
  • Business Development Officer – 20 Hours a week: £23,376 per annum pro rata
  • Premises Officer / Handyperson – 16 Hours a week: £19,047 per annum pro rata
  • Admin / Finance Worker – 8 Hours a week: £15,584 per annum

About St Matthew’s Big Local

Local Trust’s mission is to enable people to make their communities better places to live.

A  community and resident led approach to creating lasting change: 

  • develops the skills and confidence of the people involved and enables them to work with others to the benefit of their community
  • builds on the opportunities and assets available in each community
  • creates lasting, long term solutions

Have a Go workshops with a difference at Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation

Registered charity Shuttlewood Clarke Foundation, who provide support, care and friendship wellbeing services will be launching new activity sessions in 2018. The new monthly have a go workshops will provide the opportunity for attendees to learn a new skill, try something different and make friends in a supportive and inclusive setting. 

Helen Baxter Activities coordinator at the Foundation said:

We are delighted to have been granted funding from Charnwood Borough Council to provide our taster workshops. The sessions will be FREE of charge and will take place on the third Monday of the month throughout 2018 from 10.00am – 12.00noon. Each activity will provide a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and enjoy trying out something with a difference! We would love to welcome you so why not come along, have a go….! The sessions are suitable for all ages and abilities, try out belly dancing , glass fusing, Nordic walking, calligraphy, pilates and more!

Details of the sessions will be available to view at in the New Year. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For more information please call Helen Baxter on 01530 244914 or email

Up to £25,000 available for women’s groups through Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund

The third round of Rosa’s Woman to Woman fund is now open. With grants of up to £25,000, local grassroots women’s organisations across the UK will be supported using funds from the ‘Tampon Tax.’ In celebration of the centenary of the women’s vote, this round of the Woman to Woman fund will have a renewed focus on leadership and representation and we are particularly interested in funding work that increases women’s representation, skills building and civic engagement.

Grants are available for groups with an income of under £100,000 per year, to support a wide range of charitable work that benefits women: from building confidence and leadership skills, tackling harassment and violence, to training in financial literacy and increasing engagement in decision-making – and much more besides.

Rosa is also interested in increasing the impact and sustainability of women’s groups. Therefore, grants can pay for core costs such as financial management, business planning, staff salaries, office rent, leadership development and staff training; as well as project costs such as drop-in support services, mobilising volunteers and outreach. We especially want to support groups that work with disadvantaged communities or in disadvantaged areas. 

As well as grants, Rosa will provide additional support that women’s groups tell us they need, including mentoring, training and networking opportunities.

Improve Your Relationships by Learning how to Listen

Are you a Teacher, Nurse, GP, Manager or someone who works with people in any capacity? Like to improve your relationships with and better understand your pupils, patients, staff or colleagues and at home?

Do you wish to develop your confidence in dealing with people at work or in personal relationships?

Are you interested in discovering how counselling skills can change the way you are able to communicate on a one-to-one and to wider audiences?

If so Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling’s (LCPC) brand new short course may be for you.

Our courses are delivered by qualified, experienced and friendly psychodynamic counsellors and psychotherapists in the unique and relaxing setting of a converted Georgian town house in Leicester City centre

We offer flexible ways to study. Choose either:

  • 3 day weekend (Fri to Sun) or
  • 1 evening per week for 5 weeks (Mon)
  • Gain experience in basic counselling skills which can help with relationships and work and at home
  • A stepping stone to the Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, accredited by APPCIOS
  • Costs £200 which includes refreshments and certificate on completion. No prior qualifications necessary
  • A great way to gain a taste of counselling training without long term costly commitment

Upcoming courses:

  • Weekend course 26th-28th Jan 2018
  • Evening course 19th Feb – 19th March 2018

For more information or to chat to one of the LCPC team visit our website or email


A year of Voice and Insights

This year has been another challenging year for the sector and the Voice and Insights team has not been an exception. We have seen a lot of changes within the team and reductions in contracts, resulting in changes to what we are delivering. Despite this we have still been able to:

  • Run 16 events across the City and County attended by 317 delegates including forums, our annual conference and a variety of workshops
  • Supported 75 organisations on a verity of topics such as Childcare Hubs, Consultations, Outreach, Early Help Services and Funding
  • Given a voice to the sector on this year’s big challenges such as the Sustainability and Transformation Plans, the future of European Funding, The Work Health and Disability Green Paper and Youth Service Remodelling

For 2018 we hope to meet the challenges we face head-on and continue to give a voice to the sector on the big issues.

We will be focusing on working with Adventure Playgrounds, supporting health and social care groups and continuing to raise our presence in the County. 

From everyone in the Voice and Insights Team we wish you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

A year of Economic Impact

The end of December brings to a close the first full year of the Economic Impact Project.

The project has accomplished much in the past 12 months, some of the highlights are:

  • 5 Forums held with 87 attendees
  • 5 Online Guides produced
  • 10 Newsletters sent
  • 3 Training sessions held
  • 47 groups supported 

With new ESF Calls for Proposals due to be released early in 2018, the Economic Impact Project will continue to provide the support and guidance that VCSE organisations need in the coming year.

Finally, the Economic Impact team wish you a Merry Christmas and happy festive period and will see you in the new year.

Rathbone Training Programmes for 16-18 Year Olds

Rathbone Training offer study programmes individually tailored to every young person (16-18, but up to 24 with an EHC Plan) we support.

We are able to do this because our centres are relatively small – which is also why we are able to work successfully with learners who have not progressed well at larger institutions. These employability programmes, which include maths and English, are linked with work experience in workplaces relevant to the learner’s vocational interest.

Rathbone underpin delivery with robust ‘wrap-around’ advice and support to enable prevention; engagement; development and progression opportunities to take place. Learners on our programmes normally attend a centre three days per week and then attend work placement for the remaining two days. 

We also offer apprenticeships for those aged 16-23 in the Midlands in the following areas (Health & Social Care, Childcare, Business Administration, Youth Work and Supported Teaching and Learning). Learners undertaking an apprenticeship with Rathbone will be on Programme for 12 to 24 months dependent on the qualification and level.

To refer a young person, please contact Dorothy Thompson, Programme Coordinator, on 07428 701524 or at We offer a next working day interview for all young people interested in enrolling on our programmes.

Help support Local Charities Day 2017

Friday 15 December is national Local Charities Day 2017. The day is organised by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and we want to take the opportunity to celebrate local charities in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Get involved

If you want to take part in Local Charities Day, you can find out how on the Local Charities Day blog.

We’d also like to help build awareness for local charities. If you’re based in Leicester or Leicestershire, deliver local services and have a turnover of up to £1m, just tag us in a post on social media and we’ll share it with our followers.

Get support

VAL’s Voluntary Sector Support team offers services to support small local charities. We have online resources to help on topics like setting up a group, deciding on legal structures, trading and many more. You can also contact us directly for over the phone or face-to-face support on anything from fundraising to financial management.

You can get started by contacting us via our contact form, or by calling the VAL Helpline on 0116 257 5050.

Shared workspaces

From 15 December we’ll be officially launching our new Orange Rooms Shared Workspaces.

A shared workspace offers access to a desk with internet connection where you can drop in and out to work and network with other shared workspace users. The workspace will be open between Monday and Friday and will cost £100+VAT per month inclusive of bills for charities based in Leicester and Leicestershire.

If you’re interested in using a shared workspace, contact Orange Rooms:
0116 257 5038

Public invited to Leicester City CCG public Governing Body meeting

Members of the public are invited to attend the December Governing Body meeting hosted by Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group Board.

It takes place from 1.00pm on Tuesday 12th December 2017 in the conference room, 8th floor, St John’s House, 30 East Street, Leicester, LE1 6NB. The meeting will be chaired by Dr Avi Prasad, Leicester City CCG Co-chair. 

The agenda and papers will shortly be on the website at Members of the public will also have the opportunity to ask questions about items on the agenda at the start of the meeting.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group is the organisation responsible for planning and managing health services for people living in Leicester City.

New provider of care for patients at Bowling Green Street Surgery, Leicester

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has awarded a new contract for GP services at Bowling Green Street Surgery in Leicester City.

From 1 February 2018 services at the practice will be provided by Derbyshire Health United Limited.

The contract for providing health services is currently held by The Practice PLC and is due to end on 31st January 2018.  The CCG carried out a procurement process to find the next provider for health services at Bowling Green Street and the new contract is the result of that process.

Richard Morris, Director of Operations & Corporate Affairs at Leicester City CCG, said:

We want all city patients to have access to the best possible health care for themselves and their families. The new contract has been awarded for a five year period, with the option to extend for a further five years, subject to performance, which will offer our patients a continuity of service and we’re confident that Derbyshire Health United Limited will be able to sustain and improve the services offered at Bowling Green St Surgery.

“We are writing to all patients affected by this change, to explain what it means for them, but we would like to reassure them that they will continue to receive services as normal, up to and after 1 February 2018, and do not need to do anything.

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group is the organisation responsible for planning and managing GP services in Leicester City, with responsibility delegated to it by NHS England since 1 April 2015.