One ESF and four ERDF funding calls open for applications

There are five calls for the Leicester and Leicestershire region currently open for applications.

These are:

  • ERDF – Enhancing the Competitiveness of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises – SME Support
  • ERDF – Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs – International Trade
  • ERDF – Enhancing the Competitiveness of SMEs – Manufacturing
  • ERDF – Enhancing Access to, and Use and Quality of, Information and Communications Technology
  • ERDF/ESF – Economic Impact

All five of these calls have a closing date of 20 April, so act fast if you want to put in an application.

More information

If you would like more information on these calls please contact Mary-Louise Harrison ( for ERDF and James Smalley ( for ESF.

Civil Society Strategy Consultation

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have launched a consultation on the Civil Society Strategy, designed to shape how the government works with the charitable sector over the next ten years across all government departments.

The consultation has four strands:

  1. Civil Society – What civil society is, how it is working well and what needs to change to strengthen it
  2. People – How more people could take action on issues that matter to them
  3. PartnershipThe best ways to work across different sectors to make a better society
  4. Place – How we empower local people to improve the places they live and work

If the ambition of this strategy is realised, it has the potential of reforming commissioning and funding practices across the public sector to be more coherent, working towards similar objectives with the charitable sector.

For this reason, Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) believes it is imperative that the local VCSE sector in Leicester and Leicestershire gets its voice heard in this consultation. 

Have your say

The deadline for responding to the consultation is 9:00am 22 May. VAL will be working to gather the views of the wider VCSE sector to respond through a number of small sessions, however we encourage all within the sector to send in their own individual responses.

Proposal to rename the Open Mind service

Open Mind provides psychological assessment and treatment for what are known as mild to moderate common mental health problems, which 1 in 4 of us will suffer with at some stage in our lives. 

Open Mind provides specialised skilled and accredited practitioners who are able to provide psychological therapies (talking therapies) for people experiencing common difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), trauma and stress.

Some of the people that use the service have told us that the name Open Mind does not explain clearly what it is about. The service (provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare Foundation Trust) also runs the Leicestershire County and Nottinghamshire services and these are called ‘Let’s Talk Wellbeing…name of area’.

It has been suggested that the name is changed to match these services, so in Leicester this would be called ‘Let’s Talk – Wellbeing…Leicester’

Changing the name would have a number of benefits including: 

  1. Making clearer what the service is about –  talking therapies service.
  2. Cause less confusion by not having a different names for city and county services
  3. Allowing the provider to develop common marketing material across the city and county services which could save us money. 

Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for arranging the health services for the residents of Leicester, so we want to know what our patients think before we make any changes. 

Please complete the following short survey by 8th April 2018, to let us know what you think before we make a decision. Please complete online or you can request a copy by calling 0116 295 1123 or writing to the FREEPOST address below:

Freepost Business reply RRUE – JRBR – RGGT
Get Involved Team
St John’s House
30 East Street

Citizens Advice LeicesterShire is helping people to save money on energy bills in Blaby this March

Citizens Advice LeicesterShire Switch & Save Roadshows will return to Blaby District in March 2018.

These four events will support Blaby residents with household budgeting advice, including checking to see if money can be saved on energy bills and water bills.

We can also advise on other benefits, grants and discounts that people may be entitled to.

This is a dedicated campaign funded by national Citizens Advice and supported by the energy regulator Ofgem. 

Anybody interested in attending are advised to bring an energy bill or statement letter with them for an accurate comparison.

The first Switch and Save Roadshow will take place on Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Glen Parva Parish Council, 12pm – 3pm

The other events are: 

Thursday 22 March 2018 at Cosby Library, 10am – 1pm

Wednesday 28 March 2018 at Enderby Library, 2pm – 5pm

Citizens Advice LeicesterShire also give general advice on issues including debt, benefits, housing, family issues, discrimination, employment and immigration. We also provide specialist money and pensions advice and advice on welfare benefits for cancer patients and their families.

Executive Company Projects – FREE research and consultancy for your organisation

At Leicester Castle Business School we offer organisations the opportunity to benefit from the skills and perspective of a Master’s student. This enables our students to gain valuable work experience but also helps you with any research or business consultancy needs.

What is the Executive Company Project?

Projects are now available from June to August or Sept-November and are offered either on-site or as a consultative project which is conducted remotely. We also offer opportunities for a small team of 3-4 students to work on a project for your organisation.

The benefits to your organisation:

  • FREE skilled resource for up to three months
  • Work with a master’s student trained in the latest business skills to add value your organisation
  • Provides human resource to investigate an initiative or research without extra staff resources and costs
  • Valuable consultancy for your business
  • Support from a dedicated Executive Company Projects team to ensure you have the right candidate for your project

Previous projects have included: Competitor analysis, social media strategies, revenue analysis, marketing and business consultancy.

How does this work?

  • It’s simple please contact the ECP Team: expressing your interest and we will ask you to complete a brief proposal template outlining the project
  • Submit your proposal by Friday 20 April 2018 for students to start in June 2018

Have your say on improving prevention and management of falls of people in the community

The health and social care system in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland is working with industry and third-sector organisations to provide an innovative and integrated solution to improve the prevention and management of falls of people in the community. Early action and intervention can prevent falling later in life or repeat falls.

Your views will inform the way devices are offered and used.

Get involved

22nd March 2018
Sparkenhoe Committee Room
Leicestershire County Council, County Hall, Glenfield, Leicestershire, LE3 8RA

Please contact to book your place

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Urgent, but not a serious or life-threatening emergency?

Following the cold weather, all our emergency services are feeling an increase in demand from people needing care. In Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland there are many services in place other than the emergency department, ready to treat people who urgently need healthcare, but it isn’t a serious or life threatening emergency. 

Anyone who is unsure of the service they need, or need immediate medical advice is urged to call NHS 111. They can give you advice and if you need to speak directly to a health care professional then they are available on the other end of the phone, whatever the time of day or night.

In Leicester City, patients can also access any one of four healthcare hubs. Appointments can be booked at the hubs from 8am to 8pm seven days a week, including bank holidays, by patients registered at any GP practice in Leicester City. Patients are advised to telephone NHS 111 before they travel, to ensure they will be able to be seen.  Please see for further details

In Leicestershire County and Rutland, urgent care centres are available. Walk in services are available at Loughborough Urgent Care Centre, Melton Mowbray Urgent Care Centre, Oadby Walk In Centre and Market Harborough Urgent Care Centre. Appointments are also available at these locations through NHS 111.

If you do need to go to the emergency department, please think about if you can manage to get there using your own transport, or a taxi. Ambulances in the area will always prioritise the most serious cases first, so if your condition is not serious or life threatening and it’s safe to do so, we would recommend seeing if you can get family or friends to help you get to the emergency department. If you’re not sure, ring NHS 111 and they will advise you.

Consultation Launch – Draft Carers Strategy 2018-2021

Leicestershire County Council, on behalf of the local strategic partnership (Leicester City Council, Rutland County Council, and all three Clinical Commissioning Groups), would like your views on the Draft Carers Strategy 2018 – 2021. 

The consultation is available at: 

They are also hosting a public consultation event on Wednesday 18 April between 5.30-6.30pm with arrivals from 5pm to allow reading of content.  (Please note there are only 40 places available for this event.) A place at the event can be booked via or 0116 305 0232.  

If you have any queries about the consultation please contact or 0116 305 0232

Have your say on the The LSCB Safeguarding Children Competency Framework

The LSCB Safeguarding Children Competency Framework is being reviewed. Please could you complete the following Questionnaire as truthfully as possible so that an understanding of who values and uses the Framework can be gained.

There is also an opportunity to suggest changes to the Framework.

Women wanted for a BBC documentary on equality and the gender pay gap

Wild Pictures is making a landmark documentary film for BBC One that’s part of their coverage around 100 years of women getting the vote in the UK. The programme will see Anne Robinson meet British people from across the social spectrum to explore how far we’ve come along the road to equality. 

One area they are keen to explore is the gender pay gap and whether women feel confident negotiating pay or asking for a pay rise. In order to do this, they are looking for women who would like the confidence to ask for more money at work, or maybe they have an interview coming up where they’d like to negotiate a better rate of pay.

If you’d like to be involved, please contact or calling 0207 428 5620.