Leicester City Council releases buildings for local community groups

As part of the Transforming Neighbourhoods Services Programme, Leicester City Council has released three buildings for local community groups and organisations to run. These are:

  • Braunstone Frith Recreation Centre (5 year lease)
  • Braunstone Mayfield Centre (5 year lease)
  • Braunstone Grove Youth Centre (25 year lease)

Initial sessions for interested community organisations have been organised by Leicester City Council and it is strongly recommended you attend these:

  • Braunstone Frith – 3.30pm on 18 April at Braunstone Frith Recreation Centre
  • Braunstone Grove – 4.30pm on 19 April at Braunstone Grove Youth Centre
  • Mayfield Centre – 4.30pm on 20 April at Mayfield Children & Family Centre

More information on these sessions and the transfer of buildings can be found on the Council’s Website.

Don’t miss our asset transfer workshops

To support this process VAL is hosting a number of workshops covering the business planning process and the business cases that will need to be submitted by interested organisations.

These will take place at VAL from 2.30 to 4.00pm, and repeated from 5.00 – 6.30pm on:

  • Monday 23 April (focusing on Braunstone Grove Youth Centre)
  • Tuesday 24 April (focusing on Mayfield Centre)
  • Wednesday 25 April (covers all)

Book your place

To book onto any of the above workshops, please contact Paul Akroyd, VAL Voice and Insights Development Officer:

0116 257 5029

Vote for VAL in Natwest’s Skills and Opportunities Fund

We’re thrilled to say that we’ve been shortlisted for Natwest’s Skills and Opportunities Fund. The recipient of the fund will be decided by public vote in different regions across the UK.

You can help make our IDEA come to life. IDEA (Inspiring Diverse Enterprise in Action) will support individuals from deprived BAME communities to learn about, connect with and start up social enterprises.

Everyone who joins the programme will improve their entrepreneurial skills and gain qualifications, and we hope that around half will start their own enterprise.

The vote closes at noon on 20 April, so please head over to the Natwest website, select the Midlands and East region and vote for us!

Leicester City Council Adult Social Care consultation on the draft Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Living Well with Dementia Strategy 2019-2022

Online responses to the surveys must reach the city council by Friday 22 June 2018.

Leicester City Council is hosting a consultation exercise covering the draft LLR Living Well with Dementia Strategy 2019-2022. The consultation is intended to find out what people think about the actions listed in the Strategy which is for people with a diagnosis of dementia, their families and carers, and people and organisations who work to support them. 

Click on the link below to find out more about the strategy and have your say.

Printed surveys

If you would prefer to fill in a printed version of the survey, you can download one from the consultation portal and return to us at: 

NC Consultation
Bosworth House
1F West Wing
Leicester City Council

Please get in touch if you would like to know more about the consultation:

0116 454 2300

Leicester City Council is consulting on support for carers, visual and dual sensory impairment support, and lunch clubs

Leicester City Council Adult Social Care is carrying out three consultation exercises on: support for carers; visual and dual sensory impairment support; and lunch clubs.

Online and paper responses to the surveys must reach the city council by Friday 29 June 2018.

The consultations are intended to find out what people think about the council’s proposals.

To get printed versions of the surveys, or for any other queries about the consultations, please contact:

0116 454 2300

New managers of care announced for three city healthcare hubs

A new provider has been selected to run three GP-led hubs in the city, which provide primary care access in the evenings and at weekends for people living and working in the City of Leicester.

DHU Leicester City Health, a collaboration between DHU and Across Leicester Federation, a group made up of local GP practices, will run the hubs at Belgrave Health Centre, Saffron Health and Westcotes Health Centre from July 1. The partnership already provides services for the fourth city hub, at Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre, since October 2017.

The contract award follows a successful pilot of the scheme, which makes around 1,200 extra appointments available each week at times that are more convenient for patients. In total almost a quarter of a million appointments have been made available since the initiative’s launch in 2015 – appointments that would otherwise not been available and may have led to patients using other parts of the NHS system unnecessarily.

Patients in Leicester can use any of the four healthcare hubs, just like they would their own GP Practice, as long as they are registered with one of the city’s 57 GP practices. Patients can get an appointment with a GP or nurse during the day, evenings and weekends as well as on Bank Holidays. Appointments can be booked in advance or booked on the day.

The four hubs are located at:

Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre
1 Spinney Hill Road, Leicester, LE5 3GH
8am to 8pm, seven days a week

Westcotes Health Centre
Fosse Road South, Leicester, LE3 0LP
8am to 8pm, seven days a week

Belgrave Health Centre
52 Brandon Street, Leicester, LE4 6AW
Mon-Fri 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays
12:00pm to 8:00pm

Saffron Health
612 Saffron Lane, Leicester, LE2 6TD
Mon-Fri 6:30pm to 10:00pm
Weekends and Bank Holidays
12:00pm to 8:00pm

Richard Morris, Director of Operations and Corporate Affairs, said:

“We want all city patients to have access to the best possible quality of primary medical care for themselves and their families. The four healthcare hubs give patients more choice and flexibility to book convenient appointments with a GP or nurse at a time that suits them. It also helps take pressure off our practices, which are seeing record numbers of patients and face huge demand for appointments.”

David Whitney, Chairman of DHU Health Care said:

“People in Leicester now benefit from the fact that all of their health care hubs are operated by the same company, offering consistency of standards in care across the city. We are privileged that even more people in Leicester will benefit from the high quality care provided by DHU Leicester City Health. We look forward to welcoming the dedicated professional workforce into the DHU Leicester City Health family where they will be supported to continue delivering first class health care services for the people of Leicester.”

For more information on the healthcare hubs, including up-to-date opening times and developments to services, visit www.leicestercityccg.nhs.uk/healthcare-hubs.

Launch event for Europe Direct project: what can Leicester residents do to prepare for Brexit?

Citizens Advice LeicesterShire is holding a free launch event for our Europe Direct Information Centre on Tuesday 24 April 2018.

The event will focus on how communities can help each other to prepare for the changes to EU citizens’ legal rights to live and work in the UK after Brexit, and British citizens’ rights to live and work in other EU countries.

The session will be delivered by experts from the University of Leicester Law School, Professor Adam Cygan and Dr Oxana Golynker.

There will also be a session on tackling the rise in hate crimes and discrimination in the wake of the Brexit vote, from the Director of TellMAMA.

This free event will be held at Voluntary Action Leicester, 9 Newarke Street, LE1 5SN on Tuesday 24 April, 10am – 1pm. Refreshments will be provided.

Anyone interested in attending this event should visit

www.citizensadviceleicestershire.org and follow the link on the homepage to register.

Citizens Advice LeicesterShire is part of a network of Europe Direct Information Centres across the UK and Europe, providing information and advice on all Europe and EU-related issues. We cover East Midlands South – Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

We can answer questions on preparing for Brexit, as well as general advice and information about working, travelling, working or studying in the EU. We can also provide information about funding opportunities, youth programmes and other EU initiatives.

Anyone with an enquiry about Europe, the EU or Brexit can visit the walk-in centre at Citizens Advice LeicesterShire’s City branch: 1st Floor, Customer Service Centre, 91 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6FB.

They can also contact the Information Centre by telephone on 0116 326 6 326 and email: europedirect@citizensadviceleicestershire.org.

Wellbeing Cafe Project in finals of the Big Lottery and ITV’s The People’s Projects and needs your votes

The Loughborough Wellbeing Centre CIC has reached the finals of the Big Lottery and ITV’s ‘The People’s Projects’ and needs the public to vote for them to help them win nearly £50000 of funding. This is an extraordinary amount of money to help the project build on what has been an extremely successful and busy year so far.

Loughborough Wellbeing Centre needs your vote to help local people suffering from mental health issues

  • Your vote could see Loughborough Wellbeing Centre named a winner in this year’s ‘The People’s Projects’ Big Lottery Fund
  • It’s you, the public, who gets to decide which community projects get National Lottery funding support
  • Film of their Wellbeing Cafe Project will be aired on ITV and viewers can vote on this year’s worthy winner.

A local community group in Loughborough which helps people living with mental health issues is calling for your vote to secure £49,050 of National Lottery funding as part of this year’s People’s Projects.

Loughborough Wellbeing Centre will use the grant to expand the already well established and successful wellbeing cafes to other areas across Leicestershire and Rutland.

The Wellbeing Café Project is one of five groups in ITV Central East Region in the running for a share of up to £150,000 of funding.

Helen Carter, Project Manager and Director at Loughborough Wellbeing Centre said:

“Poor mental health can affect anyone of us at any time, there is not one of us whose lives haven’t been touched by a friend or relative suffering from mental health difficulties.

“This is an exciting opportunity to raise awareness and support for our work and, with your help, to secure further much-needed funding. If successful, our project will make a real difference to mental health sufferers in Leicestershire and Rutland by providing support, giving them somewhere to go that is safe, supportive and where they can make new friends.

“No one should have to suffer in silence from poor mental health and helping us to secure this important funding will mean less people have to. We really do need your help and in voting for us you can make a real difference locally.”

Children’s Blood Test Clinic Survey: Have your say

The children’s blood test clinic for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, which is also known as the Paediatric Phlebotomy Service, is available for babies, children and young people up to the age of 16 whose GP has referred them for a blood test. This specialist service operates from three clinics in Leicester city: Braunstone Health and Social Care Centre, Westcotes Health Centre and Merlyn Vaz Health and Social Care Centre.  

At the moment, the service is run by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust under one contract. This contract is coming to an end in September 2018 so it is an opportunity to consider how this service could best be run in the future, and whether any changes are needed.

There are two options that we are considering.

  1. We can keep the children’s blood test clinic as one service and one contract as it is now. Depending on who wins the contract, the location of the clinics may change, but all blood tests would be carried out by the same provider.
  2. We could split the service into two and have two contracts. This would mean that the service for babies and children between 0 to 10 years would be delivered by a specialist provider. Children and young people between 10 and 16 could potentially have their service provided by a local GP practice. 

We are committed to buying and developing the best quality services we can for children, young people and their families, so we want to know what you think about the current children’s blood test clinic and what you may want in the future.

Computer or Phone Problems? Worry no more!

In an Age where more and more is only accessible online, where can people 50+ go to get 1:1 help with their phones or computers?

Age UK realise that they need a safe place, where they won’t be judged, where they won’t be laughed at because they have forgotten the 10 minute run-through they got from family (and grandchildren!) when they first got their equipment and somewhere they can work 1:1 with a Volunteer and come away feeling they have moved forward and are more confident in using technology. No question is too small.

Our sessions have helped people learn to Skype or WhatsApp with distant family, manage Doctor’s appointments or prescriptions online, order groceries for home delivery if they are finding the shopping too much due to injury or simply infirmity, shopping for clothes, buying Theatre tickets or simply finding out what is on

in their area and reducing loneliness  – the list is endless.

The hardest part they face is walking over our threshold the first time – but they are greeted with a smile and sometimes even refreshments!

We hold three regular groups in Charnwood; Loughborough, Syston and Rothley with Birstall to follow in the later Spring.

Other groups exist in greater Leicestershire & Rutland. Go to the link provided for the whole list or call the number provided for more information.

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Parents of young people with special education needs: share your views on health visitors & school nurses

Do you have a child or young person with special educational needs and/or disability? Have you spoken to your health visitor or school nurse in the past 3 years. Would you like to share your views and experiences? Please follow the link below to complete the online survey.

Have your say

SENDIASS and the Healthy Together Team at Leicestershire Partnership Trust are working in partnership to gather your views, experience and feedback on the Public Health Nurse Services (Health Visitors and School Nurses).

For further information or to get involved in shaping services please contact healthytogether@sendiassleicester.org.uk