Power to Change Community Business Fund opening for applications

Power to Change, the independent trust supporting community businesses in England, has a £5 million Community Business Fund and it’s reopening for applications on 24 April and closes on 22 May. Successful applicants will receive grants between £50,000 and £300,000 and we have a free webinar coming up to take people through the criteria, application process and what we’ve funded in other rounds.

1 week. 1 incredible message: We will Speak Up to protect the life we love

Speak Up Week is coming up this July and we would love you to get involved by organising an event and talking to your MP about climate change.

This 30 June to 8 July, you’re invited to join The Climate Coalition to have a climate heart-to-heart with your MP. Whether you host a meeting with a few friends or a tea party with your entire neighbourhood, you’ll be joining thousands to create something incredible: a national conversation on how climate change is affecting the life we love and the decisions we can make to help protect it.

More and more of us are feeling the effects of climate change on our everyday lives, but when we Speak Up together we can create a powerful and unified voice that our MPs will want to join.

Start gathering your friends, family and neighbours and be part of the excitement this summer at speakupweek.org.uk

If you want to host an event, email conor@theclimatecoalition.org

Healthwatch Leicester and Leicestershire Chair & Advisory Board Recruitment

Healthwatch Leicester and Leicestershire are actively recruiting a Chair and Board members for their local Advisory Board.

Join the Healthwatch team and work with them to help influence and develop local health and social care services in Leicester and Leicestershire. Healthwatch Leicester and Leicestershire is the consumer champion for NHS, primary care, public health and adult and children’s social care services across the City and County.

For more information on these exciting opportunities:

SHIRE Comunity Grant First Deadline Approaching

The SHIRE Community Grant re-opened to applications in April 2018. The first closing date is Monday 14 May 2018.

It will enable voluntary and community sector organisations (including social enterprises and Town/Parish Councils) to deliver community-based projects, services and activities which directly benefit the most vulnerable people in Leicestershire.

Eligible organisations will be able to access grants of up to £10,000 and/or smaller grants of up to £3,000 for community based projects and activities that improves the lives of vulnerable/disadvantaged people and communities.

Organisations interested in applying for a grant will need to discuss their project proposal with the Grant Officers before completing an online application form.

To help deliver the priorities of Leicestershire County Council’s Communities Strategy, the Council’s SHIRE Community Grant programme for 2018-19 is now OPEN for applications.

The first of the four closing dates  for applications is Monday 14 May.

Eligible organisations will be able to access grants of up to £10,000 and/or smaller grants of up to £3,000 for community based projects and activities that improves the lives of vulnerable/disadvantaged people and communities.

The SHIRE Community Grant programme will enable voluntary and community sector organisations (including social enterprises and Town/Parish Councils) to deliver community-based projects, services and activities which directly benefit the most vulnerable people in Leicestershire.

We are particularly interested in funding new and innovative projects that will:

  • improve the lives, health and wellbeing of vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals and communities in Leicestershire
  • provide early intervention and prevention based solutions which help to reduce demand on Council services
  • complement existing services already being delivered

Organisations interested in applying for a grant will need to discuss their project proposal with the Grant Officers before completing an online application form.

Although applications can be submitted at any time, bi-monthly deadlines for applications have been scheduled for:

  • Monday 14th May 2018
  • Monday 9th July 2018
  • Monday 10th September 2018
  • Monday 12th November 2018

To discuss your project proposal, or for more information about the SHIRE Community Grant programme, contact the Grant Officers:

(0116) 305 7269 or (0116) 305 7020

Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling opens it’s doors to raise money for their student Kate Rose Geraghty

On Sunday May 13th the Leicetser Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling (LCPC) will be opening its doors to the public for the “All Ears Kate’s Kounselling Fundraiser” to raise funds to prolong the life of Kate, a student on their Psychodynamic Counselling course who within weeks of giving birth to her first child was diagnosed with cancer.

Kate was studying on the course up until the time when she went on maternity leave to have Ivy and had been hoping to return to her studies after Ivy was born.

Kate is now fighting for every moment she can spend with her family. Her story has already made multiple national and international news sites, with people from all over the world donating to help Kate spend as long as she can with her new daughter, Ivy.

The fundraiser has been designed to provide information about counselling and listening services as this was they way LCPC students and staff had formed friendships with Kate. A fundraiser which embraced these shared passions seemed fitting therefore.

LCPC will be turned into an activity centre for families and individuals to learn more about counselling. Rooms will include a museum outlining different theorists from Freud to the present, two rooms dedicated to understanding Self Care and Mental Heatlh, a Children’s Games room where families can come together and play old fashioned board games.

Funds will be raised through the sale of teas and cakes and an auction of items donated by friends and local businesses.

Leicester Centre for Psychodynamic Counselling will be open from 11am to 3pm on Sunday 13th May at:

12 Princess Road West, LE1 6TP

      Link for more information: 

Funding for small local community groups

Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are invited to apply for funding to turn their ideas into reality.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years, seeking investment of between £5,000 and £50,000 for projects lasting up to two years. We’re looking for small and local projects, genuinely designed and run by local people. By small, we mean just a small group of people on an estate, in a few streets or villages.                                      

We’re also looking for great ideas from communities of interest. By this we mean a group of people who have things in common and wish to come together to address something that is important to them. These ideas could be based in one neighbourhood, or cover a wider area.  

​Applying couldn’t be easier. It’s an online process with a step by step guide from start to finish.

​Using money raised by society lotteries through The Health Lottery, Active Communities is currently open in the following areas:​                                      

  • HealthWisdom – Lewisham and Southwark (application deadline, 9 May, 1pm)
  • HealthBelief – Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland (application deadline, 16 May, 1pm) 

Active Communities is opening soon in the following areas:

  • HealthLives – Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Redbridge
  • HealthWhole – Kent and Medway
  • HealthConfirm – Wokingham, West Berkshire, Reading, Windsor and Maidenhead, Slough and Bracknell Forest 

Please note that these are our planned openings but due to the nature of how we get our funding, these openings are subject to change.   

Your opportunity to join the new Maternity Voices Partnership (MVP)

The Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Maternity Voices Partnership is looking for mothers, their families, and their carers to join its brand new group, to share their views and experiences to help shape our local maternity services. The Maternity Voices Partnership will give its members the chance to tell us what we did well, what we can do to improve our services and help us to develop the best maternity services for our patients in the future. 

We will be holding a special launch event on the 5th June 2018, 10am – 2pm at Voluntary Action Leicestershire where you will have the chance to find out more and meet the staff who run the maternity services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. So please come along between 10am and 2pm and find out if this group is for you. *Translators will be available on request.

If you would like to attend let Tom know:

0116 2954191

For further information on the MVP please contact Jasmine Cajee (Midwife Support Officer for Better Births):

07760 172559.

Dementia Strategy Consultation

As you may be aware, the Dementia Programme Board has drafted a new strategy which details the actions it intends to take in order to create a health and social care system that works together so that every person with dementia, their carers and families have access to and receive compassionate care and support not only before diagnosis but after diagnosis and through to end of life.

The draft LLR Living Well with Dementia Strategy 2019-2022 is now live on our consultation portal until Friday 22nd June 2018 and we need your help to make sure that we get to hear the views of everyone affected by dementia including people with a diagnosis, their families and carers, and people and organisations who work to support them.

The survey is available to complete online in the first instance but there is a downloadable version on the site with a freepost address to return it, should people not want to complete it online. For those who may not have access to the internet we are trying to encourage people to make use of their local libraries, or attend a local Alzheimer’s Society group to complete.  Easy read versions in print are available from us on request.

If you would like a representative to come and speak to your patients/service users about the Strategy during the consultation period, please contact me on 0116 4542300 to arrange this.