Transport services for elderly and disabled people

Is transport an issue? Hinckley and Bosworth Community Transport can help!

They can:

  • Help your community group of elderly and disabled people to transport people to the events you organise using our community minibus (with driver).
  • Provide regular Shopping Trips to Supermarkets.
  • Run Lunch Groups and Day Trips

The Minibus: 

  • Has 16 seats and low floor access and a hydraulic tail lift
  • Can carry 1 wheelchair with non transferrable passenger (lowering capacity by 2 seats)
  • Foldable wheelchairs and walkers can be carried

If you are a group and interested in utilising the bus or an individual who would like to join shopping trips and lunch groups, just give call 01455 250462, email l.short@unicombox.co.uk or visit www.handbct.org.uk.


Community Transport Fund launched by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Are you organising a key community event? Would you like to offer it to a broader audience but transport is an issue?

Recognising the extensive work local groups put into organising community events, the Borough Council has made available a Community Transport Fund totalling £21,000 for 2018/19.

We appreciate that public transport can be limited, especially in our rural areas, and perhaps isn’t suitable for many people who would benefit from attending community events.  Therefore this funding is aimed at helping you to increase numbers at your event, and importantly provide access to many more people.

Therefore if your town or village has an up and coming community event, this community transport fund could be for you.

Applications of up to £500 are invited from voluntary and community sector groups.  Your group will be responsible for organising your required transport, but you must utilise a form of Community Transport provision such as Hinckley & Bosworth Community Transport, Dial a Ride, Age UK, volunteers drivers, Good Neighbour Schemes, etc.


Voluntary Departure – Immigration Surgery

Do you want to return to your home town but have overstayed your visa? Or are without valid leave to remain in the UK?

  • Do you or someone you know who is desperate to go back home?
  • Do you feel isolated and do not know what to do?

The CIO is not part of the Home Office, however they work with them to help people who are in the UK illegally, without leave to remain and wish to return to their home country.

CIO is able to provide assistance in obtaining travel documentation and enable people to return home with dignity.


Creative People and Places funding opportunity for Leicestershire

In January 2019, a new round of Creative People and Places funding opens. Arts Council England will be allocating £24 million for this new programme of funding between 2019-2023 to places identified as the ‘least engaged’ in arts and culture across England, according to the Active Lives survey November 2015 to May 2017.

Creative People and Places is about partnerships and every project is led by a consortia of local organisations. To help you develop partnerships in your local area ahead of applications opening, Arts Council England is asking you to register your interest in the programme.

Please come along if you are from a community group, cultural organisation or others such as a club or local business. You might not have worked with arts and culture before, but this event is an opportunity for you to find out how the fund can support you in transforming your community, putting power in the hands of local people and giving them a real say in the arts and culture in your area.


Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles seeks oral health champions

Healthy Teeth, Happy Smiles! is looking for people from Leicester City* to become Oral Health Champions to help contribute towards improving Leicester’s oral health.

As an Oral Health Champion you’ll receive; free training and support and become a hub of oral health information in your local community.

If you would like to become an Oral Health Champion or would like some additional information please contact Amy Curnock on amy.curnock@leicester.gov.uk or call 0116 454 3543.

*Please note that this opportunity is for those working with Leicester City based clients only.


Groups encouraged to apply for Climate Change grants

Community groups and organisations can now apply for the latest round of Shire Climate Change grants.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available through the scheme run by Leicestershire County Council to help groups and organisations to reduce their carbon emissions by improving the energy efficiency of community buildings.

The community grant has already helped parish councils, community and faith groups as well as charities and village hall management committees.

To be eligible for a grant from the current round of funding, you must apply before Wednesday, 31 October. There will be a further round of funding which will close on Thursday, 28 February 2019.

Projects might include an EPC (energy performance certificate) or DEC (display energy certificate), installation of more efficient heating systems, roof or cavity wall insulation or renewable energy systems. The projects must be located in Leicestershire (not including Leicester City or Rutland). 


Thank you for attending Future Focus 2018

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along to Future Focus 2018 at the end of September. Over 100 delegates came along to take part in eight workshops, all aimed at helping our local voluntary sector to thrive.

Our morning workshops covered fundraising from trusts and foundations, the Leicester City Council Public Health Strategy, understanding the volunteer experience, and Prevention in Leicestershire. In the afternoon delegates learned how to strengthen their organisations, attract major gifts, manage risk, and how to use social media.

We were also very lucky to start the day with a fantastic opening speaker in Lyndsey Young from the fantastic The Friendly Bench project, which aims to tackle isolation in older people, and we closed the day with Liz Fleuty from the Canal and River Trust, where we learned about the amazing work they and their volunteers do to preserve over 2,000 miles of historic waterways.

We’ve uploaded some of the photos from the day to our Facebook page, so feel free to pop over and take a look.