As part of a continuing campaign by Enderby Parish Council to secure the future of Enderby Library, the Council is inviting residents to a meeting where it will outline its plans and detail how members of the community can be involved.
The decision to proceed with an application to run a Community Library in Enderby was taken at a Council Meeting earlier in the year and following an in-depth public consultation to gauge support for a Library in Enderby.
In January 2014 Leicestershire County Council announced it intended to “protect” its 16 bigger libraries but wanted to save up to £1.4 million a year by transferring 37 of its smaller branches to communities.
Where nobody comes forward there is strong possibility the Library will disappear.
The Parish Council stepped-in following Leicestershire County Council’s decision to close a number of its libraries unless the local communities affected undertook to ‘take over’ their libraries and run them in partnership with the County Council’s Library service.
The meeting will take place in the Civic Centre on Thursday June 18th 2015, commencing at 6pm.
Members of the Parish Council’s Library Working Group will be present, as will representatives from Voluntary Action Leicestershire who are working with the Parish Council in formulating a sustainable business plan.
The event, on 24th June, is being held in Enderby by the South Leicestershire Marie Curie Fundraising Support Group, who have already raised over £5,200 with the Daffodil appeal held in the area in March 2015.
The support group are already on course to raise even more valuable funds in 2015 with a Blooming Great Tea Party and quiz in Enderby.
Cara Ackerman, a Marie Curie Fund Raising Volunteer said:
“Sadly, it is a question that none of us would like to ask, but research has shown that 65% of people who have a terminal illness would prefer to die at home surrounded by their family, friends and in familiar surroundings.
“Marie Curie nurses enable this to happen by offering nursing care to patients but also essential support to the family. Whilst a Marie Curie nurse is present family members are able to rest.
“The South Leicestershire Fundraising Group formed in spring 2010 and we have steadily increased the amount we raise each year, with a grand total of over £28,000.00. All this money goes towards nursing and support in the Leicestershire area.
“We’d like to invite everyone to our Blooming Great Tea Party to help raise even more funds to help more Marie Curie Nurses to provide free care to patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses in the comfort of their own homes or one of the charity’s hospices.
“It’s going to be a fantastic event and a great way to get together with friends old and new.”
Blooming Great Tea Party
Date: Wednesday 24th June 2015
Place: 52 Abbey Road, Enderby LE19 2DA
Tickets: Adults £2-50 available in advance or on the day Children free (includes cake and tea or coffee)
Everyone is invited.
The tea party will include tea and home made cakes, plant sale, nearly new toys, tombola, Phoenix cards, a raffle, bric-a-brac, jewellery, and much, much more!
There is also a fun quiz to answer and be in with the chance to win £20.00.
The South Leicestershire group’s tea party will join others taking place across the country this June 20-29.
Last year across the UK the Blooming Great Tea Party for Marie Curie raised £667,000, which pays for 33,350 hours of vital nursing care.
Follow updates on social media using #BloomingGreat.
It may be passing quietly ….or not – but this week is Noise Action Week (May 18 – 23 2015).
Blaby District Council is teaming up with partners as part of a national effort to tackle noisy nuisance neighbours.
The campaign not only urges residents to be tolerant of those they live close to, but also ask themselves “am I a noisy neighbour?”
In the past 12 months the council has received a variety of complaints about noise, including concerns about barking dogs, DIY, noisy TVs and music, parties, cars and house alarms.
Investigating noise complaints costs councils anything from £130 to £7,000 per complaint. This is not just a cost to the council – those affected by noise need to provide evidence to support investigations. Housing providers and police community support teams also tackle noise.
Blaby District Council is part of the Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group, which is made up of local authorities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and the police.
Joe Orson, county council cabinet member for safer communities, said:
“We want to encourage people to behave respectfully towards their neighbours and allow them to enjoy their homes without noise nuisance.
“However, we understand that households can be busy, lively and sometimes loud places with children, pets and DIY, so sometimes people need to be a little more tolerant.
“Asking yourself a question about your own noise levels helps focus you on what you could do to be a better neighbour?”
Superintendent Mark Newcombe the force’s lead on anti- social behaviour, said:
“At its worse, this type of anti-social behaviour can have a detrimental impact on a person’s quality of life and can leave them feeling unsafe or cause confrontational situations to occur.
“However, there are also times when the matter could be easily resolved with less confrontation if both parties spoke to each other first, especially if it is a one off event. If you are having a party then it is always a good idea to let your neighbours know in advance.
“We hope this campaign will encourage neighbours to be both more respectful and more tolerant when it comes to noise.”
The Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group has also produced a template for a letter which they hope residents can download and use to inform their neighbours in a positive, friendly way about their concerns.
This, as well as tips on dealing with the county’s “top six” noise complaints, is available at: www.leics.gov.uk/asb.
To report anti-social behaviour call the council on 0116 272 7677.
The police can be contacted on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.
*Calls to 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts.
Key community stakeholders are being invited to an event to learn about an exciting new scheme that is starting in Enderby.
Local Area Coordination (LAC) is an approach to supporting people and their families so they can enjoy a quality of life as part of their local community.
It is “…a model of support for vulnerable people which focuses on identifying and supporting those who need help before they reach crisis and working towards building an inclusive, resilient community around them.”
A meeting where people can learn more about the scheme, including how to become involved, is to be held at Enderby Civic Centre on Wednesday 19th November, commencing at 7.00pm.
Those wishing to attend are asked to confirm their attendance by either emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone: 0116 272 7725.
LAC was originally developed in Western Australia in the 1980’s and is now being implemented across parts of England and Wales. It is an early intervention based approach, and aims to support people and their families to have a good life as part of their local community.
Some of the desired outcomes for individuals and communities through the LAC project include:
Improved health and wellbeing
Fewer hospital/emergency admissions and visits to GP
Better quality of life; improved confidence and independence
Stronger individuals, families and communities
Improved community links and social interactions
Greater community cohesion, community capacity and resilience
Positive use of community assets and resources
Increased levels of people engaging in volunteering, training or employment
The scheme is currently running in other areas of the UK including Derby, Thurrock, Monmouthshire and Cumbria