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‘500 up’ for Good Neighbour Scheme

A community scheme in Whetstone has helped residents who are vulnerable and in need of neighbourly assistance in the village for the 500th time in just over 15 months.

Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme

The Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme is a group of committed volunteers from the local community who undertake everyday tasks, including lifts to the shops and hospital, completing applications and changing a lightbulb.

Volunteers have helped the 44 scheme users in a wide-range of ways.

The early runaway success of Whetstone’s Good Neighbour Scheme saw it win “Best Community Group” at last year’s Outstanding Achievement Awards after receiving nine nominations from the local community.

Betty Tilston, who nominated the group and uses the service, said of the scheme:  

“It has helped me and my friends to live an independent life, which would be very dull and lonely without them.”

Good Neighbour Schemes have been backed by Blaby District Council, who help to establish a scheme in the local community and to advise on funding available.

Croft, Sapcote and Sharnford also have volunteers supporting residents in their villages.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio Holder Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic and Community Development, said:

“I want to congratulate the Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme for reaching their 500th job so quickly.

“This highlights the community spirit and dedication from volunteers to help more vulnerable members of the village.

“I cannot express how proud I am of Whetstone and our other schemes for their commitment to the local community. I hope they are an inspiration for people across the district to start up a scheme in their village.”

Barry Fisher, Chairman of Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme, said:  

“The whole team of volunteers are delighted with the positive feedback we receive from our users, who often describe the scheme as a vital part of their ability to live an independent, fulfilled and inclusive life.”

The Council is committed to helping volunteers who want to establish Good Neighbour Schemes in the district. For more information, email strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk or call 0116 272 7566.

Find out more about Whetstone Good Neighbour Scheme by visiting www.whetstonegns.org.uk.

Heroes assemble for village ‘Spring Clean’ blitz

A number of local residents, of varying ages, came together to tidy up Enderby village in  an organised event billed as “Enderby Coop Great British Spring Clean”.

Those taking part were asked to bring along their old Coop bags to use for collecting litter and a pair of gloves.

The group took to the village area between 2.30 and 3.30pm on Sunday 4th March and during that time managed to amass several sacks full of litter. The sacks were deposited outside the store at 19 Cross Street, Enderby for collection.

Litter sacks outside co-op

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It’s a busy couple of weeks in store (forgive the pun) for the Co-op and local causes:

Monday 5th March Applications open for the next round of Local Cause funding.

Wednesday 7th March visit to Honey Bees preschool to talk to the children about Fairtrade and handout free bananas.

Friday 9th March 5.15pm-6.15pm Fairtrade wine tasting in Enderby Co-op.

Wednesday 14th March Fairtrade coffee afternoon at Enderby Library with the over 60’s games club.

More photos from the Enderby Coop Great British Spring Clean

The team on Mill Lane Park
The team on Mill Lane Park
young litter pickers walking through Enderby village
Young litter pickers walking through Enderby village
litter picking collage
Canisters of butane found on Mill Lane Park and even old abandoned garden planters.

[Source / All photos: Coop Member Pioneer for Enderby]

#GreatBritishSpringClean  #TheCoopWay

PCC toasts the fruits of community-based crime prevention

Leicestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach today hailed the success of grassroots community work which is transforming the lives of vulnerable people and those at risk of committing crime.

Since March, the PCC has invested more than £130,000 from his Prevention Fund into local projects which help victims recover from their experiences, address societal problems and rehabilitate offenders – with some £120,000 of the fund still available.

The PCC has promised to plough £250,000 into community work in 2017-18 which helps keep Leicestershire safe and delivers lasting positive changes on vulnerable people.

So far, grants have been invested in a wide range of areas and include those that support families affected by substance misuse, projects which provide “drop in” centres for vulnerable people and others that support domestic violence survivors to prevent re-exploitation.

A major part of this community work has also focused on tackling hate crime with projects aimed at encouraging victims to report crime, services to deliver advice and schools-based help intervention for asylum seekers and refugees.

This month, the PCC visited project leaders behind the Drop the Knife and Live Your Life initiative.

The project, being delivered by Beaumont Leys training provider E2, was recently awarded £12,500 from the Fund for 2017-18 followed by £12,499.80 in 2018-19 to deliver youth consultation and research, analysis and educational intervention to tackle knife crime among young people in Leicestershire.

With cash still available, organisations which require funding to support their crime prevention work are being reminded to apply as soon as possible.

Willy Bach said:

Lord Willy Bach
Lord Willy Bach: We need to think outside the box

“Our partners on the ground are really making a difference to people’s lives, supporting them through trauma, hardship and life’s problems to close the door on a life of crime or victimisation.

“Helping people tackle their problems is the most effective way of reducing crime and harm from our streets in the long-term and reinforces everything the police do to protect people.

“We need to think outside the box to have a meaningful impact on public safety and I really like that this fund champions innovation and enables new approaches to get off the ground.

“There are so many ways of approaching a problem because there never is one single cause and I’m incredibly grateful to our partners in the community who give us the breadth of expertise and resources to solve them, individually, and get people back on the right road to recovery.”

The Prevention Fund is designed to help voluntary and third sector groups support the public safety goals in the PCC’s Police and Crime Plan as well as confront pressing community issues.

Among those celebrating in the first round of the grants scheme was Leicester Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Centre which received £9,945 for its LGBT and Hate Crime Ambassador project.

The initiative will address the issue of under-reporting of LGBT and hate incidents through the recruitment of volunteer ambassadors.

Another recipient included the Shama Women’s Centre for its ESCAPE project which empowers and supports women and girls from the BME community in their recovery from domestic violence, hate crime and mental health issues.

Grants of up to £25,000 are available in 2017-18 for organisations whose projects successfully address the PCC’s crime priority areas which include hate crime, domestic violence and abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE), drug and alcohol-related problems, sexual violence and mental health.

The funding is available all year and there is no deadline for applications. For more details and to apply, visit www.leics.pcc.police.uk/funding-2017-18.

Love Your Community? Love Blaby Lottery!

Blaby Lottery LogoA new lottery with a £25,000 jackpot is launching in the District of Blaby to support local good causes.

Blaby District Council’s Councillors approved plans for the authority to launch its own online community lottery, Love Blaby Lottery, to benefit local community organisations across the local area.

Tickets cost just £1, with 60p given to local good causes, compared to only 28p in every pound from National Lottery ticket sales. The lottery is anticipated to launch in 2018.

Weekly draws will be held with a jackpot of £25,000 for a matching sequence of six numbers. £2,000, £250, £25 and three free tickets can also be won in each draw.

Good causes in the district will be able to set up their own lottery page to receive 50p in every pound spent by players entering. 10p is put into a general ‘good cause’ fund to be administered by the Council.

Players who do not support a specific cause will see 60p of their ticket price going into the general good causes fund and distributed by the Council.

Councillor Sheila Scott, Portfolio holder for Planning, Housing Strategy, Economic & Community Development, said:

“The Love Blaby Lottery provides a great opportunity to help local good causes to raise additional money.

“We are committed to continuing our support to local community groups through our community grants scheme and other initiatives, including plans to appoint a Community Champion who will lead on this exciting initiative.”

Regular updates about the launch of Love Blaby Lottery will be available on the Council’s website and through its social media channels.

Local organisations can find out about how to sign up to the lottery and benefit from the money raised at two events groups can register to attend.

For more information contact the Partnerships & Community Development Team via strategic.partnerships@blaby.gov.uk.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications]

Struggling to find a New Year Resolution?

Enderby LibraryWhy not drop-in to Enderby Library on Tuesday, 12th or 19th January 2016 to find out more about volunteer opportunities at the ‘new’ Enderby Library?

Members of Enderby Community Library’s Management team will be happy to talk about the Community Library Project and provide details of the opportunities available.

Why not come along, hear about the plans and see how you can become more involved in the Community Library Project?

Events are being held at Enderby Library, Townsend Road, Enderby:

Tuesday, 12th January 2016,
Tuesday, 19th January 2016,

[Original information source: Enderby Parish Council]