On 12th March, Monica Kimche, Director, presented our 32nd Golden Heart award to Simon Doran at our Champion’s Lunch. Now retired, Simon previously worked for Leicestershire and Rutland Probation Trust and has been a long-standing supporter of Leicestershire Cares. The Champion’s Lunch was Simon’s last engagement as a representative for the Probation Trust. (more…)
On 11th March we presented our 31st Golden Heart Award to Barry O’Sullivan at Leicester City Council.
Barry has had a lot of involvement with our Flying Fish project, supporting care leavers to gain work experience.
Parminder Basra, Flying Fish project coordinator, said: “We really wanted to thank Barry for the continued support and dedication he has provided to our clients on work placements and apprenticeships. (more…)
A Leicester PR and advertising agency has donated its expertise to help a 50 year old club for children move into a new era with a new name, branding and website.
Thanks to the help, the newly renamed Blaby and Whetstone Youth Club is looking forward to its second 50 years with a new focus on helping more children and especially more girls to benefit from its work.
By the time of the Club’s 50th anniversary in May 2014 the 1960s pavilion will have been rebuilt thanks to £600,000 in grants from a variety of bodies, including the Football Foundation and Sport England. (more…)
On Wednesday 5th March, 13 volunteers interviewed 100 6th form students at St Paul’s Catholic School in Leicester. The event ran well with the following comments from students:
“I thought that the interview was very interesting and an amazing experience, especially as I have only experienced one interview before. I have learnt different techniques to use in interviews and how to present myself as the best I can be. Learning these techniques will be very beneficial in all types of interviews I will have in the future. Overall, I am glad I got the opportunity to experience this” – Annabelle Davidson, Student. (more…)
A three year odyssey reached a triumphant end on Saturday 15 February when Duncan Clarke completed a 735 mile challenge to run along every street in Leicester.
Appropriately, Duncan’s chequered flag was on Leicester city centre’s Every Street at the Town Hall’s square. The challenge was sparked by memories of his grandfather Barri joking to the seven year old Duncan that he had just “walked down Every Street in Leicester”. (more…)
Hinckley & Rugby Building Society is a top 20 building society, and Leicestershire’s largest. It is a mutual, owned by and existing for its members – the borrowers who buy their homes with mortgages we provide and the savers who entrust their money to us.
Hinckley & Rugby has total assets of nearly £550 million and nearly 70,000 savers. In addition, it has close to 10,000 borrowers who are also benefiting from the Society’s success. (more…)
The 4th Round of Employ Me! took place at the end of January 2014. This is a scheme to help care leavers broaden their career horizons and to improve their employability skills through a series of tours and activities.
On the first day, 6 young people attended British Gas to explore the importance of having a good attitude and how to be professional. They then moved on to Ford & Slater where the young people took part in a tour and a team building activity to build a stretcher out of duct tape to successfully lift one of their party off the ground. (more…)
Today, 21 volunteers interviewed 218 students at Charnwood College in Loughborough. The event ran well with the following comments from students:
“This mock interview was very useful, I felt very comfortable. This interview will make me feel more confident as I have two coming up soon. It was very helpful and I can use this experience for the upcoming interviews” – Chanel Littlejohn (more…)
Ann King is a lone volunteer at The Samworth Enterprise Academy. She retired from a secretarial role for the NHS and started doing Go for Reading straight away in February 2013 after seeing an advert through the Libraries Service. She thoroughly enjoys her volunteering, but wishes more students could be supported as there are many that would benefit from the project. This simply isn’t possible without more volunteers. Ann said, “I would encourage anyone who may be considering volunteering for Go for Reading to do so. You feel marvellous when a teacher says that they have seen a marked improvement in a young person’s reading ability after a few weeks of you providing some additional help and assistance.”
Mike Eastwood was delighted to receive his Golden Heart from Jo Hudson on Wednesday 5th February.
This presentation has been pending since September 2013 when Mike achieved his magic 5 years of volunteering for the Number Partners project. (more…)