Leicestershire Cares News & Events page
During the summer Peer Researchers on the Joining Up Joining In project at Leicestershire Cares started a piece of research exploring people views and opinions on protecting those of care experience under the Equality Act 2010.
Leicestershire Cares is working with the local NHS Integrated Care Board to help young people have their say on health services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
We started out with a group of five young people from different backgrounds and very different abilities who were all very keen to get involved in the many different disciplines we had to offer.
Over the last couple of months we have been working with the team at Walker and Son to establish a relationship that can help to connect business, volunteers and young people across the community.
On Wednesday the 15th of November, our Youth Justice Team which comprises of the VIP and Phoenix project attended a work tour facilitated by Kieran Chand, Engagement Leader at Hastings Direct.
Since the summer of 2022 the Powering Up Project has been delivering a sports project with the aim of raising aspirations and improving outcomes for our participants..
On Monday, the Violence Intervention/Phoenix Project hosted a Budgeting workshop led by our business members, Hinckley and Rugby Building Society.
Our Education team were honoured and humbled to win the East Midlands Chambers award for Business and Education Partnership at their annual awards ceremony on Friday 3rd November.
This report presents the findings of Leicestershire Cares’ survey exploring opinions on whether being care experienced should be recognised as a protected characteristic in Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
The last quarter we have continued to work with our funders Esmee Fairbairn and Blagrave Trust. Locally, we have worked with a range of additional partners to increase our awareness of the challenges care experienced young people face.
It was a real pleasure to catch up with our Business Champions, to discuss how we can partner together over the coming months.
We were delighted to present Danielle Young from Nelsons Solicitors with our Star Business Champion award at our October Champions award.
Making Moves is a project that provides support to individuals in need of assistance with their housing and benefits. We ensure that everyone receives equal support regardless of age by helping at four community clinics and four youth clinics.
This week, the VIP and Phoenix project took advantage of the half-term and facilitated an employability and fun day. 6 participants comprising of 2 females and 4 males were in attendance.
Thanks to the success of the VIP project, we secured extra funding to offer ETE (Education, Training, and Employment) support for the Phoenix program. As the preferred ETE provider, the VIP/Phoenix project remains committed to aiding young individual
Our #PowerToChange community partners network had a very positive meeting on Friday 6th October. We were joined by Abi Battisto ,VCSE Engagement Manager for Leicester City Council and Jacob Brown, Children, Young People and Families Engagement...
We were delighted to be asked to run a workshop at the “Improving Employability for Young People with Care Experience” national summit meeting on October 3rd, 2023
Honoured and humbled to win Chamber of Commerce East Midlands Community Champion business award 202328 Sep 2023
Our staff team, business volunteers and young people were given a real boost , this week when we discovered we had won the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) Chamber Business Award in the Community Champion category for the East Midlands region.
e are delighted to be working in partnership with Reaching People on their excellent Refurb project.
Since July we have been working closely with Leicestershire County Councils Leaving Care Team supporting Care Experienced Parents and their children.
We were delighted to present Chris Oakes , Alltruck plc with our Leicestershire Cares’ Volunteer of the Year Award 2023, at our annual awards and celebration.
Leicestershire Cares awards 2023: Outstanding contribution to work with Care Experienced Young People21 Sep 2023
The Powering Up Project were delighted to award Chris Oakes at Alltruck with the “Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to work with Care Experienced Young People Award” at the Leicestershire Cares Celebration Event 2023.
We were delighted to present Samworth brothers with our company of the year award at our annual awards and celebration.
The VIP team were delighted to award Sue Wollett with the “Outstanding Volunteer Contribution to the VIP Project Award” award at the Leicestershire Cares Celebration Event 2023.
The VIP team were delighted to award CPW with the “Outstanding Business Contribution to the VIP Project Award” award at the Leicestershire Cares Celebration Event 2023.
Hinckley and Rugby Building Society are the winners of our outstanding contribution to work with SEND young people Award 202320 Sep 2023
We celebrate our award winners Hinckley and Rugby Building Society
The Youth Team were delighted to present the Outstanding Contribution to NEET Young People Award 2023 to Sytner Group at the annual awards and celebration.
Since joining the Power to Change workshops he has noticeably grown in confidence and is now a valued member of the group and has made some trusted friends. #TOGETHER WE CAN
Our Homelessness and Benefits Advisor has also been busy contacting local community groups and centres with the aim of setting up fortnightly drop-in sessions within the community. The feedback on the idea has been amazing.
Caring for Care leavers renovation project was developed in relation to Wates current involvement within the Leicester area as part of their social value outreach.
As part of our Power to Change Project, our Youth and Community Development Officer has been supporting, guiding at a brand-new youth hub based in the Rowlatts Hill area of Leicester.
Our new Community and Business Support Officer, Bekki Williamson, has been out and about visiting businesses and community groups and is now excited to get challenges organised. So please get involved is you haven’t done so already.
We received a referral from Turning Point for a female VIP participant. During the initial assessment and subsequent sessions, she came across as a young person who was driven to succeed in life. JG had obtained good grades in her GCSE exams, but she
VIP Project Trip to the curve theatre - Insight into Peer Pressure, Mental Health, and Youth Resilience24 Aug 2023
Last week, the Violence Intervention project took participants to the Curve Theatre to watch “Heathers," the West End Hit production. This was the first time for participants to experience the theatre and creative arts.
Thursday 10th August saw our first Digital Media workshop session, held in the Leicestershire Care warehouse. The young people who attended got the opportunity to learn the art of recording a podcast, including setting up the equipment.
Last month, the Violence Intervention Project hosted the CV Clinic, Networking, and Employability Day. Our business partners, such as Hinckley and Rugby Society, Nelson Law Solicitors, Samworth Brothers, Pochin, and Stepnell, were invited.
Both our funders on the Powering Up and Joining Up Joining In projects, Esmee Fairburn Foundation and the Blagrave Trust have given us an opportunity to support young people in variety of ways, giving us the tools to empower young people.
On the Phoenix Programme, we recently attended a training on child criminal exploitation. The Phoenix Programme is being designed as part of the local partnership response to prevent and reduce serious violence.
The Education Team have come to the end of a busy term delivering employability workshops and work tours for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability with our wonderful volunteers for the We Discover project
Over the last 3 months the community development team have newly recruited a youth homelessness and benefits adviser.17 Jul 2023
Over the last 3 months the community development team have newly recruited a youth homelessness and benefits adviser.
We’re so proud of our Education Development Officer, Fiona Spence-Arnold who has her debut book for children published by HoneyCraft.org
The VIP project has continued to maintain a strong working relationship with the Violence Reduction Network as well as key stakeholders. As the ETE provider of choice, we have been consistent in providing tailored interventions to young people invol
The Wonderful World of Work! Two brilliant work tours hosted by Thermo Fisher Scientific for students with SEND5 Jul 2023
Students from Millgate School in Leicester, and Sense College, in Loughborough, attended Thermo Fisher Scientific for wonderful work tours around their warehouse in Loughborough
The Powering up Project has been delivering Powering Up football sessions aimed at improving outcomes for looked after children and the asylum seeking a refugee community of Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.
As we approach the end of the academic year, we have taken some time to reflect on work in mainstream and SEND secondary schools.
The Powering Up Project at Leicestershire Cares are currently developing a Empowerment Group for Young Women. The project is due to start on the first week of August and run for 6 sessions.
New analysis from Loughborough university, shows 40% of children in Leicester are living in Poverty. Many of these children live in families where at least one parent is working.
As part of our ongoing commitment to reflection learning and development, our team met at the offices of Rock Kitchen Harris, on Tuesday 20th June, for an away day where we reflected on the learning arising from implementing our #PowerToChang
Our #PowerTo Change community partners meeting enables a cross section of our community partners to share, reflect and learn together.
Check out an article about our Focus on the Future pack for business aimed at raising awareness of visual impairment published by CareerMap in their magazine CareerMag this month
It was great to catch up with Anna from the princes trust in Glasgow, Scotland to discuss best practice when working with care experienced young people.
As we roll towards our final half term break, into GCSE exams and then onto the long school summer break, we here at Leicestershire Cares are in the midst of planning the next academic year.
The VIP team from Leicestershire Cares visited VIP team at the Royal Infirmary to have a better understanding of the internal processes by which we receive our referrals.
Kieran our CEO was delighted to be asked to share learning arising from our #PowerToChange project with staff from TNLCF, as part of their “Learning Month on Young People and Transition”.
The Education Team had a packed Spring term organising, recruiting volunteers and delivering bespoke employability events, workshops and work tours with SEND schools for the We Discover project
In our education projects we have been working closely with our partner businesses to help young people to make connections with businesses to raise confidence and aspirations in order to enhance educational experience and build employability skills.
The Violence Intervention Project continues to utilise Leicestershire Cares Power to Change approach in the provision of holistic interventions to young people. The main aim of the VIP Project is to empower young people aged 11-25 who have offended o
Our Full team came together on Tuesday 25th May to share, reflect, and learn, from the successes and challenges arising from our work over the last quarter.
Over Quarter 3 young people have accessed a range of education, training and employment opportunities. We have enabled young people to take part in a range of creative mentoring as well as campaigns and participation activities.
Our #PowerToChange project, which is funded by the “The National Lottery Community Fund” is committed to building understanding and partnership between communities, young people, business, and public sector. So, we were delighted to share an Iftar me
As the weathers improving and the sun is shining, everything is blooming and going well for the education team. We have had a busy couple of months organising and delivering successful events in schools in the county and city. We’ve also been getting
Our campaigns and participation group Joining Up Joining In have started thinking about the lived experiences of those in the care system and the changes they would like to see for the future of those in care.
The SEND We Discover employability project goes from strength to strength and the Education Team are launching an info pack aimed at our member businesses about our work with visually impaired young people
The purpose of the personal branding session under the power with strand, was therefore to connect young people with the business community to equip them with skills to work effectively in a team and learn about education options and ways to behave
On Wednesday 22nd of February we delivered an enterprise workshop aimed at raising awareness and aspirations with a group of young people from the UASC community we work closely with in collaboration with the Freedom Youth Club.
This article will display some of the creative and agile measures that Leicestershire Cares have taken to support SEND young people to access available provision.
Trauma-informed practice is an approach to health and care interventions which is grounded in the understanding that trauma exposure can impact an individual’s neurological, biological, psychological and social development.
On February 2nd 2023, the Department for Education (DfE) formally announced its response to the recommendations of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care in England.
With the YES Project coming to an end at the end of March 2023, Leicestershire Cares staff attended the #FuturesReimagined Legacy Event to celebrate the hard work of partners and the success of young people since the start of YES in 2016.
Leicestershire Cares ended 2022 in a very positive way. Throughout the year our creative and agile, business, community and public sector partnership approach had delivered a wide range of projects that had seen us
Students from West Gate school were treated to an interesting, informative, fun, hands-on work tour at Hinckley and Rugby Building Society’s head office for the We Discover project
The Powering up Project has been building on the positive work of Quarter 1 and continuing to strengthen the positive relationships and partnerships established to improve outcomes for care experienced young people.
Our #PowerToChange partners network was delighted to welcome Steve Meadwell, Regional Manager Midlands , Centre for Social Justice (CSJ).
The Education Team had a busy Autumn term organising and delivering successful interview technique events, employability events and workshops both in schools and remotely
Our #PowerToChange partners network was delighted to welcome Asst Mayor Mustafa Malik, who is the city council cabinet member with responsibility for communities and equalities.
The Education Team had a packed Autumn term organising, recruiting volunteers and delivering employability events and workshops in special schools for the We Discover project
The YES Project reached its penultimate quarter in Q2 which saw the team focus heavily on sourcing positive outcomes for participants and utilising links with business and community to provide employability support.
Our Community Development Team are pleased to provide a final update on their fantastic 2022 Festive Challenges campaign!
We have been working with our care experienced young people on the Powering Up project discussing their lived experiences of mental health in and out of the care system.
The Violence Intervention Project has had a successful quarter and had the opportunity to create new partnerships whilst assisting young people access education employment and training. The main aim of the VIP Project is to empower young people aged
The Community Development Team had a terrific quarter over the festive period. With a massively successful trio of campaigns now concluded, we're looking forward to collaborating with our business members on some Team Challenges!
This week on the VIP project, we had the opportunity to visit Nylacast, a business with whom we at Leicestershire Cares partner with. During this meeting, we discussed opportunities for work experience and apprenticeships.
The Powering up Project celebrated Christmas by hosting a night of activities for our care experienced young people alongside a trip to the Theatre.
727 Students have been supported with their interview skills in the first term of this academic year.16 Dec 2022
This school term just over 50 business volunteers gave mock interviews and valuable feedback to 727 students across schools in Leicester and Leicestershire.
The last session of Project Pony was marked by an ending ceremony. Young people worked on letting go, marking endings in their life and how to integrate the beginning that comes after an ending.
Our Community Development Team are hard at work on our #BagsOfHope Campaign, partnering up with our business members to deliver bags of essential items and festive treats to disadvantaged communities across Leicestershire.
Our Toys on the Table Campaign is giving businesses the opportunity to help wrap presents for children and young people from disadvantaged communities across the city and county.
The Community Development Team are pulling out all the stops on this year’s Festive Challenges campaign, collaborating with businesses and community groups to support events that bring joy and cheer into people’s lives this festive season.
The Community Development Team recently supported the Antoin Akpom Achievements Foundation at their annual awards ceremony at the Abbey Sports and Leisure Gym in Leicester City.
One of our VIP participants had a background in retail, but she expressed an interested in engineering and the sustainability of buildings. After exploring various options, we approached the director of CPW John Hauton, and he facilitated work
Today, young people from YES, Powering Up, VIP and We Discover projects had the amazing opportunity to go on another work tour organised by the Sytner Group – this time to their Bentley and Lamborghini Dealership.
Members of our Powering Up, team, who work with care experienced young people, were delighted to attend the Esmee Fairbairn leaving care programme learning day for practitioners from across the UK.
We celebrated our care experienced young people's stories on the "Powering Up" project focusing on realising their potential. We asked our care experienced young people to share their inspirational stories through the use of imagery and creative arts
The Leicestershire Business Awards, held in partnership with headline sponsor Mazars, recognised East Midlands Chamber members across 13 categories.
The last few months have been a time of rapid change and challenge. Two new PM’s, the Queen passing away, the threat of nuclear war in Europe, the continuing cost of living crisis and the much publicised riots in Leicester East
A cross section of our “Power to Change” youth and community partners came together on Friday 4th November, to share practice and learning and to meet with Asst Mayor Danny Myers, to discuss how we could partner more effectively with the city council
The Community Development Team Collaborate on Diwali Celebrations Event at the Wesley Hall Community Centre6 Nov 2022
Our Community Development Team recently sponsored and supported the Wesley Hall Community Centre in Leicester City for an event celebrating the Diwali religious festival.
Denise Bradshaw from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society receives a Golden Heart for her commitment to our Education Projects.4 Nov 2022
We were delighted to present Denise Bradshaw from Hinckley & Rugby Building Society with a golden heart at our November business champions event.
We were delighted to present Jenny Hailes from Everards with our Star business champion award at our November business champions event.
The Community Development Team Partner with Leicestershire Police and the Sikh Community to Support Young People in Leicester City28 Oct 2022
The Community Development Team have partnered with the Leicestershire Police, along with the Gurudwara Shri Guru Dashmesh Sahib in Rushey Mead and the GNG Gurdwara Nine Holy Bones in the city centre, to support sports projects for young people.
Our Community Development Team recently partnered with our business member Melton Foods to deliver a Team Challenge at Pepper’s – A Safe Place.
Our Community Development Team are now launching their #BagsOfHope campaign for 2022, aiming to deliver bags of festive treats to communities in danger of being left behind.
Leicestershire Cares, along with other community organisations and individuals, took part in an event with the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory to help improve the family justice system
We are pleased to have secured funding from the Violence Reduction Network until March 2024 to continue delivering the Violence Intervention Project (VIP Project).
The Community Development Team had a terrific quarter this summer. With several campaigns now completed and more in the works, we look forward to partnering up with our business members and making a difference in people’s lives this festive season.
Over quarter 1 we have supported 13 young people into or retaining some type of employment (both paid and voluntary), training or education.
On Monday 17th October staff and young people from across our projects got together to celebrate Black History Month.
Last Thursday, 13th October, Neetu and Kieran accompanied our PCC, Rupert Mathews, to the Belgrave Road, to discuss local issues with our local partners.
We were delighted to host a visit of Rupert Matthews, our Police and Crime Commissioner on Thursday 13th October to meet with members of our team to discuss community safety issue and challenges that the young people and community groups face.
Neetu was delighted to win the Together Award at BBC Radio Leicester’s inaugural Make a Difference community Awards.
This Tuesday, the Community Development Team joined a team of volunteers from Stepnell Ltd. for a Team Challenge at the Adhar Project in Leicester City.
On Thursday 22nd September, the Community Development Team joined a team of volunteers from Walkers Sausage Co. for a Team Challenge at the SpiritAtPlay horse refuge and therapy centre at Illston on the Hill, outside Leicester City.
Last Wednesday, the Community Development Team joined a volunteer team from Thermo Fisher Scientific UK for a Team Challenge at the Gorse Covert Community Centre in Loughborough.
On Monday and Tuesday the 12th and 13th of September, the Community Development Team joined volunteers from CPW Engineering for a Team Challenge with Enrych.
On Saturday 10th September, the Community Development Team joined a team of volunteers from Walker & Son for a Team Challenge at Christ-the-King Church in Beaumont Leys, Leicester.
Today Leicestershire Cares publishes the findings of their rapid assessment of the impact of the cost of living crisis on vulnerable young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland
Congratulations to Carla Loughrey of Hinckley and Rugby Building Society for being the winner of our ‘Education volunteer of the Year’ award23 Sep 2022
We were delighted to announce Carla Loughrey of Hinckley and Rugby Building Society as the winner of the ‘Education Volunteer of the Year’ award at our celebration evening.
The Community Development Team were delighted to present Francesca Summers at Sytner Group with the award for Community Development Volunteer of the Year.
The Community Development Team were delighted to present Francesca Summers at Sytner Group with the award for Outstanding Contribution to the #BagsOfHope Campaign.
We were delighted to announce Joules as the winner of the ‘Outstanding contribution to Employability’ award at our celebration evening.
The Community Development Team were delighted to present Louise Bilbie at Stepnell Ltd with the award for Outstanding Contribution to a Holiday Hunger Scheme.
We were delighted to present Alltruck with our outstanding contribution to digital inclusion at our 2022, annual celebration and awards.
Congratulations to Leicester City Council for being the winner of our ‘Outstanding Contribution to Interview Technique’ award.23 Sep 2022
We were delighted to announce Leicester City Council as the winner of the ‘Outstanding contribution to interview technique award at our celebration evening.
The VIP team were delighted to award All Truck PLC with the “Outstanding Contribution to work with Young Offenders” award at the Leicestershire Cares Celebration Event 2022.
Everards Brewery LTD wins the Outstanding Contribution to Work with Care Experienced Young People at our awards evening 2022
It was wonderful to have Sangeeta Patel from Moneywise Plus attend our annual celebration and share with us the progress made in our partnership to tackle the digital divide.
Huge congratulations to Tracy Renshaw from Walker & Son, Samworth Brothers, who won the volunteer of the year award at our annual celebration and awards evening.
Leicestershire Cares awards: Outstanding Contribution to Work with Students with Special Educational Needs and Disability22 Sep 2022
Hinckley and Rugby Building Society wins Outstanding Contribution to Work with Students with Special Educational Needs and Disability at our awards evening
The YES team were delighted to award Walker & Son with this award at the Leicestershire Cares Celebration Event 2022
We have many new volunteering opportunities coming up in special schools across the city and county as part of the We Discover project
As part of our commitment to encouraging local discussion and policy development we hosted a webinar on Sept 7th to examine how the care review might impact on children and young people locally.
Feedback shows that businesses and organisations can help to develop their staff and improve their skills by being part of our student mock interview events.
One of our participants was referred to the VIP project for assistance with identifying forklift driver jobs. During his initial assessment, he mentioned that he worked as a forklift driver but assessed the environment to be unsafe.
Powering Up Project delivers community football for the UASC, refugee and care experienced communities.8 Sep 2022
Over the past 10 weeks we have been offering and providing Community Football for the UASC, refugee and care experienced communities
On Wednesday 31st August, the Community Development Team joined a group of volunteers from the National Lottery Community Fund for a Team Challenge at the Manor House Community Centre in Leicester City.
Yesterday, the Community Development Team hosted a “Young People’s Mental Health Consultation Event” with the local mental health charity Jamila’s Legacy.
The Community Development Team have nominated a variety of business partners in four different categories for the upcoming Leicestershire Cares annual awards ceremony. A huge congratulations to all our nominees!
Congratulations to our member businesses who have been shortlisted for this category in our annual volunteer awards
Over the last year despite the many challenges we have faced, our staff, young people, schools, community, public sector, business partners and volunteers have consistently worked together to ensure we keep on developing and delivering.
Last Monday, the Community Development Team attended a barbeque fundraiser organised by Francesca Summer at Leicestershire Cares’ business partner Sytner Group.
Last Tuesday, the Head of Community Development Neetu Squire partnered up with community groups to provide 30 young people with a trip the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, in order to engage them in UK governmental politics.
The Youth Employability Support (YES) Project supports local young people aged 15-24 to overcome challenges and barriers that have prevented them from finding a job or seeking further education.
This past year has been a busy and productive one for the Community Development Team. We supported communities throughout the pandemic and, with the lifting of lockdown restrictions, we have been expanding engagement with communities and businesses.
Over the last year our care experienced work has been very successful. In total, we have supported 75 care experienced young people through our Voices, Joining Up, Joining In and Powering Up projects.
The VIP Project aims to reduce re-offending and equip young people aged 10-24 with the skills they require to lead successful lives. The VIP Project has been operational from January 2022, and in this time, we have experienced various successes.
With a mix of remote and face to face events, our business volunteers have supported just over 10,000 students with their interview and employability skills in this academic school year.
An evaluation commissioned by the VRN found that our person-centred, tenacious and strengths-based support is key to enabling young people to achieve outcomes
We finished our Employability programme for students with a visual impairment with an inspiring, informative work tour of Leicester City Football Stadium
Kieran attended the Leicester Children’s Trust Board, last Thursday, which is chaired by Deputy Mayor Sarah Russell. Along with colleagues from the public and community sector.
Last Thursday, the Community Development Team attended Leicestershire Cares’ Champions Lunch, an event held every six months to strengthen ties between our business partners and staff, share learning on our work, and celebrate our achievements.
On Friday June 24th, the Head of Community Development Neetu Squire, along with volunteers from Walkers Deli & Sausage Co., visited the Wesley Hall Community Centre in Leicester City for a Team Challenge.
September 7th 1230 to 1330 How will the Independent Care Review make a difference to children’s lives?4 Jul 2022
Leicestershire Cares is delighted to be joined by Josh MacAlister, Chair of the Independent Review of Children's Social Care in England to discuss the findings and recommendations of the Review.
On Sunday June 26th, members of the Community Development Team and a group of volunteers from Freeths Solicitors attended the SOCOPA community group in St Matthews for a Team Challenge.
On Friday 17th June, our Head of Community Development Neetu Squire joined volunteers from the Joules clothing and homeware company in visiting the Woodgate Adventure Playground for a Team Challenge.
On Thursday 16th June, the Community Development Team’s Project Support Officer Edgar Roberts and Head of Community Development Neetu Squire attended the “Lives Not Knives” knife crime awareness workshop at Judgemeadow Community College.
Last Tuesday, the Community Development Team’s Project Support Officer Edgar Roberts and Head of Community Development Neetu Squire visited the Manor House Community Centre in Leicester City for a Team Challenge.
Neetu shortlisted as a FINALIST in the Together Award category for BBC Radio Leicester’s inaugural Make a Difference Awards.24 Jun 2022
Neetu our head of community development has been shortlisted as a FINALIST in the Together Award category for BBC Radio Leicester’s inaugural Make a Difference Awards.
Samworth Brothers and Leicestershire Cares have a long, rewarding and very productive partnership. Over the years we worked together on a range of projects that supported community groups, young people and schools.
We were happy to be back at Queensmead Primary Academy today to present the prizes to the Number Partners Maths Challenges winners
The Community Development Team’s Youth Homelessness Development Officer Jess Strutt has been establishing and expanding her “Making Moves” project, providing sessions that support young people facing problems with access to permanent accommodation.
We are delighted to share, that Kieran our CEO , has been appointed to the advisory group of the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Police and Crime Commissioner.
It was great catching up with community partners and colleagues from the East Midlands Chambers network at the Shama women’s centre to discuss how we can support local firms to give back to the local community.
Since the start of May this year, the Community Development Team’s new Youth and Community Development Officer Lee Hawthorne has been providing drop-in sessions in Leicester City offering young people with training in barbering and sports coaching.
Last Thursday, the Community Development Team attended and volunteered to support a celebration event for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at the New Parks Community Centre in Leicester City.
This month, the Community Development Team at Leicestershire Cares began hosting a six-week “Art 4 Mental Wellbeing” course run by local mental health charity Jamila’s Legacy.
Last Sunday, members of the Community Development Team attended Leicester City’s Polish Heritage Day event to learn about and to celebrate Poland’s culture and contributions to UK society.
After visiting the wonderful Everards Meadows earlier in the year for a world of work tour, NEET young people from The YES Project visited Everards Logistic Centre, finding out more about the behind the scenes of Everard's operation.
We were delighted that Sir Jonathan North Girls College, who had two girls participate in our Employability programme for young people with visual impairment, recently wrote an article about their experience for their school newsletter
Our Power to Change project funded by “The National Lottery Community Fund”, aims to encourage business, public sector and community groups to work in partnership with each other and young people.
We were delighted to host a visit from economist, political scientist specialising in inequality, broadcaster and co host of the Politics Jam Podcast Jeevun Sandher.
The Community Development Team has had a very successful quarter. We are extending our work uniting business partners and community groups in generating a lasting positive impact on peoples' lives.
In the run-up to Easter Sunday this April, the Community Development Team, with the support of businesses, decided to give something back to local community groups across city and county.
With a range of remote and face to face events this spring term, our business volunteers have supported just over 8500 students with their interview and employability skills.
Three of our care experienced young people took a trip to the Big Smoke to learn about politics, public affairs and to see Parliament from a new perspective
ExChange: Family and Community is an online “Community of Practice” resource hub that aims to provide resources that can help to support families and communities.
The Community Development Team’s Youth Homelessness Development Officer Jess Strutt visited the Freedom Youth Club in Leicester City to start a weekly drop-in service supporting refugee and asylum-seeking young people
Working in collaboration with The Vision Support Team, Leicester City Council, last month we successfully completed our employability programme for young people with a visual impairment
Last Wednesday, members of the Community Development Team volunteered to visit Lutterworth High School and provide interview technique training to Year 10 pupils.
Leicestershire County Council Public Health funds specialist support services for those affected by domestic abuse and sexual violence, and has recently undertaken recommissioning of those services ensuring they remain the best response to local need
It was great to meet with our business champions to celebrate our work over the last six months and to look at how we can improve how we work together over the coming year.
Staff and young people were delighted to host a meeting with visitors from Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), Seattle, Kings County USA and staff from the VRN and Revolving Doors.
Leicestershire cares is dedicated to helping charities and organisations upskill, and allow them to build their knowledge, so they can provide better service to their participants.
We have been working in partnership with MoneywisePlus , DMU Local and Socialbox Biz to encourage local people and firms to donate old laptops, Tablets and Mobile phones, which are wiped clean, upgraded and passed onto people who need them.
We will be visiting the Houses of Parliament and having a comms planning day with a national policy organisation to help raise awareness of our policy asks
Working in collaboration with Leicester City Council SEND Support Service, we’ve made a great start to our employability programme for visually impaired young people in Leicester
On Tuesday 8th March was International Women's Day, where we celebrated all women. We held an event where we learnt about #BreakingTheBias, gender equality, gender bias and how IWD is celebrated around the world.
With the student theme of this year’s celebration being ‘It’s all about you’, Let’s work together to empower young people to take control, believe in themselves and explore their options.
This week our young people on the Yes and Powering up projects embarked on a 12-week journey with TWOTH, a programme of wellbeing
At Leicestershire Cares we are always keen to reflect with our partners on our practice and to seek to use our learning to influence relevant policy debates. So, we were delighted to be able to host a visit from the Centre for Social Justice.
“It takes a village to raise a child” – Our care experienced young people thank the people who make up their village25 Feb 2022
“It takes a village to raise a child”. This phrase highlighting how all of us have a role to play in ensuring that care experienced people can achieve their potential. This article shows a collection of thoughts from the care experienced young people
Leicestershire Cares leaving care work has fed into the Bright lights and warm relationships: SCALING THE IMPACT OF SUPPORT FOR CARE LEAVERS INTO SUSTAINABLE CAREERS report.
Leicestershire Cares' Taking Hold of Our Heritage project appears as a case study in the final report.
Drug Education: Finding Power within so young people can make informed decisions to avoid harm and the criminal justice system18 Feb 2022
Young people take part in a Leicestershire Police Drug Awareness workshop
On Care Day 2022, we are celebrating our success so far in our efforts to improve welfare support for care experienced young people
Leicestershire Cares is dedicated to upskilling grassroots charities and helping them build their capacity so that they are not left behind and able to provide better service to their participants.
As a team we welcome the government’s long awaited white paper on “Levelling Up” In the government’s own words “But not everyone shares equally in the UK’s success.
As we enter 2022, we can all be proud of the tremendous work we have delivered for young people and communities in danger of being left behind
Leicestershire Cares is working with three of our care experienced young people, Learning and Work Institute and two other CEYP organisations across England to improve care leavers' experiences of the welfare system
Young people from Leicestershire Cares found out about the ins and outs of daily business at one of Leicestershire historic companies, Everards, while on a World of Work Tour.
The Education Team had a packed Autumn term organising and delivering interview technique events, employability events and workshops, and launched a new project for visually impaired young people.
As we enter 2022, we will be “powering up” our “Power to Change” approach , by appointing staff to work on three new projects.
After over a year of uncertainty in schools and businesses, due to Covid19, the Leicestershire Cares education team are looking forward to relaunching the Go for Reading project to start in the school summer term 2022.
Leicestershire Cares has partnered with Equality Action Loughborough to create a Covid-19 Vaccine information podcast in Gujarati for local communities
Our #BagsOfHope campaign has been a much needed and timely response to the latest Covid surge, that has sought to offer support to those in danger of being left behind.
Onn the 10th of November we had the privilege of hosting 10 frontline community groups for our awareness training in modern slavery, human trafficking, and county lines.
Neetu, our Head of Community Development was delighted to attend the annual celebration of diversity across our city, where the special guest was the civil rights legend the Rev Jesse Jackson
It's been a busy term for our Education team delivering a variety of employability events for secondary schools, with support from our volunteers. We held nine events in five schools and colleges, with volunteers attending virtually or in person.
The UP Project have delivered £10 Amazon vouchers to all of their participants currently working with them to wish them a MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As part of our commitment to building our team and supporting the local community, we took part in a festive challenge at the wonderful Emerald Centre.
Our community development team have been delighted to support Cossington FC, a grassroot community led initiative in Belgrave that seeks to provide young men from a diverse range of background with opportunities to play football on a Sunday
A night of celebration was held to recognise and honour individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities.
Through our engagement with the Review and our work with care experienced young people, we have developed five specific asks that we have submitted to the reviews’ Call for Ideas.
The Unlocking Potential project were delighted to be able to hold their first face-to-face employability workshop post COVID-19, with the support from CPWP Director, Ashley Cowdrey!
At Leicestershire Cares, we are inclusive and celebrate our diverse community’s faith festivals, by reaching out to the communities and making sure nobody is left behind.
Leicestershire Cares presents our work of linking businesses with care experienced young people at the Culture Cares Conference 2021
We were delighted to present Michelle Tong from Hinckley and Rugby Building Society with a Golden Heart certificate today at our Champions meeting.
We were delighted to present Owain Turner with a Golden Heart as a thank you for volunteering as our event photographer at our annual celebration event
As part of our commitment to building partnerships between government, community and business we were delighted to host a seminar on Wednesday 17th November
As part of our diversity and inclusion webinars for our staff team to learn about different cultures and values. We were thrilled to have Cheryl Armatrading host the webinar to talk about African Caribbean community.
Interview technique events are an easy way to give back to young people and help them bridge the gap between school and the workplace. Volunteering your time for just one morning can make all the difference to a young person's life.
The Community Development Team have been very busy connecting businesses, communities and local government with a recent visit from our MP Liz Kendall.
Leicestershire Cares celebrated our amazing care experienced young people during National Care Leavers Week 2021 by looking back at 3 years of work funded by Esmee Fairbairn Leaving Care Funding Stream
Over the past quarter, the UP Project has seen many successes, from being short listed for an award, lots of participants gaining education, training and employment and the launch of our 'Lives not Knives' animation!
Coproduced toolkit for businesses, local authorities and support organisations to understand the issues facing care experienced young people looking for work.
Hinckley and Rugby Building Society win Outstanding Contribution to work with NEET Young People 202111 Oct 2021
Excited to announce Hinckley and Rugby Building Society won our Outstanding Contribution to work with NEET Young People award 2021
After the summer break our education volunteers are back in schools once again, inspiring students to reach their career goals and opening their eyes to job roles they may not have thought of
We were delighted to present Evan Crosskey from Hinckley and Rugby Building Society with our Education Volunteer of the Year 2021 at our awards evening
As part of our commitment to ongoing development and learning, we took time out on Friday to reflect on what we are learning from our efforts to implement our “Power To Change Model”.
We are delighted to announce that following from our annual awards celebration NYLACAST were our winners for outstanding contribution to the community development team 2021.
Thermo Fisher Scientific pick up Outstanding Contribution to work with Care Experienced Young People Award28 Sep 2021
Thermo Fisher Scientific win the award at Leicestershire Cares Business Members Awards 2021
The UP Project are delighted to announce that Alltruck were crowned our winner for their outstanding contribution to work with young offenders at our annual celebration event
Kieran our CEO was honoured to be asked to contribute to episode one of this great new podcast series from “Leicester Stories”
We are delighted to announce that following on from our annual awards celebration, Sally Romankiw, of Walkers deli, Samworth Brothers, is our volunteer of the year 2021.
We are delighted to announce that following on from our annual awards ceremony, the Hinckley and Rugby Building Society, are our company of the year.
We were delighted to win the not for profit sector award at the LLBA21 awards last Thursday. Winning the award was a real boost for all our participants, volunteers, partners and staff.
To kick off Leicestershire Cares Week, we're publishing our end of year report, celebrating the great work of our business members, community partners, schools and of course our team!
We are excited about presenting the Outstanding Contribution to Employability Award at our upcoming awards ceremony. We have nominated four companies who have all worked tirelessly to support our remote events with schools.
We are delighted to announce the shortlist of businesses nominated for their support for our UP Project at the Leicestershire Cares Annual Celebration Event 2021
Leicestershire Cares’ Participation Day empowering our young people to become leaders in their own lives, communities and drive the direction of our work
The YES Team at Leicestershire Cares would like to thank and celebrate the business volunteers who have supported our work to help young people transition into Education, Employment and Training
Our shortlist for ‘Outstanding contribution to work with Care Experienced Young People’, is created by innovation from our business members in co-production, design, mentoring, networks, conversations and support to boost young people’s self-esteem a
We are excited to have shortlisted 5 businesses who were outstanding in giving their time to help us ensure that students still received a mock interview and feedback last academic school year, despite disruptions to workplaces and schools.
Rupert Mathews the PCC for LLR visited our office last Thursday to find out more about the work we deliver in partnership with the VRN, PCC, business and community partners to make our communities safer
Leicestershire Cares takes it’s care experienced young people for a day of teambuilding, high ropes and pushing themselves out of their comfort zone
The summer has been a time of planning, revision and reflection for the Education team. We’ve been planning how we’d like our projects to progress, what has been working well, what we can improve and reflecting on our volunteers’ experiences
Our leaving care team has been working with our care experienced young people to make sure their views are heard by the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care
At our recent team meeting we asked all staff to complete the sentence “What I have liked most about working at Leicestershire Cares over the last year"
In 1989, Kieran our CEO, went to Sweden with a group of disabled young people, to see what lessons could be learnt from the Swedish approach to supporting people with disabilities.
The Social Mobility Commission has published it’s State of the Nation report 2021, in which they call for a shake-up of child welfare benefits and significant investment in education to put disadvantaged children and young people at centre stage.
Charlotte, our Head of Children and Young People, was delighted to win the Community Award at the inaugural East Midlands Chambers Generation Next awards.
Developing peer to peer support to battle poor mental wellbeing and isolation in care experienced young people
How hosting a Meet an Employer Event for care experienced young people can open doors to new networks and knowledge
We’ve developed an info sheet aimed at parents, carers and families, that lists where to go for digital support, training, access to digital devices and useful websites.
Over the last year, our city and county have faced many challenges. In many ways, Covid 19 and the lockdown have exacerbated and shone a light on inequalities that we already knew existed.
For the last in our series of #BBBYouthWelfare webinars run in partnership with De Montfort University and LLR Safeguarding Children Partnerships, we focussed on the implications of the “Levelling up” agenda for local growth and development.
Read Simran`s article on how the impacts of Climate Change falls unfairly across society
We were delighted to deliver two more successful remote mock interview events recently with year 10 students from English Martyrs Catholic School. This brings the total remote interview technique events delivered by Leicestershire Cares to 23.
Our business volunteers have continued to help students learn about different careers and industries through our employability events
Volunteers and school staff involved in Number Partners (NP) and Go for Reading (GFR) recently joined us remotely to talk about how we can relaunch these projects so that they impact students in the best way possible in the future.
Using our Power to Change Approach, which focuses on building relationships, networks and connections, to help care experienced young people get on in life
We are thrilled to bring diverse community organisations and Leicestershire Cares staff team together on an experiential learning through lived experiences as part of our diversity and inclusion work.
To combat the strains of working from home and to maintain levels of teamwork and overall wellbeing, the social committee at Leicestershire Cares have set up a Strava activity challenge for staff
Pupils at The Queensmead Primary Academy were thrilled to receive Maths games kindly donated by Hinckley and Rugby Building society.
Leicestershire Cares presents at the BECOME: All-Party Parliamentary Group for Looked After Children and Care Leavers (APPG) evidence session20 May 2021
We were delighted to share our reflections on the importance of memory and community for care experienced young people at the APPG evidence session chaired by Daisy Cooper MP
Mind matters: supporting care experienced young people with their mental wellbeing and reducing isolation20 May 2021
Bringing people together, creating social connectiveness and developing peer to peer support to battle poor mental wellbeing and isolation in care experienced young people.
As part of the continuing partnership between Leicestershire Cares and the UNAI SDG16 Hub at De Montfort University we are delighted to welcome Rakesh Rajani to give a keynote speech about international perspectives on #BuildBackBetter.
The eighth webinar of our #BBBYouthWelfare series, focused on the needs and experiences of young mothers and their babies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic
Thanks to the support of the Rank foundation we have been able to appoint Zamzam Yusuf as a full time action research officer to look at the needs of African, Afro Caribbean, Asian and East European communities across our city and county.
How our Promise to Care model works to create opportunities for businesses to support care experienced young people
Covid 19 has shone a cruel light on the many issues facing our city and county, but it has also shown that there is spirit and a willingness for people to work together. It might be a cliché, but our strongest asset is our people.
Since Lockdown began in March 2020 it quickly became obvious that having internet access and the knowledge and means to use it were essential, to ensure families, children and young people were not left behind
The Seventh webinar of our #BBBYouthWelfare series, took place on Wednesday 21st April 2021 and focussed on employment opportunities for young people.
Using a model of participation and co-production with our care experienced young people, is driving the direction we are going in together.
Combining new learning with lived experience. The blueprint to producing impactful support for looked after children being bullied at school for being in care16 Apr 2021
Care Leavers creating anti-bullying resources for looked after children, as part of our VRN project, Free From Violence.
We have been reflecting on our practice and learning through the lockdown and developed in partnership with a wide range of our stakeholders our “Power to Change Approach” to working with communities and young people
Year 12 & 13 students at Beauchamp College receive a mock interview and valuable feedback from local employers through the interview technique project
Covid-19, like an X-Ray, has revealed the ways in which systems and institutions exclude people, and those people hurt the most. I’ll suggest ways one can build back better by listening to those who have been left out.
Celebrate #InternationalWomensDay with us! Join us celebrating women's achievements, calling for gender equality and visioning a future where we #ChooseToChallenge.
Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.
Step Up Step Up …….. Leicestershire Cares Community Development launch an ‘Eggstravaganza’ of an appeal25 Feb 2021
The Community Development team gets creative and launches the ‘Bags of Hope’ Appeal for children from all our local communities.
This book has been created by care experienced young people to tell the stories of their lives. We have a limited number of books to give away
The pandemic has caused unemployment rates to rise. Can more investment in a greener economy help us create jobs and save the planet at the same time?
We are looking forward to our sixth #BBBYouthWelfare on Tuesday 2nd March 2021 1230 to 1330 which will focus on The Digital Divide: Why we need to support young people now.
Kieran has written an article setting out his thoughts on the upcoming care review and how open minds and a willingness to work in creative and agile partnerships could be key.
Book Review: Climate Justice: Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future – Mary Robinson4 Feb 2021
Our YES Project Development Officer, Simran, reviewed this must-read book for those wanting to learn more about the climate crisis and climate justice.
We were delighted to share our expertise on supporting care leavers into employment at an event with Children and Families Minister, Vicky Ford MP
With the start of the new year once more seeing the closure of schools, the education team are working creatively to find new ways that our business volunteers can support students who are learning from home.
Businesses and project participants stepped up in between lockdowns to help support a charity which provides wrapped gifts to over 4000 local children.
Our Business members and partners get creative to support local communities affected by Covid-19
Tackling bullying of looked after children in schools, setting up a mentoring programme for ceyp and succeeding in work placement
Last term, primary school children in Leicester used their maths skills to compete in a fun Number Partners maths challenge. We’re very pleased to announce that Queensmead Primary Academy won the challenge.
We felt this poem by 22 year old Amanda Gorman recited at Joe Biden’s inauguration offered a vision of everything that is positive about our world and the creativity that comes from our young people.
Improved staff motivation and productivity and an overall sense of employee wellbeing are just a few of the things that employers have noticed when supporting their staff to volunteer.
Despite Covid-19 and interruption to schooling, just over 700 students in Leicester and Leicestershire schools have received a mock interview from a local business volunteer this academic year.
Over the past few years we have published a number of brief articles that we feel might be useful to those overseeing the review.
Over the last few weeks we have been working with the business and community sector to distribute wellbeing bags to people and families in need , who are in danger of being left behind.
A collaborative effort offering support and accommodation to young offenders in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
The Leicestershire Cares environmental group are sharing tips on how you can have an eco-friendly Christmas this year.
The UP Project continue to offer support to young people who have and continue to experience difficulties due to their offence history.
Leicestershire Cares is shortlisted in the Leaving Care category in the Children & Young People Now Awards 2020
Office Depot and Leicestershire Cares Community Development Team link with charitable organisations to reach people in need throughout Leicester and Leicestershire.
We were delighted to win the commitment to people development award at the East Midlands Chambers annual awards 2020.
The third webinar in the series BBB Youth Welfare webinars that we run in partnership with De Montfort university and LLR safeguarding took place on the 12th November 2020.
BBB Youth Welfare Series: How can we provide safe & affordable housing for young people during Covid?18 Nov 2020
The fourth webinar of the #BBBYouthWelfare series is focusing on how young people’s housing arrangements have been impacted by the pandemic and what we can do about it.
Do you or your business have old IT equipment? Read on to find out how your old laptops can be revamped and recycled to support disadvantaged groups across the region to develop their digital skills.
Care experienced young people will identify their own solutions to avoiding violence and create pathways to recovery and a life free from violence.
During National Care Leavers Week 2020, Casey was interviewed by Rupal Rajani on the Mid Moring show on BBC Radio Leicester about being a care leaver
Year 11 Students at Lutterworth High School and the Madani Schools Federation were the first to experience a remote way of receiving a mock interview and valuable feedback from a business volunteer in the community.
Care leaver Casey is interviewed by the BBC about her podcast and why it is a great platform to campaign for care leavers issues
School staff were proud to send us pictures of winners, runners up and highly commended students who took part in our career competition during lockdown
We were delighted to be asked by the cabinet office and DCMS to attend and present our thoughts at the Midlands roundtable leg of this series of national workshops.
As part of the YES Project, we’re excited to announce a new 6 week employability scheme starting for young people aged 15 – 24 who are not in education, employment or training.
We have been working in partnership with, De Montfort University, and the Leicester, Leicestershire, Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnerships and a wide range of local and national organisations to put together a series of webinars.
There is a lot of talk in the media about #BuildBackBetter, but what does it mean? What would it look like locally? This webinar will be a chance to hear from Neal Lawson one of its leading architects.
Leicestershire Cares is celebrating the start of the new academic year by publishing its annual education report, highlighting the successes of our projects during 2019-20
Fostering A New Approach Episode 7: Going to university when you're care experienced with Kim Emenike24 Aug 2020
A podcast produced by care experienced young people. This episode is about going to university
Ellis Di Cataldo from Rock Kitchen Harris delivered a fun and informative webinar on using LinkedIn For Your Job Search to NEET Young People.
On 30 June, Leicester became the first city in the UK to experience a local lockdown. This rapid assessment builds on the findings of our ‘Life Under Lockdown’ report to explore the impact that the local lockdown is having on vulnerable young people
To inform our future work on knife crime, we set up an independent survey and sent it out our young people and participants to see what their views were on knife related crime.
We worked with young people to help them share their views on government plans on unregulated accommodation for children in care and care leavers
Fostering A New Approach Episode 6: Care Experienced and the Criminal Justice System with Dr Claire Fitzpatrick7 Jul 2020
A podcast about care experienced life and the criminal justice system by Leicestershire Care young people