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Power To Change Project shutdowns Africa fest 2024

18 Jun 2024

Saturday 8th of June marked the day that Africa fest came to Leicester and the Power to change project participants were invited to get involved and display all the talents and skills that have acquired from attending our sessions.



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Altogether now gets a Hole in one!

10 Jun 2024

Young people from the Altogether Now project headed to Treetops Crazy golf for a evening full of team work, confidence building and fun with new friends.


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Half Term- Empowerment Group for Young Women

7 Jun 2024

During the May half-term, we held another successful session for the empowerment group for young women, with great local organisation's delivering a great session!





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A Year of Highlights in a Video

29 May 2024

At the conclusion of our annual celebration, we showed this inspiring video which gives an idea of the impact our creative and agile partnerships have made throughout the year.


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Walkers & Son open their doors to Wesley Hall group

28 May 2024

Our Neighbourhood Support Officer facilitated a unique opportunity for some of the participants at Wesley Hall to embark on a community work tour at Walkers & Son, which was orchestrated by our dedicated champion, Tracy Renshaw.










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Businesses volunteer at Baby Basics

22 May 2024

Over the past few months three local businesses have volunteered their time at Baby Basics, helping to reach families in need.















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Leicestershire Cares Green Team Gardening Day

2 May 2024

In a heartening display, the Leicestershire Cares Green Team orchestrated a transformative initiative, enhancing the aesthetics of their office car park with vibrant greenery with the help of our young people.


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Workshop with the Trussell Trust

1 May 2024

The Joining Up Joining In (JUJI) group recently held a workshop with staff from the Trussell Trust on looking at the financial issues facing young people today.


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Swap Shop for Earth Day at Leicestershire Cares

1 May 2024

To celebrate Earth Day on 22nd April, we created a pop up swap shop in the LC warehouse, to draw attention to the harmful effects of fast fashion and encourage staff and visitors to reuse and exchange items instead of buying new.




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The Power of a Good Work Ethic with Bav Majithia

17 Apr 2024

Bav Majithia, co-owner of Yiannimize sat down with the hosts of the All-Things Youth Justice Podcast at Leicestershire Cares to discuss his journey and the lessons learned over the years.


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Violence Intervention Project Update Q3 2024

17 Apr 2024

During this quarter, we delivered a mock interview preparation event with Pathways, Mock Interview at Nelsons Law, delivered a Career and Hoodie Design Day in collaboration with various business members and local businesses




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Community Development Q3 update

11 Apr 2024

Following on from the successes of the Festive period, the Community Development team have continued to collaborate and engage with business members and community groups.


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Easter Eggstravaganza!!

10 Apr 2024

Thanks to the kind generosity of our business members, our Easter Eggstravaganza campaign has been a great success


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Joining Up Joining In goes from strength to strength

3 Apr 2024

JUJI is working hard to help councils and businesses recognise care experience as a protected characteristic, so that young people from the care system can be supported in their process of growing up.


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Windmill Farm

28 Mar 2024

A trip to Windmill Farm with Leicestershire County Council's leaving care team and their parents support group.




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Everards begin sensory garden project

18 Mar 2024

On Tuesday 12th March, Everards Brewery gave their time and energy to begin work on a new sensory garden at a local dementia day care centre.





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Altogether Now Project Update

11 Mar 2024

The new Altogether Now Project team have been busy planning the future of Leicestershire Cares' work with SEND young people


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Dah Gee -Starz is born

11 Mar 2024

Follow SU's journey from early engagement with Leicestershire Cares to releasing his own music






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Power To Change through Football with Walker and Son

4 Mar 2024

Since September 2023 there has been a developing relationship between the Powering up Project and the team at Walker and Son. This connection has blossomed through a shared vision of supporting our communities through sport.



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VIP/PHOENIX CAREERS AND HOODIE DESIGN DAY

4 Mar 2024

On the 21st of February, Leicestershire Cares Youth Justice Team hosted a Careers and Hoodie Design Day. The funds that made this day possible are attributable to Exhibit and the People’s Postcode Trust for which we are truly grateful.


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Tacking the digital divide in a green and simple way

28 Feb 2024

We have partnered with Reaching People’s Refurb project , to encourage local business community to encourage staff to donate unwanted, old laptops, tablets and digital phones, to people in need.



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Leicestershire Cares Newsletter

15 Feb 2024

Over the last year, I have been immensely proud and humbled to lead an organisation that brings people together, to offer support and connection to young people and communities who are struggling.


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Bags of Hope 2023

14 Feb 2024

2023 saw another successful campaign reach out to 29 community groups and charities across Leicester and Leicestershire.







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Huge thanks to RH Amar

26 Jan 2024

Huge thanks to RH Amar, one of the UK’s leading full-service distributors and growth partners for ambient grocery products, for a donation of five thousand pounds for our vital work


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Violence Intervention Project Update Q2 2024

25 Jan 2024

This quarter, the Youth Justice team partnered with HRBS to conduct a budgeting session and collaborated with Hastings Direct to organize a work tour. Additionally, we conducted multiple one-to-one sessions, all aimed at helping participants achieve




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Toys on the Table success

11 Jan 2024

On behalf of Toys on the Table, Leicestershire Cares would like to thank all of the participating businesses for their ongoing support for this very worthy cause.




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Joining Up Joining In goes to London

19 Dec 2023

Leicestershire Cares have trained up some care experienced young people to do peer research, and the JUJI group went to London to learn more about Comms from partners the Learning and Work Institute.






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Team Challenge Success!

11 Dec 2023

The volunteers did an amazing job, creating a bright, clear, and attractive environment.


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Joining Up Joining In with Rutland County Council

7 Dec 2023

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.




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Power to Change Project: An Interview With....

28 Nov 2023

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.


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Walker & Son meets Powering up Football

23 Nov 2023

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.


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Hastings Direct Work Tour and Employability Day

17 Nov 2023

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.



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Powering Up Sports Leaders

16 Nov 2023

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..







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Should Care Experience be a Protected Characteristic

30 Oct 2023

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.


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Community Development Q1 update

30 Oct 2023

Our new Community and Business Development Officer has been actively engaging with business members and community groups over the past three months.


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Leaving Care Update Q1 2023/24

27 Oct 2023

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.







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Making Moves quarter 1 2023/2024

26 Oct 2023

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.


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Festive Campaigns 2023

25 Oct 2023

It's that exciting time of the year when we are beginning to focus on our festive appeals. Read more and get involved....


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VIP/PHOENIX EMPLOYABILITY AND FUN DAY

19 Oct 2023

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.


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Violence Intervention Project Update Q1 2023

19 Oct 2023

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


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Baking for Freedom !!

12 Oct 2023

The boys at the Freedom Youth Club chose a traditional Syrian dessert, saying this would give them a taste of home.




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Team Challenge Success!

9 Oct 2023

Thermofisher kindly donated their time, resources and energy in to transforming a community garden at Gorse Covert Community Centre



















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Power to Change Project

18 Sep 2023

She joined the Power to Change project not really knowing what she wanted to achieve out of life and was not sure which direction life was heading


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Power to Change Project success

18 Sep 2023

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


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MAKING MOVES keeps moving

14 Sep 2023

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.



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Power to Change Project

12 Sep 2023

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.


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TEAM CHALLENGES 2023

12 Sep 2023

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.



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Joining Up Joining In

4 Sep 2023

We are currently delivering campaigns and participation activities supported by the Blagrave Trust working in collaboration with the Learning and Work Institute.


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VIP Participant commences Apprenticeship with CPW Leicester

30 Aug 2023

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



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Hunstanton - A trip to the seaside

24 Aug 2023

It was great to be able to to support the Freedom youth club, one of our community partners on their annual trip to the sea side.





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Power to Change Project digital media workshop is launched

22 Aug 2023

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.



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VIP CV Clinic, Networking, and Employability Day

14 Aug 2023

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.


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Leaving Care annual report 2022-23

11 Aug 2023

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.





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We Discover – Our Education work with SEND schools

20 Jul 2023

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





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Violence Intervention Project Annual Report 2023

11 Jul 2023

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


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Award Nominations

10 Jul 2023

Our Award Categories and Nominees for this years Celebration Event




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Powering Up Football

30 Jun 2023

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.




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Joining Up Joining In

29 Jun 2023

Our campaigns and participation group Joining Up Joining In have started their peer researcher training delivered by the learning and Work Institute.


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Empowerment Group for Young Women

29 Jun 2023

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.


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Reflecting on how we reflect

26 Jun 2023

At our recent away day, the team took a step back to think about how we learn from our work and continually improve








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Launching our 23/24 Employability in schools offer

22 May 2023

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.







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Education Update Q3 – our work with SEND schools

27 Apr 2023

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


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Education Q3 update

27 Apr 2023

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.


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Violence Intervention Project Update Q3 2023

27 Apr 2023

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


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Sharing, reflecting, and learning

26 Apr 2023

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.


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Powering Up Project (Care Experienced) Quarter 3 Update

21 Apr 2023

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.




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Update on education work

4 Apr 2023

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


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Golden Hearts

3 Apr 2023

Our Golden Heart Winners from Leicestershire Cares' Spring Champions Lunch




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Joining Up Joining In

31 Mar 2023

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.













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#FuturesReimagined – The YES Project Legacy Event

2 Feb 2023

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.





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Powering Up Project (Care experienced) Q2 Update

23 Jan 2023

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.






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YES Project Team Update Q2

19 Jan 2023

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.





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Violence Intervention Project Update Q2

13 Jan 2023

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


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Community Development Team Update Q2

6 Jan 2023

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!



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2022 What a year!

19 Dec 2022

Kieran, our CEO has written a brief summary of our year and thank you for our staff.








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Full Steam Ahead on Our Festive Challenges Campaign!

13 Dec 2022

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.





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CPW work experience raises the aspirations of VIP Participant

16 Nov 2022

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


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World of Work Tour – Bentley Leicester

16 Nov 2022

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.



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National Care Leavers Week (NCLW 2022)

11 Nov 2022

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



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Dear Friends: November 2022 Newsletter

8 Nov 2022

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








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YES Team Update Q1

27 Oct 2022

The YES Project saw increased engagement in LC activities in Q1 with The YES Project really began to start preparing for the end of the programme



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Happy Diwali

24 Oct 2022

The staff, volunteers and trustees of Leicestershire Cares, would like to wish all our friends and partners a very happy Diwali.


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Influencing the family justice system

21 Oct 2022

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


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Violence Intervention Project Update Q1 2022

20 Oct 2022

We are pleased to have secured funding from the Violence Reduction Network until March 2024 to continue delivering the Violence Intervention Project (VIP Project).


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Community Development Team Update Q1

20 Oct 2022

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.







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Education Update Q1

17 Oct 2022

Quarter 1 for the education team saw the last interview technique events of the academic year and planning for the new academic year.




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Community partners say #TogetherWeCan

3 Oct 2022

Our community development team is keen to ensure that our work is rooted in the everyday lived experiences of the communities where we operate



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Team Challenge with Walkers Sausage Co. at SpiritAtPlay

28 Sep 2022

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.





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“We can’t keep up”

26 Sep 2022

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
















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Annual Awards 2022

22 Sep 2022

Our annual award ceremony was held yesterday evening at the stunning Winstanley House in Leicester.











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Community Development Award Nominees

15 Aug 2022

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!



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Together We Did : August 2022 Newsletter

8 Aug 2022

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.









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YES Project annual report 2021-22

28 Jul 2022

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.


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Community Development Team Q4 Updates

28 Jul 2022

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.


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Annual Report Care Experienced Young People

28 Jul 2022

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.


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Violence Intervention Project Annual Report 2021-22

28 Jul 2022

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.


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Education update – school’s out for summer

28 Jul 2022

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.







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Sentenced by association. Children of prisoners

11 Jul 2022

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.










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“Lives Not Knives” Event at Judgemeadow Community College

27 Jun 2022

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.







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The Making Moves Project

16 Jun 2022

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.


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Commissioner Advisory Group

16 Jun 2022

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.


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Fashioning a Beautiful Future

15 Jun 2022

We participated in the Leicester Textile and Garment Worker’s Trust research report ‘Fashioning a Beautiful Future’ which is now published online.


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Making CSR happen

14 Jun 2022

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.



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Residential in the Peaks

10 Jun 2022

We took a group of young people on a residential at Hope Valley in The Peak District







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World of Work Tour – Everards Logistic Centre

26 May 2022

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.


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A Focus on the Future – SKILLS FOR LEARNING, SKILLS FOR LIFE

26 May 2022

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


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Care Review published in England

23 May 2022

The Independent Review of Children's Social Care in England has today published its final report and recommendations



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Walker and Son Tour

19 May 2022

Last week the YES project went on a Work Tour to Walker&Son – a Samorth Brothers business that manufactures a national treasure: “The Pork Pie”.


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LC May Newsletter 2022

19 May 2022

We have had a very busy and productive few months, which has seen us recruit eight new staff to work across our projects.


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Power to Change: Community partners meeting

16 May 2022

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.



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Talking Economics and Political Jam!

6 May 2022

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.


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Community Development Team Q3 Success Updates

3 May 2022

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.



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Leaving Care Q3 update and successes

29 Apr 2022

Using our Power To Change model our Leaving Care team have been busy to ensure every young person can adapt to issues and become active citizens



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Leicestershire Cares Eggstravaganza 2022

28 Apr 2022

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.



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Education Team Update - April 2022

21 Apr 2022

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.



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YES We Got Ahead !

20 Apr 2022

We want to say a massive thank you to our business members for volunteering at our six-week employability programme GET Ahead.








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New Beginnings in New Parks

6 Apr 2022

Members of the Community Development Team paid a visit to the New Parks Community Centre in Leicester City.


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Ramadan Mubarak

5 Apr 2022

To all our friends, partners, staff and volunteers






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A Golden Heart for Everards

28 Mar 2022

Our youth team were delighted to present Jennifer Griffiths from Everards Brewery with a Golden Heart at our last champions meeting



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Champions meeting March 2022

25 Mar 2022

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.



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Sharing with the USA

24 Mar 2022

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.



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Nelsons Employment Rights Webinar

21 Mar 2022

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.


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Bridging the Digital Divide update

21 Mar 2022

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.



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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day

17 Mar 2022

Leicestershire Cares staff, trustees, partners, and young people would like to wish everyone celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day a wonderful time.


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Work and Crime Prevention

16 Mar 2022

Young people who are engaged in meaningful work stand a reduced chance of getting involved in criminal activity




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International Women's Day 2022

9 Mar 2022

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.


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National Careers Week 2022

9 Mar 2022

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.


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Bring and Share at Leicestershire Cares

7 Mar 2022

We partnered with Outspoken to bring together a group of ladies in a safe, inclusive space to feel empowered to speak and share conversations.


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Cultural Awareness Video

2 Mar 2022

Leicestershire Cares is creating a short video on the importance for business members to embrace diversity and develop cultural awareness.




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Strategic Outlook

2 Mar 2022

Over the last few years, we have had a fair amount of success, but we recognise that the context in which we operate is forever changing.













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Healthy Mind Means Healthy Body

16 Feb 2022

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.








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World of Work - Everards

24 Jan 2022

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.






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Education Team Update

20 Jan 2022

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.


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A Focus on the Future

20 Jan 2022

Leicestershire Cares Education team’s new project focusing on employability for visually impaired young people




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Go for Reading Relaunch 2022

20 Jan 2022

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.


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YES Project World of Work Tour

7 Jan 2022

Exploring career opportunities for young people in the leisure and fitness industry at Everyone Active Wigston






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Working together to offer careers inspiration

16 Dec 2021

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.







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Back of the net!

13 Dec 2021

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


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Building bridges not walls

13 Dec 2021

Our community development team were honoured to attend the local Christmas celebration of the Dialogue society.






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Our Champions' Champion

2 Dec 2021

We were delighted to award Jessica Davies from Joules with our Champions' Champion Award in recognition of all her work for us over the last six months


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UP Project Employability Workshop

2 Dec 2021

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!


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Winter gardens

2 Dec 2021

We are delighted to be chosen once again to be part of the wonderful Winter Gardens initiative



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Self-respect through street art

29 Nov 2021

Care experienced young people create a graffiti mural to express themselves with a powerful message. The project supported by Pedestrian and ENGIE



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Celebrating our diverse community on Diwali

24 Nov 2021

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.




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Golden Heart for Leicester City Council

18 Nov 2021

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


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Can procurement power up Levelling Up?

18 Nov 2021

As part of our commitment to building partnerships between government, community and business we were delighted to host a seminar on Wednesday 17th November



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Diversity and Inclusion Conversation with AAA Foundation

12 Nov 2021

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.



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Who Cares?

9 Nov 2021

Leicestershire Cares supports campaign to improve support for young carers across the UK



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Education successes in the last quarter

5 Nov 2021

Our Education work is off to a great start this term with over 14 secondary schools requesting face to face or remote interview technique events.



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Happy Diwali

4 Nov 2021

On behalf of all our trustees, staff, volunteers, partners and young people we would like to wish all our friends in the community a wonderful and happy Diwali.


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National Care Leavers Week 2021 #NCLW2021

1 Nov 2021

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






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The UP Project's Quarter Successes

26 Oct 2021

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!


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Launching our Promise to Care Toolkit

25 Oct 2021

Coproduced toolkit for businesses, local authorities and support organisations to understand the issues facing care experienced young people looking for work.




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Inspiring the workforce of the future

7 Oct 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






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Reflections for change

5 Oct 2021

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”.








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Health and Wellbeing Trips To Skegness

28 Sep 2021

The Community Development team at Leicestershire Cares funded five diverse communities across Leicester an opportunity for a day trip to Skegness.


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Our 2021 Award Winners

27 Sep 2021

We were thrilled to be able to hold our annual award ceremony face to face last week at the stunning Winstanley House.





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From Leicester to Zimbabwe with Care

23 Sep 2021

Leicestershire Cares Taking Hold of Our Heritage book is used as a resource in Zimbabwe Care Leavers Network Advocacy Strategic Planning day






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Outstanding Contribution to Employability 2021

15 Sep 2021

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.








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Outstanding Contribution to Interview Technique 2021

9 Sep 2021

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.




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Catching up with the Police and Crime Commissioner

7 Sep 2021

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




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Education team - Time to reflect and refresh

19 Aug 2021

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










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Social Mobility Commission: State of the Nation 2021

23 Jul 2021

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.



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Eid Mubarak

20 Jul 2021

Wishing all our friends, staff, young people and partners a very happy Eid Ul Adha




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Do you need help with digital skills?

8 Jul 2021

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.


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Year End Newsletter

6 Jul 2021

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.


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Levelling up: What is the big idea?

1 Jul 2021

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.




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Education update June 2021

17 Jun 2021

The Education team has a calendar full of remote student events for the remaining school term and continue to plan for the new academic year ahead.


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Supporting students with a smile

16 Jun 2021

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.



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Relaunch and Rebuild

15 Jun 2021

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.






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Volunteers’ Week 2021

1 Jun 2021

Leicestershire Cares is saying thank you to all its business volunteers during Volunteers’ Week 2021


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30 Days Wild 2021

1 Jun 2021

We are taking part in The Wildlife Trusts 30 Days Wild Challenge!


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Conversation about diversity and inclusion

1 Jun 2021

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.




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Time to Wander and Ponder

25 May 2021

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





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Education News

20 May 2021

Our remote interview events continue to inspire students and volunteers alike





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Eid Mubarak

13 May 2021

Eid Mubarak to All our friends and followers who celebrate have a lovely day and a peaceful year





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Diversity and Inclusion: Moving Forward: Together We Can

10 May 2021

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.



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Working Together April Newsletter 2020

6 May 2021

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.


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A Germs Journey

29 Apr 2021

We have been delighted to work with Decentered media on their “A germs journey project”


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Bridging the digital divide.

27 Apr 2021

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



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Vaisakhi 2021

23 Apr 2021

Staff from the Community Development and YES Project team celebrated Vaisakhi








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Our Business Members Say YES!

19 Apr 2021

The YES Project are tapping into the knowledge and expertise of our business members to develop the project.



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Turning despair into hope: A power to change approach

16 Apr 2021

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





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Reaching out in Welsh

13 Apr 2021

We were delighted to see Kieran’s recent article on the care review translated into Welsh by the wonderful ExChange Wales


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Home Secretary pops in

12 Apr 2021

We were delighted to host the Rt Hon Priti Patel, the Home Secretary at our office last Thursday.





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Lets Get To Work !

29 Mar 2021

YES Project will be uploading monthly job vacancies for our participants, so keep an eye out!




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Young People`s Team Challenge

23 Mar 2021

Our young people worked together to support New Parks Community Hub by planting flowers and bedding plants.


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The UP-Project Case Study: SG

23 Mar 2021

The UP-Project Case Study: SG joined the UP-Project in November 2020 after being referred by Leicester Youth and Justice.


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Spring Champions Lunch

22 Mar 2021

Spring Champions Lunch - Last Thursday we held our first Champions Lunch event of the year.






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#ChooseToChallenge

10 Mar 2021

Together with our young people, business and community partners we celebrated and recognised International Women`s Day 2021.



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A career in Law.

1 Mar 2021

In our most recent live careers webinar, we were joined by 2 speakers from the law firm, Knights plc.


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International Women`s Day 2021

1 Mar 2021

Celebrate #InternationalWomensDay with us! Join us celebrating women's achievements, calling for gender equality and visioning a future where we #ChooseToChallenge.


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Careers Week Competition

1 Mar 2021

Leicestershire Cares is running a competition for secondary students in celebration of Careers Week 2021



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Why are we supporting the Census?

26 Feb 2021

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.


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Community In Action Podcast

25 Feb 2021

The Community in Action Podcast brings stories and narratives of our diverse communities in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.






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Live Careers Webinar - Law

17 Feb 2021

Don't miss the third webinar in our series of Careers talks for secondary schools on Thursday 25th February, 11am -12



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Pathways Supports NEET Young People

9 Feb 2021

The YES Project have partnered with Pathways to provide advice and guidance on accessing further and higher education to NEET young people











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New year new changes within education

26 Jan 2021

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.




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Live Speaker Webinars for Schools

25 Jan 2021

During school closures we are delivering a series of speaker webinars to support our partner schools and maintain their links with our member businesses.








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The hill we climb

21 Jan 2021

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.



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The value of Mock Interviews

19 Jan 2021

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.



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Community in Action launch

18 Jan 2021

A new and exciting action research project, which seeks to learn from the rich cultural diversity of Leicester, Leicestershire, and Rutland.



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WIRE Project Update

15 Jan 2021

The WIRE Project continues to support ex-offenders and achieve successful outcomes despite lockdown restrictions.








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#TogetherWeCan: Bags of Hope

15 Dec 2020

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.











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Office Depot Donate Tonnes of Toiletries

24 Nov 2020

Office Depot and Leicestershire Cares Community Development Team link with charitable organisations to reach people in need throughout Leicester and Leicestershire.






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Education update

20 Nov 2020

New school year, new way of delivering our education projects



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2020 Winter Gardens

20 Nov 2020

We are excited to announce that we are one of eight charities chosen to be a part of the 2020 Charity Winter Gardens.





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YES Project Update

18 Nov 2020

The YES Project team have been working hard to support NEET young people throughout the pandemic.





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Happy Diwali

13 Nov 2020

We would like to wish all our friends, partners, staff and volunteers a happy and safe Diwali this weekend.



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Recycle and Upskill: An Easy Win-Win!

12 Nov 2020

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.








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‘Together We Care’ at Christmas

27 Oct 2020

Working with local businesses to collect and distribute care packages this Christmas to those affected by the Covid pandemic and most in need.









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Making Moves Project update

13 Oct 2020

Leicestershire Cares and the homelessness project ‘Making Moves’ have been working hard since the announcement of the lockdown on the 20th March.








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Levelling up our communities

30 Sep 2020

We were very pleased to see the publication of this report which is very much in line with a lot of our thinking and practice during the pandemic.


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Recycle Week 2020

29 Sep 2020

Leicestershire Cares supported Recycle Now`s 17th annual Recycle Week



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Responsible Business

28 Sep 2020

We were delighted to be asked to share our learning and experience with the Responsible Business Team at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS).



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No silos, egos or logos. #BBBYouthWelfare

25 Sep 2020

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.



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People development award

21 Sep 2020

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the East Midlands Chambers Commitment to people development.


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Community Safety Survey

18 Sep 2020

A new survey by the OPCC and VRN exploring what the community feels the priorities are when it comes to community safety.


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Champions Meeting

18 Sep 2020

We are having our first virtual Champions Meeting on the 23rd September.


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New workshop: Fakeaways

16 Sep 2020

We are launching a new workshop called ‘Fakeaways’ - making our favourite takeaway foods in a healthier way.


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#BBBYouthWelfare Webinar 24th September 1-2pm

10 Sep 2020

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.


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Spreading the good news

9 Sep 2020

We have been delighted at the coverage our #TogetherWeCare awards have received in the local media.





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Education Projects Annual report 2019-20

26 Aug 2020

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







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Creativity and agility is in demand

13 Aug 2020

Throughout the lockdown we have sought to work in a creative and agile way , adapting our efforts as best we can so nobody is left behind.



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Quarantine Cooks

6 Aug 2020

The quarantine cooks workshop has come to an end after 10 successful weeks




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Life Under Local Lockdown

28 Jul 2020

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









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#BuildBackBetter

13 Jul 2020

350 business, community , church and political leaders signed a #BuildBackBetter statement.


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Knife crime session

10 Jul 2020

Leicestershire Cares' UP and WIRE Projects are collaborating with BBC Radio in response to knife crime.





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Domestic abuse bill

8 Jul 2020

The Domestic Abuse Bill completed its Report Stage and Third Reading on Monday 6th July.