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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.




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The impact of volunteering

22 Jun 2020

On the Go For Reading Project, it has been uplifting to receive feedback from the schools and volunteers.