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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.


Champions Meeting

18 Sep 2020

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


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.


Spreading the good news

9 Sep 2020

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


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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13 Jul 2020

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


Knife crime session

10 Jul 2020

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


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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26 Jun 2020

How working together could could help us tackle key issues as we transition out of the pandemic.


Black Voices

25 Jun 2020

As we reflect on the powerful messages coming out of the #BlackLivesMatters movement we are keen to listen to Black voices.

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Back of the Net!

23 Jun 2020

Leicester City Football Club: our first virtual world of work tour

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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.


Volunteers Week 2020

1 Jun 2020

For Volunteers Week 2020 we would like to thank all of our business volunteers for the support they have provided to our charity and the community.


Job Seeking and COVID-19

26 May 2020

Many job seekers are feeling worried about how COVID–19 could affect their employment opportunities. There are a few things that they can do, with the help of Leicestershire Cares, to improve their employability.

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East Midlands Charity Awards 2020

21 May 2020

We are delighted to be finalists in two categories: East Midlands Charity of the Year and Volunteer manager of the Year.


Life Under Lockdown

19 May 2020

Leicestershire Cares publishes finding of rapid participatory assessment of the impact that the lockdown is having on vulnerable young people in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

18 May 2020

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, as a charity we have worked hard to stay connected to our participants and young people.


Tackling domestic abuse

6 May 2020

As an organisation we are committed to tackling domestic abuse and we strongly believe in a partnership approach.


Ramadan Mubarak

24 Apr 2020

In this month of reflection and worship , wishing all who follow and worship a safe and happy time.


Feed your Family for a Fiver Workshop

21 Apr 2020

Before the lockdown some of our young people on the Homelessness Project attended the Feed your Family for a Fiver workshop; similar sessions have been ran via Zoom with Samworth Brothers.

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Protected Characteristics

20 Apr 2020

How Leicestershire Cares is raising awareness of hate crime among our young people and building relationships with the police


Reading Rocks!

9 Apr 2020

It has been great to visit our Go for Reading partner schools this term and see our committed and enthusiastic business volunteers raising confidence and sharing their love of reading with students in Leicester and Leicestershire.


Competition Time

1 Apr 2020

We’re running a competition for primary and secondary school students in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to encourage careers education over the coming weeks.


Launching #TogetherWeCare

1 Apr 2020

A new initiative to recognise individuals who have been working hard in their community during Covid-19.


Stepping up

30 Mar 2020

Leicestershire Cares have been stepping up to the challenge of the pandemic by partnering with the local community and businesses.


Quarterly Newsletter April 2020

30 Mar 2020

Check out our quarterly newsletter, it features the great work our partnerships have been delivering in the past four months and what we have planned for the next quarter.


Number Partners Count

27 Mar 2020

Amazing commitment from business volunteers in primary schools across Leicester and Leicestershire.

ExChange Book Giveaway 2020

27 Mar 2020

ExChange are giving fifteen lucky individuals the chance to win one of the amazing books featured on their blog.

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Sharing knowledge

20 Mar 2020

Leicestershire Cares’ staff share new found knowledge about social pedagogic practice, after 3 days training in the ThemPra’s Diamond Model.


Let’s brew this!

11 Mar 2020

On Thursday 8th of March at Leicestershire Cares, we had a coffee event and motivational speaker to celebrate International Women’s Day.


Champions Lunch agenda

6 Mar 2020

On Tuesday 10th of March we will be holding our Champions Lunch event, for our business members.

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Press release - Capacity Building event

3 Mar 2020

Last Friday, the Together Project organised an event for VCSE sector organisations to access business advice and skills share support to deliver their services more effectively.


Quarterly Newsletter February 2020

28 Feb 2020

Check out our quarterly newsletter, it features the great work our partnerships have been delivering in the past four months and what we have planned for the next quarter.

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Reimagining a care system

24 Feb 2020

As part of Care Day 2020, Leicestershire Cares’ young people took to social media to speak out about how they would like the care system to be, as well as what sets them apart from ‘normal’ young people.

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Care Day 2020 is coming!

18 Feb 2020

The annual international celebration of the Care Experienced community taking place on Friday 21 February.

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We are recruiting!

17 Feb 2020

We are currently recruiting for a Development Officer for our Community Development Team.


Champions Lunch 2020

7 Feb 2020

We are having our first Champions Lunch for the new year on Tuesday the 10th March 2020.


Lilu Restaurant World of Work Tour

31 Jan 2020

Young people attended a World of Work Tour at Lilu Restaurant and learnt all about the catering and hospitality Industry.


Capacity Building for the VCSE Sector

30 Jan 2020

Leicestershire Cares invites you to the launch of The Together Project – The National Lottery Community Funded initiative enabling VCSE sector organisations to access business advice and skills share support.


WIRE project up for an award

10 Jan 2020

We are delighted that Leicestershire Cares – WIRE Project has been shortlisted for the Value for Money award at the PCC's Safer Community Celebration award.


Support for our work

6 Jan 2020

Rupert Matthews, Conservative Prospective Candiate for Police & Crime Commissioner for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland recently visited our office.


The launch of the UP Project

6 Jan 2020

Leicestershire Cares has been featured once again in an article on the Exceptionals blog. It explains the UP Project's successes to date and the importance of having a project focused in rehabilitating young offenders to reduce reoffending.


Changing attitudes and making our communities safer

20 Dec 2019

Earlier this year, two of our team members from Leicestershire Cares participated in a seminar aimed at encouraging local employees to consider giving emplyment opportunities to ex-offenders.


Collect 4 Christmas update

18 Dec 2019

Leicestershire Cares are thrilled to announce this year’s successful Collect 4 Christmas campaign received donations in the region of £30,000 from local business members.


What drives behaviours?

6 Dec 2019

Yesterday, Joules delivered a training session at Leicestershire Cares on 'what drives behaviours?'


Beaumanor Hall visit

27 Nov 2019

Recently, a few of our staff and young people took a visit to Beaumanor Hall for a fun day of activities.


Successful work placement

27 Nov 2019

Anthony, a WIRE Project participant has had a successful two week work placement with the parks team and is eager to work another two weeks!


Festive Challenges 2019

25 Nov 2019

Our 2019 Festive Challenges Campaign has started, check out the article to read more.

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Sharing our learning

20 Nov 2019

Kieran Breen, our CEO will be facilitating two workshops at an upcoming conference on the 28th November at DMU aimed at social services staff working with young people.


Community Development Updates

7 Nov 2019

The Community Development Team have many updates as we approach the Christmas period, they have various festive challenges and the Collect 4 Christmas 2019 which will support vulnerable people affected by homelessness.


Champion’s Champion award

1 Nov 2019

At our Champions Lunch on the 30th October, we were able to award Michelle Newman from Knights plc with the Champion’s Champion award.


Golden Hearts awarded

1 Nov 2019

On Wednesday the 30th of October 2019 at our Champions Lunch, we were able to present two Golden Heart awards.


Happy Diwali

28 Oct 2019

Wishing all our friends and colleagues a very happy Diwali.


PCC Breakfast

17 Oct 2019

On Wednesday 30th of October, Leicestershire Cares will be attending the PCC Breakfast event in Leicester to encourage businesses to support employment for ex-offenders.


Champions Lunch

16 Oct 2019

At Leicestershire Cares on Wednesday the 30th of October we have our Champions Lunch.


Different but equal

16 Sep 2019

Our whole team took time out of our busy schedules last Thursday to spend time with Lyn Warren from Joules to learn more about diversity , dignity and inclusion in the workplace.


Nobody is left behind

6 Sep 2019

On Thursday 5th September cyclists from firms across the city and county came together to participate in the Knights cycling sportive.


Our work with vulnerable students in 2018-19

6 Sep 2019

A key focus of our education work last academic year was to increase our engagement with special schools and improve support for vulnerable and disadvantaged students.

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Employability Impact Report 2018-19

5 Sep 2019

Last academic year, our business partners supported over 2,000 secondary school students to develop their employability skills.


Go For Reading Impact Report 2018-19

3 Sep 2019

Through the support of our business volunteers, the Go For Reading Project has been able to impact the lives of many young people to help build their confidence in reading.

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Fresh lick of paint for community hall

23 Aug 2019

Earlier this month, the University’s Career Development Service turned off their computers, picked up their paintbrushes and swapped their day jobs to spend the day supporting local residents as part of a staff volunteering initiative.


A Year in YES

19 Jul 2019

Check out what the YES Project has been up to and what we have accomplished this past year.


Prayer and Cake

24 Jun 2019

On Friday the 21st of June, The City Retreat hosted an event in honour of Jox Cox and the legacy she left behind.


Invitation: 'The Great Get Together'

13 Jun 2019

Join us on Friday the 21st of June for the Great Get Together as we attempt to support what Joanne Cox stood for in the hope of bringing communities together.


Thank you to all Interview Technique volunteers

6 Jun 2019

A student from Beaumont Leys School attended Leicestershire Cares’ Annual Celebration Event at Winstanley House to say thank you to all the volunteers who have taken part in our Interview Technique project this year.


Eid Mubarak

5 Jun 2019

Happy Eid Mubarak to all our staff, family, friends and everyone who works with us.


Quarterly Newsletter 2019

23 May 2019

Read about all the great work our partnerships have been delivering and what we have planned in the next quarter.


Walker & Son World of Work Tour

23 May 2019

For Leicestershire Cares Week, young people attended a World of Work tour at the Walkers Charnwood Bakery – part of Samworth Brothers.


Annual Celebration Event 2019

21 May 2019

Thank you to everyone that attended our Annual Celebration Event on Thursday the 16th of May, it was a great way to celebrate the hard work of our business volunteers.

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YES Awards Film 2019

15 May 2019

Check out the film created from this year's YES Awards ceremony, where we celebrated our young people's achievements.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Course

8 May 2019

On Friday the 5th of July Leicestershire Cares will be holding a Youth Mental Health First aid course, which will be delivered by Chris Rollings.


East Midlands Charity Awards

12 Apr 2019

Leicestershire Cares and our CEO Kieran Breen have been nominated for awards by the East Midlands Charity Awards.


Go For Reading Graduation Celebration

10 Apr 2019

This week Moat Community College invited students and business volunteers that have taken part in the Go For Reading Project to a party to celebrate all the reading successes that have happened this term.


Interview Technique

8 Apr 2019

In total this spring term, 1,960 students were given a mock interview by business volunteers at 11 events across schools in Leicester and Leicestershire.


BBC Birmingham World of Work Tour

1 Apr 2019

Our young people on the Flying Fish and YES Projects visited the home of Doctor Who and the Peaky Blinders at the BBC Birmingham studios.


Know Your Stuff

21 Mar 2019

A new independent living skills workshop through the VOICES project at Leicestershire Cares.

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Champion's Champion

15 Mar 2019

Carla Loughrey from Hinckley and Rugby Building Society is our Champion's Champion!

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Successful WIRE Project breakfast event

25 Feb 2019

Several local businesses came to support the breakfast event on the 21st of February and many shared their experiences and successes of the WIRE Project.

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Annual YES Project Awards

21 Feb 2019

The annual YES awards where local charities and organisations gather to celebrate the achievements of young people.


Leicestershire Cares Quarterly Update

19 Feb 2019

Our quarterly update includes all the exciting projects and events Leicestershire Cares has been involved in to ensure no one is left behind.


Chill & Chat

18 Feb 2019

Leicestershire Cares will be running a new group for care-experienced young people (aged 18+) on a Monday evenings.


Impact for change

14 Feb 2019

The article Kieran Breen wrote for Vulnerability 360 on how the care system is failing young people has sparked further discussion and attention.