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Rural Community Council - Job Vacancies
Mon, 18 Jul 2011 12:22pm
Rural Community Council - Job Vacancies

The Rural Community Council (Leicestershire and Rutland), a partner organisation of the LRP, is looking to appoint two part time Community Development Officers to join thier successful Rural Action Team based in Leicester and covering primarily Melton and Hinckley & Bosworth Districts.

These appointments will help communities with Community Development and in the delivery of Big Society outcomes. Excellent communication skills, the ability to work independently demonstrating high degree of initiative are essential. Access to a car is required. To start as soon as possible after selection.

The job specification and application form can be downloaded at the RCC website. Alternatively, you may request an pack to be sent to you by calling 0116 2662905.

Thu, 23 Jun 2011 3:31pm

Through the Inspire Leicestershire Programme there are a number of grants available to assist Leicestershire’s rural businesses. The grants fall into 3 categories – The Workspace Development Grant (up to £15,000) Visitor Development Grant (up to £10,000) and Equestrian Development Grant (up to £10,000).

Full details can be found at: http://www.oakleaves.org.uk/rural-business-grants.html

Please contact Heather Bell ( ) or Sarah McCartney () for more details.

Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14: Consultation
Thu, 23 Jun 2011 11:27am

There is only one week left to comment on the draft Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14.

Please let us know what your future priorities for rural Leicestershire are. This information will help inform the allocation of existing and future resources available through the Leicestershire Rural Partnership.

Full details on the consultation are available on our Rural Framework webpage.

Alternatively please contact Matthew Kempson (matthew.kempson@leics.gov.uk, 0116 305 6179

Melton Mowbray Country Fair - 26th June 2011
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 11:39am

The LRP is encouraging you to enjoy a taste of the countryside at Melton Mowbray Country Fair on Sunday 26th June 2011.

A truly traditional event with plenty to see and do complimented by the annual baking competition – the Melton BIG BAKE supported by the Real Bread Campaign and Fair attendees

There is on offer lashings of local food and drink and a chance to make or bake in our onsite bakery with amazing bakers Vincent Talleu and Paul Jones.

A chance to watch a range of rural crafts demonstrations, visit animals soft and scary or just relax with a cream tea and listen to the music all in the wonderful setting of the Town Estates Parks in the centre of the "Rural Capital of Food" Melton Mowbray. LE13 0PT.

Dogs are very welcome and can enter the Novelty Dog Show sponsored by Mars with plenty of prizes for owners and dogs.

10am – 5pm Free parking nearby. Adults £5.00 Children 5-16 £1.00 Under 5 FREE Family ticket 2 adults and 2 children £10.00

Tickets available on the day.

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Work with Communities and Young People
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 3:57pm

Foundation Degree (FdA) in Work with Communities and Young People

- specially designed for those who are working or volunteering in community and voluntary organisations or the public sector.

“The Foundation Degree inspired me, educated me, gave me confidence and informed my practice. It was led by inspirational lecturers with differing teaching styles. Whilst on the course I grew and realised I was able to achieve; before this I thought I was not intelligent and would never achieve a professional career. It shaped me as a professional and as a person.” Sarah Tiffany, recent graduate

It offers students the opportunity to:
• Reflect on and develop your work in communities
• Gain an accredited qualification
• Continue professional training and development
• Understand and develop working practices based around current theory
• Find out about current research and thinking surrounding areas such as community development and widening participation.

The course covers a variety of topics including: principles and values, social policy, concepts of community, identity and issue based work. Assessment is carried out via coursework with an emphasis on experiential learning or learning by doing.

Duration: 2 years full-time, 3-6 years part-time. Tuesday and Wednesday full-time 2011-2012
Locations: DeMontfort University, city campus (D26) or North Warwickshire & Hinckley College
UCAS code: L590

Entry and Admissions Criteria
Normally at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths, plus one of the following:
• 180 UCAS points from at least one A Level, or equivalent
• International Baccalaureate: 26 + Points
• NVQ Level 3 or modern apprenticeship in a related subject or a progressive diploma
• Access to Higher Education Award.

Applicants should possess one year’s practical experience in a youth or community setting (paid or voluntary) and will be required to undertake six hours relevant work experience per week for the duration of the course.

Applications from mature students are more than welcome, and, work experiences may be accepted for entry in place of academic qualifications.

Suitable applicants will be invited for interview. You must complete a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure clearance prior to the start of the course. A criminal record does not necessarily exclude you from undertaking the course. Course Fees for 2011-2012: £3,375 per annum. Bursaries, grants, scholarships and other funding may be available depending on your individual circumstances. Contact us for more details:

Drop-In days and Open Evening
If you would like to find out more, visit us at our:
Tuesday 21 June and Friday 24 June – drop in days
Tuesday 26 July, 5.00 – 7.00pm – open evening

To book a place at the Drop-In days or Open Evening or to find out more information contact:
T: 0116 257 7700 E: W: dmu.ac.uk/wcyp

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 2:06pm
Open Farm Sunday 2011 - 12th June

This weekend the LRP encourages you to get out and about and enjoy Open Farm Sunday.

Visit a farm on LEAF's Open Farm Sunday 12th June 2011 and discover how farmers grow your food and care for the countryside and its wildlife.

Across Leicestershire 6 farms will be welcoming visitors. These include

- Cotesbach Estate
Guided farm walks depart from the Stable Yard, Cotesbach, at 10.30am and 1.30pm. Sturdy footgear recommended. The Church is open all weekend with a Flower Festival and the Village Hall for teas. Songs of Praise 4pm. All welcome

- Gorse Hill Farm, Leicester
Farm open to the public. Opportunity to meet a variety of different animals.

- Hill Farm, Ashby de la Zouch
Farm animals including deer, bison,alpacas, mangalitza and tamworth red pigs and lambs. Shire horse. Craft activities and children's play area. Forest walks and talks. Farm machinery bygone to present day. Home produced food and cream teas are to be avialable on the day for a small charge.

- Little Markfield, Markfield
Come and enjoy seeing sheep being sheared, wool being spun, pig with piglets, cows with their babies and feed the lambs! There will farm walks, which are ideal ways to enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside., Enjoy hot dogs and beef burgers using farm produce, homemade cakes and. For those of you who love machinery, there will be plenty of tractors and tools on show too! Also vintage tractors and machinery, over 30 crafts & food stalls, Meet Pen the Red-Tail Hawk, Pumpkin growing competition for the children, beer festival Sausage making, and much more.

- Manor Farm, Catthorpe
Join us at Manor Farm to discover life on a real working farm. This year we will be focusing on the life of beef cattle - who play a vital role on our farm. Learn about their life cycle, feed, different breeds and lots more. Meet the farmers, see the equipment, tour the farm and enjoy lots of actvities too. The event will run from 11am - 4pm. We are easy to find - look out for signage from the A5 and Catthorpe Interchange. Please wear appropriate footwear for a farm walk and sun hats if the sun is out! The tearoom will be open all day and we will also be having a BBQ using our own meat! No need to book - just turn up on the day!

- Whetstone Pastures Farm
Farm and woodland walks, trailer rides. Big machines! Little creatures! Fruit to pick, pizzas to make, cream teas and local food to enjoy - and gems to pan for! 10.30am to 4.30pm. Off A426 thre miles south of Blaby.

More information is available on the OFS 2011 website at www.farmsunday.org.

We hope you enjoy your farm visit.

Wed, 27 Apr 2011 4:22pm

Investors in People offers a practical, flexible and easy to use framework delivering business improvement through people. It is used by more than 30,000 organisations in over 50 countries - from start-ups to multinational organisations.

EMB Excellence Ltd (emb-x) delivers Investors in People across central England, have launched an exciting timetable of local events for those interested in finding out more about the benefits that Investors in People can bring to their organisation.

The proven framework can help:

• improve competitiveness
• clarify employees’ roles and responsibilities
• improve succession planning
• create a strong, organisational learning culture
• establish levels of managerial autonomy
• develop and train your people
• increase job satisfaction and motivation
• reduce workplace stress and employee turnover.

Stephen Smith on behalf of emb-x says “Working with Investors in People can bring many benefits to your business, both to your internal processes as well as your performance and profitability. It is well documented that those organisations that have achieved The Standard are more likely to have higher levels of product and service innovation”

Start your journey

To find out more about how Investors in People can benefit your business, contact the Investors in People Central England Centre on 0845 872 7727 email or visit www.iipcentralengland.co.uk

Seeking your views on refreshed Leicestershire Rural Framework priorities
Mon, 18 Apr 2011 12:33pm

We are seeking your views on our refreshed Priority Outcomes

We launched our third Leicestershire Rural Strategy at our bi-annual conference in 2007.

Since then the Strategy has been influential in a number of successful funding bids, including Vibrant Villages and INSPIRE Leicestershire it has supported many consultation responses and has helped us influence other organisations in their support of rural Leicestershire

Mrs Lesley Pendleton, Chairman of the Leicestershire Rural Partnership, said, "with new Government priorities, such as the Big Society, and reduced public sector funding, it is critical that, through consultation, we identify and agree rural Leicestershire's future priorities.

"My vision is for rural Leicestershire to be made up of thriving and safe communities, which have access to good employment opportunities, affordable housing and essential local services".

In order to ensure the LRP remains effective and fit-for-purpose we need to ensure our priorities reflect current issues faced by Leicestershire's communities and businesses. To ensure this we have scheduled a mid-Strategy refresh.

The LRP has launched a public consultation on the refreshed Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14 which will be open until 30th June 2011.

The Framwork includes a number of priority outcomes arranged by the following theme chapters

1. Strong, safe and inclusive communities
2. Thriving economy
3. High quality and accessible services
4. Countryside and the environment

The full consultation document of the Leicestershire Rural Framework, 2011-14 and a questionnaire to guide you in your respective responses is available on the LRP's Oakleaves website. Please click the title to this news item.

We welcome comments from all residents, businesses and organisations who live or work within rural Leicestershire.

For more information please contact Matthew Kempson on 0116 305 6179

Funding available to boost business skills
Fri, 15 Apr 2011 10:59am

Stephen Smith, CEO of EMB Ltd, the leading enterprise and economic development company that delivers a range of business improvement services, welcomed the announcement of a business boosting initiative by Skills Minister John Hayes. "The Leadership and Management development grant scheme is a great opportunity for senior leaders of locally based small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). It will enable them to take advantage of funding that will support leadership and management training to help them grow their businesses."
Around 13,000 small and medium sized businesses and social enterprises that demonstrate a potential for growth will benefit from the Leadership and Management development grant. This will help stimulate innovation and employment, boosting the economy and helping develop a bigger and more cohesive society.
Stephen Smith continues, "We are responsible for delivering business improvement services right across the across Central England area, and we hope that many organisations in the local area (which includes the East and West Midlands and East of England) will engage with us to make the most of this initiative to boost their business, and in turn, the local economy."
A match funded grant of up to £1,000 is available to be spent on leadership training and coaching that helps grow the business, improving productivity and competitiveness. The programme also includes a free consultation with an expert adviser before the training commences, as well as a free follow-up to discuss the impact of the training and any further skills needs.
Skills Minister, John Hayes said:
“This Government will back businesses that want to boost their skills. We’re spending more than ever on apprenticeships, freeing up training providers from red tape, and focusing public spending where it is most needed to drive growth. Effective leadership can make the difference between survival and growth, and this fund will give vital support to entrepreneurs who want to continue to develop their businesses.”
Geoff Russell, Chief Executive, Skills Funding Agency added:
"This fund will help many leaders of small and medium sized enterprises grow their business through harnessing the talents of their staff. Skills are critical to the future development of businesses. By offering a helping hand to thousands of organisations we expect to see more leaders develop the skills they need to help their businesses achieve their potential."
The fund will be promoted directly to businesses by the regional Leadership and Management Advisory Service and is available starting this month. SME leaders should contact the Leadership and Management Advisory Service on 0845 894 8969 or email lmas@embltd.co.uk to book their free personal leadership and management assessment.
To find out if your organisation can benefit from the initiative, contact the Leadership and Management Advisory Service Helpline on 0845 894 8969 or email

Thu, 24 Mar 2011 3:12pm

Nearly 13,000 Leicestershire households are at risk from river flooding and more homes are at risk from surface water and flash flooding. Be prepared, come along to a Flood Fair in the Members Lounge at County Hall on Tuesday 29th March 2011.

The Fair will include displays and demonstrations by local flood defence businesses and organisations including the National Flood Forum, Severn Trent Water and the Environment Agency.

Get advice and information about flooding that is relevant to you. Including:

  • What flooding risks there are in your area
  • How to protect your home
  • What to do in an emergency
  • How to get help
  • The Flood Warden scheme

The Flood Fair will be open to all members of the public and staff from 1pm to 7pm. More information on flooding and Emergency Management can be found on the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Resilience Forum website.

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