Support local residents

rwsStudents are being encouraged to work with residents in Newfoundpool who are creating forum to work on projects that bring a sense of community back to the area.  A recent public highlighted some current challenges in the neighbourhood including anti-social behaviour, litter, late-night noise and problems related to children having nothing to do during the summer holidays. DMU Square Mile is now working with residents to establish a forum where people can highlight some of the problems they face in the community and work towards solutions with the help of DMU, Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Police and Leicestershire NHS Partnership.

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My IT Frontrunner experience so far

emilyI applied for the Frontrunners position within Square Mile as I was keen to get back into volunteering and use the skills I am learning from my degree to make a difference writes Emily Willett, DMU Computer Security student. Although I have lived in Leicester all my life and I hadn’t realised the impact projects like this have on communities where I live. I have only been in the position for a few weeks but I have already seen the benefit of having a Frontrunners placement and I am looking forward to the next 6 months. The projects I am involved in are IT4Free and Coding for Schools.

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Newfoundpool Forum plan

Logo1Residents in Newfoundpool are aiming to create a forum to work on projects that  bring a sense of community back to the area. A public meeting of about 20 people yesterday highlighted some current challenges in the neighbourhood including anti-social behaviour, litter, late-night noise and problems related to children having nothing to do during the summer holidays.

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Canal Clean-up

Bu1mtOKIIAA1YR6Staff and students came together to clean up a stretch of the River Soar that was in need of improvement, writes DMU Square Mile Frontrunner Bavia Dulabh. On Tuesday 12th August, a team from DMU helped the Canal and River Trust clean canal area and its surroundings nearby the university.  The 13 volunteers, made up of students, the new DSU Executive and staff from DMU’s Strategic Partnerships gathered at lunch time at the River Soar to hear instructions from the Canal and River Trust members on how to tackle the mess before separating into small groups.

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Dying for the Loo?

IndiaI’ve spent the past few weeks looking at the issue of toilets in schools in India, or lack of them writes DMU Square Mile Manager Mark Charlton. It is widely reported that millions of children, particularly girls, drop out of education because of a lack of washrooms. At this point these children lose the chance of a better life, their potential and enter an apparent cycle of poverty and poor health, simply because they cannot access something most of us take for granted – a loo.  Many females drop out due to a lack of privacy. Being forced to defecate in nearby fields is undignified enough, but when their menstrual circle kicks in during their early teens, they feel embarrassed and ashamed and do not continue their studies.

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Join the latest Canal Clean-up!

DMU River Soar clean-up 2014On Tuesday 12th August DMU Square Mile is to work with the Canal and River Trust to transform the area surrounding the River Soar close to DMU campus. Vice Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard asked for our help in organising a clean-up operation after seeing some areas in need of improvement along the waterway, writes Amy White.

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