More than 200 free books to get the community reading!

IMG_1792There will be a community book swap event at the Newfoundpool Forum Community Cafe on
Saturday November 8 from 10am to 12pm – with more than 200 free children’s and adults’ books available. Simply bring a book you have read and swap it for a new one! Come and enjoy free refreshments – and choose a new book and learn about the Six Book Challenge supported by DMU staff and the Newfoundpool Forum. DMU staff have donated more than 200 books to the Newfoundpool Forum after residents told the Newfoundpool Forum that the community wanted to see the community have a greater access to books, particularly for children. People visiting the book swap can also find out what is going on in your area at the Newfoundpool Forum Community Cafe. Visit the Newfoundpool Forum Community Cafe on Saturday November 8 from 10am to 12pm Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre Pool Road LE3 9GH For further details contact contact Mark on 0116 250 6183 or email

Could you be Leicester’s next Improv comedy sensation?

whose-line-is-it-anyway-s2-20090520180748_625x352Can you create a joke at the drop of a hat? Are you spontaneously funny? Quick-witted? Or none of these things? It doesn’t matter! – Join our improvised comedy training and surprise yourself. De Montfort University’s Square Mile programme has joined forces with two of Leicester’s top Improv performers to host weekly sessions called Whose Square Mile is it Anyway? to allow people to give improvised comedy a try. Improv is a form of comedy where most, or all, of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed. It was made popular through hit shows like Whose Line Is It Anyway?  (pictured above), Just a Minute and Mock the Week.

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Inspiring project aims to share stories from all generations

The new Transitions project is an idea dreamt up by four third year English students at De Montfort University – Me, Victoria Cox, Eleanor Woulfe and Ciaran Quinn to tell stories of people’s lives and experiences, writes Lauren MacDougall. The initiative aims to work with people from the local and the charity ‘Learning in the Fourth Age’, which provides learning opportunities to older people receiving care. The project aims to stimulate and value those older members of the community, which are so often overlooked, by giving them the chance to share the stories that marked a significant change in their life.

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Join the canal clean-up tomorrow and make a big difference

Bu1njEHCAAAPGzLMore volunteers are heading out to take part in the clean-up operation with the Canal and River Trust tomorrow. The project is having a transformative effect along the waterside in the west of Leicester. Students are meeting at 1pm at North Lock 42, off Frog Island (A50) LE3 5DL.
If you aren’t sure where this is, the best thing to do is walk down the river until you find the students and staff taking part If you have any friends that want to take part, they are all welcome. This map is very useful to locate Lock 42:
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Hear about Aamir’s inspiring 18 months with DMU Square Mile!

AAMIRHEREI recently graduated from biomedical science with a first class degree and received a scholarship to a PhD at DMU, write Aamir Hussian. I will be conducting a talk at the PAVE conference on 4th November  on my journey through University and how through Square Mile, Frontrunners and other activities I was able to “quite literally turn my life around in an 18 Month Transformation”.

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My first canal clean up experience – I can’t wait for next time!

yuepangYue Pang is an international student from China came to DMU this year and is studying Accounting and Finance. Already this year she has taken part in two Square Mile projects, the Canal Clean up and the Stem Cell Recruitment Drives! Here is her DMU Square Mile experience:  “My duty at this event was planting flowers along the river. The staff were so nice and gave they lots of guidance, although it was really hard for me to shovel soil.

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BBC Leicester Radio need you!

CSV Action at BBC Radio Leicester is exhibiting 100 Images of Migration; a photographic exhibition about the people who have made the U.K their home. We would like to offer students, with relevant experience or interest, the opportunity to help us with the exhibit, using their knowledge and experience to support us with this project.


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Events Assistant with Spark Arts


DMU Student Project 1 – Event Assistants

The Spark are offering volunteer opportunities for 4 people in the area of Event Management in November and December.

The Spark Arts for Children is a registered charity which offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy the arts as audiences, as learners and as creators of their own art. Continue reading

Something to think about this weekend

DMU-spit-884All of our amazing opportunities are listed here – and we think it’s 40+ chances to boost your employability and make a difference in the community.

But don’t take our word for it – read about Jason Martin’s experiences with us, working on our BusinessWorks project last year.

Since graduating, here’s landed a top job and says it was his DMU Square Mile experiences which got him the post.

There are many reasons to get involved in DMU Square Mile. You might want to work with others, boost your employability, find a social activity or apply the skills you have learned in a community-focused role.

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