Residents – bring your ideas to the next Newfoundpool Forum!

The next Newfoundpool Forum will take place on Thursday March 12 at Newfoundpool Neighbourhood Centre.

From 5.30pm there will be the opportunity to raise issues with council representatives, NHS and police. From 6pm we will discuss forthcoming projects for the area. To include:

  • Plans for a Newfoundpool community food festival
  • Activities for children and families in the Easter holidays
  • Community cafe and bookswap
  • Next edition of Newfoundpool News – content ideas
  • Any other ideas from residents

For further details,


“We need to get children’s reading ages up, DMU students help us”

DMU Square Mile’s Homework Club goes far beyond what “homework club” may suggest, writes DMU Graduate Champion Sharron Biring. I initially thought that the project was simply student volunteers going into schools to help pupils with their homework, but how wrong was I?! FullSizeRenderI visited New College alongside the other Engagement Officers to meet with Mr Allan Dunsmore, Project Development Manager, and a few DMU students who use their spare time to volunteer there. Following a couple of interviews I had with each person, I learnt that there are many different strands that form homework club such as paired reading, mentoring, attendance monitors and subject placements to name a few. (Click image to see Connor’s Homework Club Experience). Continue reading

Help gather 100 ideas for Leicester in DMU’s pop-up shop!

Mackk.jpg-largeStudents are being encouraged to support the 100 ideas for Leicester campaign by helping to run a pop-up shop.
Throughout next week (from Monday Feb 16) the Politics and Public Policy department at De Montfort University has secured space in a city centre premises to gather views from the public.
Volunteers are needed to speak with passers-by, inviting them to come in to the shop in Loseby Lane, Leicester to share their ideas either via white board or our video chair.
Students would also continue working on the ideas, doing research on the premises.

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DMU SMART Research website transformed by Graduate Champions creating engaging research and media content

We are very pleased with the way our graduate champion have transformed our SMART website. Just two weeks ago, it was a barren frame with no content (see the blue image). Now, as we soar past the halfway point of this six week programme we are seeing some incredible work coming through – videos, photographs, podcasts and blogs, to share DMU’s research with everyone. But don’t just take our word for it – visit the website here:

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Transitions: Student project with L4A helps Leicester’s oldest residents tell their amazing stories

Alan and CiaranThe Transitions project is an idea dreamt up by four third year English students at De Montfort University – Victoria Cox, Lauren MacDougall, Eleanor Woulfe and Ciaran Quinn (pictured with Alan) – and enabled by the Square Mile’s long running partnership with the charity ‘Learning for the Fourth Age’ who provide learning opportunities to Leicester’s oldest residents. Our 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. Continue reading

IT4Free: You meet engaging people and you may also learn a thing or two yourself!

Over the last few weeks, through the IT4Free programme, I have taught many different people how to complete tasks using technology writes DMU student Georgia Ingham. B74heFZCEAAi_RdThere’s always a variety of people who attend; ages, gender and technical ability vary and it’s always nice to see a mix of friendly and new faces each time I attend. To name a few different activities that I have shown people how to accomplish would include: how to email, use Facebook by sending messages, uploading pictures, changing their profile and security settings and I have also helped teach people how to use different devices like ipads and smart phones. The people who come benefit not only from learning but also have a great time as we laugh and joke too. The other volunteers are really easy to get along with and always happy to help if I have trouble with anything. It’s mutually beneficial when someone comes into the session with an idea of what they want to accomplish. Continue reading

“Working with a group of adults with learning disabilities is rewarding”

Hello, my name is Bavia Dulabh and for the past year I have been a BavanarDMU Square Mile Frontrunner and a volunteer for Ansaar, where I assist a group of adults with learning disabilities perform basic activities, such as writing, cooking and shopping. Visiting museums, and outing to parks are also fun activities I get to participate in.  Importantly, the sense of achievement from helping these adults build confidence and achieve their potential is the most rewarding aspect of my experience with Ansaar so far.  Continue reading