Pharmacy students ready to answer diabetes questions this summer

These DMU staff and students are ambassadors for Diabetes UK

DMU Square Mile Diabetes UK student ambassadors will be visiting events across the city this summer to give free advice and support to anyone who has questions about the condition. The project has confirmed at least eight fetes and festivals where the team of DMU staff and students will be on hand to share their knowledge. The project is part of a unique collaboration between staff and students in DMU’s School of Pharmacy and national charity Diabetes UK to support people with types 1 and 2 diabetes and to help identify some of the estimated 3,100 people in Leicester who are living with the condition but do not know they have it.

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Law students create a new and exciting project to inspire our lawyers of tomorrow

Week 1We are current law students at De Montfort University taking part in a legal project with DMU Square Mile write Amna Manor and Yasmin Mohamed. Our challenge is to create a project that gives young students a better understanding of the legal world with hopes that they will aspire to become tomorrow’s lawyers. In order to fulfill this challenge our initial ideas involved using innovative methods that will both educate and entertain students.

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Here are 47 good reasons to become a reading mentor in 2015/16

datapicEarlier this week, the DMU Square Mile office received raw data showing the impact of the work of De Montfort University’s paired-reading mentors at New College, Leicester, writes DMU Square Mile Manager Mark Charlton. It’s a spreadsheet of numbers showing reading ages in August 2014 and reading ages in June 2015 for around sixty 11-12 year-olds (year 7/8). Each child has attempted to improve his or her reading by working with a DMU undergraduate or community volunteer by meeting on a weekly basis and reading together. 

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Seven-Up! Share your skills/hobbies with a Yr 7 pupil in 2015/16


An exciting project with New College has set the challenge of giving every pupil in Year 7 the experience of an extra-curricular activity this coming academic year to raise their aspirations.

We want to hear from DMU students who would like to contribute to this project. Please fill out the form on MyGateway if you want to get involved. You can assist and share your skills or hobbies in the following areas:

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“The Big Lunch successfully brought the community together”

croppedLast Sunday, I volunteered with Square Mile for the Big Lunch, which was held on Rally Park and thankfully it was a beautiful sunny day – with no rain in sight! writes volunteer student, Anqui Lin. Hundreds of community members in the Square Mile area headed down to the park to enjoy a wonderful day in the sun with their families and friends. There were plenty of interesting and exciting activities on offer in the park.For example, several bouncy castles and face-painting stands were set up for the kids, from which they had great fun and proved to be very popular. The event saw all ages attend and the atmosphere overall for the day was fun and relaxed.

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“I love the fact that as a team we were able to make people smile”

2015-06-07 12.25.59The Big Lunch is an annual event run on a community park in the Square Mile area for members of the community to come down and enjoy their day writes student volunteer, Ekele Ochedi.

As I approached the park, I saw bouncy castles and stands inviting the community to come along and have fun. I was welcomed by the members of the Square Mile team, who were already setting up for the event. I happily joined in and gave them a hand getting the marques ready for the public’s arrival.Soon after I had arrived, three other volunteers joined to help set up the Square Mile Community Café. Then it was time to start serving the drinks to the community.

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The Big Lunch 2015 proved to be a fun-packed family day with smiles all round!

2015-06-07 13.55.25Sunday the 7th of June saw the fourth annual Big Lunch event down at Rally Park. The event had everything from face painting to bouncy castles. Combined with a tasty BBQ and Brilliant sunshine.The Big Lunch provided a fantastic family fun filled day.Several organisations throughout the west of Leicestershire came together once again to create our most successful Big Lunch event to date. Over 800 people from the Newfoundpool, Woodgate and Fosse communities attended the day, and enjoyed the various activities on offer. We had numerous marques with brilliant organisations such as Leicestershire College and the All Nations Church.

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New reach out community network for cancer patients and families

ReachoutA new project, created by De Montfort University’s Square Mile Programme and Macmillan Cancer Support,aims to create a new community network for cancer patients and their families in Leicester city. The initiative will deliver new opportunities that will be offered to anyone experiencing cancer, no matter where they are in their journey. The new network, called ‘Reach Out Leicester’, will target people in Hard-to-Reach communities, offering people the opportunity to shape the services and raise awareness of the support available to them.

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