Free English Lessons help community members gain confidence

Help people learn English After attending one the DMU Square Mile Free English Lessons on Wednesday 11th of November, I experienced the true beauty of providing vital services for the local community, writes DMU Journalism studentNabilla Doma.

I sat in on a two hour intermediate class taught by Agnieszka Bis in the Phillip Tasker building located on De Montfort University campus. The sessions take place every Wednesday evening from 6pm-8pm. There is also a beginners class which is taught by Marlena. Continue reading

Highlighting mental health awareness & creating a supportive culture

Leanne Herbet Last week I became a Youth Mental Health First Aider, writes Leanne Herbert (NNCO Disability Officer).

The 2 day youth course, for people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 – 18 years and which is available to everyone, was developed in Australia in 2007 following the introduction of Mental Health First Aid in 2001.

The course gave me and other delegates insight into:

  • Depression and anxiety,
  • Suicide and psychosis,
  • Self-harm and eating disorders

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Student volunteers continue to clean up Leicester’s local River Soar

mmexport1447262139328After successfully picking litter along the towpath in the previous Canal Clean-up sessions, 12 Square Mile volunteers got the chance to start clearing the litter scattered up and down the local River Soar on Wednesday 11th November, writes Square Mile Engagement Intern, Wing Cheng.

Canal clean-up has now reached its fourth successful session out of six. Thanks to the great support from Canal & River Trust and Leicester Council, student volunteers were provided with the unique opportunity to climb on board the canoe and collect the unsightly and harmful litter blocking the waterway. Continue reading

Primary Schools Language Support

Make a real difference by providing language support for pupils in Leicester, where English is not their first language. Work within core subjects to help students build personal confidence, enhance existing skills, improve their English and consequently reach new heights in their academic attainment.

Our volunteers usually head out to their placement school on a weekly basis. However, some projects follow a specific timetable. All mentors receive a free criminal record check (DBS). Continue reading

Students transform the look of the river bank

DMU photo01[1]Square Mile volunteers are improving the look of the area around the River Soar in Leicester as part of a canal clean-up project, writes Square Mile Engagement Intern, Wing Cheng.

Volunteers have removed the weeds and leaves on the stairs along River Soar, which has made the area easier to access and more welcoming for local residents.

The “before-and-after” photos show the transformation of the site after just one week! Continue reading