DMU Fine Art students showcase work in City Centre

fineart studentsDMU Fine Art students are proudly showcasing their latest designs and sculptures during a free week-long exhibit titled, The Human Condition, in the city centre this week (April 26- May 1).The exhibition is inspired by the students interpretation and experiences of anxiety and mental health issues.

Under the #DMUlocal banner, second year fine art students, Khadija Adam, Heather Boneham, Annie Dixon, Emily Hayland and Linda Prendergast have put the event together, from finding the space at Highcross Leicester to advertising the event.

The exhibition will be on display in the WotSPACE – part of the Highcross Shopping Centre.The Human Condition will be open from Tuesday, 26 April to 1 May from 11am to 5pm daily. Continue reading

LCiL Choice Unlimited – The market place for independent living

Leicester Centre for Integrated A5 FLYER CHOICE 2016 (no crop marks)_LCIL_Page_1Living is proudly hosting it’s 5th annual Choice Unlimited Event tomorrow (April 20) at the Leicester Tigers Stadium.

Choice Unlimited is the market place for independent living and offers visitors the chance to interact with various local organisations from across Leicester to find out what support is available.

It is a completely free event providing information, service and products for disabled people, older people and carers. The event will run from 10:00am – 6:00pm.

Come along and check out our very own Square Mile Zone and have a chat with one of our friendly volunteers.

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Join the free Family Health & Well-being Festival this Saturday

A5_Email_Page_1This Saturday (April 16) there will be a Family Health and Well-being Festival taking place at Evington Leisure Centre from 9:00am – 1:00pm.

The event is completely free and promises to be a day full of fun, information and activates for all ages. There will be the opportunity to take part in well-being workshops, face painting, martial arts sessions and much more.

DMU students who have been trained by Diabetes UK to become Community Champions will be carrying out Know Your Risk assessments on members of the public whilst also providing general awareness of Diabetes. There will also be a Free Hearing Screening stall present where Audiology students will be delivering free hearing checks alongside Action Deafness.

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Square Mile Choir performs at Community Choir Festival

choirThe DMU Square Mile Community Choir performed ‘Make you feel my love’ by Bob Dylan at this years Community Choir Festival. The festival took place over one weekend and welcomed over 1000 singers and 44 different choirs from across the country.

The weekend was jam-packed with a wide range of mass workshops which focused on singing techniques to help provide top tips for the variety of choirs. The event was all about creating a positive and friendly atmosphere.

choir 2The Community Choirs Festival is wonderful day of mass harmony singing workshops followed by a concert, by the choirs, for the choirs.It is open to any choir or singing group who welcome all voices.

Whether you are a small group just starting out or a well established community choir, the festival offers a wonderful opportunity to sing with up to 500 like minded singers, in a relaxed, non competitive, friendly environment.” – Continue reading

Stem cell drive helps to save a life!

Back in 2014, Square MiSarah Olsenle and the Rik Basra Leukaemia Campaign hosted a stem cell drive at the popular Highcross Student Lock-in event. Now, the incredible news has been shared that due to that event in 2014, a life has been saved.

19 year old student, Sarah Olsen, took time out of her shopping to simply spit into a test tube and sign onto the Anthony Nolan Stem Cell Register. A year and a half later, she was contacted as a potential match for a stem cell transplant.

Since carrying out the donor process, Sarah was informed earlier this week by Anthony Nolan that the transplant was a success!  Continue reading

Launch of largest children’s arts festival promises weeks of fun

Spark 2Spark Arts For Children is a charity that offers children the opportunity to discover and enjoy various aspects of the arts.

The charity hosts an annual festival for children which takes place across May and June. The festival works in partnership with numerous organisations situated in Leicester. Throughout the year Spark Arts also organise a wide range of events and art project to continue and enhance the work created during the festival.

Earlier this week (April 6) saw the official launch of the Children’s art festival. The event took place in Highcross Shopping Centre with special guest Lord Mayor, Ted Cassidy. Children joined in the fun by getting their face painted and unleashing their creativity on the huge doodle mat.  Continue reading

BIG Stop Day set to empower hundreds of youths from across the country

WeBJ-pli_400x400This Saturday (April 9) as a part of the #BIGchange Campaign, the fourth Big Stop Day event will be taking place at Athena, Leicester. The day is aimed at schools from across the UK to come together and contribute towards creating a positive social change.

Every school that attends will get the chance to choose a national #BIGchange campaign. The campaign varies from – campaigning for LGBT Rights, Girls Education, poverty, homelessness. Collectively, the schools decide which one they would like to work with for a year.

They will then work alongside a Big Stop Coordinator to establish one action they can build locally and one globally. This will be the beginning of the movement for their ‘Big Change’.

Square Mile volunteers will be present on the day to help with welcoming and ushering, as well as interacting with all the young people to enhance the positive atmosphere and ensure they all have a good time. Continue reading

Gifted & Talented Schools inspire local Year 10’s

group 2This week, DMU Campus was taken over by 140 year 10’s who come together from a range of Leicester schools to take part in our Gifted & Talented programme which specialises in, Law, Healthcare Science, Art & Design, Dance and Drama.

The first three days of Gifted & Talented were full to the brim with exiting activities and unique workshops. Today (April 7), was the grand finale with a celebration lunch followed by the year 10’s performing, presenting and exhibiting their hard work to family and friends.  Continue reading

Launch of innovative Young Transgender Centre of Excellence

CfXCPLpW8AEg-cP.jpg-largeToday (April 6) marks the official launch of the Young Transgender Centre of Excellence at the Leicester LGBT Centre. Organisations from across Leicester attended the celebration along with Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard, honorary president of the Leicester LGBT Centre and Nicky Morgan PM, Minister for Women and Equalities

The Young Transgender Centre is the first of its kind in the region. The project began in November 2015 with the aim to support young transgender people from the ages of 13 to 18 along with their families and carers across Leicestershire and Rutland. Numbers since have continued to increase and as a result a strong and welcoming support group has been formed. Continue reading