Leicester Samaritans celebrate 50 years of dedicated service!


As Chairman I have attended a number of cycling events, but this one was different!

I called in on the latest meeting of CYCLe –
the County Youth Council for LeicCYCLE Logoestershire, to hear what was occupying their agenda and because I wanted to show my support to this group of young people who give up their valuable time to engage with the County Council, and to voice what matters to young people.

This is the place where young people from lots of different forums come to discuss the issues that are important to them. Young people aged 11-19 represent other young people across the 7 Borough and Districts of the County by providing a route for them to have their say on issues that affect them. Any young person aged 11 – 19 can get involved in CYCLe, especially if they are passionate about getting the voice of young people in Leicestershire heard.  If you are that age and reading this (!) do speak to your Youth Worker about getting involved!

For more information go to:  www.thejitty.com/cycle

Come live with me and be my love!

Guild St Martin logoOn the eve of St Valentine’s Day I joined friends at Leicester Cathedral for something a little different! Arranged by Peter Lewis and the friends and members of the Cathedral Music Department, we celebrated love, with laughter, smiles and sadness, wit, wooing and some wickedness, in poetry, fiction and in song. Well, that is what we were promised, so who wouldn’t want to go along?! It was a super evening valentines day paintingand supported the Guild of St Matins.

The Guild supports the work and ministry of the Cathedral. To learn more go to:    http://leicestercathedral.org/support-us/the-guild-of-st-martin/

Lunch with Fernandez

Fernandez Grillhouse pictureFernandez Grillhouse opened in Loughborough in April 2013 and they marked their first anniversary on 14th February with a social networking event to celebrate. The restaurant employs local people and supports the local supply chain, and so I was very happy to join the Mayor of Charnwood and to wish Fernandez continued success in the future.

Samaritans are 50

On Saturday I was delighted to host a civic reception at Beaumanor Hall to honour
the volunteers who make up Leicester Samaritans. This year marks the branch’s
50th anniversary and 170 volunteers, past and present, attended the event. Samaritans logo

The Leicester Branch handles over 40,000 calls a year and its ‘phone lines are available to people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

The Samaritans are a very special kind of volunteer who provide a welcoming ear to those who need emotional support at the time they really need it. It was my pleasure to host this reception as a thank you for 50 years of dedicated voluntary service to our community.

samaritans cake cutHere I am cutting the special anniversary cake at the reception on Saturday, flanked by Rosie (left) and Audrey (right) who between them have been listening volunteers for almost 80 years with the Leicester branch of the Samaritans.

Visit: www.samaritans.org