DMU society Spectrum changes the way socials are run

By Kira Gibson

DMU society Spectrum has changed the way that the society as a whole is run by creating more opportunities for members of the discord server to run their own socials. 

The society has been planning regular meets over discord since the beginning of the pandemic which were run by members of the committee.

At the beginning of the month, the decision was made to rearrange the way the society spectrum as a whole was run, and to change the way the socials were run. 

A statement given by the committee of Spectrum said: “We will still be running meets and socials, however, and they will not be exclusively run by our ‘committee’. We are encouraging our members to run their own meets, just send a message, see if anyone is free, and then away you go!”

The new changes have only just come into effect, as more members of Spectrum have now started to run their own meets and events in the discord server. 

Spectrum’s description on the Students’ Union website is: “We are an inclusive society that creates a safe and enjoyable environment for people on the autistic, mental health social (e.g. introverted) and physical disability spectrums; however all are welcome! We are more than just a society, we are like family.”

The group is now mainly run by “administrators” although the original committee does have authority as “founding members” and can ban people from the server for breaking rules and causing problems.

Socials are less regular and more spontaneous, as members will suggest dates to run an event and take votes on when people are available to run said event. 

If you would like to join the society and enjoy some run games nights with members, then please join the discord group at https://discord.gg/hMdgTDB

Gyms to reopen brings joy to students

by Abigail Beresford

Gyms are set to reopen on April 12 in England, as part of the Prime Minister’s roadmap to lead the nation out of the coronavirus lockdown.

The Prime Minister led an announcement yesterday (Feb22) to Parliament, setting out the new plans of easing the lockdown, to pave the nation towards normality once again.

Due to previous restrictions, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre in Leicester had to close its doors to members, despite plans to reopen its doors again in the early new year.

With hopes for gyms reopening on April 12, and recreational sport to recommence as of March 8, there is a glimmer of hope that the nation is slowly moving back to a sense of normality.

“I really struggled throughout the lockdown period without sport and the gym. It was always a stress relief for me, and without it I just found myself getting more and more stressed out,” said De Montfort University student Billy Johnson, 20.

“The news today really did boost my mood today. It’s always great to have something to look forward to, and this is it for me.”

To keep students and other gym users engaged, the QEII gym has been streaming live fitness sessions on their Facebook page by fitness instructors, leading sessions that include yoga, Pilates, boxercise and many other sessions.

“I attend some of these classes regularly or look back on old sessions that I’ve enjoyed. It’s great that they’re easy to access – it’s really given me something to do over such a long period of time where I’ve been able to do nothing,” added Johnson.

To get involved and to keep up to date on information, visit the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Leisure Centre’s Facebook page on https://www.facebook.com/DMUleisure.

Leicestershire FA launch grassroots football Youth Task Force

By Luke Williamson

Leicestershire and Rutland County FA (LRCFA) are looking for young people to volunteer and join the Youth Task Force.

The Task Force is for people aged between 16 and 24 who are involved within the grassroots football community.

Young people are encouraged to join LRCFA Youth Task Force like The FA Leadership Academy. Picture (The FA)

The FA wants to establish a culture involving young people in the organisation of football and hope this approach promotes better informed and more representative decision-making as well as bringing through a new generation of volunteers into the grassroots game.

Philippa Bass, LRCFA Inclusion Development Officer, said: “We are looking to relaunch something that started just before COVID-19 hit, as we know how important it is to young people and value their opinions.

“For this approach to work, it needs to be based on genuine youth-adult partnerships.

“We will promote the concepts and benefits of youth leadership and volunteering within the FA and with our football partners.”

LRCFA will deliver programmes and events led entirely by young people involved in the Task Force, demonstrating the commitment to the youth volunteer scheme.

The Task Force will meet to complete tasks throughout the season, and Philippa said: “We want them to come up with actions following an education programme with ourselves and opening up the doors to what they want to get from the programme.

“We would like it to be a consult, involve, promote and deliver programme.”

The first task for the volunteers to get involved in is the mascot competition, where children are invited to design the official county mascot.  

Philippa said: “We will consult with them on how we communicate with young people and the ideas will then come from there with their own set of goals and activities.

The application form is on Leicestershirefa.com, with the deadline on Wednesday, March 31.

Leicester households encouraged to take part in the Census 2021

By Shantelle Gondo

   Leicester City Hall encourages people to take part as the census will be mandatory – Shantelle Gondo

The Leicester City Council is informing residents to partake in the Census 2021 survey.

The census will become mandatory to all households to take part on Sunday, March 21 2021.

The census is a 10-minute survey that happens every 10 years and gives a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales.

All the answers to the census questions will help organisations make decisions on planning and funding public services in the area, including transport, education, and healthcare.

For more information about the census and how to prepare, visit: https://census.gov.uk/about-the-census?utm_source=bing&utm_medium=responsive_search_ads&utm_campaign=national_campaign&utm_content=search&

Online campaign being launched to support students in poverty

A second-year DMU student is launching a media campaign to achieve support for students who are struggling financially. 

Using her own experience as a foothold, Kira Gibson wishes to create a better experience for those who don’t get enough financial help from the Government or councils as a result of being in full-time education. 

Although she realises how challenging this may be during a global pandemic, Miss Gibson hopes that this campaign is able to create a significant change and help as many students that are in a similar position to her as possible. 

To find out more, or to give your experience please email kiradgibson@gmail.com