Leicester charity prepares for World Book Night

By Joshua Solomon

The Reading Agency and Specsavers have partnered to prepare for World Book Night next month.

Two sponsors of Leicestershire Cares ‘The Reading Agency’ and ‘Specsavers’ have organised a celebration for World Book Night’s 10th anniversary.

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Helen Treadwell, education development officer at Leicestershire Cares, who put a bid in for the books and won, said: “The free books will go to the young people on their projects and the remaining will go to schools.”

Leicestershire Cares have an in-house project called ‘Go for Reading’ which partners with business volunteers with reluctant readers in Leicester.

During the weekly activities they build relationships and help to improve their skills and confidence in reading.

‘Go for Reading’ will also deliver books to schools across Leicester and Leicestershire but has currently been placed on hold due to the pandemic

Helen Treadwell said: “The plan is to have a celebration and talk about the book which is titled ‘I will not be erased’. The idea is to invite some of the young people who received the book to come and talk about it.”

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Leicester residents urged to take COVID-19 vaccine

By Shantelle Gondo

Leicester residents are being encouraged to take the COVID-19 vaccine to help protect themselves against the deadly virus.

The Leicester City Council has promoted across social media and leaflets for people to take the COVID-19 vaccine, especially if they are invited to do so – as this is the best defence against the coronavirus.

Currently the vaccine has been tested on many people around the world – approximately over 15 million people in the UK have been safely vaccinated – as the vaccine has been in many safety trials and has gained approval like any other vaccines.

The vaccine does not have any eggs, alcohol or any animal products, the vaccine cannot spread or give you coronavirus and no evidence has been shown that it causes infertility.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists claimed that ‘there is no plausible biological mechanism’ by which the vaccine could affect fertility.

Chantel Williams, 39, a care assistant at private healthcare firm Ramsay Healthcare in Sawbridgeworth, said: “As I recently got the vaccine, I did have some side effects although they didn’t seem to be too serious.

“When I was getting the vaccine, I couldn’t feel anything but later on my arm felt heavy to the point that I was unable to drive.”

Below are the groups that can now be vaccinated:

  • Ages 50 or over
  • Anyone aged over 16 and is clinically vulnerable
  • Frontline health or social care worker
  • Extremely vulnerable individuals who will receive a letter inviting them to be vaccinated.

For more information or If you are in one of the groups above visit: https://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/

For the coronavirus vaccine, book online at NHS.UK or call 119 between 7am and 11pm any day or even contact your GP.

Film and food festival to bring fun to Leicester this summer

by Abigail Beresford

Leicester is set to welcome the Film and Food Fest in Abbey Park this summer, to attract families from all around Leicestershire.

Outdoor cinema company, Adventure Cinema, plans to tour the Film and Food Fest across 15 parks throughout the UK.

The festival is set to hit Abbey Park, Leicester, from Thursday, July 1, to Sunday, July 4.

Independent filmmakers and local traders are to be the stars of the festival, showcasing short films and various foods for everyone to try.

Family films such as The Lion King and The Greatest Showman Sing-A-Long are planned to get the whole family involved.

Adult tickets start at £16.50, and children under-12 go for half price, with £2 of every ticket going towards supporting local film organisations of every city the festival visits.

DSU to host free British Sign Language workshop

By Thomas Carter

The DMU Students’ Union (DSU) is offering the opportunity for students to learn official British Sign Language in a free online live course.

The course, taking place on Thursday [MAR25], will consist of a three-hour session with training group Sign Bright, and tickets can be purchased at no charge on the DSU website.

Content covered in the training includes the basics of signing, such as the alphabet, numbers, colours and more.

More information on the event and to find out how you can sign up can be accessed here: https://www.demontfortsu.com/whats_on/

Leicestershire residents urged to vote in upcoming elections

By Shantelle Gondo

Residents of Leicester city are being urged to vote in the upcoming North Evington by-election and Police and Crime Commissioner elections, in Leicester, on Thursday, May 6.

Registration to vote must be completed by 11.59pm on Monday, April 19, and is open to anyone aged 16 or over.

The elections across the country on that day are:

  • Local government elections and referendums in England
  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections in England and Wales
  • Scottish Parliament elections
  • Welsh Parliament elections
  • Mayor of London and London Assembly elections

To find out more information on who can vote and any other queries, visit: http://gov.uk/register-to-vote