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					 Responding to
Community Needs


    July 2007




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                   Community Challenges
A1.

Community            Border House
Organisation         Border House is a shelter for homeless families.

The Challenge          To develop a flower/herb area in their allotment
                       Build a garden shed

Resources Required     Border House has some basic tools and equipment. Volunteers
                        also have access to some funding to cover the cost of the
                        garden shed and other materials

Location             Mowmacre Hill, Leicester
Additional Notes       Border House would like the projects to take place as soon as
                        possible in order to have somewhere safe to store equipment
                        and to start planting
                       Photos available

A2.

Community            Pakistani Youth & Community Association (PYCA)
Organisation         The Centre provides leisure, advice, and support services to the
                     Pakistani and wider community in Leicester and surrounding
                     areas.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                       Clearing an outdoor area including gardening
                       Painting mural/s on exterior wall
                       Painting gates and window grates
                       Painting garden furniture

                      Challenge b
                       Painting main reception room

Resources Required     There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.
                       The PYCA has offered to provide match funding for paint,
                        basic outdoor garden furniture for the area, and plants for the
                        flowerbed.

Location             Leicester
Additional Notes       Challenge b would require a smaller team of c. 8-10
                         volunteers
                       Please note that the PYCA is closed on Fridays
                       Photos available

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A11.

Community            The Anand Mangal Drop In Luncheon Club
Organisation         Based in the Baptist Church, the multi-cultural Luncheon Club
                     runs three days a week providing hot meals for local elderly
                     people. The club has been running for 10yrs and supports up to
                     100 people each week.
                     The hall upstairs provides facilities for local community groups,
                     sports clubs, and other activities.
                     („Anand Mangal‟ translates as „To Enjoy‟)

The Challenge        Challenge a
                       To paint the reception area
                       To paint the skirting boards

                     Challenge b
                       To paint the large community hall (upstairs)
                       To paint the skirting boards and doors

Resources Required     Paint, brushes and other DIY equipment will need to be
                        purchased

Location             North Evington, Leicester
Additional Notes       There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need       to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.
                       Challenge a involves a smaller room and therefore a team         of
                        5-8 volunteers
                       Challenge b would require 2 teams or 15-20 volunteers            to
                        complete
                       The Challenge would not be available to complete                 at
                        weekends due to church functions
                       Photos available

A17.

Community            Donisthorpe Methodist Church Hall
Organisation         The hall is situated in the small, rural village of Donisthorpe and
                     is the only community facility available for OAP clubs, Weight
                     Watchers, children‟s events, etc. It is anticipated that once the
                     hall has been decorated, it can be promoted for wider community
                     use including as a base of youth club activities.

The Challenge          To paint the hall (brick walls) (c. 18x10m) and skirting boards

Resources Required     Paint would be provided by the church. Additional resources –
                        brushes, dustsheets, ladders, etc would need to be sourced by

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                        the team
                       OPTIONAL: Scaffolding may be required to reach higher areas
                        of wall

Location             Donisthorpe (north west Leicestershire)
Additional Notes      Photos available


A19.

Community            Friends of Holly Croft Park
Organisation         The Friends of Holly Croft Park are a group of volunteers who
                     work with the local community to promote the environmental,
                     historical, and artistic value of the park. They organise several
                     community events in the band stand each year e.g. drumming
                     workshop for young people.

The Challenge          To paint the inside walls and floor of the Holly Croft Park band
                        stand (c. 10x5m) and its two side anterooms

Resources Required     Paint will be provided by the Friends group.
                       Brushes, rollers, dustsheets, sweeping brushes, and ladders
                        would need to be sourced by the team

Location             Holly Croft Park, Hinckley
Additional Notes      Photos available
                      Challenge can only take place during working week

A20.

Community            Leicester New Start Families Project
Organisation         This charity works with Leicester-city families who have been
                     evicted or are facing eviction for anti-social behaviour. Families
                     are supported in settling back into a community and living
                     peacefully with neighbours. Families are temporarily housed in
                     one of three properties to develop such „living‟ and social skills.

The Challenge        To develop a back garden into more manageable and more
                     accessible area for a family and their children to enjoy during a
                     difficult life situation.
                     This may include putting down turf, painting garden walls, adding
                     trellis for climbing plants, and planting shrubs in borders and
                     large pots etc.

Resources Required     There is a limited budget for plants, turf, paint, etc. available
                        for each garden
                       Spades and other gardening equipment would need to be
                        sourced by the team.


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Location             Leicester city centre
Additional Notes      Photos available
                      Challenge b would suit a small team of up to 5 volunteers only


A21.

Community            Leicester Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Centre
Organisation         The voluntary-led organisation provides a range of services for
                     lesbian, gay and bisexual people across the city and county
                     including a youth service, helpline, advice drop-in, women‟s
                     group, training, advocacy, and community magazine.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                      To brighten up the back yard area with painting of walls, gate
                        and windowsills.

                     Challenge b
                        To paint a colourful mural on the (brick) entrance way into
                          the centre

Resources Required     Paint (and some potted plants and outdoor furniture for
                        Challenge a will be provided by the group).
                       Brushes and other painting equipment would need to be
                        sourced by the team.

Location             Leicester city centre
Additional Notes      Photos available
                      Some pointing may be required in Challenge a
                      Centre service-users will contribute to ideas and designs for
                         the mural in Challenge b


A24.

Community            Leicester MENCAP Society
Organisation         The charity provides a range of services for people with learning
                     disabilities including summer playscheme, youth club (14-19yrs),
                     „Let‟s Do‟ sessions including opportunities to try dance, drama,
                     art, cooking, sports, etc.
                     In the future MENCAP hope to develop a sensory room, soft play
                     area, and „Stay and Play‟ sessions. The Centre hopes a brighter
                     environment will help to attract more clients and encourage
                     people to hire their facilities.

The Challenge        Challenge e
                        To paint the main corridor and toilet facilities

Resources Required     Paint will be provided by the group.

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                       Brushes and other painting equipment would need to be
                        sourced by the team.

Location             Western Park, Leicester
Additional Notes      Photos available


A25.

Community            Foundation Housing (Women’s Hostel)
Organisation         Voluntary organisation providing hostel accommodation and
                     support for African Caribbean single men and women in the
                     Highfields area of Leicester (for six months to a year until more
                     secure accommodation is found). Support includes mental health,
                     life skills and floating support. The Challenges below are based in
                     the women‟s hostel.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                      To paint and brighten up the communal lounge/dining room
                        area

                     Challenge b
                        To develop outdoor area including creating flower beds
                         painting walls/putting up trellis, and putting up picnic
                         benches

                     Challenge c
                        To paint the communal laundry room (c. 4x3m)

                     Challenge d
                      To paint bedrooms (3mx3m)


Resources Required     There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.

Location             Highfields, Leicester
Additional Notes      Photos available
                      Challenge c would require a small team of 4-5 volunteers
                      There are 7 bedrooms (Challenge d) where women can stay
                        for up to 6 months. A team of 10-11 volunteers could tackle
                        3-4 bedrooms


A26.

Community            Highfields Rangers
Organisation         A community sports and social club with sports activities (football
                     and cricket) for people 8yrs+. The venue is also used for annual

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                     May Family Fun Day and other community social events.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                      To paint centre lounge

                     Challenge b
                        To paint changing rooms (home and away!) and corridor


Resources Required     There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.
                       Special paint would be required for Challenge b

Location             Rushey Mead, Leicester
Additional Notes      Photos available
                      Challenge a would require two teams or one team of c. 15-20
                        volunteers.
                      There are 4 changing rooms in Challenge b. A team of 10-11
                        volunteers could tackle two rooms.


A28.

Community            Rawlins Community College
Organisation         The Rawlins Skills Centre provides an adult learning service for
                     adults (18yrs+) with mental health needs and learning disability
                     groups. In particular the groups are interested in developing
                     gardening skills and making better use of the area of land behind
                     the centre.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                      To create a practical garden area (7x8m) incorporating
                        designs and ideas from students. This may include slabbing
                        areas, erecting a greenhouse or shed, preparing a small
                        vegetable patch, developing raised beds, painting fencing, and
                        building bbq area.

Resources Required     There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.

Location             Quorn, Near Loughborough
Additional Notes      The Challenge would be available during the summer vacation
                       period (mid-July to early September)
                      Photos available
                      The Challenge could accommodate up to 2 teams




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A32 Challenges a and b

Community            Next Generation
Organisation         Charity providing a range of services for young people (13-25yrs)
                     at risk, vulnerable, or disaffected from mainstream society.
                     Emotional and practical support services include counselling, drug
                     and alcohol services, alternative therapies, employment and
                     training, and sexual health. Next Generation also have a mobile
                     outreach bus delivering youth issue-based sessions and
                     educational materials.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                       To strip back wallpaper from the entire upper floor of the
                          Next Generation building – formerly a self-contained flat,
                          This will kickstart a project to develop more space for drug
                          and complimentary therapies and services

Resources Required           There is no budget for these projects. Volunteers would
                              need to source their own funds for the project materials.

Location             Hinckley
Additional Notes
                            Photos available
                            There may be future painting challenges leading on from
                             Challenge a after re-plastering has taken place.



A36.

Community            Christian Counselling Centre
Organisation         A charity run entirely by volunteers, the Centre provides
                     counselling for the whole community for all issues for people
                     aged 10yrs+. Clients are referred via GPs, health visitors and
                     schools. The centre also offers drop-in sessions and hosts a
                     carers‟ group, mental health advocacy group, and needle
                     exchange programme.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                       To overhaul the run-down entrance to the building including
                          the front garden (to pave over area leaving gaps for shrubs,
                          cut back foliage); paint the external archway; weed and
                          develop the courtyard area leading to counselling rooms for
                          people requiring disabled access

Resources Required           The charity would be happy to help contribute to some of
                              the Challenge resource costs.

Location             Market Harborough

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Additional Notes            Photos available
                            The Challenge would suit a larger team of 11-15 volunteers


A37.

Community            Bal Sewa
Organisation         A small voluntary-led community group that organises a range of
                     sports activities for local young people. C. 15 young people
                     attend the group on a regular basis, aged 8-16yrs, boys and girls,
                     of different ethnic backgrounds, from the Blaby, Oadby and
                     Wigston area. „Bal Sewa‟ translates as „Working with Children‟.

The Challenge                To organise a fun day trip for the young people to help
                              them experience a different environment and bond as a
                              group
Resources Required           The young people will be asked to contribute a small
                              amount to the trip. The group does not have any additional
                              funding or resources for the project.

Location             The group come from the Oadby, Wigston and Blaby areas
Additional Notes      The trip would need to take place out-of-school hours e.g.
                        summer vacation or at a weekend


A38.

Community            Thurmaston Community Centre
Organisation         An entirely voluntary-led community centre providing facilities for
                     local people for 50 years. The Centre is launching a new
                     programme of activities this summer including anti-bullying
                     workshops, art and craft, sport and recreation, and parent-toddler
                     groups.

The Challenge                To paint the large building exterior to make it more inviting
                              and welcoming to visitors. The building is a mixture of
                              wooden panelling, window sills and plaster.
Resources Required           There is no budget for this projects. Volunteers would need
                              to source their own funds for the project materials.

Location             Thurmaston
Additional Notes      Each side of the building would accommodate one team of
                        10/11 volunteers i.e. the challenge could involve up to 4
                        teams at once.
                      Some parts of the building are high and may need scaffolding.




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A42.

Community            Age Concern Lutterworth
Organisation         A small group providing a range of services for older people
                     including lunch clubs, practical help, and advice surgeries

The Challenge              To plan and deliver a high profile event to help raise the
                            profile of the group, fundraise, and raise interest in the local
                            community. The Challenge would involve working alongside
                            and „training‟ the group clients so that they can use their
                            newly acquired skills in the future.
                           Ideas include an open air concert, sponsored events, quiz,
                            treasure hunt, and themed gathering

Resources Required         There is no budget for this project.

Location             Lutterworth
Additional Notes      Challenge could involve a team of 8 -25 volunteers depending
                        on type of event chosen
                      Challenge to be completed by summer 2007


A 43

Community            St Albans Community Centre
Organisation         The centre is based at St Albans Church. It has two large rooms
                     and general facilities which are for use by the local community.
                     Groups which use the facilities are: people with learning
                     disabilities, mental health groups, youth groups, training and
                     qualifications for local adults. The centre is thriving with facilities
                     well used by the local community but the building is old and
                     needs decorating internally to maintain its friendliness and
                     attractiveness to clients.
The Challenge         Challenge a
                           To paint and refresh the main hall

                     Challenge b
                         To paint reception and office area

                     Challenge c
                         To paint 2nd reception area, including stairs

Resources Required         Paint, brushes will need to be purchased
                           Ladders, dustsheets etc to be arranged by the team
Location                  Belgrave, Leicester

Additional Notes           Challenge a would involve 15-20 volunteers, challenge b
                            10/11 volunteers, challenge c 5-10 volunteers


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A44

Community            The Diversity Hub
Organisation         This is a diversity training organisation which also has an
                     important programme for tackling and preventing bullying
                     amongst young people. It trains peer mentors so that young
                     people have someone to turn to for help. More information about
                     the organisation can be found on its website – www.diversityhub
                     The organisation is housed in beautiful, medieval buildings which
                     it is struggles to maintain.

The Challenge          Challenge a
                           To paint and freshen up a corridor – walls, ceiling and 7
                              doors
                       Challenge b
                           To paint a small kitchen and 2 toilets

Resources Required     Emulsion and gloss paint would need to be provided by the
                       team, although the Diversity Hub has a discount deal with
                       Dulux. Some equipment – brushes etc - could be provided by
                       the Diversity Hub.
Location               Leicester City Centre

Additional Notes       Challenges a and b would require 6-8 volunteers. Challenge c
                       would require 10
                       Photos are available

A45

Community              Stay and Play Drop In Centre
Organisation           This small local charity provides affordable crèche facilities to
                       families and carers of under 5s – a vital resource for local
                       mothers. It has soft play facilities and stimulating play activities
                       and operates on a drop in basis. The centre has recently
                       altered the building so that it can provide a café area for the
                       parents and children to socialise in.


The Challenge          Challenge
                       To paint a colourful mural on one of the café walls

Resources Required     Paint, brushes and ladders would be provided by the Centre

Location               Coalville, Leicestershire

Additional Notes       This would suit a team of about 10 volunteers


A46

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Community          Bottesford and District Pre School Play Group
Organisation       This is an independent registered charity run by a parent
                   committee. The play group has been running for 20 years and
                   has 80 children on its books. Parent volunteers do assist with the
                   development and maintenance work of the building and play
                   areas. However, despite their efforts, they are finding it difficult to
                   keep up with all of the maintenance work needed. If the challenge
                   work were completed it would provide more outdoor space for the
                   children together with educational opportunities arising from
                   planting seeds and growing plants and vegetables.

The Challenge       Challenge a
                    1. Create a garden out of an unused piece of land (approx 2m x
                       3m) behind the building
                    2. This will involve cutting back bushes and trees and removing
                       rubbish and creating planting areas for the children to use.
                    3. Further suggestions from the team would be welcome
                    Challenge b
                   1. Paint a wooden boundary fence and an outdoor play house
                        with a protective coat of paint
Resources           The team would need to source equipment for clearing the
Required            garden. Paint would be provided by the playgroup for the fencing
                    and playhouse
Location            Bottesford, North Leicestershire
Additional Notes    Bottesford is 7 miles from Grantham and 13 miles from Melton
                    Mowbray

                   Both challenges would suit a team of 8-10 volunteers. A team of
                   15 volunteers or more could tackle both challenges together.

A47

Community            The Institute of Womens Health
Organisation        This is an independent charity which aims to provide
                    women with access to information and professional
                    advice in order to prepare them for, and guide them
                    through the menopause. The Institute is open to
                    “drop in” visitors and women are also able to book a
                    specific appointment with a professional advisor.

The Challenge       Challenge a
                    To paint the office and consulting room to make it
                    more attractive and professional for clients. The
                    Institute needs help with further decorating, but this
                    is the priority at present.
Resources           The institute is not able to provide paint or paint
Required            brushes.

Location            Leicester City Centre
Additional Notes    Challenge would suit a team of 8-10 volunteers.
                    Photos available

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A48

Community            Glen Street Playgroup
Organisation         Glen Street Playgroup is a voluntary organization offering a
                     playgroup (am + pm), after school care and holiday care for
                     children above the ages of 2 ½ years old. Approximately 200
                     children benefit from the service throughout the year.
The Challenge        Challenge a
                     Play Hall needs the walls, skirting boards, cupboards and door
                     painted.
                     Challenge b
                     Front door and entrance hall painted.
                     Challenge c
                     Small outdoor area needs a soft play area or slabs placed.
Resources Required       Challenges a and b will require the team to source all
                           painting equipment apart from the Paint which the playgroup
                           will provide.

                        Challenges a and b will also require a tall ladder.
                        There is no budget for challenge c, the group would prefer a
                         soft play area but would be happy with slabs. The team will
                         have to fund and source all equipment and materials for this.
Location                Outskirts of Leicester city area
Additional Notes        Photos Available
                        Challenge a would suite a team of 15+ volunteers
                        Challenge b would suite a team of 4-5 volunteers
                        Challenge c would suite a team of 5-6 volunteers
                        A team of about 25 could tackle all three challenges
                         together.

A49

Community            Herrick Playgroup
Organisation         A voluntary organisation providing full day childcare for 2 to 11
                     year olds including, breakfast club, wrap around service and after
                     school club.
The Challenge          Challenge a
                       1. Need colourful and educational Games and Pictures
                           painted on playground surface.
Resources Required      Playgroup has no budget for challenge so Team will have to
                          fund and source all equipment and materials needed for
                          painting ground.
Location             Rushey Mead, Leicester
Additional Notes         Photos available
                         Would suite a team of about 5 volunteers

A50

Community            Trinity Playgroup
Organisation         Voluntary Run group offers am + pm playgroup/pre-school
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                     sessions for children from the ages of 2 ½ to 5 yrs old, within the
                     community (area of deprivation). The only service provider of its
                     kind within the community.
The Challenge        Challenge a
                          To create a child friendly outdoor play area. Very small
                            area requiring mowing, mural on small wall, painting fence,
                            painting on paving or tidying up paving. Also perhaps
                            introducing a flower box. The Playgroup is open to
                            suggestions.
Resources Required       There is no budget set aside for this challenge.
                         The team would have to fund and source all
                            painting and gardening, equipment and
                            materials.
Location                 Braunston, Leicester
Additional Notes         Photos available
                         Would suite a team of about 5-6 volunteers.


A51

Community            GAP – Gaining a Place
Organisation         Teenage homeless parent project. Provides residence and
                     support for just under 30 teenage parents with their children, who
                     otherwise would be homeless.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                     To create a soft child friendly outdoor play area and tidy up
                     garden, including bushes and slabs.
Resources Required      No budget is available for the challenge so the Team would
                          have to fund and source all equipment and materials for the
                          project.
                        Team will need the usual gardening utensils, and the soft
                          play area material and equipment to place it.
Location                Beaumont Leys, Leicester
Additional Notes        The soft play area is the priority
                        Photos available
                        Would suite a team of approximately 6-8 volunteers




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Education Challenges
B2.

Community            Burton-on-the-Wolds School
Organisation         Burton-on-the-Wolds School has c. 115 children that attend from
                     the surrounding communities

The Challenge             To develop the entrance to the school to make more inviting
                           for pupils, parents, and visitors. This will include removing
                           existing fencing, digging and planting, trimming and weeding
                           area.

Resources Required        There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                           source their own funds for the project materials.

Location             Burton-on-the-Wolds, Loughborough
Additional Notes       Photos available


B5 a – f

Community            Herrick Primary School
Organisation
The Challenge            Challenge b.
                          To erect picnic tables around the school grounds

                         Challenge c.
                           To create a small allotment area in the school‟s Eco Garden -
                            digging beds ready for planting by pupils

                         Challenge d.
                           Re/painting Key Stage 1 and 2 playgrounds with games,
                            numbers, etc. including benches

                         Challenge f.
                           Tidying up Key Stage 1 „courtyard area including weeding,
                            planting, and painting benches

Resources Required        There is no budget for these projects. Volunteers would need
                           to source their own funds for the project materials.

Location             Rushey Mead, Leicester
Additional Notes       Challenge a requires a team of c. 15-20 volunteers
                       Challenge c would require a small team of 4-5 volunteers
                       Volunteers will be responsible for designing the layout of all
                        areas
                       For the playground Challenges, pupils will be encouraged to
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                        suggest their own ideas and designs for volunteers to use
                       Challenges should take place during school hours – rather
                        than at weekends or school holidays


B7 a – g

Community            Martinshaw County Primary School
Organisation
The Challenge        Challenge a.
                       To tidy the pond area
                       To develop more secure fencing for area

                     Challenge b.
                       To develop an allotment area including developing pathways
                        and clear beds for planting (c. 3x10m)

                     Challenge c.
                     To create a safe play area in a wooded section of land including:
                        Trimming trees to safe level
                        Clearing overgrowth
                        Creating natural pathways between trees

                     Challenge d.
                        To develop grass areas surrounding playground into safe play
                         areas to encourage activity

                     Challenge e
                        To create safer play areas beneath two existing wooden
                         climbing frames by removing turf and replacing with bark
                         chippings

                     Challenge f
                        To develop large area of barren land next to Key Stage 1
                         playground into play area including grass

                     Challenge g
                        To develop enclosed overgrown wildlife area including
                         mending fencing, clearing overgrowth, and filling in former
                         pond area.

Resources Required     There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.

Location             Groby
Additional Notes       Challenge c and g may could accommodate a team of c. 15-20
                        volunteers
                       The school is open to all creative suggestions for Challenges d
                        and f

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B8 a – c

Community            Holy Cross RC Primary School
Organisation
The Challenge            Challenge a
                          Redecorate the playground with games and create some wall
                           games

                         Challenge b
                            Organise a summer fete

                         Challenge c.
                          Arrange an event for pupils e.g. cinema night with popcorn,
                           drinks, etc.

Resources Required      There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.
Location             Leicester
Additional Notes     Challenge b would not be available during the summer months



B9 a – b

Community            Marriott Primary School
Organisation
The Challenge        Challenge a.
                       Redecorate the playgrounds with games
                       Create some wall games

Resources Required     There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                        source their own funds for the project materials.
Location             Marriott Road, Leicestershire
Additional Notes     N/A


B14 a - e

Community            Countesthorpe Nursery School
Organisation         A nursery school for c. 50 children aged 3-5yrs old. The school
                     also provides before-after school activities for children up to 11yrs
                     old.

The Challenge        Challenge d
                       To paint the walls of a sheltered area within the playground


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                     Challenge e
                       To treat the new wooden play equipment in the playground

Resources Required     All materials and equipment will be provided by the school

Location             Countesthorpe, Leicester
Additional Notes       Challenges would need to take place during school holiday
                        periods
                       Challenge c is a small area and could be completed alongside
                        Challenge a
                       The school children may help with designs and ideas for the
                        murals
                       Photos available

B15 a - e

Community            Battling Brook Primary School
Organisation         Community primary school for c. 420 pupils (aged 4-11yrs) and
                     52 pre-school children (aged 3-4yrs).

The Challenge        Challenge e
                       To paint the wooden fencing around the nursery/U5s
                          building

Resources Required       For Challenge e, the school will provide paint
                         Team will need to source their own gardening/painting
                          equipment (e.g. brushes, spades, etc) for these Challenges

Location             Hinckley
Additional Notes      Photos available



B19.

Community            Heatherbrook Primary School
Organisation         The Reception Class includes 30 children aged 4/5yrs from the
                     surrounding community.

The Challenge            To paint a road design onto existing enclosed playground
                          area for children to ride bikes, learn about road safety, etc.
                          Staff welcome creative ideas about layout

Resources Required       There is a limited budget for materials – to be negotiated.

Location             Beaumont Leys, Leicester
Additional Notes      Would suit a small team of c. 5-8 volunteers
                      Challenge not available during school vacations or weekends


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B20

Community              Langmoor Primary School
Organisation

The Challenge
                       Challenge b
                       Level ground and erect a large shed. Dig and tidy the
                       surrounding area
                       Challenge c
                       Create a outdoor reading and drama area and some seating
                       under some trees.

Resources Required      The school has some funds available for shed and wood.
                        Team would have to source spades and tools for the
                         challenge work

Location                Oadby, Leicester

Additional Notes        Could be undertaken in term time or in the school holidays
                        Each challenge would involve 8 – 10 volunteers
                        Photos available on request

B21

Community            Catherine Pre-School
Organisation         Independent charity Pre-School offering childcare for sessions
                     incorporating playgroup and wrap around holiday and after school
                     care. It has to carry out its own fundraising and has no volunteers
                     to call on to carry out the work.
The Challenge           Challenge a
                         To paint playground games, on the Pre-School site. Designs
                           possibly to be based on a nature trail theme. Children are
                           between 2-5 yrs old, so games such as e.g. ladybird
                           hopscotch, number snake, spider web etc.
                         School can provide more ideas.
Resources Required       There is no budget for this project. Volunteers would need to
                           source their own funds for the painting materials.
Location                 Catherine Pre-School, Leicester.
Additional Notes         Parking available
                         A team of 5-10 volunteers required to complete this team
                           challenge.

B 22

Community              Student Support Service, Blaby
Organisation           This unit is part of Leicestershire County Council’s educational
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                       service. It caters for 60 children who have been excluded from
                       Leicestershire Schools. The staff would like to develop the
                       facilities in order to assist in their efforts to help the children
                       and young people to progress away from their behaviour
                       patterns. However, budgets have recently been reduced and
                       the unit does not have parental support to draw on as in other
                       schools as the pupils are there on a temporary basis. It is a
                       struggle to maintain and develop a big old building and its
                       grounds.
The Challenge          Challenge a
                       Common room makeover. The chill out common room is in
                       great need of painting/decoration and upgrading to make it
                       more attractive. The staff would like to encourage ideas for
                       themes from the students and from the team.
                       Challenge b
                       Kick start an allotment area by digging over and preparing land
                       which is currently a lawn, and erecting a garden shed
                       Challenge c
                       Create a Serenity Garden area – a quiet garden area where
                       students could go to “cool off”
Resources Required     Challenge a – the unit could provide some flooring and pictures
                       etc. but may not be able to provide paint and new furniture.
                       Challenge b and c – the unit does not have any garden
                       equipment but it is currently trying to access an agricultural
                       grant to help with this.
Location               Blaby, Leicestershire
Additional Notes       Each challenge would be suitable for teams of about 10
                       volunteers.

B23

Organisation         Heatherbrook Primary School
The Challenge        Challenge a
                     Painting small playground area including painting the ground with
                     games etc, a mural on one small wall, and targets on 1-3 walls.
                     Also if possible introducing a bench and planter.
                     Challenge b
                     On a larger playground, going over existing marking on ground,
                     and painting target boards and goals on 1-3 walls.
Resources Required   Small budget seta side for the two challenges. The team will have
                     to fund and source most of the equipment and materials needed
                     for challenge.
                       Usual painting equipment and materials required
                          and also planter and bench if possible.
Location             Beaumont Leys, Leicester
Additional Notes     Photos available
                     Challenges a & b would suite a team of about 5- 6 volunteers per
                     challenge.
                      A team of 10 volunteers could tackle both challenges.



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Local Environment Challenges
      PLEASE NOTE THAT THE AVAILABILITY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES
              LISTED BELOW DEPENDS UPON THE TIME OF YEAR/SEASON

C1.

Community            BTCV (British Trust for Conservation Volunteers)
Organisation
The Challenge        Challenge a
                       Dry stone walling including clearance and stripping wall to
                          foundations, sorting stone and building the wall in courses

                      Challenge b
                       Developing nature area/park including developing footpaths,
                          hedge laying, planting, and grassland management

                      Challenge c
                       Heathland management including cutting back bracken and
                          scrub clearance

Resources Required     All materials and training provided by BTCV including gloves
                        (Volunteers may bring their own as gloves provided are large
                        sizes)
                       Volunteers should wear steel toe capped boots if possible

Location             Challenge a: Markfield & Charnwood area
                     Challenge b: Ashby Magna
                     Challenge c: Charnwood
Additional Notes       Optional: a certificate for the dry-stone walling training is
                        available from BTCV at a charge



C2.

Community            Riverside Rangers (Leicester City Council)
Organisation
The Challenge          To help extend the unique recycled plastic boardwalk project
                        through the Riverside Park – a 9 mile “Green Corridor” that
                        follows the River Soar

                     Tasks include:
                          Bolting on boards to a framework which has already been
                          constructed.
                          Passing places putting in to allow wheelchair access – tasks
                          include removal of existing boards which will be replaced
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                            with new longer boards, extra posts and rails need to be
                            fitted to the edge of the boards to prevent slippage of
                            wheelchairs.
                            Also an opportunity to help with tree felling and putting in
                            seating area
Resources Required     - No previous skills are required as work alongside the
                       volunteers and will provide full training.

Location              Riverside Park
Additional Notes        Maximum 10 volunteers per team


C3.

Community             Greenlife Boat (Riverside Rangers - Leicester City Council)
Organisation          The “Greenlife” boat began in 1995 to address the daily problem
                      of floating debris on our waterways

The Challenge           Volunteers are needed to assist the Riverside Cleansing staff
                         that work on the Greenlife boat - by removing the litter and
                         rubbish floating on the River Soar and the Grand Union Canal
                         in Leicestershire.

Resources Required N/A
Location
Additional Notes     The “Greenlife” boat operates generally one day each week
                      but please note that weather conditions or high water levels
                      may result in last minute cancellations
                     Working periods: 10am – 12noon; 1pm - 3pm (Lunch break:
                      12noon - 1pm)
                     Hand washing facilities are limited and the work is dirty
                     Maximum 6 volunteers per team due to space restrictions on
                      boat

C4.

Community             Prestwold Natural Burial Ground (Environ)
Organisation          The site covers approximately six acres in the countryside. There
                      are no headstones but instead trees are planted in memory of
                      loved ones. In time, much of this ground will be beautiful
                      woodland for family, and members of the public are welcome to
                      visit

The Challenge           Weeding and general maintenance of the site

Resources Required      All tools, equipment and supervision will be provided by
                         Environ

Location              1½ miles from Loughborough.
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Additional Notes        Maximum 17 volunteers

C5.

Community             Outwoods
Organisation          Outwoods is a very important scientific site covering over 100
                      acres of land. It breeds rare plants, and is home to special
                      species of birds and fossils.

The Challenge             Coppicing, felling and tidying up the nature area
                          Path laying
                          Fence making
                          Dry stone walling (Outwoods and Morley Quarry locations)

Resources Required      Volunteers are requested to wear appropriate gardening
                         clothes and sturdy shoes. All other equipment will be provided

Location              Between Loughborough & Woodhouse Eves
Additional Notes        Tree felling and coppicing needs to be carried out pre-March
                         or post-October
                        All work will be supervised


C8

                           Melton and Oakham Waterway Society
Community
Organisation          The society‟s overall interest is the River Wreak. In particular, its
                      long term focus is to restore navigation to the Melton Waterway.
                      It is also concerned to tidy up banks and ensure riverside
                      walkways are accessible and attractive for local people to enjoy.
                      It is run entirely by volunteers and often works in partnership
                      with the local authority.


The Challenge         To restore a section of a riverside path near on the outskirts of
                      Melton Mowbray. The path is currently very muddy and
                      overgrown.
                      The challenge involves:
                          loading a boat/barge with sacks of gravel
                          transporting the barge across the river and unloading
                          laying the gravel on the pathway
                          shoring up the path structure I some places

Resources Required Materials for the path and barge will be provided by the society.
                   Some rakes and wheelbarrows would need to be sourced by the
                   team

Location

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                     Melton Mowbray

Additional Notes       A few of the Society‟s own volunteers would work alongside
                        the challenge team
                      Photos available
                      Would suit a team of 15-20 volunteers
                      Some weather conditions could be a problem, but otherwise
                       available throughout the year


C9

Community             Complete Wasters
Organisation         This is a not-for-profit community recycling organization
                     established in 1996. It has an eco centre “The Green Place”
                     where it is creating a working example of environmentally
                     sustainable ideas that can be transferred to the home or office.
                     It provides office and event recycling services and also work
                     placements for people on the New Deal Scheme. Volunteers
                     assist with the garden work but are not able to tackle the work
                     required below.

The Challenge        Challenge a
                     1. Paint exterior boundary wall in bright colours and/or using
                         an environmental theme
                     Challenge b
                     1. Dismantle and move an existing green house
                     Challenge c
                     2. Varnish the front of the wooden workshop. Paint pillars and
                         double doors.
                     Challenge d
                     3. Empty pond and remove plants. Re-line the pond ready for
                         replanting
Resources Required    Challenge a – scaffolding or several platforms required
                      Challenge b – complete wasters will provide base for the
                        greenhouse
                      Challenge d – pond liner will be provided
Location             Sileby, Leicestershire
Additional Notes     Challenge a would involve a team of more 10 or more
                     volunteers and requires a problem-solving approach as the
                     wall is quite high up.
                     Challenges b - d could each be tackled by a small team of 5 –
                     8 volunteers




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For more information about any of the
Team Challenges listed, please contact:

         Nazneen Shafi
Community Development Coordinator
      Leicestershire Cares
        42 Tower Street
            Leicester
            LE1 6WT

  nazneen@leicestershirecares.co.uk

          (t) 0116 275 6469
         (m) 07843 350 124




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