Skills programme launched

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A free programme to help residents gain key skills to secure work experience and employment has been launched by Blaby District Council.

The sessions run from 1pm-3pm on Wednesdays at the Council’s Narborough offices and delivered by experienced staff to ensure each session is tailored to individual requirements.

All sessions are free and open to any residents of Blaby District, and there is no obligation to attend all of the sessions, only those of interest.

Anyone taking part in the programme will have their needs assessed to ensure they get the maximum amount of support from the sessions, with the opportunity to be referred to services who may be able to help after the sessions have finished.

A list of the sessions on offer is below. For more information or to register interest to attend can contact the Community Services team by filling in the Contact form.

Wednesday 24 October Confidence Building
Wednesday 31 October Cyber Security and Scams
Wednesday 07 November Making the most of your community
Wednesday 14 November Healthy Eating
Wednesday 21 November Budgeting and Debts
Wednesday 28 November Tenancy Management
Wednesday 05 December CV Writing
Wednesday 12 December Mock Interviews

District heroes honoured at awards night


A fantastic celebration of those who make the District of Blaby a great place to live took place on Thursday 03 October, at the sixteenth annual Outstanding Achievement Awards.

Eight finalists along with their friends and family joined special guests and sponsors at the Marriott Hotel to enjoy the evening to honour the district’s unsung heroes. BBC Radio Leicester’s Ady Dayman hosted the ceremony.

Winners included Glen Parva’s Ann Dixon, who took Volunteer of the Year. Ann was founder and chair of the Blaby and Glen Parva Community Service for 53 years, which supported local people in the community.

Braunstone Town’s Julie Oldfield took the Good Friend/Good Neighbour honour. Julie is a pillar of support to 20 older people in the area, offering a helping hand to them for tasks from collecting prescriptions to cooking hot meals.

Six-year old Lydia Kettlewell has overcome a tough start in life to make great strides at karate, and took Young Achiever of the Year. Best Community Group/Achievement was awarded to Blaby Mind Matters, a group who battled back from losing their funding to continue offering vital support for their members.

Fosse Park, Leicester Marriott Hotel, Ford and Slater and Aggregate Industries were sponsors of the awards categories, as each winner deservedly took home £500 and runners-up won £250.

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said: “These awards are our chance to say thank you to all of the people and groups who highlight how the District of Blaby is a great place to live.

“All of the nominations deserve praise for the selfless work they do in their local community. We know that the thousands of volunteers and hundreds of groups in the district really do make a huge difference to people’s lives.

“Every year I am amazed by the incredible work we get to hear about. We would like to thank everyone who nominated and I want to congratulate all the finalists and to personally thank our sponsors who make this event possible.

“These sponsors ensure the awards go ahead and contribute to Blaby District’s prosperous economy.”

Full list of winners and runners up:

  • Good Friend/Good Neighbour – Winner: Julie Oldfield (Braunstone Town), Runner-up: Beverley and Ken Bunney (Kirby Muxloe)
  • Volunteer of the Year – Winner: Ann Dixon (Glen Parva), Runner-up: Bruce and Andrea Carman (Stoney Stanton)
  • Young Achiever of Year – Winner: Lydia Kettlewell (Narborough), Runner-up: Shantelle York (Braunstone Town)
  • Best Community Group/Community Achievement – Winner: Blaby Mind Matters, Runner Up: Croft Good Neighbours

Flooding update

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With the current heavy rainfall, certain areas in the district are at an increased risk of flooding. If you’re in an affected area (or know someone who is) please follow the advice in this email.

Flood Warnings

Use the Flood Warnings Information Service to find information for your location.

Before travelling, check any roads both in the district or across the county to see if any roads have been closed because of excess water.

Check Area Traffic Control on Twitter or use the AA Traffic News website. BBC Radio Leicester will also have updates.


We have a limited supply of sandbags and can only use them to protect:

  • Life and important buildings such as hospitals or substations
  • The elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents
  • Access for emergency vehicles

If your scenario is not covered above please buy sandbags from DIY stores or building merchants.

You can also prepare for any flooding by using the Bluepages Independent Flood Directory.

In a flooding emergency contact 0844 736 9545.


If you are at risk of flooding we strongly recommend moving any valuables you have upstairs, or as far away from any potential flood damage as possible.