Monthly Archives: February 2011

Join our Walking Group in the Leicestershire Countryside

LASS are keen to improve the health and wellbeing of all individuals from all cultures and ‘walks’ of life. We are arranging short walks within Leicestershire to appreciate the beauty and scenic value of our county, whilst providing the opportunity to meet new people and to get to know your local walking environment.

The walks are led by Volunteers to ensure your safety, and most importantly, to ensure you have a good time. We plan to schedule the walks on the second Sunday of each month leaving LASS at 12:00 noon (in the van to the walking area if you need a lift!). We aim to leave the start point, each time at 12:45.

Out walks will be short, (between 4-6 miles), gentle and friendly. They are tailored to match the ability of those walking. (Please bring a packed lunch and any refreshments you may need.

The health benefits of walking for just 30 minutes a day speak for themselves. You stand a good chance of enjoying improved mood and wellbeing, help in keeping your weight (if you need to), stronger bones, muscles and joints, improved sleep and reduced risk of heart disease, certain cancers and type II diabetes.

If you’re interested, please contact Julie or Drew, on: 0116 255 9995 / 07920 506317

Current walks are scheduled for the following dates:

Feb 13th 2011, in Laughton

March 13th 2011, in Hathern

April 10th 2011, in Lubenham

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FREE First Aid courses for the Voluntary Sector

Voluntary Action Leicestershire, in conjunction with St Johns Ambulance, are pleased to be able to announce 14 First Aid sessions available FREE to Voluntary and Community Organisations. Download a list of dates and venues here. The certificate is a three hour ‘Essential First Aid’ course and covers: Severe bleeding, Chest pain, Choking all ages, Communication and casualty care, Primary survey, Resuscitation all ages, Unconscious casualty all ages.

The student on the day will receive a resource pack and a certificate within a month of completion of the course.

More information can be found on their website

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Active Together Workplace Challenge

LASS are pleased to register as an organisation in the Active Together Workplace Challenge. The challenge is aimed at organisations in Leicestershire to promote a more active lifestyle and offers innovative methods to stay active. It’s a fantastic method to motivate and inspire individuals and a brilliant opportunity for businesses to build a healthier and happier workforce.

It’s free to join and once registered there are many tools, resources and support available to help achieve your activity goals and compete for prizes along the way.

The Active Together Workplace Challenge will reward participants with some fantastic prizes and exclusive events over the upcoming months. In addition to all of the specific benefits detailed below, there are also lots of long term benefits to your health.

· Prizes of £2,000 will be awarded to the top two organisations (based on overall activity points earned and CO2 reduction). There will also be individual prizes throughout the duration of the challenge to keep your motivation levels high.

· The Challenge will run until the end of June 2011, in the lead up to the UK Corporate Games, which are being held in Loughborough between 14 and 17 July 2011. To celebrate this, a series of Inter-Workplace Competitions & Events across a variety of sports will be held throughout the Challenge, exclusively for Active Together Workplace Challenge participants.

· The Leicestershire Cycle Challenge is a fun, free competition to encourage your workforce to remember the joys and benefits of riding a bike.

· By being part of the Active Together Workplace Challenge, your organisation can also gain bonus points for working towards the Leicestershire & Rutland Health & Wellbeing Award.

To be a winner, you’ll have to put the effort in!

We have a profile and we invite you sign up with LASS and help contribute to our points, so if you sign up, be sure to join us!!

You can also use their website to find out about exclusive events and download leaflets and PowerPoint documents for promotional purposes.

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NHS: Get involved! (Healthy Lives Healthy People)

The Government’s Public Health White Paper ‘Healthy Lives Healthy People’ set out its new vision for Public Health in England and the transfer of public health responsibilities to the local authority (Leicester City Council).

The NHS are holding a consultation event to discuss the ‘Healthy Lives Healthy People’ proposals and the associated consultation documents and would like to know your views.

If you are able to attend, contact them as soon as possible because places are limited.

  • Telephone 0116 295 4183,
  • email us:,

Event details:

Date: 16th February 2011

Time: 14:30-16:30

Venue: Voluntary Action Leicestershire

9 Newarke Street



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Canon Gideon Byamugisha Conference on 18th March

On Friday 18th March 2011, Canon Gideon Byamugisha is coming to Leicester.

Rev Canon Dr Gideon B. Byamugisha is an ordained priest in the Anglican Church of Uganda. In 1992, he became the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV-positive status. He has

since devoted his life to an AIDS ministry which has taken him to over 40 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and many other parts of the world.

Gideon is driven by a passion for the dignity and rights of all people, especially those marginalised, stigmatised and discriminated against because of their HIV-positive status. He has played leading

roles in the Church of Uganda’s AIDS program, the Uganda AIDS Commission, World Vision International, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, Christian AID, special conferences of the United

Nations, and in founding the African Network of Religious Leaders Living With or Personally Affected by HIV and AIDS.

When Canon Gideon visits, he will share his experiences about HIV and to help us create a HIV friendly community and society – where we can reduce stigma related to HIV, be open about the need to get tested, promote condom use to reduce transmission of HIV and create supportive communities, including our faith communities.

The day will include workshops to look at different aspects of HIV and stigma, to challenge the barriers common to HIV and to determine actions to help us create a more HIV friendly and AIDS

competent society to defend and protect life against the virus.

Workshop Topics will include:

· HIV Stigma and faith: messaging, communication and programming

· Stigma and HIV testing

· Stigma reduction in condom use

· HIV Myths

· Does an HIV +ve status mean bad behaviour?

· Workshop leaders will facilitate discussion and ideas for actions to reduce stigma


The Manna Resource Centre

18A Halford Street



Time: 10am – 4pm, with lunch provided

To reserve your place at this event please download an application form (below) and email this to

Canon Gideon event Application form.pdf

Canon Gideon Byamugisha Conference Invitation.pdf

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January HIV & AIDS News Roundup

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