February 2016

Families prepare fruit yoghurt potsFamilies from Allenton were able to brush up their dental health knowledge at a family activity session held during the February half-term holiday. The session was organised by Nacro, a local project that works with parents to provide family advice and support.

“It was a really good day,” said Margaret Woodbridge from Nacro. “We began with a brief talk from the Oral Health Team about the high sugar content in some drinks, especially those that children drink. Each child was then given a toothbrush and some toothpaste, funded by Allenton Big Local.”

Allenton Big Local funds a number of activities aimed at helping young people gain new skills, confidence and experience. These programmes are delivered by the Enthusiasm Trust, an Allenton based organisation that works with young people to improve their lives.

This month, Enthusiasm provided its quarterly report in person as a presentation at our monthly Allenton Big Local Partnership Group meeting. Reading written reports is always useful, but there is nothing quite like hearing directly from the people who deliver activities. In fact, Enthusiasm went one better and brought along Courtney, a young person who is being mentored by Enthusiasm and who also helps out by volunteering with them. Courtney talked to the Partnership Group about what the programme has offered her and how she is benefiting.

Allenton Big Local held a Christmas event at Allenton Market on 19 December 2015 which proved very popular with local residents, especially the children. We asked 50 people what they thought of the event – 72% said it was Fantastic, 28% said it was Good, and absolutely no-one rated as OK, Poor or Rubbish. You can watch some of the highlights of the Christmas event in our video:

Allenton Big Local has recently provided support for local company Ethiprint as part of the Big Local Priority 3 activity Creating Opportunities for Training and Employment. Ethiprint received £3,000 worth of funding towards the cost of training one of its employees in machine printing.

Ethiprint, which is based on Sandown Road, is a printer and leading provider of medical, healthcare and cosmetics packaging. Employee John Selvli (pictured right) completed a City & Guilds NVQ 2 in machine printing through Leicester College. NVQs allow theory to be delivered through training and course materials and the employee is then observed at work after each session. The course covered subjects such as the principles of print and colour, methods of working, and health and safety.