The Cooke e-learning Foundation has been successful in gaining a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to create a partnership with local residents to form the Castle Hill Archaeology Project (CHAP). The project involves the identification of buildings and sites of historical importance, which will be collated onto a map and website created for the Beaumont Leys community in order to share our heritage with others.
The Beaumont Leys neighbourhood in the north of Leicester has a rich history recorded in the Domesday Book and is closely linked to Simon De Montfort and the Knights Templars. The project's findings will be shared with schools and local community groups and we hope that more people will be inspired to visit the site and encourage children and young people to take more interest in their local heritage. Residents, acting as volunteers, will be able to record memories and stories of people who have lived and worked in the area, document information about significant buildings and sites of interest. They will also have the opportunity to develop new skills and undertake a short formal course leading to a qualification, whilst others, as experienced amateur archaeologists, will be able to support people on a one to one basis as mentors.
During the summer volunteers undertook the first excavation of, what is known locally as, the 'Roman Glade' on the Park.
This is just to the west of the scheduled monument of Castle Hill, and was known to yield some artefacts ,which had turned up on the surface over the years. Ten volunteers turned up to help excavate a couple of test pits; the site has never been excavated and little is known about it. The first test pit was excavated over the site of a slate drain that was found last year whilst putting in some seats. Once they had got through a couple of feet of very dense clay they found the slate drain and excavated further around it to uncover Roman pottery, animal bones, worked flint and a small metal stud.
Following on from this excavation, it has been decided that another dig will take place in the spring, which will hopefully link the two test pits, followed by regular excavations in the to investigate the history of the area.
Visit the CHAP website for more information
Our Digital Champions, run a weekly basic IT session at Barleycroft Community Centre every week on a Friday morning between 9.30- 11.30. He works with parents and local residents to help them become confident online and understand how to use the internet.
Chris runs these sessions on behalf of Cooke Training and uses Learn my Way as an easy to use online teaching resource.
We need your support in raising funds to create a new Community Sports Facility at Home Farm, Beaumont Leys.
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Our idea - Working with local community groups and universities we are planning to turn a nearby piece of derelict land into a vibrant and well-used community sports facility.
The need - 30% of young people in the Home Farm area of Beaumont Leys live in poverty and there is a major problem with a lack of things to do. In the past football-related projects in the community have reduced reported crime and anti-social behaviour. We will continue this legacy and provide a managed space for local groups, police, universities, and more importantly young people to develop their sports skills and take part in positive activities. We know from the young people we work with and talk to that they have nowhere suitable that they can freely access to play football or other sports in Beaumont Leys. We will ensure that local young people from Beaumont Leys can use the new sports facility and with support from De Montfort University's sports coaches will be encouraged to create teams that can compete against youth teams in Leicester. The new sports facility will offer young people free use of the space as well as a range of coaching sessions and activities that they can access.
What we'll deliver:
- Engagement with community consultants to carry out research and write a proposal to access additional funding
- Work with design specialists to draw up plans and designs for the new facility
- Obtain planning permissions and an agreement about the length of lease or asset transfer of the land with LCC
- Ensure local young people are involved in the design, procurement and creation of the new facility
- Create a memorandum of understanding with the project partners
Why it's a great idea:
This is a great idea for the Home Farm area as there are no other facilities like this that can get young people off the street and away from crime in the area. We intend to ensure that adults can utilise the new facilities, however, we will prioritise young people. E2 will manage the process to create this new sports facility and ensure that it is solely used for the benefit of Home Farm and the wider Beaumont Leys community. This project enables us to take the necessary steps in achieving our aims of creating a new facility. We will commission organisations with the right experience to help us move forward with this exciting project.
Steps to get it done:
- Commission surveyor to look at the suitability of the land
- Apply for planning permission - change of use
- Commission bid writers and begin detailed proposal
- Carry out a wider public consultation to evidence need
- Work with LCC in gaining asset transfer or long term lease
- Submit detailed proposal to funders
Our charity is one of the delivery partners of the recently launched Moneywise Plus project. This new project is funded through Building Better Opportunities, aprogramme jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund and will help people to manage their money and use the Internet safely for personal finance and job hunting. Moneywise Plus has been set up by Reaching People, a consortium of charities and not for-profit organisations.
The project will be potentially working with over 1000 people living in Leicester and Leicestershire who are not in work. The project builds on the success of Moneywise, which is familiar to local people through its shop on Granby Street in the city centre. We will be specifically leading on the digital delivery aspects of the project providing support for people using computers, smart phones, tablets and the Internet to manage money related matters including applying for benefits and searching for work.
Rakesh Modhvadiya and Jas Sahota, our two student placements from De Montfort University who are studying Information and Communication Technology BSc (Hons), are helping us to deliver the project. Rakesh and Jas spoke about the project saying: “The work we are doing in the local communities has been taken really positively and more and more people are attending every week. We are enjoying the variety of the role, helping people who live locally in the city, as well as enhancing our future career prospects. It is extremely rewarding and we are glad our work is making a difference".
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