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Tuesday
Apr182017

We're on the move!

Pedestrian are excited to announce that we're on the move! We have outgrown our current premises on Rutland Street and have secured a new address that allows us to bring our education delivery (Workshop) space and Studio office under one roof with improved facilities to support our educational programmes and workshop delivery.

 


We’ll be live at the new site from Monday 24th April, however; if anyone needs to contact us via post please use the new address immediately. If you have any questions regarding the move please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via email or telephone.

Fortunately, we’re not moving far - we'll be staying in the city centre and only a few minutes walk away from where we currently are.

Our new address is as follows:

29A Horsefair Street
Leicester
LE1 5BP

We will have to set up new phone lines, and will share our new numbers once they are live from 24th April. Any calls placed to our current workshop number or studio number after that date will be greeted by a recorded message informing you of the new numbers, and we hope to make this transition as smooth as possible.

Now that Easter is over we’d love to welcome you down to visit  our new site, you can book a visit by emailing info@pedestrian.info

Monday
Mar272017

INTRODUCING OUR TALENT MATCH TEAM ASSISTANT!

The Pedestrian team are pleased to welcome Luke Petterson, our Talent Match Team Assistant.  This role will be primarily involved in running our delivery for Talent Match, which is a Big Lottery investment project to help long-term unemployed young people to gain employment across England.  Luke will be assisting Kev (our Talent Match Team Facilitator) to recruit young people to the Talent Match Team Executive Board and then help them to organise and run events in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.

Luke says:

I recently graduated from De Montfort University with a first class degree in music technology. The work I undertook there, as well as the previous work I have done with Pedestrian, inspired me to pursue a path within the music and arts charity sector. This has led me to gain experience doing sound engineering for contemporary South Pacific artists in Fiji, to teaching young people music production in the Midlands.
 
As well as this, I also work alongside a number of artists producing their music and creating musical projects, one of which is due to be released soon. I am currently undertaking a business course, which will allow me to submit a business plan and potentially receive funding to develop my music into an online business.
 
I am very passionate about contributing positively to the local community, and I am positive my time with Pedestrian as the Talent Match Team Assistant will allow me to do this in a meaningful way.

 

 

 

Friday
Mar242017

KIRK LODGE DELIVERY

We’re coming to the end of another block of sessions at Kirk Lodge Probation Hostel after having delivered music, arts and photography in their premises over the duration of two years.

Our Tutor, Alex, has been working on engaging residents in enrichment activity and co-production principles by working together with the residents to plan the delivery for the next session and upcoming weeks.

Residents in this current block of activity have had the opportunity to make jewellery, cards, and keepsake boxes. Printmaking has been popular and has allowed residents the opportunity to learn a new skill as well as make cards and other items for their families.

We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Kirk Lodge and delivering more sessions for their residents.

Monday
Feb272017

OUR NEW TALENT MATCH TEAM FACILITATOR!

Pedestrian are pleased to welcome Kevin Russell to our team as our new Talent Match Team Facilitator.  This role will be primarily involved in running our delivery for Talent Match, which is a Big Lottery investment project to help long-term unemployed young people to gain employment across England.  Kev will be recruiting young people to the Talent Match Team Executive Board and then helping them to organise and run events in the Leicester and Leicestershire area.

Kev says:


I have just come from heading up the improvements in St Martin’s Square and the independent quarter. Three years ago, we came up with an idea to improve the area through art, music and events.  We put on everything from children’s reading workshops, music events and public celebrations for King Richard III and Leicester City FC’s Premier League winning season.

I ran my own events company for 3 years: creating events for festivals, venues and companies around the midlands; specialising in arts and music programs. This company arose from an arts collective I formed and headed up whilst at University called The Mud Collective.

As well as the events, I am a graphic designer and winner of Dave’s Comedy Festival Best Poster; a vinyl DJ specialising in Jazz, hip hop and afrobeat; I run a small speaker and PA equipment hire service; and create podcasts, having completed a degree in Radio Production at De Montfort University and working on BBC Introducing during my time there.

I am looking forward to passing on my passion and experience to others, and watching young people not only achieve their potential, but act as inspiration for others.

 

Wednesday
Feb222017

INTRODUCING MONEYWISE PLUS

 

 

Pedestrian and Reaching People are currently looking for individuals and organisations to participate in the Moneywise Plus programme.

 

We are delighted to introduce Moneywise Plus, a project run by Reaching People.  Reaching People is a consortium of organisations delivering the Moneywise Plus project and includes ASRA Housing Group, The Bridge, The Y, Leicester City Council, Leicester County Council, Pedestrian and many more.  In total about 20 organisations are involved in delivering Moneywise Plus.

 

Moneywise Plus is a Leicester city and county wide project running for three years to support people who are not in work to enhance their digital and financial skills.  The project headline is “Don’t be left behind, get money wise and get online.”  Organisations delivering on the project will run training courses in digital skills, financial awareness and volunteering skills.

 

You are eligible for Moneywise Plus if:

You have the right to live and work in the UK

You are not currently employed

You are not on a zero-hours contract

You are over the age of 16

 

Those interested in participating in the project can register on the Moneywise Plus website, where they will be put in touch with the engagement team who can signpost them to services offered as part of the project.

 

Pedestrian will be delivering three courses for Moneywise Plus as part of the Volunteering Routeway.  They are the Volunteer Training Course, Peer Mentoring Course, and Participation Advisory Group.

 

Volunteer Training Course


This course will be delivered in one 3-hour long session each week for 6 weeks.  This course will run in our workshop on Rutland Street on Wednesdays from 10am – 1pm starting Wednesday 22nd February 2017.  Participants will need to attend all 6 dates.  There are 8-12 places on each course run and we will be running this course 8 times throughout the year.

 

During this course participants will be learning about developing the right mindset for volunteering: identifying the strengths, skills and experience they have to offer, and how these can be matched to the most suitable opportunities.  Participants will be enabled to find the right volunteering opportunities for them and provided with support, help with applications and advice to create an effective personal statement.  For individuals this course presents a great way to learn more about volunteering and be equipped to partake in meaningful volunteer opportunities.

 

If your organisation has current or upcoming volunteering opportunities we’d like to hear from you too!  Please share with us your person specifications, requirements and role descriptions; and we’ll see if any of our participants would be a suitable applicant.

 

Peer Mentoring Course


This course will be delivered in one 3-hour long session each week for 6 weeks, and is scheduled to start around June 2017.  There are 5 places on each course run and we will be running this course 3 times throughout the year.

 

During this course participants will develop the skills that people who are currently volunteering need to have to do mentoring, equipping them with the skills needed to be a mentor.  There will be opportunities to actively mentor through the Moneywise Plus project, providing one-to-one support to other Moneywise Plus participants and supporting people to find their own solutions to problems.

 

Participation Advisory Group


This course is delivered in conjunction with ASRA Housing and will address the whole Moneywise Plus programme.  This group will enable clients to provide feedback and give advice about their experience as participants on the programme.  Their recommendations will feed into the overall management of the project.  Group members are required to attend 4 meetings per year, and will be either nominated or self-selected.  The group will decide if they will attend in person or provide written reports.

 

If you are interested in participating in Moneywise Plus including the above courses please visit the Moneywise Plus website where you can refer yourself to the project.  The engagement team will then be in touch to signpost you to relevant courses being delivered in your area.