Leicester Stories is a community-driven project that uses community media and community radio to inspire households from disenfranchised communities to engage with civic and public services. Community radio is particularly effective at reaching audiences whose first language is not English, who may not read English well, who might mistrust government processes, and who may not engage with mainstream broadcasters or social media. Community media aims to foster trusted voices in order to make connections with people who are easily overlooked and who run the risk of being ‘lost voices’.
Leicester Stories Podcast 039 - Lucy Stevens Studio
Lucy Stevens is preparing for her exhibition at Leicester Museum. Colour Coded Birds will reinterpret Leicester Museums’ natural science collection. Lucy will explore the museum’s catalogue of British bird skin specimens and challenging traditional narratives on how these specimens are viewed, and showing their value to conservation, education and the arts. Lucy explains how the project is moving forward, and what drives here creative process. From listening to true-crime podcasts, listening to Beyoncé and Lady Gaga, to taking inspiration from the poetry of Naima Penniman, Lucy talks about what her hopes are for this new collection of public art works.
Tackling Knife Violence - Power to Change Screening
Knife crime is high on the agenda as a matter of public concern, with many young people being caught in a loop of fear and distrust, which fuels their insecurity and leads some to carry knives with them. On Monday evening, there was a screening of Power to Change, a documentary film that looks at the “simplest solution: the innate goodness of a human being, who will make the right choices given the tools and encouragement to do so.” Supported by Celebrate our Similarities, the film was followed by a panel discussion that explore how community groups in Leicester can contribute to awareness of the effects and impact of knife-violence, and the steps we can take to disengage people from this cycle before irreparable harm is done.
Evington Jubilee Celebration
It was a lovely day today at the Evington Jubilee Celebration in the village green. Check out our pictures and our podcast of people coming together to celebrate and relax. Lots of cake was given out, and the music was chilled.
Leicester Stories 037 - Celebrating Our Similarities
How do we develop community-focussed support for wellbeing following the Covid-19 pandemic? This is one of the issues being explored and supported by Celebrate Our Similarities, a not-for-profit group based in Leicester. Here Dr Indrani Lahiri and Kamla Pattni share their thoughts on how their approach is emerging in practice, and what they see as the main benefit for the wellbeing of people in Leicester.
Leicester Stories 036 - Lucy Stevens at Leicester Museum
Lucy Stevens is a Leicester based artist, who creates multi-media artworks inspired by ornithology and natural science collections using drawing, painting, field recording and music. Lucy is working with Leicester Museums on a project, Colour Coded Birds, that explores and reinterprets the collection of birds stored by the museum as a record of Leicester’s wildlife. Guiding Lucy through the collection was Heather Southorn, who is the collections’ manager of the museum service.
Leicester Stories 035 - Community Capacity In Leicester
How easy is it for community and civic society organisations in Leicester to move on from the Covid-19 pandemic? Are we putting the lessons from the lockdown into practice when we are developing and putting in place community-focussed services? What are the values that we need to foster, and how can our public authorities switch their way of working, so they are more responsive to people’s needs and concerns?
Taking part in this discussion are Keiran Breen CEO of Leicestershire Cares, Neetu Squire Head of Community Development at Leicestershire Cares, Rukhsana Hussain from Outspoken, and Ruma Ali, councillor for the Humberstone and Hamilton ward in Leicester.