Working to help regenerate our city
DMU is committed to helping with the regeneration of Leicester – and has backed the work with a huge investment in the transformation of its campus.
The university has spent a total of £136million on the Campus Transformation Project, which included the £42million centrepiece of the Vijay Patel Building, a complete refurbishment of the city’s historic Great Hall at Leicester Castle and a new events centre and home for De Montfort Students’ Union.
But the regeneration work in Leicester is about much more than just the campus - and #DMUlocal is carrying out a whole series of projects in the community aimed at improving the lives of people in the city.
This includes everything from staging a huge fun and information day in the city’s West End to volunteer students helping organise youth clubs in parts of the city which are officially some of the most deprived in the country.
The Beaumont Leys, Thurnby Lodge and Fosse areas all have social problems in a city which is officially the 25th most deprived of 324 local authority areas in Britain – and #DMUlocal has targeted projects on dealing with those problems.
De Montfort University is also working with charities in other areas of Leicester, including on the St Matthew’s and Braunstone estates.
Student volunteers are needed
In Braunstone, DMU works with the local charity B-Inspired on a series of projects and student volunteers are urgently needed to work on a food bank programme and at a charity shop.
The food bank is operational Monday to Friday, and on Tuesday and Thursdays food is handed out to those in need on the estate.
The B-Inspired charity shop, which raises money for projects on the estate, is also looking for volunteers.
DMU also works with the Big Local charity in St Matthews on a variety of projects and recently student volunteers helped plant 10,000 bulbs at a local park in memory of the estate’s police officer who died while on duty, in 2017.
There is also work on the streets of Leicester with the charity Action Homeless. Students volunteered to conduct an overnight count to establish the numbers sleeping rough on our streets. The work provides useful information to shape future projects with the aim of decreasing rough sleeping in Leicester.
#DMUlocal also teams up with Action Homeless to provide student volunteers for a programme to feed children throughout the school summer holidays. Primary school children can get free school meals in term time, but what happens during the school holidays?
The charity and Leicester City Council sets up seven food hubs, where families come together to get lunch, take part in activities and learn providing 7,000 meals for children throughout the six-week break.