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Going green in 2014

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Valentines’ Day Treats

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Culture Club a huge success

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Charles Derby News

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News from Our World Page 8 Waterfront News

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Our Environment

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Our Education

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Our Families

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Media Reviews

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What’s On

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Hello dear readers… Welcome to the first issue of 2014! Has it been a good start for you as it most certainly has for the Our World Team. This year we are going green and will do our best to ensure that at an operational level we are functioning as eco-friendly as possible and we would like you to join us too. Have a look at our article on how to be efficient with your water usage and whenever you can, car share or walk to work. In this issue, we learn how tomatoes can nourish us with many required nutrients and to continue the red theme we have some fantastic offers for Valentine’s Day! Charles Derby Estate agents Leicester share with us why they are launching a new free monthly drop in advisory clinic on mortgages and financial planning this February. Learn all about our existing and soon to be launched clubs and welcome Waterfront Sports and Education Academy news into the Our World newspaper. Finally read all of our fantastic tips for parents and children, see what is going on in our What’s On section and Media Reviews and welcome the new Writers’ World. We are launching our new website and outreach marketing campaign very soon and really need your continued support. So pop down and see us, give us a call, send us an email or even a text as we are waiting to hear from you and as always, we are look forward to working with you to make Our World a better place …..

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Our Health

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Tomatoes are a powerful antioxidant!


dark, helps the body fight C ol o off infection and sustain the immune system and supports growth and remodelling of bone. In addition, dietary vitamin A, in the form of beta Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant and it’s this that gives tomatoes their superfood status.Lycopene is what carotene (an antioxidant), may help reduce your risk for gives them their red colour and it helps absorb the certain cancers. Vitamin C - also known as ascorbic damaging free radicals that can harm our cells. acid, may include protection against immune system Tomatoes are packed full of vitamins including deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health vitamins A, C and E and contain potassium and other problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. Vitamin mineral salts. Not only does their high water content make them refreshing, but they’re low in calories too. It E - protects the skin from environmental pollution. It has a protecting action against UV radiation – is thought tomatoes help ward against prostate breast although it cannot be classed as a sunscreen. It is an cancers and stomach cancers as well as age-related excellent moisturiser and contains powerful antimacular degeneration. inflammatory action which can prevent the signs of Additional Facts Vitamin A - is an essential, fat-soluble vitamin that has premature ageing, as inflammatory conditions in the skin is a leading cause of skin ageing. Vitamin E also has many diverse benefits for humans. excellent wound healing properties. Vitamin A promotes eyesight and helps us see in the

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Fashion Heritage To add ethnic style, colour and sparkle to your home, look no further. Fashion Heritage brings you the finest quality, cultural taste and creativity of India with remarkable craftsmanship and expertise. At Fashion Heritage Ltd. we offer an exclusive range of Bespoke Handicraft, Home Decor and Exotic Handmade Ethnic Designer Jewellery. All of our designs are inspired by Indian culture and traditions. We accept Bespoke Jewellery, artwork, Rangoli Designs, Party Display Orders and Pooja Decoration orders with prior appointment. and Contact Information: Shweta Mantri Director, Fashion Heritage Ltd Tel. 07872073612 Email.

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“Community open day from 10am till 3pm on Saturday 22nd February 2014 “ Continued from front page

“I believe in providing a good service and also doing my bit for the community and I think helping vulnerable people whose aspirations are being squeezed by rising living costs largely because of ineffective management of local and national economic issues by those in power, is close to my heart”, shared Kirit Lakhani, co-owner of Charles Derby Estates, Leicester branch. With over 10 years of lettings management experience, accompanied by his role as a lead mortgage adviser for the last 7 years, Kirit Lakhani alongside co-owner Sanjay Modhadia, entrepreneur and established garment factory owner, with strong personal aspirations to build a successful business for his daughter, who is currently studying in property and finance at Nottingham University, will be launching their Free Advisory drop in clinics, on the last Saturday of each month. Both believe this outreach service for the wider community reflects the corporate social responsible ethos that Charles Derby Estates, Leicester takes prides in. Pop down on Saturday 22nd February from 10am till 3pm and meet the team, comprising of local financial expert Ash Kotecha, with over 10 years extensive experience within the financial sector and Mansi Parmar , leading on lettings and customer relations with her excellent multilingual capacity in Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindi and English. Have your mortgage and financial queries answered in a reassuring and comfortable environment, whilst you and your children enjoy some complimentary refreshments and face painting, this half term. About the company – Charles Derby Group Charles Derby is a UK advisory business devoted to helping individuals with their financial planning. With an average of over 25 years’ experience in the industry, one can be rest assured that the company boasts depth of experience and knowledge necessary to provide high calibre services for all your long term needs.

Charles Derby News

Charles Derby Estates is a fresh face in the property world. Born very recently, it is rapidly becoming an established presence on the High Street. The Charles Derby brand has grown by virtue of their presence in the Financial Services sector. It is only a few short years that the group has developed in to the largest face to face financial services company in the UK with a headcount in excess of 300 and ambitious plans for the future. With its’ in house financial advisers at each estate agency, clients can reap the benefits of the ‘one-stop-shop’. With Charles Derby branded conveyancing and many other support and associated services the proposition for customers is second to none. Each of the Estate Agency offices is independently owned and managed, providing a truly nationwide estate agency with the obvious benefit of local people serving the local community. Our Client promise We will: Always try to be helpful, clear, easy to deal with, courteous and prompt. Get to know you and your aims. Before any recommendations, your Charles Derby Adviser will carry out a thorough fact find to ensure that any advice provided and solutions proposed are tailored to your needs and goals. Do everything possible to ensure that all our clients receive high quality advice, and where suited, the most appropriate products to meet their specific needs. Explain all charges and fees. In line with the requirements of our regulator, The Financial Conduct Authority, we will provide full illustrations and disclosure prior to any product implementation. Arrange regular review meetings. Protect your data and only use it to provide our services. We do not and will not sell any client data to any other company or third party. Ask our clients to give us feedback on our services to help us improve what we do.

Charles Derby Estates is fast becoming one of the leading Estate and Letting agents in the UK. With a wealth of experience in the property and financial services market we are perfectly positioned to help our customers in each and every stage of their property transaction. For your property sale or purchase, your rental, your mortgage, or for any other property or financial matter, your first port of call has to be Charles Derby Estates.

Services Offered: Property Sales, Lettings, Mortgages, Protection & Financial Advice Each of our offices is staffed by local people with local knowledge and they are awaiting your call. With the backing of the Charles Derby Group and with our drive, ambition and expertise, why would you go anywhere else? Contact us now or drop in for an informal chat. 212 Melton Road Opp. ICICI Bank Leicester LE4 7PG Phone: 0116 266 9177 0116 326 1177 Fax 0116 326 1199

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Culture Club a huge Success… Funded by Near Neighbours fund and to address the needs of some parents living within the Belgrave area of Leicester, Culture club has been designed to engage with diverse communities, encouraging first and positive interactions from children and parents of mixed faith background, whilst looking to overcome common cultural/faith barriers. The first pilot of the club took place at Mellor Community Primary School and entailed a weekly after school club and monthly parent and child interaction workshops. The Culture Club has helped children with 1. Improved confidence levels 2. Personal development (understanding their own individuality) 3. Socialising skills (increased circle of friends) 4. Understanding of other cultures 5. Improved interaction with parents and siblings 6. Learning of new skills 7. Improved general knowledge levels

Our World News Attending parents and children have enjoyed the sessions so much, that we will now be developing the club further and continuing to expand into other localities. “Kushi lacked a lot of confidence and because of language barriers at home, we have struggled to be able to give her the support she needs. Culture club has not only boost her confidence but mine also and we have enjoyed learning new skills with new people.” - Sital Shah “My kids love attending the club and are always talking about it whenever they come home. I have really enjoyed the family workshops too as it also gives parents a chance to learn new skills and show their children that they can also learn new things all the time too” - Claire Beechey “Great club, with broad learning of culture” - Bhavesh Chouhan Contact the Our World Team to find out more about this club.

Junior Journalism This new and exciting club will allow you to create your own masterpieces and have them published in the Our World Newspaper. Develop and learn new skills such as creative writing, photography, design and art. New classes start this February - open to all ages Contact the Our World Team to learn more. Tel. 0116 2577298 / 07807040323 Email. Twitter @OurWorldDcsCic

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Waterfront News Issue 16


Local young people Box Smart to support Sir Clive’s Police and Crime Plan On Monday 6 January, 2014 Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sir Clive Loader visited Box Smart an early intervention project he funds as part of a commissioned outcome which works to reduce offending and re-offending amongst local young people in Leicester excluded from school or not in education, employment of training (NEET). Waterfront B-Active which runs the Box Smart project rec ived £10,000 via PCC Grant to support and to provide one-to-one support and group work for children and young people aged 10 to 22 in Leicester. Forty to 50 young people are registered with Box Smart, with 25 to 30 attending boxing classes and health-awareness activities in any one session. PCC Sir Clive Loader said: “Box Smart is providing a pathway for young people to find their way in the world. Understanding and experiencing achievement through sport builds self-confidence and enables them to pursue a brighter future free from crime and anti-social behaviour.” Waterfront B-Active is contributing to strategic priority number one in Sir Clive’s Police and Crime Plan: to reduce first time entrants into the Criminal Justice System. In some cases, the project works with young people and their younger siblings, an approach which helps to support local young people and their families. Sir Clive said: “Early interventions within families can help to prevent the pattern of truancy being passed on from older to younger siblings, reducing the chances of those young people entering the Criminal Justice System.” Waterfront B-Active recently became one of the small number of boxing clubs in the country to receive the Amateur Boxing Association Club Mark for excellent practices and procedures in the training of young people. An example of how the Waterfront B-Active boxing course can provide a pathway to success outside of the sport is Namisha (19) from Narborough, who started boxing with the club when she was 14 years old. At 16, she became a boxing coach supporting local young people at the club and has since gone on to start a degree course at university. Michael Burgess project coordinator of Box Smart at Waterfront Sports and Education Academy said: “Completing our activities gives young people a sense of achievement which they might not have the chance to achieve outside of education or training.” “The PCC grant has helped us to provide more sessions for young people. Funding from Sir Clive ensures local young people to get the support they need and to develop the motivation to go on to do great things.”

Contact details for Waterfront B-Active Head Office: 0116 251 1221 / 07850 740674


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Save Water Up to 65% of the adult human body is made up of water. We use water to clean our bodies, clothes, and dishes. We gulp water down after a hard workout. We need water to survive. The UN suggests that we each need 20-50 litres of water a day to use for drinking, cooking, and cleaning. In a world of over 7 billion people, conserving water is essential. But how can we do so on a daily basis, in our own homes? While there are many ways to limit the waste of water, the following are the top 10 most effective ways to stop wasting and start saving this precious resource:

clean. Check for an eco water saving mode and use it every time. Bonus: turn off the dryer setting for energy savings. 6. Reuse linens: Good hygiene is a must, but usually there is no need to wash your towels every day. Try using one towel for a week. Extend the life of your sheets by washing the pillowcases weekly and saving the rest of the set for big, twice-monthly washes.

7. Wash the car well: Think your hose is efficient? You can easily use up 60 gallons of water or more in five minutes of outdoor car wash fun (not including the spray-your-kids-when-they-aren’t- looking moments). Keep your vehicle sparkly and save water by using the WaterSavers program, popular with professional car 1. Wash right: When washing dishes, brushing teeth, or washes, which uses 40 gallons or less per car and gives even taking a shower, don’t allow the water to run more clean water back to Mother Earth. than necessary. During dishwashing, fill one sink with 8. Concentrate on cleaning: Using concentrated soapy water and one with rinse water, and dip dishes cleaning formulas not only gives you more cleaner from one to the other. If you have only one sink, fill two small plastic containers with soapy and rinse water for less, but uses less packaging and less production energy. This is a great example of convenience and and do the same. When brushing your teeth, wet your water conservation combining forces, and you can take brush and turn off the tap while you scrub. full advantage. Many people enjoy taking long, hot showers. Start taking five minutes off your shower time or installing a 9. Keep cold water in a pitcher: Instead of running your water-conserving shower head. If you feel the need to tap water until it gets cold, chilling water in a pitcher luxuriate, run a bath and sit as long as you like. allows you to keep water cold and ready, minus the waste. 2. Run washers less: Wait until you have a full load before running the washing machine. Do the same for dishes, making sure to fill the dishwasher completely before turning it on. Doing so could save you up to 1000 gallons per month. 3. Collect and reuse water: No need to swap one healthy practice for another. When washing fruits and vegetables, consider pooling the water in a bowl and using it to water houseplants.

10. Collect rainwater: Nature provides ample water for gardening purposes just by raining. By putting a barrel below your gutter, you can collect generous stores (more than half a gallon of water for every square foot of roof during a rainfall of one-inch) and use to grow those squash and tomato plants.

Saving water is 4. Watering right: If the shower is leaking, we are apt to as easy as you notice. However, outdoor taps and sprinklers are more are creative. By considering the likely to have leaks that go unnoticed. Be sure to give above tips and all of your water hook-ups a once and twice check for coming up with more places where water may be escaping. of your own, you can 5. Adjust your dishwasher setting: Dishwashers are great limit water waste in your home and timesavers, but don’t disregard the settings that can help you save water while getting your cutlery sparkling conserve energy. Don’t forget to share your tips with us!

Our Education Issue 16

How to get kids interested in school work


History and Geography History and geography can work wonders to encourage kids to start learning more actively. Try to tie them in with your own family's history. A fun task for the whole family is to put together a family tree. Go to the local branch of your library to dig around for interesting information about your ancestors. It's a great day out. Once home, piece together the information. In terms of geography, invest in a world map or a globe and Children can be hard to convince of the importance of use pins to mark places where members of your family have attending school, doing additional reading and completing lived or travelled. Dig out old photos as well, to inspire your their homework. Most children will go through a stage of kids to discover more about the many different countries of being generally uninterested in pursuing an education with the world. some getting really rebellious. As parents, guardians and Science and Maths teachers, it's our job and challenge to ensure this phase isn't Science and maths can seem dull in a classroom long-lasting. environment if no practical element is involved. But these The best way to get kids interested in school work is to show subjects are made for experimenting! them that learning can be fun. This will usually mean having to get involved, leading some activities and taking part hands- Science experiments aren't always tricky and don't all require on in your childrens' experiments and discoveries. All subjects a large amount of preparation. Lots of items found in the home can be used to carry them out. can be approached with a touch of creativity, and some lend For example, you can use fruit to make a battery, and you can themselves particularly well to experimentation. use cabbages to test acidity. Tennis balls and other items can Languages Languages can be a good way to get your children interested be put to good use too. in school. They open up a whole new world in terms of The weather is an excellent way to start talking about science. literature and movies, which are some of the routes you can Go out and measure the level of rainfall or run out in the use to get the young ones intrigued. snow and explain how snowflakes are formed. Organise a European film night, for example. Invite some Or if you need a little helping hand to kick start your of your child's friends over for an evening of movies and interactive journey with your children, why not contact Bliss popcorn but instead of opting for a well known blockbuster, and Friends. Through our one to one coaching sessions for choose foreign language cinema with subtitles. children and parents, after school clubs and family workshops When it comes to books, opt for translated foreign literature Bliss and friends can introduce you to a whole new way and make a point of explaining that literature in its original of learning and bringing out the best in yourself and your language can be even more exciting. children! Contact us on Tel. 07807040323 Email. FREE CONSULTATION THIS FEBRUARY


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Practising positive parenting

Our Families and respect for other people. Simply put, if you want your children to learn these things, you’ll need to lead the way by practicing them yourself. Reading is an essential skill that will factor in your child’s success in the real world. Reading can be a source of pleasure for your child as well. One way to encourage a love for reading in children is to read to them when they are very young. Your child will learn new words as they get older. Sure, your child will learn how to read when he/she goes to school, but it’s never a bad idea to help your child get started on reading. By reading with your child, you’re teaching them how to appreciate books and learning, and it’s a wonderful way for you to bond with them. Make sure that you read a variety of materials to your child (appropriate to your child’s age, of course!) because this will help you uncover any talents or interests in your child.

In today’s article, you’ll read about tips on how you can practice positive parenting. Being a positive parent isn’t complicated, but it does take a certain amount of time and effort. For one, you should be interested in what’s happening in your child’s life. Positive parenting also involves maintaining a healthy and open line of communication between you and your child. To be an effective positive parent, we’re sharing a few effective ways you can try today. One of the first things you need to do to be a positive parent is to make sure that you’re setting a good example for your kids. Your children aren’t going to learn “Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered if they see you doing the opposite of what you want them to learn. If you want your children to be calm, not by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family “ - George Bernard Shaw swear, or eat healthy, you shouldn’t be yelling all the time, swearing, or eating junk food. As a parent, it’s your job to set the right example to your children, especially Why not start today and have a go at our word search, below, with your child. when it comes to values such as politeness, honesty,

Media Reviews Issue 16

Media Reviews


Hurricane R

This gripping , true story of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, is transformational and truly inspiring. When, AfricanIt Takes Two (PG) American Rubin Carter, overcame A sweet and humorous story about many racial barriers to become a top a street-wise orphan, Amanda, who contender for the middle-weight is about to be adopted by a mean boxing title, the continuous harassand selfish family, however, her ment from a grudged and narrow case worker Diane wished she could minded police officer, saw Rubin adopt her instead but was unable to falsely accused and convicted of do so due to financial reasons. Alyssa triple murder. When Rubins’ faith is a rich girl, who when coming home began to diminish and hope seemed for summer from boarding school, far, far away, an act of human compassion from people with her father visits their summer whom Rubin would never have expected to get support from, home, to discover that her father is about to marry a rather unpleasant and greedy lady. The two sparkled a flame of hope and love for life once again. girls accidentally bump into each other and realise they look exactly the same!

Writers’ World

Chain kuli ki main (U)

This is the journey of a 13 year old orphan boy who likes to dream. His dreams consist of being with loving parents and becoming a cricket superstar. As in many stories, there is a cruel and selfish warden who manages the orphanage and a rival orphan. Karans’ “believe in yourself and it will happen” attitude, takes him to his destination. A story of determination and character.

Unconditional (PG)

A true story of how a woman’s perfect life is shattered when a sporadic act of violence takes the life of her husband. Lost and in pain, she attempts to take matters into her own hands, when two unexpected encounters create a turn in the direction she was headed in and there begins to be light at the end of the tunnel. A warm, inspirational and emotional movie, which could make anyone begin to believe.

This poem was written by a seven year old child, Shreya, and makes you wonder that if a child can be so conscious about the environment why can’t we! This is a beautiful day and you can see us all, Ready to play and go to school waiting for you To come along and follow our car, Oh dear sunshine, Oh dear sun, make this the most beautiful day in the whole wide world! Without you there would be no play and no feelings for the day, What you do makes us love and enjoy our play, Thank you Sun, thank you for your shine. We need you for our precious land, flowers and all other living things, Together we will try and protect you and be good human beings, You are the best shine in the whole wide world! This is a beautiful day and you can see us all, Ready to play and go to school waiting for you, To come along and follow our car, Oh dear sunshine, Oh dear sun, make this the most beautiful day in the whole wide world!

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What’s On

LADIES NIGHT AT PEEPUL CENTRE Based in the heart of Leicester, Peepul Centre welcomes you to our Themed Nights throughout the year, with the first one being Ladies Night of Arabia. With a host of themed nights planned throughout the year, Peepul Centre is aiming to put on events to meet the high demand in the communities. ‘Ladies nights were very popular in the past in Tamarind Restaurant, and is something we are looking to bring back on a much bigger scale.’ - Bharat Patel, Director of Hospitality. Peepul Centre plays host to a number of events in their main Auditorium, from theatre to Dinner and Dances, Conferences and Weddings. With a seated capacity of 300, the auditorium offers an elegant setting for a number of events, along with the latest in audio-visual technology and a friendly and professional events team to ensure every event goes to plan. Alongside the auditorium is Peepul Centre’s popular Indian family restaurant Tamarind, offering an authentic taste of traditional and contemporary South Asian cuisine, cooked to your taste by international chefs. Conferences booked at Peepul Centre are all lucky enough to be catered for by Tamarind Restaurant, with refreshments and conference facilities starting from as little as £14.95per delegate. ‘I want to thank you and your team for providing outstanding facilities, (especially the lunch!). Everyone was so helpful and courteous. And the meeting rooms were well equipped and comfortable. It was also lovely to be in a setting that accommodates a range of needs from family, leisure to business.’ - Ethical Trading Initiative. Peepul Centre is also home to Leicester’s new Indian Visa Surgery, open every Friday 10am – 2pm.There are also a range of activities that take place at the Peepul Centre, including Dance Classes, Tabla and Singing classes. Come and pay us a visit at Peepul Centre, Orchardson Avenue, Leicester LE4 6DP. For further information contact the Centre on 0116 261 6000 or email our professional Events team now on Issue 16


Fashion Heritage Large Paisley Rangoli (10 pcs)- Handmade with golden, Red, Blue Orange and Green Rhinestones, FHL-RP030 - £22.00 Popular for Weddings, Parties, Christmas ,Corporate functions, House Warming Beautiful Floor and Wall Art carefully handcrafted colorful high quality rhinestones on OHP Base. Once again I was inspired by the peacock feathers and tried to recreate it. Popular for Weddings, Parties, Christmas ,Corporate functions, House Warming This beautiful creation can be arranged in various ways as individual pieces or together both indoor and outdoor. The rangoli can be used with tea light or traditional Diya’s This is a 7pcs Rangoli including 1 centerpiece and 6 drop shape side pieces. The Rangoli when arranged measures approx 15”.

Contact Information: Shweta Mantri Director, Fashion Heritage Ltd Tel. 07872073612 Email.

Our designs are deeply inspired by Indian culture and traditions. All designs are available in colours of your choice and can be made to order to compliment your décor. Weddings/Corporate functions/Christmas and

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