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A Place to Grow
A Place to Grow

A Place To Grow is a free to use sustainable Community Garden with the purpose to support positive Health and Wellbeing. This will be done by encouraging people to learn new things by producing and eating healthy food, being physically active, getting involved in the community and meeting new people in a friendly, informal and safe environment.

The site is aimed at anyone with a health related problem who wants to improve their Health and Wellbeing.

To access the project the following criteria must be met;

 Able to follow instructions

 Able to use gardening tools safely

 Respectful towards other site users

 Able to communicate with other site users

 Able to work without 1-2-1 supervision

What will the site provide?

Induction Programme-  For new referrals (available 3 days per week).
Community Garden sessions – Existing users & those progressing from the induction programme (available 3 days per week).
Volunteering – For people who want to help out on site with tasks and support those using the site.
Dedicated sessions – For residents with more complex needs.


Local Authority
0116 272 7703
A Place to Grow, Mill Lane, Enderby,

Next to Enderby Leisure Centre
LE19 4LX
Tuesday – 10am – 1pm, Thursday – 10am – 1pm, Friday – 9.30am – 12.30pm.
Self-referral but call first for more information and registration
East West Community Project


Aims to address the cultural, social, educational, recreational and leisure needs of Asian communities of West End. Activities include: luncheon club, yoga, music, meditation and exercise classes such as the GP Active Scheme. Provides mobile meals services for residents of Leicester. A day care centre for elderly and disabled people on Tuesday and Friday from 10.30-3pm can be accessed via social care services. Operates a members travel club. Transport available for West End only.

0116 255 0575
10 Wilberforce Road, Leicester
Monday to Friday 9.30am-5.30pm
Via social care & health
LCiL – Social Media Cafe

A range of discussions take place every week and with the new regular time slot of 11.30am-2.00pm in the Hall means there is plenty of room and pop-up stalls from organisations to raise awareness of support services available to LCiL members.

The Cafe will now include a hot food provision by the West End Cafe (Thursday evenings) operated by The Real Junk Food Project.

Every week around 100 hot meals are served, and networks are made between our community!

Attend every week for FREE & eat on a #PayAsYouFeel basis.

0116 222 5005
West End Neighbourhood Centre
Andrewes Street
Soical Media cafe – free / Real Junk Food Project meal – pay as you feel
Leicestershire Autism Society

The Leicestershire Autistic Society (formed over 20 years ago) provides support, information and advice to families and professionals dealing with Autism in Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. We are a volunteer led organisation, the vast majority of our volunteers being parents or carers of someone with ASD.

One of our main aims is to continually strive to raise general awareness of ASD. We are also represented on City and County Autism specific forums where we campaign for further improvements in: diagnosis, the provision of relevant specialist education services, making Child/Adult service planning more ‘autism friendly’, accessible play and leisure services for Children and Adults with ASD, and the provision of better support for adults with ASD.

Support Groups

We have a number of support groups situated around the City, County and Rutland.

Check the LinkUp for latest details.

Castle Donnington Group (SPACE)

The group aim to share information and arrange events for families with children on the Autistic spectrum.
When- Monthly, 1st and 3nd Saturday of the month, 10am to 12nooon.
Where- Community Lounge, Castle Donnington Community College, DE74 2LN
Contact:  Julie Truman 07988934446  or Sara Goodwin 01530 461660

Charnwood Autism Support Group (formerly Loughborough ASD Group)

This group is a small friendly group who meet for tea and coffee, a chat and to hear various speakers.
When- Last Monday of the month, 7:30pm
Where- John Storer House, Wards End, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3HA
Contact: Evelyn Halsall   01509 55 6376

Spectrum-Market Harborough

Spectrum-MH is a support group for parents and carers of children and adults with ASD in South Leicestershire.
When- 4th Thursday of month (term time), 7:30pm
Where- Congregational Church, High St, Market Harborough
Contact:   Helen Jordan   07831 349574                                                                      Website:


The Friendship Club

For 11-19yrs with ASD and moderate learning difficulties. Pre-registration is required as places are limited. See the registration details in the LinkUp newsletter (Info & Newsletter page of this website).

The group is also seeking parents who can volunteer to help on a rota basis.
When- 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month, 7pm to 9pm.
Where- Cafe, Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, Leics LE18 4UZ.
Contact:   Diane Madelin   07722 914124


Jigsaw provides activities, support, information and advice for families with autistic children from 0-19 yrs. The group is run by parents.
When- 2nd and 4th Tues of the month. 7-9pm.
Where- Cafe, Salvation Army, Ladysmith Road, South Wigston, Leics LE18 4UZ.
Contact:   Dave Nutting   07582 197173


Reality aims to support the whole family unit affected by ASD/Asperger Syndrome. No formal diagnosis is required. The group organises activities, trips and outings for the whole family.
When- Check LinkUp for details.
Where- Braunstone Sure Start, Gallrds Hill, Braunstone, Leicester LE3 1QR.
Contact:   Leisa Smith   0791 285 0517

The Monday Club

The Monday Club is a social group for adults (18+) with Aspergers Syndrome. The group meetings offer a warm, safe and friendly environment where planned opportunities are available for the group to help improve their social skills and experiences.
When- Check LinkUp for details.
Where- Check LinkUp for details.
Contact:  or the Project Manager 0787 3311 60


Translate hold informal monthly meetings for adults with Aspergers and those who love them. They offer support, an information pool and signposting to relevant support services.

When- Monthly, 1st Monday, 7:30pm
Where- Moira Centre, Moira Street, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3AX
Contact:   Paul & Jo Sandford   01509 554797


REMIT – mental health project

REMIT is a community education project for adults in Leicester and Leicestershire who experience severe and enduring mental health problems.

Further information Our courses

a range of courses every week, approximately 2 hours
most courses are non-accredited but learners can progress from REMIT onto mainstream to work towards qualifications.
these courses are available on referral basis only.

Where are we located?
Our main base is at the Leicester Adult Education College in the city centre. We also have some courses in other venues.

Free parking is available at the following community settings:

The BRITE Centre – Braunstone Avenue, Leicester, LE3 1LE
Fosse Community Centre – Mantle Road, Leicester, LE3 5HG
Aylestone Leisure Centre – 2 Knighton Lane East, Leicester, LE2 6LU.

Need someone to enrol on your behalf?
If you experience mental health difficulties and would like to be considered for REMIT, please ask your mental health worker to ring us on 0116 454 1900.

Have a look at our Summer 2016 brochure.

Local Authority
0116 454 1900
54 Belvoir St, Leicester
Mondsay – Friday 9am – 5pm
Saffron Acres Project
Saffron Acres Project

About Us
Saffron Acres took over twelve acres of the allotments in 2006, with the intention of providing funded work placements and volunteering opportunities for local people to learn how to live more sustainably; growing and cooking their own produce, generating green energy, and living a healthier lifestyle. Since then the site has produced everything from striped beetroot and blue pumpkins to exotic crops from around the world, allowing it to successfully supply a range of local restaurants with specialised vegetables and herbs, as well as supporting local community projects.

We have an excellent record of supporting long term volunteers back into work, 60% of whom have since found paid employment. Volunteering is very flexible. We currently have opportunities every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and most Saturdays.

Help us grow local, heritage and exotic fruits and vegetables! Activities include environmental work, growing fruit and vegetables, gardening DIY and much more.


0116 2837212
Just off Saffron Lane, near Aylestone Leisure Centre, Leicester
Shama Women’s Centre
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Provides a variety of counselling, educational and recreational activities for women and girls of all backgrounds, religions and communities. Services include bereavement counselling, befriending services, confidence building, volunteering opportunities, help into work. A range of holistic therapies: Indian head massage, aromatherapy, reflexology. Courses in textiles, child care, computer, dressmaking and textile training. Well being activities: keep fit, yoga, gym and sauna. On site nursery.

0116 251 4747
39-45 Sparkenhoe Street, Leicester
Monday, Tuesday 9.15am-4pm. Wednesday, Thursday 9.15am-7pm. Friday 9.15am-1.15pm
Self referral, through a range of health agencies including GP’s