Beauty Therapies

hcasBeauty Therapies

Come and learn about aromatherapy, reflexology and skin care with a view to using these for your own health and well being.

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Image result for aromatherapyStarting: 28th October 2016 to 9th December 2016.
From: 10.00 am – 12.00 pm
At: Highfields Centre

pa.jpg£53.90 or free if on benefits or have a household income of less than £15,296. Proof will need to be shown.

For more information please contact us on 0116 253 1053 or email us at



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Community Outreach Programme

Community Outreach Programme — University of Leicester

Community Outreach Programme

This new programme, in collaboration with the University of Leicester.   This will give Univesity of Leicester students the opportunity to work with young people from the local community to identify local needs and to investigate, analyse & advocate solutions.

Outline of Programme

  • Starts annually in November.

  • You attend 2 workshops (Saturday 26th Nov 10 – 4, Friday 2nd Dec 4 – 7pm) where you will learn about the importance of Community Social Responsibility to large organisations and community groups. You will then work with young people from Highfields to design and plan projects to help meet their needs.
  • You will work in teams to develop a range of leadership, team work and project management skills and will hopefully make a genuine difference to the community.
  • You will also complete 15 hours of volunteering by mid-April implementing your project plan. You can start as soon as term starts.

For more information contact the Environment Team at University of Leicester.

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Highfields Festival took place at Highfields Centre on Saturday 13th August between 11am and 5pm.

This year’s Festival was located indoors and it proved to be a joyous and entertaining event, with over 1,000 people attending throughout the day!

The event was free and the activities and taster sessions for children, young people, adults and elders were fully enjoyed by all participants, with 98% of attendees evaluating the event as very good to excellent – indeed, 76% stated it was excellent!.

The Centre’s Main Hall stage featured some scintillating live performances by our regular and popular local artists and the finale showcased the Highfields Centre Music Project’s young performers who received a well deserved and rapturous applause for their spirited rendering of their self-produced music and songs which highlighted the Festival’s theme of ‘Celebrating Diversity and Unity in our Community’. Various information and community stalls, together with the tasty Asian and African-Caribbean cuisine food helped to provide the mental and physical nourishment for all attendees!

Jon Ashworth, Leicester South MP who attended on the day said the Festival was another example of the excellent work conducted by Highfields Centre and hoped that its work would be supported by all the major funding agencies in this city.

Festival attendees also said:

“It was an excellent event, especially because it went ahead when faced with all the challenges!”

“It was excellent and very welcoming to everybody and hope you do it again.”

“It was excellent and very friendly and great to see local communities sharing their talents, with great opportunities to see and enjoy Highfields Centre.


Priya Thamotheram
Senior Joint Head of Centre
0116 253 1053

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Certificate in Social Welfare Advice and Guidance (Level 4, Certificate of Higher Education, University of Leicester)

An exciting new course we will be offering at Highfields Centre from September 2016. Certificate in Social Welfare Advice and Guidance (Level 4, Certificate of Higher Education, University of Leicester.

Click for more information: Certificate in Social Welfare Advice and Guidance (Level 4, Certificate of Higher Education, University of Leicester)


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Annual General Meeting: Highfields Community Association


28th September 2016

Dear Member,

Annual General Meeting: Highfields Community Association, 5.30pm, Friday 14th October 2016

 You are warmly invited to HCA’s 2016 Annual General Meeting.


  1. Registration
  2. Apologies
  3. Approval of the minutes of the Annual General Meeting of HCA held on 16th October 2015 (see attached copy) and any matters arising.
  4. Consideration and adoption of an Annual Report for the period ending 31 August 2016.

(available at the AGM).

  1. Consideration and adoption of the draft accounts of HCA for the year ending 31 March 2016 (available at the AGM).
  2. Appointment of auditors and fixing of their remuneration

The HCA Board (Governing Body) recommends that the current auditors (Watergates Ltd) be appointed for the forthcoming year.

  1. Appointment of Individual Members’ representatives (see below)
  2. Appointment of Directors (see below)

The AGM will be followed by our two guest speakers, Professor Gus John (International Consultant & Executive Coach) and  Cathy Stancer (Director, Equalities and Rights, Lankelly Chase), with the former speaking to his soon to be published report on Leicester City Council’s relationship with HCA over the last 25 years and the latter speaking about Lankelly Chase’s work in supporting multiple and severely disadvantaged communities.


As a member of HCA and if you are unable to attend the AGM, you are entitled to appoint a proxy to

exercise all or any of your rights to attend, speak and vote at the meeting. Notes about proxies and a

proxy form and notes to the form are enclosed. You can only appoint a proxy using the procedures set out in the notes. Proxy forms must be returned by 12 noon on Wednesday 12th October 2016.

Individual Members’ representatives

Individual members may, on the night, elect from amongst themselves up to one quarter the number of affiliated groups to go forward to the HCA Board (Governing Body).

Appointment of Directors

HCA’s current Board (Governing Body) comprises of the following people:

– Iris Lightfoote – HCA Interim Chair – The Race Equality Centre

– Esmail Esmail – HCA Treasurer – Individual

– Tirathpal Naute – HCA Secretary – Shanti Group

– Sil Jeffers – Viking International

– Rafique Patel – Highfields Business Association

– Sumiyha Ravat – Individual (co-optee)

– Andrew Walton – Individual (co-optee)

– Priya Thamotheram – Company Secretary

 HCA’s constitution requires that (up to) four of the Directors stand down at the AGM each year (on completion of their 3 year term), with those longest in office retiring first and the choice between any of equal service being made by drawing lots but since none of the existing directors have served their 3 year term, none of them will be standing down this year. However, there are vacancies for new directors (see below).

 HCA is now seeking nominations for elected Directors to fill the vacancies.

All full members of HCA (of 12 months’ standing) can stand for election – if you are unsure whether your organisation is a full member, please contact Pat Gardner on 0116 253 1053 or


If you would like to stand or to nominate someone from your organisation, then please complete the

enclosed nomination form. All nominees must, at the time of the election, be employees, trustees or

management committee members of full member organisations or they can also be Individual Member representatives on the Board. Voting will take place at the AGM.

 Nominations for the Elected Director vacancies must reach HCA in writing by 12 noon on Wednesday 12th October 2016. Please email the completed form to and send a signed hardcopy to HCA, 96 Melbourne Road, Leicester, LE2 0DS marked for the attention of Pat Gardner.

 The Board is keen to continue to improve balance in terms of age, ethnic background, disability and professional skills. We are therefore particularly keen to encourage applications from younger people, people with disabilities, people from White/Irish/Eastern European/African communities and people who have professional skills in higher/further education, human resources, finance and marketing.

 Directors of HCA are company directors and also trustees of the charity and are normally elected for a period of three years. The Board meets six times a year and it also undertakes at least one strategic review which is combined with a Board meeting. In addition, Directors are invited to join Committees or working groups which reflect their particular area of skill or interest, and may be asked to undertake occasional meetings or speaking engagements on behalf of HCA.

 If you would like to discuss the role of Trustee/Director at HCA or would like further information,

please contact me, Priya Thamotheram, Company Secretary and Senior Joint Head of Centre on 0116 253 1053.


Please complete and return the attached affiliation form, together with the affiliation fee by 12 noon on Wednesday 12th October 2016.

 We look forward to seeing you at the AGM


Priya Thamotheram
Company Secretary and Senior Joint Head of Centre.

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Learn About Your Rights at Work


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Highfields Users Campaign meeting

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The Highfields Users Campaign meeting will be held at 5.30pm on Tuesday 8th September 2015 in the Balunda Lounge at Highfields Centre.

Attached is a copy of the paper that was presented at last week’s Scrutiny meeting, as well as two photos taken shortly before that meeting.

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