16 March 2018 - Creating Young Leaders in Sustainable Development Conference from 9.30 - 4pm at City Hall, Leicester LE1 1FZ
11 April 2018 - Marking over 30 years of Friendship, Solidarity and Learning between Leicester and Masaya from 6-8pm at the Chapel Cafe, Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AF
PROJECT UPDATES and NEWS:
Nicaragua to sign Paris Agreement - read more here
Nicaragua Now - news and stories from and about Nicaragua
This conference, which is being run by the East Midlands Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development, will provide a wealth of ideas for educators wanting to support learners in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development (Global Goal 4.7). It offers a combination of workshops and activities to inspire and engage practitioners at all levels – from Early Years to Higher Education and there will be many opportunities to network, link research to practice and share knowledge and expertise.
The conference takes place at City Hall, 115 Charles Street, Leicester, LE1 1FZ from 9.30 to 4pm. It costs £25 and includes lunch and refreshments (£10 for University students). To book your place, please go to goo.gl/77mNQ8 or email Lee.Jowett@leicester.gov.uk for further details.
With more than 30 years dedicated to building support and mutual understanding across our twin towns, the LMLG is celebrating past achievements and highlighting the benefits for people in both cities. The event will also take stock of the our role in a changing climate, and invite participants to look to the future and share ideas about how we go forward with a new vision and purpose.
The celebration takes place on Wed 11 April from 6-8pm t the Chapel Café, Bishop Street, Leicester LE1 6AF. Click here for the flyer
Town Twinning Tent at Riverside Festival - 4th and 5th June 2016 - As part of the LMLG’s 30th anniversary, we shared and celebrated the success of all the twinning links by participating in the Riverside Festival on the 4th and 5th June 2016. The overall aim was to raise public awareness of Leicester’s multiple links and the positive contribution these make to the city’s global diversity. Specifically, we made connections with the recently launched UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) to highlight shared ambitions and actions that Leicester and its twin cities are taking for a just and sustainable future. We offered a host of activities for all ages - from town-twinning skittles, to food tastings and fun using a giant sized floor map. Click here for more details and please join us!
Amigos Bike Rides 2016 - Amigos Bike Rides celebrated its fourth year, with 4 rides to encourage cylcing enthusiasts to take part in rides rainging from 25 to 100 miles! Donations are always welcome, even after the event! Please go to the donation page on our website: Donations
Reaching Out: The Untold Stories of Leicester's Twinning Links - Funded by the Heritage Lottery 'All our Stories', the LMLG embarked on a huge undertaking to uncover and document some of the hidden stories about Leicester's long tradition in town-twinning. Over the course of a year, we interviewed 37 people who shared their memories and experiences of how their involvement in town-twinning had impacted on their lives. Look out for their stories that we will be uploading here soon.
In the meantime, here is a review of our achievements.
Amigos Bike Rides 2013 - Sunday 15 September 2013
Another successful bike ride in 2013. A special feature of the ride this year was that Alice Hall completed the last 50 miles of her challenge to cycle the full 5300 miles from Leicester to Masaya in a year. Her maginficent endeavour raised over £1000 for the LMLG's work in Leicester and Masaya and her achievement was celebrated at a party in the Guildhall in Leicester.
Some Like it Hot: Illustrated Talk and AGM - Sunday 4 November at 5.30pm This fascinating talk about the diversity of butterflies, bees and plants around Masaya’s persistently active volcano was based on research undertaken by Dr Michael Gillman, Senior Lecturer, The Open University and Hilary Erenler, PhD Student, The University of Northampton.
Amigos Bike Rides Success - 23 September 2012: With 41 riders setting off from Town Hall Square throughout the day, our supporters clocked up close to 1000 miles, making it a fifth of the way to Masaya and raising £500 in the process. And the challenge continues (see below to see what Alice Hall is doing). Despite the rain, spirits were high as riders travelled along the Canal and across the Leicestershire countryside. Energy levels were maintained by hot soup and flapjack at the lunch stop on the 25 and 50 mile rides and fairtrade bananas were given to all participants (provided by the Co-op Member Relations).
On their return to Town Hall Square various activities were laid on for participants to enjoy including Nicaraguan mask and maraca making for children and the opportunity to whizz up your own banana smoothie using the Woodcraft Folk's pedal-powered blender. This marked the launch of the LMLG's newest community project 'The World on Our Doorstep' which is funded by Awards for All.
You can still participate in the Amigos Challenge by taking inspiration from Alice Hall who is riding the full 5000 miles on her own over the course of the next year! Why not get yourself sponsored to ride a certain distance too? Download a sponsorship form here.
Donations and sponsorship money can be sent to us via Virgin Giving by clicking on the link www.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/displayEventDetails.action?eventId=12256&charityId=1003168&invocation=evt0050
You can also keep up to date by following us on Facebook (facebook.com/amigosbikeride) or Twitter (@Amigosbikerides).
11 October 2011 - Learning from our Partners and LMLG AGM. The AGM business meeting was followed by a presentation from Dani Gent and Matt Smith, who have recently returned from 9 months in Masaya. Dani shared some findings of her PhD research into the impact of solar energy projects in Nicaragua and Matt, a Secondary School teacher, talked about creating development education resources for the LMLG. Learning from our Partners - LMLG AGM Invitation Oct 2011
Reaching Out! 16, 18 and 19 July 2011 took place at Southfields Library in celebration of Leicester’s six international twinning links. The event offered a vibrant array of displays, craft activities, storytelling, dance and costume workshops, music and DVD presentations, as well as an opportunity to sample foods from the different countries. Read our review here Reaching Out Review.doc
Reaching Out Poster
19 June 2011 - Light and Life sponsored bike ride Jon Cloke, the Vice Chair of the LMLG set out on an ambitious and energetic bike ride to cycle from John O’Groats to Land's End (1,035 miles) to raise money for some of the LMLG's poverty alleviation projects. This enthusiastic feat of endurance raised 0ver £800 for project work in Masaya so many thanks and congratulations to Jon! To see Jon's blog, please visit the Light and Life pages.
The Leicester Masaya Link Group was one of more than 600 organisations who signed up to MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign at national level. In Leicester we collaborated with other organisations and individuals to co-ordinate and contribute to events and activities to raise awareness and encourage people to get involved in the campaign at a local level.