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A Bellyful Of Laughs wins Comedy Festival Award!

Last night (26th March) we were delighted to receive the ‘Community Award’ at the annual Leicester Comedy Festival Awards, in recognition of our A Bellyful of Laughs event, which took place at The Fish and the Chip Restaurant in February.

We were delighted to accept the award at the newly re-opened Haymarket Theatre, along with local comedian Anthony King.  Anthony has been with us over the eight years we have run this event and not only performs himself, he also finds other performers and gives invaluable advice.

The awards night was fantastic, with the opportunity to hear from Nicholas Parsons, who was presented with the ‘Legend of Comedy’ Award.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Anthony, the other comedians who performed on the night – Graeme Collard, Dave Fensome, Jules Oliver and Phil Lucas – along with Aatin and the team at The Fish & The Chip for making the night such a success.

We would also like to thank each and everyone one of you who has supported A Bellyful of Laughs, not only in 2018 but also in previous years. You have helped to raise nearly £10,000 for local people in hardship and crisis.

We are already looking forward to A Bellyful of Laughs 2019 – we hope to see you there!

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Charity Link Nominated for Leicester Mercury Award

We are delighted to have been announced as a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Business Awards 2018 (Not For Profit Organisation category).

It is fantastic for the charity to be recognised in this way and please wish us luck for April 12th when the winners are announced.  Also shortlisted are Soft Touch Arts and Leicestershire Cares.

Good luck to the other businesses and organisations who have also been announced as finalists. #LMBA2018

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Curve and Charity Link join forces to help create a magical Christmas for local people in need

We are very excited that this Christmas CURVE theatre, Leicester will be opening the doors to its two Christmas productions on Saturday 15 December, exclusively for local people in hardship and crisis.

The idea for this special event came from Rachel Hargrave, Director of Leicestershire agency RDZ PR, a long-term supporter of Charity Link and Business Sponsor of the Curve.

1,200 seats have now been reserved for clients of Charity Link and our network of supporting agencies.

Guests will enjoy a Curve Christmas production on the day, and will also receive a hot meal, show programme, drinks during the interval and an ice cream.

Local businesses are being asked to support the event, which we hope will leave a lasting legacy.

If you can put is in touch / highlight this event to any local businesses who may be interested in sponsoring 10, 50 or 100 seats we would be very grateful.

For more information visit

Chris Stafford, Chief Executive of Curve talks to Martin Ballard on BBC Radio Leicester about the event on Monday 5th March – click here to listen to the interview.



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Leicestershire 3 Peaks registration is now open!

Charity Link’s Leicestershire 3 Peaks Challenge 2018 is now open for registration!

Taking place on Sunday 23rd September, join us to walk or run the 16 mile (approx.!) route which starts and ends at Bradgate Park and takes in the peaks of Beacon Hill, Bardon Hill (Leicestershire’s highest point) and Old John Tower in Bradgate.

Feedback from the 60 challengers who took part last year was brilliant and we’d love to have even more people joining us to walk or run the challenge this year.  With an early bird registration of £10 until 8th April, what are you waiting for?!

All the details can be found at

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Thank you for supporting Poverty Action Week

Poverty Action Week, our fundraising and awareness week, took place from 22nd –28th January and encouraged everyone to join us in #GainingAGlimpse into what it is like to face hardship.

We were delighted that Jon Ashworth MP, Leicester South, Nicky Morgan MP, Loughborough and The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester supported a joint letter by Charity Link Director, Susan McEniff and Trustee Professor Surinder Sharma to key decision makers throughout Leicestershire to highlight the week and to encourage them to support Wear a Funky Scarf Day on Friday 26th.  Jon and Nicky also kindly wrote to schools in their area to encourage support.

We are very grateful to all the wonderful schools, pupils and staff who supported the day.  We visited Charnwood Primary in Leicester and Woodcote Primary in Ashby ourselves to thank the children for their support which was fantastic.

Thanks to everyone else ‘getting funky’ including Rendall Primary School, Business Live Networking, Simon Cole, Chief Constable of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, Ian and the team at Corby Library, the team at Ashby Life,  EHL Commercial Law, Leicester City Women’s Football Team, Humphrey Perkins School and Uplands Junior LEAD Academy.

We would also like to thank guests who joined us for our first ever sleepover on Saturday 27th.  The idea of the sleepover was to raise sponsorship as part of our #GainingAGlimpse activity, thinking about what it is like to live in hardship and to go without some of the basics in life that many Charity Link clients have faced – such as being without a warm place to stay and a comfortable bed to sleep on.

Whilst the night was relatively mild for January, it was still very cold in the early hours (guests stayed from 8pm until 8am the next morning in the Charity Link courtyard in Leicester city centre). It was a tough night for all who took part, but eye opening and lots of interesting conversations took place around hardship, but plenty of laughter too.  We believe that over £2,500 has been raised in sponsorship which is brilliant.  Feedback has also been so positive that we plan to run the event again next year!

Special thanks to Cherizina Coffee, Matt Glover Photography, Leicester Media Online and everyone else who supported this event.


Lots of photos from Poverty Action Week can be found on our Facebook page.

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Jon Ashworth MP and Charnwood Primary support Funky Scarf Day

Great to visit Charnwood Primary School today who are supporting #FunkyScarfDay (photos to follow) . The staff and children have been discussing the issue of local poverty all week and along with donating to change lives they have also collected for a local food bank and have decorated amazing boxes to show their support.

Jon Ashworth MP, Leicester South, who wrote to Charnwood Primary School and other schools in his area to encourage support says:

“Charity Link does an excellent job in the City and beyond in making sure that families and children in difficult circumstances have something to eat and stay warm. Funky Scarf Day is a great opportunity to get involved and help raise much needed money to help improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.”

“At the back end of last year I wrote to schools in my Constituency and I am very pleased that at least two schools are taking part in this year’s Funky Scarf Day. I am delighted that Uplands Junior LEAD Academy and Charnwood Primary are supporting this important cause and I hope that even more schools will join in next year.”

Thanks all schools taking part and to Jonathan Ashworth for your support. How are you getting involved?


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How are you supporting Poverty Action Week?

Poverty Action Week is here!

The week runs from 22nd – 28th January and aims to highlight the fact that many local people are living in hardship right now – but we can all come together to make a difference.

Poverty is an issue locally – find out more by clicking here.

Doesn’t everyone deserve to have adequate food, shelter and the means to keep warm, clean and rested, no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be facing?

There are lots of ways to get involved to show your support for local people in hardship.

Could you go without your usual bought morning coffee or lunch and donate the money you save?

Is your place of work or school supporting Wear A Funky Scarf Day on Friday?

Have you signed up to our Sleepover on Saturday?

You can also help by sharing our posts on social media (@charitylink on Facebook and Twitter).

Together we can make a difference to the lives of the most vulnerable in our local communities.

Thank you!

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To be at home: identity and belonging in a changing world event

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” Maya Angelou

This event, on Thursday 25th January from 6pm – 8pm, brings an opportunity to reflect on citizenship and belonging. Falling as it does in Poverty Action Week, the organisers will move beyond bullet points and recommendations to a call for action and solidarity with those in our communities who are homeless, poor and marginalised.

Everyone with an interested is invited.

Outline of event:

18:00 Welcome from the University of Leicester and the Dean of Leicester Cathedral

18:10 Welcome from the Chair and outline of the event

18:15 Summary of research and recommendations from ‘The UK Citizenship Process: Exploring Immigrants’ Experiences’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, and conducted by Dr Leah Bassel and her colleagues at the University of Leicester.

18:30 Canon Karen Rooms – the UK citizenship process: the human and spiritual dimensions.

18:45 Revd Pete Hobson, Leicester City of Sanctuary, the citizenship process: experiences of service users.

19:00 Phil Horspool, University of Sanctuary, a call to action

19:15 Q&A with audience and call to action

19:50 Chair’s concluding remarks and thanks – reminder to fill in evaluation forms

20:00 Close

The event is organised in collaboration with Leicester CathedralLeicester Migration NetworkThe Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE)School of Media, Communication and SociologyCharity LinkThe Race Equality CentreUniversity of Sanctuary – University of LeicesterCivic LeicesterOne Roof Leicester.


Please register to attend here.


It takes place at:

Rattray Lower Ground Floor Lecture Theatre

University of Leicester

University Road



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Poverty Action Week is nearly here!

With less than a week to go until Poverty Action Week (22nd – 28th January), will you be showing your support to help local people in hardship?

There are many ways to get involved:

  • Go without your bought coffee in the morning or have a pack up rather than buy lunch and donate the funds you save
  • Dig your scarf out and support Wear a Funky Scarf Day on Friday 26th – ask your place or work or your child’s school to get involved too
  • Join us on the Poverty Action Week Sleepover on Saturday 27th January (pre-registration is essential)
  • Buy a Poverty Action Week pin badge to show your support
  • Organise your own fundraising activity
  • Donate your Winter Fuel payment if you don’t need this..

For more information on Poverty Action Week and how you can get involved click here.

Your support will help to ensure that all local people can have a decent standard of living, with a right to adequate food, shelter, and the means to keep warm, clean and rested – no matter what crisis, illness, disability or difficulty they may be facing.