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Friday 8th May 2020 marks 75 years since VE (Victory in Europe) Day when the Second World War came to an end in Europe. The long anticipated news resulted in spontaneous celebrations breaking out across the nation. A national holiday was declared and people from all walks of life came together to mark the moment.

The war in the East did not end until 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered. The day was celebrated across the world as ‘Victory over Japan’ (VJ Day).

The war in the East did not end until 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered. The day was celebrated across the world as ‘Victory over Japan’ (VJ Day).

The war in the East did not end until 15 August 1945, when Japan surrendered. The day was celebrated across the world as ‘Victory over Japan’ (VJ Day).

HM Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur OBE, and the Chairman of the County Council, Pam Posnett MBE, talk here about VE Day 75 in Leicestershire:

Full details of the events and some reosurces can be downloaded from here

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Young Person of the Year 2020

Michael Kapur OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire invites you to celebrate the achievements of young people across the city and county by nominating inspiring young people aged 13 to 19 from your local community for the 2020 awards

The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Michael Kapur OBE said:

“I am delighted to formally open the nominations for the 2020 Lord-Lieutenant’s Awards. The awards continue to evolve and reflect my commitment to promote volunteering, public duty and community.

As ever, the award categories highlight bravery, creativity, strength of spirit and selflessness – which can inspire us all in Leicester and Leicestershire.

I am really looking forward to hearing about the remarkable efforts of our amazing young people and their outstanding endeavours in your nominations for the 2020 awards.

As Lord-Lieutenant I am privileged to meet so many fantastic young people and so I’m convinced that competition will be stronger than ever.”

This year’s categories will once again celebrate the very best examples of effort and achievement.  People can nominate in the following categories:

  • Young Braveheart
  • Young Volunteer
  • Young Leader (new category for 2020)
  • Young Artist.

Further information on each category is available online, so please visit: for more details.

The closing date for this year’s nominations is Sunday16 February 2020.

The award scheme is open to all 13 to 19 year olds living in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Individuals can be nominated by other young people, their school, parent or carer, as well as any other agency or individual.

The finalists and their parents will be invited to a special ‘red carpet’ awards evening and dinner held in April next year hosted by the Lord-Lieutenant.

To find out more about the awards or to nominate a young person go online at: or email or call 0116 305 6053.

Thank you for taking a few moments to consider these awards, as without your support there would be no awards.

Please share this information with your family, friends and colleagues.



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Future Leaders Programme

Could you lead the Movement in the future?
The East Midlands Region is embarking on an exciting and innovative volunteer development programme in 2020.

Twenty people will participate in the innovative and exciting Future Leaders Programme (FLP) from January 2020, and will be immersed in a one year supported programme that will equip them to take on senior volunteer management roles much sooner than normally anticipated.

The counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Northamptonshire are delivering this programme at various locations across the East Midlands.

The Future Leaders Programme is fully funded and will involve three development weekends and two development days evenly placed throughout 2020.

The Future Leaders Programme will allow participants to fully understand national as well as local Scouting.

Who is the Future Leaders Programme for?
The Future Leaders Programme is designed for adult members across the East Midlands, delivered at a local level. These members should have a passion for Scouting and want to play their part in leading other volunteers by taking on the key leadership and management roles of Group Scout Leader, District Commissioner and County Commissioner.

Traditionally, taking on these roles has required a number of years’ experience to be successful; the Future Leaders Programme is designed to dramatically reduce this time frame and prepare people for these challenging roles.

Two important drivers from The Scout Association strategy are Inclusivity and being Youth Shaped. The Future Leaders Programme will help create volunteer managers that are both reflective of the diversity of the local and UK community and to give a greater representation of young adults under 25 years of age (though crucially, the programme will be open to all).

Whilst any adult member of any age can apply for a place on the Future Leaders Programme and will be fully considered, it is ideally suited to people between the ages of 23 and 33 years of age.

Future Leaders Programme – Information Pack Application Form – Furture Leaders


Future of Legal Gender

We are currently looking for volunteers to reflect on their understandings and experiences of gender in everyday life.  We are recruiting a range of people who are over 18 and live in England or Wales. You will be asked to reflect on your gender experiences through a face-to-face interview with one of our research team.  The interview will aim to explore your understandings and interpretations of gender and will last for 60 to 90 minutes. For parents of young children, the interview will seek to explore both your own and your child/ren’s understandings, interpretations, and experiences of gender.

The Future of Legal Gender project is a critical law reform project aiming to explore the question of ‘legal gender’. This particular strand of the research aims to explore what legal gender status means for the general public, and whether it matters to individuals in their everyday lives. The wider project is based at King’s College London, but this strand of the research is based at Loughborough University.

We would be very grateful if you were able to circulate this amongst your networks – perhaps staff, volunteers, parents etc. Anyone who may be interested in participating, and/or would like to find out more, can contact Han Newman via with ‘Participate’ in the subject line.

Further information on the project can also be found via the web address in the below email signature.

Many thanks for your time.

Han Newman

Research Associate

Loughborough University

The FLaG Research Team