• Entries are open for The Dorian Fisher Memorial Prize, which is an essay competition that offers A-Level and IB students a chance to demonstrate their interest in, and knowledge of economics, and be in with a chance to win a range of prizes. The winner of the essay competition will win a top prize of £500 and there is also a £500 prize for the school with the highest number of entrants. The top twenty essay entries will all be invited to a special one-day event at the Institute of Economic Affairs in the autumn term. To find out more and get involved, visit: https://iea.org.uk/essay-competition/.
• In addition to the above notice, registrations are now open for this year’s THINK conference. Now in its seventh year and taking place primarily virtually for the first time, THINK is aimed at people under 25 and offers a chance to hear from some of the biggest names in economics, leading academics, senior politicians, commentators and journalists, and members of the IEA’s own research team. Tickets for the virtual event are free – anyone can register for a place, here.
• Five fantastic prizes are on offer to the winning act of Travers Rising Stars 21, which is searching for the next generation of musicians. The free-to-enter challenge is open to any band, singing group, or solo artist between the ages of 13 and 30 who live or study in Leicestershire, Northamptonshire or Rutland. You can find more information and register your interest at: www.traversrisingstars.com. The closing date is the 31st May 2021.
• The Royal Mail is launching a design competition for UK school children to honour our COVID heroes, including key workers and others, who have done amazing things since the start of the pandemic to help the country and our community through what we all know has been a very challenging period. Visit www.royalmail.com/stampcompetition to sign-up for one of 6,000 resource packs available and get involved with this great competition!
• Only one third of people in the UK realise that it is possible to reduce their risk of dementia and I am aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle to overall brain health. With this in mind, I am happy to further highlight the importance of brain health through Alzheimer’s Research UK’s ‘Think Brain Health’ campaign. This is a fantastic initiative, which raises some very valuable points about how to keep our brains healthy and you can find out more on the Alzheimer’s Research UK website, here: https://tinyurl.com/4wky4s6w.
• Given the flooding issues we have seen locally of late, the Environment Agency has developed a factsheet to explain what their responsibilities are, the maintenance activities they may carry out in local areas, and actions people and businesses can take to help address flooding. I thought it would be worth sharing it and you can find it, here. Of course, if there are flooding issues affecting you or your community, please don’t hesitate to approach me if I can be of any help, as others had cause to do last winter.
• I have been informed that the National Lottery have reopened applications for heritage grants and I wanted to share this good news which may be of help to a number of organisations locally. You can find the details on their website, here.
• A particularly concerning aspect around our collective national effort to fight Coronavirus is the impact it is understandably having on people’s mental health. In response, I am pleased that the local authorities in the county and the NHS have launched a mental health support line, and whether you are feeling lonely, anxious, frightened, or struggling with other issues, there is friendly, professional support available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by calling 0300 330 1011.
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