Oadby & Wigston Charities and Groups

Richmond Fellowship Leicestershire Life Links

Provides mental health wellbeing and recovery service – information, advice and navigation as well as 1-2-1 community recovery support for people with mental health issues.

This is available to everyone in Oadby & Wigston, Leicester City and Blaby.

Website: www.rflifelinks.co.uk

Tel: 0800 0234575

Email: Leicestershire.lifelinks@richmondfellowship.org.uk

Available Monday – Friday 9am to 5pm, with open access surgeries throughout the County and City.                                                                                                        


Oadby & Wigston Libraries

Also provide social groups such as crafts or games, shared reading groups, jigsaws and a variety of talks – these services are available to all adults.

Details of sessions can be found on their website: https://www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/pages/health_and_wellbeing and https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/libraries

Tel: 0116 305 8763 (Oadby) and 0116 305 3689 (Wigston)


Harborough Lifeline

A 24/7 emergency alarm system for anyone who feels vulnerable or alone, whatever age and/or levels of need.

Covering Oadby & Wigston, Harborough District and Rutland

Website: www.harborough.gov.uk/lifeline

Tel: 01858 464499

Email: lifeline@harborough.gov.uk


Coffee Pot at St Paul’s Church

Drop-in coffee morning for the over 50s which provides a space to meet and chat. Hot drinks are 30p and this is followed by a seated exercise class, which has an additional charge.

This takes place every Thursday at 10.30am at St Paul’s, Hamble Road, Oadby. LE2 4NX


Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL)

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) has been providing services for volunteers and voluntary organisations in Leicester and Leicestershire for the last 50 years. We work with local charities, community groups and services to promote volunteering roles and support members of the public to find opportunities they may be interested in.

This is open to anyone who may be interested in volunteering.

Website: https://www.volunteerleicestershire.org.uk/

Tel: 0116 2575050

Email: volunteering@valonline.org.uk


The Friendly Bench

The Friendly Bench™ are purposely designed kerbside community gardens with seating created to help connect the elderly, socially isolated and those with limited mobility to people, to places and with nature.

The pilot The Friendly Bench™ is located in Bottesford, Leics. It is freely available for use 7 days a week throughout the year, in addition once a month The Friendly Bench™ volunteers run free to attend events at The Friendly Bench™ including afternoon teas, ‘Blokes, a brew and banter’ meet ups and ‘Ice Cream Sundays’.

Website: www.TheFriendlyBench.co.uk

Tel: 078757 19849

Email: thefriendlybenchtm@gmail.com


Befriending Networks

A national charity who support befriending projects across the UK by providing advice, guidance, support and training to new or established befriending services.  They also offer networking meetings and national conferences in Scotland and England.  Membership starts at £75 per annum.

This is available to any organisation or group who either has an established befriending service or would like some advice on setting up a scheme.

Website: www.befriending.co.uk

Tel: 07802 287633

Email: diane@befriending.co.uk


Community Action Partnership (Community Transport Team)

A team of volunteers who provide Community Transport throughout Oadby & Wigston.  They use volunteer drivers to pick up customers from their homes and transport them to various appointments, social groups, shopping etc.  Customers need to be registered on the scheme (registration is free).  They also run 2 lunch clubs a week- connecting individuals with one another and visiting various places in the community   There is a small charge for the service.  They also have a small fleet of wheelchair accessible vehicles.

The service they offer is tailored to meet individual’s needs – for example additional time can be given if it takes a while to walk to a vehicle, our volunteers will help wherever they can. This is available to older/vulnerable people or anyone experiencing difficulties accessing public transport, across Oadby & Wigston

Email: community@communityap.org.uk

Tel: 0116 2887482


Support for carers

Providing independent information and support to carers in Leicestershire, provided by Voluntary Action South Leicestershire (VASL). This includes a dedicated advice line, support groups and telephone befriending service specifically for carers.

Website: http://www.supportforcarers.org/

Tel: 01858 468 543

Email: maureen@supportforcarers.org


LOROS Home Visiting Service

Provides trained volunteers to spend time with patients in their own home. This is to offer patients company, conversation and support in their own homes; and also the opportunity to go out and engage in community activities. The service can also benefit families and carers, to give them a break from their caring role, with peace of mind that their loved one is safe and occupied. Service available Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

The service is for patients that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness such as cancer or an advanced long-term condition. Referrals can be accepted from any Health or Social Care worker.  

Website: www.loros.co.uk

Tel: (0116) 231 3771

Email: mailto:info@loros.co.uk


Oadby & Wigston Sports Alliance

Focus on different sporting activities to bring people together – physical activities, health and well-being projects across Oadby and Wigston.

Website: https://www.activeoadbywigston.org.uk/

Tel: 0116 257 2673


Leicestershire Adult Learning Service

Explore hundreds of part-time day, evening and weekend courses that are delivered throughout the County. These include computing, English and maths, languages, skills for jobs, drawing and painting, cooking, Pilates and crafts.

Also offering taster learning sessions, free appointments with learning and work advisers and skills improvement services.

Contact Jayne Edwards

Locality Engagement Coordinator – South Locality

Wigston Library and Learning Centre

Tel: 0116 3050432 / 0750 8013252

Email: jayne.edwards@leics.gov.uk                                      

Website: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/GoLearn