Discover where #DMUlocal came from with the timeline below and see some of our greatest successes.
Where it all began...
September 23 2011
Square Mile hosts volunteering daySquare Mile’s first 21 projects were launched as part of a dedicated volunteer day during which Tudor Gardens was transformed, free English lessons were held and hundreds of children took part in a sports day.
October 28 2011
Square Mile launches free English language lessonsFree English language lessons were offered to polish residents of the Square Mile, helping them develop practical skills for the workplace. The success of this project has continued over the years, with refugee groups in the city now benefiting from these sessions.
December 2 2011
Primary school children are set investment challengeChildren reengaged with maths after they were set an exciting stocks and shares challenge as part of the Playdough project. The excerise, which is still run each year with hundreds of kids, sees them invested £1,000 of pretend money in real life shares.
February 14 2013
Square Mile launches comedy showSquare Mile Smiles launched to give everyone the chance to take centre stage as part of Leicester’s biggest comedy festival. Over 12 weeks residents received free training before performing a ten minute stand up set. The project still exists today as #DMUlocal Laughs.
June 21 2013
Square Mile IT project shortlisted for national awardOne of the original Square Mile projects, IT4Free was nominated for the People’s Champion prize run by Ability Net for its IT workshops run by students and staff. IT4Free still continues, supporting people in Fosse, Highfields and Woodgate to discover computers and get online.
July 22 2013
Family fun day sees thousands flock to Rally ParkSquare Mile hosted a family fun day with bouncy castles, play areas and a pop-up cinema, drawing more than 2,500 people from Fosse, Woodgate and Newfoundpool.