Our history

Discover where #DMUlocal came from with the timeline below and see some of our greatest successes.

Our History

September 21 2011

DMU Square Mile Launches

DMU Square Mile Launches

DMU Square Mile launches to support local communities in areas of Fosse, Woodgate and Newfoundpool with unique projects designed to promote education, health and sport.

September 23 2011

Square Mile hosts volunteering day

Square 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 lessons

Free 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 challenge

Primary school children are set investment challenge

Children 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.

December 21 2011

Square Mile hosts Christmas Fair

Square Mile hosts Christmas Fair

To celebrate a successful 2011 and the first months of Square Mile, the team held a fair in Fosse for families to come and enjoy some Christmas cheer.

March 8 2012

Duke of Edinburgh visits Square Mile volunteers

Duke of Edinburgh visits Square Mile volunteers

On 8 March 2012, The Duke of Edinburgh spoke to Square Mile volunteers and academics as part of Her Majesty The Queen’s visit to De Montfort University for the Diamond Jubilee UK tour.

November 5 2012

WINNER: Green Gown Awards

WINNER: Green Gown Awards

DMU Square Mile won two Green Gown awards, taking home the Social Responsibility Award and was also winning in the International category for Social Responsibility.

November 12 2012

Lady Gretton visits DMU Square Mile

Lady Gretton visits DMU Square Mile

Lady Gretton visits DMU campus and learns more about Square Mile and our projects, including Playdough, which involves local schoolchildren take part in exciting investment game, and IT4Free.

December 4 2012

Volunteers

Square Mile choir performs first community concert

Square Mile’s community choir delivered its first performance in 2012, delivering a free Christmas Carol Concert.

February 14 2013

Square Mile launches comedy show

Square Mile launches comedy show

Square 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.

May 10 2013

Young dancers stage stunning showcase

Young dancers stage stunning showcase

More than 130 young people staged a stunning showcase of dance after receiving free lessons at school through Square Mile’s Moving Together project. The sessions, which still exists today, help 12-17 year olds achieve arts awards and gain UCAS points.

June 7 2013

Prince Edward opens new offices

Prince Edward opens new offices

DMU Square Mile’s new, dedicated offices in the Chantry Building are opened by Prince Edward. DMU Square Mile and #DMUlocal projects would go on to be run from the offices for the next four years.

June 21 2013

Lady at the training course

Square Mile IT project shortlisted for national award

One 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 Park

Square 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.

August 31 2013

Volunteers

Student impact increases dramatically

2012/13 saw a pronounced increase on the impact Square Mile volunteers had. 381 students took part – compared to 50 the previous year – and contributed 12,360 hours of volunteering.