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Breedon Consulting Ltd. are a Human Resources Consultancy, based in Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire. Since 1999, the team has built an outstanding reputation and are recognised as experts in their field, offering exceptional customer service and enjoying excellent relationships with clients.

As part of their holistic approach to people management, the team are currently focussing on supporting managers with the challenges associated with teams returning to work under unusual and often difficult circumstances. Now more than ever leaders need to hone their people management skills, and Breedon’s leadership and management programmes combine a range of online development tools with practical coaching sessions to ensure that lessons learned have a positive impact on performance.

By assessing which competencies individual managers need to develop and focussing on those, the programmes offer a time and cost effective means of support, so why not get in touch for more information?

For more information on our offers, contact us: T: 01530 447441 E: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE The sound of support in Leicester

Being a creative charity has helped the SoundCafe Leicester to stay light on its feet during lockdown. They offer opportunities to promote feelings of well being, confidence and self-esteem by enabling homeless and vulnerable people to take part in creative activities such as singing together, poetry, crafts, drawing and painting. All of their face-to-face services

were abruptly interrupted when the UK was locked down, but instead of resting on their laurels they have adapted their service to meet the new challenge. In August they launched the

SoundCafe to Take Away, supported by funding from the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation and the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. This service will address the challenges of isolation and vulnerability among SoundCafe guests. Initially based out of the Centre Project, takeaway bags containing a creative activity and refreshment are distributed to

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provide contact and pastoral support to guests who are suffering in the extended lockdown. As well as adapting their

activities to meet the new normal of social distancing and hygiene recommendations, the SoundCafe team are looking at creative ways to reinstate some of their former

services, such as football and choir practice. As a highly engaged and hands

on charity, discovering new safe ways of operating is vital for them to continue to provide a meaningful service to their guests. Co-chair Alan Fletcher said: “The

SoundCafe team have worked hard to adapt the help and support offered to their guests, people who are homeless and vulnerable, given the restrictions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. “This presents an opportunity for

businesses to offer financial support to SoundCafe in the knowledge that they will be assisting people in real need at this very difficult time.”

SoundCafe is looking for

business support to help continue their good work with Leicester's homeless adults. Paragon Banking Group plc have already come on board, providing donations and supporting cohesion and development in the city in a way that fits well within their own corporate responsibility programmes. Joan, who has been attending

the takeaway each week, said: “I love just meeting people and catching up, it’s a chance to say ‘hello’ to those I’ve not be able to see in lockdown.”

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