Letters

The views and opinions expressed on our Letters page are those of the respective authors and do not reflect the opinion of the Syston Town News.

Re – The Styles
Dear Editor,
I’m writing on behalf of the tenants of the Styles, Syston.
We have a large oval shaped green in the centre of the Styles, however, the road is too narrow for vans, lorries and ambulances to navigate around it. One ambulance got stuck and had to send for a second to take the patient as they couldn’t get out to the hole which is about 1.25m/4ft and is waterlogged, with sludge all over the kerb. The water is about 30cm/1ft deep and believe it or not there have been ducks on it! The fire engines won’t even come here, they park on Wreake Close and walk up.
We have sent a petition to the Charnwood Borough Council, but it has been two years since Mr Blackford, Housing officer, said it’s being dealt with. I’ve enclosed a photograph of the area on the green taken on 24th November 2016 and with winter on its way, it is only going to get worse. So I’m writing to you to name and shame.
Yours faithfully
B. Lovett
Resident of The Styles.

Volunteering with Royal Voluntary Service in Leicester and Leicestershire
New Year – New Start
Dear Editor,
The Royal Voluntary Service are very active in local communities throughout Leicester City and Leicestershire and our friendly, caring volunteers make a real and positive difference throughout the year providing invaluable practical support to older people and helping to alleviate social isolation and loneliness. I would like to take this opportunity say thank you to all of our volunteers for the amazing commitment and dedication that they readily give to us, because without them we would not be able make such a difference to so many people.  
We are now seeking to recruit more volunteers which will enable us to continue to provide these important services and to develop our work to allow us to work with and support more older people in their local communities. We are particularly seeking volunteer drivers to provide a range of transport support to older people. There are also a variety of other volunteering opportunities available to include Befriending, Ward Rounds, Fundraising, and Administration.
Full training and induction will be provided and travel expenses are paid. Interested? Then please call us on 0116 266 7706 or email [email protected]
My best wishes to all of your readers for a happy and successful 2017.
Yours faithfully
Teresa Gibbs
Operations Manager

Dear Editor,
Now that the festive season has drawn to an end, and while many of your readers will have enjoyed a very happy Christmas with family and friends it is important to remember those who have struggled with loneliness, depression and anxiety over the holidays, and continue to do so.This time of year can be particularly hard for the elderly with many men and women suffering from depression, which can be the result of bereavement, marital problems or a whole host of other issues, and yet receive very little help from the NHS.Aged Veterans Counselling, a government backed organisation supported by veterans’ charities, offers a free counselling scheme across the UK to anyone born before 1950 who was in the military or completed National Service. Incidentally, most men over the age of 66 did complete national service and will therefore qualify.Aged Veterans Counselling are able to offer vital support to those in need, providing up to 6 free counselling sessions in the comfort of their own home, provided by accredited professionals, which has proven to have an immensely positive impact on those who participate.So can I ask your readers to spare a thought for loved ones, friends, neighbours or someone in their care who might qualify and benefit from this free counselling service. They can contact, in confidence, Aged Veterans Counselling on 0300 0120 247 or online at www.agedveterancounselling.org.uk
Yours faithfully,
Josephine Bey
Programme Director