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If you’re looking to open up a new career, a range of professional courses are available from the Derby Adult Learning Service.  

From teaching assistant, book-keeping and counselling to hospitality and catering and more besides – educational opportunities are available for everyone aged 19 and over, and there are a range of courses available irrespective of your existing ability level and suitable for those with learning difficulties and disabilities too.

As we age, our sight tends to become less clear, and some of us will develop what is known as “Dry Age-related Macular Degeneration”. When this happens, the central area of our vision darkens and becomes blurred, making it difficult to see detail, and preventing activities such as driving, reading, watching TV, using computers, tablets, and so on. Even recognising faces can prove difficult.

As the cost of living rises in the UK, more and more people are starting to think about how they can cut back on their monthly outgoings, especially as rising inflation and skyrocketing energy prices mean that financial worries aren’t going away anytime soon. If you’re searching for ways to combat the rising cost of living, then you’re not alone, which is why we’ve come up with some practical ways to deal with the crisis while still prioritising your quality of life. 

Following a couple of interrupted and abandoned seasons, it’s hoped that Ilkeston Town can finally show local fans what they are capable of from start to finish in a campaign. The new Northern Premier League season gets underway on 14th August, with Ilkeston travelling to Stamford in the opening match of what is hoped to be a 38-game season.

Win a 3-month gym membership with Curves Ilkeston and Erewash Sound!


As we start to reopen, we are looking to recruit TWO brand new coaches to add to a high energy team that will motivate, inspire & change the lives of women in Ilkeston.

Co Op in Breaston opens, managed by Andrew Fearn who cuts the ribbon to open the store, with (l-r) Donna Hodges, Jo Priest and Emma Grimley

Co-op has served-up a new-look food store in Breaston following a £600,000 investment to refurbish and transform the store to better serve the community.

The near 2,700 sq ft store runs on 100% renewable electricity and supports 17 local jobs.

Located in The Green, Breaston, the store includes a bakery, hot food, Hermes Parcel Collection, Costa coffee express and food-to-go, alongside an enhanced chilled and fresh range, meal ideas, award winning wines, ready meals and pizzas, free-from, vegan and plant-based products, Fairtrade, and, everyday essentials. 

As part of their reopening strategy Curves Ilkeston is offering solo sessions for anyone wanting to start working out, anyone who might be nervous about going to the gym and anyone with any specific health concerns.

Annie Thompson

Develop Training is seeing the first signs of success from a national training programme designed to champion women in the utilities industry.

The Women in Utilities success programme initially offered free places to eight female candidates keen to progress in this traditionally male-dominated industry.

Now, the first woman to be accepted on the programme last year, Annie Thompson (29), is celebrating a major promotion from her administrative role with Northern Gas Networks to managing contracts on gas holder demolition sites.

Have you ever been part of a group that is looking to organise a night of entertainment, but everyone is stuck for ideas? It’s often the case in this scenario that you end up doing the same old activities. However, thanks to the innovation of local businesses, casino-themed nights have become a popular unique idea for organised entertainment.

We all deserve fun in our busy lives, and few activities on this path can measure up as well as parties. The only downside of this is that with so many choices, narrowing down what you want can be complicated and time-consuming. Focussing on the idea of a casino theme, we want to explore one small slice of what is possible, for your next celebration or get-together.