Sometimes its nice to say thank you…


Our first 6 months have been amazing!!!

This is just a thank you to everyone who believed in us in the beginning, who are sharing the journey with us; who we have already met and will meet in 2017. Starting a new business takes a lot of passion, courage and conviction, so a special thanks to our families and friends too! We most certainly couldn’t have done on our own!!

Thank you

Deana & Julia

Directors of The Hero Project CIC







12 Days of Coalville Market Christmas! Win £50 to spend for your entries.

Ok. Starting on December 1st  your chance to make a song for Coalville but also to win £50 to spend!

Day 1 will be followed by 11 more. Watch as they reveal the full song!  A true Coalville community version will be made and released on Christmas eve!

Get involved . Thanks to James Reader of Front Row Films for the film,  the market traders for the words and Coalville Male Voice Choir for the recording !

Any other suggestions for mad ideas please send them to

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


Tuesday November 29th marks a significant day in the history of the future of Coalville. Tears were brought to the eyes of an audience of friends and family that watched the children of Belvoirdale Primary taking  to their local stage to perform Hamlet with an accompanying sound track of ‘Madness’

This really was one step beyond !  We were honoured to host such a  spectacle and welcome more groups and schools to do the same.

A very proud Headteacher Mr Dax personally thanked every child and provided them with a memento, and said they could all keep the cool costumes!

Local Film Maker, James Reader from Front Row Films said “‘With it’s themes of courtly intrigue, madness, corruption and revenge, Hamlet is one of the best loved yet most challenging of Shakespeare’s plays. I was amazed and spellbound by a cast of pupils from Belvoir Primary School last night who delivered a shortened version at the Century Theatre under the direction of new Head Teacher, Richard Dax. For pupils of this age to not only understand the play but to be actively engaged and excited by it was nothing short of inspirational. Hopefully this will mark the start of a series of Shakespeare performances by pupils from Belvoir Primary School. Which play is next? Watch this space! Full film coming soon on Coalville Heroes Facebook page”

Check out Coalville Heroes Tv for some of our other films too…


Action Man’s 50th Birthday Trail

Action Mans 50th birthday trail – round Coalville town Centre and the Market. Plus School design challange. Questionnaires and forms at participating shops and downloadable from here. Any questions call Deana on 07974260453

Particpating stores and intructions attached!

Good luck


big cake
Coalville is the Pailitoy homeland

Mighty Creatives inspire us…

Fantastic day meeting lots of education specialists and art/ culture creatives – bringing back ideas to Coalville!

Shire Grant success…

We are really happy to announce that following a Leicestershire County Council Shire Grant application submitted last month… We have heard we were awarded £9000 for our #growlocal & #eatsocial project which we will deliver in Coalville and the surrounding area.

More information to follow…

Reverse DIY SOS – Good News

Here are some of the pictures of the community garden that has been subjected to a reverse DIY SOS – that is, lovely things that were in place have been taken away by local community gardening organisations. This is because the land has been sold to be developed into industrial units. Deana and Julia are never short of an idea or two, so they negotiated an extra week to clear the site of any items they could [ thank you to LCC staff and Wates who have been patient with us]

So far we have rescued lots of items – still got  the very large shed in these photos,  looks like its sheer size makes it impossible to rescue, you’d need an army and a huge truck – are there any spare armed forces out there? There is also a large aluminium greenhouse with poly carbonate panes – again its size makes it too big for one or two people – needs that army or navy or air force… or young farmers or any strong, knowledgeable gang with tools and large vehicle! There is still just about time if you could use them, we are supposed to clear site by Sunday 13th November!

Almost forgot there are some large trees and if anyone wanted the wood for laying off to season, then turn into something beautiful in the future – its there for the taking!

Quite a bit of rockery stone – some block paving bricks still available.

The tunnel has been rescued, as have lots of tools and willow, raised beds, timber, chairs and tables rescued too! Workbenches and some old woodworking tools are going to be loved back into life and lots of staging from the greenhouse has been rehomed!

Beneficiaries include Coalville Heroes, CEEP, John Storer House Allotment and Saffron Acres, Leicester  and of course all the people that work, volunteer and use their spaces and attend activities.

Thank you – 1080 times

On Tuesday 8 November 2016 Deana and Julia, our Directors were assisted in a massive feat by some rather special people including James, Kristiana, Amy, Katherine, Sarah and Christine.

What did we do to earn so many thank you’s?

9am -12.30pm,  Julia , Deana and James each devised a 15 minute presentation for Inspiration Day at King Edward VII Sixth Form. James focussed on being passionate about your career choice, Deana on how working for a charity and within a community can be rewarding in many ways and Julia on her advice for preparing for job applications and CV and tips for interviews. Then Deana and James had 250 students in a Q&A session – being in the spotlight and inspiring with their tales.

Not forgetting two workshops designed and led by NWLDC’S Bobby Gill on Project Management and a whole lot of other really interesting things he found to share, whilst Sam Outama was sharing all about careers in IT. We admit, they did sort of get roped into this by us, so we also owe them some thanks too! Bobby was a star on the Q&A session too!

9am – 3.15pm,  whilst this was happening 180 children at Newbridge School were having their Environment Day, which had Kristiana and Amy making boxes from waste paper [ideal for small presents] and how to recycle old t shirts into lovely fashion items, in another room Katherine was bringing archaeology to life with her take on digging up old stuff; finally Sarah and Christine were sharing soup [ guess the veggies] and making fruit and veg based smoothies [ getting more than 5 a day ] not forgetting a quick heritage tour of Coalville Heroes!


6.15pm – 9.15pm, Julia, Deana and James were with 21 amazing teen drop in club members at the Greenhill TARA supported youth group.  Jeanette the Chair of Greenhill TARA welcomed us to her group and along with NWLDC’s Justin O’Brien and Sue Ross we bounced around ideas, did some animation, made more boxes, more smoothies and came up with ideas that would be good enough to entertain them… now planning something exciting in December!

Is it possible to do 1080 workshops in one day?. Well by the end of the day we will know! Update- we did it ! Thanks to an amazing bunch of people! Archaeology, creative design, food heroes, employment skills, and more! Thanks to all the young people involved!

Today Newbridge School are hosting an enterprise and environment day and King Edward VII an inspiration day. The Hero Project through some Arts Council funding and with the support of NWLDC are providing workshops in archaeology , upcycling & designing t-shirts, and Coalville foody heroes for all year 9’s and inspiration workshops and qanda for years 10, 11’s and sixth form! pics and a rest to follow !

Goldilocks… in Coalville?

The #growlocal team were having a chat about creating a destination for families where the importance of being outdoors, growing fresh local products and learning new skills could be shared in a fun way. Imagine fruit and vegetables growing in a public space, where you can show children the growing cycle, how sunshine and rain affects plants and the best part when you can harvest and taste what’s been growing!

We were talking about having some raised beds for children and families to enjoy and learn about plants; one thing led to another and we then hit upon this idea that we could have three raised beds one for baby bear, mummy bear and daddy bear!

Suggestions came think and fast after this idea and we now think we have a site that is passed by quite a lot of children in the centre of Coalville! Should we consider doing this as a fun, interactive, learning and playing facility that would be free to access?

Here are a few images that inspired us, possibly planting the ‘bedspreads’ with ground cover plants that can be walked on / laid on [we reckon they may become a selfie destination] perhaps some chainsaw bears hiding amongst the trees; and of course there has to be three chairs to try and the famous ‘porridge’ made in a super outdoor kitchen!

Please comment or message us if you think this is a good idea for Coalville!