Community Spirit of Leicestershire

Community Spirit of Leicestershire was a community arts project to collect stories and celebrate the work of volunteers during the pandemic in the city, county and Rutland. 

This project was created by artist & creative producer Ruth Singer following her volunteering at a food bank in Leicester during the height of the pandemic. She felt it was so important to gather the stories of volunteering, to record just how vital their work was and to celebrate the amazing support and community-building that volunteers have done throughout 2020 and 2021 to support others impacted by Covid. 

Thank you to all participants who have contributed stories and made rosettes.

Project film


The showcase toured around Leicestershire in Sept-Oct 2022 including

Atkins Building Hinckley, Newbold Verdon Library, Beaumont Leys library, Market Harborough Library, Woodgate Community Food Leicester, John Storer House Loughborough and Lutterworth Library as well as volunteering events.

The rosettes were distributed back to nominated volunteers at the end of the project as a keepsake to remind them of the special role they volunteered to do.


You can find the press release here

Project created and run by Ruth Singer

Associate Artist Mandeep Dhadialla

Rosette Nominations

Please fill in the form to nominate someone (or you) to receive a rosette at the end of the project.

I really enjoyed hearing about the project. I was away over the summer but have made a rosette recently and giving to my Aunty Mavis in London who is 100 in a couple of weeks. I am not good at sewing, but loved the colours chosen and managed to follow the instructions.  Hoping and coping is  my Aunty’s  motto. She has always been an inspiration to me. She still lives in her own home, an independent spirit with bags of energy, who lived life to the full until recently. Sue Lyons