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Celebrating the sons and daughters of foster carers

Kind hearted youngsters who welcome other children and young people into their homes are encouraging adults from across Sheffield to do something amazing and foster. Many foster carers have their own children who share their home, toys and their parents’ time with their foster brothers and sisters – ensuring the process is a whole family affair. Sheffield City Council is ...

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Are you air aware?

Cllr Jack Scott and Cllr Isobel Bowler get on their bikes

A new campaign has been launched in Sheffield this week to raise awareness about air pollution. The “Air Aware in Sheffield” campaign aims to inform members of the public about the different types of air pollution and the health risks associated with them, as well as giving people information on what they can do to help reduce air pollution in ...

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Sky Riders take to their bikes in Norfolk park

A group of cyclists inspired by this year’s spectacular Tour de France have taken to their bikes in one of Sheffield’s most historic parks. The group came together to ride around Norfolk Heritage Park – one of the first free public parks in the country, dating back to 1848. Local ward councillor, Mike Drabble was among the group who took ...

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Changes to library service were “thorough and well considered”

Volunteers are free to run 15 of Sheffield’s branch libraries – after the Secretary of State said an inquiry into last month’s changes to the service is “not necessary.” Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy at the Government’s department for Culture, Media and Sport, was asked to carry out an inquiry into the changes in library provision ...

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Council awarded ‘exceptional’ customer services award

Simone Summers, Kath Taylor, Renato Portaluri from the customer service team at Sheffield City Council with Councillor Ben Curran.

Sheffield City Council has won a national award for its ‘exceptional’ customer service skills thanks to the development of a website adaptable to new technology and improved waiting times at First Point. Following a successful inspection by national customer service certification firm SGS, the council’s customer service team has retained its Customer Service Excellence accreditation, originally awarded in 2010. As ...

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Use your vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election

South Yorkshire electors are being reminded to use their votes to choose the next Police and Crime Commissioner in the county this month. The election is taking place on Thursday (30 October) to replace Shaun Wright, who resigned from the post last month. Four candidates have been nominated for the vacant post and the announcement of all the results will ...

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Time to get scared at Out of This World

Titan the Robot

Zombies, skeletons, a caged mummy and even a giant robot are preparing to be unleashed on Sheffield city centre during the new Out of This World festival, set to take place on Saturday, 1 November and Sunday, 2 November. Themed around magic, sci-fi and horror, the brand-new family-friendly festival will take place across the city centre between 12.30pm and 4.30pm ...

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Nominate people for learning disability sport award

Jonathan Beverley, last year’s Peter Woodall Sports Award winner

Do you know someone with a learning disability who has an outstanding passion for sport? Sheffield City Council is calling for nominations for the second-annual Peter Woodall Sports Award, which was established following the keen swimmer’s death in 2012. The scheme aims to recognise people with learning disabilities who have made sporting achievements or inspired others to take part. Mr ...

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Sheffield disappointed with Higgins Report on High Speed 2

Following the launch of Sir David Higgin’s latest progress report on High Speed 2, Sheffield City Council Leader and HS2 Growth Task Force Member, Councillor Julie Dore has expressed her disappointment that the project still appears to be centred purely around speed and not economic growth. “I said before the report was launched that HS2 was about jobs, growth and ...

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Sheffield makes case for High Speed 2 to boost economy

Ahead of the launch of the launch of Sir David Higgin’s next report on HS2 due to be launched on Monday (27 October), Sheffield City Council Leader and High Speed 2 Growth Task Force Member Councillor Julie Dore has outlined the need for the Government to focus on taking the actions needed to make sure cities like Sheffield benefit from ...

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Budget consultation now launched – with video

Budget Consultation

Last night our budget conversation was launched at a public meeting at Sheffield Town Hall, where we revealed our Budget 2015/16 video for the first time. Councillor Ben Curran, cabinet member for finance and resources, said: “It is no secret that, as a council, we are facing considerable financial challenges, due to cuts from central Government, and these challenges are set ...

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Leading economist backs devolved powers to South Yorkshire

Sheffield Town Hall

In a report launched today by the City Growth Commission, leading economist Jim O’Neill, famous for coining the term ‘BRIC’ economies, has given a vote of confidence to fifteen ‘metro’ areas of the UK as being on the right track to take on more devolved financial powers. Following September’s Scottish referendum, the issue of whether to devolve powers to areas ...

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Experience the magic of Out of This World

Out of this World

Preparations are well under way for this year’s all-new “Out of This World” festival, coming to Sheffield city centre in less than two weeks’ time. Themed around magic, sci-fi and horror, the festival aims to be a family-friendly celebration of all things out of the ordinary. Organising the magic aspect of the two-day event is Russell J Hall, who organised ...

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Have your say on Sheffield’s green future


Sheffield’s first Green Commission has been set up and is inviting everyone to come forward and have their say on the city’s future. City leaders from across the public and private sector have joined forces to make sure environmental issues are given a high priority over the next 15-20 years. Councillor Jack Scott, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling ...

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VIDEO: Sheffield confirmed as the UK’s outdoor capital city

Earlier this week, Sheffield was confirmed as the outdoor capital city of the UK. Find out more in the video, created by Marketing Sheffield, here: Sheffield’s reputation as a centre for outdoor adventure won the attention of the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA), which has selected the city to host the 2015 European Outdoor Summit (EOS) next year. Andrew Denton, Chief ...

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