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People with learning disabilities lead fuller lives after care change

Tenants live full lives at the Cottam Road supported living scheme

11 April 2017 “It’s given them more rights over their lives. The main thing is that people are doing things. They hardly went out before.” That’s the view of Shelley Berry, Registered Manager of Cottam Road, a scheme which supports people with learning disabilities. Cottam Road used to be a registered care home but two years ago, Sheffield City Council ...

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Cycling boost for people with disabilities

People trying out adapted bikes at a Cycle For All session

16 March 2017 Cycling might seem like an impossible dream to some people with disabilities. But that’s being challenged by a local charity which loans out specially adapted bikes and now offers a discounted rate thanks to a successful funding bid. Sheffield Cycling for All, which is part of Disability Sheffield, runs every Tuesday and Thursday from Hillsborough Park. The ...

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Service users pick projects in Dragons’ Den set up

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15 March 2017 Exciting ideas and fast pitches are often put forward by nervous people on Dragons’ Den. But the spirit of the TV show isn’t something usually associated with local authorities. That’s set to change in Sheffield as the City Council is trying a new approach to funding mental health projects to help with conditions such as anxiety and ...

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What would you do with an extra year?

Sheffield's Director of Public Health, Greg Fell

9 March 2017 Increasing Sheffielders’ healthy life expectancy by one year is the main aim of a new public health strategy set to be agreed by council officials next week. Sheffield City Council’s public health strategy for 2017-2019 will go before a cabinet committee meeting on Wednesday 15 March. It has an overall vision of improving people’s healthy life expectancy, ...

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New service aims to give disabled people more dignity

David Statham uses the new service

2 March 2017 “Anything that helps to restore a person’s dignity is a great thing.” That’s the verdict of one man on Sheffield City Council’s new specialist equipment lending service, which aims to help disabled people move around and live more independently. Watch David’s story: The service is aimed at people living at home whose conditions mean they need two ...

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Hurlfield View families can now book care

Care pic - photo credit More Good Foundation, Flickr

10 February 2017 Sheffield City Council is letting families and carers of people with dementia know about a range of new day care and pre-bookable respite care services that will replace those currently provided at Hurlfield View in Gleadless. The authority is sending letters to families and carers with details of the new services and how they can book a ...

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Victims of sexual violence in Sheffield supported to speak out

Sexual Violence Week 6 - 12 February 2017

7 February 2017 Sheffield supports the clear message that will be promoted nationally during Sexual Violence and Awareness Week this year – #itsnotok People are reminded if it’s not your body; it’s not your decision. Make sure you get consent. Sex without consent is rape or sexual assault. The awareness week, which runs between 6 – 12 February every year, is ...

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Council worker recognised nationally for city centre safety work

Best Bar None at the awards - working together to keep the city centre safe

3 February 2017 A Sheffield City Council employee has received national recognition for her work to keep Sheffield city centre safe. Tracey Ford, from the authority’s Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team, manages the city’s Best Bar None scheme which works with city partners to promote the responsible management of licensed premises. The scheme itself has been nationally recognised many times, ...

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New dementia respite care announced

1 February 2017 New respite care for people with dementia is today being announced by Sheffield City Council to replace the services currently provided at Hurlfield View in Gleadless. From the end of March, when the present dementia centre closes, people will be able to have overnight respite care in a number of care homes across the city, all rated ...

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From suicide to speaking out: mental health support in Sheffield

Sean Munnelly volunteers at St Mary's Springboard cafe

18 January 2017 “It’s only by chance that I didn’t kill myself. I’d written letters to my family and friends and went out into the woods with some rope. A little old man saw me and stopped me and that’s why I’m still here. Looking back I’m still shocked about how bad I was.” Sean Munnelly, aged 40 from Burngreave, ...

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Extended hours for domestic abuse helpline

Women get together in the communal lounge in one of Sheffield's refuges which opened in 2014

23 December 2016 A helpline for people affected by domestic abuse, which took more than 2,000 calls last year, is extending its hours from January. From Tuesday, 3 January, the helpline will run from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday. It is also open on week days over the Christmas period from 8am to 6pm, except on Bank Holidays. Call ...

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Best Bar None helps people stay charged

Tracey Ford, helps run Best Bar None from Sheffield City Council, and Tricia Watts, Sheffield Street Pastor Coordinator

6 December 2016 Street pastors, who help late-night city centre revellers, have been given new equipment by Sheffield City Council to help them help more people. The volunteers who are out every Friday and Saturday night now have battery-powered mobile phone charging devices to help people whose phones have run out of juice. The council bought them out of money ...

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Have your say on council information and advice

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14 October 2016 A consultation has been launched to find out what people think about the information and advice given by Sheffield City Council’s adult services, covering social care, libraries, housing and communities. More than two million people use the council website every year and the authority’s customer services team respond to more than a million enquiries. Now the council ...

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Help for people with alcohol problems in Sheffield

Sheffield has a new alcohol strategy, photo credit: Thomas Hawk

14 September 2016 Plans to reduce alcohol-related harm are being introduced by Sheffield City Council. The latest data shows that 130 people die from alcohol misuse in the city every year, and 100 of them are men. A new Alcohol Strategy has been developed to cover the next four years, and is being discussed by the council’s Cabinet on Wednesday ...

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Events to celebrate National Recovery Month

Sheffield has a strong recovery community

30 August 2016 “I didn’t have any hope. I’d given up and just used to exist. But now I have a purpose and it feels really good.” These are the words of former drug addict Alex Dickerson who is now just over five years clean. Alex is helping raise awareness that recovery is possible by sharing his own story, and ...

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