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Central Library & Graves Art Gallery: Second public meeting planned


1 December 2016 Due to high demand a second public meeting has been planned to update people about proposals for Sheffield’s Central Library and Graves Art Gallery. Last week it was announced that Sheffield City Council is considering leasing the Surrey Street building to create the city’s first five star hotel, as the cost of repairs and upkeep is rapidly ...

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Public meeting about Central Library and Graves Art Gallery


29 November 2016 People are invited to a public meeting next Tuesday to find out more about proposals for Sheffield’s Central Library and Graves Art Gallery. Last week it was announced that Sheffield City Council is considering leasing the Surrey Street building to create the city’s first five star hotel, as the cost of repairs and upkeep is rapidly becoming ...

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Council to continue supporting community-run libraries

Stannington library volunteers

28 November 2016 Community-run libraries will continue to be supported by Sheffield City Council under new funding plans. The authority is pledging a minimum of £655,000 guaranteed support across 11 branches from 2017 to 2020. The existing support package for these branches ends in March 2017. Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries at Sheffield City Council, ...

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Another pub gains community protection


24 November 2016 Another pub in Sheffield has gained community protection to help prevent it from being closed down, sold off or redeveloped. The White Lion on London Road is the latest of nine local pubs to become an ‘asset of community value.’ This status, awarded by Sheffield City Council, means the pub cannot be knocked down or converted without ...

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Volunteers give millions to city

Volunteers from Assist, one of the shortlisted organisations, which supports destitute asylum seekers

23 November 2016 A report into the voluntary sector in Sheffield has shown benefits to the city worth hundreds of millions of pounds. Research undertaken this year has shown how the city’s 3,300 voluntary and community groups benefit the city to the estimated value of £810 million each year. Most of this benefit comes through the time people invest, with ...

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World famous author wins at largest ever Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

Michael Rosen, overall winner of the Sheffield Children's Book Awards

15 November 2016 Top children’s author Michael Rosen was presented with the Overall Winner Award at Sheffield’s children’s book awards held today at the Crucible Theatre. Rosen, best known for his much loved story ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ won the award for ‘Uncle Gobb and the Dread Shed’, a story about an ordinary 10 year old boy, his ...

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Home library service set to help more older people

Kathleen May and Library Information Officer Christine Hill

15 November 2016 Do you know someone who’s not able to get out much and likes to read or watch films? Sheffield City Council delivers library books, films and other items to people free of charge who are not able to get to their local library. It is looking to boost the number of people using the home library service ...

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Local charity shortlisted for national prize

Disability Sheffield has been providing services for more than 30 years

4 November 2016 A Sheffield charity that supports disabled people has been shortlisted for a national prize and is the only one in Yorkshire to make the list. Disability Sheffield is one of just 30 charities on The Guardian Charity Awards’ shortlist and was selected from almost 800 applicants. The charity, based on Rockingham Lane in the city centre, has ...

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More than 1,000 new bestsellers for community-run libraries

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services and Libraries

13 October 2016 More than a thousand new books have been given to community-run libraries by Sheffield City Council. This works out at just over 100 titles each in ten branches across the city that are run by volunteers. There are 28 libraries across Sheffield. Sixteen in total are run by volunteers with some support from the council. The new ...

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Darnall gears up for this year’s lantern parade

Last year's lantern parade, credit: Carly Roberts

7 October 2016 A five foot tall Beluga whale and 500 hundred lantern-carrying children and parents were seen walking through the streets of Darnall last November. Now, with just one month to go until bonfire night, people in and around Darnall are invited to get involved in this year’s lantern parade. The parade runs on Friday, 4 November starting at ...

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Youngsters help make this year’s reading challenge best yet

Hamda Einashie, 15, helped at Darnall Library over the summer

23 September 2016 Young volunteers were thanked yesterday by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor for helping to make this year’s summer reading challenge the best one yet. Figures are still being collected but it is estimated that around 5,000 children took part in the challenge, which is more than any other year. Fourteen teenagers, aged 14 to 16, volunteered in council-run libraries ...

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New grant terms for voluntary sector

Grant aid helps voluntary organisations provide services to vulnerable people in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council is set to change the terms of its grant aid for voluntary organisations to make the most of available funding and provide more stability. Next year the Council plans to maintain its funding and allocate £1.62million for grant aid. The Council also plans to establish a new, larger city-centre mobility scheme. The plan is to allocate the ...

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Ward funding to help communities thrive

The RIVA club playing bingo in Wisewood

2 August 2016 Local councillors are again starting to allocate £300,000 of ‘ward pot’ funding to community groups and projects that will help their communities thrive. Many are seeking bids from community groups whilst others are allocating funds for local services, equipment and environmental improvements. Last year more than 300 community groups benefitted from ‘ward pots’. Grants ranged from £250 to ...

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Join The Big Friendly Read in your library

Summer Reading Challenge, Dale Cherry 2016 for The Reading Agency

13 July 2016 Do you know your Snozzcumbers from your Oompa-Loompas or your Twits from your Trunchbull? The wonderful world of Roald Dahl is the theme of this year’s Summer Reading Challenge which starts in Sheffield libraries on Saturday, 16 July. The challenge, called The Big Friendly Read this year, asks children under 12 years old to read six library ...

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Council to continue to support voluntary-run libraries

People can now use free WiFi on laptops, smartphones and tablets in Sheffield libraries

07 July 2016 Library users are being asked to complete a survey to help inform the future support package given by Sheffield City Council to community-led libraries run by volunteers. The authority remains committed to providing support once the current arrangements, agreed in 2014, come to an end next March. In Sheffield there are 28 libraries, 16 of which are ...

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