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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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Extra funding to encourage thousands of new homes

Sheffield city skyline, photo by Martin Bouchier

11 November 2016 Sheffield City Council has won an extra £675,000 Government funding to encourage more house building and regeneration. The council is topping up funding to create a £1.3 million scheme which will make brownfield land, previously used for industry or commerce, more attractive to developers. It aims to attract more private investment and public funds to encourage more ...

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Prosecution result in council’s biggest landlord case

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10 November 2016 A landlord has been ordered to pay £29,220 in fines and costs after being prosecuted for 56 offences in what is Sheffield City Council’s biggest case against a rogue landlord. John Mark Cashin, age 47 of Over Lane in Baslow, was found guilty at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 8 November. Cashin had already been prosecuted by the council ...

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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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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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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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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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Sheffield set to continue refugee help

Rose, a Liberian refugee, was one of the first people to be resettled in Sheffield through the Gateway Programme. She is now a qualified nurse working at the Northern General Hospital.

7 September 2016 Sheffield is set to carry on helping refugees fleeing war-torn countries with the continuation of a Government-funded refugee resettlement programme. The city, the UK’s first City of Sanctuary, has helped to resettle refugees since 2004 through the Government’s ‘Gateway Protection Programme’. The City Council was the first local authority to do this and has helped approximately 90 ...

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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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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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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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Cricketers strike first in major parks improvement programme

Children at the Kwik Cricket tournament, showing the new roof at Graves cricket pavilion

6 July 2016 Howzat for a revamp? Cricketers in Sheffield are set to get a new roof over their heads and ground improvements to the field as part of a major new investment programme in Graves Park. Vital building works on the roof of Graves Park cricket pavilion and major drainage works to the ground will mark the first stage ...

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