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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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New LGBT books in libraries

The Pride flag of the LGBT community and a symbol of openness and tolerance

22 February 2016 One hundred new Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) books have been added to Sheffield’s library collection, bringing the total collection to more than 300 titles. The books include modern classic fiction and biographies from LGBT authors as well as stories of activism. They also include reference books looking at LGBT issues and how to deal with them, ...

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Council maintains voluntary sector grant fund

Sheffield Citizens Advice - one of the organisations receiving grant aid funding

12 February 2016 Plans to maintain the amount of grant aid funding for voluntary organisations have been announced by Sheffield City Council, despite the authority having to save a further £50million this year. This funding makes a difference to people’s lives in Sheffield. The £1.66million voluntary sector grant funds 20 organisations and more than 50 lunch clubs. They help vulnerable ...

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‘Snow your neighbour you care’ this winter

Neighbours can use the new card to offer help this winter

18 December 2015 Have you ever wanted to offer help to an elderly person but weren’t sure the best way to go about it? It can be hard to offer help at times. That’s why Sheffield City Council has produced a new ‘snow your neighbour you care’ card to help kind-hearted people offer help to older people this winter. Designed ...

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Council welcomes newly opened community centre

Lindsay TARA committee and former-councillor Chris Weldon at the newly opened community centre

17 July 2015 Local residents in Parson Cross have been celebrating a newly opened community centre which has re-opened thanks to council funding. The Emerson Community Centre closed in November 2013 and a local tenants and residents association campaigned for additional funding. The council backed the group’s plan and provided £47,000 for the refurbishment of the building. The Lindsay TARA ...

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New community centre for Wincobank

1 June 2015 Residents in Wincobank are celebrating as work is soon to start on a new community centre. The new centre will be based at the currently disused communal building at the old Newman Court sheltered housing scheme on Newman Road. Work is due to start in later this month and is expected to last for around five months, ...

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