Archive | August, 2017

Friendship Lunches – Crosspool

31 Aug

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Walking for health – Crookes Sheffield

21 Aug

Walking for Health is helping people across the country to get healthier and happier – but this cannot be done without all the amazing volunteers that make the health walks possible.

From volunteer walk leaders and assistants to admin and promotion roles, Walking for Health volunteers do such a fantastic job in supporting and developing the Walking for Health service.


Walking for Health are looking to start a walking group in Crookes – you could be part of a healthy and rewarding opportunity in your local area.


If you’d like to volunteer, or you’re a current volunteer looking for support and resources, please contact Crookes Forum via email:

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Job Opportunity

8 Aug

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Job Opportunity

8 Aug

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Special Olympics Opening Ceremony today

8 Aug

Special Olympics Opening Ceremony today

Iconic singer Tony Hadley will be headlining at the Opening Ceremony for Special Olympics GB’s National Games this evening at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane Stadium.

The Opening Ceremony show will be hosted by three big name stars – Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, F1 broadcaster Suzi Perry and football pundit Chris Kamara.

Additional entertainment on the night will be provided by the Rationale Theatre Company and will see local talented Yorkshire based artists including  ‘Under the Stars’, ‘Team Power Stilts’, ‘Aim To Dance’, ‘Kansaze African Dancers’, ‘Chinese Lions Dance’, ‘Team Katalyst’ Dance & Gymnasts and the ‘ParaCheer’ Cheerleaders.

Also at Special Olympics GB’s Opening Ceremony will be James Toseland – former double World Superbikes Champion turned rock music artist – who  will be performing ‘We’ll Stop at Nothing’, the 2017 Official Special Olympics National Summer Games Anthem.  The song has been released with all profits going to the charity to support athletes with learning disability –

Turnstiles open at 3.30pm. The Athletes parade begins at 5pm, followed by the Opening Ceremony Show. The Show concludes at 9pm

Due to the high demand from Athletes and families, unfortunately there are no wheelchair accessible seats left available at the Opening Ceremony.

Ticket prices for the Opening Ceremony at Bramall Lane start from as little as £5. The public can access tickets to the Opening Ceremony at

More details on the schedule and venues for the week ahead are at


Voluntary Grants & Funds

7 Aug

We are pleased to have protected a grant aid budget for the voluntary sector of £1.62m. This budget is ring-fenced to the Sheffield voluntary, community and faith sector. The fund is used to support voluntary sector organisations that are delivering city-wide services and activities that support our Corporate Priorities.

In 2016, grant aid was reviewed and our Cabinet approved a new grant aid programme in September 2016. Therefore, 2015/16 was the last year of the Voluntary Sector Grants Fund that had funded since 2012.

From April 2017 the new funds that we fund through Grant Aid will be:

  • Core Service Grants – applications for this fund are not open. A list of organisations funded can be found below


  • Voluntary Sector Infrastructure – applications are now closed for this fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide a range of funding, finance, legal and general advice and support to voluntary sector organisations in the city. The 4 outcomes the fund supports are:

– Tackling Inequalities – deadline for applications was 28 March 2017
– Lunch Clubs for Older People – details about lunch clubs, including more information   about the clubs the council funds
– BME Older People’s Activities – deadline for applications was 10 March 2017
– Equality and Fairness – deadline for applications was on 27 February 2017

This page will be updated with information on which groups have successfully been awarded grants as these are approved.

Cohesion Fund

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce a new grant fund to support community cohesion in the city. The fund is for existing or new activity that helps enhance and promote community relations and brings people together in a community.

The purpose of the fund is to help partnerships and community groups in the city with their community cohesion work.

It is for existing successful cohesion building activity to be continued, or for starting new projects in Sheffield. All successful bids must improve community relations by bringing people together and improve or create new opportunities for sharing community concerns, ideas, knowledge, skills and experiences.

We would particularly like to see any initiative have the ability to be continued in or by the community after the funding finishes.

The Cohesion Fund Priorities are:

  1. Support community infrastructure to enhance community cohesion in the city.
  2. Support groups who want to look through the cohesion lens (ie thinking of how to bring different people together first before planning an activity) when delivering their activity and services.
  3. Promote positive community cohesion stories and activities.

There is £30,000 available for each financial year 2017-18 and 2018-19, meaning a grant can be given for up to 18 months if needed. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount. There are two forms to use, a short form for application under £2,000 and a longer form for applications over £2,000.

For more information on the priorities and how to apply, please see the downloadable documents below.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 8 September 2017.

Applications will be presented to a Grants Panel who will make grant recommendations according to the budget available.

The Cabinet Member for Community Services (in accordance with our scheme of Delegations), will make the final decisions, in consultation with the Panel and Cabinet Member.


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On the Road with Google: Double decker bus converted into digital training hub

4 Aug

A unique bus tour was launched in Sheffield yesterday (Thursday 3 August) in partnership with Google, as part of its Digital Garage initiative.

The Google Digital Garage bus will offer free workshops and face-to-face coaching, with visitors having the option to either book in advance or simply drop by for on-the-spot help.

Training ranges from beginner to intermediate levels meaning everyone can take part, and covers topics such as taking first steps online, CV building and social media strategy.

Deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, Councillor Olivia Blake, was at the official launch yesterday.

She said: “We are delighted to have been working with Google on the Digital Garage initiative, which opened in Barkers Pool in April this year.

“However, we know that not everyone is able to get into the city centre to access the training.

“We have therefore worked in partnership with Google to develop a mobile learning facility – this bus – which will go to different Sheffield locations over the course of the next few months.

“This is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and is great news for Sheffield.”

The first Sheffield session takes place today at the U-Mix centre in Lowfield, and is followed next week with sessions at Crystal Peaks.

With research showing that nine in ten members of the UK public say they feel concerned about their online safety and security, visitors to the bus can also attend sessions on how to protect themselves online, as part of a new partnership between Google and Which?

The aim is to help people learn how to spot and avoid the latest and most common online scams and threats.

Alina Dimofte, Digital Skills Policy Lead at Google, said: “Following our ongoing success in getting people engaged and learning via our high street Digital Garages in Sheffield and Birmingham, we wanted to make our training even more accessible, so have started the bus tour to take training right to people’s doorsteps.”

In the near future, more than 90 per cent of jobs will require digital literacy, so workshops such as building a digital CV will be useful for jobseekers.

Meanwhile, sessions on social media strategy will offer essential skills to those running a small business.

Previous research carried out by IPPR North found that more than 88 per cent of attendees of previous Digital Garages have changed the way they run or promote their business online, with 68 per cent saying they had seen positive results in increased sales, bookings, web traffic or social media after attending Google’s free training.

Anyone interested in the free coaching can register online and see the full bus tour itinerary here.