Do you know someone who is socially isolated or lonely?

22 Apr

b:friend is an award winning charity pairing volunteer befrienders with socially isolated older neighbours in the community to pop in, once a week, for a cuppa and a chat. Through one to one befriending and community social groups we aim to reduce loneliness among our older neighbours by reconnecting them with people and places in the community. We aim to have an impact on secondary outcomes of isolation including onset of dementia, depression and hospital readmission.

b:friend has been pairing older neighbours with befrienders since 2017 throughout South Yorkshire. There is no charge to the older neighbour and the aim is to facilitate mutually beneficial friendships that can offer companionship long into the future. The charity will look to pair befrienders with individuals aged 65+ that consent to visits and do not have specialist support needs, including a diagnosis of dementia or acute mental health needs.

b:friend accept referrals via their encrypted website

Sheffield City Council’s Restart Business Grant Scheme

20 Apr

Sheffield City Council has started to make one-off payments from the latest government grant scheme, ‘Restart Grants’, to eligible rate paying and non-rate paying businesses in the city. Additional payments are also being made as part of the locally developed Supply Chain Grant Scheme.


Citywide Consultation on the Removal of BT Payphones in the Sheffield Area – April 2021

20 Apr

BT proposes to remove a number of payphones (the phone box and the equipment) across the city – see the document attached for their locations

The Council are collating views on the permanent removal of these services.

BT have already put notices in the kiosks.

If anyone wishes to comment or object to these proposals, please write to Sheffield City Council as the local planning authority

to Forward & Area Planning Team, Sheffield City Council, Howden House, 1 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2SH; or to

Please quote the telephone number of the telephone kiosk or the location

Deadline for comments is 31 May 2021.

The local planning authority will then consider the comments, alongside other prescribed factors and will publish in draft whether they will be consenting or objecting to the proposal on that basis.

Reopening Guide for Businesses

12 Apr

Our reopening guide contains links to government guidance, handy checklists and other information that business may find useful as they reopen. The guide covers businesses that are permitted to open from the 12 April 2021 and will be updated regularly.

Business Sheffield Reopening Guide


Free FaceBook Event 11th April 2021 – Music Makes Memories

7 Apr

Summer hours for Sheffield’s Household Waste Recycling Centres

6 Apr

Our five Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC), have been extended, with all sites now open from 9.30am to 5.30pm every day until Thursday 30 September.

Sites accept a wide range of items household waste for recycling, including textiles, glass bottles and jars, wood, scrap metal, batteries, garden waste, electrical appliances and even engine and cooking oil. 

More information about what these sites can accept is available at Veolia Sheffield

Covid-19 testing units available to support local response

6 Apr

Testing is a vital part in our fight against the spread of Covid-19 and to help reduce the rate of people contracting the virus, your help is still needed as much as ever.

You can get a test at one of six testing centres by booking an appointment in advance.

Find out more and book a test

6 May Elections -Use Your Vote

6 Apr

• Local elections
• Governance referendum
• South Yorkshire Police & Crime Commissioner

Everyone registered to vote by 19 April will have at least three votes on 6 May:

You can vote in person, by proxy or by post. However you choose to vote we’re working hard to make voting as Covid-19 safe as possible.

Look out for your poll notice for more information – it’ll be arriving soon in the post. If you are usually a polling station voter, you’ll also get a postal vote application form to complete and return if you’d prefer to vote by post. Remember, you can vote in person, by post, or by proxy.

Find out more


Celebrate Easter with Twelve Trees – Free online Facebook event 5th April 2021

30 Mar

Music Makes Memories – Free online Facebook event 4th April 2021

30 Mar