Archive | March, 2016

April – Autism Awareness Month

31 Mar


Human Library Event at Upperthorpe Library 18th April 2016

23 Mar

human lib


Join us to celebrate diversity, challenge prejudice and promote equality at our human library event.

An event where ‘books’ are people and ‘reading’ is conversation, the human library provides an opportunity to ask questions, share experiences and explore other peoples’ lives.  Supported by staff and volunteers, ‘readers’ will have the opportunity to borrow from a range of titles and engage with the people behind the labels.

Come along to Upperthorpe Library  on Monday 18th April anytime from 4pm-8pm to ask questions you are too afraid to ask, discover other peoples’ lives and help us make positive steps towards addressing prejudice, exclusion and assumptions which exist in our communities.
Find out more here  or contact Megan Drury email: or mobile: 07792191522

Got a genuinely innovative idea to reduce isolation for older people in Sheffield ?

23 Mar

Come along to the launch of the Age Better in Sheffield Innovation Fund. £190k of funding is available for this year, and we are looking to procure a maximum of 7 innovative projects over a 12 month period.

The Innovation Fund will invest in the following types of activity:
• Pilot new approaches to reduce isolation for older people in Sheffield.
• Test interventions that fill gaps that are being identified in the current Age Better in Sheffield programme.
• Learn from best practice (national and international)
• Research into what can make the difference to the issue of isolation and loneliness.
This fund will differ from the last round of funding in that it will not be restricted to a specific geographical area of the city. We hope this will open up the opportunity to a broader range of organisations.

Applications for funding will be open to most incorporated organisations, including voluntary sector, social enterprises, private business such as tech for good organisations and academics/researchers. We are especially interested in collaborative partnerships that seek to address the issue of isolation in innovative ways.

During the event, we’ll be giving information and guidance on the procurement process for the funding and the types of approaches to co-production that the Core Partnership are looking for. We’ll also be joined by Hall Aitken who will run a short session to give you an introduction to design thinking and some practical tools you can use in the design of your tender responses. The session will help you think about viewing your potential project through the customer’s eyes, involving all stakeholders in the design of your services and how to think about the journey y our participants will go on.

Places will be limited to one person per organisation at this stage and you will need to book a place

You can to book a place here: Event Brite

We’ll let you know should additional places become available.
We hope you can join us on the day.

Friday, 1 April 2016 from 09:30 to 12:30 (BST) 
The Nave, St Mary’s, Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4QZ –

Heeley City Farm Spring Fair 2nd April 2016

23 Mar

2016 Heeley City Farm Sprig Fair, Saturday 2nd April, 12.00 - 4.00 p.m.

Travelling to Hospital by Bus Update for Concessionary Travel Card holders

22 Mar

Travelling to Hospital by Bus Update

ENCTS Concessionary Travel Card holders can travel free before 9.30am for Hospital appointments on Stagecoach buses in South and West Yorkshire and Chesterfield.

Simply show your valid Hospital appointment letter (this must be for the day you are travelling) to your Stagecoach bus driver along with your ENCTS Concessionary Travel Card any time before 9.30am.
Unfortunately if you do not show your appointment letter before 9.30am you will be charged full fare. Your Card will continue to work as normal between 9.30am and 11pm.
For more information contact our team on 01226 202555 or visit us online

Healthwatch Sheffield survey

22 Mar

Healthwatch Sheffield survey
The Council will be recommissioning Healthwatch Sheffield for a new contract to start in April 2017.  In the initial consultation to set up and establish Healthwatch Sheffield from 2013, some key themes were agreed which pulled together people’s priorities for Healthwatch Sheffield and help Healthwatch Sheffield to do their job well.
We would like you to tell us if you think these are still important for you.
Tell us what you think by the end of March:

Funding Available for Children’s Summer Playschemes

22 Mar

Children’s Summer Playschemes

Main website: Woodward Charitable Trust

Each year the trustees of the Woodward Charitable Trust set aside funds for summer playschemes for children between the ages of 5-16 years.

The trustees review applications in May. Specific deadlines for applications are posted on the Diary page of this website. Trustees will only consider appeals made on their own Children’s Summer Playscheme Application Form.

Project budgets must be submitted with all applications whether they are via the website, email or post. The application form should be completed without exceeding one page. If supplementary information is sent this should be separate from the information requested by the Trustees on their form.

Grants can only be paid to registered charities. If you are not a registered charity, please give full name and address of a registered charity who has agreed to accept a grant on your behalf. Please note we will need a copy of their most recent audited accounts.

Most grants awarded are in the range of £500 to £1,000. Around 35 grants are made each year.

Preference is given to:

  • small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities
  • schemes that involve a large number of children
  • schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability
  • schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race
  • schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers


Trustees will not fund:

  • trips that are only social. Trustees prefer to fund trips that are educational and motivational.
  • charities whose annual turnover exceeds £100,000
  • overseas projects
  • playgroups
  • individuals in any capacity
  • educational fees

Child Protection Policy

All application forms must be accompanied by your Child Protection Policy. Your policy should be emailed to


It should be noted that these are guidelines rather than rules. Potential applicants may telephone Karin Hooper, on 020 7410 0330 to discuss their work only if they think it might meet the Trustees’ criteria and seek further advice. Trustees are keen to spare charities the wasted time involved in applying when there is no prospect of success.

To apply for funding you will be required to complete an application form and submit a project budget. Download the Children’s Summer Playscheme Application Form and then email the completed document, along with the other requirements, to