Archive | February, 2017

University of Sheffield – International Cultural Evening INVITE 4th March2017

27 Feb


The International Cultural Evening (ICE) is an annually organised show which features multicultural performances. This year we are celebrating its 45th year running! As the years passed, ICE has evolved to a high profile event which provides students the opportunity to openly celebrate their cultures through storytelling, dancing and singing.

The theme this year is Embracing Global Diversity. As global citizens, we want to appreciate and celebrate the beauty and evolution of all cultures.

ICE gives you the opportunity to witness cultural performances by international students from all around the world.

Feel free to come in your national/cultural dress and spread the word.

Tickets are £6 and will be available at the door or at the Students Union Box Office.


Location: City Hall

Time: Doors Open at 18:30  

The facebook event page is:

New Local Leisure Centres proving popular – have you visited yours ?

24 Feb


Visitor numbers soar at new leisure centres 

New figures have revealed massive increases in participation rates at Sheffield’s new state-of-the-art leisure centres.

Graves Health and Sports Centre and Thorncliffe Leisure Centre both opened last year, operated by Places for People Leisure (P4P) in partnership with Sheffield City Council.

P4P has also carried out a near-£1m transformation of Wisewood Sports Centre, in Laird Road, Wadsley, which was officially reopened by boxer Kell Brook in November.

Now, figures from the leisure operator show that visits to Graves have more than doubled in less than a year, from 21,026 visits for the month of April 2016 to 43,054 for the month of January 2017.

People taking part in tennis has increased from 213 to 400 over the same time period, while those taking part in gymnastics and trampolining has risen from 290 to 855. Swimming lessons are also up by 55 per cent, from 550 to 852 people.

At Thorncliffe – a brand-new centre – the total number of swimmers is up by 90 per cent compared to parallel attendance figures from the former Chapeltown baths. There has also been a marked increase in junior swimming, due to more children going to swimming lessons and also enjoying fun swim sessions.

And at Wisewood, gym membership has soared by a massive 650 per cent between April 2016 and January 2017, meaning that the centre has been able to recruit four new members of staff.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, leisure and parks at Sheffield City Council, said: “Having top-quality leisure facilities in the heart of communities across the city makes it easier for everyone to keep fit and well, regardless of age or sporting ability.

“I am delighted that we managed to press ahead with creating the first new leisure facilities in 20 years here in Sheffield, particularly during a time of unprecedented budget cuts. It is fantastic that people across the city are embracing the health and fitness opportunities on their doorsteps.

“One of the key factors with these facilities is that there are affordable membership options available for everyone, including an exercise referral scheme from GPs for adults who are inactive or have a longstanding medical condition.

“These leisure centres, with state-of-the-art equipment and a ground-breaking partnership with the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, also build upon Sheffield’s fine sporting legacy and create the right training grounds for the next generation of world-class sportspeople.”

The leisure centre at Graves includes a six-lane 25m swimming pool, a separate learner pool, a major new fitness suite and studios, two additional tennis courts and Sheffield’s first-ever dedicated gymnastics and trampolining centre.

At Thorncliffe, in High Green, members can use a six-lane 25m swimming pool and learner pool, two workout studios, and a gym.

The old gym floor at Wisewood, meanwhile, was expanded to four times its original size and kitted out with brand-new equipment, while the changing rooms, reception area and fitness studio also underwent a facelift.

All centres have a wide range of fitness classes available, ranging from gentler sessions such as aqua fit and yoga through to belly dancing, spinning and Body Pump.

The centres at Graves and Thorncliffe are also on the same site as FA football hubs as part of the “Parklife” grassroots football scheme, and have all-weather pitches as well as education rooms and changing facilities.

Richard Cowley, Area Manager at Places for People Leisure, said: “We are extremely pleased to be working in partnership with Sheffield City Council to ensure that we meet the needs of the local community and encourage more people to participate in physical activity.

“Our goal at Places for People Leisure is to create active places and healthy people and I am confident that the impressive new centres will provide more opportunities for the local community to get more active.”

Job Vacancy – Health Assistant (PT) closing date 31st March 2017

24 Feb


Assistant to the Health Manager

to support delivery of the Community Wellbeing Programme across Lowedges, Batemoor & Jordanthorpe in the south of Sheffield.  This is delivered under contract from Sheffield City Council and involves collaborative working with a range of partners to address inequalities in health and wellbeing.  The role of the Health Assistant is to support the Health Improvement Manager in promoting, delivering and monitoring health initiatives across the community.

Hours:           18 hours per week (based on FTE 37.5 hours)

Salary:          £18,000 p.a. pro rata (=£8,640 actual)

Term:            Fixed term appointment till 31st March 2018

For further information, or to request an application pack, contact Greg Unwin: tel. 0114 237 8540, email or by post: 240 Lowedges Road, Sheffield, S8 7JB.

Application forms should be returned by Thursday 16th March, and interviews will be held on Thursday 23rd March.  Starting date of appointment from mid-April, by agreement.

Full JD – health-assistant-job-description-feb-17



Carers Consultation and Wellbeing Event at Zest, 3rd March 2017

24 Feb


Dementia Cafes and Support groups in Sheffield

21 Feb



Sheffield City Councils BME Older People’s Activity Fund 2017-20

21 Feb

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce a new grant fund to support community activities to help BME older people to sustain and improve their wellbeing in the community, and in particular, to reduce social isolation/loneliness.

We know that, in some circumstances, BME older people can face additional barriers to participating in community life or accessing the right information for their health and wellbeing.  For example, past experience indicates that Lunch Clubs have not always worked for all BME communities and this fund is to give BME VCF organisations a chance to try different activities that will reduce loneliness and social isolation, and help people to make new friends and connections. We are committed to a ‘test and learn’ approach and are looking for innovative applications which, through monitoring and measurement of success and impact, can evidence what people want and what works.

The outcomes that this fund seeks to support are two from the People Keeping Well (PKW) Outcomes Framework.  The two outcomes are:

  • Local Inform and Advise, and
  • Asset Based Community Development

There is £30,000 available each year for 3 years and grants awarded will be between £2,000 and £30,000.

For more information on the priorities and how to apply please see the attached documents.




Applications will be assessed by officers and assessments will be presented to a Grants Panel who will make a schedule of grant recommendations according to the budget available. The Cabinet Member for Community Services, (in accordance with the Council’s scheme of Delegations, based on the three year value of the individual awards) will make the final decisions in consultation with the panel.

Applicants will be notified whether or not they are successful in March 2017.


Timetable for applications and awards


Date Action
Friday 10th March Applications due in on Friday 10th March by 5pm


Monday 13th-Friday 17th March Applications assessed by Council officers
Monday 20th-Friday 24th March Applications considered by Grants Advisory Panel
Monday 27th-Friday 31st March Cllr Jack Scott to authorise successful applications

Feedback given to unsuccessful groups

Monday 3rd-Friday 14th April Finalise Funding Agreements and agree monitoring with successful applicants
Friday 21st April Funding Agreements are signed & returned by 5pm


Monday 24th-Friday 28th April First payments are made and the activities start

If you have any questions please contact:


Telephone: 0114 2734631

This information will also shortly be available on the Council’s website at:

FREE Community Development and Health course’s starting in March 2017

20 Feb




Story telling workshops at Broomhill Library over Half Term

20 Feb


FREE Event – Basics of Funding 28th March 2017

15 Feb

The basics of funding
A FREE event in Sheffield for Sheffield groups and organisations:
This session is aimed at people who are new to fundraising, either as a
volunteer with a community group, or a paid worker with a bigger
organisation. It is also suitable for newly formed groups, or those who are
just setting up. It will go through the basics you need to know to start your
fundraising journey.

Keith Levy, from Voluntary Action Sheffield, will speak about what
arrangements groups need to have in place to start fundraising – who should
be on the committee and how you look after your money.
Bianca King-Smith and Peter Foyle, from SYFAB, will be speaking about
the different funding sources and how to decide which ones to approach.

This session is not aimed at those experienced in fundraising

Tuesday 28th March 2017, 10.00 – 12.00
Venue: Sheffield Quakers Meeting House, 10 St James Street,
Sheffield, S1 2EW
The first presentation starts promptly at 10.00. Please arrive from 9.30 to
sign in, and network with other organisations.
Free refreshments will be served later in the session.
Cost: Free
Places are limited so booking is essential. You can book a place online via
the SYFAB website Upon booking please tell us of any
access or support needs.
For more information please visit the SYFAB website:
Telephone: 0114 261 5141 Email:


Explore Pirates at Broomhill Library 24th Feb 2017

15 Feb