Archive | March, 2018
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Together Women – Easter Party

29 Mar

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Start running today with Zest

26 Mar

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Easter holiday activities at Zest

26 Mar

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Green City Sheffield launched

22 Mar

Sheffield has begun the journey to becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050 with the launch of its bold new Green City strategy with an ambitious six-point plan and launch of a new partnership to tackle the issues.

The report, set to be endorsed by the Council’s cabinet tomorrow, aims to reduce the city’s impact on the climate by becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050, taking steps to move to a low-carbon economy immediately.

It also sets out plans to empower communities, residents, public sector and businesses to become resilient to climate change and ensure the city’s homes and businesses use sustainable and affordable energy.

It will enable modern, reliable and clean journeys for everyone, ensure air is clean for all and create a green and innovative economy by supporting Sheffield businesses to become more energy efficient and delivering new low-carbon jobs for local people.

Green City Sheffield builds upon the ground breaking work of the Sheffield Green Commission. Sheffield City Council has already been leading the way to becoming a low-carbon economy.

Sheffield is testing the largest fleet of hydrogen vehicles outside of London and is the first large city to introduce anti-idling measures to stop people leaving their engines running outside schools. As a further sign of its commitment, the Council has also introduced the UK’s largest dockless bike sharing scheme, Ofo.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability at Sheffield City Council, said:  “Our Green City is a deliberately ambitious and far-reaching plan, with big implications for how we live and work in Sheffield. We believe this is the clearest, boldest and most developed plan of anywhere in Britain.

“It clearly sets out the changes we need to make to be prepared for challenges like more extreme and unpredictable weather, as well as the investments and opportunities that will help to improve our health, clear our air, make our city easier to get around and make our energy more affordable for everyone.

“I am very clear that man-made climate change is the biggest social justice issue of this century and requires bold, radical action. This plans sets out how we will respond to this huge challenge and enhance and protect Sheffield’s environment for everyone.”

Sheffield was one of the first cities in the UK to introduce district heating and implement clean air powers in the 1970s and private sector investment has created a further two biomass-powered decentralised energy plants in the city.

Councillor Scott said:  “We have a great track-record of delivery and we need to work collectively to achieve our ambitious goals.

“I absolutely recognise that the transition to a low carbon economy will not always be easy, and will involve difficult choices at times.  But this is about doing the right thing for people across our city, in order to create a fairer city, as the effects of climate change are not just environmental or economic.

“At its heart, man-made climate change is a social justice issue that especially affects people who are less-well-off.

“We want to enable all Sheffielders, businesses, institutions and organisations to play a role developing and delivering the solutions that will take Sheffield towards a zero carbon future.

“This is a bold, ambitious and credible plan for our great city that will help us to create and protect an environment that everyone can enjoy. We all know there has been a huge amount of debate and discussion over street trees on both sides. But we will only be able to build a fairer city if we focus on other broader environmental issues like decarbonisation, energy generation and the green-collar jobs of the future. This plan shows how we will do that.

“This plan gives us the tools we need to achieve our vision for Sheffield, where everyone breathes clean air, can access reliable, clean transport, feels safe and secure from the threats posed by man-made climate change and has access to affordable, sustainable energy to heat and power their homes and businesses.”

During 2015 Sheffield City Council facilitated the city’s first Green Commission.  This independent commission was made up of key leaders and stakeholders from across the city, including business, industry, our universities, the public sector and the voluntary and community sector.

The final report of the Sheffield Green Commission  – Sheffield’s Green Commitment – was published in 2016, and set out a vision for how, working together as a city, Sheffield could become a smarter, more sustainable, more competitive ‘future city’.

The Green City strategy will initially result in a city–wide Sustainable Energy Action Plan and signing-up to a recognised carbon reporting framework.

By 2020, the Council will have achieved a 30 per cent reduction in carbon emissions, and, in the next seven years, the Council and its partners will have substantially increased the level of low carbon and renewable energy generation in the city.

By 2030, a majority of the city’s energy will be supplied from low carbon and renewable technologies, with work already being progressed to determine how the Council can use its own assets to generate renewable energy, and develop its existing energy networks.

The council will also launch a debate around how the city can adopt and stay within an agreed carbon budget, that enables Sheffield to deliver its share of the Paris Agreement; this will limit average temperature increases to well-below 2 degrees Celsius, and will have the aim of ensuring Sheffield becomes a zero carbon city by 2050.

To view the report, click here.

 

Bid for 4,000 new homes takes leap forwards

21 Mar

Sheffield City Council’s multi-million pound bid to enable over 4,000 new homes to be built on 34 brownfield sites in Sheffield has taken a significant leap forwards.

The Sheffield bid has been shortlisted along with 44 others for funding from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

The bid is part of the council’s ‘brownfield first’ approach that seeks to build homes on land that has been used for development previously. The authority will be awarded millions of pounds of extra funding for infrastructure, such as improved traffic junctions and flood defences, to encourage housing development on these sites – which are often more difficult to develop.

The new homes will be in and around the city centre. The council is welcoming this valuable opportunity to work with government on the strategic plan for the area.

Councillor Ben Curran, Cabinet member for Planning and Development said:

“We’re doing everything we can to encourage more house building in Sheffield, so I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve been shortlisted for this extra funding.

“The national housing crisis is hitting people here in Sheffield as well. This investment is needed to help us build the homes we need on the brownfield sites that we want. House building also brings new job opportunities to the city so we really want to ensure we make it through to the next stage.”

“This bid is only the start. We have much bigger plans to develop along the canal and develop a Sheffield to Rotherham corridor to deliver thousands of new homes and regeneration to those communities.”

The council now has until Autumn 2018 to develop a more detailed plan or funding bid.

If the bid is successful, the first new homes would be built in 2020, with approximately 3,600 homes being built by 2025.

This bid is the first stage of an ambitious plan to develop the Sheffield and Rotherham corridor that could deliver around 18,000 homes on brownfield land and much needed economic regeneration in this area that will benefit both Sheffield and Rotherham.

 

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY AT SIV

19 Mar

Are you passionate about improving health & wellbeing?

Are you passionate about developing people and communities?

Are you passionate about helping those most in need?

If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’ve got an exciting opportunity to work for SIV, supporting people and communities to improve their health & wellbeing. Working across departments and venues you’ll support communities, clubs, groups and schools with funding applications and project development.

Hours: Flexible

Salary: £18,000pa + performance related bonus

Contract: Permanent

This opportunity provides you with career development opportunities, as well as staff benefits. We’re really keen to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with.

If you’re interested simply go to https://siv.org.uk/job/details/1430 to find out more and apply! Our deadline is Friday 30th March.

 

Council put protection at the heart of teen sexual health services

14 Mar

Teenage pregnancy rates in Sheffield have almost halved since 2007.  In that year, 49 out of every thousand 15-17 year old females became pregnant.

By 2015 this figure had fallen to just 23. Despite this reduction rates remain higher than the national average of 20 and in some parts of the city rates are more than double that. These figures highlight a need for continued action to ensure that our young people receive the right information about sex, contraception and relationships to support them to make the right choices.

Our consultation with young people shows that some find it difficult to access sexual health services, some young people are often worried about discussing contraception and relationships and others don’t know where to get information from.

Sheffield City Council is working with six pharmacies across the city to address this. Young People will be able to easily access free condoms, emergency contraception (the morning after pill), pregnancy tests and chlamydia/gonorrhoea tests in a confidential and discreet manner.

Free contraception, pregnancy tests and chlamydia/gonorrhoea test will be available at:

  • Boots, High St, S1 1QF
  • Associated chemist, The Wicker, S3 8HT
  • Day Lewis, 298 Glossop Road, S10 2HS
  • Asda Pharmacy, Chapeltown, S35 2UW
  • Asda Pharmacy, Chaucer, S5 8NH
  • Asda Pharmacy, Handsworth, S9 9LR

This pilot scheme will run throughout March and if successful will be rolled out to further pharmacies.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sexual health is an extremely important issue especially for young people. It is vital young people are able to access contraception and sexually transmitted infection tests easily where and when they need to.

“This partnership with community pharmacies means that young people will be able to access to services in a discreet way in pharmacies closer to home and places they visit such as their school, college or university. We hope that in the future we will be able to roll this pilot out to more pharmacies across the city.”

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