Archive | November, 2019

Help us Help – raising awareness

20 Nov

Are you wanting to help those you see sleeping rough and begging? come and speak to volunteers and officers at the Help Us Help Christmas Market.  Please refer to the literature below to find out what items to donate and a map listing support in the city centre.

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SFSY Cabinet Painting Community Projects

20 Nov

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Sheffield Women’s Hub: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence

20 Nov

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Hollyoaks star to light up Sheffield this Christmas

12 Nov

Heart Yorkshire’s Dixie & Emma will host the light switch on in Sheffield with Jake Quickenden hitting the button to light up the city.

He’s graced millions of screens on the X-Factor, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and Hollyoaks and now actor, singer and model Jake Quickenden will be gracing Sheffield’s Peace Gardens to switch on the city’s Christmas lights on Sunday 17 November. 

Jake will be joined on stage by a strong cast of personalities, including Britain’s Got Talent stars Siobhan Philips & Kyle Tomlinson, plus theatre’s finest panto performers from Cinderella. 

The Christmas Lights Switch On event takes place on Sunday 17 November from 2pm to 6.30pm with Jake hitting the switch at 5.30pm from the Peace Gardens stage. 

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “I am thrilled to welcome Jake, Siobhan, Kyle and all the other acts to Sheffield to help us celebrate this wonderful time of year in our vibrant city centre. 

“The Christmas Lights Switch On is by far our most popular event, attracting thousands of people of all ages and this year promises to be full of festive fun. The countdown really is on now and I look forward to seeing everyone there on the day, to light up Sheffield for this magical season.”

Heart Yorkshire presenters Dixie & Emma will host the stage programme with choirs, Christmas music, entertainment and interviews. 

Entertainment this year comes from Britain’s Got Talent starts Siobhan Philips & Kyle Tomlinson, Cinderella panto favourites Mr Maker and the Dame funny-man Damien Williams, X-Factor’s Jordan Rabjohn, Channy, Luca, girl band DIVA, dance group Hype Dance, plus The Stagecoach and Vivacity choirs.

All the family can come along to meet children’s film and TV characters, have a go on the Winter Maypole, visit the new Christmas crafts market in the Winter Garden and even meet Father Christmas in his Grotto on Pinstone Street. Families can also take a ride on a fire engine and play on the National Emergency Museum’s display of emergency vehicles as they go ‘on tour’ for the day. 

The Christmas market, with more than 50 hand-picked traders, plus the new Alpine Bar will be open from 14 November. 

Everything you need to know about Christmas in Sheffield is at

Council set to bid for £85 million sustainable transport pot

12 Nov

Sheffield City Council, as part of Sheffield City Region (SCR), is set to ask for ‘Transforming Cities Fund’ money from the Department for Transport (DfT) that could see £85 million invested in sustainable travel in Sheffield over three years.

Councillor Bob Johnson, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Development, said: “We want to get people in Sheffield cycling, walking and using public transport more. But we know this is a big job and we need to support people to do this. These changes won’t happen overnight. That’s why we’re asking for this funding from government.

“If we are successful this money will pay for a mix of cycling, walking and bus corridors running throughout the city where we know they are most needed.”

These bids can only be put forward by Combined Authorities where they exist and in September 2018 SCR was confirmed as one of the areas across the country to have been shortlisted as eligible for the Transforming Cities Fund (TCF).

Councillor Johnson continued: “Encouraging a shift to low carbon, sustainable journeys is a key priority for us, and we understand this is exactly the sort of work the fund is designed to support. Throughout this process, we will be consulting and working with local communities in the development of these projects.

“The priority areas for investment have been identified from work already done on our Sheffield Transport Strategy. These aim to better link people with places of employment especially in the City Centre and the Lower Don Valley including Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) and nearby business parks. Detailed proposals will be worked up in conjunction with local communities as part of the bid to the Department for Transport.”

This work will build on earlier consultation during 2018 as part of the Sheffield City Council Transport Vision and Strategy.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “Our transport network here in South Yorkshire simply isn’t fit for purpose. That’s why, through our ambitious Transforming Cities bid, we aim to make it fit for the 21st century.

“We’ll do this by improving our infrastructure and public transport services, to reduce congestion and journey times, enable more people to walk and cycle, create better access to major employment sites, and improve punctuality, affordability and reliability.

“We’ve been working closely with partners including Sheffield City Council to ensure we get this right, and that our Sheffield City Region bid for £220m in funding – of which half is for Active Travel schemes – will drive the transformational change our communities deserve.”

It is expected that successful bids will be announced by DfT in March 2020. The programme will then run for three years – to be complete by March 2023.

The Big City Conversation- we want to hear from you

12 Nov

Sheffield City Council are having a Big City Conversation with citizens, partners, community groups and other stakeholders across the city over the coming months.

We want to hear from Sheffielders from every part of the city about the issues that matter to them, their communities and neighbourhoods, and how the Council serves the city.

An online consultation is now live, and you can complete the survey by following the following link:


“Continence Services for people living in Sheffield. We want to hear about your experience”

12 Nov

Have you used continence services in Sheffield? Do you care for someone who uses continence services? We want to hear from you. Throughout November, a group of Councillors from Sheffield City Council are listening to people’s experience of using continence services in Sheffield.

Chair of the Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee, Councillor Cate McDonald wants people to come forward and share their views – “Continence isn’t something that gets discussed much, but good continence services play a vital role in keeping people independent and well in our communities. We want to shine a spotlight on continence services, to understand whether they are meeting the needs of people in Sheffield, and make recommendations for improvement. We want to make sure that people’s experience is at the heart of our work, so we’re asking you to come forward and share your views with us.  We want people to feel comfortable talking to us about this, so we’re offering a range of ways to get in touch – you can email us at or call us on 0114 27 35065 and we can arrange a convenient time to talk, or you can fill in our online form here.”