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Building Connections Fund

3 Aug

New fund to tackle loneliness opens to applications on the Big Lottery Fund webpage.

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.

The money is from the £11.5 million Building Connections Fund announced on 19 June by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, and lead Minister for Tackling Loneliness, Tracey Crouch, in response to the Jo Cox Commission’s recommendations on Loneliness.  Almost £9 million will be distributed by the Big Lottery Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, and will support projects already working to prevent or reduce loneliness to increase their impact.  Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 will be available for projects which reach out to people of all ages who feel lonely or isolated, and encourage them to take part in activities, helping them to feel more connected. This could include making the most of community spaces, improving access to transport, using digital technology, or joining up local services to have a bigger reach. The money will also support the collecting and sharing of evidence and learning to increase understanding about what works to tackle loneliness.

Applications open Monday 16 July and will close on Friday 24 August. Guidance and criteria are available on the Big Lottery Fund website.

Youth Strand  There will be a separate Youth Strand of funding is made up of £2 million, which will be distributed by the Co-op Foundation, making grants of up to £80,000. It will open for applications in August 2018 – find out more on the Co-op Foundation blog. The Youth Strand will be open to organisations with existing youth-focused activities that could be effective at helping young people avoid long-term loneliness. Successful applicants will receive funding to explore youth loneliness in greater depth, test youth-led innovations within their existing provision, and share their learning as part of a national network.

All grants will be announced in December 2018, with funding available to support projects until March 2021.

If you have any  queries around the fund please contact the Big Lottery Fund  directly on tel: 0345 410 2030

 

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Sheffield’s parks and woodlands awarded national acclaim

31 Jul

Thirteen of Sheffield City Council’s parks and woodlands have again received national recognition at the Green Flag Awards, retaining the highest number of flags in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Green spaces across Sheffield and in the city centre are among a record-breaking 1,883 UK parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

This international award, now into its third decade, is a sign to the public that the space is accessible, boasts the highest possible environmental standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent visitor facilities.

Firth Heritage Park, Norfolk Heritage Park, Cholera Monument Grounds and Clay Wood, Devonshire Green, Peace Gardens, Sheffield Winter Gardens, Sheffield Botanical Gardens, Weston Park, Meersbrook Park, Millhouses Park, Ecclesall Woods, Wheata Woods and Tinsley Green have all retained their quality status and will proudly fly the Green Flag as a symbol of the excellent standards maintained within the parks.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Once again I’m thrilled that Keep Britain Tidy has awarded Sheffield such a high number of Green Flag awards for our beautiful parks and green spaces across the city.

“As one of the greenest cities in Europe it’s no surprise that Sheffield tops the table in Yorkshire and the Humber for these awards. Green spaces are on the doorstep wherever you live in Sheffield and we’re proud to maintain such high standards so that they can be enjoyed by everyone.

“Despite the budget pressures faced by the council we’re still investing in parks and maintaining service standards at a very high level. This week we officially reopen the playground at one of the city’s most-loved parks, Norfolk Heritage Park, where we’ve invested £275,000 to complete major transformation works at the site.

“These awards clearly demonstrate our commitment to improving and protecting Sheffield’s parks for the benefit of our local communities, and the many thousands of visitors who come to experience life here in The Outdoor City.”

As well as attracting those who enjoy outdoor leisure activities, Sheffield’s parks play host to many popular events and festivals, raising the city’s profile nationally and internationally. The British Bouldering Championships (part of Cliffhanger Festival) and the screening of last week’s World Cup semi-final were held at Devonshire Green, Music in the Gardens and Art in the Gardens at the Botanical Gardens and this weekend Tramlines Festival moves to Hillsborough Park with up to 40,000 people expected to attend, plus fringe events hosted in both the Peace Gardens and Devonshire Green.

Two further Green Flags were also awarded to Manor Fields (submitted by Green Estate) and Wyming Brook Nature Reserve (submitted by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust).

Green Flag Community Awards were also awarded to Grenoside Green (applied for by Friends of Grenoside Green) Firth Park Community Allotment, Heeley City Farm, Norfolk Park Community Garden, Wortley Hall Walled Garden (all applied for by Heeley City Farm) and Meersbrook Community Walled Garden (applied for by Meersbrook Park Users Trust).

The Green Flag Awards are judged by an army of more than 700 green space experts, who volunteer their time to visit applicant sites and assess them against eight strict criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, health and safety, sustainability, heritage and community involvement.

International Green Flag Award scheme manager Paul Todd said: “We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme, with more Green Flags awarded this year than last year.”

“Each flag honours the thousands of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award. We are proud to have so many wonderful green spaces in the UK for people to enjoy, and hope that next year, we award even more flags.”

For all the latest news and events on Sheffield’s parks and green spaces follow @parkssheffield on Twitter, Sheffield Parks and Countryside on Facebook or visit The Outdoor City website at http://theoutdoorcity.co.uk/

For more information about the Green Flag awards visit the website at http://greenflagaward.org/

 

All action city centre takeover as Cliffhanger festival returns to Sheffield

6 Jul

A weekend packed full of action and adventure is upon us as Cliffhanger festival returns to Sheffield tomorrow (Friday 6 July).

The event, sponsored by the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District) and billed as Sheffield’s inner city festival celebrating all things outdoors, will stretch across city centre locations including the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Winter Garden from Friday, 6 July until Sunday, 8 July.

Live music kicks things off from 6pm on the Friday evening in Devonshire Green with some of Sheffield’s hottest emerging talent taking to the stage, plus refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets.

Saturday and Sunday will see Sheffield transformed into a giant outdoor playground, for big kids, little kids and all with professional demonstrations and sports activities including climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, orienteering, caving and much more. The Sheffield City Urban Orienteering Race will take place on Sunday.

There’s plenty of action taking place in each area across the weekend, with some new additions for this year such as a 5k run on Saturday and Sunday at 10am from Devonshire Green with the full low down available at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger.

Once again, the highlight of the weekend will be the British Bouldering Championships, where the nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a purpose-built bouldering wall in Devonshire Green.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for culture parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Since moving Cliffhanger Festival to the city centre two years ago, the weekend is now a well-established and well-anticipated event on Sheffield’s major events calendar and is growing year on year.

“With its city centre location and free entry, the festival is accessible to everyone, giving people the chance to try out new activities such as parkour or caving and experience the thrill of outdoor adventure.

“Cliffhanger perfectly demonstrates Sheffield’s status as The Outdoor City and our unrivalled offer of big city life and the great outdoors. And with what looks like guaranteed sunshine for the weekend I would encourage everyone to come along for a piece of the action.”

Cliffhanger kicks off a very busy month with a series of events taking place in Sheffield City Centre this July. HSBC City Ride brings traffic-free, family-friendly cycling on 15 July and The Fringe at Tramlines will be showcasing the best of Sheffield’s emerging local talent on 21 & 22 July.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “This is the third time Sheffield city centre has played host to Cliffhanger and it is fantastic to see tens of thousands of people out enjoying action-packed activities for free in the heart of The Outdoor City.

“The BID is pleased to have played a part in bringing Cliffhanger into the city centre and making it free for all. The event gets more popular each year, driving footfall and increasing dwell time in the city centre. Cliffhanger helps promote Sheffield as an exciting, dynamic leisure destination for lovers of the outdoors from across the UK and beyond.”

This year for the first time the British Bouldering Championships will be broadcast live by the BBC, via BBC Sport live streaming service, viewable across the world at www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live-guide and on the BBC Sport app.

There will be two separate broadcasts on Sunday 8 July, showing the semi-finals at 10.25am and the finals at 5.15pm.

The championships will also be streamed on BMC’s own YouTube channels, collectively reaching an audience of thousands across the world.

All you need to know about the hot contenders at this year’s championships is on the BMC website at www.thebmc.co.uk/british-bouldering-championships-2018-contenders.

Round-up of activities and stalls over the weekend:

Devonshire Green

British Bouldering championships, orienteering, climbing walls, parkour, live music, bar, food stalls and outdoors trade stalls.

Barkers Pool

British Cycling, zip line, fairground rides and food stalls.

Town Hall Square

Airbag Drop and the Wipe Out ride.

Peace Gardens / millennium Square

BMX display, Scouts obstacle course, Tough Guy assault course, Dive World, skateboarding, caving, Up & Running stall, fairground rides, food stalls and outdoors trade stalls, plus Heart Radio providing children’s activities.

Winter Garden

Friends of the Peak District, The Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Ecclesall Woodcrafts, Don Catchment River Trust, Eastern Moors Partnership, NHS Blood and Transplant Donation and Henna Tattoo  (Sunday only)

Tudor Square

Green Top Circus aerial trapeze workshop, fairground ride, food stalls.

Live music line-up for Devonshire Green stage:

Friday

  • 6.15pm – James Taplin
  • 7pm – Patrick Rose
  • 7.45pm – Patrick Ludwig
  • 8.30pm – From Carbon
  • 9.15pm – Treebeard

Saturday

  • 4.15pm –  Catherine Levi
  • 5.30pm – Late Night Legacy
  • 6.15pm – Homesteads
  • 7pm – Lateral Vision
  • 7.45pm – Harriet Rose Grant
  • 8.30 – Unidentified
  • 9.15 – Idle Ross

Sunday

2-3pm : Charlie Barker

Admission to Cliffhanger is completely free, though there may be a small charge for some of the activities.

For more information about Cliffhanger visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger, follow @theoutdoorcity on Twitter (#cliffhanger) or join the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/384034878762770/

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Cliffhanger Map

Cliffhanger Music Stage Lineup Poster

Activities at Shipshape June 2018

1 Jun

Shipshape June Activities

To access a full list of activities please click on the following link: ShipShape Activities Sheet June 2018

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Together Women – Easter Party

29 Mar

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Edward Street & St Georges Tenants & Residents Association AGM

12 Mar

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Walk to Well-being

1 Mar

Walking regularly is a great form of exercise, and isn’t just good for your body – it’s great for your mind, too!

Regular exercise will improve your mood and increase feelings of wellbeing – and it can even help relieve feeling of depression. Being outside in the fresh air has been linked to better mental wellbeing and reduced stress.

Walking can also be a social activity when done in a group or with friends, so it can help to tackle feelings of isolation or loneliness.

With this in mind, Residence Life wants to invite you to join us on a Walk to Wellbeing on Wednesday 21st March at 12.30pm meeting at The Edge Piazza on 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield, S10 3ED.

The walk will begin at around 1pm following a safety briefing where you will be allocated a group leader.

The first part of the walk will be to Forge Dam where some of you may want to finish your walk.  Then part two of the walk will be from Forge Dam to Fox House and it is advisable that only the strongest walkers join us for this part of the walk.

Then we can all catch the bus back to Ecclesall Road and make our own way home!

Click here to register your interest.

You must register with a valid email account and telephone number so we can contact you a week before the Walk to Wellbeing with a pre-walk safety briefing note.

Should you wish to contact the Residence Life team before registration, please email residencelife@sheffield.ac.uk leaving your contact telephone number and a member of the team will get back to you.