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21 Jun

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Sheffield launches Action Plan for Adult Carers

21 Jun

The newly launched Sheffield’s Adult Carers action plan will make sure that people in a caring role continue to get the support they need so that they can care for others.

The action plan was conceptualised by carers themselves at an event they held and will support their 60,000 unpaid adult peers across Sheffield.

Sheffield City Council works not only with the individual themselves but also a range of related organisations including Sheffield Carers Centre, Sheffield Young Carers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to coordinate the help and support given to the city’s carers.

Chris, who cares for his adult daughter who has autism and cerebral palsy explained that it was essential that the process was a genuine collaboration between services and individual carers and that the plan needed to be “open, honest and transparent to make lasting change”.

Pauline Kimantas, Chief Executive of Sheffield Carers Centre said “The passion in the room at the event was fantastic and it can be used to move things forward. There’s still so much to do and everybody recognises that. We’ll do our best to ensure people work in partnership.”

An important part of the plan is to make sure that carers have “a life of their own” says Emma Dickinson, the Council’s Commissioning Manager for Carers. Increasing opportunities for these people to look after their own health, have regular and sufficient breaks and to access education and work are important aspects of the Council’s plans.

“Seventy per cent of them are of working age. The plan places an emphasis on helping them to continue to work – or return to work,” she added.

Carers raised concerns about how well institutions work together and what could be done to increase communication and ensure that those they care for, and they themselves, are listened to.

There was lots of agreement that many people doing caring roles don’t see themselves as carers, so the action plan must involve ways to reach those people. Many suggestions came from carers about the ways that GPs and others could support carers to access the help that is out there for them.

The six principles that underpin the new action plan are:

  1. Access at the right time, the right type of information and advice for them, their family and the person they care for.
  2. Understanding their rights and having access to an assessment.
  3. Having a voice for themselves and the person they care for.
  4. Having regular and sufficient breaks.
  5. Continuing to learn and develop, train or work (if they wish to).
  6. Looking after their own health.

Councillor Chris Peace, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council said: “The support that professionals provide to carers to help them find the time and space to be healthy, get enough sleep and maintain relationships is essential. I’m pleased that we have an action plan that we can all work to and I look forward to seeing the progress a plan like this can make.

“Being a carer is an extremely difficult job, which often affects their own mental and physical health. We want to make sure that their important role is supported so that they can continue to support others.”

The Carers Action Plan will be reviewed every six months. The next meeting will be on 1st November, where carers and partners will discuss progress.

 

Sheffield free city wi-fi goes live On World Wi-Fi Day

21 Jun

Sheffield’s first-ever free high-speed wi-fi will be going live across the city centre on World Wi-Fi Day.

The service, known as Sheffield Free Wi-Fi, will help Sheffield City Council meet its ambition to be one of the best connected cities in the country and help make the city centre more vibrant.

Sheffield-based Idaq Networks is providing the wi-fi service by installing 220 pieces of superfast and ultrafast broadband equipment to council-owned street lights and street furniture.

The first phase of the wi-fi network covers the theatre and retail district including Fargate, the Peace Gardens, Winter Garden, Tudor Square, Pinstone Street and The Moor.

Further phases will be launched in the months ahead, so that almost all the city centre will be covered by November 2018.

A team of wi-fi helpers will be in Sheffield city centre to show people how to access Sheffield Free Wi-Fi for the first time.

Idaq will also use the network to provide a range of exciting cutting-edge ultrafast broadband products and services to the residents and businesses of Sheffield city centre.

The service will comply with the new General Data Protection Regulations giving users control over their personal data. Users can be confident that personally identifiable data needed to provide the service, will not be sold to third parties.

People who use the Wi-Fi  will be provided with “private VLAN” technology  which means they will have  a more secure internet browsing experience.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment, said: “It is fitting that we are launching the city’s first free Wi-Fi on World Wi-Fi Day. Having this provision means that we can attract more businesses and visitors into our brilliant and thriving city centre with a wi-fi provision that is better than many other core cities.

“This announcement will help Sheffield to fulfil its digital ambitions. We are already the city with the most rapidly growing digital sector and now we are on the verge of having a free city wi-fi package that will benefit businesses, visitors and residents alike.”

Mark Roebuck, Director of IDAQ Networks Ltd, said: “This year has been very exciting for us as well as being very demanding.

“We are pleased to have built Phase 1 of what we believe will be the biggest and most comprehensive city Wi-Fi project in the UK. We are now working on the roll out of the remainder of the project. I hope people enjoy using the free service and that it delivers increased opportunities to the people and businesses in the city centre.”

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “We believe that free Wi-Fi will drive greater footfall, supporting the high street and the local economy, and at the same time make it easier for visitors to access information about the city centre, such as retail and leisure attractions.

“The BID has lobbied for increased connectivity standards for Sheffield city centre for some time now and its fantastic news that the Wi-Fi is now available for the public and businesses to connect to. The BID looks forward to seeing other projects develop, which have been made possible thanks to increased connectivity in Sheffield city centre.”

Steel city to host international festival celebrating migration

21 Jun

Sheffield is celebrating diversity and recognising the positive impact that migration has on our city by warmly welcoming the Migration Matters Festival.

Taking place across five days, from 20 to 24 June, during the national Refugee Week, the festival is bringing Sheffield’s communities together through art, performance, music, food and film.

Sheffield was the UK’s first City of Sanctuary and it is a city that remains rich with diversity and interconnecting communities. This year’s festival will celebrate the city’s history and culture with a vibrant and inclusive series of events.

There will be more than 50 acts as part of the celebrations taking place across six inner city venues (Theatre Delicatessen, DINA, The Art House, Sheffield Theatres, The Showroom Cinema, The Montgomery Theatre), as well as various outdoor spaces throughout the city centre.

In the line-up there are award winning artists, community projects, global and local charities, Sheffield based performers and international musicians. Headline acts include: Inua Ellams, Third Angel, Stand and Be Counted Theatre  and PSYCHEdelight.

Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at Sheffield City Council said: “This week let’s celebrate the fact that migration is what makes Sheffield a great city. Great cities are built on migration.

“We are proud to be supporting the festival and helping to raise awareness of the fact that the number of people who become refugees across the globe is on the increase. Cities have a vital role to play in supporting them to begin new lives in new places.”

The festival begins on World Refugee Day 2018 on Wednesday 20 June. This is an annual event, held on the same date each year, and 2018 is the 18th year of the event, run by the United Nations Refugee Agency, to state that the world supports and stands with refugees. The event is about raising global awareness of global responsibility for refugees.

World Refugee Day honours the strength and courage of refugees and encourages public awareness and support for people who have had to flee their home lands because of conflict or natural disaster. It reminds us that refugees have faced cold, hunger, trauma, despair, disease, violence and loss.

World Refugee Day also marks the launch of the ‘#With Refugees’ petition, which highlights refugees’ needs and potential rights. Organisations from across the world will be signing the statement of solidarity ahead of the day.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ‘#WithRefugees’ campaign supports the development of the global compact on refugees. To date the campaign has almost 2 million petition signatures, one of which is Sheffield City Council’s.

For more information about the week’s festival events visit www.migrationmattersfestival.co.uk

All of the week’s festival events are pay-what-you-decide and booking in advance is recommended.

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Sheffield Councils Apprenticeship Recruitment Fair

21 Jun

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Job Opportunity – 2 posts at the Sanctuary

20 Jun

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New funding to help refugees settle in their new communities

20 Jun

Sheffield is set to receive government funding to help new refugees into work and integrate into their new communities.

The funding for Sheffield means that there is now money to pay for two local authority project workers for a year to help new refugees from becoming homeless.

Local authorities across the country have developed plans to ease local pressures on housing, education and health services arising from recent migration providing benefits to the whole community.

At the moment, once a refugee has been given a legal right to be in the UK they only have 28 days to leave their temporary accommodation and then begin their new life. This is often when, without the right help and advice, they can present as homeless on eviction day putting pressure on council staff, on the voluntary sector and on themselves.

Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “We’re pleased that we will now have two project workers for this important work. They will provide practical support and advice to new refugees at a time when they need it most.

“Their roles will be another way of supporting our local communities to help recent arrivals settle into their new communities and also provide extra services for the benefit of all.

“We know that refugees face particular challenges in settling into British life, so we are providing additional support to help them find work and somewhere to live as they begin life here in Sheffield.”

To help new refugees understand their new life in Sheffield, one project worker will provide them with housing help and support. This service will also advise those who have been refused to stay on what to do next including the option to return home.

The other worker will focus on giving housing advice and go to people in their homes before they leave their private asylum accommodation. They will advise on employment and welfare advice, and be based at the Sanctuary in Chapel Walk, Sheffield city centre.

Both of the project workers will work closely with partners, such as the private asylum housing provider, The Red Cross, The Sanctuary, housing services and Target Housing.

Sheffield has been chosen to be a national pilot for this work along with other local authorities. Bradford and Leeds are the other Yorkshire local authorities involved in the project.