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30 hours free childcare – have you applied?

21 Nov

Free Childcare


Cancer Information Hub Grand Opening

21 Nov

CIH Opening Event

People urged to get checked for HIV during national testing week

15 Nov


People urged to get checked for HIV during national testing week

Health leaders in Sheffield are encouraging people to get tested for HIV during National HIV Testing Week which starts on Saturday, 18 November.

This year’s campaign ‘Give HIV the finger’ focuses on reducing late diagnosis and emphasising the simplicity of the finger prick test. Research shows that one in four people living with HIV don’t know they have it and that people who are treated early are better able to manage the condition with the same life expectancy as people without HIV, as long as they stay healthy.

People can be tested at different places in Sheffield, including sexual health clinics and GP surgeries. They can also carry out a test at home with a postal testing kit. And during HIV testing week, special drop-in sessions are running throughout the city, run by Sexual Health Sheffield and PlusMe.

Dr Karen Rogstad, Clinical Lead at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Sexual Health Sheffield, said: “Treatment for HIV has come on leaps and bounds. People with HIV are now able to live long and healthy lives, and significantly reduce the chance of transmission to their partners. We want to see as many people as possible during the week, so please come along and get tested.”

Karl Cooper, Project Manager at PlusMe, a charity that supports local people living with or affected by HIV, said: “We’re able to help people living with HIV. It doesn’t mean you’re going to die or can’t have a proper relationship, sex or children. You can.

“It can be scary and embarrassing talking about your sexual health. But it’s really important.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “We invest in sexual health services and are encouraging people to get tested because the earlier the diagnosis the better.

“It’s much easier now, with many different ways to get tested for HIV in Sheffield, including at home with a postal testing kit.

“We want everyone to stay healthy and lead long and happy lives. That’s why I’d encourage people to take the test and “give HIV the finger!’”

Get tested for HIV:

Sexual Health Sheffield is providing extra walk-in HIV testing clinics at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital on Monday 20th November, Tuesday 21st, Thursday 23rd November and Friday 24th between 8.30am-12.15pm and 2.00pm-6.00pm (2.00pm-3.30pm on the Friday). Use the entrance to Sexual Health Sheffield at 11a, B-Road and please go to the reception upstairs.

People can also get tested at:

  • Sat 18th November 2017 – Boiler Room Sauna, 208 Savile St East, Sheffield S4 7UQ – 1pm-3pm
  • Mon 20th November 2017 – Cathedral Archer Project, Sheffield Cathedral, Campo Lane, Sheffield S1 2EF – 12pm-1pm
  • Mon 20th November 2017 – Club OMG, 53 West St, Sheffield S1 4EQ – 6pm-8pm
  • Tues 21st November 2017 – Firth Park Clinic, North Quadrant, Sheffield, S5 6NU, 12.30pm-2.30pm
  • Tues 21st November 2017 – Dempsey’s, Hereford Street, Sheffield S1 4LA – 6pm-8pm
  • Wed 22nd November 2017 – Firth Park Clinic, North Quadrant, Sheffield, S5 6NU – 8.30am-12.30pm
  • Wed 22nd November 2017 – Victoria Hall Drop-In, Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JB – 1.00pm-3.00pm
  • Thurs 23rd November 2017 – Sheffield Hallam University Students Union, 6 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2QQ – 12.00pm-2.00pm

Visit for more information about HIV testing in Sheffield, including during HIV testing week.

Order a free testing postal kit at

Sheffield Comics Network holds its first micro comic con in Kelham Island

10 Nov

Founded by comic book expert Bambos Georgiou ( in April 2016, Sheffield Comics Network (, a monthly meet-up for comic creatives, is holding the first SHEFFIELD MICRO COMIC CON on Saturday 2nd December 12 to 5 p.m at the popular community run pub The Gardeners Rest, 105 Neepsend Road, Kelham Island, S3 8AT (0114 272 4978).

This SHEFFIELD MICRO COMIC CON will include opportunities to meet comic creatives who have worked on children’s comic strips such as Wallace & Gromit, The Bash Street Kids, Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D and adult strips including Viz Comics’ Felix and His Amazing Underpants and Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula. There will also be a special guest appearance by a Northern artist who has worked for Marvel,  DC and Titan (to be announced next month).

There will be comics for all ages on sale from The Eagle, to Deadline to The Beano as well as comic zines and prints by local emerging talents. Sheffield’s annual art and illustration convention ROBOT is also sponsoring a table. There will be a film show of a Captain America serial (b/w) followed by El Santo  vs The Martian Invasion (b&w subs) playing in the Snug all afternoon.

“Since its inception in 2016 the Sheffield Comics Network has bloomed.” said Bambos. “With the support of Ruskin in Sheffield ( it has delivered highly successful comic drawing workshops for children, most recently for The Big Draw in the Millennium Gallery. This event is our first opportunity to showcase comic books themselves and the comic book talent right here in Sheffield. ”

The event is FREE and children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

See you on the 2nd December!

 Event enquiries :        Bambos Georgiou at

Press enquiries :        Jane North at

Are you a Patient or a Carer? Could this phone App help in a Health Emergency?

8 Nov

Download the SOS UK app for free and let us know your thoughts!

People across South Yorkshire are being offered the opportunity to test the SOS UK  phone app which could potentially help healthcare professionals to know about allergies, conditions or other important facts about themselves in an emergency.

The SOS UK app is one of a number of technology solutions that are being tested alongside new ways of delivering healthcare as part of the Perfect Patient Pathway Test Bed programme.

The SOS UK allows the patient or carer  to create a health record, showing the information they want to share in an emergency such as allergies, medicines long term conditions, and/or special needs.

The app then creates a unique QR code that can be saved to the phone lock screen or printed on an emergency card via the app. Then in the case of a medical emergency, if a paramedic or A&E doctor/nurse has the technology available to them,  they can scan the code using any QR code scanner or the camera on an iPhone / iPad, and have access to the details the patient/ carer has voluntarily entered.

The SOS UK app is available from both the iTunes and Google Play app stores for download free of charge up until December 1st 2017.

To give your thoughts, download the app now and click through to the evaluation site.

Sheffield Libraries News

7 Nov

History of Magic Season Continued at Sheffield Central Library

The ‘Harry Potter: A History of Magic’ exhibition is now open until Christmas and showcases beautifully illustrated information panels from the British Library alongside treasures from our own library strong rooms; including some items over 400 years old.

The exhibition is free to view at the Central Library during normal opening hours.

Accompanying the exhibition is a programme of events for all ages, including  a series of family-friendly lectures and workshops delivered by the University of Sheffield.

More magical events from the University of Sheffield

Defence Against the Dark Arts and the Battle Against Tooth Decay

Thursday 16th November, 5pm – 6pm
Central Library Carpenter Room

Step into Professor Paul Hatton’s Defence Against the Dark Arts class and learn the secrets of battling tooth decay including the best potions to use and wand skills to master.  A fun, silly and magical themed workshop to help children maintain their oral health.

Suitable for 7 – 11 year olds

Book online today

Anything from the Trolley?  The Chemistry of a Magical Sweetshop

Wednesday 22nd November, 6pm – 7pm
Central Library Carpenter Room

Imagine visiting Honeydukes where magical sweets for all tastes tempt you to part with your Galleons, Sickles and Knuts. At this family friendly talk, Dr Joanna Buckley explores the chemistry behind some of the sweet treats found at this famous wizarding sweet shop!

Book online today

Mudbloods, Muggles & the Magic of Social Integration

Monday 27th November, 6pm – 7pm
Central Library Carpenter Room

The story of Harry Potter is above all else, about fighting prejudice: the prejudice of muggles against wizards; wizards against muggles; and pure-bloods against half-bloods.  In this family friendly talk, Professor Gwilym Pryce explores the causes and consequences of prejudice, and what we can do to win the war against it.

Book online today

Invisible Astronomy

Wednesday 13th December, 6pm – 7pm
Central Library Carpenter Room

For thousands of years, astronomy was conducted using only visible light, but in today’s space age it covers gamma rays to radio, gravitational waves to neutrinos and perhaps even dark matter.  In this family friendly talk, Dr Susan Cartwright explores what we can learn from invisible astronomy.

Book online today

Consultation – CIP and Gambling Service audit

7 Nov

West Street and Devonshire Green are popular parts of the city centre and attract people looking to shop in one of the many boutique or independent retailers, or enjoy the bars and restaurants that have made it a lively part of town.

As part of its ongoing plans to improve the area, and to tackle concerns expressed by local residents and health and welfare groups that too many licensed premises are contributing to more crime and anti-social behaviour, the council is encouraging people to spend a few minutes giving their views.

Please complete the online survey: