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Cycling boost for people with disabilities – Every Thursday in Hillsborough Park

20 Mar

Cycling boost for people with disabilities

Cycling might seem like an impossible dream to some people with disabilities.

But that’s being challenged by a local charity which loans out specially adapted bikes and now offers a discounted rate thanks to a successful funding bid.

Sheffield Cycling for All, which is part of Disability Sheffield, runs every Thursday from Hillsborough Park. The charity has just received an extra £46,000 through HealthRich and is now able to loan bikes at just £3 per session. The funding will also allow the group to run weekly sessions on another day and is looking for volunteers to help with this.

One of its organisers, Caroline Waugh from Totley, said: “Having brain damage, epilepsy, impaired vision, broken limbs, lymphoedemia and cancer didn’t stop my passion for cycling, which is why I helped to set up Sheffield Cycling 4 All.

“It’s so important to be energised and feel the fresh air on your face. And what we do here is help people do the best they can.

“We’re delighted to have the extra funding as it means we can get more people on our bikes and hire them out at a discounted rate. One of our customers, a 79 year old woman, told me she takes 12 tablets a day for her health but nothing makes her feel better than cycling around the park with us.

“I wouldn’t like to say we can do everything but we’ve never had a disability we’ve not been able to cater for. We want more people to be able to use our bikes and are delighted that we can set up extra sessions. We’re now looking for more volunteers and even more support for our organisation.”

Sheffield City Council has helped support Sheffield Cycling 4 All through its ‘ward funding’ pot which is used to provide small grants to local community projects.

Councillor Jack Scott, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Sheffield City Council, said: “I’m very pleased we’ve been able to support Sheffield Cycling 4 All with a small grant from the Hillsborough ward pot which is being used for bike shelters, maintenance and equipment. They’re a great organisation helping people do things they might otherwise not be able to do, and just one of the many groups who help make our communities strong.”

Councillor Cate McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, added: “This charity is opening up opportunities for people with disabilities and I wholeheartedly applaud its work.

“Sheffield is hosting the Special Olympics for people with learning disabilities this year and we want people to know that we’re an inclusive city and have something for everyone. Sheffield Cycling 4 All is a real part of this and I want to congratulate all the staff and volunteers for everything they do to help people enjoy cycling.”

Sheffield Cycling 4 All runs from Hillsborough Park on a Thursday from 10am-3pm between March and October, with reduced hours during the winter. People can turn up and borrow one of 17 bikes, suitable for people with different needs including wheelchair users and complex learning disabilities. Sessions can also be organised for disability specific groups.

Last year saw the number of people attending increase from an average of 18 to 28 each session. The charity has been running for six years, with bikes funded by Cycling UK, and is part of Disability Sheffield. Visit for more information.

Visit for information about outdoor leisure opportunities for disabled people in and around Sheffield, including wheelchair accessible routes and walking groups.

HealthRich is a Community Interest Company committed to raising money to address health inequalities in South Yorkshire.  Visit for more information. The Health Lottery is operated for and on behalf of 51 Community Interest Companies across England, Scotland and Wales, all holding society lottery licenses issued by the Gambling Commission. People’s Health Trust is an independent charity addressing health inequalities across Great Britain. It works closely with each Community Interest Company distributing grants.

Sheffield City Council – Voluntary sector grants

1 Mar

Sheffield City Council – Voluntary sector grants and funding

Talbot Trust Grant – funding for groups and small organisations

1 Mar


The two main  programmes of work for 2017/18 are:

  • Physical wellbeing of people with Mental Health issues
  • Nutrition and isolation issues in Older People

As well as individual applications, we welcome joint applications from small charities that show evidence of a collaboration/partnership approach by putting forward a business case to work with another charity.

We seek to fund each project within the region of £2,000 – £5,000

In addition to the two main programmes of work:

Small Organisations Fund:

We also invite grant applications from small charities for other health related issues.

We seek to fund applications of up to £1,000 per charity.

For information on how to apply visit:

Sheffield City Councils BME Older People’s Activity Fund 2017-20

21 Feb

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce a new grant fund to support community activities to help BME older people to sustain and improve their wellbeing in the community, and in particular, to reduce social isolation/loneliness.

We know that, in some circumstances, BME older people can face additional barriers to participating in community life or accessing the right information for their health and wellbeing.  For example, past experience indicates that Lunch Clubs have not always worked for all BME communities and this fund is to give BME VCF organisations a chance to try different activities that will reduce loneliness and social isolation, and help people to make new friends and connections. We are committed to a ‘test and learn’ approach and are looking for innovative applications which, through monitoring and measurement of success and impact, can evidence what people want and what works.

The outcomes that this fund seeks to support are two from the People Keeping Well (PKW) Outcomes Framework.  The two outcomes are:

  • Local Inform and Advise, and
  • Asset Based Community Development

There is £30,000 available each year for 3 years and grants awarded will be between £2,000 and £30,000.

For more information on the priorities and how to apply please see the attached documents.




Applications will be assessed by officers and assessments will be presented to a Grants Panel who will make a schedule of grant recommendations according to the budget available. The Cabinet Member for Community Services, (in accordance with the Council’s scheme of Delegations, based on the three year value of the individual awards) will make the final decisions in consultation with the panel.

Applicants will be notified whether or not they are successful in March 2017.


Timetable for applications and awards


Date Action
Friday 10th March Applications due in on Friday 10th March by 5pm


Monday 13th-Friday 17th March Applications assessed by Council officers
Monday 20th-Friday 24th March Applications considered by Grants Advisory Panel
Monday 27th-Friday 31st March Cllr Jack Scott to authorise successful applications

Feedback given to unsuccessful groups

Monday 3rd-Friday 14th April Finalise Funding Agreements and agree monitoring with successful applicants
Friday 21st April Funding Agreements are signed & returned by 5pm


Monday 24th-Friday 28th April First payments are made and the activities start

If you have any questions please contact:


Telephone: 0114 2734631

This information will also shortly be available on the Council’s website at:

Meet the Funder – event for Groups & Organations

23 Jan

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau (SYFAB) is holding a FREE event in
Sheffield for Sheffield groups and organisations:
Sue Wragg, from South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF), will be
speaking about a range of funding streams available for community
projects, including a new Combatting Isolation and Community
Involvement Fund, which is aimed at supporting older people.
Peter Foyle, from SYFAB/South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, will
be speaking about the South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation’s new
Impact Guide.

The community foundation, like many funders, want to know
the impact of any grant they make. It can be hard for smaller groups to
work out what this means and how to do it. We will be introducing an easy
guide to help you through the process.

Thursday 2nd February 2017, 10.00 – 12.00
Venue: Sheffield Quakers Meeting House, 10 St James Street,
Sheffield, S1 2EW

The first presentation starts promptly at 10.00. Please arrive from 9.30 to
sign in, and network with other organisations.
Free refreshments will be served later in the session.

Cost: Free
Places are limited so booking is essential. You can book a place online via
the SYFAB website Upon booking please tell us of any
access or support needs.
For more information please visit the SYFAB website.


SYFAB Telephone: 0114 261 5141


SPORTIVATE funding – apply now for 2017/18

17 Jan

NOW OPEN Year 7 Funding Round

Due to previous performance Yorkshire Sport Foundation is pleased to announce an additional funding round for Sportivate

The Deadline for applications is Friday 10th February

The Sportivate programme is looking for innovative projects to engage inactive young people in physical activity and sport- please read below as there are some changes to expectations


This is the final funding round for Sportivate, if you have new projects that you would hope to deliver across South and West Yorkshire this is your chance!

Application forms can be downloaded from

Who is it for?

  • Targeted provision for inactive 11-25 year olds who do not seek out sporting opportunities themselves or do not usually prioritise doing sport in their own time.
  • Priorities for this commission round are Women & Girls, Disability, Deprived Communities and projects which seek to create additional social change.
  • We will only fund projects where 80% of more of their target audience is inactive

*inactive young people are those who take part in sport or physical activity less than 3 times per month*

What is it about?

  • Minimum of 6 weeks and maximum of 8 week blocks of sporting activities to be delivered
  • Projects will need to ensure that enough participants are targeted and engaged in the activities to reach a retain target
  • There is no minimum or maximum amount of funding that can be applied for (dependant on number of participants retained)
  • At the end of the project, participants will be supported and directed into a local club of alternative sports provision for them to continue participating in sport.


For more information about the Yorkshire Sport Foundation Sportivate programme please go to or contact Kathryn Mudge 07702 211896 or Gillian Brown 07794 248083.

Alternatively contact the Yorkshire Sport Foundation team on 0330 20 20 280.

Application forms can be downloaded from along with funding support and guidance documents

When completed please send to

Music Fundraiser for Disablity Sheffield 14th Jan 2017

5 Jan

Disability Sheffield is a user led charity that exists to support people with disabilities to live as independently as possible.  We are staffed and led mainly by people who have disabilities and most of the work we do centres around supporting people to have the right support they need, supporting them to set businesses up, to enter or return to work, to stay fit and healthy and to offer a place where people can come and get information on a range of issues and many many other things.


We need your help to keep doing the good work we do and we are hosting a charity gig on 14 January 2017 at Crookes Social Club, Mule House Road. S10 1TD from 7.30pm to raise funds and to celebrate the amazing things we have achieved.  We have a great line up of bands and artists so come along and shake off those post-Christmas Blues.


Please register your interest at