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Discussion Group – Upperthorpe

3 Sep

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Grant Aid and Lunch Club Annual Reports

10 Aug

In 2017/2018 Sheffield City Council awarded grants to support the voluntary sector across the city.  64 organisations received part of the grant pot, worth £1,598,087.

To see how it was spent, we have produced an annual report which also provides an overview of the positive impact this grant investment has made in the city. Visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/grants to read more about the fund, download our report and access individual reports from our grant beneficiaries.

There is a separate report which looks specifically at the contribution to lunch clubs for older people which can be found at www.sheffield.gov.uk/lunchclubs

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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Sheffield Lord Mayor brings a touch of magic to annual portraits competition

6 Jul

He’s made headlines for crouching on Town Hall pillars, heading up the procession at Sheffield Carnival and bringing magic into frontline politics.

 

Now Sheffield’s hottest property, Lord Mayor Magid Magid, is the subject of this year’s Portraits of Distinction competition as part of the annual Art in the Gardens festival.

 

Since becoming Lord Mayor in May, Cllr Magid has been in high demand. His Town Hall crouch picture went viral and since he has appeared in The Guardian and The Independent, on The One Show, Good Morning Britain, Sunday Politics and many more.

 

Now artists from Sheffield and beyond are invited to interpret Magid’s distinctive flair, style and creativity in to their own works of art and take part in this year’s competition.

 

Back for its 15th year, Art in the Gardens will see around 300 artists and craft workers, exhibiting more than 4,000 pieces of their work including the competition entries, at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens on Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September.

 

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Art in the Gardens is the perfect celebration of Sheffield’s art and cultural offer and the annual portrait competition is always one of the festival highlights.

 

“With thousands of people attending the event over the weekend, this competition is a brilliant opportunity for artists to showcase their work and promises to be a fantastic exhibition.”

 

The portrait competition will be officially launched this Friday, 6 July and from then, artists can collect a photograph of The Lord Mayor from the main reception at Sheffield Town Hall and begin work on their portraits or sculptures.

 

Photographs will be handed out on a first-come first-served basis.

 

Councillor Magid Magid, The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, said:

“Sheffield is a truly diverse and distinct city with a real flair for art and creativity so I’m honoured to be the subject of this year’s Portraits of Distinction competition.

 

“I love being associated with Sheffield and all the city represents and since becoming Lord Mayor my image has gone far and wide. Now I’m looking forward to seeing how each artist transforms my picture in to a work of art and I hope people will be bold with their creations, showing how they can do things differently, just like me.”

 

The Lord Mayor was photographed for Art in the Gardens at various locations inside his new workplace, the Sheffield Town Hall including the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, the Council Chamber and the Ante Room.

 

Professional artist and photographer Trevor Neal said: It was a great afternoon meeting the Lord Mayor and being able to photograph him for the portrait competition for this year’s Art in the Gardens festival. Magid made time in his hectic schedule for the shoot in and around the Town Hall and not only cooperated but brought his own creativity to it, contributing many ideas of his own. It was a pleasure to carry out this shoot and I can’t wait to see the pictures interpreted in to new pieces of art.”

 

Previous well-known names who have been the centrepiece of the competition include Pulp drummer Nick Banks, television presenter Bradley Walsh, former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, music icon Dave Berry, artist Joe Scarborough, BBC weather presenters Paul Hudson and Lisa Gallagher, the Earl and Countess of Scarborough, Olympic high diver Monique Gladding and BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster and Rony Robinson. 

 

Each year, visitors come from across the country to view the top-quality work at Art in the Gardens, the North of England’s largest outdoor art show.

 

The range of creativity on display includes photography, ceramics, textiles, print making, leatherwork, wood turning, glass work, jewellery, and sculptures in metal, wood, and stone. 

 

There is also a dedicated Home and Garden area, an Open Art Exhibition, artists and craft workers at the top of their profession, a bustling market and the gardens themselves to explore and enjoy.

 

For more information visit www.artinthegardens.com

 

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Warp Films Seek Young People To Star In New Film

21 Jun

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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.