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Bags of Taste: New Courses Available

13 Jan

Bags of Taste’s first remote budget cooking courses will be starting on 02/02 and will be commencing on a weekly basis with a new cohort each week through to the end of February.

All that’s needed to take part is a kitchen with basic equipment and a phone. All courses are done from home and we deliver a free bag of ingredients with everything needed to cook 3 dishes at home.

Groups are kept small to enable students to form supportive relationships with each other, while the mentor can offer emotional support and befriending, if the student doesn’t have access to the internet or needs extra support BoT can provide one-to-one mentoring over the phone. On finishing the 2-week course, BoT provide online or offline resources to further students’ development, learning and engagement.

BoT take referrals and self-referrals via email, alternatively text or call 07757393758. If you are making a referral please get in touch with the name, contact number and postcode of your client. BoT still have plenty of spaces available for the courses so please feel free to refer multiple clients.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Volunteers needed

13 Jan

Be part of something BIG

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Volunteers needed

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is looking for enthusiastic volunteers to be part of its COVID-19 vaccination programme from January 2021 onwards.

The role

We are looking for Volunteer Stewards to work both at our hospital vaccination centres, and at our large scale site at the Sheffield Arena. This will be a varied role, supporting the vaccine centre with duties including directing and signposting attendees, informing attendees about COVID safety measures, handing out information and providing general support to staff working at the site. The role will be and active one and volunteers will need to be mobile/on their feet for the duration of the session. Shifts are likely to be 4 hours long with sites operating 7am-7pm, 7 days a week.

What we are looking for

The project is still in development and therefore we are looking for volunteers who are able to be flexible and respond to the needs of the role as it evolves. Your precise start date is yet to be determined and you may be called upon at short notice. We are looking for individuals who can volunteer for at least 4 hours a week on a regular basis for at least 3 months and who have great interpersonal skills as this role will be very much about interacting with the public.

Due to the nature of the project and the current national and local restrictions, training and induction will take place online and rotas will be communicated by way of a smartphone app. For this reason we are looking for volunteers who have an email address and access to a computer and smartphone.

If you have additional skills such being able to speak other languages, use of British Sign Language or Basic Life Support Skills, please indicate this on the application form.

At this stage applications are welcomed from those aged 18 and over.

What we can offer

An opportunity to be involved in an important and historic undertaking as well as meeting new people, increasing confidence and the satisfaction of knowing you are doing something worthwhile.

Out of pocket expenses will be provided along with all required training. References will be available for volunteers who attend regularly and commit the required number of hours.

All required PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) will be provided.

How to apply

The Role Description for this role is attached. Please apply online here

We may close the recruitment process if we receive the required number of applications.

On application you will provide your details and indicate your availability. If you are shortlisted you will be asked to provide ID documents for identity and DBS checks. An individual COVID-19 risk assessment will be conducted for each volunteer and you will undertake the Trust’s mandatory training before commencing in role. You will also need to provide details of referees and complete an Occupational Health questionnaire.


If you have any questions about the role before applying please email and we will get back to you.

5 Things to Help Your Community In Response To Covid-19

17 Mar



Community Action Response – five things you can do

  1. Think of others, consider your actions & be kind: People in every community will face the challenges of COVID-19 in some way – from needing basic provisions to help while they are unwell.
  2. Connect and reach out to your neighbours: as self-isolation increases, we need to find new ways to stay connected and check in on one another for our physical and mental wellbeing. Share phone numbers and stay in touch.
  3. Make the most of local online groups: Keep up to date, share information and be a positive part of your local community conversations using platforms like Nextdoor.
  4. Support vulnerable or isolated people: different groups in our communities are at increased risk and social isolation and loneliness are key concerns for all ages. There are things you can do like volunteering for local support services or donating to food banks to help.
  5. Share accurate information and advice: Support anyone who may be anxious about COVID-19. Sign post them to the correct advice from Public Health England and encourage people to follow the correct hygiene practices.

Feel Good Cycling

5 Mar

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Get Set To Go

5 Mar


More money for men’s domestic abuse accommodation

28 Feb

Council welcomes cash boost to domestic abuse accommodation for men in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council is pleased to announce that a bid for government funding support for survivors of domestic violence has been successful.

Sheffield has been awarded £67,336 of the Government’s £16.6m national fund. The funding pot has been made available to local authorities to bid for specialist help and housing provision for those affected by domestic abuse.

The fund will help fill the gaps in specialist safe housing provision for domestic abuse victims. The pilot scheme, starting in April for the duration of one year will provide supported accommodation for men, including LGBT+ community, and some women for whom the current refuge provision is not suitable.

Cabinet member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council, George Lindars-Hammond said: “We are delighted with the news of our successful bid to Government to enable Sheffield Council to work with our partners IDAS and Target Housing to provide specialist supported safe accommodation for men who are at risk of domestic abuse, and women for whom refuge is not appropriate.

“We know that Domestic Abuse affects thousands of people in Sheffield each year and we are committed to supporting all people who suffer, including men and LGBT+ people. The funding will help us to meet our ambition of expanding our specialist supported accommodation provision to more people.

The accommodation will include safety features and will be provided and managed by Target Housing. Residents will have access to the help they need from Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) who currently provide specialist domestic abuse services in Sheffield.

CEO of IDAS, Sarah Hill said: “This funding is great news for victims living in Sheffield. We know from years of experience that victims are most at risk at the point when they escape an abusive relationship. So to increase their options for safe, emergency accommodation with support, is absolutely vital.

“We very much look forward to working closely with partners to set up the new service over the coming months.

The new fund will mean the refuge provision can be extended to provide 8 extra units to support 8 victims (and children if relevant) with the potential to support approximately 25 people per year.

CEO of Target Housing, Shaun Needham said: “We are very excited about the new pilot scheme for those affected by domestic abuse in the city. We are proud to be a part of this new initiative especially one that we believe will be very innovative and will seek to address a very complex issue in a new and different way.”

Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation Programme – Survey

26 Feb

The Primary and Community Mental Health Transformation Programme are now consulting to better understand mental health and provide support for people with mental health.  Please complete the survey following the link below:



Bags of Tastes course

26 Feb


New service available for anyone affected by suicide

25 Feb

New service available for anyone affected by suicide

AMPARO is a new service who can offer support to anyone who has been affected by suicide, whether this is family members, friends or work colleagues.

The service provides support in a range of ways including one to one individual advice, help with media enquiries, support and guidance up to and including the inquest and signposting to further services.

Amparo will be delivered by Listening Ear and is supported by a multi-agency approach including South Yorkshire Suicide Prevention Group and Sheffield City Council.

The service for Sheffield launched on Friday 31 January 2020

Accessed by calling: 0330 088 9255,


or through an online referral form available at

Skin Confidence Workshop 07 March 2020

18 Feb

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