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Lindsey talks about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy

17 Sep

As part of International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day, Sheffield City Council is highlighting the effects of drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.

Lindsey, grandmother to Nathaniel who was born with FASD, spoke to us about the effects of mothers drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.

Lindsey said: “I started to notice Nathaniel acting differently by the time he went to school, he would be withdrawn, he would have extreme emotional reactions to situations, he would lose control of what he was doing, and in some instances he reverted back to being incontinent.

“Nathaniel is a beautiful, warm-hearted young boy who struggled to express his emotions. Due to fear and unease, incontinence was a way for Nathaniel to express his distress; I would have to leave work and pick him up, which resulted in him feeling much safer.

“The school were fantastic with him; he was referred to CAMHS where we went through a long process of elimination trying to determine Nathaniel’s diagnosis. I had always had a feeling it wasn’t ADHD and he wasn’t on the Autistic spectrum, but we had to make sure we covered all areas.

“By chance, someone who had worked alongside Nathaniel had suggested I read about FASD. I spent the evening researching and immediately knew this was what had affected Nathaniel. This was extremely distressing as I came to the realisation that my lovely grandson had been born with a brain injury, one that required a lifetime adjustment.”

FASD is not always identifiable in babies as they don’t always show physical markers, this can result in misdiagnosis.

In Nathaniel’s case, there were physical markers but this was not picked up by healthcare professionals at the time as FASD was not so widely known.

Lindsey added: “Nathaniel was born with a suspected heart murmur; there was a difference in his facial features which I am now able to recognise. During my daughter’s pregnancy, she never confessed to drinking as much as she did, she was presentable and she always attended her appointments sober.

“Life now can be extremely difficult for Nathaniel, he has to have routine, he has short-term memory loss and he has very little empathy. I make sure I am patient with him, that he has support and that I also have a lot of support, I am very lucky to have the support that I do have. My family are brilliant and so is the school that Nathaniel attends.

“It is hard when people assume he is misbehaving, he is not doing this intentionally and his incorrect choices are not done wilfully; he doesn’t have the ability to make correct choices all the time. This is the sad part of FASD, while he does listen to me, he is just unable to access certain parts of his brain that other people can do so easily.

“My message to expectant mothers is this – FASD is totally preventable if people don’t drink. You don’t have to be an alcoholic, you don’t have to binge drink, one drink whilst cooking your meal at home can have a lifetime effect on your baby.

“If you drink when you’re pregnant, your baby is drinking too.”

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families and Baby Safe Champion at Sheffield City Council, said:

“We know that drinking alcohol whilst pregnant can have a major impact on the health of your baby, and Lindsey and Nathaniel’s powerful story helps us all to understand the real impact this has had on their lives.

“As a baby safe champion for Sheffield, my message to all expectant mums is please don’t drink whilst you’re pregnant. Keep you and your baby healthy to give you both the best possible start in your new lives together.”

There is no safe level of alcohol consumption during pregnancy. If you or anyone you know needs help or support about this issue, call Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team (START) on 0114 305 0500 for free, confidential support.

For more information on how to keep you baby safe, please visit


Final Notification on the Removal of BT Payphones in the Sheffield Area

13 Sep

Final Notice – Removal of BT Payphones in the Sheffield Area

 We initially consulted on BTs proposals to remove several payphones in the Sheffield Area from 14 June to 16 July 2019.  A further consultation was then undertaken from 9 August to 9 September 2019 on a ‘First Notification’ draft decision to object to the proposal.

We have now issued a ‘Final Notification’ which is our final decision on whether to object or consent to the removal of the payphone equipment at the 31 proposed locations across the city.

A copy of the final notification can be seen here. The response to the consultations can be viewed at



Broomhall Community Centre conversation class

11 Sep

Speak English

Fostering Information Evening – Wednesday 11 September

10 Sep
  • Spare room?
  • Over 21 years old?
  • Experience of caring for children?

Come to the Quaker Meeting House (10 St.James’ Street, S1 2EW) from 6pm-8pm to find out more about fostering and how you can change the life of a Sheffield child.

There is time for a tea/coffee before we start, available from 5.45pm.

Chat to experienced foster carers and social workers to ask them any questions about fostering.

Please call Ruth in the Fostering Recruitment Team on 0114 273 5075 to let us know you are coming.

Job Opportunity – Christ Church Stocksbridge

10 Sep

Managing Coordinator 

Are you passionate about supporting people in the community?

Christ Church Stocksbridge is recruiting for a Managing Coordinator

The Meeting Place, an award winning social cafe based in Stocksbridge who meet weekly to support people who are socially isolated, find it difficult to make friends, or require additional support and/or need sign-posting to local services.  The Meeting Place is also an information point for Credit Union and the cafe is run by volunteers under the supervision of the paid Coordinator.

Responsibilities include:

  • running all aspects of the cafe, training and recruiting volunteers.
  • ensuring the activities and services run smoothly
  • manage and maintain good relationships with the community and other organisations.
  • 15 hours per week
  • £12.50 per hour
  • closing date 5 October 2019

To find out more and to request an application pack, including a full job description, email  Sarah Knightly  or call 07800 923192

We Are Undefeatable! Sport England’s new national campaign

6 Sep

We Are Undefeatable! Sport England’s new national campaign

One in four people in England live with a long-term health condition, and they’re twice as likely to be inactive despite evidence that being active can help manage many conditions and help reduce the impact and severity of some symptoms.

A major new campaign has been launched to support the 15 million people who live with one or more long-term health conditions in England.

We Are Undefeatable aims to help those with conditions such as diabetes, cancer, arthritis and Parkinson’s to build physical activity into their lives. New research shows the majority of people with a long-term health condition want to be active and are aware of the health benefits.

The campaign hopes to inspire, reassure and support people to be active by showing the real-life experiences of people living with a variety of conditions – both visible and invisible – on their own journeys to being active.

What are we seeking to achieve?

To create a unified physical activity campaign which challenges misconceptions and finds a strong emotional platform to engage and motivate to sustainable behaviour change across health conditions

Who do we want to reach?

  • People who are doing a little physical activity (<30mins) AND those who are doing almost none at all.
  • Male and female, 30 years old – 64 years old (and beyond if possible)
  • Broad range of health conditions and different levels of severity.

What can you do as an ambassador?

  • Use the campaign supporter pack to support and inform your work on the campaign – This will soon move over to the Supporters Hub.
  • Share the ethos of this campaign, and the campaign material, with your customers, family, or friends.
  • Incorporate the Undefeatable message into ‘business as usual’ at your organisation by encouraging staff and decision makers to read up on the campaign and its aims.
  • Share the campaign, and your work to support it, on social media with #WeAreUndefeatable
  • Share the campaign film.
  • Guidance for the sport and physical activity workforce, which has been developed by UK Coaching to help provide a positive experience for those engaged by the campaign, can be found at
  • If you have any questions about these resources or other aspects of the campaign, please submit them to

Visit the official website here

Street light dimming consultation opens

4 Sep

Sheffield residents are being asked to give their views on a proposal to vary the street lighting levels across Sheffield, following the start of a trial in three areas of the city.

The proposals, which support the recently launched Climate Emergency plans, encourage approaches in support of a lower carbon economy, greater resilience to climate change and cleaner growth.

From Monday 19 August until Friday 13 September, street lighting levels in Crosspool, Endcliffe and Meersbrook will be reduced on a trial basis.

During this period, street lights will switch on responsively at 80% instead of the current 84% before midnight and reduce from 54% to 40% at midnight until 6am.

Lighting levels will be adjusted when footfall and traffic is at its lowest and the council will continue to work with South Yorkshire Police, and other stakeholders, to assess and evaluate any impact on communities.

If implemented city-wide, as well as achieving a 380 tonne annual reduction in Co2 emissions, the changes will also see a number of other environmental benefits including minimising the negative effects on residents’ sleep patterns, certain nocturnal animals, plant species and people’s enjoyment of the night sky.

Importantly, the lighting levels will remain in line with the current standards, providing adequate levels of lighting on the highway.

The consultation will close on Sunday 22 September when the views of those in the pilot areas will be assessed alongside the views from respondents across the city.

The city-wide consultation can be found here.

More information about the proposal, including a link to a briefing report and associated maps of the trial areas, can be found at: