Archive | October, 2013

Fuse Sheffield – New voucher scheme for priority groups now available

28 Oct

A new voucher scheme is available to priority groups, providing free services through the FUSE partnership.

Funded by Sheffield City Council, support and services are available specifically to organisations which represent / serve disadvantaged communities.

Follow this link for more information –


Sheffield Funding Forum 5 November – Celebrating National Pro Bono Week

23 Oct

SYFAB and Business in the Community are holding a FREE event in Sheffield for local groups, to help them find out more about the financial and professional support available to them. Speakers include:

· Neil Ritchie of Enritch Design and South Yorkshire ProHelp

· Godfrey Smallman from Sheffield Church Burgesses

· Sue White from Voluntary Action Sheffield

· Margaret Thompson from Sheffield Oratorio Chorus who will be talking about her group’s fundraising experiences

· …plus providers of pro bono support including marketing experts, solicitors, architects and more!

The event is on Tuesday 5 November, 9.30 to 12.00 at Ice Sheffield, and anyone wanting to attend will need to book a place. Full details are on the attached poster/flyer and also on the events section of SYFAB’s website where places can be booked online.

Please can you help us promote this by spreading the word to your own contacts and mailing lists.

Pro Bono event poster 5 Nov 2013.pdf

Snow Warden Scheme Extended

23 Oct

There may be more need for umbrellas than snow boots this week but Sheffield City Council is planning ahead for wintry weather and is extending the City’s snow warden scheme.

Following several severe winters, the Council and its Streets Ahead contractor, Amey, are hoping to boost the number of volunteer snow wardens.

They are contacting community groups across the city to offer free snow shovels to volunteers who pledge to help their local community by clearing snow from pavements. There are currently 67 snow wardens in Sheffield and Streets Ahead are hoping to boost this number into the hundreds and get a better spread of cover across the city.

Cllr Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Street Scene said: “We are already well prepared for winter and Amey’s fleet and drivers are ready to go at the first sign of bad weather. We had a great response to last year’s big snowfall and I’m confident we can do the same again. We’re working hard to make sure everything is ready.

“We grit over 1,180 miles of roads in Sheffield in a single run. We prioritise the main routes used for getting around the city and the busiest pavements so people can still get to work and school. This means most pavements and many residential roads cannot be treated.

“We’ve already got a small number of snow wardens and I’m really pleased to announce that we are extending this scheme by offering free snow shovels to community groups and asking them to support us by clearing snow from pavements. We are really grateful for the support our volunteers give in times of snow and I’d like to thank everyone in advance for the vital part they will plan in helping to keep Sheffield moving this winter.”

Amey have 550 free snow shovels to give out. As well as writing to community groups, local councillors are also being invited to receive a snow shovel to lead from the front and help clear snow from the pavements in their local community.

Community groups interested in registering for snow shovels should email or call 0114 273 4567 by 8 November. All requests will be considered and shovels distributed to ensure a fair and equal spread across the city.

For more information about the Streets Ahead winter service, including grit bin locations, please visit:

Follow us on twitter @sccstreetsahead for winter gritting updates.

Meet The Gritters And Get Ready For Winter

23 Oct

The winter season has started for Sheffield City Council and its Streets Ahead contractor Amey. The teams are inviting people to a winter information event to find out more and how they can prepare.

A gritter and the Streets Ahead information bus will be at Barker’s Pool on Wednesday 30 October between 10am – 2pm. Visitors can:

  • Find out about our winter service
  • Speak to gritter experts
  • See how we monitor winter weather and make decisions about gritting
  • Check how prepared you are for winter
  • Get information about how to prepare better for winter
  • Pick up a winter pack by completing our questionnaire about how prepared you are for winter

Cllr Jack Scott, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Recycling and Streetscene said: “Our Streets Ahead contractor Amey did a great job last year in what was one of the harshest winters for 40 years. They are prepared again for this year.

“We want people to come to the event to find out how they can also prepare. We’re really keen to spread the message about how people can help themselves by using our grit bins to help keep the pavements clear and also looking out for elderly neighbours and relatives during bad weather.”

Chris Morris, Operations Director for Streets Ahead contractor Amey said: “Our winter service operates 24-hours-a-day, seven days a week whenever the weather demands. We grit 720 miles of urban and rural roads when freezing temperatures are forecast and clear heavy snow when it has settled. It can take up to 8.5 hours to complete a full gritting run.”

For more information about the Streets Ahead winter service please visit: Follow on twitter @sccstreetsahead for winter gritting updates.


 Before setting off:

  • Ask yourself if the journey is really necessary
  • Allow time to prepare the car; make sure all windows and mirrors are free from ice and snow and the heater has de-misted the inside
  • Check the lights and wipers are in good working order
  • Check the tyres are in good condition
  • Carry ice scrapers and de-icers. It’s also worth carrying a mobile phone with a fully charged battery, torch, first-aid kit, tow rope, blankets, warm coat and boots, jump leads, snow shovel, warning triangle, and an old sack or rug (to put under the wheels if you do get stuck)
  • Plan routes on major roads which are more likely to have been gritted

When driving:

  • SLOW DOWN. Ice can still be present, even on a gritted route
  • Remember stopping distances can be up to ten times further in icy conditions
  • Always apply brakes gently. Release them and de-clutch if the car skids
  • Manoeuvre carefully and gently
  • Select second gear when pulling away, easing your foot off the clutch gently to avoid wheel-spin
  • If you do get stuck, straighten the steering and clear the snow from the wheels. Put a sack or old rug in front of the driving wheels to give the tyres some grip. Once on the move again, try not to stop until you reach firmer ground
  • If you find yourself behind a gritter, please keep well back and be patient. DO NOT try to overtake
  • Listen to local radio stations to check road conditions
  • If you need to abandon your car, try to position the vehicle in a location that allows gritters and other road users to pass

Events on Wadsley and Loxley Common

22 Oct

Sunday 27 October 2013 – Birds in Autumn – on Wadsley Common

Join John Robinson to discover and learn about the birds that live on Wadsley and Loxley Common.  John is a local expert and has been recording and watching wildlife on the common for over 20 years.  If there are not so many birds to see he will be able to tell you stories about the local and natural history.  Families especially welcome.

Meet at 10am at Rural Lane Car Park, off Worrall Road, S6 4BL

This is a circular walk and will take around 1.5 hours.  You can return to the car park at any time.  Tel: 0114 2348472

Thursday 31 October 2013 – Ghost Walk on Loxley Common

‘Halloween Ghost Walk’ on the Common with stories and scary things happening.  Come along and meet the Werewolf of Wadsley at 6pm at Rural Lane Car Park off Worrall Road, S6 4BL.  Prize for best fancy dress, families and children especially welcome.  Bring a torch.

This is a circular walk and will take around 1.5 hours.  You can return to the car park at any time.  Tel: 0114 2335331

Make Your Voice Count During Local Democracy Week

17 Oct

The Council has launched its new approach to engaging and involving communities in local decision making. Throughout the year councillors will be hosting a series of ‘Your Local Area’ meetings and events within their wards. These meetings will provide residents with the opportunity to discuss the delivery of local services and identify priorities.

Members of the community can also get involved in council activities by keeping in touch with their ward councillors, taking part in consultations, attending council meetings and getting involved in scrutiny.

The council also helps to run and support a range of activities and organisations which give people a voice and guides the services it provides, such as Tenants and Residents’ Associations, the Sheffield Youth Council and Sheffield Youth Parliament, Parents’ Assembly and the Sheffield People’s Parliament, which is open to people aged over 18 with learning disabilities.

For more information about how to get involved in council activities visit

Free Charity Training in Sheffield

17 Oct

Free Training for Small Charities: 20-21 November, Sheffield

The FSI is bringing two days of free training to Sheffield so that small charities in the area can build the skills they need to become self sustaining. Sponsored by Charity Bank, the event offers courses on key fundraising skills such as Major Donor fundraising, Developing Earned Income and Corporate Partnerships. There is also training on Fundraising Strategy, Building your Case for Support and Demonstrating Your Impact. It fills up fast, so book your free 1 or 2 day place today to access this fantastic training opportunity. Visit for more information and bookings.

Skate with the stars at 10th birthday taster sessions

16 Oct

A professional from ITV’s Dancing on Ice is set to share his expertise at a series of special taster sessions celebrating 10 years of success for Sheffield’s leading ice rink.

Amongst other top coaches, professional skater, Mark Hanretty, will be helping to deliver free open sessions at iceSheffield throughout October to mark the Sheffield International Venues (SIV) facility’s 10th anniversary.

Taking place on 21, 24 and 26 October, the sessions are open to people of all levels and ages. They are designed to take people through the foundations of ice skating, including how to get up if you fall over and improving balance and coordination when on the ice.

Dancing on Ice professional Mark has guided celebrities Nadia Sawalha and Rosemary Conley through the ITV show and is now looking forward to coaching members of the public at the unique birthday taster sessions at the venue.

Mark, who is also a coach at iceSheffield, said: “We are so excited to be able to celebrate 10 years of success with the people of Sheffield.

“The taster sessions are a great way to try ice skating at a world class facility, whether it’s your first time on the ice or you’ve ice skated before, the coaches will guide you through the foundations.”

The sessions will also give an insight into iceSheffield’s ‘Learn to Skate’ programme – a six week block of sessions for skaters of all ages and abilities.

PJ Hallam, aged 17 from Wincobank in Sheffield, who is the current British junior men’s ice skating champion and was developed through the Learn to Skate programme, said: “The taster sessions are a great way to try ice skating in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. The coaches are great at taking you through the basics to make you feel confident on the ice.

“I found my passion through the programme nearly ten years ago and now I’m preparing to represent Team GB – that could be you!”

To book onto the taster sessions call reception on 0114 2233900 or enquire online at

Emergency First Aid at Work Course

16 Oct

Please find details below of an Emergency First Aid at Work Course being held at The Venue in Stocksbridge for local Voluntary and Community groups.

If you know of any groups that may be interested please feel free to pass details on. All places must be booked in advance and we require a £10 deposit to confirm your place. This course is being offered at a reduced rate and some of the proceeds will be donated to a local voluntary group. Cost includes certification

EMERGENCY FIRST AID AT WORK Accredited Course – Saturday 7th December 10am -4pm Cost £35 includes certificate. Will cover principles of first aid, accident procedures, Recovery position, CPR, Treatments for Blood Loss, Shock, General illnesses, Choking & Burns

Call 0114 2838692 to book or email

Consultation on Libraries

15 Oct

Libraries want to hear your views about the future of Library Services in Sheffield, whether or not you use these services at the moment.

You may have already seen the recent announcement detailing the proposals for the future of Library Services in Sheffield.

Libraries are now launching the next part of their consultation process to seek your views and opinions on these proposals.  These proposals are part of the overall plan for how Sheffield City Council uses its resources, and are based on what was said last year in the first part of this consultation.

Before you complete the survey, please read the following:

Background Information to the Proposals


Frequently Asked Questions

Please complete the online survey

We recommend that you complete it online – it doesn’t take long and it’s really easy to follow.

You can also have your say in the following ways:

–       Email to request a paper copy of the survey which you can complete and return by Freepost

–       Call 0114 2735299 to complete a survey over the phone, request alternative formats or in other community languages, or request a paper copy to complete and return by Freepost

–       Collect and complete a paper survey in any library or First Point

–       Call 0114 2735299 to enquire about being involved in a focus group

–       Attend drop-ins and targeted focus groups

–       Contact us regarding us coming to talk to your group

Large print and easy read versions of the survey are also available at