Archive | December, 2014

Report ‘Being a Grandparent in Sheffield Today’ – Sheffield 50+

29 Dec

This summer Sheffield 50+ carried out research into ‘Being a grandparent in Sheffield today’. Working with the national charity Grandparents Plus, we asked our 2,500 members to tell us about their experiences as a grandparent – their feelings and experiences and their hopes and fears for the future.

Some of our key findings are:

  • one in six of Sheffield grandparents have either had to give up work, reduce their hours or take holidays in order to care for their grandchildren
  • Sheffield grandparents are not only part of the ‘squeezed middle’ having to care for both grandchildren and older people such as parents, partners or neighbours, but also
  • Sheffield grandparents are very worried about how they will be able to pay for their own care as they get older

Read the full report at!grandparent-project/c209q.


Accessible Sheffield Project Consultation Event

29 Dec

Accessible Sheffield Project Consultation Event

Tuesday 21 January 2015, 2pm to 3:30pm Town Hall

Disabled Go, Disability Sheffield and CredAbility is working in partnership with Sheffield City Council to support the ambitions of Sheffield to become an accessible and fairer city for all who live, work, study and or visit Sheffield.

The partnership will support the development and delivery of an exciting new city access guide service that will bring benefits that reach beyond disability, including bringing both social and economic benefits for the city. The project will also develop a CredAbility Access Card scheme for local disabled people.

A consultation event will be held for people to find out more and give their ideas about what places should be included in the guide to Sheffield.

To book or for more information contact or 01438 842710.

Sheffield Budget Conversation Event

29 Dec

Wednesday 14 January, 5.15pm to 7pm

Town Hall

Over the past few months the Council has been developing proposals on how it plans to meet the challenge of balancing the Budget. This event will include:

  • Presentations from Cllr Ben Curran, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, and John Mothersole, Council’s Chief Executive, setting out where we have go to on balancing the Budget
  • A question and answer session
  • Workshops with Cabinet Members and Senior Officers, providing a more detailed picture of the thinking across a number of areas and an opportunity to discuss our approaches

The event is open to representatives of organisations and members of the public. Due to limited space, there is a maximum of 2 places per organisation. To book email or ring 0114 273 5417.

NEW Adult Learning Courses for 2015

19 Dec

Just a quick list of what’s happening for

Adult Learning Courses in The New Year at The Venue

Digital Photography starts 12th January 6.45 – 8.45pm x 7 weeks £44.10 Explore and identify functions on a digital camera, manual and auto settings, developing your camera skills, downloading and manipulating images, transferring images and printing

Getting the most from your iPad starts 12th January 6.45 – 8.45pm x 7 weeks £44.10 Explore functions on an iPad, alter and view settings ,download and use Apps, How to use the iPad for social media, Using and storing information safely and Internet safety

Family History for Beginners starts 15th January 6.45 -8.45pm x 7 weeks £44.10 Learn how to trace your ancestors, create and design a family tree, find out about their jobs, careers and social history. Use websites and historical documents to uncover your past.

Introduction to Reading Music Starts 21st January 9.30 -11.30am x 7 weeks £44.10 Do you sing in a choir or play an instrument but struggle to read music? This course will teach you the theory and practice to help

Website Design 20th & 27th January 6.30-8.30pm Would you like to create your own website for business, hobby, community group and even for others for profit? This short course can show you how using quick and easy free sites. £10

Emergency First Aid at Work Saturday 24th January 9am -4.30pm £35 includes certificate on successful completion – Learn basic CPR , and how to recognise and treat minor wounds, scalds & burns and common illnesses.

Using Social Media 3rd & 10th February 6.30 – 8.30pm £10 Take a look at the world of Facebook and Twitter and explore the uses of digital media for business and pleasure on this short and informative course.

Making Beaded Jewellery starts 19th January x 6 weeks 6.30 -8.30pm £40 plus materials – create beautiful pieces of beaded jewellery using a variety of techniques and beads. Each week is a complete project for you to take home and keep

Cake Decorating – Starts 29th January x 4 weeks 6.30 – 9pm £10 plus materials An introduction to cake decorating, learning a variety of techniques and skills which can be adapted for decorating a variety of cakes

Cake Decorating for Easter starts 5th March x 4 weeks 6.30-9pm £35 plus materials – Create an beautifully decorated cake with an Easter theme.

Create a Mini Memory Book – Starts 20th January x 3 weeks 7pm-9.30pm Create a beautiful handmade mini album decorated with paper craft techniques to display photos and memorabilia £10 plus materials

Scrap Booking Your Photos– Starts 24th February x 5 weeks £40 plus materials Do you want to preserve and display family memories and learn how to use paper craft techniques to create and display photos and memorabilia?

Craft Club – Join the Crafty Nest craft Club every Wednesday 12.30 -2.30pm for crafting fun! A social group that meet each week and learn and practice a variety of crafts skills and techniques £5 per session materials included

Art & Watercolour Workshops every Monday 10.30 – 12noon A mixed group of beginners and more advanced learners meet each week to learn painting techniques in watercolours and other media £5 per session

Beaded Jewellery for Beginners – starts 20th January x 6 weeks £40 plus materials 12.30 -2.30pm Learn basic beading techniques and create a new project each week to take home

Computer Skills for Beginners – starts 9th January x 9 weeks 2.45 – 4.45pm £57 (£10 conc. if on JSA or ESA) Aimed at those who have not used a computer before or have only a little knowledge

Develop Your Computer Skills – Various topics covered on these computer courses for those with some experience of computing who wish to develop their skills – various dates and times available – please enquire

Coming Soon –

Backyard Chicken Keeping – from preparing habitats, to feeding and cleaning, How to raise and care for chickens at home.

Towards Self Sufficiency – Growing Your Own fruit and vegetables, Hedgerow Foraging, Gifts from nature – a look at how to become more self sufficient and enjoying natures produce

Quilting Workshop – How to create quilts from material, looking at different designs and techniques to produce simple projects for home or gifts.

All courses must be booked and paid for in advance. Limited places available so booking essential – Ring 0114 2838692 for further details.

What’s On at The Venue

19 Dec

What’s On at The Venue

Come along and join in with our FREE Family disco for Christmas 6pm -10pm – A night for all the family all ages welcome
Games, Dancing & Prizes – Fancy Dress Optional – HO HO HO!

Traditional and LOCAL Carols with Deepcar Brass Band December 22nd
Keep the tradition of LOCAL carols going Starts at 7:30pm £6 per ticket.

Message from Trustees of Grenoside Reading Room

19 Dec

A merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year for 2015 from the Grenoside Reading Room Trustees (Grenoside old School Charity reg no 225973)

We thank you for all your help and support and encouragement during 2014. Any offers of further help would be most welcome!

We, the Trustees feel that the Reading Room has been and continues to be successful in meeting its Charitable aims and objectives.

Please find attached a list of events. Speakers for the talks to be announced shortly.

We will be open as usual 11.45am to 3pm next Monday the 22nd December but closed on the 29th December.
Greno_Reading_Room greno news item for jan 2015 issue.doc


3 Dec


Monday 8th December 2014

11am to 3pm

A Taste of Christmas – Special Christmas opening

Soup & a roll
Mince pies, mulled wine, cakes and raffle
Christmas goodies
Christmas music and carols
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Equality Hub Network event: Council’s Budget

3 Dec

This is just a reminder that the Equality Hub Network event on the Council’s Budget is this Friday 5 December, 2pm, Town Hall. Registration is from 1:30am; tea/coffee on arrival.

Please find the agenda below.

The event will include:

· Information about the Council’s Budget setting process, including how we ensure fairness

· An opportunity to influence what priorities guide the Council in setting the Budget

· Information about the 2015-2016 Equality and Fairness Grants

· An opportunity to network and share information about your group’s activities

There’s still space available, so if you would like to attend and haven’t already booked a place, please get in touch on 0114 27 35861.

5 Dec 2014 Equality Hub Network event Council’s Budget.doc

Panto at The Venue, Stocksbridge

3 Dec

PANTO SEASON STARTS THIS WEEK…. Oh no its not, Oh YES it is!
North East Producers bring OLIVER to The Venue Stocksbridge, a pocket panto telling the tale of Oliver Twist, the boy who asked for more. A show packed full of music, laughter, comedy and audience participation , followed by carol singing TUESDAY 2nd December 11.30am £5 per ticket – also available on the door (homemade cakes & coffees being served)

Dream Team Theatre Company presents Dick Whittington – Panto fun for all the family FRIDAY 5th December Show starts 7pm Family Ticket £16 Adults £5.50 Child Over 2 £4 Under 2’s FREE – Bar open – a colourful professional show with great costumes, slapstick routines, and singing along with audience participation

Ring us on 0114 2838692 for more details or to book tickets – or email

Calling High Green Residents – Streets Ahead Survey

2 Dec

Streets Ahead recently completed highway improvement works in the High Green area. This work included upgrading street lights, repairs to and  clearance of gullies, replacement of broken and misaligned kerbs, upgrading the pavements and road resurfacing.

To help the Streets Ahead team maintain and improve standards they are keen to find out what you think and would like to ask you take a couple of minutes to complete the questionnaire on the following link  once logged in please select B12 High Green.

All feedback received will contribute to improving future highways schemes.

If you have any ideas or suggestions please let the team know by filling in the additional comment boxes.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.