Archive | April, 2017
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Sheffield Cultural Festival 20th May 2017

28 Apr

One Sheffield Many Cultures

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Hillsfest Stalls, Activities and Evening Concert 28th May 2017

27 Apr

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East Peak Outdoors Walking Festival 2017

27 Apr

Welcome to the programme of walks organised by East Peak Outdoors for 2017.

EPIP Walking Festival 2017

The walks are led by volunteers, many of whom represent local walking groups, and our thanks go to these willing people for kindly agreeing to do this.

Please check the website www.epip.org.uk to find additional walks and events that may have been added to this programme.

You should contact the walk or event leader as provided against each walk if you wish to confirm or discuss specific details.

Whilst event organisers have taken steps to ensure that walks run smoothly and safely, you can help by wearing sensible clothing and footwear at all times.

It’s a good idea to carry water and snacks and any medication that you may need. Be aware that mobile phone signals are not available in some areas where walks are taking place.

The events are free of charge unless otherwise stated. Children and well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome unless otherwise stated.

Booking is not required unless otherwise stated.

For general information contact: East Peak Innovation Partnership – Tel: 01226 763201

 

Job Vacancy – Health Link Worker (closing date 12th May 2017)

26 Apr

zest job

To apply visit www.zestcommunity.co.uk , then click the Working for Us tab at the very top of the page to download an application pack. Completed application forms must be returned to karen.purnell@zestcommunity.co.uk

Closing date: Friday 12th May 2017 at 10.00am

Interviews will take place Thursday 18th May 2017.

Please note that we are unable to interview on any other dates, do not apply if you are not available on that date.

ZEST is working towards best-practice in equality of opportunity.

Dates for the Chief Constable’s neighbourhood policing events

24 Apr

South Yorkshire Police will be reintroducing neighbourhood policing to Sheffield in the next few months. To ensure the Neighbourhood teams provide an excellent service in the most effective and productive way possible, the Chief Constable would like to consult with communities and partners within Sheffield to gain a thorough understanding of their needs, expectations and concerns about Neighbourhood policing, so that feedback can be considered fully in developing the new policing model.

 These events are being held to gain local community opinion and we would welcome your attendance at either:

 Vestry Hall, Burngreave – 3rd May 2017 at 6pm; or

  • St Mary’s Church, Bramall Ln – 9th May 2017 at 6pm.

For more information visit:  http://www.southyorks.police.uk/news-syp/further-dates-chief%E2%80%99s-neighbourhood-policing-events-announced

South Yorkshire Police Senior Leadership Group

Superfast South Yorkshire Voucher Scheme

21 Apr

New SFSY Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme! 

Do you want a speedy, reliable connection that will open your business up to global markets? Could a new innovation create new business

opportunities? If the answer is yes then the SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme could provide you with the help you need! 

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme is supported by the Sheffield City Region European Regional Development Fund and

offers vouchers to encourage SMEs to take-up faster digital connectivity, and to further support SMEs to introduce

transformational innovations to the business that can improve business performance through faster digital connections. 

Vouchers will have a maximum value which will be 50% of the actual cost for the connection or innovation provided, (all figures stated are excluding VAT):

· Connection Voucher : Actual connection costs between £1000 and £5000 (Voucher values would be between £500 and £2500)

· Innovation Voucher: Actual innovation costs between £5000 and £24999 (Voucher values would be between £2500 and £12499.50) 

For full information visit: http://www.superfastsouthyorkshire.co.uk/vouchers

 

Google Digital Garage, Sheffield

21 Apr

The Digital Garage in Sheffield

Digital skills are now needed for everyone to fully participate in society. They are vital in connecting communities, driving growth, and making sure the UK economy works for all.

Cllr Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, Louise Haigh MP, Shadow Digital Minister and Torsten Schuppe, Vice President of Marketing for Google UK, are delighted to welcome you to the launch of the new Digital Garage in Sheffield.

The Digital Garage is a multi-million pound initiative that will help thousands of people in and around Sheffield learn crucial skills for the digital age, offering training workshops and 1:1 mentoring sessions to small businesses, charities, organisations and individuals.

Please come along to our launch event on Friday 28th April and learn more about what the Digital Garage will offer the region, meet the people who will be delivering the training and hear from individuals that have already used the Garage to develop their online presence.

Following the launch, networking and breakfast refreshments, the Garage will officially open for its first training sessions.

When: Friday 28th April Where: 15 Barker’s Pool, Sheffield, S1 2HB Time: 10:00-11:00 (launch and refreshments); 11:15-12:00 & 12:00-13:00 (training)

Registration for training sessions will open next week. To find out more about the Digital Garage in Sheffield, and about how to register for our free training sessions, please visit g.co/SheffieldGarage.

If you have any other questions please contact theopenroaduk@gmail.com.

Kell Brook becomes Ambassador for Special Olympics GB National Games in Sheffield

21 Apr

KELL & SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Special Olympics Great Britain is delighted to announce that Kell Brook is to be a new Ambassador for the charity’s National Games in Sheffield this summer.

Kell is currently one of the biggest names in the World of boxing.

Sheffield born Kell Brook said: “Having met a number of the Yorkshire based athletes who are taking part in the Special Olympics National Games in Sheffield, I was able to understand how passionate people with learning disability are about sport.

“It reinforced to me that people with disability care about sport as much as me and everyone else.

“I couldn’t be prouder to stand up for these exceptional athletes with learning disabilities.

“I will be there in August in Sheffield watching the Special Olympics GB athletes in action across the city.”

Why Are The Games Important?

  • The Games gives athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability the opportunity to achieve and to demonstrate their abilities to the community.
  • The event will attract athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities from across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Through participation in this large national competition, people with an intellectual (learning) disability will acquire the confidence and social and life skills that will help their inclusion in society.

The games offer people the opportunity to give back to the community and make a difference when coaching, officiating and volunteering at the event.

Special Olympics GB is the largest provider of a year-round, all ability, sports programme in Great Britain and supports over 10,000 athletes with intellectual (learning) disabilities on a continued basis.

Across England, Scotland and Wales, approximately 27,000 regular sports coaching sessions of at least 1 hour each, are delivered locally each year by 140 accredited programmes across 28 different sports.

This coaching activity leads to an annual average of 100 all ability, inclusive sports competitions. Its competition pathways make Special Olympics Great Britain unique within the disability sports sector as it provides, for athletes of all abilities, opportunities to compete and progress at local, regional, national and international levels.  This extensive programme is led by over 4,000 dedicated volunteers in a variety of sports coaching, administrative, event, logistic, fundraising and supporting roles.

For our athletes, excellence is personal achievement, a reflection of reaching one’s maximum potential – it is a goal to which everyone can aspire.

For those Special Olympics athletes who attain an elite level in their sport, we signpost and support a pathway into Paralympics and other elite competitions.

Special Olympics National Games

#Sheffield17

#SeeingIsBelieving 

Tuesday 8th August – Friday 11th August 2017 

20,000 people at Opening Ceremony at Sheffield United’s football stadium on evening of Tuesday 8 August 2017

For more information about the Special Olympics Great Britain National Summer Games 2017, please visit: http://www.sheffield2017.org.uk

Autism Plus Specialists Job fair 25th April 2017

20 Apr

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Autism Plus are hosting a specialist job fair on Tuesday 25th April 2017 for adults with Autism, Asperger Syndrome, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and other Hidden Impairments.

We are bringing together forward-thinking employers who are keen to open up opportunities for those with hidden disabilities for a unique job fair. Taking place at our Autism Plus, The Exchange Brewery, Bridge Street, Sheffield, S3 8NS

Come along and meet employers, providers and find out more about support available to help you in your search for work. If you are an Employer looking to employ people with hidden impairments also contact us for a stall.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our team on sts@autismplus.co.uk or on 0114 384 0300 and ask about our specialist job fair.

Protecting Sheffield from Flooding Scheme move’s forward

20 Apr

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Picture Coronation Park, Oughtibridge 2007

 

Schemes to protect city from flooding take a step forward

It’s one of the largest flood defence programmes in any UK city.

Last year we consulted the public on options being considered for the Upper Don and Sheaf catchments, as part of the Protecting Sheffield from Flooding programme.

And now, following public feedback and further technical analysis, some of the options can be ruled out, while others are being progressed for further consideration.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, cabinet member for the environment, said:  “We all remember the 2007 floods that caused such devastation to the city and, tragically, the loss of two lives.

“Ten years on, we as a council are driving forward these plans to ensure we are doing all we can to ensure that property flooding on this scale never happens again in our city.

“In progressing this vital work, we are listening to the views of communities and organisations, who are helping to shape our approach and the direction of the programme as it develops.

“This is potentially one of the largest investment programmes in the country when it comes to flood protection, and we need to get it right. We are therefore moving forward with working up more detailed proposals that are appropriate for Sheffield’s unique landscape and that will also protect the city from flooding for generations to come.”

Last year, Sheffield City Council’s flood protection team ran a consultation on a large number of potential measures aimed at protecting residents and businesses in the Upper Don, Porter and Sheaf valleys from flooding.  This consulation was advertised on the North Sheffield blog for the North area:  North Sheffield flood defence consultation

Sheffield’s approach to managing floodwater will begin with slowing the flow of water upstream, before it enters the city. This involves natural flood management, exploring the use of existing reservoirs, and creating flood storage areas in existing open spaces within floodplains. These flood storage areas would temporarily store flood water and release it slowly after a severe storm. For the majority of the time they would be dry, and used for recreation or as wildlife habitats.

The next stage of the council’s approach involves containing floodwater that does enter the city, by removing pinch points and building flood defences along rivers. Rather than just walls, these defences can involve environmental enhancements, such as pocket park that was recently built on the River Don at Nursery Street.

Further flood resilience measures are also being considered. These include securing improved river maintenance in the long term and improved flood emergency responses, to reduce disruption and allow people to get back to normal more quickly after a flood.

Following feedback given during the public consultation, as well further technical analysis and design, the programme team are now no longer considering options for flood storage areas at Wharncliffe Side downstream, Oughtibridge, Beeley Wood, Loxley Malin Bridge, Loxley Rowell Bridge, Rivelin Wolf Wheel, Totley Brook and Whiteley Woods.

In the Sheaf catchment areas, options that remain under consideration include rural land management and natural flood management; flood storage areas at Abbey Brook, Endcliffe Park, Mayfield and Millhouses Park and flood defences along the river around Abbeydale Road, Little London Road, Broadfield Road and Queens Road. Removal of pinch points is also under consideration, such as the one caused by the bridge at Saxon Road.

In the Upper Don meanwhile, options include looking at the use of existing reservoirs, rural land management and natural flood management, flood storage in areas including the Roscoe site in the Rivelin valley, the Wisewood site in the Loxley valley and upstream at Wharncliffe Side; defences along the river at Stocksbridge, Oughtibridge, Winn Gardens, Hillsborough, Loxley and Kelham Island, and catchment-wide measures to improve overall resilience to flooding. Consideration is also being given to channel re-grading and weir removal, downstream of Penistone Road Bridge on the River Loxley.

Consideration of the above options will be informed by the comments, questions and concerns raised by members of the public during the consultation.

In the coming months, a preferred option will be selected for each of the Sheaf and Upper Don catchment areas. These options will include a range of flood protection measures and will be the ones best suited to protecting the city from extreme flood events, while also taking into account the consultation responses, Government cost-benefit rules and any potential environmental impact.

The outline business case will be submitted to central Government later in the year. If approved for government funding, a process of detailed design will get underway during 2018.

This will involve further public consultation with affected parties, key organisations, the planning authority and communities to ensure that the final designs are the best they can be.

The overall programme involves six separate flood alleviation schemes, to protect homes and businesses in different parts of the city. In addition to the Upper Don flood alleviation scheme and the Sheaf and Porter Brook flood alleviation scheme, the following schemes also form part of this programme:

  • A Lower Don Valley programme, which is already nearing completion;
  • a culvert renewal programme;
  • an environmental scheme to manage flooding and surface water from planned developments on the Manor and Arbourthorne estates; and
  • a flood alleviation scheme on the upper Blackburn Brook, to benefit homes and businesses in Chapeltown and Ecclesfield.

The economic benefits of the programme, should the council achieve its objectives, include the potential for 15,000 new jobs, 27,000 new homes, 40 new businesses and £150million economic growth for Sheffield per year.

Coun Lodge added: “Over the next 50 years, around 6,000 households and 2,000 businesses in our city will be at risk of flooding due to climate change, so we have no choice but to do all we can now to prevent this.

“This flooding could come at an economic cost of £1bn to Sheffield, as well as proving catastrophic for residents and businesses.

“That’s why I’m so pleased we are pressing ahead with these schemes. We will do, and are doing, our very best to protect Sheffield from flooding, now and into the future.”

You can read the public consultation interim report here:  http://www.floodprotectionsheffield.com/pages/consultation