Archive | September, 2017

Job vacancy @SYFR – Information Manager (closing date 11th Oct 2017)

29 Sep
Post Title: Information Manager (Data Protection)
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Grade 10 (£38,237 – £41,025)
Hours: Full Time – 37 Hours per week
Work Pattern: Flexi Time
Location: Headquarters, 197 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 3FG


An opportunity has arisen within South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue for a Data Protection Officer based at our Headquarters in Sheffield, providing expert advice and monitoring compliance with legislation, regulations and codes of practise relating to information governance, including the Data Protection Act 1998.


Duties will include:


1.    To act as the Service’s Data Protection Officer (DPO)

2.    To take the lead in providing expert data protection advice to Members, Principal Officers, Service managers and relating to all aspects of data protection.

3.    Develop and implement a comprehensive data protection plan, policies and procedures and provide advice in this area, with particular consideration to changes in legislation as a result of the Data Protection bill/ GDPR

4.    To provide expert advice where requested regarding data protection impact assessment process and monitor its performance.

5.    To promote data protection compliance and best practice by setting and maintaining standards and procedures, ensuring the Authority’s data protection policies are up to date,disseminating any changes in the legislation to key members of staff through communications and training

Key to this role is a thorough understanding of all legislation, regulations and codes of practice relating to information governance, including national and European data protection laws such as the Data Protection Act 1998 and GDPR. A clear understanding of the implications surrounding data protection compliance within a large organisation, and high levels of communication, conflict management, and relationship management skills are required. The successful candidate will demonstrate the characteristics and behaviours required to lead and motivate staff, and promote a data protection culture, often in times of significant pressure.


You will need to be educated to degree level or higher in Law or another relevant discipline.


A job description, person specification and application form for the role can be obtained via the careers section on our website at or if you require a hard copy you can contact our Recruitment Team at or on 0114 253 2811.


Closing date for applications is 1700 hours on 11th October 2017


Interviews will be held on 18th-19th October 2017


Applications from job share candidates will be considered and all applications will be given equal consideration.


Please note the appointment is subject to successful pre employment screening i.e. asylum and immigration check, references, medical screening, substance misuse testing and Disclosure Scotland Criminal Records Check or Enhanced DBS check (formerly CRB) if applicable.


If you require any of our recruitment documents in larger print please contact our recruitment team as above.


Workshop/Placement Open Day for people with autism, Asperger syndrome or learning disabilities – 1st Nov 2017 Bridge Street S3 8NS

27 Sep


How to CUT Energy Costs

27 Sep

Recently Britain’s biggest energy supplier, British Gas, increased its electricity prices by 12.5% in a move affecting 3.1 million customers. The increase means the average annual dual-fuel bill for their customers will rise by 7.3%, or £76  to £1,120.   According to uSwitch, at least 10% of people who switched energy supplier for both gas and electricity between June and November 2016 saved £618 or more.

How to save electricity and gas and cut your energy bills.   Switch energy supplier  Save £237 If you haven’t switched your energy supplier in the last three years, there’s a good chance you could save money.

Already switched energy supplier? Make sure you’re on the cheapest tariff. You’ll get the biggest savings if you pay by monthly direct debit and choose an online tariff managed on the internet.   Turn down your thermostat.  Reducing room temperatures by just 1ºC can cut heating bills by up to £85 a year in a typical home, so put on a jumper rather than turn up the heating.   Save even more money by turning down the radiators in rarely used or empty rooms and by programming your heating to turn off when you’re not there.

Replace light bulbs.  Energy-saving light bulbs can help you cut your energy bills easily. An LED light bulb costs around £1.71 to run per year. Over its lifetime, it could cut up to £180 from your energy bills. Remember, energy-saving light bulbs do last longer than traditional ones.   Also, remember to switch off lights when not in use, and use the best bulb for the size of room or the job it will do.

Cut draughts. Stopping heat from escaping through unwanted gaps could help you save up to £50 a year.   Windows – Use draught-proofing strips around the frame. Brush strips work better for sash windows.    Doors – Use draught-proofing strips for gaps around the edges, and brush or hinged-flap draught excluders on the bottom of doors.   Chimney – If you don’t use your fireplace, use an inflatable pillow to block the chimney, or fit a cap over the chimney pot.   Floorboards and skirting Floorboards need to move, so use a flexible silicone-based filler to fill the gaps.

Choose energy-efficient appliances. If you’re replacing an appliance, you can cut your electricity bills by choosing the most energy-efficient model. For example, running costs for washing machines vary between £20 and £100 per year.

Get a new boiler:    Replacing an old G-rated gas boiler which has no controls with a new condensing model, including a programmer, could trim up to £652 a year from the gas bill of a typical home.   But a new boiler can be expensive, when you include installation charges. So if saving money is your priority, it may not be worth replacing your boiler until it’s beyond economic repair.

Home insulation. Insulating both your loft and cavity walls can save you up to £315. Laying loft insulation to a thickness of 270mm in a typical non-insulated three-bedroom semi could trim £175 a year from energy bills.   Insulating cavity walls can save around £140 a year. Solid-wall insulation, although more expensive to fit, could save you £260 in the same type of house.

Keep your energy bill under control. Paying your energy bill through direct debit means you spread your energy costs over the year and avoid big winter bills. Checking your meter will keep your bill as accurate as possible.

Help if you’re struggling to pay your energy bill Contact your current energy supplier as soon as possible if you are having trouble paying your gas or electricity bills and need help.   Find out whether it can offer you any ways to reduce your bill, such as paying by monthly direct debit or signing up for an online tariff. If you still can’t afford to pay, there are things you can do.   Contact your supplier to explain your situation and offer to pay an amount you can afford. All energy suppliers follow a code of practice that means they must take certain steps before cutting off your supply. So they won’t cut you off if you agree a regular payment plan with them and then keep to it.

Benefits and schemes to help with energy bills Fuel Direct If you get Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance, or Universal Credit and are struggling to keep up with fuel or water bills, you can ask your benefits office to pay them directly out of your benefits.  Contact your local benefit office.

Winter Fuel Payment Most people aged 63 or over can get a Winter Fuel Payment to help them pay for gas or electric heating in winter. This annual tax-free lump sum is normally paid from November and most payments are made by Christmas. Depending on your age and circumstances, you could get between £100 and £300.   The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) can also give you free, independent advice on dealing with debt.


Older Person Awareness Day in Stocksbridge – Open to all 1st Oct 2017

25 Sep


Four towering chimneys set to become spectacular cultural beacons in Sheffield

22 Sep


A family of four sculptural, red brick chimneys that border, bridge and illuminate the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal have been unveiled as the largest-ever art commission for the city and region.

Almost ten years since the demolition of the Tinsley cooling towers, artist Alex Chinneck will reveal Onwards & Upwards – a sculptural trail that highlights the past, present and potential of the area – at a free Town Hall meeting Thursday (7.30pm). Book here: 

Four towering chimneys, each stretching up to 30 metres high and spread across one mile, have been designed to act as spectacular cultural beacons – attracting visitors from the length and breadth of the UK.

Each sculpture is equivalent to the size of a 10-storey building, making it one of the most ambitious public artworks ever conceived. Together they have a collective height of 150 metres, incorporating 100,000 bespoke curving bricks, wrapped around a stainless steel core.

The artist’s permanent proposals for the area, his most ambitious to date, comprise:

  • A cracked chimney broken into 250 pieces, beautifully illuminated from within
  • A hovering chimney with an upper section that appears to miraculously float
  • Two leaning chimneys, standing 45m apart, that dramatically bridge the canal
  • A curving chimney, made of over 25,000 bricks, playfully tied into a knot

Together they create an immersive sculptural experience, linking Sheffield and Rotherham, that can be enjoyed by foot, bike or boat.

Artist Alex Chinneck, who was appointed in 2016, said: “Tinsley has a proud and important industrial heritage and many chimneys once lined the canal. Through a process of architectural re-introduction, sculptural re-imagination and modern manufacturing, we have attempted to create a regionally relevant and nationally significant cultural attraction.”

“The artwork is being made for Sheffield, by Sheffield, and represents a monumental achievement that is only possible by working in partnership with the unrivalled concentration of world-class companies found in the city.”

Previous projects by the artist include a hovering building in Covent Garden, which attracted more than 1.2million visitors over a four-week period, and a house made of 7,500 wax bricks, which proceeded to melt over 45 days.

Most recently, Alex installed a temporary sculpture in Tinsley, which appeared to show a one-tonne car hanging upside-down from a curling strip of tarmac. The artwork attracted 5,000 visitors over five days, including the whole of Tinsley Meadows Primary Academy.


Shooting Stars Baby Group, Thursdays at Shooters Grove Centre

15 Sep


New Parenting Discussion Groups – Support for all parents

8 Sep

New Parenting Discussion Groups – Support for all parents!

Is this you? Mostly you enjoy being a parent but sometimes wish you knew how to deal with specific problem behaviour. Bedtime problems? Family conflict? Teenage Meltdowns? Sometimes a few small changes can make a big difference.

We are excited to inform you about new parenting Discussion Groups available in your locality.

2 hour discussion Groups are relaxed and friendly. They cover the following topics:

  • Dealing with disobedience
  • Developing good bedtime routines
  • Managing fighting and aggression
  • Hassle free outings with children
  • Coping with teenage emotions
  • Getting teenagers to co-operate
  • Reducing family conflict
  • Building teenagers survival skills

Come along to as few or as many as you want.

50 minute seminars on specific topics will also be available soon!

To find out more, dates & venues or to book a place please visit our positive parenting page, call 0114 2057243 or email;


Sheffield Cat owners – Get your cat spayed, snipped and microchipped FREE

4 Sep


Cat Smart Sheffield is a 12 month project funded by the RSPCA. Working in partnership with local cat charities and vets to increase the number of cats being neutered and chipped.

Cat Smart Sheffield is providing FREE Spay, Snip and Microchip for residents living in the Sheffield area, to claim yours visit us on facebook @catsmartsheffield or text 07969323590, and send us a message with your name, email address, postcode and the house number, gender and age of cats you have, to get your FREE voucher.


North Area Ward Priorities 2017/18

4 Sep

Every year each of the four Wards that make up the North area will produce Ward Priorities. Councillors are refreshing their Ward Priorities for 2017/18. The refreshing of the priorities may result in small changes, large changes or no changes at all. The Ward Councillors with the support of the Locality Officer will outline 3 or 4 local priorities that the Councillors agree they will work together on.

The priorities have been informed by the local community, consultation, advice from service providers and local statistics, which all contribute towards outlining the Ward Priorities for each of the four wards in the North Area.

The ward priorities will help to provide the legal justification for Councillors decisions about how they allocate the Ward Pot. They will also be used to inform local people about what their local Councillors and partners are working towards. Ward Priorities will be refreshed on an annual basis following local consultation.

Ward priorities 2017/18

East Ecclesfield Ward Priorities 2017-18

Stannington Ward Priorities 2017~18

Stocksbridge Ward Priorities 2017~18

West Ecclesfield Ward Priorities 2017-18

Ward Profiles are produced every two years and help to inform the ward priorities, copies of the ward profiles can be found here:

The following link provides access to the Sheffiled Profile for the City –

If you would like to comment on your ward priorities you can do so by either emailing the North Locality Officer: or by contacting your local Councillors: Councillors by Ward


Are you autistic and would like help into work?

4 Sep