Archive | March, 2018

Chapeltown Community Event 11th April 2018 – All welcome

23 Mar



Wide Range of Volunteering Opportunities available in Stocksbridge

22 Mar

Volunteers Wanted!!!

  Registered Charity No. 1129637                  

Stocksbridge Community Care Group have been delivering a quality befriending service in your local community for more than a decade. Resulting in additional funding we are interested in recruiting volunteers for the following projects:

Stocksbridge Dementia Café: 1st Thursday of each month 10 am-12 noon at the Venue. People with memory problems or dementia and their carers have the opportunity to meet regularly. Volunteers attend to chat and socialise with people and their carers.

Life Story: TIME Project:  Everyone’s life story is individual and important. We would like these stories to come together into a personalised Life Story Book that is pulled together through conversaton with the person and/or their family. Volunteers visit in the home or place of care and capture their life story.

Dementia Companions: Dementia Companions are volunteers who have been trained as “Dementia Friends”. They are genuinely interested in forming friendships with people who have the condition. Volunteers offer companionship in or out of the home.

Friendly Visitor/Befriending Service: provides company for older people who are lonely and isolated. Volunteers visit them at home for a cup of tea, a chat and possibly an outing.

If you are interested in any of the above roles or would like more information please contact:

Dave Cooper or Chris Currer SCCG,

Stocksbridge Town Hall S36 2DT

T:0114 283 0141  M: 07553 486 579

Registered Charity No. 1129637

Deer Park Soup n Sandwich Lunch Club – every Monday, all welcome

21 Mar

Here’s our new poster for the lunch club at the Deer Park Centre,

via Monday Lunch Club — STARA

Job Vacancy – Funding and Grants Co-ordinator (closing date 30th March 2018)

20 Mar


Are you passionate about improving health & wellbeing? 

Are you passionate about developing people and communities? 

Are you passionate about helping those most in need?

If so, we’d love to hear from you! We’ve got an exciting opportunity to work for SIV, supporting people and communities to improve their health & wellbeing. Working across departments and venues you’ll support communities, clubs, groups and schools with funding applications and project development.

Hours: Flexible

Salary: £18,000pa + performance related bonus

Contract: Permanent

This opportunity provides you with career development opportunities, as well as staff benefits. We’re really keen to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with.

If you’re interested simply go to to find out more and apply! Our deadline is Friday 30th March.


Forge Valley school set to give up loving pop as part of the GULP campaign

20 Mar

Children and young people in Sheffield are consuming more than two and half times as much sugar as the maximum recommended daily intake, most of which comes from sugary drinks.

One can of Cola alone contains nine cubes of sugar, two more cubes than the recommended daily maximum of seven cubes for a teenager.

Sugar is not necessary in the diet and when consumed in the form of sugary drinks can cause a whole host of health issues, from tooth decay, to obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Excess sugar intake has also been linked to certain cancers.

An easy way to reduce sugar intake is to cut out or reduce sugary drinks. Working with Food Active, Sheffield City Council are running a campaign to encourage people to Give Up Loving Pop (GULP).

The GULP campaign will work with three schools: Forge Valley, (Yewlands Academy, and Parkwood Academy) to encourage young people and their families to switch from sugary drinks to water or milk. Students, teachers and parents are challenged to Give Up Loving Pop for four weeks. Schools will hold assemblies, and include in their PSHE lessons.

All schools, students, teachers and parents can sign up for the GULP challenge at

Richard Mintoff, PE teacher at Forge Valley School said: “Given the current push on banning sales of energy drinks to children and the imminent introduction of a sugary drinks tax we saw the GULP campaign as a fantastic way to raise awareness within Forge Valley.

“Although some pupils understand the principles of a balanced diet, many are unaware of the sugar content of what they eat and drink. This can have an ever lasting impact on their health and well-being.

“We are hoping that through the current media drive and our PSHE lessons our pupils become educated enough to make informed decisions about what they are drinking on a regular basis and it will have a positive impact on their lifestyle choices.

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families at Sheffield City Council, said: “ We all know that too much sugar is bad for children and young people and can cause health problems now, and in the future. I remember as a young Mum I didn’t realise just how much sugar there was in various prepared food and drinks.  In fact I gave my children flavoured milk not fizzy drinks thinking it was better for them, then a friend showed me the ingredients list on each drink, I was amazed when it showed that there was loads of sugar in both of them! So I switched to giving my children plain milk or water, and ever since always look at what ingredients are in food and drink, to find out what’s hidden in them and  I’d encourage everyone to do the same.

“I’m so please to see our schools taking part in this campaign to improve the health  of the children and young people in the City and would ask all parents and carers to support them”

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health at Sheffield City Council said: “Children have far too much sugar in their diet, and much of this comes in the form of sugary drinks. Not only is this causing problems for children and young people now in terms of tooth decay and weight gain, but continued over-consumption of sugar can lead to problems in later life. Evidence shows that regardless of weight, consumption of sugary drinks can lead to cardiac and metabolic issues in adulthood.

“We are also aware of the effect that sugary drinks, especially in the form of energy and sports drinks can have on behaviour during school and academic performance. The GULP campaign will educate our young people about the benefits of switching to water or milk and we hope that the messages will be taken home, to impact on family and friends.”

Cold Weather Alert – 16th to 19th March 2018

14 Mar

Met Office Cold Weather Alert

Level 2 – Alert and Readiness

There is a 70% probability of severe cold weather/heavy snow between 0900 on Friday 16 Mar and 0900 on Monday 19 Mar in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

Note that the details of the forecast weather are valid at the time of issue but may change over the period that an alert remains in force.

These details will not be updated here, the latest forecast details can be obtained at the following link:

General Comments:- A cold easterly airflow is expected to re-develop during the coming weekend, likely lasting until early next week, however at present looks unlikely to be as severe as the conditions experienced at the start of the month.

After a relatively mild period this week, trigger criteria for low temperatures are
likely to be met quickly across most parts of England from Saturday onwards,
with the cold air first arriving during Friday night across the east.

There is currently a lot of uncertainty about snowfall location, timing and
amounts, but there is high confidence in low temperatures countrywide. The
alerts are likely to be updated in the days to come when confidence in the story

Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme – Government Equalities Office

12 Mar

The Women’s Vote Centenary Grant Scheme is a £1.5 million government fund that will support local and community groups across England in celebrating the centenary of women gaining the right to vote.

The grant scheme has 2 types of funds – small grants (£300 to £2,000) and large grants (£2,000 to £125,000).

Visit for more information.

Updated Sheffield Ward Profiles available to download – Sheffield City Council

12 Mar

Sheffield City Council produces a series of reports about the Wards of Sheffield, looking at topics such as demographics, language, employment, education, health and housing. You can download the updated Ward Profiles at:

Support for community groups – South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau/Voluntary Action Sheffield

12 Mar

South Yorkshire Funding Advice Bureau/Voluntary Action Sheffield are offering free workshops to communities or communities of interest, to give advice for people involved in community groups. They will talk about finding funding, running your group, and using volunteers, and are particularly keen to talk to people who may not know what support is currently available. If you are interested, please contact SYFAB on or 0114 2615141.

Sheffield City Council Parks and Countryside Service: Building Better Parks Survey 2018

12 Mar

Parks and Countryside are looking at ways in which to improve your visitor experience and to encourage people to visit Sheffield’s green spaces more often to realise the health and wellbeing benefits associated with being outdoors. We very much value your feedback and will use this to help us evaluate, develop and improve our services. Please give us your thoughts about the facilities you want to see in Sheffield’s parks and open spaces. For more info and to take the survey, visit by Sunday 18 March 2018 or contact Sarah Newman on 0114 2500500 or