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Have you applied for your childs secondary school place yet? Closing date to apply is 31st October 2018

14 Sep

Council leaders are urging families applying for their child’s secondary school to make sure they fill in their application forms before the closing date of 31 October 2018.

Parents will find out the outcomes of their secondary school application on 1 March 2019

Parents are entitled to express up to three preferences but some parents choose not to. Parents are always encouraged to use all three preferences in order to maximise their options. Putting down three preferences does not reduce the chance of parents getting their preferred option, but does provide alternatives should the preferred school(s) be over-subscribed.

Whilst Sheffield families continue to have a better chance than most of accessing one of their preferred schools – over 96% in this year’s intake – there is no automatic entitlement to a place at the preferred or catchment school. Families are encouraged to name their catchment school as one of their preferences as places cannot be reserved for catchment pupils where a positive preference for this school has not been expressed.

Applications have also opened for this week for primary school places. The deadline for online applications is 4 December and written applications on 15 January. Parents will find out the outcomes of their primary school application on 16 April 2019.

All secondary schools are holding open evenings throughout September and October where parents can obtain further advice and guidance.

If families need help with the form they should contact 0114 273 5790 or email ed-admissions@sheffield.gov.uk

The application form basics:

  • Forms are sent to the child’s home around a year before they are due to go to school.
  • Parents and carers will be told which their local catchment school is on this letter.
  • They are required to put down three preferences. Those applying for a faith school will have further forms to fill in.
  • The same criteria are applied to all school applications, with the exception of Faith Schools – with priority given to children in care, then catchment, then sibling and then feeder school.
  • Applications for secondary school are made a year before the child is due to start Year Seven. Again the same criteria apply and the forms should be filled in in the same manner to optimise parents’ and carers’ chances of getting the school of their choice
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South Yorkshire Police – Fraud Investigation Launched on Bogus Police Officers

6 Sep

Detectives in Rotherham have launched a fraud investigation following a series of incidents involving bogus police officers.

Operation Siberia was launched in response to numerous reported fraud incidents in Rotherham and Sheffield.

Officers received the first report in early July and Operation Siberia is now investigating 15 separate reports of fraud in Rotherham and Sheffield.

Victims report receiving a phone call from someone claiming to be a detective from New Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police or another force outside of South Yorkshire, investigating fraud in Rotherham.

The caller has gone on to say that a bank card has been used fraudulently and asked the victim to contact another number to provide their bank details. The call has been made from a withheld number.

Detective Sergeant Rob Cobley is investigating the series of linked incidents.

“Although it is easily done and I don’t want to criticise people for being trustworthy, I can’t stress enough how important it is not to give out personal details over the phone,” he said.

“Police officers will never ask for personal financial details and banks will never do this over the phone.

“If you have any elderly or vulnerable relatives, please do speak to them about fraud and remind them not to give their details out.”

DS Cobley said that of the 15 incidents, 13 had been reported in Rotherham and two in Sheffield. On four occasions, victims have gone to their banks to withdraw money. On one occasion, the bank would not allow the withdrawal of cash but in one instance, the victim was conned out of £12,000.

“If you, or if someone you know has received a similar call, please let us know so we can gather as much evidence as possible to bring the offenders to justice,” he added.

“Fraud is a cowardly and calculated crime and no-one should be taken advantage of and be made to feel so vulnerable.

“I’d hate to think that more people could fall victim to fraud so please share our advice far and wide.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting Operation Siberia. You can also contact Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.

There is information available about this type of fraud on the Action Fraud website here: https://www.actionfraud.police.uk/fraud-az-courier-scam

Job Vacancy @SYFR – Maintenance Operative Driver (closing date 16th Sept 2018)

23 Aug

 

Post Title: Maintenance Operative Driver
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Grade 2 (£16,863 – £17,391)
Hours: Full Time – 37 Hours per week
Work Pattern: Fixed Hours
Location: To Be Advised – Base will be located at a fire station site within South Yorkshire

An opportunity has arisen within our Property Services section for a Maintenance Operative Driver.

The overall purpose of the role will be to provide a basic general maintenance and porterage service to fire service properties within the confines of South Yorkshire.

To be considered for this role you will have previous experience of general DIY, porterage and caretaking duties, general light maintenance works and driving of small to medium sized commercial vehicles.

You must possess good communication skills, a full, clean, driving licence and a flexible approach to working on multiple sites on a number of diverse tasks.

The key duties will include small items of general maintenance, supplies deliveries and operational equipment transfers, furniture assembly and transfer, minor joinery and redecoration works, meeting room preparation and routine cleaning which does not fall within the service cleaning contract.  The role will also include some driving duties.

For more information about the role contact Tim Toulson on 0114 253 2356.

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

Closing date for applications is 16th September 2018

Interviews will be held week commencing 24th September 2018

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

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.

Nominate Your Best Neighbour Of 2018

20 Aug

Neighbourhood Watch and our sponsor Co-op Insurance has just launched a nationwide search to find and celebrate some of the best and most considerate neighbours of 2018!

We’re urging people to nominate the most deserving good neighbours and there is also an opportunity to put forward your ‘Hero Next Door’ for a true act of heroism.

Neighbourhood Watch and Co-op Insurance are working together on these exciting awards and anyone can nominate their good neighbours today!

We’re talking about the local heroes in your street and community whose acts of kindness and neighbourliness really set them apart.

We want to recognise the people who are making such a vital contribution to community life and encourage others to follow in their footsteps.

You don’t need to be a Neighbourhood Watch member to nominate and the person you nominate doesn’t need to be a member either.

Click here to join in– before nominations close on September 5 – and you’ll be taken to the nomination form where you can share your stories of great neighbourly activities and acts of kindness.

You can also share the link to the nominations page by cutting and pasting it from below.

https://joinin.coop.co.uk/opportunities/159

If you do not wish to become a Co-op member, but would like to nominate your neighbour, please e-mail neighbourawards@ourwatch.org.uk   to request a nomination form. Once the form is completed it can then be returned to the same e-mail address for processing. The winner of the award will be announced in early October, at which point you will be contacted by Neighbourhood Watch Network should your nominated neighbour be successful.

Please note that the deadline for returning completed nominations is midnight on 5th September 2018.

So nominate your good neighbours today!

To read more about the awards on our website click here.

With best wishes,

Neighbourhood Watch

Job vacancy SYFR – Category Management Officer (closing date 3rd Sept 2018)

20 Aug

 

Post Title: Category Management Officer
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Grade 9    (£35,229 – £38,052) + a market supplement to top up the salary to (£42,806 – £44,697)
Hours: Full Time – 37 Hours per week
Work Pattern: Flexi Time
Location: Sheffield

An opportunity has arisen within our Support Services Department for a Category Management Officer (principally Supplies & Services), based at Central Headquarters.

The purpose of the role will be to provide hands-on procurement and category management expertise with regards to Firefighters PPE, Operational Equipment as well as Fleet and Support Services. The role has line management responsibility for 2 Storekeepers in Central Stores (Rotherham) and 1 Buyer.

Working alongside the existing Category Management Officer (Estates & ICT) these officers will provide a flexible responsive customer service to the Fire Service.

To be considered for this role you will have previous experience of public sector procurement, ideally within a blue light organisation or local authority.

You must possess MCIPS qualification and be fully conversant with PCR’s.

The key duties will include delivery of the procurement & category strategies, for ensuring compliance with standing orders and procurement regulations, for demonstrating value-for-money, oversight of daily buying of non-stock items, the smooth and efficient operation of central stores and providing an excellent customer service to uniformed and civilian workforce across 22 fire stations, command headquarters and the training & development centre.

Collaborative working with other fire authorities and police is an increasing requirement.

Major category procurements in progress include replacement of Firefighters PPE and upcoming vehicle replacements.

For more information about the role contact Michael Wood on 0114 253 2390.

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

 Closing date for applications is 1600 hours on Monday 3rd September 2018

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

IMPORTANT – Previous applicants need not apply.

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.

Job vacancy @SYFR – Joint Services Collaboration Programme Manager (closing date 24th Aug 2018)

20 Aug

 

Post Title: Joint Services Collaboration Programme Manager
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Grade 9     (£35,229 – £38,052)
Hours: Full Time – 37 Hours per week
Work Pattern: Flexi Time
Location: Command Headquarters, Eyre Street

An opportunity has arisen within our Information, Governance and Projects section for a Joint Services Collaboration Programme Manager, based at Command Headquarters in Sheffield.

The overall purpose of the role will be to manage collaborative activity and associated programme and project work on behalf of the Senior Management Team. The Collaboration Programme Manager has a high-level of job responsibility and serves as a mediator between Senior Officers, Business Leads, Project Managers and numerous staff members engaged in the delivery of the established Police and Fire Collaboration Programme and emerging collaboration programmes across the Yorkshire and Humber Region.

To be considered for this role you will have previous experience of working with the public sector and blue light collaborations locally and regionally. Knowledge of project and programme management mechanisms is essential. The ability to plan, monitor and control programmes is essential. It is desirable that you have knowledge of SYFR directorates and teams and awareness of our local and regional blue light partners.

You must possess vocational experience of project management to PRINCE2 standard. A full UK driving licence. Maths GCSE grade A-C or equivalent.

The key duties will include being responsible for, on behalf of the Senior Responsible Officer (SRO) the successful delivery of the collaboration programme(s), co-ordination of the programme’s projects and management of their interdependencies.

You will be able to demonstrate experience of working in an accurate and efficient manner to tight deadlines within the project and programme context. You will also have experience of working with mixed project teams from different organisations and experience of reporting at board level and to senior officers.

For more information about the role contact Station Manager Paul Heffernan on 07770597198.

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

 Closing date for applications is 1700hrs hours on Friday 24th August 2018

Interviews dates are yet to be scheduled but are likely to be held on Friday 7th September 2018

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.

Job Vacancy @SYFR – Head of Human Resources (closing date 26th Aug 2018)

20 Aug

 

Post Title: Head of Human Resources
Contract: Permanent
Salary: Head of Function (£56,109 – £60,072) + essential car user allowance
Hours: Full Time – 37 Hours per week
Work Pattern: Flexi Time
Location: Central Headquarters

An opportunity has arisen within our Human Resources section for a Head of Human Resources, based at Central Headquarters in Sheffield.

 The overall purpose of the role will be to provide effective and visible leadership of the Human Resources function, and strategic HR advice to the members of the Corporate Management Board. It is the Service’s ambition to maintain, build and further develop our skilled and effective workforce, at all levels, and it is the responsibility of the post holder to develop, implement, monitor and assure strategies and policies that support this ambition in line with our Integrated Management Plan and other supporting documents.

To be considered for this role you must possess demonstrable, extensive experience of leading and developing a high-performing HR function, incorporating all aspects of: Employee Relations, Transactional HR, Talent Management, Workforce/Succession Planning and Workforce Development.

For more information specifically about the role contact Martin Blunden on 0114 253 2414. For information about the terms and conditions contact the recruitment team on 0114 253 2811.

A job description and person specification can be obtained via the careers section on our website at www.syfire.gov.uk or if you require a hard copy you can contact our Recruitment Team at recruitment@syfire.gov.uk or on 0114 253 2811.

Please apply by sending your CV and a cover note to recruitment@syfire.gov.uk.

 Closing date for applications is 1700 hours on 26th August 2018.

 Interviews will be held on 13th September 2018.

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.

Job Vacancy – Project Coordinator (closing date 10th Sept 2018)

20 Aug

Project Coordinator – GP Neighbourhoods (North2 & SAPA)

 Full-time: 37 hours per week (flexible hours)

Salary: £20,915 – £23,010

Initial fixed 18 months (extension dependant on funding).

KEY TERMS & CONDITIONS

25 days holiday, 1 day birthday leave & 8% non-contributory pension.

Other:

  • SOAR is a living wage employer and seeks to uprate salaries by the annual increase in the living wage
  • Cycle to Work scheme – Buy a bike tax free and cycle to work.
  • Childcare voucher scheme – Automatic tax and NI savings on childcare.
  • Worklife Support Employee Assistance Programme

 

PURPOSE OF JOB

The post holder will have a key role in supporting service integration and development within the North2 and SAPA GP Neighbourhoods[1]:

  • To develop close working relationships with GP practices, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local statutory and VCS partners in the neighbourhood.
  • To increase the level of engagement across GP practices, CCG, local statutory and VCS partners in developing new innovative ways to deliver health and social care services.
  • To support GP practices, CCG, local statutory and VCS partners to work collaboratively through partnership working across the neighbourhood.

 [1] North2 Neighbourhood; incorporates GP practices within Firth Park, Shiregreen, Page Hall, Fir Vale and Burngreave areas.

SAPA Neighbourhood; incorporates GP Practices within Parson Cross, Southey, Shirecliffe and Longley areas.

For more information or to request an application pack please contact:

Anne McCloud on 0114 213 4120 or recruitment@soarcommunity.org.uk

If you would like to speak to someone about this post, please contact

Guy Weston (Health Services Manager) on 0114 213 4065

Closing date for applications is: Monday 10th September 2018 (by 17.00)

Interview will be held: Week commencing 17th September 2018

Consultation – Have your say on how the Council Spends Community Infrastructure Levy

15 Aug

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Overview

The Council receives a payment called a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for new building projects, which is then used to fund necessary improvements in infrastructure.

We are seeking views on our proposals to use the Local CIL (Neighbourhood Portion) in Sheffield to:

  • promote the development of Neighbourhood Plans across the city
  • ensure that areas of higher deprivation receive a fairer overall share
  • improve how local communities are involved in the decisions on how it is spent

Why We Are Consulting

Background

What is Community Infrastructure Levy?

“A levy allowing local authorities to raise funds from owners or developers of land undertaking new building projects in their area.”

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge paid to Councils by owners or developers of land undertaking new building projects. It is used by councils to fund improvements to the infrastructure required to support new development. This could include transport, telecommunications, energy, water supply, sewerage and drainage, schools, hospitals, health centres, sports and recreational facilities and open space.

CIL is a flexible fund. Money collected from development in one part of the city can be used to help provide essential infrastructure in another part of the city. Therefore –

  • 80% of CIL goes into a central pot and the Council decides the priority city-wide projects that will receive this funding.
  • 5% of CIL goes to the Council for administration
  • 15% is called the ‘Neighbourhood Portion’ or ‘Local CIL’ and is used to fund local infrastructure needs. Local communities will decide on how this fund is allocated.

The Council started collecting CIL in July 2015. To date (August 2018) the total CIL collected is £7.4m. £1.1m of this is the ‘Neighbourhood Portion.’

This consultation is focused on the allocation of the Neighbourhood Portion.

The ‘Neighbourhood Portion’ or Local CIL

“Anything that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area”.

Where there are town and parish councils, the CIL Neighbourhood Portion will be paid over directly to them and they will spend it on their infrastructure priorities. Sheffield has three local councils – Bradfield Parish Council, Ecclesfield Parish Council and Stocksbridge Town Council.

Where there is a Neighbourhood Plan the CIL Neighbourhood Portion is increased to 25%. A Neighbourhood Plan gives communities direct power to develop a shared vision for their neighbourhood and shape the development and growth of their local area. This 25% is paid to the local Neighbourhood Forum that has developed the Plan. Up to August 2018 there have been no Neighbourhood Plans adopted in Sheffield, although 3 are in preparation.

In non-parished areas without a Neighbourhood Plan (i.e. the majority of the city), the City Council will hold the CIL Neighbourhood Portion funds and ensure that it is spent within the “communities where development takes place”

What we are seeking views on

We now need your views on how the Neighbourhood Portion is allocated in non-parished areas or those areas without a Neighbourhood Plan, as well as how local communities are involved in the decisions on how it is spent.

Please see the flowchart attached to help you visualise the process we are consulting on.

https://sheffield.citizenspace.com/communities-business-strategy/use-of-the-community-infrastructure-levy/

Samaritans Lends An Ear At Wellbeing Roadshow In Sheffield – 16th Aug 2018

13 Aug

Samaritans volunteers and Sheffield City Council staff will be meeting local residents on Thursday 16 August. The charity will be running a roadshow, sharing wellbeing tips and highlighting the support available to anyone in the community who may not be coping.

The roadshow will run from 10am to 5pm, with Samaritans volunteers providing emotional support in the We Listen trailer in Barkers Pool, Sheffield.

Local mental health charities, Sheffield Mind and Sheffield Flourish are also setting up a stall to raise awareness of their local support and advice services.

Jane Hewitt, volunteer and Director of Samaritans’ Sheffield Branch said: “As Samaritans volunteers, we know how much listening to someone at a low point can help them feel less alone. It makes them more able to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings, and gives them the time and space to reflect and move on.

People will have the opportunity to fill in a ‘Thank You for Listening’ postcard for someone who has listened to them when they needed them to. The cards will be available at the roadshow.

Samaritans hosts a range of outreach events every year throughout the UK and Ireland to raise awareness of the charity and encourage people to seek help before reaching crisis point.

Anyone can contact Samaritans any time, for free, from any phone on 116 123, even a mobile without credit. The number will not show up on your phone bill. You can also email jo@samaritans.org or go to www.samaritans.org to find details of your nearest branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.

For further information, please contact Samaritans’ press office on 020 8394 8300 or press@samaritans.org.