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Employment support for adults with autism and related conditions, aged 25+ in Sheffield

8 Feb


Thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and Big Lottery Fund, Autism Plus in partnership with South Yorkshire Housing Association and with Your Consortium is helping more people into employment across South Yorkshire, North Yorkshire and East Riding. This year we are supporting individuals, with autism and related conditions in these areas to prepare for and sustain employment.

If you:

  • Have autism or a related condition such as ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
  • Live in Sheffield or Rotherham and are aged 25 or over
  • Live in North Yorkshire or East Riding and are aged 18 or over
  • Are currently unemployed and claiming benefits
  • Or you are economically inactive (not claiming benefits and not currently actively job searching)

Please contact us to find out how we can support you in a FREE personalised support programme to help you find employment. The programme includes support work progression towards employment and/or education, wellbeing interventions, advice around benefits and funding to help you in things like childcare and transport costs as well as ongoing support and guidance for your first 13 weeks in employment.



Telephone: 0114 3840300 ask for Suzanne Eusman


Tips on How to Stay Well During the Colder Months

8 Feb

We are currently experience low temperatures. In order to keep you warm and safe during this period, here are our tips…

For all information relating to roads this winter, you can view our dedicated page online here.

For a full guide to winter, read our winter leaflet here.

To sign up for winter alerts, including Keeping Healthy and Well click here.


The Streets Ahead team closely monitor the weather forecast throughout the winter months so they can be ready if bad weather arrives. A fleet of 19 gritters are on standby, 24 hours, 7 days a week through until May.

For regular updates on gritters, please follow @sccstreetsahead on Twitter.


Sheffield schools will always do their utmost to stay open, however, changes to opening times may occur due to adverse weather.

If you are unsure if your school is opening, you should hear from your child’s school via their usual methods in the first instance. You can also check all school closures on

Sign up for your schools winter alerts here 

Follow @sheffcouncil #Sheffschools for regular updates.


Make sure you are prepared for winter, especially if you have long-term health conditions and are over 65.

For information on:

  • Keeping warm
  • Looking after family members and neighbours
  • Emergency care
  • Flu vaccinations
  • How to treat a cold
  • Looking after you and your home – boiler servicing, washing and drying clothes
  • And much more

Sign up to ‘Keeping Healthy and Well’ alerts here 


We aim to collect bins as normal. In bad weather, keep an eye on our alerts at and @recycle4Shef. If bad weather coincides with your usual bin collection day, please put your bin out as usual. We may not be able to collect it at the usual time but will aim to collect it as soon as possible.

We hope this is information is helpful. We will continue to keep you up to date with our winter preparations through the channels highlighted in this message.


All at Sheffield City Council and the Streets Ahead Team

Magnificent Seven cycle race to Start and Finish in Bradfield

8 Feb

Magnificent 7

The Magnificent Seven cycle race will have a new base when it returns to Sheffield for the third time on Sunday 11 March.

The event will start and finish in Bradfield – a picturesque Peak District village which sits within the Sheffield boundary just seven miles outside of the city centre – to allow more entries and more space for parking.

The race is one of four headline events of The Outdoor City Weekender, running at locations across Sheffield from 9 to 11 March 2018.

A cross between a sportive and a hill climb, the Magnificent Seven will see 130 cyclists – that’s 30 more than last year – battle up seven of Sheffield’s toughest ascents. The 2018 route, which is slightly more than 26 miles long, presents each rider with over 4,200ft of climbing and inclines ranging from 9 to 23 per cent.

The race begins at 8.30am and takes in Mill Lee Road and Hoar Stones Road, Hagg Hill, Blake Street, Fern Road and Thrush Street, Birch House Avenue and Birks Wood Drive, Back Lane, and the infamous Cote de Bradfield.

This final climb challenged the world-class Tour de France riders at the Yorkshire Grand Depart in 2014 and provides spectacular views over Sheffield from its summit.

Event organiser Marc Etches said: “We are really pleased to be part of The Outdoor City Weekender and are looking forward to showcasing our great city once more with the Magnificent Seven.

“Last year’s event was superb and we’re increasing the entries from 100 to 130 for 2018 to meet demand.

“The event is unique in the UK and gives the competitors the opportunity to race up traffic-free closed roads, for which we thank Sheffield City Council.

“Professional riders are usually the only ones who get to ride on closed roads so this is a great selling point for the event, as evidenced by the veteran’s category selling out on the first day, which was amazing.

“We are really looking forward to seeing the support from local residents, especially the crowds on Hagg Hill, Blake Street and the Thrush Street cobbles. This support is fantastic for the event and much appreciated by organisers and riders alike.

“The route really showcases Sheffield as The Outdoor City and the riders will be treated to some spectacular views at the top of every climb, especially the highlight of this year’s route – the Cote de Bradfield.”

Cyclists will ride with motorbike escorts and lead cars between each of the seven hills, and then gather at the bottom of each of the hills – which will be closed for the event – before racing for points to the summit.

The first 15 to the top then receive points which count towards the grand prize of being crowned King or Queen of the Mountains, for which the winners receive a trophy.

The ride is aimed at amateur club riders and, as well as capturing the imagination of local clubs, attracts cyclists from across the country to take up the seven hill challenge.

Both men and women over 16 are encouraged to ride with equal prize money for both categories and there’s also a prize for the over 40s, as the fastest veterans are awarded separate points and prizes.

All entrants will receive refreshments before and afterwards, and each rider will also receive a free cycling cap for their efforts. Cow bells will again be handed out to spectators along the route to help cheer the riders along the tough climbs.

Places are filling up very fast. To snap up one of the few remaining spots visit

“There is so much outdoor adventure to be had in Sheffield – let’s make the most of what’s on our doorstep.”

As well as The Magnificent Seven, the headline events of The Outdoor City Weekender will be the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), the Rab Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) and the Howard Street Dual.

ShAFF, which runs over all three days of the Weekender, features films based on all sorts of adventure sports. Films will be shown at the Showroom Cinema and the ShAFF cinema truck, which will be parked outside Sheffield train station.

The Rab CWIF, taking place at the Climbing Works on 10 and 11 March, attracts around 450 climbers, including professionals from around the world, who compete alongside amateurs of all ages and abilities.

And the Howard Street Dual will be held on Saturday 10 March. Invited riders will race head to head down a short course, descending along grassy and gritty slopes from Hallam Square towards the railway station.

Fringe events to take place as part of The Outdoor City Weekender will be announced in the coming weeks and are set to include runs, cycling events, family fun and much more.

For more information on the Weekender, visit the website at

A trip back to the 1940’s at the dementia cafe in Stocksbridge

2 Feb

Stocksbridge and Upper Don Ward Councillors allocated £1000 from the ward pot to support the dementia café as they value the importance of the service it provides.

Stocks Dementia Cafe volunteers

Picture:Dementia cafe volunteers in 1940’s themed dress,

Its all fun and memories at the 1940’s themed dementia café in Stocksbridge as volunteers turn out in their best 1940’s dress to encourage the flowing memories of the people that use the service.

Stocksbridge dementia café offer a free drop in service for anyone who has concerns about their memory or the memory of a loved one or friend.

The Dementia Café serves the North of Sheffield and provides an opportunity for participants to meet regularly with other people with memory problems and their carers and presents a chance to exchange experiences and to give and receive emotional support. The café is run by trained volunteers with additional support from The Alzheimer’s Society Sheffield.

Anyone can come along and discuss their concerns in confidence. We look to provide support and information within a relaxed, friendly and stigma free environment.

Everyone is welcome and no pre-booking is required.

Sheffield Alzheimer’s Society, Sheffield Dementia Action Alliance, Stocksbridge Community Care Group Ltd and The Venue Stocksbridge have long recognised the much needed facility of a Dementia Cafe in the North Sheffield Area of the City

Dementia cafe poster.




STEPS – A New Social Group Starting 30th Jan 2018 in Chapeltown

26 Jan


The Outdoor City Weekender returns to Sheffield 9th-11th March 2018

24 Jan


The Outdoor City Weekender returns to Sheffield for a third helping from 9th to 11th March 2018 and promises another action-packed weekend of fun and adventure.

The Weekender revolves around four headline events: the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, renowned bouldering competition the Rab Climbing Works International Festival, inner-city mountain bike dual slalom the Howard Street Dual and the Magnificent Seven, a multi-stage road bike race up seven of Sheffield’s steepest hills.

Click here to find out more and start planning your action-packed weekend in the heart of the city.

Save Money on Fuel Event at Chapeltown Library 2nd March 2018

23 Jan

You can find out more on how to save energy at:

Energy talk at chap

Chapeltown Library Presents: Harry Potter Knit or Stitch 29th Jan 2018

22 Jan

chap lib

Places are free but must be booked.

Please phone 0114 2037000 or book online at

Sheffield Domestic and Sexual Abuse Online Survey (closes 31st Jan 2018)

22 Jan

Your views and experiences are important.

Please complete the domestic and sexual abuse online survey at:

Or access via the DACT Sheffield Website:

Responses can be made anonymously.

Survey closes on 31st January 2018

Free Superjam Tea Party at Ecclesfield secondary School 14th Feb 2018

19 Jan

After the overwhelming success of Ecclesfield Secondary Schools first Tea Party in November, they will be hosting their next SuperJam Tea party on Wednesday the 14th of February, 12 – 2.30pm! Pop along have a chat and meet new friends over a bite and a cuppa.

super jam ecclesfield