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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.

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New Life Saving Defibrillator at Ecclesfield Library

1 Aug

Ecclesfield Library are please to announce that they have had a life-saving Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) installed and activated outside the library.

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About defibrillators (British Heart Foundation)

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall to someone who is in cardiac arrest.

This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential life saving step in the chain of survival.

There are many defibrillators available in public places such as train stations, shopping centres, airport and leisure centres. These defibrillators are often known as public access defibrillators (PAD) as anyone can use them in an emergency. You shouldn’t be afraid of using a defibrillator if someone has had a cardiac arrest.

If you would like to know more about defibrillators including guidance on how to use them please visit: https://www.bhf.org.uk/how-you-can-help/how-to-save-a-life/defibrillators

Find out ‘What’s On’ at your Early Days Family Centre in July and August 2018

9 Jul

Whats On

At your Early Days Family  Centre July to August 2018
Serving Fox Hill, Parson Cross, Colley, Southey Green, High Green, Burncross, Chapeltown, Angram Bank, Grenoside and Ecclesfield

Please find attached the Early Days Family ‘What’s On’ Guide for July to August 2018. Early Days Family Centre What’s On Jul to Aug 2018

 

Cycle safety in Sheffield around tram tracks

9 Jul

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Cycle safety around tram tracks

 Sheffield City Council has created an eye-catching video to promote safer cycling near tram tracks in the city.

They want to raise awareness of the potential dangers and how to minimise the risks, ultimately reducing the number of accidents and injuries. The work will also promote Sheffield’s Cycle Maps as a safer way to travel.

To get the key messages across, the fun and engaging animation will be shared widely on social media and could be the first in a series of videos promoting cycle safety in Sheffield.

Watch our short video and find out more.

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Superjam Tea Party returns to Ecclesfield School on 4th July 2018

27 Jun

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Home Instead are Recruiting ~ if you are kind, caring, passionate and have a great personality then this may be the role for you

27 Jun

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Sheffield launches Action Plan for Adult Carers

25 Jun

The newly launched Sheffield’s Adult Carers action plan will make sure that people in a caring role continue to get the support they need so that they can care for others.

The action plan was conceptualised by carers themselves at an event they held and will support their 60,000 unpaid adult peers across Sheffield.

Sheffield City Council works not only with the individual themselves but also a range of related organisations including Sheffield Carers Centre, Sheffield Young Carers, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, Health and Social Care Trust and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group to coordinate the help and support given to the city’s carers.

Chris, who cares for his adult daughter who has autism and cerebral palsy explained that it was essential that the process was a genuine collaboration between services and individual carers and that the plan needed to be “open, honest and transparent to make lasting change”.

Pauline Kimantas, Chief Executive of Sheffield Carers Centre said “The passion in the room at the event was fantastic and it can be used to move things forward. There’s still so much to do and everybody recognises that. We’ll do our best to ensure people work in partnership.”

An important part of the plan is to make sure that carers have “a life of their own” says Emma Dickinson, the Council’s Commissioning Manager for Carers. Increasing opportunities for these people to look after their own health, have regular and sufficient breaks and to access education and work are important aspects of the Council’s plans.

“Seventy per cent of them are of working age. The plan places an emphasis on helping them to continue to work – or return to work,” she added.

Carers raised concerns about how well institutions work together and what could be done to increase communication and ensure that those they care for, and they themselves, are listened to.

There was lots of agreement that many people doing caring roles don’t see themselves as carers, so the action plan must involve ways to reach those people. Many suggestions came from carers about the ways that GPs and others could support carers to access the help that is out there for them.

The six principles that underpin the new action plan are:

  1. Access at the right time, the right type of information and advice for them, their family and the person they care for.
  2. Understanding their rights and having access to an assessment.
  3. Having a voice for themselves and the person they care for.
  4. Having regular and sufficient breaks.
  5. Continuing to learn and develop, train or work (if they wish to).
  6. Looking after their own health.

The Carers Action Plan will be reviewed every six months. The next meeting will be on 1st November, where carers and partners will discuss progress.

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Sheffield Living With and Beyond Cancer, Health and Wellbeing Day 27th June 2018

21 Jun

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Sheffield receives funding for Rough Sleeping Initiative

14 Jun

Sheffield City Council is set to receive £363,000 this year to combat rough sleeping across the city.

The news is welcomed in Sheffield as it will allow for more work to be done for rough sleepers who have been living on the streets on and off for a longer period of time.

The funding means the council will be able to do more outreach work to prevent rough sleeping form occurring, wherever possible.

Money will be used to fund suitable housing for individual rough sleepers and to give them the support they need to be able to stay in that housing instead of becoming a rough sleeper again.

This intensive housing support will be tailored to meet the needs of each individual rough sleeper, who most often have a variety of complex needs. Individuals will be worked with for longer periods of time and the tailored help will mean that they will be more likely to remain housed.

More emergency accommodation for those who find themselves in crisis will also be made available and options for longer term housing will be improved.

All of this support will be provided by the council working alongside other registered housing providers, the commissioned outreached team, voluntary services and private sector landlords.

Councillor Jim Steinke, Cabinet Members for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety said: “ We welcome this funding which will help us focus on preventing rough sleeping in Sheffield. Our main aim will be to help people to sustain their independence.

“Although we have a relatively low number of rough sleepers in the city, we recognise that those at risk of rough sleeping often have very complex personal circumstances. It’s our job to help and support them in the right way as much as possible so that it can help transform their lives into something much better than they might otherwise have hoped for. This is a welcome boost to funding to help us make a real difference this winter.”

 

Green Fingers Garden Competition for SCC Tenants, prizes of up to £100 – Now open for entry’s (entry date closes 29th June 2018)

21 May

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Entry form: 54.6 Green Fingers entry form