Animal charities and local vet practices have come together in Sheffield to reduce the number of unwanted cats and kittens. The initiative responds to an eight per cent increase in cats brought to the RSPCA over the last two years, with a total of 31,000 in the last year alone. Six charities and eight vets are taking part in the project. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Carrie Stones, RSPCA cat population control manager for the north.
The Sheffield-based Children’s Food Trust charity, which promotes healthy eating for children, is set to close by the end of September after failing to secure new funding. The organisation, launched ten years ago, employs 47 people including 31 from Sheffield, all expected to lose their jobs. The charity created the Let’s Get Cooking network and has supported schools in England to get ready for universal free school meals. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
National sports charity Tennis For Free is to invest in a year-long programme of free family-oriented tennis coaching sessions at Hillsborough Park. In a post-Wimbledon push, the charity has created its first Tennis For Free site in Yorkshire in partnership with Sheffield City Council, Parks Tennis CIC and the Lawn Tennis Association. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake donned his tennis whites and took to the courts.
Streets Ahead contractor Amey have announced support for Age UK Sheffield as their chosen charity of the year. Staff working on the Streets Ahead city-wide highways maintenance contract that is upgrading the condition of our city’s roads, pavements, street lights, bridges and other street items will dedicate a day of their time to the charity, helping the elderly get more out of life. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Steve Chu, chief executive of Age UK Sheffield, and Darren Butt, accounts director for Amey.
Chilypep, the Sheffield-based charity working with children and young people, have been awarded a three year Big Lottery grant to bring communities together in the north of Sheffield. The project called Respect and Understanding Builds Inclusive Communities (RUBIC) will support young leaders to act as community anchors and help resolve tensions between different community groups. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Lesley Pollard, managing director of Chilypep.
The Sheffield Palestinian Solidarity Group organised a 24 hour run through Meersbrook Park to raise money for two Palestinian charities that provide education and support to children in Gaza. The runners will take turns to run through the night in hour long shifts with at least two runners taking part at any time. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Mental Health Action Group Sheffield has four months left before its doors will shut to service users unless it secures new funding. The announcement comes after a Sheffield Council decision to withdrew grant funding for the Organisation. MHAGS, established in 1992, is based in Creswick Street, Langsett and provides meeting space and support for people with mental health problems. In recent years it has received a £10,500 annual grant from the Council to help with expenditure. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Traditional tools and methods of weaving and spinning have been on display to the public at a Winter Gardens demonstration. The Hallamshire and District Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers is a charity dedicated to preserving and promoting the craft of cloth-making using traditional hand tools. The group provide informal tuition and a meeting place for fellow craftspeople. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to charity trustee, Leonie Souster.
Award-winning Sheffield songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy and singer Joanne Heseldon Edwards released the album in support of the Help for Heroes charity. Dedicated to the late Jimi Heseldon, father of the singer, the release of the album was timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
A Sheffield sixth former has raised over £5,000 for the charity Diabetes UK by hosting a fundraising masquerade ball. Sixteen year-old Ellie Channer sought to raise awareness and to help others with the condition after being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes herself. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!