Liesje Dusausay, chief executive of Sparkle Sheffield, the autism charity, has accused Sheffield Council of “abusing” children with special educational needs by failing to provide the right educational environment. Dusausay told Sheffield Live! that many children are still waiting confirmation of their school placements while others are so distressed at their current schools that they are self-harming. Sheffield Council released a statement last week admitting mistakes had been made which the authority said it “truly” regretted. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with members of Sparkle and concerned parents.
A new report by the End Youth Homelessness Campaign suggests public opinion greatly underestimates the scale of youth homelessness in the UK. The findings show that most people believe there are less than 50,000 homeless young people in the UK whereas studies indicate more than 83,000. The study also revealed commonly held misconceptions, with nearly half of people citing drug or alcohol addiction as among the most common reasons for homelessness. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Claire Collingworth of homelessness charity Roundabout.
Primary and secondary schools in Darnall came together for an annual sports day at the City Athletics Stadium on Woodburn Road. The community event, open to parents and children, aimed to promote children’s engagement in sport and exercise. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Nicola Hopkin, PE teacher at Sheffield Park Academy.
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!
Sheffield Council is encouraging more families to help change young people’s lives as part of Foster Care Fortnight. Foster carers in Sheffield look after more than 265 children but fostering homes are still needed in the city. Sheffield Live reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Diane Hamid who has fostered thirteen children over the past five years.
Sheffield Libraries have launched their Bath, Book, Bed campaign to promote reading to children as part of the bedtime routine. Parents and young children were invited to join the launch event at The Moor Market featuring a special appearance by Pepper Pig, children’s stories from the Little Library and advice on safe sleeping from the Lullaby Trust. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
The British Humanist Association have sent free copies to Sheffield schools of the book ‘What is Humanism?’ after a successful national crowdfunding campaign. The book, by Michael Rosen and Annemarie Young, is the first of its kind aimed at primary and secondary school children, and was published to support teachers who want to explore non-religious ethics and humanist worldviews. Carrying the subtitle ‘How to live without a god and other big questions for kids’, the book features contributions from well know faces who also identify as humanists, including comedian Shappi Khorsandi, physicist Jim Al-Khalili and actor Stephen Fry. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with Mike Granville of Sheffield Humanist Society.
The Development Education Centre South Yorkshire have released findings of their Gender Respect Education Project which grew out of the One Billion Rising campaign to end violence against women and girls. The campaign inspired women and girls, and men who support them, to come out on the streets of more than 50 different cities across the globe on 14 February 2013 in a life affirming demonstration of dance, banners and testimonies. The three year Gender Respect Education Project sought to help children and young people to understand, question and challenge gender inequality and violence in a local and global context. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke with Helen Griffin, education officer at DECSY.
Sheffield-based furniture manufacturer Playtime Beds has been forced to stop trading as a result of a police investigation into the death of a seven month old baby. Police have questioned a 35 year old man as part of a joint investigation into the organisation launched with Trading Standards. North Yorkshire Police confirmed that the seven month old died on 3rd November at a property in Melrosegate, York. Playtime Beds of Sheffield, has issued a safety warning stating that its made-to-measure beds “could lead to risks to children such as asphyxiation or strangulation, falling, entrapment or crushing”. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!