Sheffield mental health charity Interchange is supporting proposals for mental health education to become part of the schools curriculum. Counsellor and education services manager at Interchange, Leah Booker, said education is needed in schools to increase awareness and understanding of mental health. She spoke to Sheffield Live! after a debate in Parliament to discuss whether mental health education should be a compulsory part of the curriculum. Over 100,000 signed a petition started by Adam Shaw of Sheffield supporting the idea. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Dinnington residents are appealing to South Yorkshire Police to reopen the local police station on Laughton Road in Dinnington. The appeal comes after recent high profile cases in the area including the Leone Weeks murder and the ‘killer clown’ attacks. The station has been closed to the public for nearly 15 years and the building is planned to be sold off but resident Tim Wells has gathered over 800 signatures on a petition to reopen the building. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Campaigners who oppose the closure of The Hurlfield View care home for people with dementia have been protesting outside the Town Hall. Last month they presented a 10,000 signature petition to Sheffield City Council. The Council have said they are “one hundred percent confident” there will sufficient pre-bookable respite and day care activities in place from April 2017. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield badminton and Team GB athlete Chloe Birch has spoken out against UK Sport’s decision to cut funding for badminton leading up to Tokyo 2020. Funding has been cut despite Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge winning bronze to secure Britain’s first men’s doubles medal at Rio this year. Badminton had its funding cut from £7.4m to £5.9m after London 2012, after no players managed the minimum fourth-to-eighth-placed finish that had been targeted. Yet despite the surprise success of Ellis and Langridge, the sport will not get a slice of the £345m of national lottery and government funding which UK Sport has announced will be invested over the next four years. Badminton England are appealing the decision and have started a petition on their website which has over ten thousand signatures. Our reporter Simon Thake spoke with Chloe Birch and Badminton Sheffield Chairman Alan Barber at the English Institute for Sport.
Councillor Cate McDonald has defended Sheffield Council’s decision to close the Hurlfield View dementia respite care facility. A petition to save Hurlfield View has reached over five thousand signatures. Petitioners argue that this is the only day services and respite care facility in Sheffield for severely challenging individuals with dementia, including the most complex cases. The cabinet member for health and social care said the decision was “not a cost cutting exercise”. Sheffield City Council is ending the Sheffield Health and Social Trust’s contract to provide dementia services a year earlier than planned. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!
Reverend David Dean-Revill of St Christopher’s Church in Gleadless is supporting a campaign for a law to limit interest rates on consumer borrowing. Dean-Revill is concerned that every week many people on low-incomes turn to pay-day loans and other borrowing just to survive and can find themselves deeper in debt. Current legislation allows companies to charge up to 0.8% per day which amounts to 24% per month. A Stop Unfair Lending petition is gathering support and calls on the government to legislate to limit interest rates to a maximum 100% APR including fees. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Reverend David Dean-Revill.
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A petition to keep Sheffield Central Library in its existing grade II listed building has reached over 8,000 signatures. Sheffield City Council has opened discussions with Chinese investment partner Guodong UK Limited over proposals to sell off the Central Library to become the city’s first five star hotel. The Council has said the building is in need of repairs which would cost at least £30 million and an alternative option would be to build a new modern library elsewhere in the city centre. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Rebecca Gransbury who started the petition.
Over twelve thousand three hundred people have signed a petition to stop the sale of an 18th century cottage in Sheffield. Sheffield City Council expect to receive around eighty thousand pounds from the sale of Cobnar cottage, on Cobnar Road in Graves Park. The money is set to be spent on further investment in the park, including improvements to play facilities and footpaths. Sheffield City Council say ‘The cottage has been vacant for many years, sits outside the park boundary wall, forms a tiny fraction of the park, and has never been part of the public amenity of Graves Park.’ The council have no future use for the cottage, and say they do not plan to sell any other part of Graves Park.
Many protesters gathered at Sheffield town hall earlier today to protest against the new changes and cuts to bus services. An online petition to stop the cutting and bring back the old services has reached 12,000 signatories.
The Government is to seek additional funds to support community radio, according to Siôn Simon MP, Minister for Creative Industries. The Minister’s comments come in response to a joint letter to the Prime Minister signed by community broadcasters in Sheffield and across the country, calling for a sizeable increase in public funding for community radio.
In the Government reply to the joint open letter, Siôn Simon writes: “the Government recognises the importance of community radio and its contribution to the communities which they serve”. In addition to current Government support, he says: “DCMS will continue to work with other Government Departments and Agencies to identify other sources of funding, specifically where there are community cohesion and social gain objectives, for community radio.”
Steve Buckley, Director of community radio station, Sheffield Live!, said: “We welcome Government recognition that additional funding should be found for community radio but we need more than a vague expression of intent. We are not asking for the sector to be fully, or even majority, publicly funded. All we want is for Government support to be reflected in a funding settlement that reflects the benefits community radio brings to the communities we serve. Government should implement now the recommendations of the Everitt Report.”
Professor Anthony Everitt, author of the 2003 report, New Voices, whose recommendations formed the basis for government legislation, says the sector is “hobbled by its poverty”, and has called on government to implement the recommendations of his report to provide (matched) grant aid of £30,000 per year per station towards core operating costs. Everitt says “this is a modest expenditure when the benefits community radio can confer are taken into account”.
The community radio campaign has gained the support of members of Parliament from all political parties. Lord David Puttnam assured the community radio sector: “…the weight of public support and technological history are with you.” A petition, at http://allthevoices.org, calling on the Government to support the sustainability and growth of community radio by substantially increasing the resources of the Community Radio Fund, has gathered nearly 3000 signatures.
For further information including a copy of the letter from the Minister follow this link