Safety fears for Channel migrants

A Sheffield-based migration rights group is calling on the government to assure safe passage for refugees and asylum seekers crossing the Channel to enter the UK. Stuart Crossthwaite, of the South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group, said the government should provide a “safe and legal route to allow people to exercise their rights to claim asylum”. The comments came as Home Secretary Sajid Javid announced two additional UK Border Force boats will be deployed to patrol the Channel. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Lottery award for women’s support group

Two South Yorkshire women are set to launch a new health and well being initiative for women following news of a start-up grant from the Big Lottery. Zainab Deen and Linda Walmsley have formed Sisters With One Voice to provide peer support and drop-in facilities form women facing challenges in their lives. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Hillsborough building set to gain new lease of life

A Grade II listed building in Hillsborough Park is to be brought back into public use as a dementia friendly community centre and cafe, following confirmation of Heritage Lottery funding. The abandoned old coach house situated behind the Hillsborough Library was last used as a munitions store during the Second World War. The conversion proposal led by Age UK has been approved by Sheffield Council with the building set to re-open in 2020. Sheffield Live ! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Steve Chu, chief executive for Age UK.

Nether Edge Festival underway

The opening event for Nether Edge Festival 2018 was held at the Common Ground Community Centre with music, dance, face-painting, arts and crafts activities. The festival, into its fourth year and taking place at various venues in Nether Edge, runs until 23 September. Baillor Jalloh reports fo Sheffield Live!

Sheffield Live! Community Business Weekend Open Day

Sheffield Live! is holding an Open Day event, 12-5pm, Friday 6th October to celebrate Community Business Weekend.

The second annual Community Business Weekend organised by Power to Change will be taking place from 5th-8th October 2017. The event celebrates the 7000 community businesses across England in local hands. Sheffield Live! is proud to be a local community business and to join the celebrations we will be opening our doors to invite local people to come and see what we do and how.

Invite your family, colleagues, friends and neighbours via the Sheffield Live! Facebook events page.

Drop in anytime between midday and 5pm at 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX. We’ll give you a tour of the Sheffield Live! TV and radio studio. There will be a chance see our ‘green screen’ multi-camera TV studio in action, meet the Sheffield Live! team and find out more about what we have going on here at Sheffield Live! HQ and how you can get involved.

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Dozens march to highlight education cuts

Campaigners gathered at the Old Heeley Bank school to support the People’s March for Education, a three day walk from Sheffield To Nothingham promoted by the National Union of Teachers. The NUT said the aim of the march is to highlight a “crisis” facing schools and the education system. According to the Union the Government has cut school funding by £2.2 billion since 2015 and plans to cut another £3 billion by 2020. The NUT claims ninety-nine per cent of schools will suffer funding cuts. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Job opportunities with Social Enterprise Exchange

Social Enterprise Exchange is a comprehensive programme of social enterprise support contributing to jobs, growth and social inclusion across the Sheffield City Region. It is delivered by a community-based consortium in collaboration with Sheffield City Region Growth Hub and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020. Social Enterprise Exchange will promote social entrepreneurship, through awareness raising events, knowledge exchange and peer networking; it will provide support for start-ups, including hot-desks, start-up grants and mentoring; and it will offer specialist enterprise support for existing social enterprises to grow and to develop new products and services.

We are seeking applications for two new Social Enterprise Exchange posts at Sheffield Live!:

Enterprise Advisor

The successful candidate will be a marketing and communications specialist with previous experience of providing business support and extensive knowledge of social enterprise. The postholder will be responsible for providing one-to-one and group support to social enterprises supported through the Social Enterprise Exchange programme and will provide strategic marketing and communications support for the programme and for Sheffield Live!

Download job description and person specification here
Enterprise Advisor – job description

To apply please send a CV and covering letter outlining relevant qualifications, skills and experience to: with ‘Enterprise Advisor’ as the subject line.
Deadline: 1 May 2017

Marketing Assistant

We are seeking a motivated individual with an interest in media and social enterprise, combined with excellent communication skills and fluency in the use of social media. The postholder will assist in promotions, events and delivery of support to Social Enterprise Exchange clients.

Download job description and person specification here:
Marketing Assistant – job description

To apply please send a CV and covering letter outlining relevant qualifications, skills and experience to: with ‘Marketing Assistant’ as the subject line.

Deadline: 1 May 2017

Social Enterprise Reporter

We are seeking to recruit a freelance journalist with an interest in business and social enterprise to join the Sheffield Live news team. The person appointed will have previous experience in print and video journalism including video editing skills using Adobe Premiere. The postholder will be responsible for collecting social enterprise case stories and for reporting on topical issues relating to business and social enterprise.

Download invitation to tender here:
Social Enterprise Reporter

To apply please send a CV and covering letter outlining relevant qualifications, skills and experience to: with ‘Social Enterprise Reporter’ as the subject line.
Deadline: 12 May 2017

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Homelessness charity Roundabout celebrates 40 years of service

Sheffield based charity Roundabout are celebrating 40 years of helping vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness in Sheffield with an anniversary fundraising campaign. The registered charity is asking supporters to donate forty pounds each to contribute towards their annual fundraising target of two hundred thousand pounds. Sheffield Live! reporter Sham Powell spoke to Tracey Jackson, deputy chief executive.

Sheffield playing field protected by Fields In Trust

Ochre Dike Playing Fields in Waterthorpe has been granted official recognition through the Fields in Trust scheme which protects designated open spaces against commercial development. Located near Crystal Peaks shopping complex, the playing fields are an important green space for those who live, work and study in the area and have been the focus of a campaign by local councillors and residents for the site to stay in public use. Fields in Trust status protects a diversity of open spaces across the UK from sports pitches to children’s playgrounds, bicycle trails to country parks. Ochre Dike Playing Field was formally accepted in 2015 and has now been presented with the official designation plaque at a special ceremony. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!