Views sought on disability support services

Public health workers in Sheffield are seeking input into the design of new services to support people with disabilities and their careers. Yeyenta Osasu, a pharmacist and public health educator is asking residents to get in touch to share their perspectives. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Hospital trust seek communication volunteers

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals is appealing for volunteers to help keep patients in touch with relatives unable to visit due to the national lockdown. The trust, which runs Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Mexborough Montagu, is appealing for people to take on the ‘communication volunteer’ role to help patients to video call their loved ones and to provide updates on a patient’s care to their relatives. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield imam encourages vaccine take-up

Imam Sheik Sadaqat Hussain, who preaches at Madina Mosque in Wolseley Road, has advised Sheffield Muslims to take up the Covid-19 vaccine. His comments follow approval by the British Islamic Medical Association (BIMA) of use of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine by Muslims in the UK. According to a BIMA statement the organisation consulted experts in infectious diseases, the pharmaceutical industry and public health before recommending the use of the vaccine. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Charity calls for regular testing of care workers

An adult day care centre in Sheffield has called on the government to provide a weekly Covid test for all staff members who look after vulnerable adults. Paces Sheffield provides adult day care support for people with brain injuries and motor disorders. Speaking to Sheffield Live! chief executive Spencer Pitfield said: “A lack of regular Covid testing is putting workers and people they care for at risk”. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield infection rate flat says health chief

Sheffield’s rate of Covid-19 infections has been flat at around 50 cases per day as infections rise across the country. From Thursday millions of people in England will move to Tier Four coronavirus restrictions however South Yorkshire remains in Tier Three. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield.

Traditional sword dance cancelled due to COVID-19

One of England’s oldest folk dance teams have cancelled their traditional Boxing Day performance due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Handsworth Sword Dancers have performed their traditional Yorkshire ‘longsword’ dance every Boxing Day at Woodhouse Cross and Handsworth Church since 1963, continuing a tradition of dancing in midwinter dating back to the 1800s. The performances, which also include a mummers play and renditions of some of Sheffield’s unique carols, normally attract hundreds of spectators. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Employment expert welcomes furlough extension

Shaun Duffy, an employment expert at Sheffield’s Citizen Advice has told Sheffield Live! the extension of the furlough scheme is good news for employers in the region. Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown in England and the extension of the furlough scheme for another five months. Under the scheme employers can claim up to 80% of their employees wages or a maximum of £2500 a month from the government. This also applies to those who are self-employed. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield could return to tier 3 after lockdown says health chief

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, speaking to Sheffield Live! said he believes the city will go back into Tier 3 restrictions when the current lockdown ends. Under the new national lockdown, which came into effect on 5 November, pubs, restaurants, gyms and non essential shops are due to remain closed until 2 December. Azz Mohammed reports.