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Roy Bailey RIP

Legendary folk singer Roy Bailey passed away peacefully on Tuesday, aged 83. He played to sell out concerts and festivals around the world for over 50 years. Roy was formerly Dean of Faculty of Education, Health and Welfare at what is now Sheffield Hallam University and he was appointed professor in 1989. He chose to make Sheffield his home and to many he was the voice of the people, as he sang songs about working lives and socialism.

Crime victors supported to meet their offenders

As part of Restorative Justice Week, victims of crime are being supported to meet their offenders to discuss the impact of the crime and repair the harm. Restorative justice schemes are designed to offer victims the chance to be heard, to get answers to questions and to provide a sense of closure. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

GB wheelchair basketball recognised in Hall of Champions

The GB men’s wheelchair basketball team have been inducted into the Hall of Champions at the English Institute of Sport in recognition of their 2018 World Championships win in Hamburg. The team profile joins the likes of Anthony Joshua and Jessica Ennis in the Hall of Champions gallery. Its the first time the team has won the World Championship trophy and they are one of the youngest teams in the world with an average age of 27. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Haj Bhania, GB Men’s Wheelchair Basketball coach.

Waste food project finds appetite for more

The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield is planning to expand following the success of its pay-as-you feel food recycling store, cafes and schools programme. The Burngreave-based social enterprise has launched a crowdfunding drive under the banner ‘Food Works Not Food Waste’. It is seeking to raise funds for a warehouse to preserve, store and cook food as well as expanding its educational activities. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to founder and director Jo Herceberg and project volunteer Boo Spurgeon.

World Toilet Day aims to get people talking

Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or IBS, affects thousands of people in South Yorkshire and millions across the UK, but many sufferers are too embarrassed to talk about it. As part of World Toilet Day, the IBS Network aims to raise awareness on how to manage IBS and about safe and clean sanitation around the world. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor spoke to IBS Network chief executive, Alison Reid.

Job fears as Johnston Press rescue plan revealed

Johnston Press, which owns a string of local newspapers including the Sheffield Star and the Yorkshire Post has gone into administration with debts of more than £200m. The group, which publishes more than 200 regional titles as well as the national “i” paper, has written off part of its debt burden through a “pre-pack” takeover by the company’s former bondholders. It is hoped the deal will secure jobs and continued publication. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Chris Molly of the National Union of Journalists.

Dozens join Palestine solidarity protest

Protestors from Sheffield’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign gathered at the Town Hall on Saturday to demonstrate against what they describe as Israel’s on-going attack on Gaza. In the last eight months more than 200 Palestinians have been killed and thousands wounded by Israeli troops. Baillor Jalloh reports for Shefield Live!

Mayoral summit seeks to end homelessness

Public, health, housing and charity executives have been meeting at the New York Stadium in Rotherham to discuss and tackle the widespread issue of homelessness. The regional summit on homelessness was led by Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Tony Stacey, chief executive of South Yorkshire Housing Association.

Arundel Gate cinema to re-open after revamp

The Odeon cinema on Arundel Gate is to re-open after an extensive upgrade that will reduce the capacity but provide more space for cinema goers. The Odeon Luxe is set to create 50 new jobs and will offer more legroom, reclining seats and retractable tables. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to general manager Peter Cunningham.

Social enterprise showcased at city region conference

Social entrepreneurs from across Sheffield City Region came together to mark Social Enterprise Day at a half-day conference and other events in Sheffield. Participants heard from fitness and mental well being start-up Happiness Bootcamp, Sheffield-based digital makers AALFY and Chesterfield Canal Trust, among others involved in enterprises run for social purpose. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!