Latest news from the Sheffield Live! teams

Hundreds take part in NHS pay rise protest

Over a hundred doctors, nurses and supporters took part in a weekend demonstration outside Sheffield City Hall calling on the government to offer a substantial pay rise to NHS workers. The protest comes as pay increases have been agreed for other public sector workers whilst NHS staff remain on a three year agreement to be reviewed in April 2021. Ruby Midgley, a staff nurse at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals told Sheffield Live! she feels let down by the government. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Organisations urged to make First Aid a priority

The Source Academy training centre is urging Sheffield businesses and organisations to make First Aid a priority as staff return to workplaces. All businesses are required by law to make provision for First Aid and First Aiders would normally take a refresher course yearly however due to the pandemic the Health and Safety Executive has extended the refresher period. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Daniel Stanbra, director of operations at the Source Academy.

New year Tramlines Festival dates announced following fundraiser success

Tramlines has announced that almost £20,000 was raised for Sheffield charities in last weekend’s online fundraiser as well as confirming festival dates for 2021. The money raised will go to Roundabout, I Forge, Disability Sheffield, Sheffield S6 Food Bank and Cavendish Cancer Care. The weekend online celebration of Tramlines took place on dates previously in the calendar for this year’s festival but cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Tim Cleasby, operations director at Tramlines Festival.

Sheffield strip club dancers drop court case

Lap-dancers at former Sheffield strip club Spearmint Rhino have dropped their privacy case which followed secret filming inside the club by campaign group Not Buying It. The film allegedly showed the dancers sexually touching customers in breach of licensing rules. Sasha Rakoff of Not Buying It told Sheffield Live! they are pleased the case has been closed. Spearmint Rhino, who did not respond to a request for comment, were reported to have agreed to pay nearly £50,000 in legal costs. Baillor Jalloh reports.

GP service provides home visits for the vulnerable

Sheffield GP practices who make up the Seven Hills Primary Care Network have set up a new home visiting service for those shielding from the coronavirus pandemic or otherwise unable to get to a surgery. Over 700 vulnerable people in Sheffield have so far benefited from the service set up by a group of GP practices and funded by NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). With the easing of the lockdown, doctors’ surgeries have reopened but on a strict appointment basis. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Lucy Cormack, GP and clinical director for Seven Hills.

Support services failing for women refugees and asylum seekers

Women asylum seekers and refugees are facing multiple challenges including mental health conditions and homelessness linked to the coronavirus pandemic according to a Sheffield-based support group. In a new report, the social enterprise Development and Women’s Advancement (DEWA) found 82 per cent of women interviewed reported their mental health had worsened and 20 per cent had faced homelessness. Among the problems encountered were difficulties accessing food and accommodation and a lack of language support to enable access to information and services. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to the co-founder and development director of DEWA Ibtissam Al-Farah.

Beth Tweddle’s gymnastic curriculum comes to Sheffield schools

Former Olympian Beth Tweddle’s gymnastics programme is to be made available to school children in Sheffield from September following a successful launch in the North West. The new 10-week online programme focuses on physical literacy, as well as the values of friendship, respect and determination. The programme is aligned to Key Stages 1 and 2, with outcomes across the educational curriculum. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Covid-19 walk-in test centre opens in Rotherham

A new mobile testing centre has been opened in Rotherham to encourage residents to get tested if they show any symptoms of Covid-19. The new walk-in local testing site on Forge Island is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care and is open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield boy completes second marathon challenge

A nine-year-old boy from Sheffield who has cerebral palsy and autism has raised over £137,000 for charity by walking two marathons. Tobias Weller, known as Captain Tobias, was cheered by hundreds of fans including Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill as he used a walker to cover the 52 miles on the street of Abbey Lane. The money will be shared between Sheffield Children’s Hospital and the Paces special school where he attends. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Covid-19 funding appeal raises £900k for community projects

South Yorkshire Community Foundation has raised £900,000 to support community projects responding to Covid-19 since the lockdown began in March. Along with funding from the National Emergency Trust, members of the public have donated to support those affected by the pandemic including community organisations, charities and social enterprises across South Yorkshire. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Sam Caldwell, head of grants at SYCF.