Latest news from the Sheffield Live! teams

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!

Sheffield Americans react as new president takes office

Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th US President issuing a call for unity and renewal. In his inaugural speech, he promised to be a president for “all Americans” and urged people to come together. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Rob Speranza and Dr. Anita Franklin, American residents living in Sheffield, about Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States.

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!

School vouchers relaunched amid food criticism

The national supermarket voucher scheme for free school meals has reopened following criticism of sub-standard food parcels delivered to eligible pupils. Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford has recently highlighted examples of food parcels being “just not good enough.” Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Christine Batchford, manager of the social supermarket at Rotherham Minster.

Charity urges government to extend benefit uplift

Citizens Advice Sheffield is urging the government to extend the £20 a week Universal Credit uplift that is due to stop at the end of March. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Frances Potter, lead on research and campaigns at the charity said: ‘I’m really glad that all the parliamentarians I have spoken to are putting pressure on the government to extend the uplift.” Her comments comes as Labour leader Sir Kier Stermer, asked the government to extend the scheme. Baillor Jalloh reports.

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!

Health campaign encourages smokers to quit

A new campaign from Smokefree Sheffield says repeated attempts to quit can bring smokers “closer each time”. Greg Fell, Sheffield’s Director for Public Health told Sheffield Live! most smokers when asked say they want to quit and that smoking probably remains the number one top public health hazard. The “closer each time” campaign encourages smokers to have another go at quitting. Azz Mohammed reports.