Sheffield News

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.

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 children brings festive cheer to care homes

A music project for 0-5 year olds has been bringing festive cheer to Sheffield care homes. Early years music project Concertinees, in collaboration with Age Better in Sheffield, has launched a heart-warming project partnering with local care homes. Little Moments of Joy has involved children in personalised music performances for 30 local care homes. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

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!

Food project feeds dozens over Christmas holiday

Sheffield’s award-winning Foodhall Project has been feeding dozens of vulnerable people over the Christmas holiday. Since the coronavirus pandemic begun, the project has helped over 13,000 people, providing emergency food parcels and a place of comfort for those who are isolated. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Louise Pohl, Director of Sheffield Foodhall Project.