Station News

Foodbank calls for more support for families in need

Hillsborough-based charity S6 Foodbank has welcomed the new cost of living payment to help struggling families but say more support is needed. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Alison Wise said more help is needed for poor households as the number of people using their foodbank has rocketed in the last 12 months. Millions of people on means-tested benefits including Universal Credit and Tax Credit will receive the £301 instalment by mid-May or earlier. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Charity opens helpline to support bereaved families

Sheffield based charity, Diverse City Development Trust, has opened a new help line to support bereaved families in the city. Here to Hear, is a multi-lingual and multi-faith bereavement listening service for those struggling to come to terms with loss and grief. Sheffield Live! reporter Ballor Jalloh spoke to helpline support coordinator Rida Shoukat.

Sheffield Muslims celebrate end of Ramadan

Thousands of Muslims across South Yorkshire celebrated the end of Ramadan, known as Eid Al-Fitr, on Friday and Saturday. The festival follows 29 days of fasting in which Muslims are not allowed to eat or drink from dawn to dusk. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Burst water mains hits Burngreave businesses

A Burngreave-based business owner has called on the local authority and Yorkshire Water to investigate the cause of a burst water main in Spital Hill which he says is affecting his business. Yousif Karda, owner of Sudan Tech on Spital Hill, told Sheffield Live! burst water pipes in the area were becoming frequent, with road closures affecting footfall for local businesses. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Public park opens on former fire station site

A new play area and public space, Pounds’s Park, has opened on the site of the former fire station between Rockingham Street and Carver Street. Named after the city’s first chief fire officer, Superintendent John Charles Pound, the park includes two pyramid towers, slides, a climbing boulder and other play equipment. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

£1.2m government funding for Burngreave youth centre

A Burngreave-based charity from Sheffield is among seven youth centres in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire that are set to share more than £15m in government grants to renovate and build youth facilities. Endeavour, a woodland activity club based in Burngreave, has been granted £1.2m to refurbished its building and to develop new projects. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Edward Thatcher, chief executive of Endeavour.

Sheffield Grand Mosque opens to the public

A long-awaited Islamic centre and mosque in Burngreave has formally opened its doors to the public, having been under construction for over a decade. The Sheffield Grand Mosque, on Grimesthorpe Rd, is set to be a landmark of Islamic architecture and design. It boasts four halls that cater for community activities, Islamic study, sports such as gymnastics, football and karate training, as well as prayer halls for both men and women. Sheffield live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to volunteers and worshippers at the mosque.

Sheffield Live! marks 15 years on air with DAB launch

Sheffield’s longest running community radio station, Sheffield Live! has joined a growing number of radio services available on DAB in Sheffield and Rotherham. The station was born over two decades ago as a weekend broadcast at Sharrow Festival. It was later awarded the first full-time FM community radio licence in Sheffield, launched in October 2007. It is also available online and now via the Shefcast Digital DAB platform. Sheffield Live! volunteers Graham Marshall, Julie Meese and Paul Lizzie spoke to reporter Baillor Jalloh.

Homeless charity opens print shop in Orchard Square

Award winning social enterprise, Printed By Us, has opened a retail shop in Sheffield’s Orchard Square selling T-shrts, hoodies, mugs and other printed products to raise funds for homeless people. Printed by us is a not for profit organisation and [part of the Archer Project which helps homeless people find new opportunities and better living conditions. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to shop manager, Danielle Richard.