Ahead of the flu season health charity Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) is to launch its Stoptober campaign to encourage people to quit smoking. The October campaign will remind smokers that now more than ever is a good time for smokers to put their lungs first, quit smoking and breathe easier. Data from the UCL Smoking Toolkit Study show that in 2020 in England there has been a surge in smokers trying to quit and a big increase in success rates for those who try. ASH say over a million people in the UK have quit smoking during the coronavirus lockdown. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Lifestyle and behaviour changes during lockdown including reduced travel and lower consumption could, if sustained, aid a green recovery, according to environmental experts. Anna Hawkins, lecturer in environmental social science at Sheffield Hallam University, told Sheffield Live! that individual changes such as eating less meat and travelling less can benefit the environment but structural changes are also needed by large organisations. Beth Gavaghan reports.
The diversity of African culture has been on display at a fashion show held at Arooj Restaurant with music, dance acts and African food as well as glamorous outfits on the catwalk. The event was organised by Firth Park fashion boutique Ma Ma Afro. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Spearmint Rhino on Brown Street has had its licence renewed by Sheffield Council despite over 150 objections. The lap dancing club has been in operation for over fifteen years despite complaints about the suitability of its location. David Barker, chair of Sheffield Council’s licensing committee said there was no evidence of poor practices at the club. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to City Ward Councillor Douglas Johnson who has been campaigning for the club to be closed.
Brightside and Hillsborough MP, Gill Furniss, has called for increased police resources to tackle knife crime, in an interview with Sheffield Live! Baillor Jalloh reports.
Sheffield’s annual Migration Matters theatre and arts festival has launched as part of Refugee Week, aiming to unite people across cultures and communities. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Thousand of Sheffield Muslims attended the Eid-ul-Fitr prayer gathering at Tesco car park on Saville Street. The Eid celebration marks the end of Ramadan, in which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and engage in support for charitable causes.
Young people from schools across Sheffield came together together at the weekend for the One Sheffield Many Cultures Festival at Barker’s Pool. The day of music, dance, gymnastics and family fun was organised by pupils from ten different Sheffield schools. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Hundreds took part in a rally in Sheffield city centre to protest against the felling of trees under Sheffield Council’s Streets Ahead programme. The tree felling works are part of a £2.2 billion private finance initiative (PFI) contract awarded to Amey to resurface the city’s roads and pavements over the next 25 years. Sheffield Council say all the trees that have been marked to be cut down are either dead, diseased, dying or dangerous but campaigners claim many healthy trees have been felled unnecessarily. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Students Union Development Officer, Megan Mcgrath, is leading a campaign to abandon single use plastic in order to reduce harm to the environment. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!