Anti-racism activists show solidarity with England footballers

Stand Up To Racism Sheffield gathered outside Umix centre and other city locations to take to the knee at the weekend in support of England footballers. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukaya Saka suffered racial abused after England’s defeat in the Euro 2020 final. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Yasmin Plews, co-founder of Take The Knee Sheffield.

Migration Matters Festival ends on high note

Sheffield’s Migration Matters Festival, celebrating the positive contribution of migrants and refugees, drew to a close at the weekend. The pay what you feel festival took place both online and at Sheffield venues. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh, joined a singing workshop with Sinini Ngwenya.

Turning the Tide democracy campaign to launch in Sheffield

A new democracy campaign calling for decentralisation of powers is to have its North of England launch in Sheffield. Cross-party campaign organisation Unlock Democracy is joining with Sheffield for Democracy to host the launch event. Organisers say the campaign aims to give powers back to local communities that have been stripped away over the last four decades. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Activists demand halt to Zimbabwe deportation plan

Protestors gathered outside UK Border Agency offices at Vulcan House to stop the planned deportation of over 150 Zimbabweans. According to the protesters Zimbabwe is not safe for asylum seekers especially those who have spoken out against the regime. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Food charity appeals for volunteer drivers

FareShare Yorkshire has launched an urgent appeal for volunteer drivers to help provide vital support to local communities by collecting food from its warehouse and delivering it to partner charities. The charity, part of a network of centres across the UK, takes good quality, in-date surplus food and redistributes it to over 340 local charities and community groups supporting vulnerable people, including homeless hostels, breakfast clubs and domestic violence refuges.Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Public health boss advises people to continue wearing face masks

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health in Sheffield has said people should continue to wear face masks in public places as even those vaccinated may still get infected or transmit the virus to others. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Fell said: “I have taken all my jabs but I will continue to wear a face mask.” The government has confirmed that nearly all remaining Covid restrictions will end in England on 19 July. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Autism charity calls for more investment in social care

The National Autistic Society has urged government to do more to reduce the number of autistic people sent to mental health units. The charity has welcomed a parliamentary report calling for an end to long term admissions for people with learning difficulties and those on the autism spectrum. NHS figures for 2021 show a 10 per cent rise in autistic patients compared to 2015 despite successive government promises to reduce the numbers through better social care. Last year the government said it would invest £62m in community services and support for discharges from hospitals. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Felicity Stephenson of the National Autistic Society.

Public transport operators urged to continue face mask requirement

Sheffield Councillor Ben Curran has called on bus and tram operators to maintain a requirement that passengers wear face masks. The government announced that mandatory face mask wearing will end from 19 July however many Northern regional leaders including South Yorkshire’s mayor Dan Jarvis have announced face coverings will continue in the region’s bus stations. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Football charity boss condemns online racist abuse

Football Unites Racism Divides boss Simon Hyacinth expressed his disappointment after three of England’s players were subjected to racist abuse following the Three Lions’ defeat by Italy in the Euro 2020 final. Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka all missed in the penalty shoot out and were later targetted on social media. England manager Gareth Southgate described the abuse as unforgivable. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Many young people still not vaccinated as Covid cases rise

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, expressed concern that many young people aged 18 to 40 are yet to book their Covid-19 vaccination as cases rise again in the city and UK wide. Over forty five million adults in the UK have now received their first Covid-19 vaccination does. Thirty three million have received both doses. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!