Campaigners welcome release of Hamid Baygi

Migration rights campaigners have welcomed the release of Hamid Baygi, a Sheffield resident who was recently detained and threatened with deportation to his home country Iran. Hamid Baygi has lived in the UK for nearly 50 years but was detained three weeks ago by immigration officers after he visited the Immigration Service at Vulcan House. Baillor Jalloh spoke to Manuchehr of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group.

Sheffield company launches children’s book club

A new Sheffield-based social enterprise aims to promote positive images of sub-Saharan Africa through a children’s book club, educational workshops, lectures, campaigns, festivals and the production of educational material. True Talk Africa launched in February and is encouraging children, including those of African heritage, to discover literature by African authors during their school holidays. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to founder Dr. Afua Twum-Danso Imoh.

Fresh appeal for missing Sheffield man

The family of Minod Monger have made a fresh appeal to the public to help find their son who left his home in Ecclesfield on 10 June and was last seen around 6pm the same day in Parson’s Cross. In a video appeal, Prem Monger, urges anyone who knows the whereabouts of his brother to contact the police. At the time he went missing Minod was wearing a white jacket with a fur hood, grey tracksuit bottoms and black croc shoes. As part of their continuing efforts officers have been visiting the Goodwin Sports Centre which Minod used to visit with his family and support worker to play football. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

Theatre performance marks Windrush Day

Daylight Come, a play recalling the experience of the 1950s generation of Caribbean migrants to Britain, was performed at the Library Theatre to mark Windrush Day. The play tells the story of those who responded to the British government call for bus drivers, nurses, labourers and professionals from the Caribbean to help rebuild post World War Two Britain. It explores the racial prejudice faced by the Windrush generation, alongside the lived experiences of love, laughter and music of the 1950’s. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh, spoke to writer and director Myrna Moore.

Pensioners protest TV licence fee charges

BBC studios across the UK, including Sheffield, have been the site of demonstrations as pensioners take action to protest against proposals to end free TV licences for the over 75s. Under proposals from the BBC only those in receipt of pension credit would remain eligible for free TV licences with others required to pay the £154.50 per year fee to watch television. Campaigners are seeking to reverse the decision announced a month ago which is set to come in to affect by 2020 and could affect around 3.7 million pensioners. Sheffield Live spoke to the secretary of Sheffield Pensioners Action Group Jaqui Milner.

Science festival plan for abandoned buildings

A grassroots science festival for Sheffield is in planning for Science Week in March 2020 with the aim to place science projects into public and abandoned buildings. Festival founder and science teacher Hassan Al Zaffar hopes the free festival will engage younger audiences from local communities and show them that science can be fun. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Sheffield students join climate demo

Hundreds of school students took part in a climate change protest today in Sheffield, one of many in cities across the UK. The school strike for climate is an international movement of school students engaged in demonstrations and strikes calling for action on global warming and climate change. Activists say strikes will continue until the government hear and address their concerns. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to organiser and youth activist Patrick Wakefield.

Social entrepreneurs celebrate sector growth

Social entrepreneurs from across the region gathered in Sheffield to share success stories and exchange ideas on future priorities for businesses and charities with social and environmental objectives. The event was organised by Social Enterprise Exchange, a project funded by the European Union which provides business advice and support including small grants. Sheffield Live! is a partner in the delivery of the project and took part in the event. Rob Speranza reports.