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Volunteers sought to help with tree conservation

Sheffield’s Street Tree Partnership, set up to oversee the city’s new trees strategy, is inviting those who are passionate about trees and wildlife to join a network of community volunteers. The network will help monitor the health of existing street trees and support the planting and care of new young trees to help maintain and increase the street tree canopy. The new trees strategy aims to improve the neighbourhood and city-wide environment by identifying trees that are dying or diseased and proposing locations and species for the planting of additional young trees. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Darren Butt, the account director for Amey’s Streets Ahead programme.

Tramlines Festival weekend charity fundraiser

Sheffield Tramlines festival has teamed up with Leadmill, Jon McClure and others to raise money for Sheffield causes on what would have been the weekend of Tramlines festival 2020. The event featured a host of online activities from pub quizzes to charity raffles as well as the music. All money raised is to go to Sheffield causes including Roundabout, Sheffield S6 Food Bank, Disability Sheffield, iForge and Cavendish Cancer Care. Sheffield Live ! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Alex Deadman of Tramlines Festival.

Here to Help campaign promotes mental health support

Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the range of mental health support available in the city. During the lockdown period the country has seen a 20 per cent rise in anxiety and depression but many refrain from talking about mental health issues or seeking help until problems become acute. The campaign is supported by well known Sheffield public figures who have contributed to a video message. The campaign aims to increase the number of people accessing mental health support early. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Abhi Shetty, consultant psychiatrist for the Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Music venues at risk despite lockdown easing

Nightclubs and music venues remain shut with many at risk of permanent closure as pubs, bars and barber shops re-open under government guidelines for hospitality venues. Iconic Sheffield venues The Leadmill and Corporation are among venues at risk according to the Music Venue Trust. Meanwhile Sheffield Council has apologised for a swiftly withdrawn tweet which surprised pub landlords by warning coronavirus “will already be there waiting for you”. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Mark Hobson, managing director of Corporation and Trafalgar Warehouse.

NHS anniversary to be marked by clap for carers

Trades unionists and campaigners held a rally outside Royal Hallamshire Hospital in support of the NHS ahead of a nationwide ‘clap for carers’ planned for Sunday at 5pm as the NHS celebrates its 72nd birthday. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Ruth Milsom of Sheffield Save Our NHS and Martin Mayer, secretary of Sheffield Trades Union Council.

Pubs and venues prepare for lockdown easing

Pubs and other hospitality venues are set to reopen from this weekend but with distancing and other measures in place bars to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. Maurice Champeau, manager of Crookes Social Club has welcomed the news but told Sheffield Live! the venue will have to drop its indoor capacity by 40 per cent and has converted the outdoor bowling green for customer use. Azz Mohammed reports.

Gunshots reported again in Arbourthorne

Police have responded with an increased presence in Arbourthorne after residents reported two incidents of gunshots being fired on Tuesday night. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Ben Miskill, Councillor for Park & Arbourthourne.

Funding approved for Hillsborough Park Coach House cafe

Age UK Sheffield has been awarded £581,500 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to convert the listed old Coach House building in Hillsborough Park into a dementia friendly cafe. The project, with a total cost of around £1 million is intended to support vulnerable people and those who suffer from dementia to meet in a safe and friendly environment. A conservatory and toilets are to be added for access from the park and the cafe with the project projected to create 12-15 permanent jobs in addition to the work in the construction phase. Work is planned to commence in October and to be completed by summer 2021. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Steve Chu, chief executive for Age UK Sheffield.

Cancer charity seeks donations as shops reopen

Cancer Research UK is reopening its charity shops and asking the public to donate unwanted items having been forced to close during the coronavirus lockdown. The charity shops provide a major source of income to the charity whose research labs and clinical trials were also put on hold. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Nicky Embleton, regional relations officer for Cancer Research UK.