The Age Better in Sheffield campaign, led by South Yorkshire Housing Association, is seeking to reduce isolation and loneliness among over 50s with a toolkit going out initially to 7,000 households in the Firth Park area. The kits are designed to encourage people to connect with one another, especially those who may feel isolated, and include information about activities and facilities as well as advice. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Hannah Thornton of Age Better in Sheffield.
A new campaign, called Smokefree Sheffield, has been launched to encourage people to quit smoking and to work towards a smokefree generation. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Two Sheffield students have launched a campaign to make websites harmful to mental health subject to regulation including a requirement to carry a pop-up warning notice. The initiative is in response to the growth in online content advocating for harmful behaviour including pro-self harm, pro-eating disorder and pro-suicide website. Jess Mell and Aiden Mortimer have started a petition on the issue calling for government action and have spoken about their own experiences. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion and Green Party Co-leader, was in Sheffield to help launch Sheffield Green Party’s campaign for the upcoming local elections on 3 May. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Environmental campaigners arrived at Sheffield rail station carrying a giant electrical plug on a journey from Bedford having made several stops en route. They are calling on the Government to reverse a decision in July to cancel plans to electrify the Midland Mainline beyond Kettering, a move which would have reduced air pollution and carbon emissions. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Hannah Wakney of Leicester Friends of the Earth.
A group of around 60 vegan activists have launched a graffiti campaign drawing images of animals on pavements close to Sheffield station to raise awareness of their cause. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Drug and Alcohol Coordination Team is sponsoring Recovery Month in September to increase awareness of substance use addiction and to celebrate recovery. Hundreds of people who are, or have been affected by addiction will come together to assist those struggling with substance use to find help and support. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Mick Hartley, a former drug addict and founder of KickBack Recovery.
Sheffield tree campaigners were out in force on Wednesday at a peaceful early morning picket of contractors Amey at their Olive Grove depot. The action follows the coming into force of a High Court injunction which prevents tree protesters from standing within safety barriers of trees scheduled for felling. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed was at the scene.
Campaigners have welcome Sheffield Council’s decision to suspend a temporary injunction preventing protestors taking direct action to stop tree felling. A hearing was held in Leeds on Monday with the council seeking a high court injunction to prevent protesters in Sheffield from campaigning at locations where contractors are at work. The injunction will now be suspended pending a full three day civil trial scheduled for 26-28 July. In the meantime no further letters threatening injunction are to be sent out to tree protestors. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed, spoke to tree campaigner and Green Party councillor Douglas Johnson.
The Space for Cycling campaign bike ride took place at the weekend to promote cycle routes and cycle-friendly transport planning. Coordinated by Cycling UK, the family-oriented cycle event set off from Devonshire Green with hundreds of cyclists joining the Big Ride. Space for Cycling is a national campaign calling for investment in a network of cycle routes accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Local group Cycle Sheffield have called for Sheffield City Council to include cycling as a part of the transport infrastructure. Simon Thake reports for Sheffield Live!