Local charity b:friend, which aims to reduce social isolation among older people, held an open event Endcliffe park at the weekend to encourage volunteer befrienders. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield’s RSPCA are appealing for help to locate a van used by the charity after it was reported stolen last weekend. According to the charity the van was stolen overnight between 10pm on Friday 12 July and Saturday 13th. The van has RSPCA stickers all over it, as well as a large image of a cat on one side and a dog on the other. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Eleven-year-old Asher Walton-Mitchell raised over £1,250 in a karate challenge to enable a wheelchair bound neighbour to get a lift installed in his home. Karate enthusiast Asher launched a successful sponsorship appeal to perform 50 katas in an hour to raise funds to support his friend Phil, who has a severe form of multiple sclerosis.
A new partnership between six charity organisation and Sheffield Council is underway to support refugees granted status to stay in the UK. Sheffield Project for Refugee Integration and Growth (SPRING) is a European funded initiative to enable refugees to meet their potential and integrate into the local community. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Charities in Sheffield have pledged to join efforts with Sheffield Council to tackle rough sleeping following confirmation of a £400,000 grant for the city through the government’s Rough Sleeping Initiative. The funding is to support initiatives to assist people off the streets and into accommodation and support. Speaking to Sheffield Live! Wayne Hayle, director of St Wilfrid’s Centre, said the investment will have a major impact. Baillor Jalloh reports.
John Burkhill, known as the man with the pram, has been awarded the Freedom of the City, Sheffield’s highest award, in recognition of his tireless fundraising for cancer charity MacMillan. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield Age Active, a local charity who run exercise workshops for the over 50s are celebrating the 25th anniversary since launch of their first keep fit class. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!
A new Sheffield-based charity aiming to get vulnerable young people into work is set to launch in February after a pilot scheme supported by local businesses and volunteers. Grow UK aims to nurture skills to support vulnerable young adults to succeed in the workplace through a programme of coaching, one-to-one support and practical work experience. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!
Sheffield’s famous charity fundraiser, known as the “man with the pram”, told Sheffield Live! he is determined to raise at least a million pounds for the Macmillan cancer charity. John Burkhill, who turned 80 this month, has already raised more than £500 thousand for the charity after losing his wife, June, to cancer in 1992. The veteran is a familiar sight on Sheffield’s streets and has completed several fundraising marathons and long distance walks. He has previously been awarded a British Empire Medal for his charity work. Azz Mohammed reports.
Mental health charities Adira, Sheffield Flourish and Mind hosted a well-attended conference at Sheffield’s Victoria Hall on mental health in Black and minority ethnic communities. The event, titled “Mental Health and Me”, sought to address the taboos and cultural barriers to access mental health services and information, including speakers, panel discussion with mental health service providers and break out spaces for conversation. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!