Birley councillors join picket line of DWP strike for Eastern Avenue Job Centre

Birley councillors joined the picket line in support of DWP striking to save Eastern Avenue Job Centre.

The strike is in opposition to DWP’s decision to close the Eastern Avenue jobcentre. Closing the jobcentre will remove a vital public service from an already deprived area of Sheffield. It will also force the claimants who use the office, many of whom are disabled or have young children, to make a much longer journey to access vital services.

The campaign against the office closure is getting strong backing from Sheffield MPs and other local politicians as well as good media coverage. Paul Blomfield, MP for Sheffield Central, has asked further questions in parliament to find out from the minister what assessment has been made of the effect of the proposed closure of the jobcentre on the roll-out of universal credit in Sheffield. These follow the numerous questions raised by Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield Heeley, who has previously tried to press the minister to provide answers around the closure of the site. Meanwhile the leader of Sheffield City Council, Julie Dore, has written to the DWP to make clear her strong opposition to the closure.

Remember When… New Café Opened by Lord Mayor

On 30 August Birley Ward Councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan attended the opening of a new café in Birley Ward called Remember When… The café was opened by Councillor Anne Murphy. The café is based in a building within the Frecheville Cricket Club on Silkstone Road and everyone is welcome.

Ruth the owner is serving healthy food and sweet treats in a happy atmosphere, where everyone can be themselves without judgement, regardless of age, gender, race, culture, background or disability. Food is based around home cooked and locally sourced ingredients where possible.

Ruth’s aim is to provide ambiance, surroundings and activities to stimulate memories and conversation, particularly supporting those experiencing dementia.
Further details can be found at:

Website: www.rememberwhen.online
Facebook: Remember When Sheffield
Email: rememberwhensheffield@gmail.com
Tel: 07968784092

Happy 60th Anniversary to St John Fisher Primary School

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On Friday 23 June Birley Ward Councillors Denise Fox and Karen McGowan joined the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Councillor Anne Murphy to celebrate 60 years of St John Fisher Primary School. The event was very well supported by pupils and there parents. Councillor McGowan said “it was great fun seeing all the teachers dressed up in 60’s style clothing.” Councillor Denise Fox said “even the Headteacher joined in dressing up” he is in the middle with the bright patterned shirt.

Books for Charnock Hall Primary School in Memory of George McDonald

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Birley Ward Labour Party made a £100 donation towards library books at Charnock Hall Primary School in memory of George McDonald a Labour Party member who died in January 2016. George was an active member of the Labour Party and was a governor at the school (including Chair) for over 40 years. The school organised a trip to Waterstone’s and the children had a great time choosing a lovely selection of books. George loved going to school and cooking with the children and well as listening to them read. The books purchased in memory of George were on healthy eating, baking and cookery books. George was also a member of the congregation at St Peters Church on White Lane so they also chose a lovely bible story book. Other books selected were on on politics suitable for children, a book about kings and queens and some lovely story books. We are sure George would approve!

Birley Ward support No to Grammar Schools Campaign

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Spot the Birley Ward Councillor Karen McGowan (centre of picture just peeping out from behind a guy with glasses!)

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Birley Ward member Ken Curran amongst supporters of the campaign

It was great to see such fantastic support at the campaign to say no to Grammar Schools that was held outside the Sheffield Town Hall yesterday. Over 600 signature were collected.

Lord Mayors Launch of Nightstop in Sheffield

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On Friday 16 September Councillor Karen McGowan, Cabinet Assistant for Housing and Planning attended the launch of Nightstop in Sheffield. This event was officially launch by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield Birley Ward Councillor Denise Fox.

Nightstop provides overnight accommodation in the homes of trained and vetted volunteers in the area. The Nightstop service is designed to stop young people, aged from 16 to 25, entering the cycle of homelessness and unemployment that can lead to this devastating outcome. Nightstop teams work with homeless young people, in partnership with local agencies, to help them address the issues that caused them to become homeless, providing family mediation and securing long-term settled accommodation.

At the launch attendees heard from a family who had been volunteering for 2 years and from a young person who said he had only been homeless for 11 nights thanks to Nightstop who helped him get his life back on track, but he didn’t know what would have happened if the volunteers hadn’t been there to help him.

The new service, is funded by a £200,000 grant from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. They are aiming to recruit 45 volunteer hosts to provide around 400 nights of accommodation in its first year. Once the service is established in Sheffield they are hoping to expand across South Yorkshire.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering for Nightstop Sheffield, please call 0114 278 7152 or email amy.smith@depaulcharity.org.uk For more details and photo’s see the facebook page https://www.facebook.com/NightstopSouthYorkshire/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1127375057346197

The Launch of a new Power Cut Number – 105

Please see below information from Northern Powergrid regarding the launch of a new phone number:

 

On 6 September a new national phone number ‘105’ will be launched by electricity network operators for customers to call should they need to report or get information about a power cut in their area.

 

We want to work with our stakeholders to help build a strong awareness of this important new service.

 

We’d be grateful in the weeks prior to the official launch if you could consider any opportunities, and where possible prepare, to help support the communication of 105 so together we can maximise awareness from 6 September and beyond.

 

Key points about this service are:

  • Dialling 105 will put customers through to the electricity network operator who manages the cables, power lines and substations that deliver electricity into homes and businesses in their area.
  • 105 is just one of the ways that customers will be able to contact their electricity network operator. They can also contact them by phone or via their website, and most network operators, including Northern Powergrid, are on social media too.
  • 105 is a free service for people in England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Customers can call 105 no matter who they choose to buy electricity from.
  • Customers can also call 105 if they spot damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put anyone in danger. If there’s a serious immediate risk, they should call the emergency services too.

An awareness campaign will run from September through to next spring and will include PR, media advertising, social media and coordinated messaging through partner channels.

 

Hopefully you can help us to raise awareness of this important new national 105 service through your channels, once the service is launched.  We can provide you with the following materials for use from 6 September:

  • Copy for newsletters, websites and magazines
  • 105 imagery
  • Tips on what to do in a power cut
  • Comment from our spokespeople
  • Images which can be used on your social media pages
  • An animated film explaining 105
  • We can also work with you to co-create bespoke content specifically for your channels, where appropriate.

We will also want to continue to work with partners to raise awareness of 105 in the longer-term.

 

If you have any questions or would like any further information, do let us know.  Also, if you’re able to support awareness raising of 105, please can you let us know when, where and how you can help by emailing yourpowergrid@northernpowergrid.com

 

Thank you for your help.

Referendum … This is it! 2016. – A sonnet from one of our members

One small cross (x), we know what’s at stake,

No turning back, our future we’ll take.

Parliamentarian’s, resigning, with spin,

We’ve voted for out, closely, not in.

Family and friends split, the last, our Civil War,

Rift, as deep as a gorge, for both rich and poor.

Consequence we’ll live with, accepting the score,

Whether were harmed, refreshed, or forlorn.

Do not harbour loud distain,

We’ll negotiate out … Starting the chain.

Do not families split or, part,

Family chasms … Bridge a restart.

Do not sustain an unhappy heart,

Agree a truce … Forge together a chart.

Fund Raising for the Lord Mayors Charity

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On Saturday 25 June Cllr Karen McGowan and Marie Lodge who are part of the Lord Mayors Fundraising Team attended the Yorkshire Regiment’s Freedom Parade. This year the Lord Mayors Charity is supporting: The Army Benevalent Fund, Sparkle, St Lukes Hospice and Support Dogs

The Lord Mayor and Colonel George Andrew Kilburn MBE DL undertook an inspection of the service personnel and made speeches in Barkers Pool. The Freedom Parade then proceeded up Devonshire Street to Devonshire Green which Karen and Marie joined with collection tins. The Lord Mayor then hosted a Civic Reception in the Town Hall for the Regiment.

Referendum … (Britain v Europe) 2016 – A sonnet from one of our members

Referendum … (Britain v Europe) 2016

 

One small cross (x), that’s all it’ll take,

No turning back, the future’s at stake.

Parliamentarian’s, subjective, with spin,

Encouraging us out, or, maybe stay in.

Friends and family split, the last, our Civil War,

Rifts, as deep as a gorge, for both rich and poor.

Consequence, we’ll live with, accepting the score,

Whether were harmed, refreshed or forlorn.

Do not harbour loud distain,

We maybe out, or perhaps remain.

Do not families split or part,

Family chasm’s … bridge a restart.

Do not sustain a failed heart,

Agree the truce … set together a chart!