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Winter support for thousands of Sheffield’s children made available

Families with children that are eligible for benefit related free school meals will receive a free £30 voucher this week to help with the costs of food over the winter holidays.

Matt in the library and reception space at The Zest Centre, with orange walls, light coming through windows and shelves with books on

'Welcome Places' providing a warm welcome

‘Welcome Places’ are open across Sheffield and many of them, such as libraries, were already established places where people could spend time, have a chat, find out information or get support.

Sheffield Town Hall

Council Children’s Services are ‘doing the right thing’ for children in the city

Sheffield City Council’s Children’s Services have been commended for their commitment to ‘doing the right thing’ for children in the city, following a recent Ofsted visit.

Cllr Mazher Iqbal stands outside Carfield Primary School

Committee progresses plans to make streets healthier, safer and more sustainable

At last week’s Transport, Regeneration and Climate Change Committee, members agreed a bumper crop of transport decisions...

Teachers and staff at the Discovery Academy standing in front of the entrance to the school.

New state-of-the-art SEND academy for children opens in Sheffield

Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) will benefit from a welcome boost to the city’s SEND Placements in the opening of The Discovery Academy.

School canteen with red an yellow plastic plates on the tables

32,000 children to receive food supplement vouchers this summer

Families with children that are eligible for benefit related free school meals will receive a free £50 voucher to help with the cost of food over the summer holidays.

The entrance to Brunswick Primary School on a sunny day

Sheffield School to benefit from £1bn redevelopment scheme

Together with Brunswick Primary School, we are celebrating the announcement that a bid to the Department for Education’s school rebuilding programme has been successful.

Gleadless Valley

£100m Gleadless Valley Masterplan given the go-ahead following consultation

The Gleadless Valley Masterplan, which will see improvements made to housing, green spaces and facilities as well as increased employment opportunities, has been given the go-ahead following consultation with residents.

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Sheffield's Youth Strategy given approval

A new Community Youth Services Strategy that aims to “offer safe, creative, ambitious Community Youth Services where all young people in Sheffield can thrive” has been approved this week as part of the council’s commitment to delivering on its one-year plan. The strategy outlines the council’s pledge to ‘support young people in Sheffield to develop and flourish’ and defines our strategic ambitions for Community Youth Services over the next three years.

Sheffield Town Hall

Special Educational Needs and Disability support in Sheffield is improving

They shared their feedback in a letter published today. 

Black and yellow sign that reads "Every School Day Matters"

We have launched Sheffield's first ever School Attendance Charter

We have launched Sheffield’s first ever city-wide school attendance charter.

Pupil at a desk in school writing in a notebook

More than 500 new secondary school places set to be created at ‘Outstanding’ schools in Sheffield

Sheffield City Council will commit £7.7million to begin the expansion of Silverdale and King Ecbert schools, creating more than 500 new secondary school places.

A panoramic picture of the Sheffield Town Hall and Peace Gardens at dusk

Council sets out plans for tackling challenging budget

Following a public consultation, Sheffield City Council has set out the city's 2022/23 budget.

Sheffield Town Hall  with the Peace Gardens fountains below and a blue sky

Public consultation opens on challenging budget for 2022/23

The council is facing a challenging financial position this coming year following the enormous demands placed on services during the Covid pandemic and wants to hear the public's thoughts on the budget proposals.

Sheffield Town Hall

Sheffield’s Children and Families services praised by Ofsted after recent inspection

Sheffield City Council’s Children and Families ‘Front Door’ services have been praised by Ofsted for delivering ‘appropriate and timely services that meet the needs of families’ despite the increased demand on the service during the pandemic.

School canteen

Food voucher scheme continues for 29,000 children this Christmas holiday

This week, families with children that are eligible for benefit related free school meals will receive a free £50 voucher to help cover the costs of food and energy over the winter holidays.  

The plaque at Sheffield Town Hall commemorating the Sheffield Pals

First World War plaque unveiled at Town Hall

As the world remembered fallen veterans on Armistice Day on Thursday, a plaque was unveiled in the Council Chamber at Sheffield Town Hall to commemorate a Sheffield Battalion which served in the First World War.

Young girl holding a sign saying I love Youth Work

Celebrating National Youth Work Week 2021

This week is National Youth Work Week and we’ve asked young people across Sheffield to share in their own words the positive effect youth work is having on them and their communities.

School classroom

Free October half term food vouchers for families

Families on a low income in Sheffield will receive a free £15 food voucher to help over the October Half Term Holiday.

Sheffield Town Hall is lit up as the sun sets in the city

Council wants to hear about Voluntary and Community Sector needs post Covid

The council is exploring ideas around a VCS Covid Recovery Fund to help tackle the financial pressures the sector is facing as it acknowledges the massive role the VCS has played in supporting the city during these unprecedented times.

Autumnal trees surround Sheffield Town Hall

Sheffield tops charts for outdoor spaces in Thriving Places Index

Sheffield has lived up to its reputation as an Outdoor City filled with culture, the Thriving Places Index (TPI) has found. The TPI identifies the local conditions for wellbeing, and measures whether those conditions are being delivered fairly and substantially across England.

School children at tree planting

Local primary school receives Queen’s Green Canopy Jubilee celebration tree

The Queen's Green Canopy tree was planted at Acres Hill Community Primary School yesterday, as part of Her Majesty's national Platinum Jubilee celebrations. 

School Classroom

Back to school safely this September

Ahead of the new autumn term starting, we have been supporting schools to get ready to welcome pupils, students, and staff back into the classroom safely.

Teenagers in park

Council issues new report into children and young people’s experiences of Covid-19

We have published a new report of findings from our survey with Sheffield’s children and young people on their experiences of Coronavirus and life in lockdown.

View of Sheffield from South Street Park

For Sheffield and with Sheffield – the council’s One Year Plan

An ambitious plan for Sheffield, that sets out clear priorities and actions for the year ahead has been agreed - putting Sheffield first, with people and communities at its heart.

Images from Sheffield Children's University Festival of Fun 2020

Sheffield Children’s University Festival of Fun

FREE activities throughout the summer for children, young people & families!

Illustrator Lydia Monks holding Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge Flyer

Children to go wild for reading this Summer

The Sheffield Libraries Reading Challenge will be launching on Saturday 17th July!

Town Hall Sheffield

A statement from Councillor Jayne Dunn: Putting our children and young people first

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the lives of everyone in our city, and no more so than the lives of our children and young people. But we as a council, have stepped up to do the best by our children and make sure that in our covid-19 response we have put them first.

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Council calls on Government to address funding disparities for Early Years provision in Sheffield

Executive Member for Education, Children and Families, Councillor Jayne Dunn is calling on the Government to address funding disparities to Early Years provision in Sheffield. Cou ...

Flowers beds and the pavilion at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Grant award success for Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens

Sheffield Botanical Gardens has been awarded a funding package from the National Lottery Heritage fund for a two year education programme, planned to start this autumn.

Cover of The Sheffield Family Guide to Smart Sugar Swaps

Sheffield is Sweet Enough low sugar book

The Sheffield Family Guide to Smart Sugar Swaps is available now, with a buy one gift one campaign to help more families get their hands on the book.

The deadline to apply to the EUSS scheme is 30th June

EU settlement scheme deadline just 5 days away

EU citizens who need to apply for ‘settled status’ have just 5 days now to retain their right to live in the UK. Many people who have lived here for a long time think that they don’t need to apply for this status, but they must apply so that they can continue to live in the UK after June.