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Free school meals over half-term

Sheffield City Council has pledged to support thousands of children and young people with free school meals during the half-term week.

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Sheffield set to join South Yorkshire adoption agency

Sheffield City Council is set to come together with Rotherham, Barnsley and Doncaster councils to create a single regional adoption agency for South Yorkshire

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New online hub launches to help young people into work and training

Inspire_SY has launched on social media platforms to share training, job and support opportunities from over 50 businesses and partner organisations in Sheffield.

Business organisations join forces with Council to help small businesses, social enterprises and charities access £2bn job creation fund

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Sheffield Digital and the Sheffield Social Enterprise Network have joined up with Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Hallam University and other partners across the city to help smaller businesses, social enterprises and organisations get young people into work

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Mums-to-be urged to go alcohol free to prevent Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

As part of International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day, Sheffield City Council is highlighting the effects of drinking alcohol whilst pregnant.

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Youth services set to move in October

Find out which services will transfer when we end our contract with Sheffield Futures.

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Getting back to school safely during Covid-19

Next week, children in Sheffield will be going back to school, many for the first time since March. Sheffield City Coun ...

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Hoax messages about Sheffield schools testing children for Coronavirus

Don't be taken in by hoax messages about schools testing children for Coronavirus.

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Advice for GCSE and A-Level students

Are you expecting your results? Make sure you check with your school how to coll ...

Keeping your baby safe in the summer heat

Keeping your baby safe in the summer heat

This year we have already seen the sunniest spring since records began, and 2020 ...

2000 young people to virtually graduate from Sheffield’s Children’s University

2000 young people to virtually graduate from Sheffield’s Children’s University

This summer over 2000 children and young people from 64 schools across the city ...

Sheffield is a city of young makers and creators with Bags of Creativity

Sheffield is a city of young makers and creators with Bags of Creativity

A new partnership, led by IVE, the Arts Council Bridge Organisation for Yorkshir ...

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Sheffield’s Children’s University launch Summer Festival of Fun

Sheffield’s Children’s University are offering over 70 free activities for child ...

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A message from Leader Julie Dore - Shukri Abdi

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said:“Shukri Abdi was a ...

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Lockdown poems from our Children in Care Council

Sheffield’s Children in Care Council have been working with author and Sheffield Writer in Residence Nik Perring, and mu ...

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Sheffield sets out its commitments to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group have set out their commitments to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. 

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Statement on wider opening of schools and childcare settings

Wider opening is an important step to ensuring that more children get back to school and, in turn, their parents can return to work. Director of Public Health, Greg Fell explains the decision.

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Black Lives Matter: Learning from a toddler

One of the things on a foster carer’s mind soon after a new child arrives is: what will the future hold for this kid?

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Hundreds of free educational books provided to Sheffield families

Sheffield-based publisher, Twinkl, has partnered with South Yorkshire Futures, to provide free educational books to families across the region.

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Statement on wider opening of schools

A statement from Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills and Director of Public Health, Greg Fell.

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Half term virtual adventures during lockdown

Sheffield Children’s Services work to support many children who are often some of the most vulnerable in society. Find out more about who we're working with to keep children entertained this half term.

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Foster care in lockdown. Three foster carers share their stories

Lockdown has glued us together,” says Helen about her current family of her 20 year old son, a teenager who’s lived with ...

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Sheffield schools

Councillor Abtisam Mohamed, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills at Sheffield City Council, said:“Sheffield City Coun ...

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Our social workers tell us how they are protecting young people

Councillor Jackie Drayton, Cabinet member for Children’s Services  writes: “Key workers have been the heroes of this cri ...

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Changes to funeral services in Sheffield

Following the latest Government update, which saw a slight ease of some restrictions, Sheffield City Council has today i ...

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Walking is complicated... our latest blog from foster carer, David Bocking

Walking is complicated. Sometimes there are sticks, and stones, and tree roots, and spiders. And once you’re off the carpet and in the real world, the ground you’re trying to cover ...

Relationship matters

New website supports families facing relationship difficulties

Disagreements and arguments are completely normal but if they are becoming a problem then help is at hand.  Relationship Matters is a new partnership between Sheffield City Council ...

‘Sheffield Learning Together’ booklet provides home learning activities to families across the city

5500 copies of a new home learning booklet for children, young people and famili ...

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Baby Safe advice for new & expectant parents during COVID19

At this difficult time, new and expectant parents may have concerns about caring for themselves and their babies. As part of our Baby Safe initiative, we will be sharing the latest ...

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New website & app for children's activities in lockdown

Today we are delighted to announce the shared launch of two new brilliant resources to support Sheffield children and yo ...

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Support to bereaved families in Sheffield losing loved ones during COVID-19

Support to bereaved families losing loved ones during COVID-19Losing a loved one is always difficult, but the social distancing measures currently in place can make it especially h ...

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More children given primary school of choice

The vast majority of Sheffield school children will be going to the primary school of their choice at the start of the new term in September 2020.More than 92% of children in Sheff ...

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Top ten things to do at home in Sheffield this Easter

With the Easter break coming up and the country continuing to follow national gu ...

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David Bocking on fostering in a global crisis

So, where do snot, dribbling and thumb sucking sit on the official government pu ...

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£2million extra investment for Sheffield’s young people

Sheffield City Council’s cabinet is set to agree a new strategy, Investing in Yo ...

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Sheffield City Council supports Lullaby Trust’s Safer Sleep Week

During National Safer Sleep Week (9 – 15 March), Sheffield City Council will be promoting lifesaving advice on safe slee ...

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Families given secondary school places of their choice

A huge 97 per cent of children in Sheffield have been given a place at one of their preferred secondary schools, new fig ...

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Support after suicide service launches in Sheffield

The service, called Amparo, can support anyone who has been affected, whether this is family members, friends or work co ...

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Balanced budget protects services for most vulnerable

Despite a decade of cuts from Central Government, Sheffield City Council has set a balanced budget for 2020/2021 and for ...


Sheffield is Sweet Enough

Sheffield City Council launches public health initiative to reduce tooth decay and obesitySheffield City Council is laun ...

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Sheffielders ‘lay the groundwork’ during National Apprenticeship Week

The council’s highways contractor, Streets Ahead, has a substantial track record when it comes to offering young people ...

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Outreach scheme inspiring young people to go onto higher education reaches new milestone

A regional outreach scheme to increase the number of teenagers from South Yorkshire going on to higher education has hel ...

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Apprenticeships: Be Inspired 2020

Wednesday 4th March 2020, 12:30 – 4:00pm   Cutlers Hall, Church Street, Sheffield, S1 1HG Sheffield City Council is h ...

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Sheffield Hallam launches £14m world-leading research centre for physical activity

Sheffield Hallam University has today (Friday 24 January) opened the most advanc ...

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

Holocaust Memorial Day 2020

This year Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations will focus on the theme ‘Stand Together’, and will focus on how genocida ...

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Foster love leads to next chapter

Foster carer Tess Bocking writes about her experience of fostering.There’s a little girl I know who is unlike any other. ...

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Sheffield City Council set to become first Breastfeeding Friendly Local Authority

Building on our work to promote and support breastfeeding, Sheffield City Council is set to become a Breastfeeding Frien ...


Could you volunteer to help a young person in care?

Independent visitors is a Sheffield City Council scheme which aims to match volunteers who will build helpful and positi ...

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Sheffield’s Year of Reading launches January 2020

Sheffield’s Year of Reading launches across the city on 15th January 2020 and will be a 12-month, citywide celebration o ...

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‘Let’s get Sheffield smokefree’ this World COPD Day

November 20 2019 marks World COPD Day, and ex-smoker and COPD sufferer, Geoff Bunting, 61 from Norwood, is calling for a ...

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Charity Gives City's Youth Work a Revamp and Cash Boost

Sheffield Futures launches new approach to youth work ‘Youth Sheffield’YOUTH charity Sheffield Futures has revamped the ...

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Help shape future support for those with special educational needs in Sheffield

Families, schools and services are being asked to have their say on Sheffield’s new Inclusion Strategy.Sheffield City Co ...

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‘Boy at the back of the class’ wins at 31st Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

This year’s Overall Winner Award at Sheffield’s Children’s Book Awards was announced at The Crucible Theatre on Friday i ...

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Children’s University expands into Rotherham schools as success for activity programme grows

Children’s University expands into Rotherham schools as success for activity programme grows   Over 45,000 children an ...

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Mascot makes moves to unite litter heroes

The Streets Ahead mascot, Phil the Bin, made the most of the half-term break by reminiscing about his busy start to this ...

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Sheffield School Environment and Recycling Taskforce launched

A new taskforce to look at how the education sector in Sheffield can improve its environmental impact has today been ann ...

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University awarded Government funding to help microbusinesses use tech to grow

Sheffield Hallam University's Business School has been awarded funding to support 50 microbusinesses to engage with tech ...

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Apprentices celebrate success with Streets Ahead

Sheffield youngsters are gaining hands on experience working for the city’s highways maintenance contract, developing in ...

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Sheffield’s care leavers launch £24 budgeting challenge

How far would £24 a week get you?As part of National Care Leavers’ week (28th October-1st November), Sheffield Care Leav ...

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Hunting through the swishy swashy: a foster care tale

We’re going on a bear hunt! We’re going to catch a big one!” Foster toddler found the whole idea of bear hunting very ex ...

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Unicef recognises city's baby-friendly services with top award

Through joint working with NHS partners, Sheffield City Council has become the first standalone local authority in the c ...

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Adoptive parents celebrated for transforming young lives

Sheffield’s adoptive parents and their families are invited to a coffee and cake morning this weekend, to thank them for ...

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Off The Shelf 2019 is the final word in festivals

Have you booked your tickets for this year's Off The Shelf festival, celebrating the very best literature?We've been out ...

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"I couldn't recommend being an Independent Visitor enough."

Toni Harrison volunteers with Sheffield City Council as an Independent Visitor, as part of a scheme to build helpful and ...

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Could you volunteer with a child in care or care leaver?

The volunteers, known as independent visitors, build helpful and positive relationships with young people who are in car ...


Busy weekend on Sheffield roads

Motorists are being advised to leave their cars at home on Saturday and Sunday if their journeys aren't essential in wha ...

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New technology academy to open at The Sheffield College

The Millgate Cyber Security Academy is launching at the College’s City campus, on Granville Road, this month.Students wi ...

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Lindsey talks about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy 

As part of International Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day, Sheffield City Council is highlighting t ...

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Ofsted says: "Children's services in Sheffield are good."

Sheffield City Council has been awarded an overall ‘good’ rating by Ofsted following a three-week inspection of its chil ...

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Students celebrate GCSE success

Thousands of students across the city are breathing a sigh of relief after receiving their GCSE results today.   Intro ...

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£3 million for mental health ‘Promoting Independence Project’

People with mental health conditions in the city are to benefit from £3m funding which will focus on their rehabilitatio ...

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Celebrating mum and daughter's 80 years of fostering

Sheffield City Council was honoured to celebrate Anne who has been fostering wit ...

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Sheffield Youth Justice Service rated 'Good'

HM Inspectorate of Probation conducted a routine inspection of Sheffield Youth Justice Service (YJS), part of Sheffield ...

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Record number of visitors at National Video Game Museum

Since opening for the Summer holidays on 24th July, the NVM has welcomed nearly 2,500 visitors to play and learn about v ...

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Celebrating National Breastfeeding Week

Mums from across the city have sent in real life accounts of their breastfeeding journey, with some only just embarking ...

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Look out for our LGBT+ adopters at Sheffield Pride

Proudly volunteering at the stand will be Lee. Lee started his adoption journey just under three years ago, adopting two ...

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Training awards recognise city’s most inspirational learners

Sheffield City Council’s most inspiring learners were recognised at a prize-giving ceremony at Sheffield Town Hall last ...

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Children invited to join Space Chase at Sheffield libraries

Sheffield Libraries are calling for children to sign up to read six books this s ...

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Kids can take the plunge with new discounted swimming lessons

Learning to swim is an essential life skill and in Sheffield, SIV and Places Leisure are proud to follow Swim England’s ...

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Sheffield Safeguarding Week 8-12 July

‘Keeping safe in Sheffield’ is the theme of this year’s Sheffield Safeguarding A ...

Lets Ride festival

Route confirmed for traffic-free family cycling festival

Paralympic champion Jody Cundy joins fellow world beater and Sheffield City Regi ...

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Promoting good health in Sheffield

Sheffield is committed to reducing and eliminating health inequalities in the ci ...

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All the park runs, so many park runs

Nearly 30 city athletes took a (very) early morning summer tour of Sheffield as ...

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Accomplished marching band to mark Armed Forces Day

One of the most accomplished brass and marching bands in the country will play t ...

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Budding Sheffield engineers take up the Challenge

School girls from across Sheffield took part in a national event last week which ...

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Top marks for inaugural Hallam Festival of Education

The first ever Hallam Festival of Education - attended by more than 1,000 people ...

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Bedtime reading in your pyjamas

Sheffield’s Winter Garden was brimming with books and pyjama-wearing tots today ...

Smokefree Sheffield

Two new campaigns announced from Smokefree Sheffield to mark World No Tobacco Day

With a focus on cheap and illicit tobacco, and smokefree homes, Smokefree Sheffi ...

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University of Sheffield number one in UK for engineering research income and investment

The University of Sheffield has overtaken Imperial College London to be the top ...

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The unique experience of fostering in the Outdoor City

As you may know, small children like mud. Ours likes to throw it and sit in it.“ ...

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Streets Ahead find out why it’s ‘good to talk’ during Mental Health Awareness Week

Staff working for the city’s Streets Ahead programme found out just how importan ...

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Why I foster

"I foster because I knew I could help some children in need."I became a single p ...

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Vision for parks and green spaces calls for creative ideas

Following the introduction of Sheffield City Council’s Building Better Parks ini ...

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Plans to improve how special educational needs are met

A joint council and CCG action plan was developed after inspectors found weaknes ...

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Councillors take part in Love Our Colleges event

Originally released by Sheffield College  A leading politician is backing a nat ...

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What's it really like to foster?

In our first weeks together while carrying our wriggling foster toddler down the ...

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Could you foster Sheffield's future?

Fostering in Sheffield has already helped transform thousands of lives and there ...

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Help to Save scheme

What is Help to Save?Help to Save is a new government saving scheme to support w ...

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New Prince’s Trust Team programme starting in South Yorkshire

The Prince’s Trust Team programme is based in Dearne Fire Station, Barnsley (Bro ...

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Everyone can Move More with inclusive sport in Sheffield

Since hosting the 2018 Special Olympics, disability sport is going from strength ...