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Golden Oldies Singalong in Wincobank

Everyone loves a singalong, right?!

Wincobank Village Hall on Newman Road is holding monthly golden oldies singalong sessions.

Even if your memory’s not too good, there’s bound to be some songs you’ll remember! There’s a live singer and music to dance to.

The Thursday afternoon events run from 2-4pm on January 24, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16 and June 13.

SOAR’s Advocacy Aunt Column:

Dear Health Trainer,

I am feeling really fed up with myself, I have no motivation and sit in front of the TV watching the same programme every day.  I feel depressed and can’t be bothered to make an effort with anything at the moment. I am putting on weight, I don’t have a job, so don’t have much money.

Please could you help me?

Together Youth Fir Vale

A new weekly youth group has been set up in Fir Vale, and promises a range of activities, events and discussions designed to help young people from our communities.

Organised by Fir Vale Community Hub and supported by Unwrapped (equality and cross culture), the Monday night events run from 5-7pm at the Fir Vale Community Hub at 127 Page Hall Road.

Come along and enjoy safe activities for everyone on the common ground. Youth Concerts and film nights, discussion groups on issues that might affect you such as knife crime, drugs, exploitation, anti-social behaviour and more.

Firth Park Library closed for refurbishment

Firth Park Library closes on Christmas Eve at 12.30pm for building improvements and redecoration, but will reopen at 10am on March 11 2019.

The nearest alternative facilities are Burngreave, Chapeltown, Darnall or Parson Cross libraries.

There will be a post box in the Sure Start Centre in Firth Park where you can return library books during the closure. Daily newspapers will also be available in the centre if you wish to read in the café.

Get Active Burngreave!

An afternoon of fun activities has been organised by people in the Burngreave area!

The event, on Saturday 19 January, runs from 1-4pm at the English Institute of Sport on Coleridge Road.

The afternoon, organised by Active Burngreave and the Yorkshire Sport Foundation, will include football, basketball, boxing and more.

There’s an on-site café for refreshments too! For more details contact Safiya Saeed on 07702 557007.

Community Mediation Taster Session

The Learning Zone on Wordsworth Avenue will host a Community Mediation Taster Session next month.

If you live in the S5 postal area, are passionate about your neighbourhood, level headed and want to improve your communication skills and have better relationships, then come along to this session on Wednesday, January 9, at 1pm to find out more.

Following this taster session there will be the opportunity to go on to complete an eight-week fully-funded communication and mediation skills course. You will develop self-awareness and be better able to manage situations when your buttons are pressed.

Walking for Purpose sessions to start in January

A new Walking for Purpose group is set to begin in the New Year based at SOAR Works, designed to help people get some exercise and find out about training and employment opportunities.

Walking for Purpose is a free walking and employability project for residents of Sheffield who are seeking to improve their employment prospects. The programme includes workshops that range from confidence building and self-belief, to hearing about training and volunteering opportunities, plus much more.
 
The programme will be starting on Tuesday 15 January 2019 from 11.30am and will run for up to 10 weeks. The sessions are aimed to improve both your physical and mental health and are led by fully trained staff and will be tailored to the needs of the group.
 
SOAR will work alongside council employees to deliver a project that suits the needs of local people and provide a fun and enjoyable environment, refreshments will be provided and parents with young children are more than welcome.
 
Tom Hughes, Project Manager for the Walking for Purpose Project, said: “We are really looking forward to working with SOAR and in in the local area with local residents to deliver a project that encourages people to get out and move more and support individuals to improve their health and employability skills.”
 
The last block of walks were run from the Firvale Centre and Sorby House in Burngreave were hugely successful with over a hundred new attendees on the walks.

Are you Wild at Heart?

Older residents from communities across the north of Sheffield are getting out and about in nature thanks to the fabulous Wild at Heart scheme, which takes place every Wednesday from the Longley 4 Greens Community Centre.

Run by Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust and funded by the Big Lottery, the Wild at Heart scheme is a friendly and supportive nature-based activity session for the over-50s.

Community boosted by grants for Firth Park and Shiregreen

Community groups across Firth Park and Shiregreen are celebrating after receiving grants from the Let’s Build Health Investment programme.

Nine very different organisations will receive small grants to help them with their worthwhile efforts to make our community a better place to live.

The groups receiving grants are:

Firth Park Community Allotment (Veg Patch Kids, food and allotment related)

Community Dementia Day a big success

Dozens of people living with dementia helped to make our recent Community Dementia Day a big success!

The event at the Verdon Recreation Centre in Burngreave was attended by more than 40 people, ranging from people diagnosed with dementia, their carers, workers from care homes, mental health nurses and other organisations. 

There were lots of activities, food and networking with charities in attendance including the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, Age Better, Enrichment for the Elderly, and of course SOAR.