Grants available to help local voices be heard

Healthwatch Sheffield are offering grants of up to £500 for groups who help local people share their experiences of health and care services in Sheffield.

It is hoped that the Speak Up Grants will mean that more people come forward and share their experiences in the health and care system – whether good or bad.

Margaret Kilner, Chief Officer for Healthwatch Sheffield, said: “The Speak Up grants program is another opportunity for people to make their voices heard – whether the experience changed life for the better, or they have a burning idea that they’re convinced will improve the care provided in the city.

Meet the SOAR staff: Julie Moore

Name: Julie Moore


Role at SOAR: Senior Health Trainer – commenced my role in December, looking forward to my role and helping people to make healthy life style choices.


Just how creative can you get?!

Are you a young person with a creative streak, who wants to win a £50 Amazon voucher for yourself, another £50 for a charity of your choice, and get your work exhibited?

Young Healthwatch Sheffield are challenging YOU to create something that expresses what self-worth and self-care means to you.

Their great new competition gives people the chance to create something powerful and personal. It could be a film, a blog, a photo, painting, drawing, creative writing or an audio recording that expresses your self-worth.

Fresh new website for SOAR Works

SOAR Works is a great place to do business with some innovative, forward-thinking  and positive organisations based here – so we’ve redesigned the SOAR Works website to reflect that!

Take a look for yourself, here

We’ve freshened up the look and feel and made it easier to find what you want, with dynamic content and details of all our tenants as well as what space we have available for rent.

Citizens! Drop in for handy advice sessions!

A weekly drop-in advice clinic is to begin next month offering help and support on a range of problems.

The sessions – run by Citizens Advice Sheffield at the Learning Zone in Parson Cross – begin on Wednesday, 14 February from 10am-1pm, and will run each week in the library area.

Common problems that they can help with include welfare and benefit queries from refusal of benefit claims, sanctions, overpayments and general entitlement.

Social Accounts: A snapshot of success at SOAR!

Every year SOAR produces our

We’ve recently published our most recent set of Social Accounts, and we’re proud of the information in there, which highlights the key achievements of our volunteers, staff and trustees.

SOAR Partnership Manager Ian Drayton said: “One thing really stands out in the Social Accounts is the massive contributions made by all of our volunteers, staff and Trustees. Their efforts and endeavours have enabled so many people to make positive changes in their lives.

Deadline extended for NHS urgent care consultation

A public consultation on proposed changes to urgent care has been extended to ensure as many people as possible in the city have the opportunity to share their views.

NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has decided to extend the current urgent care consultation until Wednesday 31 January 2018, in direct response to feedback.

It is important that people feed back their views, concerns and ideas – the CCG are listening and need to work together with you to ensure we have services fit to face the challenges of the future.

Partnership proves key in running the Memory Cafe

Partnerships are vital to so much of the work that we do at SOAR, and a great example of that is the Memory Café held each week at the Parson Cross Forum.

It is a great way for people with early onset dementia and their carers to get together regularly and share their experiences over a cuppa, and is the result of several organisations working together in partnership.

Learning Zone to host a #MincePieMoment

Everybody loves mince pies, right?!

That’s why we’re having a #MincePieMoment at the Learning Zone, with Parson Cross Initiative, on December 12.

We will be handing out free mince pies, teas and coffees, and playing some really loud Christmas music too!

Come along to the Learning Zone from 2-4pm to get a big dose of festive cheer.

Improvements on the way for Parson Cross park

Watch out for improvements in Parson Cross Park over the coming few months.

New equipment including a zip line, cantilever swing, accessible roundabout and seesaw and new synthetic carpet surfacing will be installed soon, along with playground tarmac markings.

The new equipment was voted for by children from local schools, and work will be taking place in December 2017.