Memory Café going from strength to strength

Parson Cross Community Development Forum’s Forget Me Not Memory Café is going from strength to strength.

The café has now been running for ten months and is aimed at supporting people with early stage memory loss and their carers.

It’s funded by People Keeping Well in their Community Southey Owlerton Partnership and SOAR and delivered by the staff and volunteers of Parson Cross Forum, and has become a very popular and much needed service within the area with around 40 people attending each week.

A Day in the Life of… Triage and Assessment Worker Joanne Hayles

When clients are referred to SOAR, one of the first people they will hear from is our Triage and Assessment Worker Joanne Hayles.

A key part of what we do, we asked Joanne to tell us what she does in an average day.

9am: I arrive at work and start my day off by checking my emails. I have a quick catch up with the team and we take it in turns to make a good brew, ready for the day ahead!

SOAR Works Tenant Profile: IBS Network

In the latest of a series of features about some of the tenants at SOAR Works, we find out about the IBS Network.


The IBS Network is the national charity that helps people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and has provided support to those with the condition and to healthcare professionals for over 26 years.

At any one time, IBS affects around 10-20% of people living in the UK, which equates to approximately 12 million people.

Green-fingered groups launch Longley 4G Development

Green-fingered groups from across the area came together recently to launch exciting plans to develop Longley greens for the benefit of the whole community.


The four green areas in Longley are currently mostly laid to grass, but the new plans will see some planting take place to add variety to the landscape and make it better for nature and the community.

Health and social care – it’s a matter of priorities!

Healthwatch Sheffield want YOUR help in deciding what they need to prioritise when it comes to health and social care in Sheffield.


Health and social care works best when people are involved in decisions about their treatment and care. But this doesn’t always happen. Healthwatch Sheffield exists to help make sure that those designing, running and regulating health and social care listen to people’s views and act on them.

Free first aid course proves a real hit

A group of residents from the S5 area received free first aid training thanks to a course put on by Sanctuary Housing and SOAR.


The event saw a dozen people achieve their Level Three Emergency First Aid Course after attending the event funded by Sanctuary Housing and delivered by SOAR in-house trainer Sofeena Aslam.

As well as the obvious benefits of knowing how to help people in the event of an emergency, the course will also help improve people’s employability as they look to gain work.

International Women’s Day March 21

More than 200 women from the local area came together to celebrate International Women’s Day at the Verdon Recreation Centre in Burngreave last month.

International Women’s Day on March 8 was a global success with events and celebrations taking place across the world. And this was replicated at our annual event, albeit on a slightly smaller scale and a couple of weeks later.

Everybody loves a Sporting Chance!

Regular exercise and socialising are a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and this is the aim of a new project called Sporting Chance that has launched in Sheffield.


Run by Volunteering Matters and supported by players of the People’s Postcode Lottery, the project is aimed at men over 50 and takes place at three different venues across are area.

Dance programme helps to prevent falls in Firvale

A new falls prevention dance programme designed to help elderly local residents get fit and improve strength, balance and flexibility is proving a big hit.


The weekly Dance to Health sessions at the Firvale Community Hub are for women only, and are designed to help people have fun and make new friends, while getting fit and reducing the chances of having a fall.