B:Friend Social Club Invitation!

Loneliness and social isolation are harmful to our health

Over 9 million people in the UK – almost a fifth of the population – say they are always or often lonely (British Red Cross and Co-Op, 2016). b:Friend has an effective blueprint for social groups for older adults focusing on venue, budgeting, marketing to the most isolated individuals and session planning methodology over (usually) a 48-week year.

Cooking for Health

Cooking for Health is a new project where attendees can learn new cooking techniques, how to plan, budget, follow recipes to make fresh easy meals and you can take home what you cook!

We caught up with SOAR’s Senior Health Trainer, Julie Moore, to find out what’s been cooking in the kitchen so far.

“We’re on week 5 of our ‘Cooking for Health’ project and it’s been great so far. We’ve made spaghetti bolognese, chicken curry, chicken stir fry, carrot cake and flapjack. Next week we’re making chicken wraps and apple health bars. We have 8 participants loving the course, the recipes are what the participants have asked to learn to cook.”

Local Information Morning

Join SOAR and Sanctuary Housing for a morning of tea and cake and to find out what FREE events are planned for summer 2019!

Join us at Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre, Westnall Road on Monday 1st July 2019 (9.15-11.15am).

Contact for more information.



The idea of Yorkshire Day came about during a meeting of the Yorkshire Ridings Society in 1974. They chose a date and the first ever Yorkshire Day took place in 1975. Join us this year to celebrate everything Yorkshire!

More info to follow, but keep the date on the calendar – Saturday 27th July, 2019 at High Green Miners Welfare. There will be stalls, crafts, games, dancing, entertainment and much more! FREE Admissions.

Firth Park Walking Group

Whether you walk to keep fit, a way to socialise, a way of seeing nature or a mixture of all three, walking can be the easiest and cheapest form of exercise! Pull your comfy shoes on, get your waterproof jacket out and join us for a walk around Firth Park.

Sheffield is in the top 10 greenest cities and has over 250 parks, woodlands and gardens to explore. Join us for a friendly, easy going walk to get out in the sunshine, fresh air and meet new people. Julie Moore (SOAR Community Senior Health Trainer) is in the process of planning walks around Firth Park and sharing mental health benefits of exercise.

Burngreave’s Got Talent

Do you have a passion for writing? Why not share your work and be in with a chance of winning! Burngreave Writing Competition. Closing date SATURDAY 27th JULY 2019

The categories are:

  • Non-Fiction Themes – Write an article about something in the Burngreave area, or write about cultural heritage
  • Fiction Themes – Celebration, or something has changed…

National Writing Day Events!

National Writing Day June 26th is an annual celebration of writing! Designed to inspire people across the UK to get writing. The message is simple: everyone has a story to tell and sharing it can be a source of pleasure and power.

Join us at Burngreave Library!

Authors who started in writing groups include JK Rowling, Tom Clancy, Barbara Hambly and Elizabeth Moon. The workshop will be led by Robert Shaw and will explore ways of getting the words flowing.

Are You a Natural Born Story Teller?

Once upon a time…

Brunrgeave Library is holding 3 storytelling sessions. Come and meet the professionals and discover if you’re a natural born ‘Story Teller’.

Friday 28th June, Friday 5th July & Friday 12th July, 2pm – 4pm

To book your place, or to find out more contact 07397970420 

Vision for Our City – One Year On

One year has passed since the Sheffield Social Leaders Network joined forces and worked up its vision for the city: a city where everyone has an equal chance to lead a fulfilling life, everyone shares the benefits of economic growth, and everyone feels they can influence what happens in their life and their community. SOAR’s Partnership Manager, Ian Drayton, has reacted to the most recent update which gives insight into the 6 key areas and challenges for moving forward.