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.

McDonald’s Recruitment Day offers employment opportunities

The SOAR Employment team have arranged another recruitment open day to help people get into work, and the latest one is for McDonald’s at sites across Sheffield.

Come along and meet managers from McDonald’s on Tuesday, November 27 from 10am to 2pm at SOAR Community’s offices in Firth Park at 19 Bellhouse Road, S5 6HJ. 

They are looking for full and part time crew members, with flexible work, 16-20 or 35 hours a week.

Have a Christmas to Remember!

Would you like some company on Christmas Day? Age Better in Sheffield is looking for people both old and young to come along and give and receive help at two very special Christmas meals.


People aged over 50 are invited to come along to a FREE Christmas lunch at The Meadows in Shirecliffe and White Willows in Jordanthorpe. But places are limited to 40, so please book on soon!

Emergency First Aid course in Shiregreen

Countless lives have been saved by first aiders who can give people the treatment they need as soon as they need it – and you could learn the skills required to offer life-saving treatment.

Shiregreen Neighbourhood Centre is hosting a one-day emergency first aid course on 30 November from 10am-4pm.

Priority is given to people living in Shiregreen, and the one-day course will cover essential techniques like CPR, bandaging, bleeding, burns, dressing wounds and helping people in shock.

Cooking for Health Classes

Do you want to learn to cook healthy, easy and cheap meals on a budget? Then out Cooking for Health classes could be just the thing for you!

Being held at Longley 4G, the six-week course starts on November 6 and runs from 10am-12noon. 

You will learn new cooking techniques, how to plan, budget and follow a recipe to make fresh easy meals. You’ll even get to take home what you cook!

Out now! The Living Well Guide

The latest issue of Living Well in North East Sheffield is available now, and it is packed full of great information and ideas!

The guides are published by Sheffield City Council and have been updated by local organisations in the four quarters of Sheffield, making the content come from the grassroots of the community.

The aim is to provide a one stop guide for services in the area, both for the public to refer to, but also for professional agencies such as GPs and social workers and other support agencies.

Successful Jobs and Careers Fair in Firth Park

The annual Sanctuary Housing Jobs and Careers Fair took place last month at Firth Park Library, and was a resounding success!


There were a variety of employers, trainers and volunteering companies in attendance including Tesco, Exemplar Healthcare, Princes Trust, BHF, Portland Training, the SOAR Volunteer Team and Opportunity Sheffield.