Cooking on a Budget

A Better Life project is delivered by SOAR in partnership with Sheffield Citizens Advice, and also in partnership with (& funded by) Age Better in Sheffield and The National Lottery Community Fund. It aims to provide support to people over 50 who experience financial exclusion and reduce loneliness and isolation. Part of the project is offering group sessions to support financial management. The Cooking on a budget project was delivered to support people with finances and also to reduce social isolation. All the recipes in this book were created and co-produced with the participants of the Cooking on a Budget project, which was delivered at both the Vestry Hall and Longley 4 Greens Community Hall in Sheffield. Both groups were involved in the cooking and tasting of many recipes and here is a selection of their favourites.

A Digital Health and Wellbeing group for the Over 50s.

Following the difficulties with COVID, clients were missing groups and social interaction.  They particularly said they are feeling more aches and pains as they were moving less. Through joint collaboration with SOAR Health Trainer and Age Better Development in addition to weekly wellbeing calls we decided to trial a virtual class online.

Chronic or persistent pain is pain that carries on for longer than 12 weeks despite medication or treatment. Most people get back to normal after pain following an injury or operation. But sometimes the pain carries on for longer or comes on without any history of an injury or operation. SOAR’s chronic pain group aims to support people to enhance the quality of life through practical and social support. We caught up with Mariam and Sofeena to find out how the zoom chronic pain sessions are going…


No child deserves to be hungry, no child should be without food.

Inspired by footballer Marcus Rashford to get free school meals extended through the holidays, community organisations & groups continue to do incredible work to support our community! There’s lots going off in Sheffield to ensure no child goes without food. Below are some really useful links to help get you started:

Online Dementia Stars Sessions

Enrichment for the Elderly Dementia Star awards
Each Dementia Star award involves attending a 2-hour interactive and experiential training session, delivered by Enrichment for the Elderly. These bite-sized chunks allow delegates to learn at their own pace and make the sessions more able to be fit into a busy training calendar. The awards are designed to follow on to each other after each delegate has attended a dementia friends information session.

Let’s Cook Recipes

The Let’s Cook Project’s mission is to get the nation cooking from scratch!

Learning to cook is the gateway to eating well and enjoying good food but it also brings about a whole host of equally important benefits. Throughout summer 2020 Sheffield worked closely with the Let’s Cook Project to deliver an exciting & meaningful Health Hamper programme. Over 3,500 children in North East Sheffield received healthy hampers & we wanted to reshare the brilliant recipe cards & videos to alongside them.

Bags of Taste’s FREE mentored cooking courses

Bags of Taste’s FREE mentored cooking courses are back!

We currently have limited spaces left for September courses and lots of places available for October courses. The course is open to Sheffield residents – all you need to take part is a kitchen with basic equipment and a phone.

Our courses help people to gain the skills they need to cook healthy food on a small budget. Our funders are particularly keen to help people who are unemployed, on benefits or struggling with food costs.

SAVTE Is Recruiting New Trustees


Could you make a difference to communities facing deprivation in Sheffield?

SAVTE are looking for new trustees who want to be involved in the transformation of SAVTE to help secure sustainability so that they can continue to provide quality English language support in Sheffield communities.

SAVTE is a medium sized Sheffield based charity which has a long history of enabling volunteers to provide English language support to those people most excluded from mainstream provision. The vision is to make a positive impact on community development, by changing lives through connecting people with language learning. The mission is to help speakers of other languages develop the necessary skills and confidence to learn functional English which will enable them to become more active and empowered citizens in their communities. They particularly aim to recruit volunteers from within learners’ communities to help foster new relationships, neighbourhood resilience and community cohesion.

SOAR Covid-19 Response Report

SOAR, alongside many other organisations & groups across Sheffield, has continued to support existing & new clients throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. Our report below shows how we have supported clients across North East Sheffield. 

Our Single Point of Access Coordinators continue to receive referrals from GPs & other professional services. 

If you know somebody who needs to access any of our services or information please call us on 0114 213 4065 (from 9:00am – 4:00pm Monday to Friday). Alternatively complete the following form – here.

If you are a Professional wishing to refer a client to us, please use our referral form: SOAR Wellbeing Checks – External Referral Form V1.

Healthy Holidays – Meet Hanna

Thanks to significant funding from the Department for Education, a Healthy Holiday programme is being delivered across Sheffield to support thousands of families during the summer holidays.

Meet Hanna, Healthy Holidays Local Area Coordinator

I have been working within a great team and engaging with amazingly supportive hubs and community providers to help deliver food and fun for this year’s Healthy Holiday summer programme. I’m most excited about seeing families of North East Sheffield having lots of fun!