Longley Green Development Plans set for Launch

Plans are afoot to develop Longley greens for the benefit of the community – and the scheme is being launched later this month.

Local schoolchildren, councillors and representatives from the Royal Horticultural Society, SIV, Move More, Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Housing and others will gather on March 23 to start planting in the area around the four green areas in Longley.

Celebration of Longley 4G

It has been almost two years since the SOAR management helped kick-start Longley 4G Community Centre, and a lot has happened in that time!

We are having a celebration get together with many of the community groups and individuals who have helped make it such a success.

The event – on Thursday, 15 March from 1-3pm – will bring together representatives from groups such as Drink Wise Age Well, SAVTE (English lesson provider), WEA Confidence Through Singing, Wild at Heart, Volunteering Matters, Longley Little Ones parent and toddler group, councillors, Sheffield City Council, SIV and church groups.

Colley Park improvements come a step closer

Exciting improvements to facilities at Colley Park are now a step closer to reality following an extensive consultation phase.

The council asked for feedback and ideas last year, and after receiving lots of great comments they have come up with a design plan for what they want the area to look like.

One of the most common comments was for the need to deal with anti-social behaviour from motorcycles and vandalism, so the council intend to make the site safer before installing any new equipment.

A Day in the Life of… The Learning Zone

There is always something happening at The Learning Zone! So we took time out to spend a day there and really find out what it’s like to run one of the busiest buildings in the area!

8:30am: Centre Co-ordinator Katherine arrives and makes herself a cup of tea. She puts out the signs for today’s events – yoga, and the Why Weight? Weight loss program, IAPT low mood workshop and local playgroup, S5 Slings.

Stepping Stones to a better future for your children

The Learning Zone is hosting the Stepping Stones Triple P programme next month, giving parents from our area an important chance to learn new ways to cope with disruptive children with development or physical disabilities.

The event, starting on 14 April 2018 at The Learning Zone on Wordsworth Avenue, is a series of six sessions each around two and a half hours long.

FREE Nature and Creativity Art Session!

Mother nature is one of the most creative forces on our planet, and this is the inspiration behind a day-long nature and creativity art course being staged next month for the over-50s.

The event – on April 16 from 10am-4pm – has just 12 places available so booking is essential!

James Brunt is an artist who uses his surroundings and a deep connection to the outdoors as his inspiration, from creating natural temporary artwork from foraged materials to simple green woodworking.

Tenant Profile – Capricorn Quilting

Capricorn Quilting is an award-winning Longarm Quilting Service, offering a  friendly personal service in a dedicated studio at SOAR Works.

Business owner Lynda Jackson is the UK HandiQuilter Ambassador and Educator. As well as quilting for customers she also provides both class-based and personal one-to-one training on the longarm machine.

IBS Network plans major Conference in Sheffield

The IBS Network is holding a UK Conference exploring the self-management of the condition in Sheffield in April.

The charity – who are based at SOAR Works at Parson Cross – supports thousands of people living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and will stage their second conference on 14 April 2018 at Sheffield Hallam University.


Indoor Market at Longley 4G

There will be something for everyone at the Longley 4G Indoor Market, being staged next Saturday, March 17.

The event, from 10am-3pm at the Longley 4G Community Centre on Southey Avenue, will feature a range of stalls selling new, nearly new and second-hand items.

The event is a fundraiser for rising star Jasmine. The Sheffield 14-year-old has been picked to play hockey for England. Her first match will be in Portugal – but she needs funding and support to help get here their and realise her dreams.