Sheffield Council failed boy with special needs for 18 months, investigation finds – The Star


Sheffield Council has apologised for failing a child with special needs who was left without the right support for over a year.

Source: Sheffield Council failed boy with special needs for 18 months, investigation finds – The Star

Call for more Shared Lives carers to help people ‘blossom’ in Sheffield | Care Industry News


“You help someone blossom as a Shared Lives carer, and they help you blossom too. They just become part of the family…”

 

That’s the view of carer Sue Cashmore, 59 years old from Shiregreen, who has been caring for adults in her own home for around 20 years. She’s part of the Shared Lives scheme, a community-based approach to supporting adults, where ordinary people open up their home and lives to support people through respite or live-in care.

 

Three adults with learning disabilities live with Sue, along with her husband and teenage daughter, and Sue says the experience has been good for all of them:

 

“You develop relationships with people. And if they are comfortable coming to you and you enjoy having someone in your home, you just feel good.

 

“The people who we support are all independent in their own way. They don’t all need 24/7 care and they’ve got their own thoughts and feelings. They do what they want to do, and you’ve got to encourage that.

 

“You’re not just helping them though – it brings out your own personality a bit more. They bring out the best in you and you bring out the best in them. And I think my daughters are better people for having people with learning disabilities live with us – they get a better understanding of things.”

 

Sue joins Sheffield City Council in calling for more people to become a Shared Lives carer. People are given

 

Source: Call for more Shared Lives carers to help people ‘blossom’ in Sheffield | Care Industry News

Sheffield Council was ‘complicit’ in historic Roger Dodds sex abuse scandal, report reveals – The Star


Sheffield Council was ‘complicit’ in allowing sex attacker Roger Dodds to groom teenagers and young men, according to a damning report into his abuse.

Dodds, who was jailed in February after admitting a series of sex attacks on five people dating back to the 1980s, created an environment ‘within which he could exploit his position of authority to pursue his sexual satisfaction’.

His actions caused ‘enormous distress’ to his victims according to the findings of Operation Klosters, a review the council commissioned after police began investigating Dodds in 2008 – and released to The Star yesterday.

Dodds was a sex tourist, ‘well known’ for his use of sexual language at the education department building in Leopold Street, and was part of a club that shared hardcore pornography on the internal mail system.

Source: Sheffield Council was ‘complicit’ in historic Roger Dodds sex abuse scandal, report reveals – The Star

Cancer patient fined despite having blue badge because she was getting chemotherapy  | Daily Mail Online


From the article I assume that the parking was on-street and not the Western Park car park, as the appeal was turned down by Sheffield City Council, which does not surprise me.

Charging at the hospital car park was introduced in October 2016, previously it was free, but the policing of the parking would be by hospital attendants, who I feel would have been more understanding.

Parking around this area is extremely difficult and it would have been difficult to find a further vacant parking place should Mr Pickersgill tried to find one.


A cancer patient who was handed a £25 parking fine after her chemotherapy session over-ran has lost her appeal.

Charlotte Barber’s partner Mick Pickersgill drove her for treatment on November 15 but was fined for leaving his car with a blue badge for more than four hours.

Ms Barber attends Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield for cancer treatment every four weeks but the couple were left dismayed when their appeal was rejected.

Mr Pickersgill said: ‘It’s not like we had been to the cinema or a show. It isn’t the money, it’s the principle.

‘I take Charlotte to Weston Park every four weeks for cancer treatment.

‘There has never been a problem before with the treatment running over and I was unaware the time I could park at that location was four hours.

‘I explained Charlotte has been going through a traumatic time.’

Source: Cancer patient fined despite having blue badge because she was getting chemotherapy  | Daily Mail Online

Sheffield tree fiasco highlights everything that is bad about contracted-out services | Vox Political


 

 

I am from Sheffield and this was a deplorable act by Sheffield City Councilors, but that is not unusal in their dealings within Sheffield for in many respects they feel they are a law to themselves and have no respect to the populas of Sheffield.

Amery should never have been awarded the contract, especially on a PFI basis, for now they can do as they please in the name of profit, whether this be for the good of Sheffield or not.

PFI contracted should be made ilegal, as they were an ill thought out idea which Labour introduced,as while, they may have been a good way to initially introduce new introstructure,however, the penalty clauses that are contained within them should future changes be required creare enormous costs for those who have to live with the resultant situation.

Profit to the few and no benefit for the many.

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Source: Sheffield tree fiasco highlights everything that is bad about contracted-out services | Vox Political

Adullam Homes to provide mental health support service in Sheffield | Care Industry News


Adullam Homes is working in a new partnership with Sheffield City Council to provide Adullam Foundations, a dynamic service for 75 clients with mental health

Source: Adullam Homes to provide mental health support service in Sheffield | Care Industry News

Sheffield Access Guide now available


Original post from Disabled Go News

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access guide Sheffield

A new access guide, designed to empower disabled residents to get out and do what they want to do in Sheffield, has been launched.

Sheffield City Council has worked with DisabledGo to produce the guide which features detailed access information to 1000 venues across Sheffield.

DisabledGo covers a wide range of venues that are accessible to the public including tourist attractions, leisure centres, shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants and many more.

The aim of the guide is to provide much needed information about the accessibility of public venues so that anybody with an access requirement can decide whether a venue is suitable before visiting.

The guide will provide detailed access information so that people can judge for themselves whether a shop, restaurant or theatre is accessible for their own requirements, for example, whether a shop is wheelchair accessible or a cinema offers a hearing loop.

All 1,000 venues have been assessed by a DisabledGo surveyor who looked at a whole range of accessibility features from parking to toilet facilities.

The guide is available at http://www.disabledgo.com/organisations/university-of-sheffield/main-2  

Disability Sheffield                    

Disability Sheffield worked together with DisabledGo, providing advice and guidance on the project and additional support and training to businesses who would like to make their service more accessible for disabled people. For more information about Disability Sheffield please visit – http://www.disabilitysheffield.org.uk/

The Access Card

The Access Card is scheme rolling out nationwide and Sheffield Council are funding 1,000 FREE! Come and apply – http://credability.uk.com/access-card/.

We would like to introduce you to these services and tell you more about the partnership between DisabledGo, Sheffield City Council, Disability Sheffield and nimbus.

Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council has set up the Disability Hub, part of the Equality Hub Network, for individuals and organisations to work with the Council and partners to take action on equality and fairness issues.

Sheffield Town Hall

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Roisin Norris

Hi I’m Roisin Norris, Digital Marketing Executive at DisabledGo and I will be uploading blogs and news for you all to read.

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State of Sheffield


State of Sheffield 2014 –Executive Summary

An extract

‘ …………….This report summarises a study of the views and experiences of parents of children and young people (aged 0-25 years) with disabilities and/or additional needs in Sheffield. It makes recommendations to commissioners and providers of education, health and social care services.  ………….’

State of Sheffield 2013 – Consulation Report

An extract

‘ …………1. Background

This report summarises work carried out by the Sheffield Parent Carer Forum in April/May 2013 as commissioned by Sheffield City Council. It forms part of a needs analysis in relation to the support requirements of families with disabled children in Sheffield. Sheffield City Council will use the information gathered to decide whether current information, advice and support services for parent carers are meeting local need, or whether different or additional services are required. ………….’

Sheffields Reputation Tarnished or Not?


Sheffield Half Marathon or not?

Was the Sheffield Half Marathon 2014 a disaster?

This follows on from a long list of events that have not gone according to plan in Sheffield. It has to be said that most of these have some, if not all, involvement from Sheffield City Council, however this would not appear to be so on this occasion. The last major sporting event that did not go according to plan was the World Student games  in 1991 for which the population of Sheffield is still paying for. This is even though some of the facilities from then have now gone, Don Valley Stadium for one.

But SCC have many others, while not sporting, to their name, ‘Sevenstone‘ being the latest, but this also includes the overhead walkway from Sheffield rail station to Castle Market, Mono Rail along The Moor to the Town Hall on to Castle Market to Sheffield Rail Station, creation of subways only for most to be filled in and many others. Even ‘Supertram‘ had to be sold to Stagecoach Sheffield to increase revenues from increasing usage.

But on this occasion some other organisation organised this, was it Sheffield Half Marathon, who appear to have had an address c/o HS Sports Ltd.

Water Direct have been mentioned as the company supposed to be supplying the water, did they not bother or was it ever ordered.

We have the ‘Tour de France’ ‘Stage 2’ within the next months, lets hope this latest event from an organisational view point is not a taste of yet to come.

We have the ‘Tour de France’ ‘Stage 2’ within the next months, lets hope this latest event from an organisational view point is not a taste of yet to come.

We also have the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, but some may say this is another disaster, while others will not.

But was the event a disaster, from an organisational view point, you could say yes. But to show the resolve of the people of Sheffield and those participants who did undertake the half marathon, it was not. Without hesitation the people of Sheffield came and supported those who decided to participate anyway and these Sheffield people provided the water for those participants to drink.

But was the event a disaster, from an organisational view point, you could say yes. But to show the resolve of the people of Sheffield and those participants who did undertake the half marathon, it was not. Without hesitation the people of Sheffield came and supported those who decided to participate anyway and these Sheffield people provided the water for those participants to drink.

This shows the true spirit of the Sheffield population.

Organisers say No Refunds

Margret Lilley, Chairperson of Sheffield Marathon Ltd, the organisers, says

“The rules say there are no refunds and, as people will appreciate, the infrastructure we had to put in place we still have to pay for.”

Direct Water are now reported to have stated that they were not paid to supply the water. This implies the organisers have not ordered the water or settled the invoice for the water. Should this be the case, is water not part of the infrastructure,. They appear to have not fulfilled the later part of statement, but are prepared to fulfill the former. If you have not paid for the water, then you should provide refunds. The organisers appear to want their cake and eat it. If only as a gesture of Good Will Sheffield Marathon Ltd should refund the entrants their entry fees.

If Sheffield Marathon Ltd have the gall to run the event again next year, will anyone be willing to enter.

 

Free bus passes, Notre Dame


Notre Dame free bus passes being withdrawn

In previous articles on this subject, which have been printed in The Star, it was stated that free passes were only given to Notre Dame pupils. My previous post Are Roman Catholic Children a special case? included such an article under Free bus passes withdrawn.

Now The Star states this also applies to All Saints. Also that pupils at other schools can have free passes if they live more than 3 miles away.

Which are the correct facts?

If free passes are given to other school pupils when they live more than 3 miles away, then this should apply to the pupils of Notre Dame and All Saints, when they live more than 3 miles away.

If any Notre Dame pupils are receiving free passes and do not live more than 3 miles away, then they should not be receiving the free passes.

As The Star’s previous articles did not mention the 3 miles criteria, but implied all Notre Dame pupils obtained free passes, the articles were misleading. As a newspaper, The Star should report by mentioning all relevant facts to provide a balanced article to their readers.