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Extended Closing Date Sheffield Cubed Job Advertisement

Best Start Communities Count

Due to recent success of a BIG Lottery Reaching communities bid, Sheffield Cubed are expanding the  Best Start Communities Team. This project is based within three areas of the city; Darnall/Tinsley, Shiregreen/Brightside and Manor Castle.

We are now seeking to recruit;

 2 x Level 3 Community based Early Years Practitioners (0.5 PTE) £15,000 per annum pro rata


1 x Level 3 Community based Early Years Practitioners (1 FTE) £15,000 per annum

This post will primarily set up and provide on-going support for a toddler group development programme in partnership with our communities. Applicants for the Early Years Practitioner posts must demonstrate an understanding of community based work together with the ability to promote and support quality within group settings.

One post will be based in the Darnall / Tinsley area. One will be in Manor Castle.

Please make it clear on your application statement whether you are applying for full time/part time or will consider either.

If you are interested in this post please download an application pack below;


Community Early Years Practitioner RC job description

Best Start Communities Count Announcement and Summary

Please return your application form to Best Start Communities Count, Sheffield Cubed, Zest Centre, 18 Upperthorpe, Sheffield, S6 3NA or e-mail;

Should you wish to have an informal discussion about the project prior to submitting an application please call Sarah Newton (Best Start Programme Manager) on; 07983 201837.

Previous applicants need not apply.

Closing date for applications: Monday 22nd February 2016


Sheffield Cubed Reaching Communities funding bid Successful

Best Start Communities Count

Under 5’s in three communities in Sheffield will be benefitting from a grant from the BIG Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. Sheffield Cubed has been awarded £499,990 to deliver a range of family based activities focusing on those with children under five over the next three years. The Best Start Communities Count project aims to harness the enthusiasm of local people to work together to improve life for young families in three of the most deprived areas of Sheffield – Manor / Castle, Darnall / Tinsley and Shiregreen / Brightside. It includes the development of 26 new toddler groups, cook and eat together and stay and play sessions, family based activities as well as training 100 new volunteers to lead this work in our communities. The project will be delivered by the Sheffield Cubed Best Start team and guided by three community partnerships made up of local parents, community based organisations and other partners.

Health Champions Celebration Event – 4 June 2015

The 13th Community Health Champions Celebration Event was attended by over 100 volunteers who shared thousands of hours of their time working to improve health across Sheffield over the past six months or more.

Nearly 130 Community Health, Pregnancy & Early Years, and Practice Champions as well as their supervisors and some very special guests celebrated the volunteers’ achievements in improving local health at an event held at St Mary’s Church and Community Centre on Thursday 4 June 2015.

Best Start Sheffield bid to the Big Lottery Fund unsuccessful

The Big Lottery Fund has announced winners of the Fulfilling Lives Better Start programme

We have had disappointing news that our Best Start Sheffield bid to the Big Lottery Fund was unsuccessful. However, we still believe that investment in pregnancy and early years is essential and our partners will continue to work with us to implement our ambitious plans.

Health Champions – celebration event – May 2014


Biggest Community Health Champions event yet celebrates 7200 hours of voluntary work to improve health across Sheffield

Over 90 Community Health Champions celebrated their achievements in improving local health at an event held at Sheffield’s Megecentre on Wednesday 7th May 2014. This was the largest number of certificates yet awarded in the six years since the project began and set an attendance record of over 150 Health Champions, hosts, and special guests.


Date: 24th JUNE 2014, 1pm-5pm at St Mary’s, Bramall Lane

A cross sector event for people who deliver, manage or are involved in services for young people, to discuss the strategic direction of those services in Sheffield.

With local authority budgets under pressure, councils across the country have less  resources for youth services. Increasingly, partnerships between local authorities and voluntary, community and faith groups are going to be the way forward. Voluntary, Community and Faith groups already deliver a wealth of activities with young people across Sheffield every week. Now is the time to face the future challenge together.

Sheffield Cubed Business & Priorities for 2014/15

Sheffield Cubed has recently set our budget and priorities for the new financial year.

Continuing work includes:

Talent Match

Talent Match is a lottery funded programme to deliver creative ways to help ‘hard to reach’ NEET young people who have been out of work or training for over 12 months  to become job ready, find work or start their own enterprises. The Talent Match programme is being delivered across the Sheffield City Region with Sheffield Futures as the accountable body. Sheffield Cubed is the local co-ordinator for the Sheffield element. The contract started in January 2014 and the programme will run for five years. The Talent Match activity includes Coaching, Peer Mentoring, Wage Subsidy, Specialist Support and Enterprise Creation. This work has been tendered via YorTender and Sheffield Futures are in the process of awarding contracts.

New Chair for Sheffield Cubed Board . . .

New Chair for the Sheffield Cubed Board – Sara Gowen – Managing Director of Sheffield Young Carers was appointed Chair at the February Board meeting. Sara, previously Manager of Home-Start Sheffield and Deputy Manager at Children and Young People’s Empowerment Project brings 25 years of experience in community development, community publications and children and young people’s services in the third sector. Sara is committed to partnership working and sees Sheffield Cubed as a really good way for voluntary and community organisations to work together to secure contracts and funding for services in Sheffield.

Talent MatchUpdate

The lottery have confirmed that Sheffield City Region will get £10m of lottery funding over the next 5 years to deliver creative ways to help ‘hard to reach’ NEET young people who have been out of work or training for over 12 months  to find work or start their own enterprises.  The programme will be delivered across Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and parts of North East Derbyshire. The programme is being led by Sheffield Futures and Sheffield Cubed will be responsible for the Sheffield activities. Of the £10m around £2.6m will be ring fenced for work with Sheffield NEETs (Not in Education Employment or Training). The programme will work with 18-24 years olds providing intensive support to remove barriers and enable them to become job ready. To find out more about Talent Match click here