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.
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.
Cubed are very pleased to announce that we have recruited Sue Pearson as our new Business Growth Manager. She starts work at Cubed on Monday 15th June. Sue will primarily focus on winning new business for Cubed members.
Should you wish to contact Sue you may do so via email firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 has recently set our budget and priorities for the new financial year.
Continuing work includes:
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 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.
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