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June 2017

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Sheffield Green Business Group planned

March 2017

Sheffield Green Party members who own or run a business are invited to a meeting discussing policies for Sheffield Green Party which are friendly to local business, rather than remote, faceless and profit-sucking corporations. Please contact Councillor Rob...

Help the homeless

February 2017

Sheffield charity the Cathedral Archer Project is asking supporters to get involved in food parcel sorting, breakfast and lunch for homeless people. This year they will again hold their annual sleep-out to draw attention to homelessness and raise vital fun...

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Sheffield Environment Weeks

All summer

Sheffield can be proud of the hundreds of activities that make up Sheffield Environment Weeks, which has run for many years. They range from talks on a range of subjects, to projects like urban agriculture and wildlife conservation. In 2016 it won the category 'Small Group, Big Impact' in the Sheffield 'Make a Difference' Awards. Volunteers do the hard work, and to get involved see the timetable on the website.

Sheffield Environment Weeks

Steeple Corner Café

Jun 2017, 37 Stafford Rd, Norfolk Park S2 2SE

The Real Junk Food Project runs this volunteer-run café offering meals on a basis of pay-as-you-feel. They use food which would otherwise go to waste. Steeple Corner Café is open 4 days a week, Wednesday-Saturday for breakfast, lunch, snacks, drinks and free WiFi!

Real Junk Food Café

Foodhall Café

Jun 2017, Eyre Street café, 121 Eyre St. S1 4QW

Foodhall Café offers food that would have been thrown away, surplus donated by retailers, on a pay-as-you-feel basis. It is run by volunteers and encourages community engagement between the general public including students, homeless people, mental health groups, isolated people, people with addiction problems and people who need to access food. You can help, whether by just visiting to eat and socialise, or maybe food preparation, or even playing the house piano.

The cafe opens Thursdays to Saturdays, and some nights it becomes a DIY venue for fundraiser gigs.


Sharehouse Market

Wednesdays & Saturdays, 49 Carlisle Street

Sharehouse Market is run by Real Junk Food Project volunteers. It is a pay-as-you-feel store offering groceries, fresh fruit and veg, flowers, bread, baked goods, snacks, drinks etc. Opening hours twice a week, Wednesday 2-4pm and Saturday 2-4pm.

(They also run the Steeple Corner Café, Fuel For School programme and catering.)

Sharehouse Market


Sat 17 Jun - Sun 2 Jul 2017, Walkley, Sheffield 6

Walkley’s annual festival kicks off with a launch showcasing the best of Walkley - street market, stalls, food, crafts and activities for all the family. The next two weeks are filled with a variety of events which are a little more out-of-the-ordinary. The website has full details, ranging from a history of the Yorkshire Resurrectionists to a "Solstice Sketchcrawl" along Walkley Edge.

Walkley Community Forum


Fri 23 Jun-Sun 2 Jul 2017, Crosspool, S10

Crosspool’s major annual community event runs for over a week, including a summer fayre, street market, open gardens, well dressing, barn dance, folk evening, fun run and open air church service. This summer the theme is "Wild Crosspool". All run by the local community, proceeds to charity.

Crosspool Forum


Sun 25 Jun 2017, 12-5pm, Firth Park, Sheffield S5 6WS

Firth Park Annual Summer Fun Day is back, and packed with activities to get involved with or just watch and enjoy the atmosphere - music and dance performances, animal petting sessions, Fire and Police vehicle display, clowns and circus skills workshop, wrestling matches, bouncy castle and fairground rides, hot food stalls, community stalls and carboot sales.

Family friendly and free entry, with a good range of free or low price activities. Bookings still available until some time before the date: carboot info & applications email or ring 07903 230266. For stalls, email

Firth Park is on the frequent 47/48 and 75/76 bus routes.

How to Create a Better, Stronger and Fairer Economy

Mon 26 Jun 2017, 7pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. S1 2EW

Our current system has delivered a banking crisis, recession, austerity, falling wages, rising government and personal debt, and increasing environmental threats. Simon Duffy (Centre for Welfare Reform), Natalie Bennett (Green Party) and Adrian Byrne (Positive Money) will put forward and debate changes they want to see in order to create a better, stronger and fairer economy.

Tickets free. Organised by Positive Money as part of Festival of Debate, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes a monthly Alt-Sheff column in Now Then magazine).

Festival of Debate

Asylum Seeker Bicycle Workshop

Mon 26 Jun 2017, 5.30-8pm, Bike Kitchen, Ash Tree Yard, 62-68 Thirlwell Rd S8 9TF

Friends of ASSIST Sheffield run this weekly bike workshop. They welcome help, any volunteers, or donations of bikes.

For info email or call 07981 452174

Repair Wednesday

Wed 28 Jun 2017, 11am-5pm, Access Space, Unit 1, AVEC Building, 3-7 Sidney St. S1 4RG

Access Space opens its doors on Wednesdays for you to bring in broken items and they will help you to learn how to repair them. This includes computer/electrical stuff, even clothing, furniture, etc.

Access Space

Divestment Campaign group meeting

Wed 28 Jun 2017, 5.30pm, Blue Moon Café, 2 St James St. S1 2EW

The friendly Divestment Campaign, part of Sheffield Climate Alliance, meets regularly every other Wednesday. New members are very welcome, please come along.

Sheffield Climate Alliance

BitFIXit pop-up cafe

Fri 30 Jun 2017, 10am-6pm, Union Street S1 2JP

BitFIXit is a group of volunteers and professionals which has been fixing computers since 2005 on a not-for-profit basis. They pop up every Friday at Union Street co-operative co-working space. Anyone can drop in for a free diagnosis or chat about computer problems. They fix things for £20 per hour (on the spot or collect later). Sessions also on Saturdays in Burngreave.


Critical Mass

Fri 30 Jun 2017, meet 6pm outside the Town Hall

Critical Mass is a fun, free and pro-bicycle ride that takes place in Sheffield (and many other cities around the world) on the last Friday evening of every month. It is a self-organised movement, in other words it happens with whoever turns up. Come and enjoy a nice evening ride around Sheffield for an hour, then off to a pub for a drink and a chat.

Critical Mass Sheffield

ASSIST 2017 Fundraising Dinner

Sat 1 Jul 2017, 6.30pm, Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar St. S1 4JT

Book your tickets for the ASSIST big event of the year! The 2017 Fundraising Dinner is at a new venue with new caterers, The Real Junk Food Project. Once again it celebrates Refugee Week and the work of ASSIST, but because Refugee Week falls during Ramadan this year it is a slightly later date.

The evening will include a three course meal served at your table with meat, vegetarian and vegan options, bar, last chance to place a bid for some of the amazing promises in the Auction of Promises, which will be run online, and other fun and games. It is an opportunity to meet other ASSIST supporters and, if you are new to ASSIST, find out more about the work supporting destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield.

Tickets are £25 each and can be purchased online from (where a booking fee will be charged) or from the ASSIST office, (pay by cheque, please phone ahead on Sheff 2754960 to check it is open). Get your tickets ASAP, places are limited. Doors open at 6:30pm, Dinner served at 7:30pm

ASSIST Sheffield


Sat 1 Jul 2017, Mount Pleasant Park, Sharrow Lane, nr London Rd. S11 8AE

If you’ve never been to Sharrow Festival, try to go. It’s a great annual multicultural community festival bringing people together with a focus on creativity and participation. Performances, local groups and businesses, great music, dance, a worldwide variety of food, the local Sure Start team, sports activities and more.

There’s also the Sharrow Fringe Festival on the days surrounding the main festival event.

Sharrow Festival

Conisbrough Music Fest

Sat 1 Jul 2017, Conisbrough Welfare Field

Music festival at Conisbrough (between Rotherham and Doncaster). A full day of music culture around the town and castle. Activities include various music stages, DJ tent, food, fair, beer, workshops and activities. Established only three years ago, this time featuring Tony Christie who originally came from Conisbrough.

Conisbrough Music Fest

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