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Sheffield visit to asylum seeker prison

December 2016

On Saturday 3rd December 2016, two coaches left Sheffield to join a 2000 strong demonstration at Yarls Wood Detention Centre, run by the multinational corporation Serco for the UK government. It which houses female asylum seekers, and featured in a 2015 Ch...

Five charged after trees protest

Nov/December 2016

December update:It has been revealed that a police Silver Command was set up to deal with tactics during the controversial early morning tree-cutting operation in November 2016. This is an operational unit to ensure co-ordinated Police actions, following m...

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The Real Junk Food Café

December 2016

The Real Junk Food Project hosts cafés offering meals on a basis of "Pay what you feel". Venues: Regather Works, 57-59 Club Garden Road S11 8BU, and Steeple Corner Café, 37 Stafford Road, Norfolk Park, S2 2SE. Many opening hours, too many times to cover in full here. See full details on the website below.

Real Junk Food Café

Cinema Palestino: "Trip Along Exodus"

Wed 7 Dec 2016, Showroom Cinema, Paternoster Row S1 2BX

This year Cinema Palestino at the Showroom is screening two major award-winning new films by well-known Palestinian women filmmakers.

This film, directed by Hind Shoufani, is a journey to discover family history, much of which had been hidden from her and her sister. Her father was the highly esteemed Palestinian intellectual and academic, Dr Elias Shoufani (1932-2013). After 1967 Shoufani joined the PLO, but went on to instigate an intifada against Yasser Arafat.

Cinema Palestino
Showroom Cinema

Global Justice Sheffield end of year social

Wed 7 Dec 2016, 7pm-9pm, Dog & Partridge, 56 Trippet Lane S1 4EL

The end of year social for Global Justice Sheffield, which aims to change the actions, policies and institutions of governments, corporations and wealthy minorities preventing an end to poverty and injustice. All welcome, including newcomers.

Global Justice Sheffield

Brexit in Sheffield: Where are we now?

Wed 7 Dec 2016, 7pm, Central United Reformed Church, 60 Norfolk Row S1 2JB

This facilitated conversation offers an opportunity to get underneath the issues to some of the feelings that moved us in the EU referendum and that still matter, and to have some of the encounters and conversations that have been missing. An opportunity for us, in Sheffield, to talk and explore together, to get curious about one another’s experience and motives with a view to understanding who we are and what matters to us.

Part of Festival of Debate 2016, in association with Processwork Sheffield, hosted by not-for-profit social enterprise Opus Independents (which also publishes the Alt-Sheff "Localcheck" column in "Now Then" magazine). Free to attend, reserve your place online here

Festival of Debate

Repair Wednesdays

Wed 7 Dec 2016, 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 or furniture, etc. Our current capitalist system produces inferior products designed to go wrong and need replacing, with the cost paid by us, and the environment. #FightForYourRightToRepair is the new movement promoting the end to this 'built-in obsolence' and unrepairable goods.

Access Space on Facebook

Interested in volunteering with ASSIST?

Thu 8 Dec 2016, 4pm-6pm ASSIST Office, Victoria Hall S1 2JB

A regular ASSIST Volunteering "Drop in and check it out" session.

Refused asylum seekers are not allowed to work, to register themselves as homeless or to be placed in local authority night shelters. Many become destitute, struggling daily for food, accommodation and clothing. ASSIST works with asylum seekers in this situation. If you are interested in volunteering, come to one of their "Drop in and check it out" sessions. Meet current volunteers, find out more about the different volunteering opportunities, chat about what might suit you and apply to be a volunteer with ASSIST.

The ASSIST office, Victoria Hall has its entrance on Chapel Walk, opposite the back of Marks and Spencer. Visitors can arrive and leave at any time during each session, and there is a short presentation at 10 minutes past each hour. To find out more, contact Sheff 2754960 or email volunteer@assistsheffield.org.uk

ASSIST Sheffield

BitFIXit pop-up cafe

Fri 9 Dec 2016, 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.

BitFIXit

Diversity Fest Fundraiser

Sat 10 Dec 2016, 7.30pm-1am, Royal Standard, St Marys Rd. S2 4AX

An evening of musical delights celebrating diversity and raising funds for Diversity Fest 2017:

7.30-8 Petit Pierre: Electronic rock / Dark pop.

8.15-8.45 Madge Woollard: Excellent piano and bass duo (as seen at Sheffield Pride 2016 and Diversity Fest 2015 & 2016).

9-9.30 LIO: As a little girl, LIO’s back garden was her stage. Over the years she clearly outgrew the birds and the bees, and during her year abroad in Sheffield, UK her passion for music became stronger than ever. LIO is a little hippie at heart, and creates beautiful Indie and Folk music. She sings about love, heartbreak, and the ever present figments of her imagination. So if you listen close enough you might just find out what she truly thinks of you (as seen at Diversity Fest 2016).

9.45-10.30 Vinna Bee: Contemporary folk-electronica from South Wales (as seen at Diversity Fest 2016 and Sharrow Folk Festival).

10.45-11.30 InaVibe: Brilliant RnB / Rap duo fresh from headlining the outdoor stage at Diversity Fest.

11.45-12.45 The Globologist: Amazing global music DJ (as seen at Diversity Fest 2015).

Entry £3 suggested donation.

Diversity Fest

ASSIST Carol Service

Sat 10 Dec 2016, 3pm St Marks Church, Broomfield Rd. S10 2SE

Please join ASSIST for a child-friendly, action packed service for all the family featuring Steel City Band and Vintage Voices. Proceeds will help ASSIST in supporting destitute asylum seekers in Sheffield by providing accommodation, food and support to those in most need or distress. ASSIST is a charity totally reliant on volunteers, grants and the generosity of the people of Sheffield and the surrounding area.

ASSIST Sheffield

Write for Rights - Amnesty International

Sat 10 Dec 2016 from 11am, Weston Park Museum S10 2TP

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for people whose basic human rights are being attacked. It’s all part of Write for Rights, the global letter-writing marathon. It’s one of the world’s biggest human rights events and carries on a long tradition of people like you writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.

Sheffield Amnesty International group will be at Weston Park Museum on the 10th December (Human Rights Day) so please come down, bring the family and help make some greeting cards that will be sent to those people who are suffering human rights violations. They will provide the materials, all they need is your artistic skills and they will send the cards all around the world.

Write for Rights

BitFIXit Cafe

Sat 10 Dec 2016, 12-3pm, Abbeyfield Park House S4 7AT

BitFIXit is a great long-running project giving help with computer and internet problems every Saturday on a ’Pay-As-You-Can’ basis, from a group of volunteers and professionals. Now also open on Fridays at Union Street, and offering home and business visits.

BitFIXit

Write for Rights - Amnesty International

Wed 14 Dec 2016, 7pm-9pm, Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James St. St. S1 2EW

Every December, Amnesty supporters across the globe will write millions of letters for people whose basic human rights are being attacked. It is all part of Write for Rights, their global letter-writing marathon. One of the world’s biggest human rights events, it carries on a long tradition of people like you, writing letters to right some of the world’s biggest wrongs.

The Sheffield group makes greeting cards that are sent to those suffering from human rights violations in the hope that the message shows their fight for justice. Come down, make a card, eat a mince pie and make a difference!

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Repair Wednesdays

Wed 14 Dec 2016, 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 or furniture, etc. Our current capitalist system produces inferior products designed to go wrong and need replacing, with the cost paid by us, and the environment. #FightForYourRightToRepair is the new movement promoting the end to this 'built-in obsolence' and unrepairable goods.

Access Space on Facebook

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