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Beautiful Loxley Valley in danger

An appeal has gone out opposing a planning application for 300 new homes in the beautiful Loxley Valley, in Sheffield. Please follow the links below and circulate to anyone else who may be willing to do the same because the Council gave just 2 weeks (18th May-1st June) for comments but following publicity the deadline for objections has been extended…
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Sheffield teachers want school safety first

The Sheffield National Education Union (NEU) is calling for schools to stay closed until Coronavirus is more clearly under control, and government measures are improved. The NEU wants Sheffield Council to follow cities like Liverpool and refuse to re-open schools. Watch a Sheffield Live! report by Azz Mohammed here (5 min. video clip).
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Covid-19 and Debt

    The Jubilee Debt Campaign has put online a webinar discussion of the current situation. Covid-19 has had a huge impact on debt both in the UK and around the world. Loss of work and economic damage mean personal debt levels increasing. Debt levels for countries in the global south have soared, but campaigners managed to win £12 billion…
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Support the growing calls for a Basic Income

There are growing calls for a Basic Income to support people in the recovery from the pandemic. A petition has reached the threshold for a parliamentary debate and there is cross-party support for an Early Day Motion. Sheffield MPs Gill Furniss (Brightside and Hillsborough), Clive Betts (Sheffield South East), and Miriam Joy Cates (Penistone and Stocksbridge) still haven’t signed. If…
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*** HELP *** during the coronavirus crisis: CONTENTS

CONTENTS: ① Health ② Community mutual support groups ③ Not sure where to volunteer? ④ Worried about volunteering? ⑤ Information for workers ⑥ Information for people in the asylum process ⑦ Information for rough sleepers ⑧ News, travel & how to keep in touch ⑨ Where to find medical supplies, food, etc. ⑩ Events that are not cancelled ⑪ Information…
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① Health, during Coronavirus and lockdown

The NHS online Coronavirus helpline website asks you questions, checks if you have coronavirus symptoms, then tells you what to do next:  www.111.nhs.uk Government advice is: only use health services when it is important to do so. if you are staying at home and start to feel much more ill or have stayed at home for 7 days and still have…
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② Community mutual support groups

Including charities, community and voluntary sector, and especially for elderly and vulnerable people.  SHEFFIELD-WIDE:   Sheffield Mutual Aid Facebook group has a lot of discussion and questions answered.   Sheffield City Council Have a special page of information and updates on Council services affected by Coronavirus.   Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) has a Covid-19 help page. VAS is coordinating Voluntary…
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③ Not sure where to volunteer?

VOLUNTEER CENTRES AROUND SHEFFIELD AREA:   Volunteer Centre Sheffield The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, Sheffield S1 4FW Tel: 0114 2536649 Email: vc@vas.org.uk (VAS = Voluntary Action Sheffield) Website: sheffieldvolunteercentre.org.uk   Volunteer Centre Rotherham The Spectrum, Coke Hill, Rotherham S60 2HX. Tel: 01709 829821 Email: admin@varotherham.org.uk (VAR = Voluntary Action Rotherham) Website: varotherham.org.uk/volunteering   Volunteer Centre Chesterfield & North East Derbyshire 38…
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④ Worried about volunteering?

What are the best ways to volunteer in the Coronavirus crisis? Half a million people have signed up to volunteer, which is great. Remember this is a marathon not a sprint, and help will continue to be crucial in the weeks or months to come. Local voluntary organisations are working together with the Council and other organisations to co-ordinate the…
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⑤ Information for workers

Sheffield Trades Union Councils: Due to the Coronavirus crisis, Sheffield TUC has launched the ‘Sheffield COVID-19 Action Committee’. This brings together trades unions, health professionals, campaigning and political groups (such as Extinction Rebellion) and others, all working in collaboration. They are raising demands with the authorities, exchanging ideas and views, lobbying and campaigning online, and working towards a better, fairer, greener…
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