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Club demolition sneaking under cover of Covid-19?

The Shiregreen Working Men’s Club, a centre for people’s activities over decades, may be demolished despite attempts to save it for community use. It was the stage used for the final scene in Sheffield-made film “The Full Monty”. The Shiregreen area (Sheffield 5) has already lost many local venues; The Horseshoe, The Sicey, The Roman Ridge, The Wincobank, etc. There…
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George Monbiot on the Covid-19 crisis

Writer and activist George Monbiot spoke last month in Sheffield’s Festival of Debate about the effect of the Covid-19 crisis on our society, and the systemic change we need to be able to respond to it. A video of this is now online, lasting approx 1 hour, at this YouTube link.
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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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⑥ Information for people in the asylum process living in Sheffield

Sheffield City of Sanctuary can advise on phonelines and email help available for refugees and asylum seekers during the Coronavirus crisis. South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) can help finding services needed by all migrants in Sheffield: Email: dignitynotdetention@yahoo.co.uk. The Sanctuary centre, Victoria Hall drop-in and Conversation Clubs are closed, but there is online and phone information about…
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⑦ Information for rough sleepers in Sheffield

In March 2020, Sheffield City Council put online this bulletin about help for rough sleepers during the Coronavirus epidemic. Since 27th March, Sheffield City Council offers a safe place for all rough sleepers, in hotel rooms in the city, following the Government request for accommodation off the streets to assist with health and self-isolation. The offer includes individual sleeping arrangements…
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⑧ News, travel & how to keep in touch

This page covers local and other media, mainstream and non-mainstream; groups and other shared activities during the Coronavirus crisis. To stay mentally balanced, don’t watch ‘rolling news’. It’s better to limit your dose of TV/radio/online news to, say, twice a day. Enough to keep in touch, but not to let it depress you. To brighten up the mood, switch on happy…
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⑨ Where to find medical supplies, food, etc.

This list under construction, please add suggestions of useful info. (See also ① Health, during Coronavirus and lockdown).   Sheffield Markets: The Moor Market is now closed, following the decision of many traders not to take the risk of contact with coronavirus. Crystal Peaks Market is also closed until further notice. Updates will be provided about market changes on the Sheffield…
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⑩ Events and services that are not cancelled

Latest: At the moment all physical events are cancelled or postponed, but online events are beginning to be organised. Some are featured here on the Alt-Sheff events listing. If you know of any events in the Sheffield area, please email us.   The 2020 Festival of Debate: The “FoD” is postponed but not cancelled. The organisers (Opus) say that even…
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⑪ Information for event & work organisers during Coronavirus

Online event organising: For running events online with video conferencing, free open source encrypted software called Jitsi is an alternative to Zoom (which is run by a creepy US corporation with many privacy concerns). To try it out simply, set up a meeting at meet.jit.si. Can anyone set themselves up as a volunteer group? Support groups can be set up…
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⑫ How to live through this, staying happy & healthy

Some futurologists say that when the system goes down, people will support each other, and get on with making life happen. This is now our main task, along with caring for the sick, for those who are healthy. And sharing sensible, objective and non-alarmist advice on how to live under the emergency procedures, what is likely to happen next, and…
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