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March 2017

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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...

Visit Cuba by bike

27th April-9 May 2017

The Cycle Cuba Challenge: The Revolutionary Rebel Route 2017 is a fantastic way to experience real Cuban socialism, not simply visiting as a tourist. Cyclists will raise sponsorship money for essential educational equipment for young Cuban school children...

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Events Listings

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

The Real Junk Food Café

March 2017, Steeple Corner Café, Victoria Centre, 37 Stafford Road, Norfolk Park, S2 2SE

The Real Junk Food Project hosts cafés offering meals on a basis of "Pay what you feel". Open five days a week. See full details on the website below.

Real Junk Food Café


March 2017, Eyre Street cafe (opposite Plug), 121 Eyre St. S1 4QW

Foodhall cafe 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.


Soul with Salsa

SAT. 25 Mar 2017, 7.30pm till late, Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Rd S10 1TD


The popular Free Radicals play a benefit gig of soul, salsa and classic dance for Bartolina Sisa. This indigenous women’s empowerment group operates across Bolivia, which is leading a ‘process of change’ to reverse centuries of colonialism, racism, dictatorship and poverty, under its first indigenous president, Evo Morales. Its 2009 constitution commits to equality in a male-dominated society, and a new level of care for the environment. A Sheffield group is working in solidarity, bringing much-needed funds because the country is very poor.

Put on your dancing shoes! Salsa lesson included from 8pm-9pm. Invite your friends to come and have a party! £8/£4 concessions on the door.

Sharrow Folk Festival 2017

Sat 25 and Sun 26 Mar 2017, 2pm-1am, Hagglers Corner, 586 Queens Rd. S2 4DU

The third Sharrow Folk Festival, once again at the magical Hagglers Corner, will feature a range of folk, roots and acoustic music and folk dance across two days. It’s a fundraiser for Sharrow Festival 2017 (which takes place on Saturday 1st July.)

Saturday afternoon session: Free (2-6pm)
Pitsmoor Ladies Ukelele Chorale. Sweet harmonies and tall stories.
Ruby Williams. Young singer-songwriter.

Saturday evening session: Ticketed - 2 stages (7.30pm-1am)
Papa Al. Global mishmash from the Sheffield Live DJ.
Jack´s Rake. One of the leading folk bands in the Sheffield area.
The Mother Of Crows. Pagan folk rock featuring Polish songs and klezmer melodies.
Down Trodden String Band. Old-time Peak District string and four-part harmonies.
Bungalow Bliss. Acoustic and vocal trio in a folk style.
12 Dead In Everett. Syndicate-folk, anarcho-Americana and old time rebel songs.
Joey MacPhail. On the edge of flamenco and misery, stories of heartbreak, grit and romance.
Gemma Gray & Joel Robson. Folky acoustic and electric guitar duo.
LIO. Hippie at heart, beautiful indie and folk music about love, heartbreak, and figments of her imagination.
Charlie Barker. BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards semi finalist.
Rotherham African Drummers. A blast of African percussion.

Sunday afternoon session: Free (2-6pm)
Toki Trio. Traditional and contemporary folk music on fiddle, accordion and guitar.
Sharpish. Multi instrumental family band with dynamic arrangements and unusual time signatures.
Frank Birtwistle. Talented acoustic nylon string guitarist playing original folk-classical instrumental pieces.

Sunday evening session: Ticketed - 2 stages (7.30pm-Midnight)
Treebeard. Folk legend Chris Treebeard and friends.
The Silver Darlings. Songs and stories polished by love and loss.
Avital Raz. A singer-songwriter with a multi-cultured get-together of many strange characters.
The Unsung Roots. Contemporary folk duo, blurring traditional music and contemporary styles.
Prishni Asthana. Indian folk dance and music from Sunrit Culture Group.
Del Scott Miller. Great acoustic guitarist.
Fran Wyburn. Gorgeous acoustic folk.
Break A Leg! Folk, jazz and blues songs with voice, clarinet and guitar.
Rob Lowdon. The Scottish troubadour, just plain honest acoustic music.
Nic Harding. Singer-songwriter; contemporary folk with soulful heartfelt lyrics and maybe even a Spice Girls cover.

Ticket Prices: On The Door: £7 per day, advanced tickets £6 per day, all weekend £10. Huge thanks to all the performers and organisers who are unpaid volunteers.

Sharrow Festival

"In Yer Face": Street art in Sheffield

Sat 25 Mar 2017, 9.45am–1pm, Millennium Gallery Activity Room, Arundel Gate S1 2PP

A half day exploring what is out there: What you see, how come it is there, questions it raises. More and more of our blank walls and gable ends now carry images. Some commissioned, some arriving spontaneously and subversively. Feature Walls is the recent initiative. There are incredible efforts inside derelict factories, and “tagged” signatures all over the place. And some images have been over painted, defaced: a process of expression and criticism that is visible but often deliberately anonymous.

This morning event gives us space to explore just what is going on. Images, analysis, discussion, controversy.

Sheffield Visual Arts Group

Domestic Abuse and Gender Inequality

Mon 27 Mar 2017, 7pm-8.30pm, Common Ground, St Peters Hall, Empire Rd, Nether Edge S7 1GR

A discussion with Janet McDermott from Women's Aid and Rachel Mullan-Feroze from Ashiana, run by and for Labour Party members. Child-friendly event, but venue accessible by stairs. Donations welcome towards the cost of room hire. They also welcome donations of feminine hygiene products, shampoo etc. to donate to the foodbanks which are in short supply.

Sheffield Central CLP (Constituency Labour Party)

Repair Wednesdays

Wed 29 Mar 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 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

Free advice surgery for Sheffield charities

Thu 30 Mar 2017, 9.30-4pm, Clifton Street, near Meadowhall

Free advice surgery for charity trustees, treasurers and leaders. It’s not an easy job to manage a charity. So, to help, Faithstar LLP are running this advice surgery. If you would like help in preparing your accounts or have a query about how to organise your charity’s finances or governance, then this surgery could be just what you need. Managing partner Shahida Siddique will give free advice on problems and suggest ways to move forward. Shahida has extensive experience in supporting non-profit organisations with their finance and governance. Faithstar LLP can also offer help on managing administration, and website planning.

This is not a drop-in surgery, appointments will only be booked on a “first come, first served” basis, so please contact Faithstar LLP to reserve your place. For more information please visit

Faithstar LLP

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