NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH MARCH ALERTS

This month’s Neighbourhood Watch newsletter (Attached), created by Network (the umbrella organisation for Neighbourhood Watch across England and Wales) for all Neighbourhood Watch supporters – from households to volunteers, takes a look at cyber-based scams, including phishing emails and sextortion.

Included is a reminder of their Community Grants Programme which is ending soon and a look at Census 2021 which is coming to all households on the 21st March. They also hear from a Coordinator in Derbyshire who began his scheme in April 2019 and now has 71% of his village signed up as members!

With all of the above and much more, they hope you enjoy reading the newsletter and would love to hear from you on what you would like to read more of. Please send your suggestions to deborah.waller@ourwatch.org.uk.

Interested in Education?

Have you ever considered volunteering as an Independent Appeal Panel Member for school admissions?

If so the Education Appeals Team are currently recruiting volunteers for sitting on school appeal hearings over the summer and would appreciate anyone who  may be interested contacting  Democratic Services, Sheffield Town Hall for more information – Telephone: 0114 273 4008, Email: schoolappeals@sheffield.gov.uk  

Has Crosspool Got Talent

Bob Townrow is in the process of organising a virtual concert on Zoom at 7.30pm, Thursday March 11th. Although the concert is free, Stephen Hill Methodist and St Columba’s Church will be happy to receive donations towards their charities. Please contact Bob for details of how to contribute.

Dependent on the number of people coming forward to perform, it is anticipated that the concert will, with a short interval, last for around an hour and a half.

If you have songs to sing, music to play, poems to recite, or short pieces of writing you would like to read; a dance routine, conjuring or anything visual that would work on Zoom, please get in touch with Bob for the link.

Is there anyone you know that may be hiding their light under a bushel, and too shy or modest to come forward who you would like to see take part in the concert, if so please let Bob have their details. (Your name will not be mentioned)

If you would like to be part of the audience watching the concert, please let Bob know and he will send you the link – for what is a concert without an audience, or performers for that matter,

Bob Townrow  Tele: 0114 2301098 – Email: TowniesRM@TalkTalk.net

Key Dates for Easing Lockdown

Government’s road map for the earliest possible dates for easing Lockdown

Step one 8th March
Schools open – Outdoor after-school sports allowed.
Two people allowed to sit together outdoors.
Care home residents allowed one regular visitor
.

29th March
Six people or two households allowed to meet outdoors.
Outdoor sports facilities open, organised support allowed.
Travel outside local area allowed
.

Step two 12 April
Non-essential retail and personal care open.
Hospitality outdoors open.
Indoor leisure, example:- gyms swimming pools open.
Self-contained holiday accommodation open
.

Step three 17 May
Outdoors, most social contact rules lifted.
Six people or two households can meet indoors.
Indoor hospitality and hotels open

Step four 21st June
Hopefully!  All legal limits on social contact removed.

For further ongoing information on Covid19 lockdown go to Gov.uk

Census – Sunday 21 March

Questions & Answers

The census is coming. By taking part, you can help to inform decisions on services that shape your community, such as schools, doctors’ surgeries and bike lanes.

It’s important you fill in your census questionnaire because the information you share affects the life of every single person living in England and Wales.

Because these things matter to us all, everyone needs to complete the census. Do not worry, your information is protected by law. That means government officials dealing with payments or services you receive cannot see it.

Census Day is Sunday 21 March. You can fill yours in online as soon as you get your access code in the post. If your household circumstances change on Census Day, you can let The Office for National Statistics (ONS) know.

If you need help, you can visit www.census.gov.uk where there’s a wide range of support services available.

Forge Dam Restoration Project

Porter Valley

Forge Dam set for £300,000 restoration project

A £320k wildlife & heritage project at Forge Dam, one of Sheffield Parks @ParksSheffield  most popular outdoor spaces will start this year.

Friends of Porter Valley @FoPVSheffield have raised an amazing £261k for the project which will bring benefits to visitors, wildlife & the environment.

Sheffield City Council News

Still Here for You

Waiting to help

Crosspool Community Hub, in St Columba’s Church Office
Tele: – 0114 267 0006 (answerphone 24/7) The answerphone is always checked daily.

Although the church is presently being used for vaccinations, the Crosspool Community Hub is still able to help if you need them.
Church and volunteer staff are frequently in the church office to take your calls.

All volunteers are DBS checked and are ready to help with any needs the changing situation brings:- shopping – collecting prescriptions – dog walking or maybe you would just like a chat over the phone.

Whatever the problem they will try to help!

St Columba’s, Temporary Hub

St Columba’s Church Manchester Road

St Columba’s Church has been temporarily transformed into a vaccine hub

Well-ordered volunteers, Doctors and NHS staff are working long hours to help with the roll-out of the potentially life-saving Pfizer vaccine injections.

A full report and interview in this Sheffield Star article

Girlguiding

You might not have seen us out & about recently but Girlguiding is still here & happening locally!

At the present time we feel it is more important than ever to offer girls & young women a place of their own where they can have a break from everything else, switch off & just have some fun in a safe environment.

Rainbow, Brownie & Guide units have been meeting ‘Virtually’ thanks to the availability of ‘Zoom’ & the girls continue to see their friends, earn badges & learn new skills. We’ve even been able to invite some special visitors along as well! Everyone from Santa, to Yoga teachers to animal handlers have been able to take part as well.

We know that there are so many people who are now getting fed up with the ‘groundhog day’ feeling that the Covid restrictions have created, so why not try something to break up your routine? There are many benefits to volunteering & the adults certainly gain just as much as the girls do in Guiding – if not more so. It’s a good way to build up skills & improve your mental health

A large proportion of our lovely volunteers are also employed as Key Workers so don’t have the same amount of time to be able to run the meetings & would really welcome some help. This could be as a regular volunteer at meetings, helping with some of the admin – especially accounts, or do you have a skill that could be shared with the girls via Zoom?

If you’d like more information, or would like to register an interest, then have a look at our website:

https://www.girlguiding.org.uk/get-involved/