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We are a membership and user led organisation, run and controlled by disabled people. We promote independent living for disabled people in Sheffield. By independent living we mean that disabled people have the same freedom and rights to exercise choice and control over their own lives as any other person.

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Check Out Our YouTube Channel - thanks Andrew!

Check Out Our YouTube Channel - thanks Andrew!

You may not be aware of this, but Disability Sheffield has its very own “YouTube” channel with its own icon at the top right hand side of our homepage to make it easier to log straight into. In the last two months we have posted nine videos – subjects covered include debates on Coronavirus and life in isolation, as well as easy exercises for people with limited mobility. It’s been a great way to keep in touch and reach more people and participants really enjoy and look forward to the sessions.Why not join us in our next video? It’s very appropriate during Volunteers’ Week to take this opportunity to thank our volunteer Andrew for all his technical and camera skills , his hard work, enthusiasm and commitment to help us to make these videos possible.

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A Special Thank you to all our Volunteers

A Special Thank you to all our Volunteers

Volunteer’s Week ( 1 – 7 June ) is an annual celebration of the good work done by volunteers across the country. It’s an especial reminder to us all this year to take the time to say thank you to the millions of volunteers who have come forward during the Coronavirus outbreak to give their time to help and support vulnerable people in their community. The work we do at Disability Sheffield would not be possible without our valued volunteers who help us to deliver our services – answering information enquiries, providing advocacy support, writing about news and events , providing IT support, serving on the Disability Hub Committee, helping with admin, answering the phones, supporting Sheffield Cycling 4 All and Sheffield Voices learning disability group, filming videos, the list is getting longer ! During the past few months you’ve continued to support us from your homes while you are shielding and we cannot thank you enough.

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Move & Chat with Sheffield Cycling 4 All

Move & Chat with Sheffield Cycling 4 All

During the Covid-19 outbreak our cycling project Sheffield Cycling 4 All has suspended the cycling sessions offering disabled people the opportunity to ride a wide array of adapted trikes. The good news is we’ve launched a new online exercise session every Wednesday at 11am to help our participants and anyone else who wants to join us, keep fit and well until we’re back cycling together. Move & Chat offers a fun, gentle online exercise session led by a qualified instructor followed by an optional informal chat with other participants.We’re also offering 1 on 1 cycling sessions in Hillsborough park on a case by case basis, a trike Loan scheme and sports equipment for your home to keep you active.

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Wednesday 10th June

Move & Chat - 11am

Join us for a fun, gentle online exercise session led by a qualified instructor followed by an optional informal chat with other participants. These are...

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Wednesday 17th June

Move&Chat Zoom Group - 11am

Join Sheffield Cycling 4 All and the gang for this fun, gentle online exercise session led by a qualified instructor followed by an optional informal...

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Thursday 11th June

Festival of Debate: Arts and Culture During COVID-19 7pm - 8pm

Free live event taking place on Facebook Live and Youtube.

The Arts and Culture industries have been some of the worst affected by the Covid-19...

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Thursday 18th June

Festival of Debate: How Can We Build a Well-being Economy? 7pm - 8pm

Free live event taking place on Facebook live and YouTube.

GDP and wealth creation has traditionally been the main measure for the health of our...

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Mixed and Confusing Messages for 'Vulnerable'

Mixed and Confusing Messages for 'Vulnerable'

Charities have called for clarity over shielding plans for ‘vulnerable’ and ‘extremely vulnerable’ people during the current pandemic – with news of some people being told by text message that they no longer qualify for government food parcels.Representatives of almost 50 organisations have signed an open letter to the Government warning that millions of people are getting mixed and confused messages about the easing of shielding measures potentially putting their health and safety at serious risk. The letter calls for ongoing support that must be co-produced with people directly affected and makes a number of recommendations for improved communication and support.

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Festival Of Debate Goes Online

Festival Of Debate Goes Online

Sheffield’s Festival Of Debate is not letting the Coronavirus crisis make the talking stop – and instead has gone totally online. The festival, founded in 2015, usually features a series of panel discussions, debates, Q&As, artistic responses, keynote speeches and other public events exploring politics, economics and society.

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Concerns over Lockdown Easing whilst Access Barriers Remain

Concerns over Lockdown Easing whilst Access Barriers Remain

In her Huffington Post article “Lockdown Might Be Easing But Not For Disabled People Like Me”, visually impaired writer and activist Dr Amy Kavanagh expresses her concern that the new much-used label of “vulnerable” is obscuring the real societal barriers that will make exiting lockdown impossible for disabled people.

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A fantastic presentation thought provoking and good questions from the floor around promoting this film/message to the general public not just professionals.
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Very good presentation, brave of the speakers to tell their stories and had a very high impact - feedback from Mate/Hate Crime presentation and video session at Safeguarding Working Together Conference
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When I moved to Sheffield nearly five years ago it was my "go to" organisation. I expect it to stay that way. All the staff and volunteers seem to pull out little gems of effort that disabled people like me couldn't do without. Professionally and personally - I love em :)
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Disability Sheffield is a forward-thinking, energetic organisation doing a lot of positive work in Sheffield. I have no doubt they will continue to do so for a long time to come.
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