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June 2019

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Extinction Rebellion recruitment

June 2019

Extinction Rebellion needs people to act in the face of the climate emergency.They seek 3 or 4 people to take on the co-ordinator role, to share the work of organising actions in Sheffield. This means bringing the Actions Working Group together, maintainin...

Housing co-operative vacancy

June 2019

Brambles long-established vegetarian/vegan housing co-operative in Burngreave is looking for a new member. To maintain a good gender balance they specifically request applications from females, non-binary or couples.To find out more about Brambles, and the...

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UBI Lab Meet-up

Wed 3 Jul 2019, 6.30pm, Quaker Meeting House, St. James St. S1 2EW

Sheffield City Council has passed a motion giving its support to a pilot of Universal Basic Income (UBI) in the city. Sheffield could become the first English city to trial universal basic income. Join this UBI Lab Meet-up with a speaker for the first hour, and Working Group Update for the second hour.

Jason Leman, Chair of UBI Lab Sheffield, says "Sheffield has a long history of leading radical change, from the Chartists through to the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire. We don’t know if a Universal Basic Income is the answer to the problems we face, but a pilot will give us the much-needed evidence about what works. Having a real safety net seems to help people’s health and wellbeing. It helps people who are looking after their family and it could also give people the confidence to retrain, volunteer or become entrepreneurs."

UBI Lab Sheffield


Sat 6-Sun 7 Jul 2019, 12pm–8pm, Endcliffe Park, Rustlings Rd. S11 8TF

The annual festival, this year with a bigger and better line up and general plans for the event to become a key annual fixture of the region. Two days of music across 5 stages, Arts & Crafts Market, Heritage Craft Workshops, Site Gallery Introducing Stage, Tree Fayre, Children’s activities, Forest school, local food & drink and lots more! Set in a stunning river and woodland location at Endcliffe Park, organised by Regather. A very family-friendly festival, the Concerteenies Stage exclusively for 0-3 year olds and their grown-ups gives audiences the unique opportunity to hear live, quality music in a baby-and-toddler-friendly environment, with informal introductions and set alongside sensory activities for little ones, including bubbles, colourful ribbons and little-hands percussion.

Sheffield’s Site Gallery returns for their ‘Introducing’ stage and Video Art Tent, presenting a fantastic line-up of contemporary performance, music and video art, commissioned and selected by and for young people in Sheffield. All activity will be curated and produced in collaboration with the Society of Explorers, Site Gallery art collective of 14-19 year olds who are encouraging young people to express their interest.

Other attractions include: a forest school run by Middlewood Nature Nursery, with free positive outdoor experiences in the woods; a kids’ area packed full of activities and organised games; and an expanded arts & crafts market with some of the best local craftspeople showcasing their work.

The popular Heritage Craft Workshops will return, meaning opportunities to work with and learn from some of the finest crafts people in the area, including blacksmiths, woodworkers, and wool spinners. Workshops can be booked in advance at the link below.

New for 2019 is the Tree Fayre - a celebration of trees! This new area will provide opportunities to meet tree scientists, artists, climbers and thinkers, and be amazed and inspired by Britain’s biggest plants. Join them for a programme of walks, talks and things to do, all about trees, woodlands and the wildlife that inhabits them.

As usual you can expect Sheffield’s world-famous beer scene on full display in various beer tents. The event will also feature a wide range of top-quality independent food traders from across Sheffield. Folk Forest organisers Regather will also be showcasing their latest small batch craft beer and seasonal cider, fresh from their very own onsite brewery at The Regather Works. Regather’s co-op structure and focus on local, independent values-driven business models is a major part of the festival and the people involved, with the event celebrating the best of Sheffield, local partners, suppliers and traders.

Folk Forest Stage Line Up:
Roy Ayers Among the world’s most iconic musicians and godfather of Neo-Soul
Yussef Dayes One of the UK’s most exciting drummers and one half of electrifying duo Yussef Kamaal
Lau From the epicentre of the new folk boom and BBC Folk Award best band winners for 4 years
Honeyfeet Melting down blues and pop, jazz and disco
The Sheffield Beatles Project Performing the legendary Abbey Road in full
Alasdair Roberts & Friends
David Thomas Broughton
Jack Cheshire
Oh Papa Dreamy Californian sound
Captives On The Carousel
Little Robots

Tickets £35 Adult full weekend pass / £25 Day pass, £15 Child (5-16yrs) full weekend pass. £80 Family full weekend pass (2 adults and 2 children) / £50 Day Pass. £0 Children under 5. The festival site is easily reached by road, bus and rail networks. No on-site camping but plenty of affordable accommodation in the city centre close to the festival site.
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The Folk Forest


Sat 6 Jul 2019, 12pm-5pm, Mount Pleasant Park, Sharrow Lane, off Abbeydale Rd S11 8AE

Join in as the people of Sharrow come together for this great annual multicultural community festival, with a focus on creativity and participation. Community Stage, drumming and street dance workshops, sports, global foods to try, a huge variety of stalls and activities for kids.

Sharrow Festival on Facebook

SYMAAG Benefit Gig

Sat 6 Jul 2019, 7.30-10pm at the University Arms pub, 196 Brook Hill, S3 7HG.

South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) present Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore performing songs from their CD "Working Class Heroes, A History of Struggle in Song" as part of a UK tour.

All proceeds to support the work of SYMAAG. Come along, enjoy the music, the company, and help support the work of SYMAAG. Tickets online here.

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Sheffield People’s Assembly AGM

Wed 10 Jul 2019, 7pm, United Reformed Church, Norfolk St. S1 2JB

Sheffield People’s Assembly Annual General Meeting, with guest speakers on the crisis in social services.

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