A project to harvest local fruit like apples, pear and plums left because people do not notice them, or cannot harvest them, mainly between August and October. Abundance is a team of volunteers who help to gather city fruit and redistribute on a non-profit basis to community cafes, nurseries, Surestarts and individuals. They also make juice, jams, chutneys and preserves. If you have a fruit tree and want help, get in touch, you will get the first share. Harvester volunteers, processors and distributors also welcome.
A Sheffield-based think tank which runs free events, open to everyone, to stimulate debate and educate people on ways to get involved in community decisions to improve the quality of their lives. It's all about increasing value for money from service providers through greater community involvement, corporate social responsibility, public-private partnerships etc....
AFC Unity is an alternative football club for women. It brings the game back to the grassroots, beyond the influence of profit, where the football club plays an active role in its community. It is engaging and empowering women as positive role models, and using the sport to encourage unity, solidarity, and social cohesion.
Aspire is a Hillsborough based charity and social enterprise which provides stable supportive work for vulnerable or marginalised people. Supported in part by funders and volunteers it aims to become self supporting through business activities. The range of activities includes recycling and re-selling donated items, and a pack-and-post service. Contributions of items are welcome, and if you're looking out for computer or something, check them out.
Freegle means Free Giving, Locally, Easily. It's an online re-use network, an alternative to Freecycle, for people to keep stuff out of landfill by giving away things they don't want, to people who can use them. Joining involves having a Yahoo account, which is free and easy. Most towns have a group, and Barnsley's was started in 2010.
A group of great volunteers who enjoy mending computers to help the community. Free computer-fixing workshop on Saturdays from 12pm-3pm. Bring your broken computer, or just your questions. Based in Burngreave, walking distance from city centre, see website for directions.
Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate food to foodbanks, where volunteers sort and store it ready for people in crisis. Frontline care professionals such as doctors, health visitors, social workers, CAB and police identify people in need and issue them with a foodbank voucher.
The Centre for Welfare Reform is a Sheffield-based organisation spanning the UK and beyond. It is described as a community of independent thinkers, innovators and leaders dedicated to equality and diversity, and making human rights real.
Please do not throw your old stuff away. Someone, somewhere may still find it useful. Freegle means Free Giving, Locally, Easily. It's an online re-use network, an alternative to Freecycle, for people to keep stuff out of landfill by giving away things they don't want, to people who can use them. Joining involves having a Yahoo account, which is free and easy. Most towns have a group, and this is Chesterfield's.
Common Ground is based around the old St Peters Hall, Machon Bank S7 (next to Abbeydale Road). The project has meeting rooms and a large hall available for hire inexpensively. They also work on a community garden outside, on Saturday mornings, and new members are welcome. Contact via Grow Sheffield or email email@example.com
Equinox is a new co-operative that offers a professional coaching and advocacy service for long term unemployed people and people who suffer from any kind of discrimination. This co-operative has an ethical base and is really innovative. Have a look at the website and see how you can get involved.
The Hannah Directory is a great resource for stuff happening across the North of England (including Alt-Sheff, of course!) named after inspirational northern activist Hannah Mitchell. The website, blog, social media channels and printed directory combine to form a unique experiment, a space for connecting and sharing skills, inspiration, and new kinds of knowledge.
Founder Andy Wilson says “The North has changed. But change isn't only a bad thing. It opens up new possibilities. Now we can make our North of England into anything we want it to be. It's up to us. We just have to say we are going to do it, and then do it. But I don't think that people and places in the North can do that only working by themselves, I think there has to be talking, sharing and cooperating.”
Putting these words into practice, Hannah Festival's free printed directory is distributed by fair exchange of time instead of money. Would you drop off copies of the directory at a good spot where flyers get picked up, in return for publicity about what you're involved in?
A community environmental arts organisation (formerly called Art in the Park, established 2003). They provide high quality arts activities throughout Sheffield and the surrounding areas, particularly in areas where there is little opportunity to engage. Tel Sheff 2686813
The IWW is a grassroots, democratic union helping to organise all workers in all workplaces. Unlike traditional trade unions, they believe that workers have greater voice if organised within our own industries. (For example teachers, cleaners and secretaries who work in a school should be classed as education workers, and all be in the same union.) The IWW is not full of stifling bureaucracy or linked to any political party, nor led by fat-cat salary earners who carry out deals with bosses behind your back. Their aim is to see society re-organised to meet the interests of all people, not just shareholders and corporations.
Credit unions are member-owned cooperatives for saving and borrowing. Much better than any bank for ethical savings and cheap loans. They are closely regulated by the government authorities for security, and they provide excellent benefits and services. Membership is open to all in Rotherham.
Mule is "News with a kick", a not-for-profit, grassroots, project committed to using media production and mass distribution as a tool for promoting social, environmental and economic justice and peace. And it's based not far away, in Manchester. Well worth a look.
MASH is a voluntary group providing solidarity and support through direct action, for members with problems like crap landlords, housing issues, benefit claims, problems with access to public services, bullying and victimisation, sexual harassment, discrimination and unpaid wages, strikes, workplace actions and community struggles. The group is open to anyone, working or unemployed. It is non-hierarchical, independent of all political parties and trade unions, non-profit and self-organised.
This project helps refugees and asylum seekers to get into worthwhile volunteering opportunities. It also offers help to organisations wanting to involve refugees and asylum seeker volunteers through advice, good practice guidelines and translated resources. It is run by The Volunteer Centre Sheffield, part of Voluntary Action Sheffield.
A free pro-active community magazine for Sheffield. An excellent read, with adverts only from independent traders, community groups and good causes. Available around the city and also downloadable back issues
This group meets about once a month in the Upperthorpe/Walkley area of Sheffield for mutual help taking one practical step at a time to leave the world a better place. It covers a variety of topics, from local issues of home energy usage, gardening and food growing to international issues of human rights, trade justice and economics.
OKSC runs regular lunch events at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Upper Hanover Way, S3 7RQ. This provides food, support, and a place to meet for destitute asylum seekers, people in the asylum system and others who have received refugee status but struggle with changed circumstances, as well as anyone in the neighbourhood hit by food poverty (including “born and bred” British people). Food is provided free to those with no source of income and on a voluntary donations basis to anyone else. Food contributions are gratefully received, and many local shops and organisations help out. Cash donations are used to fund future events. A great boost to cohesion in the Sheffield community as the traditional “visitor” and “host” roles are often reversed in this family atmosphere. You might also find a game of chess or table tennis, or meet friends old and new.
A grassroots community organisation and experimental film production company operating from Sheffield. Committed to improving opportunities and raising wider awareness and understanding of the issues faced by marginal and excluded communities. Projects are open and non-hierarchical collaborations with all participants. Activities include media skill-sharing, community blogs, peripheral social histories, experiments and documentary film - produced on tiny budgets but attracting widespread attention in the media.
Award-winning and long established, Peace Funerals are pioneers in environmentally-friendly funerals and woodland burial grounds. A Fair Trade organisation and member of The Natural Death Society, they can advise on choices outside of the mainstream, as well as traditional funerals.
A group of volunteer tenants and supporters are ensuring the survival of one of the great buildings of Sheffield, built in 1877, by community purchase and social ownership. They offer low-cost workshop space to small manufacturing businesses and independent artists and craftspeople, a cross section of talent following in the footsteps of the "Little Mesters" who made Sheffield famous.
Regather is a Sheffield co-operative, trading locally made products and services, with a shop, a van, a trike and a website, and opportunities for local volunteers, students and community organisations. Membership offers the benefits of mutual trading, share dividends and voting rights. Like all co-operatives it promotes the values of fairness, co-operation and common wealth.
Repair Sheffield is all about repairing and re-using stuff, to save money, reduce pointless consumption, and get better use even out of things which are designed to break. The local economy and community benefits, and it is really empowering and good fun to learn do-it-yourself skills. The group runs occasional Repair Cafes, and welcomes volunteer repairers.
13 million people live below the poverty line in the UK. People go hungry for various reasons ranging from redundancy to receiving an unexpected bill whilst on a low income. Rotherham Foodbank provides emergency food and support. Non-perishable donated food is sorted and packed into emergency food boxes. Frontline care professionals such as doctors and social workers give to people in crisis foodbank vouchers exchangeable for 3 days of food. Foodbanks also take time to listen and signpost clients to further support.
Freegle means Free Giving, Locally, Easily. It's a new online re-use network, an alternative to Freecycle, for people to keep stuff out of landfill by giving away things they don't want, to people who can use them. Joining involves having a Yahoo account, which is free and easy. Because the Yahoo Group interface isn't totally easy to understand, there's a useful Rotherham Freegle Message Maker, so make a note of this web page if you sign up. Each Freegle group is a grassroots co-operative run by and for local people. Rotherham's also has a Freegle Café Group for members to chat about anything and to promote local businesses.
Hate Crime reporting site, bringing together the local community and agencies working together for a safer place for all to live, work and socialise including the LGB&T and minority ethnic and faith communities. Run by South Yorkshire Police
Share Instead Housing Co-op is a small housing co-op in Sharrow. They live communally, co-operatively, strive to live sustainably, share food and cooking and are a vegetarian household. They are all involved in various community projects locally and are working for peace and social change as part of the Radical Routes network. They are full at present (2015) but to find out more about them and co-operative living get in touch by phone or email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Sheff 2587073
Sharrow Tool Library
You don't need to spend money on tools to decorate your house, collective ownership is better. This project is for anyone in the Sharrow area. To borrow tools (or to donate tools, you can still use them at any time) call 07704 507046 or email email@example.com
A group run by and for people over 50, non-party–political, independent and voluntary. It promotes the rights and positive profile of people over 50 actively participating in society, and campaigns for improvements in services. Also runs LGBT social meetings.
An autonomous and independent organisation fighting all cuts to jobs and services in Sheffield. It's made up of workers, students, the unemployed, pensioners, trade unionists, volunteers, and residents. The group was initially proposed by the PCS trade union, quickly gaining support from plenty more, as well as the trades council and the Labour and Green Parties. Whilst it remains independent from all of these, members can be from any background with an anti-cuts agenda.
Freecycle enables people to keep household goods out of landfill by giving away things they don't want, to people who can use them. Joining involves having a Yahoo account, which is free and easy. Each group is part of The Freecycle Network, an international and UK charity aiming to keep good stuff out of landfills. Sheffield City Freecycle also has a "Café Group" for members to discuss issues of recycling, the environment and so on.
SCDG specialises in the setting up and running of co-operatives and other democratically-owned businesses, with over twenty years experience. They offer free advice and encouragement. Talk to them if you have an idea for a new business, or maybe want to save your job if your employer is threatened with closure.
Credit unions are member-owned cooperatives for saving and borrowing. Much better than any bank for ethical savings and cheap loans. They are closely regulated by the government authorities for security, and they provide excellent benefits and services. Membership is open to all in the city.
We live in a very unequal city, in one of the most divided developed countries on Earth. As one example, some northern and eastern areas of Sheffield have an average 14 year shorter life expectancy than the wealthier west side. Sheffield Equality Trust plans to change this situation.
A network for new and existing festival organisers. It shares information, support and opportunities and acts as a representative voice. Plans include resources sharing, bulk buying of festival insurance and training opportunities in crucial areas like health and safety, recycling and stewarding. People can get involved at different levels, and everyone gets invited to the annual party.
Sheffield Food Collective works with food banks through things like food collections, gigs and events. They also collaborate with organisations, promoters, venues, and anyone else with skills, ideas, space, or enthusiasm. They help anyone in need, not simply using a ‘voucher’ system (where people only get food if they’ve been referred by an agency). No-one thinks food banks are the long-term answer to hunger and poverty, but they are trying to relieve the worst effects on people.
This is an informal group campaigning for greater democracy, citizens rights, a fairer voting system and more accurate representation of the public will in Parliament. It welcomes supporters of all political parties or none.
Freegle means Free Giving, Locally, Easily. It's a new online re-use network, an alternative to Freecycle. It enables people to keep household goods out of landfill by giving away things they don't want, to people who can use them. Joining involves having a Yahoo account, which is free and easy. Each Freegle group is a grassroots co-operative run by and for local people. Sheffield's also has a "Freegle Café Group" for members to chat about anything and to promote local businesses.
Sheffield Green Party is part of the national Green Party, It aims to work for social justice, equitable and sustainable communities, community-based politics, and non-violence. Jillian Creasy was the first Green Party councillor on Sheffield City Council. As well as campaigning it can be a great help for contacts, and also has a really useful website
Humanists care about social and moral issues from a freethinking, non-religious (atheist or agnostic) perspective, rejecting the supernatural and believing that humanity must find its own solutions to life's problems. The Sheffield group is one of the largest and most active in UK and holds monthly meetings open to the general public.
This is a community-based mutual aid network in which people exchange all kinds of goods and services, without the need for money. In fact they use a currency called "Stones". It works - find more information on the website or Tel. Sheff. 221 6804 (office open 7:30 to 9pm Wed. evenings, leave a voicemail at other times)
A genuine community-based radio and TV station broadcasting on FM, over the internet and on podcasts, right from the city centre. Not just another commercial channel; many volunteers are involved in making the programmes.
Sheffield Social Centre is a collective for libertarian DIY space in the city. If you're interested in getting involved with the social centre project (or are intrigued by it at the very least) you're very welcome the project is open to all who share its core principles of non-hierarchy, anti-capitalism and equality/non-discrimination.
Sheffield group of the UK Uncut movement. They organise protests against the brutal, unnecessary, ideologically motivated cuts, inflicted by the current Government, serving the rich elite and damaging the rest of us. Now is the time to get angry, to get organised and to build a resistance to austerity
A YouTube channel run from Sheffield, with videos of local people and protests. Further videos are being added.
Side by Side Intercultural Drama Group
An award-winning, user-led Sheffield community drama group which aims to promote intercultural understanding, integration and cohesion between people of all social, ethnic, cultural and faith backgrounds. It uses drama as a tool for developing confidence and self-expression, building friendships and exploring themes that are important and relevant to members. No previous theatre experience or English language skills are necessary, refugees and asylum seekers are particularly welcome to join.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 079438 12382
The government austerity programme is cruel and is not necessary. The banks and corporations should be taxed at a rate which can provide the necessary resources. Join this major new resistance movement to defend education, health and welfare provision funded from tax and available to all, rather than surrender the gains that have improved the lives of millions of people for over 50 years.
This large furniture store at 280 Queens Road offers FREE help to furnish the homes of vulnerable families and individuals referred by statutory and voluntary agencies. They help over 3500 people a year, including single-parents, elderly, disabled, ex-offenders trying to go straight, asylum seekers, and many others who through no fault of their own find themselves in crisis. It is the only service of its kind in Sheffield, and is only possible thanks to staff, volunteers and people who donate items.
St Wilfrid’s day centre is a Christian organisation working for homeless and vulnerable people. It gives valuable welfare and educational opportunities, helping people to find understanding and a sense of belonging and self esteem, along with practical support in every aspect of life.
St. Wilf’s does wonderful work for the homeless, vulnerable and socially excluded in South Yorkshire, bringing dignity and a feeling of belonging. People are taught skills – from domestic skills to help them to live independently, to skills that bring them back to work. And surprisingly they produce hand-made clocks and signs.…
A forum online for general discussion, of anything and everything, as well as Sheffield-related discussions and fun.
The Co-op Café
Update: This sadly appears to be CLOSED now (since 2011)
A community café and arts venue with a garden behind independent from the venue and open to community use. Local artists can display and sell their work, art and craft activities and kid-friendly menus. 229 London Road, Sheffield S2 4NF. Tel. Sheff. 258 1131
This long-running bi-monthly publication of the Anarchist Federation in Sheffield now in the form of an online blog, and print newssheets on an occasional basis. Regular reports on events, anarchist news and views from the steel city.
With a huge yurt (handmade traditional nomadic tent) the pixies provide a magical autonomous space at events. They share skills, ideas, fun and creativity in DIY low impact living, ancient and recycled crafts, native wild foods, medicinal plants and herbs, survival skills and direct action, not to mention art and music, flow and peace, all in balance with nature.
Timebuilders is Sheffield’s first 'Time Bank'. A great way for people to help others in their community and be rewarded for it – in time. Each hour you spend doing something for someone else in the community earns you a time credit which can be spent on other activities or help. Everyone’s contribution is equally important and people of all ages and abilities can join in.
A group in the S10/S11/Porter Valley area of Sheffield, getting local transition going. This will cover stuff from growing fruit and vegetables locally, to awareness raising of the problems with fossil fuels and climate change.
The Earth Centre is a large site on a former colliery, next to Conisbrough railway station (on the way to Doncaster). In the 1990s it was opened as an environmental visitor attraction ... then later it closed. What happens to it now is up in the air, so 'We Love The Earth Centre' is campaigning to make sure it's kept for community-based, sustainable use.
Campaign to get South Yorkshire's buses back to what they used to be - public services, not unaccountable, cut-back, rip-off private companies.
Not enough buses or trains in your area? Write to your local council to ask for better services that will help people avoid unnecessary car journeys. Campaigns have shown that hand-written requests really help to bring about change.
A Community Interest Company, Wildscapes offers services in land management, ecology and landscape design (from habitat and protected species surveys to storm water, river and moorland management. You name it, they do it!) They work to support the environment and biodiversity, and also involve volunteers and encourage a sense of ownership towards green spaces and the natural world.