104 films are a Sheffield film production company set up to make original feature films for a global audience and create a paradigm shift in the representation of disabled and disadvantaged talent in front of and behind the camera. Their work has included "No Fixed Abode", about homelessness, where the production team included homeless trainees.
Open-door, free media lab developing skills, community, fun and creativity with help, free open-source software (Linux), all with recycled computers, in the town centre. Also provides a web design service, see http://design.access-space.org
A charitable arts organisation, proudly unfunded and independent, near the market and cathedral. It offers a cafe alongside galleries, studios, offices, workshops and project spaces. Ongoing events range from contemporary art installations to poetry readings and discussions.
A group of great volunteers who enjoy mending computers to help the community. Bring your computer on Saturdays 12pm-3pm to Abbeyfield Park House, S4 7AT (Note: previously Verdon Street). It’s on a ’pay as you feel’ basis. They also offer a professional service, visiting homes and offices to look at your computer and tell you what’s wrong, for £20 per hour with no obligation or hidden fees.
A charity providing affordable spaces for rent in various sites around Sheffield, from small rooms to performance space. Other facilities include digital media centre, CNC router, 3D printer, photo studio, sound and lighting, bar and catering.
Cinema Syndicate is an anarchist cinema collective which shows of political and activist films for FREE. This happens almost every Tuesday night, at least when Lecture Theatre 2, The Arts Tower, University of Sheffield is open, which is the usual venue. Events are open to all. They say that Anarchism is not an argument to be won or a cause to sign up to. It is a process.
This social enterprise offers a low cost, quality print service, whilst giving people with disabilities work opportunities. A real local alternative to high street glossy printers, they provide a personalized service, with quick turnaround and free local delivery.
Craft courses with expert tuition, ranging from green wood skills to kids courses, coracle-making, besom broom-making and bronze casting. It all takes place in the beautiful Ecclesall Woods at J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre (off Abbey Lane, S7 2QZ) which is a unique exhibition space for people using sustainable local timber, part of the sustainable tree cycle through community initiatives and businesses.
This DIY printing press supports others in making zines (short for fanzines; mini-magazines) putting words/pictures on paper, or on the internet. Zines can be about anything you want, why not make your own?
Books, magazines, herbs and seed suppliers, a great head shop established since 1998. Bong! Happy birthday! Now in bigger premises with a coffee lounge at 74 Cambridge Street S1 4HP. Tel. Sheff. 2491311
A youth theatre company with a difference: Growtheatre develops theatre inspired by our environment and landscape, bringing about a greater sense of community and belonging. Currently (2013-2014) they run a weekly Youth Theatre for children aged 9+ and education projects in schools.
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 project of Enactus Sheffield, a local, student-run social enterprise that works with survivors of human trafficking and abuse, in Sheffield. Through jewellery making enterprise, they teach the women vital business and employability skills so they can find the confidence to rebuild their lives. Their handmade jewellery is sold at craft fairs, events and shops, with revenue used to support safe houses and the project, empowering and encouraging these women.
See also the inspiring work that Enactus does: www.enactussheffield.org
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
LaDIYFest Sheffield is a DIY, anti-capitalist, community based, feminist festival run by volunteers, led primarily by women but all are welcome to get involved. It aims to highlight female and LGBTQ art, projects and activism in the community, promoting social change in a non-discriminatory environment through music, performance art, spoken word, films, discussions, art exhibitions and practical workshops etc.
This community hub on London Road, in the culturally and ethnically diverse area of Sharrow, offers training, support, stability and advice in a friendly and welcoming environment. They look after local residents, vulnerable members of the community, refugees, asylum seekers, BME communities and older people. They offer conversation classes in Sharrow and the city centre, English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), maths, digital media, computer skills, Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish, music, arts and crafts, and much more.
Margaret Thatcher was the 1980s Conservative prime minister who brought destruction to industries and working class communities like South Yorkshire. The deliberately engineered miners' strike smashed the unions. Repressive laws banned many freedoms to party and protest. Public assets were sold cheaply into private hands, and the bankers got massively richer. Hardly surprising that many people anticipated this death with less than sympathy and respect.
Community pop-up cinema for Sheffield. MLFC does screenings of rare, unusual, well-loved and just plain good films at venues where you would not normally see a film. They bring the shared cinema experience to local community spaces and unusual places.
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.
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 offers open meetings for anyone interested to discuss and learn about the various issues thrown up by new technology, Things like digital rights and privacy, copyright, "copyleft", open data, censorship and freedom of speech, software freedom and open source, social networking, digital inclusion, electronic democracy and internet law....
Positive social change through non-corporate, independent community arts, music and charity events. From poetry to music, laptop trickery to DJs. And cheap accessible gigs. They also provide recording and rehearsal space Studio 45 and Bad Monkey - design, print and distribution service. And they broadcast weekly on Sheffield Live radio station - have a listen. They even run a magazine Now Then
Sheffield's first gay choir, enabling members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities in Sheffield to come together and enjoy singing. It's open to everyone and no auditions are needed. You don't need to be an experienced singer or read music.
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.
Party For The People is a non-profit organisation emerging from the vibrant underground UK music scene, to support charities through music events, ticket sales, and an online music magazine. They also run The Night Kitchen which gets young people from socially excluded backgrounds working with artists.
Sheffield's coolest, nicest, not-for-profit festival. It has been called "More a movement than an event". Sadly for the coming summer it is taking a break, because raising funds and volunteers every year is such a huge effort.
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.
This shop is a Sheffield legend. Bigger on the inside than the outside, it has a fantastic, quirky collection. Second-hand books, prints and original paintings, many by Yorkshire and Derbyshire artists, and music on vinyl and CD (especially blues, jazz, improvised music, electronic, noise and other non commercial contemporary music: pay a visit just for the background music!)
Rotherham MB Forum
Online Rotherham discussion forum, which seems to have disappeared recently. Anyone know of ANY Rotherham forums operating please email us ... thanks.
Home cooked meals, second-hand & new books for sale, and musical instruments to try out. Sally and Pete are open to more ideas to try in this friendly place which has events like CD music nights, see the website. Open every day except Wednesdays. 89 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FE
Training on equality and diversity using drama, theatre and audience participation, based in Rotherham. Details from Steve 01709 829446 or Taiba 01709 720744
Doing its bit for recycling and for children, the Scrapstore sells arts, craft and scrap materials for a small donation. They welcome donations of materials and resources suitable for children's play and creative activities.
Unit 9 Edmund Road Business Centre, 135 Edmund Road, S2 4ED
If you knit, or love woolly clothes, there are lots of alternatives to wool. If you think wool is a harmless product taken without killing sheep, or that sheep farming is a natural environment-friendly part of the British landscape, you need to see this Sheffield-based website.
SCRAP is a Sheffield group using creative actions to campaign against Trident and against Drone warfare. Inspired by the 2014 Wool against Weapons protest against Trident. The group meets every second Thursday in the Quaker meeting house, 1.30pm till 4pm.
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.
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.
Formed in 2001, inspired by the power of radical Samba Bands with wicked tunes in protests and demonstrations. It encourages everyone to join, from people who have never picked up a musical instrument in their life to the most experienced. Excellent website, even includes video clips!
If you like the alternative art gallery on our city's walls, see this website. It is a real treasure-trove archive of beautiful photos, details and locations of Sheffield's street art, past, present and future.
The only Sheffield cinema that makes an effort to show more than Hollywood films. A great, ever-changing selection of films including international ones, and film festivals
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
Radical second hand bookshop and art gallery on Abbeydale Road, with a book selection as interesting as its name. Also vintage vinyl records and work by local artists and artisans, and vegetarian/vegan bar with tea, coffee, juice, toast and bagels. A welcoming place to browse and have a chat about all aspects of life (fighting DWP benefits decisions a particular speciality!)
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.
Vuka Theatre Group
Formed 1999 in Zimbabwe. African struggles told through drama, music and dance. Details from Steve Rogers 01709 367287
Re-opened with a great voluntary community spirit, WICAT in Burngreave offers courses for women (and some for men also) including car maintenance, bricklaying, plastering, tiling, plumbing, DIY and book-keeping. Prices are cheap, just to cover costs. And they have a 'tool library' for women who have done courses to borrow tools. WICAT also promotes and supports women working and training in non-traditional trades, through networking events.