The New Sheffield City Council Community Cohesion Charter

This report explains the Council’s new Charter on cohesion: what it is, why we need it and what it will do. It includes shorter term integration focused actions and longer term cohesion focused actions.

Partners in the city have worked with the Council throughout 2015, 2016 and 2017 to co-produce a new Community Cohesion strategy for the city. The strategy is known as Sheffield Together: The Sheffield Cohesion Framework. Sheffield City Council (SCC) is now being asked what specific actions it can contribute to the Framework which retains and builds community or social cohesion in the city. This document is a statement of actions.

This charter document outlines the first set of actions the Council will carry out as an organisation to deliver more cohesion building activities. Additional actions will be created with partners over the next 3 years to form a set of linked cohesion action plans for Sheffield.

It makes 3 recommendations:

1. To adopt the Charter as the Council’s future approach to community cohesion work.

2. To agree to the listed actions in the Charter as the first set of actions for the new Sheffield City Council Community Cohesion and Integration action plan.

3. To note the approval of the Cohesion, Migration and Integration Strategic Group (CMISG), chaired by the Chief Executive, as the appropriate partnership group and accountable body for the new Charter and actions.

Download a full copy of the report here:

A Framework for Sheffield's Heritage Strategy

This document sets out the vision for a co-produced Heritage Strategy for Sheffield. The Strategy will enable communities and local groups to influence the development of policies designed to support managed change to the historic environment and increase opportunities for people to get involved, improve access to funding, and enable greater community-led heritage stewardship.

This proposal is subject to ongoing discussion with key partners, including Sheffield City Council, with much detail yet to be agreed. However, the proposals outlined in this document are designed to provide benefits to the city’s heritage whatever the outcome of these discussions. The document sets out the group’s aspirational proposals for how the Strategy will be developed, in collaboration with local communities and these other important stakeholders. The final Strategy will be developed with key partners in the city and subject to a public consultation in due course.

Click here to download a copy of the framework

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The Launch of 'A Partnership Framework for an Inclusive & Sustainable Economy'

Join Sheffield City Partnership on Thursday 11th October 2018 at 6.00 pm to launch 'A Partnership Framework for an Inclusive & Sustainable Economy'.

In Sheffield, making our city economy work for everyone is not a 'nice to have' or a welcome bonus.  We want to work to put it at the centre of what we do, what we represent and what we strive for as a city.  Sheffield could and should be a place where anyone who grows up or chooses to make their home here, regardless of their background or where they live in the city, has the same opportunities to access good and rewarding work, secure incomes, nice homes, good health, a safe environment, opportunities to learn and upskill, positive experiences of community, culture and nature, as well as being able to exercise power and influence over their lives, communities and city.  

This Framework is about expressing our ambitions to make Sheffield work better for Sheffielders.  It is about coming together and mobilising around a set of long-established values for the city, to focus on shaping a Sheffield economy which will focus on including more people, and in so doing delivering better outcomes for us all.

In this Framework we are going to set out the key principles which we, as partners in Sheffield, are going to commit to give our residents a better chance of having that life, with some clear next steps for how these principles are going to shape our policies and actions.

Come and have your say as we begin the dialogue to build a shared action plan to take forward this Framework together.

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Sheffield Green City Strategy

The Green City Strategy aims to reduce the city’s impact on the climate by becoming a zero-carbon city by 2050, taking steps to move to a low-carbon economy immediately.  It also sets out plans to empower communities, residents, public sector and businesses to become resilient to climate change and ensure the city’s homes and businesses use sustainable and affordable energy.  It will enable modern, reliable and clean journeys for everyone, ensure air is clean for all and create a green and innovative economy by supporting Sheffield businesses to become more energy efficient and delivering new low-carbon jobs for local people.

Green City Sheffield builds upon the work of the Sheffield Green Commission.  During 2015 Sheffield City Council facilitated the city’s first Green Commission.  This independent commission was made up of key leaders and stakeholders from across the city, including business, industry, our universities, the public sector and the voluntary and community sector.

The final report of the Sheffield Green Commission – Sheffield’s Green Commitment – was published in 2016, and set out a vision for how, working together as a city, Sheffield could become a smarter, more sustainable, more competitive ‘future city’.

The Green City strategy will initially result in a city–wide Sustainable Energy Action Plan and signing-up to a recognised carbon reporting framework.  By 2020, the Council will have achieved a 30% reduction in carbon emissions, and, in the next seven years, the Council and its partners will have substantially increased the level of low carbon and renewable energy generation in the city.

A copy of the full report can be downloaded here:

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Make a Difference Sheffield Awards - Autumn 2018

Voluntary Action Sheffield are looking for sponsors for The Make a Difference Sheffield Awards taking place in the Autumn.  This year they want to reach more people to celebrate the 'quiet heroes' in our city and the contribution they make to changing people's lives.  

If you'd like to get involved a copy of the sponsorship leaflet is available to download below and more information can be found on their website:

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Heart of the City II - Sheffield City Centre Master Plan

Heart of the City II is one of Sheffield’s key economic projects. Backed by Sheffield City Council alongside its strategic delivery partner Queensberry, the scheme will provide a dynamic and vibrant mixed-use district in the heart of the city centre and make Sheffield an even more exciting and interesting place to live and work.

The Heart of the City website contains more information and will give details of the upcoming pre-application public consultations once dates and venues have been finalised. 

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Programme for State of Sheffield 2018 Launch - Friday 9th March

9.30 am - Registration & Refreshments

10.00 am - Welcome & Opening Remarks 

10.10 am - Sheffield City Partnership - our focus on building an inclusive & sustainable economy

10.20 am - Key Findings of the State of Sheffield 2018 Report - followed by Q&A

10.40 am - Reflections for Sheffield

11.00 am - Table Discussions - to identify key issues of interest and questions for panel

11.25 am - Panel Discussion/Questions - next steps, challenges and opportunities

11.55 am - Closing Remarks

State of Sheffield 2018 Report Launch

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Join us for the launch of the State of Sheffield 2018 Report on Friday 9th March, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm at Hallam Hall, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield S1 2LX.  

To book tickets via Eventbrite click here

The State of Sheffield report provides an overview of the city, describing how things are, how things are changing and how Sheffield compares to other similar places.  It is not based on one single organisational perspective, but instead uses a wide range of existing data sources and reports.  It is the only report that brings together information on developments in Sheffield to reflect on city-wide issues and trends.

The purpose of the report is to inform anyone with an interest in how our city is performing, including the city leaders on the Sheffield City Partnership Board, about the shared challenges and opportunities facing the city, and highlight future priorities to pursue.

This conference will outline the findings of the 2018 report and will cover the following key areas:

  • Safety & Security
  • Democracy and Engagement
  • Social and Community Infrastructure
  • Health & Wellbeing

There will be contributions from The Chair of Sheffield City Partnership Board, Lord Blunkett of Brightside & Hillsborough, Editor of the Report Professor David Robinson from The University of Sheffield and Laura White, Partnership Manager.  Other contributors to be confirmed.

Registration from 9.30 am

Cohesion Sheffield Annual Conference

Our colleagues at Cohesion Sheffield are holding a conference on Wednesday 21st March 2018, 10 - 4, in the Town Hall.

Hear about the achievements of various organisations on making cohesion work in our communities in Sheffield. They will be celebrating the achievements of the city bringing together the Voluntary, Community, Faith, Statutory and Business sectors with updates and a vibrant panel of experts. Most importantly, the day will include workshops for you to share your views and help shape a more cohesive Sheffield and explore what really matters to our Sheffield communities, with lunch provided. 

Book your place via Eventbrite here: 

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State of Sheffield Launch - 2018

Save the Date: The 2018 State of Sheffield Launch will take place on the morning of Friday 9th March.  We'll post more information about the agenda and booking details for the event as soon as possible but keep an eye here or via our Twitter feed to keep up to date @SheffieldCPB

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Building an Inclusive and Sustainable Economy

Many thanks to everyone who was able to join us last night, either in person or via live stream, to hear Ted Howard, Lord Blunkett and Laura White talk about an Inclusive & Sustainable Economy and the work of Sheffield City Partnership Board.

Following on from the event we are interested in understanding what an inclusive economy looks like to you, what your ideas are for Sheffield, and whether (and how) you would like to be part of the ongoing work with Sheffield City Partnership Board.  

Please give us your views via our online survey (closes 30th November): 

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 Lord David Blunkett, Chair of Sheffield City Partnership Board and Ted Howard, President of The Democracy Collaborative

Lord David Blunkett, Chair of Sheffield City Partnership Board and Ted Howard, President of The Democracy Collaborative

How can we build an inclusive and sustainable economy for Sheffield?

We would like to invite policy makers and residents to join us for an evening of debate, discussion and inspiration, to help us develop ideas and next steps together.  

The inspiration will be provided by Ted Howard, of the Democracy Collaborative, Cleveland, United States.  Ted will be talking to us about the work that he has been involved in, in the US and around the world, helping local institutions and communities work together to grow more inclusive economies, with better outcomes for local people.  

Alongside this we will be discussing Sheffield City Partnership's work and what this all means for Sheffield with our Chair, Lord David Blunkett.  We will also be inviting thoughts and questions from attendees.  

 Ted Howard, The Democracy Collaborative

Ted Howard, The Democracy Collaborative

Thursday 28th September 2017, 6.15 - 8.00 pm at The Humanities Research Institute, The University of Sheffield, Gell Street, Sheffield S3 1QY

Please book your place via Eventbrite: 

State of Sheffield 2018

Professor David Robinson has agreed to act as Editor and Spokesperson for State of Sheffield 2018.  Professor Robinson was previously the Director of CRESR at Sheffield Hallam University and is now in the Department of Geography at the University of Sheffield.  He is very enthusiastic about the project and will be an excellent advocate.  

We are in the process of confirming authors, advisers and sponsors for all of the chapters of the 2018 report.

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Laying the Foundations - the first major report by the Industrial Strategy Commission

Laying the Foundations sets out the emerging findings of the Commission and outlines the key foundations for a successful long-term industrial strategy.  It argues that across the private and public sector and the political spectrum there is strong support for a new ambitious strategy.  The Government must grasp the opportunity this consensus presents.

With uncertainty about the UK's economic prospects increasing, the report also outlines the serious and longstanding weaknesses and challenges affecting the UK economy - and the significant opportunities.  It argues that a new strategy will enable public and private sectors to work together to invest in the UK's people, places and industries and achieve greater future prosperity.

But, the report warns that a new strategy will only be a success if it is embedded throughout the public sector and secures buy-in from the private sector, if it has sound foundations and offers a positive vision for the future.

To read a copy of the report click here

Sheffield Institute of Arts Degree Show 2017

The fabulous Sheffield Hallam University students we worked with to design the State of Sheffield 2017 report are exhibiting their work at the Sheffield Institute of Arts Degree Show 2017.

The students and lecturers are very proud - as are we!

Maximising the local impact of anchor institutions: a case study of Leeds City Region

In times of change, what can anchor institutions do to support inclusive growth?  Anchors already make a significant contribution to a local economy through the services they provide, the large amount of money they spend and the number of local people they employ.  With a collaborative, systematic approach, there is the potential to achieve so much more.

Download the report by David Devins, Jeff Gold, George Boak, Robert Garven and Paul Willis